Edinburgh news round up: Deaf children facing ‘crisis’ after further education cuts

Deaf children in Scotland are facing a crisis as the number of specialist teachers has been cut by a third in the last eight years.

The Consortium for Research into Deaf Education and the National Deaf Children’s Society has revealed cuts of 29% since 2011. It also states that 30% of the remaining teachers do not have the qualifications to support the pupils or their families.

There are 3,300 deaf children in Scotland with only 154 full-time specialist teachers, down from 218 in 2011.



Scotland’s Minister for Energy Paul Wheelhouse this afternoon made a statement to MSPs addressing an ‘accidental’ leak regarding the Government’s stance on fracking.

Two years ago, Wheelhouse announced an ‘effective ban’ on fracking in Scotland but judges found this had no legal force. Today, he stated that the government’s official policy position on the issue is to “not support” the controversial technique and that companies would only be allowed to frack in Scotland if they obtain a license and “we do not intend to accept any licenses for fracking”.

Fracking, which is the process of injecting liquid at high temperatures into subterranean rocks and boreholes. It is a heavily debated subject as it can destroy drinking water supplies and cause air pollution.



A woman has died following a crash between a car and a lorry in Dumfries and Galloway.

The incident took place at around 2.40pm on Wednesday when a silver Toyota Aygo collided with an articulated lorry on the A75 at Palnure.

Emergency services attended the crash and the woman, who was driving the Toyota, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The road was closed to allow for a full investigation to take place and Police say it was reopened to traffic again at around 11.30pm last night.



Portobello High Street has re-opened following two road traffic collisions on Thursday morning. 

The first incident occurred at around 7 am where a car was involved in a crash with a building on the High Street just after Adelphi Grove.

A second incident was reported at the Kwik-Fit garage, also on Portobello High Street.

Both traffic collisions have since been cleared and the High Street is operating as usual after significant rush hour delays.



The consortium behind Edinburgh’s delayed Sick Kids hospital has not yet committed to carrying out the work necessary to fix the problem that has delayed the troubled project.

The ventilation system in the critical care unit is the issue that has meant the opening of the building has had to be postponed for a year.

The NHS Lothian board has been told that problems with the consortium – IHSL – and their supply chain has meant that the work to bring the ventilation system up to national standards hasn’t been completed.



A man has been jailed after police found around £180,000 worth of heroin in an Edinburgh flat.

Craig Dimelow, 28, was found with nearly two kilos of the Class A drug in the flat on Captains Drive, Gilmerton.

The police used surveillance to track Dimelow and then used a search warrant to find the drugs as well a face mask contaminated with heroin, paracetamol and caffeine that had the 28-year-old’s DNA on it.

A further search at his West Lothian home, found £10,740 in cash.

Dimelow has been remanded in custody while a background report is prepared ahead of sentencing.



Edinburgh University has the most staff on salaries over £100,000 of the Universities polled in Taxpayers Alliance survey.

A total of 335 staff are on wages of £100,000 or more, putting Edinburgh top of the rankings.

Other Scottish Universities ranked include Glasgow, 246 staff, in fourth and Dundee, 133, in ninth.

Oxford and Cambridge were excluded from the rankings, as they didn’t provide full information that was requested.


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