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Wednesday 18th October

The world's first floating wind farm has been switched on.  The £200 million Hywind project, which is about 15 miles off Peterhead, was officially opened by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today.  The five-giant turbine scheme has been developed by Norwegian energy firm Statoil and is expected to generate enough electricity to power 20,000 homes.  If the pilot project is a success, the company hopes to build similar floating windfarms up to four times the size.  


A Banff couple, who neglected their cat, have been given a five year disqualification order from owning or keeping animals following an investigation.  Carol Baird and Samuel Hutchison pled guilty to failing to take reasonable steps to ensure the cat’s needs were met, allowing it’s fur to become so matted he was unable to move properly, and failing to provide veterinary treatment thereby causing him unnecessary pain and suffering.  53 year old Baird also received a £1,000 fine and Hutchinson, who is 59, a further £200.


More than 1,000 job hunters attended a Christmas Jobs Fair in Aberdeen today, the first of its kind to take place in the city since 2010.  The event, hosted by the City Council, was a joint initiative between the Department for Work and Pensions and the Progress Through Positive Partnerships project.  Both seasonal and permanent roles were on offer.  


Police are urging rural business owners to ensure they have robust security measures in place following two recent break-ins.  Entry was forced at the Square in Tarves with goods taken.  The shop at Main Street in Methlick was also targeted, although nothing was stolen.  Both incidents happened in the early hours of yesterday. 


Siblings from Cruden Bay have been named in a list of the world’s 100 most promising young poets. Magnus and Ailsa Dixon were both named on the long list of the annual Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, which was announced this week.  It’s one of the largest literary competitions in the world and attracted more than 6,000 entrants submitting 11,000 poems. It is the fifth time that 17 year old Magnus has been given a place in the top 100, but it’s the first time Ailsa, who is three years younger, has made the list.


An Indian vessel, which was detained at Aberdeen Harbour for more than a year due to unpaid wages, has failed to sell at auction.  The Malaviya Seven was impounded under merchant shipping regulations and a sheriff recently ruled that the boat should be sold with the proceeds going to the crew, who were owed a total of £600,000.  The auctioneer withdrew the ship from sale after only receiving one bid of £300,000, which was well below the reserve price.  Dominic Daly said he would try and negotiate a better deal with the man who entered the bid.


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