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That's all from the BBC News at Six, so it's goodbye from me -
Cancer patients in our most deprived communities
are up to 98% more likely to die from some form of the illness
40% of us will have a cancer diagnosis in our lives and the
earlier that diagnosis happens, the more chance of treatment and now
We'll ask why some people aren't getting that early diagnosis.
Scientists say there could be reserves of oil
and gas in previous dismissed areas around Rockall.
We speak to the footballer fighting to save his career after betting
on his own team to lose games in which he played.
And, in rugby, struggling Edinburgh appoint a new head coach
A cancer survival gap is growing between people in the most wealthy
and deprived parts of Scotland depending on the type of cancer they
have. That's the warning from
Macmillan Cancer Support which says there needs to be better awareness
of screening in poorer In Govan this cafe for the local
community also doubles up as a drop-in centre for cancer patients.
Many people who come here do not have cancer, but for those who do it
provides support. This couple are both living with terminal cancer. If
you are feeling lost about what help is available, there are people who
are here who deal with every day. I didn't know what help there was. I
lost my job through cancer. That is where it became very important to
me. I knew there was somebody I could phone if I needed to. Local
informal services like this one seemed to be making a difference,
but across the country the analysis paints an alarming picture. McMillan
looked at cancer survival rates over a five-year period and found
startling variations for those living in poor communities compared
to those living in affluent communities. With prostate cancer
you are 98% more likely to die if you live in an area of deprivation
and with breast cancer that figure was 89%. I think they are shocking
and I am hoping the shock of it will help galvanise us do something and
proactive. These days lung cancer does not have to be a death
sentence. Adverts like this one are part of a targeted campaign. They
have been successful, but the government's National clinical
director says he is not surprised by the data. Late presentation is a
matter of life and death. Cancer will hit 40% of us. The earlier that
diagnosis happens, the more chance of treatment and now with modern
techniques, it is often curable. GPs say there can be complex reasons
that discourage people from poor area is seeking out help. Financial
resources, ability to make a GP appointment, communication issues,
education about what needs to be seen as important and perhaps even
the likelihood of pushing your GP for that appointment if you are told
there are none left. This cafe is a success story. 77% of its users come
from deprived areas, but the fundamental question is still not
answered. How to get people to seek help.
MPs are debating whether a state visit to the UK by Donald
More than 1.8 million people signed a petition arguing he wasn't wanted
but hundreds of thousands signed a counter petition arguing that
as America's president he's entitled to come.
I think it is difficult to know whether to be appalled at the
morality of this invitation or astonished at the stupidity of this
invitation. As an example of fawning subservience, the Prime Minister 's
holding hands across the ocean and visit would be difficult to match.
To do it in the name of shared values was stomach churning. We are
dealing with a president who is the first non-politician and the first
non-service man to be elected to the office. He is different. In an
exercise of pressing the right buttons to engage him, I think
dangling a state visit in front of a half Scottish president of the
United States whose mother had an attachment to the country was a very
successful use of the kind of soft power that the United Kingdom has.
Geologists say there could be reserves of oil and gas in areas
around Scotland's coast which have previously been dismissed.
A team has been studying rock formations around Rockall,
a tiny outcrop 300 miles off the Western Isles.
Our energy correspondent Kevin Keane has this exclusive report.
Go on, he is on the rock. It has been an attractive destination for
only the hardiest of adventurers and three years ago Nick Hancock broke
the record for the most time is spent on Rockall. But now the focus
is not so much on the rock above the water line, but on the ones below.
We hope author and Gas has been trapped. Geologist Nick Schofield
has been studying data from below the sea bed and has made a
surprising finding. Previous attempts to strike oil here have
almost all failed, but now he has concluded they are looking in the
wrong place. That is why you get one discovery of every four or five
wells that you drill. That led to the preconception of it not having
anything there, but we think the wells were not drilled in the right
place. His team has also been studying rock formations on sky
which are similar to the Rockall basin. With all the day-to-day now
conclude that volcanic activity may have pushed the odd away from the
rock itself, further away from where they previously drilled. We are
optimistic, but we are always very cautious and it is a very frontier
area and it is a challenging place to work and it is potentially in the
future going to be quite exciting, but I would not get too enthusiastic
just yet. The oil and Gas industry has long been looking for new
fields. Production has expanded into the harsh waters of the North
Atlantic, so there are challenges and opportunities. I am confident
there are companies looking at the information and there will not be a
Klondike rush, this is a very expensive area to play in, but with
the right companies, we will be looking hard at this. This is the
first significant discovery from a two-year seismic study. With two
years to go the geologists say there could be more surprises to come.
One of the leading charities representing survivors of child sex
abuse has been told it hasn't been granted official representation
at the inquiry set up by the Scottish Government.
Wellbeing Scotland says it's concerned more than 1,000 victims
which it has helped will now be deterred
Our Social Affairs Correspondent, Reevel Alderson joins me.
Reevel, what does this mean for abuse victims?
Well be in Scotland formerly operated as an open secret and it
said it is not being granted core participation status in this. It has
appealed against it, but it allows an organisation and its members to
receive financial and legal assistance and to cross-examine
witnesses in the inquiry. The charity says it is the largest
organisation in Scotland dealing with historical allegations of child
sex abuse and has helped 1058 people. It says it was concerned new
guidelines which meant any perpetrator named in the inquiry
would then be told that had happened, they feel that could deter
many survivors from coming forward and therefore it was imperative that
it is a charity should be able to take part fully in the inquiry. It
pointed out another organisation has got core participation status.
Well-being Scotland says it has been left wondering whether the size of
the organisation meant that it would cost a lot more and perhaps elongate
the inquiry which is due to report in late 2019. The inquiry itself
said that well-being Scotland had not met the stringent criteria for
organisations to play a significant role, but that was being reviewed.
to play a significant role, but that was being reviewed.
Floral tributes and messages of sympathy have followed the death
of a two-year-old boy, whose body was recovered
from the River Ericht at Bridge of Cally ,
The child was reported missing yesterday morning from a property
He was found just over an hour later by a fire and rescue crew
Police have been searching the roadside near an Aberdeenshire
village as part of an ongoing investigation into the murder
The 67-year-old was found beaten to death with a "heavy
weapon" in his home in Rothienorman on the 12th of March last year.
Police say the search is not in response to new information.
A footballer says he's fighting to save his career, after admitting
betting on his own team to lose games in which he played.
Dean Brett is currently suspended by Cowdenbeath and is to be charged
by the Scottish Football Association for placing thousands of bets.
The player - who's come through recent personal tragedies -
Dean Brett at home with his dog Maisie. It has been a rough couple
of years in the Brett has sold with the death firstly of a baby daughter
and just a few months later Dean's partner died of cancer. It has just
been tough moments and when you see something that reminds you of it, it
is really tough. Anniversaries, birthdays, events that happen in
other people's lives that can relate to you. You get upset about that and
it is tough. Even before those tragedies Brett had made no secret
of betting on football despite knowing it was against SFA rules.
The social media posts eventually came to the authorities' attention.
He had to answer charges that he plays 2000 bets on a total of 6369
matches. Cowdenbeath say most concerning for them either figures
of 65 of their matches, eight of which were Dean Brett played in five
of those games. Since I went home on Thursday I was just thinking what
happens here? I do not want to leave Cowdenbeath. I have had the
opportunity before, but I have always wanted to stay with them. Now
that I have let them down, for them to release me I will not accept it.
What I have done is not acceptable, and if that is the way they go, fair
enough. Of the other players who have fallen foul of the SFA rules on
gambling, only Ian Black had bet against his own team. He served a
three match ban and was fined ?7,500. None have bet on as many
games as Brett who faces a disciplinary tomorrow. None have
faced the personal drama Brett has, not an excuse, but a poignant twist
to a tale of human frailty. A reminder of tonight's top story:
Cancer patients in our most deprived communities are up to 98% more
likely to die from some forms of the illness than those
from affluent areas. And still to come: The research
into the cells in our bodies that could transform the treatment
of diseases like diabetes. Campaigners for disability rights
continue to raise concerns about the way the Department
for Work and Pensions has tried Some claimants of Disability Living
Allowance say they're losing out But the DWP says more people are now
receiving the higher rate of support than before the changes
were brought in. The Scottish Government
is about to take control of social security and, as Ian Hamilton
reports, it says it will take Maureen has been on disability
benefits for 25 years. I cannot walk too far, it restricts me for a lot
of things I can do in the house, like showering and basically getting
about. She is currently being reassessed by the Department of Work
about. She is currently being and Pensions as she is transferred
from disability living allowance to personal independence payments. The
transition has been tough. You had your letter for the PIP, what has
been happening since then? I went to the assessment, I have waited eight
weeks to be told that I had been dropped from 12 points down to ten
on the mobility side which takes my cart away. On the care side for
getting help I got six points instead of eight, so I did not
qualify for anything. The Department of Work and Pensions told me that
under PIP over a quarter of climbers are now receiving the highest rate
of support. Anyone who disagrees has the right to appeal. The Scottish
social security minister says they want to have a fairer system when
they take over. What is clear just now is that that whole procedure the
people need to go through with a lengthy application form that you
can only access digitally, which makes it very difficult for many,
the medical assessments conducted in assessment centres, which are
costly, all of that I think is unnecessary in the system that we
can design which will still be evidence -based in terms of medical
evidence and social care evidence. Disability campaigners welcomed the
Scottish government proposals, but they are concerned about the
timescale. We would like cross-party agreement to implement a moratorium
on assessment in Scotland until such time as we have power. Secondly, to
put into place a system whereby if a disabled person can demonstrate
through medical evidence that they're in him and has not improved
or has remained the same, the government should step in and
mitigate those cuts. In a few years the Scottish government will be
looking to control this, what would you like them to do differently?
They can treat everybody a wee bit more compassionate, speak to people
and try to understand what is going on and what is wrong with them. Take
a bit more time. The Scottish government have been criticised for
not introducing welfare reform sooner. They say they want to get it
right and that takes time. Exports of single malt Scotch
whisky topped ?1 billion The United States remained
the biggest market by value, while France was the
biggest by volume. And there was a significant increase
in the amount bought by India. Police Scotland say plans to double
the penalty for driving while using a mobile phone or tablet
will come into force The Department for Transport
announced last year that it was planning to increase
the points from three to six, and the fine from ?100
to ?200 across the UK. A look at other stories
from across the country. Edinburgh is set to benefit
from a jobs boost from It's creating 5,000 full-time
jobs throughout the UK, and an undisclosed
number will be in the capital. A 25-year-old man has appeared
in court accused of causing Dean Yeats from Forfar is alleged
to have started the blaze at a water He made no plea or declaration
and was released on bail. Fishing access should not be traded
away during the Brexit talks. That's the message industry leaders
in Shetland delivered to Scotland's Rural Affairs Secretary,
Fergus Ewing, as he announced public funding for the sector
on a visit to the islands. The signs are that the UK Government
seems to be ready to trade away permanent access, to trade away that
sea of opportunity, as part of a wider Brexit negotiation, and that
they seem to be ready to sacrifice the European market which is so
important. 80% of the fish processed here go to Europe.
There's concern school children on Mull could face lengthy journeys
for dental treatment when an island dentist retires
NHS Highland has re-advertised for a dentist to take over
from Chris Price, who also drives the island's mobile surgery.
But it's feared that when he leaves there'll no longer be
Sumburgh Airport in Shetland has been refurbished at a cost
Transport Minister Humza Yousaf unveiled a specially-commissioned
Improvements include larger security screening areas and upgrades
For the last two and a half or three years, we have invested a little
over ?23 million into the facility, and it is very important for the
island, the community and for the oil industry that we support.
A project combining biophysics and mathematics is challenging
existing theories about some of the most important
Researchers at Heriot-Watt University believe it could have
implications for future treatment of diseases like diabetes.
This from our science correspondent, Kenneth Macdonald.
If you are well, this is going on inside you right now. It is a cell
of the kind that creates the hormone insulin. The moving dots are bubbles
that carry those substances to where they are needed. Until now, there
was something wrong with the picture. Most of biology knows that
these things move on railroads. You can see them moving around inside
the cell. When they get to the cell surface, we found we could not find
these railroads any more, so it seemed there was something missing.
This is setting of 100 different particles... What the researchers
found was that on the cell's surface, these were avoiding
molecules. It needed a lot of advanced maths. We have shown that
these vesicles move between these other molecules, and they will do so
with some randomness. It took seven years of treating the cells, looking
through some of the world's most powerful microscopes, and using an
enormous amount of data. Maths and data had to speak the same language.
One of the biggest challenges of my Ph.D.. Learning a different language
to speak with mathematicians! Ph.D.. Learning a different language
findings of implications for medicine are more. If you have
certain conditions, like diabetes, something has probably gone wrong
with the movement of these vesicles inside yourselves. We don't know
what. This new work gives us a strong starting point to try to
investigate. This approach is going to be used not just for this model,
not just for this biology. It is going to be used in finance, in
astronomy, all over the place. The research shows that mathematics
underpins all of the rest of science. It is helping us look at
things that even the most powerful microscopes cannot see.
Edinburgh Rugby have appointed a new head coach.
He's the former England international and Leicester
coach, Richard Cockerill, and will start his
Interim coach Duncan Hodge stays on, returning to the backroom staff,
as the capital club try to improve their fortunes.
This has been a familiar scene for Edinburgh fans. Defeat to Leinster
at the weekend leaving them ninth in the league. Despite a European
quarterfinal tie ahead, this season, like many others in recent times,
has failed to ignite. They are hoping this man can change that.
Richard Cockerill played 27 times for England. He enjoyed great
success as coach of Leicester, leading them to European Cup final.
He left their earlier this season and is now a consultant at the
French giants Toulon. The powers that be here at Murrayfield were
keen to install a coach of proven quality, and they believe that
Richard Cockerill is a major coup for Scottish rugby. This is a big
statement of our intent and our ambition. We recognise where we want
the club to go, and we wanted to be a successful club, and emulate and
surpass where Glasgow have been in the past years. An exciting
appointment for Edinburgh. We have an underperforming group of players.
We need somebody who can put a rocket under them and make them
perform better. Duncan Hodge has been inconsistent, but he will
remain at the club to work with the new man in charge. It is great that
Richard Cockerill has been brought in. He is an experienced coach, and
has won at the highest level. Both him and Hodge will be a good mix. So
I think it is a good thing. An appointment to excite the Edinburgh
fans, but a big challenge for Cockerill to get the club back on
track. Let's get the weather
forecast from Kawser. Thank you. It was a blustery day,
but also quite mild, especially during the course of the morning. By
the afternoon, it was colder for all during the course of the morning. By
of us. By the end of the day, some lovely spells of sunshine. As we
head into the evening, there will be some clear spells, especially for
eastern areas, but showers continuing. These are from the
north-west, and can be quite wintry on the hills. Elsewhere, clear and
dry. Temperatures dipping to around five or six Celsius, so cold
compared to last night. For some rural areas in the sheltered East,
dipping close to freezing. Tomorrow morning, a lot of dry weather to
start across central and eastern areas, but across the north-west,
thicker cloud and outbreaks of rain, and across the west coast as well,
and strengthening south-westerly winds. If you are heading out in the
afternoon, it will be quite wet. Some persistent, heavy bursts here.
Further to the east, it will be drier, but cloudy in the afternoon,
temperatures around 10 Celsius. Lower than today. Tomorrow evening,
a wet evening in store, as that rain band moves further east, and the
winds start to strengthen, perhaps reaching gale force winds.
Wednesday, quite a blustery start to the day. Some of those showers could
be blustery. Some fleet conditions, and temperatures on the cooler side,
back to average for the time of year. On Thursday, there is a lot of
uncertainty. A deep area of low pressure will head towards us,
bringing the prospect of some snow for southern Scotland and northern
England. But a lot of uncertainty about this. The wind coming in from
the north, so cold for most of us. We will keep you updated.
Thank you. Now, a reminder of
tonight's main news. Cancer patients from the most
deprived communities in Scotland are up to 98% more
likely to die from the illness than those from affluent areas,
depending on the type That's the warning from
Macmillan Cancer Support, which says there needs to be better awareness
of screening in poorer The House of Lords has begun
debating the bill which will pave The legislation passed
the Commons with no amendments, but the government doesn't
have a majority in the Lords. Opposition and crossbench peers
are seeking guarantees about the rights of citizens
from other EU countries Two senior officials have resigned
from Ukip in Merseyside, saying that senior party figures have shown
crass insensitivity about the Hillsborough disaster. Paul Nuttall
has admitted that claims he had lost close personal friends in the
disaster were inaccurate. I'll be back with the late bulletin
just after the Ten o'Clock News. Until then, from everyone on the
team, right across the country,
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