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and pleasantly warm and getting even warmer for the early part of next


Tonight, on Reporting Scotland: Fears that diesel may be leaking


from the oil rig that's run aground on The Western Isles


Nicola Sturgeon says she's speeding up spending on major projects


to boost the Scottish economy after Brexit.


Migration from the rest of the UK boosts Scotland's population


And later in the programme, a day of Scottish success at the Olympics.


We're live in Rio where another Scot has a real chance


Nicola Sturgeon has announced a ?100 million plan to help the economy.


She has expanded the infrastructure spending following the Brexit vote.


The Scottish Secretary replied by calling on her to rule out a second


independence referendum to reduce uncertainty. Nicola Sturgeon is


worried that the health of the economy will deteriorate following


the decision to leave the EU. The First Minister promised to speed up


major public works to help create jobs and economic activity. Her


description includes a further ?100 million of capital spending in this


financial year. That will be paid for by the Scottish underspend in


the budget from last year. There was also a business support and


information service. But the first minister wants


the Treasury to increase capital UK Government does that, UK wide,


delivering consequential funding to the Scottish Government, we will be


able to do more than I am announcing. It is unacceptable that


the UK Government has done pretty much nothing so far to try to allay


uncertainty and boost the economy. Consulting businesses and other


Scottish interest groups ahead of the Brexit negotiations,


the Scottish secretary said infrastructure spending was a UK


government priority but that there was something else the Scottish


government could do. This talk of a second referendum is


causing real uncertainty and I think if that was taken off the table,


which the First Minister could do tomorrow, that, in itself, would be


a major boost to the Scottish economy and I would encourage her to


do that. Amid concern about a possible


economic downturn, the Bank of England has cut interest rates


to their lowest level. The chancellor has ruled out


an emergency budget but he has said he's prepared to reset UK economic


policy in his Autumn Statement And the decisions he takes then


will affect us all. Glenn Campbell, Reporting


Scotland, Glasgow. I'm joined now by Douglas Fraser.


What impact will ?100 million have? It is clearly helpful. It is not a


small amount of money. It won't do any harm. We should get it into


context. It is less than half of 1% of the total Scottish open and


budget. The total capital budget for the Scottish Government is 35 times


bigger than the amount that is being talked about today. It cannot, that


kind of scale, compensate for all of the problem is that the Scottish


economy is going through. Whether they have today with Brexit, the


problems we have with the oil and gas sector. It is also worth


emphasising, and Glen referred to that, that this is not new money.


The Scottish Government does not have the borrowing power with which


to conjure up money and be able to spend the way that the Westminster


Government does. This is money that has been brought forward from last


year. It was underspend money. Perfectly normal, a reasonable


amount not to spend, given we have a budget of ?30.5 billion. They


underspend by 135 million. The ?100 million is coming from that. It had


to be spent somehow. It was announced to MSPs in June that was


going to happen. Some of it has strings attached, ?150 million does


not, of which this is 100 million. The key to the impact is what it


gets spent on. It can easily and quickly be spent. They were talking


about this at the Jubilee Hospital, they could spend it on laboratory


and medical equipment. That is desirable, but does not create jobs


in Scotland. It is often manufactured goods that are imported


from manufacturers overseas. If you want to have impact on jobs in


Scotland, you need to build roads and bridges. It is very hard to get


a road or bridge project that is new. The problem with flooding, very


hard to get them operational between now and the end of the financial


year. So they have to find improvements on a small scale.


The Russian news agency Sputnik has launched


The organisation - which is funded by the Russian government -


says it wants to provide Scots with alternative ways


But critics says it's propaganda for the Kremlin.


Nick Eardley has been finding out more.


A promotional video for the Russian news agency, and the office in the


West End where the first broadcast was made. News funded by the


Kremlin, on your Airways. Offering people news and backgrounds that


they may not necessarily get from anyone else. The people in Scotland


deserve to have more news outlets. Others are not so sure, they are


questioning whether what is going on in the building behind me is more


about Russian power at a time of tension with the West. What this is


not as a normal radio station, a normal broadcast outlet in the way


you would have BBC radio Scotland. This is quite different. This is a


propaganda machine for another country, operating within our own


borders. Critics say state funded Russian media is guilty of spreading


conspiracy theories. They point to stories like this one, suggesting


the timing of the killing of Labour stories like this one, suggesting


MP Jo Cox was convenient for the Remain side in the campaign. They


point to Scottish samples as well. The predecessor agency for Sputnik


was the source of rumours that the Scottish independence referendum was


raped. Studio. -- was rigged. We produce content and sell it to


Sputnik International. We get it from sales of content. Funded by the


Sputnik International. We get it Russian government? Yes, but it is


not funded by the Russian government, it is out of the budget.


The UK Government is looking to invest in Eastern Europe as a


counter. Some argue that is no different to what Russian media is


doing here. Are they right? There are some parallels with the BBC, but


I think it is much more clearly controlled by the Kremlin. Whether


that control is seen in content broadcast from Scotland remains to


be seen. A massive oil rig grounded off


Lewis may be leaking fuel The Transocean Winner has more


than 300,000 of litres of diesel on board and two of its fuel tanks


appear to have been breached. It broke free from a towing line


attached to a tug on Monday, and efforts to refloat it


are being hampered by bad weather. Our reporter Jackie O'Brien is there


and can bring us up to date. Three main developments to bring you


up to speed. The news confirmed today that, as you say, two of the


four tanks, containing 240 tonnes of diesel may have been breached. That


could be explanation for the lower-level pollution some people


reported earlier in the week. Environmentalists, prodded by that


news, have been stressing the environmental sensitivity of the


area where the rig has gone aground. Doctor Richard Dixon from Friends of


the Earth has said that reinstating an emergency towing tug maybe one


way of reassuring people something like this cannot happen again.


Deputy First Minister John Swinney has been in direct contact with the


Westminster Government, who are in charge of dealing with incidents


like this, wanting to know why the rig was allowed to be towed through


Scottish waters when such stormy weather was forecast. Finally, we


have heard from the coordinated group in the Western Isles,


confirmation it may take some time before the rig can be refloated,


because it was a storm surge and high tide when it went aground.


Still to come: the fringe show where writers, performers and members of


the public tackle the Chilcot Report, all 2.6 million words of it.


A detailed report about the death of a man in police custody last year


has been submitted to the Crown Office.


31-year-old Sheku Bayoh died in May 2015 after being restrained


Prosecutors say the report from the Police Investigations


and Review Commissioner will be carefully considered,


but added that further work may be required before a decision is made


Sheku Bayoh's family have called for a full public


A man has appeared in court charged with raping a 14-year-old girl


19-year-old Samuel Ciornei - who is originally from Romania -


is accused of sexually assaulting the teenager in Barrhead


Prosecutors allege he dragged the girl into bushes when she went


to collect her bicycle after leaving the shop.


Mr Ciornei made no plea or declaration and was


There are more people living in Scotland than ever before.


That's according to the latest figures from the National Records


of Scotland which shows the country's population stands


As Joanne Macaulay reports, the rise is largely down


There is always an increase in population and this time of year, as


visitors flock to festivals. But the figures show that a growing number


of people are choosing to make Scotland their home. 85,000 people


moved to Scotland in 2015, but 57,000 left, a net increase of 20


8000. More people are coming to the UK than leaving, and more people


coming from overseas than leaving to go to overseas. That is different


from historical trends we have known in Scotland. These figures were


before the Brexit vote. People that have come from abroad to make a life


here believe it may affect future numbers. Immigration itself is a big


move. For an individual. If there is any uncertainty, you know, it might


put second thoughts into people's heads. Figures also show that


same-sex marriages have almost entirely replaced civil


partnerships. 2013 was the first full year that gay couples could tie


the knot. More than 1600 of them took the opportunity. Statistics


also show the number of households is rising and the population is


ageing. These figures will be put to good use. They are invaluable to


planning what services are needed. We need to know how many elderly


there are for care homes, how many children there are. The population


of working age, for transport links, resource allocation, population is


used for that as well. Fewer children were born in 2013. But the


population increased to its highest recorded level. It is predicted to


rise to 5.7 million by 2039. These children growing up in Scotland can


expect to live longer than previous generations. They are also living in


a far more diverse Scotland, with ethnic minorities making up about 7%


of the population. Now a look at other stories from


across the country. The family of a man who has been missing from his


Dumbartonshire home for three weeks is appealing for help to find him.


William McKenna was last seen near his flat in Clydebank. The


39-year-old has not used his bank account and requires medication. He


also left his dog. Everywhere he went, the dog was with him. We are


really extremely worried. He has not been seen since Tuesday. He has not


been collecting his medication. We would appeal to anybody that might


see something, might know something, to please contact the police. Public


access is being limited at the Highland's biggest hospital staff


try to control an outbreak of norovirus. The number of patients


are showing symptoms and visitors are urged to stay away. The Glasgow


Subway reopened to passengers this morning, ten days late, after


modernisation works overrun. The partnership for transport is


undertaking a ?288 million upgrade of the Victorian underground


network, improving and replacing trains, signalling, platforms and


stations. Visitor numbers at Scotland's Whisky distilleries have


hit a record level of ?1.6 million, according to the Scotch whiskey


association. It says there was an increase of 7% between 2014-15, with


total spending reaching ?50 million. At the Olympics there's been


Scottish success in the pool and tonight another real prospect


of a medal this time For all the news from the Games


let's cross to Rio and our Olympics reporter Kheredine Idessane


in the Carioca Arena. It's nice for once in Rio to be


indoors because out doors, frankly, the weather is horrible. The entire


rowing schedule was cancelled for the second time. It didn't help


Scottish competitors. The tennis has been delayed. Andy Murray is not


going to be on until much later. Rafa Nadal plays first then Andy


Murray against Fabio Fognini for a place in the quarterfinals. Nice and


calm in here and a smooth running for Sally Conway. A wonderful


performance. She is the bronze medal winner from Glasgow 2012.


Commonwealth Games. She has one all three of her bouts to date,


particularly impressive against the world champion from France. Sailing


through all three of her bouts. She will now play a Colombian in the


semifinals at around 7:30pm here. That is for a place in the final.


Terrific stuff from Sally Conway. Terrific from the Rugby sevens guys


who had a terrific 21-19 win over New Zealand. Scotland's Mark Bennett


was one of the try scorers. Their reward is a quarterfinal against


Argentina coming at up at 10pm this evening. A potential medal in the


rugby sevens. Definite medals in the pool last night. Three silver medals


for Scots in Team GB. The first medals for Scots. The first from


Duncan Scott and Stephen Milne. Two thirds of the Scottish contingent in


the relay quartet. I asked one of them what it felt like to have a


silver medal. I could go ballistic because it is not really like me. It


is unbelievable. Like the best dream ever. So good. Duncan Scott doesn't


have too much time to recover from that silver medal swimmer because he


goes in the final of the 100 metres freestyle later tonight. Actually,


in the wee small hours of tomorrow morning. The University of Stirling


swimmer has been tipped as the next great thing in British swimming but


his coaches at Stirling University are keen to protect him and maximise


his potential. Back at Stirling University the


prodigious talent of Duncan Scott Means amassed a plan for success


must be put in place. The next few years must be critical. It is going


to be important for his coaching team and mentors and the Institute


because he is now going to be a household name and along with that


comes pressure. It is a different dynamic and Synergy for Duncan


himself. It is the limelight, the media, demands on his time. It's


looking out for those added things outside of the pool. Tonight the


19-year-old leaves his team behind for his first individual final and


he is taking the pressure in his stride. I wouldn't have expected


otherwise. He has had a fantastic time of going to European and world


events. For him, it's not new. We know what his times are like.


There's possibilities. We will just have to see what happens. Let's hope


he got enough rest and food today. If he was a drug tested it didn't


take forever to get it done. Will you be calm while he is waiting for


an Olympic final in his own right. I think so. It is up to him. We have


helped him along the way but he has to do it for himself and he seems to


do incredibly well. If you want to set your alarm, the final is at 3am.


Could be another late night. We've got Duncan Scott in the wee small


hours of the morning, Andy Murray will be on in two or three hours'


time. The rugby sevens boys are on at 10pm. Sally Conway in the


semifinals in just over 45 minutes. She is now a serious medal prospect.


Yet another for the Scots as part of Team GB. Things are ramping up in


Rio. Just a few weeks to go to the Paralympics and there are more Scots


in Team GB than compared to London 2012. Campaigners say there is more


interest and awareness than ever thanks to the success of athletes


like Gordon Reid. It's hard to do anyway but try this and moving


around in a wheelchair. It's second nature to Wimbledon champion Gordon


Reid. He is in Glasgow to show anyone can do it. It's where I had


my first ever wheelchair tennis session in 2005. To be back here


today introducing the sport to kids is fantastic. Moving the chair is


the most difficult part of the sport. It takes a lot of practice


and getting used to. The kids did an amazing job and hopefully it will


help spread the message. He was there along with fellow Paralympian


Sam Ingram to highlight this ability there along with fellow Paralympian


sport. It was the first time in a wheelchair for most of the kids.


It's been a lovely time doing judo, tennis, so many great sports out


there that you should try. How did you find moving the chair? It was


quite easy. Hitting and moving at the same time? That's very hard.


There will be 16% more Scots in Team GB than in London 2012. The 32


athletes compete in 12 sports, more than four years ago. Caroline


Johnson of -- works in disability sport. Any club can open its doors


to any athlete regardless of ability. If you are unsure, people


are there to train your coaches. Part of the masterclass is to get


everybody to try wheelchair tennis. I'm going to serve 28 Wimbledon


champion. Then it was the turn of the journalists to have a go. Gordon


is off to Rio soon and is open for a podium finish.


It's one of the smallest and most unusual shows on the fringe.


Between now and the end of the month, performers, writers,


politicians and ordinary members of the public will read the Chilcot


report aloud - all 2.6 million words.


Our arts correspondent Pauline McLean reports.


Many fringe shows have an element of audience participation but this


needs thousands of them to keep the show going seven days a week, 24


hours a day. The report of the Iraq enquiry, volume one. Comedian Arthur


Smith was the first to take his turn in this marathon reading of the 12


volumes of the Chilcott report. To six people will go into the garden


shed at any one time. They will rotate around and share the reading


for an hour. That will continue over and over again until it is read, all


2.6 million words. For comedians at the fringe, it is a way of keeping a


serious issue in the news. There was a day when the Prime Minister's


resignation was the third item on the news. We live in interesting


times. We have moved on and we shouldn't be doing that. It might be


one of the least dramatic shows but that is what gives it impact. It is


not about vengeance and Reggie Bush in and grabbing someone and saying,


you see. It's about being quiet and reflective. -- and retribution. We


will be here for at least two weeks. If we have got it wrong, there's


still a chance we will be here in September. To the weather now.


Katrina as our forecast. A rather wet end to the day. This picture was


sent in by a weather watcher in Fife. But this was the missed the


picture elsewhere. That is how it is set to continue. Heavy and


persistent rain with a yellow warning for heavy and persistent


rain in the West. Into sky and Lochaber. This will run until


tea-time on Friday. It is a wet picture across the country with


heavy rain. Heaviest in the north-west Highlands. Some mist and


fog here as well. It will be a mild night with temperatures ranging


between 11 and 13 Celsius. Cool and dryer in the Shetland with clearer


skies. A blustery evening along the West Coast. Tomorrow, a cloudy and


wet picture with rain crossing the country. A weather warning still in


place for rain along the north-west Highlands. A giant picture in the


North East and South later. And improving picture across the South.


Some outbreaks of rain, cloudy in the east but heavy and persistent


rain up the north-west Highlands, and rather blustery conditions here


as well. Also in the Northern Isles. For the rest of the evening, it will


remain wet in the north-west Highlands as weather warnings are


still in place with rain returning to the east coast. A rather blustery


evening. Looking ahead to Friday. Rain continuing in the north-west


Highlands. A drier picture further east with a humid feel with highs of


21 sources. A reminder of the main news. Nicola Sturgeon announces a


?21 million to help the economy with infrastructure spending. She is


urging the UK Government to do the same. Donald Trump has sparked fresh


controversy by appearing to suggest that gun owners could use violence


to prevent the Democratic party candidate Hillary Clinton from


taking away their right to bear arms. Critics said this amounted to


an assassination threat, denied by Donald Trump. An oil rig with


300,000 litres of fuel on board is drifting towards the Western Isles.


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


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