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MSP says Hawick should be base for new ICT centre

Scottish Borders MSP John Lamont has reacted to news that Scottish Borders Council has signed a new ICT contract which will result in the creation of 200 new jobs, by saying the work should be based in Hawick.

John Lamont wants Hawick to be the home for new ICT centre Credit: ITV Border

Given the challenging time that Hawick has experienced recently, I strongly believe this is a fantastic opportunity for the Council to do its bit and bring new investment and new jobs to the town.

“Hawick not only has the space and facilities for a major call centre, but it has a willing and enthusiastic work force. Basing the new centre here will have knock on effects for other businesses as well and bring further investment, which can only be good for the town.”

– John Lamont MSP

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MSP welcomes pylon rethink

Thousands of pylons would have run from Auchencrosh to Harker. Credit: ITV Border

South of Scotland MSP Joan McAlpine (SNP) has welcomed the announcement that Scottish Power Energy Networks is rethinking its plan to install a new network of electricity pylons in Dumfries and Galloway.

The proposals had been met with fierce protests.

Now, the company says the results of its public consultation, and changes in the energy industry, mean they may scale back the plans.

This is welcome news and testament to the efforts of constituents who picked apart the justification for an overhead line of this size routed through virgin countryside. In my consultation submission on behalf of constituents I asked this question - I am pleased that SPEN and National Grid are taking it on board.

I will continue to act on behalf of my constituents and have secured a meeting between campaigners and the UK energy regulator which will take place very soon.”

– Joan McAlpine, SNP MSP

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Poll: are you worried about online safety?

Online safety. Credit: PA

Cumbria Police are urging people to stay safe online, on 'Safer Internet Day'.

The force is working to raise awareness of internet safety by sending officers to schools and advising parents.

Top tips for online safety:

  • Stay up-to-date: ask about your child’s new gadgets, apps and websites. It is important to be aware of new technologies and developments that your child may be using
  • Set boundaries: treat the online world as you would the ‘real’ world. Consider what or who they may see, share and communicate with, as well as how long they spend online
  • Know what connects to the internet and how: today many technologies connect to the internet, including TVs and games consoles. Check how they are accessing the internet, if it is through a neighbour’s Wifi, your security settings may not be applied
  • Cyber-bullying: this can be very distressing and upsetting, talk to your child regularly about their experiences, both online and offline

Are you worried about your children's safety online? Take our poll to let us know your thoughts:

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