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MSP welcomes education investment

The Scottish Government’s announcement that there will be an extra £1.5 million investment for more nursery teachers and graduates in deprived areas across Scotland has been welcomed by local MSP for Argyll and Bute, Michael Russell – with Argyll and Bute set to receive three additional teachers or graduates.

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A total of �3,100 was distributed between three island groups on Bute this week from local thrift shop, 'For Bute'.

Donations for thrift shop, ‘For Bute’

Rothesay thrift shop ‘For Bute’ got 2017 off to a flying start this week with donations to local causes totalling £3,100.

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Those who borrowed to fund their festivities expect to have paid it back by May.

Christmas costs expected to reach until spring

On average UK adults spent £158 more than they intended over the Christmas period, according to research from Post Office Money Credit Cards, with only 30 per cent managing to keep within their budget.

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Baby Charlie with mum Emma, big sister Kitti, and dad Stuart, at their home in Ardbeg.

‘Charlie’s our wee fighter’

A baby born with a rare, life-threatening heart condition enjoyed his first Christmas on Bute after finally being allowed home from hospital.

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Clydesdale Bank

Clydesdale Bank to close Rothesay branch

The Clydesdale Bank is set to quit the island.

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Brendan O'Hara MP is given a crash course in how to make a trowel in Rothesay Academy's S1 technical class.

MP’s praise for island community

Argyll and Bute MP, Brendan O’Hara, was full of praise for the island community during his visit to Bute on Friday.

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Scotlands First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.

First Minister to address National Farmers’ Union AGM

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, is to address delegates attending NFU Scotland’s AGM, annual dinner and conference being staged in Glasgow next month.

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Netflix users have been contacted recently by email scammers.

Warning over Netflix scam

Netflix users are being urged to watch out for online scammers who are targeting users’ login and bank account details.

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Left to right: Ann Marie Knowles, Executive Director of Community Services, Neil McKnight, Head Teacher at Tarbert Academy; Councillor Rory Colville, Policy Lead for Education and Lifelong Learning; and Anne Paterson, Head of Education.

Council launches education and vision strategy

Argyll and Bute Council has become one of the first local authorities in Scotland to launch an education vision and strategy which meets the requirements of the National Improvement Framework (NIF).

Education
The Scotsman reporters' room, 1948.

BBC documentary celebrates 200 years of The Scotsman

As The Scotsman prepares to celebrate its 200th birthday from Wednesday 25th January, its full story is about to be told in a major new television documentary, airing tonight on BBC Two Scotland, at 9pm.

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BTs new system aims to block millions of nuisance calls every week.

BT “declares war” on nuisance calls

A service that aims to block nuisance telephone calls before they actually reach the recipients is being launched by BT.

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Minister for Public Health and Sport Aileen Campbell.

Projects given a sporting chance

Six projects that will deliver programmes to improve access to physical activities for people across Scotland are sharing £210,000 of funding.

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The Scottish Government is to commission a review of the way health and social care services are provided over public holiday periods. The move has been backed by Shona Robison, health secretary.

Review of health and care public holiday services

The Scottish Government is to commission a review of the way health and social care services are provided over public holiday periods.

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Maria Balshaw (centre), pictured with other members of the Rothesay Pavilion Charity's board.

Rothesay Pavilion board member will be first female director of Tate

A Rothesay Pavilion Charity board member has been named as the first female director of Tate.

Business
A report has been published by the Institute of Physics.

Physics businesses bring in over £15 bn to the Scottish economy

Physics-based industries contribute more than £15 bn annually to the Scottish economy and are responsible for the employment of more than half a million people, according to a new report published today by the Institute of Physics.

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Consumers in Scotland are splashing cash on new goals they are likely to give up on before the end of January.

Scots spend £121 a month on broken New Year resolutions

With each New Year comes New Year resolutions, but research reveals consumers in Scotland are splashing cash on new goals they are likely to give up on before the end of January.

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Royal Voluntary Service has revealed over 432,000 people in Scotland aged 55 and over plan to volunteer in 2017.

Older people to boost workforce in 2017

With increased pressure on health and social care expected throughout 2017, thousands of older people in Scotland plan to step in and help ease the burden by gifting their time.

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New statistics published by Visit Scotland show that tourism supports 6,500 jobs in Argyll and Bute.

Tourism jobs boost in Argyll and Bute

The number of people working in tourism in Argyll and Bute increased by 10 per cent in one year according to new figures – with Scotland as a whole seeing an increase of 11 per cent.

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Scots can beat the blues with simple steps

Scots can beat the blues with simple steps

A major charity initiative is urging families across Scotland to take action to combat the ‘January blues’ by taking simple steps which will also help to protect their long-term physical health.

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Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, Fergus Ewing.

Appointment of Agriculture Champions announced

The Scottish Government has appointed four Agriculture Champions to advise on the development of a strategy for the sector.

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