Day: 10 October 2021

Glasgow Warriors centre Nick Grigg puts solid form down to good esprit de corps in camp

IT IS premature, probably by a year or two at least, to talk of Glasgow in connection with any serious challenge for silverware in the United Rugby Championship. They are a young team, with some new signings still bedding in and others yet to make their debuts, and it will take time for them to …

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The four fugitives at the top of Scotland’s most wanted list

ONE of Scotland’s most wanted people has just dropped off the list this week following an arrest in the Netherlands.  Mark Quinn, 57, was detained over alleged drug crimes committed in Scotland between 2013 and 2014. He is facing extradition to Scotland after his arrest in the Netherlands.  But who are the four remaining men who are …

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Hundreds take part in Edinburgh’s first Race for Life since pandemic

PEOPLE across Scotland’s capital united against cancer by taking part in the city’s first Race for Life in almost two years. Around 1,000 people took part in the 5K and 10K Race for Life events at Holyrood Park on Sunday. Sponsorship money is still coming in but it is estimated around £46,426 was raised for life-saving research at the …

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Irvine: Pensioner dies after car smashes into Riverside Retail Park

Police are appealing for witnesses after a pensioner died following a crash at a retail park. Jean Walker, 85, was driving when her car hit a building at Riverside Retail Park in Irvine at about 9.55am on Wednesday. She was taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow where she died from her injuries …

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I hope someone monitors the noxious emissions COP26 generates – haven’t the great and good heard of Zoom?

There is going to be massive and unprecedented disruption over COP26 next month, and not just because of the protests. Roads around the venue, the Scottish Event Campus (SEC), will be closed, including the Clydeside Expressway and several other streets in the vicinity. The River Clyde will also be shut to boats in front of …

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Prime numbers: How stamp duty-dodging Tony Blair became a multi-millionaire

The Pandora Papers revealed Tony and Cherie avoided paying £312k in stamp duty – pocket change to the ex-PM   It’s easy to spot Tony Blair’s London home in Connaught Square in Bayswater, just a short walk from Marble Arch. The two uniformed police officers on the doorstep toting machine guns are the giveaway. There …

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Super6: Fergus Pringle hails Watsonians’ character after victory over Ayrshire Bulls

Watsonians booked home advantage in this coming Friday night’s Super6 3rd/4th place play-off clash against Stirling County with an emphatic win, which brought the Bulls back down to the earth with a bump following a series of impressive victories.  On a practical level, the defeat does not really impact the men from the west, as they …

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Scot arrested at Glasgow Prestwick Airport over ‘cocaine coach’ intercepted in Dover

A man has been arrested after stepping off a flight at Glasgow Prestwick Airport over the attempted importation of almost a quarter of a tonne of cocaine in a bus.  The 45-year-old from Irvine in North Ayrshire, was detained by National Crime Agency Officers as he arrived from spain on Saturday.  The drugs were discovered at Dover …

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Laura Muir scoops Scottish Athlete of the Year award as she targets further success

Laura Muir is still coming to terms with her Olympic medal success more than two months on from Tokyo – but insists it helps fuel her future ambitions. The 1500m silver medallist was named 4J Studios Scottish Athlete of the Year for 2021 at the 4J Annual Awards on Saturday night in Glasgow. Scottish Athletics …

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Warnings of mental health ’emergency’ as a third of helpline calls ignored

ALMOST a third of all calls to Scotland’s mental health helpline went unanswered in one year, new data has revealed. Details obtained by the Scottish Liberal Democrats shows that more than 40,000 phone calls to the NHS24 Mental Health Hub went unanswered between June 2020 and June 2021. Of the total 129,200 calls, 31 per …

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