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  • Software firm in takeover deal

    BBC News - Scotland
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:37 pm
    A Scottish software firm is taken over, with the prospect of expanding its workforce as it reaches new markets.
  • Police budget slashed again

    Berwick Advertiser - News Feed
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:45 am
    Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria Vera Baird is warning of further pressure on police activities after the Police Grant Settlement was announced last week, amounting to a total £12million cut to local policing budgets.
  • Petrol prices may fall below £1 a litre again

    Linlithgow Journal and Gazette - News Feed
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:45 am
    Motoring organisation the RAC is predicting that petrol prices will drop below £1 a litre in the new year.
  • Gullion’s charitable Christmas single

    The Campbeltown Courier
    cc
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:08 am
    Campbeltown’s alternative rockers Gullion are making a song and dance this Christmas – after they recorded a festive charity single. The three-piece, which formed in 2008 and features Christophe Adie on guitar and vocals, Robert Black on keyboard and son Andrew Black on drums, produced Christmas single Surfin’ Santa at the start of December before announcing its release last week. Find out more about the charitable enterprise in the Campbeltown Courier, December 19 2014, also available online at www.campbeltowncourier.co.uk/digital
  • Holywood blasts Sony's decision to axe The Interview after threats from 'cyber thugs from a police state'

    dailyrecord - News
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:13 pm
    THE FBI revealed that North Korean tyrant Kim Jong-un was behind the cyber attacks and the world dismayed at the blow to free speech.
 
 
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    The Campbeltown Courier

  • Gullion’s charitable Christmas single

    cc
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:08 am
    Campbeltown’s alternative rockers Gullion are making a song and dance this Christmas – after they recorded a festive charity single. The three-piece, which formed in 2008 and features Christophe Adie on guitar and vocals, Robert Black on keyboard and son Andrew Black on drums, produced Christmas single Surfin’ Santa at the start of December before announcing its release last week. Find out more about the charitable enterprise in the Campbeltown Courier, December 19 2014, also available online at www.campbeltowncourier.co.uk/digital
  • Kintyre farmer wins council by-election

    cc
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:21 am
    Born and bred Kintyre man John Armour has been elected as the newest recruit to Argyll and Bute Council following a by-election. Claiming more than 62 per cent of the vote, farmer and father-of-two John Armour, 53, from Drumlemble vowed to support the people in his ward to make their lives better. Read more from Mr Armour in the Campbeltown Courier, December 19 2014, also online at www.campbeltowncourier.co.uk/digital
  • MOK run entries will go fast

    cc
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:51 am
    It is the racing event everyone wants to be part of. Entries for last year’s MOK half marathon and 10k in Campbeltown were snapped up within 24 hours. There are some extra places this year, but those wanting to take part in the Sunday, May 24 event are urged to be on the starting line when entries open online on January 2. Elaine McGeachy, one of the MOKRUN organisers, said: ‘We expect entries to be snapped up just as fast as last year. There will also be no reserve list, so there will be one chance only to secure a place.’ Entries open online at www.entrycentral.com at noon…
  • Dalintober pier moves towards community ownership

    cc
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Dalintober pier is set to become a community asset – but it is ‘highly unlikely’ that funds will be allocated to the community if the structure is transferred. Dalintober Pier Restoration Group has asked Mid Argyll, Kintyre and Islay (MAKI) area committee to transfer the Argyll and Bute Council asset on Campbeltown Loch to the group. The group has asked for £35,000 to re-establish the pier. For the full story see the Cambeltown Courier, December 12 2014, Also available online at www.campbeltowncourier.co.uk/digital  
  • Pupils’ cup hopes come to an end

    cc
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:42 am
    Campbeltown Pupils’ Scottish Cup hopes were ended at the fourth round last Saturday at the hands of Craigshill Thistle from Livingston. The visitors to Livingston did hold their own for 45 minutes – before a second-half blitz from the Lothian side saw them dumped out of the competition. Read the full report in the Campbeltown Courier, December 12 2014, also online at www.campbeltowncourier.co.uk/digital
 
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  • Rugby clash called off

    newsroom
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:40 am
    Orkney Rugby Football Club’s match against Morgan Academy FP, which had been scheduled for this Saturday has been postponed. The call-off comes after fears that travel connections may have been missed due to the seasonal unpredictability of the weather. The BT Caledonia League Division One game has now been rescheduled for March 21, 2015. Orkney [...]
  • Open day held at new Stromness council building

    newsroom
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Locals are being offered the chance to take a look around the new Council building at the Pierhead in Stromness today The Council is holding an open day at the new facility which will allow people to see inside the building for the first time as well as contribute to a decision on a [...]
  • NHS Orkney advises the public to use services ‘wisely’ over the Festive period

    newsroom
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:39 am
    NHS Orkney is urging the public to use local medical services “wisely” over the holiday period, as GP surgeries close for four consecutive days over both the Christmas and New Year weeks. Over the period, an on call GP will be available 24 hours a day for patients who have problems that can’t wait until surgeries [...]
  • Spanish company Repsol to buy Talisman Energy

    newsroom
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:29 am
    Workers at the Flotta Oil terminal – where some 300 staff are currently employed – have been informed that Spanish energy company Repsol has agreed to buy Talisman Energy for $8.3bn. Staff at the terminal were informed of the news yesterday. The transaction will combine Talisman with Repsol and create a leading global exploration and [...]
  • Business Minister renews calls for fairer parcel prices

    newsroom
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:27 am
    As the postal deadlines for Christmas approach, Business Minister Fergus Ewing has reiterated his call for fairer parcel prices throughout the Highlands and Islands area of Scotland. Customers and retailers in Orkney will be familiar with the high delivery costs often payed in the area. Residents may have also experienced problems, such as surcharges, [...]
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  • Sumburgh Airport renewal plans revealed

    Ryan Taylor
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:41 am
    Sumburgh Airport manager Nigel Flaws (left) greets Scottish islands minister Derek Mackay. Photo: Dave Donaldson Scotland’s new islands minister has insisted he will listen to local concerns when dealing with Shetland’s transport needs following a fleeting trip to the town hall yesterday.   And the minister used his visit to announce a raft of improvements at Sumburgh Airport as part of a second phase of its major redevelopment. The changes will see the terminal undergo a programme of repairs and refurbishment, with cladding replaced on the fire station and air traffic control…
  • Isles-based Pakistani lecturer condemns horrific massacre

    Rosalind Griffiths
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:40 am
    This week’s atrocity in Pakistan in which 132 schoolchildren were murdered has had repercussions worldwide, including in Shetland. One Lerwick family has relatives in the north-west city of Peshawar, where the killing took place, and feels very shaken by the event which claimed the lives of nine teachers as well as the children. Abdul Rehman moved to Shetland with his family earlier this year for “security”. He condemned the Taliban fighters who carried out the school killing, and said: “They have no faith, no religion, nothing. It was a big shock, so many innocent people have…
  • More ferry disruption

    Shetland Times
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:25 am
    Tonight’s  southbound sailing of NorthLink ferry Hjaltland will depart at 4pm due to a poor forecast. The arrival time into Aberdeen in subject to delay. The northbound sailing of Hrossey from Aberdeen will only go to Kirkwall, and the vessel will return to Aberdeen on Friday night.
  • ‘Great news’ for post offices

    Rosalind Griffiths
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:06 am
    The Post Office Card Account, which offers an account for pensioners and benefit claimants to use at post offices, is safe for another seven years. The news has been welcomed by isles MP Alistair Carmichael, who said it would protect a key service for vulnerable pensioners and benefit claimants as well as help safeguard the future of the post office. Mr Carmichael said: “This is great news for our post office network which continues to be at the heart of many communities in the isles. “Local postmasters and postmistresses have been telling me for some time how important the…
  • Christmas behind bars for repeat offender

    Shetland Times
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:52 am
    A repeat offender will be spending Christmas behind bars after he was seen hanging around someone’s house for no good reason. George Cruickshank, 32, of Nederdale, Lerwick, was sentenced to 12 weeks imprisonment when he appeared from custody on Wednesday before honorary sheriff Arnold Duncan. Unemployed Cruickshank landed in hot water when residents at a house in Upper Sound heard a noise and saw him leaving their garage. On being challenged he insisted he lived upstairs, which procurator fiscal Duncan MacKenzie said was a lie. They found items had been disturbed and called the police,…
 
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  • Gers board has fans chief's sympathy

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    18 Dec 2014 | 2:47 am
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  • This sums it all up

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    18 Dec 2014 | 2:47 am
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  • Sir Tom Hunter on the future of entrepreneurship in Scotland

    entrepreneurialexchange
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:28 am
    At the recent launch of Entrepreneurial Scotland, Sir Tom Hunter spoke about the need for entrepreneurs, and disruptors, if Scotland is to have the strong economy it needs to create a fairer, more equal and socially just society. He spoke of a recent study carried out in America which showed that over the last 20 years almost all private sector jobs were created by businesses less than five years old. It also highlighted that private firms invested twice as much as their PLC rivals in the development of their businesses. “You entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of our economy,” he…
  • Chris van der Kuyl launches Entrepreneurial Scotland

    entrepreneurialexchange
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:20 am
    Former chair of the Entrepreneurial Exchange and now chair of Entrepreneurial Scotland, Chris van der Kuyl shares the vision and ambition for entrepreneurship in Scotland.
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    18 Dec 2014 | 2:14 am
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  • The Wonder of Melrose Abbey

    Keith Savage
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:18 am
    Last week I wrote one of my unabashedly florid Picture This posts about Melrose Abbey, but the abbey deserves a more complete survey as it is perhaps the finest abbey ruin in all of Scotland. Few ruins can rival the completeness of the remaining structure and evoke the grandeur of what it must have looked like during the height of Melrose Abbey’s power. The simple fact is that this is the big daddy of them all, the primary draw of visitors to the Scottish Borders, and I’m happy to say it delivers. Does it ever. Each footstep upon the emerald turf crushes history from the ground,…
  • Picture This: Melrose Abbey, Heart of the Borders

    Keith Savage
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:29 am
    Be halde to ye hende. I am ascending the staircase when I spot the words carved into the stone, the mark of a stonemason, not a vandal, by their neatness. The words fade, their meaning inscrutable, as I gaze across the Tweed Valley from the ruins of Melrose Abbey. The Eildon Hills stand in shadow wheezing tales of Trimontium and the Queen of Elfhame while dignified Melrose town clings to the River Tweed like a child upon its mother’s frock. Here in the heart of the Central Borders, Melrose Abbey is an edifice that defies you to believe the best is yet to come. The feel of sun and…
  • A Visit to Dryburgh Abbey at the Hour of Nones

    Keith Savage
    3 Dec 2014 | 10:38 am
    Though I didn’t realize it at the time, my visit to the south of Scotland became something of a pilgrimage to the ruined abbeys that stand as testament to the destructive powers of faith and sovereignty. As my journey took me from Dumfries & Galloway to the Scottish Borders, so my gaze shifted from Crossraguel, Dundrennan, Glenluce, and Sweetheart abbeys to their famous Borders brethren. While most of the abbeys in this part of Scotland share similar stories – founded in the Middle Ages, risen to power during the Wars of Scottish Independence, and ruined during the Reformation…
  • State of the Savage: November 2014

    Keith Savage
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:21 am
    It may come as a surprise to learn I am not Scottish nor do I live in Scotland. I am of Scottish descent (and also German and Italian), but I spend the vast majority of my time at home in Wisconsin where I was born and raised. Most people who contact me assume I’m a Scot living in Scotland, and many are downright shocked to learn I’m an American. I get it – those reactions make sense. After all, it makes sense logistically, financially, and, well, by default to be living in and from the place one passionately writes about. But travel shows us otherwise. How else can we…
  • To the Point of Scott’s View

    Keith Savage
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:23 am
    Just east of Abbotsford lies one of the Scottish Borders’s greatest viewpoints: Scott’s View. This was the place where Sir Walter Scott would stop on his way home to Abbotsford and take in the gorgeous Tweed Valley and Eildon Hills. He halted here so often, the story goes, that his horse would stop of its own volition, and, in fact, this is said to have happened after his death as the horses carried his body to Dryburgh Abbey. Over time the view acquired his namesake, and I imagine it is as stunning today as it was back in the early 19th century. There are few places that provide…
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