Scottish Fire

Johnny Aiken’s Vogue lamb overtakes Carlisle Beltex at 7,500gns

Ram lambs met the best in the business at the Beltex Sheep Society’s final offer of the season at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, where local Vogue herd champion Johnny Aiken topped the sale at 7500gns. The sale, which included the Cromwell, Arconda and Tosh dispersions, however, saw the averages drop over the year in all sections, but for more sales compared ...

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Aberdeenshire Council Launches Review to Address Gull Problem in North East Communities

Aberdeenshire Council has started a review of how it is tackling the gull problem in the region. The move comes in response to lingering complaints about gulls from Aberdeenshire communities, despite Covid restrictions that were in place last year. A council spokesperson said: “Gulls are doing particularly well in many towns and villages – both in urban and rural areas ...

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Scottish ministers’ climate targets’ risk of going up in smoke ‘over unregulated muirburn

Scottish ministers’ hopes of meeting climate change targets may fail unless burning of meadows and heather moorlands is no longer strictly regulated, and almost all burning on peat is banned, warned the ecologists. The Scottish Government has been warned that current muirburn practices are incompatible with Scotland’s net zero ambitions due to the importance of peatlands as carbon reservoirs. And ...

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Scottish Greens under fire for waste incineration ’embarrassment’ turn around

THE Scottish Greens have been accused of doing “another U-turn” after failing to propose a moratorium on shutting down large-scale waste incinerators despite being featured in the party manifesto. The party manifesto pledged to “oppose the construction of new incinerators because they ease the pressure to reduce waste, cause air pollution and are bad for the climate.” The Scottish government ...

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Scottish fire services must prepare for wildfires amid climate crisis

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has been told it needs to adapt to cope with the increasing risks of flooding and wildfires. In a new Scottish Government consultation document, it is revealed that the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) will need to prepare for more extreme weather conditions due to the climate crisis. While SFRS’s top priority remains ...

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Climate Change: With the SNP / Green government running out of ideas, here’s how we could start the electric car revolution and tackle the fast fashion – Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP

Unlike fast fashion, clothing at Junk Kouture, the world’s largest youth fashion event, is made from recycled waste (Photo: Antony Jones / Getty Images for Junk Kouture) I made quick representations to Scottish Water who explained that it was a phenomenon of nature, “a storm over a thousand years”. Well, since that meeting there have been three more of these ...

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Covid Scotland: Cybercrime Reports Double During Pandemic

THE number of reported cyber crimes in Scotland nearly doubled during the pandemic, new statistics have revealed. An estimated 14,130 crimes fall under the cybercrime category recorded by Police Scotland in 2020-2021 – a staggering 95% increase from the estimated 7,240 reported in 2019-20. The shocking increase in agent-recorded cybercrimes came as recorded crimes declined in four key areas; non-sexual ...

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North Korea fires ‘ballistic missile’ at sea as Kim Jong-un speeds up weapons tests, sparking fears of World War III

There are fears that Kim Jong-un will accelerate his candidacy for the “third world war” after the tin dictator fired a short-range “ballistic” missile early this morning. It comes after the North Korean ambassador told the UN in a chilling warning that no one will deny Pyongyang the right to test weapons. 3 North Korea fired ballistic missile at sea ...

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Martin Blunden: Fury as the Scottish fire and rescue team were attacked by young people from Edinburgh during an emergency call to Gracemount

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) team were ambushed as they put out an out of control bonfire in the grounds of Mansion House in Gracemount just before 9 p.m. Sunday. Blinded firefighters were forced to call the police for backup as young people swarmed them with projectiles that damaged their fire engine. No injuries or arrests were reported, ...

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