The German supermarket chain has announced the creation of 500 new jobs in Scotland. Most of the jobs will be created thanks to the opening of a new distribution centre in Armadale that will be twice as big as the former one in Livingston. The new supermarket is planned to open in 2016.
With these 500 new jobs, Lidl is going to increase its workforce in the country and reach 2,300 employees in the next few years. Lidl has 90 shops in Scotland, the latest one opened in October.
To get more information, please read this article from The Courier.
On Sunday afternoon, more than 4000 fans attended a charity football game that took place in Livingston’s Almondvale stadium in the memory of 15 year old Jake Trueman. This Scottish boy lost his battle against cancer last week after celebrating his last wish by going to the Prom with his girlfriend. This wonderful story would have never be possible without West Calder High School that decided to organize the prom night at the last minute to realize one of his last wishes.
The successful charity game featured some stars from the Celtic and Rangers football team like Frank McAvennie, Neil Alexander, Nacho Novo and Charlie Miller.
And also before that football game, the West Calder High School raised more than £50.000 in the past week. All the money that has been collected will be donated to support youngster’s battling cancer.
You’ll meet the people that are in the background of big Hollywood productions to come like Guardians of The Galaxy 2, Avengers 2: The age of Ultron or the Fantastic 4 return.
Book your tickets to be a part of this huge event!
The Irish rugby team based usually in Limerick is back in Cork for two games on February 14th and Saturday 28th. Indeed, Irish Independent Park is going to welcome two home games in a row against Cardiff Blues and Glasgow Warriors.
These games will take place during the 6 nations tournament, but don’t worry; they set the game time of Munster vs. Cardiff Blues, after the game that will oppose Ireland vs. France in Aviva Stadium of Dublin, so you’ll be able to follow both matches.
You should be a part of this comeback in Cork, because the next game in Cork is planned for the end of April, so don’t miss this opportunity to see one of the best Irish Rugby team in action and book your tickets here!
The animals of the Edinburgh zoo have been joining the selfie craze after the mobile company HTC installed cameras inside their enclosures, to capture unique pictures of the zoo stars. The cameras were composed with a captor and each time the animal was in contact with the captor, the camera was shooting.
The results of the experience are great because it offers the possibility for the visitors and for the zoologist to see the animals in a point of view they are not used to see habitually. It showed a posing penguin, a koala close up and even the inside of a yawning hippo’s mouth.
The next step for the zoo is to publish these pictures on Instagram to create a fan base or a buzz to attract new customers. It’s a great marketing campaign for the zoo and for HTC.
If you want a preview, check their Twitter account!
At the beginning of the new auditions of Britain’s Got Talent in Edinburgh, the world renown coach Simon Cowell couldn’t resist on looking under David Williams’ Kilt to see if he was a real Scot.
To explain that we can say the funnyman David Williams made a remarkable arrival on the red carpet of the TV show. He appeared with full traditional Scottish gear, including a red tartan kilt that captivates the attention of Simon Cowell, who couldn’t resist to have a look under David’s Kilt.Hopefully for the TV show, the coach was wearing white boxers under his kilt. After this funny event, the two other coaches made their way on the red carpet: Alisha Dixon and Amanda Holden just confirmed their return to the 2015 series last week
If proposals to cut speed limits in the city are accepted, a big number of streets in Edinburgh will become 20 mph zones. It would be the first “20mph” Scotland’s city.
The plans include restricting drivers to 20mph on many of the busiest arterial routes with only the busiest ones retaining their 30mph limit.
Lesley Hinds, Transport convener Councillor said “It’s undoubtedly a culture change for the whole city but we’re very encouraged by the overwhelmingly positive response we’ve seen to the pilot project in south Edinburgh.”
You will find more information and which streets will be reduced to 20mph on this link.
The Great Edinburgh International Cross Country is an annual cross country running competition that takes place every January in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is one of the competitions in the Great Run series of athletics events which is organized in Ireland every January.
The race will take place on January, 10th in Holyrood Park and will be broadcast by the BBC which gives a lot of importance to this event and it has received sponsorship from VisitScotland (from 2006) and Bupa (from 2007).
Over the years, the event has attracted many of the most famous names from the world of athletics including Mo Farah, Paula Radcliffe and Kenenisa Bekele. In 2013 over 3000 runners braved the Winter Run, round the rather gruelling route of Arthur’s Seat.
What about beginning the year with sport? Please find more information on this link.
A new daily flight between Edinburgh and New York will be introduced next year. For the moment, there is still no direct flight between Edinburgh and JFK Airport.
American Airlines will offer the service next year from May to September. Gordon Dewar, chief executive of Edinburgh Airport said “We're confident that this new service will be a hit with Scottish passengers, both for visitors to the Big Apple and those travelling to onward destinations across America.”
Not only will Scottish tourists benefit from easy access to the US, the Scottish economy will be given a major boost from increased tourist numbers from the US during the summer holiday season.
2 days after the announcement of a new link between Edinburgh and Doha, these new services show the wishes of Scotland to be more present internationally! A great news for the city!
Edinburgh’s Christmas Festival
There is a festival for all things in Scotland. This evening will be the launch of a new festival in the city. From November 21st to January 4th, come to attend to the Edinburgh’s Christmas festival!
Edinburgh's Christmas is a spectacular, six-week season of festive entertainment in the heart of the city, taking place in St Andrew Square and East Princes St Gardens. Shows, ice skating and markets will be the best attractions of this festival.
The switch-on of the Christmas lights is watched by thousands of people at the end of November. In 2013, more than 2 million people attended this festival. Other attractions include the Starflyer, Big Wheel, a programme of shows in the Paradiso Spiegeltent in St Andrew Square and various paid family attractions priced between £1 and £4.Information about program and tickets will be found on the official website of the festival.