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Some sunny spells elsewhere. Mild, potentially the start of next week


very mild. And that's all from the BBC News at


six. We join the Business rates rebellion,


as an Aberdeen hotelier calls Three Labour-run councils


are to freeze the basic rate of council tax,


as four more local I'm at the National Galleries in


Edinburgh where they are putting on a light show to save one of


Scotland's's most iconic artworks. The Motherwell manager, Mark McGhee,


was banished to the stand after an angry clash with match


officials and then Further touchline bans could be


imposed on him as a penalty. Also on the programme,


the launch of Europe's biggest science festival celebrates


all things Scottish. An Aberdeen hotelier is calling


for a nationwide boycott of new business rates,


and says he'll refuse New rates come into force in April,


after a national revaluation. Stewart Spence, who owns


the Marcliffe hotel, argues that a complete rethink


is needed on how However the Scottish government


point out that an extra ?100,000 businesses will now pay


nothing at all. A busy lunchtime at


the Marcliffe Hotel in Aberdeen. But owner Stewart Spence


isn't celebrating. His business rates are set to rise


by 25%, an extra ?1000 a week. At the same time, turnover


has plunged by 40%. Mr Spence is refusing to pay


the increased ratee, and is calling I'm going to continue to pay my


old rates which is ?252,000 a year, I'm going to continue to pay my


old rates which is ?253,000 a year, in which I ask for nothing,


until I have a satisfactory Are you concerned about


legal ramifications? I would love to go to


court to challenge it. Rates rises aren't confined


to the hospitality sector. The managing director of this


nursery, and four others in the west of Scotland,


will see her bill increase It's hugely concerning because a lot


of people initially say, that's OK, you can charge it back to the


parents. But there's obviously a ceiling to what we can do there and


there's a saturation point, and we will come to a point where parents


will say, we can't afford to go out and work.


And every business in Scotland will be affected.


This Glasgow laundrette will see rates more than double.


The bill for a restaurant a few doors down, almost


The Scottish Conservatives are calling for an "immediate


The Scottish government say its up to local authorities


The Scottish Government say thousands will play nothing at all.


We have increased the threshold for the small business bonus to ?15,000,


lived in about 100,000 businesses out of rates altogether.


Businesses like this one can appeal their revaluation


if they think the assessors have got it wrong.


One thing's for sure - this rates row looks set to rumple on.


So why are some businesses facing big increases while others are not?


Our Business and Economy Editor Douglas Fraser explains.


I have travelled all the way to my place of work, the BBC headquarters


in Glasgow, which is liable for nondomestic rates, as our other


offices, factories, warehouses, schools and hospitals, a bothy, a


satellite mast and salmon. It can go up and down at different rates. It


satellite mast and salmon. It can go depends on the business sector and


on the location. Seven years ago the value placed on renting this was


?3.75 million. Along with office rental in this area, it's going up


15%. That's not the actual bill, the bill is based on the poundage, the


rate levied on each pound of the valuation. That's roughly half the


annual rental cost. In the case of the BBC, ?2.1 million from April.


That's quite a hike, but in the tourism sector, there are much


bigger rises. That hotel across the Clyde, its rateable value is going


up around 50%, the bill will be around ?570,000 per year. There are


catches around this, big properties pay a supplement, and 100,000


smaller properties are exempt. So what does all this add up to? In


total, ?2.8 billion this year, that is to pay the government bills, to


pay for public services. Business isn't going to pay more in total, it


will just pay different shares depending on properties that have


risen or fallen relative to others. Some will pay more and some will


play bass. Those who pay less tend to make less of a fuss. That's


explaining why the government has been afraid to revalue homes for


council tax purposes. They have been stuck for more than a quarter of a


century without a re-evaluation. More than half of us are reckoned to


be in homes are in the wrong band. We might be furious if the council


tax bill was to go up a band or two, but probably half of us are paying


far more than we should. Four people have been


arrested in Slovakia as part of an investigation into human


trafficking, which also saw the arrest of five people


in Glasgow last week. The operation has so far


uncovered sixteen possible victims of trafficking,


with officers from Police Scotland, Slovakian Police and Europol


involved in the raids Police Scotland said it was "very


much a live and ongoing inquiry". Four men have appeared


in court in Slovakia. Glasgow University has been granted


planning permission by the city council for a ?1 billion


redevelopment project. It will see the university expand


into the old Western Infirmary site The plans include new research


and teaching buildings. Its 19th century tower may be one of


the city's famous landmarks, but Glasgow University has a whole


variety of buildings, old and modern, spread around University


Avenue, all the way down to Byres Road. Now the Western Infirmary next


door has closed and the university wants to transform that site from


one where patients of the past were treated, to a centre pioneering cure


is for patients of the future. That vision, though, spreads far beyond


just medicine or indeed Glasgow. Mixing it up, they say, could bring


the rewards. Here we would produce a campus that is innovative and


Glasgow University will be at the centre of that translation of


research for economic activity in Scotland, driving care industries


like quantum technology and precise medicines. As well as prestigious


research, universities are competing to attract students from around the


world. They have doubled the number of international students here


world. They have doubled the number recent years, so there will be new


lecture theatres and study areas to encourage more. West end shops saw a


dip in trade with the closure of the hospital and there have been some


objections to the proposal with concerns new on-campus shops and


cafes will take trade, rather than spread spend. Concerns the


University is keen to calm. We think it will actually create an extra


buzz that will attract more people to the West End. We really wanted to


be part of this community. Where we are standing now will be a new


Square. It will be a square similar to many of the other large squares


we have in Glasgow. We want that to be used by the university, but also


by the people of Glasgow. Outside of graduation, you will not see many


members of the public wandering round this part of the University.


This is the preserve of students and professors. But the development plan


will last ten years. But five years from now, that square down the hill


should be in place and handier for everyone, whether your degree is


from here or from the University of life.


We were talking of business rates earlier.


Three Labour-run councils are to voluntarily freeze the basic


rate of council tax, even though this adds


South Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire and Inverclyde councils all decided


against increasing bills for the majority of local residents.


But the move leaves them open to criticism


Our local government correspondent Jamie McIvor


Jamie - the council elections are two and a half months away.


I'm sure that's a factor in Council decision making up and down the


country. Here in Glasgow, the decision today was to increase the


basic rate of council tax by 3%, but I think it's very interesting that


we have seen three Labour councils now confirm that they intend to go


ahead with a voluntary freeze, so the majority of bill payers in those


areas will not see any increase at all. There's definitely an element


of risk to that strategy. For a start, they leave themselves open to


accusations by anti-austerities campaign is that by not raising


council tax, they are not doing all within their power to at least


mitigate local cuts and savings. But the Scottish Government might say


that a council that decides against raising council tax can hardly


complain about how much government funding it's getting. Certainly an


element of risk. Tonight there is speculation a fourth Labour Council,


in Aberdeen, where labour is in the driving seat with support from


others, might also decide to go for a council tax freeze. No


confirmation yet, but we should get solid news and early next week. It's


a freeze for the majority of people in some areas, but everywhere in


Scotland, the bills any higher property bands will increase because


of national changes to how those bills are calculated.


It's one of the country's best known paintings,


and now the National Galleries of Scotland is making a final


fundraising push to buy The Monarch of the Glen.


The current owner, the giant drinks company, Diageo,


is selling the 19th century masterpiece, and has offered it


to the National Galleries for what's described as a knock-down price


Our reporter John McManus is in Edinburgh for us tonight.


As you can see, the National Gallery is really making the point about the


Monarch of the Glen this evening. This iconic painting has meant so


much to so many people throughout the years, carried so many meanings


about Scotland. Painted in 1851, but the current owners, Diageo, say they


will sell it. They say it's worth ?8 million, but will offer it to the


National Galleries if the galleries can offer ?4 million. Half price,


but can they do that? I'm joined by the gallery 's Director-General,


John Leighton. It's a fantastic offer, but can you raise the money


because time is running out? We had four months to raise ?4 million, a


very generous offer. We had tremendous support from the arts


fund, among others, and we have reached ?3.5 million. We have three


quarters of ?1 million to go and we are reaching out to anyone who has


an interest in Scottish art, culture and heritage to help. Every penny


counts. What happens if you can't secure the ?4 million? That's a


question for the owners, Diageo. I think there's every chance it will


be sold and probably end up going abroad and we will have missed a


unique opportunity to bring a abroad and we will have missed a


fantastic, resonant, powerful image back to Scotland where it can be the


subject of debate and delight for future generations. Thank you very


much. The deadline is March 17 for the deal to be done between the


National Galleries and Diageo. The clock is ticking. Here's hoping it


can stay in Scotland in the hands of this public gallery.


You're watching BBC Reporting Scotland.


Business rates rebellion, as an Aberdeen hotelier


And still to come - we meet the farming brothers aiming


for sporting glory in the winter Olympics.


The Motherwell boss and Scotland assistant manager, Mark McGhee,


could be in trouble again with his part-time employers at


During angry scenes at Pittodrie last night, McGhee was sent


to the stands during his side's heavy defeat to Aberdeen.


Afterwards, he said a match official had an "agenda"


It was enough to make a manager's blood boil. With his team already


4-0 down and on their way to an even bigger defeat, a clearly furious


Mark McGeeney is set to the stands by the referee. The dismissal came


about on the advice of the fourth official, John McKendrick. --


clearly furious Mark Mcghee. It was disgusting. I was astounded by the


attitude the fourth official took. I wasn't getting excited about the


fact we were losing the game. I wasn't losing my patience or


tempter. I was actually having a laugh. But from the first minute the


fourth official seemed to me to have made his mind up on the attitude he


was taking and to be honest, he spoiled the game for me as much as


the seven goals we conceded. His attitude was diabolical. If the


attention of a police officer was unwanted, Mark McGhee's evening got


worse when he got up to the stands to find a Havana filming his


arrival. -- to find a fan filming. It's not just that outburst that


could land the assistant manager of Scotland in trouble.


McGhee has already served a two match ban this season for insulting


or abusive language towards a match official in November. It was a


miserable night all round for Motherwell who shipped seven goals


to Aberdeen, the pick of which came from on loan midfielder Ryan


Christie. But it's his words post match that might yet her to the


manager more. Following McGhee's comments we contacted Motherwell,


the Scottish Football Association at the National Stadium, and senior


figures from the refereeing world, none of whom wanted to comment for


Vera prejudicing a possible disciplinary case. But it's clear


the SFA who employs Mark McGhee as assistant manager to the national


team, will want a full explanation. A look at other stories


from across the country. A man has died after a fire


broke out at a house The emergency services were called


to the property at shortly before Meanwhile, a man who died in a house


fire in Lossiemouth in Moray yesterday afternoon has been named


as 88 year old Kenneth Hall. He was in the property


on Elgin Road, when fire crews arrived at the scene shortly


after four o'clock. St Mirren Football Club is one of 15


companies named by the UK Department of Business as guilty of failing


to pay employees the national The biggest offender


here was Crossroads Caring Scotland, which failed to pay more


than ?17,000 to 40 Members of Muirfield Golf Club have


begun voting in a fresh ballot The postal ballot will be


independently scrutinised, and the outcome is expected next


month. A similar vote last year


narrowly failed to achieve the two-thirds majority required


to change club rules. Commuters crossing the Forth and Tay


bridges have saved about ?2000 each, since tolls were abolished


by the Scottish Government Councillors in Aberdeenshire have


agreed to promote the historic Doric Teaching of the language


won't be compulsory, but the authority says all pupils


should develop an understanding of it, as an integral


part of their education. Doric is the north-east dialect


of the Scots language. Jumpers are being knitted for


so-called "discriminated-against" dogs that an animal welfare charity


finds among the hardest to rehome. Dogs with dark-coloured coats


are being overlooked at Scottish SPCA centres


in Inverness and Caithness. It's thought the dogs' features


don't show as well in photographs. Scottish Women's Institute groups


have been knitting the jumpers as part of celebrations marking 100


years of the institute. The Scottish curling


championships start this weekend. The winners will represent


Great Britain at the World Championships, where they can


qualify for the Winter Olympics And that's the aim of two curling


brothers who share another passion, but also a keen rivalry,


as David Currie's been finding out. Thomas Bjorn head is eyeing up the


Scottish title and a place at the Winter Olympics -- so is elder


brother Glenn Muirhead. That is why they are spending as much time as


they can on the ice. Away from the they are spending as much time as


ice the Muirhead brothers are busy boys. That's why I've come to the


heart of the Perthshire countryside to see them going about their day


job. Curling and farming have both been in the family from the very


onset. The two are working well and we are passionate for both. They


work well together which is the most important thing, really. We've both


got our things we specialise in. We pulled together when we need to.


We'd be stuck without each other, really. At this time of year Thomas


and Glenn have their hands full pretty much all the time. The


lambing always comes about the same time as the Scottish Championships.


We've just learned to really work around it, reschedule things. So you


work on the farm during the day, then you are back on the ice?


Straight from the ice rink into the lambing shed and then catch up on a


few hours sleep then do it all again the next day. It's all about team


Muirhead down on the farm. Not so on the rink. Thomas is all about team


Smith, Glenn is team Brewster. We are best friends off the ice but


when it comes to the crunch there's no friends in business really. One


of your teams gets to the Winter Olympics, the other brother will be


minding the farm? Yeah, hopefully one of us is therefore a start, and


that's exactly the case. We will be pulling out all the stops for each


other if one of us is at the Olympics. And the Winter Olympics


might just coincide with the lambing season.


It was the world's first science festival, and it's


The Edinburgh International Science Festival has


unveiled its programme for this year, featuring hundreds


of events in dozens of venues over two weeks in April.


The launch included a police box, a toaster -


Our science correspondent Kenneth Macdonald was watching.


OK, what's going on here? Certainly some of the onlookers seem a little


confused. The presence of the press gives it away. It's the programme


launch for this year 's Edinburgh science Festival. The phone is just


one of the long list of great Scottish inventions. We were the


worlds first and we are still one of the largest science festivals in the


world, we've got a two-week programme that takes over 30 venues


around the city, hundreds of events for families, teens, adults, ranging


from a brand-new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland called


plate onto our city arts Centre activities, five floors of hands-on


fun, and a big programme for as well. One of the things the festival


is doing is drawing up a list of Scottish inventions. For example,


the telephone. Sherlock Holmes, he's one of ours. Paraffin lamp. The


toaster. And Irn Bru, other spellings are available.


Unfortunately I can't cram everything into just four police


boxes. I'm focusing on the lady of Enlightenment, the Scottish


Industrial Revolution, and 101 Scottish inventions. Looking to the


modern-day and celebrating the information age. We are going to


make a cloud. Our connected world is just one of the big themes. If


previous years have anything to go by, the serious stuff for grown-ups


will be almost as fun as for everyone. Does it have a lasting


effect? We genuinely believe science is integral to so many lives that it


is relevant to everybody and we just need to find the right ways of


reaching them. We do a bit of science by stealth programming,


programme around food and reading in the knowledge that all we have to do


is ignite a spark of interest. The festival runs to two weeks over the


Easter holidays which gives us plenty of time to work out what the


birds heads were all about. Aurier Here are Shereen and Glenn


with the details. Tonight, new figures show Scots


spend more on booze than people in the rest of the UK. Would


restricting sales tackle that? Poking fun at the politicians, Ian


Hislop on how satire is engaging a whole new audience. West Wing actor


Richard Schiff talks to us about making a Scottish anti-Trump hashtag


go global. I don't try to live my life insulting people but I think in


this case it adds a little bit of fun to the fury. And Amy MacDonald


is live in the studio. In the meantime let's see how the


weather is shaping up. Good evening. After all the rain many had this


morning it did improve in the end. Lovely picture there. Tonight


largely dry, quite cold compared to last night thanks to this ridge of


high pressure sitting overhead, keeping things try and settled. Warm


front in the South West meaning outbreaks of rain at times. For many


a dry night and where those skies clear it will be cold. There will


also be missed and fog particularly for central and southern Scotland.


Towns and cities with overnight temperatures two to four Celsius, in


the countryside freezing or just under. Thick cloud in the south-west


and across western parts cloudy skies tomorrow, some spots of rain.


Central and southern largely dry but murky at times. Best sunshine in


towards Murray and Aberdeenshire but even here the cloud will increase


through the day. By mid-afternoon largely dry but very cloudy. Mild,


910 Celsius, generally light winds inland. The hotspot or two of rain.


Still holding onto the sunshine across the north-east where we will


see temperatures into double digits. Orkney and Shetland not too bad


either. The rest of the afternoon and overnight, fairly cloudy, winds


picking up around the west Coast and a change afoot as we head overnight


in towards Saturday. This weather front sweeps in from the Atlantic


bringing outbreaks of rain. A wet start to the weekend. Here are the


details for Saturday, outbreaks of rain across the West, edging


eastwards but by afternoon a lot of them will have cleared away. A dry


afternoon with spells of brightness coming through. Easy from the


south-west. The mild theme continues towards Sunday, some outbreaks of


rain across the West and north-west, in the north-east potential highs of


40 degrees. Thank you. Now, a reminder of


tonight's main news. An Aberdeen hotelier is calling


for a nationwide boycott of new business rates,


and says he'll refuse New rates come into force in April,


after a national revaluation. However the Scottish government


point out that an extra 100,000 businesses will now


pay nothing at all. Three Labour run councils are to


freeze the basic rate of council tax. But other local authorities


including Scotland's biggest council, Glasgow, have put them up.


The new US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has held his first


face to face meeting with his Russian counterpart.


It comes in the wake of turmoil in the White House over alleged


links between the Trump administration and the


Rex Tillerson also held talks with the foreign secretary,


Boris Johnson as part of a G20 summit in Germany.


I'll be back with the headlines at 8.


And the late bulletin just after the ten o'clock news.


Until then, from everyone on the team - right


across the country - have a very good evening.


Two challenges await you today, and our genre is Landscape.


The conditions are a wee bit challenging.


I've really got to convince the judges


The conditions are a wee bit challenging.


I've really got to convince the judges


It's colourful - but it was meant to be muted.


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