University unveils “green” supercomputer

By Cara Sulieman

A SCOTS university has unveiled a “green” supercomputer that can process data more than 1000 times faster than the average PC.

Eddie – the main supercomputer at University of Edinburgh – has been upgraded to make him more environmentally friendly.

The system – based at the Edinburgh Compute and Data Facility – can now run more complex problems in less time and using less energy.

Eddie will aid university research into areas such as bioinformatics, speech processing, particle physics, material physics, chemistry, cosmology and neurology.

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Prostitute who gave oral sex in cemetery has public indecency conviction quashed

By Cara Sulieman

A PROSTITUTE who gave a customer oral sex in a cemetery has had her conviction for public indecency quashed because there wasn’t enough evidence to prove she had meant to be caught.

Donna Fearn was originally found guilty of an act of public indecency after a trial at Dundee Sheriff Court.

It came after officers found her with a client in the Eastern Cemetery and Necropolis in Dundee on July 11, 2009.

Officers spotted her speaking to a man before crossing the road and entering the graveyard with him.

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Hearts player appears in court charged with lewd and libidinous behaviour

By Cara Sulieman

FOOTBALLER Craig Thomson appeared in court today charged with lewd and libidinous behaviour towards girls between 12 and 16.

The Hearts defender appeared in private at Edinburgh Sheriff Court and made no plea nor declaration.

The 19-year-old faces three charges of lewd and libidinous behaviour under the Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 1995.

He was released on bail to his address in Bonnyrigg, Midlothian.

Thomson was named man of the match for his club debut in the Europa League clash against Dinamo Zagreb in August 2009.

In September of the same year he was named SPL young player of the month.

Edinburgh hosts European Military Climbing Competition

By Christine Lavelle and Clare Carswell

EDINBURGH played host to military climbing teams from across Europe this week for the European Military Climbing Competition.  The British team consisting of service men and woman from the Royal Navy, the RAF and the Army, made their final preparations for the competition at Edinburgh Castle.

There were more than 100 participants at the Edinburgh International Climbing Centre during the two day event from Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.

Two schoolboys charged by police over alleged Trinity assault

by Clare Carswell

TWO BOYS aged just 12 have been charged over an alleged attack which left an 11-year-old unconscious outside a school.

Lothian and Borders Police who investigated the incident which was claimed to have been filmed by pupils using mobile phones, confirmed today (fri) that the pair will be referred to the Children’s Reporter.

In a statement, a spokesman said: “Two 12-year-old boys were charged (October 28) in connection with an alleged assault on an 11-year-old boy on Craighall Road next to Trinity Academy in Edinburgh on Friday 1st October.

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Sheriff Banned For Two Years Over Drink Driving

by Peter Laing

A drink drive sheriff took to the wheel while over the limit because he was depressed over the traumatic death of his father.

Robert Anthony, 48, was banned from driving for two years and fined £650 pounds after he admitted drink driving on September 30 this year.

Livingston Sheriff Court heard that date would have been Anthony’s father’s birthday and that the sheriff had been suffering from depression that week because of the death of another friend.

BANNED: Former sheriff Robert Anthony

Anthony, a married father of three from West Lothian, had already resigned from his £123,000-a-year job.  The court allowed Anthony four weeks to pay because he has not worked since resigning from the bench.

The court heard that at 5pm on the day of the incident, police received information about a motor vehicle and went to Anthony’s home.

Anthony admitted he had been driving his car and was taken to Livingston police station where tests showed he had an alcohol level of 92 micrograms of alcohol in his breath when the legal limit is 35 making him almost three times the limit. Continue reading