(LONDON) ONS REPORT: In England, it is estimated that over 9 in 10 adults, or 94.2% of the adult population (95% credible interval: 93.2% to 95.1%) would have tested positive for antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, the specific virus that causes coronavirus (COVID-19) FULL DETAILS BELOW: #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthDesk says that 9 in 10 adults were estimated to have #COVID19 antibodies across U.K. (not living in care homes, hospitals or other institutional settings) Week beginning 26th July 2021 ….

Aug.20, 2021: @acenewsservices

ONS REPORT:

1. Main points

  • In England, it is estimated that over 9 in 10 adults, or 94.2% of the adult population (95% credible interval: 93.2% to 95.1%) would have tested positive for antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, the specific virus that causes coronavirus (COVID-19), on a blood test in the week beginning 26 July 2021, suggesting they had the infection in the past or have been vaccinated.
  • In Wales, it is estimated that over 9 in 10 adults, or 93.2% of the adult population (95% credible interval: 91.8% to 94.5%) would have tested positive for antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 on a blood test in the week beginning 26 July 2021, suggesting they had the infection in the past or have been vaccinated.
  • In Northern Ireland, it is estimated that around 9 in 10 adults, or 89.1% of the adult population (95% credible interval: 85.0% to 92.0%) would have tested positive for antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 on a blood test in the week beginning 26 July 2021, suggesting they had the infection in the past or have been vaccinated.
  • In Scotland, it is estimated that over 9 in 10 adults, or 93.5% of the adult population (95% credible interval: 92.2% to 94.6%) would have tested positive for antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 on a blood test in the week beginning 26 July 2021, suggesting they had the infection in the past or have been vaccinated.
  • Across all four countries of the UK, there is a clear pattern between vaccination and testing positive for COVID-19 antibodies but the detection of antibodies alone is not a precise measure of the immunity protection given by vaccination.

About this bulletin

In this bulletin, we refer to the following.

Antibodies

We measure the presence of antibodies in the community population to understand who has had coronavirus (COVID-19) in the past, and the impact of vaccinations. It takes between two and three weeks after infection or vaccination for the body to make enough antibodies to fight the infection. Having antibodies can help to prevent individuals from getting the same infection again, or if they do get infected, they are less likely to have severe symptoms. Once infected or vaccinated, antibodies remain in the blood at low levels and can decline over time. The length of time antibodies remain at detectable levels in the blood is not fully known.

Community population

In this instance, community population refers to private residential households, and excludes those in hospitals, care homes and/or other institutional settings.

SARS-CoV-2

This is the scientific name given to the specific virus that causes COVID-19.

Data in this bulletin

The analysis on antibodies in this bulletin is based on blood test results taken from a randomly selected subsample of individuals aged 16 years and over, which are used to test for antibodies against SARS-CoV-2. We also present data on the percentage of people aged 16 years and over who report they have received one or more doses of a COVID-19 vaccine since 14 December 2020, and the percentage of people aged 16 years and over who are fully vaccinated since 15 February 2021.

Our antibodies and vaccination estimates are based on modelling of the people visited in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey in the community. Further information on our method to model antibodies and vaccinations can be found in our methods article.

We produce weekly modelled estimates using standard calendar weeks starting Monday. To provide the most timely and accurate estimates possible for antibody positivity, the model will include data for the first four to seven days of the most recent week available, depending on the availability of test results. The antibody estimate for the most recent week in this publication includes data from 26 to 29 July 2021.

We are presenting weekly modelled antibody estimates for adults by country, grouped age and single year of age for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. We present the same analysis for vaccine estimates of adults who reported they have received one or more doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, and for adults who report they are fully vaccinated.

Modelled vaccine estimates are produced to provide context alongside our antibodies estimates and do not replace the official government figures on vaccinations, which are a more precise count of total vaccines issued. While we would expect the overall trend of our estimated number of people who have received vaccines to increase, it is possible that in some weeks, the estimate may remain the same or decrease as a result of sampling variability (for example, we may have a lower number of participants recording a vaccination in the latest week compared with an earlier week).Back to table of contents

2. Understanding antibodies, immunity and vaccination estimates

This bulletin presents analysis on past infection and/or vaccination – which we define as testing positive for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 – for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland based on findings from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey in the UK. For context, we include estimates from our survey on the percentage of people who reported they have received at least one dose of a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, as well as those who have been fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2.

It is not yet known how having detectable antibodies, now or at some time in the past, affects the chance of becoming infected or experiencing symptoms, as other parts of the immune system (T cell response) will offer protection. Antibody positivity is defined by a fixed amount of antibodies in the blood. A negative test result will occur if there are no antibodies or if antibody levels are too low to reach this threshold.

It is important to draw the distinction between testing positive for antibodies and having immunity. Following infection or vaccination, antibody levels can vary and sometimes increase but can still be below the level identified as “positive” in our test, and other tests. This does not mean that a person has no protection against COVID-19, as an immune response does not rely on the presence of antibodies alone.

We also do not yet know exactly how much antibodies need to rise to give protection. A person’s T cell response will provide protection but is not detected by blood tests for antibodies. A person’s immune response is affected by a number of factors, including health conditions and age. Our blog gives further information on the link between antibodies and immunity and the vaccine programme.

While the daily official government figures provide the recorded actual numbers of vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 issued, our vaccination estimates are likely to be different from the official figures. This is because they are estimates based on a sample survey of reported vaccine status and are provided for context alongside our antibodies estimates. We control for the effect of ethnicity by post-stratifying our analysis by White and non-White ethnic groups, rather than individual ethnicities, because of our current sample size. This could result in differences between our survey estimates and the government figures in the numbers of vaccines received for some ethnic minority groups.

Importantly, our survey collects information from the population living in private households and does not include people living in communal establishments such as care homes, hospitals or prisons. The value of showing our estimates of vaccines alongside our estimates of people testing positive for antibodies is to illustrate the relationship between the two.

Differences between official figures and the estimates from this survey differ in scale across each of the four UK nations (some survey estimates are closer to the official reported figures than others) because of differences in reporting dates and the inclusion of National Immunisation Management System (NIMS)1 data for England. In addition, our sampling method for Northern Ireland is different to the other nations, inviting only people who have previously participated in a Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) survey, which could result in a sample of individuals who are more likely to get vaccinated. This should be taken into consideration if comparing vaccine and antibody estimates across the four nations, as vaccine status and antibody positivity are related.

In addition, as our analysis develops, our survey-based estimates will enable possible future analysis of people who have received a vaccine with other characteristics collected in the survey. Our blog provides more information on what the Office for National Statistics (ONS) can tell you about the COVID-19 vaccine programme.

Our methodology article provides further information around the survey design, how we process data, and how data are analysed. The study protocol specifies the research for the study. The Quality and Methodology Information details the strength and limitations of the data.

Notes for: Understanding antibodies, immunity and vaccination estimates

  1. National Immunisation Management System (NIMS) administrative data are used to validate Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey self-reported records of vaccination for England. The equivalent of this is currently not included for other countries meaning the estimates for Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland are produced only from Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey self-reported records of vaccination.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Aug.20: 2021:

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(BRUSSELS) N.I Protocol Report: The EU has paused its legal action against the UK for alleged breaches of the Northern Ireland Protocol #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.28: The legal action was started in March after the UK took unilateral action to change the implementation of the protocol: At that time the UK delayed new checks on food, parcels and pets entering Northern Ireland from Great Britain.

#AceDailyNews says ……Brexit Next: EU pauses legal action against UK over NI Protocol ‘breaches’ it said it was doing so to create the “necessary space” to consider UK proposals for reforming the deal.

By John Campbell
BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor

Lorries and shipping containers in Belfast Harbour

The Northern Ireland Protocol was agreed by the UK and EU to avoid a hard border in Ireland.

It does that by keeping Northern Ireland in the EU’s single market for goods.

That has created a new trade border in the Irish Sea, causing some difficulties in moving goods from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.

Last week, the UK published proposals for the protocol, which amounted to a request for a major renegotiation.

It also asked for a standstill period, which would involve pausing the legal action and extending so-called grace periods.

The EU has already said it will not renegotiate the protocol but will “consider any proposals that respect the principles” of the deal.

However, it has not ruled out the standstill period.

A European Commission spokesperson said: “With regards to the request for a standstill, the commission will carefully assess the new proposals made by the UK, in accordance with the necessary consultation procedures, both internally and with the European Parliament.

“In order to provide the necessary space to reflect on these issues and find durable solutions to the implementation of the protocol, we have decided at this stage not to move to the next stage of the infringement procedure, started in March.”

A government spokesperson said they had received a “constructive reply from the Commission”.

“We look forward to engaging in talks with the EU in the weeks ahead to progress the proposals in our command paper,” they added.

“As we set out in the Command Paper last week, significant changes are needed to ensure the Protocol is sustainable for future.”

Earlier, the EU published its proposals for simplifying some aspects of the protocol, including a plan for ensuring the continued supply of medicinesfrom Great Britain to Northern Ireland.

The proposals were previously announced in broad terms at the end of June, but the UK government said they do not go far enough.

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

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(BELFAST, N.I) DUP Leadership Report: Edwin Poots steps down and Paul Givan takes a temporary position as the only candidate now is Jeffrey Donaldson ….Third time lucky? #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.23: Edwin Poots announced his resignation last week after an internal party revolt, leaving the DUP looking for a third leader in a matter of weeks:

NORTHERN IRELAND: DUP Leadership: Sir Jeffrey Donaldson is only candidate: Lagan Valley MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson is the only candidate to succeed Edwin Poots as Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader after nominations closed at midday on Tuesday.

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson
Sir Jeffrey Donaldson is the only candidate for the DUP leadership

Sir Jeffrey’s name will go forward to the party’s electoral college, which is expected to meet on Saturday.

Anyone interested in the position had to submit their names to the party chairman Lord Morrow, backed by a proposer and a seconder.

After the meeting of the electoral college he will have to be ratified as party leader at a meeting of the DUP executive, which could take place next week. 

He would become the party’s fifth leader in its 50-year history: BBC News NI looks back at the six weeks that led to Edwin Poots being elected and then resigning as leader of the DUP

In a statement issued after the nomination process closed, Sir Jeffrey said he had the “vision to unite Northern Ireland and heal the divisions of the past”.

“The task ahead is great,” he said.

“I do not underestimate the challenge but I know the overwhelming majority of people who live here want Northern Ireland to keep moving forward.”

Sir Jeffrey has previously said he would leave Westminster to run for the Stormont assembly in order to be Northern Ireland’s first minister if he became DUP leader.

Such a move would mean a by-election would take place to fill his seat in Lagan Valley.

We know that Sir Jeffrey Donaldson wants to be Northern Ireland’s first minister so that means he needs to find a seat in the Stormont assembly.He will need to get his political ducks in a row to find a path from Westminster to Belfast.The clearest way is through the co-option process, which allows a party to replace an assembly member without a by-election, although it remains to be seen which constituency he would target.

There is no sign that the two DUP MLAs in his political powerbase of Lagan Valley – Paul Givan and Edwin Poots – will be stepping down anytime soon.The only obvious vacancy coming up in the near future is in Fermanagh and South Tyrone, the political home of Arlene Foster.Lord Morrow said the past few weeks had been “difficult for the party and mistakes have been made”.

The peer added: “Now is the time to move forward in a spirit of humility and mindful that our focus must be on serving the people whom we represent.”I look forward to the challenges of rebuilding and reconnecting in the time ahead.”Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis said he looked forward to working with Sir Jeffrey and the Stormont executive to “deliver on the shared interests of all the people of Northern Ireland”.’

‘Decisive action’Sir Jeffrey has already outlined his priorities and has said the number one issue is the dealing with the post-Brexit trade arrangements for Northern Ireland, known as the protocol.

The mechanism, which was part of the UK-EU Brexit deal, keeps Northern Ireland aligned with the EU single market for goods, ensuring free trade across the Irish border: However, it has placed additional restrictions on goods moving between Northern Ireland and Great Britain, prompting unionists to complain of there being an Irish Sea border.

On Tuesday, Sir Jeffrey said he wanted to speak to Prime Minister Boris Johnson about the protocol “at the earliest opportunity”.He said he would “emphasise that it is not realistic to expect stability when every unionist representative in the devolved institutions opposes the Northern Ireland Protocol”.”The government and those who claim to be protectors of peace and stability must step up and deal with the protocol in a manner which respects the constitutional and economic integrity of the United Kingdom,” he added: Who is the man set to be the DUP’s new leader?

Pacemaker Edwin Poots says there is a section of the DUP that struggled to accept he won the leadershipThe leadership vacancy arose when Mr Poots resigned after just 21 days in the position he took over from Arlene Foster.

He had defeated Sir Jeffrey in the party’s first leadership election on 14 May by 19 votes to 17.Mr Poots’ resignation came after he agreed a deal with Sinn Féin and the UK government over provisions for Irish language legislation.Sinn Féin had refused to nominate a deputy first minister unless such a commitment was made.Without nominations within seven days of Mrs Foster stepping down as first minister within the joint office, an election could have been called.A continued impasse could have led to a suspension of Stormont.A majority of DUP MPs and MLAs opposed Mr Poots’ plans to nominate Paul Givan as first minister in an internal revolt at a party meeting.Mr Poots was then summoned to a meeting of DUP officers on Thursday evening, after which he announced his resignation.Liam McBurney/PA WirePaul Givan looks set to be the shortest-serving first minister of Northern Ireland

Speaking in an interview with Sky News on Monday, he said: “There was a section in the party that struggled to accept that I won the election, that I won it democratically, I won it fairly.”That’s how things are now, that I’ve been forced into a resignation.”In terms of the support I received, it didn’t come from people that it should have and that’s just a reality that everybody knows.”Who is Sir Jeffrey Donaldson?PacemakerSir Jeffrey, born in Kilkeel, County Down, became politically active as a constituency agent for the South Down MP Enoch Powell (above, left) in the mid-1980s before working as a personal assistant to the former Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) leader James Molyneaux.

After James Molyneaux retired as an MP in 1997, Sir Jeffrey was voted as his successor as MP for Lagan Valley, retaining the seat through six subsequent elections: He is a member of the Orange Order and also served as a corporal in the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) during the Troubles.In 2003, following long-standing opposition to the Good Friday Agreement and the leadership of David Trimble, he announced he would leave the UUP, later joining the DUP, along with Arlene Foster and Norah Beare. He was appointed to the Privy Council, a body which advises the monarchy, in 2007 and stood down as an MLA for Lagan Valley in 2010.He was awarded a knighthood in 2016 for political service.Sir Jeffrey was defeated by 19 votes to 17 in the DUP leadership election to succeed Arlene Foster in May:

#AceNewsDEsk report ……..Published: June.23: 2021:

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(NORTHERN IRELAND) First Minister Report: Edwin Poots has resigned as leader of DUP after just 21 days in the job: It came after he agreed a deal with Sinn Féin and the Westminster government to ensure Paul Givan became Northern Ireland’s first minister #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.18: A majority of DUP members in the assembly wanted to delay the process and he faced an internal revolt at a party meeting.

NORTHERN IRELAND: DUP leader Edwin Poots resigns amid internal party revolt and earlier on Thursday, Paul Givan was nominated as the new first minister at Stormont while Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill returned as deputy first minister.

Edwin Poots
Edwin Poots left the meeting shortly after 20:00 BST on Thursday

Mr Poots, who took over from Arlene Foster in May, narrowly defeated Sir Jeffrey Donaldson in a leadership vote.

The BBC understands a motion of no confidence was mentioned but not tabled at the meeting of DUP officers.

Party sources described the meeting as “robust” and said it had become clear Mr Poots knew he had to resign.

It is thought the process to appoint his successor could move “at pace”, according to one DUP figure. 

For 21 days, Edwin Poots was living the dream, leading the party his father helped found, the party he joined as a teenager. His DNA was DUP, but nobody could have predicted how quickly the dream turned sour. He grabbed power by insisting he would be a “listening leader” for his assembly colleagues (MLAs) who had felt their voices weren’t heard during the Foster years.

But ironically, his downfall was sealed when those same MLAs were ignored by their new leader.They demanded that Edwin Poots stall the nomination of Paul Givan as first minister, but he didn’t listen. His fate was sealed and his dream was short lived. In a statement, Mr Poots said: “I have asked the Party Chairman to commence an electoral process within the Party to allow for a new leader of the Democratic Unionist Party to be elected.”

The Party has asked me to remain in post until my successor is elected.”This has been a difficult period for the Party and the country and I have conveyed to the Chairman my determination to do everything I can to ensure both Unionism and Northern Ireland is able to move forward to a stronger place.”Reaction as DUP leader Edwin Poots resignsDUP revolt over first minister confirmationWho is Edwin Poots?

Responding to the news, a Sinn Féin spokesperson said the DUP leadership was “a matter for that party”.Mr Poots leaves Thursday’s meeting, surrounded by mediaIn a statement they added: “Sinn Féin has worked for weeks to bring stability to the executive.”We have monumental challenges ahead that will require unity of purpose and urgency. They include tackling the totally unacceptable hospital waiting lists that have left people crucified, in pain and without hope.”

That is our focus and should remain the focus of all ministers in the executive.”‘Soap opera’The nationalist Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) leader Colum Eastwood tweeted that he was “sick of this soap opera”.”We’re in the middle of a pandemic, waiting lists are sky rocketing, our economy is in crisis. Maybe it’s time for some grown up politics.”Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) leader, Doug Beattie said the situation was “inevitable”. “It doesn`t matter who the leader of the DUP is because they will face the same critical issues which were negotiated and agreed on their watch,” he added.

The planned North South Ministerial Council meeting in Armagh will now not be going ahead on Friday, the Irish government has said. “Given political developments in Northern Ireland today, tomorrow’s NSMC Plenary meeting has been postponed at the request of the northern side,” a statement read.Emma Pengelly and Prof Jon Tonge said mistakes had been made in Mr Poots’ leadershipFormer DUP MP and Arlene Foster’s special adviser Emma Little-Pengelly told BBC NI’s The View that there had been “monumental mistakes” for his leadership.She said Mr Poots had been “keen” to take the leadership and to effect change.She said it had been difficult for him but “he had no actual plan or strategy for how he was going to address issues in the party”.”

The legacy of his leadership is that the secretary of state and UK government will underwrite the Irish Language legislation and cultural package.”Prof Jon Tonge, of Liverpool University, who has written extensively about the DUP told the programme Mr Poots should have been better prepared.”We knew what was coming from Sinn Féin – they wanted New Decade New Approach to be implemented and he should have been prepared for that, squared his party off, knowing Sinn Féin would smell blood as the DUP would be petrified by an election.”That’s how he has ended up where he is now – by not bringing his party with him and those assembly members who supported him weeks ago – deserted him in droves – his position was untenable from this morning.”

Pacemaker Paul Givan and Michelle O’Neill were confirmed as first and deputy first ministers during a special meeting of the assembly on Thursday Mr Poots had named Mr Givan as the party’s choice to replace Mrs Foster as first minister, while Sinn Féin said Ms O’Neill would resume her post as deputy first minister.

The vast majority of DUP assembly members (MLAs) – 24 to four – voted against Mr Poots nominating Mr Givan as first minister, during a meeting ahead of the special assembly sitting.Sinn Féin had wanted commitments from the DUP over a timetable for implementing Irish language legislation, as set out in the New Decade, New Approach deal (NDNA) that restored power sharing in January 2020.

The party called on Brandon Lewis to bring in Irish language legislation via Westminster.Mr Poots had said he was committed to implementing all of the NDNA commitments, including those around Irish language, but not necessarily before the end of the current assembly mandate in May 2022.When a deal was reached in the early hours of Thursday, Mr Lewis said he was “disappointed” the Stormont executive had not brought Irish language legislation forward in the assembly.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: June.18: 2021:

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(NORTHERN IRELAND) JUST IN: A major incident has been declared as firefighters struggle to bring a wildfire in the Mourne Mountains under control since Saturday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.25: Fire crews have spent a second day tackling the blaze which has engulfed a large area in County Down from Bloody Bridge, across Thomas Mountain and the base of Slieve Donard, Northern Ireland’s highest mountain:

Major incident declared as wildfire ravages Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland AS Firefighters are struggling to tackle the blaze in the difficult mountainous terrain

Photo taken with permission from the Twitter feed of @DeeJayDready showing a huge gorse fire spreading across the Mourne Mountains in Co Down, as seen from Newcastle, Co Down. The fire in the Slieve Donard area has been ongoing since the early hours of Friday morning, with up to 60 firefighters and 12 appliances battling the blaze. Issue date: Saturday April 24, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story ULSTER Mournes. Photo credit should read: @DeeJayDready/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

A major incident has been declared in Northern Ireland as firefighters tackle blaze in the Mourne Moutains. (Photo:@DeeJayDready/PA Wire) INEWS

Smoke and flames rise from a wildfire in the Mourne Mountains, near Newcastle, Northern Ireland, April 24, 2021. REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff

The public have been warned to stay away from an area normally popular with visitors.

i’s guide to helping the planet in your everyday life 

The fire started in the Slieve Donard area, not far from filming locations used in the fantasy series Game of Thrones, in the early hours of Friday morning.

However, difficult terrain is making it hard for the 70 firefighters and 10 fire appliances currently at the site to gain control of the blaze.

A major incident command centre has been established in Newcastle with helicopters brought in from England and Ireland to tackle the fire.

Aidan Jennings, Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service Assistant Fire Commander said: “This is undoubtedly one of the most challenging gorse fires firefighters have ever had to deal with.

“It’s really devastating to see an incident of this scale. 

“Our Firefighters are working in intense conditions, in challenging terrain and I commend them for the valiant efforts to date.”

Dry weather has created “a tinderbox landscape” but wildfires such as this one are “predominantly caused by human behaviour”, said Mr Jennings.Smoke and flames rise from the wildfire in the Mourne Mountains. (Photo: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters)

Firefighters are having to travel for an hour-and-a-half up the mountain carrying equipment to get water to the scene of the blaze.

“We’re working with small pumps out of rivers but predominantly it is a physical, hard, beating out job up there”, said Mr Jennings, “We use Land Rovers to get crews up as far as we can, but then it’s out on foot, walking up with all of that equipment.”

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Arlene Foster said it was “devastating and tragic.”

She tweeted: “The impact on wildlife and flora is unimaginable. Full support to those battling the flames.”

The UK government’s Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis described the scenes as “deeply distressing”.

Edwin Poots, Northern Ireland’s environment minister, said horrifying damage is being done over a wide spread area, particularly to wildlife and biodiversity.

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

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‘ Orange Order Twelfth Parade Celebrations Passes Without Incident ‘

#AceWorldNewsNORTHERN IRELAND – July 12 – Tens of thousands of Orangemen and women are taking part in 12 July celebrations across Northern Ireland.

 

There were no incidents as a feeder parade passed a sectarian flashpoint at shops in Ardoyne in north Belfast.

The main Belfast parade has made its way through the city centre where there is a large police presence.

All the parades stopped for six minutes in protest at the Parades Commission determination on the return of the north Belfast feeder parade.

There was a small protest outside St Patrick‘s Catholic Church in Donegall Street, where bands played a drum beat rather than hymns or loyalist tunes.

 

The 12 July is traditionally the biggest day in the Protestant marching season – running from April to August – with main 17 parades and several feeder parades taking place this year.

They mark King William III‘s victory over Catholic King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.

While most parades proceed without incident, some that pass nationalist areas are controversial.

Around 20 residents stood outside Ardoyne shops in north Belfast as the Orange Order parade passed on Saturday morning.

The residents said they were there to observe, not to protest, and the march was not obstructed.
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` Northern Ireland Hotel Damaged in Bomb Attack No Casualties Reported '

#AceBreakingNews – NORTHERN IRELAND (Londonderry) – May 30 – A Northern Ireland hotel was damaged in a bombing late on Thursday that politicians said was an attempt to drag the province back to its bloody past, but there were no injuries.

(Irish Times) – The device was thrown into the reception of the Everglades Hotel in the Prehen area of Derry by a masked man last night.

A 1998 peace deal largely ended three decades of violence in Northern Ireland between Protestants who want to remain British and Catholics favouring unification with Ireland, but pockets of division and sporadic violence remain. A device packed into a holdall bag started a fire after it was thrown into the reception of the luxury Everglades Hotel in Londonderry. Staff managed to evacuate the hotel before the device exploded, “undoubtedly preventing a tragedy”, a Northern Ireland police spokesman said.

The bomb went off while disposal experts were trying to defuse it. It was the first attack in Northern Ireland since the bombing of a shopping mall in November and there was no immediate claim of responsibility or explanation of why the hotel was targeted.

“So many people are working hard to move the city forward, but those behind this device are trying to drag us back to the worst times,” local member of parliament Mark Durkan of the republican SDLP party said in a statement.

Northern Ireland deputy first minister Martin McGuinness of Sinn Fein, once a leading figure in the Irish Republican Army (IRA), condemned the attack and said his home-town of Londonderry would not be held back by those living in the past.

In the past two weeks, police in the Irish Republic have seized two substantial bombs and made a series of arrests before the devices could be shipped across the border into Northern Ireland for use.

The hotel attack came hours after a new Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland was appointed.

BBC News – Irish Times

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World Health Organization’s Ranking of the World’s Health Systems

Some people fancy all health care debates to be a case of Canadian Health Care vs. American. Not so. According to the World Health Organization’s ranking of the world’s health systems, neither Canada nor the USA ranks in the top 25.

Improving the Canadian Healthcare System does not mean we must emulate the American system, but it may mean that perhaps we can learn from countries that rank better than both Canada and the USA at keeping their citizens healthy.

Note: My Country, Scotland ALWAYS gets thrown in with the British average. Scottish NHS (National Health Service) is a lot better than England’s

Big ambitions: Scotland’s health service is aiming high while staying true to its foundations
http://www.holyrood.com/2012/03/big-ambitions-scotlands-health-service-is-aiming-high-while-staying-true-to-its-foundations/

World Health Organization Ranking; The World’s Health Systems

1 France
2 Italy
3 San Marino
4 Andorra
5 Malta
6 Singapore
7 Spain
8 Oman
9 Austria
10 Japan
11 Norway
12 Portugal
13 Monaco
14 Greece
15 Iceland
16 Luxembourg
17 Netherlands
18 United Kingdom – (England)
19 Ireland
20 Switzerland
21 Belgium
22 Colombia
23 Sweden
24 Cyprus
25 Germany
26 Saudi Arabia
27 United Arab Emirates
28 Israel
29 Morocco
30 Canada
31 Finland
32 Australia
33 Chile
34 Denmark
35 Dominica
36 Costa Rica
37 USA
38 Slovenia
39 Cuba
40 Brunei
41 New Zealand
42 Bahrain
43 Croatia
44 Qatar
45 Kuwait
46 Barbados
47 Thailand
48 Czech Republic
49 Malaysia
50 Poland
51 Dominican Republic
52 Tunisia
53 Jamaica
54 Venezuela
55 Albania
56 Seychelles
57 Paraguay
58 South Korea
59 Senegal
60 Philippines
61 Mexico
62 Slovakia
63 Egypt
64 Kazakhstan 65 Uruguay
66 Hungary
67 Trinidad and Tobago
68 Saint Lucia
69 Belize
70 Turkey
71 Nicaragua
72 Belarus
73 Lithuania
74 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
75 Argentina
76 Sri Lanka
77 Estonia
78 Guatemala
79 Ukraine
80 Solomon Islands
81 Algeria
82 Palau
83 Jordan
84 Mauritius
85 Grenada
86 Antigua and Barbuda
87 Libya
88 Bangladesh
89 Macedonia
90 Bosnia-Herzegovina
91 Lebanon
92 Indonesia
93 Iran
94 Bahamas
95 Panama
96 Fiji
97 Benin
98 Nauru
99 Romania
100 Saint Kitts and Nevis
101 Moldova
102 Bulgaria
103 Iraq
104 Armenia
105 Latvia
106 Yugoslavia
107 Cook Islands
108 Syria
109 Azerbaijan
110 Suriname
111 Ecuador
112 India
113 Cape Verde
114 Georgia
115 El Salvador
116 Tonga
117 Uzbekistan
118 Comoros
119 Samoa
120 Yemen
121 Niue
122 Pakistan
123 Micronesia
124 Bhutan
125 Brazil
126 Bolivia
127 Vanuatu 128 Guyana
129 Peru
130 Russia
131 Honduras
132 Burkina Faso
133 Sao Tome and Principe
134 Sudan
135 Ghana
136 Tuvalu
137 Ivory Coast
138 Haiti
139 Gabon
140 Kenya
141 Marshall Islands
142 Kiribati
143 Burundi
144 China
145 Mongolia
146 Gambia
147 Maldives
148 Papua New Guinea
149 Uganda
150 Nepal
151 Kyrgystan
152 Togo
153 Turkmenistan
154 Tajikistan
155 Zimbabwe
156 Tanzania
157 Djibouti
158 Eritrea
159 Madagascar
160 Vietnam
161 Guinea
162 Mauritania
163 Mali
164 Cameroon
165 Laos
166 Congo
167 North Korea
168 Namibia
169 Botswana
170 Niger
171 Equatorial Guinea
172 Rwanda
173 Afghanistan
174 Cambodia
175 South Africa
176 Guinea-Bissau
177 Swaziland
178 Chad
179 Somalia
180 Ethiopia
181 Angola
182 Zambia
183 Lesotho
184 Mozambique
185 Malawi
186 Liberia
187 Nigeria
188 Democratic Republic of the Congo
189 Central African Republic
190 Myanmar

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Man Arrested over Shooting of ` Tommy Crossan ‘ IRA Who was Killed on Good Friday Anniversary ‘

#AceUKNews – NORTHERN IRELAND – April 19 – A 26-year-old man has been arrested in Northern Ireland after the shooting of a prominent republican hard-liner. Tommy Crossan, a senior member of the Continuity IRA, was fatally shot on Friday afternoon in west Belfast.

Tommy Crossan, a former leading figure in the Continuity IRA (CIRA) was gunned down in an office at a fuel depot in the grounds of an industrial complex on Friday.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said the arrested man was held in west Belfast by officers from its Serious Crime Branch and is being questioned at a police station in Antrim.

A priest attended to pray over Crossan, 43, after he was shot in West Belfast, an area long known as a republican heartland but which has been relatively peaceful in recent years, following the end of the IRA campaign in 1998.

Alex Attwood, West Belfast MLA for the nationalist Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), suggested three gunmen carried out the killing and detectives are examining the possibility that rival republican dissidents were involved in the murder.

Crossan had been strongly opposed to the 1998 peace deal. Northern Ireland has been predominantly peaceful since the signing of the Good Friday agreement.

However, there have been occasional outbreaks of sectarian violence, which have intensified over the past 18 months.

More than 3,600 have died in sectarian troubles between Catholic Irish nationalists and union protestants who wish to remain part of the UK since the ‘troubles’ began in the 1960’s.

Ace Related News:
1. Man Arrested over Killing of Tommy Crossan http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/10775910/Man-held-over-killing-of-former-Continuity-IRA-leader.html

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` Seamus Daly has been Charged with Involvement in the ` Omagh Bombing ‘ in 1998 Killing 29 People ‘

AceBreakingNews – BRITAIN – April 10 – (BBC) – One of four men ordered to pay more than £1.5m in damages to the families of those killed in the Omagh bombing has been charged with involvement in the attack.

The Real IRA bomb that killed 29 people in 1998 was the worst single atrocity of the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

Seamus Daly, 43, from Culloville in County Monaghan, was arrested on Monday in Newry, County Down.

He was charged on Thursday in connection with the attack.

No-one has ever been convicted of carrying out the bombing in a criminal court.

However, relatives of some of the victims brought a civil action against five men they claimed were responsible, including Seamus Daly.

The court ruled that he and three of the others were responsible, and they were later ordered to pay more than £1.5m in damages.

Among those killed in the attack was a woman pregnant with twins.

Seamus Daly has always denied any involvement in the bombing.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-26976719

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