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So help me God. Congratulations, Mr president.


As Donald Trump is sworn in as America's 45th President,


we'll hear how Scotland has been reacting.


In some ways I agree with him but I think he should tone himself down.


He is trying to bring jobs to America. Very fearful for the


future. We'll be speaking to the former


First Minister, Alex Salmond, about his difficult past


relationship with the world's ScotRail's managing director stands


down, amid the continuing pressure Proposals are unveiled


for a new network of intensive Jeremy Corbyn claims Scottish


independence would result And Glasgow Warriors


set off for Leicester, hoping they're on the road


to rugby's European Nicola Sturgeon has offered her


congratulations to Donald Trump as he was sworn in as the 45th


American President. She said she hoped that Scotland


and the United States would continue to co-operate and have constructive


dialogue on issues where President Trump's Scottish


heritage was in evidence, when he was sworn in using the Bible


that his Hebridean mother gave him. So how have people here been


reacting to today's events? I.e., Donald John Trump do solemnly


swear... Using a Bible given to him by his mother, the new president of


the US is sworn in, a symbolic act that, even thousands of away,


provokes strong reaction from some. In Glasgow, people took to the


streets to say no to Trump Mayday book ended by protest during the


morning rush hour, banners were hung. The message was a reference to


one of Donald Trump's most notorious pledges. I would use the word


solidarity, showing that there are many people that want a different


kind of world to the world we heard him describing in the presidential


elections. A campaign that he won, to the dismay of these students,


Clinton voters who watched events unfold in an election party they'd


organised. Their approach to inauguration Day, somewhat


different. I don't to watch it. I don't want to play into his ego and


his idea of himself. That's an opinion that I think a lot of people


on this campus share. But there are different views, a rust belt voter


living in the Scottish borders is a Trump supporter. For her, the next


four years are full of promise. I'm quite optimistic. The only thing


that I think really can get in his way sometimes is himself. I hope


somebody filters is Twitter account. Donald Trump's Aberdeenshire golf


course tonight, a private bones supper, but in his mother's hometown


of Stornoway be snooker was preferred viewing. This Glasgow pub,


it competed for customers attention. The American people voted for him.


But very fearful. I think it's a good thing for politics. Somebody


has to shake up the tree, make it different. In contrast to President


Obama's inauguration eight years ago, Scotland's official response


has been somewhat muted. In a statement, the First Minister


congratulated the new president on taking office, adding that she hoped


he would uphold shared fundamental values of tolerance, equality and


human rights. Not since before the Civil War as a US president had such


strong links with Scotland. Now that Donald Trump is in power, a question


Scots share with the world is, what happens next?


And we're joined now from Strichen in Aberdeenshire by the former


First Minister and SNP foreign affairs spokesperson, Alex Salmond.


Good evening. Thank you for joining us. How would you describe the


interactions that you had with Mr Trump when you were First Minister,


and you had differences of opinion, to put it mildly, over wind


turbines? Well, when things were in agreement, everything was


hunky-dory. I was the greatest politician on the planet! But, when


disagreements started over wind turbines, I went from the greatest


politician on the planet to mad Alex with no intervening period. When you


agree with Donald, things are fine but, when disagreements start, he


goes into the stratosphere. So how does that assessment lead you to


think he might be as leader of the free world? Well, I hope that the


awesome responsibility of office changes a man, because, if it


doesn't, we are in for a very rocky ride indeed because, even if you are


president of the United States, you are not omnipotent. Somebody is


going to disagree with him. It is are not omnipotent. Somebody is


how he reacts to that. That is the character problem I see as the main


danger. If you take his speech today, everything was shorter,


Andrea, campaign rhetoric. There was much less reaching out the Americans


who didn't vote for him. There was a lot of God in it, even by


inauguration standards, for somebody who found religion quite recently.


Maybe it is a case of, God bless America and God help the rest of us.


Though it had elements of a stump speech, what did you make of the


beam power to the people? I thought there was a phrase that the power of


action is upon us, which is a good phrase, but he was describing


America in almost apocalyptic terms, which simply isn't the case. It


might have been the case eight years ago. He was also putting huge


emphasis on a major change, and this would the day -- this would be the


day when the whole course of American history was ordered, so


setting a very high bar for himself and some of these phrases may come


back to haunt him. I don't suppose he will be calling you tonight for


advice but, if he did, what sort of advice would you give Mr Trump


bastion seriously? Who knows. It would probably be reversed charges.


But I would say what I hope, look, we have to congratulate him on his


victory. He is leader of the free world. I desperately hope that


office just changed him, and I would ask him to reach out to those he


disagreed with, not just consolidate the opinions of those he agreed


with. We will all have to cross our fingers and hope. Are you proud,


finally, that the president of the United States of America is half


Scottish? Well, I think Mary MacLeod, somebody who went to


America in the 1920s as uneconomic refugee and built a wonderful life


for herself and her family, she'd have reason to be proud of that


achievement. Alex Salmond, thank you for joining us.


The managing director of the ScotRail Alliance


is leaving his job to take up a new role in England.


Phil Verster has faced intense pressure in recent months


because ScotRail's services have failed to meet targets


Our transport correspondent David Henderson is at Glasgow's


Phil Verster has been in the driving seat at ScotRail for less than two


years, but it's been a pretty bumpy journey for him. ScotRail, well, the


critics have ScotRail in their sights because of that dip in a


performance, and for many months Phil Verster has been ScotRail and


working to get its performance back on track, but now he is heading off,


moving to a new job in England. There are so many things we are


doing to improve performance. He has been the high-profile boss of


Scotland's main train operator and the months he has been a lightning


conductor for discontent as passengers and politicians took aim


at ScotRail, but the New Year brings a new job. He is moving on. What do


passengers think? It isn't always his problem obviously. He can't take


blame for everything but he's at the top of the company. He hasn't


managed to improve the service drastically. Who is best take the


blame? Network Rail also need to be implicated. Phil Verster took charge


less than two years ago when Dutch firm and Elio won the right to run


rail service, but last summer saw a big work programme on the network,


disrupting services. Trains were late, more were cancelled and the


Scottish Government called for an improvement. Since then, performance


has picked up but it's still below where it should be. All that brought


huge pressure on ScotRail and Phil Verster. His most pressing concern


was addressing the threat from the transport minister that they could


be stripped of the transport franchise if the service didn't


improve, and there has been tension. Earlier this week in evidence to


MPs, Phil Verster seems to cast doubt on ScotRail's commitment to a


free travel scheme. We are busy discussing this with transport


Scotland and I prefer not to commit to a position yet. I understand


there have been certain tensions between Phil Verster and the


Scottish Government. The Scottish Government cannot allow that to


happen and services to suffer. Tonight, warm words from the


Scottish Government, wishing Phil Verster well. For whoever replaces


him, expectations are high and the challenge is clear.


So Phil Verster isn't retiring, he's not been sacked. Instead, he is


heading to take charge of another new project, the east- west rail


project which connects Oxford with Cambridge, an important job. It's


all change. Over recent months, he's got used to receiving early-morning


phone calls from the Scottish Government, day after day after day,


asking how ScotRail is performing. That's one part of the job he won't


be missing. "Radical" changes to the way


maternity services are delivered in Scotland are proposed


in a new report. A nationwide review of provision


says every woman should have a dedicated midwife to ensure


continuity of care, with some consolidation of specialist


neonatal services to improve Our health correspondent,


Lisa Summers, reports. Starting out in life can be tough.


This little girl isn't even due for another two weeks. I managed to get


26 weeks. Without this place, she wouldn't be here, without the staff


and equipment and the NHS. She would never have survives. But Shelley


didn't have such a positive experience. The local hospital in


Caithness is now maternity lead. At 32 weeks, she found herself on a 100


mile trip to Inverness in the middle of the night. It was scary because I


was tired, I haven't had any sleep and, driving down there, I started


experiencing pain and my partner had fallen asleep on the way down. So I


didn't know, was I going to go into labour? Luckily I didn't. Wood


across the country, experiences differ and maternity services are


under strain. Staffing levels, pressure on beds, complicated


births. This report aims to pressure on beds, complicated


the issues with a reorganisation. There is a wench of recommendations,


some more radical than others. Ladies have told us they want to


have that continuity of relationship with somebody throughout maternity


and that has been a constant theme, so that's a fundamental change for


ladies and staff in the NHS. The new model will have the midwife at the


heart of it so that every family will have a midwife supporting them


for the journey of pregnancy and birth but, with over 40% of midwives


now in their 50s and 60s, it will have implications for staffing. The


report will mean reorganising staff and centralising some of the most


specialised neonatal care. All eight units will remain but some of them


have enhanced services for those small number of very sick babies


that needs to be looked after in smaller number of enhanced units.


The review has allowed parents and staff to have their say and it will


now be up to the government to invest in a new beginning for


maternity services. The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn,


has said it would be wrong for his MPs to block the formal


process of Britain leaving the EU. But it's believed Scotland's sole


Labour MP could be among 80 rebels who are willing to vote


against the triggering Mr Corbyn was speaking


on a visit to Glasgow, where he claimed independence


would lead to Our political correspondent,


Andrew Kerr, was watching. A noisy protest greeted Jeremy


Corbyn. Hats off to the Glasgow janitors. The Labour leader will now


raise their pay and conditions with the council. Inside the hall, he


warned about conditions in an independent Scotland. It would lead


to turbo-charged austerity and a glaring hole in the money required


to fund essential services and would not be in the interests of the


people of Scotland. He also claimed the SNP and Conservatives were the


establishment and he would fight their cuts. But he is in a battle


with his own MPs. Parliament might have to vote on Article 50 two


trigger Brexit. Mr Corbyn says it can't be blocked, but it's thought


80 of his MPs rebelling, including the only Scottish Labour MP, Ian


Murray. There was a referendum, a decision was made and it's not up to


us to second-guess the result of the referendum. What I'm saying to all


of my MPs, we have supported the principle of holding the referendum,


the referendum was held and delivered a result I don't think


it's right to block Article 50. The SNP said their MPs will stand up for


Scotland on Brexit, and the First Minister hit out at Mr Corbyn's


claims of turbo-charged austerity under independence, calling it


rubbish. That was echoed by her finance secretary. Scotland is a


wealthy and successful nation. The threat to the Scottish economy right


now is Brexit, and of course the Scottish Government has set up a


plan to try and put Scotland in the best possible position. Jeremy


Corbyn was in Scotland trying to rebuild Labour's support. Of course,


it was once a dominant political force. But perhaps many people have


stopped listening. The next big electoral test for the party, the


local council elections in May. You're watching BBC


Reporting Scotland. As Donald Trump is sworn


in as America's 45th President, groups of Scots have taken


to the streets here in protest. Audiences at the Celtic Connections


music festival hear a new song about Donald Trump's Scottish roots


and a performance which draws members from both sides


of the US-Mexican border. The officer heading up


the investigation into child sexual abuse within football in Scotland


says it's the biggest and most complex inquiry


the unit's had to deal with. Since it got under way last


November, there have been 130 referrals, involving


children as young as 12. Detective Chief Inspector Sarah


Taylor told the BBC she expects We are receiving more information


from which we can build a picture and I am confident we will bring


more people in and interview them and arrest and charge them. I think


the scale of the investigation is hard to envisage at the moment, but


that is why I am asking for people to come forward and provide us with


that information and to do so with confidence.


Offenders with a violent history are to be offered a new chance


to change their lives, following the success


of American-style training helping those with criminal


Our Home Affairs Correspondent, Reevel Alderson, reports.


Sizzling for breakfast, but this food truck is also serving up a


second chance for offenders convicted of violence and is backed


by the violence reduction unit which says it offers a real opportunity


for offenders to turn their lives around. If they do not, the risk is


they become a risk to everyone else and it is important to have an


opportunity. They are keen to show they want to be productive members


of the community and to demonstrate to their families and their children


this is the way it should be. The food truck's trading name plays on


the words straight and narrow, those wanting to not have any convictions.


Customers seek ex-offenders putting something back into the community.


Your life does not always need to be chaotic and there is a way out.


There are people willing to give you a hand and to help you change.


Trainees work for 18 months for a wage which means they are paying


tax, a positive contribution to society. The Scottish government


gave the project at ?200,000 grant and say it is important that


customers know they are being served by ex-offenders. What is important


is equipping these individuals with the skills to move into the future


and the catering industry is a good example of being able to do that in


a public way in a local community and at the same time breaking that


cycle of going back into offending in the future. The community


enterprise says there is a need for similar schemes throughout Scotland


and is actively studying ways of expanding the idea.


The Glasgow Warriors' head coach Gregor Townsend says his side face


a massive challenge to reach the last eight of


A win tomorrow away to the English Premiership side


Leicester Tigers guarantees an historic, first ever,


Before entering battle, some warriors received a blessing. Before


boarding a team bus, these warriors get encouraging words from the club


chaplain. Next stop, Leicester, and if they win, on to the


quarterfinals. It is a massive challenge, Leicester have a


brilliant home record. It is a really important game to qualify for


the Champions Cup. Victory for Glasgow ensures qualification as one


of the best pools stage runners-up. Leicester cannot qualify. What


resistance will they provide? They have loyal supporters and our loyal


supporters are still behind us. Hopefully we will put Glasgow under


pressure. If Glasgow star where it could be the case that Leicester may


be think that is asked down and Glasgow build up a head of steam and


get the victory and that is what will happen.


If warriors make it through to the last eight, they will not be playing


here, there will be facing one of the top four ranked teams away from


here, there will be facing one of home. That could mean a trip to


Ireland to face monster or a Leinster. Defending champions


Saracens from England or French league leaders Claremont. There is


no prize money for reaching the last eight, but potentially hundreds of


thousands of pounds in gate money. The long-term financial health and


the long-term positivity of the game if our teams make quarterfinals, and


Edinburgh look to have a good chance, and that is brilliant and it


means it will inspire more people to come along and watch the games and


inspire youngsters to play the game. That is probably more important than


the financial side. A long trip ahead for the Warriors, but for the


chaplain it is pedal power. Don't worry, he is not cycling to


Leicester, but to a prior engagement.


And tennis, in the early hours of Sunday, Sir Andy Murray will play


Germany's Mischa Zverev for a place in the last eight of


Murray is heavy favourite to win the tournament


now that his great rival, Novak Djokovic, is out.


Murray beat the American Sam Querrey in straight sets this morning,


meaning he's yet to drop a set in three matches so far.


The Celtic Connections music festival is under way in Glasgow.


The opening concert last night included a new song


by Karine Polwart about Donald Trump's Scottish roots,


Our arts correspondent, Pauline McLean, reports.


Calexico are named after a town on the US- Mexican border with


musicians from both sides. They have always been political and plans for


a walk along the border strike close to home. If they had been in the


States today, they would have joined one of the many protest marches. But


in Glasgow they will use their music to speak out. I am not into protest


songs that are slogans, I am more into poetry and I think poetry has


the solidity and the fragility and we are in a very fragile time, so I


think music should continue to do what it does best, which is to help


open up people's Hearts. And they are not alone, Karim Paul worked


opened the festival last night with a brand-new song for the new


president. president.


# You build a wall, you live in fear... It has been a very political


year for everyone and folk music has always been at the forefront of any


political movement, so it is not surprising that is emerging within


the song writing and poetry for a lot of these artists. Some made


their point by just performing together. This band is made up of 35


musicians playing instruments indigenous to their own countries


and their message is that music sounds better without Borders or


barriers. This woman has never set foot in her homeland of Western


Sahara and the song she sings offers hope that one day she will return.


But in the end it is simply about music and having fun. At the first


concert 2000 schoolchildren confirmed it. That is the future of


the festival because in amongst those kids there will be a certain


number who say, I want to be that person on stage, and maybe in ten


number who say, I want to be that years' time they will be the new


And it's time for the weather now with Chris.


Some beautiful sunshine for some of us, a fantastic picture from one of


the weather watchers. For most of us it has been very different, great,


gloomy and cloudy. But a change on the way tomorrow. South of the


border you can see this big area of clear air coming our way overnight


tonight, so some sunshine in store for many more of us tomorrow. The


change stars tonight as that cloud fins and brakes and it will be a


clear, dry, cold and frosty night pretty much everywhere with some


areas of fog as well. Where we have had the stubborn cloud in central


and southern Scotland, it will be much colder tonight than in previous


night. Tomorrow morning it is a cold, frosty start and there could


be some stubborn areas of fog at first. For most of us for most of


the day it is a dry and bright one and there will be some sunshine, but


it will be chilly. The winds are like from the south, so it should


not feel too cold. Perhaps more clout in Tayside and Angus and


Aberdeenshire. Elsewhere largely dry and bright. Similar to today, but


some cloud that will not spoil things too much. If you are hill


walking or climbing, there is fantastic visibility. The air


temperature is probably higher than that. Again there will be some fog


in the foothills. Winds are generally light from the south. Into


the evening and overnight and little generally light from the south. Into


in the way of change at first, so it is dry, clear and cold and then the


cloud starts to build as we had overnight from Saturday into Sunday


and Sunday will be a different day compared to tomorrow. We are


dragging in cloud or moist air and a few spots of light rain at times.


But ostensibly Sunday is another dry day, but a rather bleak one. Fairly


cold with a few spots of light rain in the West, the odd wintry flurry


in the Southern uplands. That high pressure is still with us into


Monday, keeping any weather fronts at bay and keeping things largely


dry, settled and can't. The best of the sunshine is tomorrow. Do enjoy


the rest of your evening. Goodbye. so why not pay your TV licence in


weekly instalments, too?


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