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Following an incident at the weekend when firefighters had to rescue three people from the Water of Leith at the Shore in Edinburgh, fire chiefs are urging people to be aware of the dangers that open water can pose. Three men aged 23, 32 and 39 were pulled from the water at 10.30pm on Saturday (17 July). It is...

Monday 19th July 2010

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News about Edinburgh from other sites and newspapers The Daily Record carries the story about the rescue from the Water of Leith at the weekend.. which we also highlight here. The Commonwealth Games take place in Glasgow in 2014. In advance of that there is something called the Delhi Handover. The Scotsman tries to tell us about three sporting...

Coffee of the week

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Coffee has become a very important part of our daily lives. The coffee industry in the UK has become a significant money-spinner - £730 million was spent on drinking coffee in the UK last year. According to an industry source, coffee is the most popular worldwide drink, and although the USA drinks about one third of all the coffee exported...

Adelaide Sosseh

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Adelaide Sosseh, Co-Chair of the largest anti-poverty campaign in the world will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Big Tent Festival. Adelaide a renowned campaigner from The Gambia, who co-chairs the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) will be at the launch of Big Tent on Friday 23rd July and will address festival go-ers at a joint presentation...

The Big Tent

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It’s summertime, the weather is fabulous (?) the schools are on holiday and Scotland’s leading green festival is almost upon us. Opening night is less than a week away and this year’s event, is set to be the best ever with King Creosote headlining the Black Isle Brewery Main Stage whilst the Lomond Ceilidh Band will have everyone dancing over...

Weekend news

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A round-up of what the papers and some websites are saying.... The Scotsman has the dismal news that Bank of Scotland will sponsor the Festival Fireworks this year for the last year.....they have spent £4m on the catherine wheels and rockets over the years. But how much have they recouped in advertising? Anyway it now seems to...

Crown Estates

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Net income of The Crown Estate fell by 7% last year to £210.7 million according to their financial results announced yesterday. The Crown Estate earned a net income surplus (profit) of £210.7 million in the year ending 31 March 2010. This is paid to the Treasury and helps reduce the fiscal deficit. Primarily because of the exceptionally low...

Rubbish, Rubbish, Rubbish!

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Rubbish looms large again on Edinburgh streets - according to.....The Herald (Page 5 of the News section of the print edition) and here online which has the scandalous story that there will be big black wheelie bins on Heriot Row soon.... and show photos from a street which is definitely not Heriot Row to illustrate it. There...

Carers need to get involved

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Care users and their families in Edinburgh are being given the chance to join a unique group set up to drive up care standards across the country. The Care Commission is recruiting new members to join the next quarterly forum of its Involving People Group (IPG), which will discusses how care services and standards can be improved across...

No port in Portobello

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The Local Government Scotland Act 1973 gave councils powers to pass bye-laws about drinking outside. Lothian and Borders Police and their partner agencies have announced that a byelaw prohibiting the antisocial consumption of alcohol will be enforced on Portobello beach this summer. Officers from Portobello's Safer Neighbourhood Team and representatives from The City of ...

Plea for next of kin

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Lothian and Borders Police are renewing an appeal for help in tracing the relatives of a man who died in Edinburgh at the end of June. John Stevenson was found dead at his home in Gracemount Drive on Wednesday 30th June. There are no suspicious circumstances, and a report has been sent to the Procurator Fiscal. The 77-year-old...

No Knives Better Lives

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Fife Police had their launch of this initiative last week.....So now The No Knives Better Lives campaign has been launched in Edinburgh. Lothian and Borders Police and the City of Edinburgh Council are taking part in the Scottish Government drive to make young people aware of the dangers of using and carrying knives. The campaign, which...
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