Scotland’s Papers: New Omicron Shot Approved and Celtic Star Arrested

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The i newspaper reports that the UK is the first country in the world to authorize a new Covid vaccine targeting both the original Covid virus and the newer Omicron variant. The paper notes the vaccine’s approval comes amid concerns that a “damaging Covid wave” could hit in the autumn, delaying NHS efforts to cut wait times and tackle the backlog caused by lockdowns .

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The Times Scotland is also leading the way with the new Moderna vaccine, reporting that all over-50s are likely to get the shot as part of a booster campaign set to kick off within a month. The paper says it’s equivalent to half the population now being urged to get a fourth vaccination. It reports that health chiefs view another round of Covid jabs as crucial to minimizing pressure on the NHS.

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Leading with the same story, The Scottish Sun reports that the defender was arrested in Glasgow city center hours after Celtic’s 5-0 win over Kilmarnock.

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Conservative leadership forerunner Liz Truss has vowed to go “toe to toe” with Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish Daily Mail reports. Ms Truss accused Ms Sturgeon of using “diversity” over another independence referendum to divert attention from educational shortcomings, drug deaths and ferries.

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The Scottish Daily Express says Ms Truss has revealed plans to boost the Scottish economy and plans for a second independence referendum are the wrong priority for Scotland.

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The Scot says the SNP has warned that any attempt to change the devolution scheme will be resisted, as Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak have both pledged to oversee the Scottish government more if they become the next prime minister.

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The National says a new poll suggests about a quarter of Scots are more likely to vote yes with Rishi Sunak or Liz Truss as prime minister. The newspaper headline describes the Conservative leadership contest as a “Win-Win for Yes!”

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The Daily Telegraph reports that the Royal Navy plans to relinquish its role as responsible for dealing with migrants crossing illegally into the UK on January 31 next year. It comes four months after Boris Johnson brought in the first naval ships to patrol the Channel. The paper reports that government sources say the Royal Navy plans to return control to the Border Force.

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Millions of pounds earmarked for NHS dental care in Scotland were not spent last year despite huge treatment backlogs, The Herald reports. The newspaper says figures obtained under freedom of information by the Scottish Dental Association show that the Scottish Government spent £343 million on general dental services in 2022/23, out of a total dental budget of £431 million.

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The Metro leads the opening day of its fatal accident investigation into a fire that killed two men at the Cameron House Hotel in 2017. The fire claimed the lives of Simon Midgley, 32, and Richard Dyson who were on winter break at the hotel in West Dunbartonshire. Mr Midgley’s mother, Jane, told the inquiry how she is “tortured” by the thought of her son being trapped.

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Two motorcyclists and a driver have been accused of killing a mother “during a race”, according to Edinburgh Evening News. According to the paper, Ashley Sadler, 40, Ian McLaughlan, 41, and Daniel De Monerri, 37, are charged with being involved in a five-vehicle accident on the A7066 in Bathgate, West Lothian, on July 6, 2020. Fiona Reid, 38, died later hospitalized after her car was hit.

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The Daily Star of Scotland says a jury heard that Manchester City footballer Benjamin Mendy is a “predator” who “turned chasing women for sex into a game”. The 28-year-old faces eight charges of rape, one of attempted rape and one of assault. Timothy Cray QC opened the case saying it had “very little to do with football” and more with men who “think they are powerful”.

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A cyclist who chased and sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl at a Moray beauty spot has been warned he will face jail if he doesn’t get help for his predatory impulses, The Press and Journal reports. The paper says Benjamin Mearns, 40, attacked the teenager near the River Spey near Fochabers.

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A chef threatened to cut his sister’s face before he grabbed her and threw her to the ground, the Glasgow Times reports. The paper says Paul Fay, 33, texted his sibling in May last year.

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An international Barley Hub is expected to create 470 jobs in Tayside and a further 2,200 in the wider Scottish economy, The Courier says. The article reports that the James Hutton Institute Plant Growth Center aims to help develop new crop varieties and cultivation systems that are resilient to climate change, as well as find new uses for barley, and the long-term future of the barley sector.

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The Evening Express says the Gothic bar Slains Castle in Aberdeen could lose its signature decor if it were turned into a Slug and Lettuce branch.

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And a Dundee mother of two has been jailed after being caught with £15,000 worth of crack cocaine, the Evening Telegraph says.

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