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Bonfire Night smoke poses health risks for people with lung conditions, charity warns

Bonfire Night smoke poses health risks for people with lung conditions, charity warns

How smoke from fireworks and bonfires can trigger asthma attacks and COPD symptoms People with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are advised to take extra precautions during Bonfire Night celebrations, as smoke from fireworks and bonfires can worsen their condition and cause potentially life-threatening breathing difficulties. Asthma + Lung UK, a charity that supports people with lung conditions, says that smoke can stay in the air for a long time and create areas of air pollution that can trigger asthma attacks or symptoms such as coughing, wheezing and breathlessness. The charity also warns that cold air and viruses,…
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Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler faces second sexual assault lawsuit

Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler faces second sexual assault lawsuit

A woman claims she was sexually assaulted by the rock star twice when she was 17 years old in 1975. Who is Jeanne Bellino? Jeanne Bellino is a woman who has filed a sexual assault lawsuit against Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler. She says she has suffered “severe and permanent emotional distress” after the singer allegedly assaulted her twice in 1975 at the age of 17, according to the New York lawsuit. She was working on a fashion show in Manhattan when a friend arranged for them to meet the rock band. What are the allegations against Tyler? The lawsuit alleges…
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M&S apologises for Christmas ad outtake that sparked outrage

M&S apologises for Christmas ad outtake that sparked outrage

Accusations of disrespecting Palestinian flag Marks & Spencer, a leading British retailer, has faced backlash from some social media users who accused the company of disrespecting the Palestinian flag in an outtake from its Christmas advert. The image, which was posted on the brand’s official Instagram account, showed red, green, and silver paper hats thrown into a fire, with a caption that suggested some people do not like wearing them during the festive season. However, some people saw a resemblance between the paper hats and the colours of the Palestinian flag, which has become a symbol of resistance and solidarity…
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Billy Connolly unveils new sculptures inspired by his life on the road

Billy Connolly unveils new sculptures inspired by his life on the road

The Big Yin transforms his drawings into stainless steel artworks Sir Billy Connolly, the legendary comedian and artist, has revealed his latest creations: two sculptures based on his drawings that reflect his experiences of travelling and performing around the world. The sculptures, called Direction and Two for the Road, are made of polished stainless steel and are being sold by Castle Fine Art. Direction: a mysterious leader and a group of followers Direction is a sculpture that shows a group of figures following someone who seems to be leading them somewhere. Sir Billy said he does not know who the…
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Scottish Schools Ranked: The 18 best performing secondary schools in Scotland according to latest exam results

Scottish Schools Ranked: The 18 best performing secondary schools in Scotland according to latest exam results

How the rankings are calculated The rankings are based on the percentage of pupils at each school who achieved the Scottish Government’s educational “gold standard” of five Highers, or their equivalent, in 2022. The data was published by the Scottish Government on its own website. Where schools are tied, the share of pupils passing four or more Highers, then three or more if necessary, was used to determine the ranking. The top 18 schools in Scotland The best performing school in Scotland was Jordanhill School in Glasgow, where 89 per cent of pupils left with at least five Highers. It…
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Scottish Government under fire for WhatsApp deletion policy

Scottish Government under fire for WhatsApp deletion policy

WhatsApp messages could be evidence of misconduct The Scottish Government has been criticised for its policy of encouraging civil servants to delete WhatsApp messages that could be relevant to inquiries or legal cases. The policy was revealed by a freedom of information request from the Scottish Conservatives, who said it was “astonishing” and “deeply troubling”. WhatsApp is a popular messaging app that allows users to send encrypted texts, voice messages, photos, and videos. The app also has a feature that lets users delete messages for everyone in a chat, making them disappear from both the sender’s and the recipient’s devices.…
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Dog kills sheep in brutal attack on Scottish farm

Dog kills sheep in brutal attack on Scottish farm

A farmer has spoken of the “lasting damage” caused by a dog attack that killed one of his family’s sheep and injured several others. Dog drove sheep into the sea and drowned it The incident happened on October 26, when a tourist was walking along the beach near Laide in the northwest Highlands with a large German Shepherd-type dog. The dog was not on a leash, despite the owner having one in his hand. The dog chased a group of ewes that were grazing on a hill that runs down to the shore. The dog drove one sheep across jagged…
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Labour’s David Lammy faces backlash over Gaza bombing comments

Labour’s David Lammy faces backlash over Gaza bombing comments

Shadow foreign secretary says Israel’s attack on refugee camp can be legally justified if there is a military objective David Lammy, the shadow foreign secretary, has sparked outrage and criticism after he said that Israel’s bombing of a refugee camp in Gaza can be legally justified if there is a military objective. Lammy made the controversial statement on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Friday, when he was asked about the civilian deaths at the Jabalia camp, where at least 10 people were killed, including eight children, in an Israeli airstrike. “It’s wrong to bomb a refugee camp but clearly…
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Scottish community cut off by landslip appeals for help

Scottish community cut off by landslip appeals for help

A remote peninsula in Argyll is facing a “fight for survival” as it remains isolated from a vital road link almost a month after a record-breaking rainfall caused a massive landslip. How the landslip happened and its impact On October 7, the Craignish peninsula was battered by heavy rain that triggered a landslip on the A816 near Ardfern. The debris covered the road, blocking access to the peninsula from the south. The road connects the peninsula to the nearest town, Lochgilphead, where many residents work, shop and access essential services. The landslip has caused significant disruption and hardship for the…
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Labour gains ground in Scotland as SNP faces challenges

Labour gains ground in Scotland as SNP faces challenges

How the polls show a shift in voter preferences A recent poll by the Scottish Election Survey suggests that Labour has a six-point lead over the SNP in Westminster voting intentions. Another poll by Redfield & Wilton Strategies puts the SNP and Labour at a tie with 32% each. The polls indicate a trend of some voters moving from the SNP to Labour, especially for the UK General Election, which could be held next year. The SNP still has a stronger lead in the Scottish Parliament election, with 34% compared to Labour’s 30%. What are the reasons behind the SNP’s…
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