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Professor Wayne Powell: Food for thought at the biggest agricultural event on the calendar

Between 22 and 25 June, around 180,000 visitors are expected to visit the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston, near Edinburgh.

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Logan Steele: Planning for a death should be made as simple, secure and painless as possible

Age Scotland is welcoming the Scottish Government’s announcement of the appointment of the first ­inspector of funeral directors in Scotland, Natalie McKail.

It has been suggested that Brexit will create a 'sea of opportunity' for the fishing industry. Picture: Getty

Dr Lyndsey Dodds: New technology can prove to be a net gain for our fishing industry

Since the result of the EU referendum, there’s been much talk of the “sea of opportunity” for fisheries but little detail on what this will look like in practice. Less still on how we can do more than maintain the status quo, but instead become world leaders in sustainable fisheries management.

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Roddy Gow: ‘Good men’ must do something if we are to survive these turbulent times

How can we digest the almost continuous flow of worrying news in recent weeks capped by the truly catastrophic and apparently entirely avoidable fire at Grenfell Tower? How can we make sense of the threats posed by a sequence of terrorist attacks in London and Manchester?

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M Ray: Scottish Government not giving proper support to bus industry

Ask the Scottish Government their strategy to reverse the ongoing decline of local bus service provision and they point to the £53.5 million Bus Service Operators’ Grant scheme, which equates to roughly 14p per kilometre fuel rebate on registered journeys. In addition, the National Entitlement Card government subsidy is £202m per annum.

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David Spaven: Why we must protect former railway routes

Rail’s great strength is its ability to move large quantities of freight safely, swiftly and sustainably: the end product of low-friction, steel-wheel-on-steel-rail technology, operating over a segregated route network. But that segregation inevitably means that rail is less ubiquitous than its road haulage competitor, with public roads serving virtually every site across Scotland which generates freight traffic.

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Open University in Scotland.  Susan Stewart, Dr Caroline Holland and Sally Magnusson at a dementia discussion. Picture: Andrew O'Brien

Dr Caroline Holland: It’s not about the technology, it’s about people and human connections

A third of the population knows someone with dementia. With nearly 100,000 people in Scotland living with dementia and 700,000 informal carers across the UK, it is a growing concern. For businesses, it is also an opportunity. Because the cost of dealing with dementia is so high you can see this is a significant market, one that commercial producers are beginning to target.

Scotland's largest modern-day tree planting site, Jerah (between Menstrie and Dunblane)

Stuart Goodall: Why Holyrood must get new forestry framework right

Forestry has come a very, very long way in the last 50 years. In 1967, forest cover in Scotland was about half what it is today. The government’s focus was solely on producing wood, while the businesses who would eventually use that wood, including sawmills, were still in their infancy.

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Professor Tony Trewavas: We need to return land to nature if we’re to have a future

Meeting the needs of the present without compromising those of future generations is the basis of sustainability. Academic Hans Rosling predicts that by 2070 the human population will peak at about 11 billion, a 4bn increase from 2017. Arable agriculture occupies 10 per cent of the earth’s surface and rough grazing another 20 per cent; no more useable land is obviously available. It is now commonplace to talk of the extinction of many obvious species of animals and plants, let alone those less obvious. Habitat loss is the primary cause and agriculture must share part of the blame. Eighty per cent of crop yield is currently fed to animals to satisfy our excessive desire (not need) for daily meat consumption. Current agriculture has increased efficiency some tenfold in the last century but nearly one billion people still have insufficient food for good health. In fisheries and the supply of water we still act like hunter gatherers fighting to maximise our supplies. Forests are still being cleared for crops or for the polluting foolishness of burning wood for energy. The goal must be to return huge swathes of land to nature, not only for the animal and plant life with whom we share the world but to ensure we do not damage the great cycles through the atmosphere and oceans on which our lives depend. We should aim to limit ourselves eventually to one half of the useable land and oceans and leave the rest entirely alone.

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Graham Boyack, Director, Scottish Mediation

Graham Boyack: Unhelpful election talk shows need for mediation skills

Having watched the election debates unfold and seen the lines used in campaigning, much of the language seemed unhelpful so far as promoting dialogue and understanding is concerned.

National Rural Mental Health Forum Members

Jim Hume: Tracking mental ill health in Scotland’s rural areas

One in four Scots will suffer poor mental health at some stage in their lives, that is known, but still there is a stigma surrounding talking about the subject and at the end of last year Support in Mind Scotland (SiMS) with Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) decided to explore the issues of mental health in rural Scotland.

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Philip Long: Get ready to dig into delights of V&A Dundee

V&A Dundee is coming soon – the new museum is on schedule to open next year, revealing the extraordinary story of Scotland’s global importance in design. But what does this mean for the country at large? Why do we believe this museum can be an important catalyst for new creativity in schools, communities and businesses across Scotland?

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Dr Olivia Sagan: Together we can tackle the scourge of loneliness

When Labour MP Jo Cox was brutally murdered on 16 June last year, on her agenda was a plan to launch a commission to combat loneliness. In the aftermath of her untimely death, the Commission has been taken forward, not only in Jo’s memory, but as part of a growing awareness of what has been called the “loneliness epidemic” which has, until recently, been an unspoken threat to the nation’s wellbeing.


Mike Park: Brexit could mean huge rewards for fishing sector

If, as we hope, Brexit results in the UK attaining Coastal State status like Norway, our ­indigenous fishing industry will look very different in ten years’ time.

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A collapsed wall at Oxgangs Primary School in Edinburgh

Charlene McLaughlan: PPPs need tweaked to build vital infrastructure

AS a procurement model, public-private partnership (PPP) continues to come under fire from some politicians and members of the general public. However, we only tend to hear about PPP projects when they go wrong; the positives are usually lost in the rhetoric.

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Paul Marshall leads Brodies' corporate crime and investigations team

Paul Marshall: New tax offence will be a game changer in cases of tax evasion by businesses

In September, the UK Government is expected to bring into force a new tax offence in the Criminal Finances Act 2017.

Michael Sheridan is Secretary of the Scottish Law Agents Society

Michael Sheridan: Drive for clean sheet in war on money

Solicitors and other professionals have now received their call-up papers in the war against terrorism in the form of the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017.

Pauline Aylesbury, Marketing Star of the Year

Greame Atha: Scottish marketing stars pick up glittering prizes

Last night, more than 500 marketing professionals from across Scotland gathered at SWG3, the newly launched arts complex in the west end of Glasgow, to ­celebrate the Marketing Society Star Awards.


Tony March: School subjects that set young people up for the future

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM as these subjects are widely referred to, educate people in the skills required to secure the future economic prosperity of our country. However, companies that require skilled graduates in these areas, such as IT and engineering, are struggling to fill roles and the energy and utilities sector has even forecast that, for the UK as a whole, it will require 221,000 new recruits with a background in a STEM subject by 2027.

Edinburgh Airport
Edinburgh Airport adds another major international hub to its route network as its first ever direct air link with the vibrant Turkish city of Istanbul takes off on Monday 16th July. 

Turkish Airlines will operate the service four times a week to and from Turkeys largest city. 
Sir John Elvidge, Chairman of Edinburgh Airport 
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Sir John Elvidge: We must seize Industrial Strategy opportunities

An Industrial Strategy is a novelty. For almost four decades before Theresa May announced her intention to create one, a broad orthodoxy had been shared by successive UK Governments.

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