Day: 15 August 2021

Livingston’s Max Stryjek on his St Mirren Premier Cup penalty heroics

NARRATIVE klaxon! It was a busy week for the scriptwriters in Livingston and, in the end, they came up with a fitting finale.  Max Stryjek, the Lions’ goalkeeper, completed his remarkable journey from zero to hero when his two penalty shoot out saves secured Livi’s route into the League Cup quarter finals at the expense …

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Rangers and Frank Mulholland? Seems a shiver ran through Holyrood looking for a backbone to run up

It is the most expensive court proceedings in Scottish history, perhaps even the world’s. Estimates of how much Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland’s rash decision in 2014 to have charged a group of men involved in the Rangers takeover was put at £100 million. That more than doubled last week when the Crown Office was hit …

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Shame of thrones – how the House of Windsor was built on sex and scandal

There are probably more people who believe in a flat Earth than that Prince Andrew did not have sex with Virginia Roberts. He has, of course, denied it, if pretty disastrously in a BBC interview, claiming, despite photographic evidence, that he had never met her, that he was out in Woking eating pizza rather than …

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Covid Scotland: Vaccinating children to protect adults ‘won’t work’

ROUTINE vaccination of healthy children and teenagers against Covid is of little benefit to them and would not protect adults from the virus, according to a top infectious disease expert. Eleanor Riley, professor of immunology and infectious disease at Edinburgh University, said such a policy would only make sense if it completely stopped the spread …

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A murky fog of smoke, typewriters and foul deeds: Val McDermid’s 1979 heads up a Summer Crime Wave

Little, Brown, £20 Review by Susan Swarbrick WAY back in the mists of time, long before she was an award-winning author hailed as the “Queen of Crime” by her millions of loyal readers, Val McDermid had another mantle: intrepid reporter. McDermid spent 16 years working as a journalist in the late 1970s and through the …

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Health: What OCD really means and how to seek support

There’s a lot of misunderstanding around OCD but it’s important people know what it really means, hears Liz Connor. We all experience things like worrying we’ve left an appliance on, or avoiding walking under scaffolding, but for most people, these random stresses and superstitions are short-loved. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (also known as OCD), however, is a …

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Boris Johnson calls Cobra meeting over Afghanistan crisis

Boris Johnson has called a meeting of the Government Cobra emergencies committee as Taliban fighters stood poised to take control of the Afghan capital Kabul. Downing Street said ministers and senior officials would meet on Sunday afternoon to discuss the worsening situation. Earlier No 10 sources said that the Prime Minister would seek a recall …

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Coronavirus Scotland: 1,498 new Covid cases in 24 hours and no new deaths

There have been 1,498 new cases of Covid-19 reported in Scotland in the past 24 hours.  According to Scottish Government statistics, there has been no new death in the same period.  Of the 22,226 new tests for Covid-19 reported results – 7.4% were positive. READ MORE: What are the symptoms for the Delta Covid variant and how do they differ? 40 people …

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