Thursday 27th April
Two people have been detained by police in connection with a serious assault in Aberdeen, which has left a man in a critical condition. The 33 year old sustained serious head injuries following the incident outside the Co-op store in Union Street at around 9.30 last night. Police say they are carrying out an investigation into the circumstances leading up to the incident and they are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time or who saw anything to get in touch.
The ban on North Sea Super Puma helicopters looks set to remain in place. A new report into last year’s fatal crash off Norway is expected tomorrow. Its understood it will reveal that no new information has emerged, meaning the flying restrictions will not be lifted. The 225 LP and AS 332 L2 aircraft has been grounded since the crash 12 months ago, which claimed the lives of 13 people including Laurencekirk man Ian Stuart.
The fishing industry is challenging candidates in the upcoming General Election to pledge their support for its priority of restoring control of UK waters. The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation insist that exiting the Common Fisheries Policy is the only way of ending, what it calls, the farcical situation under which the country is forced to give away almost two-thirds of the fish from some of the richest fishing grounds in the world. Candidates in all 650 parliamentary constituencies are being invited to sign the pledge prior to the election on June 8th.
Researchers from Aberdeen University’s Rowett Institute are seeking volunteers to help them assess whether taking a prebiotic can improve the health of people with Type 2 diabetes. Previous studies have shown that their use can improve metabolic health in non-diabetic volunteers as it can alter the bacteria found in the human gut. The team now want to explore this further to see if the same results are present in diabetic volunteers. Those taking part in the study will have to be between 18 and 65 years and be individuals who manage Type 2 Diabetes through diet.
An offshore union has accused employers of ‘spin over substance’, as it took another step towards a possible strike. Unite has served notice on the Offshore Contractors Association, informing them that it is going to ballot members for official industrial action. It’s over a long-running pay and conditions dispute with the OCA. Last month, a 2% increase was overwhelmingly rejected by union members and further talks between both sides have since broken down.
Selling Scottish fish to Europe will be vital, even after Brexit, says Ian Hudghton. 46 Scottish companies are taking part in the world’s biggest seafood exhibition this week in Brussels. It’s the place where multi-million pound deals are negotiated. Over the last ten years Scottish sales to Asia have risen 4-fold, according to the government. But 80 per cent of our fisheries products are sold to the rest of Europe. SNP MEP, Ian Hudghton says it will be vital that isn’t disrupted by Brexit