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Man in court following death in Merchiston, Edinburgh

by Celeste Carrigan

Victim Roger Gray

A 20-year-old man is due in court later today at Edinburgh’s Sheriff  Court. He was arrested on Wednesday in connection with the murder of Roger Gray.

The murder of Gray, a 64 year-old retired lecturer, is the third homosexual related murder in a month. His body was found in his home in the city’s up market area of Merchiston. Police broke in last Saturday morning after a suspected gas leak. A postmortem examination found that he had suffered multiple stab wounds from what is believed to  have been a “sustained attack”.

Gray’s death follows those of John Carter, 44, in Leith and a man in Pilton, who cannot be named for legal reasons. Detectives said there is nothing indicating a link between the three men but will be keeping an open mind.

For more information on this story tune into Edinburgh Napier News TV Bulletin at 3PM

Environment – Preparing for change

Global Hawk Pacific (GloPac) Belly Camera
Image by NASA Goddard Photo and Video via Flickr

A report from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) seems to suggest that recent engagement with eco-friendly activities may be too little too late.

The report, published last month, focusses on the urgent need for the UK to prepare for the effects that climate change will have.

Describing the report as “a wake-up call” Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman explains: “There is no part of our society which is immune from the effects of climate change.”

The report is the first of its kind to look not at how we should be looking to prevent global warming, but how businesses and homes should be adapting for the future.

Floods, heatwaves and droughts have all been forecast using computer models of climate change.

“The UK must start acting now,” said chairman of the CCC’s adaptation sub-committee, Lord Krebs.

It has been highlighted that preparing for the future may in fact help to reduce the overall effects of global warming.

“Super-insulating our homes and buildings will keep them warmer in winter and cooler in summer, and will also cut fuel bills,” said policy and campaigns director for Friends of the Earth UK, Craig Bennett.

But does this mean that recent activity has been in vein, or should institutions still do everything they can do reduce emissions and help those dependant on them to be more environmentally aware?

Many universities have recently invested large sums of money in being more eco-conscious.

The National Union of Students (NUS) is very much behind this campaign.

On the NUS website students are reminded of the “Three Rs”: Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

An interesting sub-topic on the page is the reference to the Freecycle network: an online community divided into cities where people can offer and receive goods for free.

Freecycle goods range from compact televisions to sofas and even to large quantities of garden soil – for people who may be interested in helping the environment by growing their own food – another suggestion on the website.

It seems that awareness itself may not be the issue.

Joe Boyd studies Chemical Engineering at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and said, “I think that students and young professionals do know enough about environmental issues, however, this doesn’t necessarily mean they make any more effort.

“Awareness isn’t the problem: people know it’s bad but if it takes effort they often forget or can’t be bothered.”

Alasdair Murison, also a Heriot-Watt student, confirmed Boyd’s opinion: “there should be more incentive to act environmentally, as many are aware, but see practicality and comfort as more important.”

The CCC report was not completely negative, however, highlighting the possibilities that a warmer climate may bring.

Wine production could become more common and the South East of the UK may be able to grow fruits like apricots and lemons.

National company rewards local students

By Ross Hart

A national financial software development company has linked up with an Edinburgh based university to reward the talent of local students.

Scott Logic, who have offices in London and Newcastle Upon Tyne as well as the capital, have come into partnership with Heriot Watt University to extend its programme of Excellence in Computer Science.

The programme rewards the top five students in year three of computer science at the Riccarton based university. The awards included prize money, a personalised glass hand-made by the National Glass Centre in Sunderland as well as a fast-track application form which guarantees the winning students an interview with the company.

One of the award winners from Heriot Watt, Scott Watson, received £100 and told of his delight at the acknowledgement of his work.

Award winner Scott Watson
Award winner Scott Watson

Speaking exclusively to Dunedin Napier News, Scott said: “I am delighted that a company such as Scott Logic has recognised my potential and rewarded me for my hard work.

“Other than the direct benefits, it’s a great thing to be able to include on my CV.”

Scott is also looking forward to the prospect of being able to go straight into the interview process for a post with the company.

He commented: “I’m excited about the opportunity to go for an interview at Scott Logic.  I’m very impressed with their company ethos and I could see myself thoroughly enjoying working for them.”

The 21 year old from Falkirk also believes that the company’s programme of Excellence is a positive for the Computer Science students at Heriot Watt.

“The awards programme is a great way of encouraging and identifying the brightest young minds”, he said.