Fencer who beat deadly illness is set to represent Scotland

By Christine Lavelle

A WOMAN who had to have a partial liver transplant when she was just nine years old is getting to represent Scotland in a Commonwealth fencing competition.

Anna Burnett, 25, from Ratho in Edinburgh, spent most of her childhood under a blue light, after she was diagnosed with Crigler-Najjar Syndrome shortly after she was born.

The rare condition, which causes jaundice, left her without a vital enzyme in the liver used to breakdown the waste material bilirubin – which can cause irreversible brain damage if it is left to build up.

For almost 10 years Ms Burnett had to spend hours of her day under a blue light designed to break down the toxin and process her blood, with the amount of time spent under the light increasing with her body mass. Continue reading


RBS pulls out of Edinburgh Doors Open Day due to security risks

By Amanda MacMillan

ROYAL Bank of Scotland bosses have been forced to slam shut plans to take part in Edinburgh’s prestigious Doors Open Day this weekend – for fear protestors would hijack their HQ.

The sprawling RBS campus at Gogarburn was supposed to be among a host of buildings taking part in the annual project which lets the public behind the walls of well known property.

Now in its 20th year the event gives people the chance to explore some of the city’s most architecturally, culturally and socially significant buildings including the Usher Hall, Burns Monument and City Chambers.

But fears protestors could take advantage just weeks after climate change activists lay siege to the site have prompted their withdrawal.

An RBS spokesperson confirmed: “We were very much looking forward to opening our doors to the Edinburgh community.  Continue reading

Voice recognition will solve Bay City Rollers’ ongoing battle

By Christine Lavelle

A FOUNDING member of the Bay City Rollers says he will use voice recognition experts to help prove he is entitled to a share of a £65 million claim for royalty payments.

Nobby Clark was the original lead singer in the band but left in 1973 before they shot to stardom.

His replacement Les McKeown and current members Duncan Faure, Eric Faulkner, Stuart Wood and brothers Alan and Derek Longmuir – both of whom helped found the band – launched a legal bid in 2007.

They are demanding £65 million in unpaid royalties from record label Arista.

But that action does not include the three other former members – Clark, Pat McGlynn and Ian Mitchell – who say they are being frozen out and launched their own separate legal bid in the States. Continue reading

Student’s artwork on display in new restaurant

By Amanda MacMillan

A TALENTED Edinburgh student’s artwork has been chosen to sit pride of place at a new restaurant.

Thyme, the new restaurant at Premier Inn Central on Lauriston Place, teamed up with George Heriot’s and St Thomas of Aquins  high schools to invite budding artists to create their own interpretations of popular Edinburgh landmarks.

The winning piece of art was created by Andy Jack, 17, a sixth year pupil at St Thomas of Aquins.

His panoramic interpretation of the Edinburgh skyline will now appear in the new restaurant and after a year on display it will be auctioned with all proceeds going to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh.

Andy will also receive a £150 “Love to Shop” voucher. Continue reading

Soldiers honoured for bravery in Afghanistan

By Amanda MacMillan

SCOTS-based soldiers have been honoured for acts of bravery while serving on a tough six-month tour of Afghanistan

The soldiers, all from the 3 RIFLES Battlegroup, had their awards announced in the Operational Honours List which was released today (Fri).

Lieutenant Colonel Nick Kitson, the 3rd Battalion’s commanding officer, was awarded a Distinguished Service Order, for continuous outstanding leadership during a seven month tour which saw 30 members of his Battlegroup killed in action and many more injured.

His citation reads: “Determined to apply a ‘people- centric’ approach to counter insurgency, Kitson improved conditions immeasurably for the people of Sangin and set about building a protected community by establishing a series of patrol bases on the outside of the town that would allow him to patrol inwards, guaranteeing the safety of the people that lived within. Continue reading

New renewable training centre for Edinburgh college

By Amanda MacMillan

A SCOTS college is going green as it launches a new training centre for renewable energies.

Edinburgh’s Telford College is beginning the initiative on Monday which will see a dedicated Renewable Energies Training Centre be built within the college’s campus in Granton.

The college will be signing a partnership agreement with PPL Training, who is one of the leading training providers for renewable energies in the UK, to launch the new centre. 

The centre will open in December 2010 and will provide training on a variety of renewable energy courses, from solar, photovoltaics (PV) to underground heat source pumps. Continue reading