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The Prime Minister wants Holyrood fully engaged in the Brexit


negotiations but warns they won't be able to veto the final decision.


This man is critically ill in hospital, because of injuries


The Hibs football manager Neil Lennon says he's


convinced there's corruption in the English game.


Coming in late on, doing deals they should not be doing and walking away


with thousands, millions at times. It leaves a bitter taste in the


mouth. His remarks come as a former


Scotland international denies offering advice on how


to bribe coaching staff. Work gets underway to manoeuvre


the damaged oil rig, the Transocean Winner,


onto a semi-submersible ship. And the Maasai warrior who's


celebrating the Victorian The Prime Minister has told BBC


Scotland that she wants the Scottish Government


to be "fully engaged" in the Brexit talks,


but has emphasized that ministers in Edinburgh can have no


veto over the process. We will hear from all


the party leaders throughout Ahead of the Conservative Party


conference, the Tory leader's been speaking to our Westminster


correspondent, David Porter. One of the consequences of the


Brexit vote, a new Prime Minister entering Downing Street with a


forthright pledge on the union. The full title of my party is the


Conservative and Unionist party, and that word "Unionist" is very


important to me. Within days, Theresa May was in Edinburgh


visiting the First Minister. As expected, no meeting of minds on


politics but an agreement to carry on talking. Now the dust has settled


a bit, how will the Prime Minister deal with Brexit and Scotland? Well,


the negotiations will be for the United Kingdom to conduct with the


European Union. I want to ensure that we hear from all parts of the


UK, from the Scottish Government, that we engage with them on the


issues that particularly matter to Scotland. But what is crucial is


that I'm determined we will make a success of this and really clear


that we will make opportunities for the whole of the UK as we leave the


European Union. We must grasp those opportunities, but I also want to be


a government that works for everyone, not a privileged few. That


means ensuring the benefits of economic growth are spread across


the UK. There can be no Scottish veto? The United Kingdom will have a


position in the negotiations and as the United Kingdom government we


will negotiate with the European Union. But we will listen to and


take account of the particular concerns of Scotland and other parts


of the UK, and we want to ensure crucially that the benefits we are


able to achieve from the deal we get with the European Union, from the


opportunities that will open up outside the EU in the rest of the


world, will be spread across the UK. Of course, it all plays into the


wider Scottish independence debate. On this, the Prime Minister is


resolute. There are two questions about a second referendum in


Scotland. One, could there be? That is a process issue. I think the real


question is should there be a second referendum in Scotland? My answer is


no. I continue to believe Scotland is better off as part of the United


Kingdom. I think that is important. People talk about what is going to


happen in terms of leaving the European Union for Scotland's trade


with Europe, but actually their trade with the rest of the UK, the


economic importance of Scotland being part of the UK far overwhelms


that. If Nicola Sturgeon came to you and said, I am planning to hold a


second referendum. Would you say to Westminster, tell them they can't do


it? I think there should not be a second referendum in Scotland. I


continue to believe Scotland is better off as part of the United


Kingdom, and I believe passionately in the strong union there has been


between Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom for so long. Our


history, the economic ties that we have, I want Scotland to remain part


of the UK. Brexit is the dominant issue in the Prime Minister's in


tray. As the Conservative and issue in the Prime Minister's in


Unionist party, to give it its full title, gathers for its conference in


Birmingham, how it impacts on Scotland is also sure to be a major


talking point. And a reminder that we'll hear


from all the party leaders Brian, we heard that


line about consulting Scotland again there,


but what does it actually amount to? Politics is on pause to an extent


while we try to get the details of what wrecks it actually means beyond


simply saying that Brexit means Brexit. It was perhaps


understandable that the tenor of the Prime Minister's remarks again, to


some degree said nothing in particular but saying it awfully


well. What she did say was with regard to the status of the Scottish


Government in the negotiations. They will have an active, participate to


reroll in drawing up the terms of the UK's engagement with the


European Union. They will have an active role in advancing such issues


as the single market and freedom of movement. But Theresa May is making


clear that from her perspective they will be consulted with, engaged


with, but that it is the UK Government which will go shape with


the EU on the UK's departure as a whole from the EU. Down the line,


that could present the Scottish Government with a conundrum. Do they


cry foul and thereby call a second independence referendum, or do they


opt for caution and bank what they can obtain from this process of the


UK's involvement in Brexit? A Scottish boxer is in a critical


condition in hospital this evening, after being injured


in a fight in Glasgow. Mike Towell was stretchered


from the ring during The event was being broadcast live


on television at the time. The fight was against Dale Evans in


Glasgow last night. The Dundee boxer was undefeated going into the fight,


but the 25-year-old was knocked down in the first round and again in the


fifth, before the fight was stopped. The event at the hotel was organised


by the St Andrews sporting club. They say their thoughts and prayers


are with the box and his family. The club director and Mike Towell's


manager travelled with him in the ambulance to the hospital and spent


the night by his bedside. The event was then suspended. I know he is a


good fighter and he can punch like myself. It was either going to be


him or me, but nobody ever wants to see someone stretchered out of the


ring and I hope he is all right. The referee was also in charge of this


British middleweight title fight in March between Chris Eubank Junior


and Nick Blackwell, in which Blackwell suffered a bleed in the


skull, ending his career. That fight, and about last night, raised


questions about the safety of the sport, but it is being defended. The


way boxing is run, the medics in the game, the British board of boxing


control do a fantastic job, as they do in amateur boxing. I believe


boxing is a relatively safe sport. Mike Towell's family remain with him


at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he is still in critical


condition. One of Scotland's highest profile


football managers says his time working in England has convinced


there is corruption in the game. But Neil Lennon, currently manager


of Hibernian says he's not aware of a culture of illicit payments


in Scottish football. He was speaking after former


Scotland international Eric Black was filmed allegedly offering advice


on how to bribe coaching staff Inside this hotel in the south-west


of England, the Daily Telegraph covertly filmed Southampton's


Assistant manager, Eric Black, talking to an undercover reporter.


It alleges he named staff at English clubs who could be paid to pass on


information about players to the company the reporter says she


represents. It could be there. It is. That will


win the cup. Eric Black. Eric Black made his name as a player at


Aberdeen. He denies suggesting any football officials should be paid,


saying his comment related to a freelance scout and agency might


approach. One Scots -based manager says his time as a player and


England leaves him in little doubt that corruption is present in being


this game. There have been rumours for a long time about high profile


people. Sometimes mud sticks. Eric might be completely innocent so I


would not want to pass comment on it, but there has been a lot of talk


for a long time about what has been going on. But he says he is unaware


of a problem in this country. This summer, Kilmarnock sign 17 players.


Their manager, who has also worked in England, says that he makes sure


deals are properly conducted. I identify a player, speak to him


regarding the football side, but leave everything else down to the


people above in terms of sorting out transfer fees if a fee is needed,


salary, etc, the whole financial package. That is dealt with by other


people which makes it easier for me. Wildly in the chef a Investec 's


claims made against Eric Black, the BBC understands there have been no


complaints made to the Scottish Football Association about managers


or coaches breaching laws in this country.


The Scottish Government has written to the Home Secretary,


urging her to sign protocols to allow British police to remain


part of the European crime-fighting agency, Europol.


The Justice Secretary says if the end-of-year deadline isn't


met, it could seriously hamper Police Scotland's ability to gather


information and intelligence overseas.


Amber Rudd says she's looking to continue some


How long should an ambulance take to arrive after a 999 call?


The answer for the most serious cases is under eight minutes.


But the Scottish Ambulance Service is only making that target 67%


It's now proposing to change the way calls are prioritised.


It says the evidence shows that appropriate


treatment is more important than the speed of response.


A critical 999 call should mean an emergency response within eight


minutes right across the country. The service has been struggling to


meet its target, to get to 75% of calls on time. The changes will mean


certain call-outs, such as some chest pains or head injuries, will


be downgraded. It means crews can have longer to attend. A life or


death situation, like someone choking, needs a was bumped as fast


as possible. But perhaps someone with chest pain, symptoms of a heart


attack, they would still get a blue light ambulance, but in fact a few


minutes extra to get the right vehicle to them with the right


people on board to take them to hospital so that they can have


further care is much more important to get the right vehicle than to


have them responded to within a very short period of time. The pilot


comes after a full review of clinical data. It has been supported


by charities such as the British Heart Foundation. Targets were first


set in the 1970s. Back then, it was very much scoop and run, get someone


to hospital as soon as possible. But so much has changed. There were no


paramedics in the 1970s, but now one is likely to arrive in a car, bike


or ambulance. Calls to the Ambulance Service have increased by over 50%


in the last eight years. It will be up to the handlers to sift calls and


decide the appropriate response. The Ambulance Service say the system


will not stop help arriving quickly but is about identifying the right


type of response rather than focusing on speed. Targets are only


about time of arrival. We are trying to seek a system which improves


patient outcomes. This is concentrated on the patient, not on


us hitting a time stop button. The new system follows moves in Wales


and parts of England. The pilot will start at the end of the year and


will be reviewed in 12 months. Work is underway today


to move the damaged oil rig Transocean Winner


on to a semi-submersible ship. The 17,000-tonne structure was blown


ashore onto the west side Our reporter Angus Macdonald is


there for us tonight. The operation started during the


night when the rig was moved north of the Hawk heavy-lift ship. The


hawk itself was ballasted down until it looks like an abandoned


shipwreck, waiting for the Transocean Winner to be floated over


and positioned above its submerged deck. But although the wind has been


relatively moderate, the seas still had some surprises from the North.


This gives you some idea of the size of the operation. The heavy-lift


ship is in the foreground and the Transocean Winner is some distance


in the background. They have to get it onto the deck, but at the moment


the size of the swell is making it difficult. The weather is very


changeable but by this time tomorrow it will be clear whether it will go


in this weather window, or stay until the next break in the weather.


If we find ourselves in the same position tomorrow we will have to


make a decision, and that might be to put it back onto the anchors,


because we are anticipating bad weather coming through at the


beginning of next week and we would have to have it secured by that


time. A jury has been told that the man


on trial for the murder of Indian restaurant worker


Surjit Singh Chhokar has Donald Findlay QC, who's


defending Ronnie Coulter, Mr Coulter denies murdering


Mr Chhokar by stabbing him Police have used shotgun


rounds to stop a vehicle, during an intelligence-led operation


in the north east of Glasgow. Officers converged on the Robroyston


area of the city and later cordoned Police have now confirmed that


"vehicle tyre deflation rounds The nature of the operation has


yet to be disclosed, but the use of the shotgun rounds


will be referred to the Police Investigations


and Review Commissioner. You're watching BBC


Reporting Scotland. The Prime Minister says she wants


the Scottish Government to be "fully engaged" in Brexit talks,


but ministers in Edinburgh can have How musicians with disabilities


are using technology to compose orchestral music


for a festival in Ayrshire. It could soon become impossible


for Scottish clubs to reach the Champions League,


if proposed reforms go through. That's the view of the chairman of


the European Professional Football Lars-Christer Olsson,


a former general secretary of Uefa, says plans to change


the qualification criteria for European competition


will lead to a "closed shop". The Champions League returned to


Celtic Park this week after an almost three-year absence. For many


supporters such nights are the highlight of the season but for how


much longer? European football 's governing body has announced changes


which mean the top four weeks, Spain, Germany, England and Italy


will lead chav four guaranteed places in the Champions League.


Opponents believe it's the first step in the squeezing out clubs in


smaller leagues. Do you see a scenario where it becomes almost


impossible for clubs like Celtic to compete with the elite and get to


these competitions? Yes, definitely one of the results. The other is


that it has a tremendous effect also on a domestic level because you are


playing for qualification to the international competitions and


that's important in every country, big or small. Key to Celtic


successful qualification this season was the champions route, a format


which ensures the champions of smaller leagues get, in theory, and


easier draw. That is safe until 2021 but maybe not beyond. As soon as you


remove that access, you might still get prize money and domestic glory


of being champions of Scotland but if you're not getting access to


Europe then a big part of what it means to be champions of Scotland is


removed. Retaining that is vital. My fear is that united and put as much


pressure now only way far as we can that we will end up sleepwalking


into a closed shop. The danger is that could spell the end of nights


like these at Celtic Park or anywhere else in Scotland. There has


to be opportunities for clubs like Celtic, one of the great clubs of


world football, there has to be an opportunity for them to be in this


competition. I think the competition is better for a club like Celtic


being in it. Of course you have to earn the right to be there, qualify,


but it should not be made almost impossible. The threat of being on


the outside looking in at a future version of the Champions League is


an ominous prospect but a real one nonetheless.


An African waterfall and a species of gazelle are named after him,


and his exploits inspired the classic adventure story


Thomson led several expeditions to Africa and, as Willie Johnston


reports, new links are being forged between the Maasai people


From the sun washed plains of tenure to mission shrouded hills, their


penetrating Scots drizzle unfamiliar. My other concern is


about the type of grass. He says the cattle here and how they are reared


are very different as well. He looks as incongruous as the man whose


footsteps he is tracing must have seemed in Africa 140 years ago.


Explorer and geologist Joseph Thomson, one of the first Europeans


to enter mass eye lands. He risked being killed as a suspected white


slave but earned the Warriors trust, respect and protection. One of the


things which stands out which I think my community still remembers


him for is his humbleness, he went through the land and avoided


confrontation with anybody, with the community and anyone along the way.


His motto, he who goes gently goes safely and he who goes safely goes


far in capital is his way of doing things. He did not go blundering in


all guns blazing, he was willing to be patient and negotiate his way


through. Last year we organised the second ever walk-through Maasi land.


Eight Joseph Thompson Maasi trust will be launched tomorrow to promote


his life and legacy through education and travel and support a


Thomson trail developed and Kenya on part of the original expedition


route including the village where he is an elder. He wants youngsters


from Scotland and around the world to wok with the Maasi people in


Thompson's footsteps. Scotland has largely forgotten him. Joseph


Thompson died in 1895 aged just 37. A short life but a long legacy, at


least in Africa. A group of musicians


who have disabilities are using technology to put together


an orchestral piece that will be They'll join world-famous musicians,


including the violinist Here's our correspondent


Lorna Gordon. Playing music. Creating music.


Conducting as well. These young people helped compose this piece.


And after weeks of practice are getting ready to perform their work.


I like the iPad. And bells. I conduct. Conventional instruments


are being used but take a back-seat in this composition. Technology is


important to this project through switches and sensors triggered by


movement and touch. The group here are accessing a really wide and rich


palette of sound. And by being fully involved in the creative process


those who are lending their own musical expertise say the result has


been inspiring for all. I have become completely obsessed with this


project, there is a really special chemistry and magic happening. These


projects explore music of quite conjugated dimensions and yet these


children are playing music at the top of the game along with


professional musicians and making something wonderful. Among the


musicians helping out, Clarence. A road accident left the trumpeter


paralysed but with the help of computers he has continued


performing. He was part of the para Orchestra at the end of London 2012


and believes music should be open to all. A lot of people think disabled


people could be good in sports and at the end of that Olympics the


orchestra came on and people thought or, music is another thing that may


be disabled people can do. Are you looking forward to this? A sandwich?


Daniele's mum said the chance her daughter has been given to express


herself has made a real difference to her life. She would not go in


front of an audience doing continents, she is a shy person, but


she has grown more confidence through music. So after all the work


a chance to shine. Hundreds will watch this young group perform


showing that there are no barriers to the joy that music can bring.


Let's see what we can expect from the weekend weather.


Two day it was a case of sunshine and showers, you can see on the


radar picture, banding together, and if you caught one or two you will


know they were heavy at times but the satellite picture speckled,


plenty of sunshine on offer as well, a lovely picture from a weather


watcher making the North Sea look tempting. Tonight the showers


becoming confined to coastal parts, inland is dry and clear and it will


be called, temperatures in towns and cities mid-single digits. In the


countryside close to freezing, a touch of frost and missed. To the


weekend, low-pressure nearby pushing through Wales and England, fairly


soggy Saturday but for us plenty of dry and fine weather in the


forecast, there will be a few showers to start, the mainland


mostly dry and bright and sunny. Quite pleasant conditions, cloud


coming and going but it should not spoil things too much. By


mid-afternoon, around 4pm it is driver most, temperatures around 12,


14 Celsius and light winds. Light showers anywhere throughout the


afternoon but they will be light and you will be unlucky if you catch


one. Not bad at all for the 1st of October. Thicker cloud through


Orkney with a few showers but Shetland generally dry and bright


and sunny. If you are hill walking are claiming a fantastic weekend for


it. Temperatures on the tops a bit chilly but hardly a breath of wind.


Plenty of sunshine on offer and cracking visibility as well with


clean air. But as we head through the afternoon there is a chance of


one to Sunday compared with this coming night. Sunday a ridge of high


pressure so drive fine weather, plenty of sunshine, chilly start to


the day, mist and fog around but those quickly left, plenty of


sunshine. Wind from the south will be light, tempters perhaps up a


notch. For those taking part in the great Scottish run this weekend


hardly a breath of wind, it is dry, perhaps more cloud and one or two


showers potentially. Monday and other dry day for most, best of the


sunshine in the east, further west thickening cloud. That's the


forecast for now. That is Reporting Scotland I will be back with the


headlines at 8pm and the late bulletin just after the 10pm News.


Until then have a good evening.


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