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2011-02-17 04:00:00

Lord Provost of Glasgow, Bob Winter, announced as Parade Grand Marshal & Rt. Hon. The Earl of Caithness, PC as Honorary Parade Chairman NEW YORK, Feb. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Tartan Day New York Committee invites all New Yorkers to join in celebrating the 13th Annual Tartan Week, from April 3rd to 10th, with a full range of Scottish-themed events covering the city. A 10k run in Central Park; the sound of bagpipes and Scottish music around the city; the...

2008-10-04 12:00:12

By ALISON CHIESA MORE than 50 seabirds have died in one of the worst oil spills to hit the north Caithness coast this year, conservationists said yesterday . The dead birds have largely been recovered from beaches stretching from Scrabster to Dunnet. According to RSPB Scotland, th e incident is "by far the worst" of three such oil spills in the waters off the coastal area since May. Unlike two spills in the summer on the east Caithness coast, it is not being linked with the Beatrice...

2008-10-04 09:00:12

SCORES of oiled seabirds were washed ashore along a 20-mile stretch of the Caithness coast yesterday, sparking fears of an oil spill in the Pentland Firth. At least 50 birds were recovered between Thurso and Duncansby Head. Some birds had died, said RSPB Scotland. But the Scottish Environment Protection Agency stressed there was no evidence of oil pollution. (c) 2008 Scotsman, The. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

2008-09-30 12:00:42

By DAVID ROSS HIGHLAND CORRESPONDENT ALEX Salmond yesterday declared that the Pentland Firth would be "the epicentre of Scotland's future in renewable energy" as it officially became one of the country's first marine power sites. The First Minister unveiled his vision to make Scotland's seabed available to allow the power of tides to be transformed into the electricity that would turn the area into the powerhouse of Europe. He made clear that environmental concerns would not stand in...

2008-09-30 06:00:30

By JOHN ROSS THE waters of the Pentland Firth are set to become the epicentre of Scotland's future in renewable energy with the equivalent power of 20 conventional stations, according to Alex Salmond, the First Minister . On a visit to Caithness yesterday, Mr Salmond also made it clear that any move to have the Firth, considered to be one of the best tidal energy hotspots on earth, designated under environmental regulations would not stand in the way of the energy revolution. The...

2008-08-08 06:00:30

By Andrea Mullaney Born to Be Wild, BBC4 THERE'S a man up a ladder, halfway up a cliff, using a long stick to grab seabirds so he can put rings on their feet and keep track of them. This is Bob Swann, a naturalist, and I suspect that when he goes to the fair he cleans up on the hook-a-duck stall. One of the enthusiasts featured on Born To Be Wild, the aptly named Swann has spent almost a quarter of a century checking nests. His invaluable record has noted a vast decline in their...

2008-07-25 12:00:48

By BRIAN DONNELLY SCOTLAND'S environment watchdog has supported plans for a new low- level waste store to be built near the Dounreay nuclear site. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency accepted the proposal with conditions on how it is built and future monitoring of its use. Highland Council is still considering an application lodged by Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL), but the support from Sepa represents a significant development. Friends of the Earth Scotland has supported...

2008-07-04 00:00:25

DRILLING for oil at Scotland's first landbase rig has begun - as prices rocketed to a record high yesterday. The pounds 10million project - using a curved well to get under the seabed - got under way at Lybster in Caithness as the oil price in London hit a record EUR146 a barrel. If successful, the project could boost the ailing Caithness economy, which is being hit by the decommissioning of the Dounreay nuclear plant. Operators Caithness Oil, with partners Reach Exploration, say they...