{"JP":[ {"NewsSection":{"name":"scotland","detaillevel":"full", "Articles": {"count":25,"detaillevel":"full","articlesList":[ {"article": { "url":"http://www.scotsman.com/news/scotland-s-weather-odds-for-hottest-easter-on-record-slashed-1-4404790","id":"1.4404790","articleHeadline": "Scotland’s weather: Odds for hottest Easter on record slashed","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1490634405000 ,"articleLead": "

Bookies have slashed the odds on Scotland enjoying the hottest Easter weekend on record.

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Odds on next month’s bank holiday breaking records are now at 8-1, according to bookmaker William Hill.

It comes after the UK basked in the warmest weekend of the year so far last weekend, just a week after a sharp Arctic chill blasted the country.

Scotland recorded temperatures hotter than Spain on Mother’s Day, with the mercury surging close to 20c in some areas.

The current Easter record of 27.8c was set in 2011.

While the Met Office have indicated it is too early to predict temperatures, meteorologists are anticipating that it will be warmer than usual for this time of year.

200 Voices: find out more about the people who have shaped Scotland

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Nicola Sturgeon has been criticised over her comments in 2014 that the independence referendum was ‘once in a generation’ vote.

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With the First Minister now calling for a re-run to be held no later than the Spring of 2019, political opponents are wondering aloud whether a generation is a mere four or five years long.


However, despite Ms Sturgeon’s u-turn on that decision, it’s undeniable that enough political upheaval has happened in the two-and-a-half years since the first referendum than does in most generations.




READ MORE: Theresa May won’t change her mind on Indyref2




Indeed, the 2014 vote isn’t even the most recent constitutional referendum, with the 2016 Brexit vote shocking the political establishment.


The 52-48 per cent victory for Vote Leave in that referendum put paid (for now) to the political careers of David Cameron, George Osborne, and a whole host of their allies.


With the previous 2015 General Election also relegating the likes of Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg to the parliamentary scrapheap, we now have a whole host of new political figures to be the figureheads of the fight for the Union.


We look back at what the new cast of No-vote backing characters had to say about Scottish independence in the last referendum.




Theresa May




Theresa May was nicknamed ‘the submarine’ by allies of David Cameron during the Brexit campaign.


The then Home Secretary was seen as disappearing beneath the waves every time Cameron asked her to stick her head above the parapet and publicly back the Remain vote.


It was perhaps this mode of operating that enabled her to emerge relatively unscathed from that bruising referendum and assume the mantle of Prime Minister for Brexit Britain.




READ MORE: Jeremy Corbyn says Theresa May is ‘wrong’ to block Indyref2




No such qualms troubled Mrs May during the 2014 referendum campaign, as she became in many ways the face of what became known as ‘Project Fear’ – scaremongering to show in extreme terms what Scotland had to lose by leaving the Union.


Finding a UK-wide politician who embraced this in quite as lurid terms as Mrs May would be difficult, though perhaps it was because she was speaking as Home Secretary.


The Prime Minister told a 2013 Tory conference that independence would lead to mass, unchecked immigration.


In the same speech, Mrs May said that an independent Scotland would not only be a target, but a soft target, for terrorists.


Mrs May later unleashed the old classic, that Scotland would be subject to a ‘hard border’ with England, and there would be passport checks at Gretna.


It is perhaps an omen that bodes ill for future negotiations on Scotland that Mrs May’s heavy handed pessimism was poorly received.


The SNP believed it was exactly the type of lurid dire warning that turned people off voting No, while the pro-union writer Alex Massie described the intervention as a ‘grubby little warning’.




Jeremy Corbyn




For a while, the only vaguely left-wing or socialist show in town was the more radical elements of the Yes campaign.


But the Labour leader in 2015 took old-school left-wing politics more mainstream than any leader since the 1980s.


In 2013 and 2014, however, Corbyn was humoured and viewed with mild amusement by his fellow Labour MPs, not fear or hostility.


A relic of a set of largely London MPs who still regard New Labour with suspicion, and rebelled with impunity, Corbyn (and his ally and now shadow Chancellor John McDonnell) had little, if anything to say on the subject of Scottish independence.


Tracking down statements that Corbyn and McDonnell made at the height of the independence campaign is hard to do, but that’s not to say they were completely silent.


It could be that Corbyn was waiting to see an outcome that backed a Yes vote so he could opine that the outcome was a rejection of the same old political and economic system that he opposed.


In 2012, for example, Corbyn congratulated George Galloway for defeating a candidate from his own party in Bradford, saying Galloway’s win was a ‘big message on opposition to wars and austerity.’




Philip Hammond




As Chancellor, Philip Hammond’s job in any future referendum campaign will be to sell the economic benefits of staying in the United Kingdom.


He will hope, therefore, to have a smoother experience with the next referendum than he did with the first one.


In the Spring of 2014, he forced Downing Street into damage limitation mode when, in his role as Defence Secretary, he said nothing would be off the table when it came to negotiating with an independent Scotland.


Number 10 forced Hammond to clarify that he meant nothing was off the table except a currency union with the rest of the UK.


The Chancellor, currently recovering from a bruising u-turn on changes to National Insurance, was suspected by many pro-union colleagues of being the source of an explosive Guardian article which quoted an anonymous cabinet Minister saying a currency union for Trident deal could be put together after independence.


Like the now Prime Minister, Mr Hammond wasn’t shy about putting the cost of independence in stark terms, claiming tens of thousands of job losses would damage Scotland, and even launching a paper which suggested ‘loyal’ MoD staff in Scotland wouldn’t work for a fledgling Scottish Defence Force.




Boris Johnson




A man whose naked ambition is as instantly recognisable as his hair, Boris Johnson has been on a rollercoaster ride of political fortune since the 2014 referendum.


Then the Mayor of London, an executive role with arguably more power and influence than even Scotland’s First Minister, ‘BoJo’ is now Foreign Secretary.


That move came after he stunned many by backing Brexit in 2016, seen by David Cameron allies as a cynical (and likely successful) ploy to gain his coveted position as Tory leader.


Before he could ascend to the throne vacated by the aforementioned Cameron, he was, to use tabloid political parlance, knifed by his erstwhile Brexit colleague Michael Gove.


Never one to avoid controversy, or speak whatever thoughts, however off-topic, pop into his head, Mr Johnson had plenty to say on the subject of an independent Scotland.


He tackled the complicated issue of Scotland’s constitutional future with the same approach he has utilised in all his jobs to date.


While undoubtedly passionate, some of these interventions lacked tact, to put it mildly.


In a piece in the Sun, the then-Mayor started a short plea to Scotland to vote no with the opening line “Scots Ahoy”.


He then listed a number of things that apparently made Scotland great, a list that was as clichd as it was likely to fall on deaf ears.


Did Mr Johnson think Scots wanted to hear about how much English people loved porridge and Irn-Bru?


As Foreign Secretary, Mr Johnson will be forced to articulate some of the ways in which remaining in the UK boosts Scotland on the world stage.


He will have to do so with a bit more finesse than he has managed so far...



\n" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "Ross McCafferty"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4404072.1490634860!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4404072.1490634860!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Prime Minister Theresa May. Picture: Jack Taylor/Getty Images","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Prime Minister Theresa May. Picture: Jack Taylor/Getty Images","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4404072.1490634860!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4383520.1489580087!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4383520.1489580087!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Chancellor Philip Hammond . Picture: PA","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Chancellor Philip Hammond . Picture: PA","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4383520.1489580087!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/news/crimes-against-birds-of-prey-in-scotland-down-by-26-1-4404556","id":"1.4404556","articleHeadline": "Crimes against birds of prey in Scotland down by 26%","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1490626967000 ,"articleLead": "

The number of wildlife crimes involving birds of prey has dropped by more than a quarter in the past year, according to the latest official figures.

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There were 23 recorded incidents in 2013 and 18 in 2014.

Gamekeepers and landowners have welcomed the new report, which they say shows “definite evidence of changing attitudes” towards persecution of birds of prey.

There were four recorded incidents of poisoning, four shootings, three cases of disturbance and three trapping or attempted trapping offences last year.

Species illegally killed included buzzards and a goshawk, while the golden eagle and osprey were victims of disturbance cases.

Confirmed poisoning incidents fell by a third from six in 2015, which is the second lowest number in a single year since PAW Scotland began publishing the maps in 2004.

Deliberate killing by humans is one of the key threats to some birds of prey, including golden eagles, hen harriers and reintroduced red kites.

Most incidents are discovered by chance by hillwalkers in remote parts of the country.

Sporting estates have come under fire for targeting raptor species in order to protect game birds for shooting.

A spokesman for the Scottish Gamekeepers Association said: “No one can change the past and no problem can be sorted overnight but there is definite evidence of changing attitudes regarding crime against wildlife in Scotland.

“This is reflected in the figures and a general downward trend over the past five or so years.

“The SGA does not condone wildlife crime and seeks legal solutions only to solve species conflicts.

“Our membership, the vast majority of whom are wholly law-abiding, are supportive of this stance and respect the clear message it sends.”

Douglas McAdam, chief executive of Scottish Land & Estates, added: “There is still work to do to eradicate this problem, and the evidence points to measures that have been put in place having the desired effect.

“Scotland has one of the toughest legislative regimes around bird of prey crime, some of it introduced quite recently.

“ These figures clearly show that it is playing a significant part in reducing bird of prey crime, even though proposed new penalties for wildlife crime generally are not yet introduced.

“That should help deliver a further fall in raptor crime and needs to be given time to work.

“The land management sector recognises that some of the incidents may have been related to game shooting interests and is committed to keep working to bring those figures down even further in future.”

The Scottish Government has ordered a review of data from satellite-tagged birds of prey in an attempt to shed new light on the disappearance of a number of individuals.

But “there is still much work to be done”, according to environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham.

“So while I welcome these figures today, my message remains clear: the illegal persecution of Scotland’s magnificent birds of prey must end,” she said.

Other animals killed in poisoning incidents over recent years include dogs, cats, ravens and rooks, but there were no cases recorded in 2015 and 2016.

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RESIDENTS at a Hghland care home have helped a dog which provides them companionship to undergo a much-needed hip operation.

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A crowdfunding campaign was set up by staff at Invernevis House in Fort William after it was discovered their beloved companion William required an operation.

Residents, staff and the wider community helped raised the £8,000 needed for the operation.

William is now recovering after going under the knife last month.

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The friendly pooch first arrived at the care early last year. He had previously been found neglected in Cyprus by a couple from Keith in Moray who had been visiting the island.

Invernevis House manager Kit Cameron said: “We are pleased to say that William successfully came through his hip operation with no complications and is doing fantastically well.

“He lived his whole life with a degenerative hip condition and he’s now free from the pain that caused him. He’s under doctor’s orders to take it easy, but try telling him that.

“The residents are taking great care of him and nursing him back to full health.”

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The crowdfunding page launched last year added: “He lives in Invernevis House and is loved by all residents and staff.

“He is a special companion to each and every one of them. Always happy to give a cuddle and cheer them up when they are sad and having a bad day.

“He is also a great companion during travelling for the residents who attend our Day Care unit.”

Insurance would not pay out as he was born with the condition.

For the first five years of his life he was a street dog on Cyprus and then he was rescued by a couple from Keith.

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The Prime Minister Theresa May is in Scotland, a visit billed as a unity tour ahead of her backing of move to Trigger Article 50 and start the Brexit process.

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Mrs May is visiting some UK-wide agencies to subtly highlight the benefit of the Union, stopping off at the Department for International Development’s office in East Kilbride before checking in with counter-terrorism police in Scotland.

As the Scotland on Sunday reported yesterday, the Prime Minister is set to boast that her Brexit deal would be so good that desire for independence in Scotland would be curtailed.

In just two days, Mrs May will inform the Council of Europe that the UK is going to leave the European Union, which starts a 24-month clock for the Conservative Government to thrash out a deal.

Nicola Sturgeon will make her own piece of constitutional history in advance of that as a vote on a new independence referendum – rearranged in the wake of the killings in London – will take place tomorrow.

With the two most powerful women in British politics set to meet, we look ahead as to what the outcome and aftermath of that sit-down could look like.

The Optics

The Prime Minister is a fan of austere settings – perhaps to match the economic policy of her Government, and one assumes that the Bute House backing will not be too much of a change.

Mrs May’s speech on how Britain will be ‘more’ united as a result of the Brexit deal she is negotiating took place with a simple lectern set-up.

She urged Scotland to play its part in the ‘great national challenge’ to make Britain a fairer place as a result of Brexit.

Nicola Sturgeon isn’t a fan of manipulating the optics as her predecessor was – Alex Salmond infamously had a map of the SNP’s election gains as he signed the Edinburgh agreement with David Cameron.

Ms Sturgeon will also be keen to avoid anything that looks like she and the Prime Minister are working too close together – so expect joint photo opportunities to be kept to a bare minimum.

The meeting

Most politicians speak largely in lofty platitudes, especially when dealing with the constitution, but it is expected that behind closed doors talks are much more practical.

There’s still an ocean of difference between the two women on politics, not least when it comes to a second referendum on independence.

Mrs May flexed her reserved-power muscles by announcing that she would block any move by Ms Sturgeon to have the powers to hold a new vote on separation before the terms of Brexit are agreed.

READ MORE: May says Brexit deal will be ‘so good you won’t need Indyref2’

Those terms remain increasingly unclear, with an appearance at a select committee by Tory Brexit Minister David Davis featuring a number of gasp-inducing revelations on the lack of research undertaken on what that deal with the other 27 nations of the EU should look like.

Nicola Sturgeon may press Theresa May for some kind of reassurance that behind the scenes the UK Government has more of a plan than Davis hinted at so far.

Briefing in advance has suggested that Mrs May will tell Ms Sturgeon that Scotland’s Government needs to ‘get on board’ more with Brexit, which Mrs May has been keen to paint as a golden opportunity, rather than the economic and social disaster many predict.

The Reasoning

In truth, however these meetings are rarely great meetings of minds, where deals are thrashed out and substantive policy is discussed.

Theresa May will want it to be noted that she came to Scotland in advance of both the vote to demand another referendum, and the announcement that Article 50 will be triggered.

READ MORE: Theresa May won’t discuss timing

The Scottish Government has raised serious concerns that they have been sidelined during the Brexit talks, most notably having to find out about the Article 50 date from BBC News.

Mrs May’s visit, symbolic though it may be, can be used by Conservative politicians to bat away the charge that the UK Government has treated Scotland’s other Government with disrespect.

Bigger fish to fry?

Mrs May has made it clear that she wants all four nations of the United Kingdom to come together to take on the national change that she claims Brexit is.

It is the type of statement we’ve come to expect from a Prime Minister who wanted to stay in the EU, but deliberately cast herself before, during, and after the 2016 referendum as a ‘reluctant’ remain voter.

But for all her lofty words about the more United Kingdom which she cast as an unstoppable force, Britain is arguably more divided than ever.

The second that the Prime Minister steps out of her meeting with Nicola Sturgeon, she walks almost literally from one potential constitutional crisis to another.

By 4pm today, it is expected that the failure of power-sharing talks in Northern Ireland will be officially announced.

That leaves Mrs May with the unenviable choice of calling another election for seats in the assembly, or initiating direct rule from London, the nuclear option in any attempt to put together a devolved administration at Stormont.

The Aftermath

The SNP has not exactly been subtle about using the visits of Conservative politicians as a recruiting tool.

Peter Murrell, the party’s Chief Executive and the husband of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, happily posted a picture of the SNP’s membership card machine ready to deal with an upsurge in Scots joining.

Nicola Sturgeon undoubtedly cast this visit from Theresa May as a meaningless nothing, and claim that her demands in the meeting fell on deaf ears.

No matter what happens, it is unlikely that the visit will halt the move for another referendum, or move much opinion either way in the independence debate.

Prime Minister Theresa May speaks forcefully and articulately on her desire to keep the Union intact – she may soon find out it will take more than words to keep it together.

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KNOCKENGORROCH World Ceilidh Music Festival organisers are aiming to break the international record for the highest number of unicorns in one place later this year.

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The attempt, which has been registered with and accredited by the Guinness Book of Records, will see festival-goers wearing unicorn horns and counted by an official adjudicator.

2017 will see the festival’s 20th year. It will take place from 25 to 28 May, featuring music and arts from across the globe in its stunning location in the Galloway hills of South West Scotland.

Festival organiser and landowner Liz Holmes said: “We wanted to do something exciting, fun and different to celebrate our 20th year.

“The unicorn is an ancient and fascinating mythical creature, depicted and worshipped in many countries across the world. Its a truly multi-cultural symbol for us to celebrate, reflecting our international taste in music!”

The unicorn is the national animal of Scotland. Portrayed on the Scottish Royal Coat of Arms in chains, it is said to govern through harmony and peace.

The four day family-friendly festival programme includes music from Scotland and across the world, with a strong emphasis on traditional and roots music.

Children’s workshops will join adult activities and festival artwork based around the legendary beast.

The full line-up and advance tickets are available from the Knockengorroch website.

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Theresa May will not discuss the timing of a second independence referendum when she meets Nicola Sturgeon on a visit to Scotland today.

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The Prime Minister will instead reject any constitutional changes that weaken the Union, and hold up the UK’s humanitarian work around the world as an example of the good that can only be achieved together.

The UK government has rejected Ms Sturgeon’s call for second independence referendum by spring 2019, before the UK leaves the EU, with Mrs May saying “now is not the time”.

Sources said talks between the two leaders would focus on plans to start the formal Brexit process on Wednesday, and that the Prime Minister would not discuss when a referendum might be permitted.

Mrs May will send a letter to EU leaders this week formally notifying them of the UK’s intention to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and quit the bloc following a two-year negotiation.

The Prime Minister’s visit will see her deliver a speech to staff at the Department for International Development’s base in East Kilbride, highlighting the work of UK civil servants based in Scotland.

She will also meet with senior officers from Police Scotland to discuss its counter-terrorism work.

The UK’s aid programme, which has a budget fixed by law at a UN target level of 0.7 per cent of GDP, “says something important about Britain,” the Prime Minister is expected to say.

“It says that we are a kind and generous country. It says that we are a big country that will never let down – or turn our back on – those in need. And it says that we are a country that does – and will always – meet our commitments to the world – and particularly to those who so desperately need our support.”

Making the link with Brexit, she will say: “I want to make it absolutely clear as we move through this process that this is not – in any sense – the moment that Britain steps back from the world.”

Mrs May will restate her commitment to building a “more united nation” as the UK leaves the EU amid growing disagreement about how powers returning from Brussels will be divided between Westminster and the devolved administrations.

“In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland that means fully respecting, and indeed strengthening, the devolution settlements. But never allowing our Union to become looser and weaker, or our people to drift apart.”

The Prime Minister added: “So in those policy areas where the UK government holds responsibility, I am determined that we will put the interests of the Union – both the parts and the whole – at the heart of our decision-making.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "Paris Gourtsoyannis"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4404044.1490599441!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4404044.1490599441!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Theresa May will focus on plans to start the formal Brexit process. Picture: Getty Images","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Theresa May will focus on plans to start the formal Brexit process. Picture: Getty Images","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4404044.1490599441!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ {"video": {"brightcoveId":"1489416558109"} } ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/news/environment/golden-eagle-numbers-set-to-soar-after-project-funding-boost-1-4403987","id":"1.4403987","articleHeadline": "Golden eagle numbers set to soar after project funding boost","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1490569200000 ,"articleLead": "

The population of an iconic bird of prey is poised to soar after a scheme to boost golden eagle numbers attracted £1.3 million in funding.

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The South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project attracted funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and plans to increase numbers in Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

The project involves RSPB Scotland, Scottish Land and Estates, Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, Buccleuch and the Langholm Initiative, who have been working together for more than a decade.

There are now two to four pairs of golden eagles in the south of Scotland but a study has shown there is suitable habitat for between ten and 16 breeding pairs.

Mark Oddy, chairman of the South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project, said: “Golden eagles are arguably Scotland’s most iconic species and this programme will ensure more of us can see these magnificent birds across the south of Scotland’s skies.

“This venture is not just about birds, but is also about people and in the coming months we will continue to work closely with people living and working in the south of Scotland so everyone can get behind our endeavour.

“The Langholm Initiative will have a key role in hosting the project and in fostering the long-term economic and social benefits to enhance the influence and legacy of this project. I thank the Heritage Lottery Fund for their huge support, it is fantastic news for nature.”

Recent satellite tagging work of golden eagles has shown the south of Scotland population is isolated from larger populations in the Highlands.

Over a four-year period from 2018, the scheme hopes to bring between five and ten young eagles south. Teams will use white-tailed eagle and red kite reintroduction projects as models.

Single eagle chicks from the broods in the Highlands will also be raised and released at a hidden location in the Borders.

Lucy Casot, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, said: “We have some 
wonderful native wildlife in Scotland and collectively we have a responsibility for its survival.

“It is the prospect of glimpsing rare species, such as these glorious golden eagles, that attracts visitors to our shores bringing much-needed tourist income to our communities.”

Project manager Cat Barlow said: “Once we have the full funding package in place we can crack on in employing the team to take the work forward. Then the really exciting work begins as we see more golden eagles and the people of south Scotland rallying to promote this wonderful area for wildlife.

“One of our first jobs will be to appoint two local officers who can work in the community to build support in advance of the first eagles’ arrival.

Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Roseanna Cunningham said: “This will ensure golden eagles have a secure footing in the south of Scotland and will bring huge benefits to the local economy and communities through a variety of tourism and educational opportunities.”

A survey last year found numbers of golden eagles in Scotland are close to “historic levels” with more than 500 pairs.

RSPB Scotland said there had been a 15 per cent rise since 2003, when the last survey took place, from 442 to 508 pairs. The research was carried out by experts from the wildlife charity and the Scottish Raptor Study Group.

Scotland is now thought to be home to the UK’s entire population of golden eagles.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "Graeme Murray"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4403986.1490559695!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4403986.1490559695!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "There is habitat for ten to 16 pairs of golden eagles in the south of Scotland though at present there are only two to four pairs. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "There is habitat for ten to 16 pairs of golden eagles in the south of Scotland though at present there are only two to four pairs. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4403986.1490559695!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/culture/books/44-scotland-street-at-the-carl-gustav-jung-centre-1-4404017","id":"1.4404017","articleHeadline": "44 Scotland Street: At the Carl Gustav Jung Centre","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1490569200000 ,"articleLead": "

Since that testing evening at the school Stuart and Irene had not gone out together.

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There was no deliberate decision to remain at home – it just seemed to work out that way. Irene had a busy schedule, what with her Melanie Klein book group, her other book group, her Pilates sessions, her East New Town Community Council outreach evenings, and her commitments as a volunteer counsellor at the Edinburgh Carl Gustav Jung Drop-in Centre. The last of these, which involved her going out every Tuesday and Wednesday evening for three hours, was a commitment that Stuart would dearly have loved her to drop, but she resolutely stuck by it. In Stuart’s view, the Carl Gustav Jung Drop-in Centre should have been closed a long time ago on the grounds that even if people dropped in, most of them soon dropped out. This was because the centre, which passers-by imagined dispensed soup and coffee and handouts of various sorts, in fact was there principally to provide Jungian counselling, including advice on the meaning of dreams.

A typical evening at the centre involved two counsellors waiting several hours for a member of the public to drop in. If anybody did, then he or she would be allocated to a counsellor on a strict rotation basis. After a few minutes it would become apparent whether or not the dropper-in was prepared to accept counselling. Almost always the answer to this was unambiguous, and became evident through the attitude of the potential client.

Misunderstandings were frequent, as in this exchange:

Member of the Great Edinburgh Public: So, I take my coffee white. Two sugars. Make it three.

Counsellor: Hah! Coffee? Well this is not exactly that sort of drop-in centre.

MGEP: So what do yous do then? Soup? I wouldn’t mind a bowl of something hot and nourishing, ken what I mean?

Counsellor: Hah! No, we don’t do soup, I’m afraid. What about your dreams?

MGEP: My dreams? You joking, pal!

Counsellor: Carl Gustav Jung was a Swiss psychologist who …

MGEP: You think I need a psychologist?

Counsellor: I didn’t say that. That’s for you to decide. We are here simply to provide support for those who do. I didn’t say you did. What about your dreams, anyway?

MGEP: Mind your own business. I’ll tell you one thing, and I’ll tell you free: I’m out of here.

That sort of thing happened distressingly frequently, as the drop-in centre was in a run-down building rather close to two popular pubs on the very eastern fringes of the Eastern New Town – and therefore virtually on Leith Walk, which was, to use Jungian terminology, a whole different ball-game.

With all these commitments, Irene found no time to go out with Stuart, even though Stuart’s mother, Nicola, was still living just around the corner in Northumberland Street and had declared her willingness to baby-sit whenever required. Irene thanked her in the icily polite tones she always used with Stuart’s mother, and said that she would think about it. “Possibly some time,” she said, adding, “Perhaps. We’ll see.”

No casting agency, faced with a talentless hopeful, had ever issued so clear a rejection, and quite understandably Nicola had taken offence.

“Most mothers,” she said to Stuart, “by which I suppose I mean, most normal mothers, would jump at an offer of baby-sitting from a grandmother, but I must remind myself that we are not dealing here with a normal mother. No offence meant, Stuart, and I hope none taken, but that is an observation that I feel compelled to make.”

Stuart had mumbled some excuse on Irene’s behalf, but even he knew that he sounded less than convincing.

“She has a lot on her plate these days,” he said. “There are problems at her yoga class …”

Nicola looked dismissive. “Problems at a yoga class? Now that’s something to think about! I suppose some people might find themselves twisted into a position out of which they can’t escape. I suppose some of them be left there for hours while the instructors endeavour to disentangle them. Oh yes, I can imagine that problems at a yoga class would weigh very heavily on anybody’s mind.”

“Mother,” said Stuart. “Please! Please! There’s no need to adopt that tone. You have to understand that …”

Nicola, who had shown great patience over the years, erupted. “Oh, I understand, Stuart – I understand very well indeed. I understand that you have married an eighty-four horse-power, six cylinder, fuel injection, turbo-charged cow.”

“Mother!” protested Stuart.

But Nicola was in full stride. “No, let me finish. Let me tell you how it breaks my heart – it breaks my heart – to see my son under the thumb of that selfish, opinionated woman with her Melanie Klein nonsense and her relentless denigration of men.

“Do you think I don’t see it? Do you think I don’t say to myself every day – every day, Stuart – oh, I wish my son had the mettle to stand up to that ghastly wife of his. And then I find myself thinking: oh, if only my son would just go out and have an affair – not a pathetically insipid attempt like last time – but a full-blooded, passionate affair with all the bells and whistles and with a woman who doesn’t diminish him at every step, who doesn’t set out to neuter him, who doesn’t subject him and my grandsons to a barrage of politically-correct claptrap. With a woman who would cherish him, rather than undermine him. Oh, I wish the day would dawn when he would just stand up to her and push her into the Water of Leith or something like that – not a deep part, of course, but just a bit at the edge.”

“Mother! How can you say such things? How can you?”

Nicola was undeterred. “Very easily, Stuart, and with utter conviction. Because that is exactly what I wish, and what I know, in my heart of hearts, I shall never get. And that heroic little boy, Bertie, is going to have to continue to put up with a mother who to all intents and purposes is a cross between Carl Gustav Jung and a Stasi officer.”

“Oh, mother, come on! That’s a bit extreme, surely?”

“You say ‘a bit extreme’, Stuart. Only a bit. So that means you see at least some truth in what I’m saying. And yet you let this situation continue. You let it go on and on and never, never do anything to stop it.”

She looked at her son. Now she felt sorry for him, and sighed. “Oh, darling,” she said. “Can’t you see what’s going on? I know you’re a lovely, nice man and you don’t like conflict, but can’t you see what’s happening?”

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Thousands of volunteers are being recruited as the welcoming face of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.

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The multi-sport event will bring together some of the continent’s leading sports performers in the summer of next year

Glasgow 2018 volunteers, organisers say, will play an essential role in the experience of athletes, officials and spectators as they visit the city for the inaugural gathering.

Volunteers will support a wide range of functions including spectator services, accreditation, transport and media roles.

The Glasgow 2018 Volunteer Programme was launched at the Kelvin Hall, which recently re-opened following a £35 million redevelopment.

The launch event was attended by a team of Glasgow 2018 volunteer champions and Still Game star Sanjeev Kohli, who has been named as an official volunteer ambassador.

Thousands of people over the age of 16 are expected to take part in the volunteering programme for the 2018 championships, which organisers hope will build on the success of the Clyde-siders programme during the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Staged every four years, the championships will combine the existing sports of athletics, aquatics, cycling, gymnastics, rowing and triathlon with a new golf team competition.

The first event in 2018 is a sporting partnership involving host cities Glasgow and Berlin.

It hopes to elevate the status of the European Championships and attract a continental television audience of up to 1.03 billion.

Organisers hope attendances for the Glasgow 2018 will be in the region of 250,000.

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said previously: “The Glasgow 2018 European Championships are a direct legacy of Scotland hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games and The Ryder Cup. The Cultural Festival secures the legacy further and ensures Scotland continues to be recognised as a global leader in the delivery of sporting and cultural events.

“EventScotland is proud to be part of the team helping deliver the Championships that will once again show Scotland as the perfect stage for events.”

Dr Bridget McConnell, chairwoman of the championships board, said: “Glasgow is Scotland’s sporting, creative and cultural powerhouse and we know how to celebrate in style.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "Graeme Murray"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4404035.1490565724!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4404035.1490565724!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Organisers hope to build on the success of the volunteers, the Clyde-siders, at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014. Picture: SNS Group","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Organisers hope to build on the success of the volunteers, the Clyde-siders, at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014. Picture: SNS Group","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4404035.1490565724!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/news/body-discovered-on-arbroath-beach-in-search-for-missing-teen-1-4403910","id":"1.4403910","articleHeadline": "Body discovered on Arbroath beach in search for missing teen","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1490543995000 ,"articleLead": "

The family of a missing teenager reported to have fallen off a cliff have been informed after a body was discovered on a beach.

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A member of the public discovered the body on the beach at Victoria Park in Arbroath at around 9.20am on Sunday.

Police said formal identification has not yet taken place but the family of missing 18-year-old Ralph Smith have been told of the discovery.

An air and sea search was sparked after Mr Smith was reported to have fallen from Arbroath Cliffs in Angus on February 25.

A coastguard helicopter, lifeboats and coastguard rescue teams all took part in the search.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Officers are currently making inquiries and it is confirmed that the body of a male has been recovered.

“The identity of the male has not yet been established, but it not believed that there are any suspicious circumstances

“The family of missing person Ralph Smith from Dundee have been informed of developments.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "Russell Jackson"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4403909.1490543990!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4403909.1490543990!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "An air and sea search was sparked after Mr Smith was reported to have fallen off the cliffs in February. Picture: John Devlin","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "An air and sea search was sparked after Mr Smith was reported to have fallen off the cliffs in February. Picture: John Devlin","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4403909.1490543990!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/news/tributes-pour-in-for-scots-thai-boxer-who-dies-from-heatstroke-1-4403904","id":"1.4403904","articleHeadline": "Tributes pour in for Scots Thai boxer who dies from heatstroke","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1490542693000 ,"articleLead": "

Tributes have poured in from all over the world for a popular Scottish Muay Thai boxer who is understood to have died from heatstroke.

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Jordan Coe, 20, was discovered by police in the Muang district of Thailand on Sunday, just hours before he was due to fight at the Sangam Asean promotion in Korat.

The boxing star, originally from Falkirk, left his hotel resort on Saturday afternoon to go for a jog wearing what Thai media described as a “thick outfit” and failed to return. His body was subsequently discovered on Sunday.

Today, his friends and relatives have been left devastated by the shock incident, and his Scottish coach, Craig Floan, has set up a fundraising page to help his family raise funds to bring his body home from Thailand.

Mr Floan, of the Glasgow Thai Boxing Academy , said: “Jordan was a loveable rogue, a cheeky chappy who lived his life to absolute fullest.

“He trained hard, fought hard and entertained hard, he was a real role model to not only the youngsters but to the adults too.

“The whole Thai boxing community not only in Scotland but the rest of world is absolutely devastated by this news a loss that will never be recovered.

“From the whole Thai community our thoughts are with his mum and whole family, we will love and miss him the community will never be the same again.”

Jordan, who formerly trained at Carnage Mhay Thai Gym in Grangemouth, moved to Ubon Ratchanthani around three years ago to pursue his lifelong dream of Muay Thai boxing.

He had been training at the Lamnammoon Muay Thai gym and was due to return to Scotland this summer to fight with the Glasgow Thai Boxing Academy.

Just days before his body was discovered, the former pupil of Braes High School, wrote on his Facebook page: “Fighting this Sunday on Sa-ngam ASEAN promotion in Korat.

“Loving the constant fighting each month.

“Almost three years living in Thailand and with each year, I always learn more and more.

“Thankyou to my team, family, friends and fans for helping me on my journey.

“I recommend anyone to go with their gut feeling and follow their dream. No matter what it may be.”

Friends have rushed to pay tribute to the “amazing” and “talented” showman on Facebook.

One friend wrote: “Can’t believe the news I’ve just woke up to see.

“One of my first ever friends and person I met in Thai boxing has passed away while living over in Thailand.

“Only spoke to him a few days ago about going to see him when I was over in two weeks, “Absolutely devastated.

“Never seen him without a smile, amazing person, fighter and showman.

“RIP Jordan Coe - never stop dancing mate.”

The Black Diamond Thai Boxing Club in Tranent wrote: “As many of you have heard, we’ve very recently lost a tremendously talented young fighter in the tragic death of Jordan Coe.. I’m genuinely lost for words.

“What an extremely talented young man he was - not to mention how down to earth and humble he was. RIP.”

A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said: “We are providing assistance to the family of a British national following their death in Thailand.

“Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.”

• To help bring Jordan home, click here.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "Courtney Cameron"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4403902.1490552964!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4403902.1490552964!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Jordan Coe, 20, from Falkirk a Thai boxer who has died suddenly in Thailand. Picture: Contributed","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Jordan Coe, 20, from Falkirk a Thai boxer who has died suddenly in Thailand. Picture: Contributed","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4403902.1490552964!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4403903.1490552963!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4403903.1490552963!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Tributes have been paid to Jordan Coe who died from heatstroke. Picture: Contributed","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Tributes have been paid to Jordan Coe who died from heatstroke. Picture: Contributed","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4403903.1490552963!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/news/police-treating-man-s-death-in-glasgow-street-as-unexplained-1-4403844","id":"1.4403844","articleHeadline": "Police treating man’s death in Glasgow street as ‘unexplained’","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1490539932000 ,"articleLead": "

A man has been found dead in a Glasgow street.

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Police are treating his death as “unexplained”.

The man’s body was discovered on Ballater Street in the Gorbals at around 5.10pm on Saturday.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “The man is still to be formally identified.

“A post-mortem examination will be carried out in due course to establish the exact cause of death, which is currently being treated as unexplained.

“A report will be sent to the procurator fiscal.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "Laura Paterson"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4403843.1490539929!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4403843.1490539929!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "A man was found dead in the street in the Gorbals. Picture: John Devlin","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "A man was found dead in the street in the Gorbals. Picture: John Devlin","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4403843.1490539929!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/news/odd/scottish-dog-daycare-regulations-are-a-postcode-lottery-1-4403467","id":"1.4403467","articleHeadline": "Scottish dog daycare regulations ‘are a postcode lottery’","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1490537772000 ,"articleLead": "

A boom in dog walking and “doggy daycare” businesses has left animal owners across Scotland facing a postcode lottery as to whether the person who is looking after their beloved pet has been through any checks or registration.

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While some local authorities have launched voluntary – and in one case mandatory – registration schemes for the thousands of dog walkers across the country, other council areas require no official checks even for businesses which have set up as daycare premises for dogs.

But although many local authorities require people using land for dog boarding – even if only in the daytime – to be licensed to ensure that the animals are properly accommodated and cared for, others which do not operate an overnight service only have to go through planning “change of use” regulations for their premises.

Of Scotland’s 32 councils, only four – City of Edinburgh, West Lothian, Dundee and East Lothian – said they have a scheme in place for dog walkers to be registered, whether on a voluntary or mandatory basis. Twenty-two did not, while four were unable to provide information.

Meanwhile, 17 council areas require a licence for dog daycare businesses, while one, Dumfries and Galloway, said the issue was currently being debated. Four said they did not, while the remainder were unclear as to whether daycare businesses fell under overnight boarding regulation or unable to provide the information.

Experts warned that the current situation leaves animal owners confused and unable to ensure that anyone they employ to care for their pet during the day is competent to do so.

Mike Flynn, chief superintendent of the Scottish SPCA, said, “We welcome any calls for doggy day care to be regulated through registering with the local authority as a minimum.”

Debbie Parker, who offers canine first aid courses to dog professionals at Forth Training, said: “Standards really need to be mirrored across all local authorities so a consistency and regulated approach to canine professions is adopted.”

The Animal Boarding Establishments Act of 1963 stipulates that to run a boarding kennel or cattery, an individual needs a licence from the local authority. The number of dogs and cats that may be accommodated will also be specified on it.

However, when the Act was drawn up, daycare centres for dogs did not exist, leaving many local authorities at a loss as to whether they should regulate such organisations.

A spokeswoman for Dumfries and Galloway Council said: “Currently, there is ongoing debate on whether dog daycare is regarded as boarding or not.”

City of Edinburgh Council said it required all dog walkers to sign up to a free permit, which means they have to adhere to the council’s code of conduct which includes having to make sure they clean up after any dogs they walk – and also ensure they have “a good knowledge of dog behaviour and skills in training and handling dogs”.

Dundee Council’s voluntary scheme requires dog walkers to walk no more than six animals at any one time and keep “accurate up to date records for each dog in their care”, as well as carrying an animal first aid kit.

Highland Council said it was considering adopting a voluntary registration scheme for dog walkers, while Falkirk Council said no licence was required, but that “experience in handling dogs is expected”.

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A ‘White Pride’ protester who made pro-Nazi salutes on Edinburgh’s High Street was later filmed being escorted into a police van.

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An earlier video had shown the identified individual as one of two men raising their right arms in the ‘sieg-heil’ fascist salute.

The man was among other so-called White Pride activists outside the Tron Kirk on the Royal Mile. The group were surrounded by anti-fascist protesters and police officers.

The male, wearing a black t-shirt with an image of Rudolf Hess on the front, was later seen being led off by two officers who put him into the back of a nearby police van.

It is thought that the individual is an SDL supporter from Inverness.

Ten arrests were made on the day, mostly for minor offences.

The White Pride demonstrators were outnumbered by anti-fascism protesters by around a ten to one ratio.

SEE ALSO - Video: ‘White Pride’ marchers make Nazi salutes on Royal Mile

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A woman has died following a care home fire in Glasgow.

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The emergency services were called to the blaze at the Arcadia Gardens care home, Kerr Drive, Bridgeton around 4.30pm on Saturday.

Four fire engines were sent to the scene and firefighters extinguished a fire in a room at the home.

Police said a 54-year-old woman and 78-year-old man were taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary where the woman later died from her injuries.

The man was treated for smoke inhalation and has since been released.

There were no other injuries and police said all other staff and residents were accounted for and seven residents were temporarily accommodated at a nearby care home.

Police Scotland said a joint investigation was launched with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to establish the exact cause of the fire, which is not thought to be suspicious.

Inquiries are ongoing.

A staff member at the care home head office said no one was available to comment.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "LAURA PATERSON"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4403787.1490530166!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4403787.1490530166!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Arcadia Gardens care home, Kerr Drive, Bridgeton. Picture: Google","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Arcadia Gardens care home, Kerr Drive, Bridgeton. Picture: Google","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4403787.1490530166!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/theresa-may-would-be-wrong-to-block-indyref2-labour-1-4403786","id":"1.4403786","articleHeadline": "Theresa May would be ‘wrong’ to block Indyref2 - Labour","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1490529377000 ,"articleLead": "

Jeremy Corbyn does not believe Westminster should block a second independence referendum if the Scottish Parliament calls for one.

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Plans for another vote on Scottish independence were recently announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who said she expected it to take place by the spring of 2019 at the latest.

Prime Minister Theresa May has since moved to block the SNP’s bid, stating “now is not the time” for ‘Indyref2’, an action Corbyn has disagreed with.

Speaking to ITV’s Peston On Sunday programme, the Labour leader insisted that he remained against the idea of another vote on Scottish independence, but doesn’t believe it should be blocked.

He said: “If that is what the Scottish Parliament wants then I think that it would be wrong for Westminster to say to Scotland ‘well we gave you this devolution but sorry, this is where it stops’.”

When asked if that meant he would back another referendum on independence, he said: “The principle of having it, yes, of course. One has to discuss the questions of timing and the date of it.”

READ MORE - May touts Brexit deal ‘so good you won’t need Indyref2’

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "CRAIG FOWLER"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4403785.1490532329!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4403785.1490532329!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn appeared on the ITV programme Peston On Sunday. Picture: AFP/Getty","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn appeared on the ITV programme Peston On Sunday. Picture: AFP/Getty","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4403785.1490532329!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/future-scotland/tech/why-bendy-building-toy-clicks-with-children-1-4403478","id":"1.4403478","articleHeadline": "Why bendy building toy clicks with children","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1490486313000 ,"articleLead": "

Is it a bird, is it a plane, or is it a double helix? An innovative new construction toy created by a Scottish inventor could be any or all of those things, and more – imagination is the only limit.

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Made from durable polyethylene and developed using state-of-the-art 3D printing technology, it’s bendy, virtually impossible to break and even recyclable.

Named Stems, it could be described as a 21st-century version of Lego.

Children can use the linkable pieces in a multitude of ways. Some build geometric structures while others create more organic forms, abstract decorative pieces or wearable items.

Early testers, both young and old, have produced everything from giant wheels and bouncy balls, to spectacles, a motorbike and fairy wings. There has even been a scaled-down version of the Kelpies sculpture.

Now audiences in the capital will have the chance to demonstrate their own creative skills when Stems is officially launched at a special event at Edinburgh International Science Festival, which kicks off next weekend.

Euan Lind, who lives in Edinburgh, trained as an artist and designer but also worked as a learning assistant in schools and nurseries.

His previous inventions include a contemporary light fitting for interiors specialist Habitat.

He was inspired to create the novel toy after a childhood spent experimenting with Lego, which sparked a lifelong fascination with geometry.

“I love working with children, and their openness to the world is great when you’re trying to think of something new,” he said.

“I guess Stems evolved from my interest in different ways of making structures, and making things generally.

“I was always fascinated by what you could do with origami-like processes and developable surfaces. You can think of geometry just as surfaces that are stretched in different ways. I eventually came up with this single-stem piece that is deformable, can stretch and contract, so you can make three-dimensional shapes out of it.”

The toy can be used by anyone from age five and upwards, though adults seem to like it too.

Lind is particularly enthusiastic about the creative freedom offered by his invention.

“Lego is incredibly innovative and I am a huge fan, but in some respects it is a product of the 1960s, when technology allowed people to make rectangular forms and quite rigid things,” he said.

“But now, because of 3D printing and rapid prototyping you’re able to iterate much faster and try forms that would have been impossible to produce 50 years ago.

“With Stems, people seem to love the process of joining the pieces. The way they snap together is absorbing in itself and often that’s what stimulates people to explore what they can do.”

Terence Finnegan, event developer and Mini Maker Faire co-ordinator for the festival, said: “Getting hands-on with science lies at the heart of what we do at Edinburgh International Science Festival and Euan Lind’s Stems, Bend Your Brain, are a great illustration of that.

“His invention is not only a great learning tool for children, inspiring them to wonder how and why it was made, but also shows that the sky is the limit for human creativity.”

Lind and his team will be on hand to offer creative encouragement and answer questions.

Other highlights of this year’s festival include: Moments in Time, celebrating Scottish scientific history, at the Mound Precinct; Play On, about how technology influences leisure time, at the National Museum of Scotland; Dr Stirlingshire’s Discovery, a theatrical production about a cryptozoologist, at Edinburgh Zoo; Low Impact Meal, which examines how to eat a more sustainable diet and includes a taster menu, at Summerhall; and Who Will Scam Us Next and How, with cyber security expert Prof Bill Buchanan, at the National Museum of Scotland.

Pop-up Science: Stems, Bend Your Brain is at the National Museum of Scotland from 6 to 10 April, 10am to 5pm

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "Ilona Amos"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4403477.1490460187!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4403477.1490460187!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Layla and Finn Storstein play with Stems. Picture: Neil Hanna","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Layla and Finn Storstein play with Stems. Picture: Neil Hanna","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4403477.1490460187!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/news/children-s-panels-should-hear-fgm-risk-cases-1-4403473","id":"1.4403473","articleHeadline": "Children’s panels ‘should hear FGM risk cases’","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1490484708000 ,"articleLead": "

Girls in Scotland at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) should be referred to the Children’s Hearing system, the former director of the Scottish Child Law Centre has said.

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Morag Driscoll, a solicitor and convener of the Law Society of Scotland’s family law sub-committee, said the procedure was “such a distinctly awful thing” and that girls as young as six were being subjected to it.

The practice has been an offence in the UK since 1985.

Police Scotland said there have been no prosecutions for FGM in Scotland but that 42 “incidents of concern” were recorded by professionals between 1 January, 2014 and 30 September, 2016; however there was insufficient evidence to substantiate a crime.

“This is a subject which is more hidden than discussed which is why I strongly believe it is time to trigger the debate with MSPs,” Driscoll said.

“I’ve heard anecdotally from medical professionals, teachers and social workers about their worries. No-one can rule out that it is not being carried out in Scotland or that girls here are being sent out of the country to have it done.”

Driscoll, a former reporter with the Children’s Hearings, said the aim was not to break up families but to get them to understand FGM was unacceptable.

She is also calling for a co-ordinated response from professionals to stamp out the practice.

“A girl can be part of a very loving supportive family who see FGM as doing the right thing for their daughter.

“The aim is to get the family to understand that this is not something we find acceptable.

“I would like to see better co-ordination between agencies such as midwives who deliver a baby who notice a woman has been mutilated, social workers, health visitors and teachers who notice if a girl is suddenly taken out of school.”

A Scottish Government spokesman said: “We welcome Morag Driscoll’s longstanding commitment to raising the profile of this important issue. Girls in danger of being subjected to FGM are considered to be at risk of significant harm and child protection procedures, including being placed on the child protection register, can be invoked in these cases.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "SHN ROSS"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4403472.1490513524!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4403472.1490513524!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Morag Driscoll, convener of the Law Society of Scotland's family law sub-committee, says it is time for debate. Photograph: Scott Louden","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Morag Driscoll, convener of the Law Society of Scotland's family law sub-committee, says it is time for debate. Photograph: Scott Louden","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4403472.1490513524!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/leader-arming-officers-alone-can-t-stop-lone-wolf-terror-1-4403611","id":"1.4403611","articleHeadline": "Leader: arming officers alone can’t stop lone wolf terror","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1490484644000 ,"articleLead": "

How to react to terror threats of the kind that caused last week’s attack on Westminster is one of the key questions in the aftermath of the tragic events outside the Houses of Parliament.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4403610.1490475335!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "A police vehicle sent to Holyrood after the London attack. Picture: Andrew O'Brien"} ,"articleBody": "

We have known for long enough that there is no obvious answer. But as we report today in the Insight pages, the debate over whether or not to arm the police is far from clear cut, including within the force itself.

It is quite possible to envisage a future with a greater number of armed officers in operation, while still stopping some distance short of every police officer carrying a gun.

Would this offer the public greater protection? Statistically, yes it would, but in practical terms, probably not. The pattern shows lone attackers striking in situations where it would come down to luck that an armed officer was present. There are simply not enough police officers to prevent a lone wolf causing carnage.

But that is not to say that our security forces face a hopeless task. We know that if terrorists decided to target Scotland, it is more likely that a concentrated gathering of people would be the focus than an iconic building. Security resources can be allocated appropriately when such occasions arise.

We have grown accustomed to seeing armed police at our airports, and we have witnessed a very visible presence at events such as the Commonwealth Games. If more armed officers are deemed appropriate by our security forces, we would no doubt be ready to accept this as part of our daily lives.

However, the debate over how effective armed police would be as a response to the current terror threat is perhaps the wrong way to look at the matter.

Intelligence and identification of radicalisation are the best weapons with which to fight terrorism. It is imperative that in our efforts to foster a greater sense of security we do not divert scarce manpower away from building vital links within the community towards mounting armed patrols.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4403610.1490475335!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4403610.1490475335!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "A police vehicle sent to Holyrood after the London attack. Picture: Andrew O'Brien","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "A police vehicle sent to Holyrood after the London attack. Picture: Andrew O'Brien","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4403610.1490475335!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/may-touts-brexit-deal-so-good-you-won-t-need-indyref2-1-4403605","id":"1.4403605","articleHeadline": "May touts Brexit deal ‘so good you won’t need Indyref2’","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1490484606000 ,"articleLead": "

Theresa May will head north of the border this week and attempt to defuse the SNP’s plan for a second referendum by focusing on a Brexit deal that delivers for Scotland.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4403604.1490474002!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Theresa May hopes her arrival in Scotland to meet First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will enable her to promote shared objectives. Picture: Getty"} ,"articleBody": "

With Nicola Sturgeon warning of hard Brexit, the Prime Minister will attempt to find common ground with the Scottish Government on access to the single market and protecting the rights of EU nationals.

May will also announce new temporary powers for the Scottish Parliament designed to ensure a smooth transition as the UK extricates itself from EU law.

On Wednesday the Prime Minister will trigger the Article 50 Brexit process by writing to the European Council to officially inform the EU that the UK is leaving.

Tensions between May and Sturgeon will escalate when the Scottish Parliament backs the First Minister’s plan to seek a second independence referendum the day before May sends her letter.

The independence debate, which was suspended following last week’s London attacks, will resume on Tuesday when the combined votes of SNP and Green MSPs will outnumber those of the Conservatives, Labour and Lib Dems.

Scotland on Sunday understands that May is committed to making a Scottish visit before Article 50 is triggered and is likely to meet Sturgeon tomorrow.

Downing Street sources say May’s strategy will be to argue that both governments should work together for “shared objectives” of retaining best possible access to the single market and securing the rights of EU nationals in the UK.

Achieving tariff-free access to the single market is a key objective where the UK government believes there is common ground between the two governments.

Guaranteeing the status of EU nationals living in the UK, continuing collaboration on academic research projects and maintaining cross border security and co-operation are others.

Those close to May believe that her refusal to meet Sturgeon’s demands for a second referendum before, or shortly after, the Brexit deal has taken some heat out of the Scottish constitutional issue. However, Sturgeon’s calls for another independence poll within her autumn 2018/spring 2019 timetable will escalate when her referendum motion is passed by parliament.

SNP anger will intensify when the First Minister then writes to May shortly afterwards demanding a section 30 order which would transfer referendum holding powers from Westminster to Holyrood and her request is rejected. More hostility is likely to be generated when the UK government this week makes its long awaited response to a Scottish Government document calling for a bespoke Brexit deal for Scotland.

The UK government will formally reject the Scottish Government’s call for a separate Scottish solution to EU withdrawal when it publishes its response to Sturgeon’s “Scotland’s Place in Europe” paper.

Sturgeon’s paper proposed a “compromise” that would protect Scotland’s place in the EU while remaining in the UK.

The UK response will underline the importance of maintaining the integrity of the UK market and its commitment to negotiating to leave the EU within a UK framework.

Last night a spokesman for Michael Russell, the Scottish Government’s Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe, said: “The Scottish Government set out a clear path for Scotland that would have maintained Scotland’s place in the single market as well as within the UK.

“The UK government has shown no sign of listening to the views of the Scottish Parliament who supported that plan and opposed the triggering of Article 50.

“It has yet to give the Scottish Government any insight or input into their plans for triggering Article 50 and we are just days away from the publication of the ‘Great Repeal Bill’ which we have yet to see.

“We remain deeply disappointed with this approach and as a result it is now essential that the people of Scotland have a clear opportunity to choose their future in a future referendum.”

The Prime Minister will also use her meeting with the First Minister to discuss the Great Repeal Bill, which will come before Westminster on Thursday.

The bill will see the repatriation of powers to the UK and is set to be a key battleground between the two governments over which go to Westminster and which go to Holyrood.

A white paper will set out how the supremacy of EU law is ended and control over UK law is returned to Westminster, Holyrood, the Welsh Assembly and the Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont.

The proposed legislation aims to ensure workers’ legal rights continue to be guaranteed in law and will give details of a “time-limited correcting power”, which will be created for Westminster and the devolved administrations.

A significant proportion of existing EU laws will cease to work properly unless adjustments are made.

The new power will allow parliaments to make the legal changes required to ensure legislation continues to work effectively as EU law is converted to UK law.

The new power will be handed to Holyrood so broken laws can be repaired in devolved legislation.

The white paper will include a “sunset clause” that will limit the time that the new powers are valid, from before the UK leaves the EU and for a short period afterwards.

A UK government source said: “Next week will mark a defining moment in this country’s history, when the Prime Minister invokes Article 50 and opens the way for formal negotiations to leave the European Union 
and build a truly global Britain.

“But a strong, sovereign country needs control of its own laws. That, more than anything else, was what drove the referendum result: a desire for the country to be in control of its own destiny.

“So next week we will get on with the job, and set out the steps we will take to ensure control of our laws lies in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast.”

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Amid the granite-grey cobbled streets of Old Aberdeen lies the mosque and Islamic centre which serves the city’s small Muslim population.

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It is here, a short walk from the Renaissance architecture of the university’s King’s College, that Abdul Raqib Amin came to pray as a young man, surrounded by the peaceable adherents of his faith.

Amin, however, was to undergo a conversion to a more radical cause, one built not on peace and love, but on violence and jihad.

It was a conversion brought about not by the imam of his local mosque, but by slickly produced propaganda videos shared on social media.

Ultimately, it was a conversion which led to his death in a hail of bullets at the hands of an Iraqi army SWAT team.

A picture of Amin taken before his decision to join the group calling itself Islamic State (IS) shows him on a night out with friends. He is clean shaven, his hair cut short. He could be the member of a boyband.

Contrast that with a later image showing him in army fatigues, bearded and grinning as he stands behind an anti-aircraft gun – the man dubbed the “Jihadi Laddie” by the tabloids.

Amin was reportedly killed in a gun battle in 2014, although details remain sketchy.

At one point, individuals like him were the main concern of the police and security services: angry young men trained on the battlefields of Iraq and Syria and preparing to bring the fight to the streets of Britain.

While that risk has not gone away, Wednesday’s attack in Westminster – the deadliest since the 7/7 attacks nearly 12 years ago – was carried out by a 52-year-old father of three with no apparent links to international terrorism.

Khalid Masood, born Adrian Russell Elms in Kent, had a string of aliases almost as long as his criminal record.

There are those who believe his actions on Wednesday were simply the latest entry on that long and varied ledger, that they should be denied the wall-to-wall media coverage which provide a publicity boon for the evil masterminds of IS, whether they had a role to play or not.

While his motivations remain unknown, more details are emerging of Masood himself.

He is understood to have converted to Islam while in prison and appears to have enjoyed the comfort of a middle-class existence at points during his 52-year life.

If nothing else, his story underlines the size of the task faced by the security services, where a car can become a weapon and a man like Masood can become a lone wolf.

As Masood carried out his attack in the shadow of the Palace of Westminster, Scotland’s top police officers were gathered in a nondescript meeting room at a Stirling hotel.

Chief Constable Phil Gormley, flanked by senior colleagues, was appearing before the bi-monthly meeting of the Scottish Police Authority.

Amid the tiresome corporate waffle – the force’s £47m budget deficit was described as an “elephant” to be eaten away “a bite at a time” – news of the events in London began to break.

Deputy Chief Constable Johnny Gwynne, who began his police career with the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) during The Troubles, was the first to leave.

Gwynne headed straight for Gartcosh, where the multi-agency “crime campus” sits alone in a North Lanarkshire field, irreconcilable with its surroundings as if dropped from the sky.

As designated “gold commander”, he was tasked with taking strategic oversight of Scotland’s response to the Westminster attack.

Even before the senior officer had arrived, however, a well-rehearsed plan had swung into operation, with armed response vehicles (ARVs) deployed to the Scottish Parliament and nearby Holyrood Palace.

With no intelligence suggesting an imminent threat to Scotland, the increased visibility of firearms officers was described as a “reassurance” measure.

That included an increase in the number of ARVs at various places across the country.

Police Scotland admitted last year that it had been forced to update its planning following a new wave of attacks across Europe, most notably the multi-site armed assault on Paris in November 2015 which claimed the lives of 130 people.

An additional 124 firearms officers were trained, increasing the overall number in the force by a third.

But while Authorised Firearms Officers (AFOs) carrying Heckler & Koch submachine guns can still be seen at Scotland’s airports, Police Scotland no longer trains its officers to that standard, preferring instead to rely on more mobile and highly trained ARV officers.

Following Wednesday’s attack, the force also reassessed security arrangements around a number of upcoming events, including Scotland’s match against Slovenia at Hampden and a series of parades scheduled to take place in Edinburgh.

“This was a terrible and tragic event which took place in London,” says Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins. “But if it wasn’t clear at the time, it certainly is now – this was very well contained by the Metropolitan Police.”

A former Strathclyde Police officer, Higgins already had first-hand experience of losing a colleague even before Masood murdered PC Keith Palmer on Wednesday.

As a young officer, Higgins was on duty in 1994 when PC Lewis Fulton was stabbed to death by a schizophrenic in the Gorbals area of Glasgow.

Higgins didn’t believe in a fully armed force then, and he doesn’t now.

“I’ve been on record many, many times saying that one of the strengths of Police Scotland and British policing is the fact that we are an unarmed service and that we police by consent, going back to the Peelian principles of 1829,” he says.

“My view is that right now the public don’t want an armed service. What they want is a police service which has an armed capability to mitigate the highest level of threat.”

Nor does he believe that most police officers want to be armed.

“I never have a shortage of people volunteering to be a firearms officer, but I’m not overwhelmed by it either. I don’t have 17,000 people putting in applications to be a firearms officer.”

The senior officer’s view on armed policing is nevertheless a contentious one.

A police source, who asked not to be named, said that while not all officers were in favour of being armed, there is now a growing number in support.

“It’s not because I believe they’re going to be capable of preventing any attack in the future,” he says. “But every police officer should at least be capable of responding to try to mitigate the effects of one.

“Police have a baton which is useless and a spray which more often than not incapacitates the officer rather than the intended target.”

No-one ever hears about the successes. The successes aren’t news.

For every attack like the one in London on Wednesday, there are many more plots that are foiled by intelligence gathering and solid police work.

Until Khalid Masood smashed his hire car into a crowd on Westminster Bridge, there had been no mass casualties since the 7 July bombings of 2005, in which 52 people lost their lives.

That is not to say the spectre of terrorism has not been with us. The murder of Lee Rigby in 2013 and the killing of MP Jo Cox last year served to underline the threat posed by violent and unstable individuals twisted by ideology.

But despite the absence of attacks like those seen elsewhere in Europe, the number of plots disrupted in the past two years alone is in double figures.

The same absence of media attention is true also for those who have been turned away from violent radicalism.

For every Abdul Raqib Amin, there are many more who have benefited from either organised intervention or simply the concern of their family and wider community.

It is here the Police Scotland approach of building community relations and intelligence gathering is contrasted favourably with the UK government’s controversial Prevent strategy.

Human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar has seen at first hand the human cost involved when things do go wrong.

He represents the parents of Aqsa Mahmood, who despite enjoying the privilege of a private education and a childhood in Glasgow’s leafy south side, chose to marry an IS fighter in the currently besieged Syrian city of Raqqa.Since Mahmood’s dramatic rejection of her former life, she has rarely been out of the press, accused of everything from “recruiting” three London schoolgirls to glorifying the terrorist attack on British holidaymakers in Tunisia.

In 2014, when her story first came to light, Mahmood’s social media accounts helped chronicle her radicalisation and its alarming progression – she had gone from sharing the sorts of videos and memes beloved of teenage girls everywhere to the black propaganda of IS almost overnight.

“There doesn’t seem to be a clear plan on the part of the authorities of how to de-radicalise,” says Anwar.

“The UK government approach is piecemeal, while the Scottish Government doesn’t seem to have any real plan at all – it’s haphazard.

“The approach the police in Scotland have adopted is the one which achieves the most success. It’s about intelligence gathering and having contacts in all sections of the community so that if there is an issue, people will go straight to the police.”

Anwar says the much-maligned Prevent strategy has been a failure. He argues that those returning from foreign battlefields should be used to help stop young people turning to terror..

“If you’re radicalised, the last thing you’re going to do is go along to some training event conducted by the men in grey suits,” he says. “Just because a man with a beard tells you that Islam is a religion of peace, that’s not going to make you roll over and say ‘fine you’ve convinced me’.

“The people who have been radicalised and have returned to this country, those are exactly the sort of people we need to speak to young people about why it’s wrong and what the reality is.”

The importance of good community policing is a view shared by Professor Martin Innes, a terrorism expert based at Cardiff University.

“If you get community policing right, the public will become the eyes and ears for the police,” he says. “That’s really important and allows the police to focus their efforts.

“The UK policing model is founded on prevention. Investing in knowing where the risk and threats are, that’s where effective prevention lies and what robust community policing provides.”

For Professor Innes, effective community policing involves having a visible presence and building long-term relationships in the community.

That has been the modus operandi of Scottish policing long before the creation of Police Scotland in 2013.

However, there is now genuine concern that a recently launched 10-year vision for the force – designed to meet the twin challenges of shrinking budgets and emerging threats – could undermine that good work.

One police source believes the 2026 strategy will turn community policing “on its head”.

He says: “If we get to a situation where we are withdrawing police officers from communities and only delivering reassurance through visible patrols when something goes wrong… you make it more and more difficult for police to build confidence with communities.

“It also becomes more and more likely that instead of prevention, you’ll be dealing with tactical response to incidents. It’s better to invest in having people in communities to prevent these things in the first place.”

There may yet be lessons to be learned from the attack on Westminster. There may, however, be none.

If the actions of Khalid Masood turn out to be those of a violent and disaffected loner, then what can we realistically expect our police and security services to have done to prevent them?

The threat we face is complex and challenging – it requires more than a knee-jerk response.

Sadly, it appears to be a challenge we will all have to live with for many years to come.

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Edinburgh’s historic former Royal Infirmary building could become home to an arts festival – more than a decade after the last patients were treated there.

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Live music, drama, visual art and poetry events would take place throughout the A-listed landmark building if the Hidden Door Festival is held there.

It is about to breathe new life into the former Leith Theatre building almost 30 years after it last hosted any events.

Organisers of the festival, which is usually staged in empty buildings ahead of redevelopments being carried out, said the hospital building was top of its list to try to take over in future.

Designed by architect David Bryce, the 19th-century surgical hospital building had been expected to become a new luxury hotel as part of the transformation of the former Edinburgh Royal Infirmary campus, which was sold to a developer in 2001, two years before the relocation of the hospital to Little France, but has only been partly redeveloped.

The building, which dates back to 1879, was bought by Edinburgh University at the end of 2015 from the current developers behind the “Quartermile” project.

The university plans to create a teaching campus for humanities, business and arts disciplines, but full details have yet to be revealed.

When the purchase of the building was announced in 2015, principal Sir Timothy O’Shea said: “It will enable us to expand our outstanding teaching facilities and help consolidate our position as a world-class university that is accessible to the wider community.”

O’Shea, who steps down from his post in September, has been chair of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe since 2012 and was appointed for a second term in November 2016. The university has extensive involvement in many of the city’s festivals, hosting and sponsoring events.

Hidden Door has previously deployed Victorian arches on Market Street and an old council lighting depot on King’s Stables Road.

Creative director David Martin said: “There is more space around the city than the general public thinks. The old surgical hospital is a huge part of the Quartermile development which is lying closed and derelict. That would be my top mouth-watering choice for Hidden Door. I hope to get a meeting with the university about it.

“We want to do better and more interesting things. Our problem is we can’t plan ahead very far. The nature of empty buildings means that people don’t want them empty for very long.”

A university spokeswoman said: “We’ve not received a formal approach from Hidden Door Festival, but we’re always happy to explore any new proposals that involve working with the city’s cultural organisations.”

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Donald Trump has been accused of “failing to grasp reality” after claiming plans for a second golf course in Aberdeenshire have already received the green light.

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The US president’s latest book boasts the new course has been “approved” by Aberdeenshire Council, which has yet to consider the planning application.

It comes as new documents reveal the local authority’s planning experts have expressed concerns over “regular conflict between the public and the golf course”.

Trump has described the plans for the MacLeod course, which would be sited next to the existing Trump International Golf Links in Balmedie, as “incredible”. A decision is expected as early as next month.

However, readers of the paperback edition of the 70-year-old’s latest tome, Great Again: How To Fix Our Crippled America, would be forgiven for thinking otherwise.

In it, the existing championship course is praised for the way it spans “more than three miles of spectacular ocean waterfront”. It adds: “It opened on July 10 of 2012, and a second 18-hole course has been approved.”

The application for the new MacLeod course – named after Trump’s mother, Mary Anne MacLeod – will come before Aberdeenshire’s Formartine area committee on 25 April or, failing that, 13 June, a spokeswoman for the council said.

The issue of public access will be key to the decision. The course would adjoin Balmedie Country Park, which is a popular recreational area in the protected dune system.

Ironside Farmer, environmental consultants commissioned by the Trump Organisation, have said there is “potentially a degree of overlap” between the course and the park.

Now, Eleanor Munro, a council environmental planner, has warned of an “significant adverse impact” on public access, with only two access routes proposed.

She said: “On the basis of the information supplied to date, I would anticipate regular conflict between the public and the golf course, particularly over the southern section of the course, both during construction and following completion of the golf course.”

David Milne, a critic of Trump who lives in a former coastguard station overlooking the Balmedie clubhouse, said: “The boundary with the country park is going to be affected by the course, but the Trump Organisation seem to think they can do whatever the hell they like and get away with it. Trump is just a bully.”

In a statement, Trump International Golf Links said that it already had planning permission for the second course, citing a 2010 outline application and masterplan consent.

The current application, the organisation said, was for the “next stage” construction of the course.

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A massive explosion expected to have been the result of a major gas leak has caused two buildings to collapse in Wirral.

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The emergency services are currently on the scene in New Ferry. It is unclear at this time if anyone was present in either building at the time of the explosion, however the Liverpool Echo reports that injured people were seen walking towards ambulances, one with a “serious head bandage”.

A spokeswoman for Merseyside Fire and Rescue has said that the blast area was approximately 50 by 40 metres. When asked about the cause of the blast, she said: “They (the buildings) have collapsed in a suspected explosion due to a gas leak”.

Local residents say that they “felt the earth shake” as the blast went off.

Network Rail have suspended all train services in the nearby area.

More to follow...

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