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Wed Aug 27 2:48 am  #11

Re: NEWS TODAY . . .

Death probe after young man's body found floating in Glasgow canal
A death probe was under way today after a young man's body was found floating in a Glasgow canal.

The grim discovery was made near upmarket housing development Speirs Wharf, at Port Dundas. Detectives are treating the death as "unexplained" and an investigation has been launched.

It is not known how the man - believed to be in his 20s - got there or how long the body was in the water. Dozens of tributes, including floral bouquets and football tops, have been left on a bridge over the Forth and Clyde Canal, near to where the body was found.

Friends and relatives left tributes and touching messages about the young man. 
Meanwhile, forensic specialists are due to carry out a post-mortem examination in a bid to establish the cause of death.

Police want to find family of Drumchapel man who died after falling into Loch Lomond
A man who died after falling into water at Loch Lomond has been named by police.

He was Robert McKeown, 67, from the Drumchapel area of Glasgow. Emergency services were called on Friday night after a report that a man had fallen into water near Rowardennan on the east shores of the loch.

Following a search by the police marine unit, Mr McKeown's body was recovered at around 1pm on Saturday. Police are now appealing for any family members, or anyone who has information on his next of kin, to come forward.

Man in court over Tesco death
A man will appear in court today in connection with the death of a man outside a Glasgow supermarket.

Miroslaw Bronowicki, 52, died after a row at Tesco Express on Argyle Street. As reported in late editions of yesterday's Evening Times, a man was allegedly attacked outside the store at around 9.45pm on Sunday.

A 35-year-old man has been arrested and is detained in police custody in connection with the death. He is expected to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court later today.

Zombies take over the streets of Glasgow
Hundreds of gamers hit the streets of Glasgow at the weekend in a big to escape 'zombies'

Around 950 people took part in 2.8 Hours Later, the smash-hit, adrenaline filled, cross-city urban chase game.

The unique street game involves participants partaking in an immersive narrative as they try and escape the 'zombies' out to get them. Decisions made by players along the way have repercussions on the route they take, the characters they meet and, ultimately, their chances of success or failure.

The 2014 version of the game, called 'Survival', follows a totally original story line, touching on many real-life themes and current affairs including terrorism, immigration, government surveillance and corruption, set in a terrifying world of filmic gore.

Players started in the relative safety of the 'asylum' and went on a mission to steal much needed supplies from the city. They were provided with a map to help them find the first checkpoint, where they unlocked the information required to find the next checkpoint, and so on, as they became immersed further in to the apocalyptic world of 2.8 Hours Later.

Customers warned of bank scam
Victims of a telephone bank scam have been conned out of £650,000 in the last six weeks.

Police in Edinburgh are teaming up with Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) to warn people about fraudsters who call up members of the public claiming to be from their bank.

In the scam known as "vishing", victims are told that there has been suspicious activity on their account and are advised to transfer their money to a different account.

It follows a spate of cases in the capital, with 16 people targeted and more than £650,000 cash stolen in the last month and a half.

As part of the awareness campaign, all public branches of the main banks will display posters reminding the public never to give out their details if they are cold-called.

Police will distribute crime prevention leaflets across the city giving information on how to avoid becoming a victim.


Celtic pull out of move for Polish striker Teodorczyk
Celtic will not be getting involved on the bidding for Lukasz Teodorczyk.

The Hoops have been monitoring the Polish striker, who is now on his way to sign for Dynamo Kiev on a £3.6million move.

Reports in Poland claimed Celtic had matched Dynamo's offer for the 23-year-old, who has shot to prominence after scoring 24 goals in 50 appearances for his club last season.

Teodorczyk has also burst onto the international scene with three goals in six matches for Poland, and is expected to line up against Scotland in the European Championship qualifiers.

This has brought him to the attention of several clubs across Europe, and onto the radar of Celtic.

But, an eleventh-hour attempt to hijack Teodorczyk's move to Ukraine has been resisted.

Celtic have already had a £3m offer for Stefan Scepovic accepted by the Serbian striker's club, Sporting Gijon, and talks over personal terms are continuing today.

Lampard announces retirement from international football
Frank Lampard has announced his retirement from international football.

The 36-year-old midfielder has called time on his England career which has spanned 15 years and earned him 106 caps.

Lampard said in a statement released by his management company: "I have taken the decision to retire from international football. It has been a very tough decision for me to make which is why I have given it so much thought since the World Cup."

Lampard ended his 13-year stay at Chelsea in the summer and is currently on loan at Manchester City from Major League Soccer side New York City.

He added: "I have always been exceptionally proud and honoured to represent my country and have to say looking back I have enjoyed every minute of wearing the England shirt.

"Due to my club career now going in a different direction it is of utmost importance for me to consider my family first - also, to concentrate on how I can perform consistently to the best of my abilities over my next few years in club football.

Ally: Rangers stars can be power of Scotland
ALLY McCoist today insisted his Rangers stars can force their way into the Scotland set-up for the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, despite playing in the second tier.

No Gers players were included in the national squad for the match away to World Cup winners Germany on Sunday week when it was announced yesterday.

Light Blues left-back Lee Wallace, who played for Gordon Strachan's side last season, admitted at the weekend that he had "given up hope" of being involved.

And Kris Boyd, who was called up by Scotland when he was playing for Kilmarnock in the SPFL Premiership last season, was also overlooked for the trip to Dortmund.

But McCoist reckons his best performers will feature for their country in the 2014/15 campaign - if they play well enough in the Championship and cup competitions. He said: "I have spoken to Gordon on numerous occasions. Gordon knows all of our players whether it is Cammy Bell, Kris Boyd, Kenny Miller or Lee Wallace.

I know this is nothing to do with Govan but I though it might cheer us all up a bit! 


1 -    Older Ladies

I was born a sensitive, gutsy, wildly artistic child with a will the size of a mountain.

I tried everything not to fit into the jacket of conformity that my parents and teachers wanted to squeeze me into. Nope. I wanted to be ME, fully expressed, fully on fire, fully ALIVE!

Those things, however an obedient child do not make. A creative one, yes, but far from obedient.

This is a heavy beginning, but bear with me. It is an important part of my artistic evolution and why I do what I do. If you come into this project with me, I want you to know me and what I stand for.

The more I tried to be who other people wanted me to be, the angrier I became and the more trouble I caused. The more trouble I got into, the more I believed there was something wrong with me. The more I believed that, the more I suffered.

I latched onto my art because it was the one thing I was good at. I lost touch with the fact that my gifts were coming THROUGH me and not FROM me. That twist tainted everything. I wasn't even aware I was using my talents for something they were never intended: to GET something rather than to GIVE something.

Life was exceedingly difficult because of this juxtaposition. I destroyed a lot of the things that were most important to me.

I left my art for awhile, much to the chagrin of most everyone who knew me and went on a long, hard journey that eventually lead me right back here, right back to my art and a passion to do it for the right (for me) reasons. I learned art is 'for-giving', not 'for-getting'.

Life has taught me through opposites what to value and what to create... art that expresses kindness, self-love, laughter, play, gentleness... all the things that were there all along, but just got covered up.

I feel like a butterfly.

This is why I have so many pictures and references to wings.

Everybody's got them.

Come Fly with me!


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Fri Aug 29 1:42 am  #12

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Historic victory after dad's death in asbestos-link cancer tragedy
RECORD damages of £175,000 have been awarded to the family of a Clyde shipyard worker who died of an asbestos-related cancer.

A judge awarded each of John McCarn's five children £35,000 after accepting the family was robbed of at least another 18 years with their dad. John, of Greenock, worked for Scott's Shipbuilding and Engineering in the town for just five years as an apprentice from the age of 14.

But John, who has 11 grandchildren, wasn't diagnosed until January 2009, when he was told he had malignant mesothelioma and had only months to live. His distraught daughter Catherine, 35, spoke for the first time about her anger and grief for her dad, who took over the role of both parents after her mum died of cancer when she was a teenager. Before his death at the age of just 69 in November 2009, John launched legal action against the shipbuilder, which closed down in 1993.


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Tue Sep 2 7:48 pm  #13

Re: NEWS TODAY . . .

Letham gives Rangers extra time to repay £1million loan
RANGERS fan George Letham has reluctantly agreed to give the Ibrox board a short extension to repay the £1million loan that was due last week.

Graham Wallace is understood to have held talks with George Letham last weekend.
The wealthy supporter stepped in to lend his boyhood heroes the seven-figure sum earlier this year as chief executive Graham Wallace was forced to seek a quick fix to the Gers' cash crisis. As part of the agreement, Rangers were scheduled to give Letham his money back by the close of business on Friday, but after the Light Blues announced plans to raise around £4m in a share option last week, the prospect of him receiving his money appeared bleak.

SportTimes understands Letham held full and frank discussions with Wallace on Saturday and agreed to a short extension to allow the under-fire board more time to come up with the money. 
With cash reserves running low at Ibrox, a refusal from Letham would have left Wallace and his fellow-directors with a huge financial headache. 

Celtic land £2.3m Scepovic but Guidetti loan deal looks a no-go
CELTIC'S dogged refusal to allow the transfer window to close without the addition of a striker paid off late last night when they landed Stefan Scepovic.

Stefan Scepovic put pen to paper for Celtic last night.
But they fear they have just missed out on capturing Manchester City's John Guidetti. They will find out later today if they managed to secure the Swedish hitman on a season-long loan. Well after the 11pm deadline, the Hoops were still trying to complete the transfer. However, while the player and Celtic were keen to go ahead, a hold up at the Manchester end delayed matters. This meant they could not get all the paperwork lodged in time.

Celtic are clinging to the hope the SFA will be able to make a case to Fifa for an extension, but the odds are very much against this being granted. This was the one disappointment on a final day which saw the on-off chase for Scepovic finally conclude with the Serbian putting pen to paper on a four-year deal, with the Hoops paying Sporting Gijon £2.3million. The 24-year-old will now be included in the 25-strong squad Celtic must register today for the group stage of the Europa League. 

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Sat Sep 6 3:19 pm  #14

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Asian women drug addicts face black market peril
ASIAN women who are hooked on heroin are being "exploited" by black market methadone dealers in Glasgow.

Asian women hooked on heroin in Glasgow are vulnerable to being exploited and ripped off

Some are being charged three times the street value for the liquid opiate prescribed as a substitute for heroin. Dealers can increase the price because many Asian women won't approach doctors about drugs for fear their family will find out, according to addiction workers.

Black market methadone is usually sold in quantities of 100ml for £10 but an Asian woman could be charged £30 for the same amount. One Glasgow drugs worker, who asked not to be named, said: "Females from the Asian community who come in to the city centre from Govanhill or Pollokshields to buy illicit methadone will probably get charged three times as much. "That's down to the fact that they're not known, they're coming from outside and there is more demand from them.

New warning signs to go up for bus gate
ROAD signs at the controversial bus gate leading into George Square are to be improved.

Drivers claim there are not enough signs for the bus gate and, below, last Saturday's warning by boss

The move comes after the Evening Times revealed 28,000 drivers had been fined in nine weeks for going through the Nelson Mandela bus gate. But a city businessman has repeated his calls for the new traffic restriction to be scrapped.

It bans cars from travelling through Nelson Mandela Place on to George Square. The gate operates 7am-7pm, seven days a week, with cameras in place to photograph drivers using the roads outwith this time. Roads bosses say the move eases the flow of public transport and improves air quality, but many drivers say they failed to see signs warning them about the new restrictions. Some have spotted the road markings so late they have opted to reverse out of the street rather than face a fine.

McCoist praise as former Rangers star Bocanegra quits
ALLY McCoist today paid tribute to former Rangers star Carlos Bocanegra after he announced his retirement from football.

The American will hang up his boots at the end of the current Major League Soccer campaign as he brings the curtain down on a glittering career.

After a successful spell down south with Fulham, Bocanegra turned out for Rennes and St Etienne before joining Rangers. He became a hero with the Light Blue legions during a short lived spell in Glasgow and McCoist has hailed his former defender as he gets set to bow out from the game. He said: "On behalf of all the players and staff at Rangers I would like to wish Carlos all the very best as he retires. "Although he only spent one full season with us, he was a fantastic leader and terrific ambassador for Rangers during his time at Ibrox.

Burke says Scotland are ready for Germany challenge
CHRIS BURKE and his Scotland team-mates refuse to accept their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign will not start for real until they play Georgia next month in Glasgow -even if the bookies have written them off when they face Germany tomorrow.

Gordon Strachan's players will travel to Dortmund confident they can cause a shock against the world champions. And they believe they have the results and the quality to back up their belief.

Winger Burke epitomises the feel-good factor coursing through the group and he said: "We have shown we can win games, not just compete in them. "We have had good results in the past year, including a win against Croatia when no one really gave us a chance.

"I believe we have talented players in this team and we are very organised. And that is a great balance. "There is no doubt we can win games with the talent in this squad."

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan will not name his side until just before kick-off but insists any success will come from utilising his squad to maximum effect. Burke said: "The gaffer has told us it's not just the starting eleven he wants to know their job, it's the full squad.

McKay remains on Rangers radar
ALLY McCoist has urged Barrie McKay to make the most of his Raith Rovers loan spell this season.

The winger has fallen down the Ibrox pecking order and with first team football unlikely in the coming months he has joined the Gers' Championship rivals.

McKay spent the second half of last season in the second tier with Morton and McCoist is confident his spell in Fife will stand him in good stead as he and six other Light Blue kids made temporary switches this week. He said: "We felt it would be an opportunity for him to go out and play and express himself in a good league.

"He is one that we will be closely monitoring. The important thing to remember is that this is for the development of the younger boys.

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Sun Sep 7 4:35 pm  #15

Re: NEWS TODAY . . .

Scottish independence: Labour targets SNP's
record on social justice

Salmond's Scottish National party accused of tax hypocrisy in effort to split yes campaign and win back Labour voters.

Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont joins no campaigners in Glasgow Govan, the constituency of SNP deputy leader Nicola Sturgeon. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

The battle for key centre-left votes in the Scottish independence referendum intensified sharply after Labour attempted to split the yes campaign, attacking Alex Salmond's record on social justice.

The Scottish Labour party launched a series of attacks on the first minister, accusing his party of hypocrisy over taxation policy in a final effort to win back several hundred thousand Labour supporters believed to have switched sides to back independence.

YouGov found on Monday that 30% of Labour voters were likely to vote yes on 18 September, potentially swinging the result in the last weeks of the campaign and forcing Labour into a rearguard action to stem the haemorrhage of votes.

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