Chinese students are crucial to Scotland’s education sector

By Christine Lavelle

UNIVERSITIES in Scotland are cashing in China’s “crucial” student population to bolster the country’s educational sector.

Education Secretary Mike Russell said China has become a key strategy in attracting more students to study in Scotland and encouraging more researching funding from the Far East for Scottish universities.

He said it could open up an “unlimited market” for teaching English to Chinese students.

He said: “Children at almost every level are keen to learn English, and their parents are keen to learn English to a high standard, and Scotland is well placed to deliver as much as it wants to do.” Continue reading

Scots councils pay for weather forecast

By Cara Sulieman

THREE SCOTS councils are shelling out £90,000 for someone to predict the weather.

Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannanshire Councils are paying the Met Office to provide them with a detailed forecast so they can decide how much grit is needed for roads in their area.

It comes after the country was brought to a standstill last winter when local authorities across Scotland ran out of salt.

But motoring organisations say they need to prepare for a bad winter no matter what the forecast says to avoid a repeat of last year’s chaos.

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Edinburgh film festival artistic director steps down

Hannah McGill has stepped aside as Artistic Director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival

By Cara Sulieman

THE ARTISTIC Director of the Edinburgh film festival is standing down after four years in the role.

It was announced today that Hannah McGill was moving on from her role with the internationally renowned festival.

She joined the festival in 2001 as a programme consultant before she took over as curator in 2006.

As she prepared to leave, the chair of the EIFF, Iain Smith, said that Ms McGill has been “a huge asset” and she had helped the festival grow.

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Tilda Swinton says Oscar funded arts project

By Zoë Keown

SCOTTISH actress Tilda Swindon has admitted that her Hollywood bonus for winning an Oscar saved her festival venue.

Swinton, 49, who won an Academy for her part in the film Michael Clayton, said that she had not been able to afford the rent of the bingo hall for her Cinema of Dreams project when she took on the lease.

But her win at the 2007 Oscars came just in time to pay the £20,000 a year bill.

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Schoolkids rub shoulders with stars

By Cara Sulieman

YOUNG filmmakers will be rubbing shoulders with the stars this week as their creations hit the film festival.

Schools across Edinburgh were asked to submit their drama, documentary and animation films to a competition that plays a staring role in the line up of this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Over 140 films were handed in by 38 institutions, including primary, secondary, nursery and special needs schools.

Forty of the best entries are being screened on Thursday and Friday night following the gala opening of the festival tonight.

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Council workers suspended

By Cara Sulieman

MORE THAN a dozen workers have been suspended from a Scots council after a racist email was sent round a group of employees.

It is believed that the staff at City of Edinburgh Council then either replied to the original email or forwarded it on, resulting in their suspensions.

The content is not known, but insiders have confirmed that it was of a “racist nature”.

It was raised with senior staff and disciplinary procedures invoked.

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World’s most beautiful teenager is from Fife

Emma McInnes as she collects her crown

Emma McInnes as she collects her crown

By Cara Sulieman

A SEXY Scots gym instructor has been voted the world’s most beautiful teenager.

Emma McInnes, 17, scooped the Miss Teen Galaxy crown in Florida after wowing the judges in gruelling week-long contest.

The Fifer jetted home last night with her new title after a lavish ceremony on Saturday night.

Emma broke the news to her friends over Facebook with the message: “I am now Miss Teen International!”

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