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Mon Jul 27 2:53 pm  #1

NEWS today in Govan and Glasgow. . .

Seven arrests made at Hibs v Rangers game,
police are seeking Football Banning Orders

Saturday 25 July 2015

There were seven people arrested at today's Petrofac Training Cup match between between Hibs and Rangers at Easter Road, including three for sectarian singing. The three men arrested for sectarian singing were aged 20, 30 and 39 were charged under the Offensive Behaviour at Football & Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act.

There was also a 17-year-old boy charged after a smoke bomb was set off and a 22 year-old man was charged for damaging a seat. A 43-year-old man was charged with anti-socal behaviour. There was also an individual charged in relation to alcohol being consumed on a supporters coach attending the game.

Chief Inspector Bob Paris from police Scotland said: "The behaviour of the majority of Hibs and Rangers fans in attendance today was commendable and I'd like to thank them for that. "It's disappointing when the reckless conduct of a few people threatens the safety, wellbeing and enjoyment of other supporters. Police Scotland will be applying to the Courts for Football Banning Orders to be placed on the individuals involved.  "We will not tolerate behaviour of this nature and, with the cooperation of other supporters and the assistance of the Football Clubs, officers were able to act swiftly to successfully apprehend these individuals."

More than £1m paid by drivers using bus lanes in Glasgow

DRIVERS have paid more than £1 million in fines for using bus lanes in Glasgow so far this year.

According to a Freedom of Information response, Glasgow City Council collected £1.2m in the first six months of 2015. Nearly £985,000 was collected in the first three months, followed by £198,459 between April and June. A statement from the council said the income would be ploughed into transport infrastructure and to deliver their local transport strategy, in accordance with Transport Scotland regulations.

There was no breakdown on which bus lanes generated the most money but previous figures have shown the bus lane in Nelson Mandela Place caught 50,000 drivers in its first six months - 10 times the number captured in the next most 'productive' lane - between July and December last year. Just 4,885 drivers were caught in the Victoria Road/St Andrew's Cross bus lane during the same time.

The Nelson Mandela lane was introduced on June 30 last year and has been criticised since its inception, with many drivers claiming warning signs were not clear enough. The city council was forced to improve them after a flood of complaints. As previously reported by the Evening Times, around 68,000 fines were slapped on drivers in the 24-hour lanes in total last year, while a further 37,595 fines were issued by non-24 hour lanes.

There are now 16 camera-monitored bus lanes, with 11 operating 24 hours a day. Council bosses insist the lanes are needed to keep public transport moving, and say that since their introduction, the number of drivers fined has fallen by more than half, proving they work. The council is currently consulting on whether to limit the hours of bus lane operation to between 7am and 7pm.

It follows complaints from motorists fined after driving in deserted bus lanes in the early hours of the morning or on days when no buses were running. The first bus lanes in the city were introduced almost a quarter of a century ago, but until 2012 were enforced by the police. Their role was then taken over by the city council and in April that year enforcement cameras were switched on.

A city council spokesman said: “The point of bus lanes cameras is to reduce offending – and the number of offences has steadily decreased since their initial introduction in 2012, demonstrating that drivers are changing their behaviour and that public transport is getting priority on some of the key routes into and across the city.”

Concern for man, 41, missing without mental health medication

Concern is growing for a 41 year-old man missing from his Glasgow home since Thursday. Darius Tohidy, from Scaraway Drive, Glasgow, was last seen at his home around 2.50pm hours on Thursday, July 23. Darius suffers from mental health issues and police are becoming increasingly concerned for his wellbeing as he is without his prescribed medication.

Darius is Iranian and is 5ft8 in height and of slim build with chin-length dark-coloured hair and a beard. When he was last seen he was wearing a beige jacket, burgundy shirt, beige trousers and Crocs-type sandals. Extensive searches are ongoing to trace Darius and Inspector Cath McNally from Baird Street Police Office is urging anyone who has seen Darius, or who has any information regarding his whereabouts to contact Police Scotland on 101.

Rail services to return next week after major work on Glasgow line

THE main Edinburgh-Glasgow rail line will resume normal services on Monday for the first time in six weeks, as major tunnel works are completed. A £17 million upgrade of the Winchburgh Tunnel, near Linlithgow, is on track to be completed this weekend.

Network Rail engineers have been working for 44 days to lower and relay track through the 330m-long tunnel and install equipment to enable electrification of the line as part of the Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP). The work has meant no all rail services between the capital and Glasgow Queen Street High Level platforms for the past six weeks, meaning commuters had to use replacement buses, or take longer and detoured services from Queen Street Low Level or Glasgow Central stations instead.

It has been the most significant piece of engineering on the line since the Victorian era, but from Monday morning all passenger services affected by the upgrade will return to normal. Derek Mackay, Minister for Transport and Islands, said: “I am pleased that this major programme of works at the Winchburgh Tunnel has been completed both on time and within budget.

Police hunt bogus caller duo targeting old ladies in Glasgow's West End

CRUEL conmen who prey on frail old ladies are being hunted by police in Glasgow. The sly fraudsters tricked their way into pensioners' homes and robbed victims aged between 69 and 89 during the crime spree. The two men, who pose as council workers, have targeted five elderly women in a matter of weeks.

Police described the crimes as "despicable" and believe the same men are responsible for all five incidents. Vulnerable pensioners were today warned to be on their guard against the duo after a spate of cruel thefts in Knightswood. Detective Constable Scott Brokie, who is leading the hunt for the conmen, said: "These two men are preying on elderly people in their own homes.

"Their actions are despicable and it’s totally unacceptable to leave elderly people feeling unsafe within their own homes."

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Wed Sep 30 1:12 pm  #2

Re: NEWS today in Govan and Glasgow. . .

BAR-L-ITY television: criminals at notorious
Barlinnie prison in TV show.

Barlinnie is to be the focus of a new reality television show which will be broadcast on Sky TV.

Camera crews followed prisoners at the Glasgow jail during months of filming for the “warts and all” series, which will be aired across the UK. The programme – an STV production for Sky - will feature criminals at the beginning and at the end of their sentence. It is expected to be screened in six or seven parts, with the first episode to broadcast at the end of October.

A source close to the project said: “The producers have focused on a few inmates and followed them for several months. “They were approached at court, they have signed up to it and it has gone from there. “They are going to pay particular attention to their first 24 hours and final 24 hours in custody.

Major military exercise to be carried out on the River Clyde

A major military exercise will begin on the River Clyde this weekend. Joint Warrior will see thousands of service personnel from armed forces across the world take part. The exercise, which will begin on October 3, will be co-ordinated from HM Naval Base Clyde in Helensburgh and last 13 days.

It will involve 31 warships and submarines, 60 aircraft, and around 6,500 personnel from 14 nations. Joint Warrior is linked to the NATO exercise programme and is one of the largest tri-Service and multinational exercises of its kind in Europe, incorporating all three of our Armed Forces – the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force.

Ships, submarines, aircraft and ground troops from the UK, US and other NATO allies will take part, improving interoperability and warfighting capability at sea, in air and on land. Many of the vessels taking part will berth at HM Naval Base Clyde before and after the exercise. The West coast Royal Navy Base will also host hundreds of additional personnel from the Joint Tactical Exercise Planning Staff (JTEPS) who will co-ordinate Joint Warrior from the Clyde.

Operating in maritime exercise areas off the coast of Scotland, Joint Warrior provides the UK and allies the chance to practise the vital skills needed by our armed forces on the modern battlefield. Training in skills such as counter-smuggling and insurgency; anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare; mine counter measures operations; joint firing; composite air operations; reconnaissance, and electronic warfare training will all be practised during the two-weeks.

Another vital skill being practiced is GPS denial operations, which will be limited to a small area off North West Scotland. All relevant authorities, including aviation and maritime communities have been consulted in advance and procedures are in place for unforeseen eventualities.

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Wed Sep 30 1:17 pm  #3

Re: NEWS today in Govan and Glasgow. . .

Ex Man United boss Sir Alex Ferguson gives
Glasgow audience leadership advice

HE is the most successful football manager of all time, so who better to offer leadership advice than Sir Alex Ferguson.

The former Manchester United boss was in conversation with fellow Scot, broadcaster Nicky Campbell, in front of a sell-out crowd at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow. The event was the first of two talks on leadership coinciding with the publication of Sir Alex's new book, 'Leading', which draws from the experiences of his 38-year career.

The second talk will take place at Aberdeen’s Music Hall on Thursday. Among the revelations in his new book, Sir Alex named the four players he managed that he considered to be "world class" talents.The Scot wrote that midfielder Paul Scholes and attacking trio Eric Cantona, Cristiano Ronaldo and Ryan Giggs were the only footballing greats he had coached, describing Ronaldo as a "complete genius of a player".

Wayne Rooney, David Beckham, Roy Keane, Carlos Tevez, Rio Ferdinand and Peter Schmeichel all received honourable mentions as "great players". Sir Alex stood down from Manchester United after 26 years in charge in 2013. He said recently that had it not been for the death of his wife Cathy's twin sister he would probably have carried on.

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Tue Oct 20 12:54 pm  #4

Re: NEWS today in Govan and Glasgow. . .

Share your memories of the Clyde's cranes.

IN its shipbuilding heyday the banks of the River Clyde were covered in a thick forest of cranes. They were used to lift cargo, including steam locomotives, and equipment, from engines to boilers, used in building battleships and ocean liners. Now just four are left at Finnieston, Whiteinch, Clydebank and Greenock, but their memories live on in the people who worked in the yards and lived in the surrounding areas. University of Strathclyde PhD student Martin Conlon wants to hear from these people for a project he is working on with the Scottish Oral History Centre.

Video: Sir Alex Ferguson on the Manchester United team talk 
against Bayern Munich that changed history.

Can you guess which team talk Sir Alex Ferguson considers the most important of his 27 years at Old Trafford? Fergie revealed all during a recent talk at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall when he made an appearance in association with The Herald. The 74-year-old from Govan opened on how he used his managerial skills to get the best out of his squad and other employees during his record-breaking era at Old Trafford. 

In this first of three clips, the most successful manager in British football history talks about communication, recalling the team-talk he gave at half-time in the game that changed everything . . . 

Probe launched after 50 cars set alight in
scrapyard blaze in Renfrew

A PROBE has been launched after 50 cars were set alight in an afternoon scrapyard blaze. Emergency crews received reports of a fire at a scrapyard on Renfrew's Meadowside Street around 1pm today. Three fire engines rushed from Renfrew, Paisley and Govan to tackle to blaze, and managed to extinguish the flames before 2pm.

They are currently working to dampen down the site, after the 50 vehicles were set on fire. Shocked locals took to social media to report seeing thick black plumes of smoke rising from the scene. A fire service spokesman said: 2 Around 1pm we received reports of a fire at a scrapyard in Renfrew. "Several vehicles are understood to be on fire at Meadowside Street. "Three fire engines from Renfrew, Paisley and Govan arrived at the scene in around 7 minutes".

He's deaf AND blind - but nothing can stop
amateur boxer James Peline

THEY claim that if they'd met in their younger years James Peline might have been a champion. The Govan boy grew up loving to box - but his life and career were brought to a sharp stop by a cruel disability. James was born profoundly deaf and grew up with British Sign Language (BSL) as his first language.

But, at school, his eyesight began to dim and teachers noticed there was a problem. James, speaking through a guide/communicator from charity Deafblind Scotland, said: "Growing up my eyes were fine but at school my eyes started to get worse. Something was wrong with me and my teachers noticed that I was having trouble seeing. "After school I went to work but my eyes were bad and started to get worse. My work closed down and the doctor said to me he wanted to check my eyes and when he did he said that I would have to stop working, my eyes were just too bad.

Images of life in Glasgow's slum tenements 
are to be shown in Scotland for the first time in decades

IMAGES of life in Glasgow's slum tenements are to be shown in Scotland for the first time in decades. The photographs will be exhibited in Edinburgh almost 50 years after they were commissioned by housing and homelessness charity Shelter. The exhibition comes after the documentary photographer Nick Hedges agreed to lift a 40-year restriction on the use of the photographs in Scotland.

Hedges had originally limited their use, as many feature young children and their families, in order to protect the subjects. 
The photographer, now in his 70s, spent three years visiting some of Scotland’s poorest and most deprived areas, documenting housing conditions and speaking to the people who lived among the squalor.

Private tenants are powerless to control their living conditions, 
rents and repairs says new survey by Govan Law Centre.

Private tenants are powerless to control their living conditions, 
rents and repairs says new survey by Govan Law Centre

Tenants are powerless over living conditions, rents and repairs in the face of a new breed of buy-to-let investors, according to a major new investigation into the booming industry.
Tenants have described how they only see their landlord when rent is due and wait weeks without repairs to heating or windows. An earlier study found 11 per cent of private tenants never feel warm in their homes.

The latest research by Govan Law Centre (GLC) coincides with new figures showing there are roughly 60,000 privately let homes in the city. That is half as big again as the stock of Glasgow Housing Association, the old city housing department, which currently has 39,000. The number of private lets has jumped 170 per cent since 2001, including a leap of 20 per cent between 2011 and 2013.

Across Scotland the number of privately rented homes has risen from six per cent of the total in 1999 to 14.6 per cent.  Yet the sector accounts for 18 per cent of homelessness claims as tenants lose their homes and one in four properties deemed by law to be slums, to be “below tolerable standard”. The problem, argues the GLC, is that these tens of thousands of people lack the full protection of the law from inexperienced landlords or cynical letting agents. Mike Dailly, of the Law Centre, said: “Our report confirms that far too often tenants in Scotland’s private rented sector are getting very poor value for money. 

“In addition to rent paid privately, there is almost half a billion pounds in housing benefit going into the Scottish private rented sector. “ And yet there is very little control of quality standards or indeed compliance with Scots housing law.

Two men jailed after Breaking Bad style experiment
to make cannabis oil caused explosion in Govan flat

Two men have been jailed after Breaking Bad style experiment that went wrong and caused an explosion in a Glasgow flat. Stewart Hamilton, 40 and Daniel Gallagher, 21, tried to extract cannabis oil from plants using butane gas.

But while the pair were working - using YouTube videos as an instruction manual - a spark caused an explosion sending the men across the room, setting the place alight and shattering the windows. At Glasgow Sheriff Court, Hamilton from Govan pled guilty to attempting to produce cannabis oil and culpably and recklessly causing an explosion injuring himself and his co-accused and endangering the lives of others.

Remembering the Govan men who died at Loos, a century ago.

IAN McCracken has spent several years researching the lives of Glasgow men who gave their lives in the Great War, including eight who died in the space of three days at the Battle of Loos, one century ago this weekend. But Mr McCracken has a personal reason for attending a commemorative event on Saturday. His great-uncle, Thomas Ogilvie Geddes, a soldier with the Royal Scots Fusiliers, also died during the epic battle at Loos. He was killed by friendly fire.

The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will attend events in Dundee to mark the centenary of Loos. An estimated 7,000 Scots out of 30,000 died in the battle. Ms Sturgeon said: "With around 30,000 Scots serving at Loos, its effect was felt throughout every village and town in Scotland.

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