{"JP":[ {"NewsSection":{"name":"news","detaillevel":"full", "Articles": {"count":25,"detaillevel":"full","articlesList":[ {"article": { "url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news/people/laurence-fox-labels-wokeists-as-racist-following-backlash-over-his-question-time-appearance-1-5077518","id":"1.5077518","articleHeadline": "Laurence Fox labels \"wokeists\" as \"racist\" following backlash over his Question Time appearance","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1579514899304 ,"articleLead": "Actor Laurence Fox has labelled \"wokeists\" as \"racist\" following a backlash over his appearance on Question Time last week when he questioned whether the Duchess of Sussex had faced discrimination.","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5077517.1579514904!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Actor Laurence Fox has labelled "wokeists" as "racist" following a backlash over his appearance on Question Time."} ,"articleBody": "


Speaking to Talk Radio, Fox said that he was not expecting people to "kick off" over his comments, adding that those who criticised him for racism are "everything they accuse you of".

He said: "The wokeists, I think, are fundamentally a racist bunch. They see colour everywhere.

"Identity politics is extremely racist as well."

He added that he often gets it "in the neck" for being a "posh boy actor" who is part of a famous acting dynasty, which includes his father James.

Fox said that he is fine with people "taking a pop" at him, but added: "I just lose interest when someone says I want to unload both barrels of a shotgun in your face."

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" ,"byline": {"email": "newsdeskts@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Scotsman Reporter"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5077517.1579514904!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5077517.1579514904!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Actor Laurence Fox has labelled "wokeists" as "racist" following a backlash over his appearance on Question Time.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Actor Laurence Fox has labelled "wokeists" as "racist" following a backlash over his appearance on Question Time.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5077517.1579514904!/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/health/woman-misdiagnosed-with-anxiety-actually-had-a-brain-tumour-the-size-of-a-tennis-ball-1-5077468","id":"1.5077468","articleHeadline": "Woman misdiagnosed with anxiety actually had a brain tumour the size of a tennis ball","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1579511899379 ,"articleLead": "A woman was misdiagnosed as having mental illness - which turned out to be a brain tumour the size of a tennis ball.","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5077466.1579511048!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Laura Skerritt, 22, began suffering migraines, sickness and psychosis and was told her symptoms were caused by anxiety, depression - and even bi-polar disorder."} ,"articleBody": "


Laura Skerritt, 22, began suffering migraines, sickness and psychosis and was told her symptoms were caused by anxiety, depression - and even bi-polar disorder.

She was prescribed anti-depressants but the medication had no effect on her condition which continued to deteriorate.

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By November 2018, the young swimming instructor, from Templecombe, Somerset, was struggling to walk and was having seizures.

And a scan at Yeovil District Hospital revealed devastating news for Laura and her family - she was living with a tennis ball-sized brain tumour.

Laura needed emergency surgery to prevent her potentially having a fatal stroke or seizure.

Keen horse rider Laura, who works as a swimming instructor at Wincanton Sports Centre, said: "It took over two years to get a brain tumour diagnosis so I'm keen to share my story to help raise awareness.

"It was frustrating to be told by doctors that my symptoms were caused by mental illness.

"I sensed that my health problems weren't being caused by mental illness.

"I'm quite an emotional person and flip between happy and sad moods, but this is just part of my quirky personality," she added.

In December 2018, Laura underwent a gruelling 13-hour operation at Southmead Hospital in Bristol, which removed 80% of her low-grade tumour, a central neurocytoma - but parts of it were inoperable.

And the recovery process was not easy for her.

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Laura said: "Mum and my boyfriend Harry were with me as I was wheeled into the operating room. I don't remember anything from surgery and recovery was tough.

"I lost two stone, had to re-learn how to talk and was in constant agony because my muscles had wasted away.

"I recently suffered a major seizure and now I need a second operation followed by eight weeks of intensive radiotherapy.

"It's going to be really hard going back into hospital but I'm hoping I make it through the treatment."

She added: "Up until my brain tumour diagnosis, I thought I was invincible.

"I never worried about my health, and my own mortality was never something that crossed my mind.

"My diagnosis changed my outlook on life. I'm not sure whether or not I want kids, for fear of them inheriting the disease or seeing me suffer with symptoms.

"My plans of moving out were put on hold. I had to give up my driving licence and, living in the middle of the Somerset countryside, with that I lost my independence," she said.

Laura is working with the charity Brain Tumour Research to raise awareness of the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under the age of 40.

Mel Tiley, community fundraising manager at Brain Tumour Research in the South West, said: "We are very grateful to Laura for opening up about her brain tumour diagnosis.

"We hope that those touched by her story will donate to Brain Tumour Research.

"Brain tumours are indiscriminate; they can affect anyone at any age.

"What's more, less than 20 per cent of those diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years, compared with an average of 50 per cent across all cancers.

"We cannot allow this desperate situation to continue," Mel added.

Brain Tumour Research funds sustainable research at dedicated Centres of Excellence in the UK.

It also campaigns for the Government and the larger cancer charities to invest more in research into brain tumours in order to speed up new treatments for patients and, ultimately, to find a cure.

The charity is calling for an annual spend of £35m in order to improve survival rates and patient outcomes in line with other cancers such as breast cancer and leukaemia.

To donate to Brain Tumour Research go to https://www.braintumourresearch.org/donation.

" ,"byline": {"email": "newsdeskts@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Scotsman Reporter"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5077466.1579511048!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5077466.1579511048!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Laura Skerritt, 22, began suffering migraines, sickness and psychosis and was told her symptoms were caused by anxiety, depression - and even bi-polar disorder.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Laura Skerritt, 22, began suffering migraines, sickness and psychosis and was told her symptoms were caused by anxiety, depression - and even bi-polar disorder.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5077466.1579511048!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5077465.1579511047!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5077465.1579511047!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "She was prescribed anti-depressants but the medication had no effect on her condition which continued to deteriorate.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "She was prescribed anti-depressants but the medication had no effect on her condition which continued to deteriorate.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5077465.1579511047!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} , {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5077467.1579511050!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5077467.1579511050!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "By November 2018, the young swimming instructor, from Templecombe, Somerset, was struggling to walk and was having seizures.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "By November 2018, the young swimming instructor, from Templecombe, Somerset, was struggling to walk and was having seizures.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5077467.1579511050!/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/prince-harry-we-had-no-other-option-but-to-stand-down-1-5077442","id":"1.5077442","articleHeadline": "Prince Harry: 'We had no other option but to stand down'","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1579506680000 ,"articleLead": "

The Duke of Sussex has said that he and his wife were standing down from the royal family with \"great sadness\", but there was \"no other option\".

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Harry said he and Meghan had hoped to continue serving the Queen, the Commonwealth and his military associations, without any public funding, but this was not possible.

In his first public speech since the couple's decision to step down as senior royals, Harry said he wanted his family to have a \"more peaceful\" life.

He added: \"Once Meghan and I were married, we were excited, we were hopeful, and we were here to serve.

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\"For those reasons, it brings me great sadness that it has come to this.

\"The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back, is not one I made lightly.

\"It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges.

\"And I know I haven't always gotten it right, but as far as this goes, there really was no other option.

\"What I want to make clear is we're not walking away, and we certainly aren't walking away from you.

\"Our hope was to continue serving the Queen, the commonwealth, and my military associations, but without public funding.

\"Unfortunately, that wasn't possible.\"

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The duke was speaking at a dinner for supporters of Sentebale - his Africa-based charity supporting youngsters with HIV - at the Ivy Chelsea Garden in London.

It comes a day after royal family talks concluded and the Sussexes announced they will stop carrying out royal duties from the spring, no longer use the title HRH and will repay the taxpayers' millions spent on their Berkshire home.

But Harry said the couple will continue to lead a life of service, and were taking a leap of faith.

He added: \"It has been our privilege to serve you, and we will continue to lead a life of service.

\"I will always have the utmost respect for my grandmother, my commander in chief, and I am incredibly grateful to her and the rest of my family, for the support they have shown Meghan and I over the last few months.

\"I will continue to be the same man who holds his country dear and dedicates his life to supporting the causes, charities and military communities that are so important to me.

\"We are taking a leap of faith - thank you for giving me the courage to take this next step.\"

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The duke also praised former Wales rugby captain Gareth Thomas - who is thought to be the first UK sportsman to go public about living with HIV - for changing the way people think about the virus.

He also introduced singer Lewis Capaldi who he said had flown in directly from Malaysia, via Dubai, on his way to the Grammy Awards in LA.

Harry added: \"I can't not mention my dear friend Gareth Thomas - who in my mind - has quite literally changed the way people think about HIV - so thank you bud.

\"By being here tonight, every one of you are helping to fight that stigma and helping a generation of children and young adults to becoming the generation that ends it.

\"There's a lot to do, but it's only possible by working together and receiving support from people like yourselves and like Lewis Capaldi, who has so generously flown here directly from Malaysia, via Dubai, taking tonight out as a detour on his way to the Grammys in Los Angeles - where he is nominated for best song.

\"Lewis, thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to be with us this evening. We are all incredibly grateful.\"

Meghan and Harry have already begun a transition phase of living in Canada and the UK.

The duchess is in the Commonwealth country with son Archie, where the Sussexes spent six weeks over the festive period.

The move was agreed by the Queen, Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge following the Sussexes' unprecedented statement released earlier this month.

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It is understood the couple will now spend the majority of their time in Canada, with Harry expected to join his wife sometime this week.

The Sussexes keep the style of HRH - His or Her Royal Highness - but the statement issued on their behalf said it will no longer be used from the spring \"as they are no longer working members of the royal family\".

Harry's mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, was stripped of her HRH in 1996 following her divorce from Charles.

The duke will continue to work with his charities and organisations like the Rugby Football League and Sentebale - his Africa-based charity supporting youngsters with HIV - and the duchess will remain with her good causes.

Harry will give up a Commonwealth role and his three military appointments, the most prominent being Captain General Royal Marines.

All the new arrangements are due to come into effect in the spring and will be reviewed by Buckingham Palace in 12 months.

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An 86-year-old man is in a critical condition following a two-car crash in Aberdeen.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5077437.1579506306!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The collision happened on the A96, Great Northern Road, near Station Road at around 7.15pm on Sunday. Picture: JPIMEDIA"} ,"articleBody": "

The collision happened on the A96, Great Northern Road, near Station Road at around 7.15pm on Sunday.

Both drivers were taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, where the 86-year-old is in a critical condition.

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Police are appealing for information about the crash, which involved a grey Audi and a blue Renault Clio.

Sergeant Scott Deans, of the Road Policing Department, said: \"Our thoughts at this sad time are with the families of those involved in this collision.

\"We have spoken to several witnesses but would still like to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision or who saw the vehicles beforehand, or if they have information about a dark-coloured car that passed the collision location at that time.

\"Anyone with any information or dash cam footage of the vehicles involved or the collision itself who has not yet come forward should contact us by calling 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 and quote incident number 3082 of the 19th January.\"

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" ,"byline": {"email": "claire.mckim@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Scotsman Reporter"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5077437.1579506306!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5077437.1579506306!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "The collision happened on the A96, Great Northern Road, near Station Road at around 7.15pm on Sunday. Picture: JPIMEDIA","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The collision happened on the A96, Great Northern Road, near Station Road at around 7.15pm on Sunday. Picture: JPIMEDIA","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5077437.1579506306!/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/people/vicky-crichton-regulation-must-be-agile-to-react-and-keep-pace-in-a-climate-of-constant-change-1-5076704","id":"1.5076704","articleHeadline": "Vicky Crichton: Regulation must be agile to react and keep pace in a climate of constant change","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1579500020000 ,"articleLead": "

We all know the truth of Burns’ famous line that “the best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men gang aft agley”.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5076703.1579272068!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Vicky Crichton is Director of Public Policy, Scottish Legal Complaints Commission"} ,"articleBody": "

Life sometimes throws us unexpected curveballs. That doesn’t mean that forward planning isn’t helpful and important, even when we know that we won’t always accurately predict the future.

It’s a challenge we’ve been grappling with at the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC) over the past few months as we develop our next four year strategy.

Looking back over the past four years, we can see how changes like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) can have major implications for the way we all do business. Scanning the horizon for the next big change is important. Building a resilient, agile organisation that can react positively to change when it occurs is vital.

Technology is one example – it’s easy to get excited about the opportunities that new technologies might bring for our work and for the wider legal sector, but predicting which of them will become part of standard practice over the next four years is a much tougher call to make. Digital onboarding, chatbots and automated contracts all have the potential to become common tools over the next few years.

What we can predict with confidence is that as the use of new technologies continues apace, the implications for consumer expectations, for ways of working, and for the need for regulation to manage emerging risks will be a key driver of our work.

The way we all shop for products and services has changed dramatically in recent years. We see consumer expectations continuing to evolve on issues like speed and transparency, as well as the action and redress they expect when something goes wrong. This has clear implications for how firms interact with clients and potential customers.

Our workplaces are also changing, with more of us looking for greater balance between our work and personal lives. For employers, the challenge is making that a reality for staff, while meeting business needs and maintaining great customer service.

Within the profession, we’ve seen shifts in the proportions of different types of lawyers. We may well see further changes within the market, including different business models or types of firm. These changes all have an impact on our work.

I’m not sure that anyone could have predicted the political shifts we’ve seen since we published our last strategy in 2016. With Scottish Parliament elections next year and constitutional debates continuing, political change now seems to be a constant.

This climate of change has been mirrored throughout the last four years, and will continue into the coming four in the debate on legal regulatory reform. Regulation needs to be agile to react to the environment, and the way services operate. It needs to keep pace with them as they shift and change.

Delivering a regulatory model that is future-proofed for the changes we know are coming – and the ones we can’t yet see – is a major challenge, but one we must all rise to.

For the SLCC, looking back on the last four years, and into the future, has helped us to plan the next phase of our work. Now we want to hear from others about the priorities we’ve developed.

The SLCC will be consulting on its draft 2020-24 strategy and 2020-21 operating plan and budget later this month, and welcomes all comments and suggestions.

Vicky Crichton is Director of Public Policy, Scottish Legal Complaints Commission

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The dawn of a new decade is an appropriate time to reflect on our individual impact on an increasingly complex world. There is a growing appetite for social change, reflected in changing attitudes towards charitable giving, a strong desire for philanthropy and a more collaborative approach between donor and beneficiary. Essentially, people want to know and do more to make a positive impact on society.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5076690.1579271409!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Laura Rennie is a solicitor in the private client and charities team at Shepherd and Wedderburn."} ,"articleBody": "

In 2019, an estimated £10.1 billion was donated to charitable causes. Notably, this remains at approximately the same level as a decade ago. According to the Charities Aid Foundation’s UK Giving Report, although fewer people are giving to charity, those who are giving are donating more. While the level of charitable donations has remained relatively static, the approach to philanthropic giving has changed dramatically and we have seen number of emerging trends.

Over the past decade we have experienced a relatively stable economic environment. As a result, some individuals are more inclined to consider the possibility and opportunity of philanthropic giving. And our government deficit has also risen over the same period, meaning that charitable giving is not purely an attractive prospect but also necessary to bridge the gap between good causes’ need for financial support and government’s ability to provide that support.

With the rise of social media there is a greater focus on reputation and accountability in society, and an increased desire for transparency both for businesses and for individuals. Generational shifts are driving this transformation in philanthropy, with Millennials taking a different approach from baby boomers. The Millennial outlook is simultaneously more comprehensive, inclusive and socially aware. Millennials are also more optimistic about their potential impact, their ability to stimulate change, and their influence on those around them. This fresh approach may also be linked to a shift in the origin of wealth. In 1989 two-thirds of the wealthiest people in the UK possessed inherited wealth. Today more than 80 per cent of the UK population has new or created wealth. Overall, there is evidence that individuals with created wealth are more likely to give generously. Therefore, in the next decade it is possible that we may see a further increase in philanthropic giving from this particular demographic. Businesses too are becoming more focused on philanthropy and on giving something back to wider society and local communities in which they operate as part of their ‘corporate social responsibility’ strategies.

Technology is also giving rise to new trends in philanthropy. Those wishing to make a donation now have convenient tools and powerful technologies to comprehensively research the good causes they wish to support, meaning benefactors are more likely to screen charitable organisations. Technology has also allowed donors to be more focused on results and there is an expectation on their part that they will be given more information about how their money has been spent.

From an individual point of view, there are also attractive tax benefits (for example, lifetime gifts to charities are exempt from Inheritance Tax). However, our experience of working with clients is that the tax benefits of philanthropic giving are an added benefit rather than an incentive. The increased awareness of charitable planning and the option to donate private wealth to charity has also been evident in the proliferation of giving methods – such as the online platform JustGiving – and legal vehicles, such as charitable trusts and donor-advised funds.

Our experience has also been that those who take professional advice on how to be more strategic and focused in the charitable donations they make tend to give more than their donor peers, and report much higher levels of satisfaction. Therefore, demand for advice in the area of philanthropic giving has increased and professional advisers subsequently have an important role to play in facilitating this.

In light of these recent trends, charities are embracing this opportunity to engage more with individuals and their advisers, resulting in a more fulfilling and beneficial experience for both philanthropist and beneficiary. Therefore, as we look to the decade ahead the stage is now set for individuals with an appetite for charitable giving to fully realise their philanthropic ambitions most effectively through an increasingly collaborative, focused and strategic approach.

Laura Rennie is a solicitor in the private client and charities team at Shepherd and Wedderburn

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5076690.1579271409!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5076690.1579271409!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Laura Rennie is a solicitor in the private client and charities team at Shepherd and Wedderburn.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Laura Rennie is a solicitor in the private client and charities team at Shepherd and Wedderburn.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5076690.1579271409!/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/business/anne-chapman-rural-sector-key-to-attaining-net-zero-emissions-1-5076696","id":"1.5076696","articleHeadline": "Anne Chapman: Rural sector key to attaining net zero emissions","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1579500020000 ,"articleLead": "

All eyes will be on Glasgow in December for the UN Climate Change Conference COP26. Lasting two weeks, it will be the largest summit Scotland has hosted. It is expected to be the most important climate change event since the Paris Agreement was signed in 2015.

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Scotland was one of the first countries to acknowledge its role in the global climate emergency, with the Scottish government having swiftly introduced targets to ensure action is taken. Scotland’s world-leading climate change legislation, the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019, sets a target date for net-zero emissions of all greenhouse gases by 2045. If we hit this target, it is predicted our contribution to climate change will end within one generation.

As we approach COP26, the industries expected to lead the way will be high on the public agenda. Achieving carbon sequestration and sustainability across our rural industries will be an important part of achieving our targets and, although complying with climate change law will be taxing for our rural businesses, it will also provide some distinct opportunities.

Carbon management

Introducing carbon management and providing and extending existing energy efficiency regimes will be amongst the biggest challenges in rural land and business management. The first step is for rural businesses to know their carbon footprint. From there, opportunities for its reduction and for change and growth will come through innovation and development coupled with clear legal thinking.

Land management will have a crucial role to play in sequestering carbon and reducing emissions, while also producing high-quality sustainable produce. The Scottish Land & Estates publication #Route2050 was published in September, with the intention of sparking conversations on this topic. The report recognises that, in the next 30 years, rural businesses will be expected to make enormous changes in order to be resilient to both climate and market changes. It also calls for an integrated approach to land management, where food production, renewable energy, carbon sequestration, natural capital and thriving rural communities are all considered together to achieve climate change outcomes.

Forestry

Developments across the Scottish forestry sector will also present opportunities for building resilience and diversification. Trees are firmly on the Scottish Government agenda and Scotland’s Forestry Strategy will have a key part to play in mitigating climate change, aiding biodiversity, improving environmental and landscape quality, as well as creating job opportunities and boosting economic prospects for the sector.

The Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Act 2018 places a duty on Scottish Ministers to promote sustainable forest management. The Climate Change Plan and Forestry Strategy both set a target for increasing woodland cover to 21% (from around 18%) by 2032. The focus on trees is likely to be sustained for the foreseeable future, and coupled with the Woodland Carbon Code which validates carbon capture under woodland creation projects and commodifies it as tradeable ‘carbon units’, this provides a real opportunity for the rural sector.

Renewable energy

The Scottish government’s Energy Strategy includes a target that the equivalent of 50 per cent of the energy for Scotland’s heat, transport and electricity consumption is to be supplied from renewable sources by 2030. This target is helping businesses across Scotland to use their experience and willingness to diversify in order to become more competitive. The global market for low carbon goods and services is also growing, spurred by major investments in low carbon technologies and the opportunities for the development of renewable infrastructure is increasing.

Resilience and opportunities for growth

We are already seeing innovation in the agricultural sector with projects taking place across the country trialling and sharing new ideas, which aim to develop a more collaborative, sustainable and resilient net zero contribution industry. Resilience building is particularly important when it comes to the effects of climate change and tackling carbon law. Banks and investors now recognise that businesses which are able to manage environmental social and governance factors, such as climate change risks, will be resilient and successful in the future.

The rural sector is seen as being key to the transition to a net zero emissions economy and our adaptable agriculture and land based industries are in a good place to be able to grasp the opportunities presented. It is clear that there are further opportunities for change and growth in the sector if we adopt an integrated approach to land management.

Anne Chapman is a partner, Rural Land and Business, Anderson Strathern

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Do you know what e-mail phishing is? How about whaling? Or domain spoofing? Even if you can’t be precise, you probably have an inkling they are catchy, but confusing terms to describe types of online fraud.

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At their heart, there is a deception: some trickery by a fraudster to obtain sensitive information such as supplier or banking details, then used to transfer funds to the fraudster’s bank account. Before the victim knows it, the funds have been transferred away in a manner that makes them difficult or impossible to trace. The police are often powerless to help.

If a bank has made a transfer on the instructions of a fraudster rather than genuine customer, the customer may be able to sue the bank for breach of mandate. But banks have tightened up their payment protocols to make this type of fraud much harder. In response, fraudsters have devised scams to deceive the bank’s customers into instructing the transfers themselves.

As a firm, we are seeing increasing numbers of online frauds in which clients have either been victim or unwittingly played a part. Recently I was asked by a client to defend a substantial claim from a firm of debt collectors threatening to sue on behalf of their Chinese client for payment for 3,000 sewing machines which purportedly had been supplied to our client in Uganda. However, our client operates only in the oil and gas sectors, did not place any such order, does not operate in Uganda and has no need for one sewing machine, let alone 3,000.

On investigation, it became apparent that a “domain spoof” had occurred. In other words, a fraudster set up a website purporting to belong to our client which suggested our client was a UK distributor of consumer goods such as sewing machines. The website contained some errors obvious to those with English as their first language, but not so obvious to non-native speaker. The website also displayed factually correct information about our client taken from UK Companies House which gave the website an air of legitimacy at first glance.

Despite high-profile campaigns designed to educate about online fraud, we have seen a number of instances where even sophisticated business persons and corporate clients, wrongly believing that they are corresponding with financial advisors, pension providers or trusted suppliers, have been duped by phishing e-mails into parting with substantial funds. The way to minimise the risk is for companies to implement strict payment protocols and properly train and instruct staff in their operation.

But let’s say you have put such protocols in place, and your employees have been trained in them. What if an employee has failed to exercise common sense or been careless – “negligent” – and inadvertently facilitates an online fraud? The employee is, of course, not a fraudster. He or she is arguably a victim. Can you sue the employee to recover your loss?

This was the interesting question before the court in the recent Scottish case of Peebles Media Group Ltd v Patricia Reilly (15 Nov 2019). Peebles sued Mrs Reilly, their credit controller, for £107K being the loss it suffered as a result of an online “whaling” fraud (the “whale” harpooned was the MD of Peebles).

While the Peebles’ MD was in Tenerife on holiday, the unfortunate Mrs Reilly was duped into believing that she was in e-mail correspondence with the MD. In fact, the e-mails were coming from a fraudster who managed to persuade Mrs Reilly to make various payments totalling £193K to the bank accounts of purported suppliers of Peebles. Of course, the accounts (under the control of the fraudster) promptly removed the funds with all but £85,000 proving untraceable. As the judge put it: “[Peebles] have suffered a major loss…[Reilly] has lost her employment. It is a tragic case.”

In the end the judge held that Mrs Reilly’s conduct was not sufficiently careless or egregious to amount to a breach of a duty of care. The claim failed.

So the answer is yes, you can sue an employee because they owe you a duty to exercise reasonable skill and care in the performance of their duties. However, in practice it is likely to be very difficult to persuade a court to order the employee to compensate, particularly where an employee is a junior member of staff.

Therefore be warned – don’t expect the courts to provide a safety net if an employee gets caught out by phishing.

Steve Guild is a partner, Burness Paull

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The Mail on Sunday has published a video of Harry at the premiere of Disney's Lion King in London in July praising Meghan's ability and her joking about "pitching" for work.

The new footage shows the duke and duchess talking to the film's director Jon Favreau as well as one of its stars Beyonce and her rapper husband Jay-Z.

In the footage Harry tells them: "Next time, if anyone needs any extra voiceover work, we can make ourselves available.

Meghan then added: "That's really why we're here - to pitch."

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Harry then jokes "Just not Scar, it's a no to Scar," - a reference to the evil uncle character in The Lion King who tries to steal the kingdom from Simba.

The clip is the second to emerge from that evening in which Harry highlights Meghan's voiceover abilities.

Harry was filmed chatting to Robert Iger, chairman and chief executive of the Walt Disney Company, during the European premiere and said about Meghan: "You do know she does voiceovers?"

The Disney boss replied: "I did not know that," and the duke went on to say: "You seem surprised. She's really interested."

Meghan has since agreed a voiceover deal with Disney, which will make a donation to wildlife charity Elephants Without Borders which is supported by Harry, the Times reported.

A source has confirmed the agreement, saying it was a model similar to having the couple attend the movie premiere, where Disney "kindly" donated to the Royal Foundation in return.

Harry and Meghan have walked away from the monarchy and will stop carrying out royal duties from the spring. They will no longer be known as HRHs and will repay the taxpayers' millions spent on their home Frogmore Cottage.

Meanwhile, Netflix's chief content officer has said that the streaming giant would be interested in working with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

But PR guru Mark Borkowski said that the couple will need more than a couple of voiceover deals to achieve their aims of earning their own incomes.

He added: "That sort of work isn't where they are going to recover the sort of money that they need to keep the whole thing running - you don't see Michelle and Barack Obama doing voiceovers for commercials.

"They (Harry and Meghan) are going to have business deals.

"I don't see Meghan going back into acting when they going to create this entity that's going to be a huge foundation."

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The Queen was seen smiling alongside her son the Duke of York in her first appearance since the announcement the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be walking away from the royal family.

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Andrew joined the Queen at St Mary the Virgin Church in Norfolk to attend a Sunday service.

Wearing a grey houndstooth checked dress and matching coat with a grey hat, the monarch smiled broadly as she arrived at the church in Hillington close to her estate.

Onlookers said the Queen, 93, appeared in high spirits despite Harry and Meghan's decision.

In a statement issued after royal family talks concluded, the Sussexes announced they will stop carrying out royal duties from the spring, no longer use the title HRH and will repay the taxpayers' millions spent on their Berkshire home.

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Harry and Meghan said in their statement, issued on their behalf by Buckingham Palace, that under the agreement they understood they were \"required\" to step back from royal duties.

The announcement marks the conclusion of talks about their future with senior members of the family and royal aides.

Earning money from lucrative contracts and still remaining active members of the monarchy would have been problematic and has caused issues for royals who have tried to straddle the two positions in the past.

The deal was dubbed a hard \"Megxit\" by the media and a source told PA news agency \"you can't be half in and half out\".

Meghan's father, Thomas Markle, branded the decision to split from the royal family \"disappointing\" and \"embarrassing\".

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Speaking in Mexico for a documentary for Channel 5, Mr Markle said: \"It's disappointing because she actually got every girl's dream, every young girl wanted to become a princess and she got that.

\"And now she's tossing that away for ... it looks like she's tossing that away for money.

Apparently three million dollars (£2.3 million) and a 26-bedroom home isn't enough for them. It's kind of embarrassing to me.\"

He added: \"This is like one of the greatest long living institutions ever. They are destroying it, they are cheapening it, making it shabby.

\"They are turning it into a Walmart with a crown on it.\"

The Queen issued an emotional statement, saying she recognised the \"challenges\" the couple had faced over the past year.

Unusually, she used the first names of her grandson and his family in a public message.

The Queen said: \"Following many months of conversations and more recent discussions, I am pleased that together we have found a constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson and his family.

\"Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family.\"

She added: \"I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.

\"I want to thank them for all their dedicated work across this country, the Commonwealth and beyond, and am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family.

\"It is my whole family's hope that today's agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life.\"

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The couple's spokeswoman issued a statement on their behalf, saying: \"As agreed in this new arrangement, they understand that they are required to step back from royal duties, including official military appointments.

They will no longer receive public funds for royal duties.

\"With the Queen's blessing, the Sussexes will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations.

\"While they can no longer formally represent the Queen, the Sussexes have made clear that everything they do will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty.\"

Meghan and Harry have already begun a transition phase of living in Canada and the UK.

The duchess is in the Commonwealth country with son Archie, where the Sussexes spent six weeks over the festive period.

The move was agreed by the Queen, Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge following the Sussexes' unprecedented statement released earlier this month.

It is understood the couple will now spend the majority of their time in Canada, with Harry expected to join his wife sometime this week.

The Sussexes keep the style of HRH - His or Her Royal Highness - but the statement issued on their behalf said it will no longer be used from the spring \"as they are no longer working members of the royal family\".

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Harry's mother Diana, Princess of Wales, was stripped of her HRH in 1996 following her divorce from Charles.

The duke will continue to work with his charities and organisations like the Rugby Football League and Sentebale - his Africa-based charity supporting youngsters with HIV - and the duchess will remain with her good causes.

Harry will give up a Commonwealth role and his three military appointments, the most prominent being Captain General Royal Marines.

All the new arrangements are due to come into effect in the spring and will be reviewed by Buckingham Palace in 12 months.

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The former Lewis actor, 41, sparked controversy on Question Time, saying the charge of "racism" over treatment of the Duchess of Sussex was "boring".

Now he has told The Delingpod podcast: "The most annoying thing is the minute a black actor - it's the same with working class actors - the minute they've got five million quid in the bank, every interview they do is about how racism is rampant and rife in the industry.

"And with working class actors, 'There's not enough working class actors'.

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"You weren't saying that when you didn't have a f****** pot to piss in were you?

"You weren't standing up for the working class actors until you're now no longer materially working class."

He told the podcast, presented by James Delingpole, that he no longer pays his licence fee and does not watch the BBC.

"TV seems to have a bit of an agenda, a lot of it. It's trying to tell you something," the actor said.

"I don't want to be told something. I'd rather watch a story....

"There's just so much that turns you off when you turn on the TV now because you feel like you're being... 'This is what you're meant to think'."

He said diverse casting when it is not historically accurate, "makes you conscious of race".


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And Fox, part of the famous acting dynasty, said: "I haven't watched the BBC in many a year now or listened to it....

"They'd never see me for anything, but then I don't tick the BBC boxes do I?... I'm not paying my licence fee anymore."

Fox also told the podcast: "I've got nine nephews and nieces and none of them are white. So it's not like we're dealing with a world where the white man is going to be around for that many more generations."

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A 34-year-old woman who lost two siblings and her dad to diabetes is fundraising to pay for her own funeral - after being told she too will die from the same disease.

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Tragic Suzanne Shipley was still mourning the recent loss of her sister Claire in October when she was given the heartbreaking news that she had just weeks to live.

Suzanne's fight to keep going has astounded doctors but she is now being provided with end of life care at home from her devastated mum Rose and older sister Laura.

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With Rose still paying for Claire's funeral, the family have made a desperate appeal for financial help, at a time when money \"should be last thing on their minds\".

In just three days their crowdfunding page has accumulated £8,000 and Suzanne, in a message posted on social media, has since thanked people for their generosity.

She said that despite being \"terrified of dying and leaving behind those I love\" the donations to help her family afterwards have \"eased my mind so much\".

Suzanne, a type 1 diabetic, requires kidney dialysis four times a week and in 2017 she had her lower leg amputated after contracting sepsis.

She then developed neuropathy and retinopathy, issues relating to her nerves, and had a kidney transplant donated from her mum Rose.

Last month, following a check up, doctors found her kidneys were functioning at only 8% and gave her the earth-shattering news no further treatment could be carried out.

Staff gave Suzanne only two weeks to live but she has defied the odds to live an additional fortnight, although she isn't expected to have long left.

As well as losing Claire to diabetes, Suzanne also lost her dad, Graham, and her brother, Stephen, to the same disease.

Her friend Jo Tocher, 41, set up the fundraising page on crowdfunding site GoFundMe to pay for the funeral and support Rose afterwards.

She said: \"I was heartbroken when I heard about how worried Suzanne was about funeral costs - it's the last thing she should be worrying about.

\"Rose and Laura haven't worked for a while because they have been caring for Claire and Suzanne, so I thought I would do what I can to help.

\"The money raised will pay for Suzanne's funeral and what's left will go to Rose and Laura.

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\"It's impossible to even imagine what they have been through, it's not something she will ever get over but hopefully some financial support will help a bit.

\"They can use the money to go on holiday or something, they deserve that after all the pain they have gone through over the years.\"

Mum-of-four Jo described the Shipley family as \"the strongest group of people I know.\"

\"They are the nicest people in the world, they would do anything for anyone and their attitude throughout all this has been unbelievable,\" she said.

\"What they have been through is heartbreaking.\"

Donate to the family here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/suzanne-shipley

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A grieving diner has slammed a Michelin-starred pub dubbed the 'UK's best' for not allowing him to move a table booking while his dad was in hospital dying.

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Martin O'Grady had handed over £660 as a pre-payment for a birthday meal at the award-winning Fordwich Arms near Canterbury, Kent which was last year named the UK's best pub.

But four days before the bash on New Year's Eve, his father had a serious accident abroad and a family member attempted to change the reservation, which was for a table of six.

However, the request was refused, as was a full refund, and on the day of the planned meal, Mr O'Grady's father died.

He took to Facebook to share his disappointment, saying: \"We are utterly disgusted by this experience, not to mention £660 worse off, and just feel compelled to share this horrifying story with anyone ever considering making a reservation at this establishment.

\"There are no words.\"

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In response to the public post, Fordwich Arms head chef Dan Smith said he was \"sorry to hear of Mr O'Grady's loss\".

But he told how a pre-payment was taken because a lot of \"premium expensive ingredients\" had been purchased specially for the night.

He also spoke of having to cover the wages of 16 staff members brought in to provide the \"best experience service\", adding: \"This means that margins are very tight as always in restaurants.\"

But the response has further angered Mr O'Grady.

He said: \"Obviously they are feeling the heat from all the negative attention this has drawn.

\"They are 'sorry for my loss'? They didn't communicate that to me.

\"It seems that all the negative comments and criticism has pressurised them into commenting. Arrogance at best.

\"Their rationale is just about economics. The human aspect of this seems entirely lost on these people.\"

Mr O'Grady reiterated he had not sought a refund from the pub, and merely wanted to change the date of the booking given his father's accident and grave condition.

He said: \"We were simply requesting a goodwill gesture to allow us to change our reservation to a later date once I had a chance to return to the UK.

\"When asked how management view such extenuating circumstances the manager and owners neither cared nor wanted to hear anything about it.

\"Another recital of terms and conditions ensued.\"

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Mr Smith said Mr O'Grady was told tickets for the New Year's Eve dinner were non-refundable, but said they could be transferred to another person.

He explained: \"The first contact we had with this booking was a phone call on Saturday, December 28, in which we were informed that one of the party's relatives was unwell.

\"Once we had heard the news our manager immediately phoned the two tables on the waiting list. However, at the late stage they had already made plans elsewhere.

\"Unfortunately, due to the late stage we were unable to fill this particular table. The manager also phoned them on the Monday, which was his day off, to inform them we had not yet been able to sell the tickets and to see if they had any luck.

\"We also informed them that we would be happy to refund the two tickets of the couple whose father was unwell or put it towards drinks had the other four wished to attend the booking.

\"However, we were informed that none of the party of friends would be attending the booking.

\"The reason we charge a pre-payment for these events is that all the food is bought in especially for the menus we offer, which allows us to purchase exactly what we are going to use in the evening.

\"With it being New Year's Eve, this particular menu utilised a lot of premium expensive ingredients which were purchased specifically for the event and ensures that no food is wasted.

\"On this evening we also had 16 members of staff to ensure we offered the best service we possibly could. Again the cost of the ticket price to cover the large staff costs for the evening.

\"As a small independent restaurant in the current financial climate, it is vital we take steps like these to take pre-payments to protect our business.

\"We have a high number of staff to ensure we provide the best experience possible. However this means that margins are very tight as always in restaurants.\"

" ,"byline": {"email": "newsdeskts@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Scotsman Reporter"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5077270.1579436352!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5077270.1579436352!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Fordwich Arms Village pub. Picture: Nigel Chadwick / Wikicommons","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Fordwich Arms Village pub. Picture: Nigel Chadwick / Wikicommons","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5077270.1579436352!/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/people/harry-and-meghan-were-told-you-must-choose-between-personal-freedom-or-royal-duty-1-5077267","id":"1.5077267","articleHeadline": "Harry and Meghan were told: You must choose between personal freedom or royal duty","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1579436180488 ,"articleLead": "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have walked away from the monarchy after they had to choose between personal freedom and royal duty.","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5077266.1579435504!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Harry and Meghan had wanted to remain as working royals, although not prominent members, and become financially independent - a dual role many commentators said was fraught with problems."} ,"articleBody": "


Harry and Meghan had wanted to remain as working royals, although not prominent members, and become financially independent - a dual role many commentators said was fraught with problems.

But in a statement issued after royal family talks concluded, the Sussexes announced they will stop carrying out royal duties from the spring, no longer use HRH and will repay the taxpayers' millions spent on their Berkshire home.

Harry and Meghan said in their statement, issued on their behalf by Buckingham Palace, that under the agreement they understood they were "required" to step back from royal duties.

Earning money from lucrative contracts and still remaining active members of the monarchy would have been problematic, and has caused issues for royals who have tried to straddle the two positions in the past.

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The deal is a hard "Megixt" for the couple - as the issue has been dubbed by the media - and a source told PA news agency "you can't be half in and half out".

The announcement marks the conclusion of talks about their future with senior members of the family and royal aides.

The Queen issued an emotional statement, saying she recognised the "challenges" they had faced over the past year, and added: "I want to thank them for all their dedicated work across this country, the Commonwealth and beyond, and am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family.

"It is my whole family's hope that today's agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life."

The couple's spokeswoman issued a statement on their behalf saying: "As agreed in this new arrangement, they understand that they are required to step back from royal duties, including official military appointments.

"They will no longer receive public funds for royal duties.

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"With the Queen's blessing, the Sussexes will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations.

"While they can no longer formally represent the Queen, the Sussexes have made clear that everything they do will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty."

The Queen's statement included a personal tribute to the Sussexes with the monarch unusually using the first names of her grandson and his family in a public message.

She said: "Following many months of conversations and more recent discussions, I am pleased that together we have found a constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson and his family.

"Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family.

"I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.

"I want to thank them for all their dedicated work across this country, the Commonwealth and beyond, and am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family."

Meghan and Harry have already begun a transition phase of living in Canada and the UK. The duchess is in the Commonwealth country with son Archie where the Sussexes spent six weeks over the festive period.

The move was agreed by the Queen, Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge following the Sussexes unprecedented statement released earlier this month saying they wanted to step back as senior royals, become financially independent and live in the UK and North America.

It is understood the couple will now spend the majority of their time in Canada, with Harry expected to join his wife sometime this week.

The Sussexes keep the style of HRH - His or Her Royal Highness - but the statement issued on their behalf said it will no longer be used from the spring, "as they are no longer working members of the Royal Family".

Harry's mother Diana, Princess of Wales was stripped of her HRH in 1996 following her divorce from Charles.

The duke will continue to work with his charities and organisations like Sentebale - his Africa-based charity supporting youngsters with HIV - and the duchess will remain with her good causes.

But Harry will give up a Commonwealth role and his three military appointments the most prominent being Captain General Royal Marines.

All the new arrangements are due to come into effect in the spring, and will be reviewed by Buckingham Palace in 12 months.

" ,"byline": {"email": "newsdeskts@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Scotsman Reporter"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5077266.1579435504!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5077266.1579435504!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Harry and Meghan had wanted to remain as working royals, although not prominent members, and become financially independent - a dual role many commentators said was fraught with problems.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Harry and Meghan had wanted to remain as working royals, although not prominent members, and become financially independent - a dual role many commentators said was fraught with problems.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5077266.1579435504!/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/harry-and-meghan-to-give-up-royal-highness-titles-1-5077198","id":"1.5077198","articleHeadline": "Harry and Meghan to give up 'royal highness' titles","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1579376304486 ,"articleLead": "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will no longer use the titles \"royal highness\" or receive public funds after a deal was struck for them to step aside as senior royals.","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5077197.1579377065!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Harry and Meghan will step back from royal duties in the spring"} ,"articleBody": "


Harry and Meghan will stop carrying out royal duties from the spring, will stop using HRH and will repay the taxpayers' millions spent on their Berkshire home.
The announcement marks the conclusion of talks about their future with senior members of the family and royal aides.
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The Queen issued an emotional statement saying she recognised the "challenges" they had faced over the past year, adding: "I want to thank them for all their dedicated work across this country, the Commonwealth and beyond, and am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family.
"It is my whole family's hope that today's agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life."
The couple's spokeswoman issued a statement on their behalf saying: "As agreed in this new arrangement, they understand that they are required to step back from royal duties, including official military appointments.
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"They will no longer receive public funds for royal duties.
"With the Queen's blessing, the Sussexes will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations.
"While they can no longer formally represent the Queen, the Sussexes have made clear that everything they do will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty."
The Queen's statement included a personal tribute to the Sussexes with the monarch unusually using the first names of her grandson and his family in a public message.
She said: "Following many months of conversations and more recent discussions, I am pleased that together we have found a constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson and his family.
"Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family.
"I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.
"I want to thank them for all their dedicated work across this country, the Commonwealth and beyond, and am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family."
The Queen, who took control of the crisis that threatened to permanently damage the monarchy, concluded by saying: "It is my whole family's hope that today's agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life."

" ,"byline": {"email": "alan.young@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Alan Young"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5077197.1579377065!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5077197.1579377065!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Harry and Meghan will step back from royal duties in the spring","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Harry and Meghan will step back from royal duties in the spring","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5077197.1579377065!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5077199.1579378027!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5077199.1579378027!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Harry returned to public duties last week","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Harry returned to public duties last week","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5077199.1579378027!/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/people/disgruntled-decorator-reveals-why-he-took-revenge-by-painting-giant-message-on-side-of-pub-1-5077098","id":"1.5077098","articleHeadline": "Disgruntled decorator reveals why he took revenge by painting giant message on side of pub","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1579357993000 ,"articleLead": "

A disgruntled painter and decorator who claims he is owed £500 for his work has taken revenge - by daubing a message on the side of an old pub he had worked on.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5077096.1579357987!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Painter and decorator, Dean Reeves took revenge by painting the message on the side of the pub. Picture: SWNS"} ,"articleBody": "

Dean Reeves, 50, wrote in large black letters: \"Want your house painting? Don’t be like Terry, pay the bill! Now you will!” over the cream exterior he had painted.

Dean claims builder Terry Turner paid him just £650 of the £1,150 agreed price for the work, but refused to pay the rest until he had done additional work on the building.

He claims he worked through his lunch for a week to get the job done on time on the former North Star Club in Bolsover, Derbs, which is being converted into flats.

However, he says Mr Turner told him he wouldn't be getting paid the remainder of the cash until he \"gave the back of the house another coat\".

But the father-of-two says when he did what was asked, Mr Turner told him \"you're not getting paid a penny until you've done the fascias\" - which was not part of the original quote.

Disgruntled decorator Dean lavished the cream coloured rendered building with huge black paint encouraging other people not be \"like Terry\" and pay the bill.

Dean said: \"I gave him a quote for the job and he said he would 'ping me the money straight away'.

\"But he tried to change the job halfway through. The job was supposed to be done on scaffolding, he was supposed to have taken all the signs and guttering off.

\"But I did the job off ladders, saving him £900 on scaffolding and I took all the signs off myself.

\"He changed the job, kept asking me to extra work. He said there was a number of jobs I needed to do before I would get paid.

\"I did seven days hard work on it. I didn't have lunch breaks, I worked hard all week to get it done.

\"He kept saying, 'I'll pay you tomorrow', but tomorrow never came.

\"I did the work and he said if I go back to give the back of the building another coat, he would pay me.

\"I went back on Tuesday (14 Jan) and did that, but when I sent him a picture, he just said 'that looks better' with a smiling face.

\"I asked him where my money was and he said I wasn't going to get a penny until I did the fascias, which we'd never agreed on.\"

Dean says he took the drastic action two days after being told he was not going to get the £500 he was owed.

He added: \"I went back on tea time on Thursday (16 Jan) and did it off ladders.

\"It was my first job back since Christmas, I have bills to pay and need to make money.

\"It just got too much and I wanted to prove the point. I don't regret it and I'd do it again if I had to.

\"I was never going to get paid, but I wanted to make sure he had to pay something to get it cleared off.\"

When contacted for comment, Mr Turner has denied ripping Dean off and said he was going to pay in full once the work had been completed.

Mr Turner said: \"The bloke is a prat. He should have just done the work and he would have been paid in full. It’s standard.

\"None of what he says is true. He wasn’t asked to do additional work, it was offset work by other jobs he was meant to do but didn’t.

\"It was his idea, he said he would do some other jobs to offset what he wasn’t doing. He was getting paid the same to do less work.

\"I wasn’t going to pay him for the whole job until he finished it, no one would.

\"At the beginning he even said he’d do the work before getting paid at all, but I said no.

\"Then, halfway through the job he blackmailed me and asked for all the money up front.

\"I’ve spoken to police now and they will be looking to arrest him. He’s going to be done for criminal damage.

\"I found out about it last night but I’m completely unbothered. It’s just paint, the idiot.

\"I’m the boss, so I’m just going to go round and paint over it. Do his job for him. It’ll be done by the end of the day.

\"I don’t understand why you would waste your time painting that nonsense instead of doing your job, when in that time you could have finished it.

\"This is the first and last time I’m working with this man.\"

A Derbyshire police spokesman said: “We received a call this morning reporting that a property in Welbeck Road, Bolsover had had graffiti painted onto it.

“It appears to be a dispute between two parties and we will be getting in touch with those involved in due course.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "sean.murphy@jpimedia.co.uk" ,"author": "Lloyd Bent"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5077096.1579357987!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5077096.1579357987!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Painter and decorator, Dean Reeves took revenge by painting the message on the side of the pub. Picture: SWNS","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Painter and decorator, Dean Reeves took revenge by painting the message on the side of the pub. Picture: SWNS","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5077096.1579357987!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5077097.1579357989!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5077097.1579357989!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Dean Reeves says he painted the writing as revenge after the building's owner did not pay him for his work.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Dean Reeves says he painted the writing as revenge after the building's owner did not pay him for his work.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5077097.1579357989!/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/people/simpsons-actor-hank-azaria-says-he-s-going-to-stop-doing-apu-1-5077089","id":"1.5077089","articleHeadline": "Simpsons actor Hank Azaria says he's going to stop doing Apu","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1579356679000 ,"articleLead": "

The Simpsons actor Hank Azaria has said he will no longer be voicing the character of Apu, following years of controversy and accusations of racism.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5077088.1579356674!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Azaria lends his voice to numerous characters in the long-running show, including Moe Szyslak and Chief Wiggum but will no longer do Apu."} ,"articleBody": "

Azaria lends his voice to numerous characters in the long-running show, including Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum and Comic Book Guy.

However it appears his time as Kwik-E-Mart owner Apu Nahasapeemapetilon is over.

He told Slashfilm: \"All we know there is I won't be doing the voice anymore, unless there's some way to transition it or something.

\"We all made the decision together... We all agreed on it. We all feel like it's the right thing and good about it.\"

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Apu is an Indian immigrant who owns and manages a convenience store.

Known for his catchphrase \"thank you, come again,\" he first appeared in The Simpsons's first season in the episode The Telltale Head.

The character has been dogged for years by allegations of racism. Azaria is white.

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The controversy intensified in 2017 following the documentary The Problem With Apu, written by and starring comedian Hari Kondabolu.

He argued the character was a problematic stereotype of South Asians.

The Simpsons writers addressed the issue but were accused of making the problem worse.

During a 2018 episode, Marge was reading a novel that had been adapted for modern audiences to make it less offensive.

The scene ended with Lisa turning to the camera and saying: \"Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect. What can you do?\"

She then looked at a picture of Apu on her bedside table that was inscribed with Bart's catchphrase, \"don't have a cow\".

Marge added, \"some things will be dealt with at a later date,\" while Lisa replied \"If at all\".

" ,"byline": {"email": "sean.murphy@jpimedia.co.uk" ,"author": "Scotsman Reporter"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5077088.1579356674!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5077088.1579356674!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Azaria lends his voice to numerous characters in the long-running show, including Moe Szyslak and Chief Wiggum but will no longer do Apu.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Azaria lends his voice to numerous characters in the long-running show, including Moe Szyslak and Chief Wiggum but will no longer do Apu.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5077088.1579356674!/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/people/ex-rangers-star-paul-gascoigne-in-a-better-place-after-having-anti-alcohol-pellets-sewn-into-his-stomach-1-5077075","id":"1.5077075","articleHeadline": "Ex-Rangers star Paul Gascoigne 'in a better place' after having anti-alcohol pellets sewn into his stomach","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1579351578000 ,"articleLead": "

Paul Gascoigne has credited having anti-alcohol pellets sewn into his stomach with helping him turn his life around.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5077074.1579351573!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Paul Gascoigne says he is enjoying life again."} ,"articleBody": "

The former England footballer, 52, has endured a decades-long public battle with drink and drug issues.

In October he was cleared of sexual assault, describing the previous 12 months as a \"year of hell\".

Now Gascoigne, who played for clubs including Newcastle, Spurs and Everton during his football career, says he is enjoying life again.

He told the Mirror: \"I'm in a better place - it's the happiest I've been for many years.

\"I'm content now, happy in myself. I've just had my first holiday in 15 years in Tenerife, and I'm enjoying myself for the first time in a very long time.\"

Gascoigne, who has lived in Bournemouth for the last 10 years, credits a life-changing operation for his change in fortunes.

He told the Mirror he paid £20,000 to travel to Australia to have anti-alcohol pellets sewn into his stomach, which make him feel ill if he drinks too much.

The former Rangers star said he still has to fight the urge to booze, but the operation has transformed his life.

He said: \"I can walk down the booze aisle in Sainsbury's - my arm doesn't reach out to buy it so much now. I can control that urge.

\"You have connoisseurs of wine. I am a connoisseur of rehabs. I've been for Calpol, I've been for Red Bull, for laxatives - once I just went for a holiday.\"

Gascoigne, known affectionately to his millions of fans as Gazza, also said he is looking for love again having not had a serious relationship since splitting from ex-wife Sheryl in 1998.

" ,"byline": {"email": "sean.murphy@jpimedia.co.uk" ,"author": "Scotsman reporter"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5077074.1579351573!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5077074.1579351573!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Paul Gascoigne says he is enjoying life again.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Paul Gascoigne says he is enjoying life again.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5077074.1579351573!/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/the-current-number-of-officers-in-scotland-not-sustainable-warns-police-authority-1-5076996","id":"1.5076996","articleHeadline": "The current number of officers in Scotland ‘not sustainable’, warns police authority","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1579339331000 ,"articleLead": "

The number of police officers in Scotland is “not sustainable”, with senior officials and the Scottish Government facing “difficult choices” in the months ahead, according to the body tasked with overseeing the national force.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5076995.1579339326!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Iain Livingstone says there has been a 20 per cent rise in marches. Picture: TSPL"} ,"articleBody": "

With a host of global events being held in Scotland throughout 2020, including the COP26 climate change conference which is expected to run up a policing bill in excess of £200 million, the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) warned Police Scotland’s budget was plagued by a “structural deficit”.

David Crichton, the SPA’s vice-chair, said the vast majority of the police budget had already been allocated to cover officer and staff costs.

At a meeting of the authority in Edinburgh yesterday, he said it had been “consistently” raising concerns about “financial sustainability” over the past four or five months.

He stressed: “There is a structural deficit in the policing budget. It’s simple arithmetic, it’s not complicated mathematics.

“With almost 90 per cent of the budget allocated to officer and staff costs, it does mean that difficult choices are going to have to be made over the next weeks and months – difficult choices by government, by the authority and by Police Scotland.

“Frankly, current officer numbers are not sustainable within the existing budget, so something has to change on that front.

“The deficit is simply going to continue to increase if something does not change.”

An estimated 90,000 people, including around 200 world leaders, are expected to take part in the COP26 conference.

Police also believe a climate change march planned to coincide with the summit could attract up to 500,000 demonstrators.

Police Scotland’s chief constable Iain Livingstone told the meeting the £200m figure for policing the November event was a “very indicative estimate”. He said accommodation costs alone will run into “tens of millions of pounds”.

Mr Livingstone said deposits on accommodation were estimated at £2m, which needed to be paid by next month.

While Mr Crichton said the COP26 costs should be recouped from the UK government, it remains unclear who will be picking up the bill.

Scottish ministers said they expect the UK government to cover the “core costs”, including emergency services funding, but have pointed to a “lack of clarity”.

The UK government has said discussions with the Scottish Government on COP26 costs are “currently ongoing”.

Mr Livingstone and his colleagues emphasised that with other international events taking place during the year, including four matches at Hampden in June as part of the European Championships football tournament, the force was coming under renewed pressure.

Deputy chief constable Will Kerr said the force would need to deploy “significant numbers of police officers effectively every month during the rest of this calendar year”.

He told the meeting: “Frankly and bluntly, 2020 is going to be about boots on the ground, when you distil it down in its purest policing sense.

“We’re going to have environmental protests that are ongoing on a weekly basis now, the Euro 2020 coming up in June and the preparation for those, some of the ongoing issues and protest activity associated with the political debate about an independence referendum, COP26, and parades.”

Mr Livingstone revealed that last year there had been an almost 20 per cent rise – from around 1,500 to 1,800 – in the number of loyalist and republican marches in Scotland, as well as a higher number of spontaneous protests such as those by Extinction Rebellion.

He said: “My priority is to build a sustainable police service that has the right mix of police officers and police staff that operates within its budget. But at the moment there’s an operational imperative, I sense an element of political imperative, to maintain officer numbers and the challenge for us is showing the value that having a strong police service provides and at this stage, making a case for further investment.”

Mr Kerr said there had been “significant tension” around some of the loyalist and republican marches in 2019, with a number of events requiring a police presence of more than 500. The veteran officer said his “intuition” told him it was “going to be a challenging year”.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5076995.1579339326!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5076995.1579339326!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Iain Livingstone says there has been a 20 per cent rise in marches. Picture: TSPL","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Iain Livingstone says there has been a 20 per cent rise in marches. Picture: TSPL","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5076995.1579339326!/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/people/my-mother-in-law-put-a-curse-on-me-the-most-odd-tax-excuses-of-the-past-decade-1-5076998","id":"1.5076998","articleHeadline": "‘My mother-in-law put a curse on me’: The most odd tax excuses of the past decade","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1579327222000 ,"articleLead": "

A hamster eating the post and a mother-in-law inflicting a curse are among the most bizarre excuses for late tax returns seen over the past decade, according to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

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As the self-assessment deadline approaches on 31 January, HMRC has released a list of the most “weird and wonderful” excuses over the past ten years it has seen for customers missing the deadline, as well as questionable expenses claims.

All the late excuses and expenses claims on the list were unsuccessful.

The top excuse on the list was from someone who claimed their mother-in-law was a witch and put a curse on them.

Pets eating the post also featured on the list.

There was one excuse from someone claiming their dog had eaten their mail and another from someone who blamed their hamster. Another questionable excuse involved a DJ who was too busy partying in a bowls club.

HMRC also heard from someone claiming sausage and chips meal expenses for 250 days.

Angela MacDonald, HMRC director general of customer services, said: “We always offer help to those who have a genuine excuse for not submitting their return on time.

“It is unfair to the majority of honest taxpayers when others make bogus claims.

“If you think you might miss the 31 January deadline, get in touch with us now – the earlier we’re contacted, the more we can help.”

The penalties for late tax returns include an initial £100 fixed fine, which applies even if there is no tax to pay or if the tax due is paid on time.

Extra penalties of £10 a day may be charged after three months up to a maximum of £900.

THE TOP TEN EXCUSES:

1My mother-in-law is a witch and put a curse on me

2A DJ was too busy with a party lifestyle - spinning the deck… in a bowls club

3Pet food for a Shih Tzu “guard dog”

4A music subscription so I can listen to music while I work

5I’ve been cruising round the world in my yacht, and only picking up post when I’m on dry land

6My hamster ate my post

7Claiming £4.50 for sausage and chips meal expenses for 250 days

8My dog ate the post again

9I was up a mountain in Wales, and could not find a post box or get an internet signal

10Caravan rental for the Easter weekend

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5076997.1579297210!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5076997.1579297210!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": ""My dog ate the post again."","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": ""My dog ate the post again."","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5076997.1579297210!/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/politics/campaign-to-get-big-ben-to-bong-for-brexit-already-raised-150-000-1-5076441","id":"1.5076441","articleHeadline": "Campaign to get Big Ben to bong for Brexit already raised £150,000","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1579282218000 ,"articleLead": "

An online fundraising campaign seeking to have Big Ben ring to welcome in Brexit at 11pm on January 31 has raised more than £150,000.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5076439.1579282212!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The Queen Elizabeth Tower, which holds the bell known as Big Ben, is undergoing extensive renovations. Picture: AP"} ,"articleBody": "

Stand Up 4 Brexit's \"Big Ben must bong for Brexit\" campaign had raised £153,000 of its £500,000 target from almost 10,000 donors on the GoFundMe website by Friday morning.

The campaign has been shared more than 25,000 times online, according to the page.

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Those who wish to celebrate Britain leaving the EU will want to do so in the same manner as New Year's Eve - by looking at a clock, the campaign's organisers wrote online.

\"The natural choice for this would be Big Ben but because it is currently undergoing refurbishment, special measures would have to be put in place, which could cost up to £500,000,\" a statement by StandUp4Brexit founder Rebecca Ryan and Mark Francois MP added.

\"However, because there is a lead time to make the necessary preparations, we would need to raise this amount by this weekend.\"

Mr Francois had earlier accused the House of Commons authorities of exaggerating the cost of bringing the bell - which has been silent since 2017 - back into operation.

In a video posted on the fundraising site, Mr Francois said he is \"delighted to announce that our Eurosceptic colleagues from StandUp4Brexit have agreed to host a crowdfunding campaign to help raise half a million pounds so that Big Ben can chime at 11pm on the 31st of January\".

He added that the campaign hopes to get contributions \"from across the four nations of the United Kingdom, what the Prime Minister likes to call the 'awesome foursome'\".

Mr Francois said it is \"inconceivable\" that the clock used to mark the UK's departure from the EU \"could be any other than the most iconic timepiece on Earth, which is Big Ben\".

He finished his appeal by saying \"please give an amount an amount on this website now so we can properly celebrate becoming a free country again\".

£80 a minute donated to campaign

When the fundraiser passed £100,000, Ms Ryan and Mr Francois posted a message on the site saying they \"were very pleased to hear the Leader of the House, Jacob Rees-Mogg, state this morning - in relation to our campaign - that Parliament 'shouldn't look gift horses in the mouth'\".

They added that \"Britons are currently donating more than £80 a minute to the campaign, with an average donation of £16\".

The Prime Minister had said on BBC Breakfast on Tuesday that the Government was \"working up a plan so people can bung a bob for a Big Ben bong\".

Donations to the campaign include £1,000 from Mr Francois, while Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom promised £10.

There were also small donations from \"Dominic Grieve\", \"Jeremy Corbyn\" and \"John Bercow\" but these were all thought likely to be fake names.

£50,000 a bong

Restoring the bell was discussed at a meeting of the House of Commons Commission on Monday, but it was ruled out after it was revealed it could cost £500,000.

Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle, who is chairman of the commission, said: \"You are talking about £50,000 a bong.\"

Whether Big Ben bongs or not, Brexiteers intend to gather outside Parliament to mark the UK's departure from the EU.

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage said the Leave Means Leave campaign group had been been given approval to hold an event in Parliament Square on January 31.

\"It is a big moment in the history of this nation to celebrate,\" he said.

" ,"byline": {"email": "newsdeskts@scotsman.com" ,"author": "Diane King"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5076439.1579282212!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5076439.1579282212!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "The Queen Elizabeth Tower, which holds the bell known as Big Ben, is undergoing extensive renovations. Picture: AP","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The Queen Elizabeth Tower, which holds the bell known as Big Ben, is undergoing extensive renovations. Picture: AP","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5076439.1579282212!/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/transport/hoaxer-jailed-after-causing-bomb-scare-on-his-own-flight-because-he-was-running-late-1-5076720","id":"1.5076720","articleHeadline": "Hoaxer jailed after causing bomb scare on his own flight because he was 'running late'","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1579274244000 ,"articleLead": "

An airline passenger who caused a bomb scare on his own flight because he was running late and feared he would miss it has been jailed.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5076719.1579274239!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The chaos on 4 May last year is thought to have cost easyJet around 30,000."} ,"articleBody": "

Rashidul Islam anonymously called police 45 minutes before his easyJet booking from Gatwick was due to take off, warning: “Someone may have a bomb on the plane, you need to delay the flight”.

The hoaxer, 32, made two further threats in the following minutes – causing crew on the 5.40pm flight to Marrakesh to be evacuated and all 147 passengers to be checked again by security.

Luggage also had to be removed and rescreened, resulting in a three-hour delay at Britain’s second busiest airport on a bank holiday weekend.

The chaos on 4th May last year is thought to have cost easyJet around £30,000.

Islam, who was flying to Morocco to visit his fiancée, admitted that he made the bomb hoax after experiencing transport difficulties en route to the airport from Cricklewood, north London. After being arrested, Islam told police he had panicked about missing his flight as he would not be able to afford another ticket.

Natalie Smith, of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said: “Rashidul Islam suggests his 999 calls were simply a misguided solution to running late and not intended to cause genuine fear. But the bomb hoax was intended to make authorities fear there was a genuine enough threat that they needed to search the plane.

“The consequences were so serious that flight crew had to be evacuated, passengers rechecked and luggage removed – at a cost of three extra hours on the runway and £30,000 to the airline.”

Islam was jailed for 16 months at Lewes Crown Court today after admitting communicating false information at an earlier hearing.

Islam first ran into transport difficulty last May when his train to Gatwick unexpectedly terminated at St Pancras. He instead took a taxi from the central London station but traffic meant he would have arrived at the airport with only minutes to get through security.

The hoax initially succeeded in giving Islam time to check in but he was arrested at the gate after police traced him as the anonymous caller. The flight eventually took off at 8.50pm, after cabin crew had to be swapped having exceeded their hours due to the delay.

Ms Smith added: “This sentence should send a message that creating a bomb scare is no trivial matter. These threats have a major impact on everyone in the airport – diverting multiple agencies from core duties such as assisting passengers, providing security or carrying out counter-terrorism checks.\"

" ,"byline": {"email": "sean.murphy@jpimedia.co.uk" ,"author": "Scotsman Reporter"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5076719.1579274239!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5076719.1579274239!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "The chaos on 4 May last year is thought to have cost easyJet around 30,000.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The chaos on 4 May last year is thought to have cost easyJet around 30,000.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5076719.1579274239!/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/ramadan-2020-start-and-end-dates-and-when-eid-al-fitr-will-fall-1-5076665","id":"1.5076665","articleHeadline": "Ramadan 2020: start and end dates and when Eid al-Fitr will fall","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1579267631000 ,"articleLead": "

With New Year celebrations now behind us, many will be preparing for the next big milestone event on the calendar - and for Muslims in the UK, that includes Ramadan.

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The holy month of Ramadan is a period of fasting observed by Muslim adults, and it comes just ahead of the Eid al-Fitr, the first celebration on the Islamic calendar.

What is Ramadan?

Ramadan marks the month when the Quran is said to have been revealed to Prophet Muhammad by God, and is marked by a month-long fast.

Muslims are required to spend a period of 30 days abstaining from food and drink, including water, during daylight hours, as a means of celebrating and reflecting on their faith.

It is one of the five pillars of Islam - the fundamental rules that all Muslims follow - along with the Shahadah (declaration of faith), Salat (prayer), Zakat (charity) and the Hajj pilgrimage.

During Ramadan, there is an increased offering of the Salat, with Muslims giving thanks to Allah, while the fasting ritual allows them to understand the suffering of others. Those observing the fast are encouraged to read the Quran and the holy text is recited at the Tarawih, special nightly prayers that are held throughout the month.

When is Ramadan in 2020?

This year, Ramadan will begin on the evening of Thursday 23 April 2020, and will end on the evening of Saturday 23 May.

The Islamic calendar is based on the cycle of the moon, meaning the date Ramadan falls on varies from year to year.

The Islamic calendar

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and lasts between 29 and 30 days, based on the lunar calendar.

Muslims holidays shift slightly every year due to their observance of the lunar calendar - which differs in length to the Gregorian calendar that is used worldwide - meaning celebrations fall around 11 days earlier each year. The timing of holidays and celebrations depends on the sighting of the moon’s crescent, following a new moon.

And, since the visibility of the moon is dependant on a number of factors (including clear skies) the exact date of celebrations in the Muslim calendar can not always be predicted with certainty.

Who takes part in fasting?

All Muslims who have reached puberty are expected to fast during Ramadan, although there are some exceptions, including women who are menstruating or pregnant, and those suffering from illness.

The strict rules mean food and drink, including water, are not allowed during daylight hours for the entire month, while smoking, sex and masturbation are also prohibited.

The fast begins just before dawn, when a light meal called ‘suhoor’ is permitted to be consumed. At sunset, a prayer known as ‘Adhan’ signifies the end of the fast, when worshippers traditionally eat dates with juice, milk or water.

To break the fast fully at the end of the month, families usually come together to enjoy the meal of Iftar.

What happens after Ramadan?

After Ramadan comes to an end, Muslims observe Eid al-Fitr.

This celebration is marked with lights, decorations and gifts, with worshippers often dressing up and decorating their homes.

This year, Eid al-Fitr will begin on the evening of Saturday 23 May and end on the evening of Sunday 24 May.

" ,"byline": {"email": "claire.schofield@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Claire Schofield"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5076663.1579267626!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5076663.1579267626!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Ramadan marks the month when the Quran is said to have been revealed to Prophet Muhammad by God (Photo: Shutterstock)","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Ramadan marks the month when the Quran is said to have been revealed to Prophet Muhammad by God (Photo: Shutterstock)","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5076663.1579267626!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5076664.1579267627!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5076664.1579267627!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "During Ramadan, there is an increased offering of the Salat (prayer), with Muslims giving thanks to Allah","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "During Ramadan, there is an increased offering of the Salat (prayer), with Muslims giving thanks to Allah","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5076664.1579267627!/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/opinion/columnists/so-prince-andrew-can-vanish-but-it-s-a-national-crisis-if-harry-moves-out-susan-morrison-1-5076055","id":"1.5076055","articleHeadline": "So Prince Andrew can vanish but it’s a national crisis if Harry moves out? – Susan Morrison","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1579261200000 ,"articleLead": "

Some of the reaction to Harry and Meghan’s decision to step back from their royal roles has been hysterical, writes Susan Morrison.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5076054.1579188610!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are in hot water with the rest of the royal family. Picture: Getty"} ,"articleBody": "

One young dad has landed himself in a bit of hot water. He simply announced that he and his family didn’t want to live with granny any more. He didn’t tell her, or consult with her, apparently, although why a fully-grown man failing to run his life decisions past his nan is worthy of a week of solid news coverage is a bit of a mystery to me.

He’s a royal. Seems to have some bearing on the matter. No idea why.

He’s 35 for heaven’s sake. He’s got a wife and a baby, which he probably puts in one of those front carriers and slouches around a palace or two, trying to engage footmen in light chitchat about the best way to deal with colic.

If he wants to go and live in Canada, then off you trot, my lad.

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Bits of the media have been hysterical. You’d think it was Abdication 2 – Crisis Comeback. Nicholas Witchell nearly froze solid outside Buckingham Palace. Only nearly though. Pity.

This isn’t the Middle Ages, when stepping down as a senior royal was a serious business. It was usually because you were fleeing a battlefield where you were coming in second.

This isn’t a Shakespearean tragedy. Just because my Lord of Sussex has decided to live abroad for a bit doesn’t mean that my noble Duke of Cambridge must raise an army and stop him at the departure gate. You wouldn’t get those swords past security anyway.

Incidentally, the uncle of said prince was rumbled recently for hanging out with some seriously questionable people.

He tried to dismiss his dodgy past in a blazing Kirkgate litter bin of an interview, remember? He’s just vanished from sight. Wonder what happened to him whilst we were all distracted? Hmmm . . . perhaps this is more Shakespearean than I thought.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "SUSAN MORRISON"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5076054.1579188610!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5076054.1579188610!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are in hot water with the rest of the royal family. Picture: Getty","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are in hot water with the rest of the royal family. Picture: Getty","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5076054.1579188610!/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/eminem-on-manchester-bombing-what-the-rapper-says-about-the-ariana-grande-concert-attack-in-surprise-new-album-1-5076438","id":"1.5076438","articleHeadline": "Eminem on Manchester bombing: what the rapper says about the Ariana Grande concert attack in surprise new album","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1579258385967 ,"articleLead": "Eminem has referenced the 2017 Manchester Arena bombings in new album Music to be Murdered by, appearing to compare himself to bomber Salman Ramadan Abedi.","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5076437.1579258772!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Eminem has rapped about the Manchester Arena attack on two occasions (Getty Images)"} ,"articleBody": "

The controversial rapper released his 11th full length album on Friday morning to the surprise of many fans, with track two Unaccomodating featuring a lyric about the attack which occurred during the conclusion of an Ariana Grande concert.

The Detroit performer "But I’m contemplating yelling ‘bombs away’ on the game / Like I’m outside of an Ariana Grande concert waiting.”

Previous Manchester Arena rap

It's not the first time Eminem has made light of the attack - in 2018 during a freestyle rap, the divisive performer joked about the attack.

He rapped: "Squashed in between a brainwashing machine / Like an Islamic regime, a jihadist extreme radical / Suicide bomber that’s seeing / Ariana Grande sing her last song of the evening / And as the audience from the damn concert is leaving / Detonates the device strapped to his abdominal region / I’m not gonna finish that, for obvious reasons."

Preempting controversy the 47-year-old said that "nothing's off limits" in freestyle battles.

Mother of victim Charlotte Hodgson described the 2018 performance as “disgusting” and “disrespectful” to Manchester Evening News.

Manchester Arena victims

23 people were killed in the terrorist attack, including Barra teenager Eilidh MacLeod.

MacLeod was a piper from Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band, which is made up of children from Uist and Barra.

Laura McIntyre, also of Barra, was seriously injured in the attack.

Speaking in the aftermath of the attack, McIntyre's parents said: "We have been overwhelmed by the love, help and support from everyone. It means so much to us.

"Laura sustained horrendous injuries. The main worries being head and leg injury."

Other controversies in new album

In Unaccomodating the Slim Shady performer also makes reference to the 9/11 terror attacks, rapping: “And you backpedal that as a cowardly act / Like a Saudi attack when the towers collapse."

The album opens with track Premonition (intro), which appears to contain the sound of a woman being stabbed to death.

The performer also compares himself to Charles Manson and serial killers the Boston Strangler and The Night Stalker in Music to be Murdered by.

" ,"byline": {"email": "Finlay.Greig@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Finlay Greig"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5076437.1579258772!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5076437.1579258772!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Eminem has rapped about the Manchester Arena attack on two occasions (Getty Images)","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Eminem has rapped about the Manchester Arena attack on two occasions (Getty Images)","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5076437.1579258772!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} ]}}} ]}