The number puts public support for renewables ahead of fracking, nuclear energy and fossil fuels.
Almost two thirds of the Scottish people also want the next government to help cut emissions and tackle climate change according the YouGov poll.
In comparison to the 79% support for renewables only 26% of the public support fracking for shale gas, with 45% backing the development of new nuclear power stations and 49% in favour of coal and gas-fired stations.
Lang Banks, the Director of WWF Scotland, said, ‘It’s great to see that the vast majority of the public in Scotland want to see the next UK Government continue to take action on climate change.’]]>
The soldier, 22 year old Private Shaun Cole, is thought to have died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head.
He was visiting Florida with two friends for Ultra Dance Music Festival after returning last month from a tour of Sierra Leone where he had been supporting Ebola treatment efforts.
Army Headquarters Scotland confirmed the death this afternoon, with a spokesman saying, ‘Shaun achieved an extraordinary amount in a military career that was full of promise but was tragically cut short. We will miss him terribly.’
“Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with Shaun’s family at this desperately difficult time.”]]>
Andre Basson failed to wash his hands between patients and on occasion did not even wear gloves at his practice in Inverness.
It has been reported he was paid £245,000 for his NHS work last year, making him one of the highest-earning NHS dentists in Scotland.
He was awarded £175,000 in 2009 by the NHS to help him set up his practice as part of a scheme to address the shortage of dentists in the north of Scotland.
But a hearing of the General Dental Council (GDC) earlier this month found that Basson had put patients’ health at risk on several occasions between April 2009 and May 2014.
Mr Basson, who ran The Keep dental practice on Castle Street, Inverness, has been given a six month suspension and was ordered to repay the NHS grant.
Four trainee dental nurses who had raised concerns about his conduct gave evidence against him at the hearing, although their identity was protected.
The committee found proven a charge that Mr Basson did not wash his hands when required, and heard evidence from a nurse that his failure to wash his hands was a daily occurrence.
Two nurses told the panel they had never seen him use an alcohol hand rub between patients.
It was also accepted that Mr Basson had not worn gloves on two or three occasions when using instruments in a patient’s mouth, and had wiped and re-used dental tools without adequate decontamination.
A further charge, that he did not wear proper clinical clothing, was also proved.
Clear and consistent evidence
The report stated: “The Committee heard consistent and clear evidence that you did not wash your hands before seeing patients at the start of the day or as necessary between patients.
“In particular we heard evidence from Dental Nurse B who recounted an occasion when you had returned to treat a patient after taking a telephone call, and that you had put the same pair of gloves back on to your hands without washing your hands.
“The Committee also heard from Dental Nurse C, who stated that your failure to wash your hands was a daily occurrence.
“Two trainee dental nurses, namely nurses A and C, gave evidence that they had never seen you using an alcohol rub or similar in between patient appointments. “
Mr Basson was also found to have wiped and re-used common dental tools.
The report said: “The Committee heard from Dental Nurse D, who in the Committee’s view provided clear evidence of you recycling an acrylic bur on one specific occasion without adequate decontamination.
“She stated that you removed the bur from the ‘dirty box’, that you then wiped the bur with an alcohol wipe, and that you then put the bur back into storage. “
On more or more occasions, Mr Basson was also found to have not worn proper clothing in clinical areas, with witnesses stating he had worn outdoor items including a hooded fleece top whilst treating patients.
He admitted failing to ensure dental nurses were properly immunised from infection and failing to provide proper induction training.
Other charges that he inappropriately told a dental nurse that she ought not to have attended Occupational Health after a needle stick injury, did not provide warm water for hand washing, and that he prohibited staff from changing masks between patients were not proved.
The conclusion to the report said: “The Committee considers that you wilfully disregarded the safety of your staff and patients.
“The Committee is in no doubt that both fellow professionals and informed members of the public alike would regard your conduct as deplorable.
“Accordingly, the Committee is satisfied that the findings against you are serious and that they amount to misconduct.”
A spokesman for NHS Highland said: “A spokesman for NHS Highland said: “We can now confirm that Mr Basson will have to pay back the full grant. He was awarded the grant so he will have to pay it back.
“Mr Basson received a Scottish Dental Access Initiative (SDAI) grant of £175,000 to assist with setting up The Keep Dental Practice.
“The payment was made in two stages as is consistent with the SDAI scheme: £140,000 and then subsequently £35,000.
“As he has breached the conditions of his grant, he will be required to repay grant monies and this process has been started.”
Mr Basson declined to comment.
The process will begin with consultation to examine the controversial ‘no-fault’ repossession clause.
This clause allows landlords to evict tenants at the completion of their fixed rental term even if the tenant has not violated the terms of their contract.
Under proposed legislation tenants will also be able to take unjustified rent raises to court and will be able to assert their rights without fear of eviction.
Landlords will have eleven grounds to use if they wish to regain possession of their property, including the intention to sell.
Margaret Burgess, the Housing Minister, said, ‘These changes to existing tenancy laws are designed to improve security for tenants and provide safeguards for landlords, investors and lenders.’
Graeme Brown, Director of Shelter Scotland, said, ‘We welcome the Scottish Government’s commitment to increase security of tenure for private tenants.’
‘The short-term tenancy agreements currently commonplace in the private rented sector do not provide the stability and security that the more than 80,000 families with children living in the private rented sector need in order to live a settled life.’]]>
Glenmorangie’s Original, Quinta Ruban and 25 Years Old, and Ardbeg’s Corryvreckan all took home double gold medals from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
The World Whiskies Awards also praised the work of the Scottish distilleries, naming Glenmorangie Extremely Rare 18 Years Old as Best Highland Single Malt and Ardbeg Kildalton as Best Islay Single Malt.
Dr Bill Lumsden, Head of Distilling and Whisky Creation at The Glenmorangie Company, said of the awards: “This recognition by these prestigious awards is a testament to our commitment to innovation and craftsmanship.”]]>
The country’s president, Arthur Peter Mutharika, will set light to four tonnes of ivory on Thursday.
The event is said to be a demonstration of Malawi’s commitment to combat illegal wildlife trade.
Just before the torching, the President will accept signatures from over 7000 people who recently joined the campaign to ‘Stop Wildlife Crime.
Wildlife Consultant for the Born Free Foundation, Ian Redmond, said: “Last year I watched the French Government grind over three tonnes of illegal ivory to dust, last month Kenya torched 15 tonnes of ivory, and now Malawi has followed suit with its stockpile of four tonnes.
“People say, ‘Why not sell it and use the money to protect elephants?’ but that would be like throwing petrol on a fire.”
Jonathan Vaughan, Director of Lilongwe Wildlife Trust, said: “We hope the world sits up and gives Malawi the recognition it deserves for this symbolic act.
“So much has been achieved here in the past year and the ‘Stop Wildlife Crime’ campaign is just one of these initiatives. We’re seeing stiffer sentences, better inter-agency collaboration and the re-writing of laws.”]]>
The young dancers hope to encourage others to sign up for Scotland’s biggest running festival and raise money for Macmillan to help people affected by cancer across Scotland.
The Edinburgh Marathon Festival is Scotland’s largest running festival of its kind with over 30,000 runners expected to take part in 2015.
There are seven races on offer over two days including the marathon, half marathon, team relay, 10k, 5k and junior races.
The Festival takes place on March 30 and 31 and all standard entries close on Wednesday 15th April at 5pm.
More information can be found at http://www.edinburgh-marathon.com/]]>
Due to open in May, the display will be the last opportunity that members of the public will have to view the surviving pair of Colours or flags of the 3rd Battalion of The Royal Scots which accompanied the Battalion into battle on the 18th June 1815.
Once carried by The Royal Scots into a number of battles, including Waterloo, these regimental honours depict their own and the King’s colours, with the royal cypher of King George III, representing honour and traditions as a symbol for rallying during the battle.
Following this last showing, in partnership with The Royal Scots Regimental Museum based within the walls of Edinburgh Castle, the colours will be permanently archived to ensure their preservation.]]>
Researchers from the Glasgow University will collect experiences from the residents of the tower blocks that have left their mark on the city skyline.
Much has been recorded about tenement life in the city but this will the first project of its kind focusing on the multi-story flats first built in the 1950s.
Glasgow is believed to have had the highest concentration of high rise flats in the UK. At its peak there were around 230 blocks home to thousands of people.
The project will focus on four areas in the city Moss Heights in Cardonald, Wynford in Maryhill, Castlemilk and the Gorbals.
Leading the research is Lynn Abrams, professor of Modern History at Glasgow University.
“Our aim is to look at the social history of public housing in Glasgow, which really hasn’t been written,” she said.
“Everyone writes about the tenement, but we don’t know anything very much at all about the 20th-century history of social housing in Glasgow.”
She continued: “They were regarded by some as the solution to the problem of working class houses in cities like Glasgow and Edinburgh, where there was a huge overcrowding problem and absolutely dreadful housing stock which would have cost a fortune to renovate in the post war era.
“The high rises were seen as a cheap solution and a quick solution – and they could also be packed full of what were then regarded as ‘mod cons’, such as running hot water and heating.
“When people moved into them, the did think they were marvellous and cosy and had all the facilities that people needed.
“But there were so many problems with them, mainly to do with the quality of the housing stock.
“Quite often the quality really showed through after a few years – problems with damp, ill-fitting windows, maintenance and the lifts working. There were all sorts of issues with them quite quickly.”
Co-researcher Dr Valerie Wright, added: “With this study we are looking at the past with the idea of informing the present and the future.”]]>
Last year alone 68 homes in Edinburgh were sold for more than £1m – a figure that is predicted to more than double by 2019 to 148.
The research – carried out by property site Zoopla for The Sunday Times – will further raise hopes that confidence is returning to a market shattered by the economic crisis of seven years ago.
It comes just weeks after the most expensive post recession residential home in Scotland was snapped up in Edinburgh for £4m.
Hillwood House, on the slopes of Corstorphine Hill, cost almost £1m more than the most expensive mansion sold north of the border last year.
With nine bedrooms, a tennis court, cinema room, gym and links to one of Scotland’s most famous exports, the property was sold just months after going on the market.
Once home to the MacKinnon family of Drambuie fame, the house was sold by upmarket estate agents Strutt & Parker for “just shy of £4m” to an undisclosed buyer in February.
According to the new research, which was conducted across the whole of the UK, the number of areas where prices were up more than £500,000 is up 20 per cent on last year.
The highest average house price was £2.65m in the Kensington area of London.]]>