Salmond slammed for “forgetting what he stands for”

Alex Salmond has been accused of forgetting what the SNP stands for

By Zoe Keown

THE SNP has been slammed for forgetting what it stands for after leader Alex Salmond backed out of plans to put Scottish independence to a vote.

Speaking of the party, Salmond’s former deputy Jim Sillars said: “They are extremely competent in handling their briefs but they’ve forgotten that they are supposed to be leading a national movement for independence.”

With the party already slumping behind Labour in the polls, it is also thought the leader’s neglect to highlight the party’s self-rule aims will put the party’s re-election prospects at risk.

Sillars added: “Being competent ministers doesn’t automatically translate into support from the public unless you campaign for what you say you stand for.”

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Thug who claimed he didn’t know he had knife jailed

By Martin Graham

A THUG who claimed he didn’t realise he had a knife in his pocket has been jailed after being caught with a blade for the SEVENTH time.

Jon James Wood, 31, was jailed for 16 months by Sheriff Kenneth Maciver at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today after pleading guilty to the charge.

The court heard how Wood had been stopped and searched by police on Princes Street in Edinburgh on June 4 this year.

The officers found a lock knife with a two inch blade inside his jacket pocket, and arrested and charged him.

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Former Hearts boss launching legal battle against club

By Cara Sulieman

FORMER Hearts boss Csaba Laszlo will launch a legal bid against his old club next week when he takes them to an employment tribunal over the sudden end to his reign there earlier this year.

The Hungarian is suing Heart of Midlothian FC for unfair dismissal and breach of contract after his dismissal in January.

The tribunal has been set down to last four days, scheduled to start on Tuesday, with Mr Laszlo is expected to give evidence in person about the controversial end of his time with the Edinburgh side.

He initially had a flying start at Tynecastle, leading the team to third place in the SPL and qualifying for the Europa League.

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Charity football match for honeymoon Scots


John and Nicola Tams were hit by a car on their honeymoon

By Cara Sulieman

A CHARITY football match is to be held to help raise money for a Scot who was left fighting for his life after being hit by a car on honeymoon.

John Tams, 30, was on holiday with his new wife Nicola when they were mowed down by a speeding motorist in Sorrento.

Nicola, 31, suffered broken ribs and was treated in hospital before being released after the accident two weeks ago.

But John is still in intensive care after he had to be put in a medically induced come to treat head and facial injuries.

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Hundreds gear up for weekend Rat Race across Edinburgh

By Cara Sulieman

HUNDREDS of people are gearing up for this year’s Rat Race urban assault course of jumping, swimming, cycling and running taking place in Edinburgh at the weekend.

Competitors will take over parts Edinburgh and surrounding area as they do their best to complete the challenges along the way.

Navigating their way around the city, teams could be asked to eat haggis, dook for apples, play water polo or race a space hopper at the various check points dotted around the Lothians.

The 600 competitors won’t know the route until the day of the event itself and have no idea what challenges to expect.

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Lockerbie bomber won’t let public see his health records

By Cara Sulieman

THE LOCKERBIE bomber has banned his health reports from becoming public.

After being released with just three months to live last August, Abdelbaset al Megrahi has to provide East Renfrewshire Council with a monthly update on his health.

But his lawyers have been asked to prevent the public from getting their hands on the reports, which are used to keep to Scottish Government informed of the Libyan’s progress.

Opposition politicians have been calling for the information on his health to be made public. They argue that the public have a right to know what’s happening.

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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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Swastika at football match causes outrage

By Cara Sulieman

A FAN was cautioned by police for waving a Swastika during a junior football match, it was revealed yesterday.

The man in his mid-20s was clocked by officers at the Emirates Scottish Junior Cup tie between Bathgate Thistle and Bo’ness United at the weekend.

The Bo’ness supporter was then asked to take down the eight foot high flag emblazoned with the Nazi emblem.

It came after complaints of sectarian songs being sung in pubs before the game, and sick chants about Vicky Hamilton’s murder during the match.

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Distillery bosses resurrect 130-year-old still

Jim McEwan is preparing to create new blends with the experimental stills

By Cara Sulieman

WHEN a tiny Hebridean distillery needed to bring in more equipment to meet rising demand, they ditched plans to buy new state of the art machinery and decided to resurrect a 130-year-old still, thought to be the oldest in the world.

Islay distillers Bruichladdich are almost ready to begin conjuring new whiskies with the still used when the original factory opened in 1881.

The company have also brought in a second still – dubbed Ugly Betty by staff – that they rescued from the closed-down Allied Distillers, near Dumbarton.

Distillery boss Mark Reynier said that they were both unique and would allow them to “play” with their spirits.

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Tragic Carol Jarvis laid to rest




The children of Carol Jarvis outside the funeral parlour

The children of Carol Jarvis outside the funeral parlour



By Cara Sulieman

THE family of tragic Carol Jarvis paid tribute to a “loving mother” and “devoted wife” as they laid her to rest today (Friday).

A floral tribute spelling out ‘MUM’ in white carnations lay on the coffin alongside three pictures of Carol – including one of her in her wedding dress – at the Co-operative Funeral Parlour in Livingston, where the thanks-giving service was held.

Almost 100 people gathered to pay their respects to the mother-of-four who was 47 years old when she was found dead in her home in Bathgate on September 16.

Friends and family wept as the minister spoke about her love of Girls Aloud, Daniel O’Donnell and dancing the ‘Jive’.

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