New law on underage drinking introduced today

A new law which makes if an offence for someone to make alcohol available to a child or young person to drink in public comes into effect today. This is part of an overarching piece of legislation the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015 and the aim is to ensure that police have powers to tackle outdoor drinking dens. The other parts of the More...

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By Phyllis Stephen On Sunday, April 30th, 2017

A day in New York with the First Minister

At the beginning of April I was in New York for Tartan Week and had the opportunity of interviewing the First Minister, the Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP twice during the day. It was a busy day. It also happened to More...

By John Preece On Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

Pedal on Parliament 2017

Several hundred cyclist gathered today (Saturday) in the Meadows to take part in the 2017 Pedal on Parliament. The event was policed fairly discretely by Edinburgh’s Police Cycle Division, and was escorted More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
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Scotland House now open in London

First Minister meets design team for Scotland House, London.Left to right Frank Hinds, Rupert Aitken, Nicola Sturgoen, Steve Neilson, Joseph Wright The Scottish Government has announced that Scotland’s latest More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Sunday, April 16th, 2017

Transplant numbers up in the last year

The Scottish Government has released new figures confirming that the number of people who had an organ transplant from a deceased donor in the last year increased from the previous year by 34%. 430 people living More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Friday, April 7th, 2017

A little ballet to begin the First Minister’s day in NYC

The First Minister started her busy day yesterday at New York University’s Tisch School of the Performing Arts where she met some Scottish ballet students on an exchange visit supported by Scottish Government More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Friday, April 7th, 2017

Scottish food and drink continues to delight the US

At an event in downtown New York last night organised by Scottish Development International,  the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that Scottish food and drink exports to the US continue to grow. With cocktails More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Monday, April 3rd, 2017
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More American investment in Scotland announced

44 jobs created or safeguarded with inward investment The First Minister  has welcomed an announcement today from three American firms who have promised investment of £6.3 million in Scotland, creating or safeguarding More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Sunday, April 2nd, 2017
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US firm invests in Edinburgh research centre

US tech firm Xilinx Inc. is to invest £3.8 million in its specialist research centre in Edinburgh, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed today. The centre will also be supported by a £1.01 million research More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Friday, March 31st, 2017

#NYCTW The Scottish Parliament will be celebrating in New York

A delegation from the Scottish Parliament are travelling to the US this weekend. They will visit Winnipeg, Ottawa and New York, meeting with parliamentarians, Scottish organisations working in North America, and More...