There were on average 734 patients in hospital with COVID-19, a 17.6% decrease from the previous week ending 22 January 2023 (891).
Working Together to Address Ferries Issues
“We have embarked on the work that is necessary to explore those issues, and we look forward to sustaining that work with Orkney Islands Council.” John Swinney Deputy First Minister of Scotland
Community Wealth Building: Have Your Say
“Money spent locally is more likely to stay in the local economy and support local jobs.” Tom Arthur, Scottish Government Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth
Protests & Demonstrations Mark The Start Of February
Demonstrations supporting workers rights and events marking the anniversary of leaving the EU were held across Scotland
Stronsay Recent Bird Sightings: January 2023
Long-tailed Ducks have been seen in Mill Bay most days this Winter and an occasional flock of Sanderling on the beach.
Alcohol Minimum Unit Pricing: No Observable Impacts on Sales
“The evidence we have gathered does not suggest that MUP has significantly impacted the performance of the alcoholic drinks industry in Scotland.”
Protecting The Right To Strike
Today, Wednesday 1st February, trade unionists across Scotland are holding protests about the Tory Government’s Bill to limit the strike action workers can take.
Lights On Event Cancelled
A vigil organised by the Independence campaigning group Yes Orkney commemorating the day we left the EU has been cancelled due to the weather.
Today, 31 January, the Island Nation of Nauru celebrates its independence day
Predicting The Threat Of Invasive Non-Native Species
St Helena is most at risk from a high number of plant species – pictured here non native New Zealand Flax