22/12/2016 Reporting Scotland


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Severe disruption expected for the Christmas getaway,

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as the country braces itself for Storm Barbara.

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

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

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around that. We'll be live from the

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

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watchdog says Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority

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are facing a ?190 million Connecting more Scottish

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homes and businesses to superfast broadband,

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the UK government announces Scottish scientists create

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

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

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

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to the challenge. As Scotland prepares

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

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Isles have been cancelled. Some train services for tomorrow

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have also been cancelled. And travellers are being urged

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

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Rothesay was working normally this afternoon much to the relief of

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

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

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more challenging. It is highly likely that they will be

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cancellations on this route and other cloud roots tomorrow. Some

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services have been cancelled already, others will be reviewed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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carefully, check what journeys you have and make alternative

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arrangements were possible. We will reimburse tickets that have been

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

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and also snow on higher ground so driving conditions especially on

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

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

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

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

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

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and Shetland, nine massive certainly prepared in the food sense

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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only with the worship and the service but perhaps with your

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

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

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

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

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finally reach your destination. Aileen Clarke. Reporting Scotland.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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tomorrow this route has been completely cancelled and that is the

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

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

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airline services in the Highlands and Islands, Loganair were asking

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

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

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

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Ullapool to get to the islands for Christmas because tomorrow basically

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

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

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

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

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The public spending watchdog says Police Scotland

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

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

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Audit Scotland says there is continuing concern about their

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accounts. But the two organisations

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

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

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

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

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report published by the public spending watchdog says that although

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

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both suffer from poor financial leadership. The auditor general says

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

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

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

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financial and crime pressures and faces. The report dominated question

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Scotland declined our request for a broadcast interview but in a

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statement is seared through the Scottish Police Authority David

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

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

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standard and would continue to work to ensure that the appropriate

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resources were in place to improve capacity and capability and make

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

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

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results. Andrew Black, Reporting Scotland, Edinburgh.

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A man has been convicted of murdering his former partner

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Heroin addict Steven Jackson dumped Kimberley MacKenzie's remains

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

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

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Kimberly McKenzie repeatedly battered and stabbed by her former

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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suspended while officers carried out detailed searches. During the five

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

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

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

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

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

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crime traumatised the community of Montrose, that was underlined today

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

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

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Liddington in January. Huw Williams, Reporting Scotland.

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

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including one of fraud, in relation to his purchase

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

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A trial is scheduled to begin in Glasgow next April.

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An extra ?18 million to deliver superfast broadband

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

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

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announced today by the UK Government for Britain.

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Willie Johnston reports from one community where

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

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A typical picturesque village and parish in rural Galloway close to

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

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

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

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they get speeds of 4 megabits per second while some neighbours

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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comes from efficiency savings and from money clawed back by the

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supplier BT will collect more Scottish homes and businesses by

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getting fibre connections into their Scottish homes and businesses by

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

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

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superfast broadband. But the Hollywood Minister says the amount

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

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

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

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

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

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

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It could be the energy source of alien civilisations,

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but until now it's been beyond mere Earthlings.

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

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of energy could be harvested from a spinning black hole.

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Now researchers at Heriot-Watt university in Edinburgh

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

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Our science correspondent Kenneth Macdonald has

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

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

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

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

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things get interesting. Almost 50 years ago the physicist Roger

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

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

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other will be thrown clear and pick up energy from the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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principle is the same. We are collaborating with another

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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rotation, rotating objects seem to behave differently from objects that

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

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before experimenters proved them right, the Penrose mechanism could

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

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a real black hole. Kenneth MacDonald, Reporting Scotland,

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Edinburgh. Severe disruption expected

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for the Christmas getaway, as the country braces itself

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for Storm Barbara. we meet

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

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it'll investigate whether some players are being paid less

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than the minimum wage. The SPFL and the Scottish FA

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were appearing before a parliamentary committee

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

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have the manpower to check whether illegal player contracts

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are being registered. Those that run football here are

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

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turn of politicians here at Holyrood, to ask serious questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Laser technology is being used across Scotland

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to help prevent power cuts during the winter weather.

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

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

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in the past year upgrading the network.

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Our energy correspondent, Kevin Keane, reports.

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

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and businesses, weaving through trees that threaten to bring them

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down. This technology combines innovative airborne mapping

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techniques. This year a plane has innovative airborne mapping

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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back to good old-fashioned elbow grease.

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

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

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

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

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

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storms meant Aaron and many other parts of southern Scotland without

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electricity for long periods. ScottishPower which serves central

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and southern Scotland says it's reduced its average reconnection

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

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some charities. If they are vulnerable to picking up some

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

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

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

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amongst older people. SSE and ScottishPower both have rolling

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programmes to improve the distribution network. Resilient

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

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

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And in an effort to provide world-class facilities

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for Scottish hopefuls, a new indoor facility is up

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

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

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

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

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his sport and believes its Olympic inclusion will have a positive

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effect. Hill walking, mountain climbing and orren tier something

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

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

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

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

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

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

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start devoting that much time to getting involved in competitions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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someone like me with amputations, you can always find

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somethingchanging at the right level.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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prospect of preparing Christmas dinner on a much smaller scale,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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through and also the strengthening winds. Now the strengthening winds

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

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

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

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second, be prepared amber warn something in force from midday

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tomorrow across the very far something in force from midday

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

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

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

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

:25:55.:25:58.

winds, causing difficult driving conditions across the central belt,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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indeed. Wintry showers continuing, too, especially across the

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

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between the showers but brighter spells in between and considering

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

:27:14.:27:18.

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

:27:19.:27:23.

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

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

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

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

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cancelled and some train services for tomorrow have also been

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cancelled. That's reporting for tomorrow have also been

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

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

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