{"JP":[ {"NewsSection":{"name":"uk","detaillevel":"full", "Articles": {"count":25,"detaillevel":"full","articlesList":[ {"article": { "url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news/people/mourners-in-stitches-after-scots-irish-grandfather-pulls-surprise-prank-at-own-funeral-1-5023768","id":"1.5023768","articleHeadline": "Mourners in stitches after Scots-Irish grandfather pulls surprise prank at own funeral","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1571145654053 ,"articleLead": "

A Scots-Irish grandfather who pulled a viral prank at his own funeral has been described as the \"warmest, jolliest person\".

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Dublin man Shay Bradley, who died earlier this month at the age of 62, had organised the prank with his son Jonathan, and footage has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times on social media since the funeral last Saturday.

As the coffin was being lowered into the grave, a pre-recorded tape of Mr Bradley pretending to wake from the dead and knocking on the lid was played out.

The video shows tearful mourners bursting into laughter as Mr Bradley's voice can be heard shouting: \"Hello? Hello? Can someone let me out? Hello? Let me out it's f***** dark in here! Is that that priest I can hear? I can hear yous! Let me out!\"

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In the recording, Mr Bradley, whose late mother hailed from Glasgow, then goes on to serenade the mourners at his own graveside.

Jonathan Bradley said the pair thought of the joke last year while his father was ill with cancer.

\"It was a collaboration between and me and my da over a year ago over lunch. We had a cup of tea and a sandwich and talked about a couple of different things he could do and we decided to record into my phone him pretending to wake up and be let out of the coffin,\" he said.

\"He was ill at the time, battling cancer, although he was getting better at that time, he was still in good spirits, but circumstances changed, and it began to take hold of him.

\"He was always very jolly, always wanting to give people a laugh and bring them into good spirits.

\"It was always good to be in his company, no matter what kind of form you were in, he could always make you feel better.\"

Jonathan kept the secret to himself for over a year, only telling his mother the night before the funeral, in order to get her permission.

\"Only my mother was aware of it, she laughed and I got consent to do it. We thought we'd better tell the grandkids just in case they got a fright, but everyone else was taken by surprise.

\"This was his personality, people walked away from grave ready to celebrate his life, remembering him at his best.\"

The family say they have been taken by surprise at their new viral fame, with the video being shared on news sites in the US and Australia.

\"I'd no idea it would get this popular,\" Jonathan added.

\"It was a complete surprise. It was meant as an internal family joke, and my sister-in-law took a video to show people at the afters, when it got posted to Facebook it grew legs.\"

" ,"byline": {"email": "edinburgh.newsdesk@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Scotsman Reporter"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5023767.1571145927!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5023767.1571145927!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Mourners were soon in stitches once the recording started to play. Picture: Twitter/Facebook","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Mourners were soon in stitches once the recording started to play. Picture: Twitter/Facebook","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5023767.1571145927!/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/major-sports-summit-will-be-held-at-tynecastle-in-edinburgh-next-month-1-5023831","id":"1.5023831","articleHeadline": "Major sports summit will be held at Tynecastle in Edinburgh next month","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1571148763014 ,"articleLead": "

Scotland’s ability to change its culture and use sport more effectively to improve the health of the population will be debated at the first National Sport Summit in Edinburgh next month.

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Government, sport bodies, local authorities and other key stakeholders will join forces at Tynecastle Stadium on 25 and 26 November with the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Jeane Freeman, Dr Catherine Calderwood, the Chief Medical Officer, and sportscotland’s Chief Executive Stewart Harris the key speakers.

The two-day summit has been organised by the Observatory for Sport in Scotland, a new think-tank founded by former PE adviser Charlie Raeburn and modelled on successful institutes across Europe who use high-quality research to shape new policy at national and local levels. That evidence has been key to those countries retaining a high level of sport participation at all age levels, and the wider health and education benefits.

Sport participation and physical activity levels have been falling globally in recent years and stagnating in Scotland, with a drop-off across the life cycle beginning from age 13. Walking and individual sport activity provide the few positive trends, but research there also suggests links to affluence with greater drop-out in deprived areas. With serious global health concerns around increasing obesity, inactivity and social isolation, particularly in children, the spotlight is shifting to sport and regular activity for solutions.

Ms Freeman stated: “Everyone in Scotland should have the opportunity to feel the positive effects from taking part in sport and physical activity. Sport not only helps us lead healthier lifestyles, but can also make an important contribution to addressing challenges across Scottish society, such as loneliness and isolation.

“I am pleased to be involved in the Observatory for Sport’s National Summit, and welcome its focus on learning from best practice here and across Europe to encourage as many people as possible to take part in sport and physical activity.”

The international event will feature people from across government, local authorities, sport bodies and communities in Scotland, Scandinavia and the Netherlands, and enter into controversial areas with the International Olympic Committee’s Esports representative Chester King joining entrepreneurs behind new SportsTech and Apps attracting people into regular activity across the world.

The Summit will be hosted by Heart of Midlothian FC at Tynecastle Stadium, and club owner Ann Budge, a supporter of OSS, stated: “Heart of Midlothian FC and myself personally are delighted to host the first National Summit at Tynecastle because it embodies what is important to us as a community football club.

\"I have met with the OSS founder Charlie Raeburn and Director David Ferguson, and their vision for bringing high-quality research and evidence to the sport and activity landscape across Scotland, in the way that other European countries have been doing for years, is very impressive. There is no doubt that across Scotland we need help to understand the barriers to sport and regular activity, and more importantly we need to work closely with the Scottish Government, sportscotland, local authorities, trusts, health bodies, education and our wider communities if we are going to seriously tackle the health and wellbeing problems that we have in this country.

\"This Summit is about much more than sport - it is about the health and wellbeing of our people. We will play our part and look forward to welcoming people from across Scotland and wider Europe to our stadium for the first Summit, and I would urge all with an interest in community sport, recreation and health and wellbeing to join us.”

Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Catherine Calderwood, added: “We recently published new UK Chief Medical Officers’ Physical Activity Guidelines, which set out the enormous benefits of active lifestyles for both our physical and mental health.

“I look forward to speaking about these at the Summit and to hearing about the valuable work across Scotland and elsewhere to support people to overcome barriers to taking part in sport and physical activity.”

The first OSS National Sport Summit will take place on 25 and 26 November, 2019, at Tynecastle Stadium, and all details can be found at the OSS website – www.oss.scot.

" ,"byline": {"email": "newsdeskts@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Scotsman Reporter"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5023830.1571149091!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5023830.1571149091!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "The two-day summit has been organised by the Observatory for Sport in Scotland.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The two-day summit has been organised by the Observatory for Sport in Scotland.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5023830.1571149091!/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/traumatised-british-family-say-they-have-been-detained-in-us-after-border-mistake-1-5023506","id":"1.5023506","articleHeadline": "'Traumatised' British family say they have been detained in US after 'border mistake'","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1571147293374 ,"articleLead": "A BBritish family, including two toddlers and a baby, are being held by US immigration officials after accidentally crossing the border while trying to avoid hitting an animal on the road.","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5023505.1571127904!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "A British couple say they have been detained in America with their three month old baby after they accidentally crossed the border from Canada."} ,"articleBody": "


David Connors, 30, his wife, Eileen, 24, and their three-month-old son were detained on October 3 after driving across the US-Canada border south of Vancouver while on holiday.

Mr Connors' brother, Michael Connors, his wife, Grace, and their two-year-old twin daughters are also said to have been detained.

The couple said they did not realise they had crossed the border when they swerved into a side road in order to avoid hitting an animal.

However, they were later pulled over by a police officer who informed them that they had entered the US state of Washington and then arrested them.

In a statement provided through their lawyer, the Connors said they have been "traumatised" by the United States government and allege that they have been mistreated while in detention.

The couple said they were originally separated after their arrest when Mr Connors was taken to a detention centre in Tacoma, Washington, and Mrs Connors was placed in a hotel with her son.

The next day the family were flown to Pennsylvania, more than 2,500 miles away, and taken to the Berks Family Residential Centre (BFRC) in Leesport, where they have been held since October 5.

Bridget Cambria, of Aldea - the People's Justice Centre, representing Mr and Mrs Connors, has filed a complaint with the US Department of Homeland Security on their behalf.

According to the complaint, the couple said the arresting officer did not read them their rights or give them the opportunity to return to Canada.

Since being held in BRFC, Mrs Connors has complained about the "frigid" temperature in the cells and said centre staff confiscated her son's formula for three days.

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According to the complaint, she said: "When I ask 'How I am supposed to keep my baby warm in this horrible cold?', all they tell me is to put a hat on him.

"My baby can't wear a hat all the time, he feels uncomfortable with hats and mittens and starts to cry."

Mrs Connors said her son now appears to have an eye infection and has rough and blotchy skin due to the poor conditions.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed the family are being held and said it is now working with US authorities.

A spokesman said: "We are providing assistance to a British family following their arrest in the USA and are in close contact with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement."

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) denied allegations of mistreatment in the facility.

An agency official said: "Eileen Connors and David Connors are currently in ICE custody.

"BFRC provides a safe and humane environment for families as they go through the immigration process. BFRC supports all sanctioned local, state and federal investigations into the safety and welfare of our residents.

"Reports of abuse or inhumane conditions at BFRC are unequivocally false.

"US Immigration and Customs Enforcement is committed to ensuring that those in our custody reside in safe and humane environments and under appropriate conditions."

The couple's arrest comes after a suspect in a car crash which killed a 19-year-old motorcyclist in Northamptonshire was granted diplomatic immunity by US officials and allowed to leave the UK.

Anne Sacoolas, 42, who is reportedly married to a US intelligence official, left the UK just days after the crash which killed Harry Dunn near RAF Croughton on August 27.

Mr Dunn's family have urged Mrs Sacoolas to return to the UK, and travelled to the US on Sunday ahead of visits to New York and Washington DC.

Although Mrs Sacoolas no longer has immunity, the family have demanded an investigation over the Foreign Office's advice to Northamptonshire Police following the crash with regard to her diplomatic status.

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" ,"byline": {"email": "claire.mckim@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Scotsman Reporter"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5023505.1571127904!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5023505.1571127904!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "A British couple say they have been detained in America with their three month old baby after they accidentally crossed the border from Canada.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "A British couple say they have been detained in America with their three month old baby after they accidentally crossed the border from Canada.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5023505.1571127904!/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/environment/met-police-face-growing-criticism-over-london-wide-ban-on-extinction-rebellion-protests-1-5023730","id":"1.5023730","articleHeadline": "Met Police face growing criticism over London-wide ban on Extinction Rebellion protests","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1571143193009 ,"articleLead": "

Police are facing growing criticism over a London-wide ban on Extinction Rebellion protests.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5023729.1571143775!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The Met Police face growing criticism in the wake of the ban. Picture: Getty Images"} ,"articleBody": "

Lawyers questioned the legality of the ban, made under public order legislation already used to restrict the action to Trafalgar Square, while a number of politicians expressed outrage over the move.

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said: \"This ban is completely contrary to Britain's long-held traditions of policing by consent, freedom of speech, and the right to protest.\"

Green Party MEP Ellie Chowns, who was arrested in Trafalgar Square; Green MP Caroline Lucas and shadow policing and crime minister Louise Haigh also spoke out against the move.

Ms Haigh said: \"This is a grotesque overreaction and extremely worrying attack on basic civil liberties.\"

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Anti-Brexit barrister Jo Maugham QC claimed the move was \"a huge overreach\" of police powers, human rights lawyer Adam Wagner called it \"draconian and extremely heavy-handed\", and Allan Hogarth from Amnesty International said it was \"unacceptable\".

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who oversees the force, said he would ask for more information over why the ban had been put in place.

Police moved in to clear Trafalgar Square on Monday evening, telling protesters to leave the site by 9pm or risk arrest.

On Tuesday, Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor said the protest ban was brought in after \"continued breaches\" of the condition limiting the demonstration to Trafalgar Square.

He said: \"This was an operational policing decision to help us get London moving again.

\"After nine days of disruption we felt it is entirely proportionate and reasonable to impose this condition because of the cumulative impact of these protests.

\"A significant policing operation continues and we will take robust action against anyone engaged in unlawful protests at locations targeted by Extinction Rebellion.\"

He said that using section 14 to limit the location and duration of protest action was \"not unusual at all\", and that the measures had been applied during demonstrations over the jailing of far-right figure Tommy Robinson in August.

Extinction Rebellion activists defied the order and on Tuesday morning. The group's co-founder, Gail Bradbrook, was filmed climbing the entrance to the Department for Transport in Westminster.

The group said other protesters had glued themselves to the building.

Police also dealt with a road block near Baker Street and told a number of protesters camped in Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens to move on or risk arrest.

Activists were seen gathering at Millbank and planned a rally back at Trafalgar Square at midday.

Under the current order, any assembly - classed as a gathering of two or more people - linked to Extinction Rebellion in London is unlawful.

But Mr Taylor said: \"We have been very clear with Extinction Rebellion that if they would like to come to us with a proposal for a lawful protest that isn't going to cause the disruption that they've caused to date, then we will happily engage with them and we will happily consider their request.\"

As of 5pm on Monday, police said there had been 1,445 arrests in connection with the eight days of XR protests in London.

Mr Maugham said on Twitter: \"We believe the section 14 Order is invalid - that it amounts to a huge overreach of the statutory power - and likely reflects the enormous political pressure the Met is under.

\"It exposes the Met to all sorts of risks - of legal challenges to validity, of civil claims for wrongful arrest with aggravated damages and so on - merely because this Government cannot tolerate peaceful protest.\"

Allan Hogarth, head of advocacy and programmes at Amnesty International UK, said: \"Imposing a blanket ban on Extinction Rebellion protests is an unlawful restriction on the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

\"This is a heavy-handed and unacceptable move by the Metropolitan Police. Certain disruption to ordinary life for protesting is natural, and it needs to be tolerated.\"

Human rights lawyer Mr Wagner questioned whether the Public Order Act allows for a city-wide ban on protests.

In a series of tweets, he said: \"As things stand, five XR protesters standing on the pavement outside my house would be breaking the law. As would school children with XR banners in a park. The ban seems draconian and extremely heavy-handed even given previous disruption.

\"We have a right to free speech under article 10 and to free assembly under article 11 of the (annex to the) Human Rights Act. These can only be interfered with if the interference is lawful and proportionate. I think the police may have gone too far here.\"

" ,"byline": {"email": "edinburgh.newsdesk@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Scotsman Reporter"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5023729.1571143775!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5023729.1571143775!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "The Met Police face growing criticism in the wake of the ban. Picture: Getty Images","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The Met Police face growing criticism in the wake of the ban. Picture: Getty Images","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5023729.1571143775!/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/opinion/columnists/evidence-that-the-british-are-a-relatively-decent-bunch-leader-comment-1-5023381","id":"1.5023381","articleHeadline": "Evidence that the British are a relatively decent bunch – leader comment","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1571072780000 ,"articleLead": "

Do you consider yourself to be a generous person? Or do you cross by on the other side of the street without a thought?

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5023380.1571072776!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "There will always be a need for charitable donations (Picture: Lisa McPhillips)"} ,"articleBody": "

According to a new global survey of 1.3 million people by the Charities Aid Foundation, 71 per cent of Britons had given money to charity in the four weeks before they were interviewed, while 60 per cent had helped a stranger and 30 per cent had volunteered for a good cause, figures that saw the UK come seventh out of 128 countries around the world.

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Some may argue that the need for charity shows there is something wrong with society – pointing to food banks in the UK as a case in point – but the reality is we are unlikely to ever achieve a utopian world in which no one ever needs a helping hand.

There will always be a place for kindness and generosity and a moral question that each one of us is essentially forced to answer – if only by our own conscience.

The fact that so many people in the UK give money or time to a good cause is perhaps a sign of hope that, despite our troubles, we are collectively a relatively decent bunch after all.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5023380.1571072776!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5023380.1571072776!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "There will always be a need for charitable donations (Picture: Lisa McPhillips)","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "There will always be a need for charitable donations (Picture: Lisa McPhillips)","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5023380.1571072776!/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/scottish-tanning-salon-criticised-for-sharing-pictures-of-racist-doll-to-promote-business-1-5023529","id":"1.5023529","articleHeadline": "Scottish tanning salon criticised for sharing pictures of 'racist doll' to promote business","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1571129296407 ,"articleLead": "

A tanning salon has been slammed for sharing pictures of a \"racist\" golliwog doll to promote its business.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5023528.1571129469!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Shine Tanning Salons in Glasgow repeatedly posted images of the doll, notorious for portraying black people in an offensive manner, on their social media. Picture: Google Maps"} ,"articleBody": "

Shine Tanning Salons in Glasgow repeatedly posted images of the doll, notorious for portraying black people in an offensive manner, on their social media.

Images of the doll first appeared on the salon's Facebook accounts on Saturday (October 12).

One picture showed the doll in a coffee shop with an empty cup alongside the caption \"wee black double espresso\" with two monkey emojis.

A third image had the doll, which the owner has called \"Sooty\", laid back on a tanning bed with the caption \"#black2white\" - in reference to the white2black tanning lotion beside the figure.

Golliwogs - or golly dolls - originated from a character created by children's author Florence Kate Upton in the 19th century.

The black-skinned dolls, featuring exaggerated lips, frizzy hair and paws instead of hands, have become the subject of controversy over the years.

The tanning salon apologised for the posts and admitted they were \"ill-thought\" and a \"lazy attempt at humour\".

Anti-racism charity Show Racism The Red Card Scotland condemned the sharing of the \"horrid\" item.

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Jordan Allison, the charity's campaign manager, said: \"We stand with the rest of society who fully condemn these horrid items that serve only as offensive reminders of anti-Black racism.

\"Education remains key in ensuring these are consigned to history.

\"As anti-racist campaigners, we regularly work alongside Glasgow City Council and Police Scotland who are both very proactive in dealing with issues like these appropriately.\"

Local councillor Archie Graham said: \"I am shocked and dismayed to see these images.

\"This is a timely reminder that we need to be vigilant and expose such disgusting behaviour whenever and wherever it occurs.\"

This is not the first time the dolls have caused controversy in the city.

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Last year, Cancer Research UK's Victoria Road branch came in for criticism for having one of the figures on sale.

A spokeswoman for Shine Tanning Salons said: \"First of all, Shine Tanning Salon would like to apologise to anyone who was offended by our recent social media posts.

\"Causing offence was never our intention.

\"We make no attempt to condone the posts, which we accept were ill-thought.

\"Shine Tanning Salon is a multi-culture salon, owned by a family with Kenyan and Indian heritage, so is very aware of the affects of racism, and casual racism, in society.

\"Again, we can only reiterate that this was never our intention; it was a lazy attempt at humour, which we accept has caused people offence.

\"Shine Tanning Salon is very active in the local community, helping local residents back to work, and donating to charity; having donated 3 figure sums to SAMH and Breast Cancer Now this year already.

\"We hope that the Glasgow public, and wider audience who were offended by our posts will accept our apology; again, we make no excuses.

\"We will not try to pass blame to an unpaid intern or claim to be hacked.

\"It was an error of judgement by a staff member.

\"We made an error, and we can only try to make up for it.

\"We will be reaching out to relevant charities and organisations to seek literature to hand out to staff in relation to the effects racism can have, and we will also be reviewing our social media policies.

\"Shine Tanning Salon will also be donating 20% of profits from the remainder of October to a relevant charity.

\"Whilst this by no means makes up for our actions, we hope that it goes a small way towards everyone affected accepting our apology.\"

" ,"byline": {"email": "claire.mckim@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Scotsman Reporter"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5023528.1571129469!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5023528.1571129469!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Shine Tanning Salons in Glasgow repeatedly posted images of the doll, notorious for portraying black people in an offensive manner, on their social media. Picture: Google Maps","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Shine Tanning Salons in Glasgow repeatedly posted images of the doll, notorious for portraying black people in an offensive manner, on their social media. Picture: Google Maps","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5023528.1571129469!/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/environment/extinction-rebellion-activists-banned-from-london-1-5023494","id":"1.5023494","articleHeadline": "Extinction Rebellion activists banned from London","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1571125910079 ,"articleLead": "

Extinction Rebellion protest action is continuing in London despite police ordering activists to end their gatherings across the capital or risk arrest.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5023491.1571126171!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The force said it wanted to "prevent serious disruption to the life of the community"."} ,"articleBody": "

On Tuesday morning, the group's co-founder, Gail Bradbrook, was filmed climbing the entrance to the Department for Transport in Westminster.

Extinction Rebellion said other protesters had glued themselves to the building.

It said activists were calling on the Government to explain its plan to meet a net-zero emissions target within the carbon budget of the UK.

The protesters' latest actions came after the Metropolitan Police imposed conditions under Section 14 of the Public Order Act 1986, requiring any protest assembly in the capital to cease by 9pm on Monday.

The force said this was to \"prevent serious disruption to the life of the community\".

On Monday evening, activists were cleared from Trafalgar Square, where many had lawfully congregated for the past week.

In response to the police action, an Extinction Rebellion (XR) statement said its \"rebels\" would take \"a moment to pause and remember why we are here\".

It added: \"Extinction Rebellion will let the Trafalgar Square site go tonight.

\"The International Rebellion continues.\"

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On Twitter, XR's London branch labelled the clearing of protesters from the square as \"an outrage\".

It also tweeted: \"Today, an unprecedented, political, decision has been taken to shut down peaceful protest calling out the government for inaction in the face of crisis.\"

As of 5pm on Monday, police said there had been 1,445 arrests in connection with the eight days of XR protests in London.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor said conditions were being imposed on protesters due to \"continued breaches\" of previous police orders and \"ongoing serious disruption to the community\".

He added: \"We have made significant progress in managing Extinction Rebellion's activity at sites across central London over this past week.

\"Officers have begun the process of clearing Trafalgar Square and getting things back to normal.\"

Mr Taylor said officers had made more than 90 arrests on Monday as protesters targeted the City of London, the capital's financial district.

He added: \"The policing operation continues, and we will continue to take action against anyone engaged in unlawful protests at locations targeted by Extinction Rebellion.\"

On Monday night in Trafalgar Square, four people in a so-called peace tent, who had locked themselves together, were cut out of their locks with machinery.

Pam Williams, 71, glued herself to the spot where her tent stood as police arrived to take it.

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She said: \"I'm refusing to leave and I've glued myself to the ground. My husband has taken away the tent, the police haven't got it. I shall stay here until I'm arrested.\"

Ellie Chowns, a Green Party MEP, said she was arrested after \"standing in solidarity\" with protesters in Trafalgar Square.

At 11.30pm, only around 50 protesters remained in Trafalgar Square and the majority of the activists' infrastructure had been removed.

Activists had previously said they planned to launch \"XR Grandparents\", an initiative focused on older generations, on Tuesday afternoon

" ,"byline": {"email": "claire.mckim@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Scotsman Reporter"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5023491.1571126171!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5023491.1571126171!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "The force said it wanted to "prevent serious disruption to the life of the community".","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The force said it wanted to "prevent serious disruption to the life of the community".","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5023491.1571126171!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5023492.1571126173!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5023492.1571126173!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Extinction Rebellion protest action is continuing in London despite police ordering activists to end their gatherings across the capital or risk arrest.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Extinction Rebellion protest action is continuing in London despite police ordering activists to end their gatherings across the capital or risk arrest.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5023492.1571126173!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} , {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5023493.1571126175!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5023493.1571126175!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "The protesters' latest actions came after the Metropolitan Police imposed conditions under Section 14 of the Public Order Act 1986, requiring any protest assembly in the capital to cease by 9pm on Monday.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The protesters' latest actions came after the Metropolitan Police imposed conditions under Section 14 of the Public Order Act 1986, requiring any protest assembly in the capital to cease by 9pm on Monday.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5023493.1571126175!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/business/moor-biodiversity-benefits-from-balancing-birds-of-prey-and-grouse-adam-smith-1-5022886","id":"1.5022886","articleHeadline": "Moor biodiversity benefits from balancing birds of prey and grouse – Adam Smith","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1571115780000 ,"articleLead": "

The Langholm Moor ­Demonstration Project published its final report this month. It highlights the ­successes and challenges facing managing moorland for game and wildlife ­conservation. The project was set up in 2008 to test whether a ‘win-win’ could be achieved, where breeding raptors and heather ­moorland co-existed and benefited from the investment provided by driven grouse shooting.

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This final report concludes more than 25 years study at Langholm. The Joint Raptor Study from 1992 – 1997 had shown how predation by raptors could prevent the recovery of a red grouse population. By the early 2000s, with no grouse to shoot, the moor’s gamekeepers were withdrawn and many aspects of the moor went into decline – valuable habitats shrank in area, the mountain hare population vanished, and the ­numbers of wading birds and hen harriers had collapsed along with the grouse.

The challenge for the partners in this final project, Buccleuch, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, Natural England, RSPB Scotland, and Scottish Natural Heritage, was to establish whether the moor could be recovered both as a national and local asset, support grouse populations for driven grouse, support birds of prey, and deliver other, wider biodiversity. Different approaches to management were explored that might ­benefit not just Langholm but other Scottish moorlands. In GWCT’s view, parts of the project have ­certainly been successful – decades of heather loss have been addressed and ­overgrazed moorland has been recovered. Fox, stoat and crow ­control helped ground-nesting birds, especially waders, recover their populations despite declines elsewhere. The project has told us more about the economics of ­maintaining ­heather moorland, which has long been viewed as a national asset for Scotland.

But, the gamekeeping management that had promoted this reversal of fortune could not be afforded in the longer term. The grouse did not ­survive long enough to generate enough of an economic return through driven shooting to offset some of the management costs. The project allowed the partners and the wider public to gain profound, practical insight into what it takes to ­sustain our moorlands. In order to reach a balance that works for ­everyone, which this project has not succeeded in doing, the overriding message is that our current policy framework must help managers adapt to the new higher levels of predation in our hills, and it must do this if we want to keep our heather-clad moors.

The GWCT’s work over 25 years shows that there is not a binary choice of red grouse or birds of prey, but that both need to be in balance if we ­value our Scottish moorlands and their ecosystems. A loss of grouse shooting jeopardises habitats and biodiversity, the very things that many birds of prey, along with many other species, benefit from. Curtailing grouse shooting will only drive a decline in our moorlands’ ability to respond to climate change and continue its resistance to loss of biodiversity. Adapting grouse moor management must now be the watchword.

The final report on the Langholm Project can be downloaded at www.langholmproject.com

Adam Smith, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust.

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Last month, an article in the journal Science reported that nearly 3 billion birds have gone extinct in less than 50 years in the US and Canada. There are a few things that are remarkable about this research.

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First is the number. That’s not 1,000 or one million, but three billion. Put in perspective, that’s 36 times the ­estimated number of bird species in the UK, 545 times the human population of Scotland and represents a 30 per cent decline for species overall.

Second, much of the loss is among common species – songbirds like swifts, sparrows, swallows, blackbirds and finches have experienced the most loss. This loss is not just in the US and Canada. More than 160 species are endangered in the UK, and 56 per cent of UK species are in decline.

Third, phrases like “gone extinct” and “experienced the most loss” are misleading. These losses are the direct result of human activity. No mysterious force is having an effect on our nature. This crisis is our fault.

Just as this crisis is our responsibility, so is the solution. We need to encourage people to lead greener and more sustainable lifestyles and actively promote green energy, cut emissions, and protect, restore and fund our natural areas. We know that when we work together, we can make change happen. Advocacy efforts unite people, demand acknowledgement and lead to action on the ­connected crises of biodiversity and climate. As part of Scottish Environment Link and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, RSPB Scotland engages in coalition efforts like the recently-passed Climate Bill, which set ­net-zero emission targets by 2045 and committed to reduce greenhouse emissions by 75 per cent by 2030.

But the fight is far from over. Scotland still needs an environment bill that works to preserve nature through clearly-defined targets, ­creates an environmental watchdog and commits to match or exceed existing EU protections for thriving and vital natural sites in Scotland like Coul Links, near Dornoch in Sutherland. We also need to ­recognise the connection between farming, food and nature and work to ensure that industrial practices support, rather than threaten, biodiversity.

As Rachel Carson told us almost 60 years ago, the loudest alarm is the one which makes no sound: when the birds go silent, we have the most to fear. Can you remember the last time you woke up to birdsong that wasn’t part of a pre-programmed alarm? The absence of natural sound not only warns against what we are losing in the world; it also serves as a warning for what we are losing in ourselves.

In October last year, RSPB Scotland partnered with 10 NHS GP ­surgeries in Shetland to prescribe birdsong and walks in nature as part of the treatment for anxiety, heart disease, depression and obesity. As land artist Andy Goldsworthy said: “We ARE nature. Nature is not something ­separate from us. So when we say we have lost our connection to nature, we’ve lost our connection to ­ourselves.”

One of the biggest threats nature faces is our disconnection from it. In April, RSPB set out to reconnect ­people to nature, releasing a two-and-a-half minute single of birdsong called Let Nature Sing that reached number 18 on the UK singles charts. The track features the UK’s most threatened species, including ­curlews, lapwings and swifts.

Now, we’re continuing that ­campaign with a Let Nature Sing Sound Takeover on 17 October. More than 150 individual locations across Scotland, including the Enchanted Forest, Perthshire; Murrayfield; Kelvingrove Museum; Edinburgh Waverley station; Bon Accord and Union Square shopping centres in Aberdeen; V&A Dundee, and many tourist attractions like Edinburgh Castle, Linlithgow Palace and the Glencoe Visitor Centre, will participate, playing birdsong to raise awareness of the crisis facing nature and highlighting what we lose when the birds go silent.

Individuals and groups can join the campaign by hosting a birdsong afternoon tea, involving a local business or downloading the RSPB Birdsong Radio app, where you can hear the single from the UK charts.

RSPB wants to tell a new story about nature’s recovery – about a future where nature is strong and resilient, regaining its foothold and thriving. United, we can transform our way of living and shift to nature-friendly farming, green transport and flourishing woodlands, allowing nature to regenerate. By speaking out about the need to save birdsong, you empower friends and neighbours to join our movement and demand action. You can let nature sing at www.rspb.org.uk/letnaturesing

Erica Mason, policy and campaigns officer, RSPB Scotland.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "Erica Mason"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5022899.1571046889!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5022899.1571046889!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Lapwings are one of the UK's most threatened species","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Lapwings are one of the UK's most threatened species","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5022899.1571046889!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5022900.1571046891!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5022900.1571046891!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Erica Mason, Policy and Campaigns Officer, RSPB Scotland","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Erica Mason, Policy and Campaigns Officer, RSPB Scotland","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5022900.1571046891!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/columnists/will-brexit-britain-be-able-to-tax-tech-giants-if-the-eu-does-catherine-stihler-1-5023362","id":"1.5023362","articleHeadline": "Will Brexit Britain be able to tax tech giants if the EU does? – Catherine Stihler","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1571115600000 ,"articleLead": "

Brexit will mean the UK loses its seat at the EU table just as it prepares to make globally important decisions about the Internet Age, on issues such as taxing tech giants like Google and Facebook, writes Catherine Stihler.

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Every day, the UK political agenda is dominated by Brexit. There is little room for discussion about any other policy areas.

But there is a misconception that European politics is focussed on Brexit in the same way that British politics is.

More than three years after the EU referendum, there is intense weariness in Brussels that the saga is dragging on. The institutions of the EU are instead getting on with shaping the continent’s future for the five-year parliamentary term that has just started.

In European politics, questions around openness, transparency and public information will be fiercely debated over this next parliament.

The world is looking to Europe to lead the way on issues like copyright, data use and privacy – and the hope is that a path can be forged which is more open, fair and inclusive.

MEPs have already elected Ursula von der Leyen as the next president of the European Commission, the EU’s executive body, and she will take up her post on November 1. They are currently examining the competencies and abilities of her proposed team of commissioners.

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The 26 people selected will decide the EU’s future for the next five years, and this is what MEPs are focussing on: not Brexit. In the last term, there were 27 individuals, plus the president, but the UK has decided to sit this one out.

As a result, we’re missing out on playing a role in the discussions and debates that will shape policies affecting 500 million people. That means we’re not involved in the design of a European Green Deal, which aims to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent.

Or the new dedicated strategy for small and medium-sized companies that will reduce red tape and improve access for business to the European market.

Or proposals for gender quotas on company boards, a new European plan to fight cancer, and a renewed fight against tax fraud.

Taxing Google, Facebook and co

At the Open Knowledge Foundation, our vision is for a fair, free and open future. Over the coming years, one of the greatest challenges facing Europe is how to grasp the opportunities of the digital age.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming society at a rapid rate, and we must ensure that nobody is left behind by these technological advances.

For the EU, the next few years will see the prioritisation of joint standards for 5G networks, defining new standards for high-performance computing and data usage, discussion on the human and ethical implications of AI, and proposals for a Digital Services Act for digital platforms.

The UK has lost its seat at the top table while these vital issues are discussed, but in this interconnected age, the decisions will still have a major impact here at home.

The EU plans to introduce a tax on digital services if the rest of the world can’t agree on a way forward by the end of 2020.

These taxes are designed to target large tech monopolies like Google and Facebook, amid ongoing concerns about the amount of tax paid by large corporations.

But piecemeal action by countries such as the UK, in the face of US opposition, will allow countries to be picked off one-by-one, which is why the only solution is international action.

During the last European parliamentary term, when I was an MEP for Scotland, much of my work was focused on proposed EU-wide copyright changes.

Five million Europeans strongly opposed the changes but, despite protests, they were voted through by the EU Council in April 2019 with member states given two years to implement the changes.

Six countries voting against: Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Finland and Sweden. Poland has launched a legal challenge and this issue is likely to be a major subject for the new crop of MEPs, and the battle is not over.

Threat to free speech

My organisation continues to fight against these proposals which we feel will have a far-reaching and negative impact on freedom of speech and expression online by introducing blunt content filters on sites such as YouTube which could stifle the sharing of knowledge.

Meanwhile, the unfolding fragmentation of copyright law and clampdown on rights across Europe risks cementing the primacy of services provided by the American tech giants on the continent.

Last month, Google showed just how easily it could undermine a separate part of the new copyright regulations by announcing it will remove news snippets from Google and Google News for French news publications at the end of October 2019.

So just as Facebook and YouTube announce that they will not hold politicians using their platforms to the same community guidelines as everyone else due to public interest in what they have to say, they are preparing to demote news across the continent which holds politicians to account for what they say.

Crucial decisions taken in the next few years – especially at the EU level – have the potential to fundamentally change our societies.

We live in a knowledge society where we face two different futures: one which is open and one which is closed. A closed future is one where knowledge is exclusively owned and controlled leading to greater inequality and a closed society.

But an open future means knowledge is shared by all – freely available to everyone, a world where people are able to fulfil their potential and live happy and healthy lives.

That is the future we should choose.

Catherine Stihler is chief executive of the Open Knowledge Foundation

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A woman who alleges Paul Gascoigne sexually assaulted her on a train by planting a sloppy, drunken kiss on her lips has tearfully told a jury how it was \"completely out of the blue\".

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When other passengers challenged him about his behaviour, the 52-year-old former England footballer said he was trying to boost her confidence, jurors at Teesside Crown Court were told.

The ex-Newcastle United, Spurs, Rangers, Middlesbrough and Everton midfielder denies a single count of sexual assault, said to have happened on a York to Newcastle train in August 2018.

Giving evidence behind a screen, the woman, who cannot be identified, said she noticed the man, whom she did not recognise, was being noisy and had food around his mouth. She spotted cans on the train floor.

Asked to describe his demeanour, the woman said: \"He certainly seemed drunk, intoxicated.\"

She told the jury she put her headphones on and attempted to ignore the noise coming from Gascoigne behind her, saying: \"Midway through the journey he asked me if I was a palm reader.

\"I said no and tried to keep looking forward.\"

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The woman described how, later on in the journey, he attempted to sit on her lap, at which point she moved aside.

She told jurors: \"He kept saying sorry. I said 'It's fine'. I was just looking out of the window.

\"He said sorry a second time, and then tapped my arm.

\"I turned around to face him and he grabbed my face and kissed me full on the lips, and I was taken aback because it was just completely out of the blue.\"

William Mousley QC, prosecuting, said: \"This case concerns a brief but unpleasant assault with sexual overtones on a train by a drunken male stranger in his 50s.\"

The prosecution said: \"He put his hands on her cheeks and kissed her forcibly and sloppily on the lips.\"

Other passengers challenged him, accusing him of \"unacceptable sexual behaviour\", the court heard, and he replied saying he was trying to boost the woman's confidence.

She called police after getting off the train and at the time had no idea about his identity, the court heard.

It was only a week later that she saw on Sky News who he was, jurors were told.

On the night of the incident, police traced Gascoigne to a hotel in Jesmond, Newcastle, and he told officers on the phone he knew what it was about - \"he had, in his words, 'kissed a fat lass',\" Mr Mousley said.

When he was questioned the next morning, when he was \"more sober\", Mr Mousley said, he did not show \"contrition\" and told lies instead, claiming the woman had been abused about her build, \"and he had given her a peck on the lips to reassure her as he felt sorry for her\".

The prosecution asked the jury to consider what the complainant thought of the incident, with Gascoigne \"forcing his wet and sloppy mouth onto her lips\".

Mr Mousley said: \"Shocking, upsetting, perhaps even frightened at what might else have happened, a blatant act in front of others, humiliating perhaps, perhaps it was him showing off.\"

He added: \"The prosecution case is this was a sexual assault and we will seek to prove it by making you sure that it was nothing else.\"

Cross-examined by Michelle Heeley QC, for Gascoigne, the complainant said she did not hear anyone call him \"Gazza\".

She also denied hearing anyone on the train say: \"Why would you want a photo with that fat cow?\"

Ms Heeley then put it to the witness that Gascoigne had come over to comfort her and said, \"Do not worry, you're beautiful\".

The woman responded: \"I do not recall that happening.\"

The defence counsel asked if the kiss lasted around one or two seconds, and the woman said it lasted between three and five seconds, with Gascoigne's lips over her closed mouth.

Ms Heeley asked whether a fellow passenger had said, following the kiss: \"You've got a responsibility to other women on this train to do something (about the incident).\"

The woman said: \"I had already made up my mind to report it to the travel police, because it was unwanted behaviour, there was no instigation on my part of wanting any attention from him.\"

She said she was still \"gobsmacked\" when she gave police details later that night about what happened.

\"I was on my own, and because the behaviour just came out of nowhere, it just shocked me,\" sh

" ,"byline": {"email": "ross.mccafferty@jpimedia.com" ,"author": "Ross McCafferty"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5023416.1571080749!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5023416.1571080749!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Paul Gascoigne. Picture: PA","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Paul Gascoigne. Picture: PA","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5023416.1571080749!/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/world/british-man-32-dies-in-sofia-ahead-of-england-euro-match-with-bulgaria-1-5023395","id":"1.5023395","articleHeadline": "British man, 32, dies in Sofia ahead of England Euro match with Bulgaria","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1571073297250 ,"articleLead": "

A British man has died in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia ahead of England's Euro 2020 qualifier.

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The unnamed 32-year-old was said to be acting \"aggressively, raging and threatening\" when he was discovered at around 10am on Monday ahead of the crunch match in the city.

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Interior said no cause of death has been identified.

She told the PA news agency: \"A 32-year-old man has sadly died.

\"At 10am today, the police received a signal to attend a man in a helpless condition, in the city centre.

\"He was a foreign national, from Britain, and he was taken to hospital but he sadly died.

\"Police are working to clarify all the circumstances in the incident.

\"There is no further detail on any injuries.

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\"There will be a forensic examination to find out what the cause of death was.\"

A statement on the authority's website added that in hospital, the victim \"suddenly began to act aggressively, raging and threatening\".

A Foreign Office statement added: \"We are supporting the family of a British man who died following an incident in Sofia, and our staff are in contact with the UK and Bulgarian authorities.\"

It came as England prepare to take on Bulgaria in Sofia on Monday night.

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England supporters were involved in violent clashes with police in Prague on Friday, ahead of the Three Lions' 2-1 defeat to the Czech Republic.

Asked about the trouble after the defeat, England manager Gareth Southgate said: \"Of course, always disappointing and I think I've always spoken about how we would want everybody to conduct themselves.\"

" ,"byline": {"email": "claire.mckim@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Scotsman Reporter"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5023394.1571073610!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5023394.1571073610!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "The unnamed 32-year-old was said to be acting "aggressively, raging and threatening" when he was discovered at around 10am on Monday ahead of the crunch match in the city.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The unnamed 32-year-old was said to be acting "aggressively, raging and threatening" when he was discovered at around 10am on Monday ahead of the crunch match in the city.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5023394.1571073610!/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/family-of-six-leave-city-life-behind-to-live-off-grid-in-caravan-on-cliff-1-5023021","id":"1.5023021","articleHeadline": "Family of six leave city life behind to live 'off-grid' in caravan on cliff","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1571070211213 ,"articleLead": "A family of six have left the rat-race in London behind to live off-grid in a caravan - on a cliff.","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5023018.1571055485!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Davina Foster, 36, lives in the bubble caravan with her four children, Michael, 15, Saffron, 11, Ruby, 6, and Harry, 18 months, and partner, Todd. Picture: SWNS"} ,"articleBody": "


Davina Foster, 36, lives in the bubble caravan with her four children, Michael, 15, Saffron, 11, Ruby, 6, and Harry, 18 months, and partner, Todd.

They moved from London to Perranporth, Cornwall, in March 2018 to get closer to nature.

Now, they have set up their own business, Cligga Cliff Farm, and say their lives are almost entirely self sufficient.

Davina said: "My son was nine at the time and we were starting to look at secondaries and thinking about the future and the post office in Grampound came up for sale.

"My other half is a builder and I was a photographer and we thought we'd buy it and convert it.

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"We fell in love with the idea, put our house on the market, our offer was accepted and our house went up for sale like that."

Five years ago, the family were living in a little house in south east London. Ruby was just born and Davina was idly scrolling through properties in Cornwall.

They ended up renting a tiny house in Perranporth, got the kids into school and ended up buying a derelict old miners' cottage in Redruth.

Todd worked on renovating the house while Davina, who had been a professional photographer in London, worked in Spar and the Cornish Pizza Co.

She added: "We had all these bills and all this pressure.

"It was not my ambition from being a successful photographer in London to working in a supermarket.

"And we were beginning to get burnt out by the property thing. Todd and I were used to camping - we met working at festivals - so we rented out the house in Redruth and started to look for land."

That dream piece of land eventually came up - a 7¾-acre agricultural plot, on the cliffs and right on the heritage coast path.

Instead of the campsite they envisaged, they realised they'd have to actually work the land. But it was too good an opportunity to miss.

The sale went through and they got four Cornish black pigs and some chickens and started working the land right away.

Davina continued: "We rented locally for that time and we were going up there every day working the land.

"It was just a completely empty field. We had to drag containers of water up the hill. On one day our pig arc blew off the cliff and I had to climb down and drag it back up.

"We had no income and we were investing in the land."

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Within a few months, they were running out of money and had no choice but to move out of their rented home and move onto the land.

"We had a horsebox and a shack Todd built out of some pallets and the bell tent. We had some ducks and some geeses.

"We decided to do 28 days camping because that's allowed in the scope of the land. Everyone loved it, we got some great reviews.

"But I fell pregnant over that summer and I was sick every single day and all night. I got insomnia, so I didn't sleep. It was so cold and wet. It just rained and rained.

"And then we went into winter and it was brutal and then in March the Beast from the East came and I swear to god I had snow on the end of my bed and I was eight months pregnant."

Davina and Todd have now established Cligga Cliff Farm at the heart of the Perranporth community and are heavily involved with Plastic Free Perranporth, even setting up a monthly plastic free market.

Now on the first Sunday of every month, Cligga Cliff is there at the forefront of the Plastic Free market selling free range pork and eggs and vegetables as part of a collective.
They've even got cows now and have started their own micro-dairy. They get day old turkeys in July and rear them up for Christmas and have 16 litters of piglets every year.

"By the end of next summer we'll be self sufficient," says Davina.

Cligga Cliff Farm produce is available from Perranporth Plastic Free market on the first Sunday of every month and can be found on its website here.

" ,"byline": {"email": "claire.mckim@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Scotsman Reporter"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5023018.1571055485!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5023018.1571055485!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Davina Foster, 36, lives in the bubble caravan with her four children, Michael, 15, Saffron, 11, Ruby, 6, and Harry, 18 months, and partner, Todd. Picture: SWNS","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Davina Foster, 36, lives in the bubble caravan with her four children, Michael, 15, Saffron, 11, Ruby, 6, and Harry, 18 months, and partner, Todd. Picture: SWNS","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5023018.1571055485!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5023017.1571055487!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5023017.1571055487!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "They moved from London to Perranporth, Cornwall, in March 2018 to get closer to nature. Picture: SWNS","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "They moved from London to Perranporth, Cornwall, in March 2018 to get closer to nature. Picture: SWNS","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5023017.1571055487!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} , {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5023019.1571055489!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5023019.1571055489!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "They have set up their own business, Cligga Cliff Farm, and say their lives are almost entirely self sufficient. Picture: SWNS","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "They have set up their own business, Cligga Cliff Farm, and say their lives are almost entirely self sufficient. Picture: SWNS","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5023019.1571055489!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} , {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5023020.1571055491!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5023020.1571055491!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Five years ago, the family were living in a little house in south east London. Ruby was just born and Davina was idly scrolling through properties in Cornwall. Picture: SWNS","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Five years ago, the family were living in a little house in south east London. Ruby was just born and Davina was idly scrolling through properties in Cornwall. Picture: SWNS","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5023020.1571055491!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news/crime/ex-football-super-agent-willie-mckay-denies-fraud-over-buying-63-000-gifts-for-wife-while-bankrupt-1-5023016","id":"1.5023016","articleHeadline": "Ex-football 'super-agent' Willie McKay denies fraud over buying £63,000 gifts for wife while bankrupt","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1571054743920 ,"articleLead": "

Former football \"super-agent\" Willie McKay has denied committing fraud by buying £63,000-worth of gifts for his wife while he was bankrupt.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5023015.1571055041!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Willie Mckay was accused of buying presents worths tens of thousands of pounds for his wife while bankrupt. Picture: SWNS"} ,"articleBody": "

McKay, 60, appeared at Leeds Crown Court accused of two counts of fraud under the Insolvency Act.

The defendant, who has represented a number of high-profile football stars, is expected to go on trial next year.

The court heard that McKay is accused of \"fraudulent disposal of property\" by making gifts or transferring property totalling £63,100 in December 2014 while he was bankrupt.

The details of the two charges are that he allegedly gifted a £9,100 Rolex Datejust II watch bought in Leeds on December 14 2014 and, a day later, purchased a £54,000 Jaguar XK5 car in Doncaster as a gift.

McKay appeared in the dock wearing a navy suit and navy and white striped tie and spoke only to enter his not guilty pleas and to confirm his name, date of birth and nationality as Scottish.

Addressing the defendant, Judge Andrew Stubbs QC said: \"I understand your defence is a straightforward one, that you accept what the prosecution say you did but you were not doing anything wrong.\"

Kerrie Ann Rowan, defending McKay, said the defence had made an application to have the case transferred from Leeds to a London court.

Judge Stubbs said he was unable to deal with the application and another judge would decide if a transfer was appropriate.

He said: \"This is the only hearing there will be before your trial, which, at the moment, is listed here on September 14.

\"I know there is an application to move that case, that's not a decision I can make today.\"

McKay was given conditional bail until his trial, which is expected to last around three days.

" ,"byline": {"email": "edinburgh.newsdesk@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Scotsman Reporter"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5023015.1571055041!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5023015.1571055041!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Willie Mckay was accused of buying presents worths tens of thousands of pounds for his wife while bankrupt. Picture: SWNS","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Willie Mckay was accused of buying presents worths tens of thousands of pounds for his wife while bankrupt. Picture: SWNS","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5023015.1571055041!/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/crime/richard-huckle-one-of-uk-s-worst-paedophiles-stabbed-to-death-in-jail-1-5022970","id":"1.5022970","articleHeadline": "Richard Huckle: one of UK's worst paedophiles stabbed to death in jail","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1571053012701 ,"articleLead": "One of Britain's worst paedophiles, who abused up to 200 Malaysian children, has been stabbed to death in prison.","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5022969.1571050596!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Richard Huckle."} ,"articleBody": "

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Richard Huckle was murdered at HMP Full Sutton in Yorkshire on Sunday, sources said.

The Sun reported that he had been stabbed to death with a makeshift blade and was found in his cell.

Huckle was given 22 life sentences at the Old Bailey in 2016 for an unprecedented number of offences against children aged between six months and 12 years.

The freelance photographer, from Ashford in Kent, awarded himself "Pedopoints" for different acts of abuse against 191 youngsters, and sold images of his depravity on the dark web.

In online posts, Huckle bragged that it was easier to target impoverished children in Malaysia than those from wealthy Western backgrounds.

Commenting on one of his victims, he boasted: "I'd hit the jackpot, a 3yo girl as loyal to me as my dog and nobody seemed to care."

At the time of his arrest, he was writing a guide to teach fellow paedophiles how to abuse children and avoid detection.

Huckle was stopped at Gatwick Airport en route to spend Christmas with his family in 2014 after Australian authorities tipped off the UK's National Crime Agency.

Officers seized Huckle's encrypted laptop and managed to uncover more than 20,000 indecent pictures and videos although there were other files they were unable to crack.

" ,"byline": {"email": "sam.shedden@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Sam Shedden"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5022969.1571050596!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5022969.1571050596!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Richard Huckle.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Richard Huckle.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5022969.1571050596!/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/former-rangers-star-paul-gascoigne-on-trial-accused-of-sex-assault-on-train-1-5022884","id":"1.5022884","articleHeadline": "Former Rangers star Paul Gascoigne on trial accused of sex assault on train","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1571045358714 ,"articleLead": "Former Rangers and England star Paul Gascoigne is expected to go on trial today accused of sexually assaulting a woman on a train.","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5022883.1571045605!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Gascoigne's trial is due to start on Monday. Picture: PA"} ,"articleBody": "

The retired footballer was arrested on a service travelling between York and Newcastle on 20 August last year.

It is alleged Gascoigne kissed a female passenger while the train was at Darlington.

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The 52-year-old has already entered a not guilty plea to the single charge of sexual assault, and his trial at Teesside Crown Court is due to start later on Monday.

Wearing sunglasses, a blue suit and a patterned tie, Gascoigne was mobbed by photographers as he walked into the court building.

As he entered, one member of the public was heard shouting "Go on Gazza lad", to which the former footballer responded: "Ah right, lad."

At a previous hearing earlier this year, the court heard how Gascoigne's defence will be that he has a propensity to kiss people "in a non-sexual manner".

As a footballer Gascoigne enjoyed a glittering career that saw him capped for England 57 times and play for a string of top clubs, including Newcastle United, Lazio and Tottenham Hotspur.

Labelled one of the best players of his generation, he was also a key member of Walter Smith's nine-in-a-row winning Rangers squad during the mid-1990s.


His trial is scheduled to last five days.

" ,"byline": {"email": "david.mclean@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "David Mclean"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5022883.1571045605!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5022883.1571045605!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Gascoigne's trial is due to start on Monday. Picture: PA","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Gascoigne's trial is due to start on Monday. Picture: PA","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5022883.1571045605!/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/man-dressed-as-giant-broccoli-arrested-by-police-at-extinction-rebellion-protests-1-5022946","id":"1.5022946","articleHeadline": "Man dressed as giant broccoli arrested by police at Extinction Rebellion protests","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1571048677332 ,"articleLead": "A man dressed as broccoli was led away by police in connection to Extinction Rebellion protests in London on Sunday.","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5022945.1571048795!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The man was hauled away by police officers on London's Oxford Street. Picture: PA/Robert Greener"} ,"articleBody": "


The man, who wore green face paint, a suit and a floret-style hat, had previously been seen holding a sign reading: "I'm locally sourced and environmentally friendly".

Robert Greener, who was in Oxford Street on Sunday evening, tweeted a photo of the protester, with the caption: "A humble broccoli gets arrested on Oxford Street".

A video posted online showed the man being handcuffed by three officers.

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Another witness to the apparent arrest said on Twitter: "My fave thing [about] working on Oxford Street and whatever was happening today is getting to see a guy dressed as broccoli being arrested."

A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police said they could not comment on individual arrest cases.

More than 1,300 people have already been arrested in the protests, part of an "international rebellion" with action taking place in cities around the world.

Extinction Rebellion said dozens of activists are expected to appear in court this week, including trials connected with previous action in April.

" ,"byline": {"email": "pa.reporter1@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Press Association Reporter"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5022945.1571048795!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5022945.1571048795!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "The man was hauled away by police officers on London's Oxford Street. Picture: PA/Robert Greener","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The man was hauled away by police officers on London's Oxford Street. Picture: PA/Robert Greener","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5022945.1571048795!/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/arts-and-culture/music/sir-cliff-richard-to-play-scotland-show-as-part-of-80th-birthday-uk-tour-1-5022844","id":"1.5022844","articleHeadline": "Sir Cliff Richard to play Scotland show as part of 80th birthday UK tour","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1571039686619 ,"articleLead": "

Sir Cliff Richard is to embark on a nationwide tour to coincide with his 80th birthday.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5022843.1571039913!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Sir Cliff will perform in Glasgow as part of a UK tour to celebrate his 80th birthday. Picture: PA"} ,"articleBody": "

The veteran entertainer will celebrate the milestone in October next year, with his first tour date taking place a month earlier.

Sir Cliff will kick off The Great 80 Tour at the Gateshead Sage in September, before performing in cities including Glasgow, Blackpool and Birmingham.

In October he will be in Nottingham, Sheffield, Manchester, Bournemouth and Brighton.

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Sir Cliff will cap off the tour with two dates at London's Royal Albert Hall on October 12 and 13.

He is one of the most successful musicians ever, having sold more than 250 million records worldwide.

The singer launched his career in the 1950s with his backing group The Shadows and has been a fixture of the charts ever since, becoming the only singer to have a number one single in the UK in five consecutive decades.

Sir Cliff has reportedly moved to the US amid the fallout from the legal action he took against the BBC.

The pop star has previously told how the trauma of BBC coverage of the police search of his home, following a claim of historical sexual assault, left him emotionally drained.

Sir Cliff was not arrested and did not face charges.

Tickets for The Great 80 Tour will go on sale at 9am on Friday October 25. For more information visit www.livenation.co.uk

" ,"byline": {"email": "edinburgh.newsdesk@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Scotsman Reporter"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5022843.1571039913!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5022843.1571039913!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Sir Cliff will perform in Glasgow as part of a UK tour to celebrate his 80th birthday. Picture: PA","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Sir Cliff will perform in Glasgow as part of a UK tour to celebrate his 80th birthday. Picture: PA","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5022843.1571039913!/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/royal-mail-workers-in-christmas-strike-threat-over-pay-and-working-conditions-1-5022831","id":"1.5022831","articleHeadline": "Royal Mail workers in Christmas strike threat over pay and working conditions","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1571038090136 ,"articleLead": "

The threat of a national strike by postal workers in a dispute over job security and terms and conditions of employment is set to come a stage closer this week when the result of a ballot for industrial action is announced.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5022830.1571038386!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Industrial relations at Royal Mail have reportedly worsened this year, with widespread unofficial strikes breaking out virtually every week. Picture: JPIMedia"} ,"articleBody": "

With just two months left until Christmas, members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) who work for Royal Mail have been voting on whether to launch a campaign of action.

The result will be announced on Tuesday, with expectations of a yes vote among the union's 110,000 members involved in the row.

The CWU says that Royal Mail is not sticking to an agreement reached last year covering a wide range of issues, including plans to reduce the working week, as well as job security.

Industrial relations at the company have worsened this year, with widespread unofficial strikes breaking out virtually every week.

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Terry Pullinger, the CWU's deputy general secretary, said the union and its members were facing the \"fight of our lives\".

\"We face an assault on our terms, conditions and national agreements like we have never seen before. I am confident our members will stand with the union and delivery a massive yes vote in what is the most important dispute the union has ever had,\" he said.

Shane O'Riordain, the Royal Mail's managing director of regulation and corporate affairs, said there were no grounds for industrial action.

He said: \"We remain committed to open and constructive engagement with the CWU. We all want a successful and sustainable company that provides good quality jobs, fairness in workloads, and continues delivering a sustainable Universal Service.

\"No industrial action can be taken before the conclusion of our mediation period. We will continue to engage in the agreed dispute resolution processes set out in the Agenda for Growth.

\"Industrial action - or the threat of it - undermines the trust of our customers. It makes it harder for Royal Mail to pay for the existing industry-leading terms and conditions it provides.\"

He said Royal Mail was honouring the 2018 agreement. Since it was put in place there have been two pay increases of 5% and 2%, the working week had been cut by an hour, and the company was working with the CWU to lobby the Government for a new pension scheme.

He added: \"We have announced a transformation plan, through which we want to invest £1.8 billion over five years to return our UK business to growth. Hardly any UK companies are making that kind of investment right now.\"

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" ,"byline": {"email": "edinburgh.newsdesk@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Scotsman Reporter"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5022830.1571038386!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5022830.1571038386!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Industrial relations at Royal Mail have reportedly worsened this year, with widespread unofficial strikes breaking out virtually every week. Picture: JPIMedia","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Industrial relations at Royal Mail have reportedly worsened this year, with widespread unofficial strikes breaking out virtually every week. Picture: JPIMedia","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5022830.1571038386!/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/easyjet-told-baffled-scottish-mother-visit-your-embassy-in-london-if-you-want-to-fly-home-1-5022727","id":"1.5022727","articleHeadline": "EasyJet told baffled Scottish mother: 'Visit your Embassy in London if you want to fly home'","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1571037673000 ,"articleLead": "

Easyjet told a Scottish mother and daughter stranded in London after having their belongings stolen that they needed to “visit their embassy” if they wanted to fly home to Scotland.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5022726.1571037670!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Dr Ruxton with her daughter, Erin."} ,"articleBody": "

Dietician Dr Carrie Ruxton and her nine-year-old daughter, Erin, were on a holiday to the UK capital in July when Dr Ruxton’s bag was taken while they ate lunch in a Covent Garden restaurant - containing her driving licence, cash and debit cards.

Police told Dr Ruxton she would still be able to fly if she presented the airline with a police report into the theft, but easyJet said they would refuse to let the family onto the plane without photographic ID - and told Dr Ruxton she would need to visit her local embassy to obtain “alternative travel documents”.

Dr Ruxton, from Cupar, said: “The police officer dealing with the case told me that there was no legal reason why I shouldn’t be able to fly home – despite having no personal ID – as long as I quoted my crime reference number.

“I called Easyjet customer services on 2 July to explain the issue and give prior notice that I would be quoting my crime reference number at the desk in Luton. However, I was shocked to hear that Easyjet would not permit me to travel. Instead, I was advised to go to my ‘embassy’. I explained that I was a UK citizen and, hence, had no embassy in London. The customer services person then told me to go to the passport office – even though I had not lost my passport.”

Desperate to catch her flight home, Dr Ruxton visited the passport office as instructed, despite the fact her passport had been left safely at home in Scotland.

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She said: “As predicted, they told me that, since I had not lost my passport and needed no ID to return to Scotland, they could do nothing for me. I even tried to contact DVLA to obtain another driving licence but was told that I had to apply online and it would take a week to arrive - at my home address.”

Advice

EasyJet’s customer service team repeatedly told Dr Ruxton that customers are always advised to “validate their travel documents with the local embassy” and that she had needed to obtain an emergency travel document from consular staff - despite her telling them that she was a British citizen and was in the UK.

She was forced to borrow money from a work colleague living in London and bought a rail fare to Scotland - at a cost of £150.

After directly contacting Easyjet’s head of customer relations, John Leighton, via LinkedIn on her return, the customer service team eventually offered Dr Ruxton a £50 voucher, but reiterated that she should have visited her embassy in London - and had refused to follow their advice.

Dr Ruxton said: “I declined the voucher. All I want is for them to say ‘Sorry for giving you the wrong advice’ and refund me the £150 I had to pay out for my train fare.

“The Easyjet ‘line to take’ – that a UK citizen living in Scotland who has been a victim of crime should have to go to an embassy to prove their identity in order to get home – displays a worrying lack of understanding about the nature of the United Kingdom and a lack of care for customers.”

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The UK Government confirmed that there was no British Embassy in London for British citizens.

A spokesman for EasyJet said: \"We are sorry that Mrs Ruxton and her daughter were unable to travel on their flight on 4 July and were incorrectly informed, as a UK citizen, to contact the embassy.

\"It was correct, however, that photo ID is required as they had hold luggage and so this is required for safety reasons. This meant the documentation she had was not sufficient to be able to travel. We are sorry for their experience and have already provided a voucher as a goodwill gesture.\"

He added: \"The safety and security of our passengers and crew is easyJet's highest priority. We will also refund their return ticket to apologise for the inconvenience.\"

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The move away from fossil fuels being used to heat homes will be hampered without significant improvements to electric heating options, a consumer organisation has warned.

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A report commissioned by Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) on consumer attitudes to energy networks in Scotland has found that only half of households off the gas grid are satisfied with their heating systems, compared with 84 per cent of households who have a mains gas connection.

The study also found that 85 per cent of households with mains gas central heating are fairly or extremely satisfied with their heating system, compared with just 42 per cent for those with electric storage heating, a “satisfaction gap” of 43 per cent.

CAS fair markets spokesman Dr Jamie Stewart said: “The issue of the climate emergency has made it to the top of the political agenda and that’s a welcome step forward but policymakers need to be honest about the challenges this represents.

“The electrification of heat is being proposed by many as a key step in the move away from using dirtier fossil fuels to keep our homes warm. And while the idea is sound, this research highlights the dissatisfaction many electric-only households currently have with their heating systems.

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That needs to change if we are to see more homes heated with electricity.”

He added: “As conversations on decarbonising energy use begins in the corridors of government, politicians and civil servants must take into consideration consumer satisfaction when creating energy policy.

“They must acknowledge that people will not switch from gas to electricity without reduced costs and substantial improvements to electric heating options.”

People who have electric storage heaters said they were least satisfied with their heating, meanwhile, only 56 per cent of those with plug-in electric fires or heaters said they were happy.

After gas heating, those with solid fuel-open grate, enclosed grate/stove or heat pump systems were most content, with 79 per cent of people with those heating systems saying they were satisfied.

CAS has released the figures as both the UK and Scottish governments, as well as increasing numbers of big businesses, have committed to reducing emissions.

According to the Scottish Government’s Scottish Greenhouse Gas Emissions report, published this year, residential emissions decreased between 2016 and 2017 by 4.3 per cent, with a decrease of 24.4 per cent between 1990 and 2017.

The report said this long-term decrease is mainly due to a switch from less efficient solid and liquid fuels to natural gas for heating. Legislation is going through the Scottish Parliament to set tougher targets for greenhouse gas emissions with a “net-zero” date being set for 2045.

Net-zero is the point at which our emissions are equal to the amount of greenhouse gases being offset through techniques such as tree planting.

The Climate Change (Scotland) Bill sets targets based purely on “source emissions” which ministers say will better reflect the progress on decarbonising.

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IT wasn’t long into Lady Hale’s delivery of the landmark Supreme Court ruling that I believed we had won.

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When she announced the decision was unanimous, I was very hopeful the court was going to go as far as only our clients had asked it to do. Soon afterwards, I turned to Joanna Cherry MP, the lead petitioner, and whispered: “We’ve got it. We’re there.”

And we were, as the Supreme Court decided the Prime Minister’s prorogation of parliament was unlawful and it was as if it had never happened.

I was very emotional. In constitutional terms, this was as big as it gets; the UK’s highest court reinforcing the relationship between the executive and the legislature and finding that no-one is above the law.

Earlier, there was an incredible buzz, inside and outside the Supreme Court – something I’d never experienced before. There was a sense of expectation – and hope. I was cautiously hopeful, but no more than that.

The delivery of the ruling by Lady Hale, President of the Supreme Court, was extraordinarily powerful. This was hugely complex law but she explained it with incredible clarity and simplicity – to the court and the four million people watching online.

I was intimately involved in the case – as the solicitor instructed by the 70-plus petitioners – yet even I never imagined the level of interest as Lady Hale delivered the judgment with such aplomb.

It has been described as the coming of age for the UK Supreme Court. It had found its voice in constitutional terms, holding the executive to account to protect the sovereignty of parliament and the rule of law.

It ruled that nobody, including the Prime Minister, can carry out unlawful acts and that the courts can, and should, deal with such unlawful acts.

I was delighted to see such a broad church of parliamentarians – SNP, Labour, Plaid Cymru, Green and Lib Dem – at court for the historic decision. They had shown immense courage, alongside Jolyon Maugham QC of the Good Law Project, in standing up for what they believed to be right in a very divisive, emotionally-charged environment.

I had two glasses of champagne, then got the train back to Edinburgh. We’d had a big win, but this was far from the end of the story. Our attention turned immediately to the European Union (Withdrawal) (No 2) Act 2019, which followed the UK Parliament’s decision that it wouldn’t support a no-deal Brexit.

The Act required the Prime Minister to sign a letter to the EU asking for an extension until 31 January 2020 if he failed to get a Brexit deal agreed at Westminster by 19 October 2019.

We wanted to make sure the Prime Minister complied with the Act because his public pronouncements, backed by briefings from ‘Downing Street sources’ and Cabinet members suggested he was prepared to leave the EU on 31 October - deal or no deal.

The same principle applied to this case as the one which ended with Lady Hale’s unanimous ruling – that the executive could not override parliament. We progressed two cases, including a nobile officium, which only exists in Scotland and allows the courts to provide a remedy in a legal dispute where none exists. In this case, that would mean the Court of Session signing the letter if the Prime Minister refused/failed to when required,

The case moved incredibly quickly. The Prime Minister’s legal team said, for the first time, that he would sign the letter and not seek to frustrate the Act, therefore, no undertaking was necessary. The Outer House of the Court of Session agreed, saying there was “no doubt” the Prime Minister had agreed to abide by the law. Yet Downing Street briefings and ministerial tweets continued, saying the UK would leave the EU on 31 October – and we appealed to the Inner House.

Last week, three judges appreciated the time-sensitive nature of the issues and that the court could not make a definitive ruling on whether the Prime Minister had broken the Act until the 19 October deadline had passed and it had the chance to assess the factual position at that time.

Final rulings were therefore held over until 21 October.

My clients hope they don’t have to return to court on 21 October, that politics will run its course and the law will be complied with.

Meanwhile, a Sword of Damocles hangs over the Prime Minister’s head – comply and sign the letter if required or come back to court.

We all sincerely hope he will sign – not just for my clients but for anyone who cares about the rule of law and the need to abide by it, whatever the circumstances.

Elaine Motion is Executive Chairman of Balfour+Manson

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Scotland can “more than afford to be independent”, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay will tell SNP delegates today.

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The claim comes despite official Scottish Government figures recently showing that the country’s annual deficit of £12.6 billion is among the highest in Europe.

The shortfall between government spending and the money it raised in 2018-19 amounts to 7 per cent of Scotland’s GDP, raising major questions over the economic viability of independence.

But Mr Mackay will insist today that the case for the union has been “demolished” in recent years after Brexit and austerity were imposed on Scotland by Westminster.

“Brexit or no Brexit, it is clear that the UK is heading for years of economic uncertainty and political chaos,” Mr Mackay will say in a keynote speech to the party’s Autumn conference.

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“We have always known that convincing people that they will be better off in an independent Scotland is key to winning their support – and opinion polls clearly show that confidence in an independent Scotland’s economy is growing.

“The message is ringing through loud and clear – Scotland cannot afford the union. Our economy, our public services and our people cannot afford to be subject to the whim of Westminster turmoil for years and years.

“Scotland cannot afford the union – but it can more than afford to be independent.”

He will add: “We know that Scotland is a wealthy country – with human and natural resources that most countries could only dream of – and we frankly deserve better than this. We are winning the argument on Scotland’s economic future – and when we have won that argument decisively there will be no way back for the union and we will win our independence.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "newsdeskts@scotsman.com" ,"author": "Scott McNab"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.5022788.1571159657!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.5022788.1571159657!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Nationalists and unionists, carrying the Saltire and Union Jack respectively, meet. (Picture: Lisa Ferguson)","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Nationalists and unionists, carrying the Saltire and Union Jack respectively, meet. (Picture: Lisa Ferguson)","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.5022788.1571159657!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/business/cross-party-msps-wrote-to-us-over-whisky-tariff-increase-1-5022796","id":"1.5022796","articleHeadline": "Cross-party MSPs wrote to US over whisky tariff increase","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1570997436817 ,"articleLead": "

A cross-party group of Scottish MPs has written to the US ambassador to demand a meeting over “devastating” plans for import tariffs on Scotch whisky.

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The letter to Woody Johnson, US ambassador to the UK, was written by East Lothian Labour MP Martin Whitfield and signed by 13 MPs from Labour, the SNP, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats.

The proposed tariff increase of 25 per cent on single malt Scotch whisky, put forward by President Donald Trump, is due to come into force on Friday and is projected to cause a 20 per cent drop in exports to the US.

Scotch whisky accounts for 70 per cent of Scotland’s food and drink exports.

Single malt exports to the US in 2018 were worth more than £380 million, and the whisky industry supports 10,000 jobs in Scotland.

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The MSPs wrote: “As you will be aware, the United States is a critical market for the Scotch whisky industry.

The US is the single largest market for this sector and is responsible for 22 per cent of our global exports, which is worth over £1bn at export value.

The proposed tariff increases of 25 per cent on single malt Scotch whisky is projected to cause a 20 per cent drop in exports to the US.

“The proposed tariff increase will therefore have a devastating impact on the Scottish economy. Scotch whisky accounts for 70 per cent of Scotland’s food and drink exports and we are profoundly concerned that these tariff changes will impact the 10,000 jobs in Scotland the industry currently supports.

“Over two thirds of these jobs are based in rural communities across Scotland and they provide vital investment across these local economies.”

It added: “We are seeking an urgent meeting to request that, in your position as US ambassador, you would be willing to communicate these clear concerns to the US President.”

“Serious for the industry\"

Karen Betts, chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, last week described the tariff as “serious” for the industry.

Mr Whitfield, whose constituency includes the Glenkinchie distillery, said: “The United States is a crucial market for the Scotch whisky industry and I am deeply concerned that these new aggressive tariffs will have a devastating impact on our world-class whisky distilleries.

“This hike in tariffs will have a disproportionate impact on small companies in rural communities across Scotland and we are urging the US ambassador to meet us at the earliest opportunity to address these issues and relay our concerns to President Trump.”

He added: “It is in the interests of American consumers as well as jobs within the whisky industry that we seek an urgent delay to these unfair tariff rises before they come into effect on Friday.”

Other goods being targeted include popular exports from Scotland such as cashmere sweaters, dairy products and pork.

The tariffs will also apply to olives, biscuits, books and some machinery.

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A Labour government in Scotland would scrap the controversial tax on parking at work after it was given the green light by MSPs last week.

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The move could see workers charged up to £400 a year after being voted through at Holyrood.
It has sparked an angry backlash among the police and teachers who will be forced to pay while health workers are exempt, however environmentalists say it is necessary to tackle climate change.

Labour leader Richard Leonard has now announced his party will pledge to axe the charge in its manifesto for government in the 2021 Scottish Parliament election.

But the move was branded an “embarrassment” by the Greens.

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The party will instead build a reliable and more affordable public transport system to encourage people to leave their cars at home, he said.

“The SNP’s car park tax will hit workers in the pocket just for trying to get to their work,” Mr Leonard said.

“Many people across Scotland simply cannot rely on our crumbling transport system because it is more interested in profits than passengers.

“The solution to this problem is not to slap a new tax on getting to work, it is to transform our transport system. That is why Scottish Labour will axe the tax in government, bring our railways into public ownership and build a free bus network to serve communities across the country.”

In a Holyrood vote last week, MSPs rejected a Labour amendment calling for the removal of the proposal from the Transport (Scotland) Bill.

Under the government proposals, local authorities will be given the choice of whether to impose the levy.

Ministers have specified that NHS sites would not be included in any charging scheme.

Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said: “Labour may want the Scottish Parliament to be a parochial backwater that discusses parking, but the Scottish Greens have higher ambitions, and we are content to let local councils take decisions to suit local circumstances.

“While we’ve proposed a bold Scottish Green New Deal to tackle the climate crisis and create hundreds of thousands of jobs, Scottish Labour continue to be a perpetual embarrassment with nothing constructive to offer.”

Only two local authorities – Glasgow and Edinburgh – are considering implementing the proposals, according to weekend media reports.

A similar scheme in Nottingham, often cited by the Scottish Government and Greens, sees workers charged £415 annually for taking their car to work.

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