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Pauline Cafferkey, the nurse who survived Ebola,


where she originally contracted the disease.


I think psychologically it is important that I go back, that is


where things kind of started for me, and things will come full circle for


me, a bit of closure. Also on the programme,


fewer people are looking for jobs - unemployment here has fallen below


the rate across the rest of the UK. We hear the Brexit concerns


of Scots living in France. After weeks of disruption


for drivers, the new section of the M8


will open ahead of schedule. to celebrate the first man


in space, Yuri Gagarin. Pauline Cafferkey,


the nurse who survived Ebola, is to return to Sierra Leone,


where she contracted the disease. She says the trip, to raise funds


for orphaned children, after what she's described


as a pretty tough couple of years. This is the image which has come to


define Pauline Cafferkey, being medevac to London under strictest


quarantine, the nurse who caught Ebola. The rear lights and the


meningitis it brought was the worst to get over. I was destroyed, my


body was destroyed, I could do very little for myself. I was in a


wheelchair initially when I got out of hospital, and then I was on


crutches, and it has been a long slow process, and I am still in a


stage of healing. Which makes it all the more surprising that she has


decided to go back to Sierra Leone next month - not to notice this time


but to take part in a run for cherry. I plan to run 10K, I


definitely wouldn't be up for the marathon, but I am planning to do


10K for fundraising while I am there. They have identified 1200


children who are particularly vulnerable, orphans as a result of a


Ebola. Helping the orphans that Ebola left behind is a cause very


dear to her. She particularly remembers a 12-year-old who's dying


mother she was nursing. He was just distraught, as you would be. And he


had lost other members of his family as well. I don't know what happened


to him after. Is he someone that you might be able to try and seek out


when you go back? He would be a little bit older now, no? It would


break my heart, I think. Arriving back home infected with a Ebola was


the start of a long battle for Pauline Cafferkey. To get back to


health and clear her professional reputation. Accused of allowing a


wrong temperature to be recorded for her during screening, the misconduct


charge was dismissed after the hearing heard she had been impaired


by the illness at the time. Pauline Cafferkey be the Michael Bay joined


by two nurse she met working in Sierra Leone. Going back is the


first step in leaving that image behind once and for all as she moves


on with her life. Psychologically it is important that I go back, I have


had a terrible couple of years since then, so it will be good to go back,


for things to come full circle for me, a little bit of closure. Aileen


Clarke, Reporting Scotland. fell over the winter months


to just over 120,000 That takes the unemployment rate


to below that of the UK as a whole. Our business and economy editor,


Douglas Fraser, Unemployment across Britain hasn't


been any lower than this since 1975. In Scotland, the jobless rate


is 4.5% of the workforce, That's with an estimated


15,000 fewer Scots seeking work between December


and February. But contrary to the wider UK trend,


the number of Scots in work while the number of working-age


Scots who are not in or available for work has continued to rise,


up 18,000. The figures, from the Office


for National Statistics, show employees' pay inflation


over the year running at 2.3%,


including bonuses - the same as the most recent figure


for rising prices. That means real spending power has


stalled. With unemployment solo, recruitment pricey, and growing talk


of skills shortages, it is all the more important to retain valued


staff, so how do employers do that? Meet the millennial boss, dropping


into his Glasgow office. His business offers experiences from


meals to balloon flights with more than 1 million members of its online


club. We have our hot air balloon and our magical tree, and all of


these things are reflected in the business, they all serve purposes.


The team sparkles every time a member joins, so typically 600 join


every day, so it has a subtle connection to what we do. When you


are young and growing a business, retention is one of the biggest


challenges you face, and we have grown up as a business and


understood a bit more about it, so retention is a key priority, so much


time is spent tried to find the right people, and maintaining them


is what you have to do to grow the company. While players rising no


faster than prices, there are other ways to keep workers from rebels -


at least where bosses have imagination, build 18, of a career


ladder. How are you doing? M round tie in the place of great


places to work. -- ranked high. We are doing things right, doing things


well, and having things in place that recognise the difference every


single one of our employees can make. Selling clothes may not be a


way for workers to get rich, but a happy worker can be fulfilled in


other ways. They invest in you so much as a person, and my confidence


has grown so much. People are amazing, they are so approachable


and great, always wanting to develop you, constantly push you to your


limits in a good way. Recent surveys suggest employers


are facing a big churn of workers, leaving because they're


bored or unfulfilled. In turn, workers,


and especially younger ones, expect jobs to be more flexible,


to give them more sense of control, and more should be done to


support health and wellbeing. Jackie.


Douglas, thank you. are hoping for a comeback


in local government. They launched their council election


manifesto and with their opposition to Brexit and what they call another


divisive independence referendum, Our political correspondent


Andrew Kerr can tell us more. Trying to be at the cutting-edge of


photo calls, and other method of transport for the Liberal Democrat


leader. The party lost more than half their seats at the last council


election, voters expressed their anger after they went into coalition


with the Conservatives. We are fighting more seeds in this


campaign, we have got great by-election wins right across the


country, including in Scotland. We are confident we will grow in this


campaign, because we have a positive message about investing in mental


health services and education, ending the unfair council tax, and


also sending a clear no to a second device of independence referendum.


The party points out they allow local groups a lot of freedom when


it comes to policy, but to expand on what the leader said, they won't


mental health support to be quick, effective and locally available. On


education, they want investment and decentralising power to schools.


They also want an end to council decentralising power to schools.


tax. When it comes to this vote, the party is trying to make a


constitutional upset, campaigning against what they call a hard Tory


Brexit and the SNP's so-called obsession with independence. They


are not worried about prounion supporters being collected up by the


Conservatives. I think it has always been a challenge with council


elections, if there is big news nationally, it overshadows. What we


find is that people are raising Brexit and independent issues on the


doorstep, but because they are so upset about the state of local


services, so that helps us because we have credibility as local


champions. So after being punished by voters in the past, the Liberal


Democrats believe they have cultivated their grassroots and are


hoping for a better showing at cultivated their grassroots and are


ballot box this time around. Andrew Kerr, Reporting Scotland.


Scots living on the continent have urged European governments not


to use expats as bargaining chips while they negotiate


It's hoped member states can agree reciprocal rights for expats.


But they warn that the cost of health care and pensions


Jackie O'Brien has been hearing the concerns of some expats


Two highlanders living the dream and checking the grapes in their


vineyard in a village in the Minervois wine region. Look at the


grapes! Beautifully formed. Too far down. Guy and Liz Crawford have


immersed themselves in a French language, business and culture with


a Scottish twist. Britain's decision to leave the EU has cast a shadow


over their light until a deal is done on the rights of expats. We can


only hope that politicians on both sides will think about people who


have invested, as French people have invested in the United Kingdom,


before they start making decisions that could be detrimental. I am


incredibly disappointed with politicians. They should have taken


this issue off the table, and it should not be a bargaining chip, a


discussion chip. It just should have been, I think, resolved immediately


with reciprocal arrangements in both countries. In a neighbouring


village, a different couple with different concerns - retirees hilly


and Brian from Edinburgh there they may be forced to leave if existing


reciprocal health care funding is scrapped between Britain and France.


As you are getting older, you do tend to get more unwell, and amongst


all our friends that is the one big thing, will we be able to get health


insurance? Will we be able to use our cards in the UK? We thought we


would spend the rest of our lives here, all these reciprocal


arrangements in place as regards health and everything else, and we


didn't foresee any problems. We certainly didn't see anything like


this coming along. As expatriates living in villages like this one,


consider the allegations of Brexit, they also fear the prospect that


France could stage a EU referendum depending on the outcomes of the


country's elections next month. The French have fears too. Local


businesses depend on expat trade - in a region which loses its young


people to the cities. For me, it is dangerous for my business, 30% of my


clients are British. Others who have moved here from Scotland worry about


what awaits them at home. If we all go back, all us pensioners, then we


will be a drain on resources in the UK. We are not about age to put that


much back into the economy, we are not of working age. With Britain's


exit from the EU likely to take not of working age. With Britain's


years to negotiate, time is moving a little too slowly for the Scots who


came here to enjoy a certain pace of life. Jackie O'Brien, Reporting


came here to enjoy a certain pace of Scotland, in south-west France.


Pauline Cafferkey, the nurse who survived Ebola,


will return to Sierra Leone, where she originally


And still to come, transforming run down areas into eye-catching art.


A new section of the M8 will open to traffic this month.


The link between Newhouse and Baillieston will open


westbound on the 23rd, eastbound a week later.


It's a welcome end to diversions which have been


in place since February. Rebecca Curran reports.


It has been described as the M8's missing link. But now after two


months under construction, this section of newly built road between


Newhouse and Bellaston is most ready to open. It marks a major milestone


in the half ?1 million project to reduce congestion between Edinburgh


and Glasgow. Next week, the first part of the M8 will be complete,


coming westbound firstly, and a week later, eastbound. That will mean for


the road between Edinburgh and Scott the road between Edinburgh and Scott


-- Glasgow, is model where the whole way through. And all the way through


to Greenock. This is tremendous news on a substantial project. It may be


good news, but there have been delays while work has been under


way. It has been a long journey, and it's not over yet. This section may


be opening ahead of schedule, but drivers are warned to expect further


delays while some diversions remain in place. Once the road is fully


open, it is estimated journey times will be cut by around 20 minutes


during peak periods. Journeys will change for people. People who used


the travel whole junctions, they should visit Transport Scotland


website to gain an understanding of the new routes. As you say, the euro


Central junction, there will be diversions in place, so please


follow diversion signs and we will get the work complete as soon


possible. After weeks of diversions and delays, it seems the end of the


road is finally in sight for drivers on Scotlandbusiest motorway. Rebecca


Curran, Glasgow. Its been announced in the last hour


that the ferry service to Arran will continue


to operate from Ardrossan. The Scottish Government made


the decision after a specially commissioned study looked at issues


including reliability, fares, travel time and cost


to the public purse. ABP Ports had launched a bid to run


the ferry from Troon. Peel Ports, the company who own


Ardrossan harbour has pledged along with North Ayrshire Council


to invest in improved facilities. Masked raiders who threatened


a pensioner in her home, were The images were posted


to social media by the family of the 69-year-old victim,


in a bid to trace those responsible Fayyaz Rahman said the men forced


their way into his mother-in-law's Police said their


inquiries were ongoing. Scotland's cruise ship season


is just getting under way, and this year it's expected to bring


half a million cruise Invergordon is the busiest cruise


port in the country, and today welcomed its first ship


of the season. Craig Anderson was


there to meet it. Disembarking this morning, more than


a thousand passengers are getting into buses, taxis, hire cars and


even onto bikes to explore this part of the Highlands. The board of


Invergordon is looking forward to its busiest year ever, welcoming


more than 90 cruise ships, wringing over 140,000 people to the area. It


is very important indeed. It is a growing business, of course, and it


is a young business. It is important for the Highland economy. This year


we expected to deliver 14 to ?15 million. The age profile of cruise


passengers is reducing all the time. Coming to Scotland, they want


Cassells, distilleries, the landscape, and of course one


particular resident. We want to see Messi. The coast. Sightseeing. And


pictures of the landscape. It is fantastic. So much business comes to


the Highlands. It is an important revenue. It has transformed visiting


season. There is one going to the whiskey distillery, the veil of


tranquillity... Cruise passengers may spend only a few hours on shore


here, but there is every evidence that having had a taste of Scotland,


they will come back and spend more time and money here. Craig Anderson,


Invergordon. International street artists


are using walls and buildings in Aberdeen as canvases,


as part of a festival that's come The Nuart Festival -


held in Stavanger every year - is being hailed as a template


for transforming rundown urban areas.


Fiona Stalker reports. It's like seeing a city through a


fresh pair of eyes. The landscape is being redrawn. This building has


been concerned by some as an eyesore. Is a perfect canvas. I love


the fact people have a Burke smack referred to as one of the ugliest


buildings. It is exactly our job, to beautify it. It is the first time I


have seen a good reason for actually looking at that building instead of


walking past it! It is huge, it is beautiful and it catches the eye.


It's amazing. Creating an amazing thing in neglected places is what


this festival is about. 11 thing in neglected places is what


from around the world are leaving their mark. Not long ago, painting


on a building may have been seen as their mark. Not long ago, painting


vandalism. But it has been elevated to street art. And it is turning


heads. Areas surrounding the artworks are already busy. This is


pumping hopes of an economic spin off. -- prompting. When we are gone,


the word becomes the property of the city of Aberdeen. Its pieces become


landmarks for the city. -- the work. First-rate artists, wherever there


is a wall, there is a canvas, and the chance to change the look of a


city, perhaps forever. The new head coach of the Scotland


women's football team says the appointment is the


pinnacle of her career. Shelley Kerr, the former Arsenal


ladies and Hibs boss, will take charge in the summer


after the European Championships There is a wind of change blowing


through the women's game in Scotland. Well at national level,


anyway. Time to meet the new head coach. I think this is the pinnacle.


I have been involved for such a long time. I mentioned before how proud I


was to captain my country, but to be sitting here today and to be the


national coach, it is a dream, grow true. The former head coach of


Arsenal ladies has been around football for more than 30 years. She


has 59 caps for her country. She has played for the likes of Hearts, Hibs


and Spartans. She has been in charge at the Scotland under 19 level,


Arsenal and Stirling University. Her appointment comes before the squad


head off for the European Championships in the summer, and


although she will not be involved, she will be there. Shelley will


concentrate on everything after the European Championships and we were


planned for everything going forward after that. The team were planned


for everything between now and going to the Euros. Shelley will be going


on watching bases. When Shelley Kerr takes over in the summer, it should


be from a position of strength. Top tournament status will have been


be from a position of strength. Top achieved. For men, it is about


growing the game and qualifying a World Cup. Few at Hampden Park need


growing the game and qualifying a any reminders of how difficult that


will be. A semiprofessional footballer in


Glasgow has scored one of the fastest goals in world football.


Maryhill midfielder Gavin Stokes scored what is one of the fastest


goals in world football, when he netted from the kick-off


Stokes' drive from the halfway line took 3.2 seconds to fly past


the Clydebank goalkeeper in Saturday's 3-0 win in the West


of Scotland Super League First Division, which is part


of the Scottish semi-professional junior football set-up.


You might not have it in your diary, but tonight is Yuri's Night -


named after Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space.


It's a global celebration of space exploration,


and at Edinburgh's Usher Hall they're holding a concert.


The bill includes a band that mixes music with recordings


Kenneth Macdonald is awaiting lift-off.


On this day in 1961, Yuri Gargarin went on a journey, first by bus,


then out of this world. He was the first human being to leave the


planet, and that's why worldwide this night is celebrated as Yuri's


Night. And this year, the Edinburgh science Festival has decided to


market in a rather special way. Just science Festival has decided to


across the road in the Usher Hall. The band public service broadcasting


rehearsing for tonight's commemorative concert. Their most


recent album mixes music with samples from the golden age of human


space flight. They have taken the excitement of


the 1960s and interpreted it for a new generation. It is music with a


message. I just find it really depressing that people kind of


doubted it happened. It is the world we live in and the nature of


humanity, I suppose. This is our attempt to push back against it. If


people are becoming excited by some of these events again, that's great.


Yuri's Night has been described as a world space party, a celebration of


space flight and in particular of the achievement of one man. Yuri


Gargarin was never allowed to fly into space again. He died in a plane


crash aged just 34. What struck me watching the footage of him was that


he was a superstar, he was the Soviet mascot, a great propaganda


victory. But with himself, you could see this kind of warmth and


genuineness, and a very cheery looking guy. It made his early


demise all the more saddening, really. He seems to have lightened


the presence in the world. Public service broadcasting will play their


album in full, commented by strings and acquire. By then a light show


and a giant model Sputnik will be in place for one of the more unusual


events of the festival. Good evening. Today has brought a


mixture of sunshine and showers. Looking glorious in Portobello


earlier today. Thank you to one of our Weather Watchers. I suspected


distinctly chilly feel as it has been across the country today. Plus


free north-westerly winds. This evening and tonight that showery


theme continues. Mainly in the West and north. The showers being driven


in on fresh to strong north-westerly winds, only gradually easing as we


go through the night. A lot of dry weather in eastern Scotland. Some


clear spells allowing perhaps a touch of grass frost to develop in


clear spells allowing perhaps a some sheltered glens. Otherwise


though, for the most part, temperatures holding up at four to


five Celsius. Tomorrow dawns with a lot of dry weather in the East with


spells of sunshine. Generally though as we go through the day, it will


cloud over from the West. These showers continuing to affect western


and northern areas primarily. The best of any sunshine tomorrow


afternoon reserved for the eastern borders and some eastern coastal


areas, where temperatures will peak at 13 Celsius. Generally though, a


lot of cloud and showers. They will merge across the north-west


Highlands and the Northern Isles give longer spells of rain.


Generally tomorrow, the winds will be that bit later than in recent


days. Although it won't feel too much milder given the cloud and the


showers. Into tomorrow evening, that showery theme continues,


particularly across the north, where they will be very frequent and


heavy. Looking ahead to Good Friday, again, there will be a good deal of


cloud with showers and affecting much of the West and the war. The


best of the sunshine will be towards eastern areas. A cold feel on Friday


again, with brisk westerly winds. On Saturday, the weather is stuck...


Showers, some bright spells, called winds.


Wintry showers at Easter, Shirley? winds.


Not unusual. I'll be back with the headlines


at eight, and the late bulletin just after the ten O'Clock News.


Until then, have a good evening.


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