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Articles from The Scotsman Online (November 19, 2020)

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'Ambition and democracy' behind drive to hold Scottish independence referendum in 2021; Constitution Secretary Michael Russell has said "ambition and democracy" is behind the SNP's push to potentially hold a second independence referendum in 2021. Conor Matchett 339
'Disrespected' Hibs players challenged to prove a point against Celtic in televised league clash; Dean Gibson does not believe there will be much need for him to rally his troops ahead of tomorrow night's televised league clash with Celtic. Moira Gordon 613
'Honesty and action' needed over Curriculum for Excellence, says Lord McConnell; A radical shake-up is needed of Scotland's Curriculum for Excellence, former first minister Lord McConnell has said. Katrine Bussey 598
'Imagining Tartan Army singing Yes Sir, I Can Boogie gives me goosebumps', says Baccara star; Baccara singer Maria Mendiola says the thought of the Tartan Army belting out a rendition of her 1977 hit Yes Sir, I Can Boogie at Hampden next year gives her goose bumps. David McLean 677
Acquisition sees moulded foam firm push into Stornoway; One of the UK's largest producers of moulded foam products has expanded its manufacturing presence across Scotland with a push into Stornoway and flagged further acquisitions. Scott Reid 335
Alarm as Scottish cycling deaths reach six-year high; Cycling Scotland said any road deaths or serious injuries were "completely unacceptable". Alastair Dalton 675
Analysis: Ambitious Covid-19 vaccine delivery plan will be most at risk in rural areas; The government had held out on giving details of a vaccine delivery plan, with announcements from England about GPs, the military and nightingale hospitals all met with stony silence north of the border. Elsa Maishman 446
Analysis: Does the travel ban breach the human rights of Scots? Later today, the Scottish Parliament will debate and vote on the proposal from the Scottish Government to bring the travel ban into law. Conor Matchett 616
Asia is ready to reoccupy the centre of the global economic stage - Doug Cook; Demographic and economic trends have shifted the centre of gravity of the global economy to Asia - the 'Asian century' has arrived and we would do well to better understand this phenomenon. Doug Cook 619
Autumn Nations Cup: France could change half their team for Scotland game; France could change half their team for the Autumn Nations Cup clash with Scotland, according to French media. Graham Bean 453
B&Q sales rocket as locked-down consumers spruce up their homes; Locked-down consumers doing up their homes have given B&Q owner Kingfisher a lift as sales jumped over the past three months. Scott Reid 620
BBC poll suggests Nicola Sturgeon has handled Covid-19 pandemic better than Boris Johnson; According to a new poll, almost three-quarters of people in Scotland believe the Scottish Government is handling the Covid-19 pandemic well. Gary Flockhart 431
BBC Radio 1 to play edited version of Christmas classic Fairytale Of New York to avoid offending listeners; BBC Radio 1 are to play an edited version of Christmas classic Fairytale Of New York to avoid offending listeners. Gary Flockhart 223
Be ready for Brexit; Getting a plan in place and engaging with stakeholders is key to a smooth transition, says Gordon Downie. Gordon Downie 761
Bobby Madden concedes his worst performance as a referee but praises Pollok, Lisbon and VAR; Referee Bobby Madden has revealed his worst performance as a top Scottish football official came in Dundee. David Oliver 352
Book review: In Search of Angels, by Alistair Moffat; This account of four west coast journeys in search of the remnants of the earliest Christian missionaries is intriguing in parts, but while it's good on the who, the when and the where, it fails to satisfactorily address the why, writes Stuart Kelly. Stuart Kelly 913
Book review: Things I learned on the 6.28, by Stig Abell; Hovering somewhere between literary criticism and companionable gossip, Stig Abell's record of the books he read during a year of commuting offers up a lucky dip of delights, writes Allan Massie. Allan Massie 870
Booker Prize: Glasgow author Douglas Stuart wins with debut novel Shuggie Bain; Glaswegian author Douglas Stuart has won the Booker Prize with a debut novel which took him more than a decade to write. Brian Ferguson 681
Borders Railway's 'fragile, inconsistent and unsatisfactory' performance condemned; Campaigners have called for urgent improvements to the Borders Railway after its first five years were blighted by "fragile, inconsistent and unsatisfactory" performance. Alastair Dalton 625
Boris Johnson guarantees future of the Black Watch amid reports it could be axed; Boris Johnson has guaranteed the future of the Black Watch amid reports it could be axed. Alexander Brown 614
Brexit trade talks delayed after EU negotiator tests positive for coronavirus; One of the European Union negotiators working on a post-Brexit trade deal has tested positive for coronavirus, leading to a suspension in the talks. David Hughes 275
Business opportunity arises on world-famous Scottish road trip route; The coronavirus pandemic has made most of us re-evaluate our lives, prompting many people to make significant changes and head in a new direction. Ilona Amos 417
Call for UK Government to 'pay the postage' on local stores' online retailing; A motion has been laid at Westminster calling for the UK Government to pay the postage for online shopping from local retailers to make shopping from small shops a more viable option for lockdown buyers. Jane Bradley 584
Casinos are a safer bet than most, so why have we been forced to close? - Iain Gardiner; When the casino I work in was ordered to close again last month, I can't say I was all that surprised. Even when we reopened in August after the initial Covid lockdown, I knew that pulling the shutters down again was always a possibility. Iain Gardiner 555
Celtic make 'significant investment' to provide Betfred Cup boost to season ticket holders; Celtic have made a 'significant investment' to ensure their season ticket holders can watch the club's first match in this season's Betfred Cup competition. Matthew Elder 322
Celtic-supporting BBC pundit says seeing last Rangers result 'hurt' as he praises Ibrox firepower; Sportscene pundit Chris Iwelumo says, as a Celtic supporter, it "hurt" to see Rangers dominate the opposition so comprehensively in their last outing as he praised the attacking arsenal of the Ibrox side. Craig Fowler 440
Christmas Covid relaxation to be the same UK-wide; The relaxation of coronavirus rules over the Christmas period is likely to be the same throughout the UK, Nicola Sturgeon has said. Scott Macnab 461
Christmas: After months of Covid, grandparents will do what they do best and dote - Scotsman comment; A justified generalisation about grandparents is that they dote on their grandchildren. Scotsman comment 336
Construction consultancy on the move after combined 125 years in Edinburgh and Glasgow offices; Construction and property counsultancy Thomas & Adamson is on the move after a combined 125 years in its Edinburgh and Glasgow offices. Scott Reid 333
Coronavirus in Scotland: 50 new deaths as country records 1,089 cases in 24 hours; A total of 50 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours as Scotland sees a rise of 1,089 new cases of coronavirus since yesterday. Hannah Brown 217
Coronavirus in Scotland: Health Secretary Jeane Freeman to make statement on vaccine rollout; Health Secretary Jeane Freeman is due to make a statement on Thursday to give more details about plans for the rollout of a Covid-19 vaccine. Rachel Mackie and Elsa Maishman 341
Coronavirus in Scotland: More than a third of UK hospitality businesses fear permanent closure due to Covid restrictions; The impact of coronavirus restrictions on hospitality has meant that more than one in three business owners fear they won't reopen in the next three months, a study has shown. Katharine Hay 434
Coronavirus in Scotland: One million Scots to be vaccinated by January, Jeane Freeman says; One million Scots will be given a Covid-19 vaccine by the end of January, Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has said. Elsa Maishman 572
Covid 19 vaccines: how do the Oxford AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna jabs compare, are there side effects, and how effective is each? Three coronavirus jabs are in late trial stages raising hopes of a vaccine being approved before Christmas; Three coronavirus jabs are in late trial stages raising hopes of a vaccine being approved before Christmas. Matt Brooks 822
Covid: Nicola Sturgeon must publish Scotland's second wave forecasts - Scotsman comment; Nicola Sturgeon has added to her already considerable reputation as a capable politician during the Covid pandemic by being generally honest about the situation we're in, straight with the public about what this means, and treating Scotland's citizens like adults. Scotsman comment 437
Covid: Poor social distancing means it's not surprising we're heading back into near-lockdown - Alastair Dalton; It would be comical if it wasn't so serious. Alastair Dalton 667
Edinburgh Castle agrees to re-word sign that 'pandered to imperialism'; A sign at Edinburgh Castle that describes British soldiers who fought in the Siege of Lucknow as "heroes" will be replaced with one that is "accurate and balanced", officials have said. Conor Marlborough 662
Equal Pay Day 2020: gender pay gap and the day women in Scotland start working for free revealed; Women in Scotland will be working for free from 01 December 2020 or the rest of the year, an analysis of the gender pay gap shows. Iain leggat 372
Extinction crisis: Humans must stop making vast numbers of species as 'dead as a dodo' - Kenny MacAskill; When in primary school, I remember hearing the phrase "Dead as a dodo" and being told the tragic tale of the bird's extinction. Kenny MacAskill 455
Fairytale of New York: lyrics of The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl Christmas song explained - and is it offensive in 2020? BBC Radio 1 will play an edited version of the track this year; BBC Radio 1 will play an edited version of the track this year. Jenna Macfarlane 1532
Glasgow Education Chief: Children's sleepovers are 'spreading Covid' in schools; Coronavirus is being spread across Glasgow's schools by children's sleepovers and other social events for young people, the council's education chief has warned. Conor Marlborough 319
Green MSP Patrick Harvie seen holding back tears while praising vaccine volunteers, including his mother; The co-leader of the Scottish Greens held back tears as he paid tribute to those who put themselves on the "biological frontline" volunteering for vaccine trials - including his own mother. Craig Paton 307
Heriot-Watt's National Robotarium to show real-life AI; As people live longer and the need for support increases, writes David Lee, is the time coming when robots could be deployed to assist them to 'age in place'? David Lee 771
Hibs winger Martin Boyle has been 'up and down' but is finally getting up to speed; As would be expected of such a pacy individual, Martin Boyle was quick out of the blocks when the new season got underway back in August and, now, several months on, he is finally getting up to speed. Moira Gordon 1060
Holyrood 2021 candidates urged to back alcohol advertising ban in Scotland; A Scottish campaign group has called on every candidate in the Holyrood 2021 election to support measures aimed at reducing alcohol-related harm in Scotland. Elsa Maishman 600
House of Lords defeat UK Government twice over Brexit Bill; The House of Lords has defeated the UK Government twice over the Internal Market Bill. Alexander Brown 408
International Men's Day 2020: quotes from famous Scottish men on mental health, this year's theme - and how to support; International Men's Day is celebrated on 19 November- in the same month we celebrate Movember. Chelsea Rocks 982
Is this Scotland's Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifying section group of death? Scotland are seeded in pot three for next month's World Cup qualifying draw for the UEFA affiliated countries. David Oliver 382
Is this the best case scenario for Scotland's Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifying section? Scotland are seeded in pot three for next month's World Cup qualifying draw for the UEFA affiliated countries. David Oliver 453
Jeremy Corbyn: Former Labour Party leader to have whip suspended for three months; Jeremy Corbyn will remain suspended from the parliamentary Labour Party for three months, despite claims of "deliberate political interference" from members of its ruling National Executive Committee (NEC). Conor Marlborough 442
Joe Biden presidency could be 'ally' in future EU membership hopes for an independent Scotland; The Scottish Government has said it welcomes comments from US president-elect Joe Biden about the UK retaining close ties with Europe after Brexit. Conor Matchett 327
M8 J7a crash: motorway closed 'for some time' following serious collision; Part of Scotland's busiest motorway has closed due to a serious crash. Katharine Hay 231
Man 'wearing a long black coat and eye-patch' assaults ten-year-old girl outside Scottish primary school; A 10-year-old girl has been assaulted by a man near to where she goes to school. Katharine Hay 416
Marcus Rashford Book Club: Manchester United star shows the importance of books, literacy and a fairer society - Laura Waddell; Marcus Rashford, modern hero, has done it again. Fresh from the success of his school meals campaign, he's launching a book club in partnership with the publisher Pan Macmillan. Laura Waddell 1106
Mark Dodson to brief clubs on Scottish Rugby Union's financial position; Scottish Rugby chief Mark Dodson will brief clubs on the union's financial position next week amid what he describes as "the most disruptive episode in the sport since the Second World War". Graham Bean 608
Mass covid testing for students heading home from Scottish universities for Christmas; Mass testing of students planning to head home for Christmas will begin at the end of the month at some Scottish universities. Laura Paterson 580
Minimum pricing scheme could be reformed further; Scotland's minimum alcohol pricing scheme has led to an 11 per cent fall in the number of units of alcohol purchased per week - with a higher reduction by heavy drinking households - but could be reformed further. Jane Bradley 552
MP demands Scottish Government funding meeting to save historic ice rink; An MP has written to request an urgent meeting with culture secretary Fiona Hyslop to secure government funding for Edinburgh's shuttered Murrayfield ice rink. Jane Bradley 620
MSPs vote for travel ban for Scots despite 'grave doubts' and legality concerns; MSPs have voted in favour of the principle of the new travel ban due to come into force on Friday despite serious concerns around the legality of the legislation and human rights' concerns. Conor Matchett 607
Neil Lennon admits Odsonne Edouard distracted by transfer talk as Celtic boss seeks heart-to-heart; Does he want to leave? Is he still struggling from Covid-19? Is he just another underperforming player in a squad littered with them? These questions have swirled around Odsonne Edouard for several weeks as the Celtic support have waited for their talismanic striker to recapture his once-scintillating form. Craig Fowler 590
New homes offer space, gardens and countryside setting; Homes at a new development in West Lothian are expected to attract a flurry of interest, offering all the benefits of country living but within easy commuting distance for towns and cities. Ilona Amos 499
New mental health support for emergency service workers across Scotland; New mental health support for emergency service workers has been rolled out across Scotland. Elsa Maishman 609
Nicola Sturgeon responds to criticism of the travel ban saying that she is determined to 'keep the country as safe as possible'; The First Minister has hit back at criticism of the latest restrictions, including the travel ban that is about to be introduced to tier four to areas of Scotland on Friday evening. Rachel Mackie 459
Obituary: Tom McClung, former Scotland international rugby player; Tom McClung, former Scotland international rugby player. Born: February 14 1933 in Edinburgh. Died: October 6 2020 in Edinburgh, aged 87. 793
Odsonne Edouard could miss vital games for Celtic, ex-Rangers boss backs Celtic to sign transfer target, Aberdeen open talks with star over new contract, Motherwell duo wanted by host of clubs - Scottish Premiership Rumour Mill; Thursday's Scottish football news and gossip. Craig Fowler 408
Oliver Mundell resigns from Shadow Cabinet over support for travel ban; Oliver Mundell has resigned from the Shadow Cabinet after voting against the party whip over concerns of the impact border restrictions would have on communities in his constituency. Conor Marlborough 326
Playstation 5: Huge queues and crashed websites as shoppers scramble to buy new PS5 console; The new Playstation 5 arrived in the UK today - and gamers have been met by long online queues and crashing websites as retailers struggle to deal with demand for the [pounds sterling]450 console. Gary Flockhart 307
Police appeal after bike theft outbreak in Stirling; The Stirling police division are appealing to members of the public for information after several mountain bikes were stolen in Bridge of Allan last week. Hannah Brown 163
Police release CCTV image of man following assault of woman in Glasgow; Police in Glasgow have issued an image from CCTV footage of a man they believe may be able to assist their enquiries after an 18-year-old woman was assaulted in Glasgow City Centre on Wednesday August, 26. Hannah Brown 226
Priti Patel bullying inquiry finds UK home secretary has 'breached' the ministerial code; A draft report into allegations of bullying by the UK's home secretary Priti Patel has found she broke the ministerial code, it has been reported. Katharine Hay 578
Rangers director's delight as Tiger Woods and son sign up for tournament; Tiger Woods and his 11-year-old son Charlie are to play together in a PGA Tour event run by the former Rangers chairman Alastair Johnston. Graham Bean 448
Rangers pair Jordan Jones and George Edmundson issue public apology after Covid breach as club back SFA bans; Rangers duo Jordan Jones and George Edmundson have issued public apologies after incurring lengthy bans for breaching Scottish football's Covid-19 regulations. Matthew Elder 323
Rangers veteran Steven Davis retirement rumours dismissed by international manager; Northern Ireland manager Ian Baraclough has denied rumours Steven Davis has retired from international football. David Oliver 348
Rangers' covid breach players sidelined beyond Christmas with SEVEN match ban from SFA; Rangers duo George Edmundson and Jordan Jones have been banned for SEVEN matches for breaching Scottish Football's covid regulations. David Oliver 349
Readers' Letters: Sturgeon 'kicking hoteliers in face'; Pre-Covid, the tourist industry contributed a massive [pounds sterling]6 billion to Scotland's GDP and around [pounds sterling]13bn to the general economy. The industry has been hit hard by Covid restrictions, but by dint of expensive, assiduous comprehensive measures to ensure the safety of their staff and patrons, many have staggered on despite the considerably reduced footfall caused by social distancing and travel restrictions. Letter to the editor 1589
Release of Covid-19 second wave death forecasting 'not in public interest', claims Scottish Government; The Scottish Government has been accused of "absurd" decision making after officials blocked the release of forecasting analysis examining the potential number of deaths from a second wave of Covid-19. Conor Matchett 967
Robust sales and change of long-standing director at Glasgow packaging group Macfarlane; Glasgow-based protective packaging specialist Macfarlane Group has reported "robust" trading in the face of the pandemic and unveiled the retirement of its long-standing finance director. Scott Reid 607
Scotland boss Steve Clarke reveals first priority before turning attention to World Cup and Euros; Well, that's the party's over, or is it? Ashleigh Jack, wife of Ryan, wanted to make sure the Rangers midfielder knew he had been part of something historic and strung up balloons in the family home, spelling out the word "Euros", for when he arrived back in the early hours of Thursday morning. She later posted a photograph on Twitter. Alan Pattullo 1004
Scotland to be 'worst hit' by Brexit disruption; Scotland is at most risk of disruption to food and medical supplies if ferry ports are hit by "pressure and problems" as a result of a no-deal Brexit, MSPs have been warned. Scott Macnab 473
Scotland's potential Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifying opponents; Steve Clarke's side seeded third; Scotland's international matches are over until March - but national team attention will turn to the World Cup qualifying draw next month, setting up fixtures ahead of the Qatar winter games in 2022. David Oliver 461
Scotsman crossword answers: Here are the solutions for Wednesday's puzzles; From 'Mollycoddle' to 'Lumbago' here are the answers you've been looking for'. Steven Chisholm 251
Scottish Government seeks clarification on how [pounds sterling]300m support package for English sport affects Scotland; The Scottish Government is seeking urgent clarification on how a [pounds sterling]300 million package for sport in England will transmit to finances available north of the border. Gavin McCafferty 624
Seven-storey 'executive' hotel with skybar to be built on site of Glasgow Garden Festival; An [pounds sterling]18 million hotel on the site of the former Glasgow Garden Festival next to the River Clyde has been given the green light. Scott Reid 624
Smart meters help small businesses take back some control; Smart meters are also available for small businesses, writes Shaun Milne. 1110
Spending recovery continues, despite renewed restrictions; Scotland's spending recovery since lockdown lifted in July remained strong last month with spending up eight per cent year on year, despite tougher restrictions in place across the country, a report has found. Jane Bradley 413
St Andrews University to roll out mass covid testing for students before Christmas break; The University of St Andrews is rolling out end of term Covid tests for all students before they head home for Christmas. Hannah Brown 423
Steve Clarke: It's a missed opportunity but I tried hard to find the right words to thank players; Steve Clarke had to compose himself before entering his players' dressing-room following Scotland's defeat to Israel in Netanya. Alan Pattullo 619
Steven Gerrard's team selection holds no fear for Falkirk ahead of Rangers Betfred Cup visit, Miller says; Falkirk boss Lee Miller says Rangers will hold no fear for Falkirk - regardless of who Steven Gerrard fields in the Betfred Cup. David Oliver 427
Tax 'solution' that could bring the house down - David Alexander comment; Just as Covid-19 is about to be eliminated or at least severely subdued, another pandemic could hit the British people - an outbreak of tax rises to pay for the furlough scheme, increased claims for unemployment benefit and other costs to government associated with the current crisis. David Alexander 788
The Jacobites: 'Don't let romanticism obscure the threat they posed'; The romanticism of Jacobites should not obscure the threat they posed to the British Army in the years following the Battle of Culloden, a leading historian has said. Alison Campsie 603
The Rangers v Celtic derby which had everything - 25 years on, was this the greatest Old Firm clash of all time? As Rangers lined up to face Celtic at Ibrox on November 19, 1995, they did so under a bit of a cloud. Stephen Halliday 1012
The Scotsman Sessions #143: Hannah Lavery; Welcome to The Scotsman Sessions. With performing arts activity curtailed for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on, with introductions from our critics. Here, Hannah Lavery performs an extract from her dramatic monologue The Drift, staged by the National Theatre of Scotland in 2019. Joyce McMillan 706
The Scotsman Sessions #144: William Conway; Welcome to The Scotsman Sessions. With performing arts activity curtailed for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on, with introductions from our critics. Here, cellist and conductor William Conway performs the Sarabande and Courante from Bach's Cello Suite No. 3 in C. David Kettle 451
The Three Chimneys set to close doors for winter from next week; Isle of Skye's five star hotel The Three Chimneys is set to close next week for the foreseeable future due to the impact of Covid-19 restrictions. Katharine Hay 453
Uncertainty over student return to Scottish campuses in January 'completely unacceptable'; The Scottish Government has been warned it has not learned the lessons from the chaotic return to campuses in August that led to the initial spike in cases prior to the start of the second wave of Covid-19. Conor Matchett 560
Uncertainty remains over Scott Arfield's international future despite being named Canada's Player of the Month; While 10 of his Rangers team-mates have been away on international duty over the past week, Scott Arfield has been enjoying some down time ahead of the resumption of Premiership action. Stephen Halliday 450
What is Equal Pay Day 2020? The latest gender pay gap statistics for Scotland - and why women work for free after this date; The coronavirus pandemic might make the gender pay gap worse for women in Scotland. Jenna Macfarlane 906
When is Kevin the Carrot on sale in Aldi stores in 2020? Date you can buy the cult soft toy, his family and themed pyjamas; Kevin the Carrot soft toys have become popular due to Aldi's Christmas adverts. Jenna Macfarlane 762
Wife of Team GB runner Chris Smith says she 'did not realise impact until his death' as memorial fund is set up; A memorial fund has been set up in honour of Chris Smith, the Team GB fell runner who died on holiday in Scotland last month. Gary Flockhart 621
Winter fuel payment 2020: when is the DWP fuel allowance for cold weather available, how much is it and do I qualify? The Department of Work and Pensions winter fuel payment is due to be paid between November and December - but your other benefits could affect what you receive; The Department of Work and Pensions winter fuel payment is due to be paid between November and December - but your other benefits could affect what you receive. Chelsea Rocks 898

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