It is all too apparent to Scots that Covid-19 has become an economic crisis. Public health remains the top priority - as Ipsos Mori's wider polling has shown. But that does not alter the fact that most people in Scotland are worried about the economic prospects for Scotland and the financial outlook for themselves and their families. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Scots’ fears over economic impact of lockdown
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Mr Ross, the MP for Moray, said in his resignation letter: 'I have constituents who didn't get to say goodbye to loved ones; families who could not mourn together; people who didn't visit sick relatives because they followed the guidance of the government. I cannot in good faith tell them they were all wrong and one senior adviser to the government was right.' … [Read more...] about UK records 134 more Covid-19 deaths: Health chiefs announce total of 37,048 as curve continues to flatten – as experts reveal downward trend is slowing and demand probe into 1,700 ‘unexplained’ deaths of Britons in their own homes amid pandemic
Like Anderson, Camilo Mejia was able to conform for only so long. Mejia worked in a prisoner of war camp in Al Assad. "The prisoners were barefoot, hooded, their hands tied with concertina wire, and we had to soften them up for interrogation," he says. "We had to keep them awake for 48 to 72 hours. They were so tired and occasionally they just couldn't stay awake. Then we would get a sledgehammer and hit the wall so it sounded like an explosion to scare the shit out of them. Sometimes we would put a 9mm pistol to their heads to make them think they were going to be executed. I didn't say anything because I was afraid and everybody else was doing it. Maybe they felt the same as I did, although some of them didn't really mind doing it. But I knew the prisoners were not all terrorists. One man had a rifle to protect his sheep. I said to myself, this guy's innocent. I thought, this is not a prisoner of war camp - this is a torture camp." … [Read more...] about We shall not be moved
His first address was a cheap residential hotel on Rue de la Huchette just south of the Ile de la Cité, a dank, rough street of European émigrés and Algerian street traders. Now it is a narrow, bustling thoroughfare of Greek tavernas and kebab shops. The hotel is still there, opposite a little theatre advertising Ionesco, the stairs leading straight on to the street. A few minutes walk away is Shakespeare and Company, a Parisian legend and one of the world's most famous book stores. "A little socialist republic pretending to be a bookshop," jokes its 90-year-old owner George Whitman, surely the last living link between the Paris of the Lost Generation, the beats, and the expensive, crowded and bourgeois St Germain of today. In the 1950s, his bookshop was Trocchi's second home, and Merlin's centre of operations. … [Read more...] about Mean streets
“The decline of the shrimping industry has been death by a thousand cuts,” Fluech says. “The cost for maintaining a boat is up, and the boats are getting older. Sustainable fishing practices are expensive to implement. The younger generation doesn’t want to work on a shrimping vessel, and captains tell me they can’t find a reliable workforce. The cost of ice and fuel might rise, but the profit on shrimp doesn’t. Plus, our guys are competing with foreign markets.” … [Read more...] about We are eating shrimp in record number. But for how much longer?