Top GTA creator fails to arrive at uni’s games showcase – because of traffic

09napiergamesclassBy Rory Reynolds

THE SCOTS writer behind the global best-selling Grand Theft Auto video game series was a no-show at the opening of a new games lab yesterday – because of traffic.

Brian Baglow made his name from controversial game, in which players must speed through the city streets, running over pedestrians, and shooting up cop cars, to get to the next objective.

Edinburgh Napier University had hoped Baglow would unveil their new Interactive Entertainment degree programme and even delayed the event two hours in the hope he would turn up.

But they later conceded that traffic delays meant that the games developer and former student – now a PR consultant – didn’t make it to the launch in time.

The university has worked with Disney subsidiary Black Rock to ensure the new BSc degree course fully prepares graduates for the games industry. Continue reading

Seasonal flu jab launched ahead of busy winter for hospitals

seasonfluvaccine01By Rory Reynolds

A FLU jab expected to save thousands of lives was launched yesterday to reduce the number of people affected by bouts of winter flu.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited elderly and vulnerable individuals being inoculated with the seasonal flu jab and encouraged those at risk to come forward to accept the free vaccine.

The yearly programme is promoted to ease the strain on hospitals, as well as to ensure that vulnerable people are protected from flu, which evolves in its form each year.

Every winter one million doses of seasonal flu vaccine are made available to those aged 65 and over and those deemed ‘at risk’, as well as healthcare staff.

Speaking at the Davidson Mains Medical Centre in Edinburgh, Nicola Sturgeon said: “Having flu is never pleasant but most people make a quick recovery. Continue reading

Woman freed from crash after car rolls down busy carriageway

By Rory Reynolds

A WOMAN has survived a terrifying rush hour ordeal after her car flipped over and hurled down a busy carriageway.

The car came to a standstill on the busy A1, near Dunbar, East Lothian, leaving a female driver trapped in the vehicle, at around 7.05am yesterday morning.

The road was closed and huge tailbacks emerged while crews from Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service used hydraulic cutting tools to safely free the woman.

The driver was then taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary by ambulance after having been stuck in the smashed vehicle for around two hours.

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Ex-lawyer behind bars for keeping dead pensioner’s fortune

By Michael MacLeod

A GREEDY former lawyer has been jailed for three and a half years for taking almost half-a-million pounds from a dead pensioner’s will and using the cash to pay off his own debts.
Michael Karus at court
Michael Karus, 48, embezzled £413,052.81 while acting as the executor of the estate of the late Edith Hampton, who died aged 89 in 2003.

Sentencing him at Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday (Mon) Sheriff Derrick McIntyre said: “This was a grave breach of trust.

“The public are entitled to expect people like you acting in a position of trust to display the utmost integrity and you have clearly failed to do so in this case.”

Miss Hampton had worked in Edinburgh as a teacher all her life, leaving the huge sum of cash in her will to her cousin’s daughter, June Pirie.

But before Mrs Pirie even knew about the fortune left for her, shady Karus had already used it to settle debts in his own law and property firms and even paid off a personal credit card debt.
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Lollipop man quits over sweetie ban

John Hunter is giving up the job he loves because of council rules

John Hunter is giving up the job he loves because of council rules

By Cara Sulieman

A LOLLIPOP man has quit after being told he can’t high-five the kids or give out sweets anymore.

John Hunter, 69, has worked at Corstorphine Primary School in Edinburgh for 10 years and has always been popular with the children at the school.

He claims they queue up to receive one of this trademark high-fives and he dishes out chocolates on his birthday and a Christmas.

But after one parent complained he has been told that he can’t do either things, and John has decided to quit.

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Body of missing John Boylan found

Bernard Boylan with a picture of his son John

Bernard Boylan with a picture of his son John

By Cara Sulieman

THE missing brother of an SAS war hero has been found drowned in a Scots river.

The body John Boylan, 22, from Whitburn, West Lothian, was discovered on September 26 in the River Almond near Livingston.

He had been missing since September 3 and his body was pulled from the River Almond in Livingston on September 26, but police were only able to confirm his identity today (Mon).

His brother Colin MacLachlan, 35, a former special ops soldier who served three tours in Iraq where he was once captured and tortured by terrorists, was among worried relatives who had been “searching day and night”.

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Pensioner becomes oldest tennis champion at 76

John Duncan who smashed his own record when he won a tournament aged 76

John Duncan who smashed his own record when he won a tournament aged 76

By Cara Sulieman

A PENSIONER has become the oldest tennis champion in his club’s history after winning the senior doubles competition at the age of 76.

John Duncan – who is 77 next month – volleyed his way to the trophy with his partner Michael Roarty, beating players more than a quarter of a century younger than him along the way.

And he also bagged himself the record of the oldest champion in the 121 year history of Dalkeith Tennis Club.

The duo win a 6-2, 6-4 victory over senior men’s singles champion Frank Nisbet and his partner Richard Barron.

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