(LONDON) Press Release UKHSA Report: Human case of ‘Avian Flu’ detected in ‘southwest’ England #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Jan.07: Bird-to-human transmission of avian flu is very rare and has previously only occurred a small number of times in the UK.

#AceDailyNews GOVUK News Report: The UK Health Security Agency has confirmed a case of avian influenza in a person in the South West of England: The person acquired the infection from very close, regular contact with a large number of infected birds, which they kept in and around their home over a prolonged period of time according to

All contacts of the individual, including those who visited the premises, have been traced and there is no evidence of onward spread of the infection to anyone else. The individual is currently well and self-isolating.

The risk to the wider public from avian flu continues to be very low. However, people should not touch sick or dead birds.

Avian flu, also known as bird flu, is a type of influenza that spreads among birds. The UK has recently seen a large number of outbreaks and incidents of avian influenza in birds across the country of the H5N1 strain and Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) and the UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer have issued alerts to bird owners.

Some strains of bird flu can pass from birds to people, but this is extremely rare. It usually requires close contact with an infected bird, so the risk to humans is generally considered very low. Human-to-human transmission of bird flu is very rare.

The case was detected after APHA identified an outbreak of outbreak of the H5N1 strain of avian flu in their flock of birds. Their infection was identified through the routine monitoring which is conducted on anyone who has close contact with infected birds. The infected birds have all been culled.

In line with the highly precautionary approach that the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) takes to identifying and stopping the transmission of avian flu, UKHSA swabbed this person and detected low levels of flu. Further laboratory analysis revealed that the virus was the ‘H5’ type, found in birds.

At this point it has not been possible to confirm that this is a H5N1 infection (the strain that is currently circulating in birds in the UK). Based on the available evidence, the World Health Organization (WHO) has been notified.

This is the first human case of this strain in the UK, although there have been cases elsewhere globally.

Professor Isabel Oliver, Chief Scientific Officer at UKHSA, said:

While the risk of avian flu to the general public is very low, we know that some strains do have the potential to spread to humans and that’s why we have robust systems in place to detect these early and take action.

Currently there is no evidence that this strain detected in the UK can spread from person to person, but we know that viruses evolve all the time and we continue to monitor the situation closely. We have followed up all of this individual’s contacts and have not identified any onward spread.

It remains critical that people do not touch sick or dead birds, and that they follow the DEFRA advice about reporting.

The UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Christine Middlemiss, said:

While avian influenza is highly contagious in birds, this is a very rare event and is very specific to the circumstances on this premises.

We took swift action to limit the spread of the disease at the site in question, all infected birds have been humanely culled, and cleansing and disinfection of the premises is underway. This is a reminder that stringent cleanliness when keeping animals is important.

We are seeing a growing number of cases in birds on both commercial farms and in backyard flocks across the country. Implementing scrupulous biosecurity measures will help keep your birds safe.

UKHSA follows up all individuals who have been in contact with a confirmed case of avian influenza. For those with the highest risk exposures, we contact them daily to see if they have developed symptoms so that we can take appropriate action.

People are also offered anti-viral treatment after exposure to infected birds. This is to stop the virus reproducing in their body if they have picked it up and should prevent them from becoming unwell. It also helps reduce the risk of passing the infection on to others.

We also swab people even if they don’t have symptoms, to help our surveillance programmes and make sure we identify anyone infected so that we can take action to control any risk of transmission.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Jan.07: 2022:

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(ENGLAND) JUST IN: The UK is about to be treated to a dazzling celestial display as up to 100 shooting stars scorch through the sky every hour #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Jan.04: It’s most visible to people living in the northern hemisphere, which means we should be in a great position to see all the action.

#AceDailyNews says according to a MetroUk News Report: Quadrantid meteor shower 2022: When, where and how to see it UK: Tonight, the Quadrantids meteor shower will reach its peak for a few glorious hours by Monday 3 Jan 2022 3:55 pm

The Quadrantids are ‘one of the best annual meteor showers’ and they'll hit their peak tonight.
The Quadrantids are ‘one of the best annual meteor showers’ and they’ll hit their peak tonight. (Credit: Reuters/Rex)

The meteor shower will hit its peak at about midnight, with meteors raining down on Earth until dawn.

Nasa said the Quadrantids are ‘one of the best annual meteor showers’.

‘Most meteor showers have a two-day peak, which makes catching sight of these other meteors much more possible,’ it added.

‘The Quadrantids peak, on the other hand, is much shorter—only a few hours.’

Was out viewing the #Quadrantids meteor shower last night into this morning and caught a faint view of the Northern Lights. While the Northern Lights weren’t spectacular, the meteors were. I’d say my view rate was probably about 25-50/hr however, photographing… (1/x) pic.twitter.com/G5dsDwTuXM— Ryan Knapp (@WXKnapper) January 3, 2022

Nasa believes that between 60 and 200 Quadrantid meteors can be seen per hour under perfect conditions during the shower’s peak.

‘Quadrantids are also known for their bright fireball meteors,’ Nasa added.

‘Fireballs are larger explosions of light and colour that can persist longer than an average meteor streak. This is due to the fact that fireballs originate from larger particles of material.’

When to see the Quadrantid meteor shower in the UK tonight

Landscape of the Quadrantid meteor shower over in the Great Khingan Mountains, northeast China's Heilongjiang province, 4 January 2019. The first meteor shower of 2019, the Quadrantid shower, lit up the sky between Thursday, Jan. 3 and Friday, Jan. 4 over the sky in the Great Khingan Mountains in northeast China's Heilongjiang province. (Imaginechina via AP Images)
The Quadrantid meteor shower over in the Great Khingan Mountains in northeast China (Credits: Imagine China)

The best time is between midnight this evening through until about 6am tomorrow morning.

You’ll be able to see them with the naked eye if you stand in a dark spot away from street lights.

However, your eyes will take a while to adjust to the gloom so try to be patient.

Where can you see the Quadrantid meteor shower?

Quadrantid meteor shower over in the Great Khingan Mountains in northeast China's Heilongjiang province.
The meteor shower will be visible across the entire northern hemisphere. (Credits: REX/Shutterstock)

They will be visible across the northern hemisphere, including in the UK.

Of course, the further north you go, the better your chances of spotting them.

The skies are predicted to be reasonably clear across the country tonight.

This means you should have a good chance of seeing a shooting star.

What is the Quadrantid meteor shower?

Quadrans Muralis is no longer a recognised constellation (Getty Images)
Quadrans Muralis is no longer a recognised constellation. (Getty Images)

The Quadrantids appear to come from a constellation called ‘Quadrans Muralis’, which was created in 1795 but is no longer recognised as a constellation.

The French astronomer Jérôme Lalande created the constellation that included portions of Boötes and Draco, but it has since fallen out of use. 

Unlike most meteor showers, which originate from debris left behind by comets, the Quandrantids come from asteroid 2003 EH1, which may be a ‘dead comet’. 

How best to see Quadrantid meteor shower?

A man watches a meteor during the Geminid meteor shower over Brimham Rocks, a collection of balancing rock formations in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in North Yorkshire. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 15, 2020. The Geminid meteor shower is active between 4th and 17th of December and is regarded as one of the most reliable of the year with as many as 70 meteors an hour. Brimham Rocks rocks began forming roughly 320 million years ago, when water, grit, and sand washed down from Scotland and Norway. However, standing nearly 30 feet tall the bizarre formations that can be seen today were created as the millstone grit was eroded during the last glacial period. See PA story SCIENCE Geminid. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Face northeast, and try to get far away from light pollution to see the meteors. (Credits: PA)

You should face northeast but try to keep an eye on the entire sky.

Here are Nasa’s tips for viewing the Quadrantids: ‘Come prepared for winter weather with a sleeping bag, blanket or lawn chair.

‘Lie flat on your back with your feet facing northeast and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible. In less than 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors.

‘Be patient—the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse.’

MORE : Geminids meteor shower 2021 will peak above the UK: when and where can you see it?

MORE : Ursids meteor shower 2021: When does it peak and how to watch in the UK

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(ENGLAND) NYD Weather Report: People frolicked in the warm seas as temperatures soared today making it the hottest on record: The baking sunshine saw highs of 16C before midday – smashing the previous record of 15.6C which was recorded in 1916 #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Jan.01: Roasting temperatures hit highs of 16.5C in Bala, Gwynedd, north Wales overnight, according to the Met Office.

#AceWeatherDesk says according to SUN/BBC UK Weather News Report: Hottest New Year’s Day EVER as record 16.5C reached before 9am – but 75mph gales to smash Britain today by Emma James Sun News

Happy Brits frolicked in the warm sea after the temperature spike
Happy Brits frolicked in the warm sea after the temperature spikeCredit: PA
Families enjoyed their New Year's Day walks on the record breaking day
Families enjoyed their New Year’s Day walks on the record breaking dayCredit: w8media

Yesterday was the mildest New Year’s Eve on record with 15.8C being reached at Merryfield in Somerset, and Nantwich, Cheshire.

It beat the previous record of 14.8C, which was reached in Colwyn Bay in 2011, and it was warm throughout the country.

A spokesman said: “This makes New Year’s Eve 2021 provisionally the warmest on record.

“Despite this value occurring overnight, we use the 0900-0900 time period for historical records.”

Ice rinks across the country were forced to close for a second day in a row after the sweltering temperatures melted the ice.

Somerset House was forced to close on December 30th, as well as New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Hampton Court Palace in South West London, Queen’s House in Greenwich and Coventry Cathedral were also all forced to close again.

But the famous Natural History Museum rink managed to stay open throughout the warm weather.

Some parts of the country were hit with flash flooding after the River Delph, Norfolk, burst its banks amid rising river levels.

There are currently 19 flood alerts still in place around the country, but most will enjoy sunniest spells before being battered by 75mph winds.

Severe gales caused travel chaos as a yellow wind warning was put in place for parts of Scotland as the powerful gusts raged on for hours.

Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said the average temperature in December and the beginning of January is usually around 7C or 8C, with the warmer weather due to a south-westerly wind making its way across the country.

The higher temperatures are usually localised, but “plenty of places” have seen highs of 15C over December.

However, he added that January could see a drop in temperatures because of an Arctic chill sweeping through from next week.

A happy pooch frolicked in the water to cool off
A happy pooch frolicked in the water to cool offCredit: Rex
Severe flooding hit parts of Norfolk after a river burst its banks
Severe flooding hit parts of Norfolk after a river burst its banksCredit: Geoff Robinson

UK Weather – Brits enjoy warmest New Year’s Eve EVER but flash floods hit swathes of country

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(ENGLAND) JUST IN: UPDATE: #Coronavirus “surge hubs” are to be set up at hospitals across England in preparation for a potential wave of #Omicron admissions, the NHS has said #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Dec.30: The eight temporary “Nightingale” units will each house about 100 patients, with building starting this week: There are also plans to identify sites for a further 4,000 beds if needed.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says its being reported that #COVID19 Nightingale surge hubs to be set up in eight hospitals, #NHS England says

Across the UK cases were reported in the latest figures, with over 900,000 cases reported over the last seven days – up 41.4% on the week before.

The Nightingale hubs will be located at:

  • the Royal Preston hospital in Lancashire
  • St James’ University Hospital in Leeds
  • Lister Hospital in Stevenage
  • St George’s Hospital in Tooting
  • William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, Kent
  • North Bristol Hospital
  • Solihull Hospital
  • University Hospitals Birmingham
  • University Hospitals Leicester
Nurse puts on PPE in Covid ward at King's College Hospital

By Sophie Gallagher & Adam Durbin
BBC News

Record Covid case numbers were reported in the UK on Wednesday and NHS medical director Prof Stephen Powis said the service was on a “war footing”. 

The NHS is often required to deploy extra beds over winter, but hospitalisations in England with Covid have risen above 10,000 for the first time since March.

There were 57 people reported to have died within 28 days of a positive Covid test on Wednesday and 516 deaths over the last week – 34.1% lower than the previous seven days. 

However, deaths and hospitalisations are both slower to show up in the Covid data, often following rising case numbers after a few weeks. 

Prof Powis said the NHS “cannot wait to find out before we act” given the number of infections and uncertainty about Omicron’s severity.

Meanwhile, inconsistent supply of rapid lateral flow tests online continued on Thursday morning, following reports of similar issues at pharmacies.

Slots at PCR testing sites across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland were also largely unavailable – even for NHS and other essential workers. However, home PCR tests were available for delivery. 

On Wednesday, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said test availability is refreshed throughout the day and people should keep checking online.

It added that eight million lateral flow tests will be made available to pharmacies by Friday.

Prof Peter Openshaw said the lack of testing availability shortly before New Year’s Eve celebrations was “very worrying indeed”. 

The Imperial College London immunologist told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme parties are often “absolutely perfect” conditions to transmit Covid people crowding together in poorly ventilated spaces. 

A series of hospitals sites named after the 19th Century nurse Florence Nightingale were set up in England during the first wave of the pandemic at dedicated locations such as the Excel exhibition centre in east London.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid said he hoped the new hubs “will not have to be used” but that it was right to prepare for all scenarios. 

The hubs were described as a “back up insurance policy” by Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers – the membership organisation for NHS trusts in England. 

An email seen by the BBC from Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust to its staff said that the hubs could be “activated in extremis”. 

Trusts have been tasked with identifying other places, such as gyms and education centres, which could be converted to accommodate up to 4,000 patients if required.

NHS braces for potential wave

This is not a revival of the Nightingale hospitals set up at the height of the pandemic in the spring of 2020. 

Back then, large venues such as conference centres were pressed into service for an anticipated surge in seriously ill Covid patients. 

But they were little used as major hospitals preferred to hold on to staff to deal with Covid pressures rather than lend them to the Nightingales.

This time temporary structures will be set up in the grounds of hospitals so staff, equipment and emergency departments are close at hand. 

Only those patients who are close to being discharged and need minimal support will be cared for at these facilities. 

Creating extra surge capacity is a familiar policy in winter months. But this is on a much bigger scale. 

NHS England says its precautionary and the newly created structures may not be needed. 

But the fact they are doing it suggests that, while Omicron may not make people as seriously ill as Delta, the NHS is braced for significant numbers in a potentially major new wave of Covid admissions.

They will be staffed by a mix of consultants, nurses, and other clinical and non-clinical staff.

Mr Hopson said he “recognises that this will add further stretch to an already hard pressed NHS”. 

As well as the new Nightingale surge hubs, up to 4,800 people a day will receive support via hospice beds or hospice teams.

The NHS will also be increasing its use of virtual wards where patients are monitored via remote technology.

GPs also have access to pulse oximeters – devices that can read blood-oxygen levels, allowing Covid-19 patients to monitor at home. 

The network of emergency Nightingale hospitals set up in spring 2020 to cope with the first wave was closed down in April this year.

In England, seven Nightingale hospitals were built, starting with the 4,000-bed facility at London’s ExCel centre. Another was set up in Belfast, while Scotland and Wales had their own temporary hospitals.

Since the closures some sites were used as rehab centres and other sites were kept open for vaccinations.

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(ENGLAND) #Christmas Report: For many, the festive season is a time of nostalgia but there are some who seize upon the chance to summon the spirit of Christmas past. BBC News meets three people whose festive seasons wear the trappings of times gone by #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.25: It’s hard to imagine now, but at the beginning of the 19th century Christmas was hardly celebrated. Many businesses did not even consider it a holiday. However by the end of the century it had become the biggest annual celebration and took on the form that we recognise today…

#AceChristmasDesk ….Why three people travelled back in time for Christmas

By Jennifer Harby
BBC News

Hannah Hall
Hannah Hall loves the resourcefulness of the mid-20th Century

Everybody loves the cheesy kitschness

Jack Walters

Jack Walters has reproduced the spirit of the 80s and 90s at his Derbyshire home

Watching episodes of classic Christmas comedies – the likes of Victoria Wood and the Vicar of Dibley – probably features on many people’s festive to-do list.

But few of us will be watching them on an original black cathode-ray TV, complete with a video player.

However Jack Walters’ home is a shrine to the late 80s/early 90s, when such technology was standard.

Jack Walters

Jack and his partner Matt – and dog Tilly – have embraced the styles of the period

“The whole house is a mix of 80s and 90s,” says Jack who, at the age of 23, has only the faintest memories of the period from first time around.

“My bedroom has a mid-90s terracotta and green vibe, with a matching border.

“We have a Laura Ashley lemon print in the kitchen.

“I have an old Nokia phone and drive a 1989 Mini Metro.”

Jack Walters

Jack’s living room has an original cathode-ray TV and a video player

Jack lives in a cottage in Bakewell, Derbyshire, with his partner Matt and his mum and dad.

And although the taste for 90s decor was driven by him, he says his family have embraced the style.

Victoria Wood’s Christmas specials are a must-see in Jack’s household

At Christmas, he feels the era comes into its own.

“Everybody loves the cheesy kitschness of this era at Christmas,” he says.

For Jack, the period presented the perfect balance of technology and time away from screens.

“TV and mobile phones were in their infancy but we weren’t dominated by them,” he says.

Jack Walters

Jack’s home is full of period festive decor

He also loves the designs of the era – which range from kitsch to garish.

“The era saw so many trends in terms of decor and you really see that coming through at Christmas,” he says.

“We have tinsel and coloured lights and silk decorations on the tree.

“For Christmas dinner, we are going to go all out. I have some old Ideal Home magazines with some recipes from the era we can cook.”

Jack Walters

Jack’s home is decorated with tinsel and vintage lights

After lunch, he and his family will enjoy playing on vintage games consoles or listening to the classic Now That’s What I Call Christmas albums on his Walkman.

“I’ll be watching lots of Victoria Wood, Vicar of Dibley and Royle Family Christmas specials,” he says.

“I think that era of TV didn’t take itself too seriously and it was also quite heartfelt.”

Resourcefulness and simplicity

Hannah Hall

Hannah’s fascination with the period stems from her close relationship with her grandparents

Hannah Hall’s love for the 1940s is, in part, a tribute to her beloved grandparents.

Growing up, she would sit with her Grandpa Henry watching some of Hollywood’s festive classics, such as It’s A Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street and White Christmas.

“I was very close to my grandpa,” she says. “He was in the RAF. I still have his old uniform and the letters he wrote home.

“He was born in 1936 so he was growing up in that classic Hollywood era of the 1940s and 50s.”

Hannah Hall

Hannah says Christmas preparations 1940s-style involve more elbow-grease but are very satisfying

Today, Hannah lives with her mum Stephanie in a 1920s semi in Nottingham which the pair have filled with vintage pieces from the period.

“The house itself is full of quirky features: old sash windows, bedroom fireplaces,” says Hannah.

“I wear 1940s-style dresses. I have a faux fur coat and vintage handbags and my nan’s old pearls. My style is heavily influenced by my nan, Jacqueline, who was born in 1941.”

While the period of blackouts, Anderson shelters and make do and mend might not be the one most of us associate with the festive season, for Hannah the 1940s represents all that was best about the British spirit.

Hannah Hall

She uses old recipe books to inspire her traditional festive menu

“It was an era of resourcefulness and simplicity,” she says. “That’s what is so great about the 40s.

“I love the quintessential British spirit of making the best of what you have got.

“I haven’t grown up with a lot but, even though we only had a little, we wanted for nothing.

“The 1940s was an exceptionally scary and challenging time to live in but I think Christmas was just as magical.”

Christmas dinner 1940s-style involves a little more elbow grease but, Hannah says, it can be just as rewarding.

Hannah Hall

Most of Hannah’s cooking utensils are from the period

“We don’t ration – we’re not that dedicated,” she says.

“I thrifted my 1947 cooker and it cooks the best roast chicken.

“I bake my own mince pies using vintage cooking utensils – whisks, measuring jugs, a wall-mounted tin opener.

“A lot of these older items need a gentle touch – you can’t just flick a switch. But it’s more satisfying to boil the kettle on a stove.

“I have a great old cookery book with traditional recipes like Christmas pudding, bread and butter pudding, soups and broths.”

Hannah Hall

Hannah makes presents or finds inspiration at second-hand shops

Hannah and her mum find Christmas presents at vintage fairs, or make them themselves, and wrap them in recycled brown paper and string.

“I think it looks really tasteful and it saves you from having reams of wrapping paper,” she says.

The festive season then continues in traditional style with a trip to midnight mass.

Hannah Hall

Hannah likes to get dressed up for her traditional 1940s Christmas

“I really like to get dressed up,” says Hannah.

“I have old dresses that look nice and festive, paired with a nice red lip and nails.”

Back at home, they will put some Bing Crosby LPs on Hannah’s record player.

Getty Images

Frank Capra’s festive classic epitomises the spirit of a 1940s Christmas, Hannah says

Hannah’s job within the NHS’s bereavement services has brought her into close contact with many who have suffered losses during the pandemic.

“We are going through a really difficult time in our world at the moment,” she says.

“We can’t see the people we love. There are certain similarities with what people would have been going through back in the 1940s and, like then, Christmas probably felt even more special as a result.”

‘I am donning my Scrooge mantle’

Julia Wood

This year, due to anxiety about Covid, Julia says she cannot find her festive spirit

At this time of year, Julia Wood’s halls are normally decked with boughs of holly.

“I normally hang wreaths above the fireplace and decorate them with traditional baubles,” says the author, who has had a passion for the Victorian/Edwardian era since she was a teenager.

“It goes really deep in my blood. Oscar Wilde has been a beacon in my aesthetic life,” she says.

Julia Wood

Julia’s clothes are all inspired by the period she loves

Her Leicester home is full of antiques, printed velvet hangings and oil lamps – now with electric fittings.

“The oldest piece in my house is a beautiful Georgian bureau,” she says.

She employs a dressmaker to make her era-inspired clothes designs which, she says, consist of lots of sweeping velvet gowns and fake fur stoles.

Julia Wood

Julia has filled her home with rich furnishings from the Victorian period

But Julia says unfortunately the challenges of modern times have put paid to her planned Victorian festive celebrations this year.

“My Victorian Christmas has been shattered by Omicron,” she says. “I am dreading not being able to see friends and family.

“My Victorian muse has deserted me.”

Instead, this year Julia says she will be drawing festive inspiration from a less likely Victorian source.

Julia Wood

Julia says celebrating Christmas this year feels too difficult, given the uncertainties of Covid

“I am donning my Scrooge mantle,” she says.

“I feel I’m starting to understand him a bit more now.

“For me, my Victorian interest is like a protection against the awfulness of so much of our modern news but it is becoming very difficult to avoid that.

“I have a TV cabinet with curtains which I pull across to hide any reports about Covid. Either that or I will hide behind the chaise longue.”

Despite the ongoing pandemic, Julia says she is under no illusions that the 19th Century represented a far more difficult time for many.

“I’m aware many people’s lives were appalling,” she says.

“If you are nostalgic about history, you tend to pick the best parts to celebrate.

“I believe more people are feeling that nostalgia because our current times are so difficult.”

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Dec.25: 2021:

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(ENGLAND) #Christmas YouGov Poll Report: British people want gay, black or female Santa but it all depends age as the key factor #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.25: The survey was conducted in response to a Norwegian postal service advert depicting Santa as a gay man.You can share this story on social media:

#AceChristmasDesk says according to RT News Report: A majority of British youths would not mind seeing Father Christmas depicted as gay, black, or female, while the older generation prefers a more traditional Santa, a new poll suggests.

Age is the key factor among the wider public, with the youngest Britons – those aged 18-24 – supporting a gay Santa by 60% to 20%,” reads a report by YouGov, which conducted the poll on December 14-15.

Findings show that the majority of Britons older than 65 “cannot tolerate a homosexual Father Christmas, by 58% to 24%.

Santa Claus is gay? Of course he is

The general population seems to be divided on the matter with slightly more respondents – 41% to 39% – still preferring Santa as a straight man.

A significantly bigger gap can be seen in the numbers of those who think Father Christmas could actually be a mom, and those who want him to remain male. Some 54% of 1,714 adult Brits who took part in the survey are not prepared to accept a female Santa, although this figure rises in older groups, with only 27% supporting the idea. The younger Brits are much more tolerant: 45% are OK with Santa being depicted as a woman, while 31% are not.

Regarding a non-white Santa, the general UK population seems to be less accepting, not only compared to the youngest age group, but also to Americans who were polled by YouGov last year: only half of Britons (49-53%) say it’s fine for him to belong to any ethnicity other than white.

By contrast, in the USA two thirds (67%) were accepting of a Black Santa, and 58-60% were comfortable with an Asian or Middle-Eastern Kris Kringle,” the researchers said.

#AceNewsDesk report …….Published: Dec.25: 2021:

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(LONDON) #NHS TRACKER REPORT: With pressure on hospitals growing, the BBC has launched it to allow people to find out how their local services are coping #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Dec.11: The tracker will run throughout winter showing the latest data on waits for emergency treatment where people live across England, Wales and Scotland.

#AceHealthDesk says here is details of the BBC NHS Tracker and how YOUR AREA is coping? If you can’t see the lookup, click here

NHS Winter Tracker promo image, two medical staff stand in front of an ambulance.

By Nick Triggle
Health correspondent

It comes as hospitals are struggling to see and treat patients quickly enough.

Delays in many areas are the worst on record with NHS leaders saying patients are being put at risk.

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The latest data released by the NHS shows:

  • A quarter of patients who turn up at A&E wait over four hours in England and Scotland with waits in Wales even worse
  • In some hospitals nearly half of patients spend more than four hours in A&E
  • Those that need to be admitted on to wards in England – the sickest and most seriously ill – face further long delays before being found a bed on a ward. Nearly one in three in England wait over four hours with one in 36 waiting over 12
  • In the first week of December, more than a fifth of patients in England arriving at hospitals in an ambulance were caught up in queues because paramedics could not handover patients to A&E staff 

Hospital bosses have told the BBC that the problems have got so bad that frail and ill patients are being left overnight on chairs and trolleys because staff are struggling to keep up: Apology after 10-hour wait for ambulance

Both the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) and NHS Providers, which represents hospitals, have warned that this is causing over-crowding, which is putting lives at risk.

NHS Providers deputy chief executive Saffron Cordery said the NHS was facing a “very difficult” period.

“The NHS won’t fall over. It never does. But the current pressures are risking patient safety, quality of care and staff health and wellbeing.”

She said the problems were being compounded by workforce shortages.

The RCEM said the situation was “extremely worrying and dangerous for patients”.

NHS England said the health service had experienced one of its busiest ever months.

They pointed to a particular problem discharging patients – data shows more than one in 10 beds are occupied by patients who no longer need care, but cannot leave because there is no support available in the community.

The NHS Tracker has been produced by Christine Jeavans, Wesley Stephenson, Nick Triggle and Ellen Clowser. Development by Alexandra Nicolaides and Becky Rush, design by Lilly Huynh.

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(ENGLAND) #StormBarra Report: Strong winds, heavy rain and snow have hit parts of the UK, as it swept across the country #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.09: Most of the UK was covered by severe yellow weather warnings on Tuesday – with only the far north of Scotland escaping the worst weather.

#AceWeatherDesk says #StormBarra Weather warnings for most of UK as gales and snow in parts of country with others being hit with rain …..

Gales and blizzards have been reported, with wind gusts reaching 86mph at Aberdaron in Gwynedd.

About 3,200 homes in north-east Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have lost power.

But Storm Barra is not expected to be as bad as its predecessor, Arwen, which hit the UK 11 days ago and left thousands of homes without electricity.

About 360 homes are still without power in the North East of England, an area in the path of the new storm.

Flood warnings have been issued in 28 places across the UK for Wednesday, including in Sunderland, Bournemouth, Aberystwyth and Orkney.

Storm Barra brings strong winds, heavy rain and snow to NI

The Met Office weather warnings included a yellow warning for wind covering all of England and Wales, as well as south-west and east Scotland, which ended at midnight.

A yellow warning of heavy snow for inland areas of Scotland also until midnight that also lasted until midnight.

A yellow warning for wind for parts of south and south-west England, as well as the east coast and south of Wales is still in place – lasting until 18:00 GMT on Wednesday.

As Storm Barra swept in from the Atlantic earlier on Tuesday, strong winds with gusts of up to 80mph were recorded in the Republic of Ireland. Schools closed across 12 counties in Ireland and 49,000 homes and businesses were without power.

Sleet and snow fall outside Graeme Pharmacy in Biggar, South Lanarkshire as Storm Barra hits the UK and Ireland with disruptive winds, heavy rain and snow on Tuesday.
PA Media/Liam McBurney – Sleet and snow fall outside a pharmacy in Biggar, South Lanarkshire

An overturned trampoline at a house in Clon Elagh as Storm Barra moved in from the Atlantic

Flood water affected roads and properties in Langstone, Hampshire

And in Northern Ireland, about 5,500 homes lost power due to damage to the network – with 1,500 still in the dark as of Tuesday evening.

A further 270 homes are still without power across Wales, and ferries and trains have been cancelled.

The storm left 1,700 homes without power in parts of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire and also caused school closures and delays across the transport network.

A Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks spokesman said: “We are re-routing the network to restore customer supplies quickly where possible, and all faults will be worked on this evening and into the night.”

Snow has already fallen in northern England and southern Scotland.

High winds damaged the roof of a school in Stranraer, while a fallen tree blocked the A702 road in South Lanarkshire. Four schools also shut in Dumfries and Galloway.

The storm is set to continue eastwards, with travel disruption, power outages and large waves in coastal areas possible, the Met Office said.

BBC Weather said snow could be an issue across the north of the Pennines and across parts of Scotland, with up to 20cm of snow possible in the Grampians and between 2cm (1in) and 10cm (4in) elsewhere.

“It will be cold and windy across the UK, the main thing is the winds and snow and rain,” forecaster Matt Taylor said. “The only area that escapes the worst of it is northern Scotland.”

Asked whether it was acceptable for people to be without power for as long as they had been, he replied: “No I don’t think it is. Too many people have spent too long without power.””I think that we need to learn the lessons for the future and make sure that we have better resilience against storms of this kind. It’s likely to happen again, we’ve got to make sure we protect people against it,” he said.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Dec.09: 2021:

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(ENGLAND) WEATHER ALERT: #StormBarra Severe weather warnings have been issued ahead of the arrival on Tuesday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.06: A Met Office warning has been issued for Northern Ireland from 09:00 GMT Tuesday until midnight the same day: The Atlantic system will bring very strong winds and heavy rain:

#AceWeatherDesk says that #StormBarra Weather Report: Severe weather warnings for wind and rain issued in preparation for Tuesday BY BBC News NI Weather Presenter

Rathlin light house during Storm Arwen
The strongest gusts will affect exposed and coastal areas in NI

The strongest gusts will affect exposed and coastal areas in the region, with potentially damaging and disruptive winds up to 80km/h (50mph) expected widely.

Gusts around the coast could reach speeds up to 115km/h (70 mph).

Those winds could lead to large waves and possible flooding. 

Disruption to travel is also likely. 

Storm Barra: Severe weather warnings issued across Northern Ireland

Warnings have also been issued across the Republic of Ireland. 

Irish weather service Met Éireann is forecasting the strongest winds to the west coast. 

A status orange warning – the second-highest level – has been issued for five counties. 

They are Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, and Galway. 

A yellow warning has been issued for all other counties. 

It is also warning of a significant possibility of coastal flooding along the south and west coast. 

Storm Barra is the second named storm this season following Storm Arwen.

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(ENGLAND) JUST IN: WEATHER WARNING: Blistering winds and five days of snow are set to send temperatures plunging across Britain this week – as thousands of vulnerable people are still without power following deadly Storm Arwen #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.04: The latest weather data is predicting five consecutive days of snow set to start Saturday with much of it falling over higher ground in the north of the country.

#AceWeatherDesk says according to a local news report Britain braces for FIVE days of snow with brutally cold overnight wind-chill: Areas set to be most affected include eastern England, the North Yorkshire Moors and Lincolnshire while strong winds and widespread rain are also predicted for the North West.

One forecast predicts a harsh overnight windchill could plunge some areas as low as -11C (12F) into the week as conditions become much more bitter.

The barrage of winter weather was also expected in the south, with parts of West London and Hereford plunging to -2C temperature overnight on Friday. 

There are huge concerns for the thousands of people in northern England and Scotland who are still living without power eight days after Storm Arwen caused massive network damage to parts of the UK.

The latest national figures from industry body Energy Networks Association (ENA) showed about 9,200 homes were without power on Friday evening.

Residents are now bracing for almost freezing temperatures, with parts of northern England and Scotland expected to see lows of 1C (34F) along with sleet and rain over the next 24 hours. 

Britain is bracing for blistering weather conditions including five days of snow and an overnight windchill that could push temperatures as low as -11C - as thousands of vulnerable people are still without power following deadly Storm Arwen. Pictured: Huge waves at Blackpool North shore
There are huge concerns for the thousands of people in northern England and Scotland who are still living without power eight days. Pictured: A welfare check is carried out on a resident of Weatherhill, County Durham on Friday - after the storm caused 'catastrophic damage' to the electricity network
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) released photographs of Royal Marines of 45 Command visiting remote communities and vulnerable households in the Banchory area of Aberdeenshire following the power outages
The latest weather data is predicting five consecutive days of snow set to start today, with much of it falling over higher ground in the north of the country. Areas set to be most affected include eastern England, the North Yorkshire Moors and Lincolnshire while strong winds and widespread rain are also predicted for the North West
Clear skies and strong winds in some areas today are set to push temperatures below freezing, while overnight chills could sending areas on higher ground plummeting as low as -11C (12F)

OFGEM Chief acknowledges ‘distress’ of those still without power

The harsh conditions even hit villages surrounding The Queen’s Balmoral Castle estate, with the skeleton staff at her Highlands home being battered by 90mph winds and blizzards, The Sun reported.

Met Office meteorologist Steve Keats said: ‘A couple of points to watch for will be winds, which under normal circumstances wouldn’t be an issue but if you’re trying to repair downed power lines it’s more sensitive.

‘Saturday is expected to be cold. There will be quite a mild windshield coming down from the northwest, so it’s going to feel not much above freezing for quite a lot of places.’ 

The long delays have prompted energy regulator Ofgem to warn it will take enforcement action against network companies which failed to restore power to customers quickly enough following the storm.

Ofgem announced on Friday it was launching a review of the companies’ response to the storm which left thousands of homes without electricity.

It has also agreed with firms to lift the £700 cap on compensation which could be given to customers.

The change will allow those affected to claim £70 for each 12-hour period they are left without power, after an initial £70 for the first 48 hours. 

Chief executive Jonathan Brearley told the BBC Radio 4 programme: ‘We are deeply concerned about customers who for over a week have been without power.

‘We want to establish the facts and make sure we understand what has happened, whether the network companies have met their obligations. If they haven’t, we will take enforcement action.

The Met Office said the weather is predicted to be cold, windy and showery with some hilly areas experiencing snow on Saturday. Pictured: The Sunrises over Whitby, north-east England
Sunday will continue to be cold with some showers in the east of England while the west is predicted to have dry weather and some sunshine. Pictured: Whitby Abbey casts a shadow
Pictured: A tractor tries to help a bus driver after the vehicle came off the road in icy conditions near Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

Residents react to power outages as a result of Storm Arwen chaos

The harsh conditions even hit villages surrounding The Queen's Balmoral Castle estate, with the skeleton staff at her Highlands home being battered by 90mph winds and blizzards. Pictured: Balmoral in December 2019

‘We have clear expectations of how fast they should get people back on the system.

‘We do recognise the challenging circumstances those companies are in. But what we expect from the network companies is to be relentless in connecting people, but also to be putting support in place.’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: ‘My thoughts are with all those who are still affected by the terrible damage from Storm Arwen.

‘I want to thank the emergency responders and engineers who have been working tirelessly this week to try and restore power.

‘I also want to thank our brilliant Armed Forces who have been deployed rapidly to support those communities which are worst affected.’

The Ministry of Defence said 297 personnel from the British Army and Royal Marines are supporting civil authorities in areas impacted by Storm Arwen and are conducting door-to-door checks on vulnerable people in their homes and providing reassurance to local communities.

Eighty soldiers of 4 Royal Artillery based at Alan Brook Barracks in Topcliffe have deployed to Northumberland on Saturday to check on vulnerable people and identify where additional support is required, a statement said.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: ‘Our dedicated Armed Forces personnel are working side by side with civil authorities to provide essential support to communities impacted by Storm Arwen.Met Office forecast more wind but not as strong as Storm Arwen

‘The ability to deploy quickly to wherever in the UK assistance is requested makes us all safer and ensures we are able to look protect the most vulnerable in our society.’

The head of the energy market regulator has agreed with electricity companies to lift the cap on compensation for customers whose power was not restored quickly enough following Storm Arwen.

Ofgem announced on Friday it was launching a review of the companies’ response to the storm which left thousands of homes without electricity.

The agreement between the regulator and companies means customers could receive more than the cap of £700 if firms are found to have fallen short of their obligations.

Ofgem chief executive Jonathan Brearley told BBC Breakfast: ‘One thing we’ve done already is we’ve said to network companies, and they’ve agreed, they’ve lifted the cap on the compensation they will give customers and they’ll make sure that those customers do get some compensation for everything they’ve been through.’

He added: ‘What we want to do, simply, is establish the facts, make sure quickly that lessons are learned and, of course, if obligations haven’t been met, then we will pursue enforcement action.’

Supplier Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) said 950 properties were without power as of 10pm on Friday.

Northern Powergrid announced 5,100 customers, of 240,000 who lost power, are yet to be connected.

Western Power Distribution still had 254 without power while Electricity North West, which provides energy for an area between the Scottish border and Stockport, said 700 properties were without power as of 8pm on Friday night.

Meanwhile, SP Energy Networks said it had restored power to all 200,000 customers who were disconnected.

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(ENGLAND) #StormArwen Weather Report: At least two people have been killed as it brought gusts of almost 100mph, causing road closures, train delays and power cuts across the UK #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.27: The Met Office had issued a red wind warning for parts of north-east England which expired early on Saturday, but the forecaster said amber and yellow warnings for wind remained in place across large swathes of the country.

#AceWeatherDesk says according to local UK media news sources at least two people were killed during #StormArwen as 100mph gusts cause major disruption across the country last night

A few inches of snow also fell across Scotland and parts of England, with more expected during the morning.

At least two people died in different parts of the country as trees were blown over.

#StormArwen has brought some damaging gusts of wind across a wide swathe of the United Kingdom overnight🌬️

Please stay #WeatherAware ⚠️ if you are travelling today pic.twitter.com/ALbMmBKP8f— Met Office (@metoffice) November 27, 2021

Marco Petagna, a Met Office forecaster, told the PA news agency: “We’ve seen some pretty severe gusts overnight with the highest speeds hitting 98mph at Brizlee Wood in Northumberland.

“Elsewhere, exposed sites in Scotland and Northern Ireland also surpassed 90mph, with 70-80mph seen more widely in the north of the UK, though parts of southern England and Wales also felt the effects of the storm.

“This has been coupled with a few inches of snow which has fallen in some areas.

“In the higher ground areas of Scotland we expected to see up to 15cm falling but the strong winds meant the snow blew around and created a blizzard in some parts.”

Cumbria Police said a man from Lancaster died in Ambleside after a tree fell on him just before 11pm on Friday.

In Northern Ireland, a man was killed when his car was hit by a falling tree in County Antrim on Friday.

Wind speeds reached 87mph in Orlock Head, Co Down.

Inverbervie on the north-east coast of Scotland had gusts of 78mph, while Aberporth in Wales saw speeds of 77mph.

People have been advised to be wary of travelling on Saturday, as train networks across the UK reported disruption to services.

Please DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TRAVEL today, or tomorrow, north of York. There is significant damage to the network due to the extreme weather, and we will NOT be able to transport customers, specifically between Newcastle and Edinburgh. pic.twitter.com/LOMUBM7gSH— London North Eastern Railway (@LNER) November 27, 2021

ScotRail services were disrupted between Edinburgh and Glasgow Queen Street, Dunblane and Stirling after a barn was blown on to the line close to Polmont, near Falkirk.

TransPennine Express customers were urged not to travel, with services between Newcastle and Edinburgh cancelled.

South Western Railway expected disruption on Saturday morning due to “multiple trees and obstructions blocking the railway”, while London North East Railway warned customers not to travel north of York due to “significant damage”.

Dorset Council reported that trees and power cables had fallen on roads in the area, while road closures were reported more widely in the worst-affected parts of northern England and Scotland.

Social media footage appeared to show a number of lorries and cars stuck on roads where snow had fallen, with ploughs being deployed in a number of areas.

Homes across all parts of the UK were damaged as the gusts struck.

It came as Northern Powergrid said severe gales had caused power cuts for more than 55,000 customers, mainly in the Northumberland, County Durham and Tyne and Wear areas.

A number of councils in Scotland also reported power cuts, and Electricity North West responded to a high number of cuts affecting thousands of properties in Cumbria and Lancashire.

Mr Petagna said: “There has been plenty of disruption caused by these severe gales, stretching down from south-west England and as far as northern parts of Scotland.

“But I have to say we’ve seen the worst of the weather and things will start to fizzle out over Saturday, though people will still see snow and fairly strong gales.”

Amber wind warnings are in place for Saturday morning in south-west and north-east England, while a yellow warning stretches across central England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and is expected to last until 6pm.

It means people should expect gusts in excess of 70mph, bringing further disruption with more power cuts, flying debris and travel delays.

The Met Office warned that north-east and north-west England, the West Midlands and the East Midlands will experience cold weather until Monday.

Snow warnings remain in place across large parts of England, including the South East, and Scotland as a cold northerly airflow moves across the country, with up to 5cm expected.

Mr Petagna said a yellow warning for ice is likely to be issued for northern England and Scotland on Saturday.

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(LONDON) ONS DATA REPORT: Statistics Between July 2020 – End of June 2021: Knife Crime & Burglaries DOWN Stalking & Harassment UP by staggering 99% in this year #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.06: The reductions are revealed in the latest Office for National Statistics data on crime in England and Wales between July 2020 to the end of June 2021. The West Midlands has seen a 16% drop in burglaries, robberies reduce by 1% and knife crime by 4.1%……

#AceDailyNews ONS England & Wales Report: That knife crime & burglaries down, but steep rise in stalking and harassment, new figures show with statistics released Thursday show knife crime and burglaries continue to fall in the West Midlands and robberies and car crime remain low.

Details of the new figures released today

As per the previous statistics released in July, there have also been increases in some offences. Stalking and harassment has seen a steep rise in reports over the last year of 99%.

4th November 2021

We continue to welcome all reports of this nature and has taken many additional measures to encourage such reports in the last 12 months despite the pandemic.

We continue to invest in key initiatives to help victims of stalking and harassment report crime and we are working to better equip officers to deal with these reports. We know that these types of offences can impact on how safe people feel, and we are working to improve officers’ knowledge so they are able to earlier identify patterns of this type of behaviour.

Protecting and supporting the people within our communities will always remain at the heart of what we do.

Domestic abuse has also risen by 41% as well as the number of rapes rising by 49%. While hate crime has also increased by 43% fuelled by online offending.

We remain committed to taking action to a rise in crime reports we receive; with safeguarding vulnerable people and catching perpetrators of domestic abuse a key focus for the force. Training has also been refreshed to address safety in the home for children who are victims of abuse.

Training is also given to identify cases for referral or escalation for wider families of domestic abuse cases.

Deputy Chief Constable Vanessa Jardine said: “We recognise that our biggest crime types are stalking and harassment, domestic abuse and rape and we are doing lots to tackle them: We know the last year or so has been tough on relationships and that people have been suffering domestic abuse in both physical and psychological forms: But we need people to know there is no need to suffer alone and the force, along with the many charities and refuges across the West Midlands, are ready, willing and able to help.”

If you do not feel comfortable contacting police there are many other agencies who can offer support and advice. Visit No Excuse for Abuse for more information https://www.westmidlands-pcc.gov.uk/no-excuse-for-abuse/

In recent months a new scheme has also been developed by the Home Office. “Ask for ANI” (Action Needed Immediately) enables victims of domestic abuse to access immediate help from the police or other support services, from the safety of their local pharmacy. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pharmacies-launch-codeword-scheme-to…

We urge anyone who is not feeling safe in their own home to seek help

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(ENGLAND) Yellow Weather WARNING Report: Tornado & Torrential Rain HIT with 70mph gale-force winds set to batter Britain as forecasters have issued yellow weather warnings for flooding across several areas of the country #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.31: The yellow weather warning is also in place for , where the global Cop26 climate conference is due to begin on Sunday: The Met Office has said ‘damaging winds’ of up to 60mph to 70mph are possible on Sunday, particularly along the south coast, due to a ‘deep Atlantic low pressure system’ arriving from the west: Steven Keats, meteorologist at the Met Office, said conditions would begin ‘going downhill’ on Sunday.

#AceWeatherDesk says according to MailOnline Today Sunday Report: Britain to be battered by 50mph winds and heavy rain as weather ‘goes downhill’ as Strong gusts coming from the west will bring a ‘wild start’, with potential for further disruption and wet weather going into the first week of November, according to the .

By Published: 09:05, 31 October 2021: 11:09, 31 October 2021

Waves crashing by the Porthcawl lighthouse in south Wales amid a yellow weather warning for heavy rain in place across the area
A dog walker struggles through strong winds and heavy rain in Wimbledon Common on Sunday. The Met Office has warned winds could reach 70mph
The three-day outlook for the UK with a yellow weather warning in place for several areas, including Cop26 climate summit host Glasgow, on Sunday

He added: ‘Further West heavy rain will be picking up and there’ll be some heavy rain coming in from the Atlantic.

‘That will dominate the weather into tomorrow.

‘Heavy rain will push across into…western parts of England and Wales and be accompanied by some pretty strong and gusty winds.’  

He continued: ‘Given the fact that trees are in full leaf and the ground is pretty saturated in many areas, you could get one or trees coming down.

‘It’s going to be very unsettled.’

One resident in Amesbury, Wiltshire, thought they had witnessed a ‘hurricane’ hit the area after spotting bins flying and trees breaking due to the powerful winds.

Infectious disease ecologist Dr Emma Gillingham tweeted: ‘Did a hurricane just hit Amesbury, Wiltshire? Incredible wind suddenly from nowhere, trees breaking, wheelie bins flying and all calm again now.’

Broken trees and a dustbin blown across a residential street in Amesbury, Wiltshire, as strong winds and heavy rain batter the UK
The infectious disease ecologist thought she had witnessed a hurricane, such was the strength of the wind and rain

However, the Met Office said it believed the ‘hurricane’ was in fact a ‘squall’, the name for a ‘sudden, sharp increase in wind speed lasting minutes’.

It comes as three people are feared to have drowned and another is fighting for their life after they were swept off their paddleboards when a sudden storm turned a flooded river into a torrent on Saturday night.

The three, part of an organised outing, had been in the water only minutes when they were hit by a deluge of rushing water as they paddled near a weir on the swollen river in Pembrokeshire.

They were swept from their boards and seen ‘in distress’ in the River Cleddau, near the town centre of Haverfordwest.

A yellow weather warning is in place across several areas of the UK, including most of the south, where a man at Wimbledon Common is pictured struggling with an umbrella amid heavy rain
Emergency services at the River Cleddau in Haverfordwest, Wales, on Saturday, where at least three people were on their boards on a usually calm stretch of the river when they were hit by a huge deluge of flood water
Rescue teams searching for paddle boarders at the River Cleddau on Saturday. It comes amid warnings to be careful of dangerous 'fast flowing and deep floodwaters'

Air support was provided by both the National Police Air Service (NPAS) and Wales Air Ambulance.  

Mr Keats said declining temperatures throughout next week would bring a ‘seasonal’ feel and that weather would remain ‘unsettled’, though risks of ‘hefty downpours’ remained.

‘The most disruptive potential from the weather will be in the next 24 to 36 hours’, he said.


Trains stranded as 80mph winds and ‘tornadoes’ hit UK // Metro

Guests of up to 80mph brought down trees and caused delays on the railways (Picture: Iimages/ Alamy/ BNPS)

Train journeys were significantly disrupted on Sunday after 80mph winds and heavy rain brought trees down onto the tracks. 

Cop26 delegates heading to Glasgow were among those caught up in the travel chaos, with several trains between London and the Scottish city cancelled due to the problems. 

The Met Office said parts of the UK may have even seen tornadoes in recent days as a spate of bad weather continues to cause flooding and other issues. 

More rain and wind is expected into the start of the week, with 14 flood warnings and 70 flood alerts already in place. 

Avanti west Coast Services have been cancelled or delayed due to tree getting caught in the overhead wires at Milton Keynes. 

Customers are being advised not to travel on services heading north of London. Tickets will be valid for tomorrow instead. 

The company has been trying to boost its climate credentials in recent days – hosting a ‘Climate Train’ to Glasgow, with Greta Thunberg on board. 

Delegates attending the conference had been urged to travel using more environmentally friendly means but may now be forced onto planes to complete their journeys to the summit. 

Environment minister Zac Goldsmith is reportedly on board a train which is being forced to turn around and return to London, with several journalists, scientists and officials on board. 

The East Coast line, which runs to Edinburgh, is also experiencing problems. 

Brits work to heavy rain on Halloween and yellow warnings for wind and rain are in place over large parts of the west and elsewhere.

Meteorologist Tom Morgan said: ‘We’ve got a deep Atlantic area of low pressure that’s bringing a very heavy band of rain and squalling winds across the whole of the country, but particularly in the south of England.

‘We’ve seen some very strong gusts of wind on the south coast… and a few reports of damage from the winds.

‘It’s not out of the question that there will have been some localised, brief funnel clouds or tornadoes.

‘In the last couple of days we have seen some reports and seen some photos of funnel clouds and water spouts, which are similar to tornadoes.’

#AceNewsDesk report …………….Published: Oct.31: 2021:

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(ENGLAND) Home Care Report: Many councils are not paying companies a high enough hourly rate to cover basic costs like travel time between clients, it says #AceHealthDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.26: Low wages and feeling undervalued are key factors leading care staff to quit, says the report: Councils say they do not have enough money to pay companies more.

#AceDailyNews says according to a report Homecare costs outstrip funding from councils, they say and it means, despite losing staff faster than they can be replaced, companies are unable to raise wages, says the Homecare Association.

By Alison Holt and Judith Burns
BBC News

Care worker with elderly woman

The Homecare Association, which represents some 2,340 care providers, calculates the true minimum cost of providing an hour of homecare in the UK is £21.43.

This covers the minimum wage, travel time, pensions, holidays, training, PPE, office staff and 60p for profit or reinvestment in services. 

Private clients who hire care direct from providers pay an average £24.94 for an hour of homecare, according to separate analysis by software company The Access Group.

But private clients are a minority, with the bulk of homecare (about 70%) funded by the state, says the Homecare Association. 

Inequality

Freedom of Information data collected for the Association shows the average paid by councils in Great Britain and health boards in Northern Ireland is £18.45.

The report found that areas with some of the highest levels of deprivation also had the lowest average fee rates for homecare.

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The Homecare Association says with some local authorities still buying homecare by the minute, and little or no funding for better pay, it makes it very difficult to compete with other sectors for staff. 

Richard Walker, chief executive of Optimo Care Group in South Yorkshire, has tried to improve pay and conditions for staff, but says his efforts are limited by local authority funding levels. 

“We’re simply not competing… so I think people go elsewhere…

“It feels like we’re in a harder position now than we’ve ever been before.” 

Richard estimates that, overall, Optimo’s costs outstrip council funding by about 25%, although this varies according to local authority.

“We’re miles away at the moment in terms of the rates that have been paid.” 

The staff shortage means the company is having to turn away referrals – and he finds not being able to give people the help they require when they need it “really tough… quite demotivating”.Pay is not “level with the job you do out there”, says Denise Wickson

Among his staff is Denise Wickson, a home carer for 16 years. 

For Denise, the work brings “great reward, great satisfaction”.

“I love the job,” she says. 

But sometimes she can be up at 05:00 and not finish until 23:00. 

“You never get to switch off, you’re always worried, ‘Is it covered?’. You get called and they say you’re needed to go out. I never say no.” 

Denise says the money is not “level with the job you do out there”, and some people “just go elsewhere where it’s more money and it’s not unsociable hours”. 

‘Crisis point’

The Homecare Association says lack of support in the community can lead to:

  • hospitals unable to discharge patients who are medically ready
  • emergency admissions of people whose conditions deteriorate through lack of appropriate care

“It makes little sense to neglect people at home in the community, wait until they reach crisis point, then admit them to the most expensive setting of care in an acute hospital,” says the report. 

The Association wants central government to “invest properly” in homecare, raising pay to £11.20 per hour, at a cost of £1.6bn a year across the UK, plus:

  • a ban on purchasing homecare by the minute
  • a professional register for care workers
  • social care workers added to the Shortage Occupation List to make it easier to hire from overseas

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) said: “Councils may want to pay more for care, but their hands are tied, because they simply do not have the money to do so.”

An ADASS spokesperson urged ministers to use Wednesday’s Spending Review to invest in care and support at home to “lift the pressure on family carers, ensure the viability of high quality home care providers, and properly reward the committed, courageous and compassionate people working in social care”.

The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents councils in England, said: “Councils work closely with care providers, and understand their concerns about paying a fair price for the cost of care. 

“Such is the scale of funding pressures, this is proving harder to achieve and we urgently need new national funding to meet immediate pressures in the social care system.” 

The government says a new £162.5m fund will help “bolster” the homecare workforce, while the social care levy, announced last month, includes £5.4bn earmarked for social care over the next three years, with £500m to be spent on the workforce.

But the LGA questions whether the levy will raise enough money to fund crucial reforms, and wants to see a greater share of it go to front-line social care.

#AceHealthDesk report …………….Published: Oct.26: 2021:

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(ENGLAND) #ClimateChange Report: Dragonflies are moving northwards across Britain and Ireland as temperatures rise #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.09: Experts from the British Dragonfly Society say it’s an indicator of the effects of climate change……

#AceDailyNews says that according to BBC Environment Correspondent due to Climate Change Dragonflies spread north in warming world as the world experiences ‘Global Warming’ with more than 40% of species having increased their distribution since 1970, while only about 10% have declined, according to a new report.

By Helen Briggs
BBC Environment correspondent

Emperor dragonfly
The emperor dragonfly is expanding north into Scotland and Ireland

There is concern over the loss of populations of insects due to factors such as pollution and habitat loss.

Conservation officer Eleanor Colver said while their data can determine where dragonflies are, it cannot determine exactly how many there are – and whether numbers have increased overall. 

“Factors such as the use of pesticides (reducing their flying insect prey), water pollution and habitat loss continue to threaten the health of dragonfly populations within species’ existing ranges,” she said.

Dave SmallshireThe small red-eyed damselfly: Now found from Cornwall to County Durham

The report, State of Dragonflies 2021, incorporates 1.4 million records from 17,000 recorders gathered from 1970 onwards.

It assesses the fortunes of 46 species of dragonflies and their close relative – the damselflies – across Britain and Ireland.

Since 1995, several species have reached Britain from southern Europe for the first time – and at least two more have reappeared after long absences.

Species expanding their range include the emperor dragonfly, migrant hawker, ruddy darter, black-tailed skimmer and small red-eyed damselfly.

In contrast, some upland and northern dragonflies are in retreat, including the common hawker and black darter, perhaps because of the loss of peatbogs or extreme droughts.

“The increase in many species, if not all, we can put down to a combination of climate warming and more or better wetland habitats such as an increase in the number of ponds, lakes, gravel-pits and reservoirs in recent decades,” said Dave Smallshire, co-editor of the report.

But people should not get the message that all is “tickety-boo with dragonflies”, he added. 

“The overwhelming message is that global climate change – and in the case of Britain and Ireland – significant climate warming is likely to have had an over-riding effect on many of these changes,” he said.

Iain H LeachBlack darter: With a home in upland bogs, this species is in decline

Dragonflies are fast-flying, four-winged insects with long bodies and large eyes. They were some of the first winged insects to evolve, some 300 million years ago.

Scientists are increasingly concerned about the decline of some populations of insects.

One scientific review of insect numbers in 2019 pointed to 40% of species undergoing “dramatic rates of decline” around the world.

The study said bees, ants and beetles were disappearing eight times faster than mammals, birds or reptiles, while other species, such as houseflies and cockroaches, were likely to boom.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Sept.09: 2021:

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(WORLDWIDE) #GlobalWarming leading to #ClimateChange report due out from IPCC that will highlight the ‘stark reality’ rising temperatures and destruction of our eco-system #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.08: UN researchers are set to publish their strongest statement yet on the science of climate change: The report will likely detail significant changes to the world’s oceans, ice caps and land in the coming decades: It is expected the forthcoming Summary for Policymakers will be a key document for global leaders when they meet in November….

#AceDailyNews says due out on Monday, the report has been compiled by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): Which will highlight ‘stark reality’ of ‘Global Warming’ thats leading to #ClimateChange in readiness for a last ditch chance for leaders meeting at #COP26 to do anything at all except make more #ProfitB4People …..Next? ….

By Matt McGrath
Environment correspondent

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It will be their first global assessment on the science of global heating since 2013.

The politicians are due to gather for a climate summit, known as COP26, in Glasgow.

After two weeks of virtual negotiations between scientists and representatives of 195 governments, the IPCC will launch the first part of a three-pronged assessment of the causes, impacts and solutions to climate change.

It is the presence of these government officials that makes the IPCC different from other science bodies. After the report has been approved in agreement with governments, they effectively take ownership of it. 

On Monday, a short, 40-page Summary for Policymakers will be released dealing with the physical science. 

ReutersThe IPCC will also look at the state of the Arctic as the climate warms

It may be brief, but the new report is expected to pack a punch.

“We’ve seen over a couple of months, and years actually, how climate change is unfolding; it’s really staring us in the face,” said Dr Heleen de Coninck, from Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, who is a coordinating lead author for the IPCC Working Group III. 

“It’s really showing what the impacts will be, and this is just the start. So I think what this report will add is a big update of the state of the science, what temperature increase are we looking at – and what are the physical impacts of that?” 

So what can we expect from the upcoming report?

According to many observers, there have been significant improvements in the science in the last few years, 

“Our models have gotten better, we have a better understanding of the physics and the chemistry and the biology, and so they’re able to simulate and project future temperature changes and precipitation changes much better than they were,” said Dr Stephen Cornelius from WWF, an observer at IPCC meetings.

“Another change has been that attribution sciences have increased vastly in the last few years. We can make greater links between climate change and extreme weather events.” 

As well as updates on temperature projections, there will likely be a strong focus on the question of humanity’s role in creating the climate crisis. 

In the last report in 2013, the IPCC said that humans were the “dominant cause” of global warming since the 1950s.

Thomas LohnesCars wrecked in a flood in Germany

It’s expected that this time the IPCC will also outline just how much of an influence humans are having on the oceans, the atmosphere and other aspects of our planetary systems. 

One of the most important questions concerns sea-level rise. This has long been a controversial issue for the IPCC, with their previous projections scorned by some scientists as far too conservative.

“In the past they have been so reluctant to give a plausible upper limit on sea-level rise, and we hope that they finally come around this time,” said Prof Arthur Petersen, from UCL in London.

As the world has experienced a series of devastating fires and floods in recent months that have been linked to climate change, the report will also include a new chapter linking extreme weather events to rising temperatures. 

Many have welcomed this development.

“I remain hopeful that the scientific evidence will show the stark reality of a world already altered by our rapidly changing climate and will motivate all nations to deliver urgent emission reductions and the necessary amount of climate finance at COP26,” said Mohammed Adjei Sowah, who is the mayor of Accra in Ghana and vice chair of the C40 group of cities.

“We only need to look out of our windows to see that the climate crisis is already here. Cities such as Accra and nations such as Ghana, which have contributed the least to greenhouse gas emissions, will experience many of the greatest impacts.”

One of the things that gives the report additional muscle is the fact that it is not just one particular research paper on one topic – the reviewers consider all the research carried out on each area of focus. 

Getty ImagesIn Japan, misting sprays are used to keep people cool

“Sometimes the IPCC gets criticised for being focused on consensus, and it’s suggested that this can weaken statements,” said Dr Emily Shuckburgh, from the University of Cambridge.

“But the fact that it is a summary across multiple lines of evidence is incredibly powerful and incredibly useful.”

One key question in the new summary will be about the 1.5C temperature target. The climate summit held in the French capital, Paris, in 2015, committed nations to try to limit the rise in global temperature from pre-industrial times to no more than 1.5 degrees. 

And in 2018, the IPCC released a special report on keeping to this target.

“That report showed very clearly was that there are clear, clear benefits to limiting warming to 1.5C and those benefits have only become clearer over the past three years,” said Dr de Coninck, who was one of the key authors of that study.

“If this report says something about that temperature limit in relation to emissions and how they are developing, it will have a political influence on COP26 I think.”

With just a few months to go until world leaders meet in Glasgow for the climate conference that is seen as the most important since the Paris agreement came into being in 2015, this new report will be required reading for all attendees.

“I think it’s going to be a wake-up call, there’s no doubt about that,” said Richard Black, an honorary research fellow at the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London.

“But then again, so are some of the real world events that we’re seeing around us at the moment.”

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(WORLDWIDE) #AceWeatherReport – After another punishing weekend of sweltering temperatures across much of the U.S. a heat dome will produce highs above average this week for large swaths of the country, while several wildfires in the West continue to wreak havoc on communities #AceWeatherDesk report

#AceWeatherReport – July.27: The Great Plains and Midwest — along with parts of the East — . And in places where residents must also cope with high humidity, those temperatures could feel like they have reached triple digits….

#AceDailyNews says Both Sides of the Pond: As floods, heat, then floods again: England is battered by wild weather as much of the USA suffers heat dome as #GlobalWarming creates more instances of #ClimateChange following the recent California Wildfires last week …..and it spreads worldwide as #COP26 prepares with all leaders making promises but will they keep them before its too late or is it too late already ?

Updated: July 26, 2021, 7:40 a.m. ET13 minutes ago

Extreme Weather and Climate Updates

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Residents used buckets, brooms and wooden boards to create makeshift flood defences for their homes as storm drains were overloaded in parts of the city.

“Having been born and raised in London, I have never seen anything quite like it,” said south London resident Eddie Elliott. “It stands out as the worst I’ve experienced personally … totally shut down the whole road with buses stood broken down in the water.”

The rain followed a spell of hot, sunny weather that sent Britons to lakes and the sea in search of relief.

Earlier this month a wave of storms caused huge flooding damage and left more than 200 people dead in Germany and Belgium.

US States are suffering more wildfires with a heat dome expected this week …..

Fire crews assigned to the Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon on Sunday. The fire, the nation’s largest, has now consumed more than 400,000 acres.
Fire crews assigned to the Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon on Sunday. The fire, the nation’s largest, has now consumed more than 400,000 acres.Mathieu Lewis-Rolland/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

An excessive heat warning was in place for parts of Idaho, Montana and Oregon through Tuesday, . Billings, Mont., could see temperatures , and nearby locations could reach 110. Boise, Idaho, is on Monday, but cool down slightly as the week progresses. A heat advisory was also in effect for Monday and Tuesday for parts of Louisiana and Texas and up through South Dakota.

The nation’s largest wildfire, the Bootleg Fire in southwest Oregon, grew over the weekend and has now burned about 408,000 acres. “The progress that we have made is due to the continuous, vigilant work by our crews,” Joe Hessel, an incident commander for the Oregon Department of Forestry, . “Severe fire weather conditions and extremely dry fuels continue to challenge us on this fire.”

Dozens of are actively burning across the Western United States, charring large swaths of land in recent days, according to a New York Times analysis of government and satellite data. Some are threatening thousands of people who live and work just a few miles away.

As the fire season gets underway, The Times built an interactive map to track the latest wildfires as they spread across Western states. Check back regularly for updates.

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A sandstorm caused a 20-vehicle pileup between Salt Lake City and St George, Utah, that left at least seven people dead and others critically injured, the Utah Highway Patrol said.
A sandstorm caused a 20-vehicle pileup between Salt Lake City and St George, Utah, that left at least seven people dead and others critically injured, the Utah Highway Patrol said.Utah Highway Patrol

At least seven people were killed and several others were injured when in southwestern Utah on Sunday afternoon, state officials said.

The Utah Highway Patrol said it appeared that in the crash “after high winds caused a sand or dust storm and impaired visibility on the roadway.”

“No one could see, so people started stopping, and then you just get a chain reaction,” Trooper Andrew Battenfield, a spokesman for the Highway Patrol, said late Sunday night. “Nobody could see, and then all of a sudden, you’re slamming into a car,” he said. “It’s just a horrific situation.”

Several people were taken to local hospitals in critical condition, officials said.

The crash, which happened around 5 p.m. local time, prompted the closure of parts of Interstate 15 in Millard County, between Salt Lake City and St. George. The Highway Patrol said the road would be closed in the area for a “significant time.”

A flooded road following heavy rainfall in Zhengzhou, Henan province, China.
A flooded road following heavy rainfall in Zhengzhou, Henan province, China.Aly Song/Reuters

China floods leaves flooded farmland in heaviest rains for a decade and parts of Henan province ….

China’s breakneck growth over the last four decades erected soaring cities where there had been hamlets and farmland. The cities lured factories, and the factories lured workers. The boom lifted hundreds of millions of people out of the poverty and rural hardship they once faced.

Now those cities face the daunting new challenge of adapting , a possibility that few gave much thought to when the country began its extraordinary economic transformation. China’s pell-mell, brisk urbanization has in some ways made the challenge harder to face.

No one weather event can be directly linked to climate change, but that flooded Zhengzhou and other cities in central China last week, killing at least 69 as of Monday, reflects a that has seen deadly flooding recently in Germany and Belgium, and extreme heat and wildfires in Siberia. The flooding in China also highlights the environmental vulnerabilities that accompanied the country’s economic boom and could yet undermine it.

China has already taken some steps to begin to address climate change. Xi Jinping is the country’s first leader to make the issue a national priority.

As early as 2013, Mr. Xi promised to build an “ecological civilization” in China. “We must maintain harmony between man and nature and pursue sustainable development,” he said in a in Geneva in 2013.

London cleans up after flash flooding drenches homes, subway

Roads flooded in London after a heavy rain on Sunday.
Roads flooded in London after a heavy rain on Sunday.Justin Tallis/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

LONDON: Londoners were cleaning up on Monday (Jul 26) after torrential rain left homes, roads and several subway stations flooded, the second unseasonal inundation in as many weeks.

The Met Office weather agency said 41.6cm of rain fell in central London on Sunday afternoon. Monday was drier, but the Environment Agency said four flood warnings remained in place for southeast England.

Two London hospitals asked patients not to come to the emergency department because of disruption from the floods.

Transport for London said eight stations were closed because of flooding, including Pudding Mill Lane, an above-ground station where video footage showed water surging through a concourse and up stairs.

For the second time in a matter of two weeks, heavy rainfall has wreaked havoc across London, flooding train stations, stranding motorists and forcing at least two hospitals to redirect patients from their emergency rooms.

The downpour, which dumped about a month’s worth of rain in some areas on Sunday, came at the tail end of a heat wave that had led Public Health England to issue an alert for the first time ever warning people to stay cool indoors, close curtains in rooms that face the sun, drink plenty of water and avoid excess alcohol.

The heat broke as thunderstorms swept across southern England this weekend, bringing torrential downpours that dumped a month’s worth of rain in some areas in just a few hours.

The London Fire Brigade wrote on Twitter that it had responded to more than 1,000 calls as people needed to be rescue from cars suddenly submerged or escape homes as the waters rose. Heavy rainfall flooded emergency departments of Newham Hospital and led to “operational issues” at Whipps Cross Hospital. And service on the London Underground was disrupted as water poured into several stations.

Thames Water, a company responsible for Greater London’s sewage and water services, said on Monday that the rainfall had led to surface flooding and that crews had been working through the night to make repairs.

By Monday morning, the floodwaters had largely subsided, though Britain’s weather service said that warnings remained in effect in parts of the country.

While individual weather events are hard to directly attribute to climate change, there is now broad scientific agreement that the extreme weather the world is experiencing this summer is being fueled by those changes.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: July.27: 2021:

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(LONDON) JUST IN: Allow all Scots the right to vote in future independence referendum, PM Boris Johnson has urged #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.22: The prime minister is reportedly drawing up plans to allow the 800,000 Scots living in England a right to vote, as well as the 50,000 living in Wales:

Boris Johnson is reportedly weighing up plans to allow 800,000 Scots living in England the right in any future Scottish independence referendum, the leader of the All for Unity party has told GB News.

Charlie Bayliss Senior Digital Producer 

Published monday 21 June 2021 – 10:40 Last updated monday 21 June 2021 – 11:22

But Jamie Blackett said the government should go further and ensure all Scots, whether living in the UK or abroad, should be given the right to vote.

He said: “I don’t think it’s inevitable at all there will be another referendum. Nicola Sturgeon had 31% of the electorate voting for her on May 6 and that to my mind is not a mandate.

“The unfortunate thing is that the unionist vote was split, which allow the SNP to win the majority of the seats.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon arrives to attend First Minister's Questions at the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood, Edinburgh. Picture date: Thursday June 10, 2021.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon arrives to attend First Minister’s Questions at the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood, Edinburgh. Picture date: Thursday June 10, 2021.Russell Cheyne

He added: “I do think we need to clarify matters. We cannot have in Scotland this toxic neveredum which is dividing communities, dividing families, and holding back the economy.

“We’ve urged the government to pass a Canada-style clarity act. One of the sections of that would be to sort out the franchise, not just to allow 800,000 Scots living elsewhere in the UK, but to allow all Scots to vote. Its part of the Scottish condition to go off and seek your fortune, before returning to Scotland.

“My own children are in London but they have ever intention to come back to live in Scotland.

“It’s manifestly unfair that just those Scots living in Scotland are given a vote. Goerge Galloway always points out that the captain of Lithuania would have a vote, but the captain of Scotland would not be able to as he’s playing in England.”

The Times is also reporting that Ruth Davidson could be ready for a return to frontline politics – being offered a ministerial role co-ordinating policy to keep the union together.

Last week former prime minister Gordon Brown warned of 50 years of conflict between England and Scotland if the country was partitioned.

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#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Jun.22: 2021:

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‘ British Police Arrest Two Men Over Islamist State Links ‘

#AceBreakingNews – BRITAIN – September 26 – British police arrested on Friday two men as part of an operation into Islamist-related militancy, Reuters said.

The two men were arrested on the M6 motorway in England by counter-terrorism officers, bringing the total number of people detained in the operation to 11 over two days.

Spain’s Interior Ministry said on Friday that Spanish and Moroccan police have arrested nine people suspected of belonging to a militant cell linked to the Islamic State (IS) group.

In Malaysia, police have detained three Muslim men suspected of wanting to go to Syria to join the IS.

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SCOTLAND: ‘ David Cameron Under Fire From Tory Hard-Liners Over Devolving Powers to Scotland ‘

#AceNewsServices – SCOTLAND – September 22 – Prior to the referendum result [ that is presently in dispute] the British PM David Cameron made promises to the Scottish people, with regard to devolving powers to Scotland – should the no vote win.

Today he is under fire from his own party and from the Labour opposition for having promised more powers to Scotland but being vague on similar devolution plans for England.

Cameron on Monday (22 September) was set to meet some 20 Conservative hard-liners who oppose his plans for Scotland and want to scrap a subsidy formula which favours Scots over the English.

In order to swing the Scots’ vote last week away from an ever-more popular independence campaign, Cameron, together with the leaders of Labour and the Liberal-Democrats, pledged to keep the funding scheme and give Scotland further powers as long as it stays within the United Kingdom.

The referendum was won by the unionist camp, but Cameron has since faced an avalanche of criticism. Apart from his own backbenchers who want more powers for English MPs, the prime minister is also under fire from the Labour opposition, which says it has only subscribed to Scottish devolution.

Labour leader Ed Miliband on Sunday said the three-party deal only concerned Scotland, not England or Wales.

“I’m open to the idea of greater scrutiny of legislation by English MPs. But we can’t do it in a back of the envelope, fag packet way,” Miliband said.

Scottish leader Alex Salmond on Sunday said his people were tricked into voting No, as Cameron’s plans will fail amid inner-party bickering.

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