(c) http://pcwallart.com I keep finding ‘more’ of things when I search for good news of Scotland. That must be good. You know I’m finished attacking the MSM but they always seemed to find ‘less’. I wonder why? Surveys record highest numbers of three dolphin species in Hebrides: SNP take credit Here’s an excerpt from the report from the conservation charity, Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust, in its marine research expeditions in 2016: ‘From the trust’s specialized research yacht Silurian, volunteers and scientists recorded 2,303 individual common dolphins, 42 bottlenose dolphins and 94 Risso’s dolphins – the figures for all three species being the highest ever recorded in its annual survey seasons. Average annual figures documented over the previous 14 years were 463 individual common dolphins, 14 bottlenose dolphins and 12 Risso’s dolphins. For common dolphins, these records range from 0 individuals encountered in a couple of the earlier field seasons to 1,862 during the 2007 season.’
A short film about the surveys can be seen at https://youtu.be/M_3r-GKfh8o.
Suspecting, naturally, that SNP marine policies might be responsible, I did a quick ‘SNP dolphins’ search and found what looks like confirmation in:
I’ve not had time to read the article but the title seems clear. I suppose another explanation might be a softening of the ‘Wee Free’ kirk’s disapproval of having fun in recent years? Or, could Donald Trump’s policies be driving them away from Florida to a country with a more positive attitude to migrants?
Royal Bank of Scotland offers a boost to Scottish small businesses growth
This is just what we always wanted them to do isn’t it? To put it mildly, they’ve been more prone to ripping-off and busting small businesses in the past but hey, maybe they’ve changed? It’s ‘entirely free.’ Here’s what they’re promising now:
‘The Boost programme will offer a digital source of support, and access to a team of Business Growth Enablers servicing every region of Scotland. Through a dedicated digital portal, small businesses can get access to valuable business insight and be connected to a team of 11 Business Growth Enablers operating across Scotland. Launched by Royal Bank of Scotland, Boost is a new initiative designed to help companies move forward by establishing the right connections between businesses and offering access to relevant experts and resources. Through a dedicated digital portal, small businesses can get access to valuable business insight and be connected to a team of 11 Business Growth Enablers operating across Scotland. The Business Growth Enablers will provide their local knowledge and networks, help businesses to connect with each other, provide hands-on expertise and training, and host regular workshops and events in their areas.’
I suppose the only question is ‘CAN WE TRUST THEM NOW?’
Child Poverty Bill published by Scottish government
Read below for the basic facts of the matter, free of Dugdale, Davidson and Rennie trying to tell us the SNP should have done this before even though their own parties have done nothing about it for decades (centuries?) and the English Tories are driving England back to the world of Dickens.
‘Ambition to end cycle of poverty.
For the first time since devolution, the Scottish Government will be responsible for meeting ambitious targets to reduce and ultimately end child poverty in Scotland.
The Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill has been published today and will see Scotland become the only part of the UK with statutory targets in a bid to reduce the number of children experiencing the damaging effects of poverty by 2030.
The government will publish a three-year child poverty delivery plan by April 2018, which will be updated every five years and annual reports to measure progress.
Equalities Secretary Angela Constance visited Fairy Job Mother, an innovative programme that helps 16-24 year olds into work, with 70% of those completing the programme finding employment, to mark the publication of the Bill.
Ms Constance said:
“It’s utterly unacceptable that one in five children in Scotland live in poverty and this Bill sets out statutory targets to reduce and ultimately eradicate child poverty.
“Child poverty has been a systemic problem for decades. Tackling the immense challenge is an ambition all of Scotland – be that national and local government, health boards, businesses, the third sector or others – must work together to overcome.”
I haven’t heard of any murders, rapes, child abuse or SNP failures for three days now. Is it safe to go outside? How’s this for lack of self-awarenesss?
‘The proportion of people who think crime has risen has seen a large increase, despite overall rates of crime falling, a survey suggests.’