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OFGEM - the UK Government's energy regulator - are the biggest obstacle to making full use of #Scotland's #renewable #energy resources.

Energy policy is reserved to the UK Government, so there's absolutely nothing the Scottish Government can do about #Ofgem.

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Here's a BBC article where Ofgem have supposedly given the "green light" for the first ever grid connection to Shetland.

(Believe it or not, we're in 2019 and the UK has never bothered to connect #Shetland to the National Grid.)

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archive.fo/61Z0s
Unfortunately, approval for the grid connection to Shetland is conditional on the UK Government funding a wind farm project there, which will in turn be conditional on being able to transmit power to the National Grid.

Catch-22.

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New thread starting ready for 26 Aug @NationalDogDay! 'Irish Dogs, Myths, Saints & Other Interesting Facts!' Suggestions welcome (you might think of something I haven't)! @MagicalEurope @CruftsFans #FolkloreThursday #dogsoftwitter #NationalDogDay #InternationalDogDay! ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿพ
@NationalDogDay @MagicalEurope @CruftsFans Irish Wolfhound, symbol of #Ireland! Wolfhounds one of the oldest breeds of dogs recorded in world! Its impossible to know for sure, but skeletal remains suggest they arrived c 8,000 BC! ๐Ÿ“ท: Aella Grace, with owner Rebecca at neolithic Newgrange, Co Meath (younger; c 3200 BC)! ๐Ÿพ
@NationalDogDay @MagicalEurope @CruftsFans 279 BC when Celts sacked Delphi๐Ÿ“ท #Greece, survivors left accounts of fierce Celts & huge dogs who fought with them & at their side. No doubt Wolfhounds! PS-Ancient Greeks considered the @UNESCO Delphi the centre of the world, marked by the omphalos๐Ÿ“ทstone! #FolkloreThursday
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#realcarersweek 1/
Carer poverty is increasing - as the benefit system is devastated; as care charges increase exponentially, as carers are forced to leave work to care, many find themselves struggling to afford the basic and subsidising care costs and paying for equipment.
#realcarersweek 2/
Carer health is suffering - mental health, anxiety, physical pain, putting off their own health checks, often because there is no support to allow them to do this. Emergency planning to take account of carer needs/wellbeing is patchy at best.
#realcarersweek 3/ Where is the future planning? How are we planning for the future of disabled children and adults who may outlive their immediate family? The greatest fear of carers is what happens if they are no longer there to care for our loved ones.
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THREAD (#EP2019)

Polling Day is upon us & here is a thread showing why ALL #Brexiteers need to turn out & cast their precious vote for the @brexitparty_uk
See a graphic breakdown by region of how the main parties have betrayed us. On Thursday itโ€™s time to say no more 1/14
Key:

Green is Good - Red is Bad

#BrexitWrecker is an MP who voted for a 2nd Ref &/or to Revoke A50 - All Remain parties are full of them #Labour is by far the worst offender

#BrexitInbetweener is an MP who voted for Mayโ€™s WA more than once

#BrexitLegend True BeLeavers

2/14
#EastMidlands

Labour has 11 #BrexitWrecker MPs and should not be given your vote.

Vote for @zatzi @JonathanMEP @math_patten Tracy Knowles @DrAnnaBailey1

Vote for @brexitparty_uk

Vote for #Brexit

3/14
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1/ Saw wee bit of @daily_politics #BBC2 #Scotland superfluous to their #Brexit discussion. Job losses, limited youth opportunity, choking off of essential labour force enhancement as well as curtailment of #DevolvedPowers & real threat posed to @scotgov continuity is meaningless!
2/ That short discussion centered, as it was within #Westminster bubble & which toxic #Tory is internally most palatable to their party & who can lead 'next round' of post #Brexit negotiations. #BorisJohnson seems favourite held back from embarrassing himself awaiting election.
3/ #Scotland just isn't in the mix at all. We face the gaping maw of #Brexit with only @theSNP truly, directly & unequivocally holding us back; saying with the facts of devastation all the while: we must stop this threat in its tracks before its too late.
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Good morning all & OTD in 1320, the Declaration of Arbroath was made by the Scots Nobility & Clergy to the Pope: "It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom โ€“ for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself."
The whole Declaration of Arbroath (1320) is worth reading as a statement of the rights conferred by God & natural law upon all people #Scotland #Arbroath

webarchive.nrscotland.gov.uk/20170106021747โ€ฆ โ€ฆ
"But from these countless evils we have been set free, by the help of Him Who though He afflicts yet heals and restores, by our most tireless Prince, King and Lord, the Lord Robert." #Scotland #Arbroath
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I think we can all agree that food is pretty important for survival.

Climate Change is already impacting food security-ย it is not a distant, ambiguous concern:ย 

More than 1 million acres of US cropland ravaged by floods

reut.rs/2Uly0eC

#ClimateActionNow #foodsecurity
Cascading impacts of deadly flooding around the world includes "food supply shocks"
bit.ly/2OVoGZN

"A โ€œwhiplashโ€ between very dry periods, followed by very wet periods, is exactly what we can expect from climate change"

#foodsecurity #ClimateChange #agriculture
...North America is not immune - bit.ly/2OVphL1

Already โ€˜Thereโ€™s bleeding going onโ€™ in U.S. farm economy, ag lender says, due in part to extreme weather

A prolonged downturn โ€œhas impacted farmers of all ages, experience levels and sizesโ€

#extremeweather #farming #farm
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The #ERG and the Tory hard-#Brexit mob want us leap into the dark with both hands tied behind our backs when the reality is, the adversities of their decisions would never bite them, they are insulated from the harm it will bring. (1/11)
They have been busy moving money out and being paid eye watering amounts to advise those with deep pockets how to mitigate the harm and exploit the weakness in this 'new modern Britain'.ย (2/11)
May's party is ram packed with people who will never have to worry about the untold harm that any form of Brexit will serve up. They'll have their personal fortunes, gold plated pensions and gongs aplenty to keep them warm.ย (3/11)
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There seems to be some confusion about why @theSNP MPs abstained on #Boles & #Clarke amendments last night but itโ€™s really very straightforward so hereโ€™s a thread explaining why #Brexit #IndicativeVotes
So @theSNP preference in line with the majority of #Scottish voters is to #Remain in the EU but v early on @scotgov put forward a compromise position in #ScotlandsPlaceInEurope to stay in the #SingleMarket & a #CustomsUnion & it was endorsed by @theSNP conf
Itโ€™s important to appreciate that to benefit from freedom of movement is vital for Scotlandโ€™s economic & demographic needs & to benefit from it you have to be a member of the single market.
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A little thread, which I may come back to, for all those #technophobes who blame rise in #suicide on #socialmedia.

First: legit, what rise?
Second: The actual experts do not agree with you, and your fear-mongering is likely causing more harm than good.
cf. Thomas, K, and Gunnell, D. (2010). Suicide in England and Wales 1861โ€“2007: a time-trends analysis. International Journal of Epidemiology, Volume 39, Issue 6, December 2010, Pages 1464โ€“1475.
So, first the data, from #UK (above) and elsewhere (below).

Clearly if this epidemic was *caused* by a *single* factor it would permeate all societies with social media.

[Suicide Rates for Teens Aged 15โ€“19 Years, by Sex โ€” United States, 1975โ€“2015, #USA]
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#Breaking: Just in - The #Glasgow University campus buildings have been evacuated, in the #UK and is on lockdown due a suspicious package being found. - Developing...
#Update: Under advice from Police Scotland, a number of buildings on the main #Glasgow University campus have been evacuated as a precautionary measure after a suspicious package was found in the Universityโ€™s mailroom.
#Breaking: Just in - #Glasgow University and the Royal Bank of Scotland headquarters in #Edinburgh have been evacuated after suspicious packages were found.
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Which is a lot.

#NLSgems
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#NLSgems
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A #Brexit extension is โ€œalmost inevitableโ€
- Nicola Sturgeon to me earlier @FRANCE24

Scottish First Minister wants Labourโ€™s Corbyn to
โ€œget off the Brexit fence & put his weight behind [...] something that would break the deadlockโ€
#Scotland #SNP #F24
2/ Sturgeon on Theresa May:

โ€œshe should change her approach... 1st thing she should do is request an extension to #Article50โ€

โ€œMy preference then would be...to go back to the people in another referendum- bcs people have so much more information now than in 2016โ€#Brexit #F24
3/
Nicola Sturgeon accuses both Theresa May & Jeremy Corbyn of
โ€œprobably trying to run the clock down as much as [each other] in all this.โ€
#Brexit #Article50 #PeoplesVote #F24 ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ
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"Catalonia and the trial on the referendum: a challenge for the EU". Conferรจncia conjunta amb el president @QuimTorraiPla a Brusselยทles

๐Ÿ“ฒ Pots seguir-la en directe aquรญ โžก๏ธ bit.ly/2NbLWBK

#CatalanEU
Last Tuesday, a political trial against members of the previous @govern, against social leaders of the main civil organizations of #Catalonia and against the former president of the @parlamentcat began in Spain #CatalanEU
The simple fact that this trial could take place brings #ShametoSpain and, therefore, to the entire #EuropeanUnion, whose main institutions have chosen to remain silent, when facing such a disgraceful situation where democracy is at stake #CatalanEU
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Three important, personal and academic milestones for me today. It is 2 years today since I joined @lawstrath as a Professor of Law. Fantastic colleagues and students. A pleasure to be in #Glasgow and #Scotland: a vibrant, welcoming and European place.
The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement comes into force today. My first conference presentation (also in Glasgow) and publications was on this. Contemporary relevance? This deal has been 20 years in the making (take note, Brexit Britain). japanesestudies.org.uk/articles/2005/โ€ฆ
Two years exactly since I left @lawsheffield, my research on the academic impact of #Erasmus and study abroad based on 1300+ graduating students from Sheffield over 5 years is out. Clear evidence that students who go abroad achieve better degree results. tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.10โ€ฆ
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Here's a short thread (20 tweets Ha!) on why I ended up in Keith, Moray from #Norwich in Norfolk & why I wouldn't live in any other nation. This is about about how #Scotland became my home because of love & how this led to support for independence & #SNPOrganiser for Keith 1/20
For context - towards the end of 2014 I came out of a mentally & emotionally exhausting long distance relationship w/ an American, I had just started a degree in Computer Science @uniofeastanglia & found myself content in my own company & 'aloneness' .. 2/20
Scrolling my @tumblr blog, I came across a blog that I found interesting. in 1 post Mr McDonald had written about jumping some stairs in his flat, smashing his head on a door frame, and coming too on his floor w/ blood pouring out his skull. I thought it was funny. 3/20
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Two young soccer players bought their mothers houses. Lovely story, right? Except one is Black and the other is white. Read headlines in British paper and then read Raheem Sterling explain Racism 101.
British tabloids have a history of racism when reporting on Raheem Sterling h/t @SteffanJohn
Raheem Sterlingโ€™s Instagram post with contrasting headlines about team-mates Tosin Adarabioyo and Phil Foden buying houses for their mothers followed racist abuse Sterling himself got from Chelsea fans on Saturday google.com/amp/s/www.bbc.โ€ฆ
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๐๐ซ๐ž๐ฑ๐ข๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ž๐œ๐จ๐ง๐จ๐ฆ๐ฒ
This thread is entirely 2018 analysis and as unbiased as I can make it. Collated as I find a lack of signposts to the raw analysis in the media and political discourse, which are high on spin low on facts. Hopefully this will be helpful.
Tetlow G., Alex Stojanovic A. (2018). Understanding the economic impact of Brexit. ๐ผ๐‘›๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘ข๐‘ก๐‘’ ๐‘“๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ ๐บ๐‘œ๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘›๐‘š๐‘’๐‘›๐‘ก. This report attempts to make clear the assumptions that different studies have made, what evidence they have to support them. instituteforgovernment.org.uk/sites/default/โ€ฆ
Gudgin G., Coutts K., Gibson N., Buchanan J. (2018) The macro-economic impact of Brexit: using the CBR macro-economic model of the UK economy (UKMOD)๐ฝ๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ๐‘›๐‘Ž๐‘™ ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘†๐‘’๐‘™๐‘“-๐บ๐‘œ๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘›๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘๐‘’ ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘€๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘Ž๐‘”๐‘’๐‘š๐‘’๐‘›๐‘ก ๐ธ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘š๐‘–๐‘๐‘  2:7-49
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THREAD: Number of people in the U.K. in #poverty:

Working-age adults: 8.4 million

Children: 4.5 million

Pensioners: 1.4 million

Total: 14.2 million people
#NewPovertyMeasure #UKPovertyMeasure
Percentage (%) of people in #poverty in the U.K in 2016/17:

Children in poverty: 32.6%
Working adults in poverty: 21.5%
Pensioners in poverty: 11.4%

Total U.K. population in poverty: 22.0%
#NewPovertyMeasure #UKPovertyMeasure
Family status of people in #poverty in the U.K. circa 2016/17:

Single parent families: 2.6 million
Couples w/ children: 5.6 million
Single, no children: 3.1 million

#NewPovertyMeasure #UKPovertyMeasure
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1)I don't have too many followers but I would appreciate if you could RT.

My Great Uncle Eion passed away a fortnight ago, when sorting his things we found his #WW2 diary. From 17yo he fought across Europe and Africa. A true #British hero who gave my generation lasting #peace.
2) Jan 27th was the first time he was wounded. Less than a year after joining the Para's.

By the end of April he was on the front lines at the infamous battle for Monte Cassino. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_ofโ€ฆ
3) I've been told by those who have served in different branches of the military that one of the toughest things they have to deal with is when the promise of being relieved from the front line is cancelled. It happened to my Uncle. A lot.
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I suppose we can safely say that now #TheFrighteners have been so successfully and publicly put on a certain sector their combined angst will spew a diarrhoea of spin & warp whilst trying to use THAT VERY THING to generate $ยฃEs Some with automated AdTech software already bought.
2/ Some bought by gormless companies, by mistake, some in full knowledge or partial knowledge of what it could do. It will be interesting as time goes on to see who apparently DIDN'T CARE about the likely instigation of its more negative 'dark' capabilities looking to 'side-step'
3/ or even 'wrong-foot' Irish & EU regulation standards, & possibly law. This too is a kind of #climatechange & #ClimateAction in itself, a would be mammoth untouchable iceberg of 'dominion' & 'control' being melted out into an ocean of citizens' scrutiny & advancement for change
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We are delighted to announce that the first #MND clinical drug trial in Scotland, in over 20 years, has launched! ๐Ÿ‘ MND Scotland is committing over ยฃ1.5 million into bringing MND drug trials to Scotland, with #MIROCALS being the first investment. mndscotland.org.uk/latest/news/fiโ€ฆ
#MIROCALS is a clinical trial currently taking place in the UK and France. It is testing a new potential therapy for #ALS, the most common form of #MND. The drug being tested is called Interleukin-2, which is already used for some types of cancer.
Now recruiting people with #MND in #Glasgow, who meet the criteria, the study will focus on types of immune cells in the blood, which are capable of influencing the speed at which #ALS progresses. Find out more about the trial here: mndscotland.org.uk/mirocals
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What is happening to some parts of #America? I mean seriouslyโ€ฆ

An online conspiracy theory known as โ€œQAnonโ€, which is pushing dangerous disinformation on internet messaging boards, is gripping #Trump supporters.

These people are worse than clueless.

washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mโ€ฆ
#pt: Read this explainer on the @washingtonpost - itโ€™s truly bizarre.

And people are believing this -- swallowing it hook, line & sinker.
@washingtonpost #QAnon followers think there are Illuminati around the world seeking to assassinate the President & that [for example] a paraglider who died near #Trumpโ€™s golf course in #Scotland was in fact an undercover Secret Service officer โ€œshotโ€ with โ€œa heart attack gun.โ€

No kidding.
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A bilingual sign tells you more than just where you need to go.

It tells you a country has more than one native language.

It tells you how the names for places are connected, or sometimes not, between languages.

It teaches you what others call that place in their language.
It demonstrates that the country values linguistic diversity and equality between linguistic communities.

It may tell you that you are entering a place whether another language is more predominent.
It tells you that you may expect to hear another language or experience another culture upon arrival.

It may tell you that folk spoke a now minoritised language in a place before the dominant majority language.
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