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Motoring news

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

Former senior care worker carried out catalogue of physical and verbal abuse, panel finds

October 11 2017

A senior care worker carried out a catalogue of verbal and physical abuse against residents at a Perthshire care home, a panel has found. Tracy Hopkins, who previously worked at the Robert Douglas Memorial Home in Scone, struck and pushed a resident who had dementia, diabetes and difficulties with his mobility and forced him to stand up and walk on November 17, 2015. The Scottish Social Services Council’s fitness to practise panel also established Ms Hopkins “aggressively grabbed” another resident – who was classed as vulnerable – on July 23, 2015. In addition, the panel also found the senior care worker, who had started working at Robert Douglas Memorial Home in January 1998, had provided care to two other residents between 2013 and 2015 when their care plans stated they did not require two carers to help them. The hearing had heard from a female care assistant at the home who had seen incidents relating to the resident with dementia. She had told the panel this man didn’t want to be in a care home, appeared depressed and had been refusing to eat. The hearing was told on a particular shift the male resident had been crying all day. The care assistant told the panel the man had refused to eat his dinner and Ms Hopkins had shouted at him and hit a plate against a table while “acting aggressively.” The witness told the panel Ms Hopkins demanded the man then walk to the toilet, had shouted at him and pulled him up from his chair. The hearing was told Ms Hopkin’s anger towards the man “escalated” when she noticed he had wet his trousers. The care assistant told panel members it looked like Ms Hopkins was “humiliating” the man who then lost his balance and fell. The female care assistant also gave evidence that Ms Hopkins took the man to his bedroom in a wheelchair and that she followed the pair to assist. However, when she entered the room the care assistant saw Ms Hopkins undressing the man “roughly” and in a “forceful” way. The witness told the panel Ms Hopkins shouted at the man in a threatening manner, stating she would be back at work the following day. She also claimed she had seen Ms Hopkins push the man on to a bed and deliberately struck him on the head with her right hand, and described the resident as being frightened afterwards. The panel concluded Ms Hopkins’s fitness to practise is impaired. They decided to impose a removal order on Ms Hopkins registration to work as a carer with effect from October 12. A spokesperson for the Robert Douglas Memorial Home said: “The care home is under new management now and Ms Hopkins hasn’t worked here for two years.” Attempts were made to contact Ms Hopkins but she was unavailable for comment.  

Dundee United

EXCLUSIVE: David Hopkin emerges as a contender for Dundee United job

October 28 2017

David Hopkin has emerged as one of the favourites for the Dundee United manager’s job. Courier Sport can reveal that the Livingston boss is on chairman Stephen Thompson’s radar and is in with a serious chance of replacing Ray McKinnon. Thompson couldn’t have failed to be impressed with the former Scotland international’s work with Livi, who are currently one place above the Tangerines in third place. After guiding them to the League One title last season, Hopkin’s side have become instant Championship promotion contenders on a budget more suited to fighting relegation. And Thompson was a spectator when United were well beaten by Livi just a couple of weeks ago. It is understood that Hopkin would be keen to make the switch and compensation would not be prohibitive. Hopkin will command dressing room respect on the back of his title win and the team he has put together at West Lothian, as well as his playing credentials, which included spells at Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Leeds United. His reputation in the game is of a pragmatic, thorough manager. The big box that isn’t ticked is experience, which Thompson would ideally want given United’s need to secure promotion this season The likes of John Hughes and Jim McIntyre have that over him.

Ex-Mail Online columnist Katie Hopkins joins right wing Canadian website

January 3 2018

Controversial columnist Katie Hopkins has joined right wing Canadian website The Rebel Media after exiting her post at the Mail Online. The site announced that Hopkins would be writing a regular column as well as posting video commentaries and filing investigative reports. Hopkins, who left her job at the Mail Online “by mutual consent” in November, will be writing her column for The Rebel Media under the banner of her HopkinsWorld website. .@KTHopkins joins @TheRebelTV! https://t.co/cay6cDpOfl | #UK #cdnpoli #tcot pic.twitter.com/FS3moEH0ES— The Rebel (@TheRebelTV) January 3, 2018 In her post, she writes: “The aim of Hopkins World is to tell the stories not being told. And to help your voice be heard at a time when too many of us feel the list of things we can’t say is longer than the list of things we can. “When so many platforms are under the control of the Saudis, tied to fickle commercial advertisers or beholden to special interests and religious lobbyists, it is a real thrill to find a place for us to speak without censorship. “If you hear yourself saying: ‘I’m not supposed to say this, but …’ then I am here to reassure you that you are. Your views matter. You matter.” Other contributors to the site include former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson, who writes regular anti-Muslim columns. My thanks to the team @TheRebelTV 2018 is going to be a big year for the stories not being told. #HopkinsWorld https://t.co/OdGskIwoDx— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) January 3, 2018 After leaving the Mail Online, it emerged the site had paid substantial damages and legal costs to a teacher whom Hopkins falsely claimed had taken her students to an anti-Trump rally. Teacher Jackie Teale had in fact taken a banner made by her year eight students along to the protest featuring a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. The Mail Online said in a statement: “We apologise to Ms Teale for this error and have agreed to pay Ms Teale substantial damages and legal costs.” In May last year, Hopkins also left her job at broadcaster LBC. The radio station declined to comment on her departure but it came in the wake of her tweet calling for a “final solution” following the Manchester Arena bombing that left 22 people dead. The wording echoed the Nazi term for the eradication of Jews in concentration camps during the Second World War. She later deleted the tweet and re-posted it with the words “true solution”. (function(i,s,o,g,r,a,m){i['GoogleAnalyticsObject']=r;i[r]=i[r]||function(){ (i[r].q=i[r].q||[]).push(arguments)},i[r].l=1*new Date();a=s.createElement(o), m=s.getElementsByTagName(o)[0];a.async=1;a.src=g;m.parentNode.insertBefore(a,m) })(window,document,'script','//www.google-analytics.com/analytics.js','ga'); ga('create', 'UA-72310761-1', 'auto', {'name': 'pacontentapi'}); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'referrer', location.origin); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension1', 'By PA Reporters'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension2', 'b3513a7d-c621-4420-a246-e55030bf0c10'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension3', 'paservice:news,paservice:news:uk,paservice:news:world'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension6', 'story-enriched'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension7', 'composite'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension8', null); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension9', null); ga('pacontentapi.send', 'pageview', { 'location': location.href, 'page': (location.pathname + location.search + location.hash), 'title': 'Ex-Mail Online columnist Katie Hopkins joins right wing Canadian website'});

Road tests

Audi Q2 puts quality over size

March 21 2018

Audi’s Q2 was one of the first premium compact SUVs on the market. It sits below the Q3, Q5 and the gigantic, seven seat Q7 in Audi’s ever growing range. Although it’s about the same size as the Nissan Juke or Volkswagen T-Roc, its price is comparable with the much larger Nissan X-Trail or Volkswagen Tiguan. Even a basic Q2 will set you back more than £21,000 and top whack is £38,000. Then there’s the options list which is extensive to say the least. My 2.0 automatic diesel Quattro S Line model had a base price of £30,745 but tipped the scales at just over £40,000 once a plethora of additions were totted up. Size isn’t everything, however. In recent years there’s been a trend of buyers wanting a car that’s of premium quality but compact enough to zip around town. It may be a step down in size but the Q2 doesn’t feel any less classy than the rest of Audi’s SUV range. The interior looks great and is user friendly in a way that more mainstream manufacturers have never been able to match. The simple rotary dial and shortcut buttons easily trounce touchscreen systems, making it a cinch to skim through the screen’s menus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eQ5p5Z7-Ek&list=PLUEXizskBf1nbeiD_LqfXXsKooLOsItB0 There’s a surprising amount of internal space too. I took three large adults from Dundee to Stirling and no one complained about feeling cramped. As long as you don’t have a tall passenger behind a tall driver you can easily fit four adults. At 405 litres the boot’s big too – that’s 50 litres more than a Nissan Juke can muster. Buyers can pick from 1.0 and 1.4 litre petrol engines or 1.6 and 2.0 litre TDIs. Most Q2s are front wheel drive but Audi’s Quattro system is standard on the 2.0 diesel, as is a seven-speed S Tronic gear box. On the road there’s a clear difference between this and SUVs by manufacturers like Nissan, Seat and Ford. Ride quality, while firm, is tremendously smooth. Refinement is excellent too, with road and tyre noise kept out of the cabin. It sits lower than the Q3 or Q5 and this improves handling, lending the Q2 an almost go-kart feel. On a trip out to Auchterhouse, with plenty of snow still on the ground, I was appreciative of the four-wheel drive as well. The Q2 is expensive – though there are some good finance deals out there – but you get what you pay for. Few cars this small feel as good as the Q2 does. Price: £30,745 0-62mph: 8.1 seconds Top speed: 131mph Economy: 58.9mpg CO2 emissions: 125g/km

Kelvin Hopkins ‘categorically’ denies inappropriate conduct allegations

November 3 2017

Suspended Labour MP Kelvin Hopkins has “absolutely and categorically” denied allegations of inappropriate conduct made by party activist Ava Etemadzadeh. Ms Etemadzadeh’s claims that the MP sent her suggestive texts and acted inappropriately are being investigated by Labour. In a separate development, Labour has launched an inquiry into an allegation Norwich South MP Clive Lewis groped a woman at the party’s annual conference. Clive Lewis (Yui Mok/PA) Mr Lewis, who has denied the claim, is alleged by the woman to have hugged her and given her backside “a big squeeze” at a conference event, it has been reported. The MP told the BBC: “I know how I roll. I don’t squeeze women’s buttocks. They are lying or they are wrong.” A party spokeswoman said: “The Labour Party is investigating a formal complaint made today against Clive Lewis.” With Westminster being rocked by a spate of sexual harassment claims in recent weeks, Prime Minister Theresa May has released a new code of conduct for Conservative Party representatives. Today we have published our new code of conduct for all Party representatives. https://t.co/498VlugxFv— Conservatives (@Conservatives) November 3, 2017 And Labour said it would appoint an independent specialist organisation to offer support and advice to anyone affected by sexual harassment in the party. In a statement issued by his solicitors, Mr Hopkins denied claims he acted inappropriately towards Ms Etemadzadeh following a Labour student event. The MP said: “I absolutely and categorically deny that I in any way engaged in any such inappropriate conduct. I simply put an arm around her shoulder to give her a brief, slight hug just before getting in to my car. “I did not hold her tight. I did not rub any part of my body, let alone my crotch, against Ava. She waved me off as I drove away and did not say anything whatsoever to suggest that anything had occurred that upset her let alone revolted her.” I'm saddened by Kelvin Hopkins thing, I'm glad the party has suspended him.— Jess Phillips (@jessphillips) November 2, 2017 Mr Hopkins claims that Ms Etemadzadeh sent him a text later that evening saying: “Thank you so much Kelvin for coming tonight!! We had a fantastic time. My members loved you! 🙂 You’re a star! x Ava” Referring to claims made by Ms Etemadzadeh after a meeting with the MP in the Commons, Mr Hopkins said: “It is reported in the press that at that meeting I asked questions about her personal life and that I made her uncomfortable with a suggestion that I would have liked to take her to my office if it were empty. “I have no recollection whatsoever of such conversations.” The MP claims that Ms Etemadzadeh sent him a text after that meeting saying: “Thank you, Kelvin for today. It was lovely meeting you! 🙂 xx” Mr Hopkins has confirmed he did send Ms Etemadzadeh a text which referred to her as “charming and sweet matured” and stated “a nice young man would be lucky to have you as a girlfriend and lover… Were I to be young… but I am not…” The MP claims Ms Etemadzadeh sent him a text saying: “Oh thank you Kelvin for such kind words. I was ill last week for a couple of days and also I had run for NUS delegate – they announced the results and I got elected with the highest number of votes!! So sorry if I couldn’t speak to you last week x” (function(i,s,o,g,r,a,m){i['GoogleAnalyticsObject']=r;i[r]=i[r]||function(){ (i[r].q=i[r].q||[]).push(arguments)},i[r].l=1*new Date();a=s.createElement(o), m=s.getElementsByTagName(o)[0];a.async=1;a.src=g;m.parentNode.insertBefore(a,m) })(window,document,'script','//www.google-analytics.com/analytics.js','ga'); ga('create', 'UA-72310761-1', 'auto', {'name': 'pacontentapi'}); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'referrer', location.origin); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension1', 'By PA Reporters'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension2', 'a7a404bf-5a77-4018-9115-06e5c92fc7e2'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension3', 'paservice:news,paservice:news:uk'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension6', 'story-enriched'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension7', 'composite'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension8', null); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension9', null); ga('pacontentapi.send', 'pageview', { 'location': location.href, 'page': (location.pathname + location.search + location.hash), 'title': 'Kelvin Hopkins u2018categoricallyu2019 denies inappropriate conduct allegations'});

I suffered years of unwanted attention from Kelvin Hopkins, says Labour MP

November 10 2017

Labour’s Kerry McCarthy has come forward to say she has suffered unwanted attention from MP Kelvin Hopkins spanning 20 years. The former frontbencher said the Luton North MP sent her a series of letters and cards commenting on her appearance, including one in which he described having a dream about her. Ms McCarthy said the Luton North MP sent her a series of letters and cards commenting on her appearance pic.twitter.com/bXXvRP5RmI— Sam Lister (@sam_lister_) November 10, 2017 Ms McCarthy, a former shadow environment secretary, is the first MP to make specific claims of inappropriate behaviour since the Westminster scandal erupted. The Bristol East MP told the Press Association she found his behaviour “upsetting” but did not feel she had anywhere to turn to about it. She said she had been reassured and encouraged by the response she received after raising it with chief whip Nick Brown last Friday and party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s office on Monday. Kerry McCarthy said she found Mr Hopkins’ behaviour “upsetting” (Gareth Fuller/PA) But in a statement, Mr Hopkins said Ms McCarthy’s complaint had caused him “immense personal hurt and utter dismay” from someone he counted as a friend. He added: “I cannot understand why a Parliamentarian of such experience and standing, who is also such a long term friend, would not have told me that she was unhappy with any aspect of our friendship rather than going straight to the national press. “At a minimum I would have expected a Parliamentary colleague to raise any complaint through normal channels, allowing me due process and a fair chance to defend myself, if necessary.” Ms McCarthy said she believed Mr Hopkins, who, she says, urged her in two of the notes to “dispose” of them, knew his actions were wrong. Mr Hopkins wrote on two of the notes that @KerryMP should "dispose" of them and described having a dream about her in another letter— Sam Lister (@sam_lister_) November 10, 2017 “I never responded in any way, I never gave him any encouragement in any way, I tried to keep my distance as much as possible,” she said. “I absolutely believe he knew this behaviour was unacceptable. It made me feel uncomfortable in his presence and was quite upsetting.” She said she decided to go public after the “bravery” of a young activist, Ava Etemadzadeh, who complained last week about the behaviour of Mr Hopkins. He was suspended by Labour after Ms Etemadzadeh contacted the party again with fresh information following an initial complaint over dealings with the MP in 2014 and 2015. Mr Hopkins was reprimanded at the time by then chief whip Dame Rosie Winterton but was appointed shadow culture secretary in 2016. He “categorically denies” any inappropriate conduct in relation to Ms Etemadzadeh. Mr Hopkins said Ms McCarthy's complaint had caused him "immense personal hurt and utter dismay" from someone he counted as a friend pic.twitter.com/OMaP6lHCxX— Sam Lister (@sam_lister_) November 10, 2017 Ms McCarthy, 52, first met Mr Hopkins, 76, when she was in her late 20s and they were both involved in Labour politics in her home town of Luton. In 1994, when she was chairwoman of Luton North constituency Labour Party (CLP) and he chaired Luton South CLP, they went out for lunch, with Ms McCarthy believing it was solely to discuss political issues. He later sent her a card saying he had invited her “because you are attractive, intelligent and charming” before urging her to “dispose” of the note. In a second note, Mr Hopkins enclosed a photograph of Ms McCarthy and described her as “pretty” before again asking her to dispose of it. He also sent a postcard, which appears to be dated 1996, in an envelope to her place of work, asking whether her employer specialised in “pretty, petite brunettes”. It is not easy taking the decision to go public on harassment by a colleague. Respect to @KerryMP for deciding she needed to, after Ava took flak https://t.co/1YIXJGBtGM— Thangam Debbonaire (@ThangamMP) November 10, 2017 Ms McCarthy said she went to another lunch with Mr Hopkins because she found it awkward to say no to the invitation. He sent a card afterwards suggesting it “would be nice to meet again”. On another occasion, also believed to be in 1996, Ms McCarthy said Mr Hopkins placed his hand on hers when she was not looking as she was getting out of a car. A note sent in the run-up to the 1997 general election said: “You know I think you are lovely … but I never see enough of you … after May 1st perhaps … K x” The letters then stopped until her 50th birthday, when Mr Hopkins sent a note on parliamentary writing paper to mark the occasion. By this time Ms McCarthy was an MP. A final letter was sent some time in 2015/16 but it is not clear if it was written after he was reprimanded for the incident involving Ms Etemadzadeh. The Bristol East MP told PA she found his behaviour "upsetting" but did not feel she had anywhere to turn to about it pic.twitter.com/b3jZi3qKUd— Sam Lister (@sam_lister_) November 10, 2017 In it, he described having a dream about Ms McCarthy and said she remained a “very attractive woman”. “I was upset by the unwanted attention. When it returned, I felt very angry,” she told the Press Association. The Labour MP said it was important, as an older woman, to back up Ms Etemadzadeh. “You have a young woman who has been brave enough to speak out and is getting a hard time from some quarters about it,” she said. “It is up to every woman to decide if they want to speak out or not. I chose not to in the past but I didn’t feel I could stay silent when my experience was so similar to hers.” Although some of the complaints being made about sexual abuse and harassment in Westminster have been dismissed as low level by some commentators, Ms McCarthy said the actions were part of a wider cultural problem which could deter young women from entering politics. She added: “I have spoken to the chief whip and Jeremy Corbyn’s office about this but this was something they could not have been expected to know about until I brought it to their attention.” Mr Hopkins’ statement continued: “If Kerry McCarthy MP raises a complaint with the Labour Party in the normal and fair way, I will of course fully cooperate with any investigation. “However I do ask, on my behalf and on behalf of all other individuals and their families dealing with allegations, that these matters are dealt with by proper due process and not by unfair, humiliating one-sided trial by media. “I am a 76-year old man and the stress this has caused me and my family is unbearable. “All I ask for is proper due process and not to be convicted and vilified by the press before the details of the allegations are even investigated and put to me properly if they need to be.” A Labour Party spokesman said: “The Labour Party takes all allegations of sexual harassment extremely seriously. 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Praise for Labour MP who spoke out over ‘unwanted attention’ from Kelvin Hopkins

November 11 2017

Women MPs hailed Kerry McCarthy for her “bravery” after she told of her upset at suffering unwanted attention from MP Kelvin Hopkins spanning 20 years. The Labour former frontbencher said the Luton North MP sent her a series of letters and cards making comments about her appearance, including one in which he described having a dream about her. Ms McCarthy told the Press Association she believed Mr Hopkins, who urged her in two of the notes to “dispose” of them, knew his actions were wrong. Ms McCarthy said the Luton North MP sent her a series of letters and cards commenting on her appearance pic.twitter.com/bXXvRP5RmI— Sam Lister (@sam_lister_) November 10, 2017 But in a statement, Mr Hopkins said the complaint from someone he counted as a friend had caused him “immense personal hurt and utter dismay”. He added: “I cannot understand why a Parliamentarian of such experience and standing, who is also such a long term friend, would not have told me that she was unhappy with any aspect of our friendship rather than going straight to the national press.” Ms McCarthy said she was upset by the unwanted attention and it had made her feel uncomfortable. “I never responded in any way, I never gave him any encouragement in any way, I tried to keep my distance as much as possible,” she said. “I absolutely believe he knew this behaviour was unacceptable. It made me feel uncomfortable in his presence and was quite upsetting.” Mr Hopkins wrote on two of the notes that @KerryMP should "dispose" of them and described having a dream about her in another letter— Sam Lister (@sam_lister_) November 10, 2017 Labour women MPs rallied round to support Ms McCarthy after she spoke out. Jess Phillips said: “Just finished final meeting of the day and want to say how brave I think @KerryMP is. If you think this stuff is easy you are kidding yourself.” Former shadow education secretary Lucy Powell said: “@KerryMP has done a brave thing and deserves support. It’s not for social media to judge how this behaviour made Kerry feel over the years.” Labour whip Thangam Debbonaire, MP for Bristol West, said it was “not easy taking the decision to go public” and told how she was “proud of her bravery and proud to be her friend”. Former frontbencher Angela Smith said: “@KerryMP is a thoroughly decent human being as well as being a brave woman. All credit to her for coming out with her story tonight.” It is not easy taking the decision to go public on harassment by a colleague. Respect to @KerryMP for deciding she needed to, after Ava took flak https://t.co/1YIXJGBtGM— Thangam Debbonaire (@ThangamMP) November 10, 2017 Ms McCarthy said she decided to speak out after young activist Ava Etemadzadeh complained last week about the behaviour of Mr Hopkins. He was suspended by Labour after Ms Etemadzadeh contacted the party again with fresh information following an initial complaint over dealings with the MP in 2014 and 2015. Mr Hopkins was reprimanded at the time by then chief whip Dame Rosie Winterton but was appointed shadow culture secretary in 2016. He “categorically denies” any inappropriate conduct in relation to Ms Etemadzadeh. Ms Etemadzadeh said: “Proud of @KerryMP for coming forward and I am heartwarmed to read that she did so to support me.” Mr Hopkins said Ms McCarthy's complaint had caused him "immense personal hurt and utter dismay" from someone he counted as a friend pic.twitter.com/OMaP6lHCxX— Sam Lister (@sam_lister_) November 10, 2017 Ms McCarthy, 52, first met Mr Hopkins, 76, when she was in her late 20s and they were both involved in Labour politics in her home town of Luton. In the years that followed he sent several notes, which included references to her “pretty, petite” appearance, with two messages requesting that she dispose of them. She received another note on parliamentary writing paper on her 50th birthday, when by which time Ms McCarthy was an MP. A final letter describing a dream about Ms McCarthy was sent some time in 2015/16 but it is not clear if it was written after he was reprimanded for the incident involving Ms Etemadzadeh. “I was upset by the unwanted attention. When it returned, I felt very angry,” she told the Press Association. The Bristol East MP told PA she found his behaviour "upsetting" but did not feel she had anywhere to turn to about it pic.twitter.com/b3jZi3qKUd— Sam Lister (@sam_lister_) November 10, 2017 Ms McCarthy said she told chief whip Nick Brown last Friday and informed Jeremy Corbyn’s office on Monday but insisted they could not have known about it until she told them. Mr Hopkins said he would “fully cooperate with any investigation” but called for the matter to be “dealt with by proper due process and not by unfair, humiliating one-sided trial by media”. “I am a 76-year old man and the stress this has caused me and my family is unbearable,” his statement said. A Labour Party spokesman said: “The Labour Party takes all allegations of sexual harassment extremely seriously. 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Cancer Research UK ‘overwhelmed’ by Kirriemuir Relay For Life’s record-breaking support

October 24 2011

Kirriemuir’s Relay for Life raised an incredible £182,670 for Cancer Research UK beating 2009’s record sum by nearly £10,000. A cheque was presented to the charity during a ceremony at Webster’s High School on Sunday, attended by team members, cancer survivors and event sponsors. Committee volunteer chairman Keith Hopkins said: ”What an absolutely fantastic result. The little town of Kirriemuir has a very, very big heart as proved yet again by the superb amount raised by local people, businesses and organisations to support Cancer Research UK’s groundbreaking work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.” Mr Hopkins said the total had been raised through a variety of means, including sponsorship, registration fees, the teams’ fundraising efforts, donations and the sale of candle bags for the Candle Of Hope ceremony and balloons for the balloon race. ”With almost £135,000 of our total raised by the donation of 4,473 donation bags containing unwanted clothes and household goods, there must be an incredible amount of extra cupboard and wardrobe space in Kirriemuir at the moment,” he joked. Louise Robertson of Cancer Research UK, who was presented with the cheque, said: ”I’m overwhelmed and inspired by the outstanding contribution the community of Kirriemuir has made to Cancer Research UK and our lifesaving research. ”A huge congratulations to the committee for organising a fantastic event, the teams for all their hard work with fundraising over the last year, the survivors for supporting the event and emphasising our true vision of hope, the sponsors for their support and all those who volunteered over the year and at the event. ”This amazing achievement would not be possible without a real community team effort to make it happen.” Mr Hopkins thanked everyone involved on behalf of the committee. ”In addition, we’d like to express our gratitude to the Aitken family for allowing us to hold the Relay For Life on their land, everyone who contributed to the entertainment during the event and all those who attended the Relay For Life Disco and the many, many fundraising events held by teams throughout 2011,” he said. ”This was Kirriemuir’s third Relay For Life and, following yet another highly successful event, we are delighted to confirm that the next Kirrie Relay For Life will take place in summer 2013.” Teams of between eight to 15 people, of all ages, levels of fitness and from all walks of life, are needed to volunteer for the next event. Visit cancerresearchuk.org/relay for more information.

UK & World

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.

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