Today’s national news: March 8th

Luka Kenyon brings today’s top national stories from across the UK.

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Today’s National News

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No-deal could be detrimental to Scottish businesses

As Britain prepares to leave the EU, figures published by the Confederation of British Industry claim the fall-out of Brexit could cost Scotland £14 billion. 

While politicians across the country try to negotiate ways to leave the EU with a solid trade deal, recent analytics predicting the effect of Brexit on Scotland’s businesses paint a bleak picture.

On January 15, the Prime Minister suffered a historic defeat after 232 politicians voted against her current deal. After escaping a no-confidence vote on January 16, May has vowed to continue with “what the British people voted for” and finalise negotiations.

However, on January 23, First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon criticised Theresa May of being more concerned with “winning support of the DUP”, than trying to compromise with fellow cabinet members on a better deal.

“The future effects of Brexit on Scottish business and trade are largely unknown, mainly because the terms of the deal itself are still fluid. What we do know, however, is that Brexit will be bad for the economy, with businesses fleeing to other countries and trade becoming far more regulated.

“In recent polling among Scottish businesses, only 8% felt fully ready for Brexit, and 18% reported that they did not feel ready for it at all. These figures are deeply concerning with only two months remaining to a no-deal Brexit,” SNP MSP, Colin Beattie told EN4 News.

Despite the prime minister’s reassurance that Scotland’s welfare is being acknowledged, researchers are already predicting increased food and beverage prices, higher tariffs and business owners leaving the UK to avoid ‘outside’ EU regulations and taxes.

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Infographic by Jade du Preez for EN4News

In their annual year-on report, CBI anticipated an 8.1% decrease in Real Gross Value, amounting to £14 billion in Scotland, by 2032. This echoes earlier figures released by the Scottish Government which estimated Brexit would cost £8 billion by 2030.

The damning figures came after May previously assured the public in November 2018, that Brexit would be “good for Scotland” and would provide a “free-trade area with no tariffs” while on a tour to visit farmers in Renfrewshire.

Similarly, a Scottish Licensed Trade Association survey found that out of 500 outlets, 17% believed they were already experiencing issues related to Brexit, with a further 40% anticipating the loss of staff from European countries.

With conflicting reports on trade deals, there appears to be growing concern from businesses such as the Scottish Whisky Association, who stated on their website that leaving the EU could have a “fundamental impact on our industry.”

The owner of Greek restaurant Ola Kala in Edinburgh also shares similar concerns on the impact of a no-deal Brexit.

“We’re going to be affected obviously because most of our products are imported from Greece, so if there’s going to be borders, taxes or delays we’re definitely going to be affected, but I don’t think I’m the only one.

“The bad thing is, if there’s a Brexit with no rules it will be pretty serious. If there’s an organised Brexit, like we all hope, then I think things will be smooth, but if there’s going to be a crash Brexit, then things will definitely be difficult.”






Today’s national news

Final talks on teacher’s pay offer.

Council leaders are set to meet today to decide whether or not to make an improved pay offer which still falls short of what the teaching unions want.

The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) teaching union are campaigning for a 10% pay rise and are threatening a strike ballot.

If the EIS vote against the improved pay offer then strike action will be planned.

The revised offer was decided upon two weeks ago, but council leaders still need to meet to decide if they are going to offer it to the teachers union.

The proposed wage rise will be funded by the Scottish Government.

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Special Needs Drivers striking in solidarity. Credit to GMB


Nurse convicted of dragging elderly patient by ankles

A nurse has been ordered to carry out unpaid work after being convicted of dragging an 88-year-old patient down a hospital corridor by her ankles.

Steven Campbell, 50, pleaded not guilty to assault but was found guilty after his trial by sheriff Mary McCrory.

His crime was reported by relatives visiting another patient in the Glasgow’s Gartnavel Hospital after they saw him pulling patient Jessie Colquhoun along the corridor and into her room.

Campbell’s victim had dementia, a heart condition and arthritis.


Aberdeen’s Deputy Provost resigns in wake of sexual assault charge 

Deputy Provost Alan Donnelly has quit his role after being charged with sexual assault.

The incident allegedly took place in Trinity Hall in Holburn Street last November.

Donnelly was suspended from the Conservative party earlier this month and reported to police.

Police Scotland said a 64-year-old man had been charged and a report would be sent to the procurator fiscal.


Changes to food labels proposed after the death of 15-year-old girl

More descriptive food labelling has been proposed following the death of 15-year-old Natasha Ednan-Laperouse.

Natasha collapsed on a British Airways flight after she had an allergic reaction to sesame seeds on a Pret a Manger baguette in 2016.

All packaged food such as sandwiches and salads could be required to list the full ingredients.

Under current laws, the company was not required to publish allergen information on the product which caused Natasha to go into cardiac arrest.


Scotrail passenger satisfaction falls to 45%

Consumer satisfaction for Scotrail has hit a six-year low as it drops to 45% according to consumer group Which?, with one in four passengers complaining trips are ‘regularly stressful’.

Only 45% of those asked said they were happy with the Scottish train operator’s services, which is down 6% from last year.

Scotrail was voted 23rd out of 30 British train services, although the survey only provides a small glimpse of public opinion, with only 143 respondents.


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Scotrail’s ironic slogan. Credit: Scotrail


Human bone found in Primark socks

Police are investigating a human bone which has been found in a pair of Primark socks in Essex.

Essex police say the socks were bought in a Colchester store and the bone does not appear to be a result of recent trauma.

Police said the socks were bought on December 10 and was reported to police on January 2.

Police said without further testing, they could not determine the age or origin of the bone.


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Saskia Williams presents today’s news with this weeks bulletin.

Edinburgh Council appeal for people power to help their Tourist Tax Cuts Scheme. Source: Edinburgh Evening News

Scottish TV is ‘Still Game’ as we look at the countries contribution on World TV day

Today the world is celebrating national Television Day and it is important for us to remember what our country, Scotland, has brought to the television world.

The very first television broadcast in Scotland took place in 1926 and displayed  a large spinning wheel. Hundreds gathered around televisions from shop windows and queued outside public halls in hope to see the first ever screening.

Old style TV. Photograph: Google

Since then, we have seen numerous award-winning Scottish shows and films shape our screens, including Taggart, Still Game, Chewin’ the Fat and children’s favourite, Balamory.

Braveheart which was released in 1995 will be a forever Scottish favourite film, portraying the late 13th-century warrior William Wallace who led the Scots to the first war of Scottish Independence.

More so globally, Scotland has been able to produce the award-winning classic Trainspotting. Since its release in 1996, the first film has won 15 global awards ranging from ‘Empire Award for Best British Film’, to ‘NME Award for Best Film’. Trainspotting 2 eventually hit our screens in 2017, with iconic scenes located in our very own capital – Edinburgh.

Several James Bond films have also hosted exceptional scenes based in some of Scotland’s most beautiful areas. Skyfall in particular left people around the world in awe when Glen Etive was used as Bond’s family ancestral estate as a getaway from drama in London.

So, if you are Scottish and want to celebrate World Television Day, you won’t be short of options for a Scottish movie day.

T2 has an approval rating of 6.9/10. Photograph: YouTube

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Top five events to put in your diary this Christmas

Photo courtesy of fergusfleming/Flickr

Photo courtesy of fergusfleming/Flickr

Although Christmas is still 36 days away the festive spirit is already descending on the city. With a plethora of events to choose in the capital from you’ll have a merry time indeed. Here are our top five you should be sure not to miss:

1. European Christmas Market

Ranked 5th on the Telegraph’s list of best British Christmas Markets this year, Edinburgh’s European Christmas Market is a must. Enjoy a smoky bratwurst and some fragrant mulled wine or choose from a range of other gastronomic delights from across Europe, delivered to the heart of the capital. The Christmas Market will stretch from the Mound, along East Princes Street Gardens Terrace and around the Scott Monument is packed full of unique gift ideas and traditional European crafts. This romantic festive market runs from November 20th until  January 4th.

2. Light Night

Join over a thousand performers on George Street this Sunday (20th November) to watch the turning on of Edinburgh’s Christmas lights by Scotland’s own superstar, Susan Boyle. This year the themes of light and performance is set to create a sparkling festive-extravaganza. Hosted by Forth Radio’s Arlene Stuart, the free event will start at 1.30PM before an illuminating firework show at 4.30PM.

3. Street of Light

Experience the city’s most famous street, staged under a vibrant canopy of light. Over 60,000 lights will be installed nearly 20 metres high across the Royal Mile. The art installation will see arches running up the street with lights synchronised to music from a range of local choirs. This spectacular event will brighten up Edinburgh’s Old Town from 30th November to 24th December. Reserve your free ticket here to ensure entry to the daily event.

4. Get your skates on

Whether you’re a pro skater or you’re more likely to be clinging on to the edges, ice skating in the city centre is an ultimate Christmas experience. Edinburgh is hosting two outdoor ice rinks with one in Princes Street Garden and the other at St Andrews Square. This activity is open to all ages and runs on 45 minute sessions. Enjoy skating to some chart topping tunes among Christmas classics in either of the city’s winter wonderlands.

5. Big Wheel

This year an annual attraction at Edinburgh’s Christmas, The Big Wheel, gets even bigger. Prince’s Square will host the biggest incarnation of the ride to grace the city; which is set to stand at a whopping 44 metres. This is a fun and festive way to view the capital from above and it also comes with an inbuilt audio tour of Edinburgh as well as other festive events. With room for six people in each gondola, this should be a breath taking start to your Christmas celebrations. If you live in Edinburgh with an EH postcode, you will even receive a 20% discount on your ticket.

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