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Audi’s new Q cars

April 12 2017

Another week, another new Audi. Two new Audis, in fact. The German car maker has announced a couple more additions to its Q line up of SUVs. The Q4 is a coupe-SUV hybrid that will go up against the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe. As its name suggests, it’ll be positioned between the compact Q3 and bigger Q5. At the other end of the scale is the Q8, which will go head to head against the Range Rover. It’s lower and sleeker than the Q7 Audi is also producing. In concept form, it sat only four people, although it seems likely the production version will be a five seater. There’s a 630 litre boot as well. Eagle eyed Audi followers will notice the only SUV slots left to fill are the Q1 and Q6. Watch this space...

Perth & Kinross

Fine and ban for drink-driver who caused chaos at Inveralmond roundabout

February 8 2012

A Romanian drink-driver caused chaos at one of Scotland's busiest junctions after driving across the middle of a roundabout and ploughing into a traffic light pole. The traffic lights on Inveralmond roundabout at Perth were knocked out for hours after waiter Robert Criste's late-night smash on Monday. Criste (23) appeared from custody at Perth Sheriff Court on Tuesday to plead guilty to driving while more than twice the legal alcohol limit. Depute fiscal John Malpass said: ''At 10.40pm, a civilian witness travelling behind the vehicle driven by the accused was, at that time, travelling south on the A9 towards the Inveralmond roundabout. ''She observed the vehicle driving in an erratic manner and came to the conclusion the driver was under the influence of alcohol.'' She followed Criste's Vauxhall Astra for half an hour along the A9 before his blunder when he got to the outskirts of Perth. Mr Malpass said: ''At 11.10 the vehicle arrived at the Inveralmond roundabout but the accused failed to negotiate the roundabout, drove straight across it and collided with a traffic light pole.'' Despite the collision, Criste continued into Perth along Dunkeld Road and the witness called police. ''They found him a short distance away at Asda, with the vehicle damaged and smoke coming from the engine, which was still running, and the accused in the driver's seat,'' Mr Malpass said. A reading of 72 mics of alcohol was taken from his breath sample. The legal limit is 35. Not guilty pleas of failing to stop and report the accident and driving without a licence were accepted by the Crown. Defence solicitor John Adams said his client holds a clean Romanian licence. He said: ''He accepts there was no reasonable excuse for driving under the influence of alcohol and is fully willing to accept the sanction of the court. ''He was shocked by the incident and was scared once he crashed into the traffic lights being in a foreign country he fled the scene as he was scared. ''Once he stopped he realised what he'd done, the reality of the situation, and then the police arrived.'' He said Criste, whose address was given as the Pine Trees Hotel in Pitlochry, has a wife and child in Romania, to whom he sends the majority of his earnings. Criste was fined £300 and disqualified from driving for 21 months. The Inveralmond roundabout links the A9 with Perth bypass and also provides the northern route into Perth and access to a busy industrial park. There are four sets of traffic lights on the roundabout. One Perth motorist said: ''It was chaotic scenes without the lights.'' Work to repair them was carried out throughout Tuesday.

Perth & Kinross

Teenager hit 80mph in joyride through Perth city centre

May 12 2016

A teenager hit speeds of 80mph while racing through several red lights in a joyride through Perth city centre. Barry Dixon, 19, was clocked at nearly three times the speed limit when he raced through the 30mph zone in Perth on February 16. He admitted jumping red traffic lights at various locations throughout the city centre and overtaking into the path of oncoming vehicles. The charge stated that Dixon drove dangerously on Main Street, Bridgend, Perth, thereafter various roads in Perth, and Inveralmond Road, Perth. Dixon is said to have first failed to obey red traffics lights at Gowrie Street at its junction with Queen’s Bridge. He again sped through red lights at Queen’s Bridge at its junction with Tay Street, and then failed to obey a no right turn instruction there. He then again failed to obey red traffic lights at Bute Drive at its junction with Dunkeld Road, and ignored further red lights at Inveramond roundabout. Dixon, Wellbank House, Perth, also admitted failing to give way at junctions and driving on the opposing carriageway. He pled guilty to a further charge of taking and driving away a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent at Ruthvenfield Road, Perth. He also admitted that on Main Street, Bridgend, Perth, thereafter various roads in Perth and concluding at Inveralmond Road, Perth, he used a motor vehicle without insurance. Sheriff Fiona Tait banned Dixon from driving on an interim basis and deferred sentence for the production of a criminal justice social work report until next month.

Perth & Kinross

Police rush to Inveralmond roundabout

February 28 2017

Motorists experienced delays at rush hour following an accident at the Inveralmond roundabout in Perth. The problems were short lived however as the incident was quickly dealt with and the vehicles involved removed. "Police Scotland attended at Inveralmond Roundabout at 9am this morning following reports of a traffic incident involving four vehicles," said a police spokesperson. "There were no reports of injuries."

Perth & Kinross

Accident at Inveralmond Roundabout

May 11 2016

An accident involving a car and a van caused tailbacks for motorists at the Inveralmond Roundabout in Perth. The incident took place at 1.21pm on Wednesday and led to emergency services being called to the scene, with one lane blocked southbound. A spokesperson for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said they sent two units from Perth after being told someone had been trapped in one of the vehicles. "The accident involved a car and a van and one casualty was removed," she said. "We have a stabilisation unit there." A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "Police Scotland along with other emergencies are currently in attendance at road traffic incident involving two vehicles at Inveralmond Roundabout, Perth." https://twitter.com/trafficscotland/status/730373579129376768 Traffic Scotland warned motorists to "expect delays." The road was fully reopened around an hour later.

This student took his Tinder profile to the next level by turning it into a PowerPoint presentation

February 21 2018

Standing out from the crowd on Tinder can be tough, but with the help of Microsoft PowerPoint a British student has managed just that – and gone viral in the process.Sam Dixey, a 21-year-old studying at Leeds University, made a six-part slideshow entitled “Why you should swipe right” – using pictures and bullet points to shrewdly persuade potential dates to match with him on the dating app. The slideshow includes discussion of his social life and likes, such as “petting doggos” and “laser tag”, and “other notable qualities and skills” – such as being “not the worst at sex” and “generous when drunk”.It even has reviews mocked up from sources such as “Donald Trump”, “Leonardo Di Capri Sun” and “The Times Guide to Pancakes 2011”.Sam told the Press Association the six-slide presentation only took about 20 minutes to make and “started off as a joke”.However, since being posted to Twitter by fellow Tinder user Gracie Barrow, Sam’s slideshow has been shared tens of thousands of times across social media.So, it’s got the seal of approval form Gracie, but how has the slideshow fared on Tinder? “I’d have to say it has been pretty successful,” Sam said. “Definitely a clear correlation of matches and dates beforehand to afterwards.“Most of the responses tend to revolve around people saying ‘I couldn’t help swipe right 10/10’ but I’ve had some people go the extra mile and message me on Facebook.“Plus some people have recognised me outside, in the library and on dates.”A resounding success.

Perth & Kinross

Motorists warned to take care as Perth affected by two-mile diesel spill

September 25 2017

A two-mile-long diesel spill led to slippy driving conditions in Perth on Monday. The entire length of Dunkeld Road from Inveralmond Roundabout to St Catherine’s retail park was affected. It’s believed the spill was caused by a leak from a faulty vehicle fuel tank. Many drivers reported experiencing a loss of grip in their vehicles as they drove along the stretch, particularly near the roundabouts at the Triangle and at Asda on Dunkeld Road. One man said: “Very bad at Asda roundabout – van went sideways going round it”. https://twitter.com/perthnorthdave/status/912266932887441408 Another wrote: “Someone nearly never got lunch earlier. Deliveroo guy nearly came off his moped”, while another said: “losing traction at the roundabouts and bit sideways action at Asda”. Despite initial fears the spill would cause traffic chaos, Police Scotland said they had received no calls reporting crashes on the stretch. Traffic continued to flow freely for the duration of the incident. Perth and Kinross Council spent much of the day cleaning up the aftermath of the spill, spreading sand on the road. A spokesman said: “Please be advised that the Dunkeld Road, Perth, from Inveralmond Roundabout to St Catherine’s retail park is affected by a serious diesel spillage. “Motorists are advised to drive with caution at this location. “Perth and Kinross Council are attending site to deal with the spillage.” A spokesman for Police Scotland confirmed they were called about the spill at around 11.20am but had no reports of any crashes.

Business news

Perth brewery shows thirst for expansion

February 12 2013

Inveralmond Brewery expects a six-figure investment will help it explore new markets and boost production by as much as a fifth. The Perth-based company, which produces the Ossian, Thrappledouser and Independence lines, said the introduction of new equipment and machinery will make its operations more efficient and enable it to increase its output. It has already installed three 5,000-litre maturation tanks, and new cooling equipment and a kegging line are expected to be in place by the middle of next month. Head brewer Ken Duncan said the inward investment will increase capacity and give the brewery the scope it needs to grow even further. “We have got three new multi-purpose conditioning tanks and we’re also investing in new refrigeration plant including a huge big compressor out the back of the brewery to help us keep our beer cold,” he said. “We’re also investing in a new keg cleaner and filler, which will reduce the amount of labour that’s involved in filling all the barrels. The whole point of all this is to increase our production capabilities.” The new equipment will enable the firm to target output of 7,000 barrels a year at its Inveralmond Industrial Estate base, and is expected to allow it to recruit another employee taking the total staff roll to 14. The firm will celebrate 16 years in business later this year. “It’s giving us a 20% increase in our volume that is the size of the difference that this will be making to us,” Mr Duncan said. “It’s a long-term approach that we are taking on this. It really is about looking to the future. “We can also service our overseas customers better, and it gives us more production capability to take advantage of opportunities in those markets.” Mr Duncan said Inveralmond is benefiting as the market for ale continues to grow among a new generation of drinkers. “There are real opportunities in the craft beer side of things,” he said. As if to prove the point, the brewery has stepped up production of its Sunburst pilsner a Czech-style lager made by yeast specially sourced from Prague. Previously, the brew was limited to a few select outlets. However, Inveralmond’s new equipment will allow it to be slake the thirsts of many more drinkers across Scotland and further afield. The brewery’s products are already exported to the US, Italy and Scandinavia, while it has also identified the South American market as offering considerable possibilities. Mr Duncan said the global appeal of the firm’s Scottish identity could not be underestimated. “The idea that we brew with water from the Scottish hills is very important for exports,” he said. “But when we’re dealing with the home, UK market it does become much more about the local aspect.”

Perth & Kinross

Months of misery predicted for Perth motorists

January 23 2018

Work on a multi-million pound Perth roads project is causing traffic misery for motorists. Ruthvenfield Road, one of only two ways in and out of the Inveralmond industrial estate, is to be closed for ten weeks leaving motorists feeling “trapped”. Irate workers on the estate have reported being stuck in lengthy traffic jams and are calling for a swift solution. “I left my office at 4.30pm to travel the one mile to Inveralmond roundabout and this took 50 minutes,” said David Penker who works on the estate. “Frustrated drivers were driving the wrong way down carriageways to enter side roads. “Why did one of the two access roads have to be closed and for such a lengthy period? “I would ask that an alternative be found, with an access on the west side to be reinstated to Inveralmond industrial estate.” Mr Penker said the delays not only impacted on those who work on the industrial estate but could deter people from visiting the thriving retail park and could severely delay an emergency response. The road closure is part of the £35 million A9/A85 junction improvement and link road to Bertha Park project on behalf of Perth and Kinross Council. This involves the construction of a new A9 junction with slip roads, a new link road to Bertha Park and a new junction on the A85. The road closure, which came into force on January 15, is to build a new roundabout on Ruthvenfield Road to give access to the new Bertha Park link road. A spokesperson for BEAR Scotland said: “We’re aware that the closure of Ruthvenfield Road as part of the Perth and Kinross Perth Futures Project has caused some delays at Inveralmond roundabout during peak times. “We continue to work closely with Perth and Kinross Council to identify measures in minimising any delays for road users for the duration of the road closure.” Perth and Kinross Council failed to respond to a request for comment.

Perth & Kinross

Gridlocked traffic in Perth due to accident and breakdown

May 2 2017

Traffic was ground to a virtual halt in and around Perth this morning due to an accident and a breakdown. A one-vehicle accident at 7am on the A90 Perth to Dundee road at Kinfauns (eastbound) led to long tailbacks reaching back to the Friarton Bridge. The road was reduced to one lane as emergency services carried out investigations at the scene following the incident. And motorists also had to contend with a breakdown northbound on the M90 approaching the Broxden roundabout at 7.38am. This also restricted traffic to one lane, with resulting queues of traffic. A spokesperson for Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said they had been called to a one-vehicle accident on the A90 Perth to Dundee road at 7am. "One vehicle was involved but no one was trapped," she said. Motorists were also delayed by the on-going roadworks between the Inveralmond and Broxden roundabouts, which are taking place as part of the Cross Tay Link Road project for the city.

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