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16/11/2021
Preventing Drug Deaths - Free phone line launched to help drugs users stay safe
A new anonymous phone service will see trained staff stay on the line while people are using drugs to ensure they remain safe.   The "Never Use Alone" phone line will be run by the charity "We Are With You" backed by £100,000 funding from the Scottish Government.  
16/11/2021
Labour Market Trends In Scotland November 2021Thumbnail for article : Labour Market Trends In Scotland November 2021
The latest National Statistics Report on Labour trends in Scotland.   Labour Force Survey estimates are presented for the 3 months to September 2021, compared with the quarter before (April to June 2021) and pre-pandemic (December 2019 to February 2020).  
16/11/2021
Buy Toys Safely This ChristmasThumbnail for article : Buy Toys Safely This Christmas
OPSS has produced safety guidance on how to buy toys safely this Christmas.   The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) is partnering with Chartered Trading Standards Institute, The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, Child Accident Prevention Trust and Netmums to raise awareness of how to buy toys safely.  
16/11/2021
Coronavirus (COVID-19): daily data for Scotland - 16 November 2021
2,771 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   22,733 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results 12.8% of these were positive.  
16/11/2021
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 16 November 2021
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (November, 16th) sold 7 prime cattle.   Prime heifers (7) averaged 238.8p (-6.4p) and sold to 251.0p per kg and £1,469.85 gross.  
15/11/2021
JCVI Issues Advice On Covid-19 Booster Vaccines For Those Aged 40 To 49 And Second Doses For 16 To 17 Year Olds
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that, in addition to those aged over 50 years and at higher risk from coronavirus (COVID-19), all adults aged 40 to 49 years should be offered an mRNA booster, 6 months after their second dose, irrespective of the vaccines given for the first and second doses.   Recent UK and international data have provided early signs of a slight fall in the levels of protection against severe disease from the primary doses, in those who had their initial vaccines a long time ago.  
15/11/2021
13-year Ban For Rotherham 'bargain Basement' Director
Director fraudulently obtained £150,000 Covid-19 financial assistance is banned along with friend who also took £50,000.   Muneef Ihsan, 26 from Rotherham, was director of three companies between 2019 and 2020.  
15/11/2021
Online Portal For Autumn/winter Vaccination Programme
Advance booking facility for booster and flu jabs.   An online portal is now available to allow people aged 50 to 59, unpaid carers who are 16 and over, and those aged 16 and over who are household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals to book their Autumn/Winter vaccination appointments.  
15/11/2021
UK To Provide £217 Million For Turkish Solar ProjectThumbnail for article : UK To Provide £217 Million For Turkish Solar Project
UK Export Finance and GE Energy Financial Services announce agreement reached to finance the largest solar facility in Turkey, the size of 4,600 football pitches.   UK Export Finance support will help construct Turkey's largest solar facility that will power 2 million households.  
15/11/2021
Expanding Primary Care
Funding of £7 million will improve GP surgeries, expanding the level of care to patients across Scotland.   Vacant high street units will be taken over by Integration Authorities to expand the primary care estate, with the funding also used to support GP practices, including digitising records to free up more space.  
15/11/2021
Coronavirus (COVID-19): daily data for Scotland - 15 November 2021
2,288 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   19,898 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results 12.3% of these were positive.  
15/11/2021
Use Of Bail And Remand Consultation Launches
Views are being sought on how to improve the way bail and prison custody operates in Scotland.   A consultation has been launched on how custody is used as part of the criminal justice system and how support can be given to better help people move on from their offending behaviour within communities while ensuring public protection and victim safety remain at the centre of the process.  
15/11/2021
Boosters give over 90% protection against symptomatic COVID-19 in adults over 50Thumbnail for article : Boosters give over 90% protection against symptomatic COVID-19 in adults over 50
Results from first UK real-world study by UKHSA show significantly increased protection against symptomatic disease from Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine booster dose in those aged 50 and above.   These findings show that 2 weeks after receiving a booster dose, protection against symptomatic infection in adults aged 50 years and over was 93.1% in those with AstraZeneca as their primary course and 94.0% for Pfizer-BioNTech.  
14/11/2021
Hospitals Roll Out Three-in-one Winter Virus Tests
£5 million investment to help ease patient congestion.   Hospitals in Scotland are rolling out new single tests to identify whether patients are infected with Covid-19, flu or RSV (respiratory syncytial virus).  
14/11/2021
First Minister Comments On Glasgow Climate Pact - COP26 summit concludes
Commenting on the agreement of the Glasgow Climate Pact at the conclusion of the UN Climate Conference COP 26, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "Glasgow should be very proud of the warm welcome that it has given to COP26.   "The city has truly risen to the occasion and played its part by welcoming thousands of delegates, representatives, scientists and climate activists from around the world.  
14/11/2021
Coronavirus (COVID-19): daily data for Scotland - 14 November 2021
3,077 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   31,384 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results 10.3 % of these were positive.  
14/11/2021
Government To Invest £375 Million In Neurodegenerative Disease Research
A £375 million investment to improve understanding and treatment for a range of neurodegenerative diseases.   Funding includes at least £50 million for motor neurone disease related research to find a cure New NIHR Motor Neurone Disease Research Unit to attract more innovative research applications People living with neurodegenerative diseases could live longer, healthier lives due to innovative new research, following a government commitment to invest £375 million over the next 5 years.  
14/11/2021
Uk Provides A New Home For Vulnerable Afghan Female Judges
A group of Afghan judges who are at risk under the Taliban regime have arrived in the UK to start new lives, thanks to assistance by the British Government.   Under Taliban rule female judges and others who have stood up for women's rights have been persecuted and forced into hiding, at risk of reprisals from criminals they tried and sentenced and who have now been released from prison.  
13/11/2021
Sellafield ‘blockbusters' Complete Removal Of Iconic Chimney TopThumbnail for article : Sellafield ‘blockbusters' Complete Removal Of Iconic Chimney Top
A Sellafield decommissioning success has changed the Cumbrian skyline forever.   Nuclear clean-up teams have removed the huge diffuser at the top of the Windscale Pile Chimney on the Sellafield site.  
13/11/2021
People's Bank Of China Swap Line
The People's Bank of China and the Bank of England have today announced that they have signed an agreement to renew the existing reciprocal sterling/renminbi (RMB) currency swap line for a further five years.  The maximum value of the swap line remains unchanged at RMB350bn.