The Daily Thistle – News From Scotland
Tuesday 30th January 2018
"Madainn Mhath” …Fellow Scot, I hope the day brings joy to you…. Well it rained last night but we are in a break, but the storm that is building in the Atlantic has changed the weather for us, it was cold last night 8c so jacket and scarf this morning, certainly after the flu of the past week, still trying to recover if I tell the truth.. but the walk over Bella laying at my feet and a steaming hot cup of coffee on the desk, let’s have a look at the news for Scotland shall we?
'SOONER THE BETTER' FOR HAWICK FLOOD SCHEME…. Flooding problems have highlighted the need to progress £44m defences for a Borders town, it has been claimed. The River Teviot in Hawick overflowed this week as heavy rains mixed with melting snow.
Councillor Stuart Marshall - who is also co-ordinator of the town's flood group - said it underlined the need to take the proposed scheme forward. It is hoped the project - to protect more than 900 properties - can be completed by 2022. Scottish Borders Council gave its final approval for the plans late last year. However, Mr Marshall said issues in the town this week showed how important it was to take them forward quickly. "When you have got two major rivers running through the heart of the town - the River Slitrig and the River Teviot - it is inevitable that we are going to have these issues," he said. "The sooner the flood protection scheme is in place for the town the better. "People will be able to sleep in their beds much easier and take comfort. "Hawick has suffered so badly over the years and we really do need to press ahead with this flood protection scheme."
WINTER OLYMPICS 2018: SCOTTISH CURLERS AIM TO BETTER MEDAL HAUL FROM 2014…. Team GB's all-Scottish curling teams believe they can help the country hit their target of at least five medals at next month's Winter Olympics. The women's rink, skipped by Eve Muirhead, and the men, led by Kyle Smith, are both optimistic, if not expectant, that they can get on the podium in Pyeongchang. For Muirhead, the goal is at least emulating the bronze earned in 2014. "I'd be very disappointed if we didn't [make the] podium," Muirhead said. "That's what we've been working hard for [during] the last four years, to get a medal round our neck." This will be Muirhead's third Olympics, but this time there's a twist, with her brothers Thomas and Glen, part of Smith's rink."Having been to an Olympic Games before and had a taste of medal success, it makes you hungry to hit the podium again," Eve Muirhead said. "We've worked really hard to be in the best position we can be going into the Olympics and we'd be happy if we come back knowing we've played the best we can, and hopefully that'll mean hitting the podium. "This one's going to be a little bit extra special, having the chance to compete along with my two brothers, and my mum going out to support as well, it's going to be really cool. "Of course I'll have to concentrate on my own competition but I'll be keeping an eye out for their results and watching as many of their games as I can."
MAN IN COURT AFTER DRUGS WORTH ALMOST £130,000 RECOVERED IN ABERDEEN…. A man has appeared in court after drugs with an estimated street value of almost £130,000 were seized in Aberdeen city centre. Police Scotland said "significant quantities" of heroin and cocaine were recovered in the Guild Street area on Wednesday. Kennedy Williams, 37, from London, appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court to face drugs charges. He made no plea and was remanded in custody.
MAJOR REFORM PLANNED FOR CROWN ESTATE IN SCOTLAND…. The Scottish government has introduced a bill to parliament which sets out how it intends to reform the Crown Estate in Scotland. Powers over the estate were devolved to Scotland in April 2017 and it's been operated under interim management since then. The bill will create opportunities for local authorities and community groups to run parts of the estate. But farmland tenancies will be centrally controlled. The total value of the Scottish Crown Estate's assets was estimated at £275.7m last year. It generates an approximate gross annual revenue of £15m. Among the assets in Scotland are 37,000 hectares of rural land including the Glenlivet, Fochabers, Applegirth and Whitehill estates. It also holds almost half of the foreshore including some ports and harbours. Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: "The estate consists of a diverse portfolio, including thousands of hectares of rural land, half of Scotland's foreshore, urban property and seabed leasing rights for activities such as renewable energy. "That is why this bill recognises that a 'one size fits all' approach is not practical, laying the foundation for changes in the management of individual assets. "I believe strongly in maximising the benefits of the Crown Estate for our communities and the country as a whole, while ensuring assets are well maintained and managed, with high standards of openness and accountability. "That's why I have put these principles at the very heart of this important bill."
NEW TEACHER TRAINING IN RURAL SCHOOLS ANNOUNCED…. Plans for a new teacher training course aimed at specialists in science, maths and technology have been announced by the government. It will be run by the University of Dundee and the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). Up to 50 places will be available on the course - aimed at graduates and people who want to change careers. The scheme is unlikely to be controversial and has been welcomed by the profession's governing body.
The universities will work closely with rural schools in areas of deprivation to help deliver the 18-month course.
The new scheme will join a number of other courses which are designed to complement the main teacher training system.
It was picked after a government procurement exercise to find another new route into teaching.
On that note I will say that I hope you have enjoyed the news from Scotland today,
Our look at Scotland today is by.. Charles McGuigan who took this picture of the snow-covered rooftops and cemetery in Stirling as the sun came up.
A Sincere Thank You for your company and Thank You for your likes and comments I love them and always try to reply, so please keep them coming, it's always good fun, As is my custom, I will go and get myself another mug of "Colombian" Coffee and wish you a safe Tuesday 30th January 2018 from my home on the southern coast of Spain, where the blue waters of the Alboran Sea washes the coast of Africa and Europe and the smell of the night blooming Jasmine and Honeysuckle fills the air…and a crazy old guy and his dog Bella go out for a walk at 4:00 am…on the streets of Estepona…
All good stuff....But remember it’s a dangerous world we live in
Be safe out there…