Scottish Golf Swings into Japan

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Top Japanese golfer appointed golf ambassador ahead of The Open

One of Japan’s top golfers has been announced as Scotland’s first Goodwill Golf ambassador to Japan ahead of next month’s Open Championship at St Andrews.

The 2014 Japanese Open champion, Yuta Ikeda was appointed by the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop at a ceremony at the British Embassy in Tokyo earlier this morning.

As a Goodwill Golf Ambassador, Mr Ikeda will represent the Japanese Golf Tour Organisation (JGTO) and fellow Japanese professionals during the competition. He will also be competing in The Open at St Andrews.

Ms Hyslop said,

“Yuta Ikeda is a talented professional and I wish him the best of luck at St Andrews. As our first goodwill ambassador to Japan, I am sure the reception he will get in Scotland will be a boost ahead of competition. Scotland looks forward to welcoming Yuta, his fellow professionals from the Japanese Golf Tour Organisation and indeed the best players from the rest of the world to Scotland, the Home of Golf, for another memorable Open Championship.”

During the ceremony, which was filmed for Japanese Television, Ms Hyslop presented Mr Ikeda with a tartan jacket by Lochcarron of Scotland for him to wear during his visit to Scotland.

Mr. Yuta Ikeda, said:

“I am very honoured to have been appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador for Scotland, the birthplace of golf. The 2015 British Open will be held on the St. Andrews Old Course that can be said to symbolize the nature- and history-rich Scotland.

“When I played there in the 2010 Open, I struggled with large greens, pot bunkers, rolling fairways, treacherous roughs, strong winds and sudden rain. It was a truly challenging course. But I would like to do my best in the holy land of golf, as the Goodwill Ambassador for Scotland and as a Japanese player for the success of the 2015 British Open.”

Mr. Katsuji Ebisawa, Organization Chairman of the JGTO said:

“is a huge honour for us at the JGTO that Mr. Yuta Ikeda, President of the Players Association of JGTO, has been appointed the Goodwill Ambassador for Scotland.

“Mr. Ikeda will play in the 2015 British Open to be held at the St. Andrews in Scotland. Hopefully, he will play a great game as a representative of the Japan Tour players. We at the JGTO look forward to broader and deeper communication between Scotland and Japan through the game of golf.’

With many of the world’s top golfer’s set to take part, The Open is one of the most watched golfing events in the world. It is the oldest of the four Majors and the only one to take place outside of the USA. Seven golfers from the Japanese Golf Tour Organisation are set to play in The Open Championship this July.

Golf is worth more than £220 million to the Scottish economy and supports over 4400 jobs. In 2011, over 126,000 visitors to Scotland played golf. In 2013/2014 45,000 people from Japan arrived at a Scottish airport. Around 200,000 spectators are expected to attend The Open this year at St Andrews.

The ambassador activity was arranged by Scottish Development International to raise the profile of Scotland’s food and drink, luxury goods and tourism credentials in Japan. It builds on the success of the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, which was watched by a global TV audience of an estimated 500million viewers in 183 countries.

Courtesy of www.gov.scot

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Building Trade Links with Japan

External Affairs Secretary sets out priorities for exports growth

Scotland’s priorities for strengthening business and trade links with Japan were set out in Tokyo this morning by the Cabinet Secretary for External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop.

Life sciences, food and drink and the renewable energy sectors will be the Scottish Government’s priority areas for growing the value of Scotland’s direct exports to Japan – currently worth £295 million.

With a combined turnover of £1.4 billion, the latest figures show 80 Japanese businesses are investing in Scotland employing 5430 people. Between 2012 and 2014, Scottish businesses secured six new projects with Japan creating 153 new jobs and safeguarding 227 more.

Ms Hyslop was speaking at the British Chamber of Commerce in Tokyo to representatives of Japanese and international businesses.

Ms Hyslop said:

“Japan is a very important international partner for Scotland. The country is our 18th largest export market and was the fourth biggest source of foreign direct investment into Scotland in 2014. Japan has accounted for almost six per cent of all inward investment into Scotland over the past decade.

“There are opportunities for Scottish businesses to expand their links with Japan particularly in the areas of food and drink but also in life sciences and renewable energy. We have many existing relationships and cultural links with Japan but we know these three sectors present key opportunities to further strengthen our connections and we are committed to doing all we can to encourage that.

“In the latest annual attractiveness survey from Ernst and Young, for the third year in a row Scotland was the UK’s leading location for inward investment outside of London. The authors referred to a “halo effect” resulting from the Ryder Cup, the Commonwealth Games and also the independence referendum. This has resonated across the world, including in Japan and is an important factor to help us secure inward investment.”

While speaking in Tokyo, Ms Hyslop set out the positive case for Europe and how international businesses benefit from having a base in Scotland. She said:

“The EU is a vital export market for Scottish firms accounting for £12.9 billion in international exports in 2013. Investors from around the world, including Japan, recognise the importance of the world’s biggest single market. Having a base in a country with EU membership is important to them and to us as well.”

Courtesy of www.gov.scot

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Physical Education Levels at Record High in Local Schools

Physical Education Levels at Record High in Local Schools

Fiona Hyslop MSP welcomes success of Scottish Government drive to get young people active

Fiona Hyslop MSP has welcomed new figures showing that 100% of school children in West Lothian are now receiving the recommended amount of exercise at school.

In 2010 55 per cent of Scottish primary schools received at least two hours of PE a week compared to just 5% in 2005 – and now that figure stands at 99% across Scotland and 100% here in West Lothian.

Welcoming this Fiona said:

“Physical education is the best possible way to promote and ensure a level of fitness for young people in Scotland. And it gives our young athletes of the future a chance to excel at an early age – so these figures are a credit to our schools and teachers across West Lothian.

“These figures are a strong sign of the great progress that is being made in our local schools to ensure our children and young people are more active and ultimately living healthier lifestyles.”

ENDS

Notes
More school leavers in positive destinations http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/More-school-leavers-in-positive-destinations-1a1d.aspx
PE stats http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/06/2579/7#table10

Further notes: (2010) 55% of primary pupils now getting two hours of PE a week http://news.stv.tv/scotland/212668-55-of-primary-pupils-now-getting-two-hours-of-pe-a-week/

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Hyslop Votes in Favour of New Community Empowerment Bill Following Minister’s Visit to Linlithgow

Hyslop Votes in Favour of New Community Empowerment Bill Following Minister’s Visit to Linlithgow

Local Constituency MSP for Linlithgow, Fiona Hyslop has supported new legislation which allows more power and decision making at community level.

Legislation which was passed on Wednesday (17th June) will give communities more rights to take over land in both urban and rural areas – this could include transforming waste ground into community gardens or bringing empty shops back into use.

Commenting after the stage three debate which approved the new Bill, Fiona said;

“I was pleased to welcome Marco Biagi, Local Government and Communities Minister to Linlithgow a few weeks ago to discuss the Bill and what it could do for Linlithgow.

“I am delighted that the new Community Empowerment Bill has been passed allowing for a stronger community based voice across our towns and villages.

“I believe that it is our local people who understand local towns best and that they as residents who live and work in their communities are perfectly placed to determine where improvements may be needed in terms of regeneration or land use.

“A Local group of community and business people met the Communities Minister Marco Biagi to add their ideas and I look forward to seeing what others in West Lothian bring forward in relation to this new legislation.”

For more information on the Bill please go to:

http://www.gov.scot/Topics/People/engage

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Hyslop Attends Community Football Festival Launch

Hyslop Attends Community Football Festival Launch

Local Constituency MSP Fiona Hyslop has attended the launch of Armdale’s Community Football Club Festival at Armadale Academy at the weekend (14th June) and handed out medals to the young people taking part.

Speaking after the event, Fiona said;

“I was delighted to attend and support Armadale’s 5th Community Football Festival. The energy you get from sport and fitness is fundamental to our physical and mental wellbeing and something that should be embraced and promoted across our communities.”

“Over 1500 young people took part and It was a pleasure to award the young sports men and women with medals for their achievement during the festival. I would like to pass on my congratulations to Armadale Community Football Club for their organising and fundraising at the event.”

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Fiona Meets Brownies as Part of Girls Matter Campaign

Fiona Meets Brownies as Part of Girls Matter Campaign

Linlithgow MSP, Fiona Hyslop has visited the South Queensferry Brownies to chat about politics, women’s movements and how girls can have their voices heard as part of their ‘Girls Matter’ Campaign.

Speaking after the event, Fiona said;

“As a former brownie, girlguide and ranger guide I was delighted to be invited to meet the South Queensferry Brownies and chat to them about why our voices matter and how they can become involved in decisions that affect them locally, nationally and internationally.

“In Scotland we now have our first female First Minister and the first Scottish Cabinet made up of 50% women. There are many strong successful working women who we can look to as role models for our young girls and I welcome the work that Girl guiding Scotland has contributed to the ‘Girls Matter’ Campaign and the need for change that it supports.”

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Local MSP Marks Volunteers Week in Blackburn

Volunteers Week 2015

Local MSP Marks Volunteers Week in Blackburn

Local MSP for the Linlithgow Constituency, Fiona Hyslop has visited Mosside Retirement Home in Blackburn to mark Volunteers Week 2013 (June 1st – 7th).

Commenting at her visit, Ms Hyslop said;

“I am delighted to be at Mosside Retirement Home in Blackburn to mark the hugely important work that our volunteers do.

“Volunteers Week is a great opportunity to showcase our volunteers and ensure that their dedication and hard work is recognised.

“Today I was pleased to meet a number of volunteers and awarded them with certificates for their achievements. I have been able to see first-hand the contribution they make to their communities and the benefits they offer our society.

“They’re work is an inspiration and I am more than happy to highlight their efforts.”

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Hyslop Praises Local Newspaper in Parliament

Hyslop Praises Local Newspaper in Parliament

Fiona Hyslop; “Life would not the same without the Linlithgow Gazette”

During a debate on Media, Society and Democracy at the Scottish Parliament on May 14th, Linlithgow MSP, who was speaking in the debate on behalf of the Scottish Government praised her own local media, the Linlithgow Gazette.

Fiona said,

“In local newspaper week, I have to say that life would not be the same without a weekly read of the Linlithgow Gazette.

“I am committed to making sure that we seize the opportunity and promote continued public debate so that we can sustain and develop diverse media outlets that can generate positive engagement with politics, the Parliament and the important issues facing society, thereby ensuring that everyone has a voice in Scotland’s future.”

ENDS

To read Fiona’s speech in its entirety, please see the below link to the Parliament’s Official Report:

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/28862.aspx?r=9950&i=91341

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Hyslop Asks for Meeting with Edinburgh Airport Bosses

Hyslop Asks for Meeting with Edinburgh Airport Bosses

Local MSP for the Linlithgow Constituency Fiona Hyslop has written to bosses at Edinburgh Airport regarding their plans for a proposed flight path across the Edinburgh West and West Lothian to find out what impact it will have on her constituents.

Fiona commented;

“I understand that great care has been taken to design this new departure route which for the bulk of its path will only fly over the Forth.

“Edinburgh Airport have said that they are taking the necessary steps to ensure they can monitor noise levels to watch for any spikes in noise over the new flight path, however I am keen to meet with representatives from Edinburgh Airport to learn more about the new pilot flight path and what impact there might be for my constituents in West Lothian.”

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Fiona is Guest of Honour at Thrift Shop Sale Launch

Fiona Hyslop with ASHI Chairman Mr David Okalo Olwa, Ms Mukami I McCrum MBE (Charity Secretary) and Vice Chair, Ms Nataliia Hinde

Fiona Hyslop with ASHI Chairman Mr David Okalo Olwa, Ms Mukami I McCrum MBE (Charity Secretary) and Vice Chair, Ms Nataliia Hinde

Fiona is Guest of Honour at Thrift Shop Sale Launch

Local MSP Fiona Hyslop has attended and officially opened the sale of donated products to raise money for ASHI – a West Lothian based humanitarian charity which is dedicated to local and international issues. The opening took place at the Home Aid Thrift shop in Bathgate which AHSI have leased until April 29th.

After the event Fiona said;

“I am delighted to be officially opening ASHI’s fundraising sale in Bathgate. ASHI (Association of Serving the Humanity International) are a very dedicated charity who work hard towards the relief of poverty, the advancement of better health and education and ultimately the saving of lives both locally and internationally. They have already raised funds to deliver clean water to 600 Ugandans and they aim to do this for a further 20,000 people in Uganda.

“The charity is run by a small group of volunteers and so they give their time and efforts freely. I am happy to support the dedication of Chairman Mr David Olwa to ASHI and the good work of his charity.”

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In January this year ASHI completed its initial humanitarian project by wholly funding the installation of a deep borehole (water well) that provides clean and safe drinking water to a village community of around 600 people plus many thousands of travellers in Bala Sub County of Northern Uganda.

To find out more about the charity go to:
http://ashi.org.uk/history/

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