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Babcock Rosyth to cut further 150 jobs at dockyard

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 22:56

Around 150 further jobs are to be lost at a dockyard in Fife, bringing the total to 400 since November.

The additional posts are to be cut at Babcock Rosyth after the firm spent a number of months reviewing its operations.

It was previously announced in November that around 250 jobs would be lost at the site.

A Babcock spokesman said: "Following a review of our current business structure we have decided to combine our energy and marine operations on site into one cohesive team to optimise performance of our current projects and maximise future opportunities.

"Regrettably in doing this we will reduce our management and support functions by around 150 positions.

"The prospects for Babcock's operations at Rosyth continue to be good and we remain totally committed to providing a safe and secure environment for our workforce that supports both our current and future operational needs."

When it revealed job losses in November, the firm said the end of a 10-year programme of works for the Ministry of Defence had led to it having to restructure.

The £6.2 billion Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) aircraft carrier programme saw the construction of the HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales across seven sites, before final works at Rosyth.

Babcock said it will now work with trade unions and those affected throughout the consultation process.

Annabelle Ewing MSP said: "My primary concern is for those who now face the prospect of redundancy and my thoughts are very much with them.

"Today's announcement comes in addition to the 250 job losses that were announced in November as a consequence of the slow-down of the aircraft carrier programme.

"Obviously, even after this announcement, Babcock remains an extremely important employer in my constituency and I am hopeful that new contracts lie ahead that will see significant employment secured at Rosyth well into the future."

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Ice hockey – Murrayfield draw with Kilmarnock

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 22:54
Murrayfield under-20 entertained Kilmarnock with both teams still in the hunt for the top two places in the league, writes Ian Haddock. However, the resulting 6-6 draw means Fife are now favourites for the title. The game started well with Murrayfield dictating play and playing the better hockey, but first blood went to Kilmarnock. A […]
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Ice hockey – Panthers maul sad Capitals

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 22:35
Elite League: Nottingham Panthers 12, Edinburgh Capitals 1 Ainars Podzins provided Edinburgh Capitals only joy when they were hammered 12-1 at Nottingham Panthers. Jordan Kelsall, Mark Derlago and Alexander Mokshantsev all claimed doubles in the runaway win. Panthers won the first session 6-0 before Podzins scored five minutes into the middle period. Then they were […]
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Bomb Disposal team investigate suspicious item in Newhaven Road bus stop

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 20:56
Emergency services were called to Newhaven Road around 5.45pm this evening after a suspicious item was found in a bus stop An explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team also attended  at the scene.  A police spokesman said: “Officers were called to Newhaven Road at 5.45pm in connection with a suspicious item found in a bus stop. “Newhaven Road […]
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Bomb squad investigates suspicious package at bus stop

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 19:58

Emergency services are investigating a suspicious package found at a bus stop in Edinburgh.

Police and the fire service were called to Newhaven Road in Leith after the item was spotted around 5.45pm on Tuesday.

An explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team is also in attendance at the scene.

A police spokesman said: "Officers were called to Newhaven Road at 5.45pm in connection with a suspicious item found in a bus stop.

"Newhaven Road is currently cordoned off between Ferry Road and Dudley Gardens.

"The cordon will be in force while we await EOD's assessment of the item.

He added: "The public are thanked for their co-operation."

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Police respond to reports of suspicious item at Edinburgh bus stop

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 19:37
A bomb disposal team will assess the item discovered at a bus stop on Newhaven Road in Edinburgh.
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Livingston v Greenock Morton

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 19:00
Live coverage followed by match report of Tuesday's Scottish Championship game between Livingston and Greenock Morton.
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Dunfermline Athletic v Inverness CT

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 19:00
Live coverage followed by match report of Tuesday's Scottish Championship game between Dunfermline Athletic and Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
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Firefighters dealt with 2782 blazes across Scotland over two month period

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 18:51
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service crews dealt with a total of 2,782 such blazes across the country between March and April 2017. And there were 2,830 deliberate fires over the same period the previous year. The figures were branded “absolutely unacceptable” by Assistant Chief Officer David McGown who is the SFRS Director of Prevention […]
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Edinburgh Tram Inquiry: Tie boss 'signed up to poor deal'

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 18:47
The former chairman of the Edinburgh tram delivery company says no-one thought the revised price was good value.
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Edinburgh Zoo panda director steps down from role

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 18:35

The person responsible for the UK's only giant pandas has left his post at Edinburgh Zoo. 

It is understood Iain Valentine quit as director of giant pandas in February.

Mr Valentine was responsible for bringing Tian Tian (Sweetie) and Yang Guang (Sunshine) to the zoo from China in 2011. 

An RZSS spokeswoman said: "RZSS can confirm that Iain Valentine has moved on from the society to pursue new interests. 

"Iain played a key role in the society's contribution to the worldwide panda conservation programme over many years, including research and science." 

On Monday, the RZSS revealed no efforts to breed the pair would take place in 2018. 

The decision was made to allow researchers to focus on the animals' mating process to improve the chances of future efforts. 

Tian Tian has had cubs in China, but not in the UK.   

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Giant pandas director quits Edinburgh Zoo

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 17:10
News of the departure emerged after it was revealed the zoo's panda breeding programme has been suspended.
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Student protests held in Aberdeen and Edinburgh

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 16:40
The Aberdeen and Edinburgh protests come amid the University College Union pension dispute.
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New app to help disabled people at Edinburgh Airport

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 16:27

A new app which helps disabled people access the services they need has teamed up with Edinburgh Airport.

The Welcome app, made by Edinburgh-based Neatebox, informs venues when someone in need of specific arrangements is en route.

This allows staff to prepare for their visit and make special arrangements.

Edinburgh Airport, which saw its busiest-ever February last month, has become the first Scottish Airport to register with the scheme.

Ken Reid, who lost his sight 30 years ago, told STV News the app had been useful.

He said: "Rather than having to find the assistance in what is quite a large environment, they will come to me.

"That's a huge difference.

"Most of the times I've used the airport lately I've had to go with somebody who's had to help me get to the assistance point."

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Stolen visitor attraction tortoise found in Edinburgh

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 16:26
The eight-year-old red-footed tortoise called Huck was found by a passerby in Muirhouse in Edinburgh.
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Stolen tortoise found 16 days after Butterfly World theft

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 16:07

A tortoise which was stolen from Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World has been found, 16 days after being taken from its enclosure.

Huck, a red-footed tortoise, went missing from his enclosure on Wednesday, February 21.

The eight-year-old reptile was a "very popular attraction" at the centre, and a police investigation was launched to recover him.

Keepers had said he needed a special diet and lamps in order to survive in the Scottish climate.

It has now emerged Huck was found by members of the public on Friday.

Huck was spotted in a grassy area in Muirhouse, Edinburgh, around ten miles from his home.

'We are still looking to trace those responsible for his theft.' Constable Ian Worrall

The Scottish SPCA were called in and staff were able to identify the tortoise based on the markings on his shell.

Huck was examined by the Scottish SPCA before being returned to his home.

A Police Scotland inquiry to determine who stole him is ongoing.

Lyndsey Paget, one of Huck's keepers, said: "We're so happy to have Huck back home with us at Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World.

"We really missed him and so did our visitors.

"Everyone has been absolutely overjoyed to hear that he is safe and sound."

Constable Ian Worrall from Dalkeith Police Station said: "It's a great relief that Huck has been found and is doing well, however, we are still looking to trace those responsible for his theft.

"If anyone can help with this ongoing inquiry then please contact us immediately."

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Directors hint Edinburgh could host Avengers: Infinity War premiere

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 15:54
The Russo Brothers tell the city to "get ready" after actors support an online campaign.
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Exiled Catalan minister calls for support

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 15:48
Clara Ponsatí fled Spain in October and has now returned to the University of St Andrews.
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Stolen tortoise Huck found safe and well

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 15:47
The Scottish SPCA was delighted to return Huck the tortoise after he was stolen from Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect world on 21 February. Scotland’s animal welfare charity was alerted after a member of the public spotted the tortoise in a park in Edinburgh on Thursday. Animal rescue officer Sarah Auldsmith said, “We’re so pleased to […]
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National Museum of Scotland galleries made available online

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 15:24

New technology will allow visitors to view the National Museum of Scotland's collections from the comfort of their own homes.

The Edinburgh museum's galleries were captured digitally in partnership with Google for its Museum View service.

Users can move through the exhibits in a similar manner to Google Street View, viewing around 20,000 objects on display.

It is the first museum in Scotland to offer its material online, joining the Taj Mahal and the Palace of Versailles in the virtual experience.

'Our partnership with Google Arts & Culture gives people from around the world a novel new way to explore the museum and discover its world-class collections.' Rob Cawston, National Museums Scotland

Rob Cawston, head of digital media at National Museums Scotland said: "We're constantly looking at how we can make our collections more accessible and open them up to new audiences.

"Digital technology is offering us unparalleled opportunities to do just that, and our partnership with Google Arts & Culture gives people from around the world a novel new way to explore the museum and discover its world-class collections."

Suhair Khan of Google Arts and Culture said: "We are thrilled to bring the collections of National Museums Scotland to a global audience.

"The Google Arts and Culture platform is now showcasing the stories of this incredibly important museum's collections and its building, as well as displaying gigapixel resolution imagery of masterpieces - all of which can be experienced by visitors around the world."

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