In the referendum debate Scotland's finance may not seem of such significance to outweigh hearts, souls and history, but for a canny country, bawbees matter. The CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy) believes the public deserve transparent and understandable data on Scotland's finances and the choices that an undefended Scotland would face.
As the world's first community-owned tidal power turbine at Cullivoe, Shetland starts exporting electricity to the local grid, the largest tidal energy project in Europe gets under way. MeyGen Ltd is granted consent for the first stage development of the Pentland Firth tidal turbine array. Not to be outdone, the Glasgow based solar panel installer, Solar Electricity Systems, signs up a franchise near Cardiff and looks to expand into Manchester.
A survey of nearly 1,000 climbers and hill walkers, conducted by the MCofS (Mountaineering Council of Scotland) reveals that 68% say parts of Scotland are now less appealing because of wind farms. Two thirds have been put off by wind farms from visiting or revisiting those places in Scotland they had visited before.
Scotland’s digital technologies sector - keeping its feet on the ground and with its head in the clouds - will benefit from £6.6 million to boost its internationally renowned reputation for advanced expertise. Success will depend on Raspberry Pi type-enthusiasm, rather than just funding. Authority must find a way to set young livewires alight and encourage more women authorities. The ratio below is 6:1 in favour of men.
Scottish Government puts £700,000 behind the Seafood Partnership industry action plan (applicable for many sectors) for more profitable and sustainable seafood, announces Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochead.
Six men and six women authors provide the perfect gender composition for the NIESR (National Institute of Economic and Social Research) Issue no. 227 of the "National Institute Economic Review" a Special Issue devoted to the Economics of Scottish Independence, with latest forecasts for the UK based on its global macro-econmetric model NiGEM
Revitalising Scotland's canal networks is to get underway with £4.6 million of investment from the Scottish Government that will advance several major infrastructure projects to impact on tourism, regeneration, sport and living on the water. This is in addition to the £10million grant-in-aid for Scottish Canals for 2012-13.
NSS (National Services Scotland) is going to the Court of Session in Edinburgh today in a bid to halt a BT legal action. A spokesman for NSS said it "managed a fair, robust and thorough procurement process," and added "Until this legal action is lifted or resolved, NSS cannot award the contract to the preferred bidder. NSS has commenced the legal proceedings required to lift the current action."
This shows that the large majority of the waters included in the analysis are in the lower sensitivity scores 1 and 2 (65%) (largely a function of the large areas of offshore water included in the assessment by running the model to 31km from each river mouth) with the higher sensitivity scores 4 and 5 making up 19% of the total area. When the map is viewed it is clear that the most sensitive areas are largely inshore areas with multiple rivers draining to these and, often, with protected sites amongst the catchments.
Some 1,038 candidates in the New Year Honours list, selected as BEM (329) , MBE (468) and OBE (241) levels had 610 being successful women candidates or representing 51% of the total. Scotland shines here, for of the 101 honoured in Lists and living in Scotland, some 55 are women.
Wind farm campaigners claim that a new map of some 90 windfarm developments in the north still fails to show the “true proliferation threat” of planned turbines throughout the whole of Scotland, but for all who do not live in the major cities, this is a map well worth exploring.
NSS (National Services Scotland) is being taken to court by BT after the telecoms company took issue at not winning the procurement contract for the Scottish Wide Area Network (SWAN) project. Simultaneously, Openreach, BT's in house communications infrastructure provider continuously fails to meet targets to provide and repair services.
The visual, the noise and the flicker may be stated in an Environmental Assessment during planning, but there has never been a multi-site study of the match against the statment in the EA during the planning process and the actuality of the impact on the environment, later once the wind farm is operational.
Technology is widely seen by most countries as one of the key industries for the 21st century, not only as a key sector in itself for generating economic output and employment, but also for underpinning the growth of other industries - everything from defence to healthcare to financial services. Yet despite its importance, it has not been an industry that has traditionally had a high profile in the UK compared to other sectors such as financial services, media, fashion and going further back, manufacturing, writes KPMG Technology Sector head Trevor Aw in 'Tech Monitor UK'
Development of the largest tidal array in Europecan will now progress after Scottish Ministers awarded consent to build the first tidal energy project in the Pentland Firth. Aqumarine Power and Pelamis Wave Power with extensive projects also recieve grant awards to advancing wave and tidal energies.
Last month, Scotland's Centre for White Space, hosted at the University of Strathclyde, with the Universities of the Highlands and Islands and Stirling as partners, announced that 23 companies and organisations across the world have joined forces to launch the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance
Openreach does dig trenches, lay duct and blow fibre, but people cannot buy dark fibre from Openreach. If a business blows fibre through BT ducts, they cannot sell it to businesses. This allows BT to make its profit at the Openreach level, and also undercut all competitors above that level.
‘Space weather’ or solar storms are when the ejection of material from the Sun can cause a host of potentially damaging effects, from knocking out satellites to overloading electrical power grids on the ground. In an effort to protect the UK National Grid from this phenomenon, scientists from the BGS (British Geological Survey) are for the first time carrying out a programme of long-term continuous measurement of the background electric field in the UK to better understand what happens during space weather events.
More than 80% (97 of 118) of Regional Selective Assistance offers accepted during 2012-2013 went to small to medium enterprises operating in Scotland. Around half the total funding offered (£20.2m from £43.3 million) also went to SMEs. However there appears to be is no breakdown into industry category.
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