Scotland’s Nationalists Won a Big Election Victory. Could Scottish Independence Now Be on the Cards?

Sturgeon Hails SNP's Fourth Consecutive Election Win
Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty ImagesScottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon arrives back at Bute House after the SNP won a historic fourth term in government on May 09, 2021 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

“This election is most immediately about the need to steer the country safely through the rest of the pandemic,” Sturgeon said ahead of the vote. “But it is also about the longer term job of rebuilding and recovery that is needed, and who is best placed to lead that.”

Why is the Scottish National Party seeking independence?

Scotland has already had one independence referendum, in 2014, in which Scots voted by a margin of 55% to 45% to remain part of the United Kingdom. The British government agreed to hold that referendum after the SNP won a majority in the Scottish Parliament, calling it a “once in a generation” event.

But support for another referendum has steadily risen in the years since 2016, when the U.K. voted to leave the European Union, a move opposed by more than 62% of Scottish voters.

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Scotland could be one step closer to becoming an independent country.

The British government has been forced to play defense on calls for a second Scottish independence referendum, after the country’s main nationalist party secured an emphatic victory in elections for its devolved parliament on Friday.

“The question of a referendum is now a matter of when, not if,” Scotland’s leader Nicola Sturgeon told British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on a phone call following the election results, her press office said in a statement.

But the power to grant Scotland an independence referendum lies in London, not Edinburgh, and Johnson pushed back against the idea on Saturday, calling it “irresponsible and reckless.”

So just how likely is a new Scottish independence referendum?

What were the results of the election in Scotland?

Together, pro-independence parties won a majority in the Scottish Parliament in elections on Friday.

Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party (SNP) won 64 seats, one more than at the previous election, but one short of an overall majority. The Scottish Greens, who also support independence, won eight seats.

In its pre-election manifesto, the SNP pledged to hold a new Scottish independence referendum “after the COVID crisis is over.”

Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty ImagesScottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon arrives back at Bute House after the SNP won a historic fourth term in government on May 09, 2021 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

“This election is most immediately about the need to steer the country safely through the rest of the pandemic,” Sturgeon said ahead of the vote. “But it is also about the longer term job of rebuilding and recovery that is needed, and who is best placed to lead that.”

Why is the Scottish National Party seeking independence?

Scotland has already had one independence referendum, in 2014, in which Scots voted by a margin of 55% to 45% to remain part of the United Kingdom. The British government agreed to hold that referendum after the SNP won a majority in the Scottish Parliament, calling it a “once in a generation” event.

But support for another referendum has steadily risen in the years since 2016, when the U.K. voted to leave the European Union, a move opposed by more than 62% of Scottish voters.

Read more: The U.K. Has Officially Left the European Union. But Could Scotland End Up Back in It?

After the Brexit referendum, the SNP argued that Scotland was being pulled out of the E.U. against its will and that this …read more

Source:: Time – World

      

Kids in universal pre-K are more likely to attend college and graduate high school, study finds

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President Joe Biden wants to establish universal pre-K as part of his infrastructure package, proposing a $200 billion investment. The White House estimates the program could benefit 5 million children, and save the average family $13,000.

But it could have a bigger impact: A new study finds that kids who attended universal pre-K are more likely to graduate from high school and attend college.

The study, conducted by researchers from University of Chicago, MIT, and UC Berkeley, looked at 4,000 public preschool applicants in Boston; they compared the outcomes of students randomly selected by lottery for the program versus those whose numbers were not called.

Attending that universal pre-K did not have a “detectable” impact on standardized test scores. It did, however, have notable impacts elsewhere: The students that enrolled in preschool were 6% more likely to graduate from high school. They were also likely to enroll in the SAT, and to enroll in college.

In the short term, too, students fared better behaviorally: The likelihood of juvenile incarceration went down, along with the total number of high-school suspensions. Benefits were widespread. Students across races and incomes felt benefits similarly, with boys seeing a slightly impact.

“Notwithstanding the gender difference, this study suggests that all students — regardless of race or income — are likely to benefit from a universal preschool program,” the researchers wrote in a brief.

Universal pre-K and affordable childcare could also have a big impact on parents

The American Families Plan contains several childcare-centered provisions, with universal pre-K as one of its planks. Biden has also proposed $225 billion in funding for affordable childcare. An analysis from the National Women’s Law Center and Columbia University found that access to affordable childcare doesn’t just benefit children; it could boost lifetime earnings for women with two children by $94,000.

Additionally, access to universal childcare options would also boost the number of women — especially mothers — in the workforce, an issue that’s come into stark relief with the surprisingly dismal April jobs report.

According to the NWLC and Columbia, expanding childcare access could increase the number of women with young children working full-time by 17%.

Biden has proposed increasing income tax rates for the wealthiest Americans and upping capital gains rate — along with closing some potential loopholes and cracking down on tax enforcement — to offset the costs of his childcare proposals.

“We can take … this money and pay …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

Videos Show Tiger on the Loose in Houston Neighborhood [WATCH]

A tiger caused a stir on a Texas street when neighbors noticed the wild animal walking through yards and on the street. It happened along Ivy Wall Drive in Houston on May 9.

Pictures and videos from the scene spread widely on social media. One image, which showed a man standing over the tiger, suggested the tiger was a pet. Or, the animal could have belonged to a zoo and was accustomed to humans.

Heavy has reached out to the Houston Police Department for more information. Local media outlets reported the tiger did not hurt anyone.

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The Tiger Was Wearing a Collar & Walking Around the Yards

TIGER IN HOUSTON? A #KHOU11 viewer spotted one tonight and shot video of it. @JMilesKHOU has the story. https://t.co/48cvbN5PTz#HOUNews pic.twitter.com/DUX6RiJRlM

— KHOU 11 News Houston (@KHOU) May 10, 2021

Videos from the scene show the tiger roaming through a yard and crossing the street on Ivy Wall Drive. The tiger was wearing a collar around its neck, the Houston Chronicle reported.

One neighbor, Jose Ramos, told KHOU-TV he called 911 after spotting the big cat across from his home.

This is Jose Ramos — he’s the neighbor who FIRST spotted the tiger across the street from his house in a yard — called 911, snapped a pic of the big cat CAREFULLY, and then alerted his neighbors by posting on neighborhood blog. @KHOU #Htownrush pic.twitter.com/ewMHQ0A2qs

— Michelle Choi (@MichelleKHOU) May 10, 2021

He alerted other neighbors by posting on a community blog and urged others to stay inside. Ramos described the neighborhood as a family-oriented community with a lot of children nearby. Ramos also told KPRC-TV that when he called 911, the dispatcher asked him who they should send to the scene.

Social media user Rob Wormald was among those to share videos and pictures of the tiger. He wrote on Twitter this took place near his parents’ home and that his mother was keeping him updated.

Here’s another angle. pic.twitter.com/bvl5g9kzYp

— Michael Schwab (@michaelschwab13) May 10, 2021

The clips include footage of a man standing near the tiger and pointing a gun at it. …read more

Source:: Heavy.com

      

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