By Philip Sim Published 13 September 2017 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing An MSP has questioned whether Skye is a "real island" on account of the bridge linking it to the mainland. But what is a "real" island? To put it another way, when is an island not an island? John Mason provoked an audible intake of breath from the rural economy committee when he suggested that Skye "doesn't have the problems of ferries and transport which real islands do" on account of its bridge. The committee's convener Edward Mountain - not a real mountain - was quick to underline that "I'm sure we can all agree that Skye is an island", and Skye MSP Kate Forbes noted that "we'd have to rewrite the Skye Boat Song" if Mr Mason was right. But this is not the first row over what is or is not an island in Scotland. In 2011, Argyll and Bute Council saw its budget shrink due to Seil being declared no … [Read more...] about When is an island not an island?
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Published 13 September 2017 comments Comments Share close Share page Copy link About sharing SNP MSP John Mason has questioned whether Skye is a "real island" because it has a bridge to the mainland. The Glasgow Shettleston representative made the claim while Holyrood's rural economy committee was examining the Islands Bill. He questioned why Skye should be included as it does not have transport issues which "real islands" do. Government officials confirmed that Skye was "definitely" included in the bill as an inhabited island. MSPs are scrutinising legislation which aims to offer greater powers to island local authorities and ultimately create a sustainable future for Scotland's islands. When is an island not an island? During a meeting with officials from the bill team, Mr Mason asked: "Was it unanimous that something like Skye should be included? It … [Read more...] about SNP MSP John Mason claims Skye is not a ‘real island’
A blend of moist air and frigid temperatures coated surfaces around Baton Rouge with a sheen of frost early Friday, but roads that had closed overnight to protect drivers from Winter Storm Jasper reopened by morning thanks to lower-than-forecast precipitation. Still, with risk of freezing rain and sleet all but gone, officials urged people to prepare for bitterly cold weather entering the weekend. Temperatures from the River Parishes all the way north to the Louisiana-Mississippi line could dip well below freezing overnight Friday through Saturday, officials said. “For those who need to take care of their outdoor spigots or whatever it may be, now’s the time,” said Benjamin Schott, chief meteorologist for the National Weather Service’s Slidell office. The NWS hard-freeze warning means areas north of I-10 and I-12 could see temperatures into the low-20s between Friday and Saturday mornings. Baton Rouge emerges from overnight freeze with slick roads, icy glaze … [Read more...] about Sub-30 temps expected to hit Baton Rouge area this weekend. Here’s how you can prepare.
The world's national parks offer fresh air, wildlife, scenic vistas and breathtaking topographic formations. And that is why so many of them—from Yosemite to England's Lake District to Thailand's Khao Yai—are mobbed in peak season. But there are parks that have somehow slid beneath the radar of the photo-snapping masses. For travelers looking to really get away—far, far away—from it all, these are well worth the trip. Located on the Seward Peninsula and named after the land link between North America and Asia, Alaska's Bering Land Bridge National Preserve is home to more than 100 species of birds. Situated on 1.1 million hectares, the preserve also hosts caribou, arctic fox, moose and, along the coast, humpback whales and seals. Part of what puts Bering Land Bridge off the tourist map is its inaccessibility: no roads lead there. Visitors can arrive only via boat or small plane departing Nome, or by snowmobile or dog sled during the winter months (nps.gov/bela/contacts.htm). The … [Read more...] about Touring the World’s Most Remote National Parks
In August 1974, Steve Abbott drove a beat-up VW bug over the Golden Gate Bridge, his three-year-old daughter Alysia beside him. His wife, Barbara, had recently died in a car accident, leaving Steve to care for Alysia as a single dad—a single gay dad. As they crossed the bridge that day, Steve and Alysia crossed into a radically different life in San Francisco. Just months into his marriage, Steve had publicly come out in a student paper's column at Emory University, where he was an organizer for Atlanta's Gay Liberation Front and the gay lib editor at the underground paper The Great Speckled Bird . Steve would become a leading advocate for gay rights as well as an influential poet. He marched in the first gay parade with Alysia perched on his shoulders. He read in front of audiences at the newly formed Cloud House, a poetry collective which is now home to one of the largest archives of American poetry in the country. He interviewed Allan Ginsberg. He supported Harvey Milk. His … [Read more...] about ‘There Were No Models’: Growing Up in the 70s With an Out Gay Dad
Published 2 hours ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Islanders on Mull would rather see existing ferry services improved than have a road tunnel or bridge to the mainland, it has been claimed. The Scottish government has proposed exploring the possibility of fixed links to improve connectivity to some islands, including Mull. But Joe Reade, of Mull and Iona Ferry Committee, said islanders would prefer to see investment in their ferries. He said there was also a desire to see Mull's island status left intact. Suggestions of inter-island fixed links across the Sound of Harris between the isles of Harris and Uist, and also across the Sound of Barra between Uist and Barra, have met with a more favourable response. Western Isles SNP MP Angus MacNeil, who has been calling for the idea of tunnels to be looked at by government, said such links had been used successfully in … [Read more...] about Islanders on Mull ‘need reliable ferries, not tunnels’
Antonio Conte has given his Tottenham players added incentive to beat Chelsea this weekend by promising them extra time off next week as a reward, according to reports. The north Londoners are unbeaten in their first nine Premier League matches under the Italian coach, though they lost to Chelsea in both legs of their Carabao Cup semi-final with an aggregate score of 3-0. Sunday’s latest trip presents a huge opportunity for Spurs, though, who would move five points behind the Blues with four games in hand if they win, dragging Thomas Tuchel ’s side into the top-four race. If that was not motivation enough, football.london are reporting that Conte has told the squad they can earn extra days off if they get a positive result at Stamford Bridge. Only a handful of Tottenham’s squad will be involved in next week’s international break and the ex-Chelsea and Inter boss had been expected to use the time to work the remaining players hard on the training pitches. But, … [Read more...] about Antonio Conte makes promise to Tottenham squad if they beat Chelsea
Aldi customers will no longer be able to get food delivered to their door. The German retailer has stopped working with Deliveroo to distribute groceries to doorsteps within 30 minutes in some areas. It first started offering delivery with the service at the start of the coronavirus pandemic back in May 2020, rolling out to 129 stores. Millions of Brits started shopping online when coronavirus hit, although supermarkets were allowed to stay open. If you lived within 6km of one of the stores offering the services you'd be able to select items delivered to your home. The service was the only way to order Aldi groceries online as it doesn't offer online delivery food. Want all the biggest Lifestyle news straight to your inbox? Sign up for our free Daily Star Hot Topics newsletter Home deliveries were never part of Aldi's long-term business model as it's prioritising its click and collect service instead. An Aldi spokesperson told The Sun … [Read more...] about Full list of Aldi supermarket branches to axe 30 minute delivery service