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Scotland's Katherine Grainger becomes the UK's most
decorated female Olympian, as she takes silver in Rio.
To be standing here at with a medal, wow. Mum and dad, I promise, I will
never put you through that again. We'll be live in Rio
with all the latest. Strong winds and poor visibility
hamper inspection teams, as they attempt to reach
the stranded oil rig off Lewis. The new Shadow Scottish Secretary
urges Scottish Labour to get behind Corbyn,
if he's re-elected. Bio-banding - that's grouping young
players by size rather than age. And Scots-born photographer
Harry Benson displays his trademark The Scottish rower Katherine
Grainger, has become Britain's most decorated female
Olympian, after winning silver with her partner Victoria Thornley
in the double sculls at Rio. The pair came agonisingly close
to gold, but were beaten into second place by Poland in the last
few metres of the race. Our Olympics reporter Jane Lewis
is in Rio. What an absolutely sensational race
we witnessed here at the Lagoa Stadium. Silver for Katherine
Grainger in the women's pairs, along with her partner Vicky Thornley,
Grainger's fifth Olympic medal. They gave it their all in the double
sculls. The pair struggled in the build-up to this games but were
sculls. The pair struggled in the leading for much of the race, only
to lose out to the Polish power. It is Grainger's fifth Olympic medal.
Overwhelming pride, that offers one to win out of all five medals. I'm
still proud. There are not many people who would have expected us to
lead the race of that calibre of finalists. It shows you the depth of
belief we had in each other, and the boat. Of course we were going to go
to win the race, disappointing not to love one it. You have had a
difficult build-up to this one. Decision vindicated to put you in
this team? Yes. We had a lot of support, it's
this team? not like it was us against the
system and some people believed in us before we did, to some extent. Of
course we proved our selection was the right thing am proud to walk
away with not just a great result but a medal.
How long will it take to sink in, Britain's most decorated female
Olympian, lovely title? It's lovely, it's not the reason you
do it but I will sit and enjoy a glass of champagne tonight, one or
two bottles! Back in four years? In some capacity
but not in a boat. A stunning setting here at Lagoa Stadium and a
stunning day for Scottish rowing. Katherine Grainger winning a silver
in the double sculls, her fifth Olympic medal.
Katherine Grainger began rowing at Edinburgh University
Lisa Summers looks back at her remarkable career.
They gathered tentatively in front of the big screen. It was here at
the University of Edinburgh that Katherine Grainger's rowing career
began. And jubilation at such a phenomenal achievement, even if it
wasn't to be gold. They are going away Olympic silver medallist.
We are really lucky to have people to look up to like that. I know
other clubs look up to Catherine as well. Everyone tries to grab a bit
of Catherine. She went to St Andrews, but have someone like her
out there is inspiring for everyone. Last time Katherine Grainger was
here it was to open the gym in her name. At the University's rowing
club there were plenty of early morning shifts honing her skills.
This is where Katherine Grainger learned to row. The union Canal in
Edinburgh. It is no wider than the lane that she has just been rowing
in in Rio, but this is where she did all the hard graft that turned her
into the most successful female Olympian we've ever had.
Back in 2012 Katherine Grainger took hold with partner Anna Watkins. Add
to that three silvers from Sydney, Athens and Beijing, her record equal
to Rebecca Adlington. Today's medal with new partner Vicky Thornley made
it one better. It's fantastic, what she's managed to achieve, to
basically go into retirement, take two years off and then fight her way
back into the team. Five weeks ago she was basically out, and actually
get a silver medal is some achievement.
At 40 and with an armful of Olympic medals, Katherine Grainger will
undoubtably be an inspiration for young and old.
Well there are more Scots in action in Rio tonight.
Let's cross to Rio and our Olympics reporter Kheredine Idessane.
Yes, it's been quite a day for Team GB and Scotland on the water. Where
hoping it's going to continue just now. I am at the Whitewater Centre
and in just a few minutes time Scotland's David Florence and
hitting this partner Richard Hounslow will be going in the final
of the sea to canoe, the double. Silver medallist in London four
years ago and qualified for the final third fastest. A real medal
prospect. Also Fiona Pennie. She is the second fastest qualifier, so
again, fabulous chance for her to get a medal in that final after
again, fabulous chance for her to seven o'clock. It is a hectic day of
action here in Rio because Andy Murray right now is on Centre Court.
The news from there is... We can have a look at him taking the first
set from Italy's Fabio Fognini. 6-1 to Andy Murray. Superb stuff for
him. Things not going quite so smoothly in the second set. Fabio
Fognini has just broken Murray and it is for- two in the second set. A
breakdown in the second set. Best-of-3, Olympic tennis. Just
after seven o'clock, what a match for the rugby sevens team. They are
taking on South Africa in a semifinal, just after seven o'clock.
Mark Bennett and the guys last night had a wonderful, if nervy win over
Argentina. They beat them 5-0. A very tight quarterfinal, but
terrific stuff from Mark Bennett and the Rugby sevens guys. Not too long
since they face South Africa for a place in the final. And if that is
not enough for you, we will also have Cal and skin are trying to do a
sort of Chris Hoy, the canoes Sprint is an later on in the Val velodrome
and Callum skin will be taking over the third-place, hopefully with the
same result, would now be wonderful? Right behind me David Florence has
started that run with Richard Hounslow. Fingers crossed for them.
Hopefully they have a medal performance in them. It was silver
four years ago in London. Can they go one better question that we will
keep you updated and keep you up-to-date with all the Scots in
Team GB into my's edition of reporting Scotland. And well done to
Katherine Grainger. Bad weather is hampering a salvage
operation to refloat an oil rig which ran aground on the western
isles on Sunday. But coastguards say they don't
believe there's any major threat to the environment despite a leak
of tens of thousands Our reporter Jackie
O'Brien is on Lewis I'm sorry, I don't think that Jackie
can hear us. We will go straight to her report.
The transocean winner remained stuck on the rocks on the beach as efforts
to win a salvage team on board had to be abandoned again today in the
to win a salvage team on board had deteriorating weather. Diesel oil
from two of its tanks has leaked into the sea but coastguard
officials up confident there has been no major threat to the
environment. They say in Specter and the damaged structure is now their
priority. We have to continue with the
assessments. We know there is a lot of damage to the systems they will
be fundamental to the refloating operation. We don't want a free
float into deeper water and getting a worse situation.
But with high winds on the way the races on to save the 17,000
structure which grounded here in bad weather on Monday, from being
savaged by mother nature for a second time.
The main concern being summer damaged could or will because to the
legs. If that happened, it could topple over and we could see a
situation whereby it would have to be broken up.
Local people remain bewildered by the presence of the huge rig, but
some wonder if it be dismantled in situ to bring much-needed employment
to the islands. That would be a nice prospect. I
would love that one to happen. Just cut it on site, that would be work
for all these boys who have been paid off.
There is some speculation that the rig could be refloated on the next
high tide, due in one week's time. But salvage experts have warned that
this unwelcome visitor is likely to But salvage experts have warned that
occupy the beach for a lot longer than that.
That report from Jackie O'Brien. You're watching Reporting
Scotland from the BBC. Still to come on
tonight's programme: The motoring organisation RAC says
that parking charges at some of Scotland's airports are 'sky
high' And bio-banding - grouping young
players by size rather than age. Labour's Shadow Scottish Secretary
has urged Kezia Dugdale and Scottish Labour to accept
Jeremy Corbyn's mandate if he's Dave Anderson replaced Ian Murray,
Scotland's only Labour MP when he He was in Aberdeen, meeting figures
from the oil and gas sector today. Our political correspondent
Nick Eardley is there tonight. The battle for the Labour leadership
has been raging for weeks. Most publicly since the EU referendum,
but it is a battle that hasn't left Scotland unaffected. The Scotland
Labour leader Kathy Dugdale said she has as little support as Jeremy
Corbyn then she would have to stand down but her deputy has criticised
those who have hit out at Jeremy Corbyn. I have been talking to the
shadow Scottish secretary about the prospect of the party coming
together again after the leadership election.
Labour's shadow Scottish secretary. He doesn't represent a Scottish
seat. Today he was in Aberdeen as part of the job, finding out more
about the oil and gas sector. Some old friends and some new ones,
trying to see if there is a role we can play to try and help in what is
a very worrying situation. All smiles today, but the Labour
Party is deeply divided over which of these two men should be its
leader. Mr Anderson is backing Jeremy Corbyn, and so are bound to
thirds of the local parties in Scotland who have endorsed the
candidate. Around a third are backing his rival, the Welsh MP Owen
Smith. Scottish Labour's top team, leader Kezia Dugdake has questioned
how Mr Corbyn can stay on when so many MPs don't support him, but her
deputy has criticised those who try to oust Mr Corbyn. Mr Anderson is
clear that Kezia Dugdale and others must get behind Mr Corbyn if he wins
again. We will accept the result, except the membership and make this
work. This is way, way more important than any personality
conflicts. We should put it to one side. We're talking about the future
of the country. This former Scottish Labour leader
backs Owen Smith. What happens if their man is beaten by Mr Corbyn? It
will be difficult but that is the challenge of leadership. You have to
find a way to lead, you have to find a way to maintain the confidence of
your on the main confidence of your colleagues, and in this case the
Parliamentary party. For now, Labour continues to wrestle
with a message of unity. The 24-hour stoppages were due to
begin on Monday in a dispute between the RMT and Unite unions and oil
services over changes to pay and conditions. The RMT says fresh talks
are now due to take place next week. Dozens of operations
have been postponed at the Royal Alexandra Hospital
in Paisley, because of Staff are using bottled water
for all activities, including cleaning,
while the issue is addressed. Our reporter Laura Maxwell
is there for us tonight. So far 84 patients have had their
elective operations cancelled for today and tomorrow. We also know
that 999 patients and ambulances are being diverted to other hospitals in
the Greater Glasgow area. But it still means there are a lot of
existing patients here hospital. They are given being given bottled
water to drink, wash with an clean their teeth with and the staff are
using bottled water to cook and clean with. The health board says
this has been caused by a build-up of sedimentation in the internal
tanks at the hospital but same traction controls are in place and
the patients are safe. It's not dangerous but it is
unpleasant looking for patients and it is a gritty material within it.
So we, with Scottish water, have provided bottled water fall our
patients and we have or so got tankers to provide freshwater for
washing and cleaning. It has meant as a precaution we have cancelled
elective admissions. There have been a lot of complaints
recently in the local area about people's water supplies being brown.
There are bottled water supplies being delivered to some homes this
evening. For their part, Scottish water save the water supply into the
hospital are now running clear, but they are helping to flush through
the internal tanks in an effort to get things back to normal. They say
the discolouration is caused by naturally occurring mangoes, which
in small quantities is harmless. They say it is a problem in this
area at this time of year, but the They say it is a problem in this
situation is being constantly monitored and will get further
updates from the authorities in the morning.
Thank you. Councils and the Scottish Government
are on a collision Some councils are unhappy
about the way that plans to raise ?100 million for education
from changes to the The government wants to give
the money directly to head-teachers, but some councillors fear national
politicians are taking power away Senior councillors from across
Scotland held a special meeting today to discuss the
government's plans. There is a desire from politicians
of all parties to centralise control and if you do that, you end up with
one size fits all across all of Scotland. That doesn't work, one
size fits all in each school doesn't work, you have to tailor services to
suit the individual. I have no intention of taking control of
education away from local authorities in Scotland but I want
to focus on closing the attainment gap, making sure schools can support
young people to achieve their potential. One of the significant
things we achieved at the election was securing ?100 million to reform
the education system in Scotland and invest it in schools.
The RAC is warning that parking charges at two of Scotland's
The motoring organisation has rated Edinburgh and Aberdeen as among
the most expensive for dropping off and picking up passengers.
Airport authorities say travellers can choose from a range of options.
Welcome back. You've had a two weeks in the sun, now you get to enjoy the
rest of the Scottish summer. Never mind, you had a great time at a
bargain price, but are you going to be stung by the car parking charges
on the ground at the airport? That's the accusation from the RAC. They
produced a hit list of airports with what they called sky-high charges.
They are levied, even if you are just quickly dropping off of picking
up. Aberdeen airport is one of the culprits, and so is Edinburgh.
Edinburgh is in the top five for both dropped off and short-term
pick-up. We think it would be ideal for Edinburgh airport owners to
review the charges and fees, because it would be in their interests
ultimately. Edinburgh airport was celebrating today with figures
showing July was the busiest month on record for a Scottish airport.
Higher numbers require an effective travel plans. We have a free pick-up
area and do not have complaints. We have free buses going to those areas
with plenty of room for luggage. Like most airports, parking can be a
distance from the terminal and we tend to find passengers do not have
complaints. ?1 gets you five minutes to drop off friends at Edinburgh.
?3.90 allows you three minutes to pick them up. I've been here since
ten o'clock waiting for my son whose flight was delayed. Extortion, just
call it Dick Turpin. Dick Turpin airport would be better. ?1, but it
goes higher up the longer you stay. That's why I would like to leave
now. That might be the best compromise.
Some of Scotland's top football clubs are experimenting
with a different approach to youth development, in an attempt
Bio-banding involves bracketing young players according to physical
development instead of age - this at a time when the national
team has failed to reach a major tournament for 18 years.
At first glance, this is a youth tournament like any other, but there
is a crucial difference. To focus on developing technique, the teams are
groups not by age but by size, pioneering this approach are Partick
Thistle. All the other developers were trying to challenge them not to
rely on their physicality. They have to work on other technical
attributes, and likewise for the late developers, to give them an
opportunity to play against players who are at a similar stage of
development. The idea being that smaller players are not discouraged
or overlooked because they lack physical attributes. It's good, I'm
not playing against people wade taller than me. I get to get more on
the ball. I can take control of it a lot more. Allowing Scotland's young
talent to flourish is the goal. The science behind biobanding suggests
the greatest benefits comes from not using it at elite youth level, but
at the grass roots. If we got biobanding on board, and people
didn't get deselected because they hadn't physically matured at 12 or
13, they would engage more in football. They would get some fun
from the game, and we would get more opportunity with people going into
professional sport. Nobody believes biobanding will provide an overnight
cure for Scottish football's ills, but Partick Thistle and others will
try any avenue that offers a brighter future.
He's the photographer from Glasgow who went to America
with the Beatles in the sixties - and found himself documenting
some of the biggest stories of the century.
Now Harry Benson is back in Scotland for an exhibition
Our arts correspondent Pauline McLean went along to meet him.
This is in Miami. The Beatles came from the Ed Sullivan show... Harry
Benson arrived in America with the Beatles in 1964, but he wasn't
convinced it was the story for him. I wasn't that happy. I went back to
my car for something. Went back into the hall, the Beatles were starting
to play All My Loving and I thought, I'm on the right story! Throughout
the 60s he found himself at the heart of some of the biggest stories
in American politics, from the civil rights campaign to the assassination
of Robert Kennedy, a man he got to know as a friend. Don't fail now,
failed tomorrow. This is it. I noticed either the people had been
shot around me. You have taken pictures of every American president
since Eisenhower. And I know you have taken the candidates as well,
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in there. Will you take a photo of the
next president do you think? I think I've already got it. It will either
be Donald or Hillary Clinton. If they become president for one week,
it will make them. The opening of his latest exhibition at the
Scottish parliament, it was an interesting and daunting
proposition. He had this amazing knack of being in the right place at
the right time. To be there in the room when Nixon resigned following
Watergate, to be the fifth person off the plane on the tarmac in New
York from the Beatles' first visit to America. He's such a personable
man as well. That's reflected in his work. And he gets on with people. At
86 he continues to take photographs of some of the world's most famous
faces providing inspiration for would-be photographer is young and
old. We can go straight back to Rio and
the latest on David Florence's quest for a medal. These silver lining
around Rio today for Scottish athletes in Team GB continues.
Silver for Katherine Grainger in the rowing. Silver here for David
Florence in the last few minutes in the double canoe with Richard
Hounslow. A wonderful performance from them. It was a really good run,
they were going third last, so they not only executed their performance
superbly but when they got to the bottom they had a bit of a nervous
wait to find out if the two teams behind them would bump them out of
second position. The Slovak team were too good for anyone else, but
it was second place for Florence and Hounslow at the bottom of their run,
and they had a nervous wait to see if anybody would take that precious
silver medal away from them. That didn't happen, and for the second
consecutive Olympic Games, these two, England's Richard Hounslow and
Aberdeen's David Florence, he grew up in Edinburgh, superb from them,
the second time in consecutive Olympics they have silver medals,
silver in London and silver in Rio. What a day for Scottish athletes in
Rio, Katherine Grainger earlier, and David Florence today, alongside
Richard Hounslow. Wonder. It. Fiona Penney qualified second in the kayak
event. Could she upgrade silver to gold? All we need now is some good
weather for Scotland. It is coming! The pressure chart explains a lot.
Initially we have to get the weather front out of the way, this rain and
murky condition and Waugh air. When that clears away on Saturday we will
be looking at the high building. A fairly dreich picture across western
Scotland before that. Still a Met Office yellow warning for the North
West. Further east, a drier picture with brightness across Aberdeenshire
with rain confined to the north-west and Northern Isles tonight. Missed
and low cloud for the West Coast and hill fog as well. It will be a humid
night and quite breezy along the West Coast air in. Starting tomorrow
fairly cloudy, brightness in the east, rain across the Northern Isles
and the north. You can see it sink South as we head through the day.
For the likes of Dumfries Galloway and into Lanarkshire and the western
borders we will see some heavy deposits of rain. The rain is
lighter to the coast. Some rain around the Glasgow area but even
though temperatures are 17 it will still feel warm. Rain for the inner
Hebrides but getting brighter all the time. Hopefully brighter for
Caithness and becoming dry for the Northern Isles. Sunny spells
developing eventually for the north-east with highs of 20 Celsius
towards the eastern coast areas. The East coast generally holding onto
drier weather with some brighter spells. Still rain to content with
as we head to the Friday evening. Gradually sinking south with things
turning a lot drier with showers for the north-west. Looking at the
weekend, Saturday has showers in the north and west, mainly dry
elsewhere. Sunday, mainly dry and the good news is it will get warmer.
Now, a reminder of tonight's main news.
The Scottish rower, Katherine Grainger, has become
Britain's most decorated female Olympian, after winning silver
with her partner Victoria Thornley in the double sculls at Rio.
And in the last few minutes, David Florence has won silver in the canoe
competition. Bad weather is hampering a salvage
operation to refloat an oil rig which ran aground
on the Western Isles on Sunday. But coastguards say they don't
believe there's any major threat to the environment despite a leak
of tens of thousands I'll be back with the headlines
at 8, and the late bulletin just Until then, from everyone
on the team - right nothing says Rio de Janeiro
quite like it. So I've come here to Rio to explore
the culture and the people