Day: 8 September 2021

St Johnstone could look to free agent market after Cammy MacPherson injury blow

CALLUM DAVIDSON has admitted he may dip into the free agent market after loan signing Cammy MacPherson suffered a shoulder injury in a bounce match. The St Johnstone boss is hopeful deadline day signing MacPherson will make a quick recovery from a feared dislocated shoulder sustained just two minutes into Monday’s friendly against Brechin City. …

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Steve Clarke proved doubters wrong with Austria win and Scotland boss deserves support – Aidan Smith

MANY had Scotland written off after their performance against Denmark last week but after two victories against Moldova and Austria, there is an air of optimism about the national team once again.  Yes, the win at Hampden over Moldova was nothing special in terms of performance, but at the end of the day it was …

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Covid Scotland: NHS Ayrshire and Arran half elective surgeries

Elective surgeries and some outpatient appointments have been temporarily halted in a Scottish NHS board due to high Covid-19 rates. NHS Ayrshire and Arran said positive Covid-19 cases are at the highest level they have been, causing more admissions to hospital and staff absences, amid hospitals grappling with rising emergency attendances. Pre-planned operations are paused …

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OECD experts pile pressure on Education Secretary over standardised tests

Ministers are under fresh pressure over school standardised assessments after international experts told MSPs they were not considered an “appropriate” method for monitoring the overall success of Curriculum for Excellence and its impact on pupil learning (CfE). The remarks come after a landmark CfE review by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) raised significant …

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National insurance rise: MPs vote through plans to raise taxes

MPs have voted through proposals to raise National Insurance contributions in a vote in the Commons.  Boris Johnson won the vote by 319 MPs supporting the measures, and 248 opposed. Despite the plans passing easily, MPs from across all parties clashed over the measures to fund social care and the NHS in England. During a …

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British teenager Emma Raducanu reaches US Open semi-finals with fine display

Emma Raducanu said the “next generation” of women’s tennis was showing its strength after beating Belinda Bencic to reach the US Open semi-finals. Raducanu ensured her fairytale run at Flushing Meadows continued with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Olympic champion Bencic and has yet to drop a set. The teenager from Kent became the first …

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Tory minister apologises after confusing two black sportsmen in humiliating gaffe

Gavin Williamson, education secretary, has admitted making a “genuine mistake” when he mixed up England footballer Marcus Rashford with the England rugby player Maro Itoje, who is also black. The two sportsmen have campaigned on various child poverty issues, with Mr Rashford leading the successful free school meals charge, while Mr Itoje has been highlighting …

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Kate Forbes insists Government ‘pro-business’ despite fears over anti-growth Greens

KATE Forbes has insisted her Government is “pro-prosperity, pro-business and pro-jobs” to try and allay growing fears her administration’s partner’s are “actively hostile” to economic growth. The SNP Finance and Economy Secretary set out her party’s proposals to kickstart an economic recovery to MSPs following its Programme for Government announcement on Tuesday, stressing that “Scotland remains …

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Rangers v Celtic: Nine arrests made in connection with ‘singing racist material’

Nine people have now been arrested in connection with the singing of racist material in Glasgow before the first Old Firm game of the season at Ibrox on August 29. Police Scotland confirmed today that a further man, aged 18, has been arrested and charged in connection with the sectarian singing. The man has been released …

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