If you are close enough to a walk, you may find a dog on the roadside but have you ever thought it might harm you or even disfigure your face, not to be recognised anymore? It is seen that Scotland has reported cases where fighter dogs or even other breeds harming children and hurting them while playing or taking the roads.
Not even a week, two cases have been reported in which one girl named Rhianna Kidd,10, was maimed by two rottweilers while she was cycling to her grandmothers home in Dundee. And another case where a vicious Akita fighting dog attacked a girl named Toni, when she was playing with the dog owner’s son, Gabriel.
In both the cases, the children suffered serious injury and lot of pain. In one case the owner of the dog was charged under the Dangerous Dogs Act in failing to keep the dogs under control. And in another case, the decision is yet to be taken because it was in the private property but what has been done to the children cannot be forgiven.
The Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010, extends the criminal liability to not just public places but also private places and it has not come into practice until February. It is also seen that the children could suffer mental scars and maybe frightened of the dogs the whole life.
Fife is celebrating the great Outdoor Access Festival which will begin from Saturday 31st July and will last untill Sunday 8th August 2010. It is an extensive programme featuring over 100 outdoor events, designed to promote access and enjoyment of Fife’s great outdoors.
The festival, which is in its third year, has gone from strength to strength. This year the organisers are planning to almost doubling the number of events on offer to visitors, ranging from walking to cycling, and rambling for the disabled to horse riding.
For the first time ever this year, organisers are teaming up with nearby Dundee Parkour club to bring urban free running and parkour into Fife. Parkour- a non-competitive sport with French origins, where participants run along a route attempting to climb or negotiate obstacles in the most efficient way possible, is relatively new to the UK.
The festival is run jointly by Fife Coast & Countryside Trust and Fife Access Forum and the events are run by a wide range of over thirty commercial and public sector organisations including Fife Council Outdoor Education Team, Ramblers Scotland, Forth and Tay Disabled Ramblers, British Horse Society and Blown Away Land Yachts.
This year’s festival also plays a key role in the “Celebrating Fife” campaign which is coordinated by Fife Council.
Celebrating Fife 2010 showcases Fife’s unique environment, cultural identity and lifestyle activities. The programme of events and opportunities is ambitious, and aims to raise awareness of Fife’s heritage and its hidden cultural gems. Tickets have already started its sale and everyone who books their festival tickets online will also receive a free copy of the latest Scotland Outdoor Magazine direct to your doorstep!
Samples of rock and lunar dust collected during Nasa’s manned space missions to the Moon in the 1960s and 1970s have taken to the Dundee Science Centre with special permission.
The collection includes some meteorites older than the Earth, with one thought to have been created more than 4,565 million years ago. The public are allowed to touch some of the specimens from the exhibition. The display runs until October and is one of two in the UK outside London.
First cancer research laboratory of Scotland is all set to open in the Ninewells Hospital, Dundee. It is quite evident that every year many Scottish people succumbs to the dreadful disease of cancer. In recent years the death toll has drastically gone up with many still battling for their life. This first of its kind research lab has come up at the right time and will focus on developing treatments for bowel, breast and skin cancer.
The research laboratory will also help to undertake a whole lot of study and research to improve the lives of cancer patients across Scotland. It will also help to bring in both researchers and doctors to work together and find out new and improved treatments for patients says, Prof. Irene Leigh, head of the university’s college of medicine, dentistry and nursing and chair of the new centre’s board.
With more and more fresh cases of cancers being reported, there was a real need for such a research lab, and it is felt that this new centre in Dundee will enable researchers and clinicians to do an in depth study to this killer disease and find out an effective treatment in due course of time. Meanwhile it’s even reported that more new research centres may soon come up in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
This cancer lab has brought a ray of hope for the medical fraternity and cancer patients for some result oriented research to lower the number of deaths caused by cancer every year in Scotland.
News Source : BBC News
Representing Scotland in the International finals of a major counselling competition, two law students from Dundee University will head to India for the finals. It was told that Steven Blane and Bruce Langlands both students of School of Law at Dundee are doing their diploma in legal practice. These students will head to Bangalore in India for the competition in which teams from all parts of the world will be participating.
The main aim of this global competition is to test the different skills and quality a lawyer should possess in his profession. It tests their ability, confidence, awareness, counselling and other legal aspects. These two law students are looking to repeat the success of the Scottish team from Glasgow who were the winners in the 2002 competition in Florida.
Meanwhile the Scottish round of this competition included five institutions which offer the Diploma in legal practice. Dundee also has hosted this competition in 2006 in which the team from Glasgow school of graduates won the competition. This global competition gives these future lawyers to test their ability and skill and also to know the different facet of the case.