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Severe disruption expected for the Christmas getaway,


as the country braces itself for Storm Barbara.


The weather has been horrendous, this is my last chance of getting


way to get my shopping done. We watched the forecast and made plans


around that. We'll be live from the


Highlands with the latest. A political row, after a spending


watchdog says Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority


are facing a ?190 million Connecting more Scottish


homes and businesses to superfast broadband,


the UK government announces Scottish scientists create


a black hole in the lab, as they try to prove it could be


a huge source of energy. And as climbing is named an Olympic


sport, a new facility opens in Perth to help Scottish hopefuls rise


to the challenge. As Scotland prepares


for the Christmas getaway, it s also Ferries to the Northern and Western


Isles have been cancelled. Some train services for tomorrow


have also been cancelled. And travellers are being urged


to get away today, or wait On the Clyde coast the ferry to


Rothesay was working normally this afternoon much to the relief of


those travelling. My last chance of getting away to do my shopping


today, got away and got it. But it looks like tomorrow will be much


more challenging. It is highly likely that they will be


cancellations on this route and other cloud roots tomorrow. Some


services have been cancelled already, others will be reviewed


throughout the day so their advice is keep checking their website for


the latest updates. On the railways teams will be standing by to clear


storm debris from the lines but some West Coast travellers hoping to head


home by train for Christmas will have an early start as ScotRail is


suspending the most exposed roots from the morning. On the Clyde line


and the open and we are suspending services from 11 tomorrow morning to


2000 hrs tomorrow night. We ask all customers to check the website


carefully, check what journeys you have and make alternative


arrangements were possible. We will reimburse tickets that have been


bought and can't be used. Here is Stormer Barbara, bringing high winds


and also snow on higher ground so driving conditions especially on


roads like the A nine currently testing. Plan more time for your


journey, let someone know when you are likely to be at your


destination, make sure you have a fully charged mobile phone and some


warm clothing with you so that you are safe and prepared should you


come into some difficulty. They certainly prepared in the food sense


and Shetland, nine massive certainly prepared in the food sense


containers of festive food arrived by ferry today, with one more boat


do before Christmas they are leaving nothing to chance. With planned


ahead, got the stock in early, we'll have more than enough for everyone


until Christmas Eve so no need for anyone to panic. A reminder today


from the Kirk to put comfort and safety even before worship with the


weather doing its worst, churches like this one in Falkirk streaming


their services so you can join online from your living room. From


the comfort of your own home but you can get a sense of joining in not


only with the worship and the service but perhaps with your


only with the worship and the friends as well, you can see them as


well. Not quite the same as being their but you still get that sense


of being part of something. With Stormer Barbara will bring up travel


problems and might in by the tree may be very welcoming when you


finally reach your destination. Aileen Clarke. Reporting Scotland.


Our reporter Craig Anderson is in Ullapool for us this evening.


It seems almost like the calm before the storm here, if you can call


showers of snow, sleet and hail and 50 mile an hour winds calm but as


you can see behind me the Christmas lights may be on that no one is at


home at the Ullapool ferry terminal. The last ferry for Stornoway left


one hour ago and they won't be another leaving here until about


10pm on the morning of Saturday, Christmas Eve. That's because


tomorrow this route has been completely cancelled and that is the


same picture up and down the west coast, in the Hebrides and the


Northern Isles as well. There's also expected to be serious disruption to


airline services in the Highlands and Islands, Loganair were asking


any customers that want it to fly if they wanted to advance their tickets


and fly today to do so and we talked to many people at the ferry terminal


who had hastily rearranged their plans and made a mad dash to


Ullapool to get to the islands for Christmas because tomorrow basically


is a No- No. We heard again about rail disruption tomorrow and we also


know it will be barred on the roads. The message to everyone who wants to


trouble tomorrow is, go in the morning, it will be very bad in the


afternoon. -- everyone who wants to travel. Thank you.


The public spending watchdog says Police Scotland


and the organisation which oversees it, the Scottish Police Authority,


are facing a funding gap of almost ?190 million by 2020-21.


Audit Scotland says there is continuing concern about their


accounts. But the two organisations


say they're working Scotland's national police force and


the authority that holds it to account are two of the countries


most high-profile bodies but no serious questions are being asked


about how they are managing their annual budget of ?1.1 million. This


report published by the public spending watchdog says that although


Police Scotland and the Huw Williams have existed for three years they


both suffer from poor financial leadership. The auditor general says


that is not acceptable. I think one concern has been that the focus of


day-to-day is keeping data date releasing going at the focus of the


reform is making sure it is sustainable for the future given the


financial and crime pressures and faces. The report dominated question


time at Holyrood. Scotland is staring down the barrel of a ?190


million budget deficit, we've heard all before. In response the First


Minister indicated the UK Government 's refusal to accept Scotland from a


VAT bill. Ruth Davidson won't have any credibility talking about police


until she backs us in telling the Tory colleagues in Westminster to do


the right thing and stop taking money out of the pockets of our


police service. Away from Holyrood the Huw Williams said it was taking


action. We acknowledge fully. Our standard of book-keeping could have


been improved and we agree with the auditor on that point and we have


taken steps to address that matter, some have already been taken. Police


Scotland declined our request for a broadcast interview but in a


statement is seared through the Scottish Police Authority David


Page, the deputy chief officer, said the force was committed to ensuring


that the financial management of the police budget was of the highest


standard and would continue to work to ensure that the appropriate


resources were in place to improve capacity and capability and make


sure the this is addressed. That is likely to go down well with the


auditor General, after three years of asking she is now expecting


results. Andrew Black, Reporting Scotland, Edinburgh.


A man has been convicted of murdering his former partner


Heroin addict Steven Jackson dumped Kimberley MacKenzie's remains


at a number of locations in the Angus town of Montrose.


A woman has been found guilty of helping him to dispose of the body.


Kimberly McKenzie repeatedly battered and stabbed by her former


partner Stephen Jackson. Afterwards as she laid dying he went to buy


heroin with Michelle Higgins, the pair captured on CCTV in Montrose


town centre. There's an element of drug addiction to the crime, but


let's be clear, nothing would allow for that level of brutality that's


been dished out to Kimberly McKenzie and caused her death. The next day,


Jackson cut up Kimberly's body in the bottom of the flat and then she


and Michelle Higgins dumped body parts in bins around the town and in


another house. The murder, described by police as brutal and callous, led


to a complex investigation, parts of Montrose sealed off, bin collection


suspended while officers carried out detailed searches. During the five


week trial the two accused blamed each other, Jackson convicted of the


crime, Higgins found guilty of helping him dispose of the body.


Kimberly is the mother, sister, her family have clearly been affected by


these events and having to listen to the dramatic story unfolding through


the trial, our thoughts are firmly with her family. Police say the


crime traumatised the community of Montrose, that was underlined today


by the judge, who told Jackson and Higgins that what they had done was


horrific and depraved. They will be sentenced at the High Court in


Liddington in January. Huw Williams, Reporting Scotland.


The former Rangers owner Craig Whyte has pled NOT guilty to two charges,


including one of fraud, in relation to his purchase


Mr Whyte's lawyer entered the plea during a hearing at the High Court


A trial is scheduled to begin in Glasgow next April.


An extra ?18 million to deliver superfast broadband


to some rural parts of Scotland has been described as disappointing.


It represents only four per cent of a ?440 million investment,


announced today by the UK Government for Britain.


Willie Johnston reports from one community where


the broadband is more snail's pace than super-fast.


A typical picturesque village and parish in rural Galloway close to


ages and with a pub, school and community hall there are many


reasons to want to live in Borgue but broadband connectivity is not


one of them. It depends what time of day you access it. On a good day


they get speeds of 4 megabits per second while some neighbours


struggle with 1 megabit, not enough, he says, to thrive, even survive in


21st century Scotland, both socially and economically. Farmers, local


businesses, individuals who want to continue doing things in the local


area, they increasingly find that they need to have decent broadband


and they can't do it. I know of a number of examples of


people who would like to be working here, who have the IT skills but


haven't got the infrastructure. The UK Government says the cash, which


comes from efficiency savings and from money clawed back by the


supplier BT will collect more Scottish homes and businesses by


getting fibre connections into their Scottish homes and businesses by


communities. This is money being used to upgrade cabinets to make


sure we have the latest technology in them so that there is access to


superfast broadband. But the Hollywood Minister says the amount


earmarked for Scotland is not sufficient. Very much on the low


side, if the Barnett formula applied there would be a far higher share,


would there not? A concern shared in Galloway by one campaign. People


often overlook this part of the world and I think economically we


are important and we should really support local communities so ?80


million doesn't seem an awful lot. Reporting Scotland, Borgue.


It could be the energy source of alien civilisations,


but until now it's been beyond mere Earthlings.


It's called the Penrose Mechanism - the theory that huge amounts


of energy could be harvested from a spinning black hole.


Now researchers at Heriot-Watt university in Edinburgh


are trying to prove it works by building their own black hole.


Our science correspondent Kenneth Macdonald has


Somewhere out there there are black holes. You cannot see them because


not even light can escape. It might help if you think of a black hole is


a giant cosmic train, the enormous gravity associated with it sucks


everything down plughole. Well, not quite everything and that is where


things get interesting. Almost 50 years ago the physicist Roger


Penrose theorised that some objects might be split in two as they


skimmed past a spinning black hole. One half will be swallowed, the


other will be thrown clear and pick up energy from the


spin of the black hole. Waves like light would also be amplified but


until now no one striped to prove it in a lab. What we have here is a


laser system and over there you can see a component where we are


actually twisting the light and then this twisting light spinning like a


vortex goes through our material. Happily for Edinburgh this is not a


real black hole, it is simulated using twisting light yet the


principle is the same. We are collaborating with another


university, they are working with water draining down a hole. We at


Herriot Watt are using light, laser beams that can be twisted into a


vortex, and the idea would be that small waves hitting the vortex would


be amplified, send small waves in, get big one side and you can use


them to harvest energy. It has taken four years to build the black hole


and now researchers aim to show that funding works in the real world. The


beauty of this physics is that it is so general, so generic that it can


be applied to almost everything. There's something magical about


rotation, rotating objects seem to behave differently from objects that


are not rotating. The and black holes remained theories for decades


before experimenters proved them right, the Penrose mechanism could


before experimenters proved them be next and we won't have to go near


a real black hole. Kenneth MacDonald, Reporting Scotland,


Edinburgh. Severe disruption expected


for the Christmas getaway, as the country braces itself


for Storm Barbara. we meet


the deaf chef who's risen The football league authority says


it'll investigate whether some players are being paid less


than the minimum wage. The SPFL and the Scottish FA


were appearing before a parliamentary committee


investigating player welfare. But the SFA admits it doesn't


have the manpower to check whether illegal player contracts


are being registered. Those that run football here are


used it facing the scrutiny of fans and the media. Today, it was the


turn of politicians here at Holyrood, to ask serious questions


about how they govern the game. In front of the petitions' committee,


the group who dissect petitions from the public, both the SFA and the


SPFL, faced heavy questioning over club's treatment of players and


especially how they'd know if clubs were breaking employment law. To


date this year, a process in excess of 18,000 transactions, they do not


consider the terms of the contracts. So, I just want to make that clear.


We absolutely are not aware, I was not aware of that issue. . ... A


contract that is ale illegal? Under the registration, you can, yes.


Under what circumstances would that be defined as a registration scheme,


worthy of its name? Well, we do not look at the terms of all the


contracts? Is this something you are going to change? We have no


immediate plans to change the registration system. That's a


position that angered some of those present. If these contracts and if


young people have been taken advantage of, in the way they appear


to be taken advantage of, obviously the legality has to come into it as


well. If that's the case it should be the responsibility of those


highest up in the organisations that have to pay a price of this attitude


of complete lackadaisicalness, when it comes to the well fair of young


footballers. The SPL has written to clubs reported to be playing less


than the minimum wage, and there has been a promise to investigate fully


but football faces more scrutiny now than ever before and a political


will to hold those to account, who are running the game.


Laser technology is being used across Scotland


to help prevent power cuts during the winter weather.


As Storm Barbara prepares to bite, the country's two electricity


companies have revealed they've spent more than ?80 million


in the past year upgrading the network.


Our energy correspondent, Kevin Keane, reports.


They crisscross our landscape, bringing heat and light to our homes


and businesses, weaving through trees that threaten to bring them


down. This technology combines innovative airborne mapping


techniques. This year a plane has innovative airborne mapping


been taking to the sky to laser map the electricity cable network T


creates a 3D image of Scotland, identifying which trees pose the


greatest threat. The accuracy is down to 2 cms in some situations, we


can understand where our lines are in terms of relation to trees, we


understand how high they are off the ground, whether there are any other


buildings that have been built into the line over the last year. The


next job after that is to trim them back or chop them down. That goes


back to good old-fashioned elbow grease.


On this golf course in West Lothian, the team is running the full length


of the line. So these guy also go along this electricity table,


cutting back the foilage from either side and of course because it begins


to grow back immediately they'll do it on rotation and be back here


again in three years. In 2013, one of the fiercest of recent winter


storms meant Aaron and many other parts of southern Scotland without


electricity for long periods. ScottishPower which serves central


and southern Scotland says it's reduced its average reconnection


time over The Passion five years, from 88 minutes to 65, critical, say


some charities. If they are vulnerable to picking up some


ailments in the winter where they are not able to keep warm, that can


have a greater impact on their health and dramatic it might sound


actually can lead and we do see an increase in deaths in the winter


amongst older people. SSE and ScottishPower both have rolling


programmes to improve the distribution network. Resilient


already, they say, to gusts of up to 80 miles per hour.


Climbing is to be an Olympic sport at the next Games in Tokyo in 2020.


And in an effort to provide world-class facilities


for Scottish hopefuls, a new indoor facility is up


Its aim is to challenge climbers, no matter their level of expertise,


Jamie still rises to the challenge of climbing. In 1999 he lost both


hands and feet to frost bite after an accident where he was stranded on


a mountain summit for five days. Now, 17 years' later, he still loves


his sport and believes its Olympic inclusion will have a positive


effect. Hill walking, mountain climbing and orren tier something


one of the more participant sports in the whole country and it is


growing and with climbing coming up as a competition sport in Tokyo, it


is only going to get bigger. Lowering you down. It is as yet


undecided if climb willing make it into the Paralympic Games but would


Andrew chase a place on the British team? I would be delighted to be


involved but not as a competitor. I'm past the age where I want to


start devoting that much time to getting involved in competitions.


There are over 90 different climbing routes of various grades at the new


Perth facility. Scottish champion, William Bosie, believes it is a


training venue where he can work towards his newly-available Olympic


dreams It's a big difference having places like this, in the training


area they have got at the back, because the walls that they have are


broader, they are amazing, so getting these walls now here is


really good, a really big step in the right direction. Whether you are


William Bosi, Scotland's up-and-coming young climber or


someone like me with amputations, you can always find


somethingchanging at the right level.


From beginning, to owe livian, the Perth College Climbing centre will


be open in the new year. -- to Olympian.


It's a hectic time of year for restaurants and hotels


and head chef Bruce Pirie runs one of the busiest in Scotland.


He's overcome a disability to rise to the top of his profession.


It's hotting up in the kitchen at this hotel resort in Perthshire. At


the centre of it all, executive chef the centre of it all, executive chef


, Bruce Pirie. He has been run kitchen here since 2012. He doesn't


hear much of the noise, though, he is profoundly de. He began his


career back home in new zae in the early '80s I started pot washing in


1982. I moved on to breakfast and then made apprenticeship. I may have


found it a little hard to understand Bruce, those who work with him,


though, have no such difficulty. I don't see any difference,


communicating with Bruce now, than to anybody else. Both on a work


level and a personal level. Bruce overseas a team of 45 chefs. His


kitchen produces around 1,500 meals a day and Bruce is there keeping a


close eye on it all. From dish washer, Bruce Pirie has risen to the


top of his profession. He's been Scottish Chef of the Year three


times now. I think he tries harder. When you put something in front of


him and he has a disadvantage. He works harder. He is one of the


hardest workers I have ever seen. I think what Bruce is saying, is he


never found it an issue, for Bruce himself, he has lived with it and I


think other people, it takes maybe two or three weeks, a month to


understand everything he is saying. And for those of us daunted by the


prospect of preparing Christmas dinner on a much smaller scale,


Bruce Pirie and his team, make it look so easy.


Indeed. Some very strong weather heading towards us. My graphics are


not working because of this very strong weather. There is lot of data


on the graphics. But for tonight at least we'll expect some wintry


showers to continue across the far north-west of the country. Across


the east, some clearer spe.s under clearer skies it'll turn chillin


deed. A touch of frost in some places and maybe icy stretches but


it is the calm before the storm. Across north-west by the early


hours, we'll start to see thicker cloud, outbreaks of rain pushing


through and also the strengthening winds. Now the strengthening winds


will continue throughout the day tomorrow. We do have Met Office


weather warnings in force across the country. A yellow, be aware weather


warning is in force across Scotland. Gusts widely of 60 to 70. But the


second, be prepared amber warn something in force from midday


tomorrow across the very far something in force from midday


north-western fringes of the country, so the Western Isles, with


Skye as well, the northern fringes and up to the Northern Isles but


later on in the day there will be a band of heavy rain making its way


across the country door the middle part of the day. Some very squally


winds, causing difficult driving conditions across the central belt,


too, during around lunch time and the early part of the afternoon. But


this will clear through, so by the end of the afternoon, we are looking


at the rain, mainly across the borders but still remaining windy


throughout the day. The strongest winds I can canning off across the


far north later on in the eepg, so tomorrow evening is when we'll have


the gusts reaching up to 80 miles per hour, storm-force winds. There


is the potential for structural damage, damage to the power supplies


as well and as you have heard so far on the programme, cancellations for


the ferries and some travel disruption, too. So the strongest


winds, Friday night. As you look ahead to Christmas Eve itself there


will be a bit of a respite. Still a very windy day, very strong winds


indeed. Wintry showers continuing, too, especially across the


north-west and again with thunder, lightning possible as well in


between the showers but brighter spells in between and considering


all, that tomorrow, Saturday is the better day for travelling because by


the time we reach Christmas Eve night and the start of Christmas


day, we're expecting another area of low pressure heading towards us.


This won't be as intense as storm Barbara. We have strong winds in


store, especially for the far north and we're expecting exceptionally


mild air. Christmas day itself, by the time we reach the afternoon, we


could reach highs of 15 Celsius in the north-east. Potentially record


breaking but there is a chance, once we get cold air plunging in later on


in the day, of wintry showers, too. Lots to keep up on.


Apologies for the absence of the weather graphic there. A reminder of


the main news: It is as we have heard, Scotland is preparing for


storm Barbara to hit. Ferries to the northern and Western Isles have been


cancelled and some train services for tomorrow have also been


cancelled. That's reporting for tomorrow have also been


Scotland. I'll be back after the late bulletin after the Ten


will come up and say, there is 10p. You know the person who


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