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The 2016 Olympics are about to get underway in Brazil with the opening


ceremony in Rio just hours away. That's all from the BBC News at Six


- so it's goodbye from me - We'll be looking at why


it's still losing money 53 Scots are competing in Rio


over the next fortnight. Edinburgh's international


festival and fringe Scottish football


prepares for tomorrow's with Rangers back


in the Premiership. And as a celebration


of motor-sport in Glasgow, RBS lost ?2 billion


in the first half of this year and it's warning that


economic slowdown is making The majority of shares


in the Edinburgh-based lender It's now eight years since it,


and other British banks, Here's our business and economy


editor, Douglas Fraser. The core bit of the Royal Bank


of Scotland is functioning The boss says it's the fastest


growing bank in Britain, But - and it's a big but -


it's got some big bills to pay. It had to find more


than ?1 billion to pay fees It's had to pay ?1.3 billion


for mis-selling - including a lot more for payment protection


insurance, or PPI - and to cover the likely cost


of going to trial with former And that means in the last


six months the bank has Investors claim former chief


executive Fred Goodwin misled them when he persuaded them to pour


?12 billion into a so-called rights His successor's still


clearing up the mess. This is a magnificent business. Each


caught it makes ?1 billion of profit before tax. And year-on-year we get


hit by legacy issues. For example, this time, 400 million of PPI. We


are looking at a 2008 rights issue, when we issued capital into the


market and people are saying it was not done well. Those issues are


plaguing us. The aim was to be fully recovered


three years from now - but that looks ambitious given


the uncertainty about Britain's economic future as it prepares


to leave the European Union. RBS says big corporate clients


are delaying investment decisions, And if wider economic growth does


slow down, as expected, it's going to to be harder


for RBS to hit its targets, meaning yet more cost-cutting


would be likely. The Olympic Games in Rio start


officially later tonight when the opening ceremony gets


underway. Scotland's Andy Murray


is the Team GB flag bearer, a task he says is bigger


than winning any tournament. Our reporter Jane Lewis is outside


the Maracana Stadium. Yes, absolutely, a real sense of


occasion. Behind me, it looks magnificent, the famous Maracana


Stadium. Famous for football, but tonight it will host the opening


ceremony of the 31st Olympic Games in Rio. The action starts at 8pm


local time. Midnight, on the BBC, if you want to stay up late, which I am


sure you will because it will be some show. Five years in the making.


Various dress rehearsals over the last few days. Not the same budget


as London 2012 but we are told it will be full of heart and grace. It


will be a carnival reflecting life in Rio, the culture of Brazil. Lots


of colour and lots of dance and music, I would imagine. If the dress


rehearsal is anything to go by. After the entertainment, all of the


attention will fall on the athletes as they come out and are introduced


to the waiting crowd. It will be a special Mike Andy Murray who is


leading Team GB out this evening. -- a special night for Andy Murray.


Bigger than winning a tournament. Personally, I have never felt that


proud before. I know how I have felt after big tournaments, and this was


very, very different. I am really looking forward to it. I am sure it


will be a night I will never forget. I can't wait. I am sure he will


remember it. He will be leading out 70 British athletes out of a team of


306 because the swimmers and rowers are in action tomorrow and will be


in bed, and the track and field athletes are not here yet. But it


will be an amazing night for Andy Murray. He could be rubbing


shoulders with one of the world's best footballers in Pele, who we


understand has been asked to light the Olympic torch this evening, the


Olympic flame, I should say. We do not know if he will do it, but it


would be some occasion if he was to light the Olympic flame. But the


stadium is ready for tonight was Mike opening ceremony.


Four people are in the running to replace Stewart Hosie as deputy


leader of the Scottish National Party.


Nominations closed this morning and party members


will cast their votes in late September.


Glenn Campbell has been meeting the candidates.


The most high-profile contender is Angus Robertson, who lives in his


whiskey making Murray constituency on the banks of the River Spey. He


has been an MP since 2001. He is already the SNP's Westminster group


leader, and a member of Parliament's intelligence and Security Committee.


At a turbulent time in politics, he is offering experience and reach. We


have two represent the whole of Scotland which is why I think a


balanced leadership ticket between Nicola Sturgeon in central Scotland,


representing Glasgow, and myself as an MP in the North of Scotland, that


balance is a good thing. The mail- female ticket is a good thing, and


having a track record people can look at is important, too. Among his


rivals, Tommy Sheppard, elected MP for Edinburgh East last year. This


one-time Scottish Labour Party general secretary came to the SNP


through the independence referendum campaign. He wants to give


grassroots members a bigger voice and build support for independence.


The most important thing for me is that the SNP needs to play a big


part in this but we also need to that the SNP needs to play a big


constantly, as big as we are, we need to reach out beyond our


membership and involve other people. Because the Yes campaign, if it


comes, will not be won by the SNP by itself. We need a big Alliance, a


big movement that represents most of public opinion in Scotland. Next,


Alan Smith, a member of the European Parliament for 12 years. He has a


Scotland- wide constituency and sees himself as a sort of Scottish


ambassador to the EU. Please, I beg you, do not let Scotland down now.


As deputy leader, he thinks he would win more than over Asians for


Scotland in Europe, as the UK negotiates its exit. I have shown


what I can deliver in Brussels and in Europe and putting Scotland on


the map in Europe is vital. As deputy leader I would have heft and


it would underline to the people of Scotland and SNP members that we


choose Europe as our future, where Westminster is our past. The final


candidate is in Inverclyde Council who want Scotland to become an


independent socialist republic, and once the party to develop new


policies shaped by the membership. He would especially like more tax


paid by the better off. I don't think the people earning the lowest


in society, that struggle to get by, should pay more tax. They pay


enough. But the people who earn the most in society, they should have a


greater share of the burden of the tax base. Those earning over


?150,000 should pay a 50% tax rate. Nicola Sturgeon's current deputy,


Stewart Hosie, is standing down following controversy in his private


life. More than 100,000 SNP members are entitled to vote for their new


deputy leader. The ballot starts towards the end of next month, with


the winner announced at the SNP conference here in Glasgow on


October 13. Edinburgh's international festival


and Fringe are under way. The two festivals -


now in their 69th year - are together staging thousands


of shows over the next three weeks. Our arts correspondent


Pauline McLean joins us now from one of the 294 Fringe venues that have


opened across the capital. Sally, this used to be the vet


school in Edinburgh, and now the classrooms and lecture halls are


147 shows at this venue, eight arts 147 shows at this venue, eight arts


-- art exhibitions as well. That sounds a lot at this is one of


nearly 300 venues across the city. So if you start multiplying that,


you realise why this is officially the world's biggest arts festival.


Why? Because it is open access. All you need to do is bring your show


and find a space in which to perform. And all across the city,


people have been doing exactly that. You don't need a theatre, just a


corner of Edinburgh in which to pitch your tent. Welcome to venue


91, one of most 300 across the city, where students from Bristol are


telling one of the many stories of refugees in Europe. We need to keep


the balance of the boat. If those people start moving, or doing


something, it can collapse. In my heart, it feels I need to tell the


story. Coming to the biggest arts festival, where people are open to


engaging with theatre and staff is very important. I thought, if I am


going to do it, I might as well go all out. Six eyes, three toes. The


open access nature means that anything goes, from serious issues


to downright silliness. Most stand-up comics, the EU referendum


was an obvious starting point. I wish I had a passion for cheese


because I think it would be a lot more fun. It would be a lot more fun


to do an hour of comedy about cheese and hats. But I write jokes about


things that interest me. What interests me, unfortunately, his


politics. It's not surprising to find politics being discussed, since


the International Festival and Fringe began in 1947, as a way of


uniting Europe after the Second World War. After the summer, people


are talking about our relationship with Europe and the world. Where


better to have that conversation than in a city where you will have


people from every nation looking at shows which provoked discussion, and


just having fun together as well? So the initial intention of the


festival was to reunite Europe at the end of the Second World War, and


so to a degree, although perhaps not in such tragic circumstances, we are


revisiting those ideas. For the next three weeks, everyone


is talking and singing and dancing in any available space across the


city. And of course, this is the biggest


festival but not the only one. There are events across the month of


August. People will be watching the Edinburgh military Tattoo every


night. And the castle is the focus for a free open-air event on Sunday


night to mark the start of the Edinburgh International Festival. It


is called deep time, and it will be staged on and around Edinburgh rock.


We expect over 20,000 people to come to that. We hope to bring you


coverage next week. After 20 weeks of disruption,


engineering work on Glasgow's Queen Street tunnel has been completed,


with rail services set The transport minister today


tightened the final bolt on the new track bed,


which has been lowered to allow the installation


of overhead electric lines. The work enables the introduction


next autumn of faster trains This is a huge project, 10,000


tonnes of concrete, almost 3000 people working on the project. 20


weeks of disruption for passengers, but I am delighted that we are


opening before time, ahead of schedule and under budget. The


opening before time, ahead of perseverance and patience that


passengers have shown will hopefully mean faster journey times and a


train station that is fit for the 21st-century.


Three men who used explosives to steal money from cash machines


Three young girls from Shetland are in the limelight


They're playing a central role in the marketing


of the Alexander McQueen autumn-winter collection.


It is hard to imagine a greater contrast. Shetland is a long way


from the glamour and glitz of the international fashion world. At


least, usually. On this occasion, the islands have been placed at the


heart of the latest campaign by the international fashion house


Alexander McQueen. And these three young schoolgirls have been plucked


from relative obscurity and put in front of the cameras, alongside an


Argentinian supermodel. Meet 15-year-old Lily, and her sisters,


13-year-old Daisy and 11-year-old Emily. This is what they do at home.


And this is how the fashion world will see them. Rangers want an


urgent meeting with the Scottish FA and the author of a report into the


crowd disorder against Hibs. Rangers reckon there are inadequacies in the


review of the sequence of events. They don't say what they are but


recommendations include the government making it a statutory


offence to go onto the pitch without lawful authority. The new football


league season starts tomorrow. And after an absence of four years


Rangers will be in the top division. They've had to work their


way up from Scottish Now one of the country's


biggest clubs is back - Hamilton will be welcomed for the


first game of the new league season, to Ibrox, what a difference for the


presence of Rangers make to Scottish football? I think the league will be


stronger for it. The financial value of the league will be stronger with


Rangers. They play to full houses everywhere they go and they will


bring something to the league. To have the league back with both Old


Firm clubs, obviously Hibs are not back yet but Hearts and Aberdeen are


there, it be exciting year. Most of the major decisions that affect


Scottish footballer made outside the country usually inside the M25 or


the M4 corridor. And down there they have viewed Scottish football as


being on pause for the last few years. They now think it is good to


go again. Celtic have been champions for the past five seasons. We'll


Rangers threaten their dominance? It will be tight. Probably the usual


suspects up and around it, teams that have been doing well recently.


You get the likes of Aberdeen that have done well and they are out of


the cup now, so maybe that will give them more training time. Hearts have


been about it and will have a strong squad, Rangers coming into the leak


will fancy they can do well. The expectation will be on them and with


that that brings its own pressures and problems but I think the squad


have assembled it. They could mount a challenge. Rangers won't get a


guard of honour tomorrow and not everyone will welcome their return


but it will be impossible to ignore. Meanwhile, Celtic have been drawn


to play the Israeli champions Hapoel Be'er Sheva for a place


in the Champions League group stage. Celtic is now the only remaining


Scottish side left in Europe after Aberdeen lost


to Maribor last night, a match that left the Dons


manager very unhappy. This was the moment in stoppage time


that finally ended Aberdeen's Europa League campaign. COMMENTATOR: Broken


up. And it is an horrendous moment for Joe Lewis. Graeme Shinnie on his


25th birthday did not expect an own goal to be his present and


goalkeeper Joe Lewis wasn't expecting to kick fresh air. But it


was not that Bob all that's left the Aberdeen manager fuming it was what


went before, in particular the decisions of the Bulgarian referee.


Games are decided on key moments, you could say that the penalty miss


was defining but we still have to overcome the officials, if the F a


allows McGinn to both the penalty kick as he does, I thought he was


very quick to do that. I thought the sending-off was ridiculous. I don't


think we would see that in any other country, two yellow cards, for that.


I've watched it back fat, Stockley just uses his arms full of rich. No


movement with the elbow. It's very unusual to see that type of


challenge getting a red card. So, all in all a disappointing night for


Aberdeen. One penalty miss, one controversial red card and that


bizarre goal means they are out of Europe the third year running at the


qualifying stage. As Jane was telling


us earlier from Rio - the opening ceremony at the Olympics


is just a few hours away. That means much excitement around


the athletes' village and we were given an access


all areas tour of the Team GB accommodation by one


of the Scots in the team. Hi there, I am Martin Bennett, part


of the GB sevens rugby squad. They've just arrived at the Olympic


Village, the first time rugby has been in the Olympics. We are going


to the apartment. This is the living room, a couple of the boys chilling,


playing with their phones now that we've got Wi-Fi. Let's just go to


the bedroom. I'm here on the end. Here's my roommate as well, James


Rodwell, in the corner. How you doing? Once you get unpacked and


sort out where our bags will go I am pretty sure we'll get quite


comfortable. I've got an extra long bed so I should be all right. A lot


of it is just our Team GB stuff, three pairs of boots and trainers,


got to make sure that the gum shields are there, look after our


gnashers. I've got a phone with Pokemon Go on it so I'll play that


in my downtime. That is going to be massive, none of us know what to


expect, it will be a massively new experience but when we are all


looking forward to, Rugby Sevens is a highly competitive sport, and the


series for sevens this year, six different teams have won in ten


events so on your day if you perform anyone can be a winner. We just need


to get ourselves into the best position began and give it our best


shot. I am sure they will. That's it from


me. Thanks, David. Staying with a sporting theme,


and as you can see, on the northern banks of the Clyde -


a festival celebrating motoring The Ignition event features


exhibitions and driving displays, in what the organisers say


is the most ambitious and complex motor show


ever staged in Scotland. Glasgow's first ever street circuit.


Specially built for this event on the banks of the River Clyde, it is


one mile long and snakes around the SACC, the Clyde Auditorium and the


SSE Hydro. This Formula 1 car is a among those taking to the track this


weekend. At the wheel former racing driver David Coulthard and some new


talent. I've been on street circuits for raising purposes but or the


structure, we have curves and everything, this is my first time


driving around like people, and a very tight area. I think it will be


interesting to make sure I'm going in the right direction, I don't want


to end up in the city centre or somewhere! The festival allows fans


of all ages the chance to get close to the real stars of the show. I


haven't been to one of these before but am excited to see everything


here. Am looking forward to seeing the racing round the track and just


looking at all the different cars. I'm looking forward to seeing most


of the sports cars and stuff because I like them. Five-time additionally


champion Jimmy McRae is taking the first lap of the course to open the


event in a car that belonged to his late son, fellow rally driver Colin


McRae. It's part of the festival celebration of Scottish success in


motorsport. Also on the bill stunt driving and I was lucky or unlucky


enough to get a preview. Are you ready? I'm ready.


Screaming you get plenty of speed. There's a big truck. It's perfect.


We've got a purpose-built grandstand for people to watch. A slightly


dizzy Natalie Higgins, Reporting Scotland, Glasgow.


She's still looking very shaky. Let's get the weekend weather.


Good evening, many sunny spells and a few scattered showers and Marc


Laird this afternoon. The scattered showers will clear away and for


tonight it will be calm with clear spells, look behind me, and every of


low pressure coming and with it some unseasonably strong winds for the


weekend, especially Sunday. Back to this evening we will see the show


was gradually dying, clear spells developing and under the clear skies


turning Chile tonight, especially for rural areas, the sheltered glens


could go down to 2 degrees but elsewhere in towns and cities


8-12dC. Four. The weekend tomorrow they will be sunshine but to not be


fooled because there will be more cloud building across the


north-west, the sunshine becoming hazy and outbreaks of rain pushing


in when the winds start to strengthen, the good news is for the


belt southwards it will be largely Dreiser if you are going to the


festival there will be sunny spells, 19-20d but by Sunday we will feel


the effect of those gusty winds installed throughout the day. At 4pm


tomorrow afternoon, a good deal of sunshine around, for Glasgow, for


the Ignition Festival largely dry, maybe 19 degrees, further north they


different story, outbreaks of rain so if you are going there for the


last day tomorrow you can expect some rain in the forecast. Didn't be


afternoon some of it will be heavy, easing for time before further heavy


rain in the course of the evening and the winds will start to


strengthen as well. But rain will continue to progress over the hills


and mountains so if you're heading to the mountains, during the morning


things will deteriorate significantly during the afternoon,


very strong and gusty winds, up to 60 mph, these are sustained winds


but we could see strong gusts, dryer towards the east but for the


Cairngorms gusts of up to 60 knots per hour in the afternoon and


further south, 50 mph. For all of the Rangers, the wind speeds will


increase during the evening, may be severe gale to storm force level,


the rain will be further towards the north and it will be dryer towards


the south. The Met office has issued an early weather warning for the


strength of the winds. Ferry services and restrictions on the


bridge although it looks as of the bulk of the rain will be towards the


north of the country, dryer in the south. That is the forecast.


I'll be back with the headlines at 8 and the late bulletin just


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