16/09/2016 Reporting Scotland


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A British man inspired by so-called Islamic State has

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Demonstrations are held across Scotland, in protest

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at UK government changes to the state pension age.

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Calls for more support for victims of asbestos-related cancer,

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The dramatic increase in demand for venison -

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Welcome to take the floor on radio Scotland with Robbie Shepherd.

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He's one of the most distinctive voices on Scottish radio,

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but now Robbie Shepherd is leaving the floor.

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I'm taking a break, that is for sure. But as they keep saying, I'm a

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wanted man! And Davis Cup defeat for Andy Murray after an epic

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five-setter. The man he defeated in the Olympics gets his revenge to

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give Argentina a winning start in the tie.

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Demonstrations have been held across Scotland in protest

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at the effects of the UK Government's alterations

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Women born in the 1950s say the changes mean they're losing up

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to ?40,000, because they're unable to retire

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Here's our social affairs correspondent Reevel Alderson.

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One of a series of demonstration against changes to state pension

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arrangements for women. They say they have paid into the scheme, but

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the changes mean they aren't getting a payout. Lynne has studied the

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figures, because she has had to go back to work, now she won't get her

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pension as she expected at 62. For people like myself born in 1954, I

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don't get my pension until I'm 66. That is a four-year... Period and

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this amounts to you know... Figures between 30 and 45,000. It is a lot

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of money to come out of your pension pot. This This has been a lengthy

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process. In 1995 the Government announced they would equalise the

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pension age for men and women and 12 years later, Labour said they were

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putting the age for both men and women up to 66. But they were

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spreading the transition over 22 years. In 2011 the coalition said it

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was accelerating that process, giving some women just two years to

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adjust their plans. Like Cathy, who contracted an illness, meaning she

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was happy to retire at 60. Now she has to continue working. I have

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was happy to retire at 60. Now she worked for 47 years. Looking forward

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to retiring at 60. When I took my illness, that made you know it

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imperative that I had to retire and got this letter saying it would be

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65, I was shocked. I couldn't believe that I had to work another

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six, nearly six years. This is a matter reserved to Westminster and

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the department for work and pensions said women retiring today can still

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expect to receive a higher state pension over their lifetime than any

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woman before them. Campaigners are calling

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for greater support for victims of asbestos-related cancer,

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who're fighting for It comes as an Inverness sufferer

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claims that his former employer, Highland Council,

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is deliberately ignoring The council says it can't comment

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but that communications would be made via a lawyer

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and not a claimant. Gardening and swimming have kept

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James fit and healthy in retirement. But recently the Inverness pensioner

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felt himself frail and underwent tests at hospital. I had to go up to

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the hospital and ask what was the results. It was all bad. No cure, Mr

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Nichol. In March he was diagnosed with mesothelioma, an incurable lung

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cancer, almost always caused by asbestos exposure. He this it took

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place when employed as a labourer. But while still in receipt of a

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council pension, he says the authority has turned its back on him

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by failing to reply to correspondence. I think they're

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giving me the run around, if you can term it like that. Or the

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solicitor's getting the run around. Hopefully they will shut up and days

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peer. It is for my family. It won't help me. Groups campaigning for

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victims say cases like his are on the increase and many women are now

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presenting with asbestos-related illnesses, which have traditionally

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been associated with men and Scotland's industrial past. We are

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seeing teachers and nurses, it didn't matter if it was in industry,

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during the war, when ever, women have always worked. So when you have

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someone perhaps a nurse who work -- walked through the corridors and the

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pipe were lagged with asbestos. They would be exposed. Law changes gives

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sufferers more rights than anywhere else in the UK. I know it will get

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worse. I have to think how bad is it going to get. Some like Annie a

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former factory worker, maybe eligible for a one-payment from the

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Government. But the fight for civil compensation is pe set by problems -

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beset by problems of gaining evidence. Sad. Frightened. Angry.

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Campaigners warn that the legacy of asbestos will continue for decades

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yet, with case numbers unlikely to peak for a few years.

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It's the start of the annual party conference season this weekend -

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kicked off by the Liberal Democrats in Brighton.

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In the first of a series of interviews with party leaders,

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the UK leader Tim Farron says the First Minister is using Brexit

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to drive a wedge between Scotland and

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He's accused Nicola Sturgeon of deliberately using

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the controversy over the UK's future relationship with Europe to boost

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Mr Farron has been speaking to our Westminster correspondent,

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The last few years have not been kind to the Lib Dems in Scotland.

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Falling ratings, mirrored by dire election results. Last year in the

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general election, the party was all but wiped out. There is now only one

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Scottish Lib Dem MP at Westminster. At Holyrood, once a party of

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government, the Liberal Democrats can only raise enough MSPs for a

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five-a-side team. But since June 23rd, everything has changed. Brexit

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as altered the political terms of trade. Like my constituency in the

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Lake District, Scotland voted to remain in the EU. That is something

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the SNP need to take note of. They're using that and we agree with

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them on that, but they're using that as a wedge issue in order to try and

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take the Scottish people out of the British family. Now, a call for

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voters to be give an further say on just what Brexit will mean. Our job

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collectively and I'm happy to work with the SNP, is to make sure that

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Theresa May presents the deal she comes up, good, bad or indifferent,

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to the people in a referendum, because it will be wrong for people

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anywhere in the UK to have deck Kated -- dictated to them a deal

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that no one voted for. The Liberal Democrat have dubbed their logo the

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bird of liberty. They will be hoping after the EU vote, Phoenix-like it

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can help them rise from the ashes. And we will be hearing from other

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party leaders as the autumn conferences take place,

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over the next few weeks. Scotland could lose out

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on a multi-million pound business, if more isn't done to support

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and encourage deer farming, according to experts trying

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to develop the industry here. UK sales of venison have grown

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dramatically in recent years, but local producers can't keep up

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with consumer demand. And so increasingly,

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imports from as far away They have been rearing deer for 12

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years at this farm in Aberdeenshire, and in that time the popularity of

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the meat in the UK has soared. It has become a very fashionable meat.

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It has a lot of things that people want. It is low in fat. It is high

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in iron. High in other things. And that is what people want to eat. And

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you see it a lot on TV, the chefs are using it now and that has

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attracted people to the meat and the demands has grown. Venison from wild

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deer shot in Scotland still far outweighs the amount from farms. But

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the wild kill it static and unlikely to increase. The gap between sup Mr

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And demand is -- supply and demand is being met by imports. It is a

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tragedy that deer farming in New Zealand and Scotland began at the

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same time and now in New Zealand they have over a million deer on

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farms. That is bigger than the beef industry here. In the UK we were

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held back by the fact there was no support from the Government no, subs

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dips, people -- subsidies, people preferred to stick with what they

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knew. This farm has been expanding over the past decade and now has 200

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breeding hinds. But those behind the development of industry say Scotland

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should have more farms if we are to meet the expanding appetite for

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venison. It would be good to see help for fencing coming through the

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grant scheme and that would encourage more people to get

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started. And I think the market is just going to keep moving on. If

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industry says if there is no help to just going to keep moving on. If

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expand, we will be importing twice as much venison in five years and

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Scotland will have lost out on a multimillion pound business.

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An 84-year-old man has died, after a house fire in Glasgow.

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The blaze broke out yesterday evening in the Partick

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Police and fire crews were called to a house in Crawford Lane

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An 83-year-old woman, who was also in the house,

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was taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital

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and is being treated for smoke inhalation.

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You're watching BBC Reporting Scotland.

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Demonstrations are held across Scotland in protest

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at UK Government changes to the state pension age.

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Collision course - Joey Barton says Rangers are wrong

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to send him home after a training ground bust up.

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Andy Murray has been defeated in the opening match of Britain's Davis Cup

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tie against Argentina. Juan Martin Del Potro won in five sets in Andy

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Murray's longest ever match. It is revenge for Del Potro, he was

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defeated last month. Relative calm outside for those arriving to see

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the home hero. Their peace would soon be disturbed. # Oh Andy Murray!

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He will do fiep. He's profession -- he will do fine. He has to bounce

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back from the US, no bother. He is a professional and I think he will win

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today. There is always the warmest of welcomes in Scotland for Andy

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Murray, but the fans are hoping for a repeat of the Olympic final

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against Juan Martin Del Potro. Could Olympic gold in Rio before Davis Cup

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glory in Glasgow. The Scot broke the serve. But Del Potro broke twice and

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took the first set. The Andy Murray response would be key. Fight or

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flight. Oh, that is brilliant. This shot suggested fight. What a shot!

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Del Potro could only hang on so long and Murray tied the match. And when

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Del Potro could only hang on so long Andy Murray isn't happy, he is happy

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to let the umpire know. But the world No 2 can feed off that kind of

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energy. This his response to a Del Potro set point. No! That is amazing

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from Andy Murray and like that final in Ghent last year. The fight back

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was complete and he edged ahead 2-1. Would it be straight forward then?

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Del Potro needed just a single break of serve to level it up at 2-2. The

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Murray momentum had stalled and he was able to save one match point on

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his own serve. When the second match point came, Del Potro made no

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distake for a famous -- mistake for a famous win. That is all he needed.

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Revenge for Rio. Misery for Murray. Delight for Del Potro. I think we

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did a great match. I won, but I still remember the Olympic final!

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But I think this is very important for me, for my team and we are

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looking forward to reach another finals in the Davis Cup.

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A ?10,000 reward has been offered for information

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about the murder of schoolgirl Caroline Glachan in 1996.

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The 14-year-old was found dead on the banks of the River Leven

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Her mother, Margaret McKeich, recently led appeals

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on the Crimewatch programme, as the inquiry reached 20 years

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The charity Crimestoppers said the reward would be paid if

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information is supplied which leads to an arrest and conviction.

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The Scottish SPCA is investigating, after a cat had an airgun shot

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up its nose in Blackridge in West Lothian.

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The two-year-old pet, called Max, now has a pellet permanently

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embedded in his skull, as a vet would need to remove his eye

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Officers have described the attack as "appalling".

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The amount of Scotch whisky sold overseas is up

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According to the latest industry figures, international sales

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More than half a billion bottles were shipped from Scotland

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in the first six months of this year.

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However, the statistics also showed a small fall

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The redevelopment of a historic railway station in Royal Deeside,

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which was destroyed in a fire, has been approved.

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The Old Royal Station in Ballater was ravaged by the blaze

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It had been the final stopping point for members of the Royal Family

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Earlier this year we told you about a research project looking

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at the viability of hops being grown in poly-tunnels

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The test crop is now ready for harvest.

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Initial indications are that it may well prove an attractive

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proposition for both local growers and brewers alike.

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This shows very clearly that we can grow hops in this country in this

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kind of environment. Under plastic, they grow very well. Plants outside

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of plastic are about a third of the size of these once. We have a crop.

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We will take it to local brewers and see what they can do with the

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product. The Rangers midfielder Joey Barton

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has questioned the club's stance, after he was sent home from training

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following a bust-up this week. The 34-year-old has been told

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to stay away until Monday, after an argument about

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his side's defeat to Celtic. The club have so far remained silent

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on the issue - not so, the player. Here's our Senior Football

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Reporter Chris McLaughlin. Defeated 5-1 by your rivals on

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Saturday followed by a furious row with team-mates at training on

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Tuesday. Sent home and locked down. Not the best of weeks for Joey

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Barton or Rangers. I've been asked to re-evaluate the way I'm thinking

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at this moment. I don't think they are going to change. We've obviously

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lost to our fiercest rivals, we've come in Monday and Tuesday untrained

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and tried to pick the bones out of how we get better. We are asked for

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an opinion and I'm somebody who gives an opinion. That opinion

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sometimes stretches to politics. If the government could introduce

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something where people on low income benefits... Always keen to sell

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themselves as a pundit on issues off the field but there is no getting

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away from a chequered past. In 2012, he was given a 12 match ban for on

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field clashes with opponents as a he was given a 12 match ban for on

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QPR player. He has a controversial past but when Rangers signed him in

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the summer they were also signing someone named in the English

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championship's team of the year. The problem is, he is yet to show any

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signs of that here in Scotland and now there are doubts as to whether

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he will get another chance. He will meet managers at the club on Monday

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and only then will we find out if he has a future at Rangers.

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Staying with football and Scotland's women have qualified

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They just needed a point in their match against Iceland next week,

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but Portugal's win over Finland this afternoon means

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Anna Signeul's side have now secured their place at Euro 2017.

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The tournament takes place in the Netherlands next July.

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He's been described as a national treasure, who's changed the way

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we listen to our traditional music and kept our feet

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Now, at 80, Robbie Shepherd is about to bow out as presenter

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of BBC Radio Scotland's "Take the Floor".

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But he says he's no intention of retiring all together.

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We joined him in the studio, as he prepared for

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Hello and welcome to Take The Floor here on BBC Radio Theatre and. We're

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coming towards the end of a great series when we have been looking

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back and celebrating my 35 years as presenter of this very programme.

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One or two took quite some time to get used to the voice. In fact, in a

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magazine called the box and fiddle I was slated for my accident. Good

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afternoon, all. I didn't know an awful lot about Scottish country

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dancing. I was a village lad and I ran the dances in the village.

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Started with the foxtrot and the dashing White Sergeant, I built a

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programme like that. I liked to think that I am broadcasting to a

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lady in the top ten and in Glasgow at the same time as I'm chatting to

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a lady in a croft. He knows such a lot about music and he also loves

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it. They used to be quite a gulf between Scottish dance bees can folk

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music will stop it was too different scenes. Over the years, because he's

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into his music he has gradually brought the two things together. You

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can walk into a pub somewhere in the middle of nowhere and Robbie opens

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his mouth and they all turn around and say "Robbie!" It has been 35

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years of pleasure with the sheer cooperation of everybody. I'm taking

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a break, that's for sure. They keep saying, I'm a wanted man. I hope

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sincerely they haven't heard the last of this Doric voice. To one of

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the sporting world's legends now. The Brazilian footballer

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is in Scotland this evening - half a century after his

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only previous visit. Fans are paying up

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to ?900 to meet him Our reporter David Currie was hoping

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to speak to him for free. 40 years after hanging up his boots

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at the age of 75, the great Pele is making the news still despite not

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turning up. Younger viewers might wonder what all the fuss was about.

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This might help explain. COMMENTATOR: Pele! He's got it. That

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is Brazil's 100th goal in the World Cup. The greatest footballer of all

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is Brazil's 100th goal in the World time, Farhat. The only three times

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World Cup winner. His only other visit to Scotland was 50 years ago

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during preparations for the 1966 World Cup. Does the man who inspired

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generations of footballers have any advice for aspiring Scottish

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football superstars? Fans are spending up to ?900 for an evening

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with Pele. He is donating some of that to charity. He doesn't need the

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money. For his super fans, meeting Pele is priceless. Unfortunately,

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David still hasn't managed to speak to the great man. Here's ever

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hopeful. The press conference has been delayed but tune in at 10:25pm

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to hopefully see more of Pele in Glasgow. Now, let's have a look at

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the weather with Christopher. A fuchsia hours but for many it was

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a lovely day with bright sunshine and blue sky and more of that on the

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way tomorrow. There will be some long clear spells so cooler than the

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nights we have seen of late. In towns and cities, perhaps 8-9dC. In

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nights we have seen of late. In role areas, down to a chilly three.

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That is because high pressure is building bringing clearer skies. A

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good chance of seeing the harvest moon. Plenty of sunshine, perhaps a

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chilly start in the countryside but things soon warm up and with light

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winds conditions very pleasant indeed. Perhaps, the wind building

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in the West by afternoon and evening but for many it is just a pleasant

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afternoon with Fairweather cloud. Temperatures are fairly pleasant as

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well. Always a touch cooler around the coast. But very pleasant for

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most. A bit of cloud towards the north-west. In Orkney, plenty of

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sunshine. Cracking visibility for hill walking or climbing. Winds are

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light, casting a little bit further. Similar for the Eastern Rangers.

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Into Saturday evening, it is staying dry. The cloud building in the West

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and the first hint of change afoot. There is another weather front

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moving in from the Atlantic so for some it will be cloudy and wet,

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mainly in the West and the Hebrides. Elsewhere, fairly cloudy compared

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with Saturday with the best of the sunshine in the east. The wind

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starting to increase in the South. Taking a while to move inland.

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Reaching eastern Scotland by the end of Sunday night.

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Now, a reminder of tonight's main news.

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Demonstrations have been held across Scotland in protest

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at the effects of the UK government's alterations

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Women born in the 1950s say the changes mean they're losing

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up to ?40,000, because they're unable to retire

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There have been dire warnings about the state of the EU,

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as the 27 leaders meet - minus the UK - to map out

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The German chancellor Angela Merkel said the EU was in

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That's reporting Scotland. Alistair Fraser will be back with the

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headlines at

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