Four things you should know this morning

Shrine at Edinburgh Castle - Scottish National War Memorial
Shrine at Edinburgh Castle - Scottish National War Memorial
Share this article
Have your say

IT’S never too early to learn something new like where is Scotland’s most dangerous prison and which is the only charity helping Nepal victims?

Scotland’s most dangerous prison revealed

National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh View of entrance

National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh View of entrance

New figures show that police officers are being called in to investigate a crime at the prison in Edinburgh almost every day.

Saughton Prison is Scotland’s most crime-ridden jail with more than 1,000 offences committed there in just three years.

Glasgow’s Barlinnie prison had the second highest crime rate with 367 offences since the start of 2013.

The crimes taking place behind bars range from drug smuggling and dealing and assaults to robbery and knife carrying.

Where are the other worst prisons?

100 best Scottish buildings of last century revealed

From banks to swimming pools, they are the buildings judged to be the finest examples of architecture in Scotland from the last 100 years.

The public will be asked next year to choose their favourite from a longlist of 100 structures selected by a panel of experts from the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS).

The list, which includes buildings from 1916 until the present day, includes two Glasgow banks, the Bon Accord Baths in Aberdeen, Tongland Power Station in Kirkcudbright and several provincial churches.

Read more

Scots charity only one left helping Nepal victims

A Scottish charity set up by a mountaineer from Fife is the only one providing aid to remote villages in Nepal that are still suffering from the effects of two devastating earthquakes – including building quake-resistent homes.

Many communities have received no official help and the survivors, among them families of 16 Sherpas who died, face the harsh Himalayan winter with no homes.

They would have no proper shelter were it not for the tents and sleeping bags provided by the Little Sherpa Foundation, a charity founded by former Fife teacher James Lamb with help from his friend Tashi Lama, a Nepalese monk.

They are now planning to rebuild many of the destroyed homes, designed to be earthquake-resistent by Glasgow architect Murray Kerr.

James was actually on Everest at the time of the earthquakes last April and was inspired to help the families of Sherpas who provide essential guiding for mountaineers.

He said: “I was literally above the village of Phortse looking down the day before the disaster.

“A total of 16 Sherpas were killed, leaving their wives and 54 children with no income and having to fend for themselves.”

What did James do?

Video game analytics firm aims to double headcount

An Edinburgh technology firm that helps video game developers analyse player behaviour has unveiled ambitious plans to double its headcount next year.

DeltaDNA currently has 25 staff and is seeking to grow that number to 50 as it expands its operations in the US and into Asia.

The company, backed by investment from Par Equity, STV Ventures, Scottish Enterprise and EDGE VCT, generates 40 per cent of its revenues from the US, where it recently opened an office in San Francisco.

Its systems are used by game developers to interact with players to improve engagement and increase retention – a key component in making sure games are profitable in the so-called “free-to-play” economy.

Find out more