by Stuart Mackenzie and Noemi Distefano

 

Photo credit: Rory Nicolson
Photo credit: Rory Nicolson

 

Scotland’s Transport Minister Humza Yousaf will make a statement to the Scottish Parliament tomorrow to discuss how to improve the Scottish rail services.

This follows pressure from opposition politicians for him to speak after various proposals to bring ScotRail’s railways into public ownership.

ScotRail, who are currently operated by Abellio, have been experiencing various problems with their services.

Charlotte Twyning of Abellio UK, told to the BBC: “It should be recognised that half of the rail industry is already nationalised in the form of Network Rail and any operator that runs the ScotRail franchise – public or private – does so to a tightly specified Scottish government contract.”

by Rory Nicolson and Alena Yakushova

Network Rail have confirmed plans for the new taxi rank at the New Street car park for Edinburgh Waverley Station.

The move comes two years after taxis were banned from collecting and dropping off commuters from within the station for security reasons.

Lothians MSP Miles Briggs has been gathering support to re-open the indoor taxi rank. He launched a petition in August and is bringing the debate to Parliament on the taxi rank plans this Thursday. Speaking about the New Street Car Park Taxi Rank plans, he said:

“This is welcome news in as far as it goes but this is only a limited improvement as it is only a pick up rank and not one where passengers can be dropped off.

 “This rank will also be considerably further away from the central parts of the station compared to previous ranks so there will still be real challenges for blind, disabled and infirm travelers.”

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11 to 18 year olds are drinking the equivalent of a bathtub full of sugary drinks every year, according to figures compiled from the latest Government National Diet and Nutrition Survey, it’s been reported.

This is the equivalent of just under 234 cans of soft drink per year, twice the amount of children aged between 4 and 10.

It’s also been said that teenagers are eating and drinking at least three times the recommended limit, and sugary drinks account for most of this added sugar.

Cancer Research UK is calling on the Scottish government to do more to tackle the country’s wider obesity epidemic, suggesting that a proposed sugar levy does not go far enough.

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The sleep out will be taking place on George Street. Source Rock Trust

The Sleep-out for youths, organised by Rock Trust, is due to commence on the 25th November.

12-21 year olds will spend the night sleeping on Edinburgh’s streets in a bid to fundraise for homeless Scottish youths.

The sleep out will be held on George Street, under the watchful eye of Rock Trust volunteers. Rock Trust have been organising the sleep out since its founding  25 years ago, which helps aid the young homeless to find housing.

Last year’s  Sleep Out events raised over £50,000 with the proceeds helping to fund projects around Edinburgh and Lothian shelters.

by Cormac Rae

 

The Old Bailey has heard today that Thomas Mair, 53, will not give evidence in his defence.

The victim’s husband Brendan Cox reacted on twitter to Thomas Mair’s decision:

The Labour MP for West Yorkshire was murdered outside a constituency surgery, serving her community and listening to local concerns.

Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour party posted this tribute on July 15th, the date of Mrs Cox’s funeral.