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Letter from Scotland

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“We’re putting the recovery first,” was the election slogan all parties could agree on. And now the election is over and the new members of The Scottish Parliament have taken their oath of office,...

Letter from Scotland

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“Now is the month of Maying when merry lads (and lasses) are playing.” So Thomas Morley’s song welcomes in this happy month and so do we, with shops, cafes and visitor attractions now open...

Letter from Scotland

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We have been given back our “right to roam”.  The coronavirus figures are now good enough for Nicola Sturgeon to make the surprise announcement that she is lifting the “stay local” restriction and allowing...

#SP6 – LibDems unveil their commitment card

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Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie used a visit to Edinburgh on Tuesday to unveil the party’s Commitment Card which states that every candidate elected will put the recovery from the pandemic first.  The Commitment...

Letter from Scotland

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Despite the pandemic and despite the collapse of the economy, Democracy goes marching on.  The election campaign for the 129 seats in the Scottish Parliament is under way.  Voting takes place on 6 May...

Looking to more resilient hospitality businesses

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INDUSTRY EXPERT LOOKS FORWARD TO A MORE RESILIENT HOSPITALITY SECTOR EMERGING FROM THE FIRES OF COVID-19Having recently launched his own restaurant consultancy, hospitality sector expert, Nikos Matsikas, has spoken of his hopes for...

Coronavirus – further restrictions on passengers arriving in Scotland

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Ministers have agreed, on the basis of advice from the Joint Biosecurity Centre, to place additional restrictions on travellers arriving in Scotland from the Ethiopia, Oman, Qatar and Somalia.All passengers travelling to Scotland will...

Letter from Scotland

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This week there’s a feeling that “We’re almost there!”  Somewhere out on the horizon, the tide has turned. Governments, north and south of the border, have given us dates for the steps out of...

National Records of Scotland report rise in number of deaths

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The National Records of Scotland has confirmed on Wednesday that Quarter 4 deaths were 12.5% above average.The number of deaths recorded from October to December 2020 is 16,626, which is 12.5% more than the...

Tenement TV are back with a new music project

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After almost a year without live music, TENEMENT TV are delighted to launch a brand-new music project connecting Scottish musicians currently locked down across Scotland. TTV COLLECTIVE will give artists in Scotland a platform to...

Coronavirus – National Records of Scotland announce weekly statistics

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The National Records of Scotland has just announced the week's statistics at 28 February 2021. This includes the number of deaths where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.There were 9,580 deaths which were...

Letter from Scotland

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We are being told to stay in our nest boxes for another two months. The route out of Lockdown seems to get longer each time, despite the astonishing success of the vaccination programme.Almost...

Pensioners advised to check eligibility for Pension Credit

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Pensioners in Scotland are reminded to check if they are eligible for Pension Credit. Figures show that many could be missing out on the extra cash.More than 140,000 pensioners in Scotland currently...

Coronavirus – revising the strategy to get out of lockdown

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On Tuesday afternoon, the First Minister will set out The Scottish Government’s revised strategic framework and outline in broad terms how Scotland will gradually emerge from current lockdown restrictions.The framework will detail how The...

Biggest ever online event for World Thinking Day

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Any Girlguiding member can tell you that 22 February is Thinking Day. It was the first Chief Guide's birthday.Today, over 2,000 Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers along with volunteers all took part on line....

Letter from Scotland

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At last the schools are beginning to re-open.From Monday morning the bell will ring for pupils in the first three years of primary school. Nursery schools too are re-opening. And some senior pupils...

Coronavirus – government gives update on vaccination programme

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The Scottish Government has now confirmed that 742,512 people have received the first dose of vaccine and 9,529 have also received their second dose.As at 8.30am on Friday these are the people who...

Letter from Scotland

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February has dawned dull, wet and cold. There’s deep snow on the hills and a scattering of snow showers and sleet in the lowlands. January was the coldest month we’ve had for a decade....

Letter to the Editor – register to vote

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A letter from Mrs Patricia Baillie Strong on registering to vote.Dear Madam There are many examples all over the world where democracy is being attacked, so as citizens we really need to vote. ...

Letter from Scotland

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Much of the country has had at least a dusting of snow as Storm Christoph blew in from the west. It fell on a weary nation forced to extend its Covid-19 Lockdown till mid-February,...

Coronavirus – National Records of Scotland report weekly numbers

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National Records of Scotland have reported the number of deaths involving Covid-19 for Week 2: 11-17 January 2021As at 17 January, 7,448 deaths have been registered in Scotland where the novel coronavirus was mentioned...

Coronavirus – all travel corridors suspended

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Following identification of a new variant of Covid-19 in Brazil, The Scottish Government will impose additional restrictions on arrivals.From 4.00am on Monday, all exemptions from self-isolation after international travel will be suspended. This follows the...

Letter from Scotland

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In the dark days of January it’s easy to become depressed. Try living through this: a tightening Lockdown, hospitals overflowing with more Covid patients than ever, a shocking death toll of 5,102 or 7,074...

Faith leaders give official backing to vaccine

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The Church of Scotland is urging that anyone who is offered the vaccine takes up that offer. Reverend George Whyte who is Principal Clerk of the General Assembly said that it is imperative the...

Coronavirus – Scotland takes steps to limit travel from South America

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A new strain of the coronavirus has been identified in Brazil and The Scottish Government has reacted by imposing additional restrictions on all arrivals from South America.The measures will come into effect at 4am...

Women’s and U20’s Six nations postponed until later in 2021

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Yesterday (13th Jan. 2021), Six Nations Rugby Limited confirmed that the Women’s & U20s 2021 Championships will not take place in the regular Six Nations window of February and March this year. The Women’s...

Coronavirus – passengers from Dubai advised to quarantine

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From Monday at 4am travellers coming back from Dubai must quarantine for 10 days on arrival in Scotland.In addition, passengers who have travelled to Scotland from Dubai since 3 January are also being...
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Coronavirus – Scottish Government postpones return of students to college and university

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The changes announced on Friday reflect the current status of coronavirus, the reality of the new strain, and a rise in cases in recent weeks.College and university students will be taught online throughout January...

Letter from Scotland

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As we skate into 2021 on frozen lochs or icy pavements, I guess we are all unsettled by the uncertainty hanging in the cold winter air. Is it going to be a hard winter? We’ve...

Time to Talk Day in February encourages reaching out to others

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On 4 February 2021 it will be Time to Talk Day when Scotland is encouraged to talk about mental health. And in particular organisations such as workplaces and schools are asked to get involved.As...

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