Mitzvah Day 2016

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FM Nicola Sturgeon pictured in St Andrews

Mitzvah Day’s mission is to reduce hardship and poverty, care better for our environment and spread a little joy, all through hands on participation, not fundraising. Mitzvah Day unites faith and non-faith communities through the shared value of giving with a diverse range of social action projects. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: The Jewish values… Read more »

Breaking down barriers

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon recently spoke at this year’s Rehabilitaion International World Congress (RIWC) at Edinburgh International Conference Centre. The event was attended by over 1,000 delegates from 60 countries and included HRH The Princess Royal who officially opened the Congress. This year’s focus is ‘inclusion’ and will examine how disability empowerment and inclusion for… Read more »

Salute to the Tattoo

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon officially saluted The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Saturday’s (13 August) late performance. Performers from over 48 countries including the Jordanian Royal Guard, Band and Drill Team and the Scots Guards are entertaining thousands of spectators throughout August. The First Minister acknowledged the Gaelic Toast of Lone Piper Lance Bombardier Megan… Read more »

The Homeless World Cup – a sporting event like no other

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Over 500 people from across the world have been gathering in Glasgow since Saturday to take part in the Homeless World Cup – a unique social movement that uses football to inspire homeless people to change their own lives. In total, 64 teams, representing 52 countries, will come together to take part and highlight the life-changing work of… Read more »

Eid Mubarak

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First Minister official potrait

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon sends Eid Mubarak greetings. She said: Today I send heartfelt Eid greetings to all our Muslim neighbours and friends on this special day of celebration, on behalf of the Scottish Government and the people of Scotland. Eid marks a joyous end to Ramadan’s month of fasting and spiritual renewal. It is a… Read more »

A throne fit for a Queen

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A bench hand crafted by Modern Apprentice stonemasons from a single piece of Clashach stone from Moray has been presented to Her Majesty The Queen to mark her 90th birthday. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon presented the gift, carved with a rose, Lion Rampant and stag’s head motifs, on behalf of the people of Scotland during the Royal… Read more »

100 years on from the bloodiest battle

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The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, senior Royals and politicians joined over 10,000 people at Thiepval Memorial to the Missing in France to remember those who fought at the Battle of the Somme. The battle was the most devastating encounter of the First World War and saw more than a million men wounded or killed, 420,000 of them from… Read more »