COUNCIL MOVES TO KEEP SCHOOLS CLEAN BEFORE PUPILS GO BACK

I am reassured to hear that there will be cleaners on site during the day in every primary school, and two in secondary schools, to wipe down busy touch-point areas. I’m also pleased to see the extensive provision of hand sanitisers and the planned promotion of hand-washing in our schools because we know that these measures will also be vital in controlling Covid-19.” … More COUNCIL MOVES TO KEEP SCHOOLS CLEAN BEFORE PUPILS GO BACK

Journalists’ Charity/Dickens Fellowship finds a new Dickens character for the 21st century

he winner of the Journalists’ Charity/Dickens Fellowship competition to find a new Dickens character for the 21st century was revealed last night as a formidable B&Q queue organiser who takes her role very seriously. Cartoon by MAC and courtesy of the Journalists’ Charity). … More Journalists’ Charity/Dickens Fellowship finds a new Dickens character for the 21st century

Could you give a child a home, please?

Policy Lead for Social Care, Councillor Kieron Green said: “Every child deserves to live in a safe, loving home but unfortunately that’s not always possible. That’s why we need people in our communities to help – to give a child a chance. There are a number of reasons why children and young people can’t remain with their own families and need to be looked after and accommodated. … More Could you give a child a home, please?

ERSKINE RECIVES INCREDIBLE GRANT FROM ARMED FORCES COVENANT TRUST

Erskine is very pleased to announce that we have received an incredible grant of £250,000 from The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust. This grant was awarded following our application to the Trust’s COVID-19 Impact Programme and will help fund the enhanced care services provided by Erskine’s Homes over the next four months. … More ERSKINE RECIVES INCREDIBLE GRANT FROM ARMED FORCES COVENANT TRUST

Fintan O’Toole: Jack Charlton allowed us to accept the English part of our Irishness

But Charlton was not playing these games of identity. He was bluntly, gruffly, cloth-capped English. There was – whatever the sentimental reminiscences might say – no whiff of the “adopted son” about him, no “more Irish than the Irish” guff. He had the tough centre-half’s absolute assurance about himself, and that very much included the utter certainty about who he was and where he came from. … More Fintan O’Toole: Jack Charlton allowed us to accept the English part of our Irishness

Are you making the most of the council website?

The website also has a number of “Request It” and “Report It” services that allow people to report lighting and road faults; tell us if they have moved house; make and comment on planning applications; order a new bin; change the name of their house; or request a copy birth certificate. For the very latest information and help regarding coronavirus visit our dedicated Coronavirus pages. … More Are you making the most of the council website?

Scotland’s key heritage sites begin reopening on August 1

Alex Paterson, chief executive of HES, said: “At the forefront of our planning is the safety of our staff and visitors, whilst being able to reopen for the tourist season by gradually enabling safe access to our properties and facilities in line with Scottish Government guidance. … More Scotland’s key heritage sites begin reopening on August 1

Be careful out there on them thar hills, girls …

Chief Inspector Gill Marshall, Local Area Commander for Stirling said: “We fully understand the public’s desire to get outdoors again and enjoy everything that rural Scotland has to offer, but it is essential that hill-walkers and those venturing out into the hills take the appropriate steps to keep themselves, and others with them safe. … More Be careful out there on them thar hills, girls …

Visiting family and friends in hospital now allowed – but strict rules apply

In the first phase of this three part plan, hospital visitors will need to adhere to strict public health guidance to ensure patient, staff and visitor safety, and to protect progress made in suppressing the spread of COVID-19. … More Visiting family and friends in hospital now allowed – but strict rules apply

HMS PENZANCE LEAVES FASLANE BASE FOR GULF TOUR OF DUTY

Usually departing mine hunters would be waved farewell by friends and family members. Sadly, the current situation meant that they could not be at Faslane for the departure. However Base staff and sailors across the Clyde Community were there at the jetty to provide a socially distant Bon Voyage. … More HMS PENZANCE LEAVES FASLANE BASE FOR GULF TOUR OF DUTY

GEORGE GALLOWAY HASSLED AT BORDER AS FORMER MP RETURNS TO SCOTLAND

The former Labour MP, who once tried and failed to become Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate in the old Dumbarton constituency, has confirmed he is to move back to Scotland after a weekend of debate on Twitter, sparked by a group of protesters who staged a demonstration at the Scottish border. … More GEORGE GALLOWAY HASSLED AT BORDER AS FORMER MP RETURNS TO SCOTLAND

TICKETS ONLY, SAFETY MEASURES AND GUIDELINES AS CHURCHES OPEN ON WEDNESDAY

Firstly, the numbers are to be limited to 50 and the church must keep a record of contact details for those attending Mass. In order to comply with this, we have introduced a booking system, a link to which you can find on the parish website or facebook page. … More TICKETS ONLY, SAFETY MEASURES AND GUIDELINES AS CHURCHES OPEN ON WEDNESDAY

Loch Lomond wallaby island of Inchconnachan is for sale for £ half a million

Wallabies are said to have bounced around the pinewoods, while pot-bellied pigs, llamas and alpacas, caged birds (including a macaw which volunteered rude comments on proceedings, and others that uttered further expletives), horses, a fox and assorted dogs completed a bustling scene. … More Loch Lomond wallaby island of Inchconnachan is for sale for £ half a million

5,300 jobs go at Boots and John Lewis as employment slaughter decimates retail

High street chain Boots and department store chain John Lewis are cutting a total of more than 5,000 jobs – blamed on the impact of COVID-19. Boots, who have stores in Dumbarton High Street, Main Street, Alexandria and Sinclair Street, Helensburgh, have plans to axe 4,000 workers in a major shake-up while John Lewis , whose nearest … More 5,300 jobs go at Boots and John Lewis as employment slaughter decimates retail

Doubling the provision of childcare is SNP flagship policy, says Sturgeon

Pledge to deliver on it as quickly as possible By Bill Heaney The Scottish government’s commitment to double the provision of state-funded childcare—one that has not been made by a Government anywhere else in the United Kingdom—is not on hold, according to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. She told Holyrood MSPs this week: “Inevitably, its timescale … More Doubling the provision of childcare is SNP flagship policy, says Sturgeon

Working hard to achieve financial sustainability and wipe out digital poverty

The pandemic has placed unprecedented demands on the sector, yet the response of our colleges and universities has—as I am sure we all agree—been quite remarkable, given how quickly they have had to adapt to a new set of very challenging circumstances that they could never have imagined. … More Working hard to achieve financial sustainability and wipe out digital poverty