The Daily Thistle — News From Scotland

Thursday 26th October 2017

“Madainn Mhath” …Fellow Scot, I hope the day brings joy to you…. Had my eyes checked yesterday for those who have asked.. all OK.. Vistaláser did an amazing job on my eyes and the aftercare is fantastic, every time I go they run checks, ask me how I am, what did I think of the service, so with that good news, this morning’s walk was done with a happy heart, the ability to see without glasses is such a pleasure, and the fact that I had surgery performed only one week after discovering I had cataracts was a plus.. we walked up the hill to the hermitage this morning and I stood and watched the International Space Station cross the heavens, I waved, they couldn’t see me, but seeing them was such a pleasure.. Back to the house, food for Bella and Coffee for me….

ST ANDREWS STUDENTS CELEBRATE RAISIN MONDAY…. Students have taken part in the traditional Raisin Monday shaving foam fight at the University of St Andrew’s in Fife. The tradition also sees first years, referred to as juniors, give a bag or raisins and bottle of alcohol to their “senior “academic parent” in the year above. The foam fight, on Lower College lawn, follows Gaudie night, five weeks earlier, where seniors take their juniors for a night out to introduce them to their friends.

DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY FUNERAL PLAN SCAM WARNING ISSUED…. A funeral plan sales scam has been targeting people in south west Scotland. Police in Dumfries and Galloway said that hoax callers had claimed to represent the local council. PC Clark Logie said that although the cover story might change, the intent was to get bank details or payment for a service which would not be delivered. He advised the public not to deal with cold callers and to contact reputable firms if they required a product.
“Never give out personal or banking details to cold callers, irrespective of how they contact you, whether they attend at your door, contact you by telephone or by email,” he added.

ROCKET FIRED FROM SCOTTISH ISLE DESTROYED IN SPACE…. A rocket fired into space from a Scottish island was detected and destroyed by warships, according the Dutch Ministry of Defence. The Terrier Oriole rocket was launched from Benbecula in the Western Isles during Nato exercise Formidable Shield. It was detected by new radar equipment on the Dutch warship HNLMS De Ruyter. The frigate’s crew alerted a US Navy warship which fired a missile to intercept and destroy the rocket above the Earth’s atmosphere. The Terrier Oriole rocket was used to represent a ballistic missile. The event, which took place during the US-led war games earlier this month, was the first time Nato allies had trained together using the new radar system. Fourteen ships, 10 aircraft and about 3,300 personnel from the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain were involved in the exercise. Focused on the Hebrides Range, an area of sea used for missile tests, it tested Nato’s capability to defend its members from ballistic missile threats. Sites in Uist in the Western Isles and on Hirta, the main island in the St Kilda archipelago, which lies about 40 miles (64km) west of North Uist, form parts of the range.

STUDY ON LIGHT THERAPY FOR PREVENTING ALZHEIMER’S…. A prevention strategy for Alzheimer’s using light to stimulate brainwaves is being investigated by scientists. Strathclyde University’s 14-month study will assess whether the build-up of the protein beta-amyloid can be halted in a range of areas of the brain. Alzheimer’s is said to be caused when this protein accumulates in the brain.
Previous research has suggested using light to manipulate the activity of neurons can reduce the protein in some regions of the brain. This study will attempt to find out if the method can be used to do this across many brain regions at the same time.
Dr Shuzo Sakata, who is leading the study, said: “We are hopeful that this research can contribute to a new strategy for stopping Alzheimer’s developing, particularly in people who, owing to family history or genetic issues, are seen to be at high risk of the disease.” About 500,000 people in the UK have Alzheimer’s but currently there are no effective treatments or a cure.
The pre-clinical research will focus on a brain area which communicates with many other areas and is among those most affected by Alzheimer’s. The research has received a grant of £50,000 from Alzheimer’s Research UK. Dr Carol Routledge, the charity’s director of research, said: “Dementia is one of our greatest medical challenges, but research has the power to improve our understanding of the condition and deliver effective new treatments.”

UEFA FINES CELTIC OVER FAN’S ATTEMPTED ASSAULT OF PARIS ST-GERMAIN PLAYER…. Uefa has fined Celtic £8,900 (10,000 euros) after a supporter ran on to the pitch in their Champions League game last month against Paris St-Germain and tried to kick striker Kylian Mbappe. John Hatton admitted to the attempted assault at Glasgow Sheriff Court. It is the 12th time in six years that Uefa’s disciplinary body has punished Celtic regarding their fans’ behaviour. In July, Celtic were fined £20,600 after an “illicit banner” was displayed during their game against Linfield. Twenty-one-year-old Hatton, from Belfast, jumped over a metal railing and aimed a kick at Mbappe after Edinson Cavani had scored the French team’s third goal in a 5–0 win. He was banned from every football ground in the UK by Sheriff Sukwinder Gill. Uefa’s control, ethics and disciplinary body also fined Paris St-Germain £4,450 (5,000 euros) for damage to seats at the match on 12 September.

On that note I will say that I hope you have enjoyed the news from Scotland today,

Our look at Scotland today is of the students at St Andrew’s having fun…….

A Sincere Thank You for your company and Thank You for your likes and comments I love them and always try to reply, so please keep them coming, it’s always good fun, As is my custom, I will go and get myself another mug of “Colombian” Coffee and wish you a safe Thursday 26th October 2017 from my home on the southern coast of Spain, where the blue waters of the Alboran Sea washes the coast of Africa and Europe and the smell of the night blooming Jasmine and Honeysuckle fills the air…and a crazy old guy and his dog Bella go out for a walk at 4:00 am…on the streets of Estepona…

All good stuff….But remember it’s a dangerous world we live in

Be safe out there…

Robert McAngus