Get Up and Go Awards 2015

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Get Up and Go magazine coverThe Get Up and Go Awards celebrate those truly remarkable individuals and groups who devote huge amounts of time and energy towards making older people’s lives better.

If you know someone who deserves recognition, nominate them in one of the following categories:

Product/s and /or Service/s that make a difference – a product or service that is particularly appreciated by older people.

Outstanding Contribution – an individual/s, who has made a difference to the older population in your community.

Winners receive an engraved glass “star” and highly commended receive a framed certificate at the awards ceremony – which also sees the launch of the Get Up and Go programme.

Download a nomination form.

Closing date for nominations is Monday 31st August 2015.

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Communities at heart of radical reforms to promote sustainability, fairness & transparency.

Land Reform Minster Aileen McLeod has pledged to end “the stop start nature of historic land reform” with the publication of legislation today.
The Bill is designed to ensure the issues of fairness, equality and social justice connected to the ownership of, access to and use of land in Scotland are given a permanent footing with the creation of a Scottish Land Commission.

You can read more about the Bill here <

A record proportion of young people in Scotland are securing work, education or training after leaving school.

A record proportion of young people in Scotland are securing work, education or training after leaving school, according to official figures published this week.

The statistics show that 91.7 per cent of 2013-14 school leavers were in positive destinations in March 2015 – compared to the figure of 90.4 per cent in the previous year.

The latest summary statistics for attainment, leaver destinations and healthy living also reveal that the number of pupils registered for a free school meal has more than doubled to over 259,000 following the introduction of free meals for all P1-3 pupils. And 98 per cent of schools are now meeting the Scottish Government target on physical education.

You can read more at : The Scottish Government

MSPs pass Community Empowerment Bill

The Scottish Parliament has approved a bill giving communities the right to buy land or buildings in their area.

Passed by MSPs yesterday, the Community Empowerment Bill will give communities more rights to take over land in both urban and rural areas – this could include transforming waste ground into community gardens or bringing empty shops back into use.

Scottish Housing News

New ‘giant’ telescope will let us see further than we’ve ever seen before

Work has begun on the world’s most powerful telescope – costing more than £325 million.

The Giant Magellan Telescope is being built in Las Campanas in the Atacama desert in northern Chile where the lack of pollution and high altitude gives the best vantage of the stars.

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The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), will be the biggest Earth-based optical telescope ever built, ushering in a new era of deep space exploration. Artist rendering The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) will be the biggest Earth-based optical telescope ever built (Picture:GMTO)

Work has begun on the world’s most powerful telescope – costing more than £325 million.

The Giant Magellan Telescope is being built in Las Campanas in the Atacama desert in northern Chile where the lack of pollution and high altitude gives the best vantage of the stars.

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Wendy Freedman, chair of the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization (GMTO) and professor of astronomy and astrophysics at University of Chicago said: ‘The GMT will herald the beginning of a new era in astronomy.

‘It will reveal the first objects to emit light in the universe, explore the mysteries of dark energy and dark matter, and identify potentially habitable planets in the Earth’s galactic neighborhood.

‘The decision by the GMTO partner institutions to start construction is a…

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Hurrah! Tesco is giving its leftover food to charity

Dave Lewis, Tesco’s chief exec, has said he does not feel ‘comfortable’ throwing out thousands of tonnes of food waste each year when it could go to helping people in need.

The announcement comes after France passed a law last month preventing supermarkets destroying food – in a bid to put an end to the epidemic of food waste in Europe.

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A Tesco logo stands on display outside a Tesco supermarket, operated by Tesco Plc, in London, U.K., on Monday, April 20, 2015. Tesco's April 22 results will serve as a reminder of the scale of the task still facing new Chief Executive Officer Dave Lewis after his decision to close dozens of stores, cancel some openings, consolidate head offices and cut prices on hundreds of branded goods. Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg via Getty Images (Picture: Getty Images)

Tesco is to start donating its leftover food to charity.

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Dave Lewis, Tesco’s chief exec, has said he does not feel ‘comfortable’ throwing out thousands of tonnes of food waste each year when it could go to helping people in need.

The announcement comes after France passed a law last month preventing supermarkets destroying food – in a bid to put an end to the epidemic of food waste in Europe.

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Often food in shops must be removed from shelves once it has passed its self by date, despite still being perfectly good for human consumption.

Tesco will be the first supermarket in Britain to tackle this problem – in a the hope that many homeless or…

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