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Deacon Blue to headline charity gig in aid of Palestine

A concert will be held at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall next month, with all profits going to the British charity Medical Aid for Palestinians, which provides medical services in the West Bank, Gaza, and advocates for Palestinians’ human rights and dignity. Deacon Blue, Capercaillie, James Grant, formerly of Love and Money, and Siobhan Miller are among the line-up. Also performing is Scots folk band Rura, Admiral Fallow, Duncan Chisholm and Kitti. Poets Jim Mackintosh and Julie MacNeill will read some of their works to the crowd, as well as read new works from poets who are currently in Gaza. Lorraine McIntosh of Deacon Blue said: “Since the awful events of October 7 we have looked on in growing horror at the destruction of Gaza and its infrastructure and the senseless death of over 30,000 innocent people. “The only thing we can do to help in any small way is to raise money. “With the destruction of practically all medical facilities in Gaza, we have chosen to support the charity Medical Aid for Palestinians who have a long history of delivering emergency healthcare to the people on the ground in Gaza where help is needed most. “Our decision in no way lessens our horror at what happened on October 7, and we join millions around the world in calling for an immediate ceasefire and the release of all hostages.” Donald Shaw of Capercaillie added: “Capercaillie performed in the West Bank, Palestine back in the late 80s as part of a Middle East tour. “We felt honoured to be welcomed by such wonderful people full of pride in their culture and resilience in the face of conflict. “Performing on this gig for Gaza alongside these great artists on May 1 to raise even a modest offering feels like the least we can do to show our support in their hour of need.” The concert takes place on Wednesday May 1. Tickets are available here.

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Call to goes out to young artists to create Forces charity mascot

BUDDING young artists from Moray’s Armed Forces communities are being encouraged to participate in a nationwide competition to design a mascot for Forces Children Scotland. The creative brief is to create something to help civilian friends, educators, and professionals to better understand their identity as a Forces child. There are three age categories – 4-8 years, 9–11 years and 12–16 years – and prizes will be awarded to the winners for each category. The overall winning design will feature on the charity’s website, resources and campaigns. The closing date for competition entries is 5pm on April 29, 2024. Entries will be judged by members of the Forces Children Scotland team, as well as children and young people from the charity’s youth forums. To enter, youngsters will need to submit: Their mascot design; Their name, age and contact details; A summary (100 words) about why their design should be picked. For more information, visit https://forceschildrenscotland.org.uk/ Email your competition entry to learning@forceschildrenscotland.org.uk Do you want to respond to this article? If so, click here to submit your thoughts and they may be published in print.

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What We Owe the People of East Palestine

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Wanted man Huw Owen caught on CCTV after attack in Staithes

Huw Owen, 40, is wanted in connection with an assault on a man in Staithes on March 13. The victim of the assault was taken to hospital, but North Yorkshire Police has since confirmed that he died at the end of last week. Mr Owen was originally said to have links to Staithes, Whitby, Scarborough and Wales. However, he has now been seen on CCTV buying alcohol in Newcastle, police said. North Yorkshire Police have captured wanted man Huw Owen on CCTV (Image: North Yorkshire Police) The police have since updated their description of Mr Owen, following the release of the new CCTV images. A spokesperson for the force said: “He is seen with a beard and is wearing a dark, possibly green coloured puffer-style jacket, a light-coloured woollen hat with a bobble, dark trousers or jeans, dark shoes which are possibly walking boots, and a green-looking backpack with what appears to be a grey and orange sleeping bag pouch attached to the side.” As well as directing the appeal to the Newcastle area, with support from Northumbria Police, officers in North Yorkshire are renewing their appeal to anyone who knows where Mr Owen is. Anyone who can help is asked to call 999 and pass on information as a matter of urgency. North Yorkshire Police have captured wanted man Huw Owen on CCTV (Image: North Yorkshire Police) Officers are also appealing to Mr Owen to “do the right thing and contact the police himself”. Anyone who sees Mr Owen or knows his whereabouts is urged to not approach him and instead contact North Yorkshire Police straight away – either call 101, option 4 with information or 999 with immediate sightings. Please quote reference number 12240045582 when passing information. Alternatively, you can pass information to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their website.

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Is Trump winning over young voters? The latest 2024 election polling, explained.

Are young voters abandoning Joe Biden? And, if so, are they flocking to Donald Trump? Just about every national poll seems to show that Biden is underperforming with young people compared to his 2020 results as well as polls at the same point in the 2020 cycle. But the crosstab results of some of these surveys also suggest that Biden is not only losing ground; Trump is gaining support. That’s an especially surprising result for the famously progressive and Democratic-leaning youth vote. What gives? The debate can be broken down roughly into two camps. There are those who believe Trump and Republicans are gaining with this group, telling you to trust the data. There are just too many polls and surveys, they say, reporting favorable conditions for Republicans and for Trump to not believe that young voters are swinging his way. Polling aggregates show Republicans making gains with younger voters, they point out. The skeptical side is splintered. There are those who say the pro-Trump shift exists but is being overstated, noting polls specifically of younger voters still show a Biden edge — albeit a diminished one. There are others who question the validity of the polling, saying wild swings between surveys suggest there may be methodological problems. And others say third-party support shows Biden has room to win back voters in a way that Trump doesn’t. The reality is still a warning sign for Biden and Democrats. Something is happening to their support from the youngest voters, and they’ll need to win back these folks or make up any deficit with support from other voters. Let’s dive in. Look at what the polling aggregates tell us. Instead of looking at any single poll, take their sum view, conveniently updated every month in this cross-tabulation tracker from the former Democratic pollster Adam Carlson. Regardless of whether you look at the 18–34 or 18–29 subgroups that are often used in polling young voters, it’s clear that Biden is underperforming his 2020 numbers. In March 2024 polls alone, that shift from 2020 for those adults aged 18–29 was about 13 points toward Trump, even though Biden still holds an overall advantage of 11 points in the aggregate. Among adults aged 18–34, Trump holds a slight lead of about 1.5 percentage points. And this has generally been consistent when looking at the aggregate results of January and February 2024 polls as well. Trump is also viewed more favorably among young voters. Another consistent picture has emerged over the last few years: Trump’s favorability rating among the youngest cohort of voters has been steadily increasing. As of the end of 2023, that improvement has brought his standing with adults aged 18–34 back from a post-January 6 low point right to the same support he had on the eve of the 2020 election, according to Gallup polling. Other polls, like the Economist/YouGov’s surveys, found that by February 2024, Trump’s favorability among those under the age of 30 had finally turned positive, improving about 30 points since February 2021. Are there issues that are motivating this? Looking under the hood at what might be motivating a pro-Trump youth shift also reveals that Trump might be getting support from younger voters who trust him on specific issues. The Harvard Youth Poll in December, for example, showed Trump had an edge over Biden on a range of key issues with younger voters. On the economy, Trump had a 15-point lead; on national security, he had a 9-point lead; on the Gaza war, Trump led by 5 points; and on “strengthening the working class,” Trump had a 4-point advantage. Biden, meanwhile, had an edge on climate change, abortion, education, and “protecting democracy,” among a few other issues. It might not be isolated to Trump. Republicans have also seen gains in voter registration numbers with younger voters, most recently in North Carolina, as well as in swing states like Nevada and Pennsylvania, per tracking from the analyst Michael Pruser. In North Carolina, for example, younger voters are currently a larger share of all new registrants than at this point in the last two electoral cycles — but Democrats have lost a net 40,000 registrants in that time, while new young Republican registrants outnumbered new young Democratic registrants. So while both parties are gaining new voters, the Democratic advantage with this age cohort is narrowing quickly. Skepticism is healthy. Polls this far out, this side of the argument says, are unlikely to fully and accurately capture what is happening with demographic groups that are harder to reach and less engaged and aware of politics. This caveat applies both to polls taken before and during the primary — when plenty of voters aren’t even sure that the two choices they are being presented with will end up being the eventual nominees — and for polls of young voters specifically, who are notoriously uninformed about or disengaged with national electoral politics. Trump’s support may be overstated; just look at third-party support and his favorability. Polls specifically of young voters, like the Harvard Youth Poll, continue to show a large Biden advantage with younger voters (it was 11 points in December). They show that among the youth most likely to vote, Biden has an even bigger advantage (24 points). But they also show the threat of third-party candidates, which may be artificially dragging down Biden’s support. Adding those independent candidates, like Robert F. Kennedy Jr., brings down Biden’s support tremendously in both the Harvard poll and in the election tracking site Split Ticket’s recent poll of young voters. Biden has an edge with them over both Trump and RFK, and that lead grows when looking at those most likely to vote. But RFK is still pulling a “non-trivial” amount of support from young Democrats and independents, groups that went for Biden in 2020, in both the Harvard Youth Poll and the Split Ticket poll. Complicating the picture for Republicans and Trump is the problem of favorability. Yes, Trump has recovered from his low point in 2021, but he consistently hits a roof of support in Split Ticket’s polling. Though both Biden and Trump are viewed unfavorably (65 percent for Biden, 70 percent for Trump), those who hold a “strongly unfavorable” view of Trump drastically outnumber the same category for Biden: 61 percent of young voters view Trump very negatively compared to just 44 percent who feel like that about Biden. “If young voters are defecting from Joe Biden, they’re not doing so out of any affinity for Donald Trump,” write the Split Ticket authors. So instead of a Trump youth rise, we’re seeing a collapse of youth support for Biden. We’re forgetting who we’re talking about. Younger voters tend to be more progressive and align with Democratic positions on a range of social and economic issues; they’ve voted for Democrats by overwhelming numbers; and they’re continuing to support Democratic positions in a variety of elections during midterms, off-year races, and special elections. Younger voters are especially likely to register or identify with neither political party, opting to be independents or unaffiliated voters when they register to vote, helping to explain why in some states, like North Carolina, Nevada, and Colorado (per Pruser’s analysis), unaffiliated registrants are outpacing Democratic and Republican registrants. With this context, it does seem hard to believe that we’re heading toward a generational realignment. The answers here aren’t easy, most notably because polling seems to be extra noisy and sending conflicting messages. Even this month, the results of two high-quality national polls, one from Quinnipiac University and another released by Fox News, showed conflicting realities. In Quinnipiac’s survey, the results for young adults aged 18–34 gave Biden a 20-point advantage over Trump. Meanwhile, Fox’s survey showed that adults aged 18–29 backed Trump with an 18-point margin. This 38-point gap seems illogical, even if there are some discrepancies with the cohorts used in the surveys. And that leads us to a methodological question hanging over all of this. The way pollsters conduct their operations, as we have detailed before, has been evolving to address difficulty with telephone polling and non-response bias (when the results of a poll are affected by the unwillingness or absence of a specific kind of voter). In 2016 and 2020, for example, this non-response bias affected how pollsters were able to measure Trump’s support and therefore underestimated it. 2024 could very well be the reverse, but it’s much too early right now. The answers will reveal themselves after Election Day. One thing, though, feels certain: If the polls are right, Democrats have a problem with young voters. They have time to fix that, but they have a major problem if they can’t.

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Deacon Blue to headline Glasgow gig to raise money for Gaza

The UN, international aid organizations, and relief workers have warned of mass starvation in the strip, with the north of Gaza on the brink of famine. A partial Israeli withdrawal and a fresh round of ceasefire talks have raised hopes that fighting could soon end, but many in the Palestinian territory are displaced and starving. On May 1, a number of Scots artists will perform at the Glasgow Gig for Gaza at the Royal Concert Hall. All profits from the concert will go to the British charity Medical Aid for Palestinians, a recognised organisation formed 37 years ago to provide medical services in the West Bank, Gaza and to advocate for Palestinians’ rights to health and dignity. World Central Kitchen and the dangers of delivering aid in a war-torn country ‘Rafah is Gaza’s last hope’: Aid worker on the devastating human toll of ongoing war The Glasgow student driving an ambulance 3,000 miles to Gaza Performers include Deacon Blue, known for hits such as ‘Dignity’ and ‘Real Gone Kid’ and folk band Capercaillie. They’ll be joined by the likes of Admiral Fallow, James Grant, Siobhan Miller, Rura, Duncan Chisholm and Ross Ainslie. Award winning Scottish poets Jim Mackintosh and Julie MacNeill will read poetry from their own repertoire, along with new work from poets still currently in Gaza. Lorraine McIntosh of Deacon Blue said: “Since the awful events of October 7th we have looked on in growing horror at the destruction of Gaza and its infrastructure and the senseless death of over 30,000 innocent people. The only thing we can do to help in any small way is to raise money. “With the destruction of practically all medical facilities in Gaza, we have chosen to support the charity Medical Aid for Palestinians who have a long history of delivering emergency healthcare to the people on the ground in Gaza where help is needed most. “Our decision in no way lessons our horror at what happened on October 7th, and we join millions around the world in calling for an immediate cease fire and the release of all hostages.” Donald Shaw of Capercaillie said: “Capercaillie performed in the West Bank, Palestine back in the late 80s as part of a Middle East tour. We felt honoured to be welcomed by such wonderful people full of pride in their culture and resilience in the face of conflict. Performing on this gig for Gaza alongside these great artists on May 1st to raise even a modest offering feels like the least we can do to show our support in their hour of need.” Tickets for the concert are available here

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Piano recital with Marino Tirimo

Following the great success of his recent Chopin recital in the UK, Martino Tirimo will be performing another yet fascinating piano recital dedicated to Chopin, featuring some of the composer’s most important works. The concert, which is supported by the Embassy of Poland in Cyprus, will take place on Monday 15 April 2024 at Strovolos Municipal Theatre, at 20:30. PROGRAMME Polonaise in G minor Op. posth. (aged 7) 3 Mazurkas Op.59 Sonata No.3 in B minor Op.58 Nocturne in C sharp minor Op. posth. Polonaise-Fantaisie in A flat Op.61 Waltz in C sharp minor Op.64 No.2 Waltz in A flat Op.42 Ballade No.1 in G minor Op.23 ————————————————– CONCERT Monday, 15 April 2024, 20:30 Strovolos Municipal Theatre ————————————————– ADMISSION €20 / €15 (concessions) Purchase tickets online at: https://tinyurl.com/martinotirimo Purchase tickets at the theatre box office one hour before the concert Further Information: [email protected] / 99 355358

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Chinese President Xi meets former Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou on pro-unification visit

He follows a long line of politicians from the Nationalists, also known as the KMT, who have been invited to China by its authoritarian one-party government and given VIP treatment on visits around the country. China claims Taiwan as its own territory, to be annexed by force if necessary. Beijing sends navy ships and warplanes around the island on a daily basis in hopes of wearing down Taiwan’s defensives and intimidating the population. “The people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait are all Chinese. There is no dispute that cannot be resolved, there is no problem that cannot be discussed, and no force can separate us,” Xi told Ma. “Differences in systems cannot change the fact that both sides of the Taiwan Straits belong to the same country and nation,” he added. Ma responded that a new war between the sides would be “an unbearable burden for the Chinese nation.” “The Chinese people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait will definitely have enough wisdom to handle cross-Strait disputes peacefully and avoid conflicts,” Ma said. Independence leaning president-elect Lai Ching-te of the Democratic Progressive Party won the January election handily and his vice president-elect Bi-khim Hsiao has been visiting nations friendly to Taiwan in Europe and elsewhere ahead of taking office.

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Scottish band Deacon Blue to headline Glasgow Gig for Gaza next month

The Glasgow Gig for Gaza will be held in the city’s Royal Concert Hall on Wednesday, May 1 and will be headlined by Deacon Blue. Joining them will be Scottish folk royalty Capercaillie (below) while acclaimed singer-songwriter and frontman of Love and Money James Grant is also set to feature. All profits from the concert will go to Medical Aid for Palestinians – the same charity National readers recently helped to raise more than £100,000 for – which is dedicated to providing essential medical aid and support to the people of Gaza. Lorraine McIntosh of Deacon Blue commented: “Since the awful events of October 7, we have looked on in growing horror at the destruction of Gaza and its infrastructure and the senseless death of over 30,000 innocent people. “The only thing we can do to help in any small way is to raise money. With the destruction of practically all medical facilities in Gaza, we have chosen to support the charity Medical Aid for Palestinians who have a long history of delivering emergency healthcare to the people on the ground in Gaza where help is needed most. READ MORE: Pro-Palestine protesters arrested after demo at Keir Starmer’s house “Our decision in no way lessons our horror at what happened on October 7 and we join millions around the world in calling for an immediate ceasefire and the release of all hostages.” More information on tickets and further details about the concert can be found HERE. Award-winning folk band Rura will also appear at the concert as will indie folk act Admiral Fallow while “master of the fiddle” Duncan Chisholm will also be playing. Kitti (below), winner of best vocalist in the Scottish Jazz Awards across multiple years will also make an appearance. Scottish poets Jim Mackintosh and Julie MacNeill will read poetry from their own repertoire along with new work from poets still currently in Gaza. Donald Shaw of Capercaillie said: “Capercaillie performed in the West Bank, Palestine back in the late 80s as part of a Middle East tour. “We felt honoured to be welcomed by such wonderful people full of pride in their culture and resilience in the face of conflict. “Performing on this gig for Gaza alongside these great artists on May 1st to raise even a modest offering feels like the least we can do to show our support in their hour of need.”

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