One of the last remaining tenants in a dilapidated block of flats earmarked for demolition, says he would rather die than wait years for Fife Council to take control of the property.
On January 20, 2017, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. A Republican, the reality TV star and controversial businessman had won the election in a surprise contest against Democrat Hillary Clinton in November 2016.
Descendent of Tay Bridge Disaster victim praises trustees for the memorials to the 59 souls ‘known to have died’
A Fife councillor who is a direct descendent of one of the Tay Bridge Disaster victims has praised the trustees of the Tay Bridge Disaster Memorial Trust for all the effort they out in to raise funds and erect memorials in 2013.
The #MeToo movement went global, after taking off in the United States in 2017 as a response to the allegations of sexual harassment and abuse made against heavyweight Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. In addition, the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded jointly to Congolese physician Denis Mukwege and Yazidi assault survivor Nadia Murad “for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.”
It was the year that the deadliest outbreak of ebola started in West Africa and began to spread, the year that Russian conflict in Ukraine and Crimea raised global tensions and the year that a Malaysian Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur destined for Beijing vanished – just four months before a different, unrelated Malaysian Airlines flight was shot down near the Ukrainian border.
From uprisings across the Arab world and the deaths of Osama Bin Laden and Kim Jong-il, to a magnitude-nine earthquake that shook north-eastern Japan unleashing a savage tsunami, 2011 was a tumultuous year worldwide.
A £1,100 a week care home in Fife was found to be in breach of national social care standards.
After many months of deadlock, frustration and setbacks, trying to get a Brexit deal accepted by both her own Parliament and the European Union, an exhausted-looking Theresa May resigned in July. Boris Johnson succeeded her as Prime Minister and soon called a General Election, which took place just before Christmas. In what was becoming an increasingly chaotic UK political environment, the Tories won by a convincing margin in England and made significant gains in Wales. In Scotland, however, the SNP scored a landslide victory, winning 48 seats and delivering what First Minister Nicola Sturgeon called a clear message for a second independence referendum. The General Election was a disaster for Labour, which lost ground nationwide.
It was great to see three hard-working "ordinary" Fifers receive British Empire Medal (BEM) awards in recognition of their community work in the Queen’s New Year Honours.
Bargain hunters were out early in Fife as shoppers looked to bag a Boxing Day bargain in the post-Christmas sales.