Call for more help for Edinburgh’s low-income parents over school clothing this winter

Parents have been advised to ensure children wear extra layers since windows will be open for ventilation
Parents have been advised to ensure children wear extra layers since windows will be open for ventilation

In a letter to parents last week, the city’s chief education officer Andy Gray said: “Classrooms will require to maintain adequate ventilation and, while school heating systems will be fully utilised, it would be wise to consider extra layers of clothing.”

John Dickie, director of Child Poverty Action Group Scotland, said the policy was understandable but highlighted the need for extra support.

“It reinforces the case for additional financial support to be made available to struggling low-income families. They are the ones who have been hardest hit by the economic impact of the pandemic.

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“We are calling on the UK Government to increase Child Benefit and the child element of Universal Credit by £10 per week. Here in Scotland, we

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Experts call for including pregnant women in COVID-19 vaccine trials

More than 210,000 people in the U.S. have died from COVID-19, and tens of thousands are testing positive daily. The best way to defeat the pandemic is with a safe vaccine that can protect a large share of the population, especially people at higher risk of exposure, such as frontline health workers, and those more vulnerable, such as the elderly and, some health experts maintain, pregnant women. The data on whether pregnancy increases the risk for coronavirus infection or leads to more complications is incomplete, but there are preliminary indications that it is a potential risk factor.

By the workings of “herd immunity,” a vaccine wouldn’t even have to be given to everyone; if a large enough portion of the population is protected from infection, the virus won’t be able to keep spreading. The country is nowhere near that point at present.

It is encouraging to know that there are

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Hear the Call Colorado gives the gift of hearing in Longmont on Saturday

When Linda Pierce thought about the significance of getting hearing aids on Saturday, after struggling with hearing loss for roughly three years, it was almost too emotional to talk about.

“You can’t imagine,” she said choking up. “I moved into a senior building in June and haven’t heard much of what is said. It will be great to converse with my neighbors and grandkids.”

Dr. Dusty Jessen, left,, tests the hearing of Janice Paterson in the sound booth on October 3, 2020. Audiologists gathered at the Longmont Hearing and Tinnitus Center to give the gift of hearing. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

Pierce, of Evergreen, was one of 14 people Saturday who were able to get their hearing tested and be fitted for hearing aids for no cost or a low cost, based on income. The free hearing clinic was organized by the nonprofit organization Hearing the Call Colorado at the Longmont

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Johnson to call for Norway-style fisheries deal in EU trade talks

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Boris Johnson will demand that the increasingly isolated French president, Emmanuel Macron, caves in to UK demands on fishing as the price for a trade and security deal at a key meeting with the European commission president on Saturday.



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The prime minister will feel strengthened by comments from the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, on Friday, when she described the fisheries deal struck by Britain with Norway this week as a “constructive indicator”.

British officials argue that Norway, a non-EU member state, which conducts annual negotiations with the bloc on fishing quotas, should be the model for a post-Brexit deal on shared stocks.

“I don’t think that’s a bad message at all for us, I think it

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‘A Call to Spy’ Review: A Women-led Resistance

“A Call to Spy” is a welcome, albeit imperfect, addition to the existing slate of movies about World War II. The propulsive historical drama, which was written by Sarah Megan Thomas (she also plays Virginia Hall, one of the three leads) and directed by Lydia Dean Pilcher, explores the lives of three remarkable women who served as spies for the Allied nations.

It’s 1941 and Winston Churchill, desperate in the losing fight against the Nazis, has ordered the recruitment and training of women spies. Vera Atkins (Stana Katic), a secretary of the Special Operations Executive, persuades her doubtful male colleagues to let her recruit Hall, an American and an aspiring diplomat with a wooden leg, and Noor Inayat Khan (Radhika Apte), a British wireless operator and pacifist. The two women shine in the field and, in the face of danger and unexpected betrayal, prove themselves as assets to the French

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Female lawmakers, officials call for more women at all levels of government to improve equity

Female lawmakers on Wednesday called for more women in all levels of government to improve gender equity.

Rep. Sharice DavidsSharice DavidsTrump asked Chamber of Commerce to reconsider Democratic endorsements: report Races heat up for House leadership posts GOP leader says he doesn’t want Chamber’s endorsement: ‘They have sold out’ MORE (D-Kan.) and former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis stressed the importance of including women in leadership roles at The Hill’s The Century of the Woman summit.

“We have to be making sure that we’re really pushing forward on that progress to make sure that women have all the opportunities available to us in this society in our country,” Davids told The Hill’s Steve Clemons.

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Activists call for action on gift ban bill before end of legislative session; four arrested in the process

Chanting “Pass the gift ban. Do your job” and “Stop taking bribes,” about 20 activists gathered in the hallway outside the Capitol office of House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff on Tuesday, demanding action on a bill making it illegal for public employees and officials to accept gifts.

The representatives from MarchOnHarrisburg said they have been waiting for action for four years and came to the Capitol with four members willing to risk arrest to remind House leaders of a pre-pandemic commitment from former House Speaker Mike Turzai and then-House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler to bring up House Bill 1945 for a vote by the full chamber.

It unanimously passed the House State Government Committee last October.

Knowing the Nov. 30 end of the legislative session is drawing near, Beth Taylor, the group’s Lehigh Valley chapter leader, said they don’t want the session to end without both chambers acting on this

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Brigham and Women’s nurses call for stronger safety measures after COVID cluster expands

More than 3,000 Brigham and Women’s Hospital nurses are calling for stronger safety measures to contain an ongoing COVID cluster at the institution that has grown to at least 44 infections, the Massachusetts Nurses Association announced.



a sign on the side of a building: BOSTON, MA - MARCH 15: The Carl and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital is seen on March 15, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Angela Rowlings/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)


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“Our absolute priority as Brigham nurses is to keep patients safe and the hospital’s lax compliance with COVID-19 safety protections is making that extremely difficult,” said Trish Powers, operating room nurse and chair of the Brigham MNA Bargaining Unit.

Powers said in a statement, “Unfortunately, hospital executives have not always listened to our expertise and have created an environment where policies around visitors, masking and social distancing are either not being followed or are not

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