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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...

Rugby

RBS Caledonia Championship: 66-point thriller ends all square

September 16 2013

Perthshire and Strathmore served up a cracking encounter in RBS Caledonia Division One, eventually sharing the spoils in a 33-33 draw. Tries by Keir Doe, Dominic O’Connor, Owen McDonald and Adam Pattinson sealed three league points for the hosts who lie second in the table behind early pacesetters Dunfermline. The Fifers were 31-20 home winners over Gordonians, their four-try bonus ensuring a perfect 10-point haul from the opening two matches. St Andrews University clocked up a half-century to see off Mackie Academy 53-29. However, Morgan Academy endured a dis-appointing trip to face Caithness, losing 60-14. In Division Two (Midlands), Panmure shrugged off a hefty opening day defeat to post a 33-15 win over Kinross. Tries from Ade Parker, Andy Barclay, Ben Strachan, Conor Bowen and a penalty award saw the Broughty Ferry men open their account. It was a good day for the students, with a pacy Dundee University side producing a mathematically well balanced performance to clock up five tries and 31 points in each half as they brushed aside Alloa 62-22, and their counterparts at Stirling University eased to a 38-12 win over Grangemouth Stags. Glenrothes had the bonus point secured by half-time in their home game with Madras, Ryan Douglas, Gary Linton, Gary Tipling and Daryl Warrender all touching down. Glens rubbed in their superiority against opponents who had travelled with only 15 players. The home side added further tries from Steven Bell, Kenny Christie, Sean Lynch, Colin Maxwell and Willie Maxwell, plus three conversions by Connor Baxter to post a 51-14 win. The result leaves Glenrothes a point behind Hillfoots who had a second bonus point win when they saw off Harris Academy 28-11 at Elliot Road, Greg Mathews scoring all the home side’s points with a try and two penalties. The fixtures in Division Three (Midlands) served up several high scores, the biggest coming at Cupar where Howe of Fife seconds won 104-24 against Carnoustie. Grangemouth seconds had a 62-17 win over Glenrothes II and Bannockburn were 20-14 winners at home to Kirkcaldy II. Crieff & Strathearn continued their fine start to the season with a five point haul from their 44-17 win at home to Blairgowrie, while Waid Academy beat Fife Southern 34-12. Perthshire seconds emerged as the early pacesetters in Division Four (Midlands) with a second successive bonus point win, this time a 24-17 success at Stobswell. Dundee University Medics eased to a 41-12 win at Falkirk seconds.

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

News

Dundee man who got drunk in his car banned from the road for 18 months

August 30 2011

Police officers who went to challenge a driver over his bizarre parking position watched in horror as he "slid" out of the car and crawled away. Dundonian Kevin O'Connor was subsequently found to be more than three and a half times over the limit. Cupar Sheriff Court heard on Monday that the 48 year-old had spent the night drinking in his car after a friend had failed to turn up for a night out in Anstruther. O'Connor, of Dens Road, Dundee, admitted that on May 6 he was in charge of a vehicle while under the influence of excess alcohol (128 mics, the legal limit is 35). His solicitor insisted his client had "no intention" of driving and said he had started drinking as he waited for a female friend to turn up. However, he acknowledged it was foolish for O'Connor to have drunk so heavily while sitting in the car. Depute fiscal Diana MacDonald said: "Police officers were on patrol in Anstruther at around 10.50pm on the night in question when they noticed the accused's vehicle parked in a manner that seemed to be causing an obstruction. "They could see the accused sitting in the driver's seat and went to speak to him so they could discuss the manner of his parking." However, before they reached the car, O'Connor made a far from dignified exit. "The officers saw him slide out of the door and crawl on to the ground," Ms MacDonald said. "He eventually managed to get up and walked down the road but he was very unsteady on his feet. Officers also noticed a strong smell of alcohol coming from the accused." Ms MacDonald said O'Connor was promptly ordered to give a breath test and, when subsequently cautioned and charged, made no reply. Solicitor Alan Davie insisted that, despite boozing while behind the wheel, O'Connor had never intended to drive. "Mr O'Connor had made arrangements the previous night to travel from Dundee to Anstruther where he was going to be staying with a friend," the defence agent told the court. "They were going to be consuming alcohol together... and when he arrived in Anstruther at about 6pm he tried to get his friend on the phone." When he was unable to get hold of her, O'Connor simply decided to start drinking on his own. "He made the foolish decision to consume alcohol while waiting in his car," Mr Davie said. "Mr O'Connor had been sitting in the car for a number of hours and had consumed a significant quantity of alcohol when the officers arrived. He tells me he would not have driven... and his friend actually arrived when the police were in attendance." Mr Davie said that O'Connor, who is unemployed, is hoping to find work having recently completed an HND in computing. He insisted his client does not have any "underlying issues" with alcohol. "There is no great problem but he does have a tendency to binge drink," Mr Davie added. Sheriff Charles Macnair noted that it was an "extremely high" reading. "If you had been driving I would have been disqualifying you for a very substantial period," he said. "I must take into account the amount of alcohol and look at the likelihood of you driving had your friend not turned up." O'Connor was banned from driving for 18 months and fined £540.

Football

Match report: Dundee 1 Queen of the South 1

March 24 2010

The Dundee FC board's gamble in sacking Jocky Scott in order to halt the first division leaders' form slide fails to bring an immediate return. Desperately needing a win over Queen of the South to keep their pursuers at arms length, the Dark Blues' first match under Gordon Chisholm saw the new manager's former club come from behind to force a draw, despite playing most of the evening a man down. And with second-placed Inverness beating Airdrie United 4-0, the Dark Blues' cushion at the top has been reduced to a point. Gifted an early goal and with their opponents left short-handed, Dundee should have bagged the victory they required. But the nervousness -- amongst players and fans alike -- that characterised the latter stages of Scott's reign remained in evidence. And, with buoyant fellow title hopefuls Ross County to be visited this weekend it is -- as Sir Alex Ferguson once put it -- squeaky bum time! "It's disappointing to go one up against ten men then not win it," admitted Chisholm. "I told the players at half-time that we needed another goal but it didn't come. "At the start of the second half to be honest it seemed as if we were the 10 against 11. "One or two of the players looked nervy. There's a wee lack of confidence but we've got to be bigger than that if we want to win a league." The man who has taken over from Chisholm at Palmerston, at least until the end of the season, saluted his team's performance. "Our boys had to dig deep after going down to 10 men for 75 minutes," said Kenny Brannigan. "But they battled back well and deserve the point. I had to speak to the players after Chis left and they were aggrieved, saying the big man had left us when we still had a chance of going up. "Dundee is a massive club but they're not doing too well. It's a gamble and I'm not sure if I was in his shoes I would have done the same. "But he's a top manager and I'm just surprised it has taken so long for someone to come in for him." The Dark Blues, without first-choice keeper Rab Douglas owing to achilles and knee injuries and concussion victim Gary MacKenzie, also benched Ben Hutchinson to allow the return from suspension of Leigh Griffiths. And Griffiths it was who fired them in front on 16 minutes as Queens self-destructed. The visitors had threatened to add to Dundee's woes when Willie McLaren's cross from the left would surely have been turned in by Derek Holmes had it not arrived in the six-yard box just a little behind him. But the anxiety around Dens Park was eased when Griffiths intercepted Stephen McKenna's poorly judged passback and had his progress halted by a tug from Marc McAusland. Referee Mike Tumilty could hardly do anything other than point to the spot, from where Griffiths notched his 20th goal of the season, and order off McAusland. Tumilty was reaching for his cards again before the break after David Lilley went through Griffiths from the back and the Dundee striker picked himself off the deck and angrily shoved the former Aberdeen defender. The ref showed both players yellow. Although the home side looked a little less tense after taking the lead they were by no means comfortably on top as short-handed Queens hinted on occasion that they were capable of snatching an equaliser. Shortly before the break the Doonhamers could well have levelled when Holmes' overhead kick played Paul Burns in. Bob Malcolm saved the day with a powerful challenge which ensured Burns' finish failed to trouble Bullock. But the equaliser was only delayed. Brian Kerr handled 35 yards out in a central position and up stepped Bob Harris to fire a wonderful free-kick over the wall and just inside Bullock's left-hand upright. On-loan Andrew Shinnie might have restored Dundee's lead when he rose unchallenged to meet an Eddie Malone cross. But he couldn't quite get enough on the ball to threaten David Hutton's charge. Long-distance efforts from Gary Harkins and substitute Richie Hart weren't far off finding the target as the Dark Blues finally began to play with a sense of urgency. However, as time began to run away from them, so the crowd became increasingly edgy. And had substitute Sean O'Connor capitalised on an outstanding chance, edginess would have given way to anguish. With Dundee pushing for a winner Burns broke down the right and dragged the ball back into the path of O'Connor. But he miscued his finish and it bounced wide. Stoppage time saw drama at both ends. First David Weatherston nearly snatched it for the visitors with an shot that Bullock managed to beat away then Harkins forced Hutton to save on the line before referee Tumilty stunned everyone by pointing to the penalty spot again only, after being surrounded by irate Queens players, to consult linesman James Bee and give a corner instead. Chisholm commented, "To be honest I didn't see the penalty incident, although I don't know how a guy 30 yards away can overrule the man on the spot." But Brannigan hailed Bee's intervention. "When the ref gave the penalty at the end nobody could see what it was for," he said. "It was brave from the linesman and credit to him for standing up to be counted and making sure the right decision was made." In addition to red-carding McAusland and booking Griffiths and Lilley, Tumilty cautioned Dundee's Malcolm and the Queens trio of McLaren, Harris and Jamie Adams. Attendance: 4508. Dundee: Bullock, Paton, Malone, Klimpl (Hart 69), McKeown, Malcolm, Shinnie (Hutchinson 79), Kerr, Griffiths, McMenamin (Higgins 62), Harkins. Subs not used: Soutar, Cameron. Queen of the South: Hutton, McKenna, Lilley, Reid, Harris, McAusland, Holmes (O'Connor 67), Adams, Quinn (Weatherston 77), Burns, McLaren (Hamill 51). Subs not used: Fox, Scally. Referee: Mike Tumilty. Tumilty was reaching for his cards again before the break after David Lilley went through Griffiths from the back and the Dundee striker picked himself off the deck and angrily shoved the former Aberdeen defender. The ref showed both players yellow. Although the home side looked a little less tense after taking the lead they were by no means comfortably on top as short-handed Queens hinted on occasion that they were capable of snatching an equaliser. Shortly before the break the Doonhamers could well have levelled when Holmes' overhead kick played Paul Burns in. Bob Malcolm saved the day with a powerful challenge which ensured Burns' finish failed to trouble Bullock. But the equaliser was only delayed. Brian Kerr handled 35 yards out in a central position and up stepped Bob Harris to fire a wonderful free-kick over the wall and just inside Bullock's left-hand upright. On-loan Andrew Shinnie might have restored Dundee's lead when he rose unchallenged to meet an Eddie Malone cross. But he couldn't quite get enough on the ball to threaten David Hutton's charge. Long-distance efforts from Gary Harkins and substitute Richie Hart weren't far off finding the target as the Dark Blues finally began to play with a sense of urgency. However, as time began to run away from them, so the crowd became increasingly edgy. And had substitute Sean O'Connor capitalised on an outstanding chance, edginess would have given way to anguish. With Dundee pushing for a winner Burns broke down the right and dragged the ball back into the path of O'Connor. But he miscued his finish and it bounced wide. Stoppage time saw drama at both ends. First David Weatherston nearly snatched it for the visitors with an shot that Bullock managed to beat away then Harkins forced Hutton to save on the line before referee Tumilty stunned everyone by pointing to the penalty spot again only, after being surrounded by irate Queens players, to consult linesman James Bee and give a corner instead. Chisholm commented, "To be honest I didn't see the penalty incident, although I don't know how a guy 30 yards away can overrule the man on the spot." But Brannigan hailed Bee's intervention. "When the ref gave the penalty at the end nobody could see what it was for," he said. "It was brave from the linesman and credit to him for standing up to be counted and making sure the right decision was made." In addition to red-carding McAusland and booking Griffiths and Lilley, Tumilty cautioned Dundee's Malcolm and the Queens trio of McLaren, Harris and Jamie Adams. Attendance: 4508. Dundee: Bullock, Paton, Malone, Klimpl (Hart 69), McKeown, Malcolm, Shinnie (Hutchinson 79), Kerr, Griffiths, McMenamin (Higgins 62), Harkins. Subs not used: Soutar, Cameron. Queen of the South: Hutton, McKenna, Lilley, Reid, Harris, McAusland, Holmes (O'Connor 67), Adams, Quinn (Weatherston 77), Burns, McLaren (Hamill 51). Subs not used: Fox, Scally. Referee: Mike Tumilty. Tumilty was reaching for his cards again before the break after David Lilley went through Griffiths from the back and the Dundee striker picked himself off the deck and angrily shoved the former Aberdeen defender. The ref showed both players yellow. Although the home side looked a little less tense after taking the lead they were by no means comfortably on top as short-handed Queens hinted on occasion that they were capable of snatching an equaliser. Shortly before the break the Doonhamers could well have levelled when Holmes' overhead kick played Paul Burns in. Bob Malcolm saved the day with a powerful challenge which ensured Burns' finish failed to trouble Bullock. But the equaliser was only delayed. Brian Kerr handled 35 yards out in a central position and up stepped Bob Harris to fire a wonderful free-kick over the wall and just inside Bullock's left-hand upright. On-loan Andrew Shinnie might have restored Dundee's lead when he rose unchallenged to meet an Eddie Malone cross. But he couldn't quite get enough on the ball to threaten David Hutton's charge. Long-distance efforts from Gary Harkins and substitute Richie Hart weren't far off finding the target as the Dark Blues finally began to play with a sense of urgency. However, as time began to run away from them, so the crowd became increasingly edgy. And had substitute Sean O'Connor capitalised on an outstanding chance, edginess would have given way to anguish. With Dundee pushing for a winner Burns broke down the right and dragged the ball back into the path of O'Connor. But he miscued his finish and it bounced wide. Stoppage time saw drama at both ends. First David Weatherston nearly snatched it for the visitors with an shot that Bullock managed to beat away then Harkins forced Hutton to save on the line before referee Tumilty stunned everyone by pointing to the penalty spot again only, after being surrounded by irate Queens players, to consult linesman James Bee and give a corner instead. Chisholm commented, "To be honest I didn't see the penalty incident, although I don't know how a guy 30 yards away can overrule the man on the spot." But Brannigan hailed Bee's intervention. "When the ref gave the penalty at the end nobody could see what it was for," he said. "It was brave from the linesman and credit to him for standing up to be counted and making sure the right decision was made." In addition to red-carding McAusland and booking Griffiths and Lilley, Tumilty cautioned Dundee's Malcolm and the Queens trio of McLaren, Harris and Jamie Adams. Attendance: 4508. Dundee: Bullock, Paton, Malone, Klimpl (Hart 69), McKeown, Malcolm, Shinnie (Hutchinson 79), Kerr, Griffiths, McMenamin (Higgins 62), Harkins. Subs not used: Soutar, Cameron. Queen of the South: Hutton, McKenna, Lilley, Reid, Harris, McAusland, Holmes (O'Connor 67), Adams, Quinn (Weatherston 77), Burns, McLaren (Hamill 51). Subs not used: Fox, Scally. Referee: Mike Tumilty.

Rocktalk

Award-winning Tayside song writer Eddie Cairney immortalises Queensferry Crossing in tune

October 25 2017

An award-winning Tayside song writer who immortalised the 50th anniversary of the Tay Road Bridge in music last year has released an EP which pays tribute to the newly opened Queensferry Crossing over the Forth. Perth-born Eddie Cairney, 65, who now lives in Arbroath, has released an album called ‘Sketches o' the QC’ which includes songs dedicated to the “isolated” workers who were employed during construction and contrasts the old Forth Road Bridge to the new crossing with its wind shields designed to keep traffic flowing during storms. Eddie, who delayed the release of the album due to family illness and bereavement, said: “It's just another quirky album like I did for the Tay Road Bridge. https://youtu.be/Z6BblA_Zev4 “As you can probably imagine, how do you write six songs about a bridge? “I usually end up using a process of creative journalism. I get a few facts or even just a single fact and then I let my imagination take over. “With each album early on in the writing process I draw a blank and think there's nothing here I can write about but there's always something to write about. “You just have to hang around long enough and it comes eventually. https://youtu.be/a9NyQAFjDsY “I just took threads from here and there. I was going to call the album The Queensferry Crossing but thought that was a bit boring so I went for Sketches o' the Q.C. “It introduces a bit of ambiguity. If you Google the name you get lots of drawings of court scenes!” Eddie was inspired to write Columba Cannon after reading an article about the general foreman for the foundations and towers. https://youtu.be/y_y1y8oV7vo Eddie said: “It was the name that got me and that gave me the first line of the song "He is a bridge builder wi a missionary zeal" Has to be with a name like Columba!” Fishnet bridge was set in a meditative light, describing the bridge as a “thing of beauty that looks like a big fish net glistening high above the Forth but it is a symbolic fishnet with the song taking the form of an imaginary conversation with the bridge.” https://youtu.be/dJgsl2WQ5G0   “Midday starvation came from an article which highlighted the isolation of the workers working high up on the bridge,” he added. https://youtu.be/Dme-bfCXHRI “If you forget your piece you've had it and you starve for there's no nipping round to the corner shop for a pie. The article also said that a local pizza delivery firm regularly delivered a pallet load of warm pizzas to the bridge so that was "midday salvation"! Meanwhile, The boys frae the cheese is a play on words. https://youtu.be/phtQ2-Xx1I0 He added: “I read an article that said The Forth Estuary Transport Authority (FETA) could have acted sooner and avoided the costly closure of the bridge at the end of 2015.” Eddie is no stranger to music and song influenced by Dundee and wider Scottish history. In 2015 he featured in The Courier for his efforts to put the complete works of Robert Burns to music. With a piano style influenced by Albert Ammons, Champion Jack Dupree and Memphis Slim, and a song-writing style influenced by Matt McGinn, Michael Marra and Randy Newman, the former Perth High School pupil, who wrote the 1984 New Zealand Olympic anthem, has organised a number of projects over the years including the McGonagall Centenary Festival  for Dundee City Council in 2002. Last year’s Tay Road Bridge album included a tribute to 19th century poet William Topas McGonagall and also honoured Hugh Pincott – the first member of the public to cross the Tay Road Bridge in 1966. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y51tixl9GEs Thanks to The Courier, he also became one of the first to cross the Queensferry Crossing  when it opened to the public in the early hours of August 30.

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.

UK & World

Westminster strand of abuse inquiry ‘should not focus on individual allegations’

January 31 2018

The Westminster strand of the wide-ranging child sex abuse inquiry should not investigate whether or not high-profile individuals such as former prime minister Sir Edward Heath were paedophiles, a hearing has been told.It would not be necessary or proportionate for this part of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse to make findings as to whether individual allegations are true or false, a preliminary hearing was advised.Andrew O’Connor QC, lead counsel to the Westminster strand, recommended six areas of investigation to inquiry head Professor Alexis Jay.Among them were whether there was inappropriate interference in police investigations in an attempt to cover up wrongdoing, as well as in decisions to prosecute.The inquiry should also look at how political parties reacted to allegations of child sex abuse and whether party whips failed to report or even took steps to conceal allegations, Mr O’Connor said.Another area of focus should be what policies have been followed should candidates for honours become the subject of child sex abuse allegations, he added.Finally, the inquiry should look into the Paedophile Information Exchange, the membership of which Mr O’Connor said “appears to have included senior members of the Westminster Establishment”.He told the hearing public concern regarding allegations of a paedophile ring investigated by police under Operation Midland into claims made by a single accuser, known only as “Nick”, had “diminished considerably” after a police investigation resulted in no charges being brought.Last year Operation Conifer concluded that Sir Edward would be questioned over allegations that he raped and indecently assaulted boys as young as 10 were he alive today.Recommending that allegations against individuals are not considered, Mr O’Connor said: “In general terms at least, those are matters for the police and for the courts. “Moreover, the focus of this investigation – and indeed of the inquiry more generally – is on the conduct of institutions, not that of individuals.”The Westminster strand – one of 13 in the inquiry – should not seek to review the merits of police investigations such as Operation Midland and Operation Conifer, he added.The hearing was also advised that any issues relating to the late Lord Janner should be referred to the separate strand specifically focusing on the Labour peer.Lord Janner, who died in December 2015, is alleged to have abused youngsters over a period spanning more than 30 yearsdating back to the 1950s – allegations strenuously denied by his family.His son Daniel Janner QC and daughters Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner and Marion Janner have been granted core participant status – giving them a formal role in the inquiry process – in the Lord Janner strand but have been refused such a position in the Westminster strand.In an impassioned speech on Wednesday during the hearing at the inquiry’s headquarters in London, Mr Janner, representing himself, made a renewed application for core participant status.He claimed the family were being “shut out” of the Westminster strand and condemned it therefore as a “stain on British justice”.Mr Janner said it was unfair that he should be prevented from cross-examining anyone making allegations against his “beloved, wonderful father”.He said: “Here is the thing: that brings discredit to the important work of this inquiry and the legitimate claims of genuine victims.“Now we are shut out from this strand, is there any wonder that we as a family conclude this is a stain on British justice?”Proceedings were adjourned for a further preliminary hearing on a date to be set.

Fife

Thousands flock to Inverkeithing games

August 9 2010

There were grey skies over west Fife, but a warm welcome for the large crowds that gathered for Inverkeithing Highland Games on Saturday. New chieftain Bill Galloway opened the games, held at Ballast Bank, for a day of highland dancing, heavyweight and track and cycling events. The warm weather and strong entry lists in the various competition helped attract thousands of spectators through the gates. Results: Track and field.90m M. Cockburn (Selkirk), A. Crawford (Annan), C. Gillan (TLJT). 200m G. Scott (TLJT), C. Keen (Selkirk), D. Thomson (LRC). 400m R. Matheson (Lasswade), C. Gillan (TLJT), M. Burns (Pitreavie). 800m M. Inglis (LRC), C. Bell (Forfar), T Ashby (Innerleithen). 1600m M. Inglis (LRC), R. Inglis (LRC), J. Thomson (Coaltown). Jim Fraser memorial mile R. Matheson (Lasswade), R. Inglis (LRC), C. Welsh (Kelso). Youth-90m D. Brand (DWF), J. Gillan (TLJT), H. McGurk (DWF). Tom Oliver 200m J. Gillan (TLJT), H. McGurk (DWF), S. Grant (Innerleithen). 800m C. Morris (DWF), E. Reid (Pitreavie), R. Graham (TLJT). 1600m H. Stewart (Blackburn), A. Horsburgh (LRC), E. Reid (Pitreavie). Cycling De'il tak' the hindmost T. Allan (Glenrothes), G. Murdoch (Glasgow), D. Howitt (Glenrothes). 800m-B. Roe (High Valleyfield), C. Hardie (Dalgety Bay), T. Allan (Glenrothes). 1600m B. Roe (High Valleyfield), D. Howitt (Glenrothes), T. Allan (Glenrothes). 3200m T. Allan (Glenrothes), J. Melville (Dunbarton), C. Murdoch (Glasgow). 6400m J. Allan (Glenrothes), C. Hardie (Dalgety Bay), G. Murdoch (Glasgow). Youths: 800m Callum Clark (Kirkcaldy), Connor Clark (Kirkcaldy), E. Sadeghpoor (Glenrothes). 1600m Connor Clark (Kircaldy), E. Sadeghpoor (Dalgety Bay), C. Clark (Kirkcaldy). He'ilanman's dash A. McKay (Cambuslang), D. Dowson (Middlesbrough), A. Neighbour (Melbourne). Heavy events.Shot: 16lb D. Dowson, A. Neighbour, A. MacKay. 22lb D. Dowson, A. Neighbour, A. Mackay. Weight for distance: 28lb A. Neighbour, D. Dowson, A. MacKay. 56lb-D. Dowson, A. Neighbour, A. MacKay. Hammer: 16lb D. Dowson, A. Neighbour, A. MacLean. 22lb D. Dowson, A. Neighbour, A. MacLean. Weight for height 56lb A. Neighbour, D. Dowson, A. MacLean, A. MacKay. Caber A. Neighbour, D. Dowson, A. MacLean. Overall winner D. Howson. Tug o' war Fife Southern Rugby Club, Central Bar (Inverkeithing), Queens Hotel 'A' Team. Piping.Grade 2 Lochgelly FP, Milngavie. Grade 3-Milngavie, RAF Leuchars Salex Galileo, Burntisland. Grade 4 RAF Leuchars Salex Galileo, Burntisland, Scarborough (Canada) P & D. Novice/juvenile Lochgelly HS, Milngavie, Inverkeithing HS. Drum major-M. Spain (Kinross and District). Solo piping M. Compton (Lochgelly), B. Sinclair (Paisley), M. Weir (Paisley). Under 18-R. Little (Milngavie), H. Freelander (Edinburgh), E. McGuigan (Inverkeithing). Under-15 L. Ferguson (Dollar), H. Freelander (Edinburgh), R. Woodfine (Inverkeithing). Hornpipe and jig M. Compton (Lochgelly), B. Sinclair (Paisley), L. McWilliams (Milngavie). Highland dancing.Novice: eight years and under- special fling E. McLauchlan, J. Bell, C. Urquhart. Highland fling C. Urquhart, J. Bell, D. Adamson. Swords J. Bell, C. Urquhart, C. Cotterill. Sean triubhais-E. Jones, E. McLauchlan, C. Cotterill. Flora C. Urquhart, C. Cotterill, E. McLauchlan. Lilt E. Jones, C. Cotterill, E. McLauchan. Overall winner C. Urquhart (Leven). Nine to 10-Special fling C. Jones, K. Milne, I. Dracup. Highland fling C. Jones, N. Fabian, I. Dracup. Swords C. Jones, N. Fabian, I. Dracup. Sean triubhais C. Jones, N. Fabian, S. Aitken. Flora C. Jones, N. Fabian, I. Dracup. Lilt C. Jones, N. Fabian, I. Dracup. Overall winner C. Jones (Dunfermline). 11 and over Special fling N. Kuzbyt, S. McCrae, D. Horsley. Highland fling J. Brown, N. Kuzbyt, D. Horsley. Swords S. McCrae, N. Kuzbyt, D. Horsley. Sean triubhais N. Kuzbyt, S. McCrae, D. Horsley. Flora S. McCrae, N. Kuzbyt, J. Brown. Lilt-N. Kuzbyt, D. Horsley, J. Brown. Overall winner Nicola Kuzbyt (Grangemouth). Intermediate. Nine and under: fling A. Acheson, H. McCole, L. Dobbie. Seann Triubhas H. McCole, R. Caulfield, L. Dobbie. Hullachan A. Acheson, R. McClean, H. McCole. Barracks Johnnie H. McCole, R. Caulfield, A. Acheson. Jig H. McCole, R. Caulfield, A. Acheson. Hornpipe R. Caulfield, A. Acheson, H. McCole. Overall winner H. McCole (Kirriemuir).10-11-Highland fling R. Sneddon, E. Forrester, A. Braid. Sean triubhais-R. Sneddon, A. Braid, E. Forrester. Hullachan R. Sneddon, A. Braid, E. Forrester. Barracks Johnnie R. Sneddon, A. Braid, E. Forrester. Irish jig-R. Sneddon, E. Forrester, A. Braid. Hornpipe R. Sneddon, F. Dastkhordi, E. Forrester. Overall winner R. Sneddon (Crossford).12 and over Highland fing L. Duncan, A. Sneddon, L. Gavin. Sean triubhais A. Sneddon, K. Miller, L. Duncan. Hullachan A. Sneddon, L. Duncan, K. Miller. Barracks Johnnie A. Sneddon, L. Duncan, L. Hughes. Irish jig A. Sneddon, L. Duncan, K. Miller. Hornpipe A. Sneddon, K. Miller, L. Duncan. Overall winner A. Sneddon (Edinburgh). Premier. Nine years: Highland fling J. Baillie, A. Donaldson. L. Barton. Sean triubhais A. Donaldson, L. Barton, E. Gorrie. Hullachan J. Baillie, L. Barton, A. Donaldson. Barracks Johnnie A. Donaldson, L. Barton, J. Baillie. Irish jig L. Peggie, L. Barton, J. Baillie. Hornpipe L. Barton, A. Donaldson, E. Gorrie. Overall winner-A. Donaldson (Kirriemuir). 11 years: Highland fling C. McClean, L. Buist, H. Donaldson. Sean triubhais H. Keir, H. Donaldson, C. McClean. Hullachan C. McClean, T. Urquhart, H. Keir. Barracks Johnnie H. Keir, H. Donaldson, O. Blennie. Irish jig O. Blennie, H. Donaldson, A. Machado. Hornpipe H. Keir, O. Blennie, C. McClean. Overall winner C. McClean (Edinburgh). 13 years: Highland fling A. J. Taylor, L. Rice, J. Currie. Sean triubhais L. Rice, H. Robertson, A. J. Taylor. Hullachan A. J. Taylor, L. Rice, H. Robertson. Barracks Johnnie A. J. Taylor, L. Rice, H. Robertson. Irish jig A. J. Taylor, R. Shirlaw. H. Robertson. Hornpipe A. J. Taylor, L. Rice, R. Shirlaw. Overall winner A. J. Taylor (New Zealand). 15 years: Highland fling C. Walker, K. Crawford, E. Macdonald. Sean triubhais C. Walker, K. Crawford, A. Carmichael. Hullachan E. Macdonald, K. Crawford, A. Carmichael. Barracks Johnnie C. Walker, E. Macdonald, K. Crawford. Irish jig A. Carmichael, C. Adamson, E. Macdonald. Hornpipe C. Walker, E. Macdonald, K. Crawford. Overall winner-C. Walker (Leslie). Adults: Highland fling E. Morrison, K. Brown, R. Hart-Winks. Sean triubhais E. Lowson, R. Hart-Winks, S. Horner. Hullachan E. Morrison, E. Lowson, K. Brown. Barracks Johnnie R. Hart-Winks, E. Lowson, E. Morrison. Irish jig E. Lowson, E. Morrison, K. Brown. Hornpipe E. Lowson, R. Hart-Winks, S. Horner. Overall winner E. Lowson (Forfar).

Dundee

Dundee’s student union accused of ‘regressive censorship’ over Daily Mail ban bid

February 26 2018

A bid by Dundee’s student union to ban the sale of three national newspaper titles on campus has been branded “regressive censorship”. A motion was backed by Dundee University Students' Association’s ruling body to remove the Daily Mail, Daily Express and The Sun from its shops. Sean O'Connor, the DUSA president, said the newspapers "do not match our values" and run “inflammatory and sensationalised articles that demean and insult members of our community”. But the move has been condemned by critics as an erosion of freedom of speech. Ross Starke, a politics student who works as a Dundee United kit man, leads a group of students opposed to the ban. “It is regressive censorship that goes against freedom of speech,” the 21-year-old said. “Surely the university should be encouraging students to think freely, develop their thought, debate and challenge things they disagree with. “A protectionist move such as this does not set students up well for when they graduate and are exposed to a wider range of views. https://www.facebook.com/thecourieruk/posts/10156002863376215 “It also sets a dangerous precedent by trying to marginalise a mainstream side of news as well as normalising real hate and extremism.” In a draft motion to the student representative council, Mr O’Connor said selling the titles undermines the union’s commitment to diversity. He told The Courier: “As the president of DUSA I introduced an idea for debate to our democratically-elected student representative council regarding the sale of newspapers which do not match our values. “This idea was intensely debated and, at this time, is undergoing significant reform and consultation.” The motion was supported by the SRC but still needs final sign-off. DUSA has not ruled out staging a referendum. The original text reads: “This motion proposes that DUSA, following previous actions such as the Boycott of The Sun, stop stocking the Scottish Daily Mail, the Scottish Daily Express and the Scottish Sun, in accordance with the Stop Funding Hate Campaign. “I am also proposing that we cease to allow any pop-ups on social media or online for these newspapers.” Last month Virgin Trains reversed its decision to stop selling the Daily Mail on its West Coast services pending a review. The paper’s stance on issues such as immigration was “not compatible” with the company’s belief, staff were originally told.

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