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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Broadcaster Jon Snow to give lecture at Scots university

By Cara Sulieman

BROADCASTER Jon Snow is coming to Scotland as part of a series of lectures at a top Scots university.

The Channel 4 news presenter will talk to his audience about the changing face of journalism.

It is part of a programme of free talks run by the University of Edinburgh focusing on the way the world is changing.

Our Changing World will see a broad range of topics covered by some of the world’s top experts.

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Rugby player brings happy ending for new bride

Matthew Gilgore found the ring

By Cara Sulieman

A NEWLYWED who had waved goodbye to her wedding ring forever after losing it during a snowball fight has had it returned to her after a string of lucky events.

Minpreet Jongkees lost her sparkler during a romantic Christmas Day snowball fight on the Meadows with her husband Arjan.

And after two days of scouring the huge area in Edinburgh with metal detecting enthusiasts, she had given up all hope of seeing the special ring again.

But restaurant worker Matthew Gilgore literally stumbled on the band when he was rugby tackled to the ground during a sunny day out.

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Brave Fife Student Ready To Graduate Despite Kidney Failure

Roxan Buys gets ready to graduate next week

By Cara Sulieman

A BRAVE design student is getting ready for her graduation day despite being on kidney dialysis since Christmas.

Roxan Buys, 22, is set to collect her BDes in Product Design from Edinburgh Napier University next week.

With a prestigious design prize under her belt, she should be looking forward to a bright future.

But the student, from Kirkcaldy, has had to hook herself up to a noisy dialysis machine every night since Christmas after her kidneys failed.

Now on the organ donor list, Roxan faces up to three years waiting for a new kidney.

But she isn’t letting her restrictive illness stop her and has passed her course with flying colours as well as managing to keep up her passion for snowboarding.

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Paramedics race to three crashes every hour as weather turns

By Rory Reynolds

SCOTLAND’S wintry weather conditions saw mercy crews called to at least three road accidents an hour during peak periods yesterday.

The Scottish Ambulance Service said it had been bombarded with calls from morning to night as snow and gales closed in.

The Edinburgh, the Borders and Fife were worst hit, where paramedics raced to 19 accidents during the morning rush alone.

Later elsewhere, a fuel tanker jack-knifed on the A816 in Kilmelford south of Oban, leaving one man trapped.

The tanker collided with a land rover at around 2pm, with at least two people being taken to hospital in Oban. Continue reading

Grit shortage fears after councils reveal a one day supply

By Rory Reynolds

SCOTLAND’S road network could be brought slithering to its knees by heavy snow again this week – because council chiefs have failed to stock up on salt and grit.

Local authorities were heavily criticised early in the New Year after stocks of road salt were allowed to run out.

But despite weather forecasters warning of heavy snow arriving across most parts this week, it has emerged many councils still don’t have enough supplies to cope.

Some revealed last night that they only have enough grit to last a few hours.

The Met Office has said it expects up to three days of snow north of the border later this week, sparking fears that untreated roads will become treacherous to drivers. Continue reading

Three week blanket of snow leaves ski industry booming

By Rory Reynolds

SKI centres are reporting a huge boost in business after the three-week blanket of snow left Scots heading for the slopes.

The white Christmas has fuelled interest in skiing, with bosses saying that the Winter Olympics could send Scotland ski crazy this year.

One centre in Glenshee, Aberdeenshire, said that it had had to hire EIGHT times its usual number of staff.

And they have nearly seen an entire season’s visitors in the last three weeks alone.

Another centre in Edinburgh reported double the number of usual visitors, with a one mile traffic jam of skiers waiting to hit the slopes. Continue reading