The value of our Rab­bie

Ayrshire Post - - News -

The an­i­mal was rus­tled into an­other room when it even­tu­ally let go.

He de­scribed how the house­holder Si­mone John­ston who was present at the time de­scribed Roxy as “evil” and said it also went for her. Paramedics rushed to the house to treat the in­jured pair.

S l o a n w a s a r r e s t e d . But she de­nied all the charges against her in the court dock.

Sher­iff Des­mond Les­lie found her guilty of shout­ing, swear­ing and act­ing in an ag­gres­sive man­ner to­wards po­lice of­fi­cers.

The Sher­iff also found Sloan guilty of be­ing in charge of Roxy while she bit po­lice of­fi­cer Berry and was bark­ing, growl­ing and pulling to­wards him and an­other po­lice of­fi­cer Neil Steven­son.

Sloan was cleared of deliberately en­cour­ag­ing the Rot­tweiler to at­tack.

She must do 100 hours of un­paid work within three months. The Univer­sity of Glas­gow will carry out an ex­ten­sive as­sess­ment of the eco­nomic value of Robert Burns to Scot­land.

P ro f e s s o r Mur r a y Pit­tock of the Cen­tre for Robert Burns Stud­ies at the Univer­sity will led the re­search which is be­ing funded by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment.

The re­search will as­sess how much the world­wide fas­ci­na­tion with Scot­land’s na­tional bard is sup­port­ing Scot­tish busi­ness and jobs.

It will also look at the po­ten­tial for Burns to fur­ther sup­port re­gional in­clu­sive growth – from ho­tels and restau­rants to food, drink and mem­o­ra­bilia.

While there have been stud­ies of the eco­nomic im­pact of cul­tural in­dus­tries be­fore, this is be­lieved to be a world first in car­ry­ing out a thor­ough as­sess­ment. In 2003 a study put the worth at £ 157m a year.

Pro­fes­sor Pit­tock, who is a Pro- Vice Prin­ci­pal at the Univer­sity, said: “Tourism and food and drink are two of the three largest in­dus­tries in Scot­land, which in their turn re­flect a highly vis­i­ble na­tional Scot­tish brand in the global mar­ket­place, a brand which owes an enor­mous debt to Scot­land’s 18th and 19th cen­tury his­tory.

“We need to un­der­stand the re­la­tion­ship be­tween our cul­ture and our econ­omy more fully in or­der to max­imise our al­ready worldlead­ing po­si­tion.”

Within the UK, cul­ture and her­itage tourism in Scot­land at­tracts more visi­tors than any­where out­side Lon­don. Robert Burns Birth­place Mu­seum in Al­loway is sec­ond only to Shakespeare among UK writ­ers’ mu­se­ums in its vis­i­tor numbers

The re­search project will run un­til the sum­mer of 2019, with an in­terim re­port ahead of the Burns sea­son in Jan­uary.

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