Day: 31 August 2021

Scotland’s Census: Self-ID sex question to remain despite UK legal challenge

SCOTS will still be able to self-identify as male or female in next year’s census, according to new guidance from the National Records of Scotland (NRS). According to the NRS guidelines, “if you are transgender the answer you give can be different from what is on your birth certificate”, with the guidance adding that “you …

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SNP and Greens warned over lack of transport and farming net zero plans

SNP and Green ministers have been told to urgency explain how transport and farming emissions will be cut at a faster rate than the rest of the UK. Chris Stark, chief executive of statutory advisers, the Climate Change Committee (CCC), told MSPs that Holyrood’s target to cut 75% of 1990 levels of carbon by 2030 …

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Scrapping exams at 16 ‘will help modernise Scottish schools’

Removing exams for 16-year-olds would help modernise pupil assessment processes and better align them with the “pioneering” aims of Curriculum for Excellence (CfE), a major study suggests. The paper from the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said replacing National 5 tests with a graduation certificate or diploma may enable the end of compulsory …

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Robert MacIntyre confident US hasn’t knocked him off Ryder Cup radar

When players are trying to qualify for the Ryder Cup, observers, analysts, experts, doyens and soothsayers will all have an opinion on why they should be playing in this event, why they shouldn’t be playing in that event and why they should’ve tried to play in the other event. For the actual players themselves, it’s …

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Chinooks in Glasgow: Glasgow residents surprised as Chinook helicopters fly over city

People in Glasgow have been querying why two large Chinook helicopters appeared over the city on Tuesday afternoon. City residents took to social media to share pictures of the pair of military flying machines, which overflew the west end around 3pm. Some shared videos of the aircraft flying in tandem around the city, clse enough …

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Climate Change Committee warns Cambo oil field yet to be justified

INDEPENDENT advisers have warned there must be a “very, very, very strong” justification for approving new oil and gas projects as the Conservatives’ argument to back the controversial Cambo plans have been criticised. The UK Government has stressed it backs the plans by Shell and Siccar Point Energy to open up the Cambo field based …

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Nicola Sturgeon says SNP-Green deal makes Indyref2 mandate ‘undeniable’

NICOLA Sturgeon has said the joint government deal with the Scottish Greens has made her mandate for a second independence referendum “undeniable”. The First Minister told Holyrood the power-sharing pact was a “ground-breaking” change for Scottish politics, and urged other parties to cooperate more with her Government. However opposition parties derided it as a “Nationalist …

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