17/10/2016 Reporting Scotland


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Highland concerns are raised at Westminster over

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the future of Fort George as a working army barracks.

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Donald Trump's polarised America in his bid to become President,

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so how would Scots - who've met him - describe him?

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Stamina, determination, grit to overcome what ever the obstacles

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are. The most obnoxious man I have ever met in my life. So big headed,

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full of himself, and all he talks about is Trump and money.

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We look at the possible impact on Scotland of plans to reduce

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After his win at the Shanghai Masters, Andy Murray's

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within touching distance of becoming the world number one.

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And do not adjust your set - the pale imitation of a woodland

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creature that's come as a surprise to residents in Edinburgh.

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Political leaders from the Highlands have been meeting a UK defence

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minister to discuss the future of Fort George.

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The 250-year-old barracks outside Inverness

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is among a number of bases in Scotland at risk of closure

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as part of an MoD review, which is expected to report

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Here's our Westminster Correspondent, David Porter.

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Fort George, the army's most northerly barracks in mainland UK,

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and home to the Black Watch. For two and a half centuries the base has

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been an integral part of the Highlands' landscape. But for how

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much longer? Supporters insist its strategic military and economic

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much longer? Supporters insist its importance means it must be

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maintained. Anything else would be short-sighted, they say. This is

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proven to be one of the most efficient army bases in the MOD's

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portfolio. It has a great record of doing the kind of things we need in

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modern defence, and it makes no sense that after investing ?30

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million in Fort George, that they would look to close it on financial

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grounds. Fort George's future will be decided here, at the Ministry of

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Defence in London. Tonight, it had this to say. The MOD is one of the

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biggest landowners in Scotland, with an estate more than eight times the

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size of Glasgow. Every penny made from the sale of sites will be

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invested back into defence on things like the new maritime harbour of

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Lossiemouth. So many, that will not calm fears. We will be losing more

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jobs there then we've lost in the downturn in the oil and gas industry

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at the moment. So you put those two together, and you look at the

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uncertainty of exit, and it really would be a blow to Highlands that we

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can do without. We would be more than unhappy if the barracks and the

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people left us, but we were left with the bombing ranges and the

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nuclear submarines on our coast. This is part of a wider review of

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MOD sites across the UK, and just one big defence decision that will

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impact Scotland. The renewal of Trident, though controversial, would

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mean more investment in Scotland. The manufacture of type 26 frigates

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for the Navy would bring cash to the Clyde, but there are already

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concerns that delays to that programme could put jobs at risk.

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Proof that defence is important to Scotland, and also that Scotland is

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important to defence as a whole. Police have said the family

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of a missing mother are "desperate" 29-year-old Farrah Fadli -

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who is also known as Farrah Gillespie -

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has not been seen since Friday when she dropped her two children

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off at a friend's house in Irvine. The family had initially gone

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missing from their home The new chair of the troubled

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Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry says she'll carry out her duties

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independently and thoroughly. Lady Smith took over in July

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after her predecessor resigned, Her message to abuse survivors comes

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as the Home Secretary faced an urgent question at Westminster

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on the child sex abuse inquiry Well, our reporter Steven Godden

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has been following the story, This was her first update since

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taking over, and given the trouble that's gone before, this was about

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offering steady reassurance. It is a progress report. She says that the

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enquiry continues, they are carrying out interviews in private and

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gathering documents ahead of the public hearings. Lady Smith says she

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is determined to find out what happened to children who were abused

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in care in Scotland, and urges anyone with information to come

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forward. Did Lady Smith say anything about the trouble that's gone

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before? Not directly, but she did make a point of saying she would

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carry out her duties independently and thoroughly, heading off a charge

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made by her predecessor, Susan O'Brien QC, who resigned citing

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Scottish Government interference, something ministers denied. They

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said they accepted her resignation because of comments she'd made in a

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training exercise, though she said she'd not said anything

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unacceptable. And the Scottish enquiry isn't the only one having

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problems. What about the parallel enquiry in England and Wales? This

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is the independent enquiry into child sexual abuse, now onto its

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fourth chairperson after the previous three resigned. Amber Rudd

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faced an urgent question in the House of Commons today. She stressed

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the independence of the new chair, Professor Alexis Jay, who has said

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she will not look to reduce or restrict the scope of the enquiry,

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and that she expects progress by the end of 2020. Thanks very much.

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Representatives of Donald Trump claim there's been a surge

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in investment at his Trump Turnberry golf resort in Ayrshire.

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They say it's now up to around ?150 million.

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That compares with accounts filed with Companies House which showed

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the Trump organisation had spent just ?18 million

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As well as Turnberry, Donald Trump owns a golf

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Our reporter Steven Duff has been to meet two people who have very

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different opinions of the man who aims to be America's next

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It's where my mother was born and raised, and it's a great place. Tell

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me when. The presidential nominee no stranger to Scotland, the

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acquisition of Turnberry golf courses. Trump International Golf

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Links in Aberdeenshire, his love of the Western Isles, from where his

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mother hails. Donald Trump is a real Marmite man and politician. Stamina,

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determination, grit to overcome what ever the obstacles are. The most

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obnoxious man I've ever met in my life. So big headed, full of self,

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and all he talks about is Trump and money. As the owner of a successful

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hotel chain, Charles Steen is an admirer of Donald Trump's business

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acumen. He believes the American's golf course in Aberdeenshire has

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been a masterstroke. We accommodate a lot of golfers coming to the

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north-east of Scotland, and they all say the same thing, the course is

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absolutely outstanding. This farmer is not a big fan. He defied Mr

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Trump, who wanted to buy up his land. He cut off our water. We had

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no water for five years. They built the road on top of it, they dug the

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pipe away, and we were drinking water off the road for five years.

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The Trump Organisation says that claim is untrue. The water supply

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was restored within hours. Both men have had their brushes with Donald

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Trump. Charles Steen bumped into him in New York. We had a chat for about

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five minutes. He was very friendly. I went back, finished the mill,

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called for the bill, and the waiter said, Donald has paid for it. I

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said, if I'd known that, I would have ordered everything on the menu!

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Have you met him? I have, yes. I nearly knocked him out. We will find

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out soon whether Donald Trump will have more time for golf!

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Scotland's Westminster constituencies could be re-drawn.

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The Boundary Commission will soon announce its proposals.

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The UK Government wants to cut the cost of politics

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by reducing the number of MPs from 650 to 600.

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The total reduction could save ?12 million,

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and aims to evenly distribute the number of voters

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There's been a critical reaction from the opposition,

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as some MPs could face a fight for survival.

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Our political correspondent Andrew Kerr reports now

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from Gretna Green, one of the southern-most boundaries.

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In the olden days, the border between England and Scotland in this

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part of the world was pretty fluid. It moved around a bit, but for the

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past few centuries it's been set very firmly in stone. But there

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could be changes to the political boundaries in this area and across

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the rest of Scotland, as the number of MPs are being cut as Westminster

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in a bid to save money. Beside the bridge, time for a late breakfast at

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the nearby cafe. It is possible folk here could end up living in a

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different constituency. Scotland's only Conservative MP represents the

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people of Gretna, but if there are six fewer MPs, it affects the

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biggest party. One expert Dick 's musical chairs for the SNP. We know

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the SNP won 56 out of 59 seats, so we know that the lions share of

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losses will be out of the SNP. The interest lies in the three MPs who

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didn't come from the SNP. Those three were Alastair Carmichael, the

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Lib Dem in Orkney and Shetland. We also have Labour's Iain Murray in

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labour south, and Devon Mundell in the Clydesdale. It doesn't look

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good, based on previous proposals. Both David Mundell and Iain Murray's

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seats could be carved up into constituencies which are no longer

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ones we would assume that Mr Mandel or Mr Murray would have won in 2015.

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MPs don't like to comment on what would happen in their patch. The UK

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Government says they are committed to ensuring fair and equal

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representation for the voting public, as well as cutting the cost

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of politics. I do regret that the Conservatives are pushing this

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through on a register that is missing so many people. We should be

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using the register of the right number of people. And they are

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plugging all their cronies into the number of people. And they are

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house of Lords. As for musical chairs in the SNP... we don't know

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what the proposals will be as we have not seen the proposals yet. We

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don't know what constituencies are at risk. I think we will have issues

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with geography, and that will be our key concern, making sure everyone is

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adequately represented. So back to where we started. It's not all water

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under the bridge. MPs in the House of Commons will have the final say

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on the proposals. It looks like Labour and the SNP will go against,

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but it is possible that conservative rebels whose seats might be at risk

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could end up thinking the entire plan.

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You're watching BBC Reporting Scotland.

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Concerns are raised at Westminster over the future of Fort George

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And still to come - after his win at the Shanghai Masters,

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Andy Murray could be within touching distance of becoming

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Although suicide rates have dropped in Scotland

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over the last decade, hundreds of people still end

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their own lives every year - leaving their family

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At particular risk are men - and now in an effort

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to reach out to them, Motherwell Football Club

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is spearheading a new drive to encourage people

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This is how we are used to sing Motherwell in action. Today the

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first team took on a challenge in a different arena, highlighting

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Scotland's suicide problem. At a special workshop players were

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encouraged to talk about a subject many shy away from. The training

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particularly emphasised nobody should be nervous about asking

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friends if they might be feeling suicidal. That struck a chord. I

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have friends and family who have a lot of different experiences. One

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recently was very public and it's torn the family apart. The person

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who did it wishes they could have come to speak to them, to talk and

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get the help he didn't know was come to speak to them, to talk and

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there. The workshop today wasn't just about those who are feeling

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suicidal, it was also about helping those around them to spot potential

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fines. This subject is very personal for Motherwell FC. One of their own

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players took his own life in 2009. The reasons why people like Paul

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kill themselves are so varied and ultimately only known to themselves.

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There were 632 suicides in Scotland last year, and the rate for men is

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two and a half times the rate of women. -- 672. That is why this

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expert is using football to try to reach them. It is fantastic we had a

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of young football players today, so they can be role models, so the fans

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will feel it's located talk about suicide, if the players are. First

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the footballers, then the fans, so hopes the local council. After this

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we have an event in November were all the fans are welcome to come

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along and learn more about suicide prevention and the things you can do

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in the community, to help your friends or family, or yourself. It

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is that kind of support that can make all the difference.

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A look now at other stories from across the country.

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An NHS health board has been fined ?8,000 for failing to ensure the

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health and safety of a dementia patient who died after escaping from

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a hospital ward. 69-year-old Alexander Gerard left Bonnybridge

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Hospital in May 2011 and was found a week later in a canal. The NHS board

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apologised to his family and pleaded guilty to failing to assess the

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risks to the pensioner after he made an earlier escape attempt.

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213-year-old boys have been charged an earlier escape attempt.

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after a huge fire at Banchory's hospital. The grade a listed

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building which had been a marked for demolition to make way for flats was

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almost completely destroyed. Lyc e almost completely destroyed. Lycee

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the two teenagers will be reported to the youth justice management

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unit. Four people have been rescued after getting into difficulties in

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the Grampians. They were walked to safety by members of the Braemar

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Mountain rescue team in the early hours of this morning. A helicopter

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sent to the scene was unable to lift the group because of poor weather

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conditions. Staff working for Orkney's council could be taking

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industrial action over cost proposals. Members have been

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balloted on the plans which include some pay rates. No decisions have

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yet been made. A ferry summit has been held on

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Isla after disruption in July. Members of the local community met

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with ferry bosses to discuss the need for fallback plan when ferries

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to the island go out of service. A 77-year-old man died in a crash on

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Moray Road. He was the driver of one of two cars that crashed on the road

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on Sunday. A woman and the driver of the other car remain in hospital

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with non-life-threatening injuries. Andy Murray is catching up on Novak

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Djokovic in the world tennis rankings. He is now less than 2500

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points behind the Serbian as he aims to gain the hot spot for the first

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time in his career. He claimed his sixth title of the year after

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beating Roberto Baptie tug at in the Shanghai Masters. A victory in

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Shanghai for Andy Murray. Valuable ranking points in the battle to be

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the world's number one. How can he reach the world's top spot by the

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end of the year? He will play three events, here, Paris and the season

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ending ATP world tour finals in London. Djokovic will only play two.

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Andy Murray could win the 500 points in Vienna while Djokovic rests.

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Djokovic one Paris and the world finals last year so he has 2300

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points to defend or lose if he doesn't win the titles this year.

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Murray only won 800 in the last year so he has many to gain. Andy Murray

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is in the better form. In fact, he admits when there was a turning

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point that led to his current career's best form. Winning

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Wimbledon was a big boost my confidence after I'd had quite a few

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tough losses in a Slam in the last few years. Since the French Open,

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it's been the best three months of tennis in my career. It's a huge

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achievement to be world number one in any sport, not a feat achieved by

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many Scots. Takes a lot of hard work and determination and love for the

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sport you play. I don't think Andy will have any problems if he

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continues playing like he is now. Scotland's football team is 44th in

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the world. The rugby team fares better at eight. Russell Knox is the

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highest ranked golfer at 20th. In boxing, historically, we have

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punched above our weight with Ricky Burns the latest to be crowned

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number one. So we'll Andy Murray add to that list? He's certainly burning

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a path in his mission to succeed. Grey squirrels are one of the most

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common woodland animals. Their cousins, the red squirrel

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are much rarer. But have you ever seen a squirrel

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that's completely white? Well a family of them

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has moved into a garden in a suburb of Edinburgh,

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and our reporter Cameron Buttle has There are thought to be more than

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2.5 million scribbles in the UK. Cute, cuddly, fun to watch and

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mostly grey. It's incredibly rare to see one like this. So the chances of

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seeing this, too white squirrels are even rarer. This is a family of at

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least four that have made a corner of Edinburgh their home. The guys

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working here said that there were white squirrels but we were

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reluctant to believe them until we saw them. My friends wouldn't

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believe it either until they saw them. This is one of the white

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squirrels. There are three. Around the corner for nature lover Ronnie

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Stevenson, it's a dream come true. Really happy. We've become so used

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to them that we take it for granted. At the end of the day, about 8:30am

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in the morning they come. Then they flipped back and forward. Ronnie had

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travelled around the North Scotland in search of a white squirrel but

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never saw one. I'm a nature lover. Suddenly to see a white screw, --

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squirrel. But we never saw them and now we see them every day.

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Conservationists say it is very rare to see even one white squirrel. One

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reason is, they don't blend in. That makes them easy targets for

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predators. But the Edinburgh white squirrels seem to be surviving fine.

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With neighbours looking out for them, hopefully, there's more to

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come. Amazing. Now here's Graham Stewart,

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with details of Scotland 2016. Nicola Sturgeon fought back tears at

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the SNP conference when she spoke about the experience of children in

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care. As the First Minister launches a root and branch review of the

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system, we ask why it is failing so many children.

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Time now for the weather forecast - with Kawser.

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It's already dark out there but a reminder of the weather we have been

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seeing. Some heavy showers in the West. Those drifting towards the

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East but by the end of the day, the cloud thinning and breaking to allow

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some hours of sunshine. We had a lovely picture setting. This in

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parts of Aberdeenshire. Some beautiful rainbow spotted as well.

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This in Argyll and Bute. As we had through the night, we will see a

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band of organised rain spreading from West to East and it will turn

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cold and breezy, especially for western areas. Then, gradually

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spreading eastwards. Some strengthening westerly winds falling

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as wet snow over the highest hills and mountains. Behind it, clear

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spells and turning quite cold. In the countryside, some sheltered

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glens could go down to freezing. On the highest roads, there may be some

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patches of ice around. Tomorrow morning, a cold start. Showers

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mainly in the West. The wind is more of a north-easterly, gusting along

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the West Coast and for the aisles. Tomorrow afternoon, some sunshine

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for Shetland, some scattered showers elsewhere. Still quite breezy for

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coastal areas in the West, temperatures 11-12d, around average

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for the time of year. The showers will still be with us. More in the

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way of clear and dry weather because high pressure is starting to build

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from midweek onwards. For a few days, some decent sunny spells,

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settled conditions and lighter winds. Wednesday looks as though

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there will be a few showers. For the bulk of the country, sunny spells,

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temperatures 12-13 sorties. Feeling less cold. Thursday, the showers

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more likely in the East this time but temperatures not too bad.

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Now, a reminder of tonight's main news.

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Political leaders from the Highlands have been meeting a UK defence

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minister, to discuss the future of Fort George.

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The 250-year-old barracks, outside Inverness

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is among a number of bases in Scotland at risk of closure

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as part of an MOD review - which is expected to report

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I'll be back with the late bulletin, just after the ten o'clock news.

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Until then, from everyone on the team -

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right across the country - have a very good evening.

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Join Jackie Bird for the latest news headlines, and Glenn Campbell for a special debate with voters quizzing both sides on what the EU referendum means for Scotland.


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