Probus talk about sports medicine

AT THE meeting of Monifieth Probus Club on Tuesday, Dr Niall Elliott talked about Sports Medicine, the sportscotland Institute of Sport and the important contributions they made to the success of the Summer Olympics in London and continue to make as Scotland and Scottish athletes prepare for the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

President Jim Lornie was in the chair and Peter Griffiths proposed the vote of thanks and handed over the club’s customary donation for the speaker to pass on to his chosen good cause, Cardiac Risk in the Young Scotland (CRY).

The next forenoon meeting of the club will not be until Tuesday, March 19, as the annual lunch for members and guests will take place on Tuesday, March 5, when the speaker will be Charlie Allison.

Buy Scottish wherever possible

DUNDEE City East MSP Shona Robison has praised a new scheme set up by Asda that aims to promote local suppliers.

Popular local baker Goodfellows of Dundee is taking part this year in an innovative programme launched by Asda with support from the Scottish Government, aiming at generating new sales for Scottish food and drink businesses.

Known as The Asda Supplier Development Academy and open to all suppliers to Asda stores in Scotland, whether they supply one store or all of them, the programme is an attempt to develop a stronger business relationship between the Asda chain and local suppliers.

Ms Robison told the Guide & Gazette: “This is a useful idea which will strengthen the links between the Asda supermarket chain and many local suppliers, some of whom will be quite small - and boost their business.

“By setting up this Academy and holding in-depth master classes, consultations and one-to-one mentoring for suppliers, I am hopeful that this will lead to more local food and drink products on the shelves at Asda - which will be good for local business and the Scottish economy.

“In 2011, 10 companies participated and it led to their sales increasing by up to 350 per cent. This year, more that 35 businesses will be participating.

“I congratulate Goodfellows for their involvement and am sure it will be of mutual benefit.”

She concluded: “Many of my constituents shop at the Mid Craigie Asda and it goes without saying that our local produce is of a very high standard and quality.

“I would hope that shoppers would buy Scottish products and support their local suppliers wherever possible.”

No plans yet for HS2 in Scotland

MP FOR Dundee East Stewart Hosie has called for clarification on plans to extend the new high speed train line into Scotland.

On Monday Mr Hosie asked Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin in the House of Commons of his intentions toward extending the HS2 train line into Scotland.

Current proposals are for the planned London to Birmingham route to extend to Manchester and Leeds, but as yet nothing concrete has been planned for extending into Scotland.

Mr Hosie said: “I asked the Transport Secretary, who is doing this in a phased way, when he will be able to inform us of a timescale for the high speed rail project to reach Scotland. I was told the government hope to have plans prior to the referendum on Scottish independence, due in autumn 2014, but I have doubts over this timescale being met.”