Inspiring women: Jade Paterson

As part of international women’s day, I was tasked with finding a woman I found ‘inspirational.’ At first, I thought of politicians and celebrities and those in the media. After a lot of consideration, I realised the women who inspire me the most are everyday women. The ones who choose to make a difference in the lives of others without much in return.

EN4 News spoke to Jade Paterson, a 21-year-old woman who is a student at Edinburgh University, but also works as a psychiatric care assistant.

In a study in Scotland last year, the Fair Work Convention found that those working in the industry were faced with ‘excessive shifts’ and unfair working conditions for an extremely low salary.

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Earlier this year Jade’s job was classed by the British Government as ‘Unskilled’ and after a long shift looking after patients, Jade was outraged and took to twitter to express her anger.

 

 

Jades outrage was shared by over 400 thousand people. Her tweet resonated with those in similar positions and lead to those who’s lives had been helped by carers.

 

Jade was inspired to go into the field by a woman close to her and believes that there should be more recognition for those in the industry.

 

Jade came up with the idea of ‘People of Edinburgh’ as a space on her University Hockey club’s Facebook page for members to be open and transparent about their mental health.

 

Due to her work on this project Jade is being nominated by Edinburgh University as one of the top 20 influential women of 2020.

 

Jade will take part in a photoshoot, along with the other 19 women nominated. Their portraits will then be shown, along with their accomplishments, at an exhibition for International women’s day on Sunday at Teviot House.

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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

Liberton High School (Credit: EN4 News)

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?

Hearts favourites to sign striker Liam Boyce after Burton accept bid

Burton Albion have accepted a bid from Heart of Midlothian for striker Liam Boyce.

Boyce is in the process of discussing personal terms with the Edinburgh side, and they are hoping that a deal can be struck to convince the striker to return to Scotland before Rangers’ visit to Tynecastle on Sunday afternoon.

He has netted 14 times in 33 outings for Burton since joining from Ross County and is in the final six months of his contract with the club.

Hearts are the favourites to sign him as it stands, with a fee of around £250,000 being rumoured.

However, the striker may have further ambitions to carry on his successful spell down south rather than enter a relegation battle in the Scottish Premiership, where Hearts are bottom of the table.

Workplace ‘burnout’ costs employers £43 billion

A study by accounting firm Deloitte and ‘Mind’, a mental health charity, has found that the 15% of workers suffering from poor mental health symptoms cost businesses an extra £43 billion per year.

This £43 billion covers aspects such as paid sick leave, hiring temporary employees to cover absent workers and paid annual leave which many workers utilise to disguise their mental health issues.

The study coincides with ‘Hunt for Happiness’ week – an event created by the Society of Happy People to encourage people to think about and pursue ways to improve your mental health.

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Burnout‘ refers to the overwhelming feeling of physical and mental exhaustion due to prolonged stress and anxiety. Many employees across every sector have experienced burnout to a degree, despite an increase in mental health awareness in the workplace. The Deloitte report predicts that poor mental health will become more prevalent than physical illnesses in the workplace:

“Mental health problems will soon surpass other work-related illnesses such as musculoskeletal disorders, respiratory diseases, cancer, skin issues, and hearing damage”

Chris, a community mental health nurse, believes that while attitudes towards poor mental health are changing, some workers are still reluctant to seek medical help and assistance from their employers:

“1 in 10 people, at some point, will have mental health which interferes with their day-to-day life, but many workers don’t feel supported by their employers with lack of training in some small businesses especially”

“Some employers do make an effort, often due to a personal experience with mental illness – they might have had a friend or relative who has struggled with poor mental health”

In Chris’ experience, around 90% of patients are employed, including housewives and carers, with many of his patients being seasonal workers, council workers and employees of large businesses. Due to the rising cost of living, stagnant wages and “unsympathetic” bosses, workers are under more pressure than ever to work harder and achieve more than their pay level warrants.

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The Deloitte study references ‘leaveism’ – when employees are unable to disconnect from work even when at home. The increasing ability to remotely access work from home coupled with feeling guilty for switching off blurs the line between work and home, inevitably leading to burnout.

As well as ‘leaveism’, workers often participate in ‘presenteeism’ – working when they are unfit to work – in a bid to not address and discuss their mental health issues with their employers. However, in recent years mental health problems have been destigmatised greatly, with many employers encouraging workers to discuss how they feel with appointed mental health officers. These officers receive training in how to deal with and support colleagues who suffer from poor mental health as 1 in 4 workers feel they could face “negative consequences” if they make a formal report on their health.

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‘Healthy Working Lives’ is an organisation aimed at employers who are looking to improve the wellbeing of their employees. They offer a variety of resources such as training for management and mental health officers as well as paperwork designed to give workers the chance to anonymously raise their concerns about their own or a fellow employee’s mental health. The popularity of organisations such as Mind and Healthy Working Lives has helped to destigmatise mental illness in recent years, however, it’s clear that much more must be done to relieve the mental health crisis amongst the country’s workers.

Looking to improve your mental health and wellbeing outside of work? Some local gyms such as Projekt 42 focus on not only improving your fitness but your mental wellbeing too.

 

 

Super 6 Preview

Since the introduction of the Super 6, the quality of rugby in Scotland has not disappointed. This weekend offers up another set of exciting fixtures in the Forsoc Super 6. This weekend will see an all Edinburgh clash between Heriots Rugby and Boroughmuir Bears. Stirling County will host Watsonians and Ayrshire Bulls welcome Southern Knights in Ayr.

This Saturday will see a tasty fixture between Heriots Rugby and Boroughmuir. The Edinburgh sides have struggled to make an impact on the Super 6, with Heriots and Boroughmuir sitting third and fifth respectively. Regardless of that, the tie is set to be a good clash. Boroughmuir just edged Heriots the last time the sides met in November but, with Heriots with home advantage this time around, it is going to be a tough day for the Bears. With Heriots being the only side Boroughmuir have beaten this season, they will be looking to get back to winning ways this weekend. Goldenacre has become a fortress for Heriots and they will be seeking revenge after their 34-31 loss at Boroughmuir’s Meggetland.

Watsonians will travel to Stirling on Saturday to face Stirling County. Although this is a top versus bottom clash, Stirling will have their eyes on a Super 6 upset. Watsonians have been thrilling to watch throughout the competition so far, their quick and expansive style of rugby has left opposition baffled on countless occasions. With just one loss this season to Ayrshire Bulls, Watsonians are quickly becoming the team to beat and Stirling County want to be the team to do it. After beating Boroughmuir on the first day of the season, Stirling have struggled to find form, drawing one and losing five of the following six games. This poor run of Stirling form has found the club rock bottom of the league. The last time the clubs met Watsonians came out on top, with a 34-22 win at home. Regardless of the league standings, this will be a thrilling and high scoring game of rugby.

Sunday’s only game sees Southern Knights travel to Ayrshire to take on the Bulls. The previous time the sides met, Ayrshire put the work in at Melrose to pip the Knights 29-10. It has been a mixed bag of results for Southern Knights, winning two, drawing one and losing four of the Super 6 games this season. On the other hand, Ayrshire will be looking for a bonus point win to put pressure on top place Watsonians. This will be a must win game for Ayrshire and a fixture that they will go into with bags of confidence.

Three exciting fixtures to look forward to over the coming weekend. Scottish rugby fans will be hoping for high scoring, tense games of rugby from the Forsoc Super 6. No one can argue that the Super 6 has not been a roaring success, the enthralling games fans are witnessing throughout Scotland makes the Super 6 hard not to love.

 

Surge in UK pub numbers “more down to food than drink”

A supervisor in an Edinburgh pub has said the rise of the number of pubs in the UK is because they are selling more food than drink.

The number of pubs and bars is on the rise in the UK for the first time in ten years, and according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), this is the first increase of pubs opening in over a decade.

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The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) said that the rise in these businesses is “cautiously welcomed.”

Owners are suggesting that these increases are connected to the change in customer demands. There is a trend in people spending more money eating out rather than drinking out.

The number of people that are employed in the pub and bar industry has increased over the course of the years. However, this has been suggested to be due to the growing numbers of larger, food-orientated pubs.

Management is now employing more positions serving food rather than people behind the bar.

The shift has resulted in an increase in customers going to pubs to eat rather than drink – the number of kitchen and waiting staff rose from 29.1% to 43.8%, according to the recent ONS report.

The Golf Tavern is one of Edinburgh’s oldest pubs (Credit: Caitlin Gallagher)

However, small local pubs, particularly those outside of city centres, are still under pressure as they are facing challenges in order to match the low prices that larger chains are able to offer.

Robert Alexander, bartender at Usquabae Whisky Bar And Larder, thinks smaller pubs will struggle under the rise of more businesses.

“I feel smaller pubs will be affected by this rise as people are always looking for the next new thing, especially the younger generation.”

Bar supervisor, Sian Salmon, believes that pubs are focused more on food and doesn’t see the rise in pubs as a bad thing.

“I think it’s good because, like you say, there are a lot of small pubs at capacity, but if you’re at capacity then you’re at capacity. I think it gives people a lot of options and a lot of different types of venues, but I don’t see it as a bad thing.

“We are a lot more food-heavy than we used to be. Just over the last few years, people have realised and just keep coming back for food. We get a lot of repeat custom here and a lot of tourists as well because we are quite an old pub in the books.

“My personal experience would just be time to cook. I guess it’s just a bit more social, something to do outside the house. Once you’re drinking you might get a bit peckish especially on the weekends, after you’ve had a few pints you might smell the food around the room.”

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Scotland coach Townsend names six uncapped players in Six Nations squad

Scotland international head coach Gregor Townsend named his wider training squad for the Guinness Six Nations on Wednesday and among the bulk of Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh players, Townsend named six uncapped players to his side.

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Head coach Gregor Townsend named a 38-man training squad on Wednesday as preparations begin for Scotland’s Guinness Six Nations campaign.

A large majority 29 players are provided by Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh – Scotland’s only two professional clubs who compete in the Pro14 competition – with an additional eight currently playing domestically in the English Premiership and a further one in the French Top 14.

The squad announcement also marked the naming of a new Scottish captain, following the retirement of Greig Laidlaw from international duty last month. Townsend elected to appoint Exeter Chief’s Stuart Hogg to the position.

“He really cares about playing for his country, what the jersey represents and also getting the best out of his teammates,” the head coach explained. “He’s a really intelligent rugby player who’s learning and improving with every season. He’s very good at bringing others into the game and building relationships with those around him.”

Hogg will have his leadership abilities first tested with a training camp in Portugal – a camp which Townsend stated only approximately 32 of those named in the wider squad will travel to – before travelling to face Ireland in Dublin for the tournament’s opening encounter.

There will be six players in the wider squad hungry to be involved in the Portugal camp, and ultimately, throughout the prestigious tournament as it progresses.

Of the six uncapped players, three have represented Scotland at Under-20s level, another has represented the country on the 7s circuit, whilst the latter two gain qualification through a grandparent and residential status respectively.

Second-row Alex Craig – who has 12 caps to his Scotland Under-20s CV – had his potential identified through his appearances for Gloucester this season, as Townsend said of his ability: “Every time he’s played, he’s looked more confident. He’s got a real explosive, dynamic quality in his ball-carrying, allied to his huge work-rate and that huge defence.”

Edinburgh’s back-row Luke Crosbie has been applauded by many for his work-rate and responsibility during the test players absence at the Rugby World Cup at the beginning of the season. Townsend sees promise in the athletic forward: “He’s tough, and his tackle percentage is over 90% – I think it’s 94% this season. We like the fact that, when he gets the ball, he’s so athletic that he can really go at the opposition.”

Thomas Gordon is a flanker that burst his way on to the scene at Scotstoun for the Glasgow Warriors last season and has not showed any signs of holding up since. This is a quality the Scotland coaching staff admire in the young player.

“We think we’ve got a potentially exceptional player,” Townsend said. “His man of the match game against Edinburgh at the end of last season, in one of his first starts for Glasgow, showed there was a special player there.”

Nick Haining is a forward who qualifies to represent the thistle through a grandmother from Dundee, and he has proved to be a strong back row contender at Edinburgh this season. Townsend has been taking note of the large Australian’s promise as well: “He has nice skills, good handling and he’s a big man. He has good footwork. He’s a skilful player, a powerful ball-carrier and a good defender. To us as coaches he has the attributes to do well at international level.”

Glasgow Warriors’ backline was boosted by the arrival of Kyle Steyn last year as the South African born player moved to the 15s game from the Scotland 7s circuit. Townsend, having named Steyn in his World Cup squad, knows what the back is capable of.

“He works hard on his game, so things like high-ball catching and contact work, you see the improvements month to month. He’s a really professional player.”

It is Ratu Tagive that closes out the uncapped contingent as he joins his fellow Warriors back Steyn in Townsend’s squad. Despite struggling for game-time at Glasgow the past couple of years, Tagive has taken this season as an opportunity to prove himself.

Townsend added: “Getting into the Glasgow team was a huge step forward when you think of the wingers they have there. He’s a hard-working player who should thrive in the environment with the players he’ll have around him.”

And so, despite notable injury omissions – Matt Fagerson suffered broken ribs, James Lang tore his hamstring, and Sam Skinner has only this week returned to full-time training – and players just missing out – Mark Bennett was one notable centre pipped to the post despite enjoying an on-form season with Edinburgh – Townsend acknowledged that there is still opportunities for fringe players to be brought in to the fold should they return, and be needed, throughout the process of the tournament.

The first test for Townsend’s team will be their opening fixture with Ireland on Saturday Feb. 1 in Dublin, with kick off at 4:45pm.

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Scotland team:

Forwards: Simon Berghan (Edinburgh), Jamie Bhatti (Edinburgh), Magnus Bradbury (Edinburgh), Fraser Brown (Glasgow), Alex Craig (Gloucester), Luke Crosbie (Edinburgh), Scott Cummings (Glasgow), Allan Dell (London Irish), Zander Fagerson (Glasgow), Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh), Jonny Gray (Glasgow), Tom Gordon (Glasgow), Nick Haining (Edinburgh), Stuart McInally (Edinburgh), Willem Nel (Edinburgh), Cornell du Preez (Worcester), Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh), Rory Sutherland (Edinburgh), Ben Toolis (Edinburgh), George Turner (Glasgow), Hamish Watson (Edinburgh).

Backs: Darcy Graham (Edinburgh), Chris Harris (Gloucester), Adam Hastings (Glasgow), Stuart Hogg (Exeter), George Horne (Glasgow), Rory Hutchinson (Northampton), Sam Johnson (Glasgow), Huw Jones (Glasgow), Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh), Sean Maitland (Saracens), Matt Scott (Edinburgh), Byron McGuigan (Sale), Ali Price (Glasgow), Henry Pyrgos (Edinburgh), Finn Russell (Racing 92), Kyle Steyn (Glasgow), Ratu Tagive (Glasgow).

Polls in Northern Ireland

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Alliance Party win seat in Down North.

DUP hold seat in Strangford and Londonderry East.

SF Party win in Tyrone West, as well as in Belfast West, Belfast North and Ulster Mid.

DUP’s Westminister leader, Nigel Dodds, lost his seat in Belfast North to Sinn Féin’s John Finucane.

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