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Border region troops train in Poland

Troops from the Border region are among hundreds currently on a training exercise in Poland. The Army says it's to show Eastern European states that they can be confident they'll get help should they need it.

The promise through NATO comes as political tensions with Russia increase. The exercise is called Operation Black Eagle and as David Wood reports it has more importance than a routine training exercise.

Showing racism the 'red card'

Former Carlisle United player Gary Bennett has returned to his old club but with a very different role.

Now a director of the charity, Show Racism the Red Card, he held a series of workshops for local schoolchildren at Brunton Park.

As Paul Crone reports, the footballer turned ambassador has experienced racism both on and off the pitch.


Christmas carol gets a hip hop makeover

A Carlisle church mission worker has given a new twist to a traditional Christmas carol.

Last year Andy Dykes remixed 'O Come, O Come Emmanuel' which had thousands of hits online. This year he and a group of friends have worked together to make 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen' more contemporary.

He hopes the new version of the carol will make the Christmas message accessible to all ages.

Watch the video below:

MacAskill should "hang his head in shame"

South of Scotland MSP Jim Hume has slammed Kenny MacAskill's time as Scottish Justice Secretary. Mr MacAskill has been replaced by Michael Matheson as part of Nicola Sturgeon's Cabinet reshuffle.

The former Justice Secretary was heavily involved in the Lockerbie bombing case and was also involved in amalgamating all Scottish police forces.


HIV - the dangers of late diagnosis

It's estimated that a quarter of people in the UK living with HIV are unaware of their infection. Credit: PA

People who are worried about HIV are being encouraged to take a test early as new figures show that many Cumbrians with HIV wait too long for a test.

People living with HIV can expect a near normal life-span if they are diagnosed promptly. However, waiting longer can mean the treatment is far less effective.

Although HIV is far less prevalent here than in other parts of the UK, 62 per cent of those who go for a test are deemed late - well above the national rate for the same period (2011 to 2013) of 45 per cent.

A late diagnosis means the immune system may already be significantly compromised. Someone who is diagnosed late is 10 times more likely to die within a year of diagnosis, and could have significantly reduced life expectancy.

The county’s public health chiefs are using next week’s National HIV Testing Week to highlight the dangers of late diagnosis.

While the vast majority of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men do not have HIV, latest data shows the infection route for the majority of all HIV diagnoses in Cumbria was men who have sex with men (56.8%).

The results also show that:

  • Heterosexual contact between men and women accounts for 33.1% of all diagnosed HIV infections in Cumbria
  • Injecting drug use (2.2%)
  • Blood and tissue (2.2%)
  • Undetermined (4.3%)

Many people, but not all, who are infected with HIV experience a short, flu-like illness that occurs two to six weeks after infection. After this, HIV often causes no symptoms for several years.

It is estimated that a quarter (26,100) of people in the UK living with HIV are unaware of their infection.

This has implications for wider public health since these people don’t know they have HIV, they are not accessing treatment and care. As a result, their long-term health is at avoidable risk and, they remain at risk of passing on their infection.

HIV testing is available free of charge from sexual health clinics and GP surgeries across Cumbria.

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Festive safety campaign launched

The four strands of the campaign are party safe, shop safe, home safety and online safety. Credit: PA

A festive campaign is encouraging people in the Borders to keep safe this Christmas.

The campaign, by Police Scotland, is broken down into four strands - party safe, shop safe, home safety and online safety. It launches today (21st November).

“Unfortunately there are criminals that will attempt to exploit the festive period for their own gain. They may attempt to take advantage of people who are out enjoying themselves, or exploit the fact that people are more likely to have larger sums of cash with them and high value items in their homes.

We will be issuing a range of messages as the campaign continues to help people protect themselves, their property and their online integrity. All we ask is that members of the public take on board the messages that are aimed at keeping them safe at this busy time. The aim of this campaign is to keep people safe and to remind people that whether shopping, on-line, partying or at home - have fun, take care, stay aware.”

– Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent Gillian Imery

MP says sacked minister was 'not a friend of this area'

The minister who freed the Lockerbie bomber has been dropped from Scotland's cabinet. The new first minister Nicola Sturgeon today said Kenny MacAskill had "intimated" that he wanted to step down. David Mundell, the MP whose constituency covers the Lockerbie area, says he was no friend of the area.

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