07/04/2017 Reporting Scotland


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one consult si which supports self-employed people. Software is a

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big focus for us and a shortage of engineers is a problem. With skills

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shortages, recruitment specialists say this is an area of concern after

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Britain leaves the EU. Access to skilled people from the EU is a real

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challenge. It is parts of our plan to make sure we have people for the

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industry in the long-term. We would love to see more people coming from

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within the Scottish population and joining the sector. But it is not an

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overnight solution. It will take a long time to train people. Today's

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other report shows the problem is not widespread. Almost everyone

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needs some tech skill and we are not keeping pace. Chambers of Commerce

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asked member what is are the most important skills and three quarters

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said computer skills, communicating through IT, handling data. But more

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than half say the demands of IT are putting extra pressure on staff and

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a third are struggling to meet customer requirements. This is

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impacting on every employee in the workforce today that does require to

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have these basic skills, technology is moving at a fast pace and

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business and our staff are not keeping up with that. Do the workers

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think they have the skill they need? Probably not. Definitely lacking in

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them. Probably an age thing. I think imquite well trained for the job I

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do. Also I have children and they're into IT. They're good and could

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teach me. We have personal training and go through the training

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programmes and if there is major changes, it is almost self taught. A

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will the A lot of jobs s seem to be threatened by technology. Where work

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meets technology, the race is on to harness it before it harnesses our

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jobs. The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon,

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met the former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

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in New York last night. They chatted backstage at the Women

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in the World conference, where they each gave

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separate, live interviews. From New York, here's our political

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correspondent, Glenn Campbell. They welcomed her like a celebrity

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and interviewer Tina Brown asked her about the US election. President

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Trump is the president of United States and I respect that. She took

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care not to renew her criticism. I'm here as the guest of the United

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States just now... LAUGHTER But I want to be allowed back in in

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future. She praised German's Angela Merkel for standing up to the

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president and heaped praise on his defeated rival. What Hillary

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Clinton, she has been a trail blazer for women in politics and pleads I

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easier for women like me in politics. I think for that, I and

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women across the world, owe Hillary Clinton a debt of gratitude. The

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First Minister was asked why Holyrood has three female leaders.

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Something in the water! Exactly. Or something in the whisky. Something

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in the whisky. To describe her relationship with Theresa May. We

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both like shoes. That is a good starting point! She criticised the

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treatment of female politicians in the media after this front-page. So

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this you know tendency to reduce women to body parts or to, what they

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wear or their hair, it is not innocent and it is not something we

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should just laugh off. It is a deliberate attempt to demean women

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and we should speak out about it. Mr Her contribution was well received.

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She was may favourite person speaking today. Oh, my God. Perfect.

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She was really good. I love what she said. We need more women like her.

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Awesome. I loved her. Over seas endorsement for a politician billed

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here as queen of Scots. You're watching BBC

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Reporting Scotland. The remains of an Edinburgh woman

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who has been missing for 15 years The photographer who became his own

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subject when he spiralled Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has

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signed a new four-year deal He's already led the club

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to the league title this season and remains on course

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for the domestic treble. The former Liverpool boss says

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agreeing a contract extension Here's our senior football

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reporter Chris McLaughlin. After news that a major

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announcements was coming, this. Celtic Football Club is delighted to

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announce that we have agreed a new contract with Brendan. The term of

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the contract will be four years. And it will run to June 2021. This was

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Rogers taking the job last May a big name and a big reputation. And this

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was him just last week, League Cup in the bag, celebrating the title

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with eight games to spare and on course for the treble. I have loved

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my life in Glasgow. It has been a great city. People have been

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fantastic. Really loved living here. For me, Celtic's the greatest club

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in the world. I have the privilege to manage it and I want to make it

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the best I possibly can. It is warding off invaders from south of

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board hear the have been linked with Brendan Rodgers. You know, whatever

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scenario at perhaps Arsenal or Spurs, he has been linked with the

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top jobs in England. The news might not have been expected, but it will

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certainly be welcomed by the Celtic fans, Brendan Rodgers simply in

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their eyes can do no wrong and of course we know this deal does not

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necessarily mean he will stay until 2021, but the four years in itself

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is pretty significant. Why? Well, there are some here who believe that

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in four years time this club could go on to break a record and secure

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ten league titles in a row. Now, who's your bet

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for the Grand National? The most famous horse race

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in the world takes place tomorrow, and, for the first time in a long

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time, a Scottish-owned horse One For Arthur is

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highly-fancied amongst the 40 Meet One For Arthur and his two

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owners, friends with an intriguing partnership name. Our other halves

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play a lot of golf. We don't mind. We are delighted! We have been at

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school together, pony club together and we had kind of gone our separate

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ways, and then we found our friendship in this yard, and we

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thought it would be fun to go into partnership. After is part of

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Lucinda Russell's yard near Kinross. And the word is, if you fancy a

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flutter, he's a horse in form. We go there with more than hope, we go

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with a strong level of expectation. So, you know, I am as confident as

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one can be going in for a race like this. It has been a while, almost 40

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years, in fact, since the last Scottish winner. This was TechHub

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stick coming home first in 1979. It takes a year of preparation to get a

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horse ready for the most talked about horse race in the world. So,

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what makes One For Arthur want to watch? I suppose the horses that we

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have run in it before have been fantastic courses but they really

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needed heavy ground. This horse is better on soft but he can cope with

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good ground as well. It's something that I really want to do, it is not

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just for Scotland, it's for Britain and it's for the team here, for his

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owners, for everyone connected with him. I think he deserves his place

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this year. He's done really well this season and he deserves to be

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down there. All we want is for him to come home safe and sound, enjoy

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his race, and anything else would be a bonus. It certainly would, a huge

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financial bonus, with ?1 million awaiting the winner.

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Highlands and Islands Airports Limited has reported an overall

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increase in passenger numbers of just over 15%

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The Scottish Government-owned company said more than 1,600,000,

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The business operates 11 sites in the Highlands,

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Western and Northern Isles, Argyll and Dundee.

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Inverness, Sumburgh, and Dundee were among its busiest.

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Graham MacIndoe was a successful photographer

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who went from the streets of West Lothian to taking portrait

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pictures of some of the world's most famous celebrities.

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He became addicted to drugs and ended up

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During his devastating descent into drug

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addiction, he turned the camera on himself -

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giving a remarkable insight into an addict's life.

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An exhibition of those photos is now going on display

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at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

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A warning, this report contains images of drug use. I think it is

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the content, because it shows you... For photographer Graham MacIndoe,

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there is no normal exhibition. It tells the story of his descent into

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chaos, caused by addiction to drugs. After growing up in West Lothian and

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studying at the Edinburgh College Of Art, he moved to New York to do

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portrait pictures of some of the biggest stars in the world. The

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stresses of his life led to a reliance on alcohol, cocaine and

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then heroin. I was having a good time, I was drinking heavily, people

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were doing drugs I had never tried. I was just like, try that. It

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started off as partying and using sometimes with friends and it turned

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into a real serious habit, which turned into addiction, then became

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something that I was totally incapable of dealing with. The

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instinct of a photographer never left him and he started taking

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pictures of himself. I caught a glance of myself in the mirror once

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when I was in somebody's apartment where people were using drugs. I

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looked at myself, and I thought, wow! This is how bad I look! I

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realised that photographing myself was more relevant than photographing

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other people. He hit rock bottom when he spent four months in New

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York jail for drug possession, five more in an immigration centre. In

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the end it was love that helped him conquer his addiction. He's been

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clean for nearly eight years. I first saw these pictures when Graham

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had accidentally posted some of them online, and it was during the period

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when we were together. At first it was devastating for me, because this

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was his life that I had not been privy to. I'm really proud that he

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has put them out there and the reaction has largely been very

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positive. I'm certainly not when rising it, I am showing it

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bare-bones as to what it was like for me, you know. What I really want

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people to take away from it is that you can fall really far, but you can

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get back on your feet and you can get clean and healthy.

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An environmental charity in the Highlands is heralding

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a horticultural breakthrough which could preserve one

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The aspen has suffered more than most species from centuries

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of deforestation, but experts have successfully persuaded saplings

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to flower in nursery conditions and this could yield thousands

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of seedlings to be planted out in the wild.

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a beautiful tree with shimmering leaves. But it is a bit like the

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giant panda of the tree world. The aspen only produces flour catkins

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once every few years. And pollination in the wild is hit or

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miss. The trees don't flour very often and an individual aspen is

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either male or female and you need the two in close rocks are many to

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pollinate. It is a very attractive species for deer, they will not eat

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anything else. So if the seedling gets eaten, that is the end of the

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line. This elderly aspen they have fallen over but it is still alive,

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and in a few weeks' time, they will be producing catkins which can

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produce seed if they are pollinated. In these tunnels, they are giving

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nature a bit of a helping hand. Emma, she was getting male pollen

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from male trees, and she was painting the pollen onto the female

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flowers that we have here in the tunnel. And that's the first time we

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have been able to do that with female flowers, so we're really

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excited. And increasing the spread of aspen in Scotland is likely to

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benefit a range of other species, too. It is a very special tree for a

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number of reasons. It has a whole suite of rare organisms that grow

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only with it, things like rare mosses, special lichens. Aspen is

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also a favourite nesting site for species like the great spotted

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woodpecker. These valuable saplings effectively represent a captive

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breeding programme for trees. Once released into the wild, their

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offspring should spread biodiversity - and colour - into Scotland's wild

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environment. It would go down as their greatest

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victory if the Dundee Stars ice hockey team can win the UK Elite

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title this weekend. The unfancied side head to Sheffield

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this weekend hoping to see off Jonathan Sutherland has been to meet

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the underdogs hopeful Could the champagne be nice for the

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Dundee Stars? Formed in 2001, they are in the UK play-off finals for

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the first time. It is massive for us, we are a small club and it is

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the first time in our history that we have been to the final four. I am

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very proud of the group behind me. Dundee is famous for many things,

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but ice hockey, perhaps not. They are desperate to make a statement in

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the sport this weekend, but they go into it very much as underdogs. They

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upset the odds last weekend by seeing off fellow Scots the Braehead

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Clan. They may have one of the smallest budgets and one of the

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youngest teams, but if they beat the Cardiff Devils tomorrow, and then

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either Belfast or Sheffield in the final on Sunday, they will win the

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biggest prize in UK ice hockey. Can they upset the odds? Yes. I have

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been in a situation like this before, being the underdog. The

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pressure is not on us but we know that if we play the way we have

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been, with the same kind of resolve and tenacity that we have shown over

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the past two months, then we have as good a chance as anybody to produce

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the goods. We were down and out in January, we were not even in a

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play-off spot. The guys fought through and came together at the

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right time. We just have to win two game, that is all it comes down to.

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Sheffield and Belfast, in the other semifinal, and the winners play on

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the Sunday. It is 120 minutes of hard work, and hopefully we will

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come back with the trophy. It might be a stretch for the stars to align,

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but on Grand National weekend, there is always hope for a long shot.

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That is the only ice you will be seen tonight, I hope! We have some

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good weather for the start of the weekend, but it goes downhill on

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Sunday, I'm afraid. Today has been fairly settled, with fairly cloudy

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conditions, but largely dry, thanks to the high pressure which has been

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dominating the weather for much of the week. It is holding on, just,

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for the time being. Waiting in the wings in the north-west, though, we

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have a weather front. This picture came from Aberdeenshire today. This

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evening it is mostly dry, still fairly cloudy for some. Clearer

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skies as we had through the night, especially for central and east

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parts of the country just across the north-west and the Northern Isles,

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it stays cloudy here with patchy light rain and drizzle and a

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strengthening south-westerly wind. We may have some low cloud across

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the Galloway coast by the start of the day tomorrow. In the clearer

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skies, in rural areas, temperatures could get close to freezing. There

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could be a touch of frost. But in the towns and cities, 4-7 Celsius.

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The cloud to start will melt away and we will have plenty of sunshine

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tomorrow across much of the country. Only across the very far north-west,

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I'm afraid, it stays fairly cloudy and breezy with some drizzle. Around

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four o'clock in the afternoon, Shetland I'm afraid stays rather

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cloudy and damp. Some writer spells perhaps for Orkney. Across the

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north-east, temperatures could get up to 18 Celsius. Elsewhere, plenty

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of sunshine. So, a good day if you're planning to go out for any

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help or activities. The hills and mountains, fairly dry conditions

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here. While the valleys have liked winds, as you go up in height, the

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gusts could be getting up to 45mph. Further towards the east, a pleasant

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day for walking. The Cairngorms, gusts of up to 45mph. Still quite

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breezy across the Border hills. Clear spells as we head into the

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evening and night. Once again, cloudy in the north-west. Looking

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ahead to Sunday, the high pressure slips further towards the east and

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we have his weather system arriving, bringing with it some outbreaks of

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rain, heaviest across the north-west at first. Becoming colder behind it.

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Now, a reminder of tonight's main news.

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Russia, an ally of Syria, has condemned a missile strike

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authorised by President Trump on a Syrian government target.

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59 Tomahawk Cruise missiles were fired from US warships

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in the Mediterranean at the Shayrat air base.

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It was from there, according to Mr Trump, that this week's deadly

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chemical weapons attack in Northern Syria was launched.

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The remains of an Edinburgh woman who has been

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The remains of an Edinburgh woman who has been missing for 15 years

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Louise Tiffney was last seen leaving her home in the city's

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