(SCOTLAND) #Coronavirus Report: Vaccine passports are to be required for entry to nightclubs and many large events in Scotland from later this month, Nicola Sturgeon has said #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Sept.02: The plans will apply to indoor and outdoor events, and will need to be signed off by MSPs next week: Ms Sturgeon said the move was needed to help stem the recent surge in the number of cases…..

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says that Nicola Sturgeon with support from Greens in their Power-Sharing have agreed to the need for vaccine passports for large events she said in Holyrood on Wednesday as a further 6,107 people have tested positive, with the number of people in hospital doubling in the past 10 days and several areas of Scotland are among the regions with the highest rates of the virus in Europe.

The move means people will need to show they have had both doses of the vaccine before being allowed into nightclubs and many other events

The new vaccine certification rules mean people over the age of 18 will need to show they have had both doses of the vaccine before they are allowed entry to:

  • Nightclubs and adult entertainment venues.
  • Unseated indoor live events, with more than 500 people in the audience.
  • Unseated outdoor live events, with more than 4,000 people in the audience.
  • Any event, of any nature, which has more than 10,000 people in attendance.

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The new rules will impact on many sporting events in Scotland – particularly football matches – as well as concerts and music festivals.

SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster said Premiership football clubs had “a significant number of questions and real concern” about the plan.

He added: “It’s not clear what IT infrastructure will be in place, what time-scales clubs will be asked to work to, or what can be done for those without smart phones.

“And it’s not clear if it’s going to cut across terms and conditions of seasons tickets already bought by people across the land.”

Ms Sturgeon said the hospitality industry as a whole would not be included in the certification scheme – although that decision would be kept under review.

And there are no plans to include key services or settings where people have no choice over attendance – such as shops, public transport, education and medical services. 

Anyone who has good reasons for not getting fully vaccinated – including children and people with particular medical conditions – will be exempt. 

People can already request a paper copy of their vaccination record to allow them to travel, and from Friday they will be provided with a QR code so they can download a copy of the record to keep on their phone.

Paper copies of vaccine certificates are already available for people who have been fully vaccinated

A similar scheme will be introduced in England at the end of this month, with people needing to have a “Covid pass” to access “higher risk” settings such as nightclubs. 

Several other European countries – including France, Italy and Ireland – have already introduced certification.

Scotland’s health secretary, Humza Yousaf, said in July that he was “sceptical” about the case for vaccine passports, citing concerns that they “might increase the inequality gap, and there would be ethical issues”.

The country’s deputy first minister, John Swinney, also said he did not believe it was right to exclude people who do not want to be vaccinated after the UK government set out its plans to introduce passports in England.

In a statement at Holyrood, Ms Sturgeon told MSPs that the certification scheme was now needed to “help protect individuals and the country as a whole and reduce the risk of further restrictions being necessary”.The first minister added: “Many of the events and venues that are covered by the certification scheme are important – they matter to our economy, and to our cultural and social life. “That’s why we want to enable them to stay open safely – but they are not essential services.”And the nature of them – which involves bringing many people together in relatively small areas – does mean that, despite their very best efforts, they can contribute significantly to the spread of the virus.”She also said it would be “grossly irresponsible” to rule out re-introducing further restrictions in the future.

The Scottish Greens are not keen on vaccine passports. The new minister for zero carbon buildings, active travel and tenants’ rights, Patrick Harvie, has raised concerns about their introduction before.In July he argued vaccine certification “would deepen discrimination against those who have not yet been vaccinated”.

Today the party’s health spokesperson, Gillian Mackay, said it was essential the Scottish government ensures the introduction of vaccine certification doesn’t adversely affect disabled people, those with underlying health conditions and those from the global south who may not be able to access proof of vaccination. But the Greens are now in government. Vaccine certification isn’t specifically excluded in the co-operation agreement they signed with the SNP and so the Greens are bound by collective responsibility on this issue and will have to support it when it’s put to the vote at Holyrood.

The first minister said it was a “significant move” and would need to be signed off by MSPs, with a debate and vote to take place next week.However the SNP has a comfortable majority with the backing of the Scottish Greens – who have previously been opposed to the move – and the cooperation agreement between the two parties commits them to working together on Covid-related matters.

The Liberal Democrats were the only party to hit out directly against the plans following Ms Sturgeon’s statement, with leader Alex Cole-Hamilton saying vaccine passports were akin to “medical ID cards”, adding: “

This is an illiberal step”.Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross said the Scottish government had “wasted months” that could have been spent making preparations, and was now “introducing vaccine passports at the last minute”.He added: “It’s a striking u-turn from what John Swinney said last month, where he emphatically claimed vaccine passports were “the wrong way” to go. “We need businesses to get in-depth guidance around these certificates as soon as possible.

They should be involved in the process and the government needs to clarify whether they will be expected to police these new rules.”Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar said the virus was now out of control and Scotland – and claimed the government had no strategy to deal with it. Case levels in Scotland are 80% higher now than they were last week, and five times higher than they were four weeks ago.

The number of people in hospital has more than doubled since 20 August, from 312 to 629.Intensive care admissions have not risen as quickly, but have still gone up from 34 to 59 over the same timescale.Meanwhile 4,108,804 people have had a first dose of vaccine, and 3,691,066 have had two.That includes 95% of people over 40 who are now fully vaccinated, as well as 71% of 30 to 39-year-olds and 51% of 18 to 29-year-olds.The Federation of Small Businesses said the many affected firms would not welcome the certificate scheme – but would accept it as an alternative to stricter restrictions. But it said the system needed to be user-friendly for both businesses and the public, and warned against a “rush” to extend the scheme to other settings. The Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA) said the scheme was a “threat hanging over the whole of the hospitality industry”, while the UK Hospitality Scotland said the move would “cause dismay amongst businesses” that had only recently been allowed to reopen.

#AceHealthDesk report ………Published: Sept.02: 2021:

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(SPAIN) NCA/SNP REPORT: Seven British fugitives have been arrested in the space of just three weeks as a result of joint operations #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.24: The fugitives – all men – are wanted in the UK for various unrelated offences including supplying Class A and B drugs, supplying firearms, causing wounding with intent and conspiracy to rob…..

#AceDailyNews reports that the NCA & Spanish National Police (SNP) have arrested seven British fugitives in Spain in just three weeks for ‘drug & firearms offences’ and causing wounding with intent & conspiracy to rob: The suspects remain in custody awaiting extradition proceedings.

The flurry of arrests were executed by the Spanish National Police with support from the NCA’s international liaison officer network, Interpol Manchester and UK police partners.

In late June one suspect, aged 45, was arrested in Estepona, southern Spain. He was wanted by the NCA in connection to a 40kg cocaine conspiracy.

In the early hours of 4 July, a 27-year-old man was arrested in Marbella for allegedly causing wounding with intent. He is wanted by Greater Manchester Police.

Another UK national wanted by West Midlands Police, was arrested on 5 July in Fuengirola, southern Spain, on suspicion of cocaine and firearms supply.

On 6 July two brothers aged 37 and 35, also wanted by GMP, for allegedly supplying cocaine were arrested in Alicante.

A day later a 36-year-old man wanted by Merseyside Police was arrested in Estepona for allegedly supplying firearms and Class A and B drugs.

On 12 July, a 26-year old man wanted by Greater Manchester Police was arrested in Fuengirola in connection to affray with a machete.

The NCA’s international liaison officers worked with Spanish partners and the Crown Prosecution Service to execute the arrests – some under pre-existing European Arrest Warrants, and some under new Trade and Cooperation Agreement warrants.

Dave Hucker Head of European Operations at the NCA, said: “Seven arrests in just three weeks is the result of some very hard work by the Agency with our Spanish partners – who have allocated critical resources and operated quickly to secure these arrests: Fugitives should know that the NCA work hand in glove with international law enforcement partners, and that we therefore have significant reach: At home and abroad we will never give up on finding offenders who have fled justice.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: July.24: 2021:

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(SCOTLAND) SNP/Greens Report: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been discussing a formal co-operation agreement with the Scottish Greens #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.28: She told MSPs that the SNP and the Greens were exploring different policy areas where they could work together:

SNP/GREENS DEAL: Discussing formal co-operation deal with Greens so why are the SNP and Greens wanting to do a deal?

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Nicola Sturgeon and Patrick Harvie

Informal talks had begun after the election, she said, and these would now become structured talks with a view to agreeing a formal arrangement. 

Although a full coalition deal is not likely, Ms Sturgeon said ministerial jobs for Green MSPs was a possibility.

“Exactly what the content, extent and scope of any agreement will be is what the talks will focus on,” she added.

The SNP won 64 seats in the Holyrood election – one short of a majority – and Ms Sturgeon would have a stable majority if she could also rely on the seven Scottish Green MSPs. 

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross said the parliament had to choose between spending the next term focused on delivering on voters’ priorities or being “distracted about independence”. 

And Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar said the Scottish government had to be more “bold and ambitious” in its plans for recovering from the pandemic, and that his party would work to be a “credible alternative” for voters. 

‘Exploratory discussions’

Ms Sturgeon said she has had “a series of exploratory discussions” with the pro-independence Greens since the election, and that these informal discussions would now become “structured talks”, supported by the civil service, with a view to reaching a formal cooperation agreement. 

The talks are expected to conclude before the next parliamentary recess, which is in a month’s time. 

The first minister said the two parties would discuss specific policy areas where they could cooperate, including the climate emergency and how Scotland could accelerate its progress towards net zero. 

She added: “As we embark on this process, we are setting no limits on our ambition.

“So in that vein let me be clear that while this is not a guaranteed or pre-agreed outcome, it is not inconceivable that a cooperation agreement could lead in future to a Green minister or ministers being part of this government.

“The key point for today is that we are both agreeing to come out of our comfort zones to find new ways of working for the common good”.

Scottish Greens’ co-leader Patrick Harvie said that Green parties across Europe and in countries such as New Zealand had “rolled up their sleeves and worked with other parties to deliver a better future”.

This showed that “there is more than one way for government and opposition parties to work together, without losing the ability to challenge one another,” he said. 

Mr Harvie added: “We believe the people of Scotland want to see grown-up politics like this, and will approach the forthcoming talks in this spirit.” 

What are opposition parties saying?

Douglas Ross said there were some areas where parties across the chamber could agree and work constructively. 

But he added: “Ultimately, as always, this comes down to independence for the SNP”. 

The Scottish Conservative leader added that the parliament had to choose between “wasting” another five years on independence or using its existing powers to “get things done”.

And Mr Sarwar, Scottish Labour’s leader, said he was willing to work with anyone in the national interest or on the issues they agreed on. 

But, Mr Sarwar said, a “bold and ambitious opposition and a credible alternative” was needed, and called for the Scottish government to be more “bold and ambitious” in its plans for recovering from the pandemic. 

This is not a done deal yet but both sides clearly think a formal cooperation agreement is possible. 

Weeks of hard bargaining lie ahead as the two sides prepare to enter formal talks. 

The SNP will want to maximise the range of areas where they are guaranteed Green support in parliament. 

In exchange, the Greens will want to push Nicola Sturgeon to go further and faster in key policy areas like tackling climate change. 

With 64 SNP votes and seven from the Greens a cooperation agreement between the two parties would give the Scottish government a very comfortable majority. 

That would protect them from ambush in confidence votes, at budget time and when passing other key pieces of legislation. 

It would also underline the majority that exists at Holyrood for another independence referendum. 

But if they stop short of a full coalition, there would be areas where the Greens could still vote against the government it otherwise supports. 

The talks emerged shortly before Ms Sturgeon set out her government’s plans for its first 100 days in office.

She told MSPs that recovering from the Covid pandemic would be the immediate priority. 

Over the next three weeks, the first minister said, the government would set out its expectations for how the Covid restrictions levels system would be wound down after the pandemic, allowing a return to “a much greater degree of normality”. 

Tackling climate change was another priority, she said, and the first minister also outlined policies to tackle child poverty and inequality. 

And she said legislation to create a national care service will be introduced in the next 12 months, with a view to having the service operational by the end of this parliament.

“This will be, in my view, the most important public sector innovation since the establishment of the National Health Service,” she said. 

Ms Sturgeon also repeated her pledge to hold an independence referendum once the pandemic is over. 

She said the election result had delivered a “substantial majority” in parliament for an independence referendum within the current parliamentary term, adding that there could be no justification for the UK government seeking to block that mandate. 

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: May.28: 2021:

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16 year old Scottish kids talk politics live on BBC TV, showing the huge gulf between kids from the USA

Question Time, on every week night with our politicians on all the time

I did a blog about how these poor America kids aged 18 to 21 years old couldn’t hold a debate on politics, how when asked why they were voting for Hillary Clinton had no clue. One said “It would be good to have a woman president after an African American” This is not the fault of American kids, as George Carlin said, the Government threw kids and education overboard 20 years ago.

Video below and here was the blog where I asked if there was a problem in the USA, I think there is, a huge one at that! http://shaunynews.com/2014/05/18/america-this-is-a-huge-problem-young-hillary-clinton-supporters-struggle-to-name-her-accomplishments/

Young American kids, such a shame to watch this!

Exactly why are USA Kids wanting to vote for her? They don’t know!

Now to prove my point about how kids in the USA (This will interest Teachers all over) are being made dumb. When I watched that video above I cringed. I feel sorry for America’s future, and these poor kids who have not a CLUE where Sweden is on a World map. Again, this is a Government issue.

Nicola Sturgeon with kids in a classroom, good to know our kids will do well

Now have a look at younger, Scottish kids, this was filmed in my City, Edinburgh. All the kids were much younger than the kids above from the USA video, they are all 16 and 17, note how these kids can hold debate and know what they are talking about. This is what happens when Education works. When we look to our nations future, me being Scottish, I can be sure the next generation coming through WILL 100% be able to handle and work and run an independent Scotland. This is standard for Scottish Kids and kids from Wales and Scotland also. I think American people need to watch both video’s so they have a rough idea of the difference in education systems. America are 38th Smartest (Or stupidest) The UK average is 3rd or 4th, But Scottish kids excel in many areas, just listen to these 16 and 17 year old kids debate with hardened politicians!!

Kids from Edinburgh, Scotland, my city, debating tough politicians

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No Scottish NHS Charges confirmed today!

No patients will suffer financial loss as a result of implementing the recommendations contained in a review of long-term care, according to Health Secretary Alex Neil.

He was making a statement to Holyrood on the future of care services.

It followed the publication of a review into long-term care of chronically-ill people.

Labour claimed the report was “flawed” and could even mean “the NHS will no longer be free at the point of need”.
But Mr Neil described the allegation as “pure nonsense” and said there would be no charges for primary healthcare. He has announced a consultation into the new care standards.

The health secretary made a statement to MSPs on plans to identify what additional support may be needed for specialist intermediate care services, which help people get out of hospital sooner and prevent unnecessary admissions.

The statement followed a review of the long-term care of chronically-ill people led by Ian Anderson, former president of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

The Scottish government ordered the review after concerns that people in Scotland who should have been eligible for free care were being charged care home fees.

‘Continuing care’
The review said that continuing care, a fully-funded package arranged by the health service where someone has been assessed as having unpredictable and very high level clinical care needs, should be completely revised and renamed “hospital-based complex clinical care”.

Mr Neil told the Scottish Parliament: “Patients being treated as part of the proposed continuing care programme will only remain in hospital for as long as that is clinically necessary.

“Any patient who does not require care in a hospital setting will be discharged from hospital into the community.”

He said any policy changes would only come into effect when new guidance is consulted upon and developed in April 2015, and that current guidance would remain in place until then.

“Any patient who is currently in receipt of continuing care in a care home, or who is assessed as requiring continuing care before new guidance has been put in place, will continue to receive the same level of financial support as they would do today,” he said.

“No patient will suffer financial loss resulting from the implementation of Dr Anderson’s recommendations.”

‘Perverse incentive’
Labour MSP Neil Findlay attacked the report’s recommendation that chronically ill people in Scotland should not have their care home costs paid by the NHS, and only those who have to live in hospital should be exempt from accommodation charges.

“Families are facing the perverse incentive of trying to make sure their loved ones stay in hospital to avoid crippling personal charges,” he said.

“The recommendations in this report are a fundamental breach of the guiding principle of the NHS – that is an NHS that is free at the point of need.

“It is a flawed report, and having taken advice, I believe the proposals may be illegal.”

Conservative MSP Jackson Carlaw said: “I do think there has been an ambiguity in public understanding of the recommendations arising in relation to continuing care.”

He urged the health secretary to “correct that ambiguity in the public mind”.

Mr Neil insisted there was “no intention” to charge for primary healthcare needs.

“People living in a nursing home, at home and in hospital have any healthcare needs met free of charge, in addition to their free nursing and personal care,” he said.

In his statement, Mr Neil outlined proposals including:

• a consultation on the regulations for joint working across health and social care

• a consultation on national care standards

• a review of the methods used to inspect care with a focus on how well services are respecting the rights of patients

• joint work with local government body Cosla and health boards on residential care and supported housing

• an examination of services for people under 65 with complex care needs

• encouraging the sector to guarantee social care workers the living wage, including consideration of statutory guidance.

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