The new tracks on the £330m Airdrie to Bathgate rail linking Edinburgh and Glasgow will create almost 130 new jobs. The track which is due to open in December will offer jobs like drivers, ticket examiners and station staff for Scots and is the same as the one which had operated in Scotland for 25 years
Though there was a dispute between the RMT rail union and the First ScotRail in the recent months on the fact that it may jeopardize the safety of the passengers, it is all settled now. The union had also said that it will urge the minister to ensure a guard on every service of the new link.
Designed in order to complete the ‘missing link’ between the communities in Glasgow and Edinburgh, the company declares that it is safe and is same as that which has operated in Scotland for 25 years.
The use of public transport will be beneficial with the new rail Airdrie-Bathgate. It also seems that this new form of employment will profit the economy as a whole.
The Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency (SCDEA) wants the people of Scotland to provide them with valid information on any houses or flats that cultivates cannabis. The new campaign has been put forth in order to uproot the many cannabis factories after new figures showed that police officers have seized almost £40m worth of the plants since 2006.
Set up by organised crime gangs, the public are asked to use their ‘natural senses’ in order to find out the presence of the cannabis factories. It is seen that workers in the factories which is set up in the residential areas are locked up like slaves.
Though the UK government has graded Cannabis as Class C drug from Class B in 2004, it is seen that they need to reverse the decision. It is also seen that there was virtually no production over the year but as of nine months Scotland topped the list with almost 60 productions of the drug.
Launching the campaign, Justice Kenny MacAskill said:
“Even the smallest piece of information about an individual or group’s activity can be the key that unlocks the door to disrupting an entire criminal empire”
Crime gangs are focusing on the industrial production of the drug by putting more emphasis on the potency of the product and therefore have a more marketable product.
Posing serious safety risks and even fire and electrocution risks, these highly dangerous cultivations are reaching up-to the doorsteps of the people and nobody wants or needs it. It is also seen that those individuals who are in for the cannabis cultivation are from the South-east Asian origin.
Dunfermline city is in the mood of festival and celebrates the life, myth and legend of King Robert the Bruce in the ancient Capital of Scotland as the BRUCE FESTIVAL returns to Dunfermline between 19th – 29th August 2010. This is the best chance for every visitor to learn about Dunfermline’s rich history from the figures that fought for Scotland’s independence and get closer to the Bruce than ever before.
Along with the historical legend character, listen to one of three acclaimed Scottish musicians at the festival on 19th, 20th and 21st August as Dougie MacLean, Karen Matheson and Dick Gaughan perform an intimate concert inside the beautiful Dunfermline Abbey Nave. Then, you can take for a tour(Son et Lumiere guided tours) with Bruce through the magical grounds of the Abbey as Scotland’s hero brings history to life through drama, sound and light.
The festival brings in special events which will take you back to the time when Robert the Bruce lived. It happens on 28th and 29th in Pittencrieff Park. This time the Kings of Celtic rock, Soar Patrol will provide the soundtrack as medieval camp life is demonstrated with exciting hand to hand fighting from movie stunt performers, Combat International, fresh from the set of Ridley Scott’s latest Robin Hood movie. There will also be battle re-enactments, an international street market, kid’s battles and much more surprises await every visitor.
If you want to watch the musical concerts, need to book well in advance. Concerts will be immediately followed by a guided tour at 8.30pm included in the price of the concert ticket. It is informed that tickets are time specific and cannot be exchanged or transferred to any other scheduled tours. It is recommended that you dress up with sturdy footwear and suitable clothing. The show does not admit late comers until a suitable break and the disabled visitors are very well provided all the help.
Sea fareres can adventure on Oban waters by taking a boat trip. Oban a town in Scotland, has beautiful scenery that can be enjoyed on a trip in boat. You can spot all sorts of birds, sea mammals and wildlife which is otherwise not possible from the land.
If you take the boat tour in any particular season, you will come across rare species of birds and mammals. There are various tours from Oban, taking visitors on a journey round the Argyll waters, where they have the chance to spot all sorts of wildlife. If you are happen to be around in a place called Easdale, a point 13 miles south of Oban, here the main thrust of the business is to take wildlife tours down to the gulf of Corry reckan, which is home to the world’s third largest whirlpool.
And as most tours are taken place from spring to early winter, visitors get the chance to spot all sorts of different animals through the seasons – as well as the spectacular whirlpools which are created by the tides in the early part of the year.
The whole area of Argyll waters comes under European special area of conservation and this is one of the main reason that the visitors enjoy fresh and good seafood.
The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust(WWT) found in a recent research that there are growing fears of Polar Bears preying on the eggs of barnacle geese who migrate to the Solway Firth in Scotland each winter.
The bears have turned to the eggs after being stranded on land in the summer months as a result of diminishing ice. And, the centre have recorded an increase in the polar bear activity while monitoring a barnacle goose colony on the Arctic island of Svalbard. If the situation continues bird numbers could be devastated, the researchers worried.
Barnacle goose Barnacle goose numbers have risen dramatically over the past 60 years. But the polar bears are now capable of diminishing there numbers by eating more than 1,000 eggs at one sitting.
Of more than 500 nests on the island, fewer than 40 were successful and most of them had very small clutch sizes of only one or two gosling. The geese are very long-lived birds and their survival rate is increased if they don’t actually breed, especially the females.
Zoologists says that if their breeding continues to be affected in this way the population will quickly age, which threatens its stability and the future conservation of this bird which is very special to WWT.
The entire population of Svalbard barnacle geese winter on the Solway Firth and return to breed in the Arctic each summer.