Jim Murphy MP helps out with Hibs pre-season preparations

By Oliver Farrimond

SECRETARY of State for Scotland Jim Murphy MP lent a hand with Hibs‘ pre-season preparations yesterday.

The MP for East Renfrewshire helped to cut grass at Easter Road stadium to promote jobs for out-of-work Scots with football teams.

His appearance follows the announcement that unemployment in Scotland has risen to 176,000 – a rise of more than 40,000.

He said: “This is an important message that football clubs who are supported by communities want to give something back – I think it’s a real cause for celebration.

“There is a recession sweeping the globe and every town and city is affected by it, including Scotland.

“We can’t answer every problem and we can’t stop everyone losing their jobs, but we can do everything possible to try to get people back to work.”

The UK Government’s scheme to employ up to 100 young fans is being given serious consideration by SPL clubs.

The plan, aimed at those between 18 and 24 and claiming jobseeker’s allowance, is part of the governments plan to ensure young people have the skills to hold down long-term jobs in the future.

Farming pioneer leaves over £1.7 million in will

By ALEXANDER LAWRIE

A POPULAR Scots farmer who helped set up the Countryside Commission for Scotland has left over £1.7 million in his will.

Alistair Campbell OBE passed away in June last year and his recently published estate has revealed the true extent of the Perthshire farmer’s wealth.

Included in his legacy is the family home, Grainston Farm, and the accompanying 340 acres of land which has been valued at £1.47 million.

His portfolio contained substantial holdings in companies such as BAE Systems, Cadbury PLC and HBOS.

The large estate is to be divided up equally between Mr Campbell’s three children and his grandchildren.

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Scots hospital found to be wasting food

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By ALEXANDER LAWRIE

A SCOTTISH hospital has been found wasting thousands of pounds on food wastage.

Around 32,000 portions of leftover sausages, bacon and cakes are being thrown into the rubbish bin every year by staff at Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary.

Documents revealing the waste have recently been released under the Freedom of Information Act.

And a catering industry expert claims all the wasted food would cost at least £5,000 if bought in bulk.

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Health authority apologise to teenager’s family

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By ALEXANDER LAWRIE

A SCOTTISH health body has been forced to apologise to the family of a teenager with learning difficulties after dentists removed eight of his teeth without permission.

The trauma was so bad the unnamed 19 year-old screamed the words “dentist – sore” over a year and a half after the treatment was forced upon him.

The angry mum made an official complaint after her son began to develop a large, infected sore following the distressful event made him bite down onto his bottom lip.

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Scots schoolboys invent new iPhone application

Portobello Schoolboy Geniuses

By ALEXANDER LAWRIE

A SCOTS schoolboy dubbed “the next Bill Gates” has invented an iPhone application which could make him an instant millionaire.

Angus Ireland, 15, from Edinburgh, and three pals have come up with an application which could be the next big thing on Apple’s must-have accessory.

The four boys have created an “app” to help shoppers to find the best bargains in their area.

Bringing together price comparison sites such as Kelkoo and the iPhone’s GPS locator, the idea allows bargain-hunters find the cheapest supplier of any product.

Angus and three classmates at Portobello High – Andrew Flowers, 14, Mikal Jedrzejczak, 14, and Rory Harper, 15 – have christened their innovative product the ‘iDeal’.

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“Last Post” funeral for death plunge postie David Candlish

08 Candlish postman tributes webby

By Michael MacLeod

TRIBUTES have been pouring in from residents mourning the loss of their beloved local POSTIE – days after he plunged to his death off a Scots mountain.

A carpet of flowers, cards and football strips of his favourite club Dunfermline have been laid at local sorting office in Fife from devastated locals.

And his colleagues are planning to wear full Royal Mail uniforms in an emotional ‘Last Post’ tribute for his forthcoming funeral.

Tragic David Candlish, 26, from Dunfermline, Fife – son of former Raith Rovers star Chris – died in Glencoe on Saturday.

His Bebo page has been inundated with tributes since, reading: “I can’t believe I won’t see you driving the little red post van.”

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Dogs attack two innocent bystanders

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By ALEXANDER LAWRIE

POLICE are hunting the owners of two dogs who savaged innocent bystanders in separate attacks just yards apart.

The horrific attacks took place at the Westside Plaza complex in Wester Hailes, Edinburgh on Tuesday afternoon.

Both attacks left their victims covered in blood with at least one of the casualties requiring medical attention for treatment to their wounds.

The first attack took place around 4pm when a young girl, who police say is thought to be under the age of 10, was badly bitten by a dog chained to a shopping trolley outside Huxters pub.

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