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England and Wales to segregate the most dangerous Islamist prisoners.


Built with private money and closed on safety grounds,


now a BBC investigation finds that many Scottish schools are owned


There are an awful lot of people making very substantial sums of


money out of it, which have got nothing to do with, and are of no


benefit to Edinburgh schools. Also on the programme, salvage


engineers prepare to try to refloat the oil rig which ran aground


on the the Isle of Lewis. The leader of Scottish Labour says


she's not supporting Jeremy Corbyn because he can't unite the party


or win a general election. As Team GB heads home from Rio,


we assess the success of Scottish And - he's climbing


the pecking order. We find out why Edinburgh Zoo's


best-known penguin has been promoted to the rank of Brigadier


in the Norwegian army. More than 200 schools built


in Scotland under private finance initiatives - or PFI schemes -


are now at least partially owned by offshore investment funds,


a BBC investigation has found. Parts of the projects can be traded


in financial markets, like the 17 Edinburgh schools that


closed earlier this year Our reporter Fiona Walker


can tell us more. The inquiry into why the 17 schools


in Edinburgh were found But in investigating why


the defects happened... This is Oxgangs Primary


when the wall collapsed. The BBC also looked at


the role of PFI - the private finance initiative which enabled


the schools to be built. A private company called


the Edinburgh Schools Partnership. Well, it's been a shifting


cast of characters - the original companies involved have


sold their stakes. Parts of their original stakes have


been bought and sold 13 times on financial markets,


which has made those So the partnership is now made


up of four companies - investment funds -


and they are based offshore. But the Edinburgh project


isn't the only one. There are over 300 PFI


schools across Scotland. New research shows that 270 schools,


the vast majority, are at least partially owned offshore in


investment funds. These funds are regarded


as attractive investments - This PFI analyst and critic says


the profits extracted by investors are being put


before children's education. The whole PFI machine is really a


profit machine, a wealth machine, and there are an awful lot of people


making very substantial sums of money out of it, which have got


nothing to do with, and are of no benefit to Edinburgh's schools.


So critics argue excess profits and lack of accountability are not


in the best interests of the children.


But Edinburgh City Council, for one, doesn't necessarily agree.


As long as we have a contractual relationship that has a contract to


do the right things by the schools, and that the pupils are in good


schools, safe and are in good condition, that is something we


decided ten or 15 years ago, and our job is to make sure that contract


goes on as well as it can. That inquiry into the Edinburgh


Schools failures is due in December and is expected to have national,


political and policy implications. And if you want to hear


more on that story - BBC Scotland Investigates:


How Safe is My School? is on BBC One Scotland


tonight at 7pm. The Isle of Lewis is tonight hoping


to lose what's become a striking Two weeks after the drilling rig


the Transocean Winner was blown ashore during a storm,


workers plan to float it free on Our reporter Angus Macdonald


is at the scene. How high are hopes


that it can be done? Very high indeed. A lot of work has


gone into the effort over the last couple of weeks. Men have moved onto


the island, researchers have moved onto the island. We have to that you


can see behind me already hooked up to the rig. Whole lot of work and


effort has gone into it. Calculations have been made on how


much it would take for this monster to float away. It is not just on


this side of the island we have seen work today. There have been


preparations coming on to receive the rig once it has been floated


off. On the east side of Lewis, an anchorage for the rig is being


prepared. Two tugs are headed -- hooked up. Pontoons under the rigs


have been placed, and preparations have continued to ensure that the


rig will float. We have 16 tanks pressurised. Two of the tanks


yesterday we had difficulty with, getting the right level of pressure.


A lot of work has been done, and we have confidence that there will be


enough buoyancy to do the operation tonight. There is a chance the Red


Bull float before the high water tonight. There is a chance the Red


mark at 10:30pm. Then the painstaking voyage to broad-based on


mark at 10:30pm. Then the the East Coast of Lewis will start.


We will need to make sure everything is stable. We will need to make sure


everything is upright, by shifting balance around the rig itself. We


then have a passage plan. The rig will go round the coastline,


approximately five miles offshore, with the two tugs towing it. It


could be anything at between around 18 and 23 hours. A number of


sightseers have gathered to say goodbye to the unexpected visitors,


before a safe anchorage is found on the other side of the island. Thank


you. You're watching Reporting


Scotland from the BBC. Still to come on tonight's


programme: Children's theatre goes on the


road, and into the classroom. What happens when the leader


of the Labour Party in Scotland says the leader of the UK party couldn't


win a general election? Could it mean more division


and uncertainty for an already Kezia Dugdale has said she will back


Owen Smith in his leadership Our poiltical correspondent,


Nick Eardly, reports. The Scottish Labour leader and her


UK counterpart in better times. Kezia Dugdale had said Jeremy


Corbyn's election at Labour leader marked a fresh start. Not now. She


thinks this man is in a better position to unite the party and win


thinks this man is in a better a general election. I think Owen


Smith represents the best combination of radical policies,


combined with a credible plan of how to achieve it. I came into politics


to see a Labour government deliver a fairer and more equal United


Kingdom. That isn't a view shared by everyone in Scottish Labour. Most


local parties who backed the candidate are behind Jeremy Corbyn.


His supporters thinks he has the backing of most members here. Jeremy


offers the alternative that the country needs to have. It is looking


good at the moment, from indications like canvassing and local meetings.


He is doing very well. Who are some of the key players backing? Mr Smith


has the support of Scotland's only Labour MP, Ian Murray. The decision


was criticised by Kezia Dugdale's elected deputy. He said plotters


were putting self interest first. And the new Shadow Scottish


Secretary says Kezia Dugdale needs to get behind Mr Corbyn if he wins


again. Dave Anderson does not speak for the Scottish Labour Party,


author Jeremy Corbyn either, on the issue of the Progressive Alliance of


the SNP. I work with Jeremy Corbyn all the time. We are both grown-ups.


It is possible to have a free and frank debate and come to a different


conclusion on an issue like this, and still work together. We will


hear more from these two men and what they are offering Scots when


they visit Glasgow on Thursday. Nick, where does it leave


Kezia Dugdale if Jeremy Corbyn wins? Some believe the Scottish Labour


leader shouldn't have publicly endorsed the candidate in this race.


They say she will have to work with whoever wins, and if it is Jeremy


Corbyn, the relationship could be made more difficult by her comments.


Kezia Dugdale says this race is so important that she couldn't just sit


by and not give her opinion. There was some suggestion that she is


prepared to work with Mr Corbyn again in the future, that there are


splitting the party both here in Scotland and the UK. One of the key


challenges for the new UK leader, and for Ms Dugdale, will be to try


and heal some of those wounds. It is unlikely to be an easy task. Thank


you. The headteacher of a young boy


who died, along with his mother, after being swept out to sea


in Aberdeen has described him Six-year-old Lucas Walker


was playing on the beach on Saturday His mother Julie, who tried


to save him, also died. The youngster's 13-year-old brother


Samuel, who also went to their rescue, is said


to be recovering well. A lecturer has admitting


killing his wife after wrongly believing he was not the father


of their two children. Robert Kerr stabbed Shin Shiin Liu


at their home in Newton Mearns, He was originally charged


with murder, but the Crown accepted his plea of culpable


homicide on the grounds of diminished responsibility,


after it emerged he suffered "an abnormality of the mind"


at the time of the attack. Do you have Olympics


withdrawal symptoms yet? Are you missing televised dressage


and athletics every night - Team GB's athletes are on the way


home, but our reporter, Jane Lewis, is still in Rio, holding


on to the Olympic spirit. I would imagine so, for many,


especially those who have medals. I imagine the flight home will be very


pleasant indeed, and I'm sure they can't wait to get home to show off


their gold, silver and bronze medals. These Olympics were


phenomenally successful from a Team GB point of view. They won 67 medals


and finished second top of the table, behind America and in front


of China. These games were successful from a sporting


achievement, to be honest, because if you look at some of the world and


Olympic records that were broken, it was almost 100 of them. Sporting


success in many venues across Rio. Athletes played their part in


helping Team GB to that historic medal tally from Scotland. 13


Scottish medals were won in Rio, their best performance in an away


Olympics from a Scottish point of view, equalling their best


performance in any Olympics. The final night of athletics at the


Olympic Stadium, and a perfect way to end a special games for the Scots


competing as part of Team GB in Rio. It was nice to be in that group that


had done so well. There was a lot of morale in the team, and everybody


supporting each other, and it was great to be part of it. I think


that's why we had so much success. In all, Scottish athletes won 13


medals in Rio, four Gold, seven silver and two bronze across eight


sports. This is my fourth Olympics now, and I think this is the best


ever performance I have seen by Scottish athletes. It helps that we


have Andy Murray, who is our Usain Bolt, but he delivered on his gold


medal. We have had so many spectacular successes. It has been a


games to remember. Andy Murray is the double Olympic gold medallist.


Andy Murray's gold was an incredible personal achievement, and a 12 medal


won by a Scot for Team GB at these games. Scottish success started in


the pool. Day five and a relay silver. Three Scots on the podium.


Significant medals also came our way... Silver for Katherine


Grainger, her fifth Olympic medal. If you crack it, you would have a


special performance. We said the day before that we believed there was


something special we could do. And before that we believed there was


it came. There was another gold for Heather Stanning. They are fearless,


they are history makers! She defended her Olympic title. And on


their Olympic debuts, there was brilliant in the velodrome, and two


more golds. I got home late last night, and Jo's name was -- light


was on in her room, and she was awake with her medal lying next to


her on her bed! There was a Scottish disappointment too. Hannah Miley


came close, and Lauren Muir gave it her all, but it wasn't quite enough.


But there was also promising signs for the future.


Plenty of Scottish success of their on evidence here at Rio. The big


question is how we hold onto that and build upon it for the next major


events on the horizon, the Commonwealth Games only two years


away, and then the next Olympics in Tokyo in four years' time. There are


world champions and European champions in between, so the likes


of Sport Scotland and other sporting governing bodies that try to hone


these athletes have their work cut out. They do not just plan for one


Olympics at a time. This is a long-term plan, maybe even going


back ten or 20 years. They know what they have to do, and they know they


want to continue making Scottish athletes at the heartbeat of British


success. How did we hope a form? There were questions over its


abilities to host the games? Where were a lot of concerns before the


abilities to host the games? Where games. The Zika virus was talked


about. Was the transport up to scratch, and where the venues ready?


There were talks of political unrest in the city, and many locals said


they didn't want the games, and there were going to be a lot of


protests. I think that those pregames issues, once the games were


in full flow, they faded into the background, and as many of us


expected, the sport became the main focus. From that point of view, Rio


did deliver. You look at the backdrop here, there have been


plenty of other stunning backdrops as well. These games will be


remembered for a long time to come as being very special indeed. Thank


you very much. Football fans still have the World


Cup to look forward to, and the Scotland manager,


Gordon Strachan, says "now is the time"


for his young talent to shine. He's named his squad


for the first of the qualifiers That game's against Malta


in two weeks' time. Good afternoon, I'm great, very


good. The Scotland manager in good fettle as a new campaign approaches


and with its new blood. Callum Paterson, keirin Tierney, John


McGinn and Barry Mackay each have just one cap. Oliver Bekker Steven


but all could play a role as Scotland begin their quest to reach


Russia 2018. Now is the time. They have proved to us on and off the


pitch that we can rely on them to trust them. We hope over the next


year that they will progress at their clubs and that will help us


out. Those options were among a number of issues for Strachan to


address with the media today. Some offer greater cause for optimism


than others. Great options at left-back with Robinson and Tierney,


but the same cannot be said of central defence or right back. A


lack of a robust defender is an issue. I would say in the middle of


the park with Scott Brown retiring and James McArthur still being


unfit, that is an issue as well. Gordon Strachan wants the driving


energy that Brown gave him, that is an issue he has to address, physical


momentum in the middle of the park. It is not often we go into a


qualifying campaign with a strike in such terrific form as Leigh


Griffiths, so that is a real bonus for Gordon Strachan to have. Perhaps


the one worried that the Tartan Army is Ross McCormack not being there.


No McCormack and no Shaun Maloney either, the Hull City player was


Scotland's top scorer in the last campaign but according to Strachan


hasn't played enough recently to make the squad. It may not be his


time, then, but this time would be a good time to wash away memories of


nine consecutive failed qualifying campaigns.


A look at other stories from across the country.


The completion of a new children's hospital in Edinburgh is to be


delayed after two construction firms in the build went bust. ?150 million


Royal hospital for sick children was due to open next autumn but NHS


Lothian says it will now be delayed until the spring of 2018. The firms


involved were Dunne group and JB brick work. Some of Scotland's


biggest local authorities are turning to take legal action against


the government. The four including Glasgow and Aberdeen are angry they


will not being colluded in final negotiations for next year's funding


deal. The government says it only negotiates with the local government


body, which these local authorities chose to leave, but the government


says it will still consult with them. A small earthquake has been


detected on the Isle of Mull in Argyll. The British Geological


Survey recorded the 1.9 magnitude tremor at just after half past one


on Friday afternoon. The epicentre was towards the south of the island.


A summit has been held in Dunphy is to examine the key transport issues


facing the South of Scotland. The transport minister has been urged to


invest in the region's Road and rail links to boost the economy.


Transport emerged as the major local issue during the election campaign.


Upgrading the a 75 is seen as a priority. Wildlife experts have


expressed concern that some of Scotland's best-known butterflies


have failed to make an appearance this summer. Mid August is supposed


to be peak season for species like a peacock, small tortoiseshell and


to be peak season for species like a collar, but sightings have been


rare. Conservationists say wet weather may be to blame.


They are shows that have been around the world,


but now school children will get a chance will get to see them


A new project involving children's theatre makers and


the National Theatre of Scotland is aiming to take the theatre


Our arts correspondent, Pauline McLean, reports.


Hey, handsome, I'm home! for shoes is an award-winning piece


of children's Theatre. It has already toured North America,


Ireland and Germany, but this performance in an Edinburgh primary


Ireland and Germany, but this school is one of the most important


to date. We in Scotland produced some of the best theatre for


children and young audiences in the world, and that is not just me


saying that, it is the truth, it is recognised. But I want to see is


more children in Scotland seeing that world-class work that is made


here in Scotland, all across the country. And these shoes are made


for walking. This is one of two plays that have been touring in 22


local authority areas will stop some like Edinburgh may have plenty of


Theatre on their doorstep, but bringing it into the school is


important. Having the opportunity to have high-quality drama productions


in school, it just opens up all possibilities for learning in the


classroom, and it helps us to tackle themes that might otherwise be ready


difficult. For others, it will be the first experience of theatre, so


it is important they are equipped from the start. It was a fantastic


show, I really enjoyed it, and probably my favourite bit was when


Sean stepped in the pool, because he had really nice Nike trainers on and


he stepped into, and he was ready upset and it was really funny. I


really enjoyed it, and I have never seen anything like it. It is really


clever the way they used the shoes in the boxes and I would be happy to


see it again. But the tragedy is, the tragedy of it all is... This is


just the beginning of how the programme should bring theatre to


15,000 children over the next few months. The ambition is for every


child in Scotland to see at least one show like this in their nursery


or primary school. This may sound like a bit of children's Theatre,


but it's true! A King penguin at Edinburgh zoo has


been made a Brigadier His first job in his promoted role


of Brigadier. He inspected the soldiers of the King of Norway's


guard who had taken the time out from the Edinburgh military Tattoo


to present the award to him. An Edinburgh Penguin first became the


mascot of the guards in 1972, because there was a certain


affinity. The colours are the same, as is black-and-white, black and


silver, and he is also black and silvery white in his colours, but he


looks like our shoulders -- our soldiers, the stands firm and Paul,


and some people say he also will looks a little bit funny like when


and some people say he also will we march. During the soldiers last


visit, the Penguin became a night, this time they are also making him


Baron of a Norwegian island that he's not letting it go to his head.


He'd not have any stardom, he has let go to his head. When he has the


music or the singing of the Kings guard, he knows that is meant for


him, or we think he knows that is meant to him and he walked right up


to the front of the enclosure. So what is next, Emperor penguin? This


is going to be a major challenge for the protocol in the royal Palace in


Norway, I'm sure. But he has been promoted, the only Baron in Norway,


so before they come in four years' time, they are going to have the


work out what the next move up the chain is. After the excitement of


today, now Brigadier and Aaron Penguin has been enjoying a relaxing


swim, and we are told that later as a special treaty will be tucking


into his favourite meal of sprats. It started off a bit miserable for


many parts of the country, but it did improve. This was the scene in


Berg Gallery this afternoon, some sunshine coming through and


certainly lovely sunshine to end the day for most. You can see more


clearly on the satellite and radar picture, the cloud will sing away,


any showers fading. Probably the best of the weather right now.


Tonight, it stays dry the most, some clear condition so chilly in the


countryside but watch what happens in the south. The cloud builds and


the rain arrives, a hint of what is on the way tomorrow. Overnight


temperatures where we have the clear condition is perhaps down to 7


degrees but elsewhere holding in double digits. And tomorrow is a


soggy start across the South, heavy rain through Dumfries and Galloway


in towards Lanarkshire and the Borders and moving northwards,


though turning lighter and more patchy as it does so. For overall, a


cloudy day, damp at times. By mid-afternoon, cloudy with continued


outbreaks of rain. Temperatures around 17 to 19 Celsius, quite a


humid feel at times. The further north you are, less likely to see as


much rain as areas further south but still cloudy and damp and fairly


extensive hill fog at times as well. For the Northern Isles, reasonably


dry, brightness around, but some rain coming way later. In fact, as


we head into the evening, a period of Thunder Remainer is likely across


the South, pushing through the Borders, towards the capital, in


towards Angus and indeed Aberdeenshire. It is brief but packs


a punch for stock gone by Wednesday, lingering for a while to Shetland


but it goes here to amend the most of the country Wednesday looks set


fair, dry, bright and warm, 19 to 20 Celsius. It doesn't last. Thursday


is a cloudy day, but not too wet. If you showers around, not as wet as we


are likely to see tomorrow but it certainly looks as though after


tomorrow's disappointing day, Wednesday will be the best day this


week. Now, a reminder of


tonight's main news. The first ballot papers had been


sent out for in the Labour leader contest. Kezia Dougdale endorsed


Jeremy Corbyn's opponent, Owen Smith.


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