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It has recently been reported that there is a lack of gender inequality within courts in Scotland, and across the UK, with those sitting in the benches lacking in diversity.
BBC News reported recently on the story of Jonathan Taylor who was a whistle-blower in 2012, when he revealed corruption within SBM Offshore, a Dutch multinational company, for whom he worked for a period of nine years in Monaco. The information he released led to SBM Offshore paying a £186 million settlement to Dutch authorities, with a similar settlement in the USA. After returning to Southampton and family life, he recently travelled to Croatia for a holiday when he was held on an Interpol “red notice” extradition request to Monaco, based on allegations of “bribery and corruption”. The extradition request has now been quashed by the Supreme Court of Croatia however he remains stranded in Croatia whilst a request for a European arrest warrant is made.
Love them or hate them, the most popular time of year for fireworks has come around again. With the cancellation of organised displays this year, and with restrictions on gatherings, it was anticipated that there would be a higher than normal number of private Bonfire Night celebrations. At the same time, calls are being made, by the Scottish Government’s Fireworks Review Group, for the regulations surrounding the supply and use of fireworks to be tightened. What can be done to prevent something intended to bring colour and fun to a winter’s night from becoming a dangerous nuisance?
We are living through the age of technology. Statistics show that the average person checks their phone or smart device on average of 150 times a day. It has entirely changed the way we live our lives. Through our devices, we can shop, we can speak with family and friends all over the world and we can access information all through the tap of a screen or the click of a few buttons.
“We are all in the same storm, but we are not all in the same boat.”A quote adopted by many to sum up the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the accompanying restrictions neatly describes the fact that this has not been felt equally. Since March, emergency legislation has been introduced on a huge scale with the primary aim of protecting lives and the NHS. As the months have gone on there has been greater discussion of the need to balance the response in a way which better protects jobs and education, and which prevents unnecessary social harm. The restrictions are an obvious interference with the rights and freedoms we enjoy in normal times and the effects of this interference are particularly acute to certain groups. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) published a report on 20 October which looks at this and highlights some particular areas of concern.
Scotland continues to see a rise in drug related deaths. In 2018, the death toll rose by a staggering 27 percent to a figure of 1,187. We now have the unenviable title of having the worst drug fatality rate per capita in Europe. Scotland is second in the World, behind only the USA which is in the grips of a Fentanyl epidemic. Not only are the number of deaths rising, those who inject drugs in Glasgow are now estimated to have a 1 in 5 chance of having HIV.
Recently it was announced that five of Scotland’s industry bodies are raising legal action against the Scottish Government following news that recent increased COVID-19 related restrictions on licenced trade, which were due to end on Monday (26th October), will now be extended.
It has been a politically turbulent few months for the United States of America in the lead up to the presidential election. We have already witnessed many twists and turns which are almost certainly set to continue.