Lorraine Kelly in a flap at tv switchover event

TELEVISION presenter, Lorraine Kelly was in Edinburgh’s Festival Square  yesterday (Fri) with Digit Al, the switchover robot, to kick off Digital UK’s countdown to Scotland becoming a fully digital nation.

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Prison bosses splash out on LCD televisions for inmates

PRISON bosses have come under fire over plans to buy new state of the art televisions for jails across the country.

The Scottish Prison Service has put out a tender for a two-year contract to supply around 3,200 new televisions for all but two of Scotland’s prisons.

It states that they will only accept new energy-efficient LCD models with in-built DVD players to meet “green targets”.

Although the tender doesn’t contain a guide price, estimations show that even £150 budget models would set them back £48,000.

The plans have been criticised by politicians, who say that prisoners shouldn’t be able to enjoy equipment that ordinary “law abiding people” can’t afford.

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Scottish soldiers join forces with Afghan National Police

2 Scots joined forces with the Afghan National Police to drive out insurgants

SCOTTISH soldiers joined forces with the Afghan National Police to claim back a huge part of the country from the Taleban.

In just a few hours they drove out insurgents, arrested key leaders of the terrorist group and seized a massive haul of drugs and weapons.

Operation ZMARAY SARAK 5 saw three security forces come together, including the 2 Scots the Royal Highland Fusiliers.

Three drugs runners were captured along with 250 kilogrammes of heroin in the first part of the process to clear the area around Lashkar Gah in Helmand Province.

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Man appears in court over Livingston rape

A MAN has appeared in court in connection with a serious sexual assault in Livingston on Wednesday.

Barry MacMillan, 26, appeared on petition at Livingston Sheriff Court today charged with rape and breach of the peace.

A woman was subjected to a “terrifying” sex attack near a public footpath in the town at 5.15pm on Wednesday.

It took place in bushes close to the path between Cedarbank and Colverbank in the Ladywell area.

MacMillan made no plea nor declaration and was committed for further examination.

He will remain in custody until his next appearance next week.

REPORT: Cara Sulieman

Decanter of whisky expected to raise thousands for charity

The unique combination is expected to make $100,000 at auction.

A DECANTER of whisky is expected to reach more than £61,981 ($100,000) at auction after being showcased around the world.

The unique crystal decanter holds 1.5 liters of rare Macallan 64 year old whisky.

The estimate means that each dram of the spirit costs £1,032 ($1,666).

Raising money for charity:water, it has been touring the world in the last year to whip up interest in the auction.

At every stop along the way a 10cl bottle of the rare spirit has been auctioned off along with two special tumblers.

In Taipei it went for a whopping £25,408 ($41,000) and so far the auctions have raised £89,845 ($145,000).

But it Monday’s auction that is expected to raise the most for the charity, which provides access to clean, safe drinking water in developing nations.

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Golf book tee’d up for Christmas sale

A LIMITED edition new book is set to make a hole in one’s pocket this Christmas – selling at £3000 a time.

The distinctive Golf Links of Scotland book has been over four years in the making and is the creation of renowned golf photographer Iain Macfarlane Lowe and golf expert George Peper, with just 145 copies going on sale.

The £3,000 hand-made book is being hailed as the definitive tribute to the Old Course at St Andrews and to 18 other seaside links across Scotland including Turnberry, Muirfield and Carnoustie.

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Video: Colourful giraffes take over Stockbridge

A PARADE of giraffes took to the streets of Edinburgh yesterday (Thur) to celebrate local businesses and raise money for charity.

The 5ft figures were decorated in a range of different colours and styles to represent the 40 businesses in Stockbridge taking part.

Comedian Craig Hill launched the event which saw the giraffes marching with a little help from their owners.

They ranged from GI Giraffe – a giraffe decorated in army paint to represent Edinburgh City Boot Camps to Queen Elizabeth- and the regal giraffe decorated with a collar, pearls and a crown for The Bead Shop.

One of the giraffes was signed by Tears of a Giraffe author Alexander McCall Smith and another by the Scottish rugby team.

REPORT: Amanda MacMillan