9am Briefing: Woman suffers spinal injury after sledge fall

A WOMAN suffered neck and spinal injuries when she fell from a sledge in Holyrood Park.

The 28-year-old had to be rescued from a cliff face by fire crews after her sledge flipped near St Anthony's Chapel at 2.35pm yesterday. An ambulance took her to the Royal Infirmary for treatment. The severity of her injuries are not yet known.

A few inches of snow was expected to fall in the Capital today with temperatures falling to -3C tonight.

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Most city schools were due to reopen today, but the weather continued to bring disruption to rail services. Most trains between Edinburgh and Perth and Dundee were cancelled. The Glasgow service was running half-hourly while trains to Dunblane and Fife were operating hourly.

• SCOTS singer Susan Boyle is thought to be worth 11m after topping the charts in both the UK and USA with her first two albums.

The Britain's Got Talent star's debut record, I Dreamed A Dream, sold around 9m copies worldwide and was nominated for a Grammy music award last week.

Her second album, The Gift, has also topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic. It is expected to make around 4m.

Cliff Dane, a music expert who calculates artists' wealth, said: "Unlike a lot of artists who write songs and have heavy touring commitments, most of Susan Boyle's income has come from old-fashioned record sales and most of these as physical CDs as opposed to downloads due to the nature of her fan-base."

• A HOST of the Capital's most influential people have been named in the latest edition of Who's Who, which is published today.

Among the guide's 1000 new entries are Edinburgh-born and based TUC president Dougie Rooney while Andrew Flapan, consultant cardiologist at the Royal Edinburgh Infimary, and Eleanor Campbell, professor of physical chemistry at Edinburgh University also make the list.

Also named are: Paul Jowitt, 60, professor of civil engineering systems at Heriot Watt University; Iain Macwhirter, 58, political commentator and rector of Edinburgh University; and Scotland on Sunday editor Ian Stewart, 50.