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Earth Hour 2018

That the Parliament welcomes WWF Earth Hour 2018, which starts at 8.30pm on 24 March; understands that, while people do a wide range of things to show that they care about the planet’s future, millions will choose to mark Earth Hour by going "lights out" for 60 minutes as a symbolic show of solidarity in tackling climate change; celebrates reports that families and communities across Scotland will be taking part, joining the Parliament and some of the world’s biggest landmarks, such as the Sydney Opera House, the Eiffel Tower and Edinburgh Castle, in switching off their lights as a visual display of their commitment; believes that Scotland’s local authorities have always played a major role in the success of the event, with Scotland being the first country to have its councils give the hour 100% support; considers that this awareness event has become a moment for people around the world to think about the importance of helping bring real change to the lives of people; acknowledges what it sees as the continued cross-party support for the aims of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, and notes the view that this should be built on in the Scottish Government’s forthcoming climate change legislation.

Supported by: Ruth Maguire, Joan McAlpine, Richard Lyle, Emma Harper, Richard Lochhead, Ash Denham, David Torrance, Liam McArthur, Clare Haughey, Patrick Harvie, Stewart Stevenson, Colin Beattie, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, John Mason, Sandra White, Jenny Gilruth, Alex Rowley, Clare Adamson, Fulton MacGregor


Current Status: Achieved Cross Party Support
Angus Special Playscheme

That the Parliament congratulates the Angus Special Playscheme, which is based in Arbroath, on being awarded a £5,000 grant by the Corra Foundation toward the salaries of its assistants; understands that the group provides fun and educational activities during the school holidays for 5- to 18-year-olds with additional support needs, and welcomes the work of all such organisations across Scotland, which work with children with complex needs by offering them varied activities in warm, caring and supportive environments.

Supported by: James Dornan, Joan McAlpine, Ash Denham, Ruth Maguire, Richard Lyle, Rona Mackay, David Torrance, Clare Haughey, Liam Kerr, Edward Mountain, Jenny Gilruth, Bill Kidd, Gillian Martin, Colin Beattie, Fulton MacGregor


To ask the Scottish Government what further measures it is considering to address the persecution of birds of prey.


Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 21/02/2018
Brittle Bone Society Marks 50th Anniversary

That the Parliament congratulates the Brittle Bone Society, which is the sole UK charity supporting people with the rare disease, osteogenesis imperfecta (OI), on its 50th anniversary; understands that Margaret Grant MBE of Dundee set up the Brittle Bone Society in 1968 when the charity was arguably the first in the world to support people with OI; notes that, to mark its 50th anniversary, the charity plans to celebrate its Dundee heritage and expert knowledge within the OI community by welcoming keynote healthcare professionals to the city to take part in an International Scientific Symposium, as well as host a European Patient meeting later in 2018, and wishes continued success to the Brittle Bone Society’s Chairman and Chief Executive, Elaine Healey and Patricia Osborne, in furthering the work of the charity.

Supported by: Jenny Gilruth, Miles Briggs, Ruth Maguire, Joan McAlpine, Kenneth Gibson, Jeremy Balfour, Clare Haughey, Sandra White, David Stewart, Alexander Stewart, Stuart McMillan, Edward Mountain, David Torrance, Fulton MacGregor, Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Neil Findlay, Stewart Stevenson, Ben Macpherson, Gil Paterson, Alexander Burnett, Gillian Martin, John Mason, Jackie Baillie, Ivan McKee, Alex Rowley


Airedale Memorial Funding

That the Parliament congratulates the Airedale Terrier Club of Scotland on receiving an award of £18,000 from the Scottish Landfill Communities to help erect a monument to honour the Airedales that served in the First World War; notes that thousands of Airedale Terriers were used during the war to locate injured soldiers on the battlefield, to carry out sentry work and to take messages and first aid supplies through the trenches, and believes that it is fitting that a memorial to the lives of these dogs should be commemorated in the area where it all began, on the beach of East Haven in Angus, which, along with Carnoustie and Barry beaches, is where the dogs were initially trained.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, Clare Haughey, Ruth Maguire, Ash Denham, Rona Mackay, Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, David Torrance, Sandra White, Jenny Gilruth, Fulton MacGregor, Gillian Martin, Ben Macpherson, Gil Paterson, Ivan McKee


World's Best Martini 2018

That the Parliament congratulates the Angus distillery, Arbikie, on bringing home the title of the World's Best Martini 2018 with its AK’s Gin; notes that the Stirling family has been farming at Arbikie for four generations and that AK’s Gin was launched in 2017 by the brothers in memory of their father, Alexander Kirkwood Stirling; recognises the hard work that has gone into creating the Arbikie brand, which has also seen it recently named Scottish Gin Distillery of the Year at the Scottish Gin Awards, and welcomes not only Arbikie’s success, but the contribution of farmers across Angus and Scotland, who relentlessly strive to improve Scotland’s world-renowned reputation for excellence in food and drink.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie, Ruth Maguire, Ash Denham, Stewart Stevenson, Richard Lyle, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Rona Mackay, Gillian Martin, Jenny Gilruth, Ivan McKee, Fulton MacGregor, Clare Adamson, Emma Harper, David Torrance, Ben Macpherson, Tom Arthur


Selection for the Scottish Youth Futsal Federation’s U20 Squad

That the Parliament congratulates Robert Black, who attends Monifieth High School, on being selected for the Scotland U20 squad for the upcoming futsal friendly against the University of Edinburgh on 3 February 2018; notes that this is part of the Scottish Youth Futsal Federation’s preparation for the IFA World Cup 2018; applauds all players selected, and wishes the Scottish players and staff well for their forthcoming fixtures and the World Cup in Spain later in 2018.

Supported by: Ruth Maguire, Joan McAlpine, David Torrance, Bill Kidd, Jenny Gilruth, Clare Haughey, Fulton MacGregor, Donald Cameron, Richard Lyle, Ivan McKee, Clare Adamson, Emma Harper, Ben Macpherson, Tom Arthur


Carnoustie Golf Links, Environmental Golf Course of the Year

That the Parliament congratulates Carnoustie Golf Links on being named the Environmental Golf Course of the Year 2018; notes that, since 1995, the Golf Environment Awards have sought to recognise, reward and promote outstanding courses, no matter how big or small, and individuals for the time and effort that they have put into protecting and preserving their unique surroundings; understands that the winner of the environmental course of the year category must brilliantly demonstrate efficient management across each of the following areas, nature conservation management, turfgrass management and waste and water management, and welcomes the steps being taken by all at the Carnoustie links to ensure that is not only a fantastic course to play, but also run in an environmentally responsible manner.

Supported by: David Torrance, Tom Mason, Joan McAlpine, Gail Ross, Tavish Scott, Clare Haughey, Edward Mountain, Ash Denham, Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Liam Kerr, Ruth Maguire, Jenny Gilruth, Fulton MacGregor, Stewart Stevenson, Sandra White, Alex Rowley, Neil Findlay, Tom Arthur, Donald Cameron, Ivan McKee, Ben Macpherson


Carers

That the Parliament welcomes 25 January as being Young Carers Awareness Day 2018; understands that the day seeks to identify and raise awareness of the at least 29,000 young carers in Scotland; welcomes the contribution that these young people make; recognises the challenges that they face in balancing the care that they provide with their educational needs, and welcomes the support provided by organisations, including Angus Young Carers.

Supported by: Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Alex Cole-Hamilton, John Mason, Richard Lochhead, Gail Ross, Clare Haughey, Liam McArthur, Joan McAlpine, Kenneth Gibson, Emma Harper, Rona Mackay, Ross Greer, Bob Doris, David Torrance, Ruth Maguire, Fulton MacGregor, Jackie Baillie, Gillian Martin, Liam Kerr, Stewart Stevenson, Sandra White, Neil Findlay, Tom Arthur, Donald Cameron, Ivan McKee, Clare Adamson, Alexander Burnett, Ben Macpherson


Neil Rolland Made a Member of the Order of St John

That the Parliament congratulates Neil Rolland, who is from Monifieth, on being made a Member of the Order of St John following five years’ service as a first responder with St John Scotland; acknowledges that during his service, Neil has been particularly active in teaching CPR to over 200 people, making every one of them a potential life-saver in the event of cardiac arrest; notes he has carried this out with Heartstart Discovery, which is a Tayside partner organisation, along with St John Scotland and Save a Life for Scotland, and thanks Neil, and all of the other first responders, for the dedication that they show helping others.

Supported by: James Dornan, Ruth Maguire, Richard Lyle, Joan McAlpine, Ash Denham, Clare Haughey, Stewart Stevenson, Edward Mountain, Bill Kidd, Ivan McKee, Gillian Martin, Jenny Gilruth, Fulton MacGregor, Gil Paterson, Clare Adamson, Ben Macpherson, Tom Arthur, Alexander Burnett