Scottish researchers work to help poor across globe

Source:: John Robertson Scottish researchers work to help poor across globe I’ve previously written reports of Scottish scientists and researchers working to improve the health and economic circumstances of the poor, across the globe. With particular regard to India and Bangladesh, Scots are involved in helping to remove arsenic from water supplies. In South-East Asia, they have been helping to reduce cattle fart! Now we hear, in Energy Voice: ‘Around £11 million has been allocated to supporting local projects in Malawi until 2023. The cash from the Scottish Government’s Malawi Development… Read the full article:: John Robertson Scottish […]

62% increase in Scottish community renewables projects since 2011 pushing well ahead of rUK

Source:: John Robertson 62% increase in Scottish community renewables projects since 2011 pushing well ahead of rUK (c) Community Energy Scotland Last year, Scotland had 55% of the community energy production of the rest of the UK put together. See: With only 10% of the population, Scotland has 55% of the community energy production of England, Wales and Northern Ireland put together I don’t have comparative figures for this year but, according to Energy Voice: ‘New data released yesterday from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre has reported a dramatic 62% increase in wind, solar, hydro, heat pump and… Read […]

Scottish manufacturing, excluding oil and gas, grows by 8.7% as it falls dramatically elsewhere in UK

Source:: John Robertson Scottish manufacturing, excluding oil and gas, grows by 8.7% as it falls dramatically elsewhere in UK (c) Scottish Enterprise From the Guardian today: ‘British manufacturing output slips to ninth globally behind France. Data shows sector starved of investment and losing ground as Brexit uncertainty persists. Britain’s manufacturing industry has fallen to ninth in the world behind France, reversing a recovery in its performance since the financial crash. The UK’s total manufacturing output stayed ahead of Brazil and Indonesia but slipped below France and remained well adrift of Germany in fourth position and Italy in seventh at… […]

Are Scotland’s employers also different – more willing to pay a decent wage?

Source:: John Robertson Are Scotland’s employers also different – more willing to pay a decent wage? We’ve already seen that Scotland has 28% of the UK’s living wage employers yet only 8% of the population, that NHS Scotland will pay a living wage to all employees and that Scottish housing associations will do the same. See the links below for more on this. Now we see that small businesses in Scotland have been quick to pay the living wage and that most are not using non-guaranteed hours contracts. From Insider: ‘FSB study reveals most small firms… Read the […]

Scottish firm linked to Yemen market air strike that killed 40 children

Source:: The National Scottish firm linked to Yemen market air strike that killed 40 children GLENROTHES based US weapons manufacturer Raytheon are reportedly one of the makers of a bomb used by the Saudi-led coalition in a devastating attack on a school bus that killed 40 children in Yemen earlier this month.It’s understood the 500-pound laser-guided MK 82 bomb was sold to Saudi Arabia as part of a US State Department-sanctioned deal.Research by CNN, and local Yemeni journalists and munitions experts, linked the bomb used on the the attack in Yemen’s Houthi rebel-held north market… Read the full […]

Tory MPs fear Ukip takeover of party grassroots with Boris as next PM

Source:: The National Tory MPs fear Ukip takeover of party grassroots with Boris as next PM TORY MPs have expressed fears their party is being taken over by Ukip infiltrators who want to make Boris Johnson or Jacob Rees-Mogg the next Prime Minister. Read the full article:: The National Tory MPs fear Ukip takeover of party grassroots with Boris as next PM

Corbyn’s Scotland visit overshadowed by former MP’s anti-Semitism row

Source:: The National Corbyn’s Scotland visit overshadowed by former MP’s anti-Semitism row THE former Labour MP Jim Sheridan has been urged to resign from his position as a local councillor in Renfrewshire, after he said attacks on Jeremy Corbyn over anti-Semitism had dulled his “empathy” for the Jewish people and their suffering. Read the full article:: The National Corbyn’s Scotland visit overshadowed by former MP’s anti-Semitism row

Yet ANOTHER defeat in Scottish courts for Theresa May’s ‘hostile’ acts

Source:: The National Yet ANOTHER defeat in Scottish courts for Theresa May’s ‘hostile’ acts JUST a week after The National revealed that Prime Minister Theresa May and the Home Office had suffered a stunning blow to their “hostile environment” immigration policy in the Scottish courts, we can today report yet another defeat for them, again courtesy of a Scottish judge. Read the full article:: The National Yet ANOTHER defeat in Scottish courts for Theresa May’s ‘hostile’ acts

As all kinds of crime fall, high value fraud plummets to a tiny fraction of that in the non-Scottish parts of the UK

Source:: John Robertson As all kinds of crime fall, high value fraud plummets to a tiny fraction of that in the non-Scottish parts of the UK (c) IT Security Guru From Insider, two days ago: ‘High-value fraud losses halved across Scotland. KPMG found money lost to alleged fraud in cases worth £100k or more has fallen from £3.8m in the first half of 2017 to £1.8m in the first six months of this year.’ More dramatically, though, we see that the nine Scottish cases of high-value fraud accounted for less than 0.5% of the £895 million total across the […]

The Environment: My Part in its Downfall

Source:: John Robertson The Environment: My Part in its Downfall Credit: apdesignShutterStock I’ve returned after a week in southern Spain. There were several million others there, drinking, showering, hosing gardens and watering Spain’s 60 million pigs, amongst many other water-based activities. but I still felt guilty after passing this ‘river’ and it’s tightly-packed, desperate, fish: I couldn’t enjoy myself for thinking this is unsustainable and imagining the place like the image under the heading, in 10, 20, 30 years? Will Scotland’s water supply turn out to be more valuable by… Read the full article:: John Robertson The Environment: […]

Scottish council 'first in UK' to offer free period products in its buildings

Source:: The National Scottish council ‘first in UK’ to offer free period products in its buildings A COUNCIL is to offer free sanitary products in all its public buildings as part of a drive to tackle period poverty. Women will be able to access the products from vending machines in the toilets of up to 100 buildings in North Ayrshire, such as libraries, community centres and public offices. Read the full article:: The National Scottish council ‘first in UK’ to offer free period products in its buildings

SNP MP hits back at Labour's criticism of new CalMac ferry delays

Source:: The National SNP MP hits back at Labour’s criticism of new CalMac ferry delays A SCOTS MP has lashed out at Labour politicians for “their lack of faith” in Scottish shipyards after it emerged that the construction of two new ferries for Caledonian MacBrayne had been hit by further delays. Read the full article:: The National SNP MP hits back at Labour’s criticism of new CalMac ferry delays

Walkers wanted for mini-pilgrimage

Source:: Northern Scot Walkers wanted for mini-pilgrimage WALKERS are being invited to take part in a ‘mini-pilgrimage’ to Pluscaden Abbey next weekend. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Walkers wanted for mini-pilgrimage

Proposed routes for new dual carriageway revealed

Source:: Northern Scot Proposed routes for new dual carriageway revealed OPTIONS for where the new dual carriageway will run through Moray have been narrowed right down. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Proposed routes for new dual carriageway revealed