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Joanna Lumley announced as VIP guest at Fife festival this summer

The renowned actress is the latest VIP guest to join the town’s annual festival, organised by the Adam Smith Global Foundation. She will speak at the “Adam Smith Conservation with…” event led by the Two Doors Down star, Arabella Weir, who is the event' creative director. And the annual Adam Smith lecture will be delivered by Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the seventh director-general of the World Trade Organisation. Sorry, there seem to be some issues. Please try again later. Her addressed will be

International recognition for Fife housing association

The Kingdom Group based in Glenrothes, has been awarded a RoSPA Silver award. It recognises a high level of performance underpinned by good, consistent management systems. Sorry, there seem to be some issues. Please try again later. The Kingdom Group has been acknowledged for working hard to ensure its staff get home safely to their families at the end of every working day. Dave Roy, Kingdom’s health and safety officer, said: “Given the challenges everyone has had in work, and indeed out of

150th Open: Community drop-in sessions before huge crowds descend on St Andrews

The R&A is organising the event for residents during April and May, to get more information about landmark golf championships which are expoewcted to draw huge crowds to the town - as well as the sport’s biggeSt stars. Locals, including businesses will be able to speak with representatives from The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, Fife Council and other local agencies. Sorry, there seem to be some issues. Please try again later. They will be able to answer questions on how the loca

Five-star Fife hotel’s discretionary charge boost for charity fundraiser

Fairmont St. Andrews is backing the The Hamish Foundationwhich was set up to help raise money for a beach walkway and viewing platform at West Sands for those with limited mobility. The luxury hotel is putting an additional £1 discretionary charge to each guest bill from April, with all earnings going directly to the foundation. Lorraine Garvie, commercial director at Fairmont St Andrews, said: “It is fantastic to be playing a part in supporting the wonderful Hamish Foundation, whose work cont

Fife church hosts fundraiser to help people fleeing war in Ukraine

Ladies from Leven Parish Church will raise money by selling a selection of home baking, coffee, tea, tombola and raffle Dorothy Horne, the organiser of the event, said: “Many people want to support the Ukrainian people, and this is an ideal way to donate to their aid fund, as well as having a fun social morning. Sorry, there seem to be some issues. Please try again later. “I would encourage as many folks as possible to come along and contribute.” The social coffee morning will take place in

Forth Ports’ Grangemouth visit for Shadow Minister

Graham Simpson, Shadow Minister for Transport and Central Scotland MSP, visited the company at its local site to llearn more about its vision for its Firth of Forth Green Freeport. The MSP met with Carole Cran, chief financial officer and other executives, who updated him on their Freeport bid progress and their plans for additional site development. Forth Ports’ proposal shows a potential to generate up to 50,000 new green jobs and act as a catalyst for new green technologies and renewable en

Fife MSP backs Bill to pardon for miners convicted during strike

Cowdenbeath MSP Annabelle Ewing says the scars of the miners’ strikes are still being felt in Fife communities even today. In her speech Ms Ewing said: “It is beyond doubt that the scars of the 1984-85 miners’ strike are still felt deeply by former mining communities in my constituency and in other parts of Scotland. “Indeed, the strike involved a unique set of circumstances which saw entire communities defending their way of life and their jobs against a UK Tory government that seemed determi

Larbert High School girls tipped for future business success

Falkirk youngsters, aged 13-16, faced tough competition to triumph, as entries for this year’s contest were up by a record-breaking 300 percent this year. Lauren, one of the girls from the winning team said: “The Growing Future Assets Competition was a huge opportunity for me to look into finance and investment, which had never crossed my mind as a future career before entering the contest. “It truly made me realise that, as a woman, I can get involved in male dominated industries such as inve

Miss Voluptuous 2022: Falkirk finalist raising awareness of danger of blood clots

“I am sharing my story so people know what to look out for. You need to listen to your own body. If there is something wrong, go get it checked.” She added: “Usually when people get news like this they got to the dark corner and start to dwell on it, whereas I just want to embrace it because there are people out there like me. “I want to promote awareness that if you think there is something wrong with your body you shouldn’t feel like you’re going to be a burden. You should go and get it chec

Callendar House to be lit up purple for epilepsy awareness

The House is among the 46 buildings and landmarks around Scotland that will be lit up purple to support Epilepsy Scotland’s Paint the Town Purple campaign. Wallace Tower in Ayr, OVO Hydro in Glasgow, King’s Theatre in Edinburgh will also join the awareness campaign and turn purple. Epilepsy Scotland’s Chief Executive, Lesslie Young said: “This year’s Purple Day is set to be the biggest yet. We are delighted so many landmarks across Scotland are supporting our Paint the Town Purple campaign. Th

A game‑changing broadcast deal announced for FA Women’s Super League

The Football Association (FA) has announced a ground-breaking multimillion pound broadcast deal with BBC and Sky Sports for the Barclays FA Women’s Super League football (WSL). This is the first time the rights to WSL have been sold separately from the men’s game, with a percentage of the revenue going to the clubs in the league. “Visibility and investment are such key factors in growing any women’s sport,” says Kelly Simmons, FA director of the women’s professional game. “We’re delighted to w

International fans banned from the Olympics

And now, banning all the international spectators from overseas. That’s the 2021 Tokyo Olympics summed up for you… After a virtual meeting of the Five Parties this morning (the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the Organising Committee Tokyo 2020 and the Government of Japan), an announcement was made that the Japanese parties would not allow entry into Japan for overseas spectators for the Olympic and Paralympic Games th

Six Nations: France vs. Scotland game postponed

Six Nations have postponed the upcoming Round 3 match between France and Scotland, after another player tested positive for Covid‑19 in the French camp this morning. The whole French team is now isolating and the new date is yet to be decided. The decision has been taken on the unanimous advice of the Six Nations Testing Oversight Group. A Six Nations Rugby official statement said: “The Six Nations Testing Oversight Group (TOG) met today to review the situation in the French Camp. “They unan

Six Nations: France vs Scotland to go ahead as planned after Covid‑19 outbreak

France’s Six Nations match in Paris against Scotland this weekend has been given a green light after the whole squad tested negative in the recent rounds of coronavirus tests. Today, the Six Nations released a statement saying: “Further to a meeting of the Six Nations Testing Oversight Group (TOG) this morning to review the latest tests results of the French Squad, the Six Nations confirm the plans to stage the France v Scotland match as originally scheduled this coming Sunday. “We continue to

New Tokyo 2020 Olympic President announced

Seiko Hashimoto has been appointment the new president of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Organizing Committee, just five months before the “due date”. This decision came a week after the resignation of Yoshiro Mori (83), who was forced to resign after making a sexist comment about women. The 56‑year old Hashimoto has performed as an athlete in four winter and three summer Olympics as a track cyclist and speed skater and won a bronze medal at the 1992 Albertville Games in speedskating. Hashimoto said

Music reviewed ★☆☆☆☆: What the hell, Sia?

As you may or may not heard, the Australian singer‑songwriter and newly a director Sia, released her directorial debut Music, a story of a young girl on the spectrum, and oh boy, where do we begin… I really tried to do this review open‑minded, after all, I am one of the girls that would swing from the chandelier and live like tomorrow doesn’t exist. That being said, within the first two minutes of this movie my open‑mindedness was gone. It was obvious that this film was not made for the people

Tokyo Olympics chief forced to resign over sexist comments

It seems that a new discipline has been added to this year’s Games, in which the head of the Tokyo Olympics, firstly makes sexists remarks about women and then stubbornly dodges any consequences for over a week. And the gold medal goes to… It’s been over a week since Yoshiro Mori (83), the President of the Tokyo Olympics organising committee, has been called out for making “inappropriate” remarks about women. During an online meeting of the committee’s board of trustees earlier this month, the

Stirling Women’s Rugby fundraises in memory of a lost teammate

Stirling University Women’s Rugby Football Club (SUWRFC) are raising funds in ‘Team Relay’ for Killin Mountain Rescue charity in memory of their lost teammate, Eilidh McNab. As a team, SUWRFC will be completing a relay every day throughout February. Each team member will complete either a 5km run, walk or cycle before passing the ‘baton’ to the next person. Angharad Hopwood, SUWRFC Secretary, says: “It started off as us wanting to do something, [because] our season [got] cancelled and we wan

IOC publishes first ‘Playbook’ for Tokyo 2021

The international Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee (Tokyo 2020), have published first out of four ‘Playbooks’, which aim to ensure safe and successful Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer. The series of Playbooks aim to provide a framework of basic principles for participants to follow this summer. These ‘Playbooks’ outline the responsibilities of stakeholders before traveling to Japan, when entering the country, d

Clansmen’s 2000km challenge for local charity

30 players, five coaches, 2000km and 28 days… that’s the challenge the University of Stirling Clansmen decided to take up this month, in order to support Start Up Stirling. Members of the American football team decided to challenge themselves in their own month‑long Clansman Challenge, to give back to the Stirling community. Hamish Gornall, the Clansmen team president said: “We obviously haven’t been allowed to play this year, so going into the second semester we haven’t done much as a team, h
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