Scottish universities spend thousands on honorary degrees

By Clare Carswell

SCOTTISH Universities have shelled out £100,000 for celebrities and other notable people such as American business tycoon, Donald Trump to receive honorary degrees.

Over the past three years, Scottish universities have spent vast amounts of money on travel, accommodation and hospitality for various people they want to award an honorary degree to.

The University of St Andrews has racked up the biggest total, £60,000 including expenses for air fares and hotel accommodation. 

Last year alone, the Fife university spent more than £30,000 towards honorary degrees.  Olympic cyclist Sir Chris Hoy was one of the recipients whose appearance contributed towards that sum.

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Police reconstruct moment man was shot in health club car park

POLICE have reconstructed the moment when a man was shot outside a health club in Edinburgh last week in a bid to jog gym-goers memories.

Robert Kelbie, 27, a property developer, was shot and wounded outside Bannatyne’s Health Club in Newcraighall during one of its busiest periods as he walked through the car park.

Last night – exactly one week on from the attack – officers from the Lothian and Borders force stopped drivers in the car park, hoping to trace the owner of silver or grey Vauxhall Vectra.

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Edinburgh property boss gunned down outside Bannatyne’s

 

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By Clare Carswell & Shaun Milne

A SCOTS property tycoon facing multiple charges of fraud and money laundering has been gunned down outside a busy Scots health club in front of dozens of stunned gym members.

Robert Kelbie, 27, a property developer, was shot and wounded outside Bannatyne’s Health Club at Newcraighall in Edinburgh during one of its busiest periods as he walked through the car park.

He was initially treated at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh after Wednesday’s team-time shooting which happened between 6pm and 7pm, but police said he later discharged himself.

The ex-boxer who dated former Miss Scotland, Lois Weatherup, 27, was facing five fraud charges, three for money laundering, attempted fraud and accused of being involved in a fraudulent scheme.

He is still to face trial.

Lothian and Border Police were unable to comment on any potential motives or suspects in the potential hit, but confirmed the target was being treated as a victim of crime in relation to the shooting. Continue reading

“I’m lucky to be alive”

By Cara Sulieman

A MAN who survived a head-on crash in a £80,000 Porsche in the Austrian Alps that killed two people admits he is “lucky to be alive”.

Andrew Cathro, 25, was on holiday with his sister Jennifer when they borrowed a friend’s sports car for a drive.

Jennifer, 26, was driving in torrential rain when the car skidded on to the wrong side of the road.

The Porche then smashed head-on into a Ford, killing its two Austrian passengers, Erika Yelinda, 62 and Siglinde Mitsche, 82.

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