Funeral for tragic Riggi children

The three Riggi children

By Cara Sulieman

THREE children found dead in an Edinburgh flat earlier this month will be laid to rest in Aberdeen on Friday, it was announced today.

Twins Austin and Luke Riggi, eight, and their five year old sister Cecilia Riggi, were found dead in their home in Edinburgh on August 4.

There had been reports of an explosion at the townhouse in the Slateford area of the city leading to their discovery.

Theresa Riggi, 46, the children’s mother has since been charged in connection with their murder.

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Government job scheme under fire

By Cara Sulieman

THE GOVERNMENT has come under fire for only handing out employment funding to TWO Scottish firms.

The job creation fund has splashed £30 million on grants in Scotland but private firms has received just a fraction of that cost – with most going to local authorities.

They have been criticised for handing taxpayers’ money from one section of government to another and not supporting struggling private businesses.

The £1 billion Future Jobs Fund gives employers up to £6,500 to take on a young person aged 18 to 24 for six months.

But of the 10,328 grants handed out in Scotland, just 462 have gone to private businesses.

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Centrepiece staircase at Botanics closed due to damage

The staircase remains shut until a solution to the cracking can be foundBy Cara Sulieman

BOSSES at the cash-strapped Royal Botanic Gardens (RBGE) face a hefty bill after the centrepiece staircase of their new £15m building started to split.

The spiral stairs – part of the John Hope Gateway that opened in Edinburgh last October – have splits in the laminate covering the wood.

The stunning stairway is currently being supported by three wooden struts, and duct tape is plastered over the banister in one place.

Although staff insist they are perfectly safe to use, they have closed them down while architects try to find a solution.

But with £1 million lost in the Icelandic banking collapse last year, the charity can’t afford to spend much more on the building.

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