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Sick Kids Hospital Site Enters Public Consultation Period

Photo Above: Sick Kids Hospital © Kim Traynor on Wikipedia

Plans for the redevelopment of the Sick Kids Hospital site are being exhibited for public feedback.

The exhibitions are being held in St. Catherine’s Argyle Church by Holder Planning, who are acting as planning consultants on the project.

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McDonald’s Princes Street loses 24-hour license

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By Aisling Press

McDonald’s on Princes Street will no longer be permitted to open around the clock. The city centre branch, which is popular with late-night revellers, will now remain open no later than 3am.

The move comes after the City of Edinburgh Council Licensing Sub-Committee withdrew their consent for the all-night opening hours. Continue reading McDonald’s Princes Street loses 24-hour license

“Butcher of Bosnia” Ratko Mladic found guilty of genocide at UN tribunal

By Silja Froelich

Photo Above: Ratko Mladić © UN Criminal Tribunal

Former Bosnian Serb commander, Ratko Mladic, known as the “Butcher of Bosnia” has been found guilty of genocide at the UN tribunal in The Hague.

The sentence comes as a result of Mladic’s perpetration of the worst atrocities of the 1990s Bosnian war. Continue reading “Butcher of Bosnia” Ratko Mladic found guilty of genocide at UN tribunal

Could the UK’s ‘Victorian’ attitude to working hours be to blame for falling productivity levels?

By Indigo Stafford

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This October it was announced that levels of productivity in UK workplaces are continuing to fall.

A Glasgow based business guru says the UK’s poor productivity levels are due to our outdated “Victorian” attitude to work.

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Brexit rows dominate PMQs as Corbyn attacks Tory Brexit ‘shambles’

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By Peter Urpeth

A noisy and combative PMQs ahead of the budget today was dominated by rows over Brexit, with Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn attacking the Prime Minister on issues ranging from Northern Ireland and worker’s rights to immigration and tax avoidance.

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Edinburgh Airport has the best Halloween ever

More than 1.2 million passengers used Edinburgh Airport in October, making it the busiest October on record for the terminal.

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, previously said: “It may have been Halloween in October but passengers weren’t scared to travel, with Edinburgh Airport recording another record month and the seventh consecutive month of more than one million people coming through the terminal.” Continue reading Edinburgh Airport has the best Halloween ever

UK Supreme Court approves alcohol minimum pricing

Today the UK Supreme Court has approved Scotland’s Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) Act, ruling against The Scotch Whisky Association’s (SWA) final chance of appeal.

 

Five years after the  bill was backed by MSP’s at Holyrood, the new legislation is set to enforce a 50p minimum price per unit on alcohol.

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May hints at emergency service VAT Budget move

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Prime Minister Theresa May has hinted that next week’s UK budget might contain a move to alleviate the impact of VAT liability on Scotland’s emergency services.

In response to a question at today’s PMQs from the  SNP’s Westminster Leader, Ian Blackford, May said: “We will look at this issue and report on it in due course. I am pleased to say that very constructive representations have been made by my Scottish colleagues on this particular issue.”

But the PM also hit back at the SNP’s position stating that the Scottish Government had “pressed ahead despite knowing that” the creation of unified, Scotland-wide emergency service authorities in 2013 would make the services liable for VAT payments.

The SNP’s Westminster Leader, Ian Blackford, also urged the prime minister to repay the £140 million the services had  paid since their liability began.

 

 

 

18-year-old girl expelled from Fettes College

AN 18-YEAR-OLD has been expelled from Fettes College after being caught in bed with another student on a school trip.

The unnamed girl, who was on an international trip with the college at the time, was reprimanded following the event and further expelled by Headmaster Geoffrey Stanford.

The £33,000-a-year college issued the following statement:

“Fettes College regret to confirm that an 18-year-old girl broke the School Rules on an international school trip.”

The college – that has seen the likes of ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair, Hollywood A-lister Tilda Swinton and ex-Rangers supremo Sir David Murray through their doors – hasn’t been without controversy in recent years.

The ordeal comes just two-months after a 16-year-old student was expelled after attending chapel on ecstasy.

2009 saw four students expelled for a boozy, drug-fuelled party off campus.

The ecstasy ordeal was discovered following the strange behaviour of the student in the morning chapel service.

He was taken to hospital where it was discovered he had been taking the class A pills, some of which were found in his room.

Concerning last weeks expulsion, Fettes continued: “As a result of her actions she is no longer a pupil at Fettes college.”