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Aberdeen’s historic Belmont Cinema to reopen as a not-for-profit

Aberdeen’s historic Belmont Cinema to reopen as a not-for-profit

Aberdeen’s only independent filmhouse, which closed last year due to financial troubles, is set to reopen in 2024 as a not-for-profit community cinema. A local charity has launched a £2m fundraising campaign to restore the historic venue and make it a hub for film education and culture. The closure of Belmont Cinema Belmont Cinema was Aberdeen’s only independent filmhouse, offering a diverse range of films from around the world, as well as hosting festivals, events and workshops. The cinema was housed in a Grade B listed building that dates back to 1896 and was originally a school. However, in October…
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UK Government snubs Holyrood committee over deposit return scheme

UK Government snubs Holyrood committee over deposit return scheme

Scottish Secretary refuses to give evidence on Internal Market Act powers The UK Government has rejected a second invitation from a Scottish Parliament committee to explain its decision to block a deposit return scheme (DRS) in Scotland. The Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee wanted to hear from Scottish Secretary Alister Jack and other UK ministers about the impact of the Internal Market Act (IMA) on devolved powers and intergovernmental relations. However, Jack said the responsibility for answering questions on DRS fell with the Scottish Government, not the UK Government. Deposit return scheme delayed by UK legislation The DRS is…
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Labour MP refuses to rule out blocking Scottish legislation using Section 35

Labour MP refuses to rule out blocking Scottish legislation using Section 35

What is Section 35 and why is it controversial? Section 35 of the Scotland Act 1998 is a provision that allows the UK Government to prevent the Scottish Parliament from passing laws that would affect reserved matters, such as defence, foreign affairs, immigration, and taxation. The UK Government can use Section 35 to block any Scottish bill that it considers to be incompatible with UK law or international obligations. Section 35 has been rarely used in the past, but it has become a source of tension between the UK and Scottish Governments in recent years. The most notable example was…
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Bird farm fined after employee suffers severe burns in fire

Bird farm fined after employee suffers severe burns in fire

How the fire started A bird farm in Leeds, UK, has been fined £26,680 after a fire in a rearing shed resulted in serious injuries to one of its employees. The incident happened at Yorkshire Game Farm, in Woodlesford, on 6 May 2020. The employee had been installing gas heaters in a pheasant rearing shed, ready for a new crop of birds. Upon turning on the gas supply and lighting the heaters, the shed burst into flames, leaving the employee with significant burns and totally destroying the shed. What the investigation found An investigation conducted by the Health and Safety…
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Construction choir to sing for charity at Christmas concert

Construction choir to sing for charity at Christmas concert

A group of construction professionals in Scotland has formed a choir to raise funds for two causes and showcase their musical talents. Building Harmony Choir: How it started The choir was launched in May 2023 by Claire Rosset and Molly Armstrong, both of BakerHicks, a design and engineering company. They wanted to create a fun and relaxing way for people in the construction sector to network and socialize, without the usual pressure of formal events. They also wanted to share their passion for singing and music with others. The choir is open to anyone who works in the construction industry,…
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British man among hundreds killed in Hamas attack on Israel

British man among hundreds killed in Hamas attack on Israel

Gaza under siege as Israel vows to retaliate with ‘enormous force’ A British man from Glasgow was among the hundreds of people killed in a surprise attack by Hamas militants on Israel over the weekend. Bernard Cowan, 57, was described by his family as the “kindest, most generous person” who was “horrifically murdered” by the terrorist group. The attack, which targeted a music festival near the border with Gaza, also left 10 other British citizens missing or presumed dead. More than 700 Israelis and 500 Palestinians have died in the violence so far, as Israel launched a massive counterattack on…
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Scottish council under fire for leaving flood gate open

Scottish council under fire for leaving flood gate open

A key flood gate that was left open by Perth and Kinross Council has caused massive water damage to several streets and properties in Perth, Scotland. The council has been accused of negligence and incompetence by residents and businesses who suffered from the flooding. How the flooding happened The flooding occurred after extremely heavy rainfall hit the region over the weekend. The Met Office had issued a yellow weather warning on Friday and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency had put out a flood alert for Tayside. However, the council did not close a flood gate leading from the North Inch,…
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Glasgow man caught with over 240,000 indecent images of children and extreme porn

Glasgow man caught with over 240,000 indecent images of children and extreme porn

A 62-year-old man from Glasgow has admitted to possessing hundreds of thousands of images and videos of child sexual abuse and extreme pornography. Chi Wah Yau was arrested after police raided his home in Possilpark and seized several devices containing the illegal material. How the police caught Chi Wah Yau The police executed a search warrant at Yau’s home on March 7, 2022, after receiving intelligence that he was involved in downloading and distributing indecent images of children. They found a total of 24 discs and 11 hard drives, as well as a computer tower unit, in his possession. A…
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Big Brother returns to ITV with new housemates and hosts

Big Brother returns to ITV with new housemates and hosts

Big Brother, the influential social experiment show that has been off the air for five years, is making a comeback on ITV with a new cast of housemates and hosts. What is Big Brother? Big Brother is a reality TV show that puts a group of strangers in a custom-built house for weeks without access to the outside world. The housemates have to compete in tasks, nominate each other for eviction, and face the public vote. The last person standing wins a cash prize. The show started in 2000 on Channel 4 and moved to Channel 5 in 2011. It…
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Scottish amateur football team suffers 51-0 defeat in cup game

Scottish amateur football team suffers 51-0 defeat in cup game

A Scottish amateur football team has faced a humiliating loss in the first round of the Scottish Amateur Cup, losing 51-0 to a rival team. St Machar Thistle played with eight men St Machar Thistle, a newly formed team from Aberdeen, travelled to Stonehaven to play against AC Mill Inn Academy on Saturday. However, they had only ten players show up and two trialists were denied permission to play, leaving them with eight men on the field. They also had no goalkeeper, so their captain Eoin Devlin had to play in goal despite recovering from a broken ankle. AC Mill…
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