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South West Scotland receive nearly £40 million YEI share

MSP Jim Hume welcomes a £38.6 million investment for a new youth programme in South West Scotland.

It is one of five areas in the UK to receive a share of money from the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI).

"We know that long spells of unemployment at the start of a young persons' career can be damaging for years down the line. This new investment will make a real difference to young people in the south of Scotland and give them the best possible start to their working life.

"With UK spending being matched by EU investment this new initiative is another reason why Liberal Democrats are working to keep Scotland in Britain and Britain in Europe."

– Jim Hume MSP, South Scotland

The scheme provides funding to help young people aged 15-24 find work.

The total £170 million of UK government funding for the YEI will be matched by an equal amount from the European Social Fund and also by project partners, bringing the total funding to nearly £490 million.


Help at hand with new pilot health check service

If you are unfortunate enough to be living with a chronic disease you will know that one of the most important things is having your health and your condition monitored on a regular basis.

However, getting to your GP surgery or hospital can be difficult, especially if you live in a rural area.

Now though, help could be on the way for some people in South West Scotland.

A pilot project to help people with lung disease carry out their own checks has been launched.

It is called the Annan Remote Monitoring test, and Lori Carnochan went to find out more.

Full Report: Record-breaking guest at Wigtown Show

It is just over four months since the worst snow storms in living memory hit parts of Southern Scotland causing devastation for local farmers.

Some of those same farmers say they are making a recovery, and today they attended one of the area's biggest agricultural shows.

And along with the usual sheep and cows, this year's special guest at the Wigtown Show was none other than a record-breaking duck, as Matthew Taylor reports.

Watch his full report below.

"Big Dave" the duck is Wigtown Show's prizegiver

"Big Dave" the duck is at the Wigtown Agricultural Show in South West Scotland today to help with the prize giving.

As the most expensive duck in the country, having sold for a whopping £1500 last year, he has been making quite an impression at the show.

Here he is with his owner Graham Hicks:

Big Dave is making quite an impression at the show Credit: ITV News


Wigtown Agricultural Show to receive very special guest

A black & white Magpie Muscovy duck is due to take pride of place at the Wigtown Agricultural Show in South West Scotland today.

'Big Dave' the Drake became a celebrity when he was sold last year for a record sum for a duck of £1500.

Last year's Wigtown Show went ahead despite the poor weather Credit: ITV News

The annual show is the oldest in the region and first started in 1813.

It has only ever been cancelled for two world wars and the foot and mouth outbreak.

Organisers refused to cancel the show last year despite the very wet weather.

Full Report: Council tackles youth unemployment

The jobless figure for young people in South West Scotland is amongst the highest in the country.

The local council is now trying to tackle that statistics by starting a new scheme where it pays half the wages of new recruits.

The money is coming from European and Scottish Government grants and could help up to a 100 people aged from 16 to 24-years-old.

Watch the full report from Matthew Taylor below.

Bus evacuated after motorway fire

A bus was evacuated after the engine caught fire near Lockerbie. The bus was travelling north on the A74(M) in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The driver pulled onto the hard shoulder at junction 20 after seeing smoke rising from the engine compartment.

The fire service says passengers left the bus as a precaution, until the fire was put out. They were then picked up by a replacement bus to continue their journey north.

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