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professionals which would not have been possible within a real hospital environment. “Everyone who attended was very enthusiastic and it is definitely something that we would like to repeat in future.” In addition to presentations from doctors and medical staff, pupils also participated in a variety of sessions with clinical teaching fellows demonstrating how medical staff would deal with a variety of situations. These included how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), insert chest drains, apply plastercasts and deal with heart attacks and strokes. Pupils even had the chance to try out some of these skills on state-of-the-art mannequins used in medical training. Representatives from Glasgow University attended the event to provide advice and information on applying for places within their medical school. Dr Alastair Cook, NHS Lanarkshire’s director of medical education, said: “The careers day was a great

Mark Hall, clinical teaching fellow, from Wishaw General’s accident and emergency department, with Caroline Burke and pupils Francesca Coupland, 16, from St Andrew’s and St Bride’s High School, East Kilbride; Cameron McCann, 17, from St Aidan’s High School, Wishaw; and John McCall, 16, from Lenzie Academy. success and provided the pupils with some invaluable experiences. We hope it will help them decide if a career in medicine is for them. “It was a wonderful opportunity for NHS

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it, if I am being honest, feels like I have never been away. I have either done a good job or the newspaper can run without me? Still undecided on which is most accurate! I would though like to pass on my acknowledgment to the team that was looking after The HUB over the past 4 months, they have done a very good job and wish they the very best going forward. Vicki and I certainly have appreciated everything that they have done for us, and the newspaper. Whilst I have been stuck behind several desks this week, I have been able to speak to a few familiar faces whilst juggling several newspaper productions. One of those, was Cllr Burrows, who has always been a believer and supporter of what we are trying to achieve with The HUB newspapers not only here in Lanarkshire, but throughout Scotland. Another connection that did put a smile on my face was catching up with the team


otherwell and Wishaw MSP John Pentland is asking local rail users to help save Airbles Station. The station is in a list being considered as candidates for closure by a Transport Scotland consultation. John Pentland said: “Over a hundred thousand journeys a year start or end at Airbles. Closure would disrupt those journeys, putting more cars on our roads and more pressure on other public transport. “At a time when we should be expanding public transport to help meet climate change targets, this would be a backwards step.

“The Scottish Government denies planning to close the station, but why publish the list if they are not considering it? “The list is inconsistent – not all close stations are included. I have tabled a parliamentary question to ask why each station is included or excluded, and I will also raise the threat to the station in a debate taking place on Thursday 26th January. “I hope everyone who values the station will make their support clear by responding to the consultation and signing the petition that has been organised to help protect the station.”

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Advertising Wednesday 8th February 2012

27th January - 9th February 2012

Councils to retain crucial Building Standards role


he Scottish Government’s decision to keep the verification of building work within Local Authorities has been welcomed by South Lanarkshire Council. For, it means that Council Building Standards officers will continue in their role as the only government appointed verifiers for new homes and buildings in Scotland. The move follows a recent Government consultation on a proposal to partially move the verifiers’ role to the private sector. More than 200 responses were lodged by the construction and development sector – with the majority overwhelmingly in favour of Councils continuing to deliver this vital service. Councillor Graham Scott, South Lanarkshire’s Chair of Planning warmly welcomed the outcome. He added: “This is an endorsement of the expertise and experience of our Building Standards services. It is also an acknowledgment of the work undertaken by all Local Authority Building Standards

Services in embracing a culture of continuous improvement. “Councils have more than 40 years’ knowledge of building regulations – that experience is respected by architects, developers and the construction industry and is invaluable to the public.” Building Standards Team Leader, Alan McAulay, is also the current President of the Scottish Association of Building Standards Managers, and is delighted at the decision. He explained: “We have always believed that our officers are best placed to protect the public interest and I am happy that common sense has prevailed. It is clear that the work and approach of the association, and its members, in recent years has gained the confidence of Scottish Ministers. We hope that this decision will lead to a period of stability in verification delivery that will allow Local Authorities to meet the aims of the Scottish Government of providing a Building Standards system which remains one of the most successful in Europe.”

South Lanarkshire’s Alan McAulay (centre), current President of the Scottish Association of Building Standards Manager. He is pictured with Council colleagues who recently picked up further qualifications and skills in the Building Standards field

Rotary Club of Bothwell and Uddingston by Trevor Cooper


peaking to fellow members of the Rotary Club of Bothwell & Uddingston, following his return from the Falkland Isles Dr Roy D’Silva, was full of praise for resilience and warmth of welcome of the Islanders as he spent two months as a GP. Having to serve as one of three doctors travelling throughout the two main Islands and South Georgia proved to be rewarding challenge. Most of the travel was by very competent pilots in light aircraft. Although the doctors operated a small hospital serious

Hannah represented Lanarkshire Scottish League H

amilton College S1 pupil Hannah Welbury represented Lanarkshire in the Anglo Scottish Leagues, Under 12 Residential Team Event in Ashington, Northumberland. The two day event, held over the weekend, involved 6 teams from Scotland and Northern England. Hannah played extremely well, managing to win 7 out of her 10 matches. The competition was fierce and it was a great achievement for Lanarkshire to achieve the bronze medal position considering the quality of play from the other teams.


cases are flown to Chili on their once a week flight. Roy told of the weather, mainly a windy 10deg C, being summer time and the great variety of wild life. He also informed members that Argentina have formally requested the UN to legislate sovereignty in their favour and extending their rights to the edge of the continental shelf, presumably because of oil. The Islanders are equally keen to remain a British Protectorate. George McRitchie in his vote of thanks admired Roy for his voluntary work and presentation.


27th January - 9th February 2012

Mossend football club receive £2000 from NHS Lanarkshire M

ossend FC is pleased to announce that they have received a whopping £2000 from NHS Lanarkshire’s Health Improvement Fund to set up a new team for children who were born in 2005. The money received will allow the coaches of Mossend FC to arrange the set up of the new team, consisting of 6 and 7 year olds from across North Lanarkshire, allowing them to take part in regular organised football matches on Saturday mornings. Mossend FC has been in existence since 1963 and is run solely by volunteers, who are also parents of the children. The volunteers coach the children, helping them to make healthy, informed lifestyle choices. Mark Leonard, Manager of the 2005 team, said today “We are delighted to have secured the financial support of NHS Lanarkshire. These funds will assist with our initial set up costs for kit, venue hire and participation in the Lanarkshire Football Development Association Match

Real inconsistencies lie with SNP over giving young people a vote


4’s at Ravenscraig on a Saturday morning. Mossend Football Club has a proven track record of having a positive impact on our children and the wider Communities across North Lanarkshire. Our new team for children born in 2005 aims to continue the traditions and ethos of the club, by nurturing not only the football skills of our player but help them make positive

lifestyle choices as they grow into young adults. I would like to also thank Christine Reid of NHS Lanarkshire and Strathclyde Police, particularly Constable Alan Mulholland of Bellshill Police Office who suggested Mossend FC 2005 team as a new partner to promote NHSL health campaigns in the coming year.” Christine Reid, of NHS

Lanarkshire, added, “Bellshill and Motherwell Health Improvement Team are delighted to work in partnership with Mossend Football Club 2005 who are improving the skills, confidence and fitness of children and parents in the Bellshill and Motherwell area. Being physically active as a child makes it more likely you will continue healthy activities into adulthood”.

Local MP calls for action in West Africa

uring yesterday’s Scottish Government debate the SNP made the case for devolving all powers for running the Scottish Parliamentary elections in Scotland. This includes a proposal to change the voting franchise, enabling 16 and 17-year-olds to vote. The Scottish Conservatives remain opposed to this as we believe that we need to get more young people over the age of 18 to vote first before we look at altering the franchise. Speaking after the debate, Margaret Mitchell MSP, Scottish Conservative & Unionist member for Central Scotland said: “The Scottish Conservatives remain opposed to the Scottish Government’s proposal that the Scotland Bill be altered so that responsibility and powers for all elections that take place in Scotland, except those to the UK and EU Parliaments, are devolved. “Implicit in this proposal is to give the Scottish Government responsibility for the franchise but it makes sense for issues such as this, which are of a constitutional nature, to be decided on a UK basis. “The SNP, in arguing for 16 and 17 year olds being able to vote in elections - and in the forthcoming referendum - state that to deny this age group the right to vote shows a lack of consistency with other legal rights. “However, the real inconsistency lies with the SNP government and is exposed by the fact that whilst it argues that young people are ready to have

the vote at 16 and 17 it doesn’t consider they are responsible enough to be allowed to purchase alcohol from off-licences and supermarkets till they are 21 years of age or older. “Furthermore, in terms of arguing that as young people have the right to marry at 16 they ought to have the right to vote, it’s worth pointing out that whilst they have the right to marry at this age, few young people actually chose to exercise this right. “In fact from the approximately 126,000 young people in Scotland in 2010, a miniscule 79 from the wider 16-19 age group chose to marry. “In addition to this, according to the Electoral Commission’s consultation ‘How Old is Old Enough’, young people themselves were divided on whether they were ready to be given voting rights at 16. “The same consultation stated that the evidence suggests lowering the voting age would in fact decrease the overall percentage turnout due to additional numbers of eligible but disengaged voters in the short term, with the long term effects still disputed.”

Electrical Charger Amnesty A L

ocal MP Frank Roy has called on the Government to act swiftly to the worsening crisis in West Africa. His call comes after a stark reminder contained in Oxfam and Save the Children’s report, published this week, on last year’s Horn of Africa crisis. The report “A Dangerous Delay: The cost of late response to early warnings in the 2011 drought in the Horn of Africa” highlighted the loss of life caused by the slow response to the crisis in East Africa and warns that there must be a faster response to the impending famine in West Africa to prevent a repeat. Frank said: “I have been contacted by many of my constituents as part of the Save the Children campaign who are concerned at this escalating crisis in West Africa. The Government must act speedily in conjunction with the international community and NGOs to prevent this crisis from becoming a disaster. This report is a

stark reminder of how a delayed response can cost lives.” The campaign also urges the UK Government to sign up to the UN Charter to End Extreme Hunger which has already been endorsed by Norway, Kenya and the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response. Frank continued, “The UK government has a chance to end the extreme hunger that impacts the lives of millions of people in the world’s poorest areas every year. This can help to ensure the safety of millions of vulnerable people many of whom are children.” “The crisis in West Africa is another example of extreme hunger which can be avoided by the swift actions of this governments, multilaterals and NGOs” “If Governments do not act quickly thousands of lives could be needlessly lost.”

re your electrical chargers safe? Don’t risk it! Swap your dodgy old charger for a new safe one FREE OF CHARGE at Brandon Parade Shopping Centre on Saturday 4 February and Asda on Watson Street on Sunday 5 February. Every year more than 50 deaths and 100,000 injuries in UK homes are caused by electricity and electrical products. Electrical chargers are at the top of the list. Unsafe charger units are being manufactured in China for as little as 3 pence per unit. The following are indications that you should have your charger checked: • It was bought online from overseas • It does not work all the time • It gets very hot when in use • It exudes a burning smell when in use The Amnesty is a joint venture between North Lanarkshire Council’s Trading Standards Service and the Electrical Safety Council.

27th January - 9th February 2012


Young people help to shape the future Y

outh employment, transportation concerns, crime, development on the Ravenscraig site, education and sporting opportunities were some of the key issues raised by young people at a special event held in Motherwell. The question time-styled ‘Youth be Heard’ session was organised by Motherwell Youth Voice, the area’s youth forum in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council. Students from Motherwell College joined pupils from local high schools and community youth groups at the innovative session with questions and answers being posed by Twitter and Facebook users. A panel of decision makers including council Chief Executive Gavin Whitefield CBE, North Lanarkshire Leisure’s Blane Dodds, Strathclyde Police Chief Inspector Gregor

McKenzie, Councillor Michael Ross, Lauren King of the Scottish Youth Parliament and Community Youth Manager Liz Fergus were on hand to answer questions about plans for the area. The first question was about the potential impact the closure of Airbles train station would cause on the local area with Councillor Ross expressing the importance of retaining the station for the good of the local community. Questions and debate then focused on unemployment and youth training opportunities, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, proposals for a new town centre and housing on the former Ravenscraig site, community activities and measures being taken to cut crime figures and provide positive alternative activities for young people.


What’s On

Mother/Toddler group Craigneuk Lifelong Learning Association Mother/Toddler group meet on Wednesday’s 9.30 to 11.30am. New parents welcome. Please come along and have fun. We also have our next CAB Clinic Monday 30th January. Places still available on Emergency First Aid Course for Babies and Children on Monday 20th February. All with free crèche facilities. All welcome. To register, or for further information, please contact Louise on 01698 373401 or pop into the unit at 641a Glasgow Road Craigneuk

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The discussions from the event will be used to help shape the way in which the council and partner organisations, such as Strathclyde Police and the voluntary sector, make sure young people get the services they need in the future. Councillor Michael Ross said: “Events like this allow us to listen to our young people on ways to make teenagers more aware of the activities and help which are available to them, find out what issues they feel are most important and to get them more involved in the planning and arranging of services of interest to them. “We received some great feedback at what was both an informative and fun event and one which showed the depth of feeling and pride some of our young people have in helping to develop their local communities.” Gavin Whitefield, Chief Executive of the council, added: “I would like to congratulate the organisers on what was a really worthwhile session and a great opportunity to tackle some of the issues affecting our young people. “The quality of the questions was excellent and, as a council, we would be keen to participate in future events.” For more information on the Motherwell Youth Voice contact: Sean Hanlon, Community Learning & Development Youth Worker with North Lanarkshire Council on 01698 403830 or on Twitter @MYouthVoice

Beware of bogus callers

Margaret Mitchell MSP Central Scotland MSP

Central Scotland MSP Margaret Mitchell holds surgeries on Mondays 5 - 6pm at 104 Cadzow Street, Hamilton ML3 6HP. Telephone 01698 282815 to make an appointment. Margaret also holds surgeries throughout the region. Check local press for details or telephone: 01698 282815 for further information.


rading Standards are urging residents to beware of cold callers who telephone, claiming to be from a major vacuum cleaner manufacturer, offering a cheap service of their appliance. Recent episodes in the Newarthill and Holytown area have provided Trading Standards and police colleagues with cause for concern. ‘Engineers’ have tried to make appointments

with residents and gain access to their homes in the guise of offering good deals to owners of well known vacuum cleaners. Investigations have shown that major manufacturers would not ‘cold call’ purchasers of their products and that anyone accepting strangers into their home may be victims of poor or dangerous repairs, or indeed theft. Michelle McKenna, Trading

Standards Officer, stated; “Our investigations into bogus representatives of the company concerned are continuing. We would ask for the community to remain vigilant on their own, and any vulnerable neighbours, behalf.” Residents with concerns about anyone who is seeking to gain access to their homes should contact Trading Standards or police immediately.


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Saltire’s gas safety success McKelvie condemns tory threat to employment justice C


orth Lanarkshire Council’s partner, Saltire, scooped a national award for its gas safety work and inspections. It’s the third time in the past five years that Saltire has achieved this top accolade for Gas Safety Initiatives & Awareness and Customer Service & Care. “Gas safety management is a key priority for us and our partner Saltire,” explained Councillor Barry McCulloch, Convener of Housing and Social Work Services. “As the largest council landlord in Scotland we must ensure the inspection process for our properties and homes is efficient and effective. Maintaining the safety of our tenants, employees and local residents is paramount and it’s pleasing that Saltire’s gas safety initiatives have been recognised nationally as examples of excellent practice.” The law requires us to ensure all gas safety inspections are carried out in our homes and properties within a year from the last service.

It’s vital that tenants provide access to the engineers who are required to carry out this work. The potential risks of not having gas appliances serviced within our timescales are significant and can include fire, explosions or carbon monoxide poisoning. David Black, Managing Director of Saltire added, “This award reinforces our position in the market place as a company who primarily provides gas safety services to local authorities and registered social landlords to a consistently high standard. “We currently provide servicing, reactive repairs and maintenance to over 74,000 registered social landlord properties throughout Scotland every year. “I would like to congratulate all staff involved in contributing to this success. This award represents a real team effort and I’m confident that the award will ensure we maintain this high standard of service provision and deliver a first class safety service to all our customers for years to come.”

Faces of Motherwell College Launch 2012 Prospectus

hristina McKelvie MSP has raised serious concerns about a proposal by the UK government to charge people before they take a claim an employment tribunal, thereby threatening the ability of workers to seek justice if they are treated unfairly at work. The SNP MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse raised the matter in the Scottish Parliament today, calling the proposals “an attack on fundamental employment rights, and particularly on the rights of lower paid workers.” The Westminster coalition has issued a consultation paper which states that charging for employment tribunals will definitely be implemented, with a range of proposed upfront fees ranging from £150 to £1,750. Employment tribunals are currently under the control of the UK government. Parts of the tribunal system are in

the process of being devolved to Scotland, but decisions on charging will be retained at Westminster. Scottish Government Community Safety Minister Roseanna Cunningham told Parliament that the UK proposals “could have a substantive effect on the most vulnerable employees.” Commenting, Ms McKelvie said: “Forcing someone to pay before they can even have their case heard is an unacceptable watering down of basic employment rights. Every worker should be able to seek justice and redress if they have been badly treated by their employer, and this plan by the UK government will make that significantly more difficult, particularly for low paid workers. “If an employment case can be solved through arbitration or mediation that’s great, but this is not what these measures are about. These proposals are a

classic example of the Tories reverting to type, attacking the rights of workers and weighting the balance unfairly against them. “Instead of making it harder for employees who’ve been treated badly at work to seek justice, the UK government should be seeking to tackle poor employment practices. Free access to employment tribunals is essential in order to continue to hold rogue employers to account, and deliver justice for all workers who have been discriminated against or treated unfairly. “I am confident that if employment tribunals were fully devolved to Scotland, the SNP government would ensure that access to them remain free and accessible to all who need them. It is clear that the rights of ordinary employees are not safe under this Tory-led Westminster coalition. The sooner we have full control over employment law in Scotland, the better.”

Health & Fitness HUB

Food for Thought H

ere’s some food for thought. Weight loss groups don’t really want you to succeed! That may sound harsh but think about it. If everyone were successful they would go out of business. They are constantly coming up with different points plans, another amazing type of scales to help count calories, which goes nicely with the brand new recipe book. Then of course there are the ready meals, bread, cake, crisps, ice cream and biscuit ranges. Not to mention an endorsement of McDonalds! Talk about fitting a bad diet into a weight loss plan. The whole problem for me is this; these weight loss groups leave the most addictive and the most detrimental substances in their diet plans. I’m talking about sugar and wheat. Sugar is more addictive than cocaine and two slices of the recommended wholegrain ‘wheat’ containing bread have a higher GI than 2 tablespoons of sugar. All this serves to do is to keep the addiction alive, no wonder people relapse. Wheat is the underlying cause to a lot of health problems including diabetes, heart disease and stroke, for which saturated fat has taken the blame. Would you like a diet that is free of addiction and cravings, one that doesn’t bother with counting a single calorie, one that allows you to eat until full and stay that way for hours. A diet that will give you plenty of energy, without that familiar slump in the afternoon? Then cut out all products that contain wheat, that includes bread (white and brown) cakes, biscuits, pasta etc. Cut out anything that contains gluten, dairy, sugar, alcohol and processed foods. All these things have a toxic effect on your body and your liver isn’t getting a chance to deal with what’s already in your system, before you add yet more toxins. Ok, granted, removing all these products from your diet might sound a bit extreme to you, but ask yourself this, do you REALLY want to lose body fat? I mean really want to lose fat?! If so why? The only way to succeed at this is to find the absolute reason. In other words keep ‘peeling the onion’ until you find that one underlying reason. Find the reason and along side of it will be your motivation to succeed! Anyway back to talking about food. If you have to read a label to find out what is in that product, then place it back on the shelf and walk away. Aim to buy foods that just by looking at it you know exactly what’s in it, vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, nuts and seeds. That’s what we were all designed to eat. All cooked from scratch so you know exactly what you are putting into your body. It really doesn’t take long to prepare a meal from scratch and it tastes so much better.


ollowing the success of Motherwell College’s bid to recruit students to market their 2012 campaign, the newly chosen faces of the College - Melissa Cheney, Siobhan Jack, Frazer Boyle and Ting Tang - unveiled the launch of the College’s 2012 Prospectus. Promoting their College, the profiles were chosen by the public after weeks of campaigning by candidates. The students have now launched the new 2012 Prospectus and will have to get used to seeing their faces splashed across Lanarkshire. Spearheading the Campaign, We are Motherwell College, Marketing Manager Lisa Parr said: “We are delighted with the results and who better to promote the College than the students themselves. “The Prospectus captures the confidence and

uniqueness of each of the students and their individual personalities. They will be at the forefront of all College promotional events and we are thrilled to have them on board.” And the College’s official website www.motherwell. has had a facelift too, starring the new recruits. One of the new faces of Motherwell College, Ting Tang, said:“I entered the competition because I saw it as a challenge. I wanted to show my creative side and thought this would give me the opportunity to do this. “The behind the scenes photoshoot was my first taste of working on publicity materials and I’m looking forward to what the rest of the year will throw at us.” Apply online from January 17 via the College’s website

Get back to basics, listen to your body and not to what all the BIG FOOD companies are telling you. They try and bamboozle you with the latest studies, which say ‘eat our product its great for your health’, what they won’t say is that they themselves paid for the study in the first place, so its no surprise that they get the report they were looking for. They don’t really care about your health, only sales figures and profit. Maybe its not just the fault of the weight loss groups, after all they are simply following our government guidelines, which originate in America. Would it be wrong to suggest that BIG FOOD companies have an influence on what makes it on to the ‘eatwell plate’, regardless of the 07500 806 308 effect it is having on your health. Good old 07736 931 124 conventional wisdom, from my point of view it is seriously flawed. Fat loss, 1 to 1 personal training and group training

27th January - 9th February 2012

Primary Games awarded Inspire Mark by London 2012 N

orth Lanarkshire’s Primary Games has been granted the Inspire mark by the London 2012 Inspire programme for its commitment to getting young people involved in sport. The London 2012 Inspire programme recognises innovative and exceptional projects that are directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Primary Games, now going into its 6th year, is an opportunity for all Primary 5 pupils in North Lanarkshire to participate in over 14 sports, both Olympic and Paralympic events including Athletics, Boccia, Golf and Football. The event, held annually at Wishaw Sports Centre, has developed year on year and over the two days it is expected that 3000 pupils will

be introduced to potentially new activities all linking into local sports clubs to allow continued participation if the pupils wish. Supporting the event is a large number of volunteers which come from local high schools including our Adi-star ambassadors and CSLA students, local College and Universities students and members from local sports clubs. Jim Logue, Convener of Learning and Leisure Service, said: “It’s great that our Sport and Outdoor Education Team has been awarded the Inspire mark. It’s further recognition of North Lanarkshire Council’s commitment to sport. “The London 2012 Games provide a fantastic opportunity to encourage and inspire people in all age groups to learn things they

didn’t know before, develop new skills and go beyond their personal best.” Seb Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games said: “The Inspire programme is ensuring the legacy of the 2012 Games starts now as projects like North Lanarkshire Council’s Primary Games are enabling young people to make positive life changes.” Meanwhile, around two hundred youngsters took part in an athletics festival at the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility. The pupils from schools in Motherwell and Wishaw also paraded a replica 2012 Olympic torch, created by active schools coordinator Sandy Hodge.

Left - right, Samuel Baxter, Anya Robertson, Abbie Gillespie, Abby Florance & Callum Warnock From Glencairn PS

MSP is backing Big Energy Week


ohn Pentland attended a local event organised by Motherwell & Wishaw Citizens Advice Bureau (pictured above) in connection with the big energy week. He has also tabled a motion in the Scottish Parliament which has attracted cross party support regarding this.




Talking to the about it, John said: “When money is so tight for so many people, with over a third of people worried about whether they can afford their next bill, it is worth making sure that your home is well insulated and that you are getting the best deal from energy suppliers. Unfortunately, that is not always straightforward, so the advice that Citizens Advice Scotland can provide is really useful. “To highlight the help that is available, Citizens Advice is coordinating Big Energy Week, during which consumer organisations, energy suppliers, switching sites and Government agencies are working together at events throughout the country, such as the one that I attended today. “I urge anyone who thinks they may be able to save money from better energy use to get more information, whether from this week’s activities, by dropping in to local advice centres, or by looking at Citizens Advice and other websites.”

Cheats Pasta Carbonara (serves 2)

by Annee McBride


uick and easy! You can also add chicken or bacon or both! A great recipe for jazzing up leftovers.


Pasta (enough for two) 200ml single cream* 4 tablespoons of grated mature cheese Mushrooms Herbs (optional) Salt and Pepper Olive oil (a little for cooking the mushrooms)

Attempted Murder


round eight O’clock last Wednesday night a 41 year old male was seriously injured following an altercation on Mansfield Rd in Bellshill. The male suffered stabbing injuries after allegedly being attacked by another male. The male aged 34 was later arrested by Police Officers and during his arrest was allegedly violent.

The injured male was taken to Monklands hospital where he was treated for puncture wounds to his neck and lumber area. The male’s injuries were thought to be life threatening at the time of the incident. The offender was held in Police custody over night and attended Hamilton Sheriff Court on Thursday 17th January in relation to the matter.

Driver under the influence of drugs

27 year old drug driver


19 year old male from the Glasgow area was arrested on Saturday night for driving a vehicle allegedly under the influence of drugs. Officers from Bellshill Police Office had cause to stop the male’s black Honda due to the manner the vehicle was being driven and found him to appear under the influence of drugs. Drug paraphernalia was found during a search of the vehicle and the male was taken to Motherwell Police Office. The male was later released and a report will be sent to the Procurator fiscal in Hamilton in relation to the matter.


ater in the evening around half eleven, another male was arrested by Road Policing Officers from Motherwell. The 27 year old man was found to be allegedly under the influence of controlled drugs as he drove a black Volkswagen Golf on Motherwell Rd in Bellshill. The male was taken to Motherwell Police Office and later released on report. A report was sent to the Procurator Fiscal in Hamilton in relation to the matter.

Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111 information can be given anonymously.


Slice (or dice) the mushrooms and cook in a little olive oil with the herbs. Cook the pasta and drain. Return the pasta to the pot and add the cooked mushrooms, grated cheese, cream and a little salt and pepper. Stir until cheese melts through and pasta is coated. That’s it… Serve and enjoy! *you can use double cream if you’re not watching your figure!

Bothwell News by Trevor Cooper


rchaeologist and local author, Robert Smith spoke to the Rotary Club of Bothwell & Uddingston, about how he had used the finding of clothed body on Greenhead Moss, Cambusnethan in 1932 into a supernatural story called ‘Lost Sowls’. The man had been murdered about the

time of the Covenanters. Robert went on to read a story written for the occasion (a first for the Club). Coming into Burns season it finished with a car escaping over the bridge at Alloway minus its bumper following a desperate struggle. Stewart Logan in his vote of thanks, praised Robert for ingenious thinking and ability to bring the stories to life.


27th January - 9th February 2012

New season, new start Start a new season with an optimistic approach and a fresh set of resolutions.


ummer is always a big thing. During the summer build-up we go on diets, attempt to shape up, try on last year’s clothes and decide we still need a little more work. Now that summer’s coming to an end, we tend to lose steam. But why give up the optimism? Resolutions are usually made at New Year’s or before the summer, but in some ways the chances of sticking to them are stacked against you. Why? Because you’ll only compare yourself with others, whether you like it or not, and when your mates start to fail it’s too easy to justify following in their footsteps. And New Year’s is so loaded with expectation that one slip-up feels like an earth-shattering disaster.


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f you’re happy and positive, you’ll find life easier than if you’re miserable. And, according to numerous research studies, you’ll get fewer colds and infections and you may even live longer! This sounds great in theory, but here’s how to put it into practise. In recent years, experts have started looking at our happiness and positive thinking in a different way. After the Second World War the emphasis on mental health was mostly about curing mental illnesses once they had started. As Professor Martin Seligman, founder of the Positive Psychology movement, says: “Psychology has badly neglected the positive side of life.” Nowadays, there’s much more emphasis on prevention, about developing a positive attitude, and taking charge of your own ability to be happy. When we do that, we will generally have a much healthier state of mind.

Can negative people become more positive? Yes, they can. Of course, some individuals do genuinely seem to have been born as sunny-natured, optimistic people, but all of us can re-think our approach to life and become more positive. It’s just a question of getting our heads round it.

Is there a secret to being positive and happy?

that: Happiness is a choice. When something upsets us, theres a split-second when we can opt to be miserable about it, or not. Of course, this doesn’t apply when something deeply upsetting happens like someone close to us dies or we get dumped, although even then people can develop an ability to view things in a more positive light. When it comes to irritations like trains being late, bosses being difficult, or college work being complicated or boring, we do have an option. We can either allow it to make us miserable and indeed to ruin our whole day - or we can shrug it off, and move on. Seligman learnt this important secret from his five year-old daughter. It was as a result of this that the Positive Psychology movement evolved. He often used to be grumpy, being a busy scientist with loads of responsibilities, but one day his little girl told him that she’d made a decision to stop whining. She said: “Daddy, if I can do that, you can stop being such a grouch!” In other words, she revealed to him that he had a choice about his mood. This simple idea changed Seligman’s life and it can change yours too. But if you’ve got depression that is far more than just feeling low, this may not be enough to help you through the bad times and sometimes its not so easy to shake the blues, so make sure you get some advice from your doctor (GP) about getting further help.

Hints and tips on becoming more positive •

Train yourself to notice when you are happy and try to collect five happy moments every single day.

Get active - physical activity releases happy chemicals in our brains.

Sign up as a volunteer research shows that helping others gives us a sense of wellbeing.

Keep in contact with your mates - scientists report that individuals with a good social network are more likely to be positive people.

Write a letter of thanks to someone who has helped you or had a great influence on you. This will increase your positive and contented feelings.

Eat healthily, drink plenty of water and get sufficient sleep. It’s hard to feel positive if you aren’t treating your body with care and respect.

Not really. But there are definitely things you can do to cultivate a more positive attitude. For a start you can accept

Dealing with changes Deciding to do something different can give you a big boost. But sooner or later, the hard work sets in, and you might feel that you just can’t be bothered. If you’ve broken down your tasks into smaller sections, you can aim for certain milestones and reward yourself accordingly. If you’re the type of person who loses motivation easily, make your rewards bigger at the beginning to get your enthusiasm going. Or if you are too easily satisfied, save the better rewards for the end.

Tips: Don’t try to do everything at once: too many people decide that they want to go on a diet, join a gym, give up smoking, change their job, and find a new partner all in one go. That just isn’t going to happen all at once, and you’re only making your goals more difficult to achieve. Big changes take time, and quick fixes can backfire, leaving you feeling disheartened or even like a failure. Prepare yourself: there’s no point deciding to quit smoking if you’re hoarding just-in-case ciggies under the mattress. The greater the temptation, the quicker you’ll screw up. And you don’t want to keep reminding yourself of what you’ve given up! Focus on the immediate: think about getting through the next minute, hour or day. Imagining a lifetime without alcohol/ cigarettes/chocolate just won’t help. And the further you get, the easier it will become!

Giving things up

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Giving up anything that’s played an important part in your life is going to be hard. There are bound to be times when your resolve threatens to cave in, even once you think the worst is over. If you’re giving up something tangible, like smoking, save the money you would otherwise have spent. It soon builds up, and after the first tough month you can treat yourself to something with all the money you’ve kept back.

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Be optimistic Don’t lose sight of the fact that masses of people have been in your position, and gone on to conquer their bad habits. The key is to set yourself up with strategies for overcoming those inevitable moments of weakness, from talking things through with a mate to taking up an activity that’ll keep you occupied.



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Your Horoscope Predictions By Anne Smith Libra (24 Sept - 23 Oct)

Aries (21 March - 20 April)

With the sun in Aquarius we all can see how xxxx

we can achieve our goals and aims as we project into the coming months ahead, you are a mover and a shaker and are happy to shake away unwanted energies in the way of baggage wither it is people or places or situations. Your focus this month is Emotional happiness and you may have booked a holiday and know that the money will come, good for you keep focused and you will achieve.

Taurus (21 April - 21 May)

You managed to escape the January clear xxxxxxxxx out unscathed, however this is now the time to focus on you and what you want for the year and start planning quietly in the background, give yourself tasks which are doable as the next few weeks you are extra sensitive and don’t need hassle or confrontation, try to keep your head down and mix with soulful people!

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Tenacious, xxxxxxxx headstrong, stubborn all these words means the same thing, why do you have to make life difficult for yourself? No more, now the moon has moved from cancer into Aquarius you will feel lighter than you have for some time, use this new found lightness to put the FUN back into your life, go on, enjoy yourself!

Sagittarius (23 Nov - 21 Dec)

Time xxxx out is needed; you have been so busy trying to sort out everyone else’s problems that you have neglected your own! A natural communicator and drama expert you know need to use your resources to get you that new job, house, soul mate, whatever it is you desire as it is payback time for all your good deeds.

Going with the crowd and forgetting xx your responsibilities can only be done for so long, eventually reality checks in. this is a month to face reality and to realize that life needs order and balance, all party and now work will make a lot of your loved one a little unhappy, time to get back to the real world.

Cancer (22 June - 23 July) Home is where the heart is and this xxxxxxxxx has a double whammy for you this month, any unresolved issues from 2011 will be dealt with this month, now the moon has left your sign you can see clearly what needs to be done, try to remain diplomatic when dealing with your nearest and dearest .

Strong xxxxx ethics and principles have stood you well over the years and I commend you for that, however with the moon now in Aquarius it is time to allow your creative and emotional side to come to the fore, let those who don’t know you as well as your loved ones, see that you can be light, and care free too, who knows you might enjoy it too..

Capricorn (22 Dec - 20 Jan)

Leo (24 July - 23 Aug) A collector of information and a book full xxxxxxxxx


It is now time to stop the over xxxxxxxxxx indulgence, wither it was pity, greed or solitude, everything you have been doing to excess recently now stops! Focus within, what do you want, believe it or not your inner sight is working very well just now, see you dreams and take the first step into making them a reality.

Aquarius (21 Jan - 19 Feb)

of contacts, you are ready to impart all this knowledge you have gathered over the years, ready to help, to point people in the right direct with who or what knowledge they need to get them off to a good start, try to remember the advice you give others in the next few days…..As you are attracting people to you who have similar needs to your own!.

Virgo (24 Aug - 23 Sept)

xxxxxxxxx With the sun and moon in Aquarius you have time to reflect in the past, but make it brief, now leave it there and concentrate on what and where you want to go this year and push forward your plans with gusto. The timing is right for new projects to start and for your natural leader qualities to come to the fore.

With the sun in your sign and the moon xxxxxxx it feel as if all your birthdays have come at once, you can clearly see the way forward and have a spring in your step, allow yourself the freedom of networking as this is an ideal time to meet new people and to grow your circle of friend, happy birthday Aquarians, it should be a good one..

Pisces (20 Feb - 20 Mar)

xxxxxxxxxx listening to those who are Sometimes older and have more life experience is a good thing! You are in need of a little guidance as your sign is ruled by the moon and going from cancer into Aquarius has confused you completely. Listen to those you trust and don’t make major decisions this month as everything is not as it seems.

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The HUB is pleased to have the infamous ‘Q, from Airdrie’ writing for the Entertainment Pages, to give you all some comic relief. As a regular contributor to the Glasgow Metro newspaper, and a regular in the comedy scene in Glasgow and Edinburgh, Q has given the HUB an exclusive column, which we are sure will have you wanting for more in the next edition of the HUB!

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appearing on The Scheme, and fancied trying it for himself? I was in Tesco yesterday, thinking about the programme as I did a bit of shopping. I was still thinking about it as I scanned my shopping and put it in bags at the self scan area. I was still thinking about it as I left the store...until a member of staff stopped me. In all my daydreaming, I had filled my bags and walked out without


I received an email from a friend recently about a new reality TV show set in Glasgow, one that will make The Scheme look like Downton Abbey. It is entitled Scum Fae The Drum (yes, you read that correctly). I still havent worked out if it’s a joke or not. What alarmed me most was the part of the advert that said ‘A criminal record check may be required, though will not void a candidate’. Given the title of the show, I’d have thought a criminal record would be madatory.

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It requested a profile picture, so Spanner and I were going to fake a police line-up picture and submit that (and phone the programme makers saying “Awright man, Ah’m allowed wan fone call, so Ah’m fonin’ fur tae get oan yer show”). But in the end, we thought it best to encourage them. It will be interesting to see if the show is actually real.

paying. Thankfully they saw the funny side. I’d have hated to become Airdrie’s equivalent of Anthony Worrell Thomson.

AND FINALLY I watched “Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” just before New Year. I have to say; I didn’t think it was a very funny film.


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BMW were wise with the Mini in that they captured a key characteristic of the old Mini with their new version – the ability to make you smile whilst driving. Old and new Mini’s are a hoot to drive. They have pace, handle well and somehow, just make you smile when behind the wheel. BMW added more space with the second generation Mini, but here we give it a going over. Let’s have a closer look. Performance BMW have made a range of engines available for the Mini and the 120bhp 1.6 in the Cooper is lively, smooth and quite responsive and the most popular. The 108bhp Cooper Diesel is flexible, economical but nowhere near as much fun to drive the petrol. The turbocharged 1.6 Cooper S gives 181bhp, while opt for the John Cooper Works version gives 208bhp, giving some serious performance Ride & Handling Whichever version you go for, the Mini is a hoot to drive. It’s great fun on twisty roads thanks to go-kart handling and steering. It’s also a very easy car to drive

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fter the frustration of last week’s late call off, Dalziel finally played their first fixture since November when Dumfries travelled up the M74 for the first of two visits within a week. While next week will be a welcome return to league business, this was the romance of the West Regional Cup. The Dalziel Park pitch was damp, and the weather appeared to have improved as kick off approached, however, within minutes of the start, all in attendance at Dalziel Park were huddled at the rear of the stand as the heavens opened and the wind picked up to batter those on the pitch. Dumfries had the wind behind them in the opening exchanges and utilised it effectively to keep Dalziel in their half. Dalziel were not to be beaten and put in a sterling defensive effort to keep Dumfries out. Unfortunately, after multiple phases, Dalziel infringed at a five metre scrum and a Dumfries player reacted to take the penalty quickly to crash over for the opening score. The try was converted and Dalziel found themselves

down 7-0. Due to the wind, Dalziel were not able to kick for territory and were relying on probing runs from Kyle Matheson and James Baxendale to gain ground. This tactic was paying off, but Dalziel were showing signs of their training environment by playing narrow and not utilising the full width of the pitch. This allowed Dumfries to soak up the attack and repel Dalziel. Soon Dumfries had turned over the ball and mounted a counter attack. Their inside centre cut a devastating line through the static Dalziel defence to score fifteen metres from the touchline. The conversion was missed, but Dalziel were further behind. From the restart Dumfries infringed and John Harris push Dalziel towards the try line with a kick to touch. Kris Watters secured his own lineout ball and the Dalziel pack set up the drive. Dalziel were nearing the line when the maul fragmented and the attacking momentum was lost. Unfortunately, as the attack broke down, second row Eddy Ferguson infringed and was yellow carded by the referee. Half time came and the

score was 12-0 to the visitors. The second half was uneventful with both teams canceling each other out in attack, with neither team encroaching on the other’s five metre line. Shortly after half time, Ryan Watters replaced Scott Johnstone to make his First XV debut and a remarkable progression from the Under 18s through all four senior XVs this season. Dumfries pushed to kill the game off and were only afforded two penalties which were successfully converted to extend their lead to 18-0. Soon after the second, the referee blew for full time and Dalziel’s short cup adventure was over for another year. Dalziel were rusty and showed that they hadn’t played for number of weeks, whereas Dumfries had the benefit of a 16-16 draw with Kirkcaldy the previous week. Dalziel improved as the game went on, and should provide a sterner test for Dumfries next week. The Second XV continued their losing run with a 32-7 defeat to rivals Hamilton. Hamilton started the stronger team scoring 4 unanswered

first half tries to lead 24-0 at the break. A fifth try followed before Fraser McKenzie squeezed over to grab a consolation score for the hosts. Lewis Matheson converted before a last minute penalty completed the scoring. The Under 18s travelled to

Burnbrae to complete their league campaign with a thread bare squad. West of Scotland out played Dalziel in every facet of the game, before a number of injuries reduced Dalziel to 12 players and as a result the game was abandoned shortly after half time.

This weekend sees Dumfries return to Dalziel Park to play the First and Second XVs on league business. The Third XV continues it championship push with a trip to play Cambuslang’s Second XV, while the Fourth XV are at home to Hamilton’s Third XV.

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ddingston Rugby Club’s 1st XV faced local rivals Strathaven on Saturday in their RBS West Division 2 league encounter knowing that a win would lift them from the foot of the table and bring them closer to their Lanarkshire neighbours. By the end of the match, dominated by the weather, all the Villagers had to show for their efforts was a losing bonus point, as they went down 14-9. With the heavy rain making conditions underfoot less than ideal, the strong wind which blew the length of the pitch made any form of fluid rugby impossible, forcing both sides into a war of attrition. Despite playing into the wind in the first period, the Villagers registered the first points of the afternoon, Gordon Burns slotting home the penalty on 3 minutes after the visitors were penalised for a high tackle. Playing with the wind, Strathaven made short work of getting back into Uddingston’s half and were rewarded with a penalty for offside. Craig McWhirter split the uprights levelling the scores at 3-3 after 5 minutes. The Villagers were working hard to defend, and with no option to kick into the wind were being forced to fight for the hard yards to gain any territory. On 17 minutes Burns added his second penalty of the afternoon to push the Villagers 6-3 ahead. Good support play had taken Uddingston into the Strathaven 22 and as they looked to recycle possession the referee finally penalised the Strathaven midfield for being offside. It only took the visitors 2 minutes to hit back. Attacking from the kick off the Strathaven pack drove down the left hand side before moving the ball wide allowing Stuart Alder to squeeze over in the corner. The angle and the elements proved too much for the conversion taking the visitors into an 8-6 lead. Strathaven extended their lead 10 minutes later when the home side were

penalised for infringing at a ruck. McWhirter again made sure and Strathaven had an 11-6 advantage at the break. The second half saw the weather deteriorate, and despite having the wind at their backs the Villagers were struggling in the conditions to make any real progress. A penalty to Strathaven on 56 minutes by McWhirter was cancelled out by a similar award to the Villagers on 76 minutes (Burns), taking the match into the closing phases with the scoreline at 14-9 to the visitors. With time running out the Villagers set up camp in the Strathaven 22. With the pressure starting to tell the visitors were penalised for a succession of infringements, preventing the Villagers from reaching the try line. With the referee refusing to take any more decisive action against Strathaven the clock ticked away and the chance was lost. Full credit to both sides for battling the elements, however the end result leaves the Villagers in real trouble at the foot of Division 2. Due to waterlogging at Bothwell Castle Policies the Villagers 2nd XV switched their fixture with Lenzie to the North of the City and retuned victorious, 19-0 winners. In similar atrocious conditions to those at Uddingston the Villagers had to work hard for the win. 3 excellent tries from Martin le Blond, Chris Masters and Captain Kevin Kidd were enough to see off their hosts. Le Blond added the extras with 2 successful conversions. Having only played 7 fixtures this season the 2nd XV have come out on top in 5, and are unbeaten since early September. Saturday, 28/01, the 1st XV travel the short distance to Coats Park to face Cambuslang while the 2nd XV are scheduled to travel to Whitecraigs to face their Rhinos. Both matches kick off at 2pm.


ddingston Rugby Club made the journey to Fintry on Saturday to face Strathendrick in their RBS West Division 2 fixture in what was to become a top v bottom encounter. The final score of 46-6 was enough to take Strathendrick back to top spot, while Oban’s victory the week before had been enough to see them step above the Villagers at the foot of the table. The Villagers found themselves chasing the game from the opening minutes, Sam Greenock slotting a penalty for handling in the ruck by the Uddingston defence. Five minutes later, ex Scotland player Rory Kerr cut open the Villagers defence before offloading to Ewan McKay who barged over for the game’s opening try. Greenock was again on target giving the hosts a 10-0 advantage. Strathendrick extended their lead further from the restart, piling back into Uddingston’s half before an offside decision gave Greenock another simple kick for 13-0. When they got clean ball the Villagers showed that they were not without pace or skill, but too often a lack of support, and the strength of the home defence snuffed out any opportunity that had been created. With 17 minutes played the home side stretched their lead to 20 points, Callum Ferguson doing the damage following some solid defensive work. Greenock again added the extras. The home side’s third try came on 24 minutes when Ewan McKay charged through the Villagers defence providing Dave McGuffie with the scoring opportunity. Greenock maintained his 100% kicking with another successful conversion

moving the score to 27-0. With the home side looking to secure the 4 try bonus before half time Uddingston tightened up their defence and put in a solid spell, preventing their hosts from adding to their tally. The final word of the half went to Uddingston when Gordon Burns landed a penalty following a ruck infringement by Strathendrick. The late score gave the Villagers a lift and they made a lively start to the second half. Burns doubled the Uddingston score 3 minutes into the half when the home side were again penalised at the breakdown. Unfortunately for the Villagers this sparked their hosts back into life and Strathendrick increased their intensity, pounding the Villagers try line. Some brave defensive work kept them at bay and it took until the hour mark before the 4th try eventually came for Strathendrick, Steven Bastock sprinting home to score behind the posts, allowing Greenock an easy conversion. The closing quarter of the match saw Strathendrick score a further 2 tries, both from Bastock, with Greenock adding a conversion for a final score of 46-6. The Villager’s 2nd XV enjoyed a more productive afternoon, securing a 32-7 home victory over Lanarkshire rival Waysiders Drumpellier. In their first match since early November the Villagers produced an excellent display of rugby, despite the soft conditions underfoot, and were always in control. Chris King top scored on the day with 3 well taken tries while Chris Gibson

added a try and Captain Kevin Kidd completed the scoring with a try, 2 conversions and a penalty, for a personal haul of 12 points.



27th January - 9th February 2012



Ravenscraig lose to Yoker T

HE lack of a cutting edge cost Ravenscraig dear as they slumped to a two-goal defeat at the King George. Ravens’ were looking to bounce back from two successive defeats in a bid to get their promotion push back on track against Yoker. But it was the visitors who recorded their second victory at the George - just Ravens fourth defeat at home in a year and a half, with Yoker nabbing two of them - to leapfrog their rivals and making the Lanarkshire side’s task of reaching the Premier League looking extremely difficult. With nothing in the match, it was Ravens who started much the brighter, forcing a few early corner kicks in the opening ten minutes without really troubling the goalkeeper. The closest they came in the opening exchanges came when a Martin Walsh shot was deflected but the ‘keeper eventually made a comfortable save. As Ravens’ struggled to breach the Yoker defence, the visitors came more and more into the match. And from one of a succession of corners they finally prodded themselves in front. Ravens’ defender Ross

McGuigan got up well to meet a corner but could only head the ball back towards his own goal, and Yoker’s winger was on hand two yards out knee the ball past Andrew Jordan. Yoker quickly doubled their advantage when they broke clear, with a hint of offside, for a striker to lob the onrushing Jordan and nod home. Just before half time Ravens’ Walsh alsmost pulled his side back into it with a fine 30 yard free kick which the goalkeeper did well to turn round the post. The second period was much the same with Ravenscraig huffing and puffing without troubling the visitor’s backline. And it wasn’t until the introduction of joint top scorer Joe McRory that they looked likely to make a game of it. Moments after McRory’s introduction he forced a fine save from the Yoker ‘keeper - although he was flagged offside - and then with five minutes remaining he burst into the box only to see his instinctive toe poke under pressure pushed up and over. In the end it wasn’t to be for Ravenscraig, who will have to improve if they are to get themselves back in the hunt. Man of the match for Ravens’ was midfielder Davie Angus.

<<< LADIES FOOTBALL Hamilton Academicals Girl’s & Women’s Football Club are currently recruiting for players age 9 and under to train, practice and play football. Be part of a friendly club and get fit at the same time. Training takes place at Hamilton Palace Sports grounds every Tuesday night between 7-8pm. If you are interested or just want some more information please contact Linsey Park on 7769220682 our visit our website and apply online at and click on contact us.

Hamilton District Snooker League Results Sponsored by Fountainbridge Builders Glasgow Bellshill Rileys 5

Airdrie Workmans 1

Cambusnethan Miners 3

Bar 147a 3

Low Waters Welfare 4

Wishaw Masters 2

Lanark YMCA 4

Fir Park Club 2

Coalburn Miners 4

Horse & Anchor 2

Columba Club 0

Bar 147b 6

Anyone interested in joining the snooker league please call Stevie on 07731303790.

League positions so far played


Lanark YMCA



Coalburn Miners



Fir Park Club



Cambusnethan Miners



Bar 147b



Low Waters Welfare



Horse & Anchor



Columba Club



Bellshill Rileys



Airdrie Workmans



Bar 147a



Wishaw Masters



JUNIOR LEAGUE TABLES Super League First Division Pos Team

Pld W D L

1 Glenafton Athletic 13 2 Ardrossan Winton Rovers 12 3 Kilsyth Rangers 11 4 Shotts Bon Accord 11 5 Thorniewood United 12 6 Whitletts Victoria 12 7 Hurlford United 12 8 East Kilbride Thistle 10 9 Renfrew 9 10 Lanark United 13 11 Cumbernauld United 11 12 Rutherglen Glencairn 11 13 Girvan 11 14 Dalry Thistle 12

6 7 7 6 5 5 6 6 4 3 4 3 2 1


A GD Pts

5 2 23 20 3 23 1 4 34 25 9 22 1 3 26 17 9 22 2 3 28 15 13 20 4 3 29 27 2 19 4 3 24 22 2 19 0 6 24 21 3 18 0 4 19 20 -1 18 3 2 25 20 5 15 3 7 13 16 -3 12 0 7 15 23 -8 12 2 6 16 19 -3 11 4 5 17 25 -8 10 1 10 15 38 -23 4

Central District First Div Pos Team

1 Glasgow Perthshire 2 Shettleston 3 Greenock Juniors 4 St. Anthony’s 5 Yoker Athletic 6 Larkhall Thistle 7 Port Glasgow Juniors 8 Vale of Leven 9 Dunipace 10 Benburb 11 Neilston Juniors 12 Bellshill Athletic 13 Cambuslang Rangers 14 Vale of Clyde

IFA Scottish League


PC kicked off 2012 with a win that was a bit closer than the scoreline suggests, but the FPC defence and goalkeeper did in the end earn a fully deserved clean sheet. Corner’s hopes of a quick lead faded after 20 minutes of goalless action, but with home advantage the pressure was mostly from the Motherwell side. The visitors were playing a high line and had plenty of offside shouts, but eventually FPC forced the opener with a goal from a MacKenzie corner. Tait met the ball first, but it bobbled out of control, hit a Clyde defender and fell sweetly for Steven to jab home from close range. The goal settled the nerves and FPC started to exert even more pressure, going close a few times. The second goal was a bit of a gift however; The Clyde keeper slipped while taking a kick out from a wide area of the box, and the ball fell straight at the feet of Tonner. Coming under pressure, he squared

it to McArthur, who slotted it into the empty net with the keeper still floored. Not five minutes later, MacKenzie found his range with a perfect corner from the right, where Tait met it with an unstoppable bullet header at the back post. McArthur beat two men and looked set for his second with the goal in sight, unfortunately he pulled up with a hamstring injury which ended his part in the match. Clyde did find their way behind the back four on a couple of occasions, but excellent awareness and two fine point blank stops from Glenny maintained the advantage, and FPC took a three goal lead into half time. Some more changes in the second half saw Fraser, Chalmers and Clark into action, and Fraser was to be instrumental in goal number four, just five minutes after coming on. Tonner and Totten worked the ball on the right before finding Fraser just inside the box. Without looking up he played a first time curling cross into the danger

area, and the outstretched boot of the Clyde centre back could only divert the ball high into the roof of the net. In 65 minutes Tonner finally sprung the Clyde offside to chase a bouncing Totten through ball; reaching it just before the advancing keeper, he knocked it over his head from the edge of the box and saw it bounce up into the top corner. Tonner rounded off the day’s scoring ten minutes from time when a Galloway clearance slipped under the left back’s foot, and he again found himself up against the onrushing keeper. With the defender approaching, DT knocked it to the goalie’s left, rounding him on the other side and slotting the ball into the vacant goal. Clark could have added a late seventh with a fine left foot strike from the edge of the box, but a dubious offside call denied him. Millwall visit Ravenscraig next Saturday 28th January for the crucial British Cup Second Round tie.

<<<HOCKEY Broomhill Ladies 5 Uddingston Ladies 0


ddingston Ladies hoped that they would yet again improve their standard and start the second half of the season with a good result. Unfortunately this was not what took place and the away team took most of the game to start playing team hockey the way they can. The long holiday break has certainly taken its toll on the way this developing side can play. Going straight into a league match without any training proved to be


Highest break so far this season: Scott Gillespie (Bar 147b) with a 102 break

Fir Park Corner 6 Bully Wee United 0

unhelpful in allowing this team to get the points they so desperately need, thus showing the youngsters that they are improving with all their hard work and commitment. The team were very short of players, but they never gave up trying, and in doing so nearly scored late in the second half. This local team badly needs players, so anyone wishing to play hockey please check out their website, www.

Clydesdale Western Ladies 1 Uddingston Ladies Hockey team had a full complement of members this week. Clydesdale Western were so taken by surprise from the start at how organised and disciplined Uddingston Ladies were, that they didn’t manage to form any structure to worry the visiting side. Uddingston were unlucky not to be ahead at half time, as they had had several short corners and attacks on goal, but without success. Ten minutes into the second half Uddingston were broken on the right wing when the home team drove the ball over the side line, but with

Pld W D L

F A GD Pts

14 13 1 0 38 9 29 40 14 7 4 3 27 22 5 25 12 7 1 4 29 24 5 22 13 6 2 5 17 16 1 20 13 6 1 6 32 30 2 19 10 5 1 4 23 17 6 16 11 4 3 4 22 24 -2 15 16 4 3 9 23 35 -12 15 11 4 2 5 16 17 -1 14 13 4 2 7 19 27 -8 14 9 4 1 4 19 14 5 13 10 3 2 5 13 14 -1 11 10 3 2 5 14 16 -2 11 12 1 1 10 13 40 -27 4

Uddingston Ladies 1

no whistle from the umpire, the away side were too late to realise, and their depleted defence were caught out with a soft goal. The villagers were determined to rectify this unjust score line and constantly attacked Clydesdale. They were disappointed when captain Caitlin Flynn missed a beautiful strike from a short corner by millimetres. Minutes later, though, through continued pressure, perseverance and strength on the ball, Uddingston Ladies then had several strikes in front of goal, after the ball was passed from defender Ellis Knox

Central District Second Div Pos Team

to midfielder Jacqui McDove who drove it into the strike zone, causing the opposition’s goalie to make a superb save, the ball trickled off her pads and Uddingston’s Sophie Malley was quick to strike the ball towards goal, yet again the goalkeeper managed to keep it out, but this time only as far as Uddingston’s Marianne Haddow, who pushed it over the line, equalising the score. The game finished a draw but Uddingston felt like it was a win as they have points on the league table at last. The hard worked this team is putting in showed today.

Pld W D L

F A GD Pts

1 Carluke Rovers

13 9 0 4 38 21 17 27

2 Forth Wanderers

10 7 0 3 26 10 16 21

3 Maryhill

8 7 0 1 20 6 14 21

4 Lesmahagow Juniors

7 5 1 1 22 13 9 16

5 St. Roch’s

9 5 1 3 19 12 7 16

6 Blantyre Victoria

11 4 1 6 20 24 -4 13

7 Wishaw Juniors

9 3 0 6 16 30 -14 9

8 Newmains United

9 3 0 6 14 28 -14 9

9 Johnstone Burgh

6 2 2 2 14 10 4 8

10 Rossvale

9 2 0 7 13 30 -17 6

11 Royal Albert

11 1

1 9

11 29 -18 4

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10 man united hold out for vital 3 points Thorniewood United 4 Hurlford United 3 by Stuart Clelland


en man Thorniewood survived a late rally by visitors Hurlford on to win a thrilling encounter, moving to 5th place in the table. ‘ Ford’ began brightly and home keeper Jon Connolly was forced to produce a fine save as early as the third minute. But it was Thorniewood who took the lead in the 9th minute when a ball through the middle was pounced upon by Stephen Mullen who spun on the edge of the area before sending a superb effort high over the stranded Markey in the visiting goal. This settled ‘Wood’ and they came agonisingly close to adding a second on the quarter hour mark when a Mullen header crashed off the underside of the bar after a Queen corner had been flicked on by Livingstone. They didn’t have long to wait however and number two arrived in 19 minutes when Mark Daly got on the end of a Queen corner to bundle home. A third was added in the 22nd minute when a short pass back was played off the keeper by the alert Mullen allowing Barry McGowan to steer home the loose ball from 18 yards. Thorniewood were dealt a blow moments later when central defender Stephen Low was shown a harsh looking straight red for an alleged two footed tackle – putting his side under pressure. Hurlford registered a rare first half attempt in 29 minutes but Connolly was again up to the task dealing with the well struck effort. Chris Queen was replaced by Neil Newman in the 32nd

minute as caretaker manager Kieran McGuinness made a tactical switch. Thorniewood went in at half time three up. Thorniewood began the second period playing their football far too deep and Hurlford were quick to exploit - coming close with a shot into the side netting in 52 minutes before pulling one back in the 58th. The ‘Wood’ offside trap failed, allowing the Hurlford player in on goal to slip past Connolly. From the restart Mullen broke free forcing a vital stop from the feet of Markey. There were strong home appeals from the resultant corner as a Hurlford arm seemed to be used to keep out a netbound Neil Newman header. Super sub Chris Faulds was at it again in the 80th minute when his 30 yard free kick was spilled by Markey allowing Mattie Bennett to knock home as he followed up. With the match looking done and dusted Hurlford went right up the park and scored an 81st minute second from the penalty spot after Connolly had fouled in the area. ‘Ford’ throwing all caution to the wind were rewarded with an 84th minute third when a corner from the right was headed to the back post giving the unmaked player an easy task of firing home. Unbelievably Hurlford duplicated this again in the 87th minute but this time the player shot past allowing Thorniewood to hold on for a vital and very important win that keeps the Viewpark side firmly in the top section of the league.

Striker Mullen (pictured above) was on target again.


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