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The First Minister formally requests the power to hold a second

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independence referendum, arguing there's "no rational reason"

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The bin lorry driver that crashed in Glasgow, killing six

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people, walks away with a three year ban for a separate offence.

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These foster parents say they deserve the same protections

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We are getting involved, we are trying our best, we are doing

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everything on our own. Why are local authorities scared to give us

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employee rights? Also on the programme,

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Celtic could clinch the Premiership title tonight

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without kicking a ball, if Aberdeen lose

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away to Dundee. And how the beekeeping boom

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could be putting the future The First Minister has formally

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requested the transfer of powers from Westminster to hold

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an independence referendum. In a letter to the Prime Minister,

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Nicola Sturgeon says there is "no rational reason" why this request

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should be declined. But Downing Street says it

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would be wrong to hold talks while the details

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of Brexit remain uncertain. And the Scottish Tories

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accused the First Minister On a sofa, the image of shoes off

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relaxation, the First Minister signs a letter urging an Independence

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Referendum, an obvious contrast with the Prime Minister, signing goodbye

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to the EU at a desk below a portrait of Britain's first Prime Minister.

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One I sit around the day goes shipping table... Nicola Sturgeon

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One I sit around the day goes says she wishes Theresa May every

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success in Brexit talks, promising full and constructive support. The

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motion is agreed. But she reminds the Prime Minister that the Scottish

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Parliament has now voted for an Independence Referendum to coincide

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with the inclusion of those Brexit negotiations. The First Minister

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adds that there appears to be no rational reason for you to stand in

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the way of the will of the Scottish Parliament, and I hope you will not

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do so. I asked the First Minister why now, when she knew the Prime

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Minister had already said no. I'm writing to the Prime Minister today,

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to set out the rational case for the will of the Scottish Parliament. But

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you know the answer. She has said no. Let me finish. I'm writing to

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her to formally request that she respects the view of the Scottish

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parliament. What we're dealing with his natural gas me or the SNP, this

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is the will of Scottish Parliament. If she refuses to enter into these

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discussions, what I said very clearly is this. In my view the will

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of the Scottish parliament must be respected. It is a question not of

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if it is respected, but how. Spokesman for the Prime Minister

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confirmed she would not enter any talks now about independence. The

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Scottish Tories say the focus should be on Brexit. It is a highly

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theatrical gesture we have all been anticipating. This is a request for

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a referendum which the people of Scotland don't want, and the Prime

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Minister has made it clear she does not believe now is the time. In many

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respects this is pure theatrical politics. It will not serve any

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meaningful purpose and we will not be having a referendum in the

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immediate future until our future outside of the European Union is

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clear. Nicola Sturgeon insists Scotland must be given a choice. For

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now, stalemate. And Brian is in the Scottish

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Parliament for us this evening. Holyrood is now in recess. Nicola

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Sturgeon says she will return after the fortnight's resellers -- recess,

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fairly early in the new term, and set out the options and what she

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intends to do to implemented. She has a mandate for a referendum. The

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more radical options would include obliging able -- an election here in

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Holyrood, resigning and mass and forcing by-elections. Another could

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be noncompliance with the Brexit procedure. Nicola Sturgeon says she

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will set out the details as and when she returns to Parliament here. In

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the meantime, she is waiting for the formal response from the Prime

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Minister. We don't have that yet. We will get that in due course. She

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didn't agonise, she didn't fret. It will be a no.

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The driver of a bin lorry which crashed in Glasgow, killing six

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people in December 2014, has been banned from driving

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for three years and will have to wear an electronic tag

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Arriving at the sheriff court knowing he could face a custodial

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sentence. Last month, Harry Clarke, on the right, pleaded guilty to

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culpable and reckless driving. His licence was taken away after he lost

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consciousness at the wheel of a bin lorry which crashed in Glasgow city

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centre in December 20 14. Six people were killed. Many others were

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injured. But just nine months after the crash, he was seen back behind

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the wheel on a public road. Harry Clarke admitted driving on this road

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in the East End of Glasgow. Neighbours had seen him from a

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window getting into his car in the private car park near his home,

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turning on the headlights and driving onto the road. His car was

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back two hours later. In his defence, Harry Clarke's lawyer said

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he had driven the car 30 yards from the car park to the front door and

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returned it a couple of hours later. In court last month, Harry Clarke

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admitted or should have known he was unfit to drive following the bin

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lorry tragedy, and an episode more than four years earlier when he

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worked as a bus driver for first bus. But a fatal accident enquiry

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also held here heard he had a history of fainting and blackouts

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over 30 years, and had been to the doctor 300 times in that period. The

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enquiry found he had lied on forms to get jobs and keep his license.

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And the crash could have been avoided had he told the truth about

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his medical history. Harry Clarke's lawyer said nothing he said today in

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mitigation is intended in any wait to diminish the events of December

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2000 and 14. Sentencing Harry Clarke today for driving again, the sheriff

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told him the decision he had taken to drive on the road, even for a

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short distance, was wholly irresponsible and reprehensible, and

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placed the safety of the public at risk. He said, you must have been

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acutely aware of the possible consequences of you losing

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consciousness while driving. Harry Clarke has been banned from driving

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for three years, although his license had already been revoked

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indefinitely on medical grounds. He will be supervised for a year, is

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tagged and on a curfew between 7pm and 7am for four months. He has to

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do on paid work. If he breaches this, the consequences could be

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extremely serious, said the sheriff. An employment tribunal case taken

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by two foster carers in Glasgow, could have wide ranging implications

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for the future status of foster The case will consider

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whether these carers should be treated as an employee

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by local authorities, with all Just tea for two these days. The

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Johnsons have been fostering youngsters, including some with

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behaviour issues, since 2011. But they say they haven't had a child to

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look after for almost a year. They want to take Glasgow City Council to

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an employment tribunal, citing unlawful deduction of wages

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following a whistle-blowing incident. To do that they need to be

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regarded as employees. But that is not the kind of arrangement local

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authorities currently believe they have with foster carers. We work

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with vulnerable young people, we are helping, we're not walking by. We're

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getting involved, we are trying our best. We are doing everything in our

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home. Why local authorities kicks -- scared to give us employee rights or

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workers' rights? The Johnson is also believe that if they were recognised

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as employees, then the council in this city and councils elsewhere,

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would have a clear duty of care towards foster carers and not just

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the children they look after. Many foster carers do work with local

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authorities are independent fostering agencies. They have a

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written agreement that says what they have to do, they get paid. They

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are often trained. Sometimes expensively. Yet they have no

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employment rights whatsoever. Glasgow City Council did not wish to

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comment but said they provide combines of support to foster

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carers. carers.

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-- comprehensive support. It expected the tribunal will sit

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early in the summer. And its determination as to whether foster

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carers are actually employees full employment rights, or it should be

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termed as workers, but still brings some rights, or should stay on the

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same arrangement at the moment without those benefits. That will be

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of huge importance not just to foster carers themselves, but to

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local authorities throughout the country.

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Aileen Clarke. The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has

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called for people who wish to appear during its first public

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hearings, to come forward. The hearings will begin at the end

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of May, and will hear evidence from survivor groups and large care

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providers, as well as The inquiry says evidence

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is continuing to be taken Production has been partly shut down

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on a North Sea installation Dana Petroleum says there was no

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safety risk from the release, which was discovered when bubbles

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appeared on the surface near its The Health and Safety Executive

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is investigating. Celtic could secure

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the Premiership title this weekend If Aberdeen lose to Dundee tonight,

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or the Parkhead club beat Hearts on Sunday,

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they'll secure six league So what does all of that

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say about the standard Here's our Senior Football Reporter,

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Chris McLaughlin. Once again it has been Celtic's

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season. Unstoppable, at times unplayable. There is every chance

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the spoils will come to be victors this weekend. And when they do, this

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is the man who will be held above all others. Brendan Rodgers, Celtic

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manager and architect of recent success. What he has brought to

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Celtic has meant they have moved forward massively quickly. This is

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by far is the best title because they are so far ahead. And they are

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playing some great football as well. Grid Portal -- football but a

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predictable outcome. Success has led to questions about the lack of

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competition. Juventus are on the verge of winning their sixth

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consecutive title. Other teams, PSG, the challenge of Monaco this season,

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you look to Germany, iron have won it hundreds of times that make many

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times. The club can do much no more. We want to keep pushing on the

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field. Who will push back? This was the last time another team won the

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league, Rangers in 2011. Can they are anybody else stop Celtic in the

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near future due We simply do not know. There has been so much

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instability about the Ibrox club that you cannot say with any

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assuredness that even next season or the season after that, they will

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mount that traditional challenge. This area in front of Celtic Park

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has become known as the Celtic way. Celtic's away on Brendan Rodgers has

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been win and win in some style. But the former Liverpool manager has

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brought more. A hunger, a ruthless efficiency. The League Cup is

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already in the bag and the title will soon join it. All that is left

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is the Scottish cup to complete a clean sweep, the domestic trouble.

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Where once there was hope, now there is expectation.

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Scotland captain Scott Brown will declare himself

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available to play for his country in June's World Cup qualifier

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The BBC has learned the midfielder will be given some time off once

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Celtic win the Premiership title, which could be as soon

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Brown has been available for Scotland on a game-by-game basis

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since reversing his international retirement decision last November.

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You're watching BBC Reporting Scotland.

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The First Minister has sent a letter, formally asking

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the Prime Minister for the power to hold another

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And in rugby, both Glasgow and Edinburgh are aiming

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to reach the semifinals in European competitions.

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Stroke patients are helping scientists at Edinburgh University

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understand what might cause bleeding in the brain.

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A new powerful combined scanner is being used to detect a build up

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of abnormal proteins in people's brains.

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Our health correspondent, Lisa Summers reports.

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It is a high-tech and powerful device which could hold the key to

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causes of bleeding in the brain. Mick Burns is one of the first

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patients to be involved in this new research. He had a stroke last May.

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I went to work and I realised something was going wrong. I wasn't

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able to sign in. I knew something was telling me I need to do

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something about this. I contacted my GP at the time. And he suggested I

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get to hospital as quickly as possible. His recovery has been good

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but he doesn't know what caused his stroke. That is why he signed up to

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this study. The sophisticated scanner combines MRI scanning that

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shows structural details, with PET scanning, that follows things like

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brain activity. The scientists are tracking the build-up of an abnormal

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protein. They hope it will lead to a better understanding of what

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triggers conditions like a stroke. At the moment it is difficult to do

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it. You need not opted to it. That is obviously difficult to perform.

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What we are trying to do is almost use the scanner to look at the level

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of the protein in real life to see if we can identify patients whose

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stroke was due to this. The technology will be eventually used

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to investigate other diseases, particularly dementia. It is part of

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a huge project tracking patients across the UK. You can have lots of

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small strokes, one can of dementia. Other people have Alzheimer's

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disease. That is a build-up of abnormal protein in the brain,

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causing the connections in the brain to fail. That is when patients

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develop Alzheimer's. It is hoped a clearer picture of what causes

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conditions like dementia and strokes will lead to better diagnosis and

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ultimately better treatments. East Kilbride, Scotland's first

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new town is celebrating its 70th East Kilbride has grown into one

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of Scotland's largest towns. Its continued expansion is not

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without its critics. It may not look like it, but this

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was a vision of the future. The first of many roundabouts which

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directed family is flowing out of nearby Glasgow and into what was to

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become Scotland's most successful new town. All housing development

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areas have main roads and bus routes going round them. The original plan

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was to accommodate 45,000 people. Families moved here for better

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housing, jobs and more opportunities. There was a great

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sense of optimism. This is a place where people choose to live and

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raise a family. A place where people can make a good life and enjoy

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themselves. East Kilbride was a traditional rural village until the

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new town was built. The old Parish Church, I met up with some of the

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early residents. The concept was a relatively small new town, and now

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they tell us its 70 5000. I think they must have forgotten 25,000

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people, I don't know where they are. Now the village is swamped by new

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housing. It's lovely to see new people getting housing, but it's

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swamped. It has changed tremendously. Do you think a new

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term has ever got as big as this? No, that wasn't the original

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concept. Up to 50,000, there was still to some extent a village

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tradition and village life. There was a spirit. But as we have moved

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on since that stage, it's lost its way to some extent. The green belt

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surrounding the town brought ample opportunity for recreation and fresh

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air. East Kilbride has grown way beyond that original plan with a

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air. East Kilbride has grown way population today of 70 5000. And

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air. East Kilbride has grown way that growth is threatening to

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swallow up nearby villages. Much to the alarm of locals. There is a

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disappearance of the community that was here when I first moved here in

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1989. The town of East Kilbride is indeed getting closer. The green

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belt spaces are disappearing. If you look at the amount of green farmland

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left between East Kilbride, Jackson and Eagleson, is diminishing very

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rapidly. These young people of East Kilbride will now be retired. 70

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years on, I wonder if they feel whether that sense of optimism is

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justified? A leading biologist says

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Scotland's native honey bees are being threatened by imports

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brought in because of the hobby's A new group has been formed to help

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protect the indigenous species and convince more

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keepers to convert. Our environment correspondent

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Kevin Keane reports. They are Scotland's only native

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honeybee and now there are fears this buzzing insect is at risk.

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There is honey or syrup they have converted into the equivalent of

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honey. That's their winter food. The threat is not from population is

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dying out, but new species been brought in from across Europe. They

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are arriving to meet the growth in popularity of beekeeping and

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crossbreeding with the natives. We are concerned that they are on their

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way out if we don't do something to ensure that there's going to be

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these Bees in the future. It's a case of no real focus to date from

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the keepers of interest. There are about 3000 bee keepers in Scotland.

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Without them there would hardly be any bees at all. It's the growth in

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popularity of this hobby that's putting these bees at risk. To the

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untrained eye, this species looks quite similar to its European

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cousin. The imported variety is cheaper to buy but a lot less

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resilient. These bees will have involved in environments with damp

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conditions, damp winters. -- involved in environments. They can

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fly in lower temperatures which are more normal in Scotland. That makes

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them more hardy and adapted to the environment. We will need to inspect

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all our clients roughly once a week. The beekeepers say their role is

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vital for the protection of all bees. They say the risk of disease

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is high and colonies need to be managed. That remains the biggest

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threat to survival. Beekeepers now need to intervene to treat colonies

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and reduced numbers to help these through the winter. This new group

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wants to raise awareness of the native bee and lobby the government

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for their protection. It's an important weekend

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for Scotland's two Glasgow and Edinburgh playing

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for places in the semifinals Our sports reporter

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David Currie joins us now Certainly is. Good evening. A couple

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of weeks after the six Nations, our top rugby players get the chance to

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test themselves again, this time against a couple of the best club

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teams in Europe. Firstly in the Challenge Cup, the equivalent of

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football's Europa League, Edinburgh play this evening at Murrayfield

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against French league leaders La Rochelle. With me to talk about that

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is the former Scotland international Peter Wright. Edinburgh's form in

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the pro 12 lead has been nothing short of dire. They have lost their

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last five games but have been superb in Europe. Does that make tonight

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difficult to call Costa it does. They have only won four times in the

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league, but they have beaten Harlequins home and away in the cup.

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We don't know how it will go. They are a team when it comes to cup

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rugby. They have good pedigree and were in the cup final couple of

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years ago, just losing to Gloucester. I think they've got a

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chance. No doubt about the big game of the weekend. Glasgow Warriors in

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the Champions Cup, the more prestigious tournament, and they are

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away to defending champions Saracens in London on Sunday. I've been along

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to watch the Warriors training for what could be the biggest game in

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their history. Formed 21 years ago with the aim of

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competing with Europe's best, it could be said Glasgow have come of

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age. Making ready for their first European Champions Cup quarterfinal.

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This is something the club has been working on for a long time. They

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know how important work to get it, how the effort and disappointment

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we've had in previous seasons in Europe, we have to throw everything

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at Saracens. Their opponents can call on talents like England

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superstar Owen Farrell and their culture of success at the highest

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level. Saracens, after all, our English Premiership champions. And

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also the defending European champions. The London side haven't

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lost a match in European competition for two years. Probably better than

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what we had in the pool stages. We will have to up our game, but that's

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why we play footy, to be in this situation. Warriors are winners too.

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Regularly reaching the Pro12 league play-offs, beating the best Irish

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and Welsh sides to the title two years ago. I think having that

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victory in Belfast in the Pro12, the final against Munster, but in terms

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of the result, being European champions away from home in our

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first quarterfinal, that will be the best result we've had. Reaching the

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semifinals isn't the limit of Warriors' ambition. Some are

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reaching for the stars. We're not just wanting to stop there. We want

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to create even bigger history and go to the final and win that. If we

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play well and everything goes to plan on the day, we know we can do

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it. You can listen to both matches on

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BBC radio Scotland, starting with Edinburgh against La Rochelle

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tonight. Now time for the weather. Most of us had rained today but it

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has been steadily marching northwards leading to drier and

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brighter conditions behind it. Tonight we will hold onto some light

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and patchy rain across the Western Isles, the far north-west Highlands

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and Shetland. Saubers developing across the far south. Otherwise dry

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and fairly cloudy. -- showers developing. Temperatures falling in

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Aberdeenshire to just one or two Celsius, but clouding over later. A

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mild nights to come for most of us, temperatures widely six to eight

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Celsius with the light wind. The beginning of April dawns on a fairly

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cloudy note with some outbreaks of rain, particularly across the

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north-west. The general theme tomorrow is brightness and sunshine

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and also some April showers, initially in the West and becoming

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more widespread as we go through the day. By tomorrow afternoon, I think

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we will continue to see a scattering of showers across Dumfries and

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Galloway, through the Borders and through central and eastern areas.

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Some of the showers will be heavy and slow moving. The odd rumble of

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thunder isn't out of the question. Some bright or sunny spells in

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between the showers and highs of 12 or 14 Celsius, not feeling too bad

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with light wind. Showers becoming fewer and further between across the

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Western Isles and western coastal areas tomorrow afternoon. For hill

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walking and climbing tomorrow, in the more western ranges the same

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story. Sunshine and showers. I think the showers will lead to poor

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visibility at times, but in the sunshiny visibility will be fairly

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good. North-westerly wind around 15 mph. Similar story in the more

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eastern ranges. Sunshine and showers, 2-4 C on the tops.

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North-westerly winds around 10-15 mph. Tomorrow evening, a ridge of

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high pressure essentially killing off the showers so it becomes dry,

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clear, fairly chilly, with perhaps a touch of Frost developing in

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sheltered rural areas. By Sunday, the ridge of high pressure staying

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with us. The better day of the weekend. Dry, bright and plenty of

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sunshine and highs of around 13 or 14. By Monday we will have rain

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moving into the south-west, especially drier further east and

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the rain will be accompanied by strengthening Southwest wind. By

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Tuesday, it looks like it will be mostly dry. We might just see some

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light rain in the West and it looks fairly breezy.

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