Scottish councils are set to lose out on 46 million pounds in funding for local projects when the UK leaves the European Union.
The news comes following figures released through a freedom of information request made by the Liberal Democrats.
The party’s Europe spokesman, Tavish Scott said that the figures demonstrate the importance of EU funding for Scottish councils;
“These figures reveal just how beneficial EU funding has been for council projects and the material threat posed by the UK’s departure from the EU. The UK and Scottish governments must now explain how disruption to these projects will be minimised and the loss of funding mitigated.”
The European funds have this year supported a variety of projects; everything from youth employment in Aberdeenshire, infrastructure projects in the Highlands and Islands to support for anti-poverty programs in Fife.
Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon spoke to our sports reporter Joe Birchenall ahead of his sides fixture tonight at Easter Road. Fenlon’s charges face Aberdeen, a side who they have not beaten in the league since May last year. However, Hibs face the Dons on the back of a thrilling Scottish Cup semi-final win against Falkirk, which saw them claim a 4 – 3 victory despite finishing the first half three goals down. Fenlon, however, is keen to push on and to focus on remaining league games, saying he is disappointed to have finished outside of the top six.
Fenlon also discusses the breakthrough of youngsters Alex Harris and Danny Handling, his reaction to Neil Lennon’s SFA woes and the imminent departure of Hibs top scorer Leigh Griffiths.
A gas leak at the Elgin platform, 150 miles off the coast of Aberdeen has been ongoing since Sunday.
238 workers have been evacuated from the platform and the nearby Rowan Viking drilling rig as well as Shell have moved personnel. A three mile safety zone had been put in place but it has been increased to a five mile radius by the Unite union.
Greenpeace are concerned with possible wider implications of the gas leak in the North Sea.
Total Oil Company owns the platform and claim the leak has not been caused by human error. The company believe the leak is coming from a rock formation above the main reservoir, at a depth of 4,000m.
It has been regarded too dangerous for anyone to return to extinush the blaze but the company claim there is no danger of the flare igniting the gas cloud beneath the rig.
Total has been evaluating the sitution by fly-overs in the area and are currently considering drilling a relief well which could take months.
An oil rig in the North Sea has been evacuated after the discovery of a gas leak on Sunday 150 miles (240km) off the coast of Aberdeen.
Total E&P UK (TEP UK), operators of the platform, has stated that 238 people have been evacuated from the rig, and no injuries have been reported. The platform is currently unmanned and powered down. The reason for the leak is still unknown.
The Aberdeen Coastguard has confirmed that the situation is still ongoing, and that there have been reports of a sheen from a possible leaking of gas into the water around the rig. They also stated that Total is attempting to ascertain what to do next.
“Investigations are continuing to determine the cause of the ongoing gas leak and TEP UK is monitoring the situation closely,” said a spokesman for Total.
The spokesman also said that they are “cooperating fully with all relevant authorities including the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA).”
The city of Aberdeen has released no warning to the public. They have said that “It is miles and miles off shore, so there is no problem. In fact it is a beautiful day for a paddle.”
Scotland Manager Craig Levein has elected to hand three new players their first call-up in an international friendly against the Faroe Islands next Tuesday.
With an average squad age of 25, youth appears to have taken precedence and no players over 30 year old will appear in the tie at Aberdeen’s Pittodrie stadium.
Dundee United’s David Goodwillie (21), Liverpool’s Danny Wilson (18) and Aston Villa’s Barry Bannan (20) will all be hoping to receive their first full Scotland caps at the friendly match in Aberdeen.
In-form Kilmarnock Goalkeeper Cammy Bell and Blackpool’s Matthew Gilks also return to the squad, the latter helping the Bloomfield road side to a respectable 14th place in the English Premiership.
The National team bosses new caps will be supported by several other established members of squad, such as Gary Caldwell, Steven Naismith and Darren Fletcher who all retain their places, off the back of the recent Euro 2012 qualifying loss to Spain at Hampden Park.
Levein is certain, however, that the players chosen are not simply for experimental purposes, but can also bring something positive to the squad.
He said: “I think anybody who’s on this list here is somebody who I feel can add something to the Scotland National Team. With some of the guys the might not be that eminent, other than for this match. I want to have a look at and probably get to know some of the guys as well”
He also hoped the younger players would be able to make an impact on and off the field, adding: “We’ve got some younger ones in who have been doing particularly well and I’d be interested in seeing how they do not just in the match but in training as well”
Dave Macdonald of Scottish football forum Pie and Bovril also feels that the new call ups will bring positives to the team and also give the Aberdonian public a good result on Tuesday evening.
“I think it’s a sensible move by Levein to give some of the promising youngsters a chance on the international stage. David Goodwillie has been in brilliant form lately and is full deserving of the call up whilst it will do no harm at all for the likes of Danny Wilson and Matt Gilks to get a taste of international football. I’m looking forward to seeing what the youngsters can do and hope we can win by a few goals to give the Aberdeen public some long overdue cheer”
The Faroe Islands include three British based players in their squad for the friendly. Joan Simun Edmundsson of Newcastle United and Goalkeeper Gunnar Nielsen of Manchester City are incuded, whilst Ross County fans will be familiar with defender Atli Gregersen. The defender has made one appearance for the Dingwall side since joining in the summer from Vikingur Gota.
Goalkeepers: Bell (Kilmarnock), Gilks (Blackpool), Gordon (Sunderland).
“Donald Trump does not deserve this honorary degree in my opinion.” said Ben Catriall, a member of the Students Union.
Students at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen are in uproar after Donald Trump was awarded the Doctorate of Business Administration. He was presented this for his contribution towards the golf course development in Aberdeenshire .
The event, as usually happens with anything involving Trump, has not left anyone indifferent. University authorities are in favour of this honour but students offer an opposite reaction. This view is supported by the ex-principal of the university. Last week Dr. David Kennedy, who was principal of the Robert Gordon University from 1987 to 1997, handed back his honorary degree title as a protest against the event that has taken place this morning.
Ben Catriall supported Dr Kennedy’s action, saying: “I totally understand why Dr. Kennedy handed back his own title. This is very unfair for any actual student.”
Donald Trump, who plans to run for president of the United States, is well known in Aberdeenshire for his plans to build the world’s greatest golf course in the Meine Dunes. The plans for the development have caused thousands of protest from the zone neighbours, who might face eviction of their homes if the proposal go ahead.
A March against these plans is taking place tomorrow at the Meine Estate and is expected to begin at noon.