Final colleges facing ban revealed

John Henderson, CEO of Scotland’s colleges, talked about the colleges’ situation and their future.

Mother’s Day

By Silvia Montes and Sam Khan-McIntyre

Mother’s Day

Origins

Mother’s day has it its origins deep in history, falling on the middle Sunday of Lent, the Christian time of fasting.it has been celebrated on this day since the 16th century.This day was chosen because the fasting rules were relaxed, due to the biblical story of feeding the five thousand.

It is believed the celebration is influenced by the Roman Spring Festival of Cybele, the Mother Goddess.The date for this was chosen by Christians as the religion spread.

400 years ago, this was the day when people visited their mother church, it was said they had gone ‘a mothering’.This was the largest church in the area, and where they had been baptised.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/simnelcake_792

Click on this link for Simnel cake, a traditional British cake with young servants baked and took home to their mothers on this day, the only day of the year they were allowed to visit their families.

This may be a special present to bake this year to show your mother how much you love her and make her feel special with something personal

3.15 TV Bulletin

Round-up of today’s main headlines.

3.15 bulletin

A modern 007

Vintage, a Random House division, will relaunch Ian Fleming’s back catalogue of James Bond stories. His estate has signed a 10-year book deal which will see the books in both print and e-book form.

To date, the James Bond books have  sold more than 100 million copies worldwide, with the first being released in 1953.

There are 14 books in total, including two short story collections. The entire series will be relaunched this summer.

The James Bond name also lives on through the films. Daniel Craig’s third 007 film Skyfall, is set for release in October.

Several authors, including Sebastian Faulks, John Gardner and Jeffery Deaver are among authors who have written officially-sanctioned Bond novels. Deaver is responsible for the series’ latest addition, Carte Blanche, which was released in May, 2011.

Edinburgh’s ‘worst housing estate’ plans revealed

ImagePlans have been revealed for new housing that will replace the notorious Fort housing estate in Leith. Council officials took charge of the site today from the security firm that has overseen the site, while families moved out. The last family moved out last week. The site will be demolished later this year.

The plans involve building a series of three-storey maisonettes,which will allow the site to be more open, and less liable to crime. They have been set out by award-winning Malcolm Fraser Architects.

The flats were condemned by the council at a meeting in 2006. Around 40% of them were found to have serious damp issues. The decision to replace the flats was taken on the basis that it would cost more to renovate them to the approaching 2015 Scottish Housing standards, than to start again from scratch.

Built on the site of the historic fort designed by 18th architect James Craig to defent to Port of Leith, the Fort development has often been labelled as ‘the worst estate in Edinburgh’. It was completed in 1966, and is now seen by council officials to be past its sell-by date. In a recent survey, 80% of residents who responded said they would support the flats’ demolition.

The plans can be viewed at Leith Library until Thursday 22nd March

A special day for a special mother

On Sunday mothers across the country will be receiving gifts from their children. But where did this special day come from?

 

Origins

Mother’s day has it its origins deep in history, falling on the middle Sunday of Lent, the Christian time of fasting.it has been celebrated on this day since the 16th century.This day was chosen  because the fasting rules were relaxed, due to the biblical story of feeding the five thousand.

It is believed the celebration is influenced by the Roman Spring Festival of  Cybele, the Mother Goddess.The date for this was chosen by Christians as the religion spread.

400 years ago, this was the day when people visited their mother church, it was said they had gone ‘a mothering’.This was the largest church in the area, and where they had been baptised.

www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/simnelcake_792

Click on this link for Simnel cake, a traditional British cake with young servants baked and took home to their mothers on this day, the only day of the year they were allowed to visit their families.

This may be a special present to bake this year to show your mother how much you love her and make her feel special with something personal

Edinburgh Pandas get Lynx effect

by Pamela Paterson

It has been announced today that the two Giant Pandas at Edinburgh Zoo are to be sponsored by deodorant company Lynx during their mating season.

New Lynx advert featuring Edinburgh Zoo's pandas

Lynx is well-known for its advertising campaigns, which claim the opposite sex cannot fail to be wooed by the effect of their deodorant, known as the ‘Lynx Effect’. The new advert comes as the pandas begin their long-awaited breeding season.

While the pandas themselves are unlikely to be sprayed with the alluring scent of Lynx, smell does play a pivotal role in panda breeding. Iain Valentine, director of research and conservation at the zoo said, “In the wild pandas use a chemical communication system involving pheromones to locate and choose mates. Scent is also how males will know that female pandas are fertile.”

Tian Tian, the female panda, is being closely monitored by the zoo to see when she is ready to conceive. Pandas have been found to be notoriously picky in choosing their mates, however the zoo believes their pair are getting along well and there is a good chance they could mate.

Lynx, meanwhile believes its knowledge in attracting the opposite sex could come in handy when the Pandas choose to get together.  Kieran Danaher from Lynx said, “It’s the perfect time to partner with Edinburgh Zoo and use our attraction know-how to help out with panda mating season.”

Police still searching for Suzanne Pilley’s body

by Gavrielle Kirk-Cohen

The family of murdered Scot, Suzanne Pilly, have pleaded to David Gilroy to reveal where their daughter’s body is buried. 

Gilroy was found guilty yesterday of murdering Suzanne Pilley.

Searching: Police believe Suzanne Pilley's body has been buried at Lochgilphead, Argyll. Image: Christopher Harress

The Lothian and Border’s Police believe that Suzanne Pilley’s body has been buried in a “lonely grave” in Lochgilphead, Argyll in the Scottish highlands.

CCTV footage shows Gilroy’s car, a Vauxhall Vectra travelling from Edinburgh to the Argyll Forest Park the day after disappeared.

Extensive search

Det Supt Gary Flannigan has said: “Despite extensive efforts we haven’t been able to find her. This is something we have discussed with the family and have given reassurance that if any information comes to light then we will look at the information and if it is appropriate we will pursue that information.”

Pilley’s parents have said they “hope that one day we can lay our daughter to rest”.

                                                                “Callous and cold-blooded”

Simon Peck, director of IML and David Gilroy’s employer said: “Suzanne was a much-loved friend and colleague. To have her snatched away from her friends and her family in such a callous and cold-blooded way is something we’re all still dealing with.” He also said: “Until David Gilroy reveals where Suzanne’s body lies, her family and friends will never be able to fully come to terms with her loss.”

The trial lasted three and a half weeks and it took the jury two days to reach a verdict. The investigation into Pilley’s murder was the sixth most expensive in the history of the Lothian and Border’s force, as they made use of forensic experts and cadaver dogs.
Listen to the voicemail David Gilroy left on Suzanne Pilley’s phone after she disappeared.

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British boy one of Switzerland’s bus crash victims

by Gavrielle Kirk-Cohen

A British boy has been named as one of 28 people who were killed in a tragic bus accident in Switzerland.

 Sebastian Bowles, aged 11, was attending St Lambertus School in Belgium, when he was killed on his way back from the school’s skiing trip. Sebastian moved to Belgium two years ago with his family from north London. His body was identified by his parents, Edward and Ann Bowles, on Thursday.

Elio Di Rupo, Belgium Prime Minister: "The whole country weeps for its children"

 Day of mourning

Belgium is holding a national day of mourning for the deceased crash victims today, as well as a minute of silence at 10:00 am (GMT).

Flags were flown at half mast and bus and train drivers switched off their engines as a sign of respect during the moment of silence. 2,500 people mourned the loss of the 28 people at a Catholic service, in Lommel. Belgium’s Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo said: “The whole country weeps for its children.”

Classmates of the dead and parents lay down flowers, drawings, toys, candles and letters in the schoolyard. “No more future, no more beautiful children’s dreams, just your unbearable and endless pain: we share it with you,” was written in a message which was left among the flowers at the school entrance.

                                  Unproven allegations

The cause of the crash is not yet known. It is believed that the bus hit a curb before it crashed into the wall of an emergency stop area. There are allegations that the bus driver tried to change a dvd which led to him being momentarily distracted causing him to crash into the wall. But these allegations have not been proven.

 

 

 

1.30pm news bulletin – 16/3/12

A round up of all today’s stories featuring bids for Rangers, a potential antibiotic crisis and West End traffic chaos.

Traffic chaos for Edinburgh’s West End

A broken traffic light in Edinburgh’s West End has caused severe delays during rush hour today.

Traffic problems: Edinburgh City Council say it will take hours to fix issue with West End traffic lights. Image: Unisouth/CC license.

The fault is a result of a glitch in the computer system that controls the lights. The biggest problem areas are Haymarket and George Street. Delays are lasting up to thirty minutes in these areas.

The lights are changing too fast, giving motorists just seconds to get through the junction. In some cases drivers are getting just five seconds to get through the lights.

The company which controls the sequencing is trying to fix the computer fault while local authority engineers are out at every affected junction attempting to fix the lights.

The City of Edinburgh Council have stated that it will not be fixed for “hours.”

Concerns over standard of home care for the elderly

The UK’s home care service has been described as “shocking and disgraceful” by a consumer group today. 
Many elderly people have been left with food out of reach, in soiled beds and without their medication, a care association has said.
The UK Home Care Association said it was never acceptable for people to experience rushed or inadequate care.

Better care for the elderly: The UK Home Care Association reveal shocking conditions in care homes. Image: Nick Fraser/ CC license

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12 o’clock news bulletin – 16/3/12

A round up of all today’s stories featuring bids for Rangers FC, the launch of the Ipad 3 in the UK and the discovery of a snake in a local Edinburgh bar.

 

 

Last day to buy Rangers Football Club *updated*

Bids: Potential bids for the troubled club end today. Image: Christopher Harress

Potential bidders who wish to buy Rangers Football Club have until the end of today, 16 March, to submit a bid.

There are currently five bidders who are interested in taking over the Rangers.

Ibrox administrators, Duff and Phelps, will look at the bidders’ funding capabilities and how they will handle the financial concerns of the Rangers club, before deciding who they will engage in further negotiations.

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Continued salary delays for Hearts Players

Hearts: Another club faces financial difficulties. Image: Zhi Yong Lee

Hearts players have been told not to expect their salaries on time after funding difficulties emerged today. The team is due to receive their monthly salary today, but it is believed that it is unlikely that the money will arrive.

Hearts players were told by board members that UBIG was still attempting to secure the funds required to pay salaries.

After three substantial delays in monthly payments, the squad officially complained to the Scottish Premier League in December.

January’s wages were only one day late. As a result the league opted not to follow up with a charge of “failing to behave with the utmost good faith to the SPL.”

The Lithuanian bank is owned by majority shareholder Vladimir Romanov.

Guinea pig sets new world record

New record: Truffles makes a daring leap Video: YouTube/ The Courier

A Scots guinea pig has joined the ranks of many animal stars from across the world to break a record in the Guiness Book of World Records 2013.

Truffles, from Rosyth, Fife, jumped 30cm (12in) smashing the previous record held by London rodent Diesel who cleared a gap of 20.5cm (8.07in) in 2009. He has had his feat confirmed by the record breaking institution and will take part in a publicity for the launch of the latest edition of the book.

Thirteen year old Chloe Macari trained her pet to leap the distance after being inspired by Disney film, G-Force, in which  a group of  guinea pigs become special agents of the FBI.

“I had two shoe boxes and these cushions between them for safety,” the youngster explained. “We kept moving the shoe boxes further and further apart. We started at around 15cm and he was quite good. He got to 20cm and then 25cm very quickly, within a few weeks.”

The giant leap was filmed to ensure the record could be approved.

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