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Need the loo in Central? It's the most expensive toilet in Scotland
COMMUTERS will have to pay over the odds to spend a penny 
after station bosses hiked toilet prices by a third.

Central's loos are the priciest in Scotland

The latest price increase sees the cost of using the loo in Central Station increase from 30p to 40p. And the rise makes the transport hub the most expensive station toilet in Scotland. Although the lavatories have had a recent upgrade, passengers were unimpressed by the price hike. 

Laura Robertson, who popped in to use the facilities with her daughter Erin, 9, said: "In Edinburgh the toilet is free for children but I had to pay for Erin to use the loo here. "The facilities aren't bad but they're pretty cramped and I've seen a male attendant come into the ladies' twice without any warning. 
"I'd rather they used a female attendant." 

Stacey Silver, 28, is a regular commuter and said the toilet upgrade made a difference - but still doesn't justify the price.

Mum to sue after baby's ashes 'thrown away'
A DISTRAUGHT mum is taking legal action against a private crematorium after her baby's ­ashes were "thrown away."

Lee-Anne Gerry says she was told that there would be no ashes Picture: Mark Gibson

A DISTRAUGHT mum is taking legal action against a private crematorium after her baby's ­ashes were "thrown away." Lee-Anne Gerry, 27, was 10 days overdue with her first child when she was told baby Ellie had died in her womb. She was forced to give birth to her 6lb 12oz stillborn tot who died after the umbilical cord got wrapped around her neck.

Accountancy student Lee-Anne cradled Ellie in her arms and told her how much she loved her for four hours before nurses took her away. She arranged a special private funeral service at Craigton Crematorium in Glasgow, run by the Co-operative, for her daughter but she claimed she was told by staff there would be no ashes. Now Lee-Anne has been told there were ashes and staff had thrown them on the grass in their gardens of remembrance after the funeral without her knowledge.

Scots cops drafted in for Celtic's Poland trip
SCOTTISH police are being deployed to Warsaw as thousands of Celtic fans are set to descend on the city.

Legia Warsaw supporters will turn out in force for the club's key clash with Celtic

Specialist officers have been drafted in and will work with local officers and match stewards at the Parkhead Club's Champions League fixture against ­Legia Warsaw. And Police Scotland ­issued a booze warning ahead of tomorrow's ­crucial game. Fans travelling to the match will be targeted to ensure they do not bring alcohol to the stadium.

Officers also vowed to crack down on supporters who have been drinking excessively or behave rowdily. They warned travelling Celtic fans that "robust policing" would be in place. Thousands of supporters are expected to travel to Poland from Glasgow Airport today and tomorrow. A Police Scotland statement said: "We'll have ­officers there to help keep supporters safe.

Fan scare for Sir Chris Hoy's wife as man jumps into couple's taxi to take selfie
OLYMPIC cycling gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy has revealed how an avid fan scared his wife during the Commonwealth Games.

The man jumped into a taxi he was sharing with his wife, Lady Sarra, when it had to stop at traffic lights in Glasgow.  He then proceeded to take a selfie of the trio in the cab. Sir Chris revealed that Lady Sarra had been "quite shocked" at the incident.

Fewer Dalmarnock residents are complaining about Village security
COMPLAINTS from residents living with tight security restrictions near the Athletes Village in Dalmarnock have fallen since the Common-wealth Games began.

Calton councillor George Redmond, who has been fighting the residents' corner over concerns about 8m-high fencing and parking restrictions, said few people were contacting him now, compared to 15 people a day before the Games began.

People living in the worst hit area, around Springfield Road between the Emirates Arena and the Village and Baltic Street, said the restric-tions were leaving them "barricaded" in their own homes.

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Thu Jul 31 11:30 am  #2

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Man, 41, found with "serious injuries" after he is attacked in Dennistoun street
A POLICE probe is underway after a man was attacked in broad daylight in a Glasgow street.

The 41-year-old man was found with "serious injuries" in Dennistoun at around noon today. Emergency services raced to the scene in Meadowpark Street, near Alexandra Parade, after the alarm was raised. Paramedics treated the victim before he was rushed to Glasgow Royal Infirmary for treatment. The extent of his injuries have not been released. However, he is described as being in a "stable" condition. A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "Around 12.05pm on Wednesday a 41-year-old man was attacked and seriously injured in Meadowpark Street in Dennistoun.
"He is currently being treated at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and enquiries are continuing."

Glasgow civic dignitary injures himself 'racing' against Usain Bolt
THERE'S no shame in coming off second best in a race against the world's fastest man, Usain Bolt.

But for one Glasgow civic dignitary who fancied his chances against a virtual Bolt second place came with a dislocated shoulder. Bailie Phil Greene, 70, decided to take on Usain Bolt on the Virgin Media interactive race track, which has been set up on Glasgow Green during the Games. The 30m track allows members of the public to go head to head with a life-size Bolt racing across a three-metre-tall video screen.

But after what colleagues said was a decent start, the SNP councillor slipped and injured himself, ending up what is understood to be a dislocated shoulder. Mr Greene, accompanying Glasgow Lord Provost Sadie Docherty at the public events on Glasgow Green, was taken by the civic car to hospital, leaving the Lord Provost to take a taxi home.

One colleague said: "The poor guy's legs gave way and he fell off the stage. But as you'd expect, he's wearing it as a badge of honour." Mr Greene was unavailable for comment.

Search for missing Port Glasgow woman who vanished from her home almost two weeks ago
POLICE are appealing for information after a woman vanished from her home.

Charlene Lever, 21, of Wallace Street, Port Glasgow, was last seen by a family member at her home on Thursday, July 17. Since then there have been a number of sightings of her in the local area. However, there have been no further sightings of her since Saturday, July 19 and her family and friends are becoming increasingly concerned for her safety.

Charlene is described as white, 5ft 4 in and of slim build with light brown hair and blue eyes. When she was last seen she was wearing a red tracksuit. Inspector Steven Espie is appealing for information. He said: "Despite previous appeals in the local area and extensive police inquiries, we have been unable to trace Charlene.

"I would urge anyone with any information on her whereabouts, or indeed Charlene herself to contact Police Scotland on 101."

Celtic's Peter Lawwell appointed to Scottish FA's main board
Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell has been appointed to the main board of the Scottish FA.

The SFA confirmed that Lawwell and Scottish professional football league chairman Ralph Topping would join the board after nominations by the Professional Game Board.

Stewart Regan, Scottish FA Chief Executive: "We are delighted to welcome Ralph back to the main Board, having already benefitted from Peter's wealth of experience in the past year. I am sure both will play key roles as we enter the next phase of our strategic plan, Scotland United: A 2020 Vision."

Neil Doncaster, SPFL Chief Executive: "Ralph Topping will be stepping down from the William Hill Board on 1st August. He will therefore have much more time to devote to the professional game. We are delighted that Peter Lawwell and Ralph Topping have been unanimously elected by the Professional Game Board to serve the professional game on the main board of the Scottish FA."

Celtic shirt ban: Is there Polish madness in their Magners?
Celtic's sponsor have been forced to swap branding on their shirts for the club's match against Legia Warsaw tonight - due to Polish national advertising regulations.

Drinks firm C&C Group plc will have to swap branding on Celtic's shirts from its cider brand, Magners, to its lager brand, Tennent's. The advertising of alcohol brands is generally prohibited in Poland under its anti-alcohol regulations - but an exception is made for beer brands, which are widely promoted at Polish football matches.

C&C views the Polish legal prohibition as an unreasonable and disproportionate interference with the company's right to commercial expression under the European Convention on Human Rights. The company has also written to the Scottish Government, the Scottish FA and the European Cider and Fruit Wine Association (AICV) seeking support.

Magners brand owner C&C Group has also protested at what it views as an illegitimate and disproportionate barrier to the free movement of goods within the EU and believes that the privileged treatment of beer in Polish national advertising regulations may constitute an effective barrier to cider producers from entering the Polish market and may also raise other legal concerns, including fair competition, under Polish law.

Paul Condron, Group Marketing Director at Magners, said: "As Celtic's shirt sponsor we feel strongly that we should be free to display the Magners brand on the Celtic shirt in Warsaw. However, because of Polish national advertising rules that prevent cider brands from being promoted at a football match, we have had no choice but to swap Celtic's shirt branding from Magners to Tennent's Lager.

"Polish national advertising rules that allow beers to be promoted in and around Polish stadia and on TV while banning the Magners branding from the Celtic kit are clearly discriminatory. Cider has a similar alcoholic content to beer, it is packaged and drunk in a similar way and is the most comparable alcoholic drink to beer that there is. We can see no rational or persuasive reason for cider to be treated differently from beer, other than to protect the interests of local beer brands.

"C&C Group is committed to promoting its brands responsibly but we view these Polish national regulations as simply absurd."

Malcolm: Gers tie will tide Clyde over
BOB MALCOLM hopes he and Barry Ferguson can silence the Ibrox crowd after Clyde were handed a potential money-spinning dream draw against Rangers in the Petrofac Training Cup.

The new Broadwood management team will return to their former club if Ally McCoist's side can see off Hibernian next week and book their place in the second round of the competition. And Cumbernauld coach Malcolm admits it will be a night to savour if the ex-Gers duo get the chance to put one over the Light Blues. Malcolm told SportTimes: "It is a great draw for myself and Barry and a great draw for the club as well because of the money involved.

"If it does turn out to be Rangers, it will be strange going back and standing on the touchline. Normally the fans are shouting at you for making a bad pass or making a mistake but hopefully this time they are shouting at us because we have beaten their team. "I have been back at Ibrox and played for Motherwell and it was strange but it will be totally different this time going back and standing on the sidelines. "When you are on the pitch, you can influence things but once you put the team out you need to hope they do the business for you.

"It will be a great experience for myself and Barry if we get Rangers. We are just going into coaching and for us to go back to Ibrox and pit our wits against guys that have been in the game for as long is a great opportunity for us." Clyde booked their place in the second round with an impressive 2-0 triumph over Ayr United on Saturday as Ferguson got his managerial career in Scotland off to a winning start. And Malcolm reckons the chance to star at Ibrox or Easter Road will inspire his squad in the coming weeks. 

He said: "Rangers and Hibs are both big clubs so it doesn't matter who we play, it will be a great experience for the lads. "The squad have set their own targets and standards so far and we want to keep those standards high throughout the season. "If they keep going the way they are, I am sure they will enjoy the tie against Rangers or Hibs because that is the kind of game that you want to play in. The chance to play Rangers or Hibs will give the boys a lift and make them kick-on again."

Van Gaal says Moyes left a broken squad
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says he has inherited an unbalanced and "broken" squad from David Moyes.

Van Gaal - speaking during United's tour of the USA - denied the idea that succeeding Moyes was easier than following Sir Alex Ferguson, who won 13 titles in 26 years at Old Trafford. He said Ferguson left Moyes with a team of winners, while he is inheriting a "broken" squad awash with attacking midfielders.

Asked whether following Ferguson would have been harder, the Dutchman insisted: "No. I don't agree, I followed Bobby Robson at Barcelona the year after he won three titles and there wasn't a problem (Van Gaal won the league that year). "When there is success you have a very good squad, and now I have to follow and the squad was broken I think. "When you look at the squad, there is quality. There is (Wayne) Rooney, (Robin) van Persie, (Javier) Hernandez, (Danny) Welbeck. But you also see Juan Mata, (Marouane) Fellaini, and you see (Ander) Herrera. There are a lot of players that can play in the same position. It is not in balance. It's more difficult to succeed in a difficult situation than in a fantastic situation."

Van Gaal will look to address the imbalance in his squad by signing at least two players over the next three weeks. He is interested in signing defenders Thomas Vermaelen and Mats Hummels. United have been told they will have to shell-out £79m to land Kevin Strootman from Roma while Real Madrid are also demanding a big fee for Angel Di Maria, who is also on the club's radar.

But Van Gaal insists he will not pay over the odds for any transfer targets. United, meanwhile, have devised a special training programme to get £27million-signing Luke Shaw in shape for the start of the season. The 19-year-old England defender had a fortnight off after the World Cup and arrived at Old Trafford unfit, according to van Gaal. Shaw, who joined from Southampton, trained alone at the FedExField yesterday ahead of the friendly against Inter Milan.

Danny Welbeck, Wayne Rooney, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, who all returned from World Cup duty on the same day as Shaw, were deemed fit enough to train with the squad. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho sparked controversy earlier this week when he claimed United were paying over the odds for Shaw, who reportedly earns in the region of £100,000 a week. But Van Gaal refused to get involved in mind games and hinted he would speak privately to Mourinho - who was his assistant at Barcelona for three years - about the matter.

Teemu Pukki makes Warsaw goal pact as Celtic face Polish cracks in Champions League showdown
TEEMU PUKKI scored two of the goals which fired Celtic into tonight's third qualifying round tie against Legia Warsaw.

Teemu Pukki is ready to grasp his chance to be a first team Celtic pick under new manager Ronny Deila

And the Finnish hitman is praying his brace against KR Reykjavik will still be fresh in Ronny Deila's mind when the Hoops boss decides on his line-up for the tie in Poland. An away goal and a clean sheet are the twin aims of the SPFL champions. That would put them within touching distance of the play-offs for the Group Stage.

And, if Pukki is given the nod to lead the line against Legia - Anthony Stokes is still nursing a slight calf strain - he will take on the role with renewed confidence. The striker said: "I would like the chance to try and score more goals in this competition. "It would be good to score an away goal and have a lead to take back to Edinburgh for the second leg. We all want to win this."

Only a few hundred Hoops fans are expected at tonight's game, but Pukki wants to give them something to cheer about. However, he admits his knowledge of their opponents is not extensive. "We have been watching DVDs of them and we already know they're a good team and that this is not going to be easy for us," he said.

"Especially as they are home, they will be tough to beat. They have great backing from their support, so our target is to try and keep them quiet. If we play well, maybe they will turn against their team." Pukki continued: "We could have got a weaker team in the draw. But we can't do anything about that. We just need to play the way we can. The most important thing is to get a good result.

Deila has now began tweaking his squad, and Norwegian striker Jo Inge Berget has been registered in time to be included in tonight's squad as he begins his six-month loan from Cardiff. With Tony Watt moving to Standard Liege for £1.2million, more developments on the transfer front are expected before the play-off rounds, whether Celtic are by then going for the Champions League or the Europa League.

Nancy's Haitian midfielder, Jeff Louis, could be the next man to arrive, for a fee of around £1.7m Before his rejuvenation under Deila, Pukki would have been one of the players tipped to be making room for more new signings. But having finally found his confidence - and scoring touch - he is now focusing only on moving into the starting XI on a regular basis. Pukki accepts seeing more and more players come in to compete for places is part and parcel of life at a club with the high aspirations of Celtic and said: "Every year there will be new players and that is good for the squad."

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Fri Aug 15 4:04 pm  #3

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The Govan Stand has now officially been renamed he Sandy Jardine Stand in honour of the great man.
Celtic can trust in Gord
THERE are many men who could emerge from the weighty shadow cast by Fraser Forster at Parkhead.

Craig Gordon at his peak is a better goalkeeper than Fraser Forster currently, according to Alan Rough.

Most of them at the same time given the giant Geordie's towering frame.

Yet there are few big enough, physically or mentally, who could take on the responsibility of continuing to provide the solid platform which Forster gave Celtic during his four years in Scotland.

First brought in back in 2010 from Newcastle, the 6ft 7in keeper has enjoyed a near-uninterrupted spell in between the Parkhead sticks, with Lukasz Zaluska - who was at the club first - rarely given any cause to think his glove rival's unshakeable grip of the No.1 shirt was ready to be prized open.

Rangers boss McCoist warns players to improve fast
ALLY McCOIST has demanded an immediate improvement from his Rangers stars as they bid to get their Championship challenge back on track this week.

Late goal by Hearts left Ally McCoist furious

The Light Blues crashed to a 2-1 defeat to title rivals Hearts on Sunday as they got their bid for the second tier crown off to the worst possible start.

Just days after they struggled to overcome Hibs in the Petrofac Training Cup, Nicky Law's injury-time leveller proved in vain for the Gers as Osman Sow added to Danny Wilson's opener to clinch the win for the Jambos.

Rangers were booed off at the end of another poor performance as the pressure mounted on McCoist and his players once again.

£348m Contract For Govan Welcome. GMB Welcome £348m Contract For Three Offshore Patrol Vessels For Govan Shipyard.

This is great news for Scotland after the recent announcements of job losses which secures work at the Govan shipyard till 2017 says GMB.

GMB, the union for shipyard workers, welcomed the announcement by MOD of a £348 million contract for Govan build 3 new offshore patrol vessels for the Royal Navy.

David Hulse, GMB National Officer for shipbuilding, said "This is great news for Scotland after the recent announcements of job losses. This secures work at the Govan shipyard till 2017.

GMB members there deserve the jobs on these three offshore patrol vessels after continued campaigns to win the work.

Manufacturing At BAE Systems Plc's Govan Dockyard Ahead Of Scottish Referendum

BAE Systems logo sits above warehouses at BAE Systems Plc's Govan shipyard, where sections of the British Royal Navy's new HMS Prince of Wales aircraft carrier, manufactured by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, a joint operation between BAE Systems, Thales SA and Babcock International Group Plc, are being constructed, in Glasgow, U.K., on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. BAE announced today that they are to build offshore patrol vessels for the Royal Navy at Govan, safeguarding 880 jobs.

GBR: Manufacturing At BAE Systems Plc's Govan Dockyard Ahead Of Scottish Referendum.

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Thu Aug 21 9:50 pm  #4

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Govan El Clasico (Ants v Bens) Preview

Its here once again, the game that gets the blood flowing, the heart pumping that little bit faster and the nerves jangling more than a wind-chime factory in a hurricane. Its time for the Govan version of El Clasico as The Ants take on local rivals The Bens in the Euroscot Sectional League Cup and possibly more importantly for the bragging rights in Govan till the next meeting.


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Fri Aug 22 9:00 am  #5

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Good one Jimmy !.  The Ants won 2-1 consigning the Bens to three defeats in a row.
The photographs are good. My guess is around 1953. The Bens photo is a wee bit grainy but it looks like Dunky Rae on the extreme right and Alex Forsyth the goalie.
Benburb had a strong side at that time and won the league.  The Ants had a very strong side a few years later from the photo and produced many smashing players. John Quigley for one who went on to win an English Cup winners medal at Nottingham Forest. The Ants packed out Moore Park during Scottish Junior Cup matches and laid on lots of coaches for away matches as well a a special train on at least one occasion leaving fdrom Ibrox station. My favourite all time junior footballer as Alec Crawford who played a while at the Ants and later the Bens.  To this day still puzzled why he did not play in the Scottish League top division as he scored goals for fun.
Rangers are still a mess of the pitch and need to sort themselves out. My youngest son watches them and says the quality of the team is not brilliant.



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