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New law to aid community buyouts

Scottish communities will find it easier to take over land or buildings currently in public ownership due to a new law which came into force today (Monday).

RSPB Scotland is hoping people across Aberdeenshire will take part.

Count the wildlife that’s counting on you

More than half a million people across the UK are expected to watch and count their garden birds for this year’s Big Garden Birdwatch.

Has your pooch piled on the pounds over Christmas?

Almost half of Scotland’s dogs gained too much weight over Xmas

Scotland’s bloated canines will be put on a strict diet this January, after piling on the pounds by being fed too many Christmas dinners, crisps and cakes, and other ‘festive treats’.

The Eurasian beaver is one of four species shortlisted in the Wildlife Success Story category following its successful reintroduction to Scotland.

Public urged to vote for Scotland’s beavers

People are being asked to give their backing to beavers in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards.

The Forth Road Bridge.

Forth comes first in UK-wide public vote

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) People’s Choice Award winner was announced today (January 23) after the public voted the Forth Road Bridge reopening as the greatest civil engineering achievement of 2016.

A new programme has been launched to encourage potential officers from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds to consider a career in policing.

Police Scotland launches BME recruitment project

Police Scotland has launched a new programme to encourage potential officers from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds to consider a career in policing.

Ms Martinhas called on the UK government to rethink the closures.

MSP demands assurances on future of vital frontline service

MSP for Aberdeenshire East, Gillian Martin, has written to the UK government’s Secretary of State for Work and Pensions urging him to rethink any potential closures to job centres in Aberdeenshire.

Gillian Martin MSP has written to the Clydesdale Bank to urge them to reconsider the decision.

MSP and councillor urge rethink on Mintlaw closure

Gillian Martin, MSP for Aberdeenshire East, and Central Buchan councillor Jim Ingram have both written to Clydesdale Bank urging them to reconsider their decision to close their Mintlaw branch.

Cancer Research UK Unity Bands.

Scots urged to unite for World Cancer Day

Scots are being asked to unite on World Cancer Day (Saturday, February 4) to help beat cancer sooner.

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John Cropley of Buchan Community Radio

BCR’s urgent appeal to find new premises

Buchan Community Radio (BCR) is looking for new premises as they have just one year left at their current location.

Cervical screening is at a 10-year low while the number of deaths from cervical cancer has increased by 24 per cent.

Concern as cancer screening hits 10-year low

The number of deaths from cervical cancer has increased by 24 per cent while the number of women attending cervical screening has reached a 10-year low, a national charity has warned.

Help is at hand for Fifers who are drowning in debt.

Advice and support for Fifers struggling with debt worries

Many Fifers will be feeling the pinch after Christmas after spending money on food, drink and presents for loved ones.

The poll is being organised by the Scottish Nature Photography Awards.

Votes sought in Scottish nature photography poll

There’s still time for the public to cast their vote in an online poll celebrating Scottish nature photography books.

Property expert and TV presenter Amanda Lamb.

Scottish home sellers pay out £156 million in the great commisery sleepwalk

Home owners in Scotland paid estate agents a staggering £156.7 million in commission for selling property over the last year.

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Sleep Stories are a new way of winding down and drifting off.

‘Bedtime stories for adults’ prove online hit

First there were colouring books for adults, which started as a new way to beat stress, then became a publishing sensation.

The Clydesdale Bank Mintlaw branch

MSP to meet with bank bosses to discuss closures

Banffshire & Buchan Coast SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson is to meet with Clydesdale Bank senior management to discuss their planned closures.

An artist's impression of the carbon capture development at Peterhead

Carbon capture project cost taxpayers £100 million

A report from the National Audit Office has revealed that the UK Government spent around £100 million on a competition for developing ground-breaking carbon capture and storage technology before scrapping the plans.

Fisheries Secretary Fergus Ewing.

Crab and lobster conservation measures

Scottish shellfish are to be given additional protection through new conservation measures announced by Fisheries Secretary Fergus Ewing today.

Those who borrowed to fund their festivities expect to have paid it back by May.

Christmas costs expected to reach until spring

On average UK adults spent £158 more than they intended over the Christmas period, according to research from Post Office Money Credit Cards, with only 30 per cent managing to keep within their budget.

The Clydesdale branch in Mintlaw

Call for bank closure rethink

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