{"JP":[ {"NewsSection":{"name":"news","detaillevel":"full", "Articles": {"count":25,"detaillevel":"full","articlesList":[ {"article": { "url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/columnists/how-big-tech-is-monopolising-the-digital-age-amassing-power-and-wealth-catherine-stihler-1-4930547","id":"1.4930547","articleHeadline": "How Big Tech is monopolising the digital age, amassing power and wealth – Catherine Stihler","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1558350085000 ,"articleLead": "

We risk a future where knowledge itself is owned and controlled by a privileged few, causing greater inequality and stunting economic growth, writes Catherine Stihler of the Open Knowledge Foundation.

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Our society is at a crossroads and faces two different and distinct futures: one which is open and one which is closed.

A closed future is one where knowledge is exclusively owned and controlled, leading to greater inequality.

Already, large unaccountable technology companies have monopolised the digital age, and an unsustainable concentration of wealth and power has led to stunted growth and lost opportunities. When that happens it is consumers, future innovators and society that loses out.

In 2016, the eight richest people in the world had as much money as the bottom 50 per cent of humanity.

Political earthquakes around the world and the rise of populism have led to a more authoritarian approach, with basic facts openly queried.

There are fears about the misuse of personal data, as witnessed in the WhatsApp security breach, with owner Facebook rightly facing questions about how this could happen.

It is worth remembering that Facebook paid $22 billion for WhatsApp in 2014 when its sales were just $10 million – a clear sign it did so to protect its monopoly status, which in turn leads to lost innovation and stunted competition.

We have already started on the path towards a closed society, and without urgent action we will find ourselves in a world of extraordinary and growing concentrations in power and wealth, with innovation held back and distorted by monopolies, essential medicines affordable only to the rich, and freedoms threatened by manipulation, exclusion and exploitation.

READ MORE: World Wide Web faces real dangers as it turns 30 – Catherine Stihler

Just look at the new EU-wide copyright crackdown due to come into effect, which would restrict the sharing of academic research and creativity on the internet.

When we restrict freedom of speech and expression online, we are building a more closed society.

But this doesn’t have to be our future.

Fifteen years ago this week, the Open Knowledge Foundation was launched in Cambridge by entrepreneur and economist Rufus Pollock.

At the time, open data was an entirely new concept. Worldwide internet users were barely above the 10 per cent mark, and Facebook was still in its infancy: a plaything for Mark Zuckerberg and his friends at college.

But Rufus foresaw both the massive potential and the huge risks of the modern digital age. He believed in access to information for everyone about how we live, what we consume, and who we are – for example, how our tax money gets spent, what’s in the food we eat or the medicines we take, and where the energy comes from to power our cities.

As we celebrate our 15th anniversary, we recognise it is time for new rules for this new digital world.

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So we have decided to refocus our efforts on why we were created in 2004, “to promote the openness of all forms of knowledge”.

Our vision is for a future that is fair, free and open. That will be our guiding principle in everything we do.

Our mission is to create a more open world – a world where all non-personal information is open, free for everyone to use, build on and share; and creators and innovators are fairly recognised and rewarded.

We want to see enlightened societies around the world, where everyone has access to key information and the ability to use it to understand and shape their lives; where powerful institutions are comprehensible and accountable; and where vital research information that can help us tackle challenges such as poverty and climate change is available to all.

Our work will focus on health, where access to medicines requires new thinking, and on education, where the new EU-wide copyright law impacts on both academic research and on people’s ability to access knowledge.

We will also concentrate on employment, including tackling the growing inequality from working patterns and conditions, and the ability for creators and innovators to be fairly compensated.

This reaches to the heart of a fair, free and open future where there is opportunity for all.

With inequality rising, never before has our vision of a fair, free and open future been so important to realise our mission of an open world in complex times.

Catherine Stihler is chief executive of Open Knowledge Foundation

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AS respected journalists, psychologists, academics and any other bright ­commentators expressed their view about the axing of the Jeremy Kyle Show following a guest’s suicide, most had one point in common. They’d never watched it.

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It was hardly a high rating amongst the intelligentsia. Nor is any other ­reality programme. Celebrity magazines and celebrity special quiz shows on TV feature unknown ‘stars’ who turn out to be participants from Love Island, The Only Way Is Essex or Made in Chelsea, most of whom are happy to share their privacy, romances and sexuality, aiming to get their foot on the first rung of the fame ladder.

There are national concerns about the ups and downs of reality shows, others of which have also led to participants taking their own lives. But there are tamer versions too, such as Judge Rinder. He’s a nice geezer, ­following the law, often kind-hearted, and ­working to encourage certain claimants and defendants that their friendships are worth even more than their debt settlements.

But still, the show involves members of the public who want to take part and be on TV rather than use the small claims court. The fact is that most reality shows (though I’d excuse Rinder) appeal to, shall we say, lower socio-economic groups.

The audiences for documentaries, ­Question Time, historical dramas and University Challenge will never watch Kyle or Love Island. Kylers, TOWIES and Love Islanders will never watch historical docudramas or an academic question final between Oxford and Cambridge.

We’re a split viewing nation and the scrapping of Jeremy Kyle’s ‘chat show’ is not going to please the regular ­viewers, rated on average at about one million a day for 3,500 episodes since 2005.

The 9.25am timing means that, apart from the ease of recording, most ­viewers aren’t at work in the ­morning. That doesn’t make them bad folk.

I’ve tuned in, albeit only once or twice, if I felt depressed. Why? Because it could be therapeutic, ­substantially confirming that auld Scottish saying: “There’s aye someone worse off than yersel’” – they all were.

For those with an ongoing poor, hard life, it really was more realistic than ­University Challenge. Watching it meant they didn’t feel alone. And (though it’s alleged the Kyle team recruited folk with problems by seeking them out in rough or deprived areas), 95 per cent called in themselves applying to guest on the show. Was it to access DNA tests or unreliable lie detector tests they couldn’t afford? Was it an attempt to solve a problem about infidelity, abuse or parenthood? Was it really in the hope of getting specialist counselling or help and possibly saving them from suicide? Or was it just to achieve the adventure of being on the telly and exposing their and their opponent’s aggro to the whole country?

JK never featured professionals, academics, or affluent and successful folk – who wouldn’t want any of their life’s problems televised. Yet they are the ones who have decided on banning the programme.

The aggression of the show is what makes it cringeworthy. But if it was reformed, with more from psychotherapists, a calmer audience and a constructive Rinder-type theme, we might all watch it – those who always have, and those of us who need to be more aware of how the other half have to live. It could be the best and most helpful ­reality show of all.

People’s Survey? Which people?

HOW does the Edinburgh People’s Survey settle on 5000 residents interviewed face-to-face, in the street or door-to-door?

Our conservation area is known for its big, posh houses – though ours isn’t. The historic walled lane beside us is often floored with smashed bottles. The walls are decorated in graffiti as are metal junction boxes and street furniture.

We are informed of area burglaries almost every month and we are regularly the location for thugs smashing car windows and stealing contents. That didn’t show up on the survey. Our awful pavements and roads at least were reflected in the results.

Satisfaction with council management of the neighbourhood and city was 73 per cent and 65 per cent. Yet the feedback we publish from readers tells a very different story.

It would be good to find out how those taking part are ‘selected’ and how typical their neighbourhood is. We possibly need another, broader questionnaire to establish how many ratepayers agree with the results.

Nursing ambition

LOTHIAN Tory MSP Miles Briggs has called for more men to consider nursing as a career for them and not just women – especially as we have a shortage.

Well he’s bang on.

When my late mother (who worked as a nurse all her life) was in a local nursing home, her male nurses and carers were great. The idea that only women can nurture, care, be gentle, friendly and polite to patients is rubbish. No one assumes that with doctors, so why when it comes to nursing? One of my son’s best nannies when he was a wee chap was also a young man . . . unusual at the time.

Some parts of feminism I agree with, others I don’t. But if women want and earn opportunities previously enjoyed by men, then men should also be encouraged as primary school teachers and heads, nurses, carers, nannies and child carers. We want an equal society, don’t we?

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It is a tale of derring do which remains part of island folklore, but now deep pocketed whisky connoisseurs will have the chance to own a bottle from one of the most famous shipwrecks in Scottish history.

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Six rare bottles of Scotch which were recovered from the wreck of the SS Politician off the shores of Eriskay in the Outer Hebrides are to go under the hammer.

They were among 28,000 cases of whisky on board the cargo ship when it ran aground in bad weather in 1941. .

The subsequent salvage operation by islanders, much to the chagrin of customs and excise officials, inspired Compton Mackenzie’s 1947 novel, Whisky Galore, which was in turn adapted for the cinema in a 1949 Ealing comedy.

As the ship broke up and fell beneath the waves, many of the remaining bottles on board went down with it, among them the lots which are being auctioned at Bonhams in Edinburgh.

The drams, which include a Ballantine’s, a VAT 69, and four bottles of Gibbey’s, were legally salvaged in 1990, and are accompanied by letters of declaration from Irvine Butterfield, a customs official in Perth.

In the letter supporting the authenticity of the Ballantine’s bottle, written shortly after its recovery, he said testing showed that nearly half a century spent in the Sound of Eriskay had not diluted its appeal.

“Given its lengthy sojourn beneath the waters of the Outer Hebrides the whisky has stood up remarkably well and I would venture to suggest will be quite potable,” he wrote.

“Though Scotch whisky does not age in [the] bottle, it bears its age with dignity as befits an excellent beverage.”

The six bottles each carry an estimate of £6,000 to £8,000. They were bottled in around 1940, and are stamped with ’Federal Law Forbids Sale or Re Use of This Bottle’ around the shoulder.

The phrase appeared on all liquor bottles offered for sale in the USA between 1935 and 1964 in an attempt to limit the spread of illegal distilled or moonshine spirits.

Last year, a half bottle of Ballantine’s recovered from the SS Politician fetched £2,250 at auction.

The whisky auction at Bonhams on 5 June will also see the sale of a rare bottle of Suntory Rolling Stones whisky.

The blend of selected malts was released in 2012 to mark the 50th anniversary of the rock group’s formation, and the bottle is estimated to fetch between £25,000 and £35,000.

Martin Green, a whisky specialist at Bonhams in Edinburgh, said: “Only 150 bottles of Suntory Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary whisky were ever released, and on the rare occasions they appear at auction there is always a great deal of excitement and interest.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "martyn.mclaughlin@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Martyn McLaughlin"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4930796.1558358264!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4930796.1558358264!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "The Ballantine's bottle recovered from the SS Politician.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The Ballantine's bottle recovered from the SS Politician.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4930796.1558358264!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news/lloyds-creates-500-new-jobs-in-edinburgh-here-s-what-s-available-and-how-to-apply-1-4930700","id":"1.4930700","articleHeadline": "Lloyds creates 500 new jobs in Edinburgh - here's what's available and how to apply","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1558356156888 ,"articleLead": "Lloyds Banking Group has announced plans to create 500 highly-skilled jobs at a technical hub in Edinburgh.","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4930699.1558355266!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The Scottish Widows' location at Port Hamilton is where the jobs will be based."} ,"articleBody": "

The group has said that the new facility, which forms part of £3 billion programme, is part of a drive to promote technology careers within the financial sector.

It comes as Lloyd’s looks to transform its digital banking experience for Bank of Scotland, Lloyds Bank, Halifax and Scottish Widows customers.

Here are all the details for what the jobs will be and how to apply.

What sort of jobs are available?

The bank is looking to recruit software engineers and data scientists.

Edinburgh is gaining a reputation as a tech hub, and has been hailed as the UK’s fastest growing digital economy outside of London.

The role of the software engineers and data scientists will be to develop new technology for the different banks in the group.

Where will they be based?

The new jobs will be based at the Scottish Widows’ headquarters in the Scottish capital.

The offices are located at Port Hamilton in Morrison Street, a short walk from both Princes Street and Haymarket train station.

When will you be able to apply?

Lloyds is already taking applications for the roles and it is understood that the company will be phasing the new recruits in over the next 18 months.

You can apply to any of the jobs via the Lloyds careers page.

" ,"byline": {"email": "lloyd.bent@jpimedia.co.uk" ,"author": "Lloyd Bent"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4930699.1558355266!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4930699.1558355266!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "The Scottish Widows' location at Port Hamilton is where the jobs will be based.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The Scottish Widows' location at Port Hamilton is where the jobs will be based.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4930699.1558355266!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ {"video": {"brightcoveId":"1000000001984100"} } ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news/ryanair-profits-down-by-more-than-a-quarter-company-says-1-4930375","id":"1.4930375","articleHeadline": "Ryanair profits down by more than a quarter, company says","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1558340474000 ,"articleLead": "

Ryanair’s full year profits have fallen 29% to 1.02 billion euros (£890m), the company said.

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The company saw traffic growth of 7% and a decline in fares of 6% in the year to March 31 2019.

Revenues at the low-cost airline grew 6% to 7.56 billion euros (£6.6bn) over the same period.

Michael O’Leary, chief executive of Ryanair, said he is expecting “broadly flat group profits” into the financial year ending in 2020 - when their reporting will include Lauda in the consolidated Ryanair Group - but this is dependent on “no negative Brexit developments”.

The company said: “Assuming revenue per passenger (RPP) growth of 3%, we are guiding broadly flat Group profits.

“This will range from 750 million euros (£660m) if RPP rises 2%, up to 950 million euros (£830m) if RPP rises 4%.

“This guidance is heavily dependent on close-in peak summer fares, H2 prices, the absence of security events, and no negative Brexit developments.”

The company also said it had delayed the delivery of five Boeing 737-Max aircraft until winter - with no meaningful cost benefit from the delivery expected until the financial year ending in 2021.

It said: “We continue to have utmost confidence in these aircraft which have 4% more seats, are 16% more fuel efficient and generate 40% lower noise emissions.”

Two Boeing 737-Max aircraft crashes - one in Ethiopia in March and another in Indonesia in October - killed 346 people, leading to the aircraft being temporarily grounded.

Michael O’Leary, chief executive of Ryanair, said: “As previously guided, Ryanair (excluding Austrian low-cost airline Lauda) reports a full year after tax profit of 1.02 billion euros (£890m).

“Short-haul capacity growth and the absence of Easter in Q4 led to a 6% fare decline, which stimulated 7% traffic growth to over 139 million (142 million guests including Lauda).

“Ancillary sales performed strongly up 19% to 2.4 billion euros (£2.1bn), which drove total revenue growth of 6% to 7.6 billion euros (£6.6bn).”

The board of the company has also approved a 700 million euro (£610m) share buyback which will commence later this week and run over the next year.

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A woman has been taken to hospital following a fire in a flat in Edinburgh.

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The fire service was called to the scene in Northfield Farm Avenue, Edinburgh, at 2.53am on Monday.

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Two fire engines went to the scene and extinguished the blaze in a ground-floor flat and breathing apparatus was used to help an elderly resident.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said that the elderly woman was then taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh for treatment.

For the latest breaking incidents in Edinburgh - join our new Facebook group here.

" ,"byline": {"email": "joe.cawthorn@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Joe Cawthorn"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4930335.1558336705!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4930335.1558336705!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "The fire broke out in the early hours of this morning. PIC: Google","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The fire broke out in the early hours of this morning. PIC: Google","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4930335.1558336705!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ {"video": {"brightcoveId":"3000000001982354"} } ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/columnists/eu-election-why-your-vote-shouldn-t-just-be-a-protest-about-brexit-robert-aldridge-1-4929685","id":"1.4929685","articleHeadline": "EU election: Why your vote shouldn’t just be a protest about Brexit – Robert Aldridge","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1558328400000 ,"articleLead": "

Candidates who will work hard, constructively and effectively in the European Parliament deserve to be supported, says Robert Aldridge

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4929683.1558110213!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Cllr Robert Aldridge is the Lib Dem group leader at Edinburgh City Council"} ,"articleBody": "

For all that the European elections in the UK were never supposed to happen they remain important. Why? Because unless and until we leave the European Union our elected European representatives will play an important role in shaping consumer and workers’ rights, the European response to the climate emergency, the European-wide response to migration, trading deals with the rest of the world and so on.

No one knows whether UK MEPs will take up their seats, or if they do, how long for. However, they could be our representatives for the next five years. So it is important on Thursday not just to cast a protest vote (for or against Brexit), but to cast a vote for people who will work hard, constructively and effectively if they do have a job for five years.

Whatever your views please vote on Thursday.

It is a sign of the bizarre times we live in that the record gains in the English local elections for the Lib Dems and other parties who favour staying in the EU was regarded by the Conservatives and Labour as a vote to pursue Brexit more vigorously.

Sadly, both the main parties have lost touch with what people are saying, which puts the health of our democracy at risk – especially at national level.

More and more of their time is spent navel gazing, plotting leadership coups, and fighting with each other rather than sorting the growing number of problems facing our country.

I had the great pleasure this month of celebrating 35 years since my first election to the council. What a privilege it has been to fight the good fight with and on behalf of such vibrant communities. They rightly hold me to account when they disagree with me and are hugely supportive when we unite to campaign for local amenities.

Working jointly with dogged determination as a community we achieved the Drum Brae Leisure Centre and Drum Brae Library Hub and I will never forget the “choreography” which helped achieve a pedestrian crossing locally. It is long enough ago to thank the mum who appeared on cue with a pram and three toddlers in tow, and the woman with the guide dog who “happened” to need to cross the road as the officials were assessing the need for it, as well as all the others who played their part so well!

Right across the city there are people working selflessly for their communities, year in and year out, helping with local groups, working on community councils and amenity groups, in community centres and so on. They make a huge difference to the city. It is humbling to note that despite all the changes in Edinburgh over the past 35 years, there has always been a dedicated and quite large group of people throughout the city who give their time and energy freely because they care. We don’t thank them enough.

While there has been considerable change, much of it for the better, some things remain the same. No-one has sorted out the problem of those irresponsible dog owners who don’t pick up dog mess. There has always been concern about the number of cars in the city centre. There has always been some underlying tension between Edinburgh as a fantastic tourist city, and as a great place to live and work in. And we have always been implementing cuts!

We are a growing and thriving city comprising vibrant communities with a great future. But, as my inbox shows, we still have so much to do to get basic services right.

Cllr Robert Aldridge is the Lib Dem group leader at Edinburgh City Council

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "Robert Aldridge"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4929683.1558110213!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4929683.1558110213!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Cllr Robert Aldridge is the Lib Dem group leader at Edinburgh City Council","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Cllr Robert Aldridge is the Lib Dem group leader at Edinburgh City Council","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4929683.1558110213!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4929684.1558110217!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4929684.1558110217!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Don't walk on by ' our elected MEPs will play an important role in shaping the European response to many major issues, however long we remain in the EU. Picture: Lisa Ferguson","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Don't walk on by ' our elected MEPs will play an important role in shaping the European response to many major issues, however long we remain in the EU. Picture: Lisa Ferguson","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4929684.1558110217!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news/world/tourists-injured-in-egypt-as-bomb-hits-bus-near-giza-pyramids-1-4930236","id":"1.4930236","articleHeadline": "Tourists injured in Egypt as bomb hits bus near Giza Pyramids","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1558287087672 ,"articleLead": "

A roadside bomb has hit a tourist bus near the Giza Pyramids, Egyptian officials have said.

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The blast on Sunday wounded at least 17 people, including tourists, officials confirmed.

The officials said the bus was travelling on a road close to the Grand Egyptian Museum, which is under construction and located adjacent to the Giza Pyramids. It is not yet open to tourists.

The bus was carrying at least 25 people, mostly from South Africa, officials added.

Security forces cordoned off the site of the explosion and the wounded were taken to a nearby hospital, they said.

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Officials reported the explosion damaging the windshield of another car. Footage circulated online showed shattered windows on the bus.

In a statement issued by the antiquities ministry, Atif Moftah, general supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum, confirmed the explosion had not caused any damage to the site.

No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Egypt has battled Islamic militants for years in the Sinai Peninsula in an insurgency that has occasionally spilled over to the mainland, hitting minority Christians or tourists.

The attack comes as Egypt's vital tourism industry is showing signs of recovery after years in the doldrums because of the political turmoil and violence that followed a 2011 uprising that toppled former leader Hosni Mubarak.

It is the second to target foreign tourists near the famed pyramids in less than six months.

In December, a bus carrying 15 Vietnamese tourists was hit by a roadside bomb, killing at least three of them.

The Foreign Office said terrorists are \"very likely\" to carry out attacks in Egypt.

A statement said there have been threats to western nationals, institutions and businesses posted on websites and social media. The main threat to foreigners is from extremists linked to Daesh-Sinai.

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Cases of childhood cancers in Scotland have risen by a third in the past 10 years with experts claiming air pollution levels are driving the increase.

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Pesticides and exposure to chemicals in paint and solvents are also said to be behind the rise in the number of children being diagnosed with the disease.

Figures show that 151 children in Scotland were treated for cancer in 2016, compared with 112 in 2007 - a rise in 34 percent.

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Dr Denis Henshaw, of Children With Cancer UK, said: \"Rising pollution levels are by far the biggest culprits and responsible for 40 per cent of the rise.\"

Parents are experts are calling for more robust research into the causes of childhood cases with leukaemia the most common form of the disease in the young.

Dr Henshaw said warnings over the links between air pollution and the disease were ignored by the UK Government when it introduced tax breaks for diesel car owners.

He told The Sunday Post newspaper: \"The first warnings linking poor health were given in the 1990s but the government gave diesel car owners tax breaks in 2001.

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\"When you look at cancers such as childhood leukaemia there is no doubt that environmental factors are playing a big role.

\"We were shocked to see the figures, and it's the modern lifestyle I am afraid.

\"Many items on the list of environmental causes are now known to be carcinogenic, such as air pollution and pesticides and solvents.

\"Leukaemia is by far the most common childhood cancer and the links are environmental/

Dr Henshaw, professor of human radiation effects at Bristol University, said: \"What is worrying is it is very hard to avoid a lot of these things. How can you avoid air pollution?\"

A study by Swiss scientists found that children who live near a motorway have a higher risk of leukaemia. Their research found that children who live within 100 metres of a motorway had a 47 % to 57% higher risk of contracting leukaemia with a link drawn between exhaust fumes and the disease.

Father Paul Whiteford, 33, of Fort William, whose son Ryan, six, was diagnosed with leukaemia when aged just three-years-old, said an investigation into the rise of Scottish cases was urgently required.

He told the newspaper: \"Ryan was unwell with ear infections before he was diagnosed and some medical research suggests this may trigger leukaemia in rare cases.

\"However, serious questions arise over what we are doing to our planet and how much pollution and pesticides contribute. Do they cause genetic mutations which make us more susceptible?

\"It is a grey are which needs urgent attention. Our great fear is that our other children will develop it. It's a natural worry for any parent of a child with cancer.\"

He said that his son Ryan is on maintenance chemotherapy and hopes to be treatment-free in January.

The Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group, which is made up of child cancer professionals, told the newspaper that better recording of the disease in the young should be factored into the rise in Scottish cases - but that real increases in diagnosis had been recorded.

A spokesman said: \"The cancer incidence in children, teenagers and young adults has risen but it remains a rare disease.

\"Some of it is because of better recording but also a real rise in numbers.

\"There is an increasing body of evidence pointing to air pollution, particularly from traffic, as a risk factor for childhood cancer and particularly acute lieukaemias.

\"But more research needs to be done to establish greater definitive links.\"

Slightly increased incidences in childhood leukaemia were found in those whose parents had been exposed to paint and pesticides before conception, through pregnancy or after birth.

\"They suggest a link but are non conclusive,\" the spokesman added.

Figures from the Soil Association show that the number of active substances- or chemicals - applied to the three major crops of wheat, onions and potatoes increased between three and 11 times between the 1970s and 2015.

A spokesman for The Scottish Government said: \"We are committed to improving children's cancer services.

\"We are working hard to ensure health professionals have and can achieve appropriate skills in child health and paediatrics.\"

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Sara Wilson, 25, was selected to start the annual fundraiser for Cancer Research UK which has raised nearly £20m in Glasgow since it was first held in spring 1995.

Sara lost her dad Derek, 47, to skin cancer on Boxing Day 2008. She was studying for her school exams at the time,

She went on to win a place at university but she faced another hammerblow when diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma- a cancer of the white blood cells- just before her 21st birthday.

Sara, of Dennistoun, Glasgow said: “Cancer scares me as it has taken away so much from my family.

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“It broke my heart when my dad died. Dad knew he was going to die and worried about telling me when I was studying for my exams. But losing Dad spurred me on. I was determined to pass my exams, to go on and achieve everything I could in life that would have made Dad proud. That’s why it felt unfair so soon afterwards when I found myself listening to a doctor telling me that I had cancer.”

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Every day, 88 people are diagnosed with cancer in Scotland and the number of people being diagnosed with cancer has now reached around 32,000 people every year.*

Sara, who is now clear of cancer, also took part in the Race for Life Glasgow today with her boyfriend, Ross Alexander, 27.

It was an emotional moment as Sara crossed the finish line and recalled everything she’d been through. She was studying criminology at Abertay University when she started feeling unwell, developing a lump on the left side of her neck, suffering night sweats and constant feelings of exhaustion.

After a series of blood tests, nothing could have prepared her for the news on October 30 2014 that she had cancer. Sara’s step mum, Lillian Snowden drove straight over to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee to help Sara.

Sara said: “I was in shock but my step mum just dropped everything to be there for me.

“She’d already supported my dad through cancer and she knew what to do. I don’t know if I could have got through it without her but she was calm and positive. I have so much to thank her for. Sometimes in life you just need a hug from someone who knows you really well and cares.”

Doctors warned that cancer treatment could affect Sara’s chances of having a baby in the future so advised a cycle of fertility treatment to freeze her eggs. Sara then went to Disneyland Paris for a surprise weekend away to celebrate her 21st birthday before starting cancer treatment in February.

Sara endured 12 cycles of chemotherapy over six months. A low point was losing her long dark hair due to side effects. She had her final chemotherapy treatment on July 9 2015 which should have been her university graduation day. Instead Sara faced another year before graduating but tests showed she was clear of cancer.

Sara said: “My step mum took me on an amazing holiday to Disneyland in California that summer when I finished treatment.

“I had loved Disney as I was growing up. Even now as an adult, Disney reminds me of a nicer, simpler time. It brings back good memories of my dad too.”

And Sara who completed the Glasgow half marathon just months after completing treatment has wise words for anyone going through cancer today.

Sara said: “Everyone is different so do what you need to do to get through cancer.

“Cancer changed me. I’m definitely stronger. I’m more likely to take chances and grab opportunities now. I remember one of the cancer nurses saying, ‘remember, you’re only in your twenties. It’s so important to still live your life.’ I hope Dad would still be proud of me and by doing this I’ll help others who are going through cancer right now.”

Thousands of participants took part in today's race with 5K and 10K courses mapped out from Glasgow Green.

Glen Griffiths, 13, of Clarkston who is a member of the Giffnock North running club was the first home, completing the 5K in 19 minutes 57 seconds.

The event also included 18 members of the Strathaven Superhoopers who power hooped their way through the entire 5K course.

Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress. Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, the charity was able to spend around £38 million last year in Scotland on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research.

Glasgow is home to the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute where a thriving community of cancer scientists and doctors are working to reduce the impact of this disease around the world.

A major programme of work has been established to look for ways to tailor treatment for pancreatic cancer. Our scientists in Glasgow first manufactured the brain cancer drug, temozolomide. Thousands of people now benefit from treatment with this drug worldwide.

Lisa Adams, Cancer Research UK’s spokeswoman in Scotland, said: “We’d like to thank Sara and everyone who came along to make Race for Life Glasgow in its 25th year so successful.

“One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer, at some point during their lifetime. Sadly, this means nearly everyone is touched by the disease, either directly or through a loved one or friend. To make a significant difference in the fight against cancer we need to harness as much energy and commitment as possible – so what better way than involving everyone in the community in our events.

“It’s a perfect example of everyday people doing an extraordinary thing – uniting in a common cause to beat cancer.”

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy and Pretty Muddy Kids events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer by funding crucial research.

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A fishing vessel reported picking up the 7ft-long sea mine, which was "most likely an old German wartime sea mine", about a mile from the Needles at around 8am on Saturday, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said.

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Bomb disposal experts from the Royal Navy's Portsmouth base were called in to detonate the device, while warnings were issued to ships and public in the area.

The bomb was caught in a fishing net yesterday.

Divers placed the mine back on the sea bed and blew up the bomb - found to contain 2,000lb of explosives - at 10.51am today (Sunday), the Ministry of Defence said.

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Politicians who do not stand up for what they believe in have broken British politics, Anna Soubry has said.

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The MP said her Change UK party is the only one which can fix the political system, and she called for voters to “be courageous, have that courage of your convictions and say enough is enough”.

On the European election campaign trail in Edinburgh on Saturday, Ms Soubry said: “We are believers in change, changing UK politics, making it less tribal, something that in Scotland you’re well familiar with - the terrible tribalism that afflicts politics in Scotland.

“The other thing that’s got to change is making policy based on ideology and not actually looking at the evidence. Being honest with people about the tough choices and doing policy for the right reasons, rather than a cheap soundbite.”

Criticising politicians who “won’t stand up and say what they believe”, the former Conservative MP added: “That lack of honesty has led us into this terrible, terrible crisis.”

She suggested Scotland voted to remain in the EU because it “understands the huge positive values of immigration. You get it, as a country”.

She added: “If you make the case, you win hearts and minds on immigration because you do make the argument and you win the argument because immigration has benefited Scotland and the whole of the United Kingdom.”

Commenting on reports that Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has refused the challenge of a debate with Change UK counterpart Heidi Allen, Ms Soubry said: “The one thing that Mr Farage can’t cope with is when he is confronted with the facts, the evidence and the arguments.

“I’m afraid he likes to rely on fuelling fear and preying on people’s prejudices.”

Ms Soubry also called out Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson as someone she believes should be campaigning for a people’s vote.

“She was a remarkable advocate - strong, brave and true - during the referendum campaign. She stood out in her determination to speak truth to the growing power of intolerance and abuse that was growing throughout that campaign.

“I would say to Ruth, I don’t believe for one moment that your views on the European Union have changed.”

Ms Soubry admitted Change UK has had “a bit of a tough week” following the defection of the lead candidate in Scotland, David Macdonald, who came out to endorse the Lib Dems, and the removal of another for controversial posts on social media.

Among the remaining candidates standing for the party are two doctors - GP Kate Forman and consultant pharmacist Cathy Edgeware - and aviation expert Peter Griffiths, who is now in effect the party’s lead candidate.

Dr Forman said: “I’ve never been involved in politics before but my concerns about the damaging effects that Brexit will have on the health and wellbeing of my patients have compelled me to act.

“I see first-hand the effect austerity has on my patients, up until three years ago I had never referred anyone to a food bank, but now I regularly do so.”

She warned Brexit threatens the number of doctors and nurses in the NHS, and said: “Staff are already stretched to the limit and I see the negative effect this has on the overall mental wellbeing of myself and my colleagues. Brexit is likely to exacerbate these problems.”

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Arnold Schwarzenegger has reassured fans after a video emerged showing him being drop-kicked in the back during an event in South Africa.

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The Hollywood actor-turned-politician was recording a Snapchat video inside a gymnasium when someone attacked him from behind.

The attacker was quickly detained by security, organisers said.

Schwarzenegger, 71, the former governor of California, was in South Africa attending the Arnold Classic Africa sporting event.

The attack happened at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, according to the Sandton Chronicle.

Schwarzenegger, known for starring in films such as Twins, Commando and The Terminator, tweeted to say he was fine.

He said: “Thanks for your concerns, but there is nothing to worry about. I thought I was just jostled by the crowd, which happens a lot.

“I only realized I was kicked when I saw the video like all of you.”

Schwarzenegger added: “I’m just glad the idiot didn’t interrupt my Snapchat.”

The Arnold Classic Africa said the man had been handed over to police.

Schwarzenegger was born in Austria and first rose to prominence as a bodybuilder, winning the Mr Universe title aged 20.

After moving to Hollywood, he achieved worldwide fame in 1982 action film Conan The Barbarian, which launched his film career.

Schwarzenegger served as the 38th governor of California from 2003 to 2011.

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A new Moderator of the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly has been installed.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4929953.1558185136!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has been held at the Mound in Edinburgh almost every year since 1560. Throughout the week-long event, the assembly examines its work and laws and makes decisions that affect the future of the Church. Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images"} ,"articleBody": "

At the General Assembly in Edinburgh, the Rt Rev Colin Sinclair took up the role of chairing the week-long event and representing the church throughout the year.

The gathering began with hymns, prayer and a reading of Acts 3 in which the disciple Peter heals a lame beggar, before the Rt Rev Susan Brown installed her successor.

Addressing the 700-strong congregation of ministers, deacons and elders, who are meeting in the capital to make decisions on Kirk policy and governance, Ms Brown spoke of her gratitude for the 12 months spent in the role of Moderator and said: “That great privilege now falls now to another.”

“It has been a year I will never forget, principle because of the people I have met in so many different capacities, including colleagues who have not only welcomed me but so graciously shared their stories with me,” she said.

With the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon watching on alongside Scotland’s Lord Provosts, the General Assembly approved the appointment of the new Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

Addressing Mr Sinclair, Ms Brown said: “You care passionately about communicating the good news of Jesus Christ to people of all ages and all parts of the world. You love to see the difference faith in Christ makes to people’s lives - the impact both spiritually and physically.

“The great privilege and honour before you in this next year is both weighty and a joy. You will be asked to say much; can I encourage you to listen much, too, because you will hear so many wonderful things.”

In his opening address, Mr Sinclair asked for prayers for “grace, wisdom and love, and forgiveness for when I get it wrong,” and then thanked all those who had been involved in his spiritual journey.

The minister, who has served at Palmerston Place Church in Edinburgh since 1996, said: “I had no idea that when Jesus said ‘follow me’ all those years ago as a teenager how exciting would be the adventure ahead.

“It would take me all around the world and to meet people at every level and stage of life.

“Can I thank you once again and pray I may be worthy of the trust that you have shown to me.”

The church said that ministers, elders and deacons, will debate and vote on two “bold” plans to reform governance and the practices of the charity

Proposed changes include the creation of a 12-person trustee body to hold responsibility for finances, while the number of presbyteries could be reduced from 45 to 12 and Kirk Sessions could be reduced in size for local churches to retain more resources to support mission work.

A fund of between £20 million to £25 million has been proposed to start new worshipping communities and to fund new work with children, young people and young adults. The fund will also be used for Church projects that support communities across Scotland.

Commissioners will also be asked to consider plans to reduce administration costs by up to 30% and merge four of the Church’s councils into two.

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He was the unassuming weather expert behind the most important forecast in history – the man who bravely predicted that 6 June, 1944 would be safe to launch D-Day.

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And although he was unknown to the public, Group Captain James Stagg held hundreds of thousands of lives in his hands when he advised allied commander Dwight D. Esienhower that conditions were favourable to launch the largest invasion the world has ever seen.

Now, 75 years to the day since the allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, his home town of Dalkeith will finally honour James Stagg will a memorial plaque unveiled by his son on 6 June, 2019.

The Normandy landings were initially scheduled a day earlier, but bad weather made it seem that the operation would have to be delayed by two weeks, increasing the chance that enemy forces would find out about the plan.

Eisenhower was faced with a terrible choice: leave on 5 June as planned and risk failure of the mission if the boats were unable to land, or postpone by two weeks and risk the Germans finding out.

At the eleventh hour the son of a plumber from Dalkeith, Midlothian offered Eisenhower a third option.

Group Captain Stagg and his team predicted a break in the weather and persuaded the general that if he delayed the operation’s launch by just 24 hours the plan could still go ahead.

Eisenhower did so, and the landings changed the course of the war and turned the tide in favour of an Allied victory.

James Stagg went on to receive the American Legion of Merit, as well as an OBE and CB back in Britain. However, despite his story being well-documented, it was not popular knowledge.

Now, nearly 44 years after his death in 1975, Stagg will receive another honour: a memorial plaque is to be erected in his home town of Dalkeith.

Thanks to the crowdfunding efforts of a local history enthusiast, Sharon Mackintosh, a plaque will be unveiled outside Dalkeith Library on Thursday, 6 June, 2019, 75 years to the day after the D-Day landings.

“I can’t believe it’s finally happening”, Ms Mackintosh told the Evening News, “this means the world to me.”

“James Stagg played a huge part in the success of the D-Day landings, and his significant contribution richly deserves this lasting recognition in his hometown,” she said.

Ms Mackintosh discovered Stagg’s story after seeing the play Pressure in 2014 at the Lyceum, Edinburgh, which told the story of the hours leading up to Stagg’s decision and the resultant tensions between Stagg, Eisenhower and Irving Krick, another advising meteorologist.

His role in the momentous event was also featured in the 1962 film The Longest Day, in which Stagg’s character was played by Patrick Barr.

A Dalkeith local, Ms Mackintosh was astounded that she had never before heard the story of a man from her home town who had played such a crucial role in the Allied victory.

She decided that this “unsung hero” deserved to be recognised.

She set up a crowdfunding campaign to raise the £1,247 needed for a commemorative plaque, which could not be organised through Historic Scotland as the building in which Stagg lived has now been demolished.

That site, formerly No 153 Dalkeith High Street, now No 169, will also be marked with a second, smaller plaque.

The memorial plaque outside Dalkeith Library will be unveiled on 6 June by James Stagg’s son Peter Stagg, a former rugby player who played for Scotland and the British Lions between 1965 and 1970.

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The Duke of Cambridge has described how his experiences as an air ambulance pilot left him feeling death was “just around the door” everywhere he went.

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William’s frank admission was made during a forthcoming documentary about mental health, in which he said dealing every day with families “having the worst news they could ever possibly have” had left him with a “very depressing, very negative feeling”.

He also spoke candidly about the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, and said there was “pain like no other pain” following his bereavement.

He said the characteristic “British stiff upper lip thing” had its place when times were hard, but people also needed “to relax a little bit and be able to talk about our emotions because we’re not robots”.

The duke’s comments were made in the BBC One documentary A Royal Team Talk, and he said that before his air ambulance experiences took their toll, and became a “real problem”, he spoke to someone.

In the programme William, who is presodent of England’s Football Association, teamed up with footballers Peter Crouch, Thierry Henry, Danny Rose, Jermaine Jenas and England manager Gareth Southgate as they shared issues they have struggled with in their careers in a discussion about the importance of mental fitness.

The conversation was filmed earlier this month at the grounds of Cambridge United Football Club, which is pioneering what it means to be a mentally healthy football club.

The duke said he found the emotional side of being an East Anglian Air Ambulance pilot “very difficult”.

He said he had come from the military where feelings were put to one side, and he had seen men struggle to deal with the experience of serving in Iraq and Afghanistan once they had left the forces.

William added: “To then go in to the ambulance world, which is a much more open and actually, in some cases, very raw, emotional day-to-day stuff, where you’re dealing with families who are having the worst news they could ever possibly have on a day-to-day basis, it leaves you with a very depressing, very negative feeling, where you think death is just around the door everywhere I go.

“And that’s quite a burden to carry and feel.

“And I felt that with a few jobs that I did, where there were particular personal resonations with the families that I was dealing with.

“That raw emotion, I just thought listen, I can’t – I could feel it brewing up inside me and I could feel it was going to take its toll and be a real problem. I had to speak about it.”

William said the death of his mother, who died in 1997 in a Paris car crash, meant he could relate to others who had suffered a bereavement.

He said: “I’ve thought about this a lot, and I’m trying to understand why I feel like I do, but I think when you are bereaved at a very young age, I can resonate closely to that, you feel pain like no other pain.

“And you know that in your life it’s going to be very difficult to come across something that’s going to be even worse pain than that.

“But it also brings you so close to all those other people who have been bereaved.”

In recent years William and his brother the Duke of Sussex have talked extensively about how they dealt with their mother’s death, as they promoted their Heads Together mental health campaign.

A Royal Team Talk: Tackling Mental Health is part of the BBC’s wider mental health season, and is screened on BBC One on Sunday at 10.30pm.

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Malawi, a multi-party democracy since 1994, is about to hold elections for president, national parliament and local councils, writes Susan Dalgety.

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Scotland is not the only country to enjoy an election in a few days’ time. Malawians are gearing themselves up for only the sixth multi-party election in their history.

“It’s too close to call,” says everyone I ask to predict the result. “This time we don’t know what will happen,” confirms Lewis, a political consultant and long-time friend, who is, much to our mutual amusement, a big fan of Jeremy Corbyn.

“Let democracy thrive,” commands the leader column in The Nation, one of the country’s two main newspapers, while congratulating the Malawi Electoral Commission for building confidence in the electoral process.

It is no mean feat to organise a tri-partite election – for president, parliament and local government – in a country where many of the 5,000 polling places are in remote, rural areas, and where the concept of voting is still relatively new.

Multi-party democracy was introduced here in 1994, 30 years after Malawi gained its independence from Britain, and after three decades of one-party rule.

This time there are three main contenders for the Presidency and control of the parliament: the current incumbents, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP); the Malawi Congress Party (MCP), the party that won independence, but lost the confidence of the people after 30 years of authoritarian rule; and the new kids on the block, the United Transformation Movement (UTM).

Saulos Chilima, the leader of the UTM, is an interesting character. He was chief executive of Malawi’s leading telecoms company, Airtel, before entering politics, and received his PhD in knowledge management from the University of Bolton.

At 48, he is much younger than the sitting President, the DPP’s Peter Mutharika, who is nudging 80. A few days ago, Mutharika was forced to declare that he was not dead, after rumours of his demise began circulating on social media.

“Some people are speculating I am dead,” he boomed at a rally in Salima, near the shores of Lake Malawi. “You have seen me. Am I dead? Are you seeing a corpse? It is them who will die first...” he added with a rhetorical flourish.

READ MORE: The country where nothing goes to waste – Susan Dalgety

Chilima is standing on a platform of economic transformation, better public services and tackling corruption, and his red-shirted supporters wear the party’s slogan – Tsogolo Lathu (Our Future) – with obvious pride.

Campaigning is much more colourful here in Malawi. Women wear traditional chitenjes emblazoned with their party’s logo, and campaign t-shirts are much sought after. Even the candidates ditch their business suits for jackets or dresses bearing their party’s message. Standing in the grounds of a community centre earlier this week, I found myself dancing along to the beat of the drums as a candidate for the council elections, Issa Jafali, another friend of mine, gave a passionate speech to his supporters. I had no idea what Issa was saying – my Chichewa extends to around 20 words – but the rhythm of the drums was unmistakable. It is the sound of Africa, the beat that drives our popular music, from R&B to pop. It makes everyone, even Theresa May, want to dance. And it transforms a dull political event into a party.

Earlier that day, I visited a remote village with Issa, where I met a woman whose home had been destroyed in the recent storms and floods.

Patumo Kandulo grabbed my hand and pointed to the remains of her modest home. “Gone,” she said, with a fatalism that was startling. I can’t begin to imagine how I would feel if my tenement flat was raised to the ground, and I had no insurance to rebuild my home.

“Where do you live now?” I ask, and Patumo points to a tiny, red-brick outbuilding a few yards away. “Kitchen,” she says, matter of factly.

Patumo has no husband. No paid work, beyond growing maize to eat. And she still has two children at school.

“How does she survive?” I ask Issa as we walk back to the car, through pumpkin gardens alive with scarlet butterflies. “People look after each other,” he replies, as if it is the most natural thing in the world.

It is in Malawi. It has to be. Most of the 18 million population live in extreme poverty, in villages where there is no electricity, water is pumped from a communal bore-hole, and a family’s very survival depends on the weather.

READ MORE: Scotland’s unique friendship with ‘the warm heart of Africa’ – Susan Dalgety

But even in the towns and cities, where there are jobs, and Wi-Fi, and shops selling big screen televisions, family is paramount.

“Family is very important, and the home is the centre of that,” explains Busiwese as she stands outside her grandmother’s home on the outskirts of Blantyre, Malawi’s commercial heart.

She is refurbishing the home that her granny, Homba, built in the early 1960s, in the wake of independence. Homba, now 91, is still alive, but her lively mind and wicked sense of humour is trapped in a body all but destroyed by a series of strokes. The house, once a magnificent five-bedroom bungalow, had fallen into serious disrepair over recent years. “I had to fix it,” said Busiwese, who moved from the capital city, Lilongwe, to care for her grandmother.

“It will be very slow, by phases. First the roof, then the electricity, and finally the plastering. The timing depends on my resources,” she explains. “But we need to secure the family’s future.

“You can deal with the bad things that happen to you in the world if you know you have the shelter of your family to return to for protection, and this house is that place.”

On Tuesday, nearly seven million Malawians – more than half of them under 35 and the majority women – will vote for a new government, in the hope that the politicians they choose will offer them some degree of protection from the harsh reality of a global economy that favours the rich.

A world order that regards women like Patumo or Homba as nothing more than collateral damage in the drive for even more riches for a favoured few, like Trump or Putin.

No matter who wins, they will face a complex set of economic and social challenges that make Brexit seem inconsequential. Even the most thoughtful of politicians, an Obama or a Merkel, would struggle here in Malawi.

But change is possible, hope is alive, and on Tuesday, the young people and the women of Malawi, will decide the next phase of their country’s future.

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James Hutton realised how erosion could literally move mountains over millennia – and that should make us aware of the damage we can cause when taking to the hills.

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Scotland’s mountains are old, seriously old. Our most ancient rocks in the Outer Hebrides and northwest Highland date back some 2.8 billion years. Much of the rock in the Highlands is hundreds of millions of years old.

So it perhaps not so surprising that Scotland was the place where the science of modern geology began, when the 18th century Scottish Enlightenment genius James Hutton realised the then widespread belief that the Earth was just 6,000 years old was a huge underestimate.

Hutton’s breakthrough came after he observed the processes of erosion and sediment deposition on his farms in the Borders and realised this was part of an age-old process. As his friend John Playfair later wrote: “The mind seemed to grow giddy by looking so far into the abyss of time.”

Yet erosion was a process that had been going on throughout history as countless humans simply passed by without realising its importance. Small changes are all too easy to miss, even as they bring down great mountains, both real and metaphorical.

READ MORE: £200k to keep Suilven mountain paths in peak condition

And so it has been for our best-loved actual mountains, even among the people most attracted to them, with some popular routes turning into great scars on the hillside as small pieces of soil and rock are dislodged by many feet.

However, after a campaign set up by the British Mountaineering Council to help address the impact of increasing numbers of hillwalkers, work is due to start to repair a path on Beinn a’ Ghlo in the southern Cairngorms that has turned into a heavily eroded trench, visible from far and wide.

This is not the first time work of this kind has taken place but, with £715,000 of its £1m target raised so far, the UK-wide Mend Our Mountains campaign will be one of the biggest projects of its kind.

As The Scotsman noted recently about the damage to bluebells by those moved to picnic among them, we have a tendency to underestimate our impact on the natural world. We too often think about our own individual actions, without seeing the big picture or considering the long-term impact.

It is a most-human flaw that explains much of the damage that we cause to the environment and the attitudes of some towards climate change. Just one of many reasons to remember Hutton’s extraordinary vision and to be brave enough to gaze with him into the abyss of time.

READ MORE: Save the bluebell! – leader comment

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Vested interests decried Labour’s plan to nationalise the National Grid but there are good reasons to do so, writes Brian Wilson.

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Amidst the fog of Brexit, it was a relief to hear of a substantial policy initiative emerging this week, namely Labour’s strategy document Bringing Energy Home.

Its main thrust is that gas and electricity transmission and distribution systems should be brought back into public ownership while up to two million houses throughout the UK would be equipped with solar panels.

The immediate focus was not on the merits of these proposals (which are considerable) but on the level of compensation that might be paid to departing shareholders. Anything less than full market value (reflecting the gargantuan profitability of monopoly businesses) would be an affront to all we hold dear, or so we were told by an array of self-interested voices.

I doubt if that plea will carry much weight among the masses who are reasonably well aware that, from the outset, gas and electricity privatisations have been massive rip-offs – first of assets which had been funded by decades of public investment and then of consumers who have paid through the nose for the sector’s vast profitability.

However, the law and justice are not the same thing. Whatever scheme of compensation a hypothetical Labour government might come up with, it would be tested in the courts. Meanwhile, it is not worth wasting time on discussing the terms of compensation as opposed to the principle of what is proposed.

If, as we are told, the country and the world face a climate emergency and we really must do more to achieve a decarbonised energy mix, the question of whether public ownership is a good idea becomes easy to answer. Of course it is.

READ MORE: New Scottish green energy commission to put consumers first

The predictable barrage of negativity towards the word “renationalisation” encourages us to forget that in meeting any emergency it is the state that must step in. It is government which needs the power to determine a response, rather than be in the supplicant position of asking a whole range of players if they would mind adjusting their priorities, please.

Scotland’s energy history offers text-book examples of government’s critical role. Under public ownership, we became large-scale exporters of electricity. The hydro schemes of the 1940s and 50s would never have happened without political direction and enforcement. Even if a commercial operator had wanted to build them – unlikely – what would a regulator have made of them?

Equally, without the power of the public balance sheet, nuclear stations would not have been built at Hunterston or Torness. Whatever one thinks of nuclear power, it cannot be disputed that these mighty engines of the Scottish economy have given us half a century of secure supply and low-carbon electricity.

READ MORE: More than 70 countries benefit from Scottish renewable energy

If the state does not control the pace of transition towards a radically changed pattern of generation, then it cannot secure the actions which an ‘emergency’ implies, particularly if they cut across commercial interests who run rings round regulators in general and Ofgem in particular. Independent reports suggest that Ofgem allowed the grid companies £7.5 billion excess profit over eight years by over-stating ‘risk’ and inflating investment costs.

A mass transition towards solar panels is unlikely to be driven by the current system. Yet it is a thoroughly good policy which would cut energy bills in social housing, create employment and contribute significantly to decarbonisation. It should be within the power of government, as much now as in the past, to drive that scale of vision.

In Scotland, there is a particular issue long overdue for addressing because of the way electricity was privatised at a time when nobody was talking about re-wiring the country for renewables. This left Hydro (now SSE) and Scottish Power (now Iberdrola) with overlapping interests in transmission, distribution and generation. I would prefer a National Energy Agency to determine what is good for the country, rather than for shareholders in these companies.

Whether or not Labour’s plan is implemented, it should spark serious consideration in all parties of whether a system created to facilitate privatisation is capable of meeting the new challenges. We should also be reminded of just how much we owe to past public ownership and vision.

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The Sikh and Hindu communities in Scotland have been given an official spot on the River Clyde to scatter ashes in a traditional funeral ritual.

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The part of the river, in Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, is more than 5,000 miles from the sacred river which runs through India, where it is a ritual of both Sikh and Hindu religions to scatter ashes in running water.

The distance is too far for some grieving families to travel, and attempts by the Sikh community in Scotland to find a suitable spot closer to home to scatter ashes in the sea, or in waters leading to the sea, had proved fruitless.

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But now Inverclyde Council has become the first local authority to formally acknowledge the religious ritual, and has installed barriers as a safety measure at a specific site in Port Glasgow.

The Newark slipway was identified as the only suitable location for the scattering of ashes along the west coast.

Discussions took place between officials from Inverclyde Council, other local authorities and the Sikh and Indian communities to find a solution.

A spokesman for Inverclyde Council said: “We have been dealing with the Sikh and Indian community for some time with a view to identifying a suitable location for scattering ashes on the Clyde.

“Clearly this is a very sensitive issue and we have been doing our best to help.

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“The group has approached every local authority looking for assistance and we are hopeful that the assistance we have provided will help with the solemn and dignified scattering of ashes.

“One of the rites of Sikh funerals is scattering the ashes of loved ones in flowing water such as a river or the sea.

“Members of the Sikh community in the west of Scotland have been trying to find a suitable and accessible location to allow this to take place in the River Clyde.

“The only suitable location identified is the slipway at Port Glasgow.

“As a welcoming place and one that supports people of all faiths and none in saying their final farewell to loved ones, it is right that we support ­members of the wider Scottish Sikh community where we can.

“The handrail is there to support this and other uses.”

Charandeep Singh, executive director, Sikhs in Scotland said: “Sikhs traditionally travel thousands of miles to the historical Gurdwara of Kiratpur Sahib in Panjab to scatter ashes in flowing water. As the Scottish Sikh community has grown, so has the need for a dedicated local site to complete the last rites. We welcome Inverclyde Council’s announcement of this facility which will support hundreds of Sikh families in Scotland when the time comes to say goodbye to loved ones.

“As the first Council to officially announce a dedicated site for the Scottish Sikh community, we look forward to collaborating with Inverclyde Council in supporting at these difficult times”

However, the installation of the railings has caused some annoyance among local boat owners, including members of Newark Boat Club, who were obstructed from launching their craft.

While the safety aspect was welcomed by sailing enthusiasts, the metal structure stretched all the way to the end of the ramp and was completely submerged at high tide.

Council staff have now trimmed back the railings.

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The editor of The Times has defended the accuracy of his newspaper’s reporting of transgender issues in a tribunal.

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John Witherow was giving evidence to an employment tribunal in which transgender woman Katherine O’Donnell is suing The Times for alleged unfair dismissal and discrimination.

The former night editor of the Scottish edition of The Times was made redundant in January 2018, after 14 years at the newspaper group.

During lengthy cross-examination at the hearing in Edinburgh on Friday, Mr Witherow was shown dozens of examples of stories and columns published in The Times on which he was questioned by Ms O’Donnell’s lawyer, Robin Moira White.

Mr Witherow admitted that, in a Christmas-themed satirical column by Giles Coren, a gag about people who were “something in between” men and women, should have been cut.

“It’s not a very good joke and it probably shouldn’t have stayed in, but some things slip through,” he said.

The Times editor was also asked whether the headlines of several articles accurately reflected the content of the story, as required by the Editor’s Code of Practice.

Asked whether a piece by columnist Janice Turner titled “Children sacrificed to appease trans lobby” was appropriate, Mr Witherow replied: “Yes, I think it backs up what she is saying.”

Mr Witherow strongly defended the paper’s reputation as “the paper of record”, and said: “There is not any trans bias in The Times.

“There is quite a lot of stories picked out, over a couple of years, but we publish about 60,000 stories a year.

“Not all are outstanding pieces of journalism but most are.

“We take great care in getting things right, in being good reporters.”

However, shown a story centred on perceived fears about trans people sharing rooms on the Caledonian Sleeper train, Mr Witherow told employment judge Jane Porter “If I had seen it, I would have spiked it.

“It doesn’t seem like much of a story.”

The hearing continues.

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The prospect of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister, supported by Nigel Farage, is a “deadly serious possibility” and would represent a “nightmare” for Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

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Speaking at the launch of the SNP’s European election manifesto in Glasgow on Friday, the First Minister said that Scotland must be allowed to keeps its options open in the face of a potential hard Brexit.

Ms Sturgeon also said that there is now an obligation on her party to provide a “beacon of light and hope” ahead of voters going to the ballot box next week.

“Senior Tories are now openly calling for an electoral pact at the next Westminster election with Nigel Farage,” she said.

“Even a few months ago the idea of a Boris Johnson premiership, supported by Nigel Farage, would have been dismissed as a joke.

“It is no longer funny. It is a deadly serious possibility and for Scotland it would be a nightmare.

“It demonstrates why we must - absolutely must - have all of our options open at this critical time.

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“The future of our country is at stake. So, faced with Brexit - and very possibly an extreme Farage-Johnson style Brexit - people in Scotland deserve the right to decide whether Scotland should become an independent member of the EU instead.”

The First Minister continued: “Whatever people’s views on independence, or whether indeed people voted Remain or Leave, one thing is clear and beyond doubt: Westminster is failing all of us.

“On that I suspect almost everyone in Scotland would agree. So we have the opportunity to send a message to the Tories and to the other Westminster parties that the Brexit chaos has to stop.

“The fact is, Westminster politics is in a pretty dark place right now. That places an obligation on the SNP. Our obligation is to provide a beacon of light and hope.”

Speaking alongside the party’s European election candidates, Ms Sturgeon said that the party’s manifesto outlines its commitment to European values.

And the First Minister said that a vote for the SNP next week is a vote to stop Brexit, and would send a clear message that Scotland’s voice must be heard.

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“This SNP manifesto sets out a positive, progressive, European future for Scotland,” she continued.

“It makes clear our determination to stay in the EU. It sets out how we will stand up for Scotland in Europe and be champions of the ideals and values that underpin the European Union.

“Demonstrating our commitment to being a welcoming nation is a core part of the SNP’s values.

“We champion internationalism. We believe in co-operation, respect for human dignity and human rights, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law.

“These are the core values of the EU. I believe it is right that Scotland should play our full part in promoting those values for the common good.

“And it is more important than ever that we do so now as these values come under attack from the forces of intolerance and extremism.

“So it is not just the economic benefits of EU membership that are important - although they are very substantial.

“It is also the spirit of solidarity and co-operation among equal, independent partners.

“At this election we can send the powerful message that Scotland is for Europe. We can stand up for Scotland’s right to be heard and we can proclaim our determination to remain a European nation.”

The Scottish Liberal Democrats claimed the Nationalists plan to “twist” SNP votes to indicate support for independence.

The party’s Alex Cole-Hamilton said: “Every person who votes for the SNP at the European elections should know that their vote will be twisted by the SNP as support for independence.”

He said the Liberal Democrats “want Scotland at the heart of the UK and the EU”, and added that voting for his party is “the most effective way to send a message” on May 23.

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Guilty pleasure confession time. I used to watch Jeremy Kyle.

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Fourteen years ago, I had a job that meant I was home by 10am. I’d switch on the telly, get my ironing board out, or, more likely, fall asleep on the couch.

Daytime TV was him and Tricia. She was nice, and he was shouty, but not much. He did DNA results, and family feuds. He could even be mildly amusing at times.

I don’t recall him doing lie detector tests.

Kyle seems to think these are completely infallible. Mate, if we had a machine that did that, what would be the point of a court system?

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One episode involved a threesome from Aberdeen. The groom had decamped with the bridesmaid during the reception.

The cake hadn’t even been cut, said the bride. Just as well. She looked like the sort of lass who could have filleted an errant groom like a herring with a knife in her hand.

They were Aberdonian. It was filmed in England. Even I, as a Scot, only caught one word in three. The English audience just stared, banjaxed.

Kyle hadn’t a clue. He just kept reading his wee cards. I was laughing like a drain. Nearly burned the ironing.

I caught ten minutes of it a few weeks back. It was horrifying. Kyle had become a monster, screaming into the faces of people who couldn’t even get a word in edgeways.

The world doesn’t need any more cruelty. Goodbye, Mr Kyle.

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Debenhams has confirmed plans for up to 22 store closures, putting 1,200 jobs at risk.

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The retailer says the store closures will start next year and 1,200 staff will be affected by the first phase. One store in Scotland is set to be affected.

The group has announced a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA), which will see the affected shops continue trading until early 2020.


Further closures could still be announced following discussions with landlords. Meanwhile rent reductions will be sought on many of the remaining branches.


Terry Duddy, executive chairman of Debenhams, said: \"The issues facing the UK high street are very well known.


\"Debenhams has a clear strategy and a bright future, but in order for the business to prosper, we need to restructure the group's store portfolio and its balance sheet, which are not appropriate for today's much-changed retail environment.


\"Our priority is to save as many stores and as many jobs as we can, while making the business fit for the future.\"


The retailer announced that it would pursue a restructuring last year, but the path for the process has now been cleared after control of the company was passed to its lenders.


Debenhams went into a pre-pack administration earlier this month, wiping out the stakes of all shareholders including Sports Direct's Mike Ashley.


Creditors including landlords will have the opportunity to vote on the CVA in a process overseen by advisers at KPMG.


Debenhams also released a financial update for the 26 weeks to March 2, showing that sales at its UK stores declined by 7.4% during the period due to weaker footfall.


Underlying earnings declined by 36.6% to £65.9 million.

Debenhams stores expected to close in 2020

-Altrincham

-Ashford

-Birmingham Fort

-Canterbury

-Chatham

-Eastbourne

-Folkestone

-Great Yarmouth

-Guildford

-Kirkcaldy

-Orpington

-Slough

-Southport

-Southsea

-Staines

-Stockton

-Walton

-Wandsworth

-Welwyn Garden City

-Wimbledon

-Witney

-Wolverhampton

Image owner: www.moneybright.co.uk

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Imants Driksna was last seen at around 7pm on Wednesday in the Fort William area.

Police Scotland confirmed at 10:45 on Friday that the boy had been traced and is safe and well.

Investigators thanked everyone who shared or otherwise assisted with earlier appeals for information.

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