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May 242018
 May 24, 2018

As if the news that IMPACT Wrestling is returning to the UK for the first time in almost three years, they’ve made a truly BLOCKBUSTER announcement this morning. (May 24th 2018)


IMPACT’s appearance at Wrestling MediaCon in Manchester on September 9th will see the superstars of IMPACT wrestling taking on the best of the British independent wrestling scene.
IMPACT – which airs in more than 100 countries worldwide – today issued an open challenge to any UK wrestling promotion to face them in an inter-promotional series at the event, the first time any American wrestling organisation has made this challenge.

Lee Medd from ‘Medd in the Morning’ said “This is HUGE, not only will we see the IMPACT roster in the UK for the first time in 3 years, but following the success of their interpromotional event at WrestleCon I the US where they made history partnering with Lucha Underground, they are going one step further and welcoming challengers from any UK promotion. This will be THE MUST SEE event of the year in the UK wrestling scene.”

Tickets for ‘IMPACT Wrestling vs the UK’ live at Wrestling MediaCon 2018 will go on sale tomorrow (Friday May 25) at 10am UK time from Ringside World at


Ed Nordholm, the President of IMPACT Wrestling, laid down the challenge. He said: “Since we last came to the UK almost three years ago, we have seen how much the UK wrestling scene has evolved.


“We are excited to return to the UK to demonstrate that IMPACT Wrestling has the best talent anywhere in the world, so we’re issuing an open challenge to any UK promotion to bring their best wrestlers to face the very best from IMPACT Wrestling on September 9 in Manchester.”

The organisers of Wrestling MediaCon 2018 said they are excited by the prospect of IMPACT Wrestling taking on a UK promotion.

“There are many fantastic UK promotions out there and we are expecting a lot of interest in this challenge from IMPACT Wrestling,” said a Wrestling MediaCon spokesman.


“We are committed to finding the best possible competition for the stars of IMPACT Wrestling in order to showcase the UK wrestling scene in the best possible light.”

Any UK promotions interested in accepting IMPACT Wrestling’s challenge are invited to contact Wrestling MediaCon at [email protected]

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May 032018
 May 3, 2018

The case to set aside £250,000 of funding from the South of Scotland Economic Partnership (SOSEP) to help mitigate any job losses from Pinneys, was made to Scottish Government Minister Paul Wheelhouse last night (Wednesday 2 May)


Annandale South Councillor and Chair of the Annan Regeneration Steering Group, Sean Marshall, urged the Minister at a meeting in Annan Town Hall arranged to update stakeholders on the work of a Scottish Government and Council Action Group, to sanction the request for funding. Councillor Marshall believes the funds should be to used to establish an action team based in premises on Annan High Street to work to secure jobs in the Annan area.


The request came as a result of a motion from Sean Marshall at Monday’s meeting of Dumfries and Galloway Council. The request will initially go before members of the Economic Partnership at their meeting next week, although the final decision on how the partnership spends its £10m budget has to be made by Scottish Government Ministers.


Sean Marshall said, “My message to the Minister was very clear. We need a dedicated team in place in Annan urgently to look at ways in which new jobs can be created, either by expanding existing businesses or bringing new ones to the area. There is a lot of work going on behind the scenes to explore options for the future of the Pinneys site itself. However, the clock is ticking, so the work I proposed needs to start urgently and that team needs to be in place sooner rather than later”. 


The case for the £250,000 to be released will also be made by South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth when he meets SOSEP’s Chairman Professor Russel Griggs tomorrow (Friday 4 May). Meanwhile Councillor Marshall, along with South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth, Annandale East and Eskdale Councillor Archie Dryburgh and Annandale North Councillor Adam Wilson met with representatives of Unite the Union earlier in the week at Pinneys and the message from the workforce was clear- we need action not just words.


Commenting on the discussions with the workforce representatives MSP Colin Smyth said “The workforce want to see real action, not just meetings and it was good to hear their backing for the move to secure funding and that’s why I’ll press the case with the new Economic Partnership. The 45-day consultation is proceeding at a pace and it is literally just a couple of weeks before Young’s will make their final decision on the future of the Pinneys site. Whilst everyone is working hard to try to convince Young’s to change their mind, the workforce representatives are realistic about the likelihood of this. They have also seen the various reports about potential buyers and the fact that even if a buyer is found, the number of jobs that could be retained may well be very significantly less than the current number. That makes the need to try to bring additional jobs into the area even more urgent.”


May 032018
 May 3, 2018

A MAJOR project which will transform routes to cancer treatment for people in Dumfries and Galloway will begin this month.

Macmillan Cancer Support and NHS Dumfries and Galloway have developed a new partnership to complete an extensive review of cancer services and patient pathway and palliative care provision.

Macmillan is investing £220,000 to facilitate an engagement programme with local cancer patients and their families. In addition to this, Macmillan will also provide £120,000 for local service teams to implement improvement initiatives within health and social care service deliveries.

The programme will allow Macmillan and NHS to complete a comprehensive analysis into existing cancer service delivery. This will include comprehensive evidence-based review through local engagement with cancer patients and their families. The results will potentially shape changes to cancer services and pathways for patients in the area.

When results are known, Macmillan will work with NHS Dumfries and Galloway to support and possibly fund the implementation of the improvement plans.

NHS Chief Operating Officer Julie White, who is also Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership Chief Officer, said: “This project has the potential to significantly alter the way people with cancer in this region go on to receive treatment, and so we are delighted to be working together with Macmillan.”

Cancer services in Dumfries and Galloway are currently aligned with the East of Scotland Cancer Network (SCAN).

This means that people requiring specialist cancer treatment outwith the region often go on to receive top quality care at the likes of the highly regarded Western General Hospital in Edinburgh.

Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership Medical Director Dr Kenneth Donaldson said: “We are satisfied that the treatment and care being provided to people from Dumfries and Galloway is of an extremely high level and quality. We are achieving the national cancer waiting time targets, and seeing good outcomes from treatments.

“However, this project provides an opportunity to study the needs of the population in Dumfries and Galloway, to map existing services, and to determine which cancer care and treatment options outwith the region can deliver the very best outcomes at the least inconvenience to the patient.

“Whether this means retaining those services in Edinburgh or transferring some to Glasgow where some treatments already take place will fall under the remit of this project.

“But we also expect that the work undertaken through this 23 month programme will deliver some early results, informing and potentially altering approaches while this work is carried out.

“In addition, the Band 6 post provided by the Macmillan funding will be focusing on understanding palliative care needs and resources in Dumfries and Galloway in order to provide long term sustainable good outcomes in palliative, end of life and bereavement supports and services in the region.

“And throughout all of this, it will be vital that patients and carers play a major role in informing the work and helping to shape any resulting approaches.  To this end, we will be looking to engage with communities.”

Recruitment is set to begin shortly for a project manager, palliative care lead and support worker to undertake the work, thanks to the funding being provided by Macmillan Cancer Support.

Macmillan’s Partnership Manager Nisreen Badiozzaman added: “We are delighted to provide much needed funding to allow this extensive review of cancer services and the patient pathway to be completed. 

“Our £340,000 funding will facilitate an engagement programme with local people who have been through the cancer pathway.

“This means local cancer patients and their families will be able to share their experiences and knowledge to help us shape the future pathways and services. It will also provide local service teams with funding to implement some initial improvement initiatives within health and social care services.

“When results of the review are collated, Macmillan will work with NHS Dumfries and Galloway to support and possibly fund the implementation of the improvement plans.

“The increase in people being diagnosed with cancer coupled with the complexity of advancing treatments means Scotland’s cancer care system is facing unprecedented challenges.

“A diagnosis of cancer can affect every aspect of life, bringing emotional, financial, practical and physical problems that can last long after treatment ends. That’s why Macmillan is using its financial investments and influence to create a better system. One where everyone with cancer gets access to the best clinical care possible, alongside all the emotional, practical and financial support they need from the moment of diagnosis onwards.

“Our significant contribution of £340,000 is thanks to the continued support of people locally who work so hard to raise funds. We simply couldn’t do it without them and we are extremely grateful.”


Apr 072018
 April 7, 2018

Franka will represent Croatia at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song ‘Crazy’.

Franka is very excited about her participation in Eurovision: “When I was two years old, I was standing in front of our TV set, holding a remote control instead of a microphone, singing the lyrics of Tony Cetinski’s, Nek’ ti bude ljubav sva from Eurovision 1994. That girl never stopped dreaming and now the dream is coming true! I would like to thank the Croatian Radio and Television for their invitation and expressing their confidence in me. My team and I are aware of the responsibilities that participating in Eurovision brings, we are ready for the challenge and we will do our very best to represent Croatia in the best possible way in Portugal in May.”

While this isn’t my cup of tea, you’d be Crazy to think it couldn’t do something!


Apr 072018
 April 7, 2018

Eye Cue will represent F.Y.R. Macedonia at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song ‘Lost And Found’.

A bit of a reggae pop hybrid, something different from FYR but they have chart pedigree behind them and this could surprise us.

Apr 072018
 April 7, 2018

Elina Nechayeva will represent Estonia at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song ‘La Forza’

Performed in Italian, this operatic performance is a turn off for me and will be viewed the same accross Europe.

Apr 072018
 April 7, 2018

Netta will represent Israel at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song ‘TOY’.

This song was a poor choice from Israel after a strong choice last year, it’s a bit of a joke if you ask me.

Netta won this year’s Rising Star reality music show, HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion (‘The Next Star For Eurovision’) and the ticket to represent Israel in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. She is a very ambitious and determined 25-year-old, but despite her young age, Netta has an extensive background in music. She finished high school with excellence merit in extended music studies and went on to study in the renowned Rimon School of Music in the Electronic Studies Department.

Apr 062018
 April 6, 2018

Sennek will represent Belgium at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song ‘A Matter Of Time’.

It sounds like a BOND theme but will it leave you Shaken not Stirred? Probably not.

Sennek, the stage name of Laura Groeseneken, was born in 1990 and comes from Leuven in Belgium. The singer-songwriter has already worked on several high-profile musical projects including the 50th anniversary celebrations of the James Bond franchise, 007 In Concert.


Apr 062018
 April 6, 2018

Ari Ólafsson will represent Iceland at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song ‘Our Choice’.

Will it be your choice? Not for me I’m afraid.

Don’t get me wrong he’s got a great voice but he’s not Eurovision!

Apr 062018
 April 6, 2018

MSP Joan McAlpine has said she is encouraged by a very positive meeting with Business Minister Paul Wheelhouse about the future of Pinneys.

The meeting in Dumfries – which included council leadership, enterprise agencies and elected members – focussed squarely on saving jobs and retaining the production of natural salmon in Annan rather than letting it go to Grimbsy.

The Scottish Government are also looking for other contracts that could be fulfilled on the site.

The meeting comes on the back of this week’s shock proposal by Young’s Seafood to close the Pinneys plant in Annan – with 450 jobs put at risk.

The Business Minister said he would leave no stone unturned in his efforts to secure jobs in Annan.

Ms McAlpine also spoke by telephone to senior management at Young’s following the conclusion of talks with the Minister where she emphasised the need to keep jobs in Annan.

Commenting, Ms McAlpine said:

“The Business Minister has been working round the clock since the announcement by Young’s earlier this week.

“I am pleased he came Dumfries today and that we had such a constructive meeting – it is clear that all parties are focussed on saving as many jobs as possible

“It was also reassuring that Seafood Scotland were in the room, and that an action group has been set up to work on this.

“The Scottish Government is looking to see what other contracts could possibly be fulfilled on the Pinneys site – even if the natural salmon production is retained, there will still be a lot of unoccupied space when the deli production stops.”

As well as Ms McAlpine and Mr Wheelhouse the meeting was attended by council leader Elaine Murray (Lab) and deputy leader Rob Davidson ( SNP)  MSPs  Emma Harper ( SNP)  and Colin Smyth (Lab) local councillors Henry McLelland, (SNP) Sean Marshall (Lab) Archie Dryburgh (Lab) and Richard Brodie (Lib Dem).

Officials from the Scottish Government’s Food & Drink industry attended as did Council Chief Executive Gavin Stevenson.

A meeting was held with representatives of Scottish Enterprise and the new South of Scotland Development agency earlier in the day.

Earlier in the week Ms McAlpine wrote to the Young’s Chief Executive outlining ten questions she wanted answered.

Following the meeting, Ms McAlpine had a telephone call with Young’s Human Resources Director, Dominic Kerrigan.

Commenting after the call, she said:

“Mr  Kerrigan assured me they were working constructively to find a solution that secures jobs.

“I am particularly pleased that they are looking at all workers who will be affected – including agency workers – and would make sure everyone was treated fairly.

“I made the point that the workforce in Annan had served the company loyally for years and they deserve to be treated with respect and fairness.

“I urged Mr Kerrigan to retain the natural salmon jobs in Annan and he confirmed that he was in talks with the Scottish Government about this but said there were a number of challenges that needed to be overcome.”