The singer is known for songs like Brown Eyed Girl and Gloria, and classic albums including Astral Weeks. By Mark Savage Sir Van Morrison has
Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has voiced concern that some are underestimating the current public health situation. Picture by Bill Heaney By Democrat reporter The
Jane Heaney, who purchased her chiwawas, Fudge and Sky, legally before the lockdown in March loves her dogs but urges people to make certain their
By Canon Gerry Conroy As this pandemic continues, more people are asking what is going on, and I am certain that people with faith have
By Democrat reporter LibDem MSP, Liam McArthur, has demanded that the First Minister agrees to give childminders a ‘fair deal’ when it comes to support
Alex Salmond, Nicola Sturgeon, Kenny MacAskill and Peter Murrell. Tom Peterkin of the Press and Journal reported exclusively from Holyrood that Police Scotland have launched
WASPI women campaigners after a meeting in the Burgh Hall in Dumbarton. By Democrat reporter Two women affected by the state pension age being changed
Doctor ‘lost job after challenging ward closure’ Dr Jan Calder said her experience left her feeling demoralised and disempowered. BBC Scotland is reporting that a
By Democrat reporter Cllr Jim Bollan has been barred from the next two council meetings for revealing redacted (blanked out) information from an internal audit
By Claire Meadows The Covid crisis has reminded people of the value of the media, the Executive Director of the Society of Editors (SoE) has
By Democrat reporter When you’re an NHS Chief Executive, an A&E department wouldn’t normally be on your list for an ideal holiday destination. But that’s
By Democrat reporter Scottish Liberal Democrat environment spokesperson Rebecca Bell has today marked the start of the week-long Great British Beach Clean, which runs from
The testing centre which has been set up outside the Meadow Centre in Dumbarton. By Democrat reporter Jackie Baillie MSP is this week warning local
Glasgow Road in Dumbarton, where youths are alleged to have been assaulted. By Democrat reporter Detectives in West Dunbartonshire have arrested and charged four male
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon rubbing shoulders with the Duke of Buccleuch. NOTEBOOK by Bill Heaney There can’t be many who think much of politicians these
Top earners – Gary Lineker, Zoe Ball and Graham Norton. BY Bill Heaney Read it and weep. The BBC has published the latest list of
Lord Keen, centre, with Lady Angiolini at a ceremony in Edinburgh. Picture by Bill Heaney By Democrat reporter Boris Johnson appears to be on
By Democrat reporter Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton Constituency, has called for support to be provided for all employees who are still off on furlough
By Democrat reporter Over 400 health research trials have restarted and 51 new ones commenced by the health board as part of its recovery plan.
Simply the Best – Rangers daft Jim Clark and his grandweans celebrate his successful fund-raising walk outside Ibrox By Judith Haw Rangers daft Jim Clark
Avast ye Hearties: Playtime at Drumfork Children play on the swings and the new Pirate Ship climbing frame in the Drumfork Playpark. By Kim Hardie
Storage issues could hit cost of fruit and veg as supermarket chain’s profits plunge Morrisons have two local supermarkets – one in Dumbarton and one
A quiet day for reminiscing in Donegal and who cares if the name of the ferry says Rhum when where it’s going to is Arranmore
The big clean up goes ahead yet again at the Rest and be Thankful. By Bill Heaney Dumbarton, Vale of Leven, Helensburgh & Lomond MSP
UPDATE: Patrick McGranaghan, 47, has been traced safe and well. Police in Argyll and West Dunbartonshire are appealing for information to help trace a missing man
By Democrat reporter Police Scotland can confirm a 54-year-old woman has died following a road crash on the A82 on Tuesday, 15 September, 2020. The
Chief Superintendent John Paterson and officers and equipment being used to trace the missing person. By Democrat reporter Police in Argyll and West Dunbartonshire are
Local News Peter Manuel was executed at Barlinnie in 1958 after being convicted of nine murders. By Reevel Alderson Home affairs correspondent, BBC Scotland The
BY CLAIRE MEADOWS The Society of Editors has expressed concern following a warning by a leading human rights organisation that social media companies are taking down
The Court of Session in Edinburgh where Christine O’Neill has been appointed to be a QC. By Democrat reporter A Dumbarton woman is one of
Douglas Stuart’s Shuggie Bain brings us to 1980s Glasgow and contains all the joie de vivre that you’d expect from a novel set in 1980s Glasgow.
US and African authors dominate this year’s Booker Prize shortlist, which features only one – a New York-based Scot – from Britain or Ireland. Four
Cove and Kilcreggan Bowling Club is situated on the Rosneath Peninsula. By Democrat reporter A cluster of coronavirus cases has been linked to a private
Jim Bollan outside the Council offices in the old Burgh Hall in Church Street, Dumbarton. Banned for two meetings. By Bill Heaney Councillor Jim
Professor Linda Bauld supports keeping the Daily Nicola show on BBC TV By Bill Heaney BBC Scotland has said it will no longer be providing
The flu vaccine is free for those over 65, people with long-term health issues and children. By Sylvia Thompson in The Irish Times Facing into
By Democrat reporter First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today stressed the vital importance of the new laws that have come into force, limiting social gatherings to a
Professor and Mrs Ian Jackson with Boy David, whom they took into their home. By Bill Heaney Forty years on from the inspiring story
Joyce White, the Burgh Hall and Municipal Buildings and Cllr Jim Bollan By Democrat reporter The Standards Commission for Local Government in Scotland was sitting
13 September 2020, 23:23 | Updated: 13 September 2020, 23:55 Geoffrey Cox struck out at the “unconsciable” plan to override the Withdrawal Agreement. Picture: PA By
Drivers faced with 59 mile diversion as ‘significant’ landslide forces closure Rest and Be Thankful. Picture credit BEAR NW Trunk Roads @NWTrunkRoads The A83 route
Ballet West in Taynuilt, Argyll, was placed in liquidation in August. Students whose dreams of a professional dance career were shattered by the closure of
The last few months have been for many of us a challenge, not simply in terms of physical illness, but a challenge emotionally because it
Anglers fishing on Loch Lomond and the River Leven. By Bill Heaney Local anglers on the Lomond system of rivers, Leven, Fruin, Endrick, the Clyde
Richard Leonard, leader of the Scottish Labour Party, looks under pressure. By Bill Heaney A motion of no confidence in the Scottish Labour leader Richard
I write from Orkney after an overdue visit to EMEC – the European Marine Energy Centre – which I had a hand in establishing in
Rumours had begun circulating on social media this week Owners of iconic Glasgow restaurant Rogano are hitting back at claims it’s closing for good, writes
The Cardross Inn, which the owners want to make their outdoor drinking area permanent. By Democrat reporter THE owners of the Cardross Inn, an old
Detectives in West Dunbartonshire are appealing for witnesses after two teenagers were assaulted on Friday nightt (11 September 2020). The 15 and 16-year-old-boys were on
Labour politicians Jackie Baillie and Neil Bibby pictured before the lockdown in Dumbarton’s most popular public house, The Glencairn in Bridge Street, with the proud
Mitchell Way in Alexandria, where West Dunbartonshire Council, would recommend you shop. By Democrat reporter Residents in West Dunbartonshire are being encouraged to ‘think local
BBC’s Carol Kirkwood pictured here leaving the BBC Studios is forecasting downpours in Scotland and heatwave temperatures in South East England. Above is Lucy Verasamy,
Richard Leonard said a bid to oust him at a meeting of the party’s ruling body is ‘factional’. By Democrat reporter STV is reporting that
Fire service personnel have been assisting residents in parts of Clifden, as water levels there continue to rise (Pics: Galway Fire Service) By Pat McGrath, Western
By Hilary Fannin in The Irish Times Clifden, Connemara. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy Seo é mo laethanta saoire an tsámhraidh. Dear Sr Mary Dimples, This year
By Democrat reporter It’s finally Friday and we’re all looking forward to a fun weekend. But ahead of new laws on Monday – meeting only
Judges Lord Keane and Lady Angiolini pictured at a ceremony in Edinburgh. Above Lords Doherty, Matthews and Gill. Pictures by Bill Heaney BY CLAIRE MEADOWS
By Democrat reporter On the day before harsher coronavirus restrictions become legally enforceable across Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has called on the
Police Chief Superintendent John Paterson, the person in charge of policing in Argyll and West Dunbartonshire. Pictures by Bill Heaney and Rodger Scullion By Democrat
If paradise was half as nice – soft play centre for children. THE owner of an award-winning chain of children’s indoor soft play areas is
Families picnicking, sunbathing and swimming at Loch Lomond. By Democrat reporter Luss Bay on Loch Lomondside has been identified as one of the most
New audiences editor for London and the South East, Luke Jacobs at his desk. BY MARIELLA BROWN Reach – the weekly newspaper group which owns the
Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall with young fans looking forward to the opening of the new season proper in Scotland later this month.. By Bill Heaney
Dumbarton High Street, where businesses are struggling to stay open. By Democrat reporter The Scottish Government must deliver over £250 million worth of unallocated business
A family gathers at Rhu hoping for a glimpse of their loved-one as HMS Blyth returns to the Clyde; HMS Blyth returns to the
BURNING HERESIES A Memoir of a Life in Conflict, 1979-2020 KEVIN MYERS In this remarkable sequel to his critically acclaimed memoir Watching the Door, journalist Kevin Myers
By Democrat reporter First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has urged smartphone users across Scotland to download NHS Scotland’s new contact tracing app to help suppress the
By First Minister Nicola Sturgeon It must still be our aim to keep prevalence of the virus as low as possible, so we have taken
By Democrat reporter BRIAN Taylor, BBC Scotland’s stalwart of political reporting, is retiring after a 35-year career with the broadcaster. Renowned for his razor-sharp reporting
Nicola Sturgeon’s husband, the SNP chief executive Peter Murrell, has told a Holyrood inquiry he did not know about sexual harassment allegations against Alex Salmond
Elaine Harkins has been nominated for the Diabetes Healthcare Professional of the Year. By Lucy Ashton A senior diabetes nurse specialist at Paisley’s Royal
By Richard Leonard Shortly after next year’s Holyrood elections, women’s organisations around the globe will mark the 40th anniversary of the Convention on the Elimination of
Accolades are pouring in to The Democrat and social media from as far away as Australia for this truly great picture of Dumbarton, which includes
‘Whatever form it takes, Brexit cannot be allowed to imperil the Good Friday Agreement,’ house speaker Nancy Pelosi said. Photograph: Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times
ADVICE FROM THE IRISH TIMES With older children advised to bring a fresh reusable face covering to school each day and the mandatory wearing of
Builders at work on new housing at Westcliff in the West End of Dumbarton. Picture by Bill Heaney Investigation by Billy Briggs in The Ferret
Leslie Evans said she was not aware of any meetings with counsel and special advisers. By Bill Heaney Scotland’s most senior civil servant “misled” parliament
By Democrat reporter A PUBLIC consultation produced by a charity led by a committee including Helensburgh man Ronald Morrison, a retired accountant and entrepreneur, provides
Alex Kerr with Nicola Sturgeon, when he was one of six SNP candidates for the 2019 European Election By Judith Duffy in The National A
By Democrat reporter Statistics out today have revealed an increase of 16.5 per cent in the number of Debt Payment Programmes accepted under the Debt
By Democrat reporter West Dunbartonshire Council chief executive Joyce White, pictured right, has thrown her considerable weight behind the Scottish Government plea for people to
BY CLAIRE MEADOWS Science and health journalists have been critical to the reporting and public understanding of the Covid-19 pandemic, a leading panel has agreed.
By Democrat reporter The number of coronavirus tests being carried out halved in less than a week, calling into question the effectiveness of Test and
A shepherd tends his flock in Glen Fruin in the hills above Helensburgh. Picture by Bill Heaney By Democrat reporter STV Studios has been
The Scottish Parliament at Holyrood in Edinburgh. By Bill Heaney It reads like a script from Yes Minister, the hugely popular BBC comedy about politics.
Machines can hold simple conversations and have been found to improve mental health The wheeled robots, called Pepper, have been successfully trialled in the UK
Police seize an XR protester at the weekend By Democrat reporter THE government has been hit with a media censorship warning amid reports it is
By Nick Kempe of Parkswatch Pictures by Bill Heaney, of the Democrat If you did not hear the Call Kaye programmme on 18th August,
Campaigners against domestic abuse at a meeting in West Dunbartonshire. By Democrat reporter Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today stressed the need to
The second great old photograph of the day from Frances Slorach is of St Patrick’s Boys’ Guild at their annual summer holiday camp in Fort
By Democrat reporter THE Marine Conservation Society‘s annual Great British Beach Clean will begin on 18th September, running for a week, rather than a weekend, of beach
By Democrat reporter People in West Dunbartonshire and South Argyll need to play by the rules – as Covid cases continue to rise in the
By Democrat reporter THE founder of a copywriting agency has published a beginner’s guide to becoming a freelance writer. Neil Cumins said: “For many Scots,
This photograph came to The Democrat by courtesy of Frances Slorach. It is of a group of women dressed as auxiliary nurses and emergency ambulance
Richard Leonard with former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn BRIAN WILSON writes … Demands for “loyalty” from a besieged leader should be treated with suspicion. Loyalty
By Democrat reporter A number of doctors have called for an end to the daily Covid-19 figures, describing them as a “self-perpetuating cycle of misery”.
Maire Mullis in Beedi’s in Dungloe, Donegal, which is a ‘wet’ pub and a group of Scottish visitors. From the Irish Times The Irish Government
Submarines at the MoD base at Faslane on the Gareloch BY CLAIRE MEADOWS The Society of Editors (SoE) has called on the Ministry of Defence
Outgoing Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Chris Stephenson, hand-over to Lieutenant Commander Mark Shaw By Gavin Carr NORTHERN Diving Group, the Royal Navy’s team of bomb
‘Please do not politicise this pandemic’. According to Alex Andreou in Politics magazine, this is “the rallying cry of the clueless”.
Teenage mother Mary Duncan, who has been missing for 40 years. By Democrat reporter Detectives in West Dunbartonshire and Argyll investigating the disappearance of Mary
Jackie Baillie said: “It really does beggar belief that on the very first day that our long awaited and hard fought for local testing service has opened, local people are already being told to travel as far as Dundee to access a test.
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Alex Paterson, chief executive of HES, said: “The heritage and tourism sectors have, along with many others, been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, so I am really pleased that we are now continuing to reopen more historic attractions.
“He is a man of action and just took it upon himself to get out and maintain public grounds without any complaints.
Hugh Caldwell wrote this to celebrate Renton FC winning the World Championship. These lines were quite prophetic.
“Hurrah! Great gifted Renton, thy glorious spreading name
Shall live throughout all ages on the scroll of football fame;”
This Pandemic is forcing us to confront the excesses of individualism where people are saying they have a right not to wear masks if they don’t want to, or to not socially distance if they don’t want to.
Willie Rennie said:”It’s frankly ridiculous that despite my weeks of questioning the blatant failings with the quarantine spot check system haven’t been ironed out.
She told MSPs that at next year’s Holyrood election she will “make the case for Scotland to become an independent country, and seek a clear endorsement of Scotland’s right to choose our own future”.
In his writing over the years, O’Hagan has painted an affectionate portrait of himself as a young man. He was the boy who stowed books in a bread tin under his bed, hidden from the sneers of his dad, a violent alcoholic; the kid with more interest in “history and flowers” than Celtic FC. Having three older brothers helped him survive. “I mean I was openly expressing interest in Virginia Woolf at school – that was basically asking to be battered. But they were quite tough my brothers, so kids left me alone.”
The murderer from the first exhibited no remorse for his deed, and went through his trial and sentence with a stolid indifference, which he maintained to the last, although his pale face and haggard appearance betokened much selfish suffering.
Extinction Rebellion activist Gully Bujak, 27, said: “You cannot have a functioning democracy with a mainstream media that is ruled by a small, unrepresentative sect of society, who are in bed with politicians and the fossil fuel industry.
The GERS figures do not show that if Scotland were to become independent, each person in Scotland would become £2,000 worse off. The figure only refers to the current difference between revenue and spending in Scotland compared to the UK.
The public most be wondering how long they are going to have to put up Cllr McColl and his cronies. They are an affront to the many well-intentioned folk in the Scottish National Party. He makes Donald Trump and Boris Johnston look good.”
It takes a lot of nerve to re appropriate the name of Victor Hugo’s most famous novel. It takes a lot of flair to open your debut feature among a riotous Parisian throng celebrating the victory of the French team at the 2018 Fifa World Cup in the Avenue des Champs-Élysées.
Ian Murray, executive director of the SoE will chair the discussion. Confirmed panellists also include Pallab Ghosh, BBC Science Correspondent and ABSW honorary president, and Fiona Fox, chief executive of the Science Media Centre, which briefs journalists on science issues, and Jane Merrick policy editor at the i.
Cllrs Diane Docherty and Caroline McAllister By Democrat reporter The first phase of modern new homes on the site of a former school in Clydebank
British Airways flight prices jumped to more than £500 for Thursday, and EasyJet sold out all its flights from Faro to airports in Britain for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Fortunately we were both sitting. My father’s 99, he’s got his back to the bow of the boat and we’re almost right at the bow, and there’s a big impact and the boat stopped very suddenly.
Positive Action in Housing said Ms Baguma’s one-year-old son was “found crying beside his mother’s body, weakened from several days of hunger”.
Grants from the Transitional Support Fund will be available to all private and voluntary or not-for-profit registered day care of children providers, not just those delivering funded early learning and childcare.
“Should the science and health writers have been given more of a lead over the past few months, or is understanding the political decisions of more importance to the public’s understanding of what has been taking place and done in their name?”
“At the same time, Jeane Freeman is writing out to MSPs with a long-winded no. So while it’s a ‘mibbes aye’ from the First Minister, it’s a ‘mibbes naw’ from the Health Secretary.
“However, our community has been hit particularly hard by this virus and nothing less than a fully operational and permanent local testing service is enough.
This endorsement by Education Scotland is a quality mark of excellence in professional learning. It is a huge achievement to be able to offer a programme like this in our own educational settings but to be able to lead the way, and share our expertise to other educational professionals across Scotland, is phenomenal.
Even if they can’t spell Meadow or testing or explain what they mean by “alternate weekends”, the Health Board trust you’ll get the message above about testing for coronavirus in West Dunbartonshire.
Emergency services attended and the 21-year-old male passenger of the motorcycle was taken by ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital where he has subsequently died as a result of his injuries.
Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard has declared that he will be leading the party into the 2021 Holyrood elections despite a number of Labour MSPs calling for his resignation.
Asked about the dissent in Scottish Labour on Wednesday, the UK Labour leader’s spokesperson replied: “This is a matter for Scottish Labour. But Keir and Richard have a very good working relationship.
Jonathan Best, Chief Operating Officer for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “It is essential all outpatients continue to attend appointments as normal, as these are not impacted by the new restrictions in place and it’s extremely important we’re able to continue delivering care and treatment to patients across Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
“However, by this point the damage was done. This matter has not only been the worst kind of political smear, the false allegation has equally resulted in security implications for myself and my family given its serious and personal nature.”
The announcement comes following an increase in cases in the area which the Scottish Government attributed to community transmission due to indoor gatherings and parties where guidelines were not followed.
Don’t moan about it though. A community gets the politicians it deserves if they don’t bother to get off their backsides and go out and vote.
Restrictions come into effect at midnight (Tuesday 1 September), initially for 2 weeks. Learn more gov.scot/coronaviruslocal
People living in these areas:
should not meet other households in indoor household settings, whether in these areas or elsewhere
can continue to meet other households outside e.g. in gardens or hospitality
should be extra vigilant and follow all guidance
It is undoubtedly true that this pandemic has introduced into the lives of many people fear and apprehension about the whole situation. On the other hand there are those for whom the whole situation has passed by as little more than an annoyance to their usual habits in life and are determined not to let it affect them in any way. Fear is not on their agenda. Most sensible people, I suspect, would think of this latter group as at times irresponsible if not downright stupid.
“These steps are in place to protect our health and the well-being of the most vulnerable in our communities. Our area has been particularly badly hit by Covid-19 and while we are through the worst of it, we are not yet in the clear.
£60 million to guarantee everyone aged 16 to 24 a job, a place in education or a place in training By First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
By Democrat reporter A Church of Scotland foodbank has been recoignised for its work by the Church of Scotland. Ness Bank Church’s Inverness Foodstuff, which
She said: “The greatest challenges I saw faced our patients and their families and by default, many of my nursing colleagues as well. The bravery and courage displayed by our nursing team inside the hospital as a wall against this once in a generation pandemic, was reflected by our local population in their support for the site.
Brendan O’Hara MP said: ““I appreciate the heroic efforts of the BEAR Scotland workforce in building the mitigation pits and in clearing debris from the road, these are massive tasks but we cannot go on second guessing this hillside; one which will become increasingly unstable due to climate change and increased rainfall.”
Voters, weary of the same old politics with its cronyism and its sleaze and its failure to listen to the concerns of voters, were told that a vote for the SNP was a vote for something better, for a more decent, honourable politics.
Dad-of-three Andy, 58, has been at the helm of our politics team since August 1998, covering all the country’s seismic changes — including Scotland’s first Parliament in 300 years, the death of Donald Dewar, the rise of the SNP and 2014’s independence referendum.
President Donald Trump defended Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old Trump supporter who fatally shot two people in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last week. The president also blamed mounting civil unrest on “left-wing political violence.” Speaking at a White House coronavirus update, Trump called Rittenhouse’s attack at a Black Lives Matter demonstration, held days after Kenosha police wounded Jacob Blake, a Black man, an “interesting situation.” “He was trying to get away from them, I guess … and he fell,” Trump claimed, citing videos of the Rittenhouse attack. “And then they very violently attacked him.”
In the event of an indyref2 ‘yes’ vote, the UK could keep Trident on the Clyde, giving the SNP revenue for a new defence force
“What that means is hospitals can shove people into care homes and avoid a normal assessment process. If anyone was going to check if a care home was safe it would have been social workers but they were removed from the picture by law.”
This is the first NUJ strike under the Covid-19 lockdown. This in itself is a demonstration of the commitment of the chapel and a reflection of the strength of feeling among the NUJ members involved.
There are good reasons, historic and current, for the differentials of inter-dependence. It is only when statistics become weaponised in a battle of flags – which Scottish politics has been reduced to – that these arguments of fairness are obscured. Personally, I prefer fairness to flags.
Emergency services attended and the 21 year old passenger was taken by ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital where medical staff describe his condition as critical.
By Democrat reporter UK Labour’s Anneliese Dodds and Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard, pictured right, have come together and told the SNP government to “get
And what has jumped out at me is the fact that two major fee paying school, Glasgow Academy and St Aloysius’ College, pictured right, are in the (very short) list of schools where testing is, or has already, been carried out.
Since Chinese officials implemented the first coronavirus lockdown in the city of Wuhan in January, there have been more than 25.2 million cases of COVID-19 across the planet. More than 846,000 people have died from the disease, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Efforts to curb the outbreak have led to the global disruption of daily life and the economy, as schools and workplaces shuttered in hopes of slowing transmission.
The van, funded by the Scottish Drug Deaths Taskforce will act as a key touchpoint for people who use drugs to engage with the health service within Glasgow HSCP. Primarily providing injecting equipment to minimise the transfer of blood-borne viruses (BBV) and maximise harm reduction, it will also carry out BBV testing in the community to help tackle the HIV epidemic in Glasgow.
“How many times must we tell them that this is not possible when you have up to thirty three pupils in a room sitting shoulder to shoulder.
Speaking during the daily coronavirus briefing in Edinburgh, she said an incident management team was looking at a cluster of 22 cases in Ayrshire and Arran, many of which “seem to be linked to indoor gatherings that took place the previous weekend”.
Jackie Baillie MSP for Dumbarton, Vale of Leven, Helensburgh and Lomond, has backed calls for the Lord Advocate James Wolffe to investigate reports of Covid-19 patients who were knowingly discharged from hospital to care homes.
The parents of schoolchildren in West Dunbartonshire – and other adults living in the same house – are anxious not just about the safety of pupils and staff but of the risk of children unwittingly becoming infected and bringing that infection home with them, according to Labour councillor David McBride.
Councillor Iain McLaren, Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “I am pleased that some of the Town Centre Fund money is being used to capitalise on the town centre’s close proximity to the river and that residents will now have a pleasant gathering space to enjoy that area.
Opposition parties say it makes billionaire owners of shooting estates exempt from the tax, while landowners and shooting advocates say it unfairly taxes small landholders who don’t run shooting businesses, or even shoot at all.
The incident happened around 11pm on East Princes Street near Helensburgh Central Train Station. The victim was taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley for treatment to serious facial injuries.
How any politician of any hue came to think it was a good idea to discriminate against poor and deprived children is unbelievable. Nicola Sturgeon must have been aware of this.
She is the latest in a series of SNP MSPs to confirm they will not be standing for re-election and her announcement follows Health Secretary Jeane Freeman confirming on Monday plans to quit Holyrood in May.
Police and the Scottish Ambulance Service were called to the scene at the junction of Nitshill Road and Parkhouse Road in the south side of the city at about 10:00 on Saturday.
“Harriet should be granted political asylum and allowed to live here without fear of being sent back to a country where her life would be in danger. It’s time the Tory Government stopped playing with people’s futures and treated refugees and asylum seekers as people.”
The BIT Collective, which was set up to tackle gender inequality in Scotland’s trad music scene, wants a “fundamental culture change” in the attitude to women’s safety, equality and dignity.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the powers were being introduced as a last resort in a bid to cut down on a “significant transmission risk” across the country.
He is described as around 17-years-old, around 5ft 5in tall, slim build, dark hair with a fringe and spotty skin. He was wearing a black pullover hoody, black shorts, dark trainers and a dark backpack. The bike is described as a black mountain bike with front suspension.
December 2017 saw Clydebank Churches Together songsters clear their throats at the conclusion of a Christmas Carol Concert in the Town Hall. It cost £432.68. Civic Reception for the Clydebank Asbestos Group, Clydebank Town Hall. Then there was the LGBT Rainbow Flag Raising Event, Garshake Road, Dumbarton. Reception thereafter in Council Offices. In March, Provost Hendrie hosted the 10th Clydebank Blitz Memorial Service, Old Dalnottar Cemetery, followed by wreath laying ceremony at Solidarity Plaza. Reception thereafter in the Reception Hall, Clydebank Town Hall. It cost £1,366.00, and a couple of days later, on the 12th, they had a ‘Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth’ Flag Raising Ceremony. I am certain none of you would have dreamed of missing that one.
Community Safety Minister Ash Denham said: “The first-hand accounts I’ve heard from children of their experiences in the family court process have been deeply touching. This is why the radical changes in this Bill are so important.
A new £15 million Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund will provide critical support to a range of businesses such as art galleries, studio facilities, comedy venues, large music venues, commercial theatres, orchestras, dance companies and nightclubs.
Labour MSP Neil Findlay has drawn our attention to this Sunday Post editorial. You can add comments below. Editor
Right now, a person can go online—I will not name particular websites—and buy, for a relatively small amount of money, a pill press that can churn out those lethal pills by the thousands.
With over 12,000 patients receiving cancer operations a year in Scotland, this reduction in capacity threatens to jeopardise the survival chances of almost 10,000 Scots over the next two years.
She also encouraged the store to employ those who had previously worked for Waitrose and to residents from the local area to ensure that people did not miss out on any employment opportunities.
Beginning on Sunday 30th August on the BBC Scotland channel, the second series will continue to broadcast different religious services each week, starting with a service from Glasgow Cathedral with prayers, sermon, readings and hymns from Reverend Mark Johnstone.
The freedom of the open road makes motorcycling an exhilarating way to travel and enjoy magnificent scenery, however collisions involving motorcyclists are disproportionate to the number of riders using our roads.
She told First Minister Nicola Sturgeon that she had not received a satisfactory answer when she last raised the matter – “Let me ask again: when was the First Minster first informed that Covid-positive patients had been transferred into care homes? Was she first told in March, April, May, June, July or August?”
With only a few days of the 2020 Book Festival to go, we are all feeling a bit emotional – but thankfully it’s not over yet! And we’re so excited about what we still have in store – from more thrilling live broadcasts, to the incredible events now available on demand on our website and YouTube channel.
The letter states that, despite the fire having taken place almost three years ago and Mrs Midgley’s constant requests to the Crown Office and the Procurator Fiscal office, no charges have been brought forward and no prosecution undertaken.
With no chance of social distancing on a submarine (even a pretend one) the entire team are working in a self contained unit, with regular testing. This is endlessly fascinating for the team on River City, who are still getting to grips with their own regime.
“If a primary pupil was immunised against flu last year it is important they get the vaccine again this year, as the virus changes every year. As a result, a different vaccine has to be made every year, meaning annual vaccination is necessary for children.
Mayflies centres on a powerful friendship, fuelled by teenage rebellion and the unforgettable soundtrack of late 80s British music. A captivating study of adolescence becoming adulthood. Find out more about the book and pre-order your copy now.
Jim Wilson, editor of The Sunday Post, said: “Our readers have been enjoying the journalism of The Sunday Post for more than 100 years but the traditional strengths of Sunday journalism – the ability to take more time to tell stories with depth – has never felt more important. This campaign is flying the flag for quality, trusted journalism and the need for that journalism has never felt greater.”
They are compiled by Scottish government statisticians free of political interference, and estimate spending that “benefits the people of Scotland” by the Scottish government, UK government, and all other parts of the public sector in Scotland.
This is a slap in face for the parents who are struggling with the mounting costs of childcare. Not only do families need and deserve this support, but there is no credible route to a strong economic recovery from this crisis that does not include strong childcare services. This can’t afford to wait.”
“Our key workers must be at the heart of decision-making across the country, which is why Labour will be supporting key workers who want to get involved in politics and stand for election in the years ahead.”
Being able to test quickly is important to the young person being able to resume school and to their family who have work commitments.
NHS Highland, including Argyll and Bute Maternity Services, were early adopters in the Best Start Programme, which sees women building strong relationships with their midwife and receiving care tailored to their individual needs and circumstances.
Then important people such as General De Gaulle, President of France, and his wife decided that they too wanted peace and time to relax in the stimulating, salt-kissed fresh air.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s GP Out of Hours service provides care and treatment to those who require medical assistance outwith normal GP surgery hours. The service works with NHS 24 and you should always contact NHS 24 on 111 to arrange an appointment.
Taking its bearings from Belfast in the 1960s, The Beatles’ Rubber Soul album and the energising shock of reading the great American poets Robert Lowell and Sylvia Plath, Dawe’s engagingly lyrical style has produced an evocative and memorable record of the music, poetry and culture of growing up in the northern capital.
The now departed, following an embarrassing interlude on the eve of the Scottish Budget when he resigned and disappeared from public life but kept claiming his parliamentary salary, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay was at the heart of the negotiations which put the public’s money at risk.
Labour MSP Jackie Bailie was forced to question a senior civil servant about missing emails using information gleaned from unnamed sources in this morning’s second witness session.
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman, who is one of the departing dozen, has admitted she would have handled the coronavirus crisis differently had she known how badly it would rip through Scotland’s care homes.
Employees who helped stage video productions or speeches at the White House may be in violation of the Hatch Act, a federal law prohibiting political activity on government property. “This administration has been committing ethics violations right and left,” said Walter Shaub, a senior adviser to an ethics watchdog group. [
Your speeches can be written for you and you can be rehearsed in the answers to any questions you are likely to be asked. Your fellow MPs may have a good idea of your limitations, but your constituents only see part of you, and that’s through the lens of your marketing machinery.
This tenacious little tree is in a picturesque bay on Loch Lomond near the village of Balmaha, in Scotland’s first National Park and on the route of the famous West Highland Way. Standing not quite in and not quite out of the loch, it has survived despite its less than ideal location.
folk are worried sick and running about like blue arsed flies to all parts of the country trying to get their kids tested…. when they can maybe use the isolate option. West Dunbartonshire Council are deliberately withholding that information.”
“I also want to stress that while family members need to self-isolate if someone in their household develops symptoms, they do not need to be tested unless they themselves go on to develop symptoms.
“Not touching the surface – taking it off around the ears. I would recommend young people might carry a little bag in their pocket, stick the face covering in there and when they’re taking it off and when they’re putting it back on, making sure they don’t touch the front of it,” she said.
The forces of disinformation and social media tend to “feed on fracture and drive polarisation” and the BBC “can do more for the UK than ever before” to serve viewers following the pandemic.
The first issue covers the latest news stories; what’s going on in gaming; an interview with a top WWE wrestler, toilet roll crafts and a feature on a school using bubbles to save the planet – “and that’s just the tip of the iceberg”.
Balloch writer Billy Scobie has produced some remarkable books and poems which have a special resonance here in West Dunbartonshire.
Freeman, who was formerly a Labour special adviser when Jack McConnell was First Minister, has been Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport since 2018 having been elected in 2016 and was a central figure in the Scottish Government’s Covid-19 response.
A prerequisite for Agnew Avenue though might prove too costly for the Council since the bathrooms in all the houses would have to have gold chains installed.
Chief Superintendent Paterson added: “Police Scotland remains absolutely committed to taking weapons off our streets and targeting those who exploit the most vulnerable people in our communities by dealing in drugs remains a priority.”
Changes to rules about previous criminal convictions which people need to disclose to prospective employers will take effect this year.
Irrespective of the outcome of the court case, or indeed the outcome of the parliamentary inquiry, to disregard what has happened to many women across Scotland who have experienced workplace harassment would be an injustice.
As for Professor Devi Sridhar’s unsubstantiated trope about English people “streaming’ into Scotland, disease in their wake, I wonder what the liberal consciences of Edinburgh University would think if it was applied to any other ethnic group?
Meanwhile, two years on, investigators are still sifting through debris to discover the cause of the fire. It is estimated the rebuilding of the Mackintosh building will cost at least £100m.
Surgery cuts imposed during pandemic threaten survival of 10,000 Scots cancer patients
“We need investment in local businesses here and across Scotland to kick start the recovery and we need a proper jobs guarantee scheme to protect the livelihoods of West Dunbartonshire and Argyll and Bute’s workforce.
As they prepared to pay their last respects Ava’s funeral service in Clydebank Crematorium, her heart broken relatives questioned why some people’s first reaction was to start filming the incident which happened in the water beneath Balloch Bridge.
Rail fares usually increase every January but the hike is linked to the previous July’s Retail Prices Index (RPI) measure of inflation.
He is “consulting his lawyers” after being left furious by the programme hosted by Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark, it has been reported.
“When the SNP Government is presiding over such a mess everyone in Scottish Labour must be united in tackling those failures and supporting the fight for a fairer economy, workers’ rights and public ownership of our public services.
Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon in happier times. By Alan Taylor in The National Midway through viewing the BBC Two documentary The Trial of Alex Salmond, I
The SNP minister, who once worked as a solicitor with Dumbarton District Council, said she had taken the decision after “some hard thinking” but would continue “to fight for independence”.
In order to use the land to the benefit of the population at large, donations are required so the loot can be transferred to the ample coffers of Buccleuch Estates.
Detectives at Clydebank have released images of two men they wish to speak to as they believe they may be able to help with their enquiries in relation to a bogus caller incident which occurred between Monday, 3 August, 2020 and Friday, 7 August 2020, within Freelands Crescent, Old Kilpatrick.
Its existence was one of the reasons why a new care home should never have been built at Crosslet since visitors and staff would be taking their life in their hands every time they crossed that road.
Stephanie Mccullough, wife of the driver of the train which crashed catastrophically after a weekend storm causing the death of her husband and two others, has moved swiftly to correct a wrong impression which may have been given in reports of the accident.
Kathryn McColgann said: “Thank you for your hard work preparing to reopen. I’d imagine the delay will be due to some staff being furloughed and ensuring safety is priority.”
Sergeant Martin Miller, of Helensburgh Police, said: “We are becoming increasingly concerned about Scott’s welfare and we are asking for assistance from members of the public to help trace him safe and well.
This very much fits with one of our key aims, as part of our plan to address climate change, which is to promote Argyll and Bute as a low carbon area and to develop and seek additional investment for green infrastructure.
Lieutenant Commander Ross Balfour, Officer in Charge of Project Wilton, said: “We have been working closely with both Defence Equipment and Support and our industry partners to realise this emergent capability for a considerable time.
Steve Bannon’s fraud indictment linked to fundraising for Donald Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall isn’t his only legal headache. The FBI and Securities and Exchange Commission are also investigating a $300 million investment offering for a planned media company tied to Bannon and fugitive Chinese businessman Guo Wengui.
“The fight for this information has been ongoing for 21 months now. The prevalence of this behaviour needs to be properly monitored and understood if we’re to have any chance of stamping it out.
Because the virus is so infectious, if it is present at such an event, there is a very high likelihood that most people at the event will get the virus.
By Bill Heaney The historic Waverley paddle steamer’s return to sailing on the Firth of Clyde has been delayed by Storm Ellen and a last-minute
This means that potentially they could enter the Clyde, the Leven, Loch Lomond, the Fruin and the Endrick, all of which are fished by members of the Loch Lomond Angling Association.
It will be fully assessed on Friday morning ahead of expected reopening.Traffic will be diverted via the standard diversion route of the A83, A82, A85 and A819.
Salmond was cleared on all counts. But that didn’t stop Wark from raking up all the claims and interviewing three of the women who gave evidence.
What a waste of time and taxpayers’ money has been the SNP government’s £3 million corona virus advertising campaign in Scotland’s weekly newspapers. This week
“There might be one [bulletin] a day, or something. I think there’ll be fewer of them. But … it’ll be in the digital space, it’ll be on, you know, iPlayer. It’ll be on your tablet, your iPhone.”
Existing patients who would normally attend the service between every five and eight weeks, will be invited to return to for regular treatments from September.
The old Rialto cinema in Dumbarton where, after church halls, bingo made its debut in Dumbarton 60 years ago. The owners, Carlton Bingo, will not re-open after suffering a downturn in business during the pandemic.
The app is so straight forward and keeps my clinical team up to date on my condition. It means you’re looked after every day without having to go and see a doctor. With the messaging service, you have a way of contacting somebody if you’re not feeling well which is a reassuring back-up.
“Unlike student nurses and midwives, however, those training to be a paramedic are not eligible for a bursary, despite being unable to take up part time work. To add insult to injury, their counterparts in England do receive bursaries.
The price of meals at schools will be cut by 50% every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during August with West Dunbartonshire families paying as little as £1.23 in Primary schools.
This has been a long and drawn out battle which impacted my health and business. I hope nobody else has to go through what I have been through over the last one and a half years with constant spiteful complaints.
Mr Salmond has repeatedly denied any criminal misconduct, and in March this year was cleared of 14 charges of sexual misconduct, including one of attempted rape. He was not prosecuted over the alleged incident at Edinburgh airport in 2007, which he also denied.
Families will be helped greatly by introduction of early learning. Illustration by Jane Heaney By Aileen MacLennan Argyll and Bute Council whose area includes Cardross,
Detective Sergeant David Lavery said : “The men threatened the couple with violence but thankfully no-one was injured as a result of this incident. There were children also within the home. From our enquiries so far we understand that the threat was directed at the couple with no wider risk to the public.
“With support and help from people like the Jimmy’s Ride team we can continue the wonderful work done at Erskine of caring, protecting and bringing happiness to the country’s Veterans and their spouses when they need it most. A heartfelt thank you from everyone at Erskine”.
Soor dook all round as charges increase by 20 per cent and John Swinney becomes the new milk snatcher By Ally Tibbitt in The Ferret
“We can finally announce that the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park has been selected as the first lynx reintroduction site in our ambitious plans to reintroduce the Eurasian lynx to Scotland,” a statement from the Lynx Trust said on Wednesday.
Dumbarton woman Susan Smillie has spent the past three years living alone on £30 a week on her beloved sailing boat. But when the Lockdown hit, she built a den from flotsam – and started living as a castaway in a den on the beach
This decision takes account of the fact that many school kitchens are small and would make social distancing extremely challenging for catering staff preparing meals. Further work is required to resolve this problem and allow for full catering teams to return to work.
“But it’s also essential that parents are provided with the reassurance they need that it is safe for their children to be in school.
The cricket matches I grew up with in the Indian subcontinent during the Forties and Fifties lasted five days. The players were dressed in immaculate white or off-white flannels, the ball was dark red and the spectators were well-dressed and sedate. It was no different in the West Indies: English cricket was everywhere the model.
At that point, Green logic becomes a little confused. How is it possible to identify a monumental failure of governance yet retain confidence in the Minister responsible for it?
“Extensive inquiries continue in an attempt to find any indication of where Mary could be, however due to the fact that she has not been seen or heard from in 42-years, we must consider the option that she may have come to harm.
He added that he believed Baillie’s anti-independence views put her out of step with the majority of her constituents who voted Yes in 2014.
Detective Inspector Allison Campbell has appealed for a couple who spoke to the distressed woman in Helensburgh after buying a takeaway to come forward.
Members of the cross-party committee have already criticised ministers for withholding key documents but promised to get to the bottom of the series of events that led to a successful legal challenge by Mr Salmond and cost the taxpayer hundreds of thousands of pounds.
“The repairs involve complex engineering methods which involve stabilising the recently formed steep channels on the embankments above and below the carriageway, as well as repairing the road which was heavily damaged by the landslip.
Actually, the plots are up for sale with an auction planned for 21st August. It appears that the new entrance and the related works may have been undertaken as part of an attempt to convince gullible members of the public that these plots has a reasonable chance of obtaining planning permission:
“The Redress for Survivors Bill will acknowledge and provide tangible recognition of harm as a result of historical child abuse in various residential care settings in Scotland.
“They spoke with her sometime between 10.30pm and 11.30pm while she was on her way to Helensburgh train station. It is believed the man and woman had made a recent purchase at a local takeaway restaurant.
Jonathan Barton, who worked at Ballet West Scotland in Argyll, has been accused of abusing his position to sleep with 16 year-old pupils at the £9,000 a year boarding school his family runs in Taynuilt.
I felt it was my labour; I was in control. All along they kept me informed about how things were going and told me I could do it myself. I just felt they were on my side – it was really empowering.
She believes the government has that level of information after the first minister revealed that during the Aberdeen outbreak, a significant portion of contacts were traced within a day and all the contacts were found within three days.
This includes the need to maintain physical distancing and the strict limits on the number of households that can meet at a time – 8 people from up to 3 households indoors and 15 people from up to 5 households outdoors.
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Why, exactly, is caffeine addictive? The reason stems from the way the drug affects the human brain, producing the alert feeling that caffeine drinkers crave.
The campaigning group, which represents thousands of Scottish carers, says that the decision on the contract conflicts with “the Promise” made by the Independent Care Review. This called on the Scottish Government to commit to ensuring children are kept with their families wherever possible.
The study, which is being carried out by the Glasgow Clinical Research Facility aims to find out whether they have developed immunity to the virus from potential exposure from their healthcare worker parents.
Conductor Donald Dinnie and passenger Christopher Stuchbury. By Democrat reporter The three people who died at the derailment incident have been formally identified and
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Twenty-six-year-old AB Wtr Castellas presented Mrs Millar with a hamper of goodies and a VJ Day 75 commemorative coin, donated by Legion Scotland and spent time chatting to the Veteran about her service during WWII.
Jackie Baillie MSP said: “I have been contacted by a number of constituents who work in the local tourism industry and there are serious concerns about the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on local businesses.
On August 26, 1989 John and Pat Hume travelled from Derry to Castlebar to receive a Human Rights Award from the Humbert Summer School. The occasion was the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution’s Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen.
Driver Brett McCullough, 45, died alongside conductor Donald Dinnie and a passenger when the train crashed By Jenness Mitchell, STV reporter The relatives of a
Joe Biden and California Sen. Kamala Harris appeared together for the first time as a joint Democratic ticket Wednesday in Wilmington, Delaware, with a clear general election message: President Donald Trump is a purveyor of crisis. “America is crying out for leadership, yet we have a president who cares more about himself than the people who elected him,” Harris said after being introduced by Biden. “A president who is making every challenge we face even more difficult to solve.” She also made an emotional tribute to her friend Beau Biden. [
When the enterprise network was reorganised, Donald John became chief executive of Dunbartonshire Enterprise and made a notable success of that role, winning investment and jobs for the area.
A Crown Office spokesman said: “The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service is committed to ensuring that the facts and circumstances surrounding the deaths of a 10-year-old boy and a 73-year-old woman at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in December 2018 and January 2019 respectively are thoroughly investigated by the relevant agencies, fully considered by COPFS and, in due course, aired in an appropriate legal forum.
“It is completely unacceptable that the SQA used an algorithm that simply ignored individual students hard work and the professional judgement of their teachers.
Elaine sings the praises of NHS urgent treatment staff who saved her vision Dr Ehab Abdelkader, Consultant Ophthalmologist and the Ophthalmogy team. By Democrat reporter
“If the SNP Government is serious about building an economy fit to weather the storm ahead, it must ensure jobs are good quality, paid at the real living wage or higher, and provide training and skills to equip workers for the rest of their lives.
The yard’s former owner, Jim McColl, who once ran a kitchen unit factory in Dumbarton, has blamed the delays and spiralling costs on repeated specification changes by government-owned CMAL, which commissioned the ship to run on CalMac’s Arran route
joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, has tapped Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) to be his running mate. Biden described Harris as “a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants.” Harris, a former attorney general of California and ex-district attorney of San Francisco, is a historic pick for the ticket.
She described the accident, which followed thunder storms, torrential rain and flash flooding in the North East as “extremely serious”.
In Newark, New Jersey, Ras Baraka, the mayor, is hoping to get a pilot programme up and running. A third of Newark’s residents live in poverty and have to make tough decisions, Mr Baraka says, like “heat or eat.”
There would be blood on the walls. Scalps would be taken, and one in particular, that of John Swinney, the Cabinet Secretary for Education. This would be the day when what happened really was ‘unprecedented’.
No bigger clanger has ever been dropped and none has received so much opprobrium in the 21 years the devolved Scottish parliament has been in
Celtic said it “unreservedly condemns and apologises” for the behaviour of Bolingoli, who travelled to Spain without informing the club and then failed to observe quarantine restrictions.”
The analysis places West Dunbartonshire as the 4th highest and Argyll & Bute as the 19th highest for care home deaths per 1,000 registered places up to 26th July.
One modern philosopher – Albert Camus – saw in the myth the truth of human existence. He saw us as constantly frustrated by a life that is absurd and without meaning. He rejected despair as the only legitimate response in the face of such adversity and opted instead for courage.
Helensburgh woman, Argyll and Bute council leader Aileen Morton says it is time the Scottish government stopped “shilly shallying” and came up with the cash for a permanent solution.
It sets out how relaxation of visiting restrictions will take place in three further stages, moving through outdoor visiting, indoor visiting by one designated person and eventually to a controlled programme of outdoor and indoor visiting.
They harbour a few dozen of the elect who wield influence on policy and strategy. Together they form an intellectual and philosophical black hole where radical ideas disappear and die. In exchange for this they get invitations to sup at the Bute House Presidential Palace or get thrown a seat on a quango or a health board. Thus, the triumph of middle-class mediocrity is assured.
“Like the pupils and parents who protested at the weekend, I am clear that those responsible for this fiasco must be held to account.