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SNP DEMAND FULL DISCLOSURE OF UK GOVT PRESSURE ON COMPANIES

SNP DEMAND FULL DISCLOSURE OF UK GOVT PRESSURE ON COMPANIES

REFLECTS THE WHISPERING CAMPAIGN ABROAD

The Scottish National Party announced today (Thursday) that it is tabling a series of Freedom of Information requests and Parliamentary Questions at Westminster to demand “full disclosure” of UK government activities to pressurise business people to speak out on behalf of the No campaign.

This follows the report in the today’s Financial Times that ‘several senior defence executives’ told the newspaper that they ‘were being pressed’ to oppose a Yes vote in the referendum – one senior defence executive said that UK officials were making “deft use of the dark arts” and that ministers have been doing this “energetically”.

The newspaper reports that: ‘The government’s decision to put pressure on companies to speak out against independence suggests anxiety about the referendum result in September.’

This reflects reports in the Sunday Herald newspaper that UK diplomatic resources are being used abroad to support a No vote and brief against an independent Scotland.

SNP Westminster leader and defence spokesperson Mr Angus Robertson MP said:

“These damning revelations expose the fact that UK Government Ministers are attempting to pressure companies which depend on MoD orders and contracts to speak out on behalf of the No campaign. We need to know which ministers and officials are involved, and what exactly they are doing and saying to exert this pressure. One senior defense company executive has accused the UK Government of making ‘deft use of the dark arts’.

“We also need to know the extent to which this is happening across other sectors of the economy, and the SNP will be tabling a series of Freedom of Information requests and Parliamentary Questions at Westminster to get full disclosure of this secret and underhand activity.

“The No campaign have been hoist by their own petard on this issue, given that they have now been exposed for indulging in exactly the kind of activity that they have falsely accused the Scottish Government of.

“We now have clear evidence of a furtive whispering campaign both at home and abroad in support of the No campaign, utilising public money, by a UK Government whose Prime Minister is too frightened to debate First Minister Alex Salmond face to face. It is clear that the No campaign is badly rattled.

“Independence will offer great opportunities for companies in all sectors – and it is to the credit of the companies involved here that they appear to have resisted the pressure they were put under by Westminster Ministers.”

NEW INCHGARTH WEBSITE

New Inchgarth Website has been developed and opened which we warmly welcome as it has some new information even this website welcomes as it validates our own blog reporting.

International Scotland has given the author of that site permission to use our award winning Disclaimer notice to stop Polly Wally and his legal teams in their tracks by getting visitors to undertake certain requirements before using the site and offered advices on where to host.

Inchgarth.com is the new web address of the latest site to cast an eagle eye on all things inchgarth and beyond, is it not interesting more and more people are taking a closer look at what goes on there.

We would like at this time to pass on our comments that who ever decided to let go inchgarth.com and keep the .org version should be shot at dawn…..lol

The management committee in our opinion should sack the person responsible as its not like they cant afford it, is it?

Many interested local web gurus are astounded as we were that these domains, rented by Mr O’Connor for the last two years and let go in this way is quite frankly gob-smacking and in our opinions totally unprofessional.

Can we ask the IMC why they were so stupid in letting this domain go, were they even consulted on their pending expiry, we also note during this articles research, inchgarth has also expired the kaimhill.co.uk domain name is that because you blew the chance of ever running that centre not that you had loads of chances to run it and wanted more than the council could provide, perhaps its just as well as there is no room there to build an inchgarth style sports arena unless you scrap the schools car park but then where would the fish-man go?

Our readers are welcome to visit this new website and see we were right to question some things that were happening there and may happen in the future that’s now four independent websites taking a close look at developments there from now on.

inchgarth.com

 

 

Aberdeen International Get It Right This Time.

Aberdeen International Get It Right This Time.

Not another new Cafe in Sight! Congratulations to the trusts panel for selecting proper use of their donations to proper and deserving causes.

Two Aberdeen charities are set to share in £50,000 thanks to the Aberdeen International Airport Community Panel.

A record number of groups applied to be part of the ‘Trust Challenge Fund’ late last year, a dedicated pot of money to be spent over and above the regular airport charitable donations. It was hoped that projects would come forward who could turn this donation into something aspirational.   After much deliberation, two projects have emerged successful, one to transform an old play area in Torry into a community green space, and another run by the YMCA to support disengaged and unemployed young people in Aberdeen.   The two applicants will each get £25,000 towards their initiative, after their applications were successfully scrutinised by the central LHR Airports Communities Trust.   The first of the chosen applications was from the Aberdeen Play Forum, and will allow them to redevelop Girdleness Road Park. The park itself is around 50 years old and this donation will allow for it to be totally rejuvenated. It will be fitted with new play equipment, natural and educational features will be installed, and it will be turned into a hub for the nearby community. It is hoped that this development will not only improve the physical health of the many children that live in the area but will also provide social and health benefits for their families who can all enjoy a fresh and inviting outdoor space.   Soozy Lai is from the Aberdeen Play Forum and she was delighted to hear they had secured the much needed funds. “This is truly fantastic news.  Outdoor play is absolutely vital for the healthy development of all children.  With the recent budget cuts, unfortunately many small parks have taken a hit.  Families without gardens rely on local green spaces to take their children to play.  The park on Girdleness Road has become so run down that it is no longer an appealing place for children to play.  Torry has a wealth of passionate and organised community volunteers who have shown strong support for this project.  Aberdeen City Council have are also giving a great deal of support to the project and will be working with Aberdeen Greenspace to deliver the transformative work.  We also have to thank Shell for funding the Aberdeen Play Forum to work in Torry – this is a project of many partners!  There are many young families living close to the park which will benefit significantly from this funding – we are all incredibly delighted and would like to thank Aberdeen International Airport’s Panel for supporting this valuable project.”   The second project to benefit from the substantial donation is the YMCA, for their work on a project called Maklab. This is a space to encourage people to make things. It has an emphasis on the creation of a low cost high quality digital printing process, also known as 3D printing, which will be used to give youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds a chance to get skills and qualifications. It would provide service users with entry level training in 3D printing, a virtually waste-free form of manufacturing, thus also reducing their impact on the environment. That, coupled with promotion of a “circular economy model” (where products are designed with a specific focus on how they can be reused) will give disengaged young people in the city the training and experience they need in the long term. Ian Marr is the YMCA Chief Executive. “We are absolutely delighted to receive this generous award from Aberdeen International Airport Community Panel. This gives an enormous boost to our work in creating Maklab which will be an exciting, innovative and unique resource in Aberdeen.”   Lewis MacDonald MSP sits on the airport panel. Commenting on the successful applicants he said: “People in Aberdeen and the North East come up with some great projects, and these are the pick of a very good bunch. The emphasis on young people and children in these awards this year is spot-on. They are the future, and these innovative projects are well worth backing in this way. I am delighted for YMCA, who are breaking new ground, and for the young people who will learn new skills through this award. The kids in Tullos will be very happy too!” Sarah Rochester is the airport panel chair. “I never fail to be amazed by the wide variety of different initiatives that are happening for the good of the North-east. To be in a position to make dreams like these come true is very satisfying and I look forward to working with both groups as they get their ideas off the ground.” Work is due to begin on both projects in the coming months.

International Scotland stated we had full trust in the new panel to deliver the goods its just a pity they were not in place last time an award was made.

Press release by Aberdeen International Trust Fund 27/1/2014.

TESCO GUIDE PRICES

Tesco Guide Prices.

TESCO GUIDE PRICES

Tesco Guide Prices, any of our many readers know what this means?

Tesco has now joined the many thousands of high street rip off merchants by giving out miss-leading information on prices.

My son was wishing to purchase new head sets Turtle Beach x12 for his Xbox 360 and found that Tesco offered them as the cheapest in the country at £32 online so we tried to order them online and pickup at store next day, surprise, surprise it never worked, so we called our local store at Woodend, Aberdeen yes sir we have them in stock on the shelves.

Went in yesterday and they were in stock at £40 asked for customer services who stated that guide prices were only for main Tesco stores only and smaller Tesco outlets can charge what they like? What?

We asked how customers were meant to know which store was a main store and was told only Tesco staff knows the answer to this question which left us gobsmacked!

Nowhere on Tesco’s website does it state these important facts,

If your after a deal at Tesco’s in the future CHECK which store has the goods and at what TESCO GUIDE PRICES are before you make the trip?

Shame on you Tesco, sort it out please?

Inchgarth Suspended Coffees

Inchgarth Suspended Coffees.

International Scotland highlighted the problems of this initiative at inchgarth community centre last year it seems inchgarth wants to have another prelaunch as can be seen below.

Inchgarth Suspended Coffees

Inchgarth Suspended Coffees

Most other countries have got rid of this stupid idea that is open to mega abuse!

The community centre has changed tact they are now claiming to give one a suspended coffee its an act of kindness so why don’t the practice what they preach?

If Starbucks or Costa was going to offer suspended coffees one can understand their prices because they have to pay for all utilities, electric, heating, staff and rates for their standard pricing.

Inchgarth has none of these overheads moreover they charge almost the same price as coffee retail outlets therefore their costs around 17p per cup (cost price) means they are getting over 800% profit on one cup of coffee yet they want users of the community centre to pay for another coffee to give to the notional have not’s  meaning they make 1600% profit on you feeling better about yourself is quite unbelievable and BAA wonder what all the fuss was about!

It gets worse inchgarth has the most expensive coffee of all 51 community centres in Aberdeen, fact, most don’t charge a thing, that’s right its free to everyone not just the poor!

For example Kaimhill learning centre next door offers free always on hot water in all their rooms why cant the best resourced centre in Aberdeen provide the same?

Inchgarth claims to give is an act of kindness (please help inchgarth double our profits even more) inchgarth also states there on a first come basis, how does that work, how does one jump on a bus or walk 3 miles or more hoping to get a free cuppa the whole thing is just plain emotional profiteering and complete nonsense, what proof is required to get a free cup of coffee please explain this to our readers?

For every suspended coffee purchased inchgarth can give away over 8 free ones not one yet inchgarth is said the be the biggest, most resourced centre in Aberdeen so why do they need to make 1600+% profit when they have no costs over their initial cost price of 17p.

Costa coffee retail can only muster 37% clear profit per cup at best, that’s over 19 times less than inchgarth!

This does not take much working out the reason why inchgarth has spent over £100,000 of other peoples money to invest in so many cafe’s builds within the inchgarth community centre over the last several years.

You might think it would be a good idea if inchgarth was a charity but its not, its meant to be a “not for profit organisation”, yes its hard to believe it, that’s what most people think to!

Great idea but badly executed!

They should practice what they preach and follow most other community centres and offer free coffes and tea to all their centre users all the time, why should they be allowed charge the full retail price in a community centre, FOR THE PEOPLE BY THE PEOPLE not for the manager and chairman.

Aberdeen International Airport Trust Fund?

Aberdeen International Airport Trust Fund?

There is still no news regarding who has been lucky enough to who have been awarded the two grants of £25,000 each to either charities or community groups within the local area of Aberdeen International Airport.

Aberdeen International Airport Trust stated at the beginning of October 2013 that they had planned to announce the newest winners by the end of 2013, International Scotland fully supports all trust fund like minded organisations in their efforts to help communities and genuine charitable entities to reach for the skies, (pardon the pun)!

Last years winners got the £50,000 to build a new cafe mark 3 which replaced an equally very expensive cafe mark 2 of course at the time we were told the bulk of the windfall was for the cafe its self but since then we learned that the cafe was in fact funded by a franchise (nothing wrong with that) three doors got replaced and painted and a few toilets were upgraded in what was a building owned by Aberdeen City Council in the first place and if it required these works then there was agreements in place for the council to pay a contribution if the case was argued strongly enough, which never happened according to ACC.

Least we not forget the purpose of last years awards was to make it a dream come true for the local area, no one knows if it really delivered in its aims as the centre manager has already admitted and to be fair hes spot on because the centre already had over 70 laptops and large screen TVs at its disposal so adding 6 smaller screened TVs and 6 Ipads was never going to have the same impact as a community centre that had perhaps none at all to begin with!

International Scotland went on the record and asked difficult questions and in hindsight we think we were right to do so, therefore many charities and groups who badly require these invaluable funds must be hoping and praying this years awards are thoroughly thought through and given for the right causes and will bring dreams come through for the successful applicators and their supporters and users a like, we wait in anticipation to see who will win these latest Aberdeen International Airport Trust Fund Awards and wish all present and future participants our best wishes.

We know there’s a new committee in place this year with far more experience in all things funding matters and have supreme confidence in their decision making skills to make this a fabulous opportunity for two local groups to the tune of £25,000 each and provide better outcomes for all.

 

 

CAMERON SHOULD DEBATE WITH FIRST MINISTER

CAMERON SHOULD DEBATE WITH FIRST MINISTER

 

LABOUR GANGING UP WITH TORIES HUGE WEAKNESS FOR NO CAMPAIGN

 

The Scottish National Party has said it’s time David Cameron “showed some guts” on the referendum, as the Prime Minister ducked a challenge from Pete Wishart MP at Prime Minister’s Questions to make the case for No in a debate with First Minister Alex Salmond.

 

SNP MP Mr Wishart said:

 

“David Cameron’s failure to accept the debate challenge shows that he is all over the place on Scotland. He previously said ‘I look forward’ to the debate, but now he is running a mile from it.

 

“His Tory-led government at Westminster is leading the No campaign, yet the Prime Minister doesn’t have the guts to debate against the First Minister of Scotland. If the Prime Minister doesn’t have the confidence to debate the issues, why should anyone in Scotland have any confidence in the scaremongering of the No campaign?

 

“Perhaps it’s because David Cameron has also said that Scotland be a ‘successful, independent country’- he knows that the case for No would be demolished in a head-to-head debate with the First Minister, and he knows that the Labour/Tory alliance is a huge weakness for the anti-independence campaign.”

NATIONAL LOTTERY OFFLINE

NATIONAL LOTTERY OFFLINE

NATIONAL LOTTERY OFFLINE image

NATIONAL LOTTERY OFFLINE

National Lottery suffered major server problems before the 7.30 PM cut off, the above  capture was taken just after problems started to develop.

It is estimated that this latest website glitch would have cost millions in lost revenues for national lottery and the government in lost vat returns.

National Lottery can’t afford these costly problems and must seek out what caused this glitch and make sure it does not happen again for every-ones sakes.

ABERDEEN TO GET 4G IN 2014

ABERDEEN TO GET 4G IN 2014.

We have just been told Aberdeen will be one of the first places outside the main start-up cities to get 4G.

We have been told the Three network will be the first to give 4G coverage and if this is correct three will give all present customers free software upgrades to all 4G Ready equipped handsets.

More 4G news to follow. 

National Lottery Disaster

National Lottery Disaster.

Many said don’t do it, many said it would drive people away and after just a few weeks its been proven our UK National Lottery has less players and they are paying out more in little prizes than in jackpots which is just the opposite of the desired aims.

National lottery has been paying out 3 times more money in little prizes than before and less in the bigger prizes, fact.

Like all things in rip-off Britain greed got in the way of sense, it now turns out the only ones who can afford it is middle and upper Britain just another way of keeping the little people of our once proud country down where the rich want us.

National Lottery promised bigger jackpots yet we are getting either the same or slightly less that before proves its a price rise (100% increase) just to far.

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