{"JP":[ {"NewsSection":{"name":"uk","detaillevel":"full", "Articles": {"count":25,"detaillevel":"full","articlesList":[ {"article": { "url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news/marines-could-use-wings-and-invisible-suits-1-4990873","id":"1.4990873","articleHeadline": "Marines could use wings and ‘invisible’ suits","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1566795600000 ,"articleLead": "

Futuristic plans for the Royal Marines which would see commandos being carried into battle on silent “flying wings” while wearing “invisible” suits have been unveiled by the Royal Navy.

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Young engineers from the UK Naval Engineering Science and Technology Forum were asked to create ideas to kit out a mid-21st century assault by the marines on an enemy missile site perched on a clifftop.

The graduates were briefed to use existing and future tech for the imagined scenario.

The designers spent a day at the Commando Training Centre at Lympstone in Devon, to understand what it takes to become a Royal Marine before embarking on the project.

The ideas included exo-skeleton suits covered by a chameleon-like skin allowing wearers to perform super-human feats such as scaling cliffs effortlessly while invisibly blending in with environment.

Other suggestions included ekranoplan “flying wings” replacing landing craft which can skim across waves at hundreds of miles an hour, as well as holograms of marines to be used as a decoy for the enemy.

The marines would also be kitted out with helmets with head-up displays providing the latest battlefield intelligence and health and fitness levels, as well as boots which harness energy from running to power equipment.

Drones would be used to provide local information, with larger “grunt” drones deployed to drop ammunition and supplies while armed with laser guns.

The commandos would also be deployed behind enemy lines in special pods fired from ships using electro-magnetic rail guns, and other equipment would include sleeping mats that can double as solar panels, and portable 3D printers which would produce food in the field.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “It is tremendous to see the pioneering visions of young British engineers push the boundaries of technology and conventional thought.

“The Royal Marines have a long history of delivering unmatched capabilities across a wide range of scenarios and theatres.

“As global threats continue to evolve and become more complex, it is vital that we encourage our armed forces and industry to work together to ensure our fighting forces strengthen their operational edge.”

Major General Matt Holmes, Commandant General Royal Marines, said: “We can’t say how much or how quickly the reality of these visions will come to fruition. But what we can say is that if only 20 per cent of these ideas come to reality then we will be at the cutting edge of tomorrow’s technology.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4990872.1566761441!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4990872.1566761441!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Image: PA","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Image: PA","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4990872.1566761441!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/plans-to-reduce-fuel-duty-described-as-irresponsible-by-environmentalists-1-4990877","id":"1.4990877","articleHeadline": "Plans to reduce fuel duty described as ‘irresponsible’ by environmentalists","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1566792000000 ,"articleLead": "

Boris Johnson is planning to cut fuel duty for the first time in almost a decade in a boost for motorist – sparking speculation his party could be preparing for a snap autumn election.

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The tax has been frozen by the government for nine consecutive years and stands at 57.95 pence per litre for petrol and diesel.

According to the latest forecast by the Office for Budget Responsibility, fuel duty is expected to raise £28.4 billion in 2019-20 – equivalent to £1,000 for every household in Britain.

However, the move has been criticised as “irresponsible” following the government’s decision to declare an environment and climate emergency in May.

The cut would form part of an emergency budget by Chancellor Sajid Javid and could pave the way for a general election in October, The Sunday Times said.

The reported plans follow a series of funding pledges by Mr Johnson since he took over the top job, including a boost for left-behind towns and extra resources for crime-fighting, fuelling speculation over a snap vote.

A source told the Mail on Sunday it would send “a clear message that the Prime Minister is fully behind business in the run-up to Brexit”.

However, earlier this month, a right-wing think tank said fuel duty should be increased to tackle air pollution in the UK.

Bright Blue said Britain’s departure from the EU provided an opportunity to raise air pollution standards and suggested removing the existing freeze on fuel duty.

In May, MPs backed a motion in the House of Commons to officially recognise a ‘climate emergency’ after a series of protests by environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion.

A UK citizens’ assembly on the issue is due to take place in the autumn to explore the fastest and fairest ways to end the UK’s carbon emissions.

Many local authorities are targeting carbon-neutrality by 2030.

Scottish Greens environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell said: “Given the UK government’s appalling record on the environment, we shouldn’t be surprised that it wants to subsidise more car use.”

“We are in a climate emergency and have seen the hottest June and July on record, we cannot tackle the crisis by failing to cut transport emissions. It’s vital that finances are raised to improve public transport making it more cost effective option than private car use.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "ANGUS HOWARTH"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4990876.1566762608!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4990876.1566762608!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "The fuel tax has been frozen by the government for nine consecutive years and stands at 57.95 pence per litre for petrol and diesel","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The fuel tax has been frozen by the government for nine consecutive years and stands at 57.95 pence per litre for petrol and diesel","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4990876.1566762608!/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/woodmill-high-school-fire-latest-pictures-show-sheer-scale-of-devastation-1-4991051","id":"1.4991051","articleHeadline": "Woodmill High School Fire: Latest pictures show sheer scale of devastation","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1566812485356 ,"articleLead": "These pictures show the full extent of the devastation caused by an overnight fire at Woodmill High in Fife.","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4991042.1566813011!/image/image.jpeg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpeg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Woodmill High"} ,"articleBody": "

Firefighters were called out to Woodmill High, in the Abbeyview district of Dunfermline, at 5.05pm on Sunday 25 August. The school is closed to pupils and staff today. Multiple appliances and more than 80 firefighters were sent to battle a "very large and complex" blaze at the secondary school. Hundreds of onlookers gathered around the building when the blaze took hold. These pictures, taken on Monday morning by Edinburgh Evening News photographer Lisa Ferguson, show the charred remains of the high school.

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Picture: Lisa Ferguson","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Firefighters were called out to Woodmill High, in the Abbeyview district of the town, at 5.05pm on Sunday. Picture: Lisa Ferguson","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4991043.1566813053!/image/image.jpeg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpeg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} , {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4991044.1566813087!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4991044.1566813087!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Nine appliances, carrying more than 40 firefighters, were sent to the secondary school. Picture: Lisa Ferguson","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Nine appliances, carrying more than 40 firefighters, were sent to the secondary school. 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A John Lewis security guard has lost his job after a video emerged of him putting a teenager in a headlock.

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Kyle Spencer, 19, was grabbed by the neck and violently dragged out of the John Lewis in Westgate, Oxford.

New dad Kyle, was out shopping for baby clothes for the arrival of his firstborn child, Emilia, on August 5, when he said he was \"assaulted\" by the security guard.

He was visiting the store at around 4pm with his two sisters, one who filmed the incident on her phone.

The clip shows the guard grab Kyle, from Oxford, by the neck and wrestle him out of the store.

The family claim the scuffle started after Kyle's 12-year-old sister pressed a button on a speaker causing loud music to play.

Security guards were then called by store workers to investigate reports of disruptive behaviour, and Kyle was hauled out of the shop.

The security guard is no longer employed by John Lewis and wrote an apology email to Kyle.

\"I physically couldn't breathe,\" Kyle said.

\"It was absolutely terrifying.

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\"He had my neck so tight that I thought I was going to die.

\"For a good week or so after it happened I was scared to go into town again.

\"My sisters were in absolute distress. No child should have to see their big brother get attacked like that.

\"He was full of anger. I thought he would never let go.\"

Kyle says his sister turned the music on by accident and panicked having caused a disruption.

The group were approached by the security guard, who asked the three of them to leave the store, Kyle said.

But Kyle claims the guard became aggressive when he asked to see his ID badge.

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He asked to see some form of identification because the guard, dressed in shorts and a polo shirt, \"didn't look like\" someone who worked for John Lewis.

Kyle said: \"To me he just looked like a normal person in normal clothes.

\"He refused to show me his badge and started to get angry about it. I didn't try to cause an argument or try to be awkward.

\"He asked us to leave but when we were talking he pushed me twice.\"

Video footage then shows the guard spin Kyle around and grab him by the neck.

Kyle said he tried to defend himself by resisting the \"heavy-handed\" guards attempt to grapple with him.

After dragging Kyle out of the store the guard continues to hold Kyle by the neck.

His sisters can be heard screaming in distress as their brother is taken to the ground.

Kyle reported the incident to Thames Valley Police claiming assault.

An investigation was launched but no action was taken against the guard.

Kyle said he went to A&E later that night with neck pain and bruised ribs.

He claims doctors diagnosed him with a sprain and whiplash.

Following the closure of the police investigation Kyle reported the incident to John Lewis directly, on August 22.

He received a letter of apology from the guard the next day, in which it is claimed Kyle used abusive and threatening language, which he denies.

John Lewis say they are \"appalled\" by the incident and have confirmed the guard no longer works for the company.

A John Lewis spokesperson said: \"We were shocked and appalled to hear of this incident in our Oxford shop and have apologised to the customer.

\"This is not what we would expect from anyone who works for us and we can confirm that this individual is no longer employed by John Lewis & Partners.

\"We've subsequently conducted an internal investigation and supported the Police with their enquiries.\"

Thames Valley Police spokesperson said: \"Thames Valley Police received a report of an assault which took place in Queen Street, Oxford at around 4pm on August 5.\"

\"No arrests have been made. A 52-year-old man received an adult restorative disposal in relation to this incident.\"

" ,"byline": {"email": "newsdeskts@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Scotsman Reporter"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4990979.1566808588!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4990979.1566808588!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "A John Lewis security guard has lost his job after a video emerged of him putting a teenager in a headlock.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "A John Lewis security guard has lost his job after a video emerged of him putting a teenager in a headlock.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4990979.1566808588!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4990980.1566808590!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4990980.1566808590!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "New dad Kyle, was out shopping for baby clothes for the arrival of his firstborn child, Emilia, on August 5, when he said he was "assaulted" by the security guard. Picture: SWNS","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "New dad Kyle, was out shopping for baby clothes for the arrival of his firstborn child, Emilia, on August 5, when he said he was "assaulted" by the security guard. Picture: SWNS","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4990980.1566808590!/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/disgraceful-drunk-wedding-guest-groped-a-woman-and-headbutted-a-teenager-1-4990970","id":"1.4990970","articleHeadline": "'Disgraceful' drunk wedding guest groped a woman and headbutted a teenager","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1566807357581 ,"articleLead": "

A fuming judge branded a man who got drunk at his friend's wedding and groped a woman and headbutted a teenage girl as \"a disgrace to anyone who's a human being\".

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4990969.1566807788!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Single Karl Palmer, 39, had attended his friend's wedding but got drunk at the reception and began "mouthing off" to other guests.Picture: SWNS"} ,"articleBody": "

Single Karl Palmer, 39, had attended his friend's wedding but got drunk at the reception and began \"mouthing off\" to other guests.

A court heard he continued boozing and became increasingly \"boorish and obnoxious\" before approaching a woman outside the venue last August.

Prosecutor Raj Punia said: \"After the reception had ended, he came up behind a woman who was sitting on a step having a cigarette, and put his foot under her bottom and began wriggling it in a sexual way.

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\"When she got up to go inside, he sat down, blocking her way, and as she tried to step over him, he reached up with his hand and touched her between the legs over her clothing.

\"She responded by demanding: 'Who do you think you are?'\"

Miss Punia said a 17-year-old girl saw what happened and made a comment but Palmer flew into a rage and headbutted her.

Palmer, of Rugby, Warks, admitted sexual assault and beating at Warwick Crown Court.

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He was sentenced to 14 months in prison, suspended for two years, ordered to do 120 hours unpaid work, pay £300 costs and sign the Sex Offenders' Register for ten years.

Judge Anthony Potter told him: \"You were boorish and obnoxious, a disgrace to anyone who's a human being.

\"The way you treated other human beings that day is beyond belief, and the fact that you did that at your friend's wedding beggars belief.

\"The only factors that have led me to conclude that I can suspend the sentence are your guilty pleas.\"

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The incident happened at about 3pm on Sunday on the A830 near Lochailort in the Highlands.

One of the riders, a 60-year-old man, was taken by air ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.

The two other motorcyclists, both males, suffered minor injuries.

The road was closed in both directions for several hours, with Traffic Scotland confirming it reopened shortly before midnight.

Sergeant Chris Murray said: "This was a collision involving three motorcycles whereby one of the riders sustained serious injuries.

"I would ask that anyone who witnessed the collision, or has dash cam footage, and has not already spoken to one of my officers, that they get in touch on 101 and quote reference number 2742 of August 25.

"I would like to thank the public for their patience during the closure of this route while investigation work was carried out."

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" ,"byline": {"email": "david.mclean@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Angus Howarth"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4990938.1566803227!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4990938.1566803227!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "The incident happened at about 3pm on Sunday on the A830. Picture: Google Street View","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The incident happened at about 3pm on Sunday on the A830. Picture: Google Street View","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4990938.1566803227!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/boris-johnson-warns-donald-trump-that-trade-war-could-spark-recession-1-4990659","id":"1.4990659","articleHeadline": "Boris Johnson warns Donald Trump that trade war could spark recession","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1566765369000 ,"articleLead": "

Boris Johnson warned Donald Trump that his trade war with China may trigger a global recession as the two men met on Sunday to discuss a potential UK-US post-Brexit trade deal.

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The Prime Minister said the US president was “gung-ho” about the prospect of a “very big trade deal” between the two countries after they had their first formal meeting while attending the G7 summit in Biarritz.

But while Mr Trump gave Mr Johnson his full backing as the new Prime Minister, declaring him “the right man for the job”, Mr Johnson sounded a warning about America’s escalating trade war with China.

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Economists have already raised fears that the global economy is heading for recession due to a combination of the slowdown in the US economy as a result of the president’s tariffs on imports, a shrinking of the German economy, China’s debt crisis and a potential no-deal Brexit.

The president has also blamed China for undercutting US goods with an undervalued currency, and moved from just imposing import tariffs on steel to a wide range of Chinese goods.

Yesterday Mr Johnson said Mr Trump risked being blamed for a global recession if he continued his trade war with China and said it was “not the way to proceed”.

He said: “Apart from anything else, those who support the tariffs are at risk of incurring the blame for the downturn in the global economy irrespective of whether or not that is true.

“We [the UK] face tariffs of altogether £2.25 billion – that’s the value of the goods affected, £1.1 billion on whisky alone – that we could face if this goes on. This is not the way to proceed.”

He called on Mr Trump to move towards an “opening up of global trade,” and said, “I want to see a dialling down of tensions and I want to see tariffs come off. We are in favour of trade peace on the whole.”

Shadow international trade secretary Barry Gardiner agreed with the Prime Minister that a global recession was “much more likely” due to Mr Trump’s policies.

“With what Donald Trump has done in introducing the new tariffs that he has suggested on China and the retaliatory tariffs that China is now putting on American goods, we are facing a global recession.” He added a deepening recession was “much more likely if they pursue protectionist and aggressive trade policies”.

However, President Trump denied that he was coming under pressure from other world leaders to back down in his trade war with China, saying “nobody would tell me that”.”He added that “I think they respect the trade war.”

After talks between Mr Johnson and Mr Trump, the Prime Minister said a new working group had been established to focus on closer economic links, but admitted that he wanted a series of concessions from Washington, and that there would be “tough talks ahead”.

“There’s an opportunity to do a great free trade deal with the United States, he said. “The president is very gung-ho about that and so am I.”

But he added that “I don’t think people realise quite how protectionist” the US market can be. “They want to do it within a year, I’d love to do it within a year, but that’s a very fast timetable,”

He also urged the president to drop restrictions on UK goods entering American markets, including shower trays, wallpaper, pillows, railway carriages and even cauliflowers and pork pies.

“It’s not just beef or lamb that is currently banned from entering the US, in spite of their commitment to overturn that prohibition in 2014,” Mr Johnson said. “Melton Mowbray pork pies, which are sold in Thailand and in Iceland, are currently unable to enter the US market because of some sort of Food and Drug Administration restriction.”

He added that cauliflowers “can only enter specified ports not including Miami, which is where UK exporters want them.”

“I know that there will be some tough talks ahead because at the moment I don’t think we sell a single joint of British lamb in the United States; we don’t sell any beef.... and there are huge opportunities for the UK to penetrate the American market in ways we currently don’t.”

Asked if he had made clear his views on protecting the NHS and animal welfare standards in trade talks with Mr Trump, the Prime Minister said: “There is complete unanimity on that point.”

Mr Trump said he wanted a deal done “quickly” because in the past he had been “stymied” under Theresa May. He added: “This is a different person and this is a person that’s going to be a great Prime Minister, in my opinion.”

He said the US and UK were “going to do a very big trade deal, bigger than we’ve ever had with the UK and now at some point they won’t have the obstacle, they won’t have the anchor around their ankle, because that’s what they have.”

But Mr Johnson told Mr Trump: “Talking of the anchor, Donald, what we want is for our ships to take freight, say, from New York to Boston, which for the moment they’re not able to do.”

US director of the National Economic Council Larry Kudlow and UK Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill have now been directed to set up a special relationship economic working group (SREWG).

“The SREWG will develop market-oriented principles for economic growth and increase bilateral co-operation on issues related to the modern 21st-century economy,” the White House and Number 10 said in a joint statement.

The statement said that during the talks in Biarritz the two leaders discussed how Brexit presented opportunities for “deepening our already robust economic and commercial relationship, including a comprehensive trade agreement”.

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The BBC should \"cough up\" and fund free TV licences for all over-75s, Boris Johnson said.

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The Prime Minister hit out at the broadcaster's plan to restrict the benefit to just the poorest pensioners.

Speaking to reporters at the G7 summit in Biarritz he said: \"The BBC received a settlement that was conditional upon their paying for TV licences for the over-75s.

\"They should cough up.\"

The Tory election manifesto in 2017 pledged to protect free licences.

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But the benefit will be restricted to those on pension credit from June next year, with the BBC saying it cannot afford to take on the financial burden from the Government.

The move will strip 3.7 million pensioners of their free licence.

The free TV licence was introduced in 2000, but the BBC agreed to take on the cost as part of the charter agreement hammered out in 2015.

Those found to be ineligible for a free licence will have to pay £154.50 a year for a colour television and £52 a year for a black and white television.

A BBC spokeswoman said: \"It was the Government who decided to stop funding free TV licences for the over-75s, and Parliament gave responsibility to the BBC to make a decision on the future of the scheme.

\"There was no guarantee that the BBC would continue to fund free licences for the over-75s, as the culture secretary at the time has confirmed.

\"We've reached the fairest decision we can in funding free TV licences for the poorest pensioners, while protecting BBC services.

\"If the BBC funded all TV licences for the over-75s it would mean the closure of BBC Two, BBC Four, the BBC News Channel, the BBC Scotland channel, Radio 5 Live, and several local radio stations.

\"It is a matter for the Government if it wishes to restore funding for free licences for all over-75s.\"

Shadow culture secretary Tom Watson said: \"This Prime Minister's disregard for older people is appalling.

\"He is trying to blame the BBC for his own Government's policy, but this obfuscation will not work.

\"The blame for scrapping free TV licences lies firmly with the Government.

\"Keeping the free licences was a Tory manifesto promise, but because of this Government's refusal to fund the concession, millions of older people will have their free TV licences scrapped next year.

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\"This Government must stop passing the buck and step in to fund the free TV licences today.\"

A Number 10 source said: \"The Government agreed the licence fee settlement with the BBC in 2015.

\"At the time, the director general said it was a 'strong deal for the BBC' and provided 'financial stability'.

\"It saw BBC income boosted by requiring iPlayer users to have a licence, and unfroze the licence fee for the first time since 2010 - with it rising each year with inflation.

\"In return, we agreed responsibility for the over-75 concession would transfer to the BBC in June 2020.

\"The BBC must honour this agreement.\"

" ,"byline": {"email": "newsdeskts@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Scotsman Reporter"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4990912.1566799086!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4990912.1566799086!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "BBC Scotland headquarters. Picture: John Devlin.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "BBC Scotland headquarters. Picture: John Devlin.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4990912.1566799086!/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/christine-jardine-we-should-be-building-trust-between-the-public-and-public-services-not-fear-1-4990230","id":"1.4990230","articleHeadline": "Christine Jardine: We should be building trust between the public and public services, not fear","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1566795635000 ,"articleLead": "

This week one of the first constituents who brought me an issue that was causing her personal hardship two years ago came back to visit me at an advice surgery.

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The issue was the same: she is one of the three million women across the UK who were born in the 1950s and have been left high and dry by the mismanagement of the change to the age at which they could receive their state pensions.

She, like all the other affected women, is currently awaiting the outcome of a Judicial Review. But other than that, nothing has changed.

More than two years later despite petitioning the commons, a private member’s bill that I co-signed and numerous debates, nothing has been done. By either government.

Of course, action would demand a government that would actually take the time and isn’t obsessed with a single issue like Brexit or independence.

Until this week I had responsibility for Liberal Democrat welfare policy at Westminster. Pensions were front and centre of the issues I had to raise, along with the vast problems with universal credit and the attitude of a government whose radar does not seem to pick up on social issues.

I shall not be turning my back on that. But there are also other challenges which the country has to face and which we can no longer afford to put to one side to await a Brexit solution.

I am honoured to have been made Shadow Home Secretary in the new Liberal Democrat line up by Jo Swinson. I’ll also have responsibility for women and equalities and justice. A unique opportunity to hold the new hard-right Brexiteer-led government to account, in a way the official opposition has so far failed to do.

These new portfolios cover some key liberal touchstone issues, including immigration, equalities, cannabis regulation and offender rehabilitation.

Every week I meet people who are being placed under horrific stress as a direct result of the Home Office’s continuing hostile environment.

Couples being torn apart because of complicated administrative requirements and arbitrary income thresholds. EU citizens terrified about their future in a country they’ve called home since before some Brexiteer MPs were born.

And that government position towards migration is hardening further, at a time when our we are crying out for support from our friends from abroad, to keep our NHS running, to prevent our hospitality sector from total collapse, and to teach our children.

We need an immigration system that will not just encourage people to come, but those who are already here to stay. To do that we will also have to create a society they want to live in. Not one where they are afraid for their children’s safety or lie awake listening for the key in door that tells them that their loved ones have made it home from a night out.

Since taking office the new Home Secretary has used language that makes it clear her approach will be a hard one, but I can’t agree that is the best way to tackle the issues we face or create a better future for our children.

We cannot deal with society’s problems by waving a big stick at them. Anyone who has lived or worked in Glasgow, or even heard of that city’s problems, knows that taking a holistic approach to knife crime there, looking at the social, economic and health influences, worked.

London, indeed many English cities, are currently in the grip of what could be described as a knife crime epidemic. There are many lessons from Glasgow that this government could employ.

Of course we all want to see investment in public services. The importance of the jobs that our police and other emergency services do can never be underestimated, but there is more to it than numbers, boots on the street. Yes numbers are important but it’s how you deploy them.

If the new Home Secretary believes that making people feel terrified of their police service is appropriate for the 21st century never mind actually work, I would urge her to take a look at her history books.

It doesn’t help police officers or the public. Police need the support and trust of the pubic, not to have them ‘terrified’ in the way she has described. Our police officers also deserve the protection and security of knowing that the public do not regard them as enemies. This week we have all seen the heart-breaking price that police officers may pay if it goes wrong.

We should be building the trust between public and public services, not using inflammatory language. Neither should we be making sections of society feel targeted because of some perception of their ethnic background or social economic status. That doesn’t help in any sphere of public life. Building bridges, creating a more equal, trusting society does.

In my lifetime I have witnessed dramatic changes in public attitudes and improvements in our inclusiveness, but at the moment I find myself worrying that we may be about to lose some of what we have achieved.

I will also have responsibility for speaking up on women and equalities at Westminster. Issues which underpin everything I believe and which should be sewn into the fabric of every section of society, every government policy and every decision that politicians make.

Somehow when the decision to equalise men and women’s state pensionable ages was being made the intention got lost in inefficient management and muddled communications.

I don’t believe anyone intended that it should bring hardship to those three million women but that was the result. It’s time those in power acknowledged their responsibility to put it right. And I don’t want to see that same woman in another two years.

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Scotland is firmly on the global energy map, particularly for its significant and long-standing contribution to the world’s oil and gas industry. In this country alone, the sector continues to play a critical role in energy production and employment and is a substantial part of the socioeconomic fabric of Scotland.

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Having weathered the downturn and now navigating the path back through a slow but sure upturn, the Scottish oil and gas industry remains resilient, robust and competitive on the international stage. But one element of the industry requires particular care and attention as the sector gets back on its feet: the oil and gas supply chain.

It is without question one of the major working operations in the country’s energy industry, but in a climate where there’s an ever-increasing move towards low-carbon and targets are being set, which, in global terms, Scotland is meeting faster than many countries, questions are being raised over its long-term future.

While it’s no cause for immediate alarm, due to the fact the UK as a whole still remains three-quarters reliant on hydrocarbons for heat, transport and other prime energy needs, with oil and gas production actually rising in Scotland, there is a clear need to diversify the traditional oil and gas supply chain.

It’s already happening in many areas, and we’ve seen numerous examples of traditional oil and gas companies transfer their skills, expertise and technology into the low carbon playing field. There is still a future for the oil and gas supply chain, however it might look slightly different decades from now.

For a start, there remains an incredible amount of value in, and investor appetite towards, upstream assets in the UKCS, in which the oil and gas supply chain plays a crucial role. Perhaps it’s down to our modest nature as Scots, but we don’t always showcase and shout about its vast potential, something we must do in order to attract continued international investment.

In May 2019, Scottish Enterprise reported that, despite a fall in total sales due to the sector downturn, the proportion of international sales remained above 50 per cent for the sixth year running, with the US, Norway and UAE the top markets for activity. Interestingly, there was also an increase in sales into non-oil markets.

However, amongst the positivity, there is a clear understanding that supply chain companies are still experiencing highly challenging market conditions, with cashflow, low margins and uncertainty in their pipelines remaining some of the key issues.

Even in the upturn, rising core costs are forcing many businesses to enter into cash reserves, putting more pressure on cashflow. In a climate where companies are being encouraged to provide more services and invest into diversification, some are simply running out of resource.

In light of the current challenges, the sector has naturally welcomed the recent announcement by the Scottish Government that a further £4 million in funding will be made available to provide support for projects to enhance the decommissioning market and supply chain in Scotland.

Decommissioning North Sea infrastructure will help Scotland’s supply chain gain a higher share of North Sea projects and capitalise on international market opportunities by exporting knowledge and experience. The fund will also support innovation in the supply chain, further cost reduction and improve the skills of the Scottish workforce.

In order for the oil and gas supply chain to continue to remain competitive, those who have stuck by the industry through the downturn must also be protected, and we must ask what the industry can do to attract back those who have left. We will need the wealth of knowledge, talent and innovation that exists in the industry to bring forward new exploration and projects. We must attract, nurture and support young people so that they see a career in our industry, and help shape its future.

If the industry can maintain discipline and drive, then there is no reason why the Scottish oil and gas supply chain cannot reap the benefits of a host of opportunities – both in oil and gas and in low-carbon, here and across the globe.

David McEwing is a Partner in Addleshaw Goddard’s Aberdeen office

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Boris Johnson has refused to give an interview to Channel 4 at the G7 summit in Biarritz, days after he was criticised by the organisation’s news chief Dorothy Byrne.

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Ms Byrne called Mr Johnson a “coward” and compared him with Vladimir Putin for his preference for a “jolly statement” over a grilling on television, at the Edinburgh TV Festival, saying: “What we all need to decide: what do we do when a known liar becomes our Prime Minister?”

Channel 4 said on Sunday that they were due to talk to Mr Johnson but that their meeting was cancelled despite being told to travel to the summit in France.

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Channel 4 News tweeted: “Decision by @10DowningStreet was made following criticism from Dorothy Byrne that Mr Johnson limits access to media like Putin.

“@10DowningStreet’s reasons for the cancellation have varied. One senior advisor said the interview was scrapped because of Dorothy Byrne’s recent speech.”

“Mr Johnson told @itvnews’ @Peston it was because he didn’t have time.”

Questioned about cancelling the Channel 4 interview by ITV News’ political editor Robert Peston, who said he was not allowing himself to be “held to account”, Mr Johnson said: “I’m delighted to be interviewed by you Robert, it’s the highest honour that, one of the high honours that a politician can have.

“But I have to, I’m afraid, once this ceremony is over, I have to go and talk to French radio, French TV and lots of other outlets as well.”

Mr Peston tweeted: “I suggested to @BorisJohnson that he had ‘shot himself in the foot’ in his response to the critique of Dorothy Byrne, head of news and current affairs at Channel 4, that he and @jeremycorbyn don’t allow themselves to be held to account on television enough - because today he refused to be interviewed by Ch4 News (@Channel4News).

“’Not in the least’ he told me. But if he heard Byrne’s recent MacTaggart speech and a linked interview as undermining Ch4’s impartiality, surely he should complain to the regulator Ofcom.

“Ofcom would be the appropriate adjudicator. And at a time of what Johnson calls a national emergency, he should not shy away from scrutiny by Ch4 or any serious news organisation.

“The attitude of Johnson’s predecessor, May, and her press secretary - ‘what’s in it for us?’ - is surely inappropriate when as a nation we face our most momentous peacetime decision for generations, how, when and whether we leave the EU.”

Channel 4 News’ editor Ben de Pear said they are “looking for clarity” following Mr Johnson’s cancellation of the interview.

In Ms Byrne’s MacTaggart lecture at the Edinburgh TV Festival on Wednesday, she called Mr Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn “cowards” who refuse to hold themselves up to proper scrutiny on television.

The journalist, who is among the longest-serving heads of news and current affairs in British TV, told the festival: “I would never have thought I would say these words: I believe that Mrs Thatcher would agree with me; Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn are cowards.

“She had a word for men like them - ‘frit’.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "CHRIS McCALL"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4990787.1566745629!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4990787.1566745629!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Johnson meets with President of the European Council, Donald Tusk at the G7 summit in Biarritz. Picture: Getty","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Johnson meets with President of the European Council, Donald Tusk at the G7 summit in Biarritz. Picture: Getty","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4990787.1566745629!/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/weather/scotland-sizzles-with-temperatures-reaching-27c-and-its-set-to-continue-1-4990799","id":"1.4990799","articleHeadline": "Scotland sizzles with temperatures reaching 27C - and its set to continue","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1566749254465 ,"articleLead": "Scotland was torn between hitting the road or hitting the hammock today as the mercury soared to more than 27C.","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4990797.1566748029!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Scotland was torn between hitting the road or hitting the hammock today."} ,"articleBody": "

Barbies proved a popular bet in sun-drenched gardens but other sought out cooling waters around our coasts and lochs.

By mid-afternoon, Traffic Scotland was using its Twitter feed to warn of slow-moving traffic on Loch Lomond and across the new Queensferry Crossing in Edinburgh.

The Government agency flashed the message:”The weather has brought out motorists this afternoon and rightly so!
“Just plan ahead to avoid any delays.”

Glaswegians opting for a trip to the Ayrshire coast became caught up in road closures on the way home. The northbound A77 was shut from Dutch House Roundabout at Monkton for carriage repairs, forcing day trippers to divert towards Irvine.

In the Highlands, the A830 between Fort William and Mallaig was closed in both directions at Lochailort.

Scotland fell short of searing heat affecting England, which recorded its hottest Bank Holiday Sunday ever, with a reading of 33.3C at Heathrow Airport near London.

Tomorrow is set to smash the record for the hottest ever Bank Holiday Monday ever, with a repeat forecast of 33C. The previous record from 2017 is fully five degrees cooler.

Tuesday is also set to hit the same figure, giving England three days in a row of 33C.

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Back in Scotland, music lovers were warned to take Factor 50 sun cream and wellies to the Summer Sessions gig at Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park.

The temperature was hovering around 24C for the arrival of headliners The 1975 but the ground had not recovered from the deluges of last weekend’s concerts.

On Twitter, the organisers said:”It may be sunny but it’s definitely wellies weather!

“The sun is out but please remember that Bellahouston Park is very muddy underfoot, so we strongly advise you wear wellies or appropriate sturdy footwear.”

Yesterday morning brought a blanket of haar in from the North Sea, affecting eastern coastal spots around Fife, Tayside and Edinburgh and even as far inland as Falkirk.

Emma Smith of the Met Office said the highest temperature had been recorded at Charterhall in Berwickshire, where a reading of 28.1 was registered at 4pm.

Glasgow Bishopton was not far behind at 27.7C, with 27C at Prestwick and 24.5C at Gogarburn in Edinburgh.

The good news is we are in for a repeat today (Mon).

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Ms Smith said:”For most of Scotland, Monday will bring another beautiful day with plenty of sunshine.

“What can you say about Sunday? It’s been glorious everywhere.

“We have low cloud coming in on Sunday night from the Atlantic. On Monday, this will burn back to the coast as there is still so much energy in the sun.

“Later in the day, we will see some rain coming into the Western Isles. It will therefore be warmer in the east, where we might see a 24C or 25C.

“Most of Scotland will remain dry on Tuesday but there will be more in the way of cloud.”

Three day forecast:

Monday: Low cloud burning back to coast. Warm and sunny again. Max 25C Min 7C

Tuesday: Dry once more but cloud building from the west. Max 22C Min 7C

Wednesday: Showers with outbreaks of rain. Fewer sunny spells and thunder. Max 21C Min 8C

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Police are appealing for dashcam footage after two motorcyclists died in a crash.

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Emergency services were called to the scene on the A73 in South Lanarkshire at about 11am on Saturday after a blue Yamaha motorbike travelling west and a black Yamaha motorcycle travelling east were involved in a collision near Hyndford Bridge.

The men riding the motorcyles, aged 60 and 62, both died at the scene.

Police urged anyone who was in the area at the time of the crash to contact them.

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Sergeant Craig McDonald, of the roads policing unit at Motherwell, said: \"Unfortunately, despite the efforts of members of the public who stopped at the scene and the paramedics who attended, both men died at the site of the crash.

\"We would ask that anyone who was in the area, especially those with dash-cams, who saw or who may have captured the incident on camera, contact police as soon as possible.

\"Information can be provided to officers at Motherwell police office via 101. Please quote reference number 1716 of August 24 when calling.\"

" ,"byline": {"email": "newsdeskts@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Scotsman Reporter"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4990743.1566743827!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4990743.1566743827!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Police are appealing for dashcam footage after two motorcyclists died in a crash.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Police are appealing for dashcam footage after two motorcyclists died in a crash.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4990743.1566743827!/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-chef-nick-nairn-blasts-english-restaurant-for-refusing-scottish-bank-notes-1-4990718","id":"1.4990718","articleHeadline": "Scottish chef Nick Nairn blasts English restaurant for refusing Scottish bank notes","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1566738424971 ,"articleLead": "One of Scotland's top chefs has hit out at an English restaurant for refusing to accept his Scottish bank notes.","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4990717.1566738068!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The celebrity chef took to Twitter to complain."} ,"articleBody": "

Nick Nairn wrote on Twitter that Brexit was given as a reason by a member of staff.

The 58-year-old, a regular on television cookery shows, said he had been dining in Cambridge when it happened.

He wrote: "Furious, dinner in independent restaurant , Cambridge, passed chains to get there. When we proffered cash to settle , told “ we don’t take this stuff ( Scottish notes) as it’s probably fake and anyway I’m not obliged “ f**king right you are!!! Then brexit proffered as reason."

@weelaurahughes replied to the chef on social media: "Happened to my husband when paying in garage for fuel. Husband refused to pay by other means; stand off situ occurred, police arrived (2hrs later,Husband waiting patiently,arms folded), garage forced bypolice to accept the Scottish notes after a nice telling off."

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@hopeoverfear01 tweeted: "Tell them you have no other cash, and no cards. Their options are to permit you to walk out or accept legal tender from a countrysupposedly in the U.K. Remember: union of equals."

@Skinnycortado added: "You should name and shame Nick. Regardless of how good the meal was that’s a shocking way to treat a customer."

" ,"byline": {"email": "claire.mckim@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Scotsman Reporter"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4990717.1566738068!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4990717.1566738068!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "The celebrity chef took to Twitter to complain.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The celebrity chef took to Twitter to complain.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4990717.1566738068!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/health/heartbroken-mum-says-her-daughter-died-after-nobody-liked-her-social-media-status-1-4990679","id":"1.4990679","articleHeadline": "Heartbroken mum says her daughter died after 'nobody liked her social media status'","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1566730332933 ,"articleLead": "

A mum has called for social media to be banned for under-16s after her teenage daughter took her own life when nobody liked her status.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4990675.1566730747!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Julie, 42, believes the rise of social media fuelled her insecurities. Picture: SWNS"} ,"articleBody": "

Ruby Seal, 15, would spend her evenings and weekends attached to her smartphone switching between her different social media profiles to post pictures.

In extreme cases she would spend hours locked in her bedroom posting several photos and statuses a day in a desperate bid to get likes.

In a bid to stop her, mum Julie switched of their home WiFi - but Ruby would use 4G instead and racked up data bills of £200 per month.

In the months leading up to her death the schoolgirl would share cryptic statuses and messages to her friends asking 'If this was my last day what would I do?' and memes claiming she was a \"disappointment\".

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But after a row with her mum about her phone bill Ruby uploaded a photo to her Snapchat feed - who according to friends - asked \"I might as well kill myself in the morning.\"

But when nobody responded, Ruby - who suffered with mental health issues - took her own life on 21 February 2017.

Julie, 42, believes the rise of social media fuelled her insecurities.

Now, two years on from her daughter's death, the mum-of-three, Carlisle, Cumbria, is campaigning for a 'Ruby's Law' where children under 16 are banned from accessing social media.

She, said: \"Ruby as a little girl was funny, she was clever, she was witty. She had an answer for everything.

\"But this started to fade away when she started to grow up and gain independence.

\"Social media was definitely a big influence on her mood.

\"I could tell when she wasn't getting the reassurance she wanted.

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\"I'd pop my head into her bedroom and ask if she wanted to go to the shops with me and she'd just grunt and stay in her room.

\"At the same time I'd notice when she had a good status or pictures as she'd come down for dinner sometimes and would have a little bounce in her step.

\"She always had this low confidence and low self esteem.

\"But it started to manifest when she was putting on these pictures and different posts and statuses. I suppose for reassurance from her peers.

\"I suppose it's similar to other children in her age group.

\"But now knowing her mental state was quite poor at that time he had a negative impact on her.

\"I'm sure if social media wasn't a thing Ruby would still be with us.\"

Ruby made her first social media account aged 12 - and was under the watchful eye of mum Julie who added her as a friend.

But months later the schoolgirl downloaded Snapchat and Instagram onto her iPhone, uploading a mix of selfies and statuses.

But by the age of 12 Ruby was self-harming due to low self-esteem and was admitted to CAMHS for fortnightly visits.

She was signed off in July 2016 and the family moved from Newcastle upon Tyne to Carlisle for a fresh start.

But her addiction to social media was fuelled as she tried to stay in touch with her old friends.

Despite monitoring from her family and school, Ruby would spend the entirety of her free time switching between her social media accounts.

Julie, a college lecturer, said: \"I got her a phone when she was about to start secondary school.

\"That's when they start to get a bit more independent.

\"I didn't mind her getting Facebook as I could check on what she was doing and who she was becoming friends with.

\"It was just when Snapchat and Instagram started to become really popular.

\"She had friends but she would always question if people genuinely liked her.

\"She'd be invited to parties but would say it's only because they wanted to make up the numbers.

\"She was becoming really attached.

\"She stopped going out.

\"She used to really be into skateboarding and Doctor Who before she became obsessed with Snapchat.

\"The last conversation we had was about her £200 phone bill.

\"I had confiscated it but she managed to go on the apps on her iPad.

\"She would always question if people genuinely liked her.

\"So her reassurance would be the status and the Snapchats.

\"There wasn't a particular trend or celebrity that she obsessively followed.

\"It was purely to get reassurance.\"

But it wasn't until the last year of her life that her social media accounts were dominating her free time.

Her messages included: \"I might pop down to A&E and see if they can stitch my life back together.\"

Another said: \"How I sleep at night knowing I'm a disappointment and knowing no one cares about me.\"

After months of hiding herself away and becoming a social recluse, Ruby and her mum squabbled over her recent £200 phone bill.

Julie confiscated her phone but when she went to bed Ruby logged onto her iPad to send messages to her friends on Snapchat - which according to friends - asked what they would do if she killed herself.

But when she woke up in the morning and noticed nobody had responded, Ruby waited until she was home alone to hang herself.

An inquest in July 2017 ruled Ruby's death as a result of suicide.

Julie claims Snapchat's \"streak\" feature, which tallies direct snaps exchanged between friends over consecutive days, encouraged her addiction.

Longer streaks are rewarded with special emojis but the tally goes back to zero if a day of messaging is missed.

Now two years on from Ruby's death, mum Julie says her teenage daughters now suffer from mental health problems.

She now wants to help them as much as she can from the struggles Ruby faced.

She has launched a petition to campaign for 'Ruby's Law', which would see the age restriction on social media sites raised by three years - which so far has 2,700 signatures.

The current age limit for social media is 13.

Julie said: \"My girls have PTSD now from what has happened.

\"We will always miss Ruby and what has happened will always stay with us.

\"But it's not a stretch to say social media is having a negative impact on people's lives.

\"Children are becoming far more isolated.

\"On their phones, in their rooms.

\"They should come to us for help and advice not to this virtual world.

\"If people are to sign up to these social media accounts it is linked to something like their national insurance number or something like that.

\"That way people are accountable.

\"I'd like to see something put in place from the government or the social media platforms.

\"Hopefully that will help take the pressure off parents.

\"We don't really have a choice' or any say in the matter.

\"It's easy to say 'well get your kids off social media' but that isn't realistic.

\"We're starting to hear more stories about young teenagers struggling with their mental health and social media.

\"I'd like to see the government or the social media platforms take responsibility so we never see another child lose their life due to a virtual world before they've lived a life in the real world.\"

An NSPCC spokesperson said: \"Ruby's death is heart-breaking. It's crucial that young people have somewhere to turn. Childline - 0800 1111 - is here 24/7 whatever their worry.\"

A Snapchat spokesman said: \"We encourage everyone to have open and honest conversations about what they're doing online.\"

" ,"byline": {"email": "newdeskts@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Scotsman Reporter"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4990675.1566730747!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4990675.1566730747!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Julie, 42, believes the rise of social media fuelled her insecurities. Picture: SWNS","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Julie, 42, believes the rise of social media fuelled her insecurities. Picture: SWNS","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4990675.1566730747!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4990676.1566730748!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4990676.1566730748!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Ruby Seal, 15, would spend her evenings and weekends attached to her smartphone switching between her different social media profiles to post pictures. Picture: SWNS","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Ruby Seal, 15, would spend her evenings and weekends attached to her smartphone switching between her different social media profiles to post pictures. Picture: SWNS","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4990676.1566730748!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} , {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4990677.1566730749!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4990677.1566730749!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Now, two years on from her daughter's death, the mum-of-three, Carlisle, Cumbria, is campaigning for a 'Ruby's Law' where children under 16 are banned from accessing social media. Picture: SWNS","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Now, two years on from her daughter's death, the mum-of-three, Carlisle, Cumbria, is campaigning for a 'Ruby's Law' where children under 16 are banned from accessing social media. Picture: SWNS","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4990677.1566730749!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ {"video": {"brightcoveId":"3000000011170961"} } ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/boris-johnson-no-deal-brexit-deal-is-touch-and-go-1-4990695","id":"1.4990695","articleHeadline": "Boris Johnson: no-deal Brexit deal is 'touch and go'","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1566734308762 ,"articleLead": "

The prospect of a Brexit deal is \"touch and go\" but failure to reach an accord would be the fault of the European Union, Boris Johnson has said.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4990694.1566734647!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The prospect of a Brexit deal is "touch and go" but failure to reach an accord would be the fault of the European Union"} ,"articleBody": "

The prospect of a Brexit deal is \"touch and go\" but failure to reach an accord would be the fault of the European Union, Boris Johnson has said.

The Prime Minister, who was using the G7 summit in Biarritz to hold talks with European Council president Donald Tusk, said he believed the chances of a deal were \"improving\" following a round of diplomacy which has also seen meetings with Germany's Angela Merkel and France's Emmanuel Macron.

But he refused to repeat his previous assertion that the odds of a no-deal outcome were a million to one.

\"It all depends on our EU friends and partners, I think in the last few days there has been a dawning realisation in Brussels and other European capital what the shape of the problem is for the UK,\" he told the BBC.

\"I think it's going to be touch and go but the important thing is to get ready to come out without a deal.\"

In a series of broadcast interviews Mr Johnson confirmed that he would withhold the bulk of the £39 billion Brexit divorce bill if there is not a deal.

\"I think what the entire European Union understands is that if we come out without a deal that the £39 billion is not pledged,\" he told Sky.

If there was a no-deal Brexit, he said he would \"guarantee\" that people would still be able to get medicine and \"I think it's highly unlikely that there will be food shortages of any kind\".

Mr Johnson went for a swim in the Atlantic before his meetings at the G7 and told ITV: \"I swam round that rock this morning. From here you cannot tell there is a gigantic hole in that rock. There is a way through.

\"My point to the EU is that there is a way through, but you can't find the way through if you just sit on the beach.\"

Before the summit, Mr Tusk urged Mr Johnson not to go down in history as \"Mr No Deal\".

The Prime Minister told Sky: \"The people who are going to be responsible for no deal are not in the UK, we don't want no-deal.\"

The Prime Minister's comments came as he faced a backlash over reports he had sought legal advice from Attorney General Geoffrey Cox about temporarily shutting down Parliament - known as prorogation - for five weeks from September 9.

The Observer reported that the move would allow for a Queen's Speech, starting a new parliamentary session, on October 14.

Such a move would keep MPs away from the Commons until shortly before the European Council summit of EU leaders on October 17, potentially preventing moves to block a no-deal Brexit.

A Government source added: \"The claim that the Government is considering proroguing parliament in September in order to stop MPs debating Brexit is entirely false.\"

But Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesman Tom Brake said: \"If Boris Johnson can find a kooky or irregular way to shut Parliament out of the Brexit process, it will be an outrage.\"

" ,"byline": {"email": "claire.mckim@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Scotsman Reporter"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4990694.1566734647!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4990694.1566734647!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "The prospect of a Brexit deal is "touch and go" but failure to reach an accord would be the fault of the European Union","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The prospect of a Brexit deal is "touch and go" but failure to reach an accord would be the fault of the European Union","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4990694.1566734647!/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/it-s-all-the-same-sir-billy-connolly-says-scottish-humour-does-not-exist-1-4990685","id":"1.4990685","articleHeadline": "'It's all the same' Sir BillyConnolly says Scottish humour does not exist","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1566731437049 ,"articleLead": "

SIR Billy Connolly has said he thinks Scottish humour does not exist.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4990684.1566731646!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Scotland's most famous comedian insisted the idea that his homeland has its own unique brand of humour is a myth."} ,"articleBody": "

Scotland's most famous comedian insisted the idea that his homeland has its own unique brand of humour is a myth.

The Big Yin dismissed the concept of regional comedy and said jokes which are considered Scottish could be transported to anywhere in the world.

Connolly, 76, who was brought up in Glasgow, admitted his comments may get him in trouble with his fellow Scots.

He made the remarks in a new interview released by Two Road Books, who are publishing a book of his best loved stand-up routines called 'Tall Tales and Wee Stories' in October.

He said: \"I will get in trouble for this but I don't think there is such a thing as Scottish humour.

\"I have bought books of Scottish jokes and then I go through them and there is nothing Scottish about them.

\"There's humour and there's humour.

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\"There's New York Jewish humour, there's Italian humour, there's Spanish humour, there's English humour but they are all just the same humour.

\"It's just the same old Irish jokes and the geographical position of them is different.

\"There's funny and there's not funny and that's the beginning, the middle and the end of it.\"

Connolly, who is suffering from Parkinson's disease, announced his retirement from stand-up last year.

In the interview, he also told how he missed the thrill of live performing.

He said: \"The one thing I do miss is the invention side of it and that comes with the original applause when they say 'Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Billy Connolly,' and the big roar goes up.

\"That launches you from one thinking mode into another. I can't describe it, you just start to think differently.

\"It's like changing from one pair of jeans into another. To anybody else it makes no difference but that act of changing to go on puts you into a different mode.

\"It's an exciting life, it's like being a tightrope walker.\"

Connolly was diagnosed with Parkinson's seven years ago after a doctor spotted him walking strangely through the lobby of a hotel in Los Angeles.

He recently moved from New York to Florida as his doctors had advised him to live in a warmer climate.

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A film of the comic's final stand-up tour is being shown for one night only in cinemas on October 10.

He has also just finished filming a series for ITV called Billy Connolly's Great American Trail where he follows the route Scottish immigrants took in the 18th century.

Connolly's comments on comedy came after an exhibition was opened at the Edinburgh Fringe showcasing the best of Scottish humour on Twitter.

The Scottish Twitter visitor centre featured tweets reimagined as oil paintings and a stained glass window of singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi.

Marc Simpson took the title of Scotland’s funniest tweet at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.

Fighting off competition from other shortlisted Scots, Simpson’s prize-winning tweet reads: “wis walkin home n someone threw a block of cheese oot their windee n it hit me on the head, i turned n shouted that wisna very mature wis it”.

" ,"byline": {"email": "newsdeskts@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Scotsman Reporter"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4990684.1566731646!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4990684.1566731646!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Scotland's most famous comedian insisted the idea that his homeland has its own unique brand of humour is a myth.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Scotland's most famous comedian insisted the idea that his homeland has its own unique brand of humour is a myth.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4990684.1566731646!/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/tributes-to-british-father-who-died-protecting-his-family-at-luxury-thai-hotel-1-4990662","id":"1.4990662","articleHeadline": "Tributes to British father who died protecting his family at luxury Thai hotel","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1566726889537 ,"articleLead": "

Tributes have been paid to a \"hero\" British father who is said to have died protecting his family when a hotel guest barged into their room and attacked him.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4990660.1566727266!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Tributes have been paid to a "hero" British father who is said to have died protecting his family. Picture: PA"} ,"articleBody": "

Amitpal Singh Bajaj from Southall in west London was beaten up by a man staying in the room next door at the five-star Centara Grand Hotel on Karon Beach in Phuket, Thailand, according to his wife.

Police in the country were reported as saying Mr Bajaj had complained to the fellow guest about loud noise and that a fight then broke out.

Bandhna Kaur Bajaj said she and her husband, who were on holiday with their two-year-old son, had been woken by loud noises from the neighbouring room in the early hours of

Wednesday, and found that someone was trying to knock open their balcony door.

In a statement released through the Sikh Press Association she said a naked white man \"barged in through the balcony door and stormed aggressively\" towards her husband.

Mrs Bajaj added: \"My husband tried to block the man and move me and my son away. As the man was kicking, punching and just beating him up my husband told me to please leave and save our son.\"

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She said she ran from the hotel and hid with her son under a tree near the spa, from where she called the reception for help.

The woman learned of her husband's death after he was taken to hospital at around 4am that day.

She added: \"My husband sacrificed his life to save my son's life and mine. He will always be our hero.\"

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The Phuket News reported Thai police as saying Mr Bajaj had confronted a Norwegian tourist in the next room for making too much noise while his family was trying to sleep.

They quoted Karon Chief Police Col Prawit as saying the pair began arguing and a fight broke out and that the Norwegian man had broken in to Mr Bajaj's room via the balcony.

The man was arrested and has been charged with manslaughter and trespass by an act of violence, the news site reported.

A spokesman for the UK Foreign Office said: \"We are supporting the family of a British man following his death in Phuket, and are in contact with the Thai authorities.\"

A memorial event is due to take place for Mr Bajaj on Sunday evening at the Sikh temple on Southall Park Avenue, where he was a member.

Harmeet Singh Gill, the temple's general secretary, said the community was \"shocked and saddened\" to learn of Mr Bajaj's death \"whilst protecting his family\".

He added: \"He was well-known, admired and respected in the community for his seva (voluntary work). We pray to the almighty to give his friends and family the strength to get through these difficult times and to obtain justice.\"

" ,"byline": {"email": "newsdeskts@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Scotsman Reporter"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4990660.1566727266!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4990660.1566727266!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Tributes have been paid to a "hero" British father who is said to have died protecting his family. Picture: PA","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Tributes have been paid to a "hero" British father who is said to have died protecting his family. Picture: PA","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4990660.1566727266!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ {"video": {"brightcoveId":"3000000011170908"} } ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/news/people/edinburgh-crematorium-bosses-rapped-for-deep-clean-comment-after-funeral-1-4990654","id":"1.4990654","articleHeadline": "Edinburgh crematorium bosses rapped for 'deep clean' comment after funeral","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1566725457537 ,"articleLead": "Crematorium bosses have been rapped for stating it would need a 'deep clean' after the funeral of a paedophile.","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4990652.1566724508!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Mortonhall Crematorium was said to have told a funeral director that it would have refused to cremate the body of a child sex offender,"} ,"articleBody": "


Mortonhall Crematorium was said to have told a funeral director that it would have refused to cremate the body of a child sex offender, had the person's identity come to light.

In letters revealed through Freedom of Information laws, the council-run facility in Edinburgh was accused of claiming the "cremator would now need to be deep cleaned before and after the cremation".

The controversy comes two years ago after Glasgow City Council refused to cremate the body of Moors Murderer Ian Brady, 79, who had requested that his ashes were scatted in the River Clyde, near the Gorbals, where he was born.

The local authority said at the time it would reject the request, and would 'advise the private crematoria not to accept the request'.

Child killer Brady was eventually cremated in Southport, Merseyside, with no music or flowers, and his ashes were disposed of at sea.

But council-run crematoriums have now been told by The National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD) that they cannot take exception to a person's crimes, due to the distress caused to relatives.

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The NAFD has objected to such refusals, and said it would 'cause distress to an innocent family'.

A letter from its chief executive Jon Levett, to the City of Edinburgh Council acknowledged that cremations could take place in secret, if there was a risk of disorder.

Mr Levett wrote: "If Mortonhall Crematorium continues to adopt this policy, this could cause unnecessary problems for funeral directors and distress for the families they serve.

"We appreciate that in certain exceptional circumstances, where there is a significant risk of public unrest, it may be necessary to arrange for disposals to take place in secret.

"However, it cannot be right for a local authority to take it upon itself to pass judgement on people after death, no matter how we view their activities in life.

"We would also question whether a policy of refusing to cremate certain people is compatible with the local authority's public health responsibilities.

"Forcing a family to approach multiple crematoria before reluctantly agreeing to cremate a person will simply cause distress for the innocent family."

Mr Levett said an Edinburgh-based funeral director had taken instructions from the family of a sex offender, and a service and cremation had taken place.

However, he said Mortonhall had contacted the director prior to the funeral to say it "would have refused the cremation" had it known whose remains it was dealing with - and that the

"cremator would now need to be deep cleaned before and after the cremation".

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Responding to the letter, the City of Edinburgh Council's chief executive Andrew Kerr, said in 'very exceptional' circumstances, a request could be rejected.

Mr Kerr wrote: "Depending on the particular factual circumstances, where there is a genuine concern about public unrest, the council may accept an application subject to conditions or, very exceptionally, refuse an application.

"Where there is concern that special arrangements may be required, council officers consult the Scottish Government's inspector of crematoria.

"It may be necessary to consider special arrangements such as cremation out of hours, or scattering or interment of ashes in a discreet area.

"In highly exceptional cases it may not be possible to grant an application for cremation.

"As noted above, there is no policy in this regard and each case is carefully considered on its merits."

Earlier this year Robert Swanson, Scotland's inspector of crematoria, revealed he was contacted "following concerns about potential reputational damage, and procedures to be carried out should a crematorium accept application for cremation of a high-profile criminal offender (eg child sex offender)".

But he said 'death is a certainty'.

A spokesman for the City of Edinburgh Council said: "We review applications for burial or cremation of high profile criminal offenders as they arise on a case by case basis."

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The Duke of York has denied he ever suspected \"any behaviour of the sort\" from convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

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Breaking his silence following a string of media reports about his alleged links to the financier, who killed himself in prison two weeks ago, Andrew released a statement expressing \"tremendous sympathy\" for Epstein's victims.

He also reiterated that it was a \"mistake\" seeing Epstein, 66, after the American's release from an 18-month prison term in 2010 for prostituting minors.

In a statement, Andrew said: \"It is apparent to me since the suicide of Mr Epstein that there has been an immense amount of media speculation about so much in his life.

\"This is particularly the case in relation to my former association or friendship with Mr Epstein.

\"Therefore I am eager to clarify the facts to avoid further speculation.

\"I met Mr Epstein in 1999. During the time I knew him, I saw him infrequently and probably no more than only once or twice a year. I have stayed in a number of his residences.

\"At no stage during the limited time I spent with him did I see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction.

\"I have said previously that it was a mistake and an error to see him after his release in 2010 and I can only reiterate my regret that I was mistaken to think that what I thought I knew of him was evidently not the real person, given what we now know.

\"I have tremendous sympathy for all those affected by his actions and behaviour.

\"His suicide has left many unanswered questions and I acknowledge and sympathise with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure.

\"This is a difficult time for everyone involved and I am at a loss to be able to understand or explain Mr Epstein's lifestyle. I deplore the exploitation of any human being and would not condone, participate in, or encourage any such behaviour.\"

" ,"byline": {"email": "aa@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Press Association Reporter"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4990487.1566654068!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4990487.1566654068!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "The Duke of York said he was 'appalled' by the allegations. Picture: AP","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The Duke of York said he was 'appalled' by the allegations. Picture: AP","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4990487.1566654068!/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/huge-blaze-breaks-out-at-pets-at-home-store-in-perth-1-4990391","id":"1.4990391","articleHeadline": "Huge blaze breaks out at Pets at Home store in Perth","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1566640583565 ,"articleLead": "

More than 50 firefighters are tackling a blaze at a pet store in a retail park near a railway line.

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Train services were disrupted while emergency services dealt with the incident in Perth.

Firefighters were called to the scene at the Pets at Home store at St Catherines Retail Park at around 2.13am on Saturday.

The Pets at Home store, a B&M store and a vacant unit have all been damaged in the blaze.

Animals from the pet store were not injured and have been moved to a safe site.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service sent 10 fire engines and other specialist appliances to the scene.

ScotRail tweeted that there was some disruption to services for a time as some lines were closed due to the fire.

However at around 8am they were informed that it was safe to reopen the line and said that services were returning to normal.

There were no reports of any injuries.

" ,"byline": {"email": "david.mclean@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "David Mclean"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4990390.1566640696!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4990390.1566640696!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "The scene of the fire. Picture: ScotRail","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The scene of the fire. Picture: ScotRail","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4990390.1566640696!/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/first-plastic-free-shopping-area-part-of-glasgow-s-green-initiative-1-4990325","id":"1.4990325","articleHeadline": "First plastic-free shopping area part of Glasgow’s green initiative","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1566622811000 ,"articleLead": "

Glasgow City Council is considering introducing the country’s first “plastic-free” shopping zone and embarking on a major tree planting programme as part of escalating efforts to tackle climate change.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4990324.1566596786!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "A range of ambitious measures are under consideration as part of Glasgow's response to the climate crisis. Picture: John Devlin"} ,"articleBody": "

Scotland’s biggest local authority is also weighing up whether to hasten its efforts to become carbon-neutral by 2030, which would bring its target forward by seven years.

A panel tasked with formulating the city’s response to the climate crisis has also suggested the expansion of car-free zones around schools.

The cross-party climate emergency working group includes representatives from businesses and environmental activist groups such as Extinction Rebellion.

It has put forward more than 60 recommendations, which will now be discussed by the council. They include enshrining the need for space to grow food as part of any new housing developments, ensuring schools “formally engage” with pupils on the climate emergency and making a “wholesale shift” away from pension fund investments in hydrocarbons.

It is, however, the plan for a plastic-free shopping zone that represent the most eye-catching idea. According to Martha Wardrop, the Scottish Green councillor who chairs the group, it would build on initiatives such as the Zero Waste Market in the city’s Dennistoun, and Locavore, a social enterprise in Glasgow’s 
southside that sells loose food items.

“Glasgow’s plastic-free shopping zone would build on the success of existing businesses in the city who have developed zero waste and package-free shops selling food and products,” she said.

The group’s report emphasises the new goal of becoming carbon-neutral by 2030 represented a “more challenging target” in light of the need to take urgent action. However, it admits it has not had “the time or resources” to examine in detail the work required to meet the aim.

The report also called for “immediate action” to significantly increase the number of trees in Glasgow over the next five years to capture as much carbon as possible.

Robin Parker, climate and energy policy manager at independent conservation organisation WWF Scotland, said: “It’s great to see Glasgow continuing their leadership in responding to the climate emergency with this comprehensive report.

“We’re already seeing the impacts of climate change and there is no time to lose if we 
are to avoid the worst 
impacts.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4990324.1566596786!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4990324.1566596786!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "A range of ambitious measures are under consideration as part of Glasgow's response to the climate crisis. Picture: John Devlin","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "A range of ambitious measures are under consideration as part of Glasgow's response to the climate crisis. Picture: John Devlin","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4990324.1566596786!/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/young-british-boy-dies-on-holiday-at-popular-french-campsite-1-4990279","id":"1.4990279","articleHeadline": "Young British boy dies on holiday at popular French campsite","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1566587077204 ,"articleLead": "A British boy has died after reportedly getting into difficulty in a lake during a family camping holiday in France.","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4990278.1566584255!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "A 12-year-old boy died after a family camping trip at La Croix Du Vieux Pont in France. Image: Google Streetview"} ,"articleBody": "

The child, who is believed to be aged 12 and from East Yorkshire, reportedly got into difficulty in a lake in Berny-Riviere in the north of the country.

After being found unconscious at around 6.30pm on Thursday, he was taken to hospital in Paris by helicopter but did not survive, according to local media.

A Foreign Office spokesman confirmed: "We are supporting the family of a British child who has died in France and are in contact with the French authorities."

The campsite, which is located in the Picardy region to the north-east of Paris, is understood to be managed by the European Camping Group and is popular with British holidaymakers.

Eurocamp is one of the tour operators which occupies a position on the site, although the boy and his family were not travelling with the company.

A spokeswoman for the firm said: "Eurocamp are profoundly saddened to learn of the tragic incident that occurred onsite at La Croix du Vieux Pont yesterday. Our thoughts are with the family at this very difficult time.

"We are actively cooperating with the campsite operator, the tour operator with whom the family are travelling, and with local authorities to determine the precise circumstances that led to the accident. A further update will follow."

European Camping Group said the boy and his family had been travelling with tour operator Venue Holidays.

A statement expressing "deep sorrow for the family" said: "The group and the camping direction and its staff, shocked by this tragedy, are with the holidaymakers and a psychological support was set up, 24 hours a day with an English-speaking French psychologist.

"The group, for the first time confronted with a fatal accident on one of its camping, collaborates with the authorities to shed light on the circumstances of the accident."

The campsite's website states it is spread over 100 acres with 660 camping plots and boasts a heated pool complex, as well as a lake surrounded by a man-made beach.

" ,"byline": {"email": "newsdeskts@scotsman.com" ,"author": "Joshua King"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4990278.1566584255!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4990278.1566584255!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "A 12-year-old boy died after a family camping trip at La Croix Du Vieux Pont in France. Image: Google Streetview","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "A 12-year-old boy died after a family camping trip at La Croix Du Vieux Pont in France. Image: Google Streetview","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4990278.1566584255!/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/british-airways-pilots-to-strike-in-september-union-announces-1-4990174","id":"1.4990174","articleHeadline": "British Airways pilots to strike in September, union announces","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1566575901642 ,"articleLead": "British Airways pilots will strike on three days in September in a dispute over pay, union Balpa announced.","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4990173.1566576151!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "British Airways pilots have agree to take industrial action. Picture: SWNS"} ,"articleBody": "

The union said it had put forward several options to the airline but no agreement could be reached. British Airways has branded the decision to take industrial action as "completely unacceptable".

Pilots will strike on September 9, 10 and 27. The airline estimates that "tens of thousands" of passengers will be affected.

In a statement, Balpa said: "Over several days of ACAS talks BALPA put forward a number of packages that we believe would have resolved this dispute without a strike, and which we could have recommended to our members for acceptance prior to strike action. BA did not accept any of these packages, and it is clear following discussions with members over the last few days that BA's most recent offer will not gain the support of anywhere near a majority of its pilots.

"In these circumstances, with a 93% vote in favour of taking industrial action, and with no prospect of any further meaningful talks, we have no choice but to call this action.

"A day of strike action will cost BA around £40 million. Three days will cost in the region of £120 million. The gap between BA's position and BALPA's position is about £5m. Our proposal remains on the table should BA wish to reach agreement prior to strike action.

"British Airways is an extremely profitable and successful company, and pilots have been proud to play their part in that. In 2018 the company announced profits of £2 billion. Over recent years BA pilots have made sacrifice after sacrifice to assist the company such as taking a pay cut, productivity increases, closing the final salary pension scheme, giving up annual leave days, a new rostering system, and reducing flying pay.

"In what is British Airways' centenary year, this will be the very first time its pilots will go on strike. They do so as a last resort and with enormous frustration at the way the business is now being run.

"Our ballot is valid until January, and more dates may be announced until such time as this matter is resolved."

In response to the announcement of strike dates by BA pilots, the airline said: "It is completely unacceptable that Balpa is destroying the travel plans of tens of thousands of our customers with this unjustifiable strike action.

"We are extremely sorry that after many months of negotiations, based on a very fair offer, Balpa has decided on this reckless course of action.

"We are now making changes to our schedule. We will do everything we can to get as many people away on their journeys as possible.

"However, it is likely that many of our customers will not be able to travel and we will be offering refunds and re-bookings for passengers booked on cancelled flights."

" ,"byline": {"email": "newsdeskts@scotsman.com" ,"author": "Joshua King"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4990173.1566576151!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4990173.1566576151!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "British Airways pilots have agree to take industrial action. Picture: SWNS","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "British Airways pilots have agree to take industrial action. Picture: SWNS","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4990173.1566576151!/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/transgender-discrimination-claim-against-the-times-rejected-1-4990165","id":"1.4990165","articleHeadline": "Transgender discrimination claim against The Times rejected","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1566575484726 ,"articleLead": "A transgender woman made redundant by The Times has lost an employment tribunal in which she claimed to have suffered discrimination and unfair dismissal at the newspaper.","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4990195.1566577685!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Transgender discrimination claim against The Times rejected"} ,"articleBody": "



Katherine O'Donnell worked as a night editor on the paper's Scottish edition but was made redundant after the office in Scotland was closed and she turned down an offer to relocate to London.

After her redundancy, Ms O'Donnell sued her former employer for discrimination, harassment, victimisation and unfair dismissal, and claimed there was a "toxic environment for trans people" at the newspaper.

But after 19 days of hearings at an employment tribunal in Edinburgh, judge Jane Porter cleared The Times of all the allegations against it.

In her judgment, Ms Porter concluded Ms O'Donnell's redundancy was not as a result of her status as a transgender woman - a protected status in law.
Ms O'Donnell had claimed there was a culture of discrimination at the Times, calling it a "boys club", but the tribunal found there was "insufficient evidence of such a culture" and no evidence of dishonesty.

Following the judgment, a spokeswoman for The Times said: "We are pleased this judgment dismisses all the claims made by the claimant and confirms that The Times took reasonable and appropriate decisions and did not show any anti-transgender bias towards its staff."

Ms O'Donnell said she was disappointed at the decision and is considering an appeal.

Writing on Twitter, she said: "I am disappointed with the judgement of the tribunal in my discrimination and unfair dismissal case against Times Newspapers Ltd.

"Working with my barrister, we are considering an appeal.

"To my witnesses and all who have supported me over the past two years, thank you."

During the hearing, Ms O'Donnell said she overheard the Times' then-deputy editor and deputy head of news refer to murdered transgender women in India as "a lifestyle choice" - a comment Ms O'Donnell said made her vomit involuntarily.

However, she did not report it until four-and-a-half years after it is claimed to have happened and the judge ruled this apparent incident "did not take place as alleged" by the claimant.

The judgment added: "The tribunal found it incredible that an incident such as this would not have been the cause of a complaint, let alone a grievance, to any member of the management staff at the relevant time."

Editor of the Times John Witherow was called to give evidence at the tribunal and, during cross-examination by barrister Robin White, was shown dozens of articles and columns which allegedly showed anti-trans bias.

Mr Witherow rejected the claims, describing the paper as "supportive" towards trans issues, and he added: "The paper produces so much copy that to highlight a few articles can be misleading about what we do."

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