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

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

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six. We join the Business rates rebellion,

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as an Aberdeen hotelier calls Three Labour-run councils

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are to freeze the basic rate of council tax,

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

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

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

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was banished to the stand after an angry clash with match

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officials and then Further touchline bans could be

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

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the launch of Europe's biggest science festival celebrates

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all things Scottish. An Aberdeen hotelier is calling

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for a nationwide boycott of new business rates,

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

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after a national revaluation. Stewart Spence, who owns

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the Marcliffe hotel, argues that a complete rethink

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is needed on how However the Scottish government

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

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nothing at all. A busy lunchtime at

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the Marcliffe Hotel in Aberdeen. But owner Stewart Spence

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

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

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

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

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

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

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until I have a satisfactory Are you concerned about

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legal ramifications? I would love to go to

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court to challenge it. Rates rises aren't confined

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to the hospitality sector. The managing director of this

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nursery, and four others in the west of Scotland,

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

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

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

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

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

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And every business in Scotland will be affected.

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This Glasgow laundrette will see rates more than double.

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The bill for a restaurant a few doors down, almost

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The Scottish Conservatives are calling for an "immediate

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The Scottish government say its up to local authorities

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The Scottish Government say thousands will play nothing at all.

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

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

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Businesses like this one can appeal their revaluation

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if they think the assessors have got it wrong.

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

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

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Our Business and Economy Editor Douglas Fraser explains.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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will just pay different shares depending on properties that have

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

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

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explaining why the government has been afraid to revalue homes for

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

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

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

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

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far more than we should. Four people have been

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arrested in Slovakia as part of an investigation into human

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trafficking, which also saw the arrest of five people

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in Glasgow last week. The operation has so far

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uncovered sixteen possible victims of trafficking,

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with officers from Police Scotland, Slovakian Police and Europol

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involved in the raids Police Scotland said it was "very

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

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in court in Slovakia. Glasgow University has been granted

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planning permission by the city council for a ?1 billion

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redevelopment project. It will see the university expand

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into the old Western Infirmary site The plans include new research

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

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

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variety of buildings, old and modern, spread around University

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Glasgow University will be at the centre of that translation of

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research for economic activity in Scotland, driving care industries

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like quantum technology and precise medicines. As well as prestigious

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research, universities are competing to attract students from around the

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world. They have doubled the number of international students here

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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from here or from the University of life.

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We were talking of business rates earlier.

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Three Labour-run councils are to voluntarily freeze the basic

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rate of council tax, even though this adds

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South Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire and Inverclyde councils all decided

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against increasing bills for the majority of local residents.

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But the move leaves them open to criticism

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Our local government correspondent Jamie McIvor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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accusations by anti-austerities campaign is that by not raising

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

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

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that a council that decides against raising council tax can hardly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Scotland, the bills any higher property bands will increase because

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of national changes to how those bills are calculated.

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

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and now the National Galleries of Scotland is making a final

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fundraising push to buy The Monarch of the Glen.

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The current owner, the giant drinks company, Diageo,

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

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

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Our reporter John McManus is in Edinburgh for us tonight.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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very generous offer. We had tremendous support from the arts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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You're watching BBC Reporting Scotland.

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Business rates rebellion, as an Aberdeen hotelier

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And still to come - we meet the farming brothers aiming

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for sporting glory in the winter Olympics.

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The Motherwell boss and Scotland assistant manager, Mark McGhee,

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

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During angry scenes at Pittodrie last night, McGhee was sent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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could land the assistant manager of Scotland in trouble.

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

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

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miserable night all round for Motherwell who shipped seven goals

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

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

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

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the Scottish Football Association at the National Stadium, and senior

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

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

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

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

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

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broke out at a house The emergency services were called

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

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fire in Lossiemouth in Moray yesterday afternoon has been named

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

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

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

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

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to pay employees the national The biggest offender

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here was Crossroads Caring Scotland, which failed to pay more

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

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begun voting in a fresh ballot The postal ballot will be

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independently scrutinised, and the outcome is expected next

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month. A similar vote last year

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narrowly failed to achieve the two-thirds majority required

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to change club rules. Commuters crossing the Forth and Tay

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

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by the Scottish Government Councillors in Aberdeenshire have

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agreed to promote the historic Doric Teaching of the language

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

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should develop an understanding of it, as an integral

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

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of the Scots language. Jumpers are being knitted for

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

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

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are being overlooked at Scottish SPCA centres

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

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

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have been knitting the jumpers as part of celebrations marking 100

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years of the institute. The Scottish curling

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championships start this weekend. The winners will represent

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Great Britain at the World Championships, where they can

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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might just coincide with the lambing season.

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

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The Edinburgh International Science Festival has

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unveiled its programme for this year, featuring hundreds

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

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The launch included a police box, a toaster -

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Our science correspondent Kenneth Macdonald was watching.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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toaster. And Irn Bru, other spellings are available.

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Unfortunately I can't cram everything into just four police

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

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Industrial Revolution, and 101 Scottish inventions. Looking to the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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with the details. Tonight, new figures show Scots

:23:45.:23:55.

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

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

:24:01.:24:04.

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

:24:05.:24:08.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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towards Murray and Aberdeenshire but even here the cloud will increase

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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afternoon with spells of brightness coming through. Easy from the

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

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

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40 degrees. Thank you. Now, a reminder of

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tonight's main news. An Aberdeen hotelier is calling

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for a nationwide boycott of new business rates,

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

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after a national revaluation. However the Scottish government

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point out that an extra 100,000 businesses will now

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pay nothing at all. Three Labour run councils are to

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

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

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

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face to face meeting with his Russian counterpart.

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

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links between the Trump administration and the

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Rex Tillerson also held talks with the foreign secretary,

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Boris Johnson as part of a G20 summit in Germany.

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I'll be back with the headlines at 8.

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

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Until then, from everyone on the team - right

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across the country - have a very good evening.

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

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The conditions are a wee bit challenging.

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I've really got to convince the judges

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The conditions are a wee bit challenging.

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I've really got to convince the judges

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

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