Parida Report Reinforces Need for Resilience in Nuclear Sea Transports

December 17, 2015

NEWS FROM THE CELTIC LEAGUE You may have forgotten the MV Parida (pictured below) we haven’t! It was a Danish registered ro-ro cargo vessel on passage from Scrabster in Scotland to Antwerp, Belgium carrying nuclear waste when it caught fire in October 2014.

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‘Obscene’ Salaries They Are As Bad As Our ‘Fat Cats’

December 8, 2015

NEWS FROM THE CELTIC LEAGUE Chief Executives earning over £100,000! It’s ‘disgusting’ and ‘obscene’ according to members of the public. But the Chief Secretary and the ‘sprinkling’ of CEOs in Manx government Departments can heave a sigh of relief because the comments were

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Giant Trawlers Also Threat to Marine Mammals

November 21, 2015

NEWS FROM THE CELTIC LEAGUE The gigantic super trawler Annelies Ilena is making steady progress up the Irish Sea its now west of the Isle of Man and seems to be heading to the North Channel. Our prediction three days ago (when we

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The Bombs of Beaufort Dyke

November 10, 2015

NEWS FROM THE CELTIC LEAGUE The personal column OUTSIDE LEFT I write for Isle of Man Newspapers (Manx Independent) this week was about Sellafield and John Dunster it was entitled Radiation Guinea Pigs (although the title I submitted was ‘The Experiment’). In the

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Happy Birthday Wings!

November 9, 2015

NEWS FROM THE CELTIC LEAGUE The pro Scottish Independence blog ‘Wings over Scotland’ is four years old today. By its own admission ‘Wings’ which started out just intending to be an occasional observation on the unfolding scene in Scotland has turned into once

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Some Mother’s Son

November 5, 2015

NEWS FROM THE CELTIC LEAGUE The conviction of two journalists in Indonesia this week brought back recollections of a tragedy years ago in which a journalist with links to Scotland and the Isle of Man died. The two UK journalists convicted of violating

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Scotland: Misguided Munitions MCA Need to Pose Questions

October 27, 2015

NEWS FROM THE CELTIC LEAGUE Well Joint Warrior (JW 15/2) seemed to pass of without incident but this week a piece of ‘military kit’ drifted ashore in the Western Isles. The large Mirach 100/5 military target drone which was found on a beach

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Mann: SNP Conference Delegation Speak of Strong Relationship

October 18, 2015

NEWS FROM THE CELTIC LEAGUE The Manx Chief Minister has been speaking about the strongrelationship that has been built up with the Scottish National Party afterleading a delegation to the Party’s annual conference. He said that he has a good working relationship with

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The Police Report – Compiled 2007/8

October 18, 2015

NEWS FROM THE CELTIC LEAGUE Following today’s announcement of the language initiative for Police Scotland I thought I would republish the Police Report compiled in 2007/8 by the General Secretary into language attitudes in all the Police Services in the Celtic countries: “THE

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Scotland: Setback for Gaelic Centre Plan

October 15, 2015

NEWS FROM THE CELTIC LEAGUE The plans to establish a major centre for Gaelic music, culture and heritage in South Uist have suffered a major funding setback after a funding request to the Big Lottery Fund. The arts group Ceolas were hoping to

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