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May 07 2015

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Key Details On Understanding Small Business Insurance and Its Importance

Many folks feel that the taking out of tradesman insurance will never be too important for your small business. As it is a type of insurance claim, they believe that they won't be in some type of difficulty if they'll be cautious.
You can't avoid accidents even if you're already ready to deal with them. As a matter of fact, it is probable that a lot of folks are attempting to file lawsuits against you. It is a big issue, particularly if you do not have the money to protect yourself.
Liability insurance gives a number of benefits to tradesmen and small establishments. If you still think that you can't get any advantages out of this kind of insurance, you should think of some of its importance.
The price of claims is not only the issue when you received a law suit because the cost of defending the claims will be a larger problem. If these claims are brought to court, you may expect that you'll be spending lots of money for the proceedings.
The world wide web has brought many advances to anyone looking to obtain all types of insurance. Apart from the convenience of being able to purchase your policy without moving from your armchair, it has the more significant benefit of allowing you to get prices from numerous insurance companies. A few years back you had to complete an online form for every quote, that was a very boring job and everybody was ready to give up after just a few quotes. These days there are a number of insurance price comparison web sites that will come up with a whole host of prices after completion of just one form...that's progress for you!. For more information (and some great prices) on liability insurance for tradesmen click the following link tradesman insurance.
You can think about settling everything instead of dealing with it in court, but your business may not have the finances to do this.
You can deal with this without spending a lot of money if you can get liability insurance. You can make sure that the insurance providers will be working with the expenses.
If you are not yet aware about the growing number of claims and legal cases against small businesses, then you are missing lots of essential news. In 2006, insurance companies in the UK paid £3.3 million each day and it has grown by more two folds in 2012 and became £7 million. It only signifies that the law suits filed against small businesses in the UK has increased gradually over the years.
This is regarded a wakeup call for the companies around the world. They have to start considering liability insurance before it is too late. Rather than jeopardizing the funds of your company, it is always preferable to pay your monthly premiums and go for small business insurance to help you.
Workers are always prone to mistakes and you will find times when these errors become a cause of law suits against your business. Any mistake done by your staff will always be your responsibility so if an staff made a blunder, it will be attributed to your business. This is absolutely among the risks that you have to deal with when you're a small company owner.
If you don't want to go bankrupt simply because of the legal cases, you must consider the help of liability insurances. They're going to surely cover the costs of defence claims and you won't need to concern yourself with the expenses.
Prior to deciding that tradesman insurance won't help you, attempt to realize its significance first. Instead of checking out the negative side of insurances, you need to try to look at the benefits that it can offer your business.

May 01 2015

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Revealing Down-to-earth Northern England Plans

The men, aged 35, 33 and 30, were arrested in the Rotherham area in connection with a number of sexual offences including rape, false imprisonment and indecent assault committed against two girls under the age of 16 between 1999 and 2001. They have been released on bail pending further enquiries, South Yorkshire Police said today. It emerged last week that the National Crime Agency (NCA) has taken over the day-to-day running over one of South Yorkshires three ongoing probes into child sexual exploitation (CSE). Two of South Yorkshire Polices current investigations into CSE, Clover and Monroe, will be managed by the force on a day-to-day basis but co-ordinated under the NCAs Operation Stovewood. The agency said these two probes were making good progress and have existing links with victims and witnesses. A third, Operation Mark, was found not to be as well developed and will be taken forward under the leadership of NCA Senior Investigating Officer Steve Baldwin. The NCA, described as the British FBI, urged an independent review to be carried out into three previous investigations, two of which resulted in no prosecutions. It said in a statement last week: Over the years, intelligence and investigative opportunities in relation to child sexual exploitation have been overlooked by South Yorkshire Police. A review of the forces three current investigations into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham by the NCA led to 48 recommendations being made for how the force tackles the problem in future. To contact South Yorkshire Police call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Please enter an email address Your Name Please enter your email address Your message We may provide your Email/IP Address to Law Enforcement Agencies if you misuse this facility Send If you wish, you can contact us using any of the methods below. No 1 Leeds All rights reserved 2015 Johnston Publishing Ltd.

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Man tries to lure girl, 13, into car in York but flees when she screams Police have launched a manhunt following the incident, which happened in Tang Hall Lane at 5.30am on Tuesday. A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "At around 5.30am, a man driving a silver/grey Ford estate car, possibly a Mondeo or Focus, approached a 13-year-old girl who was walking along Tang Hall Lane. "The man tried to verbally entice the girl into his car and then drove off when the girl threatened to scream." The spokesman said the man was described as of oriental appearance, skinny build, aged 25 to 30,with brown toned skin and short black hair. He is believed to have been wearing a navy blue jumper with a ribbed neck, and black/ blue jeans. The spokesman said enquiries had shown the car drove up and down Tang Hall land for several minutes so it may have been noticed by other drivers or residents. Can you help? Police askanyone who was walking or driving in the area at the time to phone DS Matt Wilkinson or DC Bev Hoban in the York Serious Crime Team on 101, quoting reference12150069467. In particular, detectives want to speak to a man who was walking his dog, and a woman who was walking alone in Tang Hall Lane around the time of the incident.

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April 30 2015

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News & Views From Brighton

Get Inspired Nottinghamshire batsman Taylor, 25, stands in for regular captain Eoin Morgan, who is playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League. Yorkshire bowler Tim Bresnan is recalled, with six potential ODI debutants in an initial 11-man party. More players will be added following selection for the third Test against West Indies on Friday. One man on the tour of the Caribbean definitely included is wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow, but James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Joe Root, Ian Bell and Moeen Ali are set to be rested. Morgan has been given permission to miss the game against the country of his birth in order to fulfil his IPL contract. Hampshire batsman James Vince, Kent wicketkeeper-batsman Sam Billings, Somerset all-rounder Lewis Gregory, Northants all-rounder David Willey and Surrey pair Zafar Ansari and Jason Roy, a spin-bowling all-rounder and opening batsman respectively, could make their ODI debuts. The one-off game is England's first limited-overs match since being eliminated at the group stage of the World Cup in New Zealand and Australia last month. "It is a new era," Taylor said. "Hopefully it is the start of good times ahead for English cricket." Taylor, who made his debut in the same fixture four years ago, was recalled to the England team on their tour of Sri Lanka in December and has played in all of their ODIs since. In 17 matches, he has made 492 runs at an average of 35.14, with a highest score of 98 not out, made against Australia in England's opening match of the World Cup. "To be given the opportunity to lead your country is a huge honour," said Taylor, who has captained Notts' limited-overs teams and the England Lions. "It's going to be brilliant leading an England team in a one-day international." Taylor has scored a combined total of 26 on his two previous games in Ireland. Speaking to BBC Radio Nottingham after scoring an unbeaten 53 on the third day of Notts' County Championship game at Hampshire, Taylor added: "I would like to say it is a nice place for me but things have not gone so well for me in the two games I have played out there. "Hopefully this game will be different.

For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cricket/32489631

Exercise Tiger Surviving veteran John Casner and other families flew over from the United States to attend the service. It took place next to a tank, raised from the seabed, which has stood in Torcross since 1984 as a memorial to the men who died. During the war, US forces requested somewhere in the UK to practice for the D-Day landings in Normandy. Some of the commanding officers mistook the German attack for part of the exercise and the operation was kept a secret during the war because there were fears news of it would damage morale. Survivor John Casner said the trip back to Slapton Sands brought back memories Exercise Tiger survivor John Casner, said: "I happened to be on watch when the thing happened. This brings back memories of that. "It was frustrating for a serviceman, we could see them firing machine guns at us and they wouldn't let us fire back. "We found out later the captain thought something went wrong with the manoeuvres." Laurie Bolton, who organised the trip, said: "I've been coming here for many years.

For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-32472249#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa

March 15 2015

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Call girl author: How dare you say I wasn't a hooker - I'll take you to court



A CALL girl whose secret life as an escort became a hit TV drama is suing her ex after he claimed she never worked as a prostitute.

Brooke Magnanti's Belle de Jour diary of her time as a high-class hooker made her millions.

But now the 39-year-old has started legal action against former lover Owen Morris after he said she fabricated her tales of sexy high-jinks.

The ex-RAF officer says her X-rated stories were based on their sex life.

Magnanti has started an action at the Court of Session in Edinburgh amid claims Morris defamed her by stating she was never a hooker.

She says the allegations damaged her reputation.

Her action has been lodged in response to Morris's own proceedings against Magnanti for defamation and breach of privacy. In a statement, Magnanti said: "I can only confirm a counter claim has been lodged."

The writer, who has a PhD in forensic science, found fame when her 2003 blog led to two bestselling books and the Secret Diary Of A Call Girl TV series starring Billie Piper.

Her legal team are expected to argue Morris's claims are damaging because she made her name writing a blog about her time as an escort.

Morris says publicity surrounding the book destroyed his air force career and damaged his reputation.

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Magnanti recently wrote about his claim in her blog, stating: "It's a direct attack on my integrity as a writer. When the case goes to trial, I will have to present evidence that I was a sex worker."

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/call-girl-author-how-dare-5336737

March 14 2015

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Death driver sentence 'a mockery'





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A Russian man has described a community sentence given to a lorry driver who caused the death of his son in Glasgow as "a mockery of justice".

Anton Dementyev, 19, died after Andrew Wilson's lorry went through a red light and hit a taxi in Argyle Street.

Wilson, 55, from Ripon in Yorkshire, admitted causing his death by careless driving on 8 May 2013. He was told to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work.

Mr Dementyev's father Vladimir said the sentence was "not justice".

Mr Dementeyv, who travelled from Russia to be at Glasgow Sheriff Court for sentencing, said: "It's a kind of mockery of justice.

'Daily suffering'

"It's not justice. We lost our son, he was our life, we are suffering every day."

At a previous hearing, Wilson also admitted causing severe injury and permanent disfigurement to the other occupants of the taxi - driver William Tombe and students Juan Doval, from Madrid, Camillo Herrara, from Colombia, and Daulet Abalov, from Kazakhstan.

The court heard that Wilson had gone through a red light on Argyle Street, at the junction with the M8, and collided with the Skoda taxi at about 23:20.

The lorry, which had been travelling at 34mph in a 30mph zone, pushed the taxi into a Kingston Bridge support pillar.

Mr Dementyev had been on his way to a nightclub to celebrate the end of his university exams.

Following the crash he was taken to hospital with a severe head and neck injury but died the following day.

The court heard that Mr Dementyev was in the middle seat in the back of the taxi. None of those in the back were wearing seatbelts, but a pathologist later confirmed that a seatbelt would not have saved Mr Dementyev.

When police arrived at the scene, Wilson told them: "I didn't see the second set of lights."

Survivors injuries

Mr Tombe had a fractured left cheek bone and cuts to his left ear and eye which were stitched. He suffered brain injuries and has been diagnosed with epilepsy and cervical spine damage as well as post traumatic amnesia and post traumatic stress disorder.

Mr Herrara suffered swelling, grazes and bruising to his face and head and a cut above his left eyebrow.

Mr Abalov had a fracture to his pelvis, groin and chest injuries and a fracture to the left temporal bone in his skull.

Mr Doval broke his right leg and left wrist and suffered a fracture to left of his skull as well as multiple pelvic fractures and bruising to his lungs. He had glass embedded in his forehead and a cut to the right side of it.

All will have permanent scars as a result of the incident.

Following his earlier guilty plea, Sheriff Kenneth Mitchell handed Wilson a community payback order with the conditions he must carry out 240 hours of unpaid work and he will be disqualified from driving for 19 months.

Passing sentence he told Wilson: "Anton Dementyev was a much loved and popular young man, who had the prospect of a happy and successful future ahead of him.

"He had set out to achieve his goals to be a success for his family and his girlfriend. He made them proud. They will continue to mourn but they will never forget."

Speaking about the three surviving friends of Mr Dementyev, the sheriff said: "The life of each of these young men has been detrimentally affected with far reaching adverse consequences for each of them and their families."

He added: "Whilst I accept that your speed was not a contributing factor, I am not prepared to ignore it in determining whether your inattention was momentary.

"Your careless driving arose from inattention which was more than momentary."

Speaking after sentencing, Mr Abolov, who survived the crash, expressed his unhappiness.

He said: "It's too light a sentence. It wasn't just a car accident, we lost Anton.

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East Kilbride shooting: Man wounded in legs













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A MAN is in hospital with gunshot wounds to his legs after he was injured in a shooting which police believe was a targeted attack.





The 45-year-old was found injured on a grass verge near the junction of Stewartfield Way and Stewartfield Crescent in East Kilbride at around 12.10pm today.

He was taken to Hairmyres Hospital in the South Lanarkshire town, where medical staff describe his condition as stable.







Police have launched an investigation into the shooting incident and appealed for information.

Detective Inspector David Scott said: "Firstly I would like to reassure people that our inquiries carried out so far lead us to believe this was a targeted attack.

"A lot of police activity has been ongoing in the area today, with specialist officers conducting a detailed examination of the scene.

"Detectives are also in the process of gathering CCTV images from in and around the area and house to house enquiries are ongoing in an effort to gather further information.

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The area was sealed off today as police carried out investigations, and road closures were in place.

Chief Inspector Mark Leonard said: "I know people will be shocked when they hear of this incident but I would like to reassure them that I have arranged for additional officers to be in the area.

"Many people will be concerned but let me assure you we are doing everything we can to locate those responsible and if you have any information, please do get in touch."

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To Smack or Not to Smack, Whether 'tis Ever Right for Europe to Tell Parents What to Do



French public opinion -- 87% of French parents -- seems to be in favour of the current law and its exceptions over the use of smacking when disciplining children, a view backed by Socialist Family Minister Marisol Touraine ... and the Pope in Rome.

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But the Strasbourg-based Council of Europe, a human rights body, is indignant and seeks to "reeducate" French parents and French public opinion. If you are considering visiting France the following link has detailed information on Cheap Child Friendly Hotels in Juan-les-Pins.This despite some reports suggesting lamentable outcomes in Sweden, the first country in Europe to introduce this piece of left-wing social engineering.

Watch France24 presenter François Picard as he tries to reach a consensus on issues such as: "Are we (in France) too soft on smacking? and "is corporal punishment, a public policy matter"?

Part 1:

The two-part series follows a report by the Council of Europe taking France to task for not banning corporal punishment. So far only 22 of the Council's 47-member states have done so.

Reflecting French public opinion, France's family minister is against tougher laws, as is Pope Francis according to a reportage clipped into the debate.

A related issue that has inflamed public opinion on French chat shows and in the social media is whether a European human rights body should have any say whatsoever on the way French parents raise their children.

Part 2:

Taking part in a rather lopsided debate were:

Alexandra Caude assistant secretary of Familles de France;

the Council of Europe's Regina Jensdottir, author of the critical report;

Michel Pierpaoli, education specialist at a private school in Paris and Washington-born, Paris-based Tony Kenneybrew, an attorney and president of ADEPE an association defending children's human rights.

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Outraged dad of Russian student slams driving ban and community service for trucker who killed his son



A TRAGIC student's dad denounced a "mockery of justice" after the lorry driver who killed his son walked free from court .

Andrew Wilson drove his arctic through a red light, hitting a Skoda taxi carrying Russian business student Anton Dementyev , 19, and three of his friends.

Anton, who had been heading out to celebrate the end of his exams at a Glasgow city centre nightclub, died from his injuries the next day.

Wilson, from Yorkshire, admitted causing death by careless driving when he appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court. Sheriff Kenneth Mitchell ordered him to do 240 hours of community work and banned him for 19 months.

Anton's dad Vladimir, who travelled from Russia for the hearing, hit out: "It's not justice. We lost our son, he was our life.

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Anton's friends, who were from Spain, Colombia and Kazakhstan and taxi driver William Tombe were also badly injured in the crash near the Kingston Bridge.

Sheriff Mitchell told Wilson, 55: "Anton was a much loved and popular young man.

"He had set out to achieve his goals to be a success for his family and his girlfriend. He made them proud."

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/outraged-dad-russian-student-slams-5332069
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Explorers set out to discover 'overlooked' biodiversity in French Guiana's rainforests



Naturalists decamp to remote Amazonian region to try to classify some of the many thousands of unidentified Guianan species



The rainforests of French Guiana's Mitaraka massif are being comprehensively surveyed for the first time this year.

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The Mitaraka massif, on the border between French Guiana and Brazil, holds "colossal discovery potential", according to Professor Olivier Pascal from the National Museum of Natural History (MNHN) in Paris. This biodiversity specialist is leading 50 scientists on a month-long expedition to survey this part of the Amazon forest intensively.

The expedition is part of a survey of biodiversity, jointly run by MNHN and Pro-Na

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/mar/13/french-guiana-biodiversity-expedition-science
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EU sounds alarm over possible fraud at France’s National Front





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March 03 2015

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Arrests made following armed robbery at Laing's the jewellers



Police searching for an armed robber who stole £100,000 of Rolex watches from a jewellers before escaping in a hijacked taxi have detained two people.

Laing's on Frederick Street was targeted at 9.30am on Monday when a man went in and threatened staff with a gun before grabbing between 12 and 15 watches.

He ran off down Rose Street and into Hanover Street where he hijacked a private hire car.

The driver had just picked up a passenger when the robber jumped in, threatened him with a gun and demanded to be driven to the Pilton area of the city.

Following a raid at a property in the North of the City this morning police made the two arrests.

http://www.liveedinburghnews.org/arrests-made-following-armed-robbery-at-laings-the-jewellers/

March 01 2015

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Scotland's festival fixation shows no signs of ending | Kevin McKenna



Edinburgh charges £12 to watch a few hundred hairy-arsed, helmeted and ponytailed grotesques re-enact a Viking ceremony. Photograph: Roberto Ricciuti/Getty Images

Very soon now it will be announced that, somewhere in Scotland there is to be an annual festival celebrating our national expertise in hosting festivals.

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Given that the nation's annual cultural budget seems to get spent almost entirely on incendiary devices then this is no time for resting on our laurels. We must constantly raise the bar if we are to maintain our position as the best small country in the world at setting off fireworks.

Edinburgh, of course, provides the gold standard in the business of manufacturing a good time. Almost 90,000 people thronged the streets of the capital on Hogmanay, waiting to count in the new year with £1m worth of fireworks and 15 bands on five stages strewn the length of Princes Street. The pop diva Lily Allen was the headline act. Holyrood's recent decision to reduce the drink-driving limit was body-swerved for a couple of days and this was probably a sensible decision. For you can't be having that sort of Presbyterian nonsense when you're trying to persuade everyone to get howling with the bevvy for 24 hours and let go of all their inhibitions.

Other Scottish towns and cities are also hammering their cultural budgets on this new civic hoopla. More than 12,000 people turned out to watch yet more fireworks in Aberdeen last week and get completely blootered to the amplified cadences of 100 huechter-tuechter ensembles.

Only Glasgow, it seems, opts to forgo this national bacchanal. The city's Sanhedrin did try to compete half-heartedly with Edinburgh in the new year festivities for a while, but what was the point? Glasgow has always been good at making its own entertainment and the fabricated hedonism of Edinburgh's new year never really sat comfortably on its shoulders. And when the city council is trying to find the money to fund its living wage policy while tackling inner-city deprivation and reducing our reliance on food banks, spending millions on fireworks and torchlight processions seems slightly inappropriate.

Edinburgh, it seems, now merely exists as a staging post on the international hippy trail for the affluent young seeking truth and chasing spiritual experiences. Perhaps that's why Edinburgh charges them £12 a pop to hold a torch and watch a few hundred hairy-arsed, helmeted and ponytailed grotesques re-enact a Viking ceremony. In a post-Christian world, where any manifestation of the old faith is deemed to be superstitious, we seem to have replaced it with an annual pagan festival designed for the sole purpose of extracting dollar bills from the fists of mendicant and footless naifs.

Later in the year they and their parents may pitch up at the Edinburgh international festival and fringe, encompassing the international book festival and television and cinema festival. In recent years, a politics festival has been tacked on to this sprawling cultural monument to middle-class excess. What is the point of a bloody politics festival? I even found myself participating at an event in this bizarre happening where the panel was bigger than the audience.

To help visitors get from performance to performance, from workshop to workshop, they can hop on the new tram system, perhaps the most pointless and excessive scrap of transport infrastructure anywhere in Europe. It's like a toy railway in an English seaside town. I once worked in Edinburgh and can assure you that a beautiful and historic city exists underneath all this superficial festival malarkey.

In Scotland it seems that if you want public money and civic approval for your cultural happening then best to parcel it up as a festival. Halloween isn't Halloween any more, it's the beginning of a three-month-long winter festival that also encompasses a Robert Burns festival at the end of January and the Festival of Love in February. We have a Wickerman festival based on a cult, grotesquely overplayed Hollywood B movie that is all of 42 years old. There are few towns and villages it seems that don't have either a book or a music festival. The book festivals are dreadful affairs that are less about literature than about grasping authors and agents in straw hats and linen jackets trying desperately to flog you their contribution to the country's endless and bottomless sea of fiction.

Perhaps this culture of festivalism is merely what happens when you do away with organised religion, then find that you still need something to fill the gap. And thus you simply invite a new assortment of charlatans and shamans into your homes. Perhaps, too, there is an element of bread and circuses about it. For if we lay out Scotland's 365 days and cover them all in festival after festival, then not only will we dim the punters' critical faculties but we'll delude them into thinking that everything in the garden is bright and gay.

There is an antidote to this mass detachment from reality and that's something that I would call a Less-tival. Ideally, this would cover only a long weekend and comprise poetry, readings, dramas and workshops on assorted themes designed to snap people out of all that sleep-walking and chasing moonbeams.

There would be no shortage of memes and tropes (because all drama is nothing without a meme and a trope): why it suits banks and governments to maintain poverty levels; the invasion of the Labour party-snatchers; why there are even more thugs in the police force and the great Immigration Lie. Instead of a torchlit procession with Vikings and Picts there would be a silent, candlelit promenade to mark all those whose lives and businesses will be ruined the following year by unfettered capitalism and its black handmaiden: corrupt Westminster politics.

Have a joyful and peaceful new year.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jan/04/scotland-festival-fixation-no-sign-of-ending

February 28 2015

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Al-Jazeera reporters arrested as drone mystery baffles Paris



The arrests came as baffled police hunt for those behind night-time drone flights over Paris this week which have heightened fears in a city still on top security alert after Islamist gunmen killed 17 people in a series of attacks in January.

Police spotted at least five drones flying on Tuesday night and the early hours of Weednesday near the Eiffel Tower, the US embassy, the Invalides military museum, and over several major thoroughfares.

French soldiers patrol in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris (AFP/GETTY)

Security forces had already been trying to find out who was behind the appearance of an estimated five separate drone flights over a similar area the previous night. If you are thinking of visiting France the following link has some further information on Cheap Child Friendly Hotels in Nice, France.Such flights are banned over Paris skies.

Last month a drone flew over the Elysée Palace where President François Hollande has his offices, and drones were also spotted flying over more than a dozen nuclear sites in France last October.

All the drones spotted were described as standard, small models of pilotless aircraft available commercially, which police say are too light to cause significant damage if crashed into a building or a nuclear power plant.

But the sightings have raised public fears that terrorists could find a way to attach explosives or toxic chemicals to the drones.

Police are unclear as to whether the drones, which can transmit high-quality aerial film, are being used maliciously or as a prank by enthusiasts.

Authorities are also concerned that a member of the public could be hit by a drone that falls out of the sky after a malfunction.

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February 27 2015

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Bid to overturn ban on cheery lollipop man 'high fiving' children



It also claims that he encourages safe crossing because the children go to him because he is such a character, and to "get their high five".

However, the council said in a statement: "All our patrollers are trained to comply with the school crossing guidelines produced by Road Safety GB and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

"This requires that when crossing children over a road they need to remain static with one hand on their stick and the other stretched outwards."

Mr Mdikane, known affectionately as Smiley, hit the headlines in 2013 when he was hailed as Scotland's happiest lollipop man. He sings and dances and was previously praised by the council for his "excellent service".

The campaign claims that he encourages safe crossing because the children go to him because he is such a character, and to "get their high five" (SWNS)

He said he would respect the decision, but hoped officials would have a change of heart, adding: "I never saw any problem in it. I'm just doing my job, but this is very emotional and affecting me.

"I have been doing this for about two years and all of a sudden I have to stop. They need to listen to the community."

The former delivery driver and chauffeur added that it was the best job he had ever had, and took away from the "frustration and loneliness of being retired".

David Dufton, 36, a father-of-three who launched the campaign, said: "One minute they're saying they love him, he's a great guy and the next they're telling him he can't behave this way.

"He's a 74-year-old man and he's out there in all weathers.

If you are considering a trip to Scotland this year then clicking on he following link will provide facts and information especially useful to those interested in ##LINK~##.It's a bit unjust. I've never heard any one ever complain about him. Nkosana always puts a smile on people's faces."

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February 24 2015

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Legendary Scots criminal defence lawyer Joe Beltrami dies aged 83



A legendary Scottish criminal defence lawyer has died at the age of 83.

Joe Beltrami, who defended some of Scotland's most infamous criminals, retired in 2008.

He was involved in some of the country's highest profile court cases over his 50-year legal career.

The Rutherglen-born lawyer's firm paid tribute to him, saying: "It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our founder, the legendary Mr Joseph Beltrami.

If you are considering a trip to Scotland this year then clicking on he following link will provide information particularly relevant to those looking for ##LINK~##.Sincere condolences to his family."

A statement from the Glasgow Bar Association said: "We join with other colleagues in the legal profession in mourning the death of Joe Beltrami.

"We offer sincere condolences to Joe's family Joe was well known to all who practiced at the Glasgow Bar. Funeral arrangements will follow."

Joe Beltrami with Arthur Thompson

Some of his most well-known clients were former Glasgow Godfather Arthur Thompson snr and Jimmy Boyle.

He was involved in a number of famous criminal trials in Glasgow, defending some clients who faced the death penalty.

He helped secure two Royal Pardons, one issued for Paddy Meehan, who was released in 1976 after serving seven years for a wrongful murder conviction, and the other for Maurice Swanson in 1975 when his conviction for a bank robbery was overturned.

Thomas Ross, president of the Scottish Criminal Bar Association, said: "The Scottish Criminal Bar Association is extremely sad to learn of the passing of Joseph Beltrami.

"Perhaps the first lawyer in Scotland to specialise in criminal law, he laid the path for all of us to follow.

"No counsel instructed by him failed to learn from his guidance. Known fondly as 'Big Joe', he will never be forgotten."

When recognised with a lifetime achievement award at the Law Awards of Scotland in 2008, Mr Beltrami said he had instructed in more than 350 murder cases and appeared in every court in Scotland, from Shetland to Duns.

He was also made an honorary life member of the Law Society of Scotland, the highest honour the society can bestow on a Scottish solicitor.

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Paris targeted in night drone mystery





24 February 2015

Last updated at 08:54



Drones have been seen flying over several sensitive landmarks in Paris in a night-time mystery that French police say is being taken seriously.

At least five of the unmanned aerial machines were spotted between midnight on Monday and 0600 on Tuesday, and none of the operators has been caught.

The first appeared over the US embassy and there were later sightings near the Eiffel Tower and Place de la Concorde.

French police believe the drone flights could be linked.

Small drones are easy to buy but their appearance in recent months over sensitive locations has worried French authorities.

Last month a drone was seen over the Elysee Palace, home of President Francois Hollande, and in October a series of nuclear plants was targeted across the country.

An inquiry has begun into the drone flight over the US embassy, a short distance from Place de la Concorde.

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"We did all we could to try to catch the operators but they weren't found," a police source told AFP news agency.

Drones are capable of providing high-quality aerial film and what is not clear is whether they were being used maliciously or simply by enthusiasts.

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February 22 2015

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Man, 21, stabbed in murder bid





20 February 2015

Last updated at 14:30



Police are treating an attack in which a 21-year-old man was stabbed in Glasgow as attempted murder.

The victim was assaulted by two men in Don Street, Riddrie, at about 17:15 on Thursday.

The attackers escaped in a black car after the attack, and were last seen heading towards Cumbernauld Road.

The victim was taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary, where his condition was described as serious but stable.

Police have appealed for witnesses and said they would be carrying out door-to-door inquiries in the area and scrutinising CCTV footage from the surrounding areas.

The attackers were both white, about 6ft tall, and of medium build. If you are planning on traveling to Scotland the following link has detailed information on Discounted Western Scotland Pet Friendly Hotels.One was wearing a grey hooded top and the other was wearing a blue hooded top.

Det Insp Ogilvie Ross said: "We have yet to establish a motive for this attack, but a man has been left seriously injured and it's imperative the men responsible are traced."

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