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June 25, 2016

Britain votes to leave the European Union

Britain votes to leave the European Union

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On Thursday, the United Kingdom (UK) voted to leave the European Union (EU) in a referendum.

During the referendum, voters were asked the following question with these options:

“Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?
Remain a member of the European Union
Leave the European Union”.

Voters across the UK voted in favour of leaving the EU by a margin 52% to 48%. Support for this outcome was strongest across the majority of England and Wales, with London, Scotland, and Northern Ireland the only regions where the majority voted to remain a member of the EU.

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Following the results, David Cameron announced his intention to resign as the UK’s Prime Minister. It is expected he will remain in his post before the UK Conservative Party choose a new leader ahead of their annual conference in October. He also said he would not invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, the process by which a member can leave the EU, leaving that to his successor as Prime Minister. A number of officials at the EU — which would be down to 27 members with the UK gone — in a statement said they would like this process to begin “as soon as possible”.

At the start of trading on Friday the markets reacted negatively to the result, with the FTSE 100 falling in value by £120 billion. Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, stated an extra £250 billion will be made available to help stabilise markets.



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June 7, 2016

Djokovic wins French Open, completes his Career Grand Slam

Djokovic wins French Open, completes his career Grand Slam

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

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Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic defeated Scottish Andy Murray in the French Open 2016 final on Sunday to complete his career Grand Slam. It was the second time this year Murray has lost to Djokovic in a Grand Slam final. Murray dominated the first set, winning 6–3. He scored 5 aces in total in the match. Djokovic fought back in the second set, winning it 6–1 covering 700m. In the match, Murray had 39 unforced errors as compared to Djokovic’s 37.

Djokovic won the third set 6–2, as Murray won just three out of eleven points on his second serve. Djokovic took the fourth set 6–4 to win the match. He has now won the last four major tournaments, beginning with Wimbledon last year.

After the match, Djokovic called it “a thrilling moment. One of the most beautiful I have had in my career.”

In his last 14 meetings against Murray, Djokovic has won 12 times, and with this Grand Slam title he joins only seven other men in history with a career Grand Slam.

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June 5, 2016

Djokovic wins Fench Open, completes his Career Grand Slam

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Today, Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic defeated Scottish Andy Murray in the French Open 2016 final to complate his Career Grand Slam. Murray has lost to Djokovic second time this year in a Grand Slam final.

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Murray dominated the first set, winning 6–3. He scored 5 aces in total in the match. Djokovic fought back in the second set, winning it 6–1 covering 700m. In the match, Murray had 39 unforced errors as compared to Djokovic’s 37.

Djokovic won the third set 6–2 in which Murray won just three out of eleven points in the second serve. He completed the fourth set, winning 6–4 and the match. From winning the Wimbledon last year, Djokovic has won all four Grand Slams. Template:/scorecard After the match, Djokovic said, “[It was] a thrilling moment. One of the most beautiful I have had in my career.”

In the last 14 meetings against Murray, Djokovic has won 12 matches, and with this Grand Slam title, he became the eight men in history to complete a Career Grand Slam.


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January 31, 2016

Djokovic beats Murray for fourth time, wins Aus Open 2016

Djokovic beats Murray for fourth time, wins Aus Open 2016

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Today, Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic defeated Scottish Andy Murray 6–1, 7–5, 7–6 in the Australian Open 2016 final to win the Grand Slam event for the sixth time. Murray has lost five Australian Open finals, facing Djokovic in all but one of them.

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Djokovic dominated the first set, winning 6–1 in just half an hour. He served seven aces in total in the match. Murray fought back in the second set, which went up to twelve games lasting for 80 minutes. It was the longest set and Murray had nine aces, twelve in total for the match. Djokovic had 41 unforced errors, compared to Murray’s 65.

The third set lasted for 63 minutes and at 6–6 it went to a tie breaker, which Djokovic won 7–3, to win the eleventh Grand Slam title of his career.

Djokovic has now equalled the record of Roy Emerson winning six Australian Opens. Djokovic after the match said “Andy you are a great champion and friend. I’m sure you’ll have more opportunities to fight for this trophy”. Murray congratulated Djokovic, saying “I feel like I’ve been here before. Congrats Novak. Six Australian Opens is an incredible feat. The last year has been incredible. Good job.” He also left a message for his wife Kim Sears, “I’ll be on the next flight home.” The couple is expecting a baby.

Yesterday, Jamie Murray, Andy Murray’s elder brother, won the Australian Open Men’s doubles with Bruno Soares. Andy Murray was there in the audience, recording his brother’s speech. To which Jamie said “Andy, you should be in bed!”

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(1)Flag of Serbia.svg Novak DJOKOVICSRB
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(2)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andy MURRAYGBR
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January 30, 2016

Djokovic beats Murray fourth time, wins Aus Open 2016

Djokovic beats Murray fourth time, wins Aus Open 2016

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Today, Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic defeated Scottish Andy Murray 6–1, 7–5, 7–6 in the Australian Open 2016 final to win the Grand Slam event for the sixth time. Murray has lost five Australian Open finals, facing Djokovic in all but one of them.

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Djokovic dominated the first set, winning 6–1 in just half an hour; with seven aces total throughout the match. Murray fought back in the second set, which went up to twelve games lasting for 80 minutes. It was the longest set and Murray had nine aces, twelve in total for the match. Djokovic had 41 unforced errors, compared to Murray’s 65.

The third set lasted for 63 minutes having score 6–6 which went to a tie breaker, but finally, Djokovic won the tie breaker 7–3, winning the eleventh Grand Slam title of his career.

Djokovic has now equalled the record of Roy Emerson winning six Australian Opens. Djokovic after the match said “Andy you are a great champion and friend. I’m sure you’ll have more opportunities to fight for this trophy”. Murray congratulated Djokovic, saying “I feel like I’ve been here before. Congrats Novak. Six Australian Opens is an incredible feat. The last year has been incredible. Good job.” He also left a message for his wife Kim Sears, “I’ll be on the next flight home.” The couple is expecting a baby.

Yesterday, Jamie Murray, Andy Murray’s elder brother won the Australian Open Men’s doubles with Bruno Soares. Andy Murray was there in the audience, recording his brother’s speech. To which Jamie said “Andy, you should be in bed, not here taking photos.”

       MEN’S SINGLES FINAL
30′
80′
63′
 
 
(1)Flag of Serbia.svg Novak DJOKOVICSRB
6
7
77
 
 
(2)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andy MURRAYGBR
1
5
63
 
 



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December 9, 2015

Petition calls for Trump UK ban

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A petition reached over 300,000 signatures today urging Donald Trump, considered the front runner to become the Republican Party‘s candidate for President of the United States, be banned from entering the United Kingdom. This follows Mr Trump’s comments that Muslims should be blocked from entering the US.

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Also, Scotland‘s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, removed Trump from his role as business ambassador for Scotland.

On Monday, Mr Trump said he wants a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the US” until the country can understand “what the hell is going on” with regard to terrorism. He said in a statement that a large number of Muslims show “great hatred towards Americans”.

Trump’s comments on Monday came days after a shooting in San Bernardino, California by Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik, in which fourteen people were killed. US President Barack Obama said in an address from the Oval Office on Sunday the attack was an act of terrorism.

Donald Trump’s statement has been widely criticised, including by members of his own political party. Republican Matt Moore said the policy is a “bad idea” and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said “this is not Conservatism”.

Democrat candidate for President Hillary Clinton described Trump’s comments as “shameful”. Secretary of State John Kerry argued Trump’s statement would not help in the ongoing fight against Islamic State (IS), saying his remarks were “not constructive”.

Trump argued that his policy idea is “no different” to that of former President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s policy which saw large-scale confinement of Japanese US citizens in internment camps following Japan’s attacks on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Mr Trump also said the policy should not be implemented on Muslims currently living within the US.

Kassem Allie from the Islamic Center of America, accused Trump of evoking fear “reminiscent of Nazi Germany and Stalin“. The Pentagon expressed concern Trump’s demands could be counterproductive in the fight against IS, saying it “bolsters Isil’s narrative”.

Mr Trump also said on Tuesday that police in London are “afraid for their lives” in some areas because of radicalisation in the city. These comments were rebuffed by the United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron who said Trump was “simply wrong” and Mayor of London Boris Johnson said the claim was “ridiculous”.



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November 24, 2015

Ferry MV Suilven sinks in Suva, Fiji

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Ferry MV Suilven sinks in Suva, Fiji

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MV Suilven, a ferry in service in Fiji, capsized and sank in Suva Harbour today.

Around thirty people, all crewmembers, were on board. Local media report all were rescued. The 41-year-old vessel previously saw service in Scotland and New Zealand.

The ship capsized early this afternoon and sank within an hour. It had been converted from passenger to cargo use following its most recent sale, to Venu Shipping in 2012 or 2011. Local reports indicated police, the Navy, local tug boats, and volunteer rescuers all attended the accident.

The converted ferry reportedly began to list on entering the harbour. It was working a route carrying cargo between Suva and the Northern Division.

Built in Norway, in service from 1974, the ship served with Scottish ferry firm Caledonian MacBrayne until 1995, connecting the mainland town of Ullapool to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis. It was ultimately replaced by a larger, faster vessel and was sold to Strait Shipping who used it until 2004 to ply New Zealand’s seas, connecting Wellington to Picton and to Nelson.

The name MV Suilven is in reference to the Suilven mountain in Scotland’s Sutherland region.



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October 15, 2015

Scottish Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey \’critically ill\’ says Royal Free Hospital

Scottish Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey ‘critically ill’ says Royal Free Hospital

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The Royal Free Hospital in London yesterday said a nurse suffering with complications after Ebola, Pauline Cafferkey, is “critically ill” after her condition deteriorated. Cafferkey, 39, was readmitted to an isolation unit at the Royal Free on the night of October 8–9 where she had spent time earlier in the year after contracting Ebola in Sierra Leone whilst treating patients with the infection.

The hospital said in a statement: “We are sad to announce that Pauline Cafferkey’s condition has deteriorated and she is now critically ill. She is being treated for Ebola in the high level isolation unit at the Royal Free Hospital.”

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Cafferkey visited an out of hours GP clinic on October 5 where her symptoms were not linked to Ebola, before deciding to go to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow on October 6 where she was treated at the hospital’s infectious diseases unit. Two days later, she was flown by plane to the Royal Free. She is the only person known to suffer with Ebola in this way for a second time, which can remain in the body after an initial recovery.

Jonathan Ball of the University of Nottingham said he’d heard of nothing like this. “I am not aware from the scientific literature of a case where Ebola has been associated with what we can only assume as life-threatening complications after someone has initially recovered, and certainly not so many months after.”

Pauline’s sister Toni Cafferkey was critical of the wrong diagnosis, telling the Sunday Mail newspaper, “At that point me and my family believe they missed a big opportunity to give the right diagnosis and we feel she was let down. Instead of being taken into hospital, she spent the whole of Tuesday very ill”.

A spokesperson for NHS Glasgow and Clyde said Pauline Cafferkey did receive a diagnosis from an out of hours clinic and said: “Her management and the clinical decisions taken based on the symptoms she was displaying at the time were entirely appropriate. All appropriate infection control procedures were carried out as part of this episode of care.”

Experts say they do not believe the infection recurring within Pauline Cafferkey is contagious despite monitoring 58 people she has been in contact with. This is said to be a precaution as Ebola can only be spread through body fluids and the infection is not creating the same symptoms associated with a one-off diagnosis of Ebola.



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September 10, 2015

Elizabeth surpasses Victoria as longest-serving UK sovereign

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Yesterday, Elizabeth II officially surpassed her great-great-grandmother Victoria, to become the longest-serving monarch of the United Kingdom.

Victoria was queen for much of the 19th century, with a grand total of 23,226 days, 16 hours, and 23 minutes. However, the precise moment in time when Elizabeth reached her milestone remains a mystery because it isn’t known for certain exactly what time the Queen’s father and predecessor, George VI, passed away.

The milestone was the subject of widespread praise from around the world including Kamalesh Sharma, the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations, of which Elizabeth is ceremonial head. British Prime Minister David Cameron said that her reign was “truly humbling” and had been a “golden thread” for British society in the post-war era. He was joined by members of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

The occasion was also marked in London by a flotilla proceeding down the River Thames. Buckingham Palace unveiled photographs taken by Mary McCartney, daughter of musician Sir Paul, in which the Queen was sitting in the room where she meets the Prime Minister on a weekly basis.

However, the Queen was not present in London because she is currently on holiday in Scotland. She appeared to underplay the significance of the day, only briefly mentioning it whilst attending the opening of a restored railway line in the Scottish Borders region.

Accompanied by her husband, Prince Philip, and Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, she met crowds of admirers who had turned out in force to welcome her. The First Minister emphasised the Queen’s “dedication, wisdom and exemplary sense of public service”.



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August 15, 2015

Scottish Labour elect Kezia Dugdale new leader

Scottish Labour elect Kezia Dugdale new leader

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Kezia Dugdale MSP (Member of Scottish Parliament) has been elected as the new leader for Scottish Labour, it was announced today in Stirling. Dugdale replaces former MP Jim Murphy who resigned in June following Labour losing 40 of its 41 Scottish seats in the UK general elections. Dugdale received 72.1% of the vote, beating out Ken Macintosh who got 27.9% of the vote. Alex Rowley MSP was elected deputy leader.

Dugdale — the youngest Scottish Labour leader at age 33, and the third woman to take the role — said she will now work “night and day” to try and restore Labour’s position in Scottish politics. In a statement to voters, she tried to appeal to Labour’s lost supporters: “Take another look at the Scottish Labour party. I am not so presumptuous to ask instantly for your vote. But at the recent election 700,000 of you stuck with us but many chose someone else. All I ask is that you take a fresh look at the Scottish Labour party under my leadership.”

Harriet Harman, who is acting leader while the leadership elections for the national party are underway, welcomed Dugdale’s election: “I would like to congratulate Kezia Dugdale on being elected as the Leader of the Scottish Labour Party, and Alex Rowley on being elected as Deputy Leader. They will be leading the historic task of rebuilding our Party in Scotland, reconnecting Labour with the people of Scotland and re-energising the links between our party in Scotland, Wales and England, and I know they will lead the party in Scotland forward with energy and commitment to Labour values and principles and will have the full support of the whole of the Labour Party.”

Derek Mackay from the Scottish National Party said a change of leadership won’t fix “the deep, deep problems which the Labour Party in Scotland now faces”.

During the election campaign, Dugdale criticised the length of time it was taking to select a new national party leader, both for UK Labour and for the Scottish party, and expressed concern UK candidate Jeremy Corbyn would not be electable as Prime Minister, telling The Guardian: “I want there to be a Labour government; otherwise I’m wasting my time. I don’t want to spend my whole life just carping from the sidelines. […] Here’s a guy that’s broken the whip 500 times. So how can the leader of the party enforce discipline with that record?”

This week, she said on BBC Good Morning Scotland: “That is hardly the most critical thing that anybody has said about his campaign. I am excited about his campaign and many people across the country are.”

Deputy leader of the Scottish Conservatives Jackson Carlaw described her change of tune on Corbyn’s leadership bid as a “spectacular flip-flop”: “Only last week she was attacking Mr Corbyn by warning that a Labour party led by him would be ‘carping from the sidelines’. Now she says that they ‘share the same views’. What appears to have changed her mind is the dawning realisation that Mr Corbyn is heading for a landslide victory and she needs to get on board if she’s going to win her own election campaign.”



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