News in 5 Minutes: Doctors in Aleppo call for US intervention, Nicola Sturgeon announces stimulus plan and prison inmates foodbank donation

Maxine Blane

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TODAY’S INSTALMENT (11 August) of the CommonSpace daily news roundup includes doctors in the Syrian city of Aleppo calling for US intervention, First Minister Nicola Stugeon’s announcement of £100m stimulus plan, and prison inmates make foodbank donation.

News: Doctors in Aleppo call for US intervention as daily aid window announced

Doctors in the beseiged city of Aleppo in Syria have called for US intervention to stop bombing attacks

Doctors in Aleppo in Syria have written a letter to Barack Obama urging US intervention to stop bombing attacks which target hospitals in the city. 15 of the remaining 35 doctors in the city wrote to urge intervention over the “the systematic targeting of hospitals by the Syrian regime and Russian warplanes” and warned that “it will be only a matter of time” until supplies run out if bombing is not stopped. The letter comes as Russia has announced a three-hour daily window of respite to allow aid convoys into the city.

Eight killed in near-simultaneous bomb blasts in Turkey

Eight people have been killed and at least 37 wounded by the near-simultaneous detenonation of bombs in two towns in the south-east of Turkey, the BBC Reports. Police vehicles were targeted with explosives in both towns in the mainly Kurdish south-east of the country. In Diyarbakir a car bomb at a security checkpoint killed five people and injured 12 others. Roadside explosives were detonated at almost exactly the same time in the town of Kiziltepe, killing three people and wounding 25 others.

Reinforcements sent by Afghan army as Taliban gain ground on Lashkar Gah in Helmand province

The Afghan army has set reinforcements to Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province, as the Taliban continues to gain ground on the city. Although US airstrikes in the area have increased, the Taliban have recently managed to capture most of the Nad Ali and Nawa districts on the edge of Lashkar Gah. The government reports that it has pushed the Taliban back from the Nawa district, but around 3,000 families have been displaced by the fighting.

Politics: Sturgeon announces £100m post-Brexit stimulus plan for Scotland

FM Nicola Sturgeon has unveiled a £100m economic stimulus package for Scotland

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced a £100m post-Brexit economic stimulus plan for Scotland at a visit to the Golden Jubilee hospital in Clydebank. An underspend in previous budgets will allow the Scottish Government to offer support for job-creation projects and create arrangements to help businesses dealing with post-Brexit uncertainty. Sturgeon said that it was “important to act now to support and stimulate the economy”.

Senior councillors across Scotland to meet to discuss government’s education policy

Senior councillors from across Scotland will meet to discuss the Scottish Government’s education policy at a meeting hosted by Cosla, the council umbrella body. The Scottish Government has named raising attainment as one of its key priorities for edcuation. Education convenors from councils across the country will attend the meeting, where it is expected that they will focus on how money from council tax changes will be spent on education.

Sport: Coach annouces Glasgow Warriors co-captaincy

Jonny Gray and Henry Pyrgos will share the captain’s armband this season at Glasgow Warriors

Glasgow Warrior’s coach Gregor Townsend has announced that Jonny Gray and Henry Pyrgos will share captaincy of the squad this season. Gray took over as captain from Al Kellock last year, and will now share the role with his teammate from the Scotland squad Henry Pyrgos, who captained the national side on a visit to Japan this summer.

Culture: New arts strategy launched by Creative Scotland to help artists be paid fairly

Creative Scotland has launched a new strategy to place arts at the centre of society

Funding body Creative Scotland has published a new strategy that calls for artists to be valued in society and paid fairly for their work. The report points out that two-thirds of artists in Scotland earn less than £5,000 a year from their artistic work, and that only two per cent of artists in the country are able to generate yearly earnings over £20,000 from their works.

Weather: Rainy spells and clouds set to continue into Friday

The outlook looks cloudy at best as we head towards the weekend

Rainy spells and cloud cover are the order of the day, and are likely to continue into Friday with rain becoming heavier in some parts of the country tomorrow.

And another thing: Scots prison inmates make foodbank donation worth hundreds of pounds

Inmates at HMP Low Moss worked with the Trussell Trust to run a project to collection donations

Prisoners at HMP Low Moss in Bishopbriggs have made a donation worth over £400 to a local foodbank. The prison joined with the Trussell Trust to organise a week-long collection drive, which resulted in a large donation to East Dunbartonshire foodbank. Cash contributions totalling £194.21 were also raised as part of the project.

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