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Claims of a Scottish government U-turn over business rates as it

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announces a multi-million pound package aimed at

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MSPs vote for top earners in Scotland to pay more income tax

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Concern that thousands of young carers are suffering stress,

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I was never quite like are the kids, because I had my mum was... I had

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Also on the programme: issues being out with others.

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the Scottish king brutally murdered

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nearly 600 years ago - now plans are unveiled to search

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We are the sirens. Changing the game!

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And netball gets a reboot as the Scottish Sirens take

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to the court for the start of a new national Superleague.

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The Scottish Government has announced a ?44 million package

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The Scottish Government has moved to quell a business rates revolt

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by announcing a package of financial support.

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44 million pounds will go to curb rate rises in the hospitality

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industry, the North-east and in the renewables sector.

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The move has been widely welcomed - although the Conservatives said

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Ministers had been forced into a climbdown by

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This from our political editor Brian Taylor.

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Table ten. It was lovely! Sheila? We told you about how her

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hotel faced a business rate increase of more than 100%. She warned her

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community, already blighted by the oil downtown Michael Cole downturn,

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risk becoming a ghost town. The Minister already acted,

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attempting to cut rates and exempting more small firms but it

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was not enough. With particular pain being felt by hotels, pubs,

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restaurants and cafes, their value is linked uniquely to turnover. Many

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were facing huge increases, and so this... I can confirm today that we

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will offer a new national relief that cap increases for hotels at

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12.5%. The announcement covers the entire catering industry, 8500

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premises. But the owner of this five Aberdeen hotel is still refusing to

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pay any increases at all. -- 5-star hotel. Aberdeenshire has been badly

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hit by the downturn, some areas will also be capped at 12.5%.

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If they listened to the chamber and members, we would expect to see real

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benefits over to the businesses in the region. There is additional

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support for the renewal for sector. Tories welcomed the moves, but felt

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they had been forced into a U-turn, after denying there was a problem.

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It is typical actions from a government that time and again fall

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asleep at the wheel and only wake up when they crashed the car into the

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wall! Back to Sheila in Stonehaven, she scrutinised the statement today,

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and her response? Personally, it is a big relief. In real terms, they

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would go up by ?100 per month rather than ?1000 per month. It is a big

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relief. I can relax, not having to sit and analyse whether I will have

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two lay off staff or not. One satisfied company, but a review of

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business rates is due in the summer. Meanwhile, MSPs have voted to set

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income tax for the coming year - and for the first time

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the arrangements here will be Higher earners living in Scotland

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will be asked to pay more than those in England,

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Wales and Northern Ireland. For as long as revenues have flowed

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from income tax, the charges applied have been the same on both sides of

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the Tweed River, and in all parts of the UK but that is about to

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change... In Scotland, tax isn't going up, but SNP ministers have

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decided not to match a tax cut for higher earners in the rest of the

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UK. If there's a percentage of taxation in Scotland which is

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marginally higher, it is well spent if spent on the NHS. We are one

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country and should have the same tax and money spent everywhere. From

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April, you will pay income tax at 20p in the pound on annual earnings

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of above ?11,500, same as south of the border. But there is a

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difference for those paying higher tax rates of 40p per ?1. Elsewhere

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in the UK you would only pay that rate on earnings over ?45,000. In

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Scotland, the threshold is frozen at ?43,000. It means higher rate

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taxpayers here will pay up to ?400 more each year than elsewhere in the

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UK. With policies like free prescriptions and free university

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tuition, the finance secretary argues that Scotland has the best

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deal on tax and services. But there are those who think the government

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is not making enough use of its tax powers. We are disappointed there is

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not enough there to battle austerity and support public services. My

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union is a union of tax workers, and we believe in tax, justice, and

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redistribution of wealth. Others things that taxing Scots more than

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those in the rest of the UK could damage the Konta me. I think it

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could be a significant disadvantage for Scotland in the longer term. --

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economy. It's the potential for sending out messages that Scotland

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is going in that direction and we think I tax is the country's future.

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There will always be a disagreement over how much tax we pay, but what

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income tax, it is never politicians income tax, it is never politicians

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-- it is never politicians here setting rules for those in Scotland.

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Let's get an overview of today's events at Holyrood

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from our political editor Brian Taylor.

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Brian, these are economic decisions on rates and income tax,

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but how much are they politically driven?

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It is very substantially politically driven. Nothing stirs the minds

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rather than anxious voters, and by contrast, nothing is more than

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opportunity for opposition parties. On the question of business rates,

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conservatives were piling in on this one. It was a slow burner, an

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accumulation of a series of protests from individual businesses but it

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grew into a substantial and significant road indeed. It was a

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challenge for the Scottish Government.

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challenge for the Scottish -- significant role. Did they answer

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every point? The Conservatives said that they had not. The SNP believe

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that they have given ammunition to their party with local elections due

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in May. With the issue of the tax decisions, and money to be raised by

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the tax decision, much of it in the deal with the Green party, is being

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diverted to local councils. It was a basis of the Labour complaint. Local

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services overall were benefiting but now they can argue that more money

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is going to councils. Labour are not happy and say it is insufficient,

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and say it will leave councils short. These are big battle grounds,

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if you like. The SNB believe that they have given defence to their

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candidates. -- SNP. Local elections happen in May, and in Scotland,

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there always appears to be an election pending, or a referendum,

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or both! Brian Taylor, thank you. A stonemason has told a fatal

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accident inquiry into the death of an eight year old boy

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who was killed by a falling gravestone, that the memorial was

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a 'definite hazard and dangerous'. Peter Hayman told the hearing that

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had he seen it before Ciaran Williamson's death

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he would have fenced Ciaran Williamson's family leave

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court, having heard testimony from a stonemason who examined gravestones

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at Craigton Cemetery after the accident. Here, on the evening of

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the 26th of May nearly two years ago, Ciaran Williamson came here to

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play with friends. Not long after arriving, a gravestone fell on top

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of him. Today, the court heard from Peter Hayman from the National

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Association of memorial Masons, who told the fatal accident enquiry that

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if he inspected the gravestone before Kiran's death, he would have

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it was a definite hazard and danger it was a definite hazard and danger

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-- fenced it. Under questioning, he said that the problem with the

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gravestones was a lack of dowels, combined with the roots of a nearby

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tree clamping over it. He said the headstone would have failed or

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fallen at some point anyway. Later, a representative for the Council

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asked that if he thought the headstone was so perilously balanced

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that the wind could knock it over. Peter Hayman replied no, but if it

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was leaning further, it might. Later in the afternoon, there were tears

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from Ciaran Williamson's family, as the pathologist reports detailing

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his injuries was read out. It said that the stone fell on top of his

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head, and then fell further down and hit his chest and tummy. His death

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was instant. The fatal accident enquiry here at Glasgow Sheriff

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Court continues tomorrow. When we think of carers,

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usually we assume they are adults. But it's estimated there are almost

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30,000 carers in Scotland who are under 18 -

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and more than a quarter of them Whilst many are proud

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of their role as young carers, others suffer serious stress,

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isolation and depression. I hope it isn't he saw one...

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is partly paralysed by an autoimmune disease. Is that good? Not bad for

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me! Her 13-year-old daughter, Abbey, is her Qera. I was never like the

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other kids, because my mum is... I had some issues like being out with

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my friends, or I would have to be home if my dad was at work -- carer.

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Do you want chicken, or chicken? Over a quarter of Scotland's Young

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carers care for more than one parent or sibling, or care for them alone.

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She has to be my Qera, and I regret it, she should be a teenager and do

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the normal things that teenagers do the normal things that teenagers do

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-- carer. There are 29,000 young carers in Scotland. It is thought

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many more are trying to cope. Scared of asking for help in case they are

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separated. There are those who have more demand, and heavier

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responsibilities. In some instances, that would impact on their mental

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health and we must make sure we have the appropriate services for those

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young people. The survey found many feel left out or stressed. Peer

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support groups can help. I've become more confident because I'd gone to

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things like that, before I was not confident at all. Now, I'm feeling

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slightly better. The Scottish Goodman says that young carers make

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a vital contribution, they spend ?130 million on targeted programmes

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but except more support is needed. Sometimes we fall out about it. She

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gets fed up and I understand that. Are you all right? I don't think I

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am special, it's how I have to be. For as long as I could remember, my

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mum has had the disease and I have lived with it. There is nothing I

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can do. It is just how things are. Police in Renfrewshire

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are investigating reports that a 27-year-old woman was raped

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on a pathway behind An area near The Wallace School

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in Elderslie near Paisley The suspect is described as a white

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male aged between 35 to 50 years old with dark receding hair,

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and a medium to stocky build. One of the senior figures carrying

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out the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry Glenn Houston, seen here

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on the right, was the only He remained on the inquiry team last

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year after the resignation of the chair, Susan O'Brien QC

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and panel member Michael Lamb. One survivors' group

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has described the news Police are investigating allegations

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of malpractice involving It follows claims of cronyism

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within the department responsible for services such

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as cleansing and roads. An internal council inquiry started

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last year while the senior manager responsible for the service

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resigned last autumn. Police Scotland say their inquiries

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are at an early stage. Claims of a Scottish government

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U-turn over business rates as it announces a multi-million pound

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package aimed at Who will fill this man's boots as

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captain when Scotland take on Wales in the six Nations?

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A Scottish architect has helped pioneer a virtual reality guide

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to designing buildings for people living with dementia.

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Charities say more than 90,000 people in Scotland currently have

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dementia and that figure expected to rise.

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It's hoped that by allowing architects to "virtually" attain

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a sufferer's point of view then more sympathetic designs will result.

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If you are a gamer, you might be familiar with this, the virtual

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reality headset. But what it is demonstrating today is something far

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from a game. It is being used to show you the world as you would see

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it and then through the eyes of someone with dementia. OK, let's

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have a go... I am in a care home. Everything is very beige, but my,

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now things are getting quite difficult to make out... It looks a

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little bit muddy, I'm not enjoying it. Many people with dementia have

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cognitive and perceptual problems, meaning interpreting what you are

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looking at is problematic. This is a different room altogether, there is

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a bright purple blanket on the bed. With the filter on, things are still

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much easier to see than they were in the beige room. It is interesting, I

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can navigate my way around the room, and see where everything is. It just

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isn't as bright as it would be for someone who does not have dementia.

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We need to understand that if there is in contrast, things are

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invisible. In the beige room, for many people with dementia, they

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cannot even see the bed properly. In the bright, clear and bold design,

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the bed is very obvious and clear. You can immediately work out what it

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is and where it is, and where to sit You can immediately work out what it

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if you want to sit on it. You go You can immediately work out what it

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into the bathroom and you can see the toilet instantly. You are more

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confident and more relaxed and more independent, and safer. I think what

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it does, very clearly, is help you to understand exactly what someone

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with dementia lives with. And, from that, you can design out risks like

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trip hazards, material changes and contrasts, so they can see what you

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see. You design from empathy. What it has done is take the knowledge

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that doctors and academics have had about dementia for years, and put it

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into a way that designers cannot just see it, but experience it. It

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is hoped it will bring about more dementia friendly buildings in the

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future. A look at other stories

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from across the country. the oil services giant the John Wood

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Group has reported a 28% fall in annual profits, operating profits

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were 2016 were $244 million. That's $100 million down on the previous

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year. The company says the industry continues to present challenges. A

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quarter of women in Scotland don't take part in sport or physical

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activity. That's compared with 13% of men. That's compared to a

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self-selecting survey of more than 3000 people. The majority said they

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did it for health and social benefits. Plans for a multi-million

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pound artificial surfing break on the outskirts of Edinburgh are to be

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unveiled at a series of public consultations. Wave Garden would

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turned this quarry into a huge lake with a machine that created waves

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for any level of surfer. The development expects to create more

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than 80 jobs. Depeche Mode will headline the BBC six music festival

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in Scotland. They will be joined by Belle And Sebastian and a host of

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other acts. The festival takes place across the city with Depeche Mode

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playing at the end of March. Glasgow is a really big part of the British

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music scene. When I sit in my studio in London and talk to artists who

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are on tour and say where are you excited to go, they always a

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Glasgow. Obviously a massive massive musical heritage up here. It's

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really exciting to be here this year.

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He was brutally murdered on this day 580 years ago and plans have been

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unveiled to search for the tomb of King James I.

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He was buried in Perth and finding his grave would be part

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of a project to create a major visitor attraction in the city.

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The city of Perth. Could it have become Scotland's capital back in

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the 15th century? King James the first had big plans for the place.

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He held several of his parliaments in Perth. It's in this area the

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Charterhouse would have stood... James wanted the city to rival

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London, with a university to match Oxford. I'm not sure whether perp

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would have been the capital but it was definitely in the running for

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being the capital in a way that the murder halted the idea in its

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being the capital in a way that the tracks. That murder took place in

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this Priory where James had royal apartments. Today a pub stands on

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the site. James tried to hide from his enemies underground in an area

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similar to this pub cellar. He tried to flee through a hatch but it had

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been blocked. His enemies got to him, they stabbed him 16 times and

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the King of Scotland lay dying in a pool of blood. He was buried

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somewhere near here, a monument marks the site of the Priory. Now

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there are plans to search for the team. If we were to locate where the

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royal tomb was within this complex, we saw what that did to Leicester

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with the rediscovery of Richard III. A lot more people know Richard III

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but we are looking to try and change that. When Richard III's remains

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were found and reburied it brought a tourist bonanza. It is hoped James

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the first could do the same for Perth. Technology like this would be

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used in a new visitor centre to bring the story alive. Through the

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archaeology and research will be able to recreate, for example, the

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Charterhouse in which James the first, his queen and Margaret Tudor

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are all buried. We will be able to do that. James would no doubt seeing

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his story brought to life in the heart of his beloved city.

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Scotland's rugby coaches still to publicly name his captain for the

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remainder of the Six Nations. After beating Ireland and losing to

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France, they are at home to Wales at Murrayfield on Saturday. The team

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don't appear to have been told who will lead them either.

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This is Scotland's training base in Edinburgh. Traditionally during a

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Six Nations match week the captain holds a media conference every

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Tuesday. Not this week. Greg Laidlaw's injury forcing him to

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withdraw from the squad. So who will take over for the remaining three

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matches? Might it be whoever was sitting in for media duties today? I

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put my hat in the ring but I don't think that's possible. Yeah, I'm not

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actually sure to be honest. There are more serious contenders.

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John Barclay was captain when Greg went off against France. It was six

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minutes before he had to go off himself. He's more vocal than Jonny

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Gray who took over for him. He's got the experience as well. Jonny Gray

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is a year and a half into captaining Glasgow and it's been a bit of a

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mixed bag. His communication skills aren't as good as Laidlaw's. The

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other candidate is Henry Pyrgos who has the leadership skills required.

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He's coming back from injury and they'll probably start him on the

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bench so it's got to be John Barclay. This seat will be filled

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when they name the new skipper on Thursday.

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Scotland has a brand new professional sports team,

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and tonight they launch themselves to a sell-out crowd

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The sport is netball, the team are called The Sirens,

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they are based in Glasgow and will play in the Vitality

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As Rhona McLeod reports, their creation has been

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ambitious and their survival is far from assured.

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An appropriate name for a team screaming out for support. The

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Sirens will launch tonight with a sell-out crowd of 4000 at Glasgow's

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emirates arena. That's more than attended three of the weekend's

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Scottish premiership football games. It's really exciting, but it's not

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just for the sport of netball. I think for women's sport and Scottish

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sport it's a historic moment for us to have a professional women's team

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with a TV deal, particularly when you look at the current statistics.

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We are hoping this is a game changer. It is New Zealand's number

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one women's sport. It's on TV readily, people know who you are

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when you walk down the street. That's what we want to grow over

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here. I think we are able to do that and we have the team behind the

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scenes to make it happen. The team will be chasing success against nine

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others from across England and Wales. The fact we are new, we don't

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know what the outcome will be. That is what makes it exciting for me. If

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we stick to who we are as The Sirens, then we should be

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victorious. The Sirens squad is filled with ambitious signings from

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Scotland and across the world. Inspiration for youngsters in the

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sport will exist in abundance but investment will also be needed. We

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have set up as a partnership between apple Scotland and the University of

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Western Scotland. We aren't publicly funded, we don't take money from the

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governing body or sports Scotland. If this is to be sustainable we need

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to attract more investment, that comes from commercial investors. The

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Sirens will face wasps netball tonight for a centre pass at 7:45pm.

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And its time for the weather now with Kawser.

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A lot to fit in this broadcast. Good evening. It is already quite wet

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across many western parts of the country and will continue to see

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further outbreaks of rain. You can see the rain piling in from the

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West, heaviest across the North West. It will continue to make

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progress further south-east as we head into the evening. A stormy

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scene here sent in from one of our Weather Watchers on the Isle of Skye

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earlier today. While we continue to see further outbreaks of rain this

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evening it's going to become very windy indeed. Is the scene for this

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evening. The rainbow progress further south-east. Behind it

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clearer skies but blustery showers falling as snow. It's across the far

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north and north-east, and for the Northern Isles where we have the

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strongest gusts perhaps reaching severe gale force. There are weather

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warnings for those areas lasting throughout the night and for much of

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the day tomorrow. It's going to be a cold night competitor last night.

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Tomorrow starts cold, blustery, showers continuing across the North

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West. Maybe even the odd rumble of thunder. The strongest winds across

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the far north continuing for much of the day. Let's take a close look at

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tomorrow afternoon. The winds will moderate across the mainland and

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will start to see those showers moderate across the mainland and

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becoming fewer and further between. More sunshine across more central,

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southern and eastern areas. Temperatures back to around average

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for the time of year but feeling cold in exposure to the winter.

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During the evening a brief respite, clearer skies and a touch of frost.

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Then we'll see rain pushing through across the south-west during the

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evening. This is associated with Storm Doris. A deep area of low

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pressure bringing heavy, persistent rain and strong winds. The strongest

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will be towards the south across north-western parts of England but

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as the heavy rain moves into the colder air over Scotland, it will

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form increasingly as snow. At a higher ground, the southern uplands

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in particular but even in lower levels, there is potential of snow

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during Thursday morning. The Met office have issued a Yellow Warning

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for the risk of snow and the potential of some disruption. Keep

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up-to-date with the forecast. Now, a reminder of

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tonight's main news. The Scottish Government has moved

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to quell a business rates revolt by announcing a package

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of financial support. MSPs have voted to set income taxed

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for the coming year. And for the first time

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the arrangements will be different Higher earners living in Scotland

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will be asked to pay more. Our next main bulletin is just

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after the ten o'clock news. Until then, from everyone on the

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team, right across the country, Nawal El Saadawi,

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the world-renowned Egyptian author A fearless feminist

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facing a world in turmoil.

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