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Report highlights threat of marine plastics to seabirdsThumbnail for article : Report highlights threat of marine plastics to seabirds
A new report has highlighted the threat marine plastic pollution poses to seabirds in the northeastern Atlantic region.  Researchers found that, of 34 seabird species investigated, 74% have ingested plastic.  
20/9/2017
More Support For Young Carers
A new Young Carer Grant - worth £300 a year - will be part of a new package of support for young carers, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced today on a visit to the Edinburgh Young Carers Project.   The grant will be awarded to young carers aged 16 to 18 who do at least 16 hours of caring a week, but do not qualify for Carer's Allowance.  
20/9/2017
Homelessness And Rough Sleeping Action Group
£50 million ‘Ending Homelessness Together' fund.   Further details of a new short term action group which will identify the actions and changes needed to end rough sleeping and transform the use of temporary accommodation in Scotland, has been announced by Housing Minister Kevin Stewart in a Ministerial statement today.  
19/9/2017
Four Scottish local authorities successful in multi-million pound active travel design competition, Community Links PLUS
The Minister for Transport and Islands Humza Yousaf MSP, today announced that five ambitious active travel proposals from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling and Inverness have been successful in the final judging of the Sustrans Scotland's Community Links PLUS (CLPLUS) competition.   Run by Sustrans and funded by the Scottish Government, the competition delivers pioneering and game-changing projects which inspire public bodies in Scotland to design better places and spaces for people to live, walk and cycle in for everyday journeys.  
19/9/2017
Highland Councillors visit Police Control Room Dundee
Chair of Resources Councillor Alister Mackinnon and Scrutiny Lead for Police and Fire Services, Councillor Matthew Reiss visited the Dundee Police Control Room on Monday 18 September 2017, following an invitation from Police Scotland.   Cllr Reiss said: "We welcomed the opportunity to see for ourselves how the new contact, command and control approach is intended to work.  
19/9/2017
Deadline Approaching To Register To Sell E-cigarettes
Retailers who sell Nicotine Vapour Products (NVPs) - more commonly known as e-cigarettes and e-liquids - have until 30 September 2017 to update the Register of Tobacco and Nicotine Vapour Product Retailers to show that they sell NVPs.  Retailers who fail to update the Register by this date will be committing an offence.  
Graduating Apprentices "the Future Of The Far North"Thumbnail for article : Graduating Apprentices
Eleven young people who have completed their Dounreay apprentice training are "very much a part of the future of the far north." Guest speaker Jamie Stone MP told the audience at the apprentice indenture ceremony that took place last Friday that, as Dounreay continues to decommission, the newly indentured apprentices would be an important part of the area's ability to offer a skilled and innovative workforce.   Dounreay Managing Director and former nuclear industry apprentice Phil Craig added: “I am very proud that we are celebrating yet another group of talented apprentices.  
19/9/2017
Almost Five Million Households At Risk From Illegal Gas FittersThumbnail for article : Almost Five Million Households At Risk From Illegal Gas Fitters
Employing tradespeople based on looks rather than qualifications is putting Brits at risk Two-thirds of gas jobs carried out by illegal fitters found to be unsafe by Gas Safe Register.   New research has revealed that almost five million people across the UK are putting themselves at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions by employing illegal gas engineers who aren't properly qualified.  
19/9/2017
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 19 September 2017
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (September, 19th) sold 32 prime cattle.   Prime heifers (32) averaged 216.7p (-5.5p) and sold to 226.0p per kg and £1,537.00 gross.  
19/9/2017
Deadline Approaching To Register To Sell E-cigarettes
Retailers who sell Nicotine Vapour Products (NVPs) - more commonly known as e-cigarettes and e-liquids - have until 30 September 2017 to update the Register of Tobacco and Nicotine Vapour Product Retailers to show that they sell NVPs.  Retailers who fail to update the Register by this date will be committing an offence.  
19/9/2017
Beware Of Co Poisoning Misdiagnosis
This Gas Safety Week (18-24 September2017) Dr.  Ranj Singh is supporting Gas Safe Register to raise awareness of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and its symptoms as a third (32%) of people would not recognise them, misdiagnosing symptoms for other illnesses.  
18/9/2017
Scotland's new social security agency To be in Dundee and Glasgow
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today announced that Scotland's new social security agency will be headquartered in Dundee, bringing hundreds of jobs to the city.   The new agency will also have a site in Glasgow, with the two locations together creating at least 1,500 jobs split evenly between the two cities.  
18/9/2017
£600,000 For Projects To Help Communities In Africa
A project to install a solar-powered electricity grid to power a cooling system for milk production, is among six initiatives benefitting from £600,000 to help some of Africa's poorest communities rise to the challenges of climate change The funding, which is being awarded to Scottish organisations working with partners in Africa, is designed to support fragile communities in creating new jobs and sources of income, improve food security and the supply of water and energy, and meet the challenges of a changing climate.   It is part of the Climate Justice Fund which will distribute £3m per year over five years to help developing countries, who are less likely to have contributed to climate change, but often suffer the most from the impact, as part of Scotland’s response to the Paris climate agreement.  
18/9/2017
Scottish Fish Farm Production Survey 2016
Marine Scotland Science today published the Scottish Fish Farm Production Survey 2016.  The publication details statistics on the employment and production from Scottish fish farms.  
15/9/2017
World's First Tidal-powered Hydrogen Generated At EMECThumbnail for article : World's First Tidal-powered Hydrogen Generated At EMEC
EMEC has generated green hydrogen gas demonstrating potential for a clean replacement for polluting fuels The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) has produced hydrogen gas using electricity generated from tidal energy in Orkney.   This is the first time that hydrogen has been created from tidal energy anywhere in the world.  
Wes Takes Steps To Harness The Waves With New Control Systems Funding
Wave Energy Scotland (WES) has just announced over £660K of funding for 13 new projects aiming to develop innovative control systems for wave energy converters.   This initiative brings together control systems specialists from mature sectors such as aerospace and oil and gas, to work with Scottish technology developers in addressing the challenges of controlling and integrating Wave Energy Converter (WEC) systems and their components.  
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Week commencing 11 September 2017 Energy & business services: The UK Government's department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) this week announced its latest round of awards through the "Contracts for Difference" mechanism, in which there was mixed news for area projects.  The Moray Offshore Windfarm (East) development consented for the Moray Firth - received an award, whilst the MeyGen tidal energy project did not.  
15/9/2017
Public Offered Chance To Influence Future Of Bus Industry And Smart Ticketing
Transport Scotland has launched two public consultations to help shape the future of bus operations and also smart ticketing.   ‘Local Bus Services in Scotland - Improving the Framework for Delivery' and ‘The Future of Smart Ticketing in Scotland’ are open to the public from today (13 September) and will run for 12 weeks until 5 December.  
15/9/2017
All NHS staff need a pay rise that's above inflation, say Scottish health unions
Following the statement, that NHS unions are today (Friday) breaking with tradition and submitting a pay claim directly to the UK government on behalf of more than one million health workers across the UK.  NHS unions in Scotland say they will be meeting Scottish employers on (Wednesday) 20th September 2017 submit the exact same pay claim to their employers at the NHS Scottish terms and conditions committee.  
15/9/2017
Consortium Is Awarded Long-term CFD For 950Mw Offshore Wind Project In UK
EDP Renováveis, S.A.  ("EDPR") and ENGIE are pleased to announce that Moray Offshore Windfarm (East) Limited, a joint venture company currently owned by EDPR (77%) and ENGIE (23%), has been awarded a 15-year Contract for Difference (CfD)[1] for the delivery of 950 MW of offshore wind generation at £57.50/MWh (in real 2012 terms).