{"JP":[ {"NewsSection":{"name":"uk","detaillevel":"full", "Articles": {"count":25,"detaillevel":"full","articlesList":[ {"article": { "url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/columnists/it-s-churlish-not-to-wish-harry-and-meghan-well-angus-robertson-1-5077959","id":"1.5077959","articleHeadline": "It’s churlish not to wish Harry and Meghan well – Angus Robertson","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1579606800000 ,"articleLead": "

The decision by Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, to step back from their royal duties may lead to a debate about a smaller civil list, writes Angus Robertson.

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The Prince Harry and Meghan story continues to dominate the headlines, as does the reaction of the British royal family to their request for a more private life.

Like most people in this country, it is impossible to understand all of the background, given it largely rests on anonymous press briefings. Reading some media reports it is pretty transparent that much of what constitutes “news” is mere tittle tattle. When one has been able to hear from Harry and Meghan directly, it is beyond misunderstanding that their decision follows a great deal of personal unhappiness and desire for change. Unsurprisingly the public sympathises with that.

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Despite its many material advantages, life in the gilded royal cage comes with many big personal challenges. Intolerable media intrusion and barely concealed racism about Meghan Markle has clearly taken its toll. It is entirely understandable that they seek a different future.

Other northern European Royal families have moved with the times, with smaller royal households, reduced income and spending and extended family members not paid from the civil list. In Norway, for example, the Royal House comprises only the King and Queen, the Crown Prince and Crown Princess and their oldest daughter. The wider royal family comprises only eight further members. Princess Martha Louise, who was previously second in line to the throne, is now a full-time businesswoman with few official public engagements and no longer uses the title ‘Royal Highness’.

No doubt there will be questions about how a similar transition will work for Harry and Meghan. Regardless of the wider debate about the future of the monarchy it would be churlish to not wish them and their own family well.

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Some scenes in 1970s films felt genuinely heart-stopping, writes Aidan Smith, after researchers reveal a trip to the cinema can raise heart rates to levels experienced during light cardio exercise.

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Long before she was Dame Helen Mirren and impersonating the Queen and only starring in high-end movies, the actress used to pop up in some racy little entertainments and me and my pals loved them.

We were young – technically too young for the British Board of Film Classification’s rating of the saucy flicks – but these visits to our favourite flea-pit were fact-finding missions. Anatomy & physiology lessons at school had only told us so much. So we darkened our bum-fluff moustaches with boot polish and deepened our voices in the hope of persuading the box-office we were the appropriate age.

What must our pulse rates have been like at the films’ most revealing moments? I can only imagine that our hearts were about to burst out of our Ben Sherman shirts and our College V jumpers, the gear we wore in middle-class apeing of the 1970s street-gangs.

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I mention this because new scientific research claims that a trip to the cinema is as healthy as working out at the gym. Boffins at the University College London detected a “noticeable increase” in the heart rates of guinea-pig cinemagoers who sat through a two-hour film and described it as “equivalent to a light form of cardio”.

What if Auntie Jean saw us?

They should have wired us up to electrocardiograms during another clandestine excursion to the Scala – not Milan’s world-renowned opera house, you understand, but the South Edinburgh-notorious movie pleasuredome. Susan George was the star on this occasion, another actress grimly hoping the work would get less exploitative the longer her career progressed, and the film was Mandingo, of the type which simply wouldn’t get made today. Midway through the afternoon matinee, fire broke out and we – that is, my chums and the dirty mac brigade in the back row – had to evacuate the cinema.

We were in a state of high anxiety. The Scala was on a busy street with a bus stop at the entrance and we were denied the usual cloak of darkness to make good our escape as it was still light outside. What if one of our teachers spotted us? What if my Auntie Jean spotted us? What if they’d been at the film, too (the teacher, obviously, not Auntie Jean)?

You’ve got to wonder about some of these studies and just how scientific they are. It seems self-evident, if not downright bleedin’ obvious, to conclude, as this one does, that the beneficial effects of a nicely jaunty heart rate from movie-watching are greater in the cinema than at home. At home you can have many distractions, not all of them outwith your control, as you might keep your phone handy to follow the football score, message yourself a reminder to buy Toilet Duck or check Tinder. In the cinema, you’re supposed to turn off all devices and submit to the communal experience, to allow the Dolby to prang and judder your emotions with over-amped blarts.

Special training for ambulance crew

But if we compare movie-going then and now, there’s no contest. It was much more thrilling when I was 15 pretending to be 18. More special, more visceral, more immersive, more hazardous, more interactive, more trip-into-the-unknown – and therefore much more likely to induce palpitations, even before the Sensurround had been cranked up.

Sensurround was the “enhanced audio experience” which was supposed to make it seem like tectonic plates were shifting under your platform-soled shoes as you watched the disaster movie Earthquake. I don’t think the device was working properly the day we saw it because not a drop of Kia-Ora was spilled. But imagine the anticipation and excitement beforehand. It didn’t really matter that the film was rubbish.

Jaws wasn’t rubbish and, besides being a terrific movie it was also a genuine cinematic experience, and especially for my pals and me stuck in the boondocks. The film’s release was staggered to increase the knicker-wetting. Everywhere was the sticks behind London. We heard about the movie, we read about it, we were told about mass fainting in the metropolis. The St Andrew’s Ambulance Association had undergone special training for the blockbuster hitting Scotland, if indeed that day was ever going to come. We became more and more desperate to be scared witless. We felt deprived, we felt downrated. Maybe this boosted the cause of devolution but that would be an argument for another day. We wanted to see the shark. Indeed, by the time we finally did, and similar to having a vampire fetish, some probably wanted to be eaten by it.

Dizzy from passive smoking

Heart-rate monitors, if they’d been available, would have shot off the scale. So the shark was a bit rubbery. So it looked like it was chewing a cigar with that explosive canister jammed in the side of its cakehole. No one cared. At the end we tipped onto the street delirious with excitement. We were also dizzy from all the passive smoking. Cinemas permitted puffing and smokers lit up more during Jaws in a futile attempt to calm jitters. So our life expectancy had been shortened, no matter. We’d seen the shark!

Maybe cinema-going still has the power to move like this although personally I haven’t seen a good film in ages. Trailers often give the game away. The publicity hamster-wheel – all of the actors promising to love their co-stars for ever – further dilutes the mystique. Social media means that everyone’s a critic these days and the internet has already shown audiences the most shocking thing they will ever see, as well as the most sexually explicit. I’ve no doubt that we who pretended to be 18 were naive chumps easily suckered by gimmicks. But some of what we witnessed in the cheap seats was genuinely heart-stopping. The colour drained from our faces – our moustaches, too.

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The Duke of Sussex has reportedly arrived in Canada to be reunited with his wife Meghan and son Archie.

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Photographs from the Daily Mail appeared to show the royal walking across the tarmac at Vancouver International Airport. The paper said he flew from London's Heathrow on British Airways flight 85.

The flight landed 15 minutes late and two security guards escorted Harry to a black people carrier which would take him to Vancouver Island to join his family, the paper said.

Earlier in the day Harry met Prime Minister Boris Johnson and world leaders at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London, which is likely to be one of his few remaining official engagements before the Sussexes take their \"leap of faith\" and leave the monarchy in the spring.

The duke gave an emotional speech on Sunday night, saying he had \"no other option\" but to give up his official royal duties and forge a new life in Canada, where his wife and son are setting up home.

In the speech, Harry told invited guests: \"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.\"

The Sun newspaper's front page on Tuesday featured a picture of Meghan and Archie out for a walk on a woodland trail on Vancouver Island. Pictures inside the paper also showed the duchess walking with a beagle and a black Labrador.

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

Critics have accused the couple of turning their backs on the monarchy to enjoy the freedom of being able to take on commercial ventures.

Harry's brother the Duke of Cambridge continues with a busy schedule of royal duties, a day after delivering a speech at a Buckingham Palace reception for summit delegates.

William movingly described how Africa was the place he visited after the death of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, and where he proposed to his wife.

On Tuesday, William will attend a meeting of the United for Wildlife Taskforce at St James's Palace. The duke, who is president of United for Wildlife, will make a speech during the session.

William is also due to hold audiences as part of the summit at St James's Palace and Buckingham Palace.

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A British-Australian university lecturer jailed in Tehran has said she feels \"abandoned and forgotten\" and claimed Iran tried to recruit her as a spy.

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In letters smuggled out of her cell in Evin prison and seen by both The Times and The Guardian, Cambridge-educated Kylie Moore-Gilbert begged to be allowed to leave the restrictive unit where she has served periods in solitary confinement.

Dr Moore-Gilbert, who most recently worked as a lecturer in Islamic studies at the University of Melbourne, was arrested in September 2018 while at an educational conference and later convicted of espionage.

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She is understood to be serving a 10-year sentence, but has described being shown two conflicting sentences, one outlining 13 months' imprisonment and the other a decade-long term.

Ten letters, written in crude Farsi, were sneaked out of the prison.

The letters are variously addressed to three men. One, named Mr Vasiri, is thought to be a deputy prosecutor in the Iranian judiciary, while Mr Ghaderi and Mr Hosseini are thought to be mid-ranking officers in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

In the letters, Dr Moore-Gilbert referred to meetings with these men, who appear to have influenced her treatment in prison, including being allowed access to books.

The prison section she is being held in is reportedly run by the IRGC, while her case is managed by the judiciary.

Dr Moore-Gilbert detailed the conditions she has endured while incarcerated.

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In a letter written last July she said: \"I'm taking psychiatric medications, but these 10 months that I have spent here have gravely damaged my mental health.

\"I am still denied phone calls and visitations, and I am afraid that my mental and emotional state may further deteriorate if I remain in this extremely restrictive detention ward.\"

In a letter sent to her Iranian case manager, Dr Moore-Gilbert stated her \"official and definitive rejection of your offer to me to work with the intelligence branch of IRGC\".

\"I am not a spy. I have never been a spy and I have no interest to work for a spying organisation in any country.\"

Dr Moore-Gilbert also used the letters to protest her innocence, saying she had been the victim of \"fabrications and trumped-up accusations\".

On September 18 she wrote about having food allergies. \"I cannot eat most of the food coming out of Ward 2A's kitchen ... I am entirely alone in Iran. I have no friends or family here and in addition to all the pain I have endured here I feel like I am abandoned and forgotten.\"

Other Britons imprisoned in Evin include Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Anoosheh Ashoori who are serving five and 10 year sentences respectively on charges disputed by the British Government.

The Australian government secured the release of British-Australian Jolie King and her Australian boyfriend Mark Firkin last October, three months after they were arrested in Iran.

Dr Moore-Gilbert recently smuggled another letter from the prison in which she begged Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to secure her freedom.

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne spoke with her Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif about the situation on the sidelines of a conference in India on January 16.

A week earlier, Prime Minister Boris Johnson raised concerns about British dual nationals with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani.

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Aimee Casey, 27, posted a scathing write-up on a food ordering app after spending £14 on chicken and chips from Sam's Fried Chicken.

She described the food as "slimy" and claimed even her dog wouldn't eat it - to which the restaurant took great offence.

Aimee received a searing note from the manager three days after she left her review accusing her of having no morals - and banning her from eating there again.

The letter said: "Your comment on the review page is disgusting; you compared our food with dog food.

"You are a pathetic women you do not have moral value.

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"If we had known you are such a low graded person we would not have served you, infect we would have donated your order to Pig farm so that Pig can enjoy the food better then you.

"Do not order from us again. We will make sure all other takeaways know of your low lifeless."

The letter is signed 'Sayd Ahmed, Manager'.

Student Aimee said: "I was shocked when I saw it; I thought it was going to be a voucher. It didn't make me feel great. It's very strongly worded.

"It was an honest review. That's what they are for - to let people know what the food is like.

"It's quite scary to think he has my address and he's sending letters like that. It wasn't nice. I've got a baby. It does make you wonder.

"I think it's a really abusive approach, and he really shouldn't be doing that. It's defamation of character.

"If the dog wouldn't eat it I wasn't going to. It was red in the middle. I won't be ordering from them again."

Aimee ordered from the takeaway, located in Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset, on January 6 and posted the two-star review that evening.

The text has since been deleted, although the rating is still online.

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She wrote: "Awful food. Tasted like it had been brought from Iceland and dunked in a fryer for an hour!

"Really unsatisfied, and they gave me extra chips to try and hide the fact the rest of the food was bad.

"The chicken was slimy, and even my dog wouldn't eat it."

The restaurant also replied online, under the name 'Sam's Fried Chicken'. Their response is still available to view.

It said: "Thank you for taking time writing the review. You should have called the shop to complain before you write a very disgusting review.

"Please don't order from us again. Thank you."

When approached about his comments, Mr Ahmed said: "She should have phoned us and said the food was not good enough, and we could have sorted something out instead.

"Putting a review is no problem, just don't compare the food for human consumption to dog food.

"We are Muslim, we respect our food, so these insults disrespected our religion."

Aimee, who is expecting her third child, added: "I'm not sure why he's saying that. I didn't know their religion when I ordered the food."

Sam's Fried Chicken is rated four out of six stars on the app, based on 58 reviews.

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Support in Mind Scotland was delighted to ring the bell loud and proud this month to celebrate the announcement that we have been chosen as Lothian Buses’ Charity of Choice for 2020 and 2021.

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More than 2,500 people work for Lothian, so we consider it a huge ­honour that such a prestigious ­company selected us in their staff vote and chose to put mental health and workplace wellbeing high up on their agenda.

With our friends at Scottish ­Association for Mental Health (SAMH) also ­chosen as Edinburgh Airport’s ­Charity of the Year for 2020, it means that we can look forward to many positive new developments around mental health throughout the ­Lothians area and beyond.

As part of the bidding process, we were handed the opportunity to go and talk to Lothian staff at a number of their sites, including Musselburgh, Livingston, Longstone, Marine, Waverley Bridge and their central depot. We were welcomed with open arms by drivers, engineers and office staff, and one of the most uplifting aspects of the mini-roadshow was the ­appetite among workers of all ages to embrace their mental health and to try and recognise it on the same level as physical health.

Many stepped forward to share powerful stories with us, either relating to their own personal experiences or those of loved ones. It was clear that our work and the compassionate support that we offer had struck a chord. Applying the widely recognised statistic that one in four of us will experience a mental health issue, it clearly affects a significant proportion of the Lothian workforce

Throughout these positive conversations, it was evident that there is an increased willingness among ­people to open up more about any issues they experience and seek help if or when they need it, and we hope the tide continues to turn.

It was an eye-opener for us to ­discover what a high-pressure job being a bus driver can potentially be. Surprisingly, a cursory online scan of ‘most stressful jobs’ fails to place this demanding role high on the listings, but there seems to be little doubt it is an oversight.

The men and women behind the wheel of public buses shoulder a great deal of responsibility for their passengers, as well as juggling shift patterns, incessant roadworks and the challenges that come with ­delivering a slick service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and carrying 2.3 million customers a week. Like us, Lothian’s number one priority is people, and that’s why we are so well matched. We are literally the charity on Lothian’s doorstep as our long-standing Edinburgh Service, The Stafford Centre, is based in Broughton Street, just a few hundred yards from the company’s Annandale Street headquarters.

The Stafford Centre has more than 1,100 visits a month and has been supporting people in and around the city with their mental health for more than 30 years. Now we are looking forward with great excitement to the lasting difference this partnership can make to the Stafford Centre and the work that we do.

As well as reaping the benefits of colleague fundraising, we want to build relationships by encouraging Lothian staff to come into the centre as ­supporters and volunteers and to learn more about this vibrant ­community hub.

We also want to engage with ­passengers, and to help make them aware of the ­support that is available from our organisation and others. To help promote our services, we will be ­displaying mental health information on Lothian’s fleet and will soon be unveiling our very own branded double-decker bus, wrapped in our logo and charity tartan.

The Stafford Centre provides expert one-to-one support, benefits advice, carers support and group activities, including a music sanctuary, creative group and walking group. It offers hot meals through its volunteer-led café and hosts a ­weekly veterans group, and unique mental health radio station. All of these ­activities impressed the ­Charity ­Committee at Lothian and we can’t wait to start developing this new ­partnership.

Gaynor Marshall, communications director at Lothian Buses, said: “Lothian is absolutely delighted to announce Support in Mind as our Charity of Choice for 2020/2021. Awareness of mental health and wellbeing is hugely important and ­colleagues from across the business made a real connection with the Charity’s ethos and values.

“We look forward to working with Support in Mind over the next two years and hope that our partnership will help to both raise awareness of and develop a better understanding of some of the challenges faced by those suffering from mental health issues.”

For more information about our partnership and the Stafford Centre, please visit www.sims-lothian.com

Colin Leslie, fundraising and communications manager, Support in Mind Scotland.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "Colin Leslie"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5077546.1579517528!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5077546.1579517528!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "***** FREE FIRST USE PR PICS ***** Members of Lothian and the Support In Mind Scotland charity join together for the announcement that Lothian will be supporting the charity for the next two years In pic............ (c) Wullie Marr Photography","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "***** FREE FIRST USE PR PICS ***** Members of Lothian and the Support In Mind Scotland charity join together for the announcement that Lothian will be supporting the charity for the next two years In pic............ (c) Wullie Marr Photography","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5077546.1579517528!/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/jesus-showed-that-we-must-love-all-people-even-those-that-we-profoundly-disagree-with-gavin-matthews-1-5077545","id":"1.5077545","articleHeadline": "Jesus showed that we must love all people – even those that we profoundly disagree with: Gavin Matthews","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1579586444000 ,"articleLead": "

Two of the most important questions that we face today are “what is a ­person worth?” and “who gets to decide that?”.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5077544.1579517469!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "A Rabbi stands in front of a cement stele of the Holocaust Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe during a march from the Brandenburg Gate on November 11, 2013 in Berlin. More than 200 Rabbis from 30 different countries took part in a Silent Memorial to mark the 75th anniversary of the Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass). AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images)"} ,"articleBody": "

Is human value and dignity fixed and inherent, or is it contingent upon the skills and performance of the individual in question? Is an ­isolated elderly person of equal significance to an internationally-adored, youthful celebrity? If so, why?

In 1787, the American constitution was adjusted to say that all men were not, in fact, created equal, because (according to the notorious three-fifths compromise) an ­African-American slave was the ­constitutional equivalent of 60 per cent of a free white person. Value is not intrinsic, it stated – but conferred by the state, which claimed licence to both “give and taketh away”.

I know of no one who today does not find that utterly appalling. ­However, there are utilitarian ethicists who are claiming something akin to it – that the value of a human life is derived from the individual’s capacity to ­contribute to society and make ­decisions. In other words the idea that the value of a human life is not inherent, but conferred by a court, is making a comeback. The value of your life, in this view, is prone to ­troubling ­fluctuations.

I will never forget standing amongst the stelae of Berlin’s memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe and feeling a sense of dread at the awful possibilities that open up when humans seize for themselves the right to determine the value of life. The perils which await us if we think that human dignity and rights are negotiable, and can be allotted according to race, sex, religion, nationality, age, health, or political persuasion are too grave to ­contemplate. The American founding fathers declared that human equality was “self-evident”, yet that axiom didn’t do much for their slaves.

If legal systems cannot give enduring dignity to humans, where can we ground the view that all people have infinite, inherent worth from their first to their final heartbeat? The atheist/agnostic historian Tom Holland claims that he is ethically a ‘Christian’ – because every sense of right and wrong he instinctively feels is deeply rooted in the Christian ­tradition. This is something he argues at length in his best-selling 2019 book, Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind.

What exactly does that Christian tradition offer this debate? The first thing is the radical and unique idea from the Hebrew Bible that all humanity bears the imprimatur of God himself. When Jesus Christ teaches that we should ‘love our ­enemies’, he’s telling us that even those whose behaviour is appalling, bear God’s image.

Likewise, when Jesus Christ offered himself on the cross, for all people, he demonstrated what loving even one’s enemies looks like in practice. It was this act, argues Holland, that more than just fixing the divine market ­value of human life as ultimate, placed altruism at the heart of the western concept of goodness. The relevance of this is not merely that we must be peacemakers, not warmongers. Neither is it only that we must protect the sanctity of life at its fragile margins. It also means that we must treat even those we profoundly disagree with, in accordance with the value that is intrinsic to their humanity.

In our increasingly divided, ­society debates appear to be becoming ever more shrill and abusive. This is fuelled by the social media ­bubbles in which so many of us operate, in which we rarely really know ­anyone who disagrees with us and have few deep friendships across political/class/ethnic or religious divides.

While not all ideas are equal, in all our debates we must begin by affirming the worth of the person, even one who is saying the thing we dislike, and adjust our tone accordingly.

However, the final element of the Christian contribution to the vexed question of human value is that of redemption. The sorry reality is that while we all have noble aspirations, we have all failed in different ways to adequately respect those who differ from us – failed to take action to protect the vulnerable, given in to the temptation to look down upon ­others, and held in contempt what God has declared to be of worth. In Jesus’s estimation, in so doing we declare ourselves to be at enmity with God.

Extraordinarily however, the very heart of the Christian message, is that those of us who have failed are still beloved of God, that the death of Christ is powerfully redemptive, and that as a result we cannot only be forgiven for our past but be given a new future, in which we live differently. A future in which there will be robust and vigorous discussion of ideas, but value and love for all people.

Gavin Matthews for Solas.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "Gavin Matthews"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5077544.1579517469!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5077544.1579517469!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "A Rabbi stands in front of a cement stele of the Holocaust Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe during a march from the Brandenburg Gate on November 11, 2013 in Berlin. More than 200 Rabbis from 30 different countries took part in a Silent Memorial to mark the 75th anniversary of the Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass). AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images)","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "A Rabbi stands in front of a cement stele of the Holocaust Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe during a march from the Brandenburg Gate on November 11, 2013 in Berlin. More than 200 Rabbis from 30 different countries took part in a Silent Memorial to mark the 75th anniversary of the Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass). AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images)","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5077544.1579517469!/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/ian-blackford-says-boris-is-disgraceful-for-failing-to-reveal-russian-interference-in-uk-democracy-1-5077627","id":"1.5077627","articleHeadline": "Ian Blackford says Boris is 'disgraceful' for failing to reveal 'Russian interference' in UK democracy","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1579531269000 ,"articleLead": "

Boris Johnson has come under further pressure to release a report into alleged Russian interference in the UK democratic process.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5077626.1579531263!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Ian Blackford urges Boris to take action on revealing alleged Russian interference in the UK democratic process picture: JPI Media"} ,"articleBody": "

The report was produced by Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) before the general election but has yet to be published.

It cannot be released until the ISC is reconvened and the SNP's Westminster leader, Ian Blackford, a member of the committee until April 2019, urged the Prime Minister to act.

In a letter to Mr Johnson, he claimed the Government had \"repeatedly and intentionally failed to take steps to establish the committee and has sought to escape scrutiny on vital issues\".

He told the Prime Minister: \"The decision by your Government to kick the publication of a key report into Russian interference into the long grass is disgraceful, and it is clear that it has been delayed without justification by Downing Street.\"


The Prime Minister has cleared the ISC report, meaning it can be published once the committee is re-formed.


The ISC oversees the work of the intelligence agencies - MI5, MI6 and GCHQ - and in the course of its work has access to highly sensitive material.

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Its reports are submitted to the Government before publication to ensure no classified information is inadvertently made public.


Mr Blackford said: \"Boris Johnson's repeated refusal to publish a key report into Russian interference in UK democracy, and his intentional delay in convening the Intelligence and Security Committee, is nothing short of an abdication of duty as Prime Minister and a clear attempt at ducking scrutiny.\"


The push for the release of the report comes a day after Mr Johnson met Russian President Vladimir Putin in the margins of a summit in Berlin.


Downing Street said the Prime Minister made clear there had been no change in the UK's position in relation to Russia following the Salisbury nerve agent attack which was a \"brazen attempt to murder innocent people on UK soil\" and \"must not be repeated\".


\"The Prime Minister said there will be no normalisation of our bilateral relationship until Russia ends the destabilising activity that threatens the UK and our allies and undermines the safety of our citizens and our collective security,\" a Number 10 spokesman said.

" ,"byline": {"email": "katharine.hay@jpimedia.co.uk" ,"author": "Scotsman Reporter"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5077626.1579531263!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5077626.1579531263!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Ian Blackford urges Boris to take action on revealing alleged Russian interference in the UK democratic process picture: JPI Media","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Ian Blackford urges Boris to take action on revealing alleged Russian interference in the UK democratic process picture: JPI Media","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5077626.1579531263!/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/gordon-ramsay-s-son-is-training-to-be-a-royal-marine-1-5077457","id":"1.5077457","articleHeadline": "Gordon Ramsay's son is training to be a Royal Marine","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1579521331016 ,"articleLead": "Scottish chef Gordon's Ramsay's son is training to be a marine.","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5077456.1579522272!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Gordon Ramsay's 20-year-old son chooses to train in the marines rather than follow his dad's chef profession"} ,"articleBody": "

Jack, 20, started the course towards the end of the year and is due to finish this autumn.

He has decided against pursuing his dad's steps in the Michelin chef industry and will be spending the next few months at the Royal Marines' Commando Training Centre at Lympstone, Devon.

Despite his dad's celebrity status, Jack will be earning £18k as a recruit.

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A source at the training centre in Devon claimed Jack’s fitting in well.

"First and foremost, he is just another marine recruit to us, a 'bod'. There’s no nepotism here and no favouritism," a source told the Mail.

"He’s getting his head down and delivering the goods so far. He seems fit and is well liked.

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"Not surprisingly, there’s a lot of good-natured banter when Jack and his mates sit down to eat and when they’re on a field exercise about who should prepare the rations."

According to the Daily Record, TV chef Ramsay, 53, said: "He [Jack] is obsessed with Bear Gryulls and the Marines , and going in and becoming an officer. That's a real job."

" ,"byline": {"email": "katharine.hay@jpimedia.co.uk" ,"author": "Katharine Hay"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5077456.1579522272!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5077456.1579522272!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Gordon Ramsay's 20-year-old son chooses to train in the marines rather than follow his dad's chef profession","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Gordon Ramsay's 20-year-old son chooses to train in the marines rather than follow his dad's chef profession","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5077456.1579522272!/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/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":1579520973000 ,"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\".

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5077439.1579520965!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Harry has said he and Meghan have no other option but to stand down picture: Frank Augstein Associated Press"} ,"articleBody": "

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.

" ,"byline": {"email": "katharine.hay@jpimedia.co.uk" ,"author": "Katharine Hay"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5077439.1579520965!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5077439.1579520965!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Harry has said he and Meghan have no other option but to stand down picture: Frank Augstein Associated Press","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Harry has said he and Meghan have no other option but to stand down picture: Frank Augstein Associated Press","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5077439.1579520965!/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/lord-tony-hall-steps-down-as-the-director-general-of-the-bbc-1-5077541","id":"1.5077541","articleHeadline": "Lord Tony Hall steps down as the Director-General of the BBC","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1579517777000 ,"articleLead": "

Lord Tony Hall is stepping down as the Director-General of the BBC, it has been announced.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5077540.1579517772!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "In a letter to staff, Lord Hall said he would be standing down in the summer."} ,"articleBody": "

In a letter to staff, Lord Hall said he would be standing down in the summer.

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He said: \"It's been such a hard decision for me. I love the BBC. I'm passionate about our values and the role we have in our country - and what we do globally too.

\"If I followed my heart I would genuinely never want to leave. However, I believe that an important part of leadership is putting the interests of the organisation first.

\"The BBC has an 11-year Charter - our mission is secure until 2027. But we also have a mid-term review process for the spring of 2022. As I said last week, we have to develop our ideas for both. And it must be right that the BBC has one person to lead it through both stages.\"

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" ,"byline": {"email": "newsdeskts@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Scotsman Reporter"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5077540.1579517772!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5077540.1579517772!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "In a letter to staff, Lord Hall said he would be standing down in the summer.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "In a letter to staff, Lord Hall said he would be standing down in the summer.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5077540.1579517772!/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/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":1579515674000 ,"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/1.5077517.1579515669!/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/1.5077517.1579515669!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5077517.1579515669!/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/1.5077517.1579515669!/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.

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

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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”.

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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.

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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

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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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" ,"byline": {"email": "newsdeskts@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Scotsman Reporter"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5077342.1579448584!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5077342.1579448584!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "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.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "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.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5077342.1579448584!/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/queen-spotted-smiling-broadly-shortly-after-meghan-and-harry-s-decision-to-axe-their-royal-titles-1-5077370","id":"1.5077370","articleHeadline": "Queen spotted 'smiling broadly' shortly after Meghan and Harry's decision to axe their royal titles","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1579453089000 ,"articleLead": "

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."

--

" ,"byline": {"email": "newsdeskts@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Scotsman Reporter"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5077364.1579452304!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5077364.1579452304!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "The former Lewis actor, 41, sparked controversy on Question Time, saying the charge of "racism" over treatment of the Duchess of Sussex was "boring".","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The former Lewis actor, 41, sparked controversy on Question Time, saying the charge of "racism" over treatment of the Duchess of Sussex was "boring".","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5077364.1579452304!/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/dying-woman-with-two-weeks-to-live-saves-for-her-own-funeral-after-her-sister-and-dad-both-die-1-5077291","id":"1.5077291","articleHeadline": "Dying woman, with two weeks to live, saves for her own funeral after her sister and dad both die","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1579441749000 ,"articleLead": "

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

" ,"byline": {"email": "newsdeskts@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Scotsman Reporter"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5077290.1579441745!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5077290.1579441745!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "A dying woman, with two weeks to live, has saved for her own funeral after her sister and dad both died. Picture: SWNS","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "A dying woman, with two weeks to live, has saved for her own funeral after her sister and dad both died. Picture: SWNS","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5077290.1579441745!/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/grieving-diner-slams-michelin-starred-pub-for-not-allowing-him-to-move-660-booking-while-his-dad-was-dying-1-5077271","id":"1.5077271","articleHeadline": "Grieving diner slams Michelin-starred pub for not allowing him to move £660 booking while his dad was dying","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1579436358000 ,"articleLead": "

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.\"

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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.

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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."

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