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One of Scotland's most successful amateur football clubs have folded after more than 70 years.

Campsie Black Watch FC from Lennoxtown, East Dunbartonshire, have consistently been among the top juvenile teams in the country since their formation in 1943.

Named after the famous Scottish regiment, the side have appeared in 13 Scottish Youth Cup finals and won the trophy a record 11 times.

The club confirmed the news in an email to Central Scottish Amateur Football League, saying they will not be competing in the upcoming league season due to "circumstances outwith the club's control".

Campsie Black Watch had merged with fellow amateur outfit Waterside last season, having been forced to pull out the 21s league the previous year due to a lack of players.

They had most recently won the Scottish Youth Cup in 2014, while Campsie Black Watch contested their first final in the competition in 1947, in front of 10,000 spectators at Easter Road in Edinburgh.

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This round-up is brought to you in partnership with the California Olive Committee.

Dreaming up a menu for your next summer cookout? Look no further than one of our favorite pantry staples, olives.

The buttery, mild flavor of both California green and black ripe olives are a fantastic contrast to all of the smoky flavors coming off the grill this summer. You can chop them up into a quick tapenade to serve with chips, make a quick relish to spoon on top of burgers, or toss them with fresh summer vegetables in a pasta salad.

Here are fifteen recipes that put a can of olives to work, guaranteed to make your next cookout a memorable one!

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The future of CastAR, an ambitious augmented reality system that began life in Valve's hardware labs five years ago, is now in serious doubt. A bleak Monday Tweet from a former CastAR staffer was followed by Polygon's Brian Crecente reporting a full company shutdown.

Citing unnamed "former employees," Polygon reported that the hardware maker's primary finance group pulled all funding last week. This was allegedly followed by a full staff layoff and an announcement that the company's remaining assets would be liquidated.

As of press time, neither CastAR nor its affiliated developer, Eat Sleep Play, have posted any confirmation of shut downs or liquidation. Ars Technica has reached out to CastAR co-founders Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson. We will update this report with any response.

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Posted by Kyle Orland

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It's been less than 24 hours since the Nintendo Mini SNES was announced, and we're still more than three months away from the plug-and-play system shipping to retailers. But that hasn't stopped resellers from profiting off "guaranteed" pre-orders for the system at significant markups over retail price.

A quick search on Ebay already shows 23 "sold" listings for the Mini NES Classic (including its international counterparts) at a median price of $199, or a 150 percent markup from the $80 MSRP Nintendo is asking for. On Ebay UK, you can find 22 more units than have sold for a median of £180 (about $230), up significantly above the the £70 to £80 retail price. One seller managed to get $389.99 for his pre-order, earning over $300 in profit for being able to click quickly on the "buy" button.

Major US retailers seemingly haven't opened up official pre-orders for the Mini SNES yet, though some have set up landing pages to sign up for future stock alerts). Online pre-orders at British retailers including Amazon, Game, Smyths, and ShopTo sold out incredibly quickly after going up yesterday. Nintendo's official UK store also sold out within minutes after offering the system online today.

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Today is PTSD Awareness Day! Do you have questions about PTSD that you've been afraid to ask? Wondered about stuff that you couldn't find an answer to online? Been curious about something? Feel free to ask me - I am so, so happy to talk about everything I know about PTSD. ♥
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Major veterans' organizations are voicing concerns about a Senate GOP bill to repeal the nation's health care law, fearing the impact of rising insurance costs and worried the underfunded Department of Veterans Affairs won't be able to fill the coverage gap....
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Judges in the European Court of Human Rights have rejected a plea from the parents of terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard to intervene in the case.

Chris Gard and Connie Yates wanted 10-month-old Charlie Gard, who suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage, to undergo a therapy trial.

Specialists at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, where Charlie is being cared for, say therapy proposed by a doctor in America is experimental and will not help. They say life support treatment should stop.

  • A High Court judge in April ruled against a trip to America and in favour of Great Ormond Street doctors, concluding life support treatment should end and Charlie should be allowed to die with dignity
  • Three Court of Appeal judges upheld that ruling in May
  • Three Supreme Court justices dismissed a further challenge by the couple
  • Today European judges rejected a plea from Charlie Gard's parents to intervene
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A police officer wept as she told a court how a colleague saved her from a speeding car which had earlier came within an inch of running over her head.

PC Deborah Lawson, 31, broke down as she told jurors how she thought she was going to die when a vehicle sped towards her in Glasgow's Banner Drive last year.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard on Tuesday how PC Lawson had fallen to the ground after she had grabbed onto the vehicle and it started reversing.

The court heard how PC Lawson and her policing partner PC Robert Fitzsimmons had earlier tried to speak to the driver of the car.

However, the driver refused to co-operate with them.

PC Lawson told the court that her partner had used PAVA incapacitant spray on the driver and a male who was sitting in the rear passenger seat.

However, it had no effect and the driver started going backwards at speed.

PC Lawson told the court she fell over and the car continued to reverse.

She told prosecution lawyer Tim Niven Smith that the driver didn't stop when he was going backwards and her head came close to the front wheel as she fell.

She added: "It came within an inch of my head."

PC Lawson also told the court that the headlights dazzled her and she could hear the engine of the car revving.

The police officer, who suffered a punctured lung and other injuries, added: "I was in agony and I couldn't move. I just remember PC Fitzsimmons screaming my name.

"He was screaming Debbie!

"I believe the car was going to drive over me. PC Fitzsimmons grabbed me out of the way.

"If he didn't move me, I wouldn't be here today. I could only hear the the car. It drove past me at speed. The engine was revving.

"I thought I was dead. I thought I was going to die."

PC Lawson, who is based at Drumchapel Police Office in Glasgow, was giving evidence on the second day of proceedings against David McLean, 31, and Ryan Gilmour, 25.

The pair deny attempting to murder PC Lawson and PC Fitzsimmons in Banner Drive in the city's Knightswood area on October 23, 2016.

The two men also deny committing other offences on the same day.

On Tuesday, PC Lawson told Mr Niven Smith that she and her colleague were told to go to Banner Drive at approximately 11.15pm.

The police control room told the two officers that they were dealing with a disturbance.

PC Lawson told the court that when they arrived in the street she saw a dark 4x4 vehicle.

She said she and her partner became suspicious of the car and she got out to speak to the driver.

PC Lawson said the driver appeared to be completely startled and looked as though he was going to run away.

Shortly afterwards, the court heard how PC Lawson tried to take hold of the driver to stop him from getting away. 

 But the man started struggling with her and PC Fitzsimmons used his spray.

The court heard this didn't have any effect on the two men. PC Lawson said she then tried to restrain the driver's right hand.

She added: "I removed my handcuffs from my holster. I was intending to handcuff the driver's right hand.

"The car started reversing back. I honestly can't remember what I was holding onto. I grabbed onto something to stay upright.

"My next memory is looking down at my feet. I was getting dragged along the ground.

"I just remembering screaming. It was the only thing I could do to get the driver to stop the car."

PC Lawson said she fell over and was pulled to safety by PC Fitzsimmons. 

She said she suffered a punctured lung, a fractured shoulder blades and three fractured ribs, as well as mental trauma.

Prosecutors allege that McLean and Gilmour reversed a Nissan Qashqai towards the two officers.

The Crown claims the two men "repeatedly struck" the Police Scotland officers with the vehicle before driving towards PC Lawson.

On the same day of the alleged attempted murder attempt, both McLean and Gilmour are said to have acted in disorderly manner in Banner Drive and pursed three men.

Prosecutors claim McLean and Gilmour banged on the door of a house in the street and attempted to gain entry to it.

The pair are further charged with attempting to pervert the court of justice by wilfully setting fire to the Nissan Qashqai at Lennox Gardens in Glasgow with the blaze destroying the vehicle.

The trial, before Lord Summers, continues.

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Aberdeen are to run the rule over trialist Berkay Dabanli in training this week.

The German defender has travelled to Aberdeen to train with the first team squad and hopes to impress manager Derek McInnes and his coaching staff in the hope of winning a deal.

McInnes has said that he is looking to add a sign a defender this summer as a replacement for Ash Taylor, who left the club at the end of his contract.

The Dons boss explained that Dabanli had been recommended to him by an agent but that he knew little about the player and would form an impression of him over the next few days.

"He's here for the week," McInnes said. "It was on the recommendation of an agent who's been quite good in the past with names.

"We don't know too much about him. We've done a bit of homework and tried to have some sort of background checks but he's come in just for us to have a look at him over the next few days.

"There's nothing more than that."

The 27-year old centre-back is available as a free agent after leaving Bundesliga 3 side Chemnitzer at the end of the German season. Dabanli has previously played for Kayserispor, Nurnberg and Eskisehirspor among others.

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ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's municipal garbage collectors are extending an 11-day protest that has left mounds of festering refuse piled up across Athens amid high summer temperatures....
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A ransomware cyber attack has struck some of the world's biggest companies, the National Cyber Security Centre has confirmed.

The National Cyber Security Centre, which is part of GCHQ, said: "We are aware of a global ransomware incident and are monitoring the situation closely.

"The NCSC website provides advice to the public and business on how to protect your digital systems."

International advertising firm WPP said a number of its companies have been affected and it is currently "assessing the situation".

While the FTSE 100 company gave no more detail about how the business had been impacted, its website appeared to be down as it made the announcement.

In a statement, WPP said: "IT systems in several WPP companies have been affected by a suspected cyber attack.

"We are assessing the situation, taking appropriate measures and will update as soon as possible."

Global law firm DLA Piper, which has offices in London and other parts of the UK, also confirmed it had been affected.

A spokeswoman said: "We are taking steps to remedy the issue as quickly as possible."

It is understood the company has taken its email system down as a preventative measure.

It came as company and government officials reported major disruption to the Ukrainian power grid, banks and government offices.

Russia's Rosneft energy company also reported falling victim to hacking, as did shipping company AP Moller-Maersk, which said every branch of its business was affected.

Ukrainian deputy prime minister Pavlo Rozenko posted a picture of a darkened computer screen on Twitter, saying the computer system at the government's headquarters has been shut down.

There is very little information about who might be behind the Eastern European disruption, but technology experts who examined screenshots circulating on social media said it bears the hallmarks of ransomware.

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Supermarket giant Morrisons has given its backing to the owner of a convenience store who changed its name from Singhsburys to Morrisinghs.

Sainsbury's threatened legal action against Jel Singh Nagra unless he took down the original sign outside his shop in West Allotment, North Tyneside.

He complied but said locals still called it Singhsburys because the name had stuck.

But after a major re-fit, customers told him it was time for a new name so the 42-year-old came up with Morrisinghs.

The retail giant seemed to welcome the tribute, as a Morrisons spokesman said: "Mr Nagra and his customers obviously have good taste so we wish him well."

Mr Nagra said: "It's just meant as banter.

"I know about 90% of our customers are local. There's little passing trade. I wanted to put West Allotment on the map."

Mr Nagra welcomed Morrisons' response to his choice of name.

"We are not in competition with them," he said. "I take my hat off to them - well done to them. This is all meant in jest."

A Sainsbury's spokesperson said: "We were grateful to Mr Nagra for removing the sign."

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The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal Family have attended the funeral of Countess Mountbatten of Burma.

The Prince of Wales was among the mourners in central London at the funeral of the woman he described as his "very special godmother" after she died at the age of 93 earlier this month.

Heir to the throne Charles said the Countess played an "extremely important" part in his life and he would "miss her presence most dreadfully".

Born Patricia Mountbatten, the Countess was the Duke of Edinburgh's first cousin and was the daughter of Charles's beloved great-uncle Earl Mountbatten.

The then Princess Elizabeth, her third cousin, was one of her bridesmaids at her wedding in 1946.

She died peacefully at her home in Mersham, Kent, on June 13, surrounded by her children.

The Prince said in a statement at the time her death was announced: "I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of my very special godmother, Lady Mountbatten, whom I have known and loved ever since I can first remember.

"She played an extremely important part in my life and I shall miss her presence most dreadfully."

The Countess's father Lord Mountbatten, her 14-year-old son Nicholas Knatchbull and her mother-in-law the Dowager Lady Brabourne were all murdered by the IRA in 1979 when their boat was blown up off the coast of Sligo.

The Countess, then known as Lady Brabourne, suffered serious injuries, but survived the blast, as did her husband Lord Brabourne and Nicholas's twin brother Timothy.

A local boat boy, 15-year-old Paul Maxwell, also died.

Her husband Lord Brabourne was the producer of films such as A Passage To India and Death On The Nile, and they had six surviving children.

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Two Celtic fans groups have called on the club to reconsider their position on ticketing for the potential Champions League qualifier against Linfield.

The Glasgow club announced last week that no tickets would be made available for away fans at Windsor Park in Belfast if the Northern Irish champions get past San Marino's La Fiorita to set up a tie against Brendan Rodgers' side.

Following discussions between both clubs, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and Police Scotland it was decided to move the game back to Friday, July 14, because the scheduled date clashed with Orange Order marches in Belfast.

Celtic said that the decision not to offer their fans tickets for the Belfast leg was because "the safety and security of all Celtic supporters travelling and attending matches is of paramount importance to the club".

But the Celtic Trust and Green Brigade supporters groups have asked for a rethink.

In a statement on the Trust's Facebook page, the groups said: "The vague statement released by the board late on Friday afternoon did not contain any clear explanation of this decision - a decision made with no consultation at all with fan organisations, groups or regular European away travellers.

"The statement noted 'safety concerns' but it is our understanding that the PSNI does not object to Celtic fans travelling and, indeed, Linfield has publicly encouraged the board to accept our allocation and stated they are 'more than happy' for Celtic fans to attend the match.

"We believe that the board is more concerned with protecting the brand than the welfare of the fans or the success of our team. 

"It is a very sad and strange turn of events when the custodians of our own club do not want the world famous Celtic support backing the team in a 'crucial' away match yet the home club welcomes us with open arms.

"We call on the board to reconsider their decision, and should they fail to do so, for Linfield to sell tickets directly to Celtic supporters.

"Our away support has significant experience of dealing directly with host clubs in the distribution of domestic away match tickets and doing so again for the match in Belfast should be a straightforward process.

"This should be done in a fair, responsible and transparent manner and would avoid the scenario of ticketless Celtic fans accessing the home end, which may, in itself, lead to genuine safety concerns."

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