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tomorrow's talks when he will try to persuade Russia to end its support


of Syria's President. the crisis in care provision caused


by a shortage of workers This is something happening all over


Scotland, all over England as well. Also on the programme,


We get a look at the giant ship that's going to lift almost


an entire oil platform The remarkable story


of a family torn apart in the 1950s and the years


they spent trying How the country's


biggest lottery winners are helping to transform


Partick Thistle's future. but it still only came second


in a UK-wide survey. The shortage of carers in Scotland


is reaching crisis point. The organisations that represents


independent care providers says nine out of ten of its members


cannot fill vacancies. It comes on the day figures


from England showed 900 social-care workers there


leave their jobs every day. Our health correspondent


Lisa Summers has been to meet a couple from East Lothian


who are struggling to cope. OK? I will put baby here, you are


OK. Mary Turnbull and 78. The former schoolteacher was diagnosed with


dementia five years ago. Mary was the strong one in the


family, the homemaker, the provider, the person that did all the cooking.


Now the roles are reversed, Mary, there is some biddy waiting to see


you. But it is certainly isolated, you have nobody else to talk to. The


buck stops with me, basically. Who is this? Me with my hands in my


pockets... Her husband does have some care in place for his wife, but


despite offering to top up wages, he cannot get the help he needs. The


fact that I have lost a lot of care during the week means that I am


doing a lot of the caring, in the evening, for example, seven days a


week. I have to take upstairs, undresser, put her in her pyjamas,


put her to bed. Scottish Cares say nine out of ten of their members


report struggling to recruit staff. They say care homes have been forced


to close with the same problems in the community too. If you can earn


?1 50 more down the road with a supermarket, compared to the really


challenging and difficult experience of caring for somebody, however


rewarding that is, many people have to pay mortgages, and with bills


rising, giving up their job of care in order to earn a living. The


Government says it has try to encourage people into the care


industry by introducing the living wage, but it feeds into a bigger


picture of problems with the integration of health and social


care. For example, there are still too many people unable to get home


from hospital, simply because care packages are not there for them.


Michael says the care they do receive is invaluable. He gets


much-needed respite, and that allows him to enjoy the time he spends with


Mary. The Scottish Football Association


is urging victims of child sexual abuse to get in touch,


following BBC Scotland's latest revelations about


the issue within the game. A number of former youth players


made harrowing claims of abuse in last night's documentary,


The Ugly Side Of The Beautiful Game. Well, Jackie, it is properly worth


reminding ourselves of what the Well, Jackie, it is properly worth


documentary was all about, allegations about the former Celtic


boys club coach, among others, Gordon Neely, who was a coach at


Hibs. He died in 2014, but this is an except from last night's


programme, one alleged victim, his account of what happened to him.


There was a massage table in the room, and a cabinet on the wall,


which I vividly remember, and he would start to rub my legs, and he


would progress from that to the point where I was getting raped. How


many times did he do this to you? I can't be 100% sure, but it was at


least eight to ten times. John Cleland talking to our reporter


there. In terms of responses from the Scottish FA, Police Scotland,


the NSPCC, all along very similar lines, the SFA say they are waiting


the findings of an independent review into allegations of historic


child sexual abuse in football. Lee Scotland have urged victims to come


forward, although we understand they have launched a fresh investigation


into the allegations. -- police Scotland. There is also a hope that


last night's documentary will encourage other victims to come


forward. I think last night's programme is the tip of the iceberg,


I think it just scratched the surface. I think there is going to


be a lot of others coming forward, and I think after last night,


definitely I would expect to get more phone calls. So what happens


next? We await the outcome of this independent inquiry, I am told in


months rather than weeks, but I have spoken to quite a number of people


in the game today, and they say this is just a start, and they believe


there are many more revelations to come.


A gymnastics coach who represented Scotland in the 2010


Commonwealth Games is to stand trial on six sex charges


25-year-old Ryan McKee from Kinning Park in Glasgow


is alleged to have engaged in sexual activity


with the girls, who were 14 and 15 at the time.


The offences are alleged to have taken place


Mr McKee denies the charges and is due to stand trial in August.


College lecturers across Scotland have voted to take strike


action in a dispute over variations in pay between different


A deal to settle a strike last year was intended to resolve the issue,


Decommissioning one of the most important oilfields in the North Sea


not just the scale of the job but the impact on the environment.


Plans for the famous Brent field, which include leaving the legs


of the platforms in the sea, has angered environmentalists.


However, the first platform is about to be taken apart,


and it's a job for the world's biggest construction vessel,


We are in Rotterdam, the largest harbour in Europe Kara and currently


docked here is the Pioneering Spirit. This ship is huge, the


length of six jumbo jets, and by many measures this is the largest


vessel in the world, and it will soon had out into the North Sea to


undertake an incredibly complex bit of engineering work, the lifting of


the top side of a platform in the Brent field, the Brent Delta. We


have now made our way onto the Pioneering Spirit, and with me is


Alistair Hope from Shell. Why did you decide to lift the top side in


its entirety? It is fundamentally a safer and more efficient way to lift


these big, complicated platforms, nearly 40 years old, they have been


modified and changed a lot over the years. So being able to lift them in


one piece, bring them on shore to dismantle them in a much more


controlled way, it saves a lot of risk and is fundamentally cheaper as


well. Some environmental groups are concerned about the wider proposals


for the rest of the Brent field, they fear that Shell may be in


breach of international law, that must be a blow for you. We are very


grateful to all the groups who have contributed, and we will respond to


all the comments appropriately, and sits down and share more insight and


knowledge with whoever needs to, where appropriate, so that is the


whole idea of public consultation, you get comments. That we will


always comply with the law. Thank you very much for that. So this


project ten years in the planning, another ten years to go until the


actual lift itself. The key moment, as Brent Delta is lifted off its


lakes, that will take all of ten seconds, and it is due to take place


in just a few weeks' time. It's the remarkable story of a large


family from Greenock torn apart when the children were removed


from the family home in the 1950s, and their efforts


to find each other again. Tonight a BBC documentary tells


the story of the family and their quest to track down


all the brothers and sisters, who were fostered, adopted


and put into children's homes Our reporter Aileen Clarke


has had a preview. We were removed in 1956 from the


family home. Because of the state we were in, health-wise, it was quite


horrific. The only thing was that they didn't want us. But as I got


older and learned all the different things, it was through being poor


that they lost us. The cruelty is a polite word. The former's wife hated


us. When this woman beat you, it was with anything she could pick up, a


broom handle, a branch of a tree, an iron bar. I don't see myself as an


adult, I see myself as that child, struggling to either live or die.


Are you going to let me see this? There have been hard times for many


of them, but Bernard and Ian are very proud of their extensive family


tree. Realising you are part of a big family, though, for Ian, who


thought he had no siblings, has taken a bit of getting used to, and


he said the documentary helped. With making the documentary, we were


sitting in interview after interview and saying things that you possibly


wouldn't talk about, it was getting very personal, very intimate. And


yet, when we were finished the interview, we'd all get together,


and we were able to talk together, so we actually got to know each


other very well over that period of time. With all clicked together, we


didn't sit in silence, looking at each other, we could all talk. I


can't get rid of him! Ian's introduction to his family


came when his brother George, who'd been searching for decades, found


him. The doorbell went, I went up to


him. answer the door, and there is a man


standing there, more or less the same age as me. He said to me, I'm


George. And there was my brother standing there, and it was as if


we'd known each other for 60 years, it was no difference, it was just


George. This is what he wanted, he wanted to find everybody. Have a


good toast, then! George has now died, but the documentary follows


the search for the two brothers he hadn't found. Aileen Clarke,


Reporting Scotland. And you can see more of the Clark


family's story in A Family Divided on BBC Two Scotland tonight


at nine o'clock. A huge dump of illegal waste


on the outskirst of Glasgow is being blamed for an infestation


of flies in the area. Residents of Newton Mearns who want


the the rubbish removed were told as it's being treated


as a crime scene. Our reporter Rebecca Curran


is there. Well, Jackie, both the local council


and the Scottish environment protection agency said tackling this


is you is their top priority. The local authority was made aware of


issues at this site at the end of last month, they say, but residents


I've spoken to today say they were noticing a fly infestation in the


area some time before that. Now, none of them wanted to go on camera


today, but they told me that at times there were swarms of 30 or 40


flies in their home. Some have been times there were swarms of 30 or 40


making their own nets to put over windows and doors, and others have


reported feeling unwell. Now, the problem lies on the land behind


reported feeling unwell. Now, the these gates. What we now know is


that a large amount of illegal waste was dumped here. Sepa cannot confirm


what it is but say that due to the volume and variety of it, it will


take some time to remove it. I spoke with East Renfrewshire Council a


little earlier, and they had an update on what that operation might


get under way. We are hopeful it will commence tomorrow morning, if


not, very soon after, in conjunction with perhaps some pest control


activity to try and limit any release of flies. But it could take


several days, it just depends on how quickly the material can be moved.


Sepa say they have devoted considerable resources to getting


this site cleaned up safely and catching those responsible. This is


now a criminal investigation. A representative of the landowner, who


hopes to demolish this site and build a retirement village, say it


was leased to a third party at the time. Now, authorities have thanked


the local community here for their patience, but having spoken to many


of them today, it seems that that patience is quickly running out.


Rebecca, thank you. You're watching BBC


Reporting Scotland. The shortage of carers in Scotland


is reaching crisis point, as care providers say they're


struggling to fill vacancies Ashot in the arm for the Jags as two


well-known benefactors back a purpose built training ground


for Partick Thistle. In just over three weeks' time,


we'll be going to the polls Councils have faced years of tight


budgets and face huge challenges deciding just what local services


are needed and how Between now and polling


day, we'll be hearing about the issues around the country


and what the parties are proposing. Our local government correspondent


Jamie McIvor Well, we all use council


services in one way or another, even if we may


not always realise it. Scotland has 32 councils and we'll


be electing more than 1,200 We're all represented by three


or four councillors, and the days when councils could be dominated


by one individual party are gone. Usually, coalitions are formed


or deals are done between councillors from


rival parties. At the moment, the SNP has more


councillors across Scotland but Labour is in the driving


seat in more councils. While in the Highlands


and Islands and the Borders, councillors who aren't aligned


to national parties play a big role. But just how do councils


affect everyday life? Earlier today, I visited


Balloch, by Loch Lomond. Bins, roads, street lights. This is


the reality of local government, services which can often be taken


for granted unless changes or perceived inned a request sees


provoke debate. With the national debate, dominated by Brexit and the


possibility of a second independence referendum, will people here be


thinking of local issues when they vote? Local issues are important for


a council election, national politics lies on top of that. You


can't get one without the other. The local government is there for the


local government. It shouldn't be impacted by what these wider


constitution Aleppo tension issues. When it comes to Brexit and


everything like that. That's much more important. Arguably, the most


important service run by councils is education. The government is


councils should have over Scholes. councils should have over Scholes.


-- schools. This library does more than lend books. It now hosts a


cancer charity drop-in centre. An example of how a council service can


work with others. The people we elect next month have


important responsibilities. Voting is simple -


you rank the candidates and you can vote for as many


or as few as you want. But if you aren't registered


to vote, you'll need to be quick. You have until next


Monday to register. So the Scottish Green


Party is the first to launch a manifesto


for this election. The party says they're


determined to put power back in the hands of the people


and they're also campaigning Here's our political


correspondent, Andrew Kerr,. The party gathered by Glasgow Green


for this manifesto launch, they claim it's their biggest council


election campaign with their membership received a boost after


the 2014 independence referendum. Our focus is to put power back in


people's hands we need a reenergised local democracy in Scotland.


Currently, people don't have enough of a say over the things that affect


their lives, decisions are taken be remotely to them, far away from


them. We want to change that. With that theme of pitting power back in


people's hands, they are wanting to prioritise the protection of public


services, such as schools and social care. The manifesto commits


councillors to, among other policies:


The Greens hope voters will focus on local issues in this council


election campaign, but national politics will surely play a very


significant role. The party's played a pivotal part in pushing for a


second independence referendum, supporting the SNP. Could they be in


danger of being squeezed in this election as their pro-independence


supporters gravitate towards the SNP? I think the political parties


that are trying to turn a local council election into it a test of


opinion on national issues should be ashamed of themselves. They are


effectively saying that local services don't matter. They seem not


to even understand what the job of a local councillor is. The power is


indeed in your hands as voters decide on their own priorities in


this campaign. You'll find details


about your councils, including the names of candidates,


on our website. A ceremony in Glasgow has honoured


a soldier who sacrificed his life Lieutenant Donald Mackintosh was 21


when he led a company of men He was wounded as they advanced


on an enemy trench, but despite that he encouraged


his men to continue the attack. He later died and was


posthumously awarded He was just a supreme example of


what the human spirit is and all those who fought with him and died


with him found they were enabled to do in the most appalling conditions


of battle. "One of the biggest days in


Partick Thistle's 140 year history." That's what the Partick Thistle


managing director calls the news that the Jags


are to have their own It'll cost ?4 million,


the plans aren't even drawn up yet, and it's all thanks to two


well-known benefactors, Mrent plenty to smile about in the


Partick dug-out, as if they have a new training club. How big a day is


this in the history of the football club? One of the biggest. Without a


doubt. It's a question we won't know we will be able to benefit until we


have seen the training facilities for the nexting 20, 25 years. Tran


formational is the best way to describe it. Sglm how does a club of


a turnover of under ?3.5 million and a of proit of ?2 UN had00,000 build


a bespoke training academy? Thanks to Colin and Chris Weir they will


build it and lease it back. Sometimes these facilities have


things running and we need somewhere else to train. This weekend it's


holiday weekend and we have to find somewhere else. It's difficult to


do. It will solve all the problems. For the players, to have that base


it will give the club an identity, I think. As everyone who tried to buy


a house in the West End of Glasgow will tell you, property and land are


very expensive. Don't expect the new training facility to pop-up anywhere


near Firhill when it's built. For a club who almost went out of business


20 years ago and have secured their first top six finish in Scotland's


top division since 1981 their future could scarcely look any better.


Five Scottish landscapes figure in a new survey of the top


But - whisper it - the ultimate accolade went not


to a dramatic Highland vista, but to the panorama seen


Scotland's scenery is what brings so many visitors here.


So Craig Anderson asks - what's in a view?


So the view from Snowdon is better than anything Scotland has to offer,


is it? Let us nail it first of all. Made more people will have seen the


view from the top of Snowdon because you can get a train up. Second in


the national beauty contest, was the site of the Three Sisters, an area


which offers breath taking vistas which ever way you look and in third


place was Stonehenge. What do people look for in a view? It was a Xings


of things like mountains, if there is water, if there is trees,


anything like that makes a good view. Something that takes your


breath away, you go - wow, look at that view. That make it is


competition. Everyone has their own opinion of what makes a great view.


Loch Ness was named sixth on the list, but of the 500 Scots quizzed


on their preferences loch Lomond took top spot and Edinburgh Icals.


Is there more pride in the local landscapes we know best? People are


more likely to vote for views they are familiar with. The study found


that the average British adult takes more than 1,000 pictures a year, now


largely on smartphones. Most of those focus on landscapes and city


views. We will all have our favourites, which one is yours will


clearly depend on your perspective. Let's view the weather now. Thank


you very much It's been a fairly cloudy, blustery day of weather


across much of the country. We have had persistent and heavy rain


affecting much of the north-west. This evening and tonight the rain


will sink southwards through the likes of Argyll, the Glasgow area,


much of the central belt, in fact, and in towards Dumfries and


Galloway. For much of the east dry conditions with clear periods and


just a scattering of showers. Staying windy tonight, particularly


so across the western isles through the north-West Coast and Orkney with


winds touching gale force here at the north-West Coast and Orkney with


times. With the conditions comes a relatively mild night. Tomorrow, we


dawn with that rain across much of the south-west. That will clear


fairly quickly to leave a day really of some bright or sunny spells and a


scattering of showers, most of which will be across the north and another


fairly breezy day. Come tomorrow afternoon across much of Dumfries


and Galloway the Borders through Argyll and central belt and eastern


Scotland it will be dry with spells of brightness and sunshine. Across


the Western Isles towards the Northern Isles and Aberdeenshire


will see a scattering of showers. Some bright or sunny spells in


between the showers. Remaining very windy across the Western Isles


north-West Coast, the wind will ease as we go through the evening.


Another really quite raw feel and exposure to these wind. Tomorrow


evening, the showers will gradually decay. A lot of dry weather as we


head overnight with clear periods and the wind continuing to ease. For


thurs, we have high pressure dominating across the south and


east. For us though a weather front making in-roads as we through the


day. After a dry start with sunshine, clouding over from the


west with some showers or rain.


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