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Fri Aug 22 11:20 am  #6

Re: NEWS TODAY . . .

Thanks for that David, sad to hear the Bens got beat 2-1. All that came drom the Ants website and I think I have that picture somewhere, will look it out.

Here are some more Govan News Today.

'Serious bids' for Ferguson's
RANGERS directors Sandy and James Easdale have lodged a formal bid for crisis-hit Ferguson Shipbuilders.

The Easdale brothers are believed to be one of two "serious bidders" for the Port Glasgow shipybuilders.

Prospective buyers for the Port Glasgow business had until 5pm yesterday to submit offers to administrators. It is understood there are "two serious bidders", one of which is from the Easdale brothers, who run McGills bus company.

The pair hope to save the last remaining commercial shipyard on the lower Clyde, which faces closure and the loss of 77 jobs, after bosses called in administrators last week.


City restaurant to donate supplies to aid foodbank
AN Italian restaurant today pledged to help feed Glasgow's poor and hungry.

Singl-end General Manager Steven Whitbread with chef Hannah Davidson, head chef Vincenzo Remine and Peter Fowler of the Glasgow Vineyard.

Singl-end is backing the Evening Times' Food for Thought campaign, which is calling for a more co-ordinated approach to ensure all the city's foodbanks have a network of support and people in need know where to go for help.

The owners of the Renfrew Street eaterie and deli were appalled at the growing demand for food among desperate families and the jobless and are promising to donate monthly hampers of supplies to the Storehouse Foodbank.


Lustig says Celtic must shape up for Maribor shoot-out
MIKAEL LUSTIG today warned it will take an even better performance than Celtic delivered in Maribor if they are to march into the Champions League.

Mikael Lustig wants Celtic to cash in on their chances when they face Maribor in the return tie next Tuesday.

The group stage draw is next Thursday, with the Parkhead club favourites to be in it after grabbing a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their play-off in Slovenia. But the Swedish defender refuses to look beyond Tuesday's return tie at Celtic Park - because he believes they have already passed up a great opportunity to hold an even stronger advantage.


McCoist wants Rangers to Rock on in Championship
ALLY McCOIST insists Rangers will take nothing for granted against bottom-of-the-table Dumbarton tomorrow.

Ally McCoist vowed Rangers will show respect to lowly Dumbarton.

The Light Blues got their first SPFL Championship points on the board with victory over Falkirk last Friday before hitting the goal trail and blasting eight past Clyde in the Petrofac Training Cup this week.

It has been a poor start to the season for their opponents tomorrow, however, with Ian Murray's side losing to both Raith Rovers and Queen of the South in the opening fortnight.

And McCoist is determined to add to the Sons' sorrows at Ibrox as the League One champions look to build some momentum for their title challenge.

He said: "It's a game we are looking forward to. I was down at Dumbarton last Saturday and saw Queen of the South win 4-0.


DJ: Rangers investment can't come at price of historic Ibrox identity
THERE has been more talk in the last few days about a possible deal that would see Ibrox renamed if Mike Ashley was to increase his stake in Rangers by underwriting the £4million share issue.

Ibrox being renamed would get the thumbs down from legend Derek Johnstone.

It is not something that I am in favour of and I hope we never see the Ibrox name lost.As far as I am concerned, Ibrox will always be Ibrox.

There are a lot of clubs down south that play in branded stadia. Arsenal get a lot of money for having their ground called The Emirates, but that is different to what could happen at Rangers if the Ashley deal does indeed go through.

That, like the Reebok Stadium or the Walkers Stadium, was a new ground. I can understand when sponsors name stadia when they are newly built. But we are talking about an institution here and for over 100 years Rangers' home has been Ibrox.


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Sat Aug 23 7:02 pm  #7

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Inverness 1 Celtic 0: Highland side win after Hoops score own goal
An own goal edged a spirited Inverness past league champions Celtic in the Scottish Premiership clash in the Highland capital.

The deciding moment came in the 1-0 success came in the 65th minute when Marley Watkins got away down the right side and fired in a cross which goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska could only parry. The ball rebounded straight off Hoops defender Eoghan O'Connell, who was helpless as the ball rebounded into the net. The goal gave the Caley Jags their first victory over the Glasgow giants on their own patch since May 2011.

Inverness retained the same line-up that beat Motherwell at Fir Park last week, with James Vincent missing out again with an ankle injury and Watkins keeping his place on the right side of midfield.

Celtic made 10 changes from the 1-1 draw with Maribor in midweek. Charlie Mulgrew was the only man to keep his place, with starts given to O'Connell, Dylan McGeouch, Liam Henderson and Filip Twardzik.

Rangers midfielder Macleod will keep his feet on ground
ALLY McCOIST is confident Lewis Macleod won't get carried away with the hype surrounding him as he continues to shine for Rangers.

The midfielder has emerged as one of the most promising young talents in the country, with Ibrox striker Kris Boyd tipping him to become a hit like Light Blues legend Barry Ferguson.

Macleod took his tally for the season to three with a brace in Rangers' 8-1 win over Clyde on Monday night.

And McCoist is delighted to see him fulfilling his promise after a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a viral problem earlier this year.

He said: "We missed him last season as much as he missed us, which was a lot.

"He's a great young talent who has got a long, long way to go. He'll keep developing and progressing and we've certainly got high hopes for him.

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Sun Aug 24 3:46 pm  #8

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Race to rein in rogue riders
GANGS of teenagers on trail and quad bikes are putting their lives at risk by turning quiet housing estates into deadly race tracks.

Police launched a major crackdown on daredevil youths after residents complained they were creating havoc on their streets and setting up bikers' dens in nearby woodland.

Teams of officers on quad bikes and a police helicopter have been patrolling the streets of Milton and woodland and fields on the northern outskirts of the city.

During the operation ­police squads found several secret dens where the youngsters aged 14-20 have been hiding out.

Mass immunisation to protect kids from flu
MORE than 100,000 school pupils across Glasgow are to be offered an anti-flu nasal spray as part of a new immunisation ­programme.

More than 300 schools in the greater Glasgow area are taking part in the scheme, together with all GP surgeries who will immunise children from the ages of two to five.

An awareness drive was launched yesterday before vaccinations begin on October 1.

The mass immunisation - which was piloted last year -aims to protect all children from two to 17 in the UK, to prevent 200 deaths and around 1100 hospitalisations.

Jennifer Reid, immunisation co-ordinator for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said last year's winter flu programme had a 65% take up rate.

Health chiefs hope to boost that further this year, she said. Nationally, it was 67.2%.

Ms Reid said: "We've got 334 schools taking part, with 98,000 children.

"I think because last year was the pilot it might have put some people off. It's important people realise it wasn't a pilot of the vaccine, but of the way it is delivered.

We must vote Yes to protect pensions.
Or should we??

NICOLA Sturgeon has given warnings that a No vote could affect the future of pensions and Scotland's membership of the European Union.

Speaking at a meeting of Yes supporters from the Polish community in Glasgow, she said the UK Parliament was "dancing" to the tune of Nigel Farage and his UK Independence Party (Ukip) and that could lead to the UK leaving the European Union.

The Conservative Party is going into next year's General Election with a pledge to hold an in-out referendum of the UK membership of the EU.

Ms Sturgeon said with Ukip's growing popularity there is a risk Britain could leave, taking Scotland with it.

The Deputy First Minister said: "The referendum is about putting Scotland's future in the hands of the people who live here and Polish Scots are a very important part of our future.

Ibrox duo quit yard rescue bid
RANGERS' directors Sandy and James Easdale have backed out of a rescue deal for the Ferguson's shipyard.

A takeover battle between the bus tycoon brothers and billionaire Jim McColl was under way to take control of the Port Glasgow yard, which went into administration last week, putting 77 workers out of a job.

Engineering tycoon Mr McColl, who saved about 550 jobs at Weir Pumps in Glasgow in 2007, is now front-runner to save the yard.

The Easdales pulled out after a conversation with Mr McColl yesterday.

Mr McColl has promised to invest "many millions" of pounds in Ferguson if his offer is accepted.

A spokesman for the duo said: "The Easdale brothers are delighted that a businessman with Jim McColl's engineering background is keen to take over the yard.

"Sandy spoke to Jim at length this morning, and his plans for hundreds of jobs and millions of pounds in investment are exactly what Inverclyde needs.

Scottish independence: 30 Church of Scotland ministers
back 'Yes' vote

More than 30 Church of Scotland ministers have signed a declaration of support for Scottish independence. They believe a "Yes" vote will create a more socially just Scotland and rid the country of nuclear weapons.

Former Church of Scotland moderator Dr Andrew McLellan called the Trident missile "the worst thing in Scotland". The pro-Union Better Together campaign said people of all faiths and none were saying "no thanks to separation".

The Right Reverend Dr Andrew McLellan said: "September 18th is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to remove the worst thing in Scotland. "Speaking against nuclear weapons is good, campaigning against nuclear weapons is good, and praying for their abolition is good. "But what will change everything is voting 'Yes' in the referendum."


Scottish independence: What's going on in Scotland?
On 18 September, voters in Scotland will be asked in a referendum whether they want the nation to become independent from the rest of the United Kingdom.

Why is it happening?

The Wallace monument, built to honour Scottish freedom fighter William Wallace

The Scottish National Party, whose central aim is independence, won the 2011 Scottish Parliament election by a landslide, giving them a mandate to stage the vote. On referendum day itself, voters across Scotland will head to polling booths to answer the yes/no question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?"

The arguments for and against

On Thursday, 18 September, registered voters in Scotland will be asked the referendum question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?"

Those voters will have a straight choice between "yes" and "no".

For the first time - and for this vote only - 16 and 17 year olds will be able to sign up to the electoral register and make a choice in the historic poll.

Here is a quick guide to who has the right to vote in the referendum, how you go about registering to vote and the different ways to vote.

Voter breakdown
More than four million people in Scotland are eligible to vote.
But who are they?

British, Irish and all other European Union citizens who are resident in Scotland will be able to vote.
Commonwealth citizens who either have leave to remain in the United Kingdom or do not require such leave also qualify. Members of the armed services will also be able to have their say - as long as they are registered to vote in Scotland. With the minimum voting age lowered to 16 for this referendum only, anyone born on or before 18 September, 1998, can cast a vote.


Scotland Decides
Scottish independence: Salmond and Darling set for second TV clash.

Both sides in the independence referendum campaign are gearing up for the second televised debate. First Minister Alex Salmond and Better Together leader Alistair Darling go head-to-head on the BBC on Monday evening.

Labour's Douglas Alexander said Mr Salmond goes into the debate with a "very difficult set of cards to play". A spokesman for the first minister said it was a chance to show why Scotland "can, should and must" be independent

The two leaders are expected to clash on issues including currency, the NHS and North Sea oil estimates following Sir Ian Wood's claims that Scottish government figures were too high. The leaders' first live debate aired on STV on 5 August, with both sides claiming victory.

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Mon Aug 25 2:58 pm  #9

Re: NEWS TODAY . . .

Good interesting snippets Jimmy !!.  Interesting that so many English born people who live in Scotland can vote. However many Scottish born people living in England do not have the vote.
I live in England but I do not really know enough to know which way I would vote and would probably abstain. Tonights debate should be worth watching. I thought Salmond won the first one quite easily.  With 90% of the media in favour of the No campaign I imagine they are already declaring Darling the winner before the debate starts.  The polls suggest a No win by 57% to 43% .



Mon Aug 25 7:48 pm  #10

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Thanks for that David. I'm in the same boat as you. I was born in Scotland but live and work in England and because of that I am not allowed to vote. I guess the 680,000 other Scots living in England nevermind the reast of the world are in this boat too. Stupid! How can it be a Scottish vote if every other nationality can vote as long as they live there. Stupid!! Anyway here is more Govan news:

 Man is fighting for life after being attacked outside Glasgow supermarket
A MAN is fighting for life in hospital today after a vicious argument broke out in a Glasgow supermarket.

The 52-year-old suffered serious head injuries after being attacked in the busy street outside a Tesco Express store. Police raced to the store in Argyle Street last night after the alarm was raised. Detectives from the major investigations unit revealed the two men were involved in an argument inside the store at around 9.45pm. They then went outside and the 52-year-old was attacked.

He was taken to the Southern General Hospital, where medical staff today described his condition as "critical". Officers believe a man and a woman who were in the store at the time may hold vital clues about the attack. Detective Inspector Fil Capaldi, from Police Scotland Major Investigation Team, urged the two people to come forward.

Ferguson: Jim McColl named as preferred bidder to save shipyard
Engineering tycoon Jim McColl's Clyde Blowers Capital has been selected as preferred bidder for the business and assets of the collapsed Ferguson Shipbuilders at Port Glasgow.

Mr McColl last week revealed his hopes of taking over the Port Glasgow yard. He highlighted his aim of creating several hundred jobs within the next few years, returning the yard to its former glory.

Seventy of the remaining 77 employees at the Port Glasgow yard, which can trace its roots back to 1902, were made redundant after the business fell into administration on August 14.

Blair Nimmo and Tony Friar of KPMG, who were appointed as joint administrators of Ferguson Shipbuilders Limited, Newark Joiners Limited and Ferguson-Ailsa on August 14, named Clyde Blowers Capital as preferred bidder for the group's business and its assets and expect to complete a sale within two weeks.

Mum who beat three-year-old Mikaeel Kular to death sentenced to 11 years in prison
KILLER mum Rosdeep Adekoya was today sentenced to 11 years in prison for beating her three-year-old son to death.

Adekoya killed little Mikaeel Kular, inflicting more than 40 separate injuries, and stuffed his body in a suitcase.

The 34-year-old, wearing glasses, black cardigan, pink trousers, was sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh today.

Adekoya sparked one of Scotland's biggest missing person inquiries, when she said Mikaeel had vanished from the family home in January.

Hundreds of members of the public turned out to search for the boy.

Chilling details of what really happened to the toddler emerged, when the mother-of-five pleaded guilty to culpable homicide in July.

Celtic's McGregor earns Scotland call-up
Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor has won a call-up to the Scotland squad for next month's clash with world champions Germany.

The 21-year-old has been rewarded for an impressive start to the season which has seen him strike four times for the Scottish champions.

The news was confirmed by Scotland Under-21 coach Billy Stark, who has seen him promoted from his squad.

Stark said: "Andy Robertson has stepped up from the Under-21s and now Callum McGregor. Whilst it has not been the most successful of campaigns, the other part of it is players going through."

Dundee United midfielder Stuart Armstrong - who is Stark's captain - and Sheffield Wednesday striker Stevie May both have to be content with a place in the Under-21 squad for their double header against Slovakia and Scotland.

McGregor's promotion comes weeks after his Celtic breakthrough. The attacking midfielder has scored in each of Celtic's three away Champions League qualifiers and made himself a key player in Ronny Deila's early days as manager.

Rangers hitman Clark's a shoo-in thanks to Boyd
RANGERS striker Nicky Clark today vowed to continue his scoring form in the League Cup clash with Queen's Park - with a little help from Kris Boyd.

Clark banged in his second goal in three games in the emphatic 4-1 victory over SPFL Championship rivals Dumbarton at Ibrox on Saturday. And he is determined to get his name on the scoresheet once again when the Light Blues take on their city rivals Queen's at the Excelsior Stadium tomorrow night.

Many Rangers fans believed the 23-year-old would struggle to get a regular game after Ally McCoist brought in experienced hitmen Kris Boyd and Kenny Miller on free transfers during the summer and they are expected to start up front together when fit.

However, former Queen of the South marksman Clark has made the most of Miller being out injured at the weekend by netting in just his second start. And he revealed how playing alongside Miller and Boyd, who teed up his second half strike against the Sons, has brought him on as a player this term.

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