WESTERN ISLES PUPILS WALK OFF WITH AWARDS

Murdo MacSween, communications manager for MG ALBA, said: “FilmG is hugely influential, with films covering important topics but also injecting some fun into the process of how to create Gaelic content. The awards this year were fantastic in celebrating what the future of Gaelic media has to offer and I’m looking forward to seeing more and more from everyone who took part.” … More WESTERN ISLES PUPILS WALK OFF WITH AWARDS

CAR CRASHES INTO CEMETERY WALL OFF THE A828

Sergeant David Miller, of the Road Policing Unit in Dingwall, said: “We are carrying out inquiries to establish the full circumstances which led to this collision. The car was being driven north before the crash and I would urge anyone who either witnessed the incident or who saw the vehicle on the road beforehand to come forward. … More CAR CRASHES INTO CEMETERY WALL OFF THE A828

ZERO HOURS CONTRACTS ARE EVIL, SAYS RETAILER

Zero-hours contracts – ban them now, say trade unions Trade union reps Margaret Wood (UNITE) and Valerie Jennings (UNISON) campaigning for workers’ rights. By Tim Sharp on 17 Feb 2020 Hundreds of thousands of people are trapped in jobs so insecure they’re unable to plan childcare or budget for groceries.  Official figures out later this week will … More ZERO HOURS CONTRACTS ARE EVIL, SAYS RETAILER

BUMPER CHEQUE FOR MAGGIE’S FROM TINA AND LIZ

Today Liz Glover and  the Rev Tina Kemp of Helensburgh Parish Church visited the Maggie’s Centre at Gartnavel Hospital in Glasgow to hand over a cheque for £3520. Liz Braved the Shave in solidarity with Tina to raise the amazing amount. A huge thanks to Liz and to everyone who supported her. And thanks also to Maggie’s for all they do to help cancer sufferers and their families. Liz and Tina are pictured here with Jennifer Blair, fundraising manager at Maggie’s Glasgow. … More BUMPER CHEQUE FOR MAGGIE’S FROM TINA AND LIZ

WHY ARE PUPILS IN RURAL AREAS DOING WORSE AT SCHOOL?

School children in ‘remote’ areas do worse than elsewhere By James McEnaney on February 16, 2020   Rural West Dunbartonshire and Argyll at Glen Fruin. Picture by Bill Heaney School pupils in remote parts of Scotland have lower levels of literacy and numeracy than those in accessible and urban areas, according to recently released Scottish Government data. … More WHY ARE PUPILS IN RURAL AREAS DOING WORSE AT SCHOOL?

UNIONISTS AND LOYALISTS MUST NOT BE COERCED

The former taoiseach said that while a Border poll is inevitable, the outcome of that vote would be based on “the case that’s made” following qualitative and analytic work. He said if a poll was taken today it would not pass due to financial issues and also because “people are not prepared anymore to see coercion of unionists or loyalists into a united Ireland until there’s a comfort zone established where people see that everyone could work together”. … More UNIONISTS AND LOYALISTS MUST NOT BE COERCED

DENNIS BRINGS STORM MENACE TO DUMBARTON QUAY

SP Energy Networks, the electricity distributor for central and southern Scotland, said flooding on roads could make it difficult for engineers to reach faults in the network.

Craig Arthur, director at SP Energy Networks for central and southern Scotland, said power cuts become more likely during storms and encouraged people to have a battery powered torch and fully charged mobile on hand over the weekend. … More DENNIS BRINGS STORM MENACE TO DUMBARTON QUAY

DEMOCRAT TIPS NANDY TO WIN LABOUR LEADERSHIP

Labour leadership hustings: Party ‘can’t win’ without success in Scotland Lisa Nandy, tipped to win the Labour Party leadership election. BBC Scotland’s political desk staff and Democrat editor Bill Heaney are reporting that the final contenders for the Labour leadership have answered questions at a hustings in Glasgow, with all three backing more powers being … More DEMOCRAT TIPS NANDY TO WIN LABOUR LEADERSHIP

SEARCH FOR FOOTPADS WHO ROBBED TEENAGERS

Police in Clydebank are appealing for information after a 15-year-old boy and 13-year-old boy were robbed. The incident happened around 10pm on Friday, 14 February, 2020 between Longden Street and Low Crescent in Whitecrook. A man approached both victims before assaulting them and stealing their mobile phone and other personal belongings. … More SEARCH FOR FOOTPADS WHO ROBBED TEENAGERS

EDITORS WANT LORDS INQUIRY TO BE MEANINGFUL

Within moments, we now have access to news on multiple platforms and no longer need to wait for the morning paper, the weekly or the evening news for updates. Social media has allowed new organisations to disrupt the news market and also gives individuals a greater freedom to publish news and analysis themselves, challenging established providers. For the 70,000 people across the UK who are employed as journalists, the shift from traditional print media to digital has given rise to a need for more training and an increased range of skills. … More EDITORS WANT LORDS INQUIRY TO BE MEANINGFUL

DUMBARTON HIGH STREET CLOSED TO TRAFFIC

Due to the dangerous condition of a chimney, High Street, Dumbarton will be closed to vehicles between its north and south junction with Riverside Lane from 10 February for up to 21 days. Access for pedestrians will be maintained. Diversion route will be Riverside Lane. Further information, including diversion map, is available at https://www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk/highst. … More DUMBARTON HIGH STREET CLOSED TO TRAFFIC

IT’S BIG MIKE WHO IS TELLING THE SPENDING FIBS

Michael Russell claim that ‘Scotland pays out more than it gets back’ is False Michael Russell, the Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Government Business and Constitutional Relations. By Ferret Journalists on February 12, 2020 The UK government has launched a new marketing campaign targeting Scots. On 6 February 2020 @UKGovScotland tweeted: “The prosperity of the UK delivers greater … More IT’S BIG MIKE WHO IS TELLING THE SPENDING FIBS

BULLET ALLEGATIONS MADE AT COURT HEARING

Man charged with Lyra McKee murder picked up bullet casings, court hears The journalist was shot dead while observing rioting in Derry about 4 hours ago Updated: 48 minutes ago By Freya McClements Northern Correspondent of the Irish Times Scuffle with police and protesters as Paul McIntyre arrives at Derry Magistrates Court on Thursday.   The man charged … More BULLET ALLEGATIONS MADE AT COURT HEARING