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Scotland's papers: Scots visa fears for business and Weinstein guilty

Image caption About 20% of Scottish businesses could close or be forced to "radically change their business model" because of the UK government's new immigration plans, according to The National. The paper's front page focuses on a report by the Federation of Small Businesses.
Image caption Harvey Weinstein dominates Tuesday's front pages, after the disgraced Hollywood mogul was found guilty of sexual assault on Monday. The Daily Telegraph opted for a striking close-up of the producer, who was convicted in New York of third-degree rape and first-degree criminal sexual act. Meanwhile, the paper's lead says Britons returning from coronavirus-hit parts of Italy will be told to "self-isolate" by health officials.
Image caption The i reports Weinstein was convicted of rape and sexual assault. The producer - who denied all charges - was cleared of the most serious count of predatory sexual assault. The newspaper calls the verdict a vindication for the #MeToo movement against harassment, which inspired women to go public with misconduct allegations against powerful men.
Image caption The Daily Express reports that Weinstein, who faces up to 29 years in prison, is "set to die in jail". The paper says the "disgraced" producer sat "emotionless" as the verdict was delivered.
Image caption After the jury reached their verdict on Monday morning, the Scottish Daily Mail's headline is "downfall of a monster". At least 80 women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct stretching back decades.
Image caption As well as the Weinstein trial, there are further details on the coronavirus outbreak. The Times says a World Health Organization warning that the Covid-19 virus had "pandemic potential" has wiped £62bn off the value of the UK's largest companies. It adds that the government is likely to advise anyone who has visited Italy in the past two weeks to stay at home if they have flu-like symptoms, as the country has the highest number of cases in Europe.
Image caption The main story in The Scottish Sun is that film star Tom Cruise is fleeing to Britain from the set of the new Mission: Impossible film in Venice - now deemed a high-risk area, it says.
Image caption The Scotsman reports that Angus Robertson has insisted there is "no plot" to oust Nicola Sturgeon as SNP leader. Mr Robertson announced plans to contest the Edinburgh Central constituency in the next Holyrood election as the SNP's candidate, but MP Joanna Cherry also wants to contest the seat for the party. The Scotsman notes that some commentators have suggested the forthcoming Edinburgh Central SNP candidate selection process is a proxy contest about the future leadership of the SNP.
Image caption The victim of a convicted rapist has criticised the Scottish justice system after she learned he was being considered for release after two years, according to the Daily Record. Sarah Reagan, now 40, said John Barbour raped her over a period of more than a year, starting when she was four years old.
Image caption The Courier carries details of the murder trial of Neomi Smith. The court heard that the accused had an "angry outburst" in a bar hours before he allegedly killed the 23-year-old.
Image caption The boss of Lothian buses has "quit", the Edinburgh Evening News reports. Richard Hall, whose £227,700 salary made him the highest paid public official in the capital, said his time at the bus operator was over and stepped down. The paper reports that it follows turmoil and "plummeting staff morale".
Image caption Sexual offence and attempted murder rates in Glasgow have fallen, the Glasgow Evening Times reports. The paper has spoken to the police officer in charge of the Greater Glasgow division, who says her officers are making the city "safe".
Image caption The lead story on The Herald's front page reports that Scotland is 16 years behind schedule on its "tobacco-free" target. The paper says if current smoking trends continue then a Scottish government pledge to create a “tobacco-free generation” by 2034, with no more than 5% of adults smoking by that date, will be missed.
Image caption Finally, the Daily Star reports Happy Mondays singer Shaun Ryder is feeling "magnificently sexy" after undergoing treatment for hair loss.

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