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and on BBC One we now join the BBC's news teams where you are.

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Big changes to school qualifications - pupils will face tougher exams

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BBC Scotland learns there's patchy support for newly diagnosed dementia

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patients, and this sporadic approach to care doesn't help.

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Consistency, which is really hard for my mum, because things have to

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stay the same with dementia, routines, people's faces. My mum is

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the one who has suffered the most. I think she has been let down.

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We'll hear from one family who're still waiting for support -

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Also on the programme, the brother of a Scottish

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aid worker, murdered in Syria, tells us military action alone

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won't defeat so-called Islamic State.

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And Scotland's women's football team celebrated reaching Euro 2017

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with an impressive victory against group winners - Iceland.

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Big changes are to be made to new secondary

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school qualifications, barely three years after

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Some assessments in National 5 and Higher courses are to be

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scrapped and more emphasis will be put back onto the final exam.

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It follows industrial action by some teachers over their workloads but

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tonight the largest teaching union says it will suspend a work-to-rule.

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Our education correspondent Jamie McIvor reports.

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The new qualification started to be introduced three years ago, but are

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still a hard equation for many teachers to solve. The main worry,

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workload and bureaucracy, and one issue is formal assessments marked

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by teachers themselves. These youngsters are studying for their

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National five maths. They have to complete several of the unit

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assessments and also sit an exam. All of the new qualifications are

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broken up into units and each unit carries its own mandatory assessment

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which is marked by the teacher. In order to get an overall course

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award, young people have to pass these units as they go along, and

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then pass the final examination. But big changes are on the way in what

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amounts to a dramatic change to a new system. The unit assessments are

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being scrapped for National five and Hire students. The aim is to cut

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down on the workload for teachers and students. The big significance

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will be for students. This will assist young people in the

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concentration of their learning, rather than purely and simply be

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progress. What will change? Instead of assessments marked by teachers,

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the plan is to put more emphasis on the final exam. Some marks may come

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from coursework but this will not be marked by class teachers. The

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changes will be phased in over two years and do not affect this year's

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courses. Less formal assessment for young people, and teaching with more

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debt than learning and for teachers a reduction workload is and

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bureaucracy. Will this be enough to see off the threat of escalating

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industrial action and help restore goodwill?

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Dementia touches the lives of thousands of us and our families

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but many people are still not receiving the help

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Three years after the launch of an NHS scheme to give vital

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support, thousands of patients still haven't received any.

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What's more, the prospects for getting it vary dramatically

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In Shetland, everyone that needs it has got it,

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but if you live in Stornoway, the scheme stopped for over a year.

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Suzanne Allan has this exclusive report.

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She looks happy. She was but I think she probably had dementia then.

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Margret was diagnosed a year after this photo was taken. She was put on

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a waiting list for what the NHS called the one-year diagnostic

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support guarantee. It gives everyone with dementia support from a link

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worker for 12 months. They said there was a waiting list and it

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would probably be six months that they did not have the staff. A year

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later they are still waiting. The family had help from nurses but they

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are on their third different person. Consistency, which is really hard

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for my mum, because things have to stay the same with dementia.

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Routine, people's faces. My mum has suffered the most because I think

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she has been let down. The link worker gives advice on anything from

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benefits to keeping an eye on the person's condition. A BBC report

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found in the Western Isles fills no service for 18 months. But if you

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live in Orkney or Shetland everyone has received it. It is afternoon tea

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time here. This is a group where people with dementia come and meet

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their friends. Many people here have not heard of the scheme. We have had

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a forum before and out of a group of maybe 30 people, there were about

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two in the group who received post diagnostic support. I think there is

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still a lack of awareness about that support. Scotland is a world leader

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with this guarantee, but not everyone who is offered it accepts.

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If patients are keen, what is going wrong? The variation in uptake could

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be caused by whoever is offering it, not offering it in a way that

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everyone wants it or in some places it is not being offered. Western

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Isles health board have told us new staff have been recruited and they

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are supporting their patients in different ways. The Scottish health

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board recognises there are challenges.

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It also promised a new three-year strategy will be published later

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this year. MSPs have tonight complained

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that they are not being given enough time to scrutinise

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Scottish Government spending plans. The protest comes from Holyrood's

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finance committee - which is chaired by Bruce Crawford,

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a former SNP Cabinet Minister. In response, the Scottish Government

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said the problem was caused Our political editor Brian Taylor

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is at Holyrood for us tonight. Remember what is at stake here, some

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?30 billion or thereabouts of public spending for Scotland. The vote

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should be taken here in Holyrood around February next year. Before

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that, there ought to be detailed scrutiny, not by government, but by

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parliamentarians, and that is being curtailed. Why? The Chancellor's

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autumn spending statement for the whole of the UK is delayed because

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of the Brexit uncertainties. The Scottish Secretary says we need to

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see the colour of the Chancellor's money before we set out Scotland's

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spending plans. The SNP are unhappy. They say they were given a promise

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spending plans. The SNP are unhappy. that they would get work in progress

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scenario planning, some details. Now they are not getting that. They will

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get it cold in mid-December and other planning is up to them. They

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are very unhappy with that. They plan to take it to the full chamber,

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in essence, trying to get the government to overturn that. We have

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a former SNP cabinet minister taking his own government to task. That is

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quite unusual, isn't it? It is. He is the former member for

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Parliamentary affairs so he knows how this is run. What is going on

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here? First of all, the committees in general, that has been a

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prolonged attempt to toughen them and beef up their response.

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Secondly, there is a reminder to the SNP that they are in a minority at

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Secondly, there is a reminder to the Holyrood. Thank you.

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Scottish Labour is set to get more power over policy and people,

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making it more distinct from the UK party.

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A series of reforms was confirmed by the party's executive last night

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and will go to the party's conference for final approval.

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Our political correspondent Nick Eardley has been looking

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Few resignations in recent Scottish political history have been damning.

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Joanne Lamb and's claim that the Scotland Labour Party was seen as a

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branch office -- Johann Lamont. Now the new leader thinks she has found

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a solution. I'm delighted that what will go before our members at

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conference next week is a strong plan to make Scottish Labour and

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autonomous party. What is changing? London currently has a say in who

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the Scottish party puts forward for election to Westminster. The reforms

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will mean that is a matter for Scottish Labour. The changes also

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give the party north of the border power to set its own Lizzy Yarnold

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issues. That includes those the parliament in Westminster controls.

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The changes could be significant. If, as some fear, there is an

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attempt to deselect MPs who don't support Jeremy Corbyn, Scotland

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could make its own decisions. It could also mean the Scottish party

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has different policies to the UK party. When it comes to the general

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election manifesto, how will they bridge the gap? Every part of our

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labour family will come together in one room and argue it all out. But

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for the first time, and you cannot miss the significance of this, we

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will determine all our own policy positions in Scotland. We as

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Scottish Labour members should be an thin more. This person will not

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be... The SNP had dominated for the last couple of years because they

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have become the party for Scotland. I think with being a more

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Independent Labour Party in Scotland we could get that mantle back. Will

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be is changes solved the puzzle of where the balance lies? This could

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be the last piece of the reformed jigsaw.

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The Scotch whisky industry is committing to new targets

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for reduced energy use and less environmental impact.

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Energy use from non-fossil fuels has already risen from 3% to 17%,

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and the new target is to reach 40% by 2030.

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Some 33% of whisky packaging, including bottles and boxes,

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is now made from recycled materials, and the latest target is to get that

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You're watching BBC Reporting Scotland.

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Big changes to come on how National Fives and Highers

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are marked, which means tougher exams and less assessed coursework.

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Scotland's women's football team win an impressive

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Police say they've arrested a 27-year-old man in connection

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with offensive behaviour at the Old Firm match

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The BBC understands the arrest is in connection with effigies

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draped in Rangers scarves being hung from the roof of one of the stands.

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Police say their investigation into other offensive incidents

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and vandalism at the stadium that day is still going on.

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The arrest took place earlier today and is related to effigies, one

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draped in a Rangers scarf, the other in an orange sash, being hung from

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the upper tier of the stand containing Celtic supporters. Police

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say the 27-year-old man had been arrested under the offensive

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behaviour at football act. This match was the first time the two

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teams had met in the league since Rangers return to the SPL earlier

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this season. Police say following a number of disorder incidents, a team

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of detectives have been trawling through CCTV footage and they are

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now appealing for fans to send a mobile phone footage and they say

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they are significantly interested in footage of the vandalism of the way

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supporters toilets, that is the toilets used by the visiting Rangers

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fans. They have become aware of footage circulating on social media

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showing the vandalism of those toilets. After the match, Rangers

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issued a statement saying they were aware of the disgust felt by fans

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who were supposed to a sickening and shameful display of sectarian

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hatred. Celtic said they would deal with all the issues which had arisen

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and they thank their fans for the support they had given to the team.

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The brother of a Scottish aid worker murdered in Syria says military

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action alone will not defeat so-called Islamic State.

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Aid worker David Haines from Perth was killed two years ago.

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Since then his brother Mike has been campaigning for religious tolerance.

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He's addressing an event in Dundee tonight and has been speaking

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Mike Haines calls for peace despite having suffered at the hands of

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those who preach violence. His brother David was murdered two years

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ago in Syria by so-called Islamic State. He'd been held hostage for 18

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months. It was very difficult for the family but we supported each

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other. When one of us was feeling down or week, then the other members

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of the family, you know, we all came together in a very strong unit.

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David Haines had spent two decades working in humanitarian aid. Part of

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that time was in Bosnia. On his first trip to Syria, IS militants

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captured him. By the time of his memorial service, Mike Haines had

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decided to dedicate his life to campaigning for tolerance between

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religions. When he was killed, my gut reaction was, I wanted to go out

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there and kill. I understand it -- I realised that their actions are all

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about causing hatred so, if I committed a hate asked, first of all

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in my brother's name, my brother would want me for the rest of my

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days. In the two years since David's death, the conflict in Syria and

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Iraq has continued. US and American forces are engaged in the fight.

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Does Mike Haines believe that military action will end the threat?

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I don't think it is the only answer. Reaching out the hand of friendship

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to a people, culture that you don't know, a neighbour from a different

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country, over the fence and saying hello, how are you doing, and you

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grow these bonds. They are stronger than anything against the hatred.

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Tonight, he will bring his message of tolerance to a gathering in

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support of refugees, convinced it will eventually make a difference.

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Health boards across Scotland are being given an extra

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?9 million for accident and emergency departments.

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The Scottish government says the funding is designed to ease

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the pressure on emergency wards in the winter.

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Opposition MSPs have welcomed the extra money but say

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there still aren't enough staff on the wards.

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Santander has pulled out of talks to buy more

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RBS, which is part-owned by the taxpayer, has until the end

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The sale was a condition of the Government's bailout

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A look at other stories from across the country.

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The Rural Economy Secretary has ruled out any further inquiry

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into the Common Agricultural Policy payments fiasco.

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being delayed because of problems with an IT system.

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Appearing before MSPs today, Fergus Ewing admitted ?9-10 million

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I think the priority for us and for farmers is to resolve the remaining

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difficulties with the IT systems and to restore the operation of the

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system to a proper footing. Anything that detract from that process by

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taking senior officials away from focusing on that would, I think, be

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counter-productive and would be most unwelcome to the staff determined to

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do the job to the best of their ability.

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Police have still to identify a motorcyclist killed

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in a crash with a van in Aberdeenshire yesterday.

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The ship that will take the damaged oil rig Transocean Winner to Turkey

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for decommissioning has arrived off the coast of Lewis.

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The drilling rig is to be floated onto the deck

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The rig ran aground during a storm more than a month ago.

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A Scottish charity is urging people to swap their beds for sleeping bags

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in its annual sleep out to raise awareness and funds

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For 25 years, the Rock Trust has helped youngsters.

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It's now developing a strategy designed to end youth

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homelessness in ten years through early intervention.

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We need to look at wider families, why do relationships break down, and

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supporting young people and families. When young people go

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through adolescence, it can be a difficult time for all family

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members. It's really about looking at these different issues as well,

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and that's a real challenge because we still think of homelessness as a

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housing issue. Police are appealing for information

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after human remains were found in a tent in a secluded quarry area

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on the outskirts of Inverness. Officers say the death

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is being treated as unexplained and, while they don't know the identity,

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age or sex of the person, it's likely the body has been

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there for several months. A postmortem examination

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is to be carried out. Scotland's women aim

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to further improve ahead of featuring in next summer's

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European Championship finals. Anna Signeul's national side had

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already secured qualification for Euro 2017 before last night's

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match in Iceland. As Brian McLauchlin reports,

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the Scots finished This was the goal that sealed

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victory for Scotland's women against Iceland in Reykjavik on Tuesday.

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Jane Ross on target from the penalty spot. She says the clock is ticking

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towards next summer's final -- finals. We already know we had

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qualified. Preparations have already started. To come here and put in the

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performance we did, we can only take confidence from that. The Scots had

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lost 4-0 Iceland on home soil in June but, when Ross nodded in the

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opener, they put the team back on track for victory. Although Iceland

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vectorised -- equalised, these God showed immense character. -- the

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squad. I am proud of them and they are proud of themselves. They

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stepped up to the plate. With the finals just ten months away, taking

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on world-class opposition between now and then is a priority. We need

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these games to get high intensity, fast to play really physical and

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play together as a team. It was a group hug at full-time as Scotland

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play together as a team. It was a sign of qualification with a win and

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a first major finals for the squad looming on the horizon.

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Andy Murray says he likes the idea of shortening the format of future

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The International Tennis Federation has proposed a two-day contest

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instead of three days, and best of three sets

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Both Andy and Jamie Murray are playing at a charity

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event in Glasgow tonight, where they caught up

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Yes, as if the Olympics, the Davis Cup, Wimbledon, the US open wasn't

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enough, Andy Murray's only gone and created is only tennis event here at

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the Hydro in Glasgow. A chance to play in front of home fans and to

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raise some money for charity. Joining us are Andy and Jamie

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Murray. Andy, looking forward to a more light-hearted contest? Yeah,

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obviously. The weekend was pretty stressful physically and mentally

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but tonight should be a great fun evening. You were involved in some

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coaching schools earlier on. The Glasgow warriors boss was part of

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it. Impressed with his skills? Yeah, he put in some good work. It was

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cool. A lot of them came out. Mum was there at the session, teaching

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everyone how to use a racket. It's not easy to pick up a racket and

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know how to handle it. It was good fun. There is some remarkable

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footage from earlier on this week of the Bramley brothers, Ali helping

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his brother Jonny over the line in the triathlon. -- the Bramley

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brothers. It is obvious that you are brothers. Were you able to identify

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that footage? As it being a support for you knowing your brother is in

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tennis? I think I'd do the same. So, Andy, you might expect a hand

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tonight? I needed it at the weekend after my match on Friday. In tennis,

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we never push ourselves to the limits that the triathletes do. It

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was amazing. 'S been a great year for you, becoming a dad just over

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six months ago. Good, fun, enjoyable adventure? Yeah, it's been amazing.

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Challenging at times, but great. Every day, you learn something new.

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Unfortunately, I don't get to spend every single day with her. When I am

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away for a few days, and then I get to see her, something has changed,

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doing something new. It's great. She's growing up quickly. I've

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enjoyed it a lot so far and my wife is doing a great job to sort of,

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yeah, hopefully it stays that way. Thank you both very much for joining

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us. Hopefully, these guys after tonight would get a little bit of

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rest. Now here's Shelly Joffre

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with details of Scotland 2016. Tonight, we hear from Westminster's

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youngest MP, married black, about the pensions problem affecting

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millions of women approaching retirement. -- Marie black. And, as

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new homes are being built to deal with the housing shortage, what

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about the pressure on local health care question mark jointly at

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10:30pm. And now the weather. This morning, we had plenty of

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brightness. Plenty of sunshine around, as illustrated by a weather

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watcher in the Borders. Through the day, the cloud has increased. This

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evening, it looks cloudy for most of us with further outbreaks of rain.

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That rain continues to track its way through much of western Scotland and

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tonight it will eventually become confined to more eastern areas and

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across the northern isles, too. Dreier, clearer conditions feeding

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into the west behind that front. A view and fog patches and the winds

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easing, too. A chilly night under clear skies in the north-west. For

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the most part, temperatures holding up around 8-12. Tomorrow, a fairly

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cloudy start across the east and the northern isles. Fairly quickly, that

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rain pulls away to leave a fine day across much of the country tomorrow

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afternoon. For central, southern and eastern Scotland tomorrow afternoon,

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it is looking dry with spells of sunshine. Light to moderate winds

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and highs of around 17 Celsius. Across much of the north-west and

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the Western Isles, clouding over through the afternoon with a few

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showers through the Western Isles, especially accompanied by

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strengthening southerly winds. Find across the north east with some

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bright or sunny spells. Tomorrow evening, we will see showers in the

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north-west becoming heavier or more frequent and gradually pushing their

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way further east. By Friday morning, we have a window of fine weather

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with some spells of brightness and sunshine before this area of low

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pressure makes its presence felt as we go through the day. Some fine

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conditions to start with with some brightness and sunshine, gradually

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becoming cloudier. Eventually some rain feeding into the north-west and

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northern isles fostered Saturday at this stage looks cloudy, wet and

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windy. Now, a reminder of tonight's

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main news: Big changes are to be made

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to new secondary school qualifications barely three years

:26:37.:26:38.

after reforms were introduced. It follows industrial action by some

:26:39.:26:41.

teachers about their workload. Some assessments in National 5

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and Higher courses are to be scrapped and more emphasis will be

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put back onto the final exam. The US and Russia have clashed

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repeatedly and in the strongest terms at the UN about who was

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responsible for the attack on an aid convoy in Syria

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on Monday that destroyed The US Secretary of State said

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he felt he was living in a parallel universe when Russia

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denied any involvement. I'll be back with the headlines

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at 8, and the late bulletin just Until then, from everyone

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on the team - right across the country -

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have a very good evening.

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