Gaberlunzie is deriving some laughter as he watches the Gaelic signpost stushie! He also notes that "For Argyll" has not covered the subject for seven years. He waits breathlessly, having fallen around at the old "Scotman" story where Bute was renamed ‘Penis Island” in a Gaelic sign error and he is pleased that ComputeScotland has got Save Gaelic on his front page left-hand column. Hot off "The Herald" is that scientists have created an App that teaches computers to understand Gaelic! But how good are they at speaking it?
Dr John Gordon, among the world’s foremost deep sea ecology researchers and whose entire post-doctoral research career was spent at the Oban-based Scottish Association for Marine Science [SAMS], has deservedly been awarded the OBE for services to science in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Electronic navigation safety technology is to be used to study the potential impacts of marine traffic on cetaceans ( whale, dolphin and porpoise species) off western Scotland in a new season of research expeditions launched by Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust.
The island of Tiree may have fended off the horrific Tiree Array as "For Argyll" words it "on the toes of the flat little sunshine isle and wrapped around much of its signature white sand coastline." But now it is faced by an horrific power supply situation, together with a financial crisis that relates to the community wind turbine project, that Scottish Government itself encouraged them to take on.
Four major contracts, cumulative value of approximately £450 million have been awarded by Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission (SHE Transmission) to facilitate the delivery of new and upgraded power lines in the north of Scotland. This investment will help support over 600 jobs and to boost to local economies associated with the projects.
Back in 2008 that one-off of wee islands on Scotland's north-west coast, Eigg welcomed the advent of electricity. But the tiny Hebridean island of Coll is split over plans to introduce mobile phone coverage as a planning application has been lodged to construct a 50ft phone mast and two dishes on the island located west of Mull.
IDA (International Dark Sky Association) has granted the Isle of Coll Dark Sky status (which may even protect it from wind farms!) Located in the Atlantic with the Isle of Tiree, Coll is the second only area after Galloway Forest Park in Scotland to be given this status. IDA also awarded Northumberland International Dark Sky Park.
HIAL (Highland & Islands Airports) note that passengers numbers grew by more than 11.000 in Scotland's regional airports in October. As a result it is investing £1.4million on resurfacing its most important asset, Inverness airport’s mile long runway, that takes around 31,000 flights yearly.
Anne Stene's PhD thesis at the Norwegian Veterinary Institute explains how environmental factors affect the outbreak and transmission of PD (pancreas disease) in farmed salmon. Both infected and dead salmon can shed the salmonid pancreas disease virus into the sea and the virus particles can be spread by the wind and ocean currents from one fish farm to the next along the coast.
The Coastal Communities Fund is taken from the revenues harvested by the Commission from its marine assets and operated by the Big Lottery organisation. Gigha is granted £271k from this fund, with the objective of to make Ardminish Bay a more capable resource for marine tourism.
As Lerwick monitors solar storms for the UK grid, three schools, Brae High School, Shetland, Sanday Community School, Orkney and Tobermory High School Mull, have been selected to take part in a project monitoring for the Aurora Borealis.
Princess Anne, patron of the Northern Lighthouse Board has made clear her incredulity at the proposal to site hundreds of wind turbines in the close vicinity of the Grade A listed Skerryvore Lighthouse, south of the Isle of Tiree.
UHI (University of the Highlands and Islands) has teamed up with NHS Western Isles to find out if new technologies could be used to help patients learn about life with type 2 diabetes. The move comes as US North Carolina researchers have created a ‘smart’ system, injected into the body that responds to changes in blood sugar by releasing insulin, effectively controlling blood-sugar levels. Successfully trialled on mice discussions are underway to move the technology to clinical trials for use in humans.
As UK energy regulator Ofgem is to impose a £10.5m fine on utility giant SSE for prolonged and extensive mis-selling of gas and electricity over two years (the largest ever imposed on an energy supplier by the watchdog) hard at work Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission has awarded four contracts with a cumulative value of £600m for new electricity substations in Northern Scotland
Plans for Scottish independence have suffered an interesting setback with the emergence of a bid by oil-rich Orkney and Shetland.to bring in their own home rule, with the islands are discussing how to achieve a new constitutional settlement that would deliver more powers to the Northern Isles, capitalising on the lucrative oil and gas reserves in their waters.
The world’s biggest onshore salmon farm is to be built in Scotland as Dunkeld-based FishFrom submits a planning application for the £15m farm constructed inside a 3.5-acre warehouse at Tayinloan reputedly to produce 3,000 tonnes of salmon a year – about twice the average sea-farm.
Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has pledged to redouble his efforts to ensure the islands renewable energy potential is realised and establish the Western Isles as the jewel in Scotland's energy crown and a global centre for marine and land-based projects.
Community Energy Scotland, in partnership with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (CnES) and Lews Castle College commissioned The Pure Energy Centre,renewable energy and energy storage company, to complete the installation of remote monitoring systems at 28 renewable energy generation sites in the Western Isles.
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