Edinburgh University student was child porn thrill seeker

By Cara Sulieman

A STUDENT who was caught with more than 1,000 sick images of underage girls and initially denied having the porn has been spared jail.

Jonathan Wright, 19, finally admitted to police he had downloaded them for the “thrill” when he was arrested in November last year.

SHAMED: Jonathan Wright

The Edinburgh University student told officers that he had downloaded the sick pictures to “see if they were real”.

And today (fri) at Edinburgh Sheriff Court the Geology student was sentenced to three years probation and 200 hours community service for possession of the images between August 26 and November 17 last year.

The court heard that the teenager downloaded the vile images after a “relationship break down”.

Defence agent Colm Dempsey said: “He experienced a traumatic relationship break down and then he engaged looking at adult pornography which deteriated into looking at these images. Continue reading

Campaign launched to get politicians behind sport in Scotland

By Christine Lavelle

OLYMPIC gold medalist Rhona Martin and MSP Margo MacDonald teamed up today to launch a sporting campaign which brings new meaning to the phrase first past the post.

VoteforSport is designed to raise the profile of sport throughout the Scottish Parliamentary elections next year.

Election hopefuls will be asked to agree to: “pledge to recognise the unique role, value and potential of sport in Scottish society and upon my election to the Scottish Parliament I will act as a Scottish sporting champion throughout my term in Parliament.” Continue reading

Sherlock violin finds home in museum

By Oliver Farrimond

A VIOLIN carved from a tree from Arthur Conan Doyle’s home has gone on display in a prestigious Scottish instrument collection.

The violin, which has been named “The Sherlock Violin” by creator Steve Burnett, was carved from a 170-year-old sycamore tree from the author’s childhood home in Edinburgh.

In Doyle’s celebrated novels, the super-sleuth would famously play the violin while solving cases.

Steve Burnett, who carved the violin from the sycamore, said that having the violin added to the Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments was a “real honour”.

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Student digs charges have gone up by almost a fifth

By Christine Lavelle

ACCOMMODATION at Scotland’s universities is more expensive than it has ever been – soaring past the £200 a week mark.

The most expensive student digs are at Edinburgh University, which has seven premium halls of residence rooms available, costing £216 per week.

St Andrews University in Fife, which houses 4,000 students a year, comes in second, where some en suite, catered rooms are costing £188, and even self catered rooms cost a massive £135 per week of term.

This is almost twice the amount charged at the University of the West of Scotland in Paisley, which boasts the cheapest halls in Scotland. Continue reading

Tubby lemurs lose weight to boost sex life

Bobby (left) and Noemie (right) have been on a low fat diet to shift their extra weight

By Cara Sulieman

A PAIR of lemurs have been trimming down for summer thanks to a little help from their keepers at Edinburgh Zoo.

Bobby and Noemie were piling on the pounds as they lazed around waiting for their next meal.

But after nine months of low fat food and more exercise, they have shed a kilo between them and are closing in on their target weight.

Extra weight would mean the pair being less likely to breed and, as they are an endangered species, it is important they produce offspring.

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Family and colleagues pay tribute to “charismatic” cyclist killed in accident

Dr Kostas Tourlas

By Cara Sulieman

SHOCKED colleagues of a cyclist who was killed in a tragic road accident at the weekend paid tribute to a “charismatic” and “popular” man today.

Dr Kostas Tourlas died in the collision with a Fiat Ulysse near Kirkliston Sports Centre on Saturday.

Workmates of the 37-year-old spoke of their “shock and disbelief” at his death.

Dr Tourlas had worked at London-based software consultancy firm Adelard since 2003 and moved to the capital about a year ago.

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Scots scientists make sleeping sickness breakthrough

By Cara Sulieman

SCOTS scientists have made a breakthrough into the treatment of sleeping sickness.

Boffins at the University of Edinburgh discovered how the sleeping sickness parasite lives inside the tsetse fly.

And they hope that this means they will be able to develop more effective treatments for the disease.

Up to 70,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa – which includes countries such as Ghana and Malawi – suffer from the disease which is transferred by the tsetse fly.

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