Schoolboy flashed women before pulling down their leggings

By Cara Sulieman

A SICK schoolboy flashed at two women in their 20s – before trying to pull down one of their leggings.

Mohammad Sohaib, 16, started following the girls as they walked down Gordon Street in Edinburgh before grabbing one of them on the bum and asking her “why do people not like to have sex in this country?”

The teenager then exposed himself to both women before trying to pull down the leggings of the other girl.

Today at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, Sohaib pled guilty to two charges of assault and one of public indecency on February 15 this year.

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Volcanic ash leaves thousands stranded

All flights in and out of the UK have been cancelled

By Cara Sulieman & Rory Reynolds

THOUSANDS of passengers were stranded at Edinburgh Airport today (Thursday) as volcanic ash moved into Scottish airspace.

Staff at the airport greeted passengers with the news that the eruption in Iceland had sent a mass of ash into the atmosphere, grounding planes across the country.

With little information available, holiday makers and businessmen were trying to find other ways to get to their destination.

Tanya Nixon, 27, and her seven-year-old daughter Alessia Fortunato had travelled from Sunderland to fly with Ryanair to Pisa.

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Britain’s modern day soldier poet launches poetry competition

By Cara Sulieman

A POETRY competition designed to raise awareness of Remembrance Day among children was launched with the backing of Britain’s own modern day soldier poet.

Lieutenant Colonel J.B. Brown attended the launch of Poppyscotland’s poetry competition today (mon) to inspire school kids to write about war and remembrance, so others never forget.

Lt Col Brown has been in the army for 22 years – serving in Northern Ireland, the first Gulf War, the Falklands and Iraq.

He is currently commander of the 7 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps based in Germany, and says it is the variety of places that he has been and things he has seen has helped inspire his work.

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Susan Boyle to star in the jungle


Susan Boyle

By Cara Sulieman

SCOTTISH singing sensation Susan Boyle could be slumming it in the jungle as she is lined up for I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.

It is thought that ITV are looking to cash in on the worldwide phenomenon that the 48-year-old has become.

And with more than 100 million views on YouTube, Susan could be a dead cert to win before she even starts.

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Bamboo breakthrough could save Giant Pandas

01 Pandas eating bamboo

By Michael MacLeod 

GIANT Pandas could be saved by global warming – because it’s good for their diet.

In a bizarre twist of fate, boffins found that climate change can actually HELP bamboo flourish, which makes up 99 per-cent of the Panda diet.

There are now hopes the research by experts at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh will safeguard the endangered species’ future.

A team of scientists returned from China yesterday (Wednesday), with “striking” results they say could change the way Pandas are protected.

They predict the number of bamboo species will increase with global warming – helping fussy eaters like Pandas, which rely on up to 20 different kinds of the plant to survive.

The Botanic director, professor Stephen Blackmore, said: “Nature has surprised us here.

“Our studies show that some of the bamboo species is likely to increase in range with the warming of the climate.

“Of course it doesn’t mean climate change is a good thing overall; it simply highlights how quickly plants react and change and move around.

“The Chinese authorities regard the Panda’s image as an important tourist attraction because it makes them millions, so hopefully they’ll take note.”

02 Panda sitting in tree

The findings are now with policy makers in China, who are considering investing in extending the rainforests to allow Bamboo to flourish.

Scientists from Edinburgh and the University of York teamed up with Chinese collaborators to develop a special computer programme that forecasts the future climate.

They used the technology the predict changes in the Pandas’ tiny home range in Sichuan province, Western China.

York Uni’s Dr Jon Lovett said: “The results were particularly striking in that some of the key food plants were badly affected, whereas others actually increased their ranges under global warming.

“So the impacts of climate change are complex, favouring some species while making others rarer.

“We should also remember that though the Giant Panda can help us focus attention on climate change, it is not the only species that will be affected.”

The development was welcomed by WWF Scotland, whose logo of a panda is said to be the most recognisable on earth.

Director Richard Dixon said: “The science in this sounds very promising.

“While climate change is normally bad news, this may well be different.

“The fact China are considering investing in extra land for the rainforest is very pleasing to hear.

“We were one of the first non-governmental organisations to be given access to China’s pandas many years ago, and still to this day continue to campaign for their safety.”