The 39th most populous settlement in UK, Dundee has once again been positioned as the place with the highest rate of teenage pregnancies in Scotland. A part of the NHS Tayside area, the city has a recorded rate of girls among 13 to 15 getting pregnant, registering the place with the worst teenage pregnancy rate in the country. Recent statistics for the years 2007 to 2009 records Dundee to be the 4th largest city with this undesired title.
Updated by the Information Services Division of NHS Scotland, the figures clearly estimate that one of the causes for the pregnancy rates to be higher is poverty. Girls under the age of 15 to 17 have a recorded rate of 73.7 pregnancies per 1000 and girls among 17 to 19 is seen to have a record rate of 73.8 pregnancies per 1000. As the population rate of Dundee is small, the higher number of expectant mothers has added an extra flare to the title.
The larger cities like Glasgow and Edinburgh also records huge pregnancy rates. But the records show that Dundee has been named with the infamous title since 1994. Whereas the lowest pregnancy rate for the same period was recorded in the East Renfrewshire Council area that includes the suburbs of Glasgow, Clarkston and Newton Mearns.
More than 60 events are to be staged as part of Scotland‘s Winter Festivals Programme. The festivals season begins on St Andrew’s Day (30 November) and includes the Hogmanay celebrations and Burns night on 25 January.
The Ministry of Scotland Culture is set to focus on promoting Scotland’s top produce, with 2010 being Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink. Events will be held around the country, involving 65 visitor attractions.
The Minister for Culture Ms Hyslop said that Scotland’s Winter Festivals programme shows that Scotland is a great visitor destination and the perfect stage for events all year round. With Edinburgh‘s Hogmanay generating an estimated £29m last year, festive celebrations can make a significant contribution to Scottish tourism and economy.
The Winter Festivals are considered to help entice people from home and abroad to explore all areas of Scotland. The celebrations will span the globe year, with a St Andrew’s Day Ball in Doha, in the Gulf, and a Kirkin’ of the Tartans in Hawaii also being staged.
A scheme giving landlords in Edinburgh, the chance to provide accommodation to the homeless through council is established.
Link Group Ltd will be responsible in delivering the Private Sector Leasing (PSL) scheme. It is aimed to provide a major source of rented accommodation for homeless people in the capital.
“The scheme had supported more than 4,000 people through a network of 1,600 properties since it was launched five years ago”, said Edinburgh City Council.
Schemes like PSL, where the council work with private landlords to free up housing in the private rented market to those people who need it most, is paying dividends.
To set up a new multiple sclerosis research clinic in Edinburgh, Harry Potter author JK Rowling has contributed £10million in honor of her mother, Anne who died in 1990. The money will go to a purpose built unit in the University of Edinburgh which will be renamed as The Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic.
With an estimated fortune of £519, it is said that this donation was her largest single pledge and the largest single donation received by the University. It is said that the writer believes that this university would become a world center for excellence in its field.
Affecting around 85,000 people, multiple sclerosis or MS is one of the most common neurological condition that effects young adults in UK and that which has no cure. Mostly it is seen that it is caused due to the combination of genetics, environmental and infectious factors.
Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea, principal of the University of Edinburgh said:
‘This exceptionally generous donation will provide great help in the effort to improve treatments for multiple sclerosis’.
Expected to be completed within a year, this new facility will help the researchers to know more about the other incurable neurological disorders and would also help the patients to be placed at the heart of the research and training process.
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.