A.I., clock changes, and Coronavirus – New Official Publications 24.02.20

Newly published official publications from :

The European Union

General view of the Plenary chamber in Brussels – PHS Hemicycle – Plenary session week 46 2014. © European Union 2014 – Source EP

Novel coronavirus outbreak : State of play preparedness and response measures.Following the extraordinary Council meeting of health ministers on 13 February 2020, this paper summarises the latest available information [20.02.2020] on the novel coronavirus outbreak, and the Union’s preparedness and response actions.”

Artifical Intelligence [What Think Tanks are Thinking]. “This note offers links to recent commentaries, studies and reports from international think tanks on AI and related issues”, such as ethical issues, and health, economical and military benefits.

Study on energy technology dependence.The overarching objective of this study was to better understand the dependence of the European Union on energy technologies and to specifically consider the impact of this dependence on the security of energy supply in the EU and on the EU objective of becoming a world leader in renewable energy technologies.

Westminster and the UK Government

House of Commons Library (c) Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament

House of Commons Library (c) Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament

The cost of the UK’s strategic nuclear deterrent. This research briefing takes into account the complexities of costing and funding the procurement and maintenance of the UK’s strategic nuclear deterrents.

Cryptocurrencies. “This briefing introduces the idea of ‘cryptocurrencies’ — what they are, how they work, the benefits and challenges they offer, and how regulators have reacted to them.”

Clock changes: is it time for change? The Lords Select Committee on the European Union publishes this report in consideration of similar discussions in the EU and state; “Given the importance of the potential impacts on Northern Ireland and on industries across the UK, we urge the Government to do more now to ensure they have the full picture about the consequences of both keeping and abolishing our own clock changes so that the UK can act on evidence-based research when the EU makes its decision about how to manage clock changes in the future.”

The Scottish Parliament and Government

Scottish Parliament

Image © Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body – 2012. Licensed under the Open Scottish Parliament Licence v1.0.

Coronavirus: Scottish test numbers. Daily updates (after 2pm) detailing the number of concluded tests for Coronavirus (COVID-19) originating from Scotland.

Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill Research Briefing. The aim of the Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill is to allow different sex couples to form civil partnerships. Just as marriage and civil partnership are open to same sex couples, it will mean that marriage and civil partnership are open to different sex couples.

Exam results 2019: analysis. “Analysis papers from the Scottish Government, the Scottish Qualifications Authority, Education Scotland and the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland.”

Official Statistics

Key statistics on Scotland’s growth sectors. “Scotland’s Economic Strategy identifies those sectors where Scotland has a distinct comparative advantage: Food & Drink, Creative Industries, Sustainable Tourism, Energy, Financial & Business Services, and Life Sciences”

The Scottish Health Survey 2018: main report – revised 2020. “The Scottish Health Survey has been carried out annually since 2008 and prior to this was carried out in 1995, 1998, and 2003. The 2018 survey was the fourteenth in the series and included statistics on mental health and wellbeing, general health, cardiovascular conditions and caring, alcohol, smoking, diet, physical activity, obesity and respiratory.”

Disabled people in the labour market in Scotland: 2018. “Information about disabled people in the labour market from the Annual Population Survey Jan – Dec 2018.”

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