Scotland

19 Feb 19
The Scottish Sun
BRITAIN is set to bask in the glow of a bright Supermoon tonight – and this one will be called a “Snow Moon”. But where in the UK will the Snow Moon be visible tonight and what is a Supermoon? Here’s everything you need to know. A full blue Supermoon rises behind the Walkie-Talkie building in central London What is the weather forecast for tonight? A bright start across Britain today will be wiped out by dreary cloud and heavy rain as Tuesday progresses. The latest weather forecasts say sunny spells up and down the country will make way for grey and damp conditions as a rain front sweeps in from the west. Northern Ireland and Western Scotland will be among the first hit by the downpours – before the wet weather makes its way south and eastwards later. Despite the grim weather picture today, temperatures will still widely hold up in the double figures – helping to fend off any wintry showers. The Met Office said of Tuesday’s weather: “After a chilly start there will be sunny spells for many. “Dull, wet and windy weather will develop over Northern Ireland though, spreading into Scotland, northwest England and Wales later.” And forecasters at Meteogroup UK added: “It will be generally dry throughout the morning with some sunny spells likely in the south and east at times. “However, it will become mostly cloudy during the afternoon. “Becoming wet with some bursts of heavy rain by late afternoon across much of the west and north. Brisk south-westerly winds.” For tonight, the weather experts added: “It will be a cloudy evening for most with rain affecting all parts except the far south and south-east. “Some of the rain will be heavy, especially in the north-west. “Through the night, it will be wet for Scotland, Northern Ireland, northern England and north Wales but it will be dry in the far south.” Cloud coverage is at 100 per cent across the whole of the UK tonight Where will the Supermoon be visible? Unfortunately due to the cloudy weather, it will be hard to see the Supermoon anywhere in the UK. According to weather forecast website Ventusky, cloud coverage will be at 100 per cent. A small area between Reading and Oxford and Newcastle upon Tyne could see cloud coverage of 80 per cent, making the Supermoon slightly more visible. But for most it will be an opportunity missed as cloudy skies blanket the country. Cloud will cover the whole of the UK tonight, making it hard to see the Supermoon What is a Supermoon? It wasn’t until 1979 that Richard Nolle first defined the Supermoon, which is now a widely-used term. The astrologer explained that the phenomenon is “a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90 per cent of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit”. Based on Nolle’s theory, the moon would have to be around 226,000 miles away from the Earth to be considered “super”. Because of its relatively close proximity to the Earth, the celestial body’s surface appears a lot bigger when a Supermoon occurs. The scientific event is fairly uncommon, as it can occur around every 14 lunar months or full moons. People gather on top of Glastonbury Tor as the Snow moon rises last night [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN SCIENCE” posts_category=”6341″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] During the last such cycle, November 14, 2016, saw the most impressive Supermoon since January 26, 1948. Tonight’s Supermoon will be called a Snow Moon as it’s the first full moon in February. It is so-called as February is traditionally the time of year where the snow is the deepest, although the UK is currently snow-free. [bc_video video_id=”5666877160001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Stunning timelapse of the December 2017 Supermoon over Tampa in Florida”] We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team? Email us at tips@the-sun.co.uk or call 0207 782 4368 . You can WhatsApp us on 07810 791 502. We pay for videos too. Click here to upload yours.
19 Feb 19
Grampian Child Bereavement Network

In February this year, GCBN became part of The ARCHIE Foundation family, securing the long-term future of the service, as well as allowing us to develop and reach even more children and families. Funding for our part-time co-ordinator’s post has been provided by The ARCHIE Foundation for the last eight years, as part of its commitment […]

19 Feb 19
The Irish Sun
BRITAIN is set to bask in the glow of a bright Supermoon tonight – and this one will be called a “Snow Moon”. But where in the UK will the Snow Moon be visible tonight and what is a Supermoon? Here’s everything you need to know. A full blue Supermoon rises behind the Walkie-Talkie building in central London What is the weather forecast for tonight? A bright start across Britain today will be wiped out by dreary cloud and heavy rain as Tuesday progresses. The latest weather forecasts say sunny spells up and down the country will make way for grey and damp conditions as a rain front sweeps in from the west. Northern Ireland and Western Scotland will be among the first hit by the downpours – before the wet weather makes its way south and eastwards later. Despite the grim weather picture today, temperatures will still widely hold up in the double figures – helping to fend off any wintry showers. The Met Office said of Tuesday’s weather: “After a chilly start there will be sunny spells for many. “Dull, wet and windy weather will develop over Northern Ireland though, spreading into Scotland, northwest England and Wales later.” And forecasters at Meteogroup UK added: “It will be generally dry throughout the morning with some sunny spells likely in the south and east at times. “However, it will become mostly cloudy during the afternoon. “Becoming wet with some bursts of heavy rain by late afternoon across much of the west and north. Brisk south-westerly winds.” For tonight, the weather experts added: “It will be a cloudy evening for most with rain affecting all parts except the far south and south-east. “Some of the rain will be heavy, especially in the north-west. “Through the night, it will be wet for Scotland, Northern Ireland, northern England and north Wales but it will be dry in the far south.” Cloud coverage is at 100 per cent across the whole of the UK tonight Where will the Supermoon be visible? Unfortunately due to the cloudy weather, it will be hard to see the Supermoon anywhere in the UK. According to weather forecast website Ventusky, cloud coverage will be at 100 per cent. A small area between Reading and Oxford and Newcastle upon Tyne could see cloud coverage of 80 per cent, making the Supermoon slightly more visible. But for most it will be an opportunity missed as cloudy skies blanket the country. Cloud will cover the whole of the UK tonight, making it hard to see the Supermoon What is a Supermoon? It wasn’t until 1979 that Richard Nolle first defined the Supermoon, which is now a widely-used term. The astrologer explained that the phenomenon is “a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90 per cent of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit”. Based on Nolle’s theory, the moon would have to be around 226,000 miles away from the Earth to be considered “super”. Because of its relatively close proximity to the Earth, the celestial body’s surface appears a lot bigger when a Supermoon occurs. The scientific event is fairly uncommon, as it can occur around every 14 lunar months or full moons. People gather on top of Glastonbury Tor as the Snow moon rises last night [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN SCIENCE” posts_category=”5603″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] During the last such cycle, November 14, 2016, saw the most impressive Supermoon since January 26, 1948. Tonight’s Supermoon will be called a Snow Moon as it’s the first full moon in February. It is so-called as February is traditionally the time of year where the snow is the deepest, although the UK is currently snow-free. [bc_video video_id=”5666877160001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Stunning timelapse of the December 2017 Supermoon over Tampa in Florida”] We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team? Email us at tips@the-sun.co.uk or call 0207 782 4368 . You can WhatsApp us on 07810 791 502. We pay for videos too. Click here to upload yours.
19 Feb 19
Field To Fork Food

In a few days time I will be going on my first Deer Stalk. I do not know what will happen on the day itself but if I am lucky I will stalk deer, shoot deer, gralloch the deer and hopefully take the carcass home for me to butcher and provide food for my family. […]

19 Feb 19
The Scottish Sun
BRITS are set for a 20C scorcher this week as a “Saharan plume” sweeps in – but heavy rain will blast the UK first. The Met Office’s latest weather forecast says that the UK might have the hottest February day ever as the mercury soars in the coming days. A ‘Saharan plume’ is set to sweep across the UK this week, as a graph for Tuesday at 6pm shows Rain is set to blast parts of the UK ahead of a warmer weather front sweeping in from Africa. Map shows projections for 12pm today Beach-goers enjoy the sunshine in Brighton on Monday ahead of a wave of warmer weather The current record for the warmest February day came in 1998 when highs of 19.7C were clocked. But now forecasters think this coming Saturday could end up taking the title. HOTTER THAN AUSTRALIA The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “Computer models show record 20C February temperatures are possible from the coming weekend. “Families flying abroad for half-term sun could have stayed home and gone to a UK beach instead. “Plumes of warm air from the Sahara are due in coming days and also in spring. 25C is certainly likely by April. “There’s a good chance of another fine summer due to the past 12 months’ continuing pattern of high pressure blocking, which brings hot conditions in summer.” Later this week, Britain could be hotter than Australia — where it is summer — as Hobart, Tasmania, is due only 17C highs from midweek. And even on Saturday, when the UK could be in record-breaking heat, 18C is forecast for Tasmania. 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[/boxout] That would be beaten by the sizzling heat in Britain if the current record is broken. Met Office meteorologist Becky Mitchell told The Sun Online: “At the moment, we are looking to reach 18C, most likely in central southern England, or it could be in north-east Wales or north-east Scotland. “The record is 19.7C in 1998. At this stage, there is a small chance that we could get close, but not for definite.” Becky added: “It is originating from northern Africa and the Canary Islands, so it is coming up from the south. “There is a big area of high pressure moving across the UK, so it will be nice and sunny too. “It will be mild right across the country but it’s localised spots that will get the extremely mild temperatures.” This graphic shows rain driving in from the west at 3pm today By 6pm rain will cover Northern Ireland and most of the west coast And by 9pm, the rainy front will have moved across much of the Midlands WET START TO THE WEEK But before we reach such heady heights, rain and wind are in store for the next few days in some parts of the country. The Met Office predicts “dull, wet and windy weather” will develop in Northern Ireland at around lunchtime today before spreading later into Scotland, northwest England and Wales. Tonight it will be “wet and windy” at times across the north, though southern areas will stay dry. And tomorrow, outbreaks of rain will continue in the north and west accompanied by strong wends. South of England will remain drier, with some bright and sunny spells. Current projections show that rainfall will unlikely exceed more than 2-3cm even in the heaviest hit areas in northwest Scotland. Towards the end of the week those wet and windy spells will settle, with “exceptionally mild” conditions forecast for some areas on Friday and Saturday. Spring-like warmth will return across the UK and Ireland later this week, with a chance that the record for the UK's warmest February day (19.7C) could be challenged. Here's what's happening and why… pic.twitter.com/ZeIiZlYPqu — Liam Dutton – Weatherman (@liamdutton) February 18, 2019 “It will be wet and windy across the north on Tuesday while the south will be drier. “Remaining unsettled further northwest through Wednesday and Thursday, but drier and brighter elsewhere – becoming very mild.” The Met Office forecast mainly mild temperatures over the month ahead. Forecaster Simon Partridge said: “Temperatures will generally be on the milder side over the next 30 days, with short colder spells at times. “We never said the ‘Beast from the East’ was definitely coming. We forecast settled and potentially colder conditions, and we have had colder spells. “It’s mild rather than cold as high pressure is situated a few hundred miles further to our east, giving a southerly rather than easterly flow.” CHANGING ODDS Bookmakers Coral cut odds on summer being the hottest ever to 5/2. Coral spokesman Harry Aitkenhead said: “Last year was a scorcher – but 2019 is already simmering and punters reckon this summer will be even hotter.” Weather experts have scrapped forecasts of a ‘Beast from the East’ chill, blaming warm southerly winds arriving instead of expected cold easterlies. [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN NEWS” posts_category=”141″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] Met Office forecaster Martin Young said: “It will turn generally very mild again. Temperatures will widely be above the seasonal average. “For the start of March, temperatures are likely to remain mild overall, with many southern and eastern parts predominantly settled. Atlantic frontal systems will affect northern and western parts.” A statement from The Weather Company said: “Warmer-than-normal UK conditions are predicted for March and April.” This weather map shows the extremely warm air pushing up from the Sahara in north Africa into the UK and Europe, which is bringing with it potentially record-breaking temperatures later in the week A young woman watches the sky turn pink from the top of Ilkley Moor this morning at dawn in Yorkshire The sun rises over a house on St Mary’s Island in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, on Tuesday morning A full moon sets near Whitley Bay, North Tyneside as the sun begins to rise, ahead of the super snow moon on Tuesday evening Members of the public take advantage of the sunny weather to spend time on the beach in Brighton and Hove on Monday A couple and their dog enjoy the sunshine in Guildford, Surrey, on Monday A sunny start to the week as visitors to Eastbourne enjoy balmy weather on Monday Making a splash… Brighton Swimming Club swim in the sea in Brighton and Hove on Sunday morning We pay for your stories! 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19 Feb 19
music won't save you

Following the critical success of her 2017 album “There Are No Saints“, Edinburgh songwriter Siobhan Wilson returns with new single ‘Marry You’, the first taste of her adventurous new LP “The Departure”. A hymn to the power and pleasure of autonomy, Wilson’s latest journey is one that documents the artist ready to take matters into […]

19 Feb 19
The Scottish Sun
JACK AITCHISON holds the record as Celtic’s youngest ever player. But Karamoko Dembele looks certain to smash that this season. Karamoko Dembele isn’t far away from making his Celtic debut and has been training with the first-team squad Aitchison made a dream debut for the Hoops in 2016 when he scored with his first touch against Motherwell. That also earned him the title as the club’s youngest ever goalscorer at the age of just 16 years and 71 days. However, with teenage sensation Dembele about to come of age, Aitchison’s proud feat could soon be broken. Celtic fans have been drooling at the prospect of Dembele making his top team bow since he signed his first pro contract last year. Jack Aitchison hasn’t kicked on since bursting onto the scene under Ronny Deila And with the youngster turning 16 this Friday, he will now be eligible to play for the senior side – and that could come on Sunday, ironically against Well. Yet while all eyes will be on Dembele, a number of other Parkhead prodigies have been quietly working their way through the ranks. Mikey Johnson, Anthony Ralston and Ewan Henderson have all impressed Brendan Rodgers in recent times, but what about the others bubbling beneath the surface? Here, SunSport looks at five other young Bhoys to watch out for in 2019. CONOR HAZARD Conor Hazard, right, has trained closely with Celtic’s veteran keeper Craig Gordon The 20-year-old keeper is highly-rated by Celtic coaching staff and has already been capped by Northern Ireland. Hazard spent the second-half of last season on loan at Falkirk, and is currently gaining more experience with Partick Thistle. Speaking about Hazard last season, boss Rodgers said: “I think he could be a very good keeper in the future for us but he needs to get the games.” Hazard has worked closely with Hoops and Scotland goalkeeping coach Stevie Woods, who helped improve the likes of Fraser Forster and Craig Gordon. But with Gordon losing the first-team jersey to Scott Bain, and Dorus de Vries out of contract in the summer, Hazard may fancy his chances next season. ARMSTRONG OKOFLEX Armstrong Okoflex has huge potential Celts have high hopes for talented Okoflex, who arrived from Arsenal in the summer. The Dublin-born attacker, 16, has represented both Ireland and England at youth level. After impressing for the second-string, Okoflex was drafted into Rodgers’ matchday squad for the recent win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park. Offering a glowing appraisal of the youngster, Rodgers said: “I’ve seen a lot of Armstrong and I can see that he’s a very talented boy. “The job for Armstrong, like it is for all really talented players, is making that transition from being a talent to being a top professional. “He’s come here with a view of hopefully doing that. He’s at a club where he’s going to get an opportunity. You can see his qualities and his talents. “It’s not easy, he’s only a 16-year-old boy moving up from London. But he’s adapted really well which is good to see and hopefully he’ll be able to play some games at some point soon. “That will be another nice, exciting step for him.” KERR McINROY McInroy is an influential midfielder Tireless midfielder McInroy joined the first-team squad for their pre-season training camp in Austria. Signed as a 13-year-old from the Blue Brazil Boys Club in Cowdenbeath, the teenager has been catching the eye at youth level. McInroy has yet to make his senior debut but has been named on the bench by Rodgers over the last 12 months. However, with the likes of Scott Brown, Callum McGregor and Olivier Ntcham all ahead of the 18-year-old in the pecking order, McInroy could be farmed out on loan. McInroy could prove to be a long-term successor to Broony, who looks certain to hang up his boots when his contract expires in 2021. DANIEL CHURCH Left-back Church has had an impressive rise through the Celtic academy system. The Scotland Under-19s starlet recently penned a new three-year deal with the Hoops. Celts beat off interest from Premier League giants Man United to keep the 18-year-old at the club. Daniel Church has yet to make his top team bow Despite Kieran Tierney struggling with injury, Church has yet to be handed a chance to shine by Rodgers. Instead, Emilio Izaguirre and Jonny Hayes have been given the nod in front of him. As we approach the business end of the season, it’s unlikely the teenager will be pitched in unless there’s an extreme injury crisis. With that in mind, Church will no doubt aim to make the breakthrough next season or head out on loan to gain more first-team experience. [article-rail-curated title=”RELATED STORIES” selected_posts=”3892922,3892801,3892676,3892491,3892467,3892399″ /] BARRY COFFEY Irish superkid Coffey snubbed interest from England’s top clubs to sign for Celtic in 2017. The playmaker, 17, caught the eye playing for Chelsea in a youth tournament in Holland that also featured Real Madrid. He was subsequently offered trials by Manchester United and Man City. Barry Coffey, right, is an exciting prospect But a personal intervention from Hoops gaffer Rodgers convinced Coffey to commit his future to Parkhead. Coffey explained: “Playing in Europe against top teams was a great experience but Celtic was the club where I felt most at home.” On the influence of Rodgers, he added: “It helps that he knows me from the time I decided to join and he’d also be available to have a word. “Most other managers of clubs in the Champions League would concentrate solely on the first-team but I’ve seen Brendan attending the training sessions of our U13 squads. “It does motivate you that he’s going to stay there because he can see how much work you’re putting trying to get a shot at progressing.” Talented Coffey has been impressing for Tommy McIntyre’s reserves and recently captained Republic of Ireland’s Under-18s side. Keep up to date with ALL the latest news and transfers from Scottish football plus fixtures, results and live match commentary  [bc_video video_id=”6003194419001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Scott Brown winner sparks massive pitch invasion as Celtic seal win at Kilmarnock to go eight points clear “]
19 Feb 19
12 Books in 12 Months

In a bid to read widely/critically/at all I am going to try and continue my ‘[insert month here] reads’ posts in 2019. I have a vague notion I’ll even include a sentence or two by way of a review – imagine that! I expect I’ll give up around April. But in the meantime here are […]

19 Feb 19
CHINDIA ALERT: You'll be living in their world, very soon

HONG KONG/LONDON (Reuters) – HSBC Holdings turned in a disappointing annual profit as higher costs and a stocks rout chipped away at its trading businesses, while warning that an economic slowdown in China and Britain would throw up further hurdles this year. Chief Executive John Flint, rounding off his first year at the helm of […]

19 Feb 19
Truth2Freedom's Blog

The Nature of Evangelistic Prayer First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, (2:1a) While the first three terms Paul uses are virtually synonymous, there are some subtle shades of meaning that enrich our concept of prayer. Entreaties is from deēsis, the root meaning of which is ‘‘to lack,” “to […]

19 Feb 19
Lime Lava

The ninth series of the comedy show premieres on Sunday, on the new BBC Scotland channel's opening night. Share. By. Brian McIver. 04:30, 19 FEB … limelavamix

19 Feb 19
ExeterPropertyCircle

As we edge closer and closer to Brexit, uncertainty abounds across the UK business community. Last week, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) said that UK companies were stepping up their preparations for a no-deal Brexit. There is understandably a lot of concern over the impact that this will have on property prices in the […]

19 Feb 19
The Scottish Sun
STEVEN GERRARD has backed the Rangers board after their statement against the BBC and SFA saying he is ‘totally’ behind the action. The Gers managing director Stewart Robertson had called for a review of the SFA disciplinary process as well as taking aim at the BBC coverage. Steven Gerrard has backed the board over their statement Now, manager Gerrard has supported the club in their battle as he revealed he trusts the board to handle the situation. He said: “I’m totally behind the managing director and the statement. “The board are handling it and I trust them on it.” Robertson admitted it seemed like games have been re-refereed since Clare Whyte’s appointment as the SFA’s compliance officer. Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson The Ibrox club have seen both Alfredo Morelos and Allan McGregor banned in recent weeks after incidents involving the pair were reviewed. And he claimed that in-game incidents covered on the BBC’s Sportscene highlights show are then often picked up for review at the start of each week. He said: “If you go back to last season and previous seasons, it seemed to be only incidents of violent conduct or off-the-ball incidents that the referees didn’t see that would be considered. “Now we’re getting ourselves in a situation where many more incidents are being looked at and we are effectively re-refereeing the game. BEEB BLAST BBC Scotland hits back at Rangers and insists coverage is ‘editorially fair’ “That’s placing intolerable pressure on the referees, which then places pressures on the compliance system and the disciplinary system. “We feel that we should be looking to go back to what the system was previously, when it was violent conduct and off-the-ball incidents that should be reviewed only. “Clare came in at the start of this season and there’s no doubt that things have been dealt with differently this year. “The incidents which have been reviewed this year, some of those wouldn’t have been reviewed last year. “That is leading to the confusion. There is much more inconsistency and it definitely feels as though we are re-refereeing games. Allan McGregor was retrospectively banned for his challenge on Lewis Ferguson “It also feels as though the incidents which are highlighted on the television at the weekend are the incidents which are picked up by the compliance officer on a Monday. “I’ve heard this expression ‘trial by TV, trial by Sportscene’. That certainly seems to be the way that it’s going.” But the BBC have hit back at the club and insisted coverage is ‘editorially fair’. Rangers face Kilmarnock in their Scottish Cup replay on Wednesday and Gerrard is hopeful to have key men involved in the clash. The Light Blues boss is keeping his fingers crossed that key midfield duo Scott Arfield and Ryan Jack will declare themselves fit for the Cup match. [article-rail-curated title=”related stories” selected_posts=”3896842,3896856,3893398,3895412,3895351,3894960″ /] Both players sat out Saturday’s St Johnstone stalemate but Gerrard, speaking ahead of Wednesday night’s William Hill Scottish Cup replay at Ibrox, said: “Scotty Arfield will train this morning so we’re hoping he will come through and be available. “Ryan Jack is still a big doubt but he will do some work today. He won’t do the full session but he will do some work then we’ll assess him after that. “I’d play Ryan if he wasn’t 100 per cent but I wouldn’t risk him in terms of his body and creating further damage and have a longer period out. “However, if Jacko says to me, ‘I’m not perfect but I’m prepared to have a go’, then he’s certainly one I’d probably go with because he’s a winner and a fighter and someone I trust out there.” Keep up to date with ALL the latest news and transfers from Scottish football plus fixtures, results and live match commentary  [bc_video video_id=”6002933290001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Rangers new boy Matt Polster sings Simply The Best to fiancee Brittany Held”]