As Scotland signs an energy & trade agreement with Egypt, KOWL (Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Ltd) announces its plans for an eight-turbine demonstration project near Dog Hole, off Aberdeen, and consent is also granted for the 22 turbines 51ME Ewe Hill wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway, but refused for the Rowan tree farm near Oxton.
SBC (Scottish Borders Council) is to fund a £143,000 staff laptop computer upgrade from next year’s budget in order to comply with Scottish Government requirements for compliance with the new PSN (Public Service Network.
The home of tartan, macintosh, Harris tweed and and quality cashmere knitwear deserves a Border's centre of excellence for high-tech fabrics, as the tide turns for the industry. Johnstons of Elgin, for one, backs the plans for a £4m centre at Heriot-Watt Galashiels campus, home to its textiles and design school.
Hawick, home to the annual Common Riding one of the world's "best parties," one-time home of the artist Anne Redpath, and source of high fashion tweeds and cashmere, is experiencing mixed reactions to its name being used in Rockstar North's new record-breaking sale Grand Theft Auto computer game.
The Innerleithen-based luxury cashmere Caerlee Mill recently placed in liquidation with KPMG after a reduction of orders hit the business is to be closed with the loss of 33 jobs and three staff retained temporarily to wind down the business. In contrast Langholm-based Reid &Taylor have secured a new £375,000 contract to supply 15,000 sq.metres of some of its highest quality fabric to Yeliya, in Shandong Province, China.
Scottish Borders Council has defended its staff after they logged on to lingerie and swimsuit websites 38,000 times in a year. Employees browsed Debenhams site, and River Island received almost 230,000 hits from council computers. Other notable online services used by SBC staff included Twitter (1.05 million), Facebook (633,656), dating provider Meetic (38,878) and Job Seekers (37,715).
When consultant PricewaterhouseCoopers announce that Shale oil is the next energy revolution, the cynical might be tempted to wonder how many of its clients are involved in the shale oil and franking business business? But as geophysicists from the august Royal Astronomical Society's British Geophysical Association claim that decisions about future energy challenges are too often hindered by propaganda, half-truths and limited grasp of the science that informs the choice and use of hydrocarbon and other resources, it is probably time to ponder the issue very carefully.
A decade-long campaign to bring the booming "big data" processing industry to Scotland has wavered, but might actually achieve fruition in 2013 when a Polish entrepreneur tries to kick-start a "radically new" data centre model near again near Ecclefechan in Dumfries and Galloway.
E.ON is to begin early engagement with the local community for three onshore wind farms in south west Scotland and is sending details of its proposals to all residents within 15kms of the sites. It will also be hosting a series of information sessions in the coming weeks. Meantime Scottish Power Renewables starts construction on the £160m Harestanes farm in Jedburgh, south Scotland.
LOTHIAN and Borders Police are to run a series of Internet safety sessions for parents in the Scottish Borders. Officers in Kelso, Hawick, Eyemouth, Peebles, Galashiels and Melrose will hold one-hour seminars over the next six months to offer advice and guidance on keeping children safe while online.
As Donald Trump with his Balmenie course development violently contests the plan for an offshore 11-turbine test farm in view of the Menie resort, saying private assurances were made that it would not get permission, the stooshie is being spread by Tiree Array campaigners desperately protesting "death by 180 to 300 turbines" for Tiree, and drawing the proposed Methil site into the action with some (below) turbine height graphics
As multi-million pound wind energy deal between Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and UK firm David Brown Gear Systems is to be followed by more high-profile business partnerships, the British ambassador to Korea has said. Simultaneously the Borders Fallago Rig has been bought by EDF Energy Renewable Ltd from North British Wind Power.
Dunfermline-based Exactive is urging that MicsoftLync used by Scottish councils could save tens of millions of pounds in operating costs each year by implementing systems that vastly improves efficiency in their computer and telephone networks.
Adoption of new technology, including electronic ID tags (EID) and software has helped sheep farmer Fenwick Jackson manage a flock of 2,500 ewes and 950 hoggs single handed at Kersheugh, Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders, with assistance of one self-employed shepherd for 21 days at lambing.
Celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden in 2013 are beginning to be planned. The group leading the project has organised a series of workshops to update people on the progress so far as well as giving them the opportunity to add their ideas.
BT's Race to Infinity has closed deciding the five areas which will be rewarded with a free superfast broadband upgrade. The current top performers are Innerleithen in the Scottish Border, Whitechurch, Hampshire, Baschurch, Shropshire, Caxton and Madingley, Cambridgeshire and Blewbury in Oxfordshire.
Thanks to Rural Broadband Challenge Fund, launched on July 1, surfing the net should be a lot easier four Berwickshire communities that will receive £294,075 to provide households and businesses in in Cranshaws, Ellemford, Longformacus, Whitsome, Cardrona and Upper Ettrick with a reliable, high speed connection.
Hawick High School pupils have been forced to work without computers for eight days.Technical problems came as the school tried to implement the much vaunted Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) programme. And chairman of the school board Rory Bannerman has branded the whole situation "unacceptable".
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