10/02/2017 Reporting Scotland


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Scottish Power announces a big increase in energy prices,

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with electricity rising by eleven per cent.

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Welcome to the launch of Andy Murray live...

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Concern that tickets for Andy Murray's charity event

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in Glasgow are being sold online for ten times their face value.

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We're with Scotland's rugby fans in Paris as their team prepares

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to take on France in the Six Nations.

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The Celtic boss tells us that too many Scottish footballers aren't

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Other things come into their life. Going out becomes more important.

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Then they become wasted talent. And later in the programme good news

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for winter sports enthusiasts. Relief for Scotland's ski centres

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as the snow arrives in time Scottish Power has become the latest

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of the Big 6 energy companies It will mean an increase of nearly

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eleven per cent for electricity and almost eight per cent

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for dual tariff. The price rises come into effect

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at the end of March. But this morning Scottish GAS said

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it was freezing prices until August. From dawn till dusk and right

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through the night, the energy that powers Scotland and in which we all

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depend, the news that ScottishPower will soon raise its prices for

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electricity and gas will not be welcome them. The company says it

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has been absorbing higher external costs for months and now it is

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passing them on, to its customers. Something to think about next time

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they stick on the kettle. About 1.1 million of them will pay more. On

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average 10.8% for electricity and 4.7% for gas and those on dual fuel

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deals will see rises of 7.8%. The company says two

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thirds of customers will not be affected because they are already on

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cheaper fixed-price deals. In a statement it said... The energy

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companies buy gas and noticed a wholesale in advance and in theory

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customer bills should reflect lower as well as high prices. We saw big

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falls in the price of wholesale energy through 2014 and 2015 that

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were probably not reflected particularly in the big six standard

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tariffs as opposed to the best deals in the market. It is an interesting

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question. We do see increases in non-energy charges, so charges for

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the grid, wires and renewable subsidies and so on and they are

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features of stopping prices falling so far. With M Power also raising

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prices recently, their customers may feel the chill. We know a third of

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households in Scotland are living in fuel poverty. We are most concerned

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about them. Especially when we hear about energy suppliers putting up

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the price of fuel. It is not cheap to heat your home any more and any

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increase in the price will be a worry for people. Energy price rises

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can seem particularly cruel while the weather remains so cold. One

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company, Scottish Gas says it is freezing its prices until August.

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John McManus, reporting Scotland, Edinburgh.

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Our Business and Economy Editor Douglas Fraser joins me now.

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Douglas, why is Scottish Gas freezing prices while Scottish

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These companies do a bit of gambling. They buy supplies of

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energy months and years ahead and take an informed guess as to where

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they think the prices going and that is an insurance policy against

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volatility in the future called hedging. What they do not do is

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share or tell the public what their strategies are and it be that

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Scottish Gas parent company, Centrica has a different strategy

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for hedging from ScottishPower or you could get one company that is

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willing to accept lower profits for a while, in this case until August,

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for Scottish Gas, to attract more customers to switch during that

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period. The big pressure here is an electricity, that is with rising

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demand, fewer power stations, they have been closing, subdued wind

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strength for turbines was winter, all putting an upward squeeze on

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power prices. We were hearing there, it is not just about wholesale cost,

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households and businesses are paying the costs of government policy for

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green measures, more wind turbines, subsidise, also improved building

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insulation and they are paying out billions to offer a smart meter to

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every home in Britain by 2020. That should help people to save money

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over time, to use energy more efficiently, they are not doing that

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out of the kindness of their hearts, they are doing that because they

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have been told to and because we indirectly are paying for it through

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our bills. A one hundred and eighty million

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pound innovation centre has opened in Aberdeen to help the offshore

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industry out of The centre will aim to develop

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cost-saving technologies and pair the firms behind them

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with the big oil players. Our energy correspondent

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Kevin Keane reports. It is the same technology used to

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see babies in the womb, but here, used to check pipes for corrosion

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and the people behind this ultrasound scanner hope the new

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technology centre can take this to a wider market. What we are hoping and

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expecting for the technology centre is that it will allow us as an

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organisation which has solutions to particular problems that we know

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exist, to get a better connection, with end users and clients to allow

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us to take this out into the field and give us the opportunity to

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demonstrate to potential clients. We are now 40 years on... The ?180

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million facility was opened today by the oil tycoon Sir Ian Wood and it

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aims to replace the research and development which has tailed off in

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recent years. Can you imagine if we suddenly had 250 small feels... With

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the landscape changed significantly, technology is considered more

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important than ever. We have much more operators in the North Sea now,

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more than 60, or is back in the 1980s there were five or six so it

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is a hugely different world. Though smaller operators do not have a

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technology operation, they cannot support that. The centre will work

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with institutions like universities to develop the technology. This

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drilling rig simulator will be used to trial the principles of some of

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the design been developed. They will be able to get the results back from

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that, whether they are talk and drags or hydraulic models, they can

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be tested here, more cost-effective, than trying to do it on a real rig.

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The oil prices still refuse to top the $60 mark and the industry has

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been adapting to that so with margins tight, the new centre is a

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big hope for sustaining the future of this sector.

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More than sixteen hundred people in Scotland visited

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a self-help website last year, designed to stop them viewing

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Sexual abuse prevention campaign, Stop It Now, also said that 78 men

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The service offers "anonymous, effective support" to those worried

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Police Scotland are encouraging anyone with concerns

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Andy Murray's management team have expressed concern about the prices

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that tickets for his charity event at the Hydro are fetching online.

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Tickets for his exhibition match are being sold for up to a ten

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times their face value on reseller sites.

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Our reporter Suzanne Allan is outside the Hydro for us tonight.

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Well Sally, a night out at a concert is something millions of us look

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forward to, but how much would you pay for that experience? In around

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six months' time Andy Murray will come here to the Hydro to play an

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exhibition match against Roger Federer and today his management

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team said they had some concerns about the high prices of tickets.

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Yesterday in London, the man himself was there to announce Andy Murray

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live, it is an exhibition match for charity, with Roger Federer. Images

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by Annabel Croft, one of the selling points was the ticket price. 10,800

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tickets will go on sale today, with over half of all of those seats,

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just ?25, making the event are very accessible for all. But today those

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tickets were selling for it many times the price. The digital age

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makes it more of a problem, because professional touts use computer

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programmes to buy up large numbers of tickets to sports and

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entertainment events. It means real fans often miss out. I have not done

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it and I don't think I ever would. I think it is a bit unfair on the

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artist or whoever is doing it and it is just some secondary guy making a

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big buck. I missed out on some and I had a look and thought I cannot

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afford that. It is just not worth it. If there is a band that you want

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to see, I will have a look. If we like them that much, we will pay,

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whatever is left in our wallet. Artists like Adele and Elton John

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have both come out against the websites that sell at inflated

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prices. Elton John said he would rather have empty seats. The resale

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of football tickets is banned. But the reselling of live music tickets

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is not. Is it time for a new law? It is a very complex

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issue, it would be nice if the government would take some

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legislation against it, but I don't think that will happen. Don't hold

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your breath. I think the easy answer would be if the public just voted

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with their feet and just said, were not paying the inflated prices, we

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will definitely not by secondary tickets at five times over the face

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value, we will not go to the gig. That is easier said than done. The

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fanfare alliance which campaigns for better laws says that wait until

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nearer the date as more tickets may be released. You heard there are

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from the fanfare Alliance say more tickets might be released and we

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spoke to the Hydro and asked if they had come to any agreement with the

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management team and they did not comment but I can tell you that one

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of those sites that were selling the Andy Murray tickets, reselling them,

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says they have taken them from sale as it is not their policy to resell

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tickets for charity events. Thank you very much.

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It's another big weekend of sport, and in rugby it's

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Scotland are playing their first away match of this year's

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Our sports reporter David Currie is in Paris to look ahead

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Lovely shot there. Thank you very much.

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Where The Scotland team has arrived on a wave of optimism.

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Looking to follow up their win over Ireland at Murrayfield last weekend

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But history tells us that might be difficult.

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Take a moment to savour the city of light. Its sights and sounds. Its

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ambience and its architecture. This is one of the city 's most famous

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and controversial buildings, it is the Pompidou centre and this year it

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celebrates its 40th anniversary. And in all the time that this building

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has been open, Scotland have only won twice in Paris. It is still

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Scotland with the champs. They must score. The most recent triumph was

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in 1999. Every time we go across, we are always written off. We were

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always playing second fiddle. We went across there and I always

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always playing second fiddle. We remember, a bright sunny day

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everyone thought we were here, 18 years to wind in Paris, that is a

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long time and hopefully that will change on Sunday. Scotland beat the

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French last year at Murrayfield, getting the better of them on their

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home soil might be more difficult. I believe that this is the game will

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set the 6 Nations alike. We know that. We have seen and heard the

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noises coming out of their camp. It is pretty clear what is coming. Life

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is certainly rosy for these Scottish rugby fans. Travelling hopefully and

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looking for another famous when. I definitely fancy it. It keeps us in

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line for the Grand Slam. Not counting our car jet, but hopeful.

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Confidence is high, lot of skill level, really exciting times. Even a

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Frenchman with a heart of stone is open to the romantic possibility of

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another Scottish wind. Have a good day and good game. Rugby! Yes. Viva

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Scotland! And I'm sure my friend in White will

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be delighted to learn that Scotland have made just one change to the

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be delighted to learn that Scotland team that beat Ireland. Ryan Wilson

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is out with an injury, he is replaced by John Barclay. The team

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will train tomorrow at the Stade Francais for the big game on Sunday

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and we wish them all the very best. Thank you. Just coming up to 17

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minutes to seven. Scottish Power announces a big

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increase in energy prices, And still to come, people in some

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towns are more than five times likely to be their own boss

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than those living in other When hospital patients

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suddenly deteriorate, getting them the help they need

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quickly is vital. A hospital in Fife has found that

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technology might hold the answer. Nurses at Victoria Hospital

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were given touch screen tablets to help them easily identify

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the patients at highest risk. At the Victoria Hospital every day

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begins like this. Each department coming together to share

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information. The purpose of the meeting some up in three words. It's

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safe to start. Fulfilling that mantra requires a combination of

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traditional and modern methods. Fife are the only health board in

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Scotland using this technology. Patients' vitals are entered into

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the tablet, generating a score. Information is instantly available

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throughout the hospital. It is very easy for people to see patterns and

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have they calculated early warning score. We can see where the sickest

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patients are. So we can ensure resources go to the right areas.

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Ride introduced in one ward as part of a pilot project, the technology

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is now used throughout the hospital. It has helped to reduce the number

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of cardiac arrests. Pleased with the results, the hospital are now

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considering an upgrade, wearable technology that constant updates the

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patient's readings. -- constantly. Information has gone through to a

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phone. How would you feel about wearing it? It feels all right. I

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can move around? Yes. Just like the current system, a high score

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triggers an immediate call to the doctor. The longer it takes for

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doctors and nurses to recognise a patient is deteriorating, the longer

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and more serious that is for the patient. The quicker we can respond

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and initiate treatment, the better it will be for the patient. This

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trial points towards the future but it still needs to pass an age-old

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Does it help staff help the patients who need it most?

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People in some Scottish towns are more than five times more likely

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to be their own boss, than those living in other parts

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That's according to research by the Federation of Small Businesses.

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It's calling for more government help, to encourage

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It's time for a copy break in a village just north of Glasgow.

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Business is brisk at the Three Sisters Bake. There I met one of the

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owners, a self-starter who is enjoying being self-employed. Having

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said it is really tough, the upside is by far outweigh the difficult

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days. It is unbelievably rewarding to walk into your own cafe business,

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for example, and see it full of people who are enjoying the

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atmosphere and drinking our copy and eating our food. You get such a buzz

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from that. Being your own boss is not for everybody. But here, lots of

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people have gone down that route. Sometimes they have even higher

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rates of self-employment. When it comes to jobs and work, there are

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huge differences across the country. This is North Lanarkshire, once home

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to heavy industry. Now though its rates of self-employment are among

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the lowest anywhere in Scotland. A few people are their own boss but

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the rates are low. Five times lower than in wealthier towns. Industrial

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decline has left a long shadow and one business support group told me

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new entrepreneurs are thin on the ground. We are certainly seeing low

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levels of self-employment in towns which used to have one large

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employer. The impact of that change is evident almost 40 years later in

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places like this. What we are not seeing is that there aren't good

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small businesses in place, there are. But the key challenge is the

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increasing number of self-employed businesses in some of the most

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deprived areas in Scotland. Starting a business can be a grind

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deprived areas in Scotland. Starting Scottish government has poured in

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millions of pounds to help Scottish government has poured in

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entrepreneurs through measures. But even then, the recipe for success

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can still be elusive. David Henderson, reporting Scotland.

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Brendan Rodgers says too many Scottish footballers have

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become wasted talents who blame everyone else.

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Speaking to the BBC, the Celtic manager says, in his experience,

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players here can do more to make the most of their ability.

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Scotland haven't qualified for a major tournament

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in nearly 20 years, and have tumbled down

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More from our senior football reporter, Chris McLaughlin.

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He is the man who brought Champions League football back to Scotland,

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whose side is 27 points clear in the lead. And he has a message to young

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Scottish players. Be the quickest, the quickest, the strongest, the

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biggest, the most skilful boy in school, but as you progress to

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professional life, it's about the talent plus the hard work. This man

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can relate to those words. A career in England and Scotland, and perhaps

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potential unfulfilled. Now keen to hear more of the Celtic manager's

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thoughts on footballers here. They stop. Other things, going to their

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life. Growing up becomes more important. Doing other things and

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then they become wasted talent. With wasted talent what you get is, they

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still play but they blame everybody else. As soon as I made the first

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team, I thought I had done it. But what Brendan is obviously saying is,

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the hard work starts them. But it's difficult, because you are young,

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you have got all of these things that are pushed out you in your

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contract. You can have a good life. Sometimes you forget how you got

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there. Brendan Rodgers is not the first manager to come to these

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chilly shores, high Labour football failings and suggest possible

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answers. But the bare facts are brutal. No major international

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tournament for most 20 years, and 67th in the world Fifa rankings. His

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message was a message for footballers in general but he had

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this for their own players -- his own players. For them, if they want

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to be in my team, we're trying to build a consistent Champions League

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club, you have to have the Champions League mentality. You need to be a

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professional. If they don't, it's OK. It's fine. I don't lose sleep

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over it. There will be someone else. There will be someone else to come

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and take their place. Record numbers of three species

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of dolphin have been recorded off The sightings were noted

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by the conservation charity, Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust,

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on its marine research Volunteers and scientists recorded

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over 2,400 dolphins. The reasons for the

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increase is unclear. Scotland's ski operators

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are breathing a sigh of relief, as the wintry weather they've been

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hoping for finally All five snowsports areas now report

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varying levels of ski-able snow, and they're keeping their fingers

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crossed that the cold Craig Anderson reports

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from the Nevis Range This is a scene Scotland's ski area

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operators have been desperate to see since before the start of the year.

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It has been an anxious time with the mountains refusing to turn white.

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Now the weather has obliged and just in time for the crucial half term

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break. It's a busy time of the year. It seems to have grown over the

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years. The English schools are off It seems to have grown over the

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for the whole weekend coincides with long weekends in Scotland. It is a

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busy time. The last few years we have had some of our best seasons.

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The snow has come. It has been here through to the end of April and we

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have had some great skiing conditions. Be snow cover may be

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thin but given this is the first opportunity to head for the slopes

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this year, enthusiasts weren't complaining. It is still a bit

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rocky. But yeah, good condition so far. Enough covering for a good ski.

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I'm looking forward to the rest of the day. We couldn't get up here

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yesterday because of the wind. Today is fantastic. I am really happy. I

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got a season pass and it is great to be able to use it. Winter sports are

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worth about ?20 million a year to the Scottish economy. While the

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season had a delayed start, there is a long way to go. No two winters are

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the same. Sometimes we started November. It is not unknown to start

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as late as February. We need to a manner that at the end of the

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season, most of the resort. Offering snow sports because there aren't

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enough people, not because there isn't enough snow. There's plenty of

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time to enjoy the conditions. The five mountain ski areas in Scotland

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have invested heavily in summer activities because that provides

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them with all year-round income. But skiing and snow sports remain their

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core activity. Frankly, without it, they wouldn't exist. So with the

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white stuff now having arrived, they will be keeping their fingers

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crossed it stays here for a good few weeks to come.

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Any joy for skiers? There is some snow on the forecast. Some lovely

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blue skies for some today. Great picture from Tina. But for many,

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rather leaden skies and wintry in places as well. In fact, the cold

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wintry theme continues tonight. We have a beer where warning from the

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Met Office, referred -- affecting the borders, the Lothians and

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Edinburgh. Elsewhere, largely dry. Few wintry showers in the

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north-east. In the south-east, rain, sleet and snow moving in through the

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early hours. Modern -- moderate accumulations of snow on the lower

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levels. Difficult driving conditions. It is a cold night.

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Temperatures well below freezing for most. In the coldest glens, -8 to

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minus ten. Tomorrow, in the West, largely dry. Some brightness. Come

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further eased and it is cloudy. Some outbreaks of rain, sleet and snow.

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The snow mainly over the hills and high ground. It pretty unpleasant

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weekend across the south-east, including Edinburgh. And it will be

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cold for all. But again, those strong winds through central and

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southern Scotland adding to the bitter feel. Fairly cloudy in the

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south-east. Further north west, like today, this is where the best of the

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site will be. Sunny but cold for Orkney and Shetland. If you are hill

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walking or climbing, across the West, driest. In the north-west,

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sunniest. Eastern ranges, more on the way of cloud and strong winds. A

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severe winter chill. There will be snow and some extensive hill fog as

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well. As we just heard, there is some snow in some of the ski runs. A

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handful likely to be open tomorrow. In the eastern part it will be windy

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and quite wintry. The rest of the afternoon into the evening and

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overnight, we still have that area of rain, sleet and snow moving west.

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It will tend to ease off. As we head into Sunday, high pressure still in

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charge of conditions. Starting to change its orientation somewhat.

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More of a south-easterly, if not southerly by the end of Sunday.

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Really it means most of the second half of the week and largely dry but

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also largely cloudy. A few showers dotted about. Perhaps snow and they

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had ground. Rain from any. It will be cold, wet afternoon highs three

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to 5 degrees. I'll be back with the headlines

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at eight, and the late bulletin just Until then, from

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everyone on the team,

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