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Capital’s first cannabis oil store opens doors in Leith

Edinburgh Evening News - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 06:00
A SHOP selling cannabis products has opened in Leith – and its owner insists it’s entirely legal.
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Design unveiled for conscientious objectors memorial in Edinburgh

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 00:37
Designs for a sculpture in Edinburgh will be unveiled as part of International Conscientious Objectors Day.
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Hollywood star Michael Sheen to open new credit union

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 00:01

Movie star Michael Sheen is set to open a new branch of a credit union in Edinburgh.

The Frost/Nixon actor and social campaigner is to promote the work of Castle Community Bank by officially launching its new premises in Great Junction Street on Tuesday.

It comes after he announced in March he planned to devote more time to the causes he supports.

Gordon Buchanan, general manager of Castle Community Bank, said: "Every day we provide loans to ordinary people and families across Edinburgh and Lothians enabling them to do the things they want in life - create or improve their family homes, buy a car or to help prepare for and manage life events, like having a baby or planning their wedding.

"We are constantly working to raise our profile and get that message out to more and more people, who may otherwise find themselves falling into a cycle of problem debt by taking out hire purchase agreements or pay day loans at punitive rates of interest which they can't really afford.

"It's our very real hope that having Michael cutting the ribbon on our new branch will get our name in front of an awful lot more people who may be interested in finding out more about us and maybe using our services."

Welsh-born Sheen was in Scotland a few weeks ago to launch the End High-Cost Credit Alliance, which he founded as part of his work against high-cost lenders - particularly the so-called "pay-day loans" companies.

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Billy Reid – Storyteller ****

The Edinburgh Reporter - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 22:39
This week is MagicFest in Edinburgh and on Monday evening I had the pleasure of seeing Billy Reid, one of Scotland’s best close-up magicians in action. If you haven’t heard of Billy Reid I have a feeling you will in the near future. He was captivated by magic as a ten-year-old and he has developed […]
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Arrest after incident at Fox Covert Primary in Edinburgh

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 21:06
A man was arrested after police were called to reports of a disturbance at Fox Covert Primary in Edinburgh.
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Get the mytaxi app and City Cabs will pick you up in Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Reporter - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 19:58
The mytaxi app has launched today in Edinburgh. We began with a photo shoot on Castle Terrace when we spoke with George Aird Chairman of City Cabs who are the taxi partners here in the capital. If you download the app and call a cab, payment is made through the app and you have the […]
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Hearts and Ayr United walking footballers celebrate over 65 World Cup success

The Edinburgh Reporter - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 18:26
A combined team of walking footballers from Heart of Midlothian and Ayr United have won the International Super Masters 5-aside Over 65s Walking Football World Cup following a dramatic penalty shoot-out against auld enemy England. The players who were runners up in last year’s competition were invited by tournament organisers to represent their country once […]
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Witness appeal following series of break-ins to business premises in West Lothian

The Edinburgh Reporter - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 17:49
Police are appealing for witnesses following a series of break-ins and attempted break-ins to business premises in Uphall and Broxburn, West Lothian which took place between 1.10am and 4.30am on Friday 11th May. A number of business premises were broken into in the Uphall Cross area with cash registers, keys and business equipment stolen. Business premises […]
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Broxburn and Uphall businesses targeted by thieves

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 15:44
Police are appealing for witnesses following several break-ins in the early hours of Friday morning.
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'Bed blocking' figures five times higher than target

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 15:14

The number of delayed discharges from Edinburgh hospitals rose sharply at the start of 2018, with one month's figures more than five times higher than the target.

In March, 267 patients were delayed in hospital despite being clinically able to leave, well above the target of 50.

Many of the patients were unable to leave hospital due to a lack of care spaces available in the community and in care homes, papers going before Edinburgh's Integration Joint Board (EIJB) said.

The high number of delayed discharges has raised concerns about patients blocking beds in the city's hospitals.

In February, more than 7000 bed days were lost as a result of patients being delayed in hospital.

A report said there were "major challenges" in the care system.

It said: "Edinburgh's level of delayed discharge is a long-standing area of concern for the Integration Joint Board and the (health and social care partnership).

"Pressures are also evident across the wider system, with large numbers of people waiting for assessments and for domiciliary care, the majority of whom are currently at home, rather than in hospital."

It continued: "The total number of people whose discharge from hospital is delayed had remained fairly stable towards the end of 2017, but increased sharply in the first three months of 2018 due to the shortfall in care at home and care home capacity."

'Too many people remain in hospital because there is a perceived risk in discharging them.' Report to IJB

A separate report noted that Edinburgh compares poorly to other partnerships in Scotland.

It said that "Too many older people are admitted to hospital when there could/should be safe and effective alternatives; and too many people remain in hospital because there is a perceived risk in discharging them.

"This risk averse culture does not take account of the risk to people of remaining in hospital when they no longer need to be there."

The health and social care partnership will consider a plan to alleviate pressures on the system at a meeting on Friday.

Judith Proctor, chief officer of Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership said: "Earlier this year, in recognition of the unacceptable position the EIJB has recognised, committed £4.5m in additional resources to improve, in particular, performance in terms of the number of people waiting on social care assessments in the community and, separately, the number of people waiting in hospital on care home placements.

"There are very encouraging signs on the impact this is having in these two areas and we are grateful to staff for their hard work in driving this forward and to the providers we have worked with to provide a better, more sustainable, deal for all involved."

She continued: "There is no denying that these improvements have been offset by deterioration in our performance in the provision of care at home.

"We are clear that this relates, at its root, to the recruitment and retention of staff in Edinburgh's labour market, particularly in the important role in care and we are working with care provider organisations to see how we can help them deliver in a more sustainable fashion in future. We would expect this would lead to more investment by the IJB in this area."

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Mental Health Awareness Doesn’t Mean Me First – It Means Me Too

The Edinburgh Reporter - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 15:00
This week is Mental Health Awareness week. There is a good argument for suggesting every week should be Mental Health Awareness week; that every day should be Mental Health Awareness day. We all have mental health but it’s when our mental health starts to control our life that some people seek professional help. The recent […]
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Neil Lennon sent his players out to beat Rangers 6-0

The Edinburgh Reporter - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 14:07
Hibs’ Head Coach Neil Lennon described yesterday’s 5-5 draw with Rangers as ‘absolutely bonkers’ and admitted that he sent his players out with the objective of winning 6-0. That would have secured third place in the table and for a while it looked on as Hibs raced  into a 3-0 lead before the visitors fought back, […]
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Three-way tie at top as Hibs Ladies are held by Glasgow City

Edinburgh Evening News - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 13:41
There’s a three-way tie at the top of SWPL 1 after Hibs Ladies and Glasgow City drew 1-1 at Petershill Park.
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Frightened Rabbit's mental health message after singer's death

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 13:40

Members of Frightened Rabbit have tweeted in support of Mental Health Awareness Week, days after the death of lead singer Scott Hutchison.

Mr Hutchison's body was found at Port Edgar near South Queensferry at 8.30pm on Thursday, the day after he was last seen.

His family has spoken about his fight with depression and how he had helped others by speaking about his condition.

His bandmates tweeted on Monday for the first time since they paid tribute to the singer in a post on Friday.

They wrote: "Don't ever think there isn't someone out there who wants to listen to what you have to say. #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek G x"

The message has been liked more than 5000 times.

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This year's Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs from May 14-20, is focusing on the theme of stress.

Campaigners said research has shown that two-thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, with stress is a key factor.

A survey commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation found almost three-quarters (74%) of adults have in the last year been so stressed they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.

The research also found more than a third of people (35%) had experienced suicidal thoughts or feelings because of stress.

On Friday evening, members of Frightened Rabbit visited the marina where Mr Hutchison's was recovered and laid a floral tribute.

In a statement Scott's brother Grant Hutchison, Billy Kennedy, Andy Monaghan and Simon Liddell said they felt "overwhelming sadness and pain" but the singer "leaves a legacy of hope, kindness and colour that will forever be remembered and shared".

Mr Hutchison's family said they are "utterly devastated" at his death and spoke of how he raised awareness about mental health issues.

They said: "Depression is a horrendous illness that does not give you any alert or indication as to when it will take hold of you.

"Scott battled bravely with his own issues for many years and we are immensely proud of him for being so open with his struggles.

"His willingness to discuss these matters in the public domain undoubtedly raised awareness of mental health issues and gave others confidence and belief to discuss their own issues."

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Edinburgh kids to reclaim streets for outdoor play

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 12:23
Councillors will vote on plans to allow communities to close streets during organised play sessions.
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Four teenagers charged after assault captured on video

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 12:17

Four teenagers have been charged in connection with several "callous and unprovoked" assaults which happened in Stenhousemuir on a Friday night.

Video footage of one incident was circulated on social media, showing a girl being violently attacked by a gang of other girls.

She is punched, kicked and thrown to the ground repeatedly and has her mobile phone kicked out of her hand.

The incidents took place at various locations in the town near Falkirk on May 4, sparking police probes.

High-visibility local patrols will operate over the coming weekends as part of an ongoing police operation.

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: "These callous and unprovoked attacks have been treated with the utmost seriousness and there will be ongoing high-visibility patrols in the area over the coming weekends as part of continuing enquiries.

"We would urge the local community to tell us their concerns and pass on any information which may be able to help by calling 101 or emailing [email protected]

"Always dial 999 if you see a crime in progress."

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Abandoned dog found tied to wooden fence with boot lace

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 11:53

An abandoned dog was found tied to a wooden fence with a boot lace in Rosyth.

A member of the public saw two men get out of a car, tie the saluki cross type dog to the fence, take a picture and then drive away.

The Scottish SPCA rescued the animal from outside International Decorative Surfaces on Wednesday, May 9.

She is now in the care of the Edinburgh centre where she has been named Scampi.

Scottish SPCA Inspector Nicola Liddell said, "Other than an injury to her ear, Scampi is doing well.

"The caller advised us that two men got out of a black Mondeo, tied her to the fence, took a picture and then drove away.

"If anyone can shed any light on who owns this dog we would urge them to contact us."

Anyone with information is being urged to contact the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.

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First aid training ends in rescue after quad biker fall

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 11:49

A mountain rescue team were forced to abandon their first aid training to attend a real-life emergency after a quad biker broke his leg in a fall.

The Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team were called out to the incident near Megget Reservoir early on Saturday afternoon.

The Belgian biker's leg is understood to have been crushed after the quad rolled on top of him.

The air ambulance was unable to land nearby so the Tweed Valley team carried him to the helicopter, which flew him to hospital.

The team's first aid trainer also participated in the rescue.

A spokesman for Tweed Valley MRT said: "Our regular first aid refresher turned into a real incident this afternoon when we were asked to assist with the evacuation of a casualty who had broken their femur having fallen from a quad bike near Megget Reservoir.

"As the Helimed Air Ambulance couldn't land close to the casualty, Tweed Valley MRT and Moffat MRT - and our first aid trainer from Ochils MRT - helped carry the casualty to the waiting helicopter."

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Roads set to close to allow children to play outside

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 11:35

Roads across Edinburgh will close to allow children to play on the street, under a scheme run by the council.

The Playing Out project is set to become council policy and will run this summer following a pilot period last year.

Between April and August 2017, the council approved 54 Playing Out sessions across 30 streets in Edinburgh.

The council said as well as providing children with a safe space to play in, this resulted in children making new friends and and increased their sense of belonging.

Residents can request the street closures under the policy.

The Playing Out scheme began in Bristol and is now used in around 50 local authorities in England.

Glasgow city council has announced it will allow a street play weekend in June, with residents encouraged to apply.

Councillor Lesley Macinnes, Edinburgh's Transport and Environment Convener, said: "Our Edinburgh Playing Out pilot scheme saw hundreds of children, parents and neighbours reclaiming their streets for play, conversation and social interaction.

"Feedback from the public consultation was enormously positive and showed huge support for rolling this out as Council policy.

"By making our streets places to spend quality time with friends and neighbours, we're helping build strong community spirit, fostering connections between different generations and enabling children to flourish through free and active play."

'It's so important for children to have the freedom to play outside in an unstructured way.' Councillor Eleanor Bird

Councillor Eleanor Bird, the council's young people's champion, said: "It's so important for children to have the freedom to play outside in an unstructured way.

"The responses to our consultation showed how hugely beneficial closing off streets for play and recreation is, not just for the children themselves but for their parents and neighbours too.

"It will be fantastic to see more and more communities holding Playing Out sessions in their streets, especially in this Year of Young People."

Edinburgh Playing Out run a Facebook page where the street closures will be organised.

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It's playtime in Edinburgh! Street closures pilot set to become policy

City of Edinburgh Council - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 10:21
It's an image which harks back to a bygone era when there was less traffic on our roads and parents felt safer letting their kids play outside.
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