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It's emerged the Scottish serviceman Corrie McKeague,
who hasn't been seen since September, is to become a father.
I had the support of everyone around me, my family and friends, which was
great, but it is still not the most pleasant thing to go through on your
own. Especially when the person you love is missing.
Also on the programme, the Scottish Conservative leader
says she wants the UK to have access to the EU single
Her opponents accuse her of selling out.
There's been an increase this year in the number
of people caught drink-driving over the festive period,
and most of those would have failed the old, higher limit, too.
Calls for increased support to help people retrain,
as more of us work longer and change career direction.
And Scotland's top badminton player is calling for the decision
to remove the sport's Olympic funding to be reversed.
The Scottish Conservative leader has insisted both
she and the Prime Minister are intent on securing
the best Brexit deal for the whole of the UK
But Ruth Davidson's SNP opponents challenged her to back
plans to keep Scotland inside the European single market.
This from our political editor Brian Taylor.
Like all politicians, the Prime Minister prefers to sound decisive.
She has colleagues that want to quit the single market entirely, but has
business leaders that want to maintain links so appears to
indicate no to single market membership but yes to access. But
how much access? This morning Gary Robinson suggested that she had
shifted ground to Ruth Davidson. A couple of days later you said what I
want to see for Scotland is access to the single market, why the
change? I don't think there's a huge difference here. There's a weird
conception the single market is a binary choice, and it's not, there
are gradations. As somebody who not only recognises the result didn't go
the way I want, but who is arguing passionately to stay in it, I want
the largest amount of access to the single market. Temptations all
around as Nicola Sturgeon carries on the day job, visiting a day centre.
But she's not tempted yet to name the date for a second is
independence referendum, although she hasn't said it will be this
year, which rivals says a statement of blindingly obvious. Some say the
Tories are letting Scotland down. But is deeply disappointing that
instead of representing the interests of people that work in
Scotland, Ruth Davidson has committed to try to prevent the Tory
party into splitting into a civil war. What's that? You want precise
details about the future? Mind if I get back to you about that one?
The girlfriend of the missing RAF serviceman Corrie McKeague has
revealed she's pregnant with his child.
21-year-old April Oliver discovered she was having a baby in October,
weeks after Corrie disappeared after a night out in the Suffolk
She said she'd always hoped he would return but has now decided
She's always wanted to be a mother, but looking at the scan of her and
Corrie's unborn child, she wishes circumstances could be difficult.
The personal trainer first met him on an online dating site last summer
and only discovered she was pregnant fortnight after the RAF gunner went
missing. Being a mother is something I always wanted to be, right from
when I was younger, but it is just... It is just a horrible time,
isn't it really? Corrie's mother and April's parents have known about the
pregnancy since the outset and they are supporting her. It's something I
hoped he would be here to help me make the decision but he isn't so
it's a decision I've had to make alone. Not the most pleasant thing
to go through on your own, especially when the person you love
is not present. Corrie was last caught on CCTV in the early hours of
Saturday the 24th of September in the centre of Bury St Edmunds. The
23-year-old had been enjoying a night out with friends before he
left this nightclub alone in the early hours. After entering an area
behind some shops, he disappeared. As this home video shows, Corrie
McKeague is an extrovert and happy As this home video shows, Corrie
to perform for family and friends. His family say he would talk to
anyone. Every week, his mother flies to Scotland to coordinate the search
for her son. It is difficult to balance the excitement of a new baby
to what we are trying to focus on now and that is finding Corrie so it
is just one day at a time. We will get through this but just now I have
got to, for my own sanity, just try to concentrate on trying to find
Corrie and doing everything I can to find him. Preparations are already
in place for the birth of their baby. April now hopes to
in place for the birth of their personal privacy for her and her
baby's health. Both families are now determined that efforts are focused
on finding Corrie, this unborn baby's father.
Scotland's tougher drink-drive limits are still failing to deter
motorists from drinking too much and getting behind the wheel.
This festive period there was a 38% rise in the number of drivers
who failed a breath test, and it seems the majority would have
failed the test under the old, higher limit.
Our home affairs correspondent Reevel Alderson has been taking
This was the third festive season with the new,
lower Scottish limits for drinking and driving, introduced
And there's concern that the message that you really shouldn't drive
if you've drunk any alcohol isn't fully getting through.
The drink-drive limit is 50 milligrams of alcohol in 100
Until two years ago, it was 80 milligrams of alcohol.
The new limit's probably less than a pint of ordinary-strength
beer or a glass or ordinary-strength wine.
625 motorists failed a breath test - that's an increase of 38.3% over
the previous festive period, although 15% more breath
Worryingly, only 57 of the drivers who failed were under the old limit,
meaning a whopping 90.9% would have failed before the new
Police tested more motorists over the festive period than in recent
years, campaigners say that the only way to deter drivers who
deliberately chose to take to the wheel after drinking what they know
is too much. The focuses on making sure the majority of people get the
message, and majority do. Unfortunately the people breaking
the limit now I fear don't take any notice of campaigns, or limit. They
need to be caught by the police to stop them. And there is apparent
need to be caught by the police to support in this Edinburgh pub for
the tougher limits and tougher enforcement. I believe there should
be zero tolerance on drink-driving. I don't think you should get in your
car after drinking. You are out of control when you've had a drink so
the answer should be quite simple, you shouldn't allow a limit, you
should just... If you drive, you don't drink and that's it. Police
say although drink-driving has had a high profile during the festive
period, it will continue to be high profile during the festive
focus for the force. When not going to stop targeting drink-drivers
simply because the festive period is over. There will still be a focus on
it throughout the year because there is a hard-core element of motorists
disregarding the safety of other people and we will continue to
pursue those individuals. My message is still the same, regardless of
pursue those individuals. My message whether it is Christmas or summer,
don't do it. The figures also showed an increase in the people caught the
morning after drinking, which police said was reckless. Campaigners south
of the border have been calling for a reduction in the drink-driving
limit there and have expressed concern to that with so many
Scottish drivers being over the old limit, it may dissuade legislators
from bringing England and Wales into line with Scotland.
from bringing England and Wales into Rank you. -- thank you.
The driver of a lorry which crashed into a house killing a woman had
blacked out with what a court heard described as an "explosive
55-year-old Catherine Bonner died and her partner, Jim McColl,
was badly hurt in the crash in Fairlie in 2013.
A Fatal Accident Inquiry heard from a doctor who said
driver George Marshall had an underlying medical condition.
A charge of death by dangerous driving was dropped by the Crown
after it had looked into his medical background.
The way skills are taught in Scotland needs to be urgently
overhauled to cope with rapid changes in the economy.
That's according to a leading think tank, which is warning more needs
done to help people train for a longer working life,
Here's our business correspondent David Henderson.
They are here to retrain and keep pace with changes at work. This
class is popular with mature students who want to take on new
skills for a career in nursery education. You learn to deal with
people differently, your communication changes as you develop
different working relationships with your mentors and lecturer and other
classmates. I think it is vital that we keep learning and not give up at
the age of 37, you know, decide to change your life for the better.
Soon the owners classmates will take this training to where they work.
For some, their first full-time job. For others, just a fresh start. Most
of the students here are under 25 but the average age is on the rise
as more people look to renew their skills after years at work. The
college principal told me those skills are focused on the jobs that
awaits students. Employers help shape and design the courses in the
programmes, in some cases helping deliver those programmes with us and
our lecturing staff. They provide real live work experience and
projects for the students studying in college so they are tapping into
talent that exists in the College at the same time as preparing the
future workforce they will need. Technology is becoming ever present
in the workplace, like this robot, which was taught to sort clothes,
and the gathering pace of change in so many lines of work means skills
and the gathering pace of change in training may have to adapt. In
Scotland there is an issue with people moving from low skilled and
medium skills into more highly people moving from low skilled and
skilled positions and we've also found there is an issue around
skills mismatch in Scotland, where the skills are not meeting the needs
of employers. We feel the skills system needs to reform and become
more flexible to meet these needs and to be able to be fit for the
future. One the things we have done to respond to that particular
challenge of helping people progress in their careers is extra funding to
the tune of ?10 million. So working patterns are being redrawn and very
few can expect a job for life. Instead, change is the order for the
day. That presents challenges but opportunities too.
A new forecast on the oil and gas industry says future tax
income will be wiped out by rebates for decommissioning.
Analysts Wood Mackenzie say dismantling and abandoning North Sea
assets will cost the public purse ?24 billion.
That's 50% more than the Treasury's own forecasts.
Our energy correspondent Kevin Keane joins us now.
If you look at the most up-to-date sets of figures of what the oil and
gas industry contributes to the Treasury, it reveals that the net
taxation paid at the moment is less than zero, partly because it's not
really making any significant profits with the downturn is going
on, partly because it's been receiving rebates because of
exploration out wearing the North Sea. What this latest analysis has
revealed and suggests is the total amount of tax that will be paid back
to companies because of decommissioning is significantly
higher than previously forecast. The Treasury's own figure of that is ?16
higher than previously forecast. The billion, this latest analysis
suggests it will be ?24 billion and it says that figure is more than the
amount it can expect to receive from oil and gas in taxation in the
future. This is a fluctuating figure because decommissioning is an
industry in its infancy and Wood Mackenzie says it recognises that.
That's not to say though that this is an industry that is not worth
anything to the Treasury and to the economy in the future because
decommissioning will bring with it many, many jobs. Thank you.
You're watching BBC Reporting Scotland.
The girlfriend of missing Scottish serviceman Corrie McKeague has
revealed she is pregnant with his child.
And still to come, we visit one of our most remote destinations
Towards the end of last year, we heard that Glasgow was to be
the first location in the UK for so-called fix rooms.
These are places where drug addicts could inject or smoke hard drugs
like cocaine and heroin under medical supervision,
Our reporter Divia Talwar spent a day inside a fix-room in Copenhagen.
A warning that her film shows scenes of illegal drug-taking.
It is 8am and inside users have already turned up. My name is
Elliot, and I'm 25, almost 26 years old. Tell me what you are about to
inject. It is good cocaine, a lot of heroin and diazepam to make the
heroine stronger. Elliott is originally from Sweden, he's
homeless and will beg, borrow and steal to buy hard drugs. He injects
so often that it is difficult to find a vein. I will find one. There
will... Ah! How are you feeling? Alert, euphoric and relaxed. This
place opened three years ago, funded by the city with public money.
There's always a nurse here to supervise the users. When they come,
the only thing they have to bring themselves is the drugs they will
the only thing they have to bring consume. Everything else we give to
the only thing they have to bring them is for free. This is just an
example, we give the needles, and of course the main thing is to save
lives and to prevent diseases from spreading. I think we prevent a lot.
Elliott is one of about 500 users who will come here today. This feels
like a second home. And it is a safe place to take things in. When I take
something that is really strong, I turned to the nurse sitting by the
computer and I tell them, I'm going to take this strong dose, so they
know what to expect if anything goes south. The fixing room will stay
open through the night. Some people would say that having a facility
like this is encouraging people to use drugs. It doesn't encourage
people. It's a very hard life to be a drug addict in this environment.
It is a very busy life. People are working to get drugs 24 hours a day.
It gives people a place where they can be safe. But it is clearly not a
It gives people a place where they treatment facility to get addicts
off drugs and many people, like the users I've met here today, will come
in and out of the fix room and go back to their difficult and
sometimes dangerous lifestyles. You can find details
of organisations offering information and support with
addiction at bbc.co.uk/actionline. Or you can call for free at any
time to hear recorded The centralisation of the control
room of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service as is being blamed for a
series of call-out errors. Emergencies from across
the Highlands and the north-east are now handled by operators
in Dundee, but critics claim a lack of local knowledge has led
to a range of mistakes in sending Fire brigade control centres in both
Aberdeen and Inverness were closed down at the end of last year with
the new North operations hub in Dundee part of a ?10 million
reorganisation and investment in call handling. The closures were
always controversial and in recent weeks it is alleged that emergency
fire crews have been sent out when there were other crews close at
hand. One crew was called out from leg to attend an incident on the
Isle of Skye -- from Lairg. Five other crews were nearer. Another
station was asked to go to an address in Dundee and that defies
station was asked to go to an belief that a life-threatening
situation and a life safety service, these things are happening.
Councillors in the Highlands have always been against the
centralisation and now calling for the closure of the local call centre
to be reversed. Politicians are demanding answers to the current
claims. We need to sure that fire engines go to the right place right
across the Highlands and Islands and that has not happened recently so
Parliament should look into it and find out what went wrong and make
sure the Fire Service operate as it should do. Scottish Fire and rescue
declined to be interviewed about the allegations but in a statement they
said they had reviewed what were unsubstantiated claims and was set
aside that in all cases the correct results have been sent to the
incident involved. The added that in any area local knowledge came not
just from control room staff but also from highly experienced local
crews. Official figures on Scotland's
tourism industry in 2016 Analysts will be watching closely
for indications of what, if any, impact the Brexit vote halfway
through the season might have had. Willie Johnston went to one
of the country's most remote destinations to find out how tourist
businesses there fared last year. You cannot go any further south
than the Mull of Galloway. It comprises a lighthouse and news
on the bird reserve, holiday cottages and a cafe. The land here
was bought by the community three cottages and a cafe. The land here
years ago and is committed as a visitor experience. We are down 8%
occupancy rate in the Cottagers compared to 2015 and also with the
visitor numbers to the experience, which is the exhibition and the
tower, we are down by 3000 people. We have also noticed that the
visitors are spending less money than in 2015.
Uneconomic study showed in 2009 ?25 million was spent by the anglers
in the area and I think that figure would have dropped a lot recently as
the fish stocks drop. You go to the pub in the evening, it is normally
full anglers telling tales of the fish they have caught but these
numbers have dropped. You can see that is not the same number of
people in the Tehran sites. Overall I would say we are about 10% down --
caravan sites. Anglers used to provide almost all the trade for the
pub and caravan park. We have seen a decline but luckily we have been
able to increase the couples and families and general toasts but
overall it is a reduction unfortunately -- general tourists.
But other attractions save the day 16 was OK, even though there seem to
be fewer people around overall -- say that 2016. We had a 2% increase
and that is often reflected in the amount of events which we are now
running for all the family. Four businesses, four views but a general
impression that tourism footfall in 2016 was down on the previous year.
Nobody I spoke to thought Brexit was eight factor. More things like the
weather, transport infrastructure, tougher drink-drive law and sheer
remoteness. Tourism remains fundamental here but what is the
outlook? Against the many attractions and accessibility of
Scottish cities, the fear is it may become harder and harder for them to
compete. Scotland's top badminton player says
she's worried about encouraging children to take up the sport
if proposed cuts go ahead. Kirsty Gilmour, who won Commonwealth
silver in Glasgow two years ago, is hoping a decision to remove
badminton's Olympic Back on court, on the comeback
trail. It is tough when you have had knee surgery. Tougher still when
your sport loses its elite funding despite winning an Olympic medal. I
specifically remember being in Rio, seeing the boys get that men's
doubles medal and I can't tell you, it gives me goose bumps. Everybody
was like, yes, we burn it, a medal, this is amazing. Best we have done
it. And then a funding cut. I don't think any other sport has
overachieved on their target set and then had funding withdrawn
completely. Badminton's Olympic funding has been on the slide for a
completely. Badminton's Olympic while. In 2012 it was ?7.4 million
but by this year that had dropped to ?5.7 million and there is no funding
at all for the next games in 2020 which would leave Scottish badminton
with a shortfall of ?40,000 a year and also mean that Scottish players
training at the British base in England would be sent home. We have
and hope and Patrick MacHugh who are in Milton Keynes and they will be
sent home -- Adam Hope. It is very sad. It is a drastic participation
sport for all ages -- fantastic. And we have the World Championships in
Glasgow in August. There is a lot to look forward to and this is a major
setback. The poster girl for Scottish badminton is deeply
troubled by the message that cuts sent out to kids. If I do in school
talks, I can't go to kid and be like, it badminton is your dream, no
matter what, if you reach a certain level you will be funded. I can't
preach that message because the future is more uncertain. UK sport
told BBC Scotland... British badminton will appeal and
hope to have the decision reversed by March so that athlete like Kirsty
Gilmour will not have to worry about by March so that athlete like Kirsty
finance as they test themselves against the best in the world.
Today has been a mixture of brighter moments but heavy showers as well
and it was quite a fine end to the day in Aberdeen but looking ahead to
this evening, we will continue to see those showers merging into
longer spells of rain, especially in the West with some brisk winds,
maybe even gales in the north-east corner. Those showers are mainly in
the West with some clearer moment in the east allowing a touch of frost.
Towns and cities holding up to about three or four Celsius overnight.
Fairly cloudy to start the day three or four Celsius overnight.
tomorrow with outbreaks of rain, mainly in the north and west again
and the cloud will thin and break-up with brightest bulb in the east. In
the afternoon there will be some blustery showers. Quite a cloudy
afternoon in store as well, some breaks with some bright moment in
the central belt and further east and we still holding onto fairly
mild air with temperatures around nine or 10 Celsius in the afternoon.
Tomorrow evening we will start to see that change with a weather
system moving from bringing outbreaks of rain but behind it on
when states you can see very tight isobars and it'll turn Windy -- on
Wednesday. And cold air coming in from the north and north-west.
Showers will be increasingly wintry looking at two Wednesday night and
Thursday. Several warnings out from the Met office, yellow warnings for
the strength of the wind, dusting and up to 55 mph, maybe severe gales
in the far north. And blizzard like conditions on a higher road routes
with snow in the mix, especially on Thursday daytime. This is Wednesday
and you can see those wintry showers even in the morning but by the
afternoon more so, especially in the north and even at lower levels at
times. Some brighter moment in between but bitterly cold with
temperatures only five or 6 degrees. By Thursday, even colder with the
snow showers pretty much anywhere across the country.
The Mart - a place to expect the unexpected...
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