Gamu and family granted right to appeal deportation

FORMER X Factor hopeful Gamu Nhengu and her family have been granted the right to appeal against a decision to deport them from the UK.

The 18-year-old singer’s mother Nokuthula Ngazana had an application to extend her working visa rejected last month by the Home Office, after she allegedly received £16,000 in tax credits she was not entitled to.

But the family – who have been living in Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire, for eight years – have been given the right to contest the claims during a hearing at the Immigration Court in Glasgow on 26 November.

Ms Ngazana, 42, the widow of a lawyer in Zimbabwe, came to Scotland to study nursing eight years ago but her visa expired and has not been extended.

Gamu and her two younger brothers Milton, 12, and Marty, five, have been waiting patiently with their mother to find out their fate. Continue reading

Scottish culture changed by mortgages say property experts

STRICT mortgage restrictions are causing a major cultural change in Scotland, property experts claimed today (wed).

New figures show that between July and September of this year there was unprecedented demand for private rented accommodation.

That is because first time buyers are being forced to look for average deposits of £21,500 in some cases to get a foot on the property ladder.

But it has seen a boon in the number of people taking out long term rentals instead.

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Rugby player Max Evans appears in court

SCOTLAND rugby player Max Evans has made a second court appearance over allegations that he glassed a clubber in the face.

The 27-year-old appeared on petition at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today charged with striking Alisdair McCaig in the face with a glass to his severe injury, permanent disfigurement and permanent impairment.

The alleged assault took place at swish Lulu Nightclub on George Street in the early hours of August 1 this year.

The Glasgow Warriors player made no plea nor declaration when he appeared in front of Sheriff Shelagh McCall and was committed for further examination.

Evans was released on bail with the conditions that he doesn’t approach Mr McCaig and that he stays out of Lulu Nightclub in Edinburgh.

The centre is expected to start in Scotland’s first game of the autumn season against the All Blacks on November 13.

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Former Bay City Roller says stress caused his heart attack

By Christine Lavelle

FORMER Bay City Roller Pat McGlynn is recovering at home after suffering from a heart attack.

The one time pop star told how he feared for his life when doctors informed him he needed urgent treatment.

The 52-year-old teen sensation said he had put a spell of chest tightness down to his heavy smoking, but was shocked to find out the seriousness of his condition.

Mr McGlynn was alone when he began to feel unwell, experiencing shortness of breath and pains in his chest.

He managed to get himself to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh where medics leapt into action immediately. Continue reading

Union chiefs want Lothian Buses to run the Edinburgh trams

 By Clare Carswell 
UNION chiefs are calling for Edinburgh’s controversial new tram services to be run by the city’s award winning bus operator instead. They argue that Lothian Buses already runs a profitable service and can turn around the ailing fortunes of the project by wresting control from TEL – the company currently poised to operate the lines. 

It follows the shock departure yesterday of David MacKay, chairman of the company behind the TIE construction project which has been dogged by delays, legal battles and spiralling costs. 

In a parting shot, he branded the elements of the project as “hell on wheels” and launched a furious broadside against the German contractors, Bilfinger Berger

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