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Articles from The Scotsman Online (November 24, 2020)

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'Club is an embarrassment': Celtic fans react to report Neil Lennon will not quit while board continue to back manager; Neil Lennon will not quit Celtic and the club's board will continue to back their under-fire manager, according to overnight reports about the Parkhead side. Craig Fowler 424
'Dangerous' Scottish predator convicted of sexual offences against children; A 43 year-old Abroath man responsible for sexually abusing a young girl and publishing indecent images of children online has been convicted today after pleading guilty. Hannah Brown 380
25 Christmas pub quiz questions 2020: festive trivia to ask in your online Xmas quiz - plus answers; From Christmas songs and movies to Rudolph, Santa, and festive traditions - test your knowledge with our holiday quiz. Finlay Greig 599
Andy Murray on vaccines, getting fit, Olympic aims and why tennis must tackle domestic violence; Andy Murray believes tennis players should be compelled to have a coronavirus vaccination in order to play in tournaments. Eleanor Crooks 997
AstraZeneca and Oxford University's Covid 'vaccine for the world' is just what the doctor ordered - Scotsman comment; In 2014, an Ebola virus outbreak began in West Africa, killing more than 11,000 people and causing an estimated $53 billion of damage to the economy. Scotsman comment 475
Babies' brains shaped by mother's stress during pregnancy, study finds; Babies' brains may be shaped by the levels of stress their mother experiences during pregnancy, a study from Edinburgh University has found. Elsa Maishman Medical condition overview 589
Baroness Helena Kennedy to head new Scottish misogyny harassment group; A leading QC has been appointed by Scotland's justice secretary to lead a working group on the possibility of creating a new offence of misogynistic harassment in Scots law in a bid to protect women from hate crimes. Gina Davidson 602
Book review: The Prime Ministers, edited by Iain Dale; Iain Dale's survey of the 55 Prime Ministers who have occupied the post since Sir Robert Walpole offers a wealth of enjoyable insights into three centuries of Westminster politics, but it lacks any kind of unifying vision or analytical edge, writes Joyce McMillan. Joyce McMillan 806
Boosting all mums' birth satisfaction - Caroline Hollins-Martin; In my experience as a midwife, the most rewarding relationships with women have involved creating a connection through building a trusting relationship. Caroline Hollins-Martin 616
Calls for rent controls as Edinburgh and Glasgow subject to rocketing rent rises of more than 40 per cent since 2010; Rents in Scotland's two largest cities have consistently outpaced inflation despite wages stagnating over the past decade, a new Scottish Government has shown. Conor Matchett 617
Capturing Ecology; An image of a flying Dalmatian Pelican, taken by Alwin Hardenbol, has been awarded Overall Winner in the British Ecological Society's annual photography competition, 'Capturing Ecology'. Kayt Turner 1300
Catering group Compass sees pandemic eat into profits; Catering giant Compass has warned over further action to overhaul the business after the pandemic sent annual profits plummeting by 76 per cent. Holly Williams 432
Celtic 'to open talks' over future transfer as Parkhead man could be used as part of deal; Celtic are ready to open talks with Milan over the permanent transfer of Diego Laxalt, according to reports in Italy. Craig Fowler 238
Celtic board's position on Neil Lennon sacking as Rangers lose over [pounds sterling]80m; Tuesday's Scottish football news and gossip. Craig Fowler 418
Celtic transfer blow as January target said not to be interested in Parkhead move; Celtic transfer target Dean Henderson wants to remain at Old Trafford for the duration of this season and fight for first-team opportunities, according to his manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Craig Fowler 330
Celtic's [pounds sterling]135million players sales - who are the 21 stars sold in the last 8 years by the Parkhead club? In the last eight years Celtic have been one of the most productive teams in terms of making large profits on players. Joel Sked 954
Celtic's Ryan Christie on the European club he has a "personal vendetta" against; Ryan Christie believes retribution will be firmly in Celtic minds when they face Sparta Prague on Thursday. Andrew Smith 340
Christophe Dominici: Tributes to France rugby star found dead at 48; Christophe Dominici, the former France winger who was capped 65 times between 1998 and 2007, has been found dead. He was 48. Graham Bean 483
Climate change: Scottish government needs to be bold as time is running out - Fabrice Leveque; Next month the Scottish Government will publish an update to its Climate Change Plan. Fabrice Leveque 1042
Coronavirus in Scotland: 41 deaths and 771 new cases in the past 24 hours; A total of 41 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours as Scotland sees a rise of 771 new cases of coronavirus since yesterday. Hannah Brown 249
Covid-19 'doesn't care if it is Christmas', top public health expert Devi Sridhar says; Professor Devi Sridhar's comments came before it was announced tonight that UK leaders from all four nations agreed that up to three households can meet indoors during a five-day Christmas period between December 23-27. Ella Pickover 941
Covid: Questions about the virus and vaccines reveal the uncertain nature of true science - Professor Eleanor Riley; We live in uncertain times. Never has this been more true, in my lifetime at least, than now. Eleanor Riley 660
Covid: Scotland must learn from testing system failures to ensure mass vaccination is a success - Dr Alice Street; Scotland's Test and Protect approach to preventing the spread of coronavirus relies heavily on members of the public to make it work, but the system is failing to support them. Alice Street 1068
Crown Office and Police Scotland refuse to say if politicians will be interviewed around Covid-19 care home deaths investigation; Politicians may not be interviewed as part of an ongoing police and Crown Office investigation into the deaths of residents in care homes due to Covid-19. Conor Matchett 447
Domestic rail freight must be part of Scotland's transport future - Maggie Simpson OBE; It has been 20 years since the first train load of goods left Grangemouth for the newly opened rail terminal in Daventry in the English Midlands. Operated by Direct Rail Services for customer WH Malcolm the train carried glass from Alloa to be used for bottling lager and making coffee jars. The northbound train returned the next day with petfood, pallets and some retail traffic. Maggie Simpson OBE 632
Don't let the past define us, look to our shared future - Claudia Cavalluzzo; No meeting with a new business acquaintance can end before they ask me the question "where is your accent from?" Or "Your accent is peculiar, difficult to place...where is it from?". Claudia Cavalluzzo 527
Eating disorder charity expands services as demand more than doubles during pandemic; Eating disorder charity Beat has expanded its services in Scotland after demand more than doubled during the last six months of the Covid-19 pandemic. Elsa Maishman 458
Eco tech firm Pawprint exceeds [pounds sterling]400k crowdfunding target in days; Edinburgh-based eco tech business Pawprint - whose backers include BrewDog co-founder James Watt - has exceeded its latest [pounds sterling]400,000 crowdfunding target in less than a week. Emma Newlands 447
Edinburgh International Festival buys 250 instruments for schools to help pupils play on during the pandemic; The Edinburgh International Festival has revealed it is to buy more than 250 instruments for schools across the city after pupils were told not to share them during the coronavirus pandemic. Brian Ferguson 649
Edinburgh theatres face new cash crisis as King's revamp hangs in the balance; Two of Edinburgh's best-known theatres face running out of money within months due to an escalating funding crisis - amid fears a long-awaited refurbishment project may have to be abandoned. Brian Ferguson 658
Film reviews: Possessor / Audrey / Black Beauty / Uncle Frank; Brandon Cronenberg steps out of his father's shadow in spectacular style with futuristic body horror film Possessor, while Audrey serves up a frustratingly hagiographic documentary portrait of the screen legend Audrey Hepburn. Alistair Harkness 1059
Financial strain for BiFab after Scottish Government says it has 'no legal route' to provide support; The UK and Scottish governments have no legal route to provide further financial support to Burntisland Fabrications (BiFab), according to a joint statement from both sides. Douglas Barrie 728
FM21 wonderkids: best Football Manager 2021 strikers, goalkeepers, defenders and midfielders as game is released on PC, Mac and mobile; Could these young prospects be the next Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi... or Freddy Adu? Matt Brooks 867
Former Scottish Tory leader contender Michelle Ballantyne quits party; Michelle Ballantyne, the woman who had hoped to lead the Scottish Conservatives into next year's Holyrood elections, has quit the party. Gina Davidson 466
Frightened Rabbit eco venture to be rolled out in Scottish primary school; A primary school in North Lanarkshire has become the first to take part in a new environmental education programme set up by Frightened Rabbit bassist Billy Kennedy's new eco-friendly social enterprise company. Ilona Amos 617
GBBO winner: Peter celebrates being crowned star of Bake Off after show's closest ever final; It has been weeks of tension in the tent, but 20-year-old Peter has stolen the show for the last time and been crowned winner of this year's Bake Off. Katharine Hay 2127
Glasgow and Fife areas hardest hit by Covid-19 school absences; Areas with high levels of deprivation and high levels of Covid-19 are seeing the highest impact on school attendance, a new analysis of figures suggests. Conor Matchett 591
Glasgow Warriors coach Danny Wilson delivers message on discipline as Scotstoun club seek revival in Wales; Glasgow coach Danny Wilson has stressed the importance of discipline as the Scotstoun club try to negotiate Guinness Pro14 fixtures without their coterie of international players. Graham Bean 434
Hamish MacInnes: Why we should all try to be more like this Scottish mountaineering legend - Scotsman comment; Hamish MacInnes, who has died at the age of 90, was one of the world's greatest mountaineers. Scotsman comment 348
Hannah Darling snubs Stanford to sign for South Carolina; Hannah Darling, Scotland's top-ranked women's amateur golfer, has chosen the University of South Carolina ahead of Stanford, Tiger Woods' alma mater, for the exciting next chapter in her career. Martin Dempster 573
Health minister denies Nicola Sturgeon 'misled Holyrood' over positive Covid-19 cases being discharged into care homes; Health secretary Jeane Freeman has rejected accusations the First Minister misled Parliament over positive Covid-19 discharges into care homes. Conor Matchett 623
Hearts get back to winning ways with early blitz of Alloa; Hearts overwhelmed Alloa Athletic with an intense display and some clinical finishing to move within a point of the Championship summit. Barry Anderson 631
Here's how to shop safely on Black Friday; With Black Friday just a few days away, shoppers are hoping to get their hands on some Christmas bargains. Jane Bradley 1141
Hero Scottish paramedic, 63, dies from COVID-19 months after coming back to frontline to help others; A hero Scottish Ambulance Service paramedic who returned to full-time frontline paramedic duties when coronavirus took hold of the nation has died. James Trimble 251
Innovation can help growing need for sustainable food system - comment; By 2050, the world's population is expected to be close to 10 billion, and with it a serious demand for food. Mark Bustard 836
Jeremy Kyle called tragic guest 'a serial liar' and asked jeering TV audience 'has anyone got a shovel?'; A coroner has said TV presenter Jeremy Kyle branded tragic guest Steve Dymond a "serial liar" and said he "would not trust him with a chocolate button". Gary Flockhart 568
Kinross-shire 'golf ball' ex-NATO spy base is up for sale for almost [pounds sterling]1m - take a look inside; Every day, new properties go on the market and open up to prospective buyers - but, every now and again, a truly unique opportunity will present itself, such as a decommissioned spy base. Rhona Shennan 376
Lockerbie Bombing: Third appeal against the convictions of the late Abdelbaset al-Megrah to begin; A third appeal against the conviction of the late Abdelbaset al-Megrahi for the Lockerbie bombing is due to begin at the High Court in Edinburgh. Rachel Mackie 437
Lockerbie Bombing; Pan Am Bombing. Kayt Turner 1151
Man, 34, dies after road crash on the A82 near the Erskine Bridge; Officers are appealing for information following a fatal road traffic collision on the A82 near to the Erskine Bridge, in which a 34 year-old male pedestrian was struck by a car and pronounced dead at the scene. Hannah Brown 273
Midlothian economy 'on its knees' over Level 3 decision; Businesses in Midlothian face going to the wall over the "11th-hour decision" to keep the area in level three, Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard has said. Scott Macnab 577
Midlothian golfer stopped from playing at both his clubs due to new Covid rules; A Midlothian-based golfer has hit out at the Scottish Government's latest Covid-19 restrictions after finding himself blocked from playing in two neighbouring local authority areas. Martin Dempster 614
Midlothian golfers hit with playing ban in East Lothian after late level change; Golfers living in Midlothian are set to join their Edinburgh counterparts in being hit with a Covid-19 playing ban at clubs in East Lothian. Martin Dempster 333
Moray police launch county-wide manhunt after attempted armed robbery; Police in Moray are hunting for a man who brandished a bladed weapon at staff in a shop in Buckie yesterday, before fleeing empty handed. Conor Marlborough 317
National Care Service must have human rights at its heart - Nick Ward; When the First Minister announced an independent review into social care earlier this year we were incredibly excited - we know how hard autistic people and families have to fight to get this vital support and the difference it can make. Nick Ward 487
Nicola Sturgeon coronavirus briefing: Why there is no briefing on Tuesday, and how First Minister will update Scotland instead; There will be no lunchtime coronavirus briefing from the First Minister on Tuesday. Instead, Nicola Sturgeon will give an afternoon update from Holyrood on where each local authority area in Scotland sits in the five-level system. Gary Flockhart 411
Nicola Sturgeon on Spitting Image: Good humoured parody or dangerous stereotype? Nicola Sturgeon's puppet has made its debut on the rebooted comedy show Spitting Image, in a sketch that has left some watchers deeply divided. Scott McCartney 265
Nicola Sturgeon says Ian Blackford responded with 'grace' in Twitter row; Nicola Sturgeon has defended SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford over accusations of bullying a photographer on Twitter. Scott Macnab 456
Nicola Sturgeon says Scotland faces 'difficult winter' ahead of Cobra meeting about Christmas covid easing'; The First Minister addressed the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday ahead of a four nations meeting to discuss potential easing of restrictions over Christmas time. Rachel Mackie 228
Nicola Sturgeon: Coronavirus won't be taking Christmas off and nor should we; Going that extra mile to reach out to friends and family to make memories that last throughout the year has always been at the centre of celebrations around the festive period, writes First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Nicola Sturgeon 666
Nobel Peace Prize winner and Ruth Davidson plea for foreign aid budget reversal; A Nobel Peace Prize winner and the former leader of the Scottish Tories have pleaded with Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak not to cut the aid budget. David Hughes 366
Number of suicides in Scotland rises for second year in a row; The number of probable suicides in Scotland has risen for the second year in a row, according to new data from National Records of Scotland. Elsa Maishman 476
Obituary: Akki Manson, Scots farmer who championed agricultural cooperation; Alexander (Akki) Manson CBE FRAgS. Died: November 17 2020 at Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, aged 89. Obituary 819
Pandemic sparks surge in Scots glampervanning getaways this winter; The coronavirus pandemic has sparked a major surge in the number of people planning to take to the road for a glampervan holiday this winter. Ilona Amos 621
Period poverty bill Scotland: the campaign for free sanitary products in Scotland explained - and what is period poverty? There has been cross party support to provide free sanitary products for Scottish women and girls in a move that will be a world-first in tackling period poverty; There has been cross party support to provide free sanitary products for Scottish women and girls in a move that will be a world-first in tackling period poverty. Chelsea Rocks 896
Pets at Home sees profit jump amid ownership boom; Pet ownership in the UK is going through a so-called "baby boom" - with the Covid-19 pandemic seeing a surge in new owners, according to the boss of Pets At Home. Simon Neville 578
Pets in pictures: Edinburgh cat Basil among winners of comedy pet photography competition; A photo of Basil, a cat from Edinburgh, has won an award in a world-wide photography competition celebrating pets. Katharine Hay 510
Pitlochry Festival Theatre forced to rethink outdoor Christmas show due to new restrictions; One of Scotland's leading theatres is to make a film from an outdoor Christmas show it has been forced to rethink due to the latest coronavirus restrictions. Brian Ferguson 601
Rangers check out Bongani Zungu injury after South Africa appearances; Steven Gerrard is confident the knee injury sustained by Bongani Zungu on international duty last week will not significantly disrupt the midfielder's efforts to force his way into the Rangers starting line-up. Stephen Halliday 229
Readers' Letters: It's right to call Lucknow soldiers 'heroes'; The complaint about Historic Environment Scotland's "Heroes of Lucknow" sign adjacent to the India Cross in Edinburgh Castle came from a single member of the public. Letter to the editor 1554
Richard Cockerill has has his say on Jaco van der Walt's Scotland call-up and the residency rule; Richard Cockerill has backed Jaco van der Walt to be a success at Test level and defended the residency rule that has allowed the stand-off to join fellow South Africans Duhan van der Merwe and WP Nel in the Scotland squad after three years at Edinburgh. Graham Bean 578
Robbie Williams' new Christmas song is the worst ever - Aidan Smith; Well, have you heard it yet? I think I'd rather be strapped to a chair and made to watch Love Actually on a loop than have to listen to it again. Aidan Smith 1054
Ruth Davidson joins former PMs in criticism of foreign aid budget cut; The former leader of the Conservatives in Scotland has become the latest figure to warn against plans to cut the overseas aid budget. Benjamin Cooper and Alexander Britton 333
Salmon specialist Loch Duart reels in prestigious accolade; Independent Scottish salmon farm Loch Duart has hailed its inclusion among the London Stock Exchange Group's (LSEG) 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain. Emma Newlands 180
Scotland forward Fraser Brown would love to see fans back for the Six Nations; Scotland forward Fraser Brown wants Sunday's match against France to be the last international at BT Murrayfield played without supporters and hopes fans will be back for the Six Nations. Graham Bean 432
Scotland to be first country to have universal free period products; Scotland will become the first country in the world to introduce free universal access to period products if a new law is passed in Holyrood today, though the MSP behind the legislation has said it is just the first step in ending the "stigma of menstruation" in Scottish society. Gina Davidson 605
Scotland, the world's most northerly non-Arctic nation, must intensify its relations with the region - Michael Russell; Some may ask why the Scottish government has intensified its engagement with the Arctic. After all, it seems a long way from the polar ice to Possil or Portree. Michael Russell 1135
Scots NHS ready to vaccinate 'entire adult population'; Health boards in Scotland are ready to vaccinate the adult population of Scotland "as quickly as is feasible", Nicola Sturgeon has said. Scott Macnab 347
Scots tax credit firm ABGI UK expands south of Border; Research and development tax credit specialist ABGI UK has unveiled major expansion across its UK operations - creating a raft of jobs and investing in two new office premises. Emma Newlands 351
Scots will be able to meet with two other households at Christmas; Scots will be able to meet with two other households over five days at Christmas. Alexander Brown 302
Scottish alcohol deaths fall 10% in first full year of minimum unit pricing; The number of alcohol-specific deaths in Scotland per year has fallen by 10 per cent. Elsa Maishman 466
Scottish community heroes honoured with benches for covid contributions; In celebration of their contribution to communities throughout the pandemic, two Scots have been honoured with bespoke benches designed by Repair Shop's Jay Blades. Sarah Wilson 253
Scottish coronavirus levels starting to fall, says Nicola Sturgeon; Coronavirus case levels and hospital admissions are starting to fall in Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has said. Scott Macnab 669
Scottish SPCA warning over poultry abandonment; The Scottish SPCA urges people to consider animals' care needs before purchasing or breeding them. 493
Shuggie Bain author Douglas Stuart credits two schoolteachers with changing his life; Booker Prize winner Douglas Stuart has credited his success to two school teachers who encouraged him to read books for the first time after his mother died from alcoholism when he was just 16. Brian Ferguson 580
Sir Andy Murray says Lewis Hamilton 'definitely deserves' a knighthood; Sir Andy Murray believes Lewis Hamilton deserves to join him as a sporting knight. Graham Bean 447
SNP demands Chancellor reverse decision to bring back VAT on PPE; The Chancellor "must reverse" the decision to bring back VAT on personal protective equipment (PPE), the SNP have claimed. Alexander Brown 450
The Scotsman Sessions #145: Lizabett Russo; 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, singer-songwriter Lizabett Russo performs Release from new album While I Sit and Watch this Tree Volume1. Fiona Shepherd 489
The Scotsman Sessions #146: Rosie Bans; 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, Glaswegian singer-songwriter Rosie Bans performs her song Flourish, the title track from her forthcoming EP. Malcolm Jack 933
The story of how Paul McGinn secured Hibs' draw with St Johnstone; Hibs manager Jack Ross chose to stay loyal to the players who had walked off the park on Saturday feeling aggrieved not to have taken all three points against Celtic for Tuesday's clash with St Johnstone. Moira Gordon 599
Theatre reviews: Lament For Sheku Bayoh / Eliza / Fibres; Three new plays force us to confront past injustices, and encourage us to learn from them, writes Joyce McMillan. Joyce McMillan 1086
Tier 2 Scotland: lockdown rules and restrictions for areas in level 2 - including East Lothian, Aberdeen and the Borders; East Lothian has been moved to level two instructions. Finlay Greig 424
Tier 3 Scotland: lockdown rules and restrictions for areas in level 3 - including Edinburgh, Midlothian and Fife; Scotland's new Covid-19 restrictions came into force on November 2. Finlay Greig 431
Weekly update: ten places in Scotland that recorded the lowest coronavirus rates in the last week; Data from the Scottish Government shows the breakdown of coronavirus rates according to area between November 14 and November 20. Beth Murray 494
WES and STV team up to help female bosses in Scotland; Women's Enterprise Scotland (WES) and broadcaster STV have unveiled an "ambitious" new strategic tie-up to help develop and grow women-led businesses in Scotland. Emma Newlands 465
Why Celtic board is giving Neil Lennon time - but how long has he got? There was a visceral reaction from sections of Celtic's fanbase to the hardly revelatory news that Neil Lennon retains the backing of the club's board. Andrew Smith 1109
Why Chancellor should follow SNP lead and use Spending Review to honour NHS - Ian Blackford; With the UK facing the threat of an extreme Brexit and a growing Tory unemployment crisis, it is crucial that the Chancellor uses the Spending Review to deliver a major fiscal stimulus package and devolve financial powers, so we can protect our public services, put money in people's pockets, and secure a strong, fair and green economic recovery. Ian Blackford 665
Why Donovan Mitchell's new contract with Utah Jazz is NBA's most significant signing; With the NBA season a week away, things are starting to heat up for basketball fans. Matt Farnham 761

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