Scotland will prepare for an independence referendum before May 2021 - Sturgeon

Reuters | April 24, 2019

Scotland should hold an independence referendum before the current Scottish parliamentary term ends in May 2021 and will prepare legislation for this to happen, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Wednesday. “A choice between Brexit and a future for Scotland as an independent European nation should be offered in the lifetime of this parliament,” Sturgeon told Holyrood, Scotland’s devolved parliament. She said a devolved parliament bill would be drawn up before the end of 2019. The permission of Britain’s sovereign parliament at this stage was not needed, she said, but would be eventually be necessary “to put beyond doubt or challenge our ability to apply the bill to an independence referendum.” Sturgeon is under pressure from her nationalist movement to provide a clear way forward in the quest for an independent Scotland.

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Tick-borne diseases (TBDs) affect tens of thousands of Americans each year, afflicting them with serious illness that causes significant morbidity and sometimes mortality. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) of ticks that bite humans is an important part of preventing TBDs. Although better tools for vector surveillance and control would make IPM programs stronger, more effective, and less expensive, the technology already exists to start preventing TBDs. Programs exist locally for IPM of ticks, but those programs are very limited and have not prevented what appears to be the expanding importance of tickborne diseases in the United States. Communicating the need and capability for community-wide tick IPM is a priority, as well as organizing the information and IPM techniques already available.

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Tick-borne diseases (TBDs) affect tens of thousands of Americans each year, afflicting them with serious illness that causes significant morbidity and sometimes mortality. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) of ticks that bite humans is an important part of preventing TBDs. Although better tools for vector surveillance and control would make IPM programs stronger, more effective, and less expensive, the technology already exists to start preventing TBDs. Programs exist locally for IPM of ticks, but those programs are very limited and have not prevented what appears to be the expanding importance of tickborne diseases in the United States. Communicating the need and capability for community-wide tick IPM is a priority, as well as organizing the information and IPM techniques already available.

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