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@Edintravel Twitter - Tue, 19/06/2018 - 15:58
A90 Queensferry Rd - citybound moving well from Dalmeny, westbound delays from Blackhall Dip & slow on Maybury Rd &… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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Provost pays tribute to reservists for Armed Forces Week

Midlothian View - Tue, 19/06/2018 - 15:06

To mark Army Reserves Day on Wednesday 27 June, Midlothian’s provost, Councillor Peter Smaill paid tribute to the council’s reservists, including risk and safety advisor Grant Kenny, pictured.

Decorated 10 times, Grant served with The Royal Engineers for 23 years, 19 of those as an army commando.

During his distinguished career, Grant saw active service in countries including Afghanistan, Bosnia, Iraq and Northern Ireland.

Grant, who lives in East Lothian with wife Lesley and two daughters, Samantha and Lucy, is one of three reservists in the council. As a member of the Regular Reserves, Grant can be called up to serve his country right up until the age of 60.

The other two reservists are Fiona Williamson, a secondary school teacher at Lasswade High School and lifelong learning and employability worker Chris Elliott.

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Councillor Smaill said:

“It is a real honour to hear more about the vital role our reserves play in emergencies and during threats to national security. Meeting Grant was absolutely fascinating. His active service was awe inspiring, as were his collection of well-deserved medals.

“During Armed Forces Week and Army Reserves Day, it is very important to acknowledge the debt we owe people like Grant.“

To mark the start of Armed Forces Week, the provost will also be attending the annual flag raising ceremony at Penicuik Town Hall on Monday 25 June.

The Army Reserve is the largest of the Reserve Forces. As well as Regular Reserves, who have previously served in the army, people can be Volunteer Reserves. According to MOD statistics, in October 2017 reserves made up about one sixth of armed forces personnel.

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Fiona is a reservist with 51 Coy, part of 5 MI Battalion, based in Edinburgh. She is an Operator Military Intelligence (OPMI) soldier which means her job is to gather, analyse, and interpret information. The intelligence helps commanders to make decisions at all levels. The Corps motto is “Manui Dat Cognitio Vires” meaning “knowledge gives strength to the arm” which fits in well with her day job as a secondary teacher.

She currently teaches Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies (RMPS) at Lasswade High school. She spent a year working full time with the Army, and met her husband who is a Regular Int Corps soldier, while training during her summer holidays one year. He has been into the school to talk to the pupils about how RMPS skills can transfer to the workplace. Both jobs are varied and very fulfilling. She says she loves them equally and being able to serve both her country and the community.

Lifelong learning and employability worker Chris Elliott is with 612 Squadron, RAF Medical Reserves at Leuchars. Chris says a lot of the skills developed in the reserves, are directly transferable to his day to day work within the council.

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@Edintravel Twitter - Tue, 19/06/2018 - 13:56
We have been informed of 4-way temporary lights in place on A71 at Dalmahoy Hotel at the moment. Awaiting further information. #edintravel
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@Edintravel Twitter - Tue, 19/06/2018 - 11:53
Holyrood Park maintenance works this week. Section of Queen's Drive closed Wed 20th, Low Road closed Thurs 21st, Hi… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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Lothian Buses Twitter - Tue, 19/06/2018 - 10:59
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@Edintravel Twitter - Tue, 19/06/2018 - 10:23
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Record number of pupils in jobs, further education and training

Midlothian View - Tue, 19/06/2018 - 10:15

A total of 94.4% of school leavers in Midlothian are in a sustained positive destination, such as a job, further education or training, according to new figures published today.

This is the council’s highest recorded figure to date. It is up on last year’s figures and shows a 6.4% improvement over the last 5 years.

The figures, collated by the national skills body, Skills Development Scotland, show that nationally, 92.9% of school leavers are in a positive destination.

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Councillor Jim Muirhead, Midlothian’s Cabinet Member for Education, said:

“Since 2012 I am delighted to say we have managed to sustain the numbers of young people maintaining their positive destination from leaving school”

“Our ambition is to see all of school leavers go onto a positive destination.

“Numerous initiatives are in place to support young people. For example, we work with the Regional ‘Developing Young Workforce’ Group of the chambers of commerce to run an annual jobs road show in Midlothian . This event attracts more than 400 pupils from all our high schools to meet up with 30 recruiting businesses and our school breakfasts with business representatives.”

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Councillor Muirhead urged every young person who has left school but feels in need of extra support to get in touch. He said:

“You can either phone the council’s Lifelong Learning and Employability Service 0131 271 3923/3450 or get in touch with Skills Development Scotland on 0800 917 8000.”

The figures are collated in March 2018 and relate to pupils leaving in the 2016/17 academic year. The sustained figures therefore show the percentage of pupils still in a positive destination nine months after that academic school year ends the previous June.

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Lothian Buses Twitter - Tue, 19/06/2018 - 10:13
1 300 - Delays over - Abbeymount - yourb.us/lbalerts
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Record number of school leavers in jobs, training and further education

Midlothian Council - Tue, 19/06/2018 - 09:26
94.4% of school leavers in Midlothian are in a sustained positive destination, such as a job or further education.

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@Edintravel Twitter - Tue, 19/06/2018 - 09:16
City centre - significant congestion Queen Street/York Place, St Andrew Square, Mound/Hanover Street & George Stree… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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@Edintravel Twitter - Tue, 19/06/2018 - 08:34
RT @thomasaroche: @edintravel Stuck for 10 min on Picardy place going to Queen St. Avoid if possible. :/
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@Edintravel Twitter - Tue, 19/06/2018 - 08:22
Lane closures Queen Street / North St David Street means long queues from London Road into York Place, congestion n… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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@Edintravel Twitter - Tue, 19/06/2018 - 08:20
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SGN work in Bonnyrigg starting on Monday 2 July

Midlothian Council - Tue, 19/06/2018 - 08:07
SGN, which looks after the gas network in Scotland, will be upgrading the network in the Dundas Street/Cockpen Road, area of Bonnyrigg from Monday 2 July.

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Lothian Buses Twitter - Tue, 19/06/2018 - 08:01
Service 41 & 42 - Diversion - The Mound and Hanover Street - Thursday 21 June. yourb.us/2K5NY7l
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Lothian Buses Twitter - Tue, 19/06/2018 - 07:58
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Lothian Buses Twitter - Tue, 19/06/2018 - 07:52
19 36 37 41 47 104 113 X7 - Delays - Queensferry Street - yourb.us/lbalerts
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Traffic restrictions in Dalkeith over weekend

Midlothian Council - Tue, 19/06/2018 - 07:52
Local people and anyone heading to the Let’s Rock Scotland event at Dalkeith Country Park on Saturday 23 June are advised to use public transport and to stagger your journey if at all possible.

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Lothian Buses Twitter - Tue, 19/06/2018 - 07:46
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@Edintravel Twitter - Tue, 19/06/2018 - 06:40
7.40am - long queues now on southbound M90 Spur and southbound B800 through Kirkliston. #edintravel twitter.com/edintravel/sta…
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