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Brazilian Covid variant: what do we know about P1?

Six cases have been detected in Britain. What threat does the variant pose, and how is it different?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTwo coronavirus variants have been detected in Brazil, or in people who have travelled from Brazil, called P1 and P2. They are similar but it is P1 that is causing concern in the UK, after the detection of six cases – three in England and three in Scotland. The hunt is on for more – and to identify one of the people infected, who appears ...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Science, Biology, Scotland, Americas, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Britain, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Microbiology, Brazil


Brazil Covid variant: what do we know about P1?

Six cases have been detected in Britain. What threat does the variant pose, and how is it different?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTwo coronavirus variants have been detected in Brazil, or in people who have travelled from Brazil, called P1 and P2. They are similar but it is P1 that is causing concern in the UK, after the detection of six cases – three in England and three in Scotland. The hunt is on for more – and to identify one of the people infected, who appears ...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Science, Biology, Scotland, Americas, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Britain, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Microbiology, Brazil


The Glasgow Effect: examining the city's life expectancy gap – a photo essay

Documentary photographer Kirsty Mackay examines the causes of the ‘Glasgow Effect’ in a highly personal project. She looks at Glasgow’s excess mortality in comparison to the UK average and shifts the focus from the individual to government policy.The Fish That Never Swam will be published as a book later this year.In Glasgow people’s lives are cut short: male life expectancy in Possil is 66, in Penilee three young people took their own lives within the space of one week this June, suicide in Gla...
Tags: UK, Scotland, Society, UK News, Poverty, Culture, Art and design, Glasgow, Inequality, Westminster Continue, Kirsty Mackay, Possil, Penilee


Scotland's stages: how coronavirus lockdown will be eased

Unlike England’s roadmap, Nicola Sturgeon’s ‘strategic framework’ avoids setting specific datesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Nicola Sturgeon has unveiled a “cautious and gradual” plan for how coronavirus lockdown measures will be eased in Scotland.Unlike Boris Johnson’s “roadmap”, the “strategic framework” deliberately avoids specific dates. “If we open up too quickly to meet arbitrary dates, we risk setting our progress back,” the first minister says in a foreword...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Education, Scotland, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Nicola Sturgeon, Schools, Health policy, Scottish politics, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus


One vaccine dose gives high protection from severe Covid, evidence shows

First real data from mass vaccinations programmes in England and Scotland is promising Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Real-world evidence from the Covid vaccination programmes in England and Scotland show that one dose of vaccine gives high protection against severe disease and admission to hospital – and protects against even mild disease with no symptoms in younger people.The first real data from the mass vaccination programmes is promising, and although the resul...
Tags: Health, England, Scotland, Society, UK News, Hospitals, Older people, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Scotland drugs policy minister resolves to reduce horrific death toll

Angela Constance says she is committed to introducing full range of treatments in ‘national mission’Scotland’s new minister for drugs policy, Angela Constance, has said she is determined to see a reduction in the country’s horrific drug-related death toll and significantly more people in treatment within the year.“I’m talking about the full range [of treatment]: residential, in the community, harm reduction, recovery services, medication where it’s appropriate … I’m not punting my preferred opti...
Tags: Health, Drugs, Scotland, Society, UK News, Constance, Angela Constance


Police should carry drugs overdose antidote, says senior officer

Exclusive: NPCC’s drugs lead backs wider supply of naloxone after successful trialsThe overdose antidote naloxone should be made available to all police officers in areas where there is a clear need, the police chiefs’ drug lead has urged after successful pilot schemes.North Wales police and Police Scotland are trialling having beat officers carry naloxone nasal sprays that can be used to treat opiate overdoses, and West Midlands police have extended their pilot scheme, with a rollout due to be ...
Tags: Drugs, Scotland, Police, Society, UK News, Emergency services, West Midlands, North Wales, NPCC


"I had to isolate, using Being Famous as an immense excuse for never facing anything. Because I was Famous, therefore I can’t go to the movies."

"I can’t go to the theater. But then sitting in this [Hong Kong hotel] room, taking baths, which I noticed Yoko did, every time I got nervous — I must have had about 40 baths — I’m looking out over the Hong Kong Bay, and there’s something ringing a bell. It’s like, what is it? And then I just got very, very relaxed. And it was like a recognition: this is me! This relaxed person is me!.... I rediscovered [in Hong Kong], the feeling I used to have as a youngster, walking in the mountains of Scotla...
Tags: Psychology, Hong Kong, Music, Law, Scotland, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, John, Richard, Beatles, Lennon, Solitude, Jerry Lee Lewis, Yoko, Ann Althouse, Hong Kong Bay


Ian Rankin: 'Why does it take celebrity voices for the disabled to be heard?'

Scotland’s pre-eminent crime writer joins broadcaster Jo Whiley berating ‘woeful’ treatment of people with learning difficulties over CovidCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageKit Rankin just loves being around people, says his father Ian. “He loves hugs and if you go near him you’re getting a hug whether you want it or not.“He’s better known around the streets of Edinburgh than I am,” adds the crime novelist with a wry laugh. “People stop me and say ‘Oh, you’re Kit’s dad’...
Tags: Books, Scotland, Society, UK News, Disability, Culture, Edinburgh, Ian Rankin, Ian, Rankin, Jo Whiley, Coronavirus


Losing our marbles over Stonehenge | Brief letters

Judiciary | Queen’s leases | Travel plans | Ancient showroom | StonehengeDonald Trump’s acquittal in the US Senate (Report, 14 February) surely provides the best possible evidence for never allowing politicians to get involved in judicial decision-making. Their priorities lie in other directions. Les Baker Fordingbridge, Hampshire• The Queen gets £220m a year for seabed lease options for windfarms (Queen’s property chief delays sale of Scottish seabed windfarm plots, 12 February). Really? Perhap...
Tags: | Travel, Energy, Law, Wales, Climate Change, Scotland, Environment, Renewable Energy, Energy industry, US politics, Heritage, Wind Power, Queen, Monarchy, Judiciary, US Senate


Where in the world is Portsea?

Great Britain (pop. 61.5 million) is Europe's most populous island.But where exactly is Portsea, number 20 on the list?If you're not afraid of a truckload of trivia – read on. Rabbit holes Maps are rabbit holes. Where they lead depends on how you fall into them. In this case, the trap door was Portsea. This is a map of Europe's 20 most populous islands. The largest ones are familiar, and not difficult to guess. Yes, Great Britain is Europe's most people-rich island. And many would have gotten...
Tags: Europe, Maps, England, Texas, London, Sweden, Greece, Wales, Indonesia, France, Scotland, Virginia, Nigeria, Africa, Eu, Spain


Scottish parliament rejects Westminster's 'spy cops' bill

Holyrood move means covert police bill will not cover Scotland when it comes into lawThe Scottish parliament has rejected a controversial bill from Westminster that potentially allows undercover agents to commit crimes, after Labour MSPs again ignored Keir Starmer’s policies.Scottish Labour’s MSPs voted alongside the Scottish National party, Scottish Greens and the Lib Dems to refuse legislative consent by Holyrood for the so-called “spy cops” bill after a short debate on Tuesday afternoon. Cont...
Tags: Politics, Law, Scotland, Police, Conservatives, UK News, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Scottish Labour, UK security and counter-terrorism, Scottish politics, MI5, Green Party, Westminster, Holyrood, Keir Starmer


Scotland's Covid lockdown tightened with click and collect and takeaway curbs

Non-essential click and collect services and outdoor alcohol consumption to be bannedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageShops in Scotland have been ordered to stop non-essential click-and-collect services and alcohol consumption is to be banned outdoors, in a further tightening of lockdown measures.Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister, said shops would be allowed to offer click and collect only for essential goods such as clothes, shoes, baby equipment, books and homeware...
Tags: Health, Politics, Scotland, Society, UK News, Retail industry, Nicola Sturgeon, Health policy, Scottish politics, Coronavirus


Met police officers told they must justify pre-arrest use of handcuffs

Scotland Yard review launched following stop and search of Olympic athlete Bianca Williams Britain’s largest police force will have to justify its use of handcuffs following a review that was triggered after the stop and search of Olympic athlete Bianca Williams.Williams, 27, accused the Metropolitan police of racially profiling her and her partner, Ricardo dos Santos, a Portuguese sprinter, when they were handcuffed and separated from their three-month-old son last July after their car was stop...
Tags: London, Law, Scotland, Police, Race, UK News, UK criminal justice, Metropolitan Police, Stop and search, Cressida Dick, Ricardo dos Santos, Bianca Williams Britain, Bianca Williams Williams


Fears Covid vaccines would not work against South Africa variant led to travel curbs

Minister says extra check on travellers introduced as ‘we simply cannot take chances’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFears that Covid vaccines will not work against the new South African strain of the virus have prompted the introduction of testing for new arrivals into England and Scotland from abroad, the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, has said.Outlining the new testing regime for England and Scotland, he told Sky News: “This is an extra check and we’re doing th...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Science, Scotland, Society, UK News, Medical Research, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Sky News, Grant Shapps, Coronavirus


"This year, women around the country have staked out each other’s homes in the name of a quest that gained popularity during the pandemic: raising spirits by giving spirits, anonymously."

"Booze fairies, as they’re called, bring together the childhood thrill of ding-dong ditch with a side of Secret Santa and a dash of adult beverages. Sometimes, they wear wings and a tutu.... Booze fairies operate on a 'pay it forward' philosophy. Participants share their addresses (and alcohol preferences) with volunteer group leaders, who then assign them to various other fairies. Each gift basket comes with a new address to deliver to, and thus a fairy is born.... 'It’s hard to make friends. I...
Tags: England, Law, Scotland, Wikipedia, Drinking, Nyt, Secret Santa, Slang, Dean Martin, Ann Althouse, Booze Fairies Flit Across America Neighbors


"In Scottish custom, Unspoken Water was water believed to have healing properties when collected 'from under a bridge, over which the living pass and the dead are carried...'"

"'... brought in the dawn or twilight to the house of a sick person, without the bearer’s speaking, either in going or returning.'... The custom is long obsolete. The 1901 The Book of Saint Fittick by Thomas White Ogilvie contains an elderly woman's account of being 'the last wife in Torry to cure a bairn wi' unspoken water ... comin' or gaun I spak' tae naebody — for that's what mak's unspoken water.'" From "Unspoken Water," Wikipedia, clicked on from "Religion and Water," Wikipedia, which I ...
Tags: Law, Scotland, Wikipedia, Religion, Water, Superstition, Dylan, Meade, Torry, Ann Althouse, Thomas White Ogilvie, Water Wikipedia


Doctors raise alarm over 'dire' situation in NHS as Covid cases rise

Hospitals under growing pressure as patient numbers surpass first wave of pandemicCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNHS hospitals in England are under increasing pressure as coronavirus cases rise, with doctors raising the alarm about “very, very busy services” and one trust calling for volunteers to help prone patients.The warning comes as the number of coronavirus patients in hospitals surpassed the peak of the first wave – up to 20,426 as of 8am on Monday, more than ...
Tags: Health, England, Science, Wales, Scotland, Society, Hospitals, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Coronavirus


Western Isles council rejects official sex ed in favour of Catholic teaching

Vote came after ministers on Lewis said parents and teachers unhappy about government-backed materialsThe Western Isles has been hit by a fresh row over the influence of churches on public policy after councillors voted to endorse a Catholic manual on teaching sex education and relationships in schools.A large majority of councillors on Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (CnES) backed a motion “commending” Roman Catholic teaching materials, which uphold an orthodox Catholic stance against sexual intercou...
Tags: Education, Scotland, Religion, Society, UK News, Catholicism, LGBT rights, Schools, Local Government, Catholic, Lewis, Western Isles, Roman Catholic, Relationships and sex education, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar CnES


Dogs to the rescue in Scotland – in pictures

Photographer Murdo MacLeod spent time in the Cairngorms with a search and rescue team whose dogs and volunteer handlers help the police and mountain rescue teams hunt for missing peopleDog Tom, as he is known to his mountain rescue colleagues, has spent close to three decades searching for lost and injured souls across Scotland’s most breathtaking and treacherous terrain. But his memory of that first call-out is as clear as unbroken snow.Tom Gilchrist and his dog, then a Border collie named Orna...
Tags: Mountains, Photography, Dogs, Scotland, Animals, Society, Walking, Volunteering, Tom, Gilchrist, Murdo MacLeod, Kintail, north west Highlands, Glen Shiel, Orna, Tom Gilchrist


Public health minister resigns over record drug-related deaths in Scotland

Joe FitzPatrick quit hours after Scottish Labour lodged a motion of no confidence in himScotland’s public health minister has resigned from the SNP government days after figures revealed the country’s drug-related death toll had risen to another grim annual record.Joe FitzPatrick said he had “agreed” to quit after discussions with first minister Nicola Sturgeon on Friday and hours after Scottish Labour lodged a motion of no confidence in him. On Tuesday, the National Records of Scotland revealed...
Tags: Politics, UK, Drugs, Scotland, Society, UK News, Labour, Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish Labour, SNP, Drugs policy, Scottish National party (SNP, Joe FitzPatrick, National Records of Scotland


Christmas plans in the balance as UK leaders re-examine Covid rules

Limit on gatherings to two households among options being discussed as infections surgeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageChristmas plans for millions of families were in the balance last night as ministers and devolved leaders held talks on curtailing freedoms over the festive period amid warnings that the NHS would be overwhelmed.A UK government source said it was possible the four nations may diverge after no agreement was reached at a crisis meeting with devolved adm...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Wales, Scotland, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Northern Ireland, Michael Gove, Coronavirus


Christmas plans in the balance as UK leaders rethink Covid rules

Limit on gatherings to two households among options being discussed as infections surgeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageChristmas plans for millions of families were in the balance last night as ministers and devolved leaders held talks on curtailing freedoms over the festive period amid warnings that the NHS would be overwhelmed.At a crisis meeting with Michael Gove, leaders discussed cutting the number of days families can meet from five to three; reducing the number...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Wales, Scotland, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Northern Ireland, Michael Gove, Coronavirus


Covid rules for UK Christmas under review as coronavirus cases surge

Limiting gatherings to two households among options being discussed after stark warnings about risk to NHSCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageChristmas is in the balance, it emerged on Tuesday, with a review due to take place on the rules allowing families to meet – though no final decision is expected until later in the week.The news follows a call between ministers from the constituent parts of the UK. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Wales, Scotland, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Northern Ireland, Coronavirus


UK rules for Christmas could be reviewed as coronavirus cases surge

Meeting to discuss limiting gatherings to two households after stark warnings about risk facing NHSCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageRules allowing families to meet over Christmas could be reviewed after stark warnings from hospitals and experts about the risk to the NHS from a surge in coronavirus cases.The Cabinet Office minister, Michael Gove, is to meet representatives from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to discuss the UK-wide approach that was agreed a fortni...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Wales, Scotland, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Northern Ireland, Michael Gove, Cabinet Office, Scotland Wales, Coronavirus


Scotland's drug-related death toll more than 3.5 times rate for whole UK

Experts condemn public health emergency as ‘national tragedy and disgrace’Scotland’s drug-related death toll has risen to another grim record, as long-delayed figures published on Tuesday revealed a death rate more than 3.5 times that of the UK as a whole and higher than those reported for all EU countries.The public health emergency, which was the subject of political deadlock between Holyrood and Westminster governments over drug legislation before the pandemic, was condemned by experts as a “...
Tags: Politics, UK, Drugs, Scotland, Eu, Society, UK News, Holyrood, Drugs policy


UK Covid self-isolation period set to be reduced to 10 days

Chief medical officers of all four UK nations expected to formally announce change later on Friday Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGovernments across the UK are to announce a reduction in the coronavirus self-isolation period, from 14 to 10 days, it is understood.It is expected the chief medical officers of all four UK nations will formally announce the change later on Friday. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Wales, Scotland, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Northern Ireland, Health policy, Dominic Cummings, Coronavirus, Chris Whitty


School uniform banks in Scotland report rising need for warm clothes

With schools told to keep windows open, and more parents out of work, the need for help with clothing growsSchool uniform banks across Scotland are reporting a surge in demand for warm coats, jackets and warm PE kit as Covid guidelines on increased classroom ventilation and outdoor learning leaves children more exposed to plummeting temperatures.Sandra Douglas, founder of East Renfrewshire’s Back to School Bank – believed to be the first uniform bank – says volunteers have already noted the chan...
Tags: Education, Children, Scotland, Society, UK News, Poverty, Schools, East Renfrewshire, Sandra Douglas, Coronavirus, School Bank


UK scientists warn of third wave of Covid after Christmas

Fears easing restrictions over festive period will lead to rise in cases and overwhelm NHSCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGovernment scientists have warned the relaxation of coronavirus restrictions over Christmas could lead to a third wave of the pandemic, with increased transmission and unnecessary deaths.Families across the UK will be able to gather in three-household groups of any size over Christmas, the government has announced, prompting warnings from scientist...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, Wales, Scotland, Christmas, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Northern Ireland, Health policy, Coronavirus


Landscape of fear: why we need the wolf

The wolf is considered a threat to our way of farming, but our fear may be misplaced. Perhaps predators are needed to bring nature back into balanceThere’s a monument near Brora, 60 miles short of John o’Groats, that claims to mark the spot where the last wolf in Sutherland was killed. I pass it often in the car. The wolf, it says, was killed by the hunter Polson in or about the year 1700.I know this story. Polson, so it goes, was standing watch outside the wolf’s lair while his sons laid waste ...
Tags: Scotland, Animals, Wildlife, Conservation, Hunting, John, Sutherland, Brora, Polson, Farm Animals



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