Ross says ongoing dispute is worrying for families of autistic children

Source:: Northern Scot Ross says ongoing dispute is worrying for families of autistic children MORAY’S MP says he’s disappointed that no agreement has yet been reached to ensure that autism services in Moray continue. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Ross says ongoing dispute is worrying for families of autistic children

Keep the Heat on Cambridge Analytica

Source:: Bella Caledonia Keep the Heat on Cambridge Analytica Investigative journalism takes time and resources. The British state and the political elite is reeling from the deluge of revelations about the connections between private firms, political parties and electoral deception and manipulation. We are trying to give the space and profile to Liam O Hare to continue investigations. Liam writes: “Journalism at its core […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Keep the Heat on Cambridge Analytica

Nothing Exceptional: Scottish Housing Associations and the Erasure of Scottish Social Housing

Source:: Bella Caledonia Nothing Exceptional: Scottish Housing Associations and the Erasure of Scottish Social Housing Housing Associations (HAs) have long been promoted as an affordable and viable solution to the housing question. But it is now abundantly clear that they increasingly function as a Trojan Horse for privatisation and housing financialisation, exacerbating rather than mitigating the erasure of public and social housing. Despite protestations to the contrary, this is as […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Nothing Exceptional: Scottish Housing Associations and the Erasure of Scottish Social Housing

‘More on hydrogen buses’ by reader Alasdair Macdonald and further comment by Broadbield

Source:: John Robertson ‘More on hydrogen buses’ by reader Alasdair Macdonald and further comment by Broadbield   The average age of buses in Glasgow is 10 years (cf Lothian buses, municipally owned, at arms’ length, is 4 years). So, not many hydrogen powered buses there, or even mildly green ones. Glasgow is to become a Low Emission Zone at the end of this year and the city government has been criticised by environmental groups for a ‘lack of ambition’. One of the main sources of pollution is diesel powered vehicles, of which buses are a major… Read the […]

Democracy is on Life Support in the West

Source:: Random Public Journal Democracy is on Life Support in the West Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael Western democracy has been hacked by a ruling élite determined to keep its hands on power in the face of the cyber revolution. They have subverted and broken democracy, and if left unaddressed this will kill our democracy completely. It is simply not possible that I am alone in my misgivings about democracy. It has always struck me that, no matter the country, supposed democratically elected national parliaments and governments never represent the social,… Read the full article:: Random Public […]

Angus MacNeil backs underdog for SNP depute leader post

Source:: The National Angus MacNeil backs underdog for SNP depute leader post ONE of the longest serving SNP MPs has given his support to Chris McEleny in the contest to become the next party depute. Read the full article:: The National Angus MacNeil backs underdog for SNP depute leader post

The WordPress Mobile Apps Now Support Right-to-Left Languages

Source:: North British Post The WordPress Mobile Apps Now Support Right-to-Left Languages As part of the broader open source community, we believe in building products that people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities can use and enjoy. We strive to create software that works smoothly for English and non-English speakers alike, and today we’re happy to roll out native support for right-to-left languages in both the iOS and Android WordPress mobile apps. Adding support for languages like Hebrew or Arabic took us longer than we expected. For the past couple of weeks,… Read the full article:: North British […]

SNP administration only government with a commitment to tackle child poverty

Source:: John Robertson SNP administration only government with a commitment to tackle child poverty (c) PA From the Scottish Government website on 27th: ‘Long-term risk due to UK Government welfare cuts. Independent analysis due to be published alongside the Scottish Government’s first Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan shows the extent of damage caused by UK Government welfare cuts. The analysis outlines projections of child poverty rates in Scotland on the basis of announced tax and benefit changes, and the consequent increases in poverty levels.’ Communities Secretary Angela Constance said: ‘This reveals the long-term damage… Read the full article:: […]

Aberdeen 20: Dundee 12? The competition for Europe’s largest fleet of hydrogen fuel cell buses

Source:: John Robertson Aberdeen 20: Dundee 12? The competition for Europe’s largest fleet of hydrogen fuel cell buses The Dundee Courier, today, claimed: ‘Hydrogen-powered buses to put Dundee at forefront of green travel. Dundee is to get 12 hydrogen fuel cell buses in a bid to reduce emissions in the city as part of ambitious plans to promote environmentally-friendly transport. Both Dundee and Aberdeen are receiving the environmentally-friendly vehicles as part of a Europe-wide project to deploy 152 hydrogen fuel cell buses across 14 cities.’ https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/dundee/626337/hydrogen-powered-buses-to-put-dundee-at-forefront-of-green-travel/ However, back in October 2017, CNBC claimed: ‘Aberdeen already has 10 in… […]

My Precious

Source:: Bella Caledonia My Precious Brexit will strengthen the bonds of “our precious Union” and make it more prosperous and secure, Theresa May has improbably declared as Tories huddle together in an obscure location in Scotland for fear of meeting the public. A year ahead of Liberation Day, in an enthusiastic report Michael Blackley gushes warning: “The SNP Govt had […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia My Precious

National auditors find two very different NHS systems in the UK. Someone tell Theresa today.

Source:: John Robertson National auditors find two very different NHS systems in the UK. Someone tell Theresa today. Headlined in the Independent yesterday: ‘NHS finances in ‘perilous state’, says damning Public Accounts Committee report’ The report goes on to say: ‘The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) accused the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) and NHS England of being “too focused on propping up the system” and neglecting to plan ahead. The National Health Service continues to scrape by on emergency handouts and funds that were intended for essential investment,” PAC chair Meg Hillier said. The committee cited… […]

First subsidy-free onshore wind farm for Scotland?

Source:: John Robertson First subsidy-free onshore wind farm for Scotland? (c) Iberdrola From Energy Voice yesterday: ‘Scotland could soon host the UK’s first ever subsidy-free onshore wind farm, industry chiefs suggested yesterday…. “Someone in this room today will manage that feat,” Rachel Anderson, head of external affairs at green power firm RES, said at the Scottish Renewables conference in Edinburgh.’’ https://www.energyvoice.com/otherenergy/167290/could-scotland-see-the-first-subsidy-free-onshore-wind-farm/ This is important news set against a background of diminishing UK government support for, especially, windfarms. It comes after earlier signs of the increasing competitiveness of renewables reported here:… Read the full article:: John Robertson First subsidy-free […]

The clanging chimes of doom

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The clanging chimes of doom There’s an interesting article on the Holyrood Magazine website today with some fascinating background details about how Scottish (and Welsh) devolution came into being almost 20 years ago, so we thought you might like to see this piece from the time, not least because we suspect it might also be the first recorded citation of […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The clanging chimes of doom

Online. Always.

Source:: Bella Caledonia Online. Always. Long gone are the days of actually ‘going online’ – or, perhaps more pertinently, going offline. We are just “on” all of the time. Eve Livingston puts the #DeleteFacebook crisis in the perspective of the ubiquitous internet. At the start of 2018, I made a resolution that would have sounded absurd fifteen years ago. I […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Online. Always.

Moray to establish community cycling groups

Source:: Northern Scot Moray to establish community cycling groups COMMUNITY cycling clubs could soon be established in Moray. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Moray to establish community cycling groups