Europe’s largest fleet of hydrogen-fuelled buses is in Aberdeen

Source:: John Robertson Europe’s largest fleet of hydrogen-fuelled buses is in Aberdeen (c) http://aberdeeninvestlivevisit.co.uk This CNBC report doesn’t say how many buses but says that the Oil City is ‘home to what is claimed to be Europe’s largest fleet of hydrogen fuel cell buses.’ The buses hold only 40Kg of hydrogen and have a range of 260 miles. The project cost £19 million and will make a major contribution to improving air quality in the city. I don’t think Aberdeen has ever had a red alert for pollution levels, like London but… Read the full article:: John Robertson […]

NHS Scotland continues improvements with 65.7% drop in young mental health patients treated in non-specialist wards, in one year

Source:: John Robertson NHS Scotland continues improvements with 65.7% drop in young mental health patients treated in non-specialist wards, in one year The Mental Welfare Commission has reported that 71 young mental health patients were still being treated in non-specialist wards in 2015/2016, down from 207 in the previous year. The 71 represent only 1.6% of the total of 4 436 young mental health patients being treated. I understand it’s still 71 too many but hope that I can assume that the treatment in a non-specialist NHS Scotland ward would still be kind and informed by visiting psychologists. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-41653326 […]

New technology to extend life of North Sea oilfields. Reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated

Source:: John Robertson New technology to extend life of North Sea oilfields. Reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated There has been some negative talk of the North Sea in recent months including from a very ‘green’ Edinburgh University professor but leaders in the industry have known better. In particular, they have realised that new technologies will have a part to play in extending the life of fields. See: An Edinburgh University Professor says North Sea oil and gas has only ten years left while the Wall Street Journal describes it as an ‘oil hot spot’ and Oil […]

Charity big night to honour Lucy's fight

Source:: Northern Scot Charity big night to honour Lucy’s fight A LOCAL business is needed to sponsor a black tie dinner being held next month in honour of Lucy Lintott. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Charity big night to honour Lucy’s fight

Does missing plaque ring any bells?

Source:: Northern Scot Does missing plaque ring any bells? HELP is being sought to find the whereabouts of a plaque commemorating the three years Alexander Graham Bell spent in Elgin. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Does missing plaque ring any bells?

Getting into the swing – music and golf are being put together

Source:: Northern Scot Getting into the swing – music and golf are being put together FRANZ Rolinck’s dream is that, instead of pills, GPs will one day start prescribing a round of golf. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Getting into the swing – music and golf are being put together

Memorial planned for Elgin High School

Source:: Northern Scot Memorial planned for Elgin High School IDEAS are being invited for what to do with the wood from Elgin High School’s cherry trees. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Memorial planned for Elgin High School

Would Nicola Sturgeon’s fairer and more equal Scotland be a more productive one too?

Source:: John Robertson Would Nicola Sturgeon’s fairer and more equal Scotland be a more productive one too? The First Minister will speak on this topic at Scotland’s Inclusive Growth Conference in Glasgow. She has already made quite a clear association between equality and productivity in saying: ‘That is why we are focusing on fair work, encouraging employers to boost productivity by investing in their workplace and paying the living wage.’ We already know, from the work of Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson in their research for the 2009 book ‘The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost… Read […]

Dramathon's 800 runners on the starting line

Source:: Northern Scot Dramathon’s 800 runners on the starting line WHISKY and long-distance running – two friends have came up with the unique idea of The Dramathon after combining their passions. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Dramathon’s 800 runners on the starting line

Edinburgh and Glasgow come second and third in survey of UK cities’ ‘smartness’

Source:: John Robertson Edinburgh and Glasgow come second and third in survey of UK cities’ ‘smartness’ (c) dailyrecord.co.uk A new survey based on factors such as the levels of congestion and crime and on the quality of transport, healthcare, energy and productivity put London in first place. I’d have though Edinburgh and Glasgow would have scored higher than London on a few of those, especially on congestion, crime levels and healthcare. Presumably the massive investment in economic activity and thus productivity in London was mainly responsible for their rating. Here’s the top-ten table: London Edinburgh Glasgow… Read the […]

Anti-shooting signs go up around Findhorn

Source:: Northern Scot Anti-shooting signs go up around Findhorn SIGNS to enforce a shooting ban have been erected on council-owned land on Findhorn Bay. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Anti-shooting signs go up around Findhorn

Singing sisters make trip from Mississippi to Moray

Source:: Northern Scot Singing sisters make trip from Mississippi to Moray A TRIO of country singing stars from the USA will be performing in Moray next Thursday night. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Singing sisters make trip from Mississippi to Moray

Drink drive clampdown sees 11 arrests

Source:: Northern Scot Drink drive clampdown sees 11 arrests ELEVEN people have been charged with drink driving following a police operation in the North East at the weekend. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Drink drive clampdown sees 11 arrests

Scottish food and drink exports still booming so is it still only 28% of the UK’s food and drink exports? We’re still only 8% of the population

Source:: John Robertson Scottish food and drink exports still booming so is it still only 28% of the UK’s food and drink exports? We’re still only 8% of the population Picture: Scotland Food & Drink Scottish food and drink exports grew by 9% or £119 million in the first half of 2017 bringing the half-year total to £2.5 billion. Again, from gov.scot, yesterday: Food exports increased by 24% to £770 million Scottish whisky exports grew £57 million (up 3%) to £1.8 billion Fish and seafood exports are up 38% to £459 million The EU accounted for 69% of all […]

SNP leadership on hectic northern hemisphere mission, from the Baltic to Canada and a’ pairts atween thaim, to save Scottish Economy from Tory incompetence

Source:: John Robertson SNP leadership on hectic northern hemisphere mission, from the Baltic to Canada and a’ pairts atween thaim, to save Scottish Economy from Tory incompetence From the Baltic to Canada? Why am I singing the tune from the Proclaimers’s ‘Letter from America’? We’ve already seen the First Minister on trips to connect us up with Scandinavia, Ireland, the Baltic and even the Arctic Circle countries. See: SNP Government making new links to North and East in preparation for Brexit failures by UK Government This is clearly part of an attempt to do what can be done in anticipation […]