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Earthquake-hit historic site partly reopening

An earthquake felt widely across Scotland and parts of Northern Ireland last year left a lasting mark on a historic site in Argyll. Properties at Auchindrain, a farming township with buildings dating from 1700s, were shaken by November's 3.3 magnitude quake. The site was close to the epicentre of the...
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Monkeypox news – live: PM hasn’t spoken to Whitty on outbreak as UK set for new cases

Boris Johnson is not believed to have spoken with Professor Sir Chris Whitty about monkeypox, Downing Street has said. A spokesperson said he was still receiving “regular updates on the virus”, which has spread to at least 21 people in the UK to date. This went up by one when Scotland reported its first confirmed case this morning. The tally is expected to rise even further when updates figures for the whole of the UK are provided later today.Mr Johnson has said the government is looking carefully at how monkeypox is spreading in the country.“It is basically a very rare...
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Scottish census: Glasgow area return rate is lowest in Scotland

Almost a quarter of households in Scotland's largest local authority have still to complete their census returns, a week before the extended deadline. The response rate in the Glasgow City Council area is currently the lowest in Scotland at 77.8%, latest figures show. More than a fifth of forms are...
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England discovers 36 new monkeypox cases, total rises to 56

LONDON, May 23 (Reuters) - UK health authorities on Monday said they had detected 36 more cases of monkeypox in England and the first infection in Scotland. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said the new cases took the total number of confirmed in England since May 7 to 56, but stressed that although the outbreak was concerning, the risk to Britons remained low.
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First case of monkeypox detected in Scotland

Scotland has recorded its first case of monkeypox, as more UK cases are set to be announced. The person infected in Scotland is “being managed and treated in line with nationally agreed protocols and guidance”, according to Dr Nick Phin, a director of Public Health Scotland.Officials did not confirm details of the infected person, nor where they were located, but said close contacts were being traced and would be given support and possibly vaccination against the virus.Cases of monkeypox have surged around the world in recent weeks after Britain reported a case to the World Health Organisation (WHO) on 6...
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Ukrainian chapel secures lifeline funding support

A tiny Ukrainian chapel in southern Scotland has secured funding for repairs. The support from South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE) will help to safeguard its long-term future. The site has become a focus for humanitarian aid during the war in Ukraine. A funding package has been secured to help safeguard...
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ScotRail and drivers' union return to pay talks

ScotRail and the train drivers' union Aslef have said they will return to talks in an ongoing dispute over pay. About 700 daily services were cut on Monday after the train operator issued a temporary timetable to cope with driver shortages. Aslef said informal talks would take place on Tuesday...
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Scotland: Arsenal's Kieran Tierney omitted from World Cup play-off squad

Kieran Tierney has been omitted from Scotland's squad for the World Cup play-off semi-final with Ukraine on 1 June, but Nathan Patterson is included. Both defenders are recovering from surgery and have not played since the end of March. Steve Clarke has named a pool of 28 for a possible...
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Follow the buzz: the best UK wildflower spectacles this summer

One of 23 nature reserves across the UK owned by conservation charity Plantlife that sparkle with wildflowers each summer (use the website’s map to find your nearest), this upland grassland in the Peak District near Buxton, is perennially popular among botanists. The range of species you might spot here includes drifts of yellow mountain pansies, early purple orchids, pink musk-mallow and lilac-tinted heath speedwell. Plantlife is also known for campaigns such as No Mow May and National Meadows Day (2 July), when it organises wildlife ID courses, scything competitions and art activities at many of its sites.
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Tuesday briefing: Everything you need to know about monkeypox

Good morning. As the seemingly never-ending fiasco of Partygate rumbles on (new pictures, that were obtained by ITV News, appear to show the prime minister drinking with colleagues during the coronavirus lockdown in November 2020) another virus has begun worrying scientists. Understandably, after two years of a pandemic, any mention...
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E. coli O157 outbreak being investigated in Scotland

Public health officials in Scotland have reported an outbreak of E. coli O157 affecting children at a nursery. The NHS Borders Health Protection team said Cherrytrees nursery in Hawick has temporarily closed. NHS Borders has refused to say how many people are sick but Cherrytrees is a 63-place day nursery...
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