Video: More Coronavirus cases and the Prime Minister of the UAE – EN4 News’ Owen Garner with today’s headlines

Owen Garner brings us today’s headline stories from some of the country’s major newspapers, as the first death from Coronavirus in the UK is confirmed, and the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is facing widespread backlash following reports that he ordered the kidnapping of his own daughters.

 

Coronavirus, police cuts and Lewis Capaldi – EN4 News’ Owen Garner covers today’s headlines

Owen Garner covers some of today’s major newspaper headlines, as Coronavirus fears continue to plague the country, and Police Scotland face major cuts in the year ahead.

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Owen Garner explains the headlines across some of today’s major newspapers, as former Scottish Finance Secretary Derek Mackay resigns and Coronavirus continues to wreak havoc.

Two cases of coronavirus confirmed in the UK

 

Two cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the UK, Public Health England have said.

The patients are members of the same family and are receiving medical care in England, the organisation added.

“We can confirm that two patients in England, who are members of the same family, have tested positive for coronavirus,” said Professor Chris Whitty, chief medical officer for England.

“The patients are receiving specialist NHS care, and we are using tried and tested infection control procedures to prevent further spread of the virus.

“We have been preparing for UK cases of novel coronavirus and we have robust infection control measures in place to respond immediately.”

The coronavirus is reported to have infected nearly 9,700 people in China and killed 213.

Although there is yet to be any reported deaths outside of China itself, an estimate of 100 more infections have been reported in 18 other countries, including Vietnam, Germany, Japan and the United States, as well as now the United Kingdom.

On Thursday the World Health Organisation declared that it was treating the coronavirus as a global health emergency.

 

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Christine Jardine “hugely considering” Lib Dem leadership bid

Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine has refused to rule out running for the vacant position of Liberal Democrat leader.

Speaking to EN4 News, Jardine, who holds the home affairs brief for the Lib Dems in Westminster, said she was “hugely considering” running for leader but hadn’t decided yet because she had yet to “speak to everyone she needed to speak to about it.”

She also said she was “heartbroken” as Britain prepares to leave the EU.

An MP since 2017, Jardine was widely tipped to lose her seat to the SNP in the 2019 General Election but instead emerged with an increased majority.

She would enter the leadership contest firmly behind current acting-leader Ed Davey, who already has the backing of 33% of members according to a YouGov poll from earlier this week.

Bookmakers’ favourite Davey, a former coalition minister, has been acting leader since Jo Swinson resigned after losing her seat in the general election. Oxford West and Abingdon MP Layla Moran is also expected to stand in the race.

The leadership race won’t officially begin until the May 11 when nominations open. The result and the Liberal Democrats permanent leader will be announced on July 15.

Edinburgh City Council urged to tackle graffiti hotspot

Edinburgh City Council have been urged to act on the increasing cases of graffiti found on historic buildings in the city centre.

Milne’s Court, owned by the University of Edinburgh, became the latest historic spot to be targeted by vandals in Edinburgh’s Old Town.

The close which connects The Mound to The Royal Mile is a popular photo spot for tourists who visit the city.

People have taken to social media asking Edinburgh City Council to do something about the graffiti.

One tweeted: “This is heartbreaking. Anything @Edinburgh_CC @edinhelp can help with? Milne’s Court.”

Another said: “Graffiti is now a major problem in Edinburgh. The police and council need to get a grip as it is scarring the city.”

“The Old Town is covered in graffiti by mostly the same vandals judging by the tags so why can’t they find those responsible and get them to remove it?”

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Edinburgh City Council appointed a graffiti officer last year to deal with complaints of graffiti and look into how to deal with graffiti as well as prevent and protect buildings from graffiti.

Joanna Mowat, Edinburgh City Council, said: “The City has previously made efforts to work with groups who have been making street art and trying to find appropriate places where this can take place that is not on historic buildings.

“Where it is left on these buildings or in areas where it is not welcomed and catered for then it does have an impact on the city and makes it look unloved and uncared for.”

Despite the measures that have been put in place to deal with graffiti on public buildings; privately owned premises’ that have been marked are the responsibility of the owner and the council can only give advice on how to remove it.

The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland (AHSS) have said that they abhor graffiti on listed buildings.

“The AHSS does not agree with any idea that this is art. It is an insult to its historic surroundings and to the building itself.”

“It affects the public perception of their importance and suggests that they are not being cared for properly. Tourists will find that their vision and expectations of the Royal Mile will be damaged and discouraged.”

They explained that the removal of graffiti is expensive and difficult as well as possibly causing semi-permanent damage to the stonework.

 

“Farewell, not goodbye” – EN4 News’ Owen Garner with Friday’s headlines

Owen Garner gives us the lowdown on the headlines in todays major newspapers, as the day the United Kingdom officially begins the process of leaving the European Union has finally arrived.

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Woman’s body found in Livingston

EN4 News’ Darren McConachie reports on the latest from Livingston

 

A woman’s body was found Friday morning on Almondvale Stadium Road near the Toni Macaroni Arena.

As reported by various outlets, a Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Officers were called to a report of a woman’s body having been found in an area near Almondvale Stadium Road, Livingston at around 8.35 AM on Friday, 24 January.”

The death is not being treated as suspicious and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

 

Edinburgh school to have dual ‘Gaelic medium’ campus

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Council chiefs are to push forward proposals to rebuild Liberton High School that could see a dual campus being built, which would include a dedicated Gaelic secondary school.

The council believes that the dual campus is the only deliverable option. It’s hoped that the new building could open its doors in 2024, however, the project carries a hefty £75 million price-tag.

A Liberton grandparent, Charlie Shields, said, “They should get a new school because they’re all getting new houses up there, so why not give the kids a new school building too?

“I’ve been here 48 years and it’s been here the whole time. It’s time for a new building.”

The proposal for a new building has been met with open arms by people in the area. The current school building has been in place since the school’s establishment in 1959. In 2014, a prefabricated wall fell and tragically killed Keane Wallis-Bennett, a 12-year-old pupil at the school.

The decision to make a new dedicated Gaelic school is one that has divided opinions. “I think it’s a waste of time. We all speak English here, so why would we start teaching them Gaelic,” said Charlie Shields.

However, there does seem to be more support for the Gaelic-speaking institution than there is opposition. Another local grandparent, Derek Carlin, said, “It’s too late for me to start now, but I think we should all learn Gaelic. It’s a good idea; it’s our national language. We learn French and Spanish, surely we could learn our own native language.”

There is a clear resurgence of Gaelic throughout Edinburgh, with the city’s first dedicated Gaelic school opening in 2013, Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pàirce. Comann nam Pàrant Dùn Èideann also operates throughout the city, giving support to pupils of Gaelic schools as well as their parents.

EN4 News spoke to Sally Swanson, who was educated at a Gaelic medium school, about her outlook on the introduction of more Gaelic schools after her own experience.

“It’s great that we’re trying to strengthen our connection with our roots.” Overall, I’m 100% for Gaelic schools; they’re so important, especially at this time in politics when it feels like we need to cling to our Scottish-ness!”

“The argument that Gaelic is a dying/dead language is completely redundant. It really isn’t – it’s still thriving in a lot of places, and only moves like this (to create fully Gaelic medium spaces) will continue to help strengthen it.”

The Western Isles council recently announced that they are going to introduce a controversial ‘Gaelic first’ policy, which would mean all children would be taught Gaelic as their first language to try and encourage children to be more bilingual.

As Gaelic is being reintroduced in schools all over the country, could Liberton one of many Gaelic Medium schools to appear in Edinburgh?

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