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Lift-off for Scotland: Sutherland to host first UK spaceport

Lift-off for Scotland: Sutherland to host first UK spaceport

Science
A remote, boggy stretch of land on the north coast of Scotland is likely to become the UK's first spaceport. The A'Mhoine Peninsula in Sutherland has been chosen as the most suitable place from which to launch rockets vertically to put satellites in orbit. The UK Space Agency is giving Highlands and Islands Enterprise £2.5m towards the development of the facility. HIE will work closely with a consortium that includes the American aerospace giant Lockheed Martin. The goal would be to have launches as early as possible in the 2020s. Small rockets herald new wave UK satellite makes HD movies of Earth "The decision to support the UK's first spaceport in Sutherland is tremendous news for our region and for Scotland as a whole," ...
Former Liverpool and Scotland legend Kenny Dalglish given knighthood in Queen's Birthday Honours list

Former Liverpool and Scotland legend Kenny Dalglish given knighthood in Queen's Birthday Honours list

Sports
Dalglish is viewed by many as Liverpool's greatest ever player Friday, June 8, 2018 Kenny Dalglish has been knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his services to football as well as his charity work and the support of the Hillsborough families. The Liverpool legend won three European Cups and six league titles in what was a glittering career as a player and a manager for the Reds. He also made 102 appearances for Scotland. But perhaps what has earned him the knighthood is through his charity work for the Marina Dalglish Appeal and the support he offered to the families affected by the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, in which 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives. He said: "I thought it was a tax bill. For the family, it's a huge...
McLeish appointed for second spell as Scotland manager

McLeish appointed for second spell as Scotland manager

Sports
Alex McLeish has agreed to become Scotland manager for the second time - 11 years after leaving the post.McLeish, 59, will sign a deal until 2020 and is the unanimous choice of the Scottish FA board. He replaces his former Aberdeen and Scotland team-mate Gordon Strachan, who left in October after the country did not qualify for the World Cup. The Scottish FA failed in its attempt to recruit Michael O'Neill, who instead chose to stay with Northern Ireland.McLeish 'has right credentials'Walter Smith was also linked with the role, but ruled himself out of a return to the job he held for three years before leaving for Rangers in 2007.McLeish's first games in charge will be against Costa Rica and Hungary next month, followed by further friendly matches in Peru in May and Mexico in June.His debu...
Laidlaw kicks Scotland to victory over France – highlights & report

Laidlaw kicks Scotland to victory over France – highlights & report

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device 2018 Six NationsScotland (14) 32Tries: Maitland, Jones Cons: Laidlaw 2 Pens: Laidlaw 6France (20) 26Tries: Thomas 2 Cons: Machenaud 2 Pens: Machenaud 2, Serin 2Scotland put defeat by Wales behind them to overcome France at Murrayfield and revive their Six Nations campaign.The first of two Teddy Thomas tries put France into an early 10-0 lead before Sean Maitland crossed for Scotland.Thomas gathered a lucky bounce to score again but the hosts replied via Huw Jones' try, only for Maxime Machenaud's second penalty to put France 20-14 up.Greig Laidlaw kicked six penalties, to two from Baptiste Serin, to steer the Scots home in a tense second half.Scotland will next face reigning champions Englan...
World's first floating wind farm emerges off coast of Scotland

World's first floating wind farm emerges off coast of Scotland

Technology
The world's first full-scale floating wind farm has started to take shape off the north-east coast of Scotland.The revolutionary technology will allow wind power to be harvested in waters too deep for the current conventional bottom-standing turbines used.The Peterhead wind farm, known as Hywind, is a trial which will bring power to 20,000 homes. Manufacturer Statoil says output from the turbines is expected to equal or surpass generation from current ones.It hopes to cash in on a boom in the technology, especially in Japan and the West coast of the US, where waters are deep."This is a tech development project to ensure it's working in open sea conditions. It's a game-changer for floating wind power and we are sure it will help bring costs down," said Leif Delp, project director for Hywind...