Dumfries and Galloway, Holiday Destination of the Year

That the Parliament welcomes the news that Dumfries and Galloway has been voted Holiday Destination of the Year by the readers of BBC Countryfile magazine; congratulates the communities and businesses whose hard work, it believes, has resulted in this long-overdue recognition of the region’s unique charms; 

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ENABLE Scotland Picking Up the Pieces Project and Amendments to the Carers (Scotland) Bill

That the Parliament recognises the work done by ENABLE Scotland’s Picking Up the Pieces Project to facilitate access to emergency planning for carers; understands that ENABLE Scotland is the largest voluntary organisation in Scotland for children and adults with learning disabilities and their families; congratulates the organisation on working with the Scottish Government and the Cross Party Group on Carers to secure amendments to the Carers (Scotland) Bill, which it believes will introduce a requirement for the adult carer support plan and young carers statement processes to include a conversation about whether the adult or young carer, as well as local information and advice services, provide information and advice to carers on emergency and future care planning; 

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St Joseph’s College in Dumfries Reaches Real Business Challenge Finals

That the Parliament congratulates St Joseph’s College in Dumfries on reaching the Scottish finals of the Real Business Challenge at Murrayfield Stadium on 3 February 2016; notes that the annual secondary school enterprise education competition, The Real Experience, is run by Coca-Cola Enterprises; 

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Congratulations to Annan Athletic

That the Parliament congratulates Annan Athletic on the players' recent 4-1 victory over Hamilton Academical in the fourth round of the 2015-16 Scottish Cup; believes that the League Two side's victory over the Premiership team is one of the biggest results in the club's 74-year history;

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Congratulations to Creatomatic

That the Parliament congratulates the Annan-based web design business, Creatomatic, on being the first business in the town to officially adopt the living wage; understands that the company was launched in 2012 and has been paying the living wage since then;

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The Solway Estuary Haaf-netters

That the Parliament recognises what it sees as the cultural importance of the unique fishing methods on the Solway Estuary; understands that the practice of “haaf-netting” was introduced by Norse-Gael settlers in 900 AD; believes that the net fishers living in the Royal Burgh of Annan have heritable rights that date back centuries, which were confirmed in the Royal Burgh charters of 1538 and 1612; appreciates that these are part of the history of Annan and are celebrated annually as part of the Riding of the Marches; is concerned that proposed regulations to introduce mandatory "catch and release" on all methods of fishing in districts categorised as grade 3 will end all net-fishing on the estuary;

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Athena SWAN

That the Parliament congratulates the University of Glasgow’s Institute of Health and Wellbeing on winning what it considers a prestigious Athena SWAN silver departmental award; understands that the Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine in academia; notes that the schools of veterinary medicine and computing science have also won bronze awards;

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Congratulations to Robert McColl, under-16 World Street Dance Champion

That the Parliament congratulates the Sanquhar Academy student, Robert McColl, who is 15, on winning the under-16 title at the United Dance Organisation (UDO) World Street Dance Championships held in Glasgow’s SECC on 5 and 6 September 2015; 

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Electric Theatre Wins Spirit of the Fringe

That the Parliament congratulates the Dumfries theatre company, Electric Theatre Workshop, on winning a top Edinburgh Fringe Festival award, the Spirit of the Fringe; understands that this award followed a successful month-long run of the irreverent Rabbie Burns-inspired cabaret show, Le Haggis;

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UN International Day of Charity

That the Parliament welcomes the UN International Day of Charity on 5 September 2015, which it considers is an important opportunity to pay tribute to the vital work done by charities and voluntary organisations in Scotland and across the world;

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