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#AceNewsReport – May.05: Todays selection of posts from across our publishing panel, Twitter & Telegram with Kindness & Love❤️

Scotland’s papers: Election polls and veterans ‘witch hunt’

The Metro reports on two polls that are indicating a majority for the SNP, but with only 43% of voters saying they want an independence referendum in the next five years: The Metro is looking at data from YouGov for The Times and Opinium for Sky News:

May.05, 2021: @acenewsservices

The SNP is facing its worst result since 2007 according to polling in The Scotsman. It writes that the party is set for a “shock result” that will leave it short of a majority, in the poll conducted by Savanta ComRes for the newspaper.

The Herald
The majority of Scots who support holding another independence referendum want it to be held after the pandemic is over, according to The Herald. It is among many of Scotland’s papers discussing election polls, the day before the Holyrood vote.

The Scottish Daily Mail says there are “just 24 hours left to block the SNP” as it looks at polling data ahead of election day. It says the prospect of a Holyrood majority for Nicola Sturgeon’s party is “on a knife edge” as leaders faced each other in the final TV debate on the BBC last night.Calls for the “witch hunt” of soldiers who served in Northern Ireland to stop is the front page of The Scottish Daily Express.

Two former paratrooper who served during the Troubles were acquitted on Tuesday of the murder of an Official IRA man 50 years ago: The Northern Ireland veterans “witch hunt” is also the lead in the Daily Telegraph: The paper says campaigners and military leaders have demanded an end to prosecutions after the first of a series of trials “collapsed in just six days”.Support for Scottish independence “slips back” to 45%, the same level as 2014, according to a YouGov poll for The Times.

The paper also writes about calls to protect Northern Ireland veterans after the “farcical” collapse of the trial in Belfast: A mum who was jailed for six years for neglect after her daughter starved to death “in squalor” has been given a prison cleaning job, writes the Scottish Sun. It says her relatives are in “horror over her ploy” to get early parole.

The i newspaper writes that the UK’s “holiday list” for quarantine-free travel will be released on Friday: It says the Scottish government may advise against travel abroad for “slightly longer” than the UK government.

The National front page asks whether Douglas Ross is the “worst leader ever?”. It says the Scottish Conservative leaders was “on the ropes” during last night’s BBC leaders’ debate.A former surgeon “exposed himself” on a balcony amid a “bitter planning dispute” with his neighbours, writes The Courier as it reports on a trial at Dundee Sheriff Court.A man is missing and feared dead after a late-night blaze reduced a house to rubble at the village of Dores near Inverness, reports the Press and Journal.

Plans for a new city centre complex with offices, flats and retail will create 900 jobs in Dundee, writes the Evening Telegraph.Edinburgh council chiefs have refused to reveal the names of officials on a panel reviewing the city’s historic links to slavery, fearing they will become targets for abuse, reports the Edinburgh Evening News. It says the man leading the probe, Sir Geoff Palmer, has labelled the abusers as “minnows”.

The Evening Express says “ambitious plans” to transform the site of a former BHS store in Aberdeen have been revealed by the city council.The Glasgow Times reports on a probe into a “huge blaze” in Glasgow city centre and says that police are appealing for witnesses.”Break it to us gently, Nasa” is the headline in the Daily Star, which reports that scientists have warned that the planet has ” no chance of surviving an asteroid collision”

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#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: May.05: 2021:

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(SCOTLAND) #Coronavirus University of Glasgow Report: Scottish scientists have identified two cases where humans are thought to have passed #COVID19 to their cats #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Apr.27: Researchers at the University of Glasgow said both cats developed the virus after their owners:

#CoronavirusNewsDesk – Scientists find more evidence of human-to-cat transmission: They were of different breeds and lived in separate households. One displayed mild symptoms but the other had to be put down.

Scientists now want to improve understanding of whether pets can play a role in infecting humans: The cases were found as part of a screening programme of the feline population in the UK: Researchers believe both pets were infected by their owners, who had Covid-19 symptoms before the cats became unwell.

Ragdoll kitten
The first case was a four-month-old Ragdoll kitten (stock photo)

The study, published in the Veterinary Record, said there is currently no evidence of cat-to-human transmission or that cats, dogs or other domestic animals play any appreciable role in the epidemiology of human Covid infections.

But the scientists said domestic animals could potentially act as a “viral reservoir” allowing continued transmission, and said it was important to improve understanding of whether pets can play a role in infecting humans.

‘Relatively low risk’

Prof Margaret Hosie, from the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research who was lead author of the study, said: “These two cases of human-to-animal transmission, found in the feline population in the UK, demonstrate why it is important that we improve our understanding of animal Sars-CoV-2 infection.

“Currently, animal-to-human transmission represents a relatively low risk to public health in areas where human-to-human transmission remains high.

“However, as human cases decrease, the prospect of transmission among animals becomes increasingly important as a potential source of Sars-CoV-2 reintroduction to humans.”

She added: “It is therefore important to improve our understanding of whether exposed animals could play any role in transmission.”

Getty ImagesThere have been reports of cats from Covid-positive households in countries including Hong Kong, Belgium, the USA, France and Spain

Researchers at the centre worked in partnership with the Veterinary Diagnostic Service (VDS) at the university’s School of Veterinary Medicine on the study.

The first cat was a four-month-old female Ragdoll kitten from a household in which the owner developed symptoms that were consistent with Covid at the end of March 2020, although they were not tested.

The kitten was taken to a vet with breathing difficulties in April 2020 but its condition deteriorated and it later had to be put down.

Post-mortem lung samples revealed damage consistent with a viral pneumonia and there was evidence of Sars-CoV-2 infection.

Mild symptoms

The second cat was a six-year-old female Siamese from a household where one owner tested positive for Covid-19.

The cat was taken to the vet with nasal discharge and conjunctivitis, but its symptoms remained mild and the cat later recovered.

Covid-19 infection was confirmed in a retrospective survey of swabs submitted to VDS between March and July 2020 for routine pathogen testing.

Scientists believe the two cases are likely to be an underestimate of the true frequency of human-to-animal transmission, as animal testing is limited.

MRCThe study was led from the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research

Since the pandemic began there have been reports of cats from Covid-positive households in countries including Hong Kong, Belgium, the USA, France and Spain that tested positive for the virus and were presumed to be infected from their owners.

Prof James Wood, head of the Department of Veterinary Medicine at Cambridge University said: “These are important and interesting findings, adding to the body of evidence that humans can infect their pets, in some cases, as here, leading to clinical disease in the animals.

“Cats and dogs have been reported to be infected. This is a high quality study, including whole genome sequencing to confirm transmission links.”

The study was funded by the Wellcome ISSF Covid Response Fund and supported by the Medical Research Council. 

#AceHealthDesk report ………Published: Apr.27: 2021:

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(SCOTLAND) Remembers Prince Phillip with a minutes silence & gun salute at Edinburgh Castle as his funeral begins at St. George’s chapel in Windsor Castle at 15:00hrs local time #AceNewsDesk report

Duke of Edinburgh: Scotland to fall silent to remember Prince Philip: A gun salute at Edinburgh Castle will mark the beginning and end of the national pause for reflection at 15:00 & at Prince Philip’s former school – Gordonstoun in Moray – pupils will fall silent for three minutes in tribute’

#AceNewsReport – Apr.17: Prince Philip’s long association with Scotland began with his schooldays in Moray and continued with family trips to Balmoral in Aberdeenshire every summer.

Published: 2 hours ago:

Duke of Edinburgh

Getty Images: Duke of Edinburgh was fond of Scotland and enjoyed attending the Braemar Gathering highland games

The duke died at Windsor Castle on Friday 9 April, aged 99. He was married to the Queen for 73 years. 

photograph shared by the Queen ahead of his funeral shows the couple smiling at the top of Coyles of Muick – a beauty spot close to the Scottish estate – in 2003. 

Countess of WessexThe photograph of the couple was taken by the Countess of Wessex and published on the Royal Family’s Twitter account

A series of events are planned across Scotland to mark the day of the duke’s funeral. 

Young sailors on board Gordonstoun school’s 80ft training boat, Ocean Spirit of Moray, will lay a wreath off the coast of Hopeman harbour, where the young Prince Philip learned to sail. 

On the shore, a lone student piper will play whilst displaying the Duke of Edinburgh’s coat of arms on a banner presented to the Gordonstoun pipe band by the Queen in 2019. 

In Aberdeen, a beach sand artist will create a large sand picture of the duke. 

Elsewhere, the Royal Standard will be raised at the peak of Ben Nevis by members of the Outward Bound Trust to mark the duke’s support of the charity. 

The trust will also raise flags at Snowdon in Wales, and Scafell Pike in the Lake District. 

Seven Scottish Cup fourth-round ties have been moved to avoid a clash with the funeral, including the Rangers v Celtic match which will now be held on Sunday.

In horse racing, the Scottish Grand National at Ayr has also been delayed by 24 hours from its traditional Saturday slot.

Major B Varvill RAMCPrince Philip at the helm of Diligent when he was around 15

Meanwhile new pictures of the duke sailing a boat during his teenage years at Gordonstoun have been released. 

Philip was captured on camera in 1937 – when he would have been around 15 – at the helm of one of Gordonstoun’s boats, a two-mast, 14-ton boat named Diligent.

In another shot, he grins at the cameraman while helping with the washing up.

Philip’s time at the prestigious boarding school under the eye of his eccentric headmaster Dr Kurt Hahn, inspired him to start his Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.

The images were taken by the great-uncle of a former pupil, who then contacted the school.

Major B Varvill RAMCAnother previously unseen image shows a young Prince Philip doing the washing up

On Friday, Gordonstoun pupils took part in an early-morning run by way of tribute to Philip.

Morning runs were compulsory at the school until the 1990s and more than 100 students and staff, in household groups, ran a 3.5km route from Gordonstoun House to the nearby coastguard watchtower which Philip reopened in 1955.

The watchtower replaced a wooden hut which the duke, a member of the “Watchers” – a precursor to the Coastguard – helped build in 1935. 

The Duke of Edinburgh’s affinity with the north east of Scotland has also been highlighted by the minister of Crathie Kirk, the church used by the royal family when at Balmoral Castle.

Rev Kenneth MacKenzie is the minister of the parish of Braemar and Crathie and domestic chaplain to the Queen, who visits the church for Sunday services with members of her family, when staying at the castle.

He said: “Over the last few days, many different tribes and nations have, with some justification, laid claim to the duke, and while I seek no argument with those who claim that he was ‘thoroughly European’, ‘archetypically British’, ‘adopted by the Commonwealth’, ‘Baptised Orthodox’, ‘Confirmed Anglican’ or whatever – let me try to set the record straight.

“I think HRH The Duke of Edinburgh was one of us.”

Rev McKenzie added he was a “man of faith with an active and enquiring mind” and said he had a keen interest in the church a national and institutional level, including the decisions and discussions of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

The minister recalled: “He was never slow to question how this ‘so-called faith’ was being lived out in any given parish and community – and speaking for myself, I loved him for it.”

How to follow the funeral on the BBC TV and radio

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh Remembered: BBC One, Friday 16 April, 19:00-20:05

The Funeral of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh: BBC One, Saturday 17 April, 12:30-16:20 and 20:10-21:10

The funeral will also be broadcast on Saturday 17 April from 14:00-16:10 on Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live, BBC World Service English, BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio Ulster. 

It will also be broadcast on BBC Radio Wales and BBC local radio with some variation in start times.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Apr.17: 2021:

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(EDINBURGH) #Coronavirus Report: More than two million people are spending their first day living under the toughest #Covid19 restrictions as town-centre streets are empty 5-weeks before Christmas #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Nov.22; Level four rules for 11 council areas came into force at 18:00 on Friday, when travel curbs in level three and four areas also became law: Non-essential shops, hospitality, hairdressers and gyms will remain closed until 11 December: Less than five weeks before Christmas, main shopping streets were unusually quiet:

#Coronavirus Report: #Covid19 in Scotland: Streets empty on day one of level 4 lockdown until Dec.11: just 14 days before Christmas Day according to BBC Scotland

Glasgow's Buchanan Street
Saturday afternoon in Glasgow’s Buchanan Street is rarely this quiet

The Scottish government has said the restrictions are necessary to drive down stubbornly high rates of the virus: Saturday’s daily coronavirus figures showed 887 positive cases and 37 newly-reported deaths in the past 24 hours. Across Scotland, 100 patients were in intensive care, a rise of 12 since Friday: Of the new cases, 234 were in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 246 in Lanarkshire, and 140 in Lothian.

‘Risks are not zero’

Nicola Sturgeon said on Friday that while infection rates have stabilised in recent weeks, they remained at a stubbornly high level in some areas: She said the new restrictions would help infection rates come down further before the Christmas period, paving the way for a possible easing: “ The fact is the fewer people who are in the population who have Covid by the time we get to Christmas, the lower the risk of people being infected with it during that period,” she said: “ It’s very important for me to be clear that the risks would not be zero – which is why we must be very careful about any relaxation over Christmas and people will have to think carefully themselves, even with any relaxation, about what they want to do or not.”…………

On Thursday, Ms Sturgeon said the chief medical officers of the UK nations had been tasked with developing a “concrete” proposal for household mixing at Christmas, details of which could be revealed next week: Ms Sturgeon also said the new travel restrictions were “vital” to ensure there is no need for a national lockdown.Staff outnumbered passengers at Queen Street Station as travel restrictions took effect: People in level three and four areas must not travel outside their council area, except for essential purposes such as work and healthcare, and people living elsewhere must not travel into these areas except for essential purposes: She urged Scots to abide by the new regulations, which could see a £60 fine levied against those who violate the rules unless they have a “reasonable excuse”, such as caring responsibilities or a hospital appointment:

National Clinical Director Jason Leitch said the actions people in level four areas take now will dictate which restrictions are in place in the new year: He said: “When you think about Christmas you should also think of the consequences that will have for January. If the virus spreads between households on Christmas day and Boxing day or whenever, of course, that will have a run-in effect to January: “ People will catch the virus at Christmas and then some of them will be hospitalised and be in intensive care in January. That’s what we need to avoid. The principal way to avoid that is to get prevalence down and have a safe Christmas.”

The stricter rules apply to 2.3 million people across East Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow, West Dunbartonshire, North and South Lanarkshire, East and South Ayrshire, Stirling and West Lothian: Virus rates in these areas last week ranged from 158 new cases per 100,000 people in West Lothian to 277 in Glasgow – all of which were above the Scotland-wide rate of 140 cases per 100,000.

The UK government-funded centre will be operated by facilities company Mitie in the St Francis Community Centre in the Gorbals: It is the third to open in the city, and one of 14 operating across Scotland out of 22 promised by Westminster:

As bars and restaurants closed their doors once again under virus measures, opposition parties called for more support for the industry to help save jobs: Nicola Sturgeon has promised a £30m fund for businesses in level four areas: But Labour jobs spokesman Alex Rowley said the proposals fell short of what was required and he urged the first minister to bring forward proposals for more extensive support next week.

#AceHealthDesk report ……….Published: Nov.22:2020:

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‘ David Cameron Behind Closed Doors Discusses Political Fall-Out of Scottish Referendum ‘

#AceNewsServices – LONDON – September 22 – British Prime Minister David Cameron sought Monday to limit the divisive political fallout following the Scottish referendum, gathering senior Conservatives at his official country retreat to placate anger over promises made to Scotland to keep it in the United Kingdom.

Here is a guide to the issues being discussed:

' What is the English Question '

‘ What is the English Question ‘

' What does this mean for Scotland '

‘ What does this mean for Scotland ‘

' Who loses !!!

‘ Who loses !!!

#ans2014, #britain, #conservatives, #london, #scotland, #united-kingdom

‘ Row Over Plan to Ban Scottish MP’s Voting on English Law Erupts ‘

#AceNewsServices – SCOTLAND – September 22 – A row over plans to ban Scottish MPs from voting on English laws has threatened to derail Labour’s final party conference before the general election Telegraph reported.

' Screenshot of Video Watch Miliband Squirm '

‘ Screenshot of Video Watch Miliband Squirm ‘  ‘ Video at this Link ‘  

Ed Miliband refused 13 times to say whether he would back plans set out by the Prime Minister for “home rule” in England in the wake of the Scottish independence referendum.

The Labour leader has been backed into a corner over the issue after he signed up to a “vow” alongside Mr Cameron and Nick Clegg to give Scotland greater powers over tax and welfare ahead of the independence referendum.

After having supported new powers for Scotland, Mr Miliband is faced with campaigning against devolution in England because it could leave him unable to form a parliamentary majority.

Labour has 40 Scottish MPs and would be left with the possibility of being unable to secure a parliamentary majority on English issues such as the Budget if they are banned from taking part in votes.


#home-rule, #budget, #david-cameron, #english, #labour, #mps, #nick-clegg, #scotland, #scottish, #scottish-independence-referendum

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.



#david-cameron, #devolution, #ed-miliband, #england, #scotland

‘ Damning Evidence Showing YES/NO Vote Was Rigged ‘

#AceNewsServices – SCOTLAND – September 21 – There is damning evidence that shows that this vote was rigged. 

Courtesy of DAHBOO77

Just from the video and the pictures alone, we can see errors!

Can you imagine how much is wrong?

This is the Best Video proof you will also ever get showing the votes were changed to NO on purpose!


#aceworldnews, #scotland

‘ Scotland’s First Step Towards Independence Spurs Other Countries Forward Not Backward ‘

#AceNewsServices – EUROPE – September 19 – The Scots have lost their stab at independence by a tiny 10-percent margin. Analysts predicted that only a ‘yes’ vote would send waves throughout Europe, but the dire economic situation of other independence-seeking regions can’t be eclipsed so easily.

People hold "estelada" flags, Catalan separatist flags, during a gathering to mark the Calatalonia day "Diada" in central Barcelona September 11, 2014. (Reuters / Albert Gea)

People hold “estelada” flags, Catalan separatist flags, during a gathering to mark the Calatalonia day “Diada” in central Barcelona September 11, 2014. (Reuters / Albert Gea)

In a historic referendum on Thursday, Scotland voted 55 to 45 percent to stay in the four-nation United Kingdom.

Pro independence demonstrators carry a big Ikurrina (Basque flag) as they protest in favour of the Basque flag (Ikurrina) and against the Spanish flag during the local festivities of the northern Spanish Basque city of Bilbao (AFP Photo / Rafa Rivas)

Pro independence demonstrators carry a big Ikurrina (Basque flag) as they protest in favour of the Basque flag (Ikurrina) and against the Spanish flag during the local festivities of the northern Spanish Basque city of Bilbao (AFP Photo / Rafa Rivas)

This ‘yes’ vote, many have said, would become a major precedent for others to follow – but can this apparent loss by an already prosperous Scotland serve as a demotivator for others? After all, according to the Venetians, or the Catalans, the far more centralized nature of their own main governments – just one factor to consider here – puts them in a markedly different situation to that of Scotland.

Members of the Flemish nationalist group Voorpost (Outpost) demonstrate calling for independence for the Flemish part of Belgium in Rhode-Saint-Genest, near Brussels (AFP Photo / Dominique Faget)

Members of the Flemish nationalist group Voorpost (Outpost) demonstrate calling for independence for the Flemish part of Belgium in Rhode-Saint-Genest, near Brussels (AFP Photo / Dominique Faget)

Catalonia’s secession movement has been growing in Spain for decades. The region has its own unique language, culture, cuisine, and architecture.

For the third year in a row, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Barcelona, Catalonia’s capital, on September 11 demanding the right to vote on independence.



SCOTLAND: ‘ NO Voters Win and Promises Made for Devolution But Already Being Sold Out Again ‘

#AceNewsServices – SCOTLAND (Edingburgh) – September 19 – Following a long night that brought floods of relief for some and bitter disappointment for others, Scotland awoke with a hangover Friday after voting to reject independence.

Now, the task was to heal the divide – and use the energy the referendum unleashed to hold London politicians to promises of more powers for Scotland.

If only take a look at this ………

' Miliband Sells Scotland Down the River '

‘ Miliband Sells Scotland Down the River ‘ 

And this as well ………………… 

Countless evidences of fraud during the recent Scottish Referendum have come to light, including two counts of votes being moved in bulk into a No pile, Yes votes clearly being seen in no piles and strange occurrences with dual fire alarms and clear cut fraud in Glasgow.

We demand a re-vote be taken of said referendum, where each vote shall be counted by two individuals, one of whom should be an international impartial party without a stake in the vote.

35,000 and counting ………..LinkAS Revote -Screenshot from 2014-09-19 15:22:00

So YES voters need to do this …………………………….. The NO voters have won the First round and the truth will out about how that was achieved, so make it public and spread the word, Scotland is down and not out!

This is the time to be inspired and show Scotland and the people’s strengths – hit the British political institutions where it really hurt’s in the pocket – people have the power!

This referendum brought people together and allowed something to happen – that had not happened for 307 years – yesterday was a first step and you Scot’s rocked the edifice now you need to tear it down brick by brick and stone by stone !!


#britain, #no, #scotland, #yes

SCOTLAND: ‘ Votes NO and Votes for British Economics’

#AceNewsServices SCOTLAND – September 19 – Scotland has voted to stay in the United Kingdom after voters decisively rejected independence.

With the results in from all 32 council areas, the “No” side won with 2,001,926 votes over 1,617,989 for “Yes”.

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond called for unity and urged the unionist parties to deliver on more powers.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron said he was delighted the UK would remain together and said the commitments on extra powers would be honoured.

Mr Cameron said the three main unionist parties at Westminster would now follow through with their pledge of more powers for the Scottish Parliament.

“We will ensure that those commitments are honoured in full,” he said.

He announced that Lord Smith of Kelvin, who led Glasgow’s staging of the Commonwealth Games, would oversee the process to take forward the commitments, with new powers over tax, spending and welfare to be agreed by November, and draft legislation published by January.

The prime minister also acknowledged that the people of England, Wales and Northern Ireland must have a bigger say over their affairs.

And he promised a resolution to the West Lothian question – the fact that Scottish MPs can vote on English issues at Westminster.

In other developments:

The pound hit highs against the euro and US dollar, as Scotland voted against independence.

.Royal Bank of Scotland said it would keep its headquarters in Scotland following the “No” vote.

.Wales’s First Minister Carwyn Jones said he was pleased Scotland voted to stay in the Union, adding: “Together we will shape a new constitutional future for the UK.”

.Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson said he was “delighted” Scotland would remain in the Union and he would hold talks with his Welsh counterpart to discuss the wider implications.

.Scotland rejected independence by 55% to 45%. For latest results and full coverage, go to bbc.co.uk/scotland-decides.

The result became a mathematical certainty at 06:08, as the returning officer in Fife announced a comfortable No vote.

Shortly afterwards, Mr Salmond said he accepted the defeat and called for national unity.

He said the referendum and the high turnout had been a “triumph for the democratic process” and promised to keep his pledge in the Edinburgh Agreement which paved the way for the referendum to respect the result and work for the benefit of Scotland and the United Kingdom.

#ans2014, #britain, #scotland

BRITAIN: ‘ Radicalisation of Youth and Islamic State ‘

#AceNewsServices (Opinion) – BRITAIN – September 18 

A MAJOR issue being debated in Britain today concerns the Muslims – men and women. It is what is termed the radicalisation of their youth.

The Young Muslims UK

The Young Muslims UK (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Concerns were sparked off by the Islamic State (formerly Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) when its militants beheaded James Foley, an American journalist covering the war in Syria, and circulated a video of the bestial act. Even before this incident grabbed the headlines, media reports had been suggesting that authorities in London believed that as many as 500 Muslim men with British nationality had left the UK to join the IS ‘jihad’.

The last straw came when Foley’s killer was identified from his speech and accent as British. Writing for The Sunday Times, the foreign secretary summed up the widely felt sentiments: “It is horrifying to think that the perpetrator of this heinous act could have been brought up in Britain.”

Since then the police have been empowered to seize the passports of people if need be. The move has come too late in the day and two more hostages have been murdered since and one more is under threat.

Many young Muslims draw inspiration from websites with extremist content.

One had hardly got over the shock when came another bombshell. A couple having Pakistani roots made public their dismay at their daughter’s decision to leave home to join IS jihadis. In a statement released to the Glasgow press, they described her as a “bedroom radical” and termed her action as a betrayal of her family, her community and the people of Scotland. It would be upsetting for them as many migrate from Pakistan to give their children a better future, so bleak has life become for the youth in our own country.

Against the backdrop of these horrifying events is the fact that a number of young Muslims are drawing inspiration from websites notorious for their extremist content. At the same time, there have been reports in Britain as also other Western countries of an increase in racism and hate crimes against Muslims in the wake of 9/11. Publications such as Maybe we are hated: The experience and impact of anti-Muslim hate on British Muslim women by the University of Birmingham are cited in support of the claim that Muslims are being victimised for their beliefs.

What can one say about this perversity that is creeping into a section of the Muslim youth? It can under no condition be condoned even if this is viewed as a reaction to the perceived injustice to Muslims. Two wrongs do not make a right.

No Pakistani I met in Scotland justifies it. How the immigrants explain this extremism would depend on who you are talking to. Many who complain of personal experiences of racial discrimination might be immigrants who remain on the fringe of local society. Living in ghettoised conditions, many Pakistani women do not even want to socialise with people not from their own community. They shop for groceries at South Asian stores and thus manage to avoid interaction on a regular basis with the majority.

There are others — mainly employed professionals — who interact with the indigenous population who may have a different story to tell.

The problem is that the absence of awareness and knowledge of ‘the other’ leads to fear, alienation and prejudice. When people from different communities living together are inclusive in their approach and accept one another’s way of life, chances are there will be more harmony among them.

Much of the alienation in children comes from the identity crisis that is created. In order to preserve their identity as ‘good Muslims’ (even of the moderate kind) children are often indoctrinated in such a way that the message is that theirs is a superior faith. By implication other religions are berated. Many of these children whose parents are migrants fail to adjust in the society they grow up in because of the dichotomy between their home environment and outside surroundings. This makes them vulnerable to the influence of extremists scouting for recruits.

But the fact is that  most Muslim youth do not end up as jihadis. The problem needs to be contextualised and rational analysis can help identify the factors that make some more vulnerable than others.

The key to promoting interfaith, inter-cultural harmony is how ‘the other’ is projected and interpreted, especially to young children. A social worker giving the leftist perspective pointed out that integration of communities is a mutual process that is hindered by the universal rise of racism in the West that puts immigrants on the defensive. The media is not helpful either given its penchant for sensationalism.

The real problem, she feels, is the crisis the youth face worldwide due to the vacuum created by societies. The vulnerable ones turn to violence. For Muslims it is ‘jihad’. Global conflict spurs them on.

Don’t we see that in Pakistan as well?



Published in Dawn, September 17th, 2014

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SCOTLAND: ‘ Debate Surrounding Independency Which Country Agrees YES or NO ‘

#AceNewsServices – SCOTLAND – September 18 – Debate surrounding the question of whether Scotland should become an independent country has seen impassioned interventions on both sides of the argument.

Supporters for the Yes campaign for the Scottish Independence Referendum hold flags that symbolize Catalonia's independence, during a demonstration in Barcelona, Spain Photo: Emilio Morenatti/AP

Supporters for the Yes campaign for the Scottish Independence Referendum hold flags that symbolize Catalonia’s independence, during a demonstration in Barcelona, Spain Photo: Emilio Morenatti/AP

Within Britain and abroad, politicians and statesman have clambered to urge Scottish voters, depending on ideology, to vote in favour of independence or to retain the United Kingdom.

As millions of Scots prepare to go to the polls on Thursday, the Telegraph looks back at how the world has responded to the potential dissolution of the UK’s 300-year-old union UK Telegraph reported in flash-back.

“For Scotland, secession would be a catastrophe. It would end up in a Balkanisation process that nobody in Europe wants right now” – García-Margallo, foreign minister
“I have spoken to the representatives of the 28 states and enthusiasm for processes of this type is nil, because I understand they are bad for the region in question, for the state and the EU as a whole” – Mariano Rajoy, prime minister.


“The UK is one of the pillars of the single market, of big international trade agreements and is so important in Europe that the consequence will be maybe the start of the true decline of the European Union. The sequence, the consequences of tomorrow’s referendum, could be very, very dangerous” – Enrico Letta, prime minister

Having Scotland outside the EU means the English-Scottish border becomes a customs frontier, with controls and tariffs. EU regional funding would end. Fishing rights would have to be re-negotiated from outside. And that is just the start of a very long list of disadvantages” – Ginna Pittella, leader of Socialist bloc of European Parliament


I would say that the United Kingdom has been an extraordinary partner to us. From the outside, at least, it looks like things have worked pretty well. And we obviously have a deep interest in making sure that one of the closest allies that we will ever have remains strong, robust, united, and an effective partner. But ultimately these are decisions that are to be made by the folks there”Barack Obama, president

“The UK is an extraordinary partner for America and a force for good in an unstable world. I hope it remains strong, robust and united”Barack Obama, President, on the eve of voting

“I hope the Scots people will vote to remain in the UK for several reasons”Bill Clinton, former president

“You will not find anyone involved in American foreign policy – from the President on down – who does not think that this division will weaken the alliance that we have” Brad Sherman, congressman (D)


I am a firm friend of the United Kingdom and I want it to remain the United Kingdom, not the disunited Kingdom. It is a matter for Scotland, obviously, but as a friend of the United Kingdom that is my view” Tony Abbott, prime minister


We think, from a Canadian perspective, that a strong, united United Kingdom is an overwhelmingly positive force in the world”Stephen Harper, prime minister


“Great Scot! Independence vote may up Scotch prices” – Hindustan Times


“A German foreign minister is well advised not to interfere in British domestic politics. But I would openly admit that I would rather see Great Britain remain together” – Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German Foreign Minister

“A ‘Yes’ vote for Scottish independence on Thursday would go down in history as a political and economic mistake as large as Winston Churchill’s decision in 1925 to return the pound to the Gold Standard or the failure of the Federal Reserve to provide sufficient liquidity to the US banking system, which we now know brought on the Great Depression in the US” David Folkerts-Landau, Deutsche Bank Chief Economist

The opt-outs they’re pushing for would make it very difficult for Scotland to get membership… I would be extremely surprised if there was an automatic accession to the EU” Jo Leinen, senior Socialist MEP

“Scottish independence remains an adventure – poltically, economically and from a currency standpoint” – Die Weit


[China wants a] “strong, prosperous and united United Kingdom” Li Keqiang, Chinese premier

“The concept of unity is the reason why the United Kingdom exists. If Scotland splits, it will hurt Britain’s self esteem and also reduce the impact of the country on the international stage. The world will suffer too. Britain cannot ignore this because Scotland means a lot to the UK” – China News Wire



I would obviously vote for Scottish independence because I’m too keen on history not to know that Scotland is the traditional ally of the French ever since the Ancien Régime” – Jean-Luc Mélenchon, a maverick politician who ran for president in 2012 as the candidate of the Front de Gauche


This is not about destroying the UK, it’s not about being against Britain, it’s about creating something new, an independent free Scotland. You can leave the negativity to the No campaign. Do I hope that Scottish independence could serve as an inspiration for us? Yes I do, I certainly do” – Daniel Turp, veteran of Quebec’s pro-independence campaign


We wish our Scottish friends victory in the referendum with all our hearts. For us in Bavaria it would be a real boost and it would no longer be so easy for our media to negate or ridicule this topic. The larger the political unit, the less chance individuals have of being heard” Florian Weber, eader of the pro-independence Bavaria Party


“If the yes wins then all of the European governments will have to accept the result, including Madrid. And I am convinced that the negotiations between Brussels, London and Edinburgh will start very quickly with the goal to keep Scotland in the European Union. The consequences for us are important. It raises the question that if the Scottish people have the right to decide then why not the Catalan people” Artur Mas, president of the semi-autonomous Spanish region

North Korea

“I think that independence would be a very positive thing for Scotland. I believe that every person has the right to be a member of an independent nation, to have sovereignty, to live in peace and to enjoy equality. And I believe that a majority of Scots feel the same and will vote for independence” Choe Kwan-il, managing editor of Pyongyang-supported Choson Sinbo

Palestinian territories

Every person wants to be able to decide for themselves. So if they want to separate from the UK, then of course I support them” Issa Musallam, Palestinian bagpipe player Issa Musallam, 23

As a bagpipe player, and knowing the history of bagpipes, I like to call it an instrument of war, The Scots used to have bagpipes on the battlefield, so for me, it’s part of resistance. But as Palestinians, like everyone else, we want our own state. The Scottish want their independence, their state, so they can live in a country that’s theirs and theirs alone” – Majeed Qonqar, Palestinian bagpipe player


“In four days, we will know whether this perfect storm was just a passing breeze, or if Great Britain should prepare itself to take its place in the coffers of history alongside the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, and so many other old broken states” – Martin Rodriguez Yebra, La Nacion newspaper.

Courtesy of Telegraph UK Staff



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SCOTLAND: ‘ On this Day 18 September 2014 After 307 Years the People Decide ‘

#AceNewsServices – SCOTLAND – September 18 – On this day the Scottish people decide to become independent of Britain. A simple YES or NO will decide their fate, but deciding to go independent of anything, can have its draw-backs.

The Saltire and Union Flag, representing Scotl...

The Saltire and Union Flag, representing Scotland and the United Kingdom. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After 307 years of Britain’s rule it is like a child leaving its mother and taking their first steps into the unknown.

So l wish the people of Scotland best of luck in their decision and whether they vote YES or NO today!

With a stout heart and God on their side they will make the Right decision, for their families, country, nation and themselves.


#britan, #no, #scotland, #scottish, #yes

‘ SCOTLAND the BRAVE or the FOOLISH But it is HISTORY that Will DECIDE on this DAY ‘

#AceNewsServices – SCOTLAND (Glasgow) – September 18 – Video – The people of Scotland will decide on Thursday whether to end a partnership with the rest of the United Kingdom that has lasted more than 300 years. Here is a guide to Scotland as the historic vote nears.

Streamed live on 18 Aug 2014

The Scottish Cabinet held a meeting in Arbroath as part of a series of public question and answer sessions. Members of the public had the opportunity to ask questions of Ministers about ‘Scotland’s Future’.


Scotland, with little more than 5 million people, is one of the oldest countries in the world, having been united as a single nation by King Kenneth MacAlpin in the year 843.

It remained an independent state for more than 800 years until the formation of Great Britain in 1707.

When England found itself at war with France in the early 18th century, fears that Scotland would side with the enemy prompted London to block trade and deprive Scots of property they owned south of the border unless they agreed to create a single country.

After much debate – and widespread Scottish hostility – both the Scottish and English parliaments were dissolved on May 1, 1707, and replaced with a new British one.


A desire for more autonomy in Scotland led to Westminster holding a referendum in 1997 for the establishment of a devolved Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.

The idea was backed by 74.3 percent of the voters and in 1999 the parliament was opened for business by veteran politician Winnie Ewing, who chaired the first meeting, with the words: “The Scottish Parliament adjourned on the 25th day of March in the year 1707 is hereby reconvened.”

Members of the Scottish Parliament can legislate on education, health spending, housing, tourism, transport and a few other areas; they have no control over immigration, defense, foreign policy, employment, trade, energy or the main levers of finance.

Most of the money used by the Scottish Parliament to finance public services comes from a grant allocated by the United Kingdom government.


The U.K. produces more than 75 percent of the European Union’s offshore oil production, of which 90 percent is extracted from Scottish waters, according to the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. Based on 2012 figures, the Scottish government says this Scottish oil contributes around 24.4 billion pounds ($39.5 billion) to the U.K. economy.

In addition to oil, the Scottish government calculates the country could produce 25 percent of the EU’s offshore wind and tidal energy and 10 percent of the EU’s wave energy.

Scottish exports are worth around 100 billion pounds a year to the British Treasury, including more than 11 billion pounds from financial services, along with almost 9 billion pounds from food and drink, including whisky.


Scotland’s influence has been out of proportion to its size.

The Declaration of Arbroath, asserting Scottish independence in 1320, influenced the American Declaration of Independence. A rare copy of the Scottish manuscript was given to the U.S. National Archives by the Scottish government in 2011 in appreciation of the U.S. Senate passing a resolution designating every April 6 as Tartan Day in the United States.

Over the centuries Scottish engineers, inventors, thinkers and business people helped create the modern world. James Watt helped develop the practical steam engine, Sir Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin, John Logie Baird pioneered television and Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone.

It was Englishman Winston Churchill who said: “Of all the small nations on earth, perhaps only the ancient Greeks surpass the Scots in their contribution to mankind.”

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‘ Comparing Two Areas of the Political Landscape Islamic State and Scottish Independence ‘

#AceNewsServices (Opinion)- September 17 – The British political elite has lately felt obliged to combat contingencies on two fronts. It’s not quite certain about how to proceed against the so-called Islamic State.

There’s a greater sense of purpose in the context of a prospective state of Scotland.

The late surge in momentum for Scottish independence evidently took Westminster and the City of London by surprise. After all, when a referendum was first mooted and subsequently sanctioned, popular assumptions and opinion polls suggested it would be more or less a non-starter. Democracy would have its day and the status quo would be maintained.

But then the tide turned and the polling gap suddenly was reduced to a level that fell within the margin of error.

Taken aback, the establishment rallied to the unionist cause.

The leaders of the three largest Westminster parties rushed to Scotland.

Financial institutions chipped in, as did leading retailers. Independence, they said, would be a disaster in economic terms.

The big banks will ship out.

Prices will rise.

Rump Britain won’t share its currency.

The message to Scots was clear: you’ll all be ruined if you choose independence. It wasn’t all stick, though. There were carrots on offer, too, notably the vow from all sides of mainstream politics that the devolution of powers would be substantially extended — almost guaranteeing virtual independence in effect, if not in name. 

Published in Dawn, September 17 2014 


Also  read: Campaign for independence of Scotland enters final phase


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SCOTLAND: ‘ Decides YES or NO But Cameron BEGS People Smacks at Desperation ‘

#AceWorldNews – SCOTLAND – September 17 – David Cameron begged the people of Scotland not to leave the United Kingdom as he promised them that he “won’t be here forever”. In a final plea before Thursday’s referendum, the Prime Minister warned Scottish voters in a speech in Aberdeen that separation would be a “painful divorce”.

Cameron Begs Scot's Not to Leave Britain '

Cameron Begs Scot’s Not to Leave Britain ‘

Mr Cameron was close to tears as he warned voters that Alex Salmond’s separatist movement had “painted a picture” of an independent Scotland that was “too good to be true”. He said the reality would involve stricter borders which could mean people being forced to “pack their passport when they’re going to see friends and loved ones”.

Mr Cameron also attempted to placate Scots who dislike him and his government by reminding them that he would not be Prime Minister forever. “Don’t think, ‘I’m frustrated with politics right now, so I’ll walk out the door and never come back,’ ” Mr Cameron told the audience of Conservative activists. “If you don’t like me, I won’t be here forever. If you don’t like this government, it won’t last forever. But if you leave the UK, – that will be forever.”

The White House on Monday reiterated Barack Obama’s call for Scotland to remain part of a united Britain. The President’s spokesman said Mr Obama wanted the UK to remain “strong, robust, united, and an effective partner”. In London, thousands of people attended a “unity rally” intended to encourage Scots to vote against independence.



#ANS2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Since March 7 customers have bought Yes, No or undecided cupcakes at the bakery

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SCOTLAND: ‘ Cupcake’s Yes No or Undecided Your the Customer You Choose ‘

Pippa Perriam, a waitress at Cuckoo's Bakery, reveals the result of an impromptu cupcake vote on independence from the United Kingdom on Sept. 17 on Dundas Street in Edinburgh, Scotland. Since March 7 customers have bought Yes, No or undecided cupcakes at the bakery.  Matt Cardy, Getty Images

#AceWorldNews – SCOTLAND (Edinburgh) – September 17 – Pippa Perriam, a waitress at Cuckoo’s Bakery, reveals the result of an impromptu cupcake vote on independence from the United Kingdom on Sept. 17 on Dundas Street in Edinburgh, Scotland. Since March 7 customers have bought Yes, No or undecided cupcakes at the bakery. Matt Cardy, Getty Images

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SCOTLAND: ‘ Day After YES Vote Says Nicola Sturgeon ‘

#AceNewsServices (Opinion) – SCOTLAND – September 16 – ‘The day we wake up after a yes vote the streets would not be paved on gold,’ noted Nicola Sturgeon, deputy first minister, this morning.

This expectation management is reasonable.

If Scotland votes for independence it will not suddenly become a disaster nor a Norwegian-model triumph.

For the next few years Scotland will simply be fine.

Certainly the extremes of ‘project fear’ are overwrought. Scotland might not have an impressive military, but UK and Ireland could not seriously let their neighbour be threatened or invaded.

Alex Salmond is very unlikely to default on his country’s national debt share, so he won’t enter the world stage as a fiscal pariah.

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SCOTLAND: ‘ Britain’s Banks Quietly Move Millions of Bank-Notes North of Border ‘

#AceNewsServices – SCOTLAND – September 16 – Britain’s banks have been quietly moving millions of banknotes north of the border to cope with any surge in demand by Scots to withdraw cash in the event of a Yes vote in Thursday’s independence referendum, it has emerged.

'Moving the Money Finally Britain Realises its a YES  '

‘Moving the Money Finally Britain Realises its a YES ‘

Sources told The Independent the moves have been taking place over the past week or so in order to make sure ATMs do not run out on Friday in the event of a panic reaction to a “yes” vote. There have been some suggestions that people will want to move their money to English banks in the event of an independence vote.

Bankers stressed there has been no sign yet of any increase in the amount of withdrawals from deposit accounts or ATMs, stressing that there was no need because the Bank of England has pledged to stand behind all accounts for at least 18 months in the event of a “yes” vote.

However, concerns about how safe is their cash still linger. It was this that led to RBS and Lloyds last week to reassure customers that they would be moving their registration addresses south of the border.

As a result, part of the banks’ contingency plans has been to ship more cash to secure locations in Scotland in readiness to keep up with the potential increase in demand.

Sources at major banks said they had been issuing clear instructions to their Scottish branches to reassure customers there was no reason to panic.

The revelation comes as David Cameron made an impassioned plea to the people of Scotland to reject independence, telling them that the UK was not just “any old country” and that millions of people would be “utterly heartbroken” if it was broken up. 


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