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Scottish exports are growing, but where we're sending them

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is fuelling the political debate on both Brexit and independence.

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Still no agreement at Holyrood as the budget deadline gets closer.

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David Goodwillie leaves Plymouth Argyle a week

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after he was judged to be a rapist in a civil case.

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Declassified CIA documents reveal that an American submarine crashed

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with a Soviet one in the Clyde at the height of the Cold War.

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It is an embarrassment, really, to the American and British forces that

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they could get that close in. Also on the programme,

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we'll be taking the bus - It's cutting truancy and improving

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performance at one Fife school. Scottish exports are up

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across the board in the UK, to the EU and other

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international markets. They also show that Scottish sales

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within the UK are four times Ministers said this could change

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after Brexit and that it is vital that Scotland stays within the

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single market. Here's our business and economy

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editor, Douglas Fraser. This factory has just hit four

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figure sales of its wind generators. Trade winds bring orders from all

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over the world, most used to go to UK customers, but now most customer

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is foreign. There is a lot of need in Britain and Europe but we also

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sell turbines in the United States. It could get mode of God to -- it

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could get more difficult to export their, and so there is a lack of

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clarity, but also new opportunities. The increase in wind power is one of

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the reasons why Scotland is selling more beyond its borders, the total

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increase in sales in 2015 was around 4%. Of that ?50 billion was sold to

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the rest of the United Kingdom, and beyond, the rest of the world, ?29

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billion, and within that, ?12 billion sold to the rest of the

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European Union. View from Holyrood, ministers said the figures prove

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that Scotland must maintain free access to the single market. We

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appreciate the extent to which our nearest neighbour is very important

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but that does not mean we should not have an eye on the potential we can

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have for our colony -- for our economy with the rest of the EU and

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jeopardise that with a high Brexit. jeopardise that with a high Brexit.

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-- hard. Four times as many exports go to the rest of the United Kingdom

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than go to the EU, but of course the EU is important. Let's focus on our

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partners and friends in the rest of the UK because that is where the

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really significant impact on our economy is coming and we should not

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be doing anything, anything at all to prejudice that. Most sales to the

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rest of Britain our services rather than goods, the biggest export

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figure is whiskey, showing it is the biggest net contributor to Britain's

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trade position. The biggest export market remains the United States. We

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are looking for a trade deal to improve the trade between our

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countries. Theresa May visits the White House on Friday and talks

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trade with President Donald Trump, not the man with a liking for

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Scottish wind turbines. In the wake of Brexit,

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these export figures take They are especially significant?

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They precede the Brexit vote, there has been a slight slowdown since

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then, they also don't tell us about imports and there is a word to be

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cautious about sales of the UK that they give an indication of where

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Scotland's economic trading interests lie, although that can

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change. Indeed Britain is removing the key pillar of its trading

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relationship with a promise that there will be new pillars put in

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place underlined this debate in Scotland, the question of how the

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independence movement builds the economic case if there is to be a

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move to another Scottish independence referendum. We are told

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that is becoming more likely because of the working out of the politics

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of Brexit. One of the things the SNP and others will want to explain if

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there is to be another referendum, is how Scotland's trading

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relationships might work if Scotland was in Europe and outside the UK.

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There is so much uncertainty about Britain's trading relationships that

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it looks like a choice of two very uncertain futures cover these

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figures give some help, if only in locating the starting point for that

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choice. Thanks for joining us. A budget debate at Holyrood has

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ended in stalemate after MSPs were unable to agree tax

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and spending plans. Opposition parties set

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out their price for backing the Scottish Government's plan,

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but none of the motions before The Finance Secretary has warned

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that if the budget stalls, Here's our political

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correspondent Andrew Kerr. This is a talking mannequin.

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state-of-the-art dummy for trading medical staff, is the First Minister

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announced extra funding to support student nurses -- training. The

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Scottish Government is sweating it out in their budget as they cast

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around for another party's support. This dummy has suffered severe cuts,

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labour said the same fate awaits local services -- Labour full stop

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and have called on Holyrood not to back the budget. Labour are not

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behaving in a responsible way, they are being destructive and have not

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actually brought forward any reasonable suggestions. Labour want

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big changes. This ?327 million cut in this year's budget will mean more

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jobs going and even greater pressure on staff and services that are

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already struggling to cope. They want a penny on the basic rate of

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income tax but the finance sector to reward what would happen if the

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budget was not supported. It puts all of our public services at risk,

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crucial public spending, that pays for our teachers and doctors and

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nurses, and local government employees and emergency services.

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The Greens and the Conservatives set out their opposing positions on tax.

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What it delivers is a situation where Scotland becomes the most

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highly taxed part of the UK. There is a wide range of ways in which the

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Scottish Government could raise the revenue. And the Liberal Democrat

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leader said don't expect him to roll over and support it, everyone had to

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compromise or else. Those who have not lifted their shovels and made an

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attempt to reach an agreement on this budget will bear the

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responsibility of having an election forced. Yes, 63, no, 63. When it

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came to the vote, MSPs were not able to agree. The budget will still be

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made here at Holyrood and the first crucial vote is a week tomorrow and

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by then ministers will have had to find some support.

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The Scotland international striker David Goodwillie has left

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It comes eight days after a judge ruled that he and another

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footballer, David Robertson, had raped a woman.

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Mr Goodwillie asked to leave his club to focus on a possible appeal.

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I'm joined by our home affairs correspondent, Reevel Alderson.

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It certainly doesn't look good for a man who was capped for Scotland

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three times, scoring one goal. It was the subject of a move from

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Dundee United to Blackburn Rovers a few years ago. He has been playing

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for Plymouth Argyle in the English League 2, and in a statement this

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afternoon the club said that he would ask them to terminate his

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contract so he could focus his time on a potential appeal. Don't know

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what the grounds of appeal will be, but that is likely to come before

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the court later on. Given the verdict, how difficult would such an

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appeal be? It would be difficult, bearing in mind that David

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Goodwillie was not in court in a criminal case, you was in court

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because a woman, Denise Clair, claimed that he and David Robertson,

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a former team-mate, had raped her during a party. She was suing them,

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it was a civil action, and the judge ruled that he believed they had

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raped her and he awarded her ?100,000 in damages. David

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Goodwillie could appeal against the level of damages being awarded, but

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it emerged that he had offered Denise Clair something more than

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that, more than ?100,000, to avoid going to court, and that will be

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difficult. It will be difficult if he is trying to get the finding of

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the judge overturned because the judge ruled that he found neither

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footballer to be credible or reliable in their evidence. Appeal

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judges would have two second guess the original judge, effectively,

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when he made his decision. Save the time being David Goodwillie is

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without a club and he is concentrating on his appeal -- the

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time being. He has 21 days to lodges appeal from a days ago and we will

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see what happens but it doesn't look as if it will be playing football at

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any level at any time soon. Thanks for joining us.

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In the week that an unarmed missile fired from a Faslane-based submarine

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caused huge political debate, how about the news that two enemy

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submarines actually collided off the west coast of Scotland?

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It did happen, but it was more than 40 years ago.

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Details of the inciden involving a US and a Soviet vessel

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were contained in a top-secret CIA memo which has just

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This is Scottish CND's appeal... Antinuclear protesters up protesting

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against the presence of American nuclear submarines. Details are one

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series encounter have come to light. A top-secret memo sent to the

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Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the event the 1974, which has

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just been declassified by the CIA, revealed a crash between a US and

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Russian submarine, very close to home. What we know from the memo is

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that when this incident took place, the US ballistic missile submarine

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James Madison was leaving its base here at holy Loch to head out to sea

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on patrol. Lying in wait near the mouth of the port, a Soviet

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submarine hoping to follow it, and it was at that point when the two

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collided and they both surfaced before the Soviet submarine then

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once again submerged, and that, as far as we know, was the end of the

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incident. It is thought that James Madison suffered minor damage, but

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the issue experts are now pondering is, how much worse could it have

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been? It would have been a diplomatic incident, have that

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submarine not been so deep into our home waters that it was an

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embarrassment really, to the American and British forces, that

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they can get that close in. The US continued its presence at the base

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until the Cold War ended in the early 90s, and who knows how many

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more stories will emerge from one of the most fascinating periods of our

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modern history. You're watching BBC

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Reporting Scotland. Scotland's exports to both the UK

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and EU continue to rise, according We meet the Scots sisters who've

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topped the classical music charts with their take on the works

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of Rabbie Burns. At some schools, the number

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of children arriving late or playing But a primary school in Fife says

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it's found a way to help solve this. It's a surprisingly

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simple and cheap idea - encouraging the children to walk

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together to school in In just three months,

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it's had a dramatic impact, as our education correspondent

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Jamie McIvor reports. You are ready. Liam is getting ready

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to get the bus to school, but the bus doesn't have an engine or a

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driver. It is a name for a group of friends going to school together.

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The walking bus runs to a fixed timetable and youngsters joined at

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the stop nearest their house. What you like most about it? Lots of new

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friends? Yes. Your friends are there and you, instead of walking to the

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school by yourself, you are walking with them and it is fun. A number of

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schools have got schemes like this to encourage children to walk to

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school, but here the effect has been quite extraordinary. The primary

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school here covers areas officially classed as disadvantage, a

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relatively high number of children were arriving late or absent, and

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that in turn was making it harder to improve academic performance. The

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data tells us that we have gone from an average of 25 lates in a day to

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ten, sometimes less than that, so that is a huge improvement. Not

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perfect but it is an improvement already. Teachers can get started in

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the morning first thing without thinking, I going to have 30 people

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coming in late? They can get started straightaway. It is helping the

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schools strengthen links with the community. We waved to people who

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are sitting in their houses and we have been chatting to parents for

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the parents who I would not have engaged with previously. The

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Scottish Government talks of closing the attainment gap and they have

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schools like this one in mind. He school is getting government money

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to help it reach another STUDIO: -- to reach a number of other

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measures, but the school bus, the walking bus, costs virtually

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nothing. Liam loves it and he is able to get out of his wheelchair

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for some of the journey. A look at other stories

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from across the country. A man has been charged following a

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collision on Aberdeen's union Street after which three people needed

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hospital treatment. The incident happened on Monday when a bus hit a

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scaffolding. The 18-year-old man will appear at court at a later

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date. Unite says that action must be taken to address a shortage of

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emergency ambulance cover in the Highlands. They say that the service

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is stretched and point to the routine use of emergency ambulances

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for routine transfer of patients to Inverness. The Ambulance Service say

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they are aware of pressures and are working with NHS Scotland.

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Meanwhile, unprecedented budget savings are needed, to cut over ?100

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million from its budget by 2020. Historic items belonging to a crew

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million from its budget by 2020. member who sailed with Captain Scott

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million from its budget by 2020. have been donated to the museum in

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Dundee where his ship Discovery is now in birth. The memorabilia was

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donated by the family of one of the sailors on board. I wanted to make

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sure it was gathered together for posterity for the family members and

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anybody else to be able to see it. If it was broken up, it is

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historical, it is unique. Vern Cotter is preparing

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for his final Six Nations campaign And he's told BBC Scotland he wishes

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he could stay on in the job. The New Zealander will be replaced

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by Gregor Townsend this summer. The first match of the tournament is

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against Ireland in ten days' time. This is the Hurlingham club in

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London and today is the official launch of the RBS six Nations 2017.

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For Vern Cotter it's the final time to take part in this traditional

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campaign opening event but before travelling south, he spoke

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exclusively to BBC Scotland, beginning with Scotland's top opener

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against Ireland. Under Joe, they are one of the top teams in the world.

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You don't beat the all Blacks through luck. A really big

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challenge. When they see as individualist, they know they come

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to the game as favourite and very confident they will beat as. So, our

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job is to surprise them somehow. While collectively Scotland may need

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the element of surprise, individually there are some standout

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performers. Vern Cotter believes up to ten are worthy of joining the

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Lions tour. If fit and close, they are right up there. The grey

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brothers. Greg could be somebody who is great for the team. Finn is

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playing great rugby. Taylor played very well last year. Alex Dunbar.

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You never know what Jones and those guys are going to throw out. Tommy

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Seymour has been a good performer. And we finish up with Hogg. I don't

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think he's done any harm to himself to perhaps get a starting position.

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Vern Cotter admits disappointment that his tenure is almost over.

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Would I have liked to have continued? Yes. Probably would. You

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go out, National anthem, that's a great moment for players and it is

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for coaches and people involved in the game. It's been a privilege, the

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whole thing. I've only got fond memories of it. Vern Cotter.

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A piece of footballing history could be made

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The champions take on St Johnstone in the league and if they avoid

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defeat, they could equal a significant club record.

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It's not the only game of importance tonight, though.

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Here's our senior football reporter, Chris McLaughlin.

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Celtic are 19 points clear of second place Rangers and are cruising

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towards their sixth league title in a row so you would be forgiven for

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thinking this midweek match against Saint John Stone would be

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run-of-the-mill. You would be wrong because this was Scott Sinclair

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scoring in a 3-0 win over Albion Rovers in the Scottish cup at the

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weekend, Celtic's 25th domestic match in a row on Beaton. The club

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record is 26, set by the famous Lisbon Lions captained by this man

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Billy McNeill back in the 1960s. That would give them the chance to

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break the record against hearts at the weekend. They are also involved

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in the Scottish cup replay against Raith Rovers. This was a result at

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the weekend that leaves Ian Katz wrote, the hearts boss, under

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pressure. Two huge matches this evening for very different reasons.

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I suppose it's fitting this Burns Night that some of the Bard's

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well-known works are currently topping the classical music charts.

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They're performed by two sisters from Bearsden whose rise to fame

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includes catching the attention of one of the world's most

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successful pop music producers with their version of one

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The haunting melodies of some of Scotland's best known works. And the

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sisters performing them at Glasgow's Royal concert Hall. Laura and Sarah

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Ayoub, whose Egyptian parents give them a special Scottish inheritance.

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Their new album contains some of Robbie Burns best known works. The

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sisters have been making music since they were young, often performing

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for visiting relatives. We grew up with these melodies and one thing

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led to another and we strung them along into a medley and thought why

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not release it in time for Burns night? They don't just have musical

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talent. They are adept at spotting opportunities. After they uploaded

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their own version of Mark Robinson's Uptown Funk to the Internet, they

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came to the attention of the producer himself. We recorded a new

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version that he ended up producing. A fantastic opportunity. Now the

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sisters are making use of their first album, making full use of

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their musical talents. And after using him as inspiration, how will

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they be celebrating Burns night? Eating haggis. Most definitely. We

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had haggis last week but we will probably have it again. The bard

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would be proud. It's been a predominantly dry day.

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We had this beautiful sunset sent in by a weather watcher on Shetland. We

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do have a bit of patchy rain out towards the far north-west. There is

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a brisk southerly wind. Indeed, across the Northern Isles as well. A

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combination of cloud and clear spells. Clear skies towards the

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north. Temperatures falling away sharply tonight. In contrast,

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temperatures well above 6 degrees for the likes of Shetland and the

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Western Isles. Tomorrow, a slight change in wind direction. It is

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coming from the near continent and will be a much colder day. You will

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notice it first thing tomorrow morning. Quite a breezy day. The

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wind strongest always across the West and the Northern Isles. Come

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the afternoon, a dry picture for the south-west, North Argyll. Some

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sunshine at times. The best of the sunshine in the north-west. A bit

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more cloud in the way for Shetland. Orkney fairing fairly well. A brisk

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south easterly wind will make it cold in the wind. Towards the rest

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of the afternoon, nothing really changes. It will be a cold night.

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Winds falling a bit lighter with a frost developing as we head into

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Friday morning. Low pressure across the Atlantic and high-pressure

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across Europe. It means we are seeing a lot of dry weather. A cold

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start on Friday but spells of sunshine but it will stay on the

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cold side. Thank you very much. Scottish exports are up across the

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board. Sales from Scotland to the rest of the UK are four times as big

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as those to the EU. That's reporting Scotland. I'll be back with an

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update in our main evening news bulletin just after the ten o'clock

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news. Until then, from everyone on the team, enjoy the rest of your

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evening. Goodbye.

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