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The Student meets Tom Ely-Corbett

Tom Ely-Corbett, a second-year Biological Sciences student running to be the next Edinburgh University Students’ Association President, spoke to The Student via email about his campaign and key policies.  Commenting on the 95 per cent increase in candidates for Sabbatical Officer positions from last year, he stated “I believe the reason for the surge in interest in […]

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Scottish blackout caused by fault on transmission line

An outage that saw thousands left without power on Sunday evening has been attributed to a fault on the transmission network. Areas of Edinburgh and Fife as well as parts of the Scottish borders were left in darkness after a power cut in the evening of Sunday 7th February. SP Energy Networks, which first received reports […]

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Widespread power cut across Edinburgh leaves thousands in blackout

The evening of Sunday 7th February saw a power cut across parts of Edinburgh that lasted for approximately thirty minutes. The outage began at around 21:20 and ended roughly half an hour later. Areas affected included Newington, Marchmont, Bruntsfield and Tollcross. The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, which currently houses Covid-19 patients, ran on generator power […]

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“You must once again stay at home”: PM announces third lockdown in England

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a new lockdown in England that will come into effect in the early hours of Wednesday morning. This follows First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement of a Scottish lockdown, beginning at midnight tonight.  The UK has also moved to Covid alert level 5, meaning that if action is not taken […]

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Landmark ruling in climate case initiated by children and young people

The European court of human rights (ECHR) has ordered 33 European countries to respond to a climate change lawsuit filed by six Portuguese youths, in a landmark ruling. The case, filed against the 27 EU member states plus Norway, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, relates to how governments contribute to global CO2 emissions […]

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Joe Biden wins US election: a close call

Democrat Joe Biden has been officially declared the President-elect of the United States after securing the state of Pennsylvania, following several days of uncertainty.  The announcement came on Saturday afternoon. Biden and Trump’s electoral college vote counts had remained at 253 and 214, respectively, for over a day, with Pennsylvania’s 20 votes taking Biden over […]

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Tiered system announced in Scotland as Wales begins firebreak lockdown

As Covid-19 cases continue to rise across the UK, new restrictions and local lockdowns continue to be introduced. In Scotland, new rules on the use of face coverings in the workplace came into force on the 19th October. Workers are required to wear face coverings in all communal areas, including corridors and canteens. Restrictions put into […]

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The Espresso Series: an interview with Extinction Rebellion co-founder Dr Gail Bradbrook

Honor Crean and Grace Volante, students at the University of Edinburgh, interviewed Dr Gail Bradbrook, the co-founder of the environmental movement Extinction Rebellion, as part of their radio programme ‘The Espresso Series’ on freshair.org.uk. Extinction Rebellion – often shortened to XR – was founded in the UK in May 2018 by Bradbrook, activist Roger Hallam, […]