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Apr 182017
 
 April 18, 2017

 

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SCOTTISH Conservatives claim the SNP Scottish Government to ‘ransom’ in a dispute over landings.

The Scottish Conservatives have written to Fishing Minister Fergus Ewing demanding that he release the 12% mackerel quota currently being retained by the Scottish Government.

The letter comes after it came to the attention of Conservative Fishing Spokesperson Finlay Carson that the Scottish Government had taken the unprecedented decision to withhold 12% of the Scottish mackerel quota amidst disputes with the industry over the amount of fish being landed in Scotland’s ports.

The Scottish Conservatives have branded this as a “disproportionate” move that holds fishermen to ransom and Mr Carson said: “Without quota, fishermen cannot catch any fish, and if they cannot catch any fish, they cannot make a living. Withholding part of the mackerel quota, the most important fishery in Scotland, only seeks to play with the livelihoods of hard-working Scottish fishermen.

“This is an entirely disproportionate decision by the Scottish Government. Fergus Ewing is apparently intent on achieving his landings targets at any cost.

“While I fully support the ambition to see more fish landed in Scotland’s ports, holding fishermen to ransom is not the way to achieve this. Instead, we need a government willing to work with the industry to look at why so many catches are being landed elsewhere and what can be done to  make it more appealing for fishermen to land in Scotland.

“I am deeply concerned by the way in which Fergus Ewing has chosen to treat Scotland’s fishermen. I would urge him to reconsider this reckless move and urgently release the final 12% of the 2017 mackerel quota.”

 

Apr 182017
 
 April 18, 2017

Hibernian sealed their return to the Premiership, beating Queen of the South to wrap up the Championship title.

Defender Darren McGregor looped home a header then flicked in a Jason Cummings corner before the interval.A crowd of 17,056 turned up for the Easter Road party, ending a period of three seasons in the second tier for the Edinburgh club.

Having drawn four of their past five games, there was no sign of any malaise as the hosts started in whirlwind fashion, with John McGinn and Martin Boyle having early chances.

But the Dumfries side showed they were not simply making up the numbers as Dominic Thomas fired just wide from 18 yards.The breakthrough came on 13 minutes as McGinn floated a free-kick to the back post, where McGregor sent a header arcing over the outstretched arms of Lee Robinson and into the net.It was the centre-half’s first goal of the season and the huge home support roared their approval.

They were then infuriated by referee Barry Cook, who called back play when Cummings was clean through on goal. Queens midfielder John Rankin was booked for a challenge on Andrew Shinnie but, rather than playing advantage, Cook blew his whistle.The visitors almost drew level when former Hibee Stephen Dobbie got on the end of a mishit shot by Thomson, but Ofir Marciano pulled off a magnificent stop.

Robinson then denied the home side a second with a wonderful save from a Boyle shot but, moments later, Lennon’s side doubled their advantage.

Cummings sent in a corner that was met by the right boot of McGregor for his and his team’s second of the day.The home side continued to drive forward and scored number three just after the break.Robinson did well to parry away another Cummings volley but, from the corner, Gray rose above the Doonhamers’ defence to nod in at the back post.

Apr 182017
 
 April 18, 2017

Toploader have been announced as the headline act at this year’s RNLI Parkfest in Stranraer.

It is the eighth edition of the event on the shores of Loch Ryan which raises funds for the inshore lifeboat unit.

Toploader follow in the footsteps of Dodgy, S-Club and Ben Haenow in performing at the Dumfries and Galloway festival.

A host of local acts will also take to the stage at Agnew Park this year on Saturday 19 August.


Apr 102017
 
 April 10, 2017

Heavier Than Metal and Raz White Entertainment are pleased to confirm our last band that will be playing at The Venue Dumfries on the 26th of May is South West Scotland’s Premium Metal cover band Bloodslab. They will be joining Headliners Chasing Dragons and Glasgow metal heads Dyorlich. Get your tickets from the link on the poster for a mere £6! Freebies and giveways on the night!

Apr 102017
 
 April 10, 2017

Local Radio Day is coming to Dumfries on Friday 26th May . Tune in and discover you community station .

During Local Radio Day as well as our regular programming we are giving our listeners the chance to hear Alive in ONE day .

We will offering a chance to hear taster 60 minute versions of our shows throughout the day to give you a flavour of what Alive 107.3 is all about , and we hope to surprise you .

 

Apr 092017
 
 April 9, 2017

Your winners of the 2017 Moralee Playoffs with a final score of 3-1…the Solway Sharks!

Congratulations to all players, coaches and staff from us all at Alive 107.3.

Apr 092017
 
 April 9, 2017

Motorists and members of the public are advised to avoid the area of Brooms road from the junction with Eastfield Road through to the roundabout at Brooms Road / Annan Road, Dumfries outside the funeral directors.

This area is closed off at this time due to an ongoing Police investigation.

Eastfield Road is still accessible from Brooms Road and Millburn Avenue is accessible from Annan Road.

It is likely to remain closed for some hours.

Apr 052017
 
 April 5, 2017

16 young business people from Stranraer formed a new business back in August as part of the Young Enterprise Company Program aiming to raise awareness of equality and diversity with primary school children. Last night they attended the Regional Finals and won so will be heading to the Scottish Finals in June.

Medley created a range of children’s storybooks with a theme of equality and turned these into audiobooks. On the night they picked up awards for best trade stand, best presentation, best report and overall winner.

Medley’s Chief Executive Blair Haswell said

“We are all so proud of our achievements this year and the success we had last night. We all really believe in our products and the difference they can make. We thoroughly enjoyed the finals in Dumfries yesterday and wanted to thanks the Young Enterprise Board for the experience”.

“The other teams who competed at the finals were also great! There was a huge range of different, innovative products on display and some great entrepreneurial spirit from all involved. A brilliant display of how much talent the region has! We want to congratulate all the other teams who won awards.”

“We were all so excited for the regional finals and are so proud to be going on to represent Dumfries and Galloway at the Scottish Finals at Hampden later in the year. We are also pleased to be able to share our message that it is okay to be different as it is at the core of everything we have done” said Ellen Watt, Medley’s assistant Managing Director.

We have all learned so much this year and can’t wait to share our story at the Scottish Finals. We have always seen this project as more than just a Young Enterprise product as we truly believe it has the ability to teach younger children about acceptance. We also feel it is important as a team to promote reading and literacy to younger children too.


Mar 282017
 
 March 28, 2017

 

 

DUMFRIES and Galloway MP Richard Arkless has said that the closure of the Royal Bank of Scotland in Newton Stewart will will be a ‘devastating blow to the local community’.

The bank is set to close on 9th October due to a “dramatic shift” in the way that customers use the bank – with more and more people choosing to bank online or through aps on mobile devices.
RBS have said that between 2010 and 2015, mobile and online transactions increased by over 400% and mobile transactions alone have increased by 1,350%. Since 2011 RBS say they have seen the number of transactions in the Newton Stewart branch decline by 20%.
Commenting Mr Arkless said: “I am extremely disappointed to hear that Newton Stewart will lose their RBS branch.  The announcement will mean job losses for the town and leave a major building on the High Street empty.
“Banks bring people into towns and they help keep high streets alive by providing a commercial centre.  The closure of any bank has a huge impact on entire communities reducing footfall and damaging the trade of surrounding businesses – in rural communities such as ours the impact is particularly acute.”
He continued: “Bank closures are happening so frequently now and in each case the bank attributes the closure to an increase in online banking but it’s not always easy for people to make the transition to digital banking.  For many people in Dumfries and Galloway, they simply can’t get online to access this service and members of our older generation often do not have the internet skills necessary to use the online services.
“I want to see high street banks working with mobile providers to fill in some internet not-spots an have held several meetings with key banking decision makers in Westminster to explore this idea.”
Mr Arkless added: “I will be contacting RBS to find out how they will be accommodating the needs of their more vulnerable, elderly customers many of whom will have banked the same way, at the same branch all their lives.  It is essential that RBS do all that they can to support the customers who have supported them for so many years.
“I’ve had meetings with other banks recently to encourage them to develop more innovative and tangible ways of assisting rural communities they leave. They need to understand that some people can’t get online and can’t easily get into town. They can’t leave people in rural areas to bank online when rural areas struggle to get online. They should be investing in better mobile signals, or indeed mobile banks.
“I’ll be meeting with RBS to suggest they work with other Banks like the Clydesdale to deliver legacy programs which can lessen the impact of these closures in a meaningful way. I’ll also remind them they are public owned and it is the public they are letting down here.”
Mar 282017
 
 March 28, 2017

Scene

SFRS Firefighters have rescued a man after he was injured while working on scaffolding at a property in Dumfries.

Emergency services were called to the property in Moffat Road at about 14:00.

A police spokesman said the man had been working on scaffolding at a house when he was injured.

The road was shut between Edinburgh Road and Marchhill Drive during the rescue operation.