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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


other report shows the problem is not widespread. Almost everyone


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


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


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


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


a third are struggling to meet customer requirements. This is


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


jobs. The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon,


met the former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton


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


in the World conference, where they each gave


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


correspondent, Glenn Campbell. They welcomed her like a celebrity


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


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


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


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


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


president and heaped praise on his defeated rival. What Hillary


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


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


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


First Minister was asked why Holyrood has three female leaders.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


here as queen of Scots. You're watching BBC


Reporting Scotland. The remains of an Edinburgh woman


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


subject when he spiralled Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has


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


to the league title this season and remains on course


for the domestic treble. The former Liverpool boss says


agreeing a contract extension Here's our senior football


reporter Chris McLaughlin. After news that a major


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


for the Grand National? The most famous horse race


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


time, a Scottish-owned horse One For Arthur is


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


financial bonus, with ?1 million awaiting the winner.


Highlands and Islands Airports Limited has reported an overall


increase in passenger numbers of just over 15%


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


The business operates 11 sites in the Highlands,


Western and Northern Isles, Argyll and Dundee.


Inverness, Sumburgh, and Dundee were among its busiest.


Graham MacIndoe was a successful photographer


who went from the streets of West Lothian to taking portrait


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


He became addicted to drugs and ended up


During his devastating descent into drug


addiction, he turned the camera on himself -


giving a remarkable insight into an addict's life.


An exhibition of those photos is now going on display


at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


something that I was totally incapable of dealing with. The


instinct of a photographer never left him and he started taking


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


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


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


realised that photographing myself was more relevant than photographing


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


An environmental charity in the Highlands is heralding


a horticultural breakthrough which could preserve one


The aspen has suffered more than most species from centuries


of deforestation, but experts have successfully persuaded saplings


to flower in nursery conditions and this could yield thousands


of seedlings to be planted out in the wild.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


also a favourite nesting site for species like the great spotted


woodpecker. These valuable saplings effectively represent a captive


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


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


environment. It would go down as their greatest


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


title this weekend. The unfancied side head to Sheffield


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


the underdogs hopeful Could the champagne be nice for the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Now, a reminder of tonight's main news.


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


authorised by President Trump on a Syrian government target.


59 Tomahawk Cruise missiles were fired from US warships


in the Mediterranean at the Shayrat air base.


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


chemical weapons attack in Northern Syria was launched.


The remains of an Edinburgh woman who has been


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


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


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