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Craig Conway

Tyrone Smith

BBC Scotland Sport

St Johnstone complete the signing of Craig Conway on a one-year deal, with the winger poised to make his debut against former club Dundee United on Saturday.

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Volunteers' face coverings production effort scrubs up nicely

Scrubs initiative
NHS Tayside

NHS Tayside has taken delivery of thousands of reusable face coverings, which were produced for staff as part of a local scrubs initiative.

The collaborative project between NHS Tayside, local industry, Dundee University, and community volunteers saw 5,000 sets of scrubs produced for frontline staff, with 1,000 of these being made by volunteers from the local community.

Once the scrubs target had been reached, the volunteer sewers turned their focus to face coverings, making about 10,000 reusable masks for staff across Tayside to use when in public spaces.

Severe disruption: M90 Perth And Kinross both ways

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M90 Perth And Kinross both ways severe disruption, from J10 for A912 to J11 for A90.

M90 Perth And Kinross - M90 in Perth and Kinross partially blocked in both directions from J10, A912 (Craigend) to J11, A90 (Perth), because of flooding. Traffic is coping well.

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Arts and culture 'fundamental' to Scotland's health and wellbeing

"There will definitely be a future for the arts sector of Scotland," insists Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop, when questioned by Bauer Media about the job cuts facing more than 100 staff at Perth Concert Hall and Theatre, one of many venues facing an uncertain future.

Ms Hyslop cites the financial support already given to some theatres, in Inverness and Aberdeen, from the 'pivotal resilience fund', while others have received help through the job retention scheme, she says.

Fiona Hyslop
Fiona Hyslop said he was having discussions about more ways to help the sector

A Scotland without a flourishing arts and culture sector is not a Scotland any of us would want to see.”

Nicola Sturgeon

The culture secretary says she met the Federation of Scottish Theatres this morning and has discussions with Finance Secretary Kate Forbes to see what "further room for manoeuvre" there might be in terms of longer-term support for the sector.

Nicola Sturgeon adds that arts and culture are not just "really important to Scotland's economy and international reputation" but the sector is "fundamental to the health and wellbeing of our country".

She acknowledges though there will "tough discussions" ahead to minimise the long-term impact on the sector.

Perth Concert Hall operator faces 'painful' job cuts

Good Morning Scotland

BBC Radio Scotland

Perth Concert Hall

The operator of the Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre is looking at massive job cuts as a “painful last resort” to stay afloat during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Horsecross Arts says around 70 part-time and 50 full-time employees at all levels of the organisations could be affected as government aid winds down and the venues remain closed in the weeks ahead.

Chief executive Nick Williams tells BBC Radio Scotland that 70% of their income - which was “turned off” when they closed their doors in March - comes from box office takings, conferences, cafes and bars.

Mr Williams says the organisation is being forced to look at redundancy consultations “to enable us to come out the other end and rebuild”.

He says the situation is not helped by a lack of any firm guidance from either the Scottish or UK governments about what venues will be able to do and when.

“For us, with an 1100-seat concert hall, which goes up to 1600 for standing events, any form of physical distancing makes the management of events we hold really unviable," he adds.

"Similarly, our theatre, with just under 500 seats, is a really difficult space to make viable with any form of distancing."

Severe disruption: A912 Perth And Kinross both ways

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A912 Perth And Kinross both ways severe disruption, from A9 to A85 Crieff Road.

A912 Perth And Kinross - A912 Dunkeld Road in Inveralmond Industrial Estate closed and queues in both directions from Inveralmond Roundabout to the A85 Crieff Road junction, because of The bridge has been hit.

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Jobs lost as laundry firm shuts down Perth site

Fishers workers
Fishers plans to consolidate its hospitality business into its Cupar and Glasgow laundries

Scottish laundry group Fishers has confirmed the closure of its Perth site, with the loss of up to 84 jobs.

Fishers said it had been "significantly impacted" by the severe downturn in the hospitality and tourism sector following the coronavirus lockdown.

Hotels in Scotland and the north east of England account for much of its business.

Fishers plans to consolidate its Scottish hospitality business into its Cupar and Glasgow laundries.

Severe disruption: A94 Perth And Kinross both ways

BBC News Travel

A94 Perth And Kinross both ways severe disruption, from A93 Isla Road to Dupplin Road.

A94 Perth And Kinross - A94 Strathmore Street in Perth closed from the A93 Isla Road junction to the Dupplin Road junction, because of a gas leak.

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Star Wars school assembly head's Solo performance

Graeme Ogston

Tayside and Central Reporter

Star Wars assembly
Bertha Park High School
Head teacher Stuart Clyde plays Han Solo and Darth Vader in the video

A Perth secondary school has marked "Star Wars Day" with a special assembly from the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon.

Bertha Park High School produced the video for pupils currently at home due to the coronavirus lockdown.

Head teacher Stuart Clyde said he made the video with "bits and bobs I had lying about the house."

May the 4th (Be With You) is a play on the 1977 film's famous "May the Force Be With You" line.

Alec Cleland

St Johnstone fans can "rest assured the club will make the right decision" in choosing Tommy Wright's successor, says interim manager Alec Cleland.

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Perthshire libraries 3D printing protective equipment

AK Bell library in Perth

Libraries in Perth and Kinross have been using 3D printers to make PPE for NHS workers.

Staff have been working in conjunction with other partners such as Men’s Sheds to print headframes and stiffeners for protective masks.

The final products will be given to NHS Tayside.

Helen Smout, of Culture Perth and Kinross, said: “As a small organisation and charitable trust, we are looking to support the Covid-19 response in any way we can, and making use of the cutting-edge technology we have in our libraries to 3D print essential PPE is an excellent example of that."

Story provided by local democracy reporter Kathryn Anderson.

Rewind Festivals cancelled because of coronavirus

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The Rewind Festivals, which are held in Henley-on-Thames, Cheshire, and Perth, have been postponed until next year because of the coronavirus pandemic."The health and safety of all Rewinders, the artists, staff and community will always be our top priority, and it became clear that rescheduling the festivals was unavoidable," organisers said.

The rescheduled dates are for July and August 2021, and this year's tickets will remain valid.The artist's confirmed for the 2020 event included Jimmy Somerville, Wet Wet Wet, Billy Ocean, Soul II Soul and Bananarama.

Severe disruption: M90 Perth And Kinross southbound

BBC News Travel

M90 Perth And Kinross southbound severe disruption, between J11 for A90 and J10 for A912.

M90 Perth And Kinross - M90 Friarton Bridge in Perth and Kinross partially blocked southbound between J11, A90 (Perth) and J10, A912 (Craigend), because of a break down and a fuel spillage.

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