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12/3/2021
Covid-19 Vaccine Linked To A Reduction In Transmission
Vaccination of Scotland's healthcare workers offers some protection against transmission of Covid-19 to their household contacts.   A study of all healthcare workers employed by the NHS in Scotland and their households (which has not yet been peer-reviewed), shows that the rate of infection with Covid-19 for people that live with healthcare workers is at least 30% lower when the worker has been vaccinated mostly with a single dose.  
12/3/2021
UK Trade: January 2021 - 40% Fall In Exports To the EU
Exports of goods, excluding non-monetary gold and other precious metals, fell by £5.3 billion (19.3%) in January 2021, because of a £5.6 billion (40.7%) fall in exports to the EU.   Imports of goods, excluding non-monetary gold and other precious metals, fell by £8.9 billion (21.6%) in January 2021, driven by a £6.6 billion (28.8%) fall in imports from the EU.  
12/3/2021
New Strategy To Unleash The Transformational Power Of Artificial IntelligenceThumbnail for article : New Strategy To Unleash The Transformational Power Of Artificial Intelligence
A new plan to make the UK a global centre for the development, commercialisation and adoption of responsible AI will be published this year, the government has announced.   Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden revealed the move as he set out his Ten Ten Tech Priorities to power a golden age of tech in the UK this week.  
12/3/2021
Launch Of New Vaccination Campaign
Self-registration service for unpaid carers.   Unpaid carers who have not already been identified through social security data or GP systems will be able to register themselves for a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination appointment from next week.  
12/3/2021
Coronavirus COVID-19 daily data for Scotland - 12 March 2021
682 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   22,596 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results - 3.4% of these were positive.  
12/3/2021
£90 Million Boost To Fire Up Aerospace Manufacturing
Investment in five projects could secure 1400 jobs across the UK.   Five innovative aerospace projects backed by nearly £90 million investment set to revolutionize aerospace manufacturing in the UK State-of-the-art technology including 3D printing machines will be crucial to help industry build back better and greener from COVID-19.  
12/3/2021
Redress For Survivors - Parliament Backs Plans For Survivors Of Historical Child Abuse In Care In Scotland
Legislation to create a scheme for survivors of historical child abuse in care in Scotland to apply for financial redress payments of up to £100,000, as well as access to apology and support, has been passed by Parliament.   The Redress for Survivors (Historical Child Abuse in Care) (Scotland) Bill will also set up an independent body, Redress Scotland, to assess applications for the scheme.  
12/3/2021
Extra Support For Ports And Harbours
Up to 20 ports and harbours that have lost income from landing fees due to the disruption caused by Brexit have received a share of a £1.8 million fund.   The funding will provide necessary investment at ports and harbours for safety improvements and repair works.  
12/3/2021
The Careers And Time Use Of Mothers And FathersThumbnail for article : The Careers And Time Use Of Mothers And Fathers
Gender gaps in employment, working hours and wages open up in earnest after workers become parents.  At this point, far more mothers than fathers stop paid work or switch to part-time work while taking on the majority of the childcare.  
12/3/2021
Turing Scheme To Open Up Global Study And Work Opportunities
UK schools, colleges and universities can now apply for funding for opportunities targeted at disadvantaged students.   Schools, colleges and universities can now apply for funding from today (Friday 12 March) to allow students to study and work across the globe as part of the new Turing Scheme.  
12/3/2021
Investors Warned About Approaches To Recover Lost Funds
Investors warned of unsolicited approaches by people falsely claiming they can recover lost investments and are acting on behalf of the Insolvency Service.   The Insolvency Service is aware that scammers have been contacting investors dishonestly claiming to be working on behalf of the Official Receiver or the Insolvency Service, with the false promise of recovering lost funds for an up-front fee.  
11/3/2021
Growing Cannabis At Home: How Covid-19 Has Fuelled A Boom Around The WorldThumbnail for article : Growing Cannabis At Home: How Covid-19 Has Fuelled A Boom Around The World
Back in the days when "skunk" was mainly associated with Pepe Le Pew and hydroponics was a way of improving cucumbers, most of the UK's cannabis supply was imported from places such as Morocco and Lebanon.  This changed in the past two or three decades in the UK and many other countries as organised criminal gangs set up growing operations closer to home.  
11/3/2021
Coronavirus One Year On: Two Countries That Got It Right, And Three That Got It WrongThumbnail for article : Coronavirus One Year On: Two Countries That Got It Right, And Three That Got It Wrong
On March 11 2020, the World Health Organization declared that the COVID-19 public health emergency had become a pandemic: 114 countries were affected, there were 121,500 confirmed cases and more than 4,000 people had succumbed to the virus.   One year on, we have now seen 115 million confirmed cases globally and more than 2.5 million deaths from COVID-19.  
11/3/2021
Coronavirus (covid-19): Daily Data For Scotland - 11 March 2021
591 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   26,761 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results - 2.5% of these were positive.  
11/3/2021
Nursing And Midwifery Student Numbers To Increase - Free Tuition and £10,000 Annual Bursary For Scottish Students
The number of student nurses, midwives, and paramedics entering Scottish Government funded degree programmes will increase by 5.8% in 2021/22 - the ninth successive increase in a row.   Overall this year's increase will mean a recommended intake of 4,449 nursing and midwifery students for the upcoming academic year, up 243 places from 4,206 in 2020/21.  
11/3/2021
John Lewis Warns Of Painful Store Closures
Several reports today about the John Lewis announcement Having announced 8 closures in 2020 they are now poised to announce more in 2021.   Read the details on the BBC web site - John Lewis warns of painful store closures In yet another blow John Lewis has reported its first ever annual loss.  
11/3/2021
Dingwall & Highland Marts - Sale 10 March 2021
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts (March, 10th) sold 371 sheep at their rare & traditional breeds sale.   "An excellent trade throughout with rare breeds and breeding sections selling particularly well" Ewe with lamb at foot (10) sold to £700 gross for a Valais Blacknose from Inverlochy Farm, Tomintoul.  
11/3/2021
Scottish Government refuses to provide funding for Shetland MRI scanner
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, has accused the Scottish Government of badly letting down the Shetland community for not helping the funding of the islands' new MRI scanner.   Mrs Grant wrote to Health Secretary, Jeane Freeman, asking if she would now consider chipping in some money to support the service following the fundraising target being reached and the tremendous efforts of people on the islands.  
11/3/2021
Creating An Inclusive Digital World
Geography, background or ability should not be a barrier to getting online.   An ambition to achieve "world leading" levels of digital inclusion is at the heart of plans to equip Scotland for the technological transformation of the post-coronavirus (COVID-19) world.  
11/3/2021
Government Breakthrough On £500 Million Support Package To Boost Rural Mobile Coverage Across UKThumbnail for article : Government Breakthrough On £500 Million Support Package To Boost Rural Mobile Coverage Across UK
Today the government is a step closer to delivering better mobile coverage in rural areas, as it publishes its transparency notice for the Shared Rural Network (SRN) programme and can proceed with a £500 million investment to provide all corners of the UK with better mobile connectivity.   Government is to provide more than £500 million of support to extend mobile coverage through the landmark Shared Rural Network.