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So it's goodbye from me and on BBC One we now join the BBC's
The BBC finds evidence that dozens more have faults
I think this is why the whole industry has to look at the system
and how they can manage that system better than they have as is
indicated at the moment. Also on the programme,
demonstrators gather in Glasgow to protest against the so-called
rape clause in the UK The Scottish Conservatives say that
Holyrood's welfare powers should be used to mitigate it.
How robots are transforming work down on the farm.
The airport seizures that show that travellers aren't paying
attention to the rules when they go through security.
And boxer Ricky Burns goes head to head with his opponent for what's
been billed as the biggest fight of his career.
A BBC investigation has found that construction faults have been found
They're similar to those that led to the closure of 17 schools
Fiona Walker from our investigations unit can tell us more.
It was this time last year that parents discovered it wasn't just
one school in Edinburgh that has been badly built, but 17.
Now in a Freedom of Information request, the BBC has discovered that
71 more schools in Scotland have been found to have similar defects.
These schools are located across 15 local authorities and that takes
the total, when you include Edinburgh, to 88 faulty schools
What's also emerged is that 11 local authorities say they haven't yet
carried out the more detailed intrusive checks
These are surveys the report into the Edinburgh scandal said
It was only when nine tonnes of all came crashing into the playground at
this primary school last January that they realised the school hadn't
been built properly. The official report said it was lucky nobody was
killed. It then emerged that 17 schools in the city were potentially
dangerous. But the number of schools we now know to have been affected as
prompted this reaction. Is actually frightening to think there are so
many schools that potentially have the same problem. Let's not forget
that, at that school, somebody could have been killed. Defective bits
like this were part of the problem. Because the faults were not found in
one or two rogue builders, the construction industry says there
needs to be changes to the way that work is supervised and signed off.
The whole industry has to look at the system and how we can manage
that better than we have, as is indicated at the moment. As repairs
continued today, councils were reminded of their duty to make sure
their buildings are safe. It's vital that parents have the confidence and
guarantee that buildings are safe and secure for their children, and
that's why the obligation must be taken very seriously by local
authorities, to ensure that buildings are properly constructed,
that they are certificated in terms of the design and structure that has
been undertaken, and that the safety of young people can be guaranteed as
been undertaken, and that the safety a consequence.
This is where is all started - but where does it finish?
82 of the 88 schools the buildings have been fixed.
However these problems may not just be confined to schools -
in fact, the way that all public buildings are bought
and built in Scotland is now the subject of review.
It has emerged that Gerry King, who has been chairman
of Celtic Boys Club, has been charged in connection with
Police Scotland confirmed that a 65-year-old man was charged
on the 15th February, and a report has been sent
Mr King, a teacher at Glasgow's St Martha's Primary School,
has been suspended from teaching duties by Glasgow City Council
pending the outcome of the police investigation.
It's understood the charges relate to alleged activities
There's a protest in Glasgow tonight against a UK-wide change to tax
credits that's become known as the "rape clause".
The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has described
But the Scottish Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson,
has challenged the Scottish government to use its own welfare
powers if it wants to do things differently.
Here's our political correspondent, Glenn Campbell.
These protesters gathering in Glasgow are against the new policy
restricting child tax credit claims to the first two children, and they
are far from impressed by the exemption for women who conceive a
third or subsequent child as a result of sexual violence. In order
to claim for the third child that has been conceived through rape, a
woman has to fill this out and then she has to get a third party to sign
it to say, yes, she has been raped. This is an extreme measure that they
are expecting women to go to. I think it shows a complete lack of
understanding around rape, sexual assault and the impact it has on
women. The Department for Work and Pensions says that women who have
children through rape are specifically exempted from the two
child policy so that they don't lose out on benefits, and they say that
such cases will be handled with compassion. In America last week,
the First Minister said the policy mistreats rape survivors. They have
to prove, they have to prove that mistreats rape survivors. They have
the child was conceived as a result of rape. Oh, my God. Now, it is a
disgusting and disgraceful policy. On social Minister, the First
Minister said it was shameful that the Scottish Conservatives defended
the policy. Kezia Dugdale said it was terrible but Ruth Davidson
hadn't spoken out. They have housed in something they say they oppose
but they are choosing not to do it because they would rather take the
UK Government and change the system in Scotland, and I think the First
Minister choosing to do that and not putting forward proposals to changes
opens after allegations of hypocrisy. It is cruel and it
stigmatises not just the women but those children, too. The SNP say the
so-called great clause and to those children, too. The SNP say the
policy for tax credits should be scrapped across the UK.
Staff on Virgin Trains East Coast are to stage a 48-hour strike
in a row over the role of guards and jobs.
The RMT union announced the stoppage for the 28th and 29th of April.
John McManus is at Edinburgh Waverley Station
Cast your mind back to last summer, and Scotland's rail commuters were
subject to a series of strikes called by the RMT on ScotRail, which
was about the role of guards and, specifically, who opens and closes
the door on the train. This upcoming strike called by the RMT on Virgin
Trains east coast is about a similar issue. Virgin Trains say they have
recently restructured the roles of their on-board customer team and, as
a result, the train guard now also looks after other duties, for
example, managing the catering team. The RMT say that may be a slippery
slope towards guards losing their role of opening the doors, which
they say safety critical. The RMT is pursuing this with train companies
across the UK. Southern is one of them, in the Home Counties. They say
they are not backing down. The guard's role is safety critical.
He is there to do with any emergencies or collisions. You take
the guard away, then that leaves the driver, and it also ensures that
there is less anti-social behaviour on our trains if you actually have a
safety critical guard on the train. I spoke to Virgin Trains east coast
this afternoon. They say they have no intention of changing the role of
the guard with regard to operating the doors. They also say, with
regard to the strike at the end of April, they are expecting to run a
timetable as near as normal as possible. It's worth pointing out
that last summer's dispute between the RMT and ScotRail was resolved
when both sides compromised, deciding that the drivers would open
the train doors and the guards would close them.
NHS nurses across the UK are being asked today
if they want to take industrial action over pay.
It comes weeks after both the Scottish and UK
Governments announced a below-inflation pay rise.
The online poll will test the appetite for a strike among
members of the Royal College of Nursing, the UK's
Well, it appears to have been sparked after quite a few years of
frustration over pay rises for nurses below the rate of inflation,
and we should say that, unlike previous action like the junior
doctors strike in England, this will apply to nurses in Scotland. That's
because the Scottish Government has accepted, like the UK Government
has, the recommendations of the independent body that advises on
wages for the NHS, which is a 1% rise. The RCS union say that
accommodation pay freezes and caps mean that nurses have effectively
had a 14% pay cut since 2010, and that now some of them are struggling
to cope. Some nurses have had to take second
jobs. We sadly know that some nurses have had good food banks. We also
know that 700 nurses across the UK and onto our foundation for hardship
grants. -- have gone to. We know that nurses are affected by this
reduction in pay and are having to work harder and find other ways of
bringing their income in. I recognise that, with inflation
rising, there are concerns from the RCN. We would want to discuss
further with the RCN through partnership arrangements and we take
that forward. At the moment, we have a pay review body recommendation for
one year, 417-18, and we will continue to discuss with the RCN
one year, 417-18, and we will what we do beyond that.
The online poll is just to gauge members across the UK, their
reaction. It isn't official industrial action. More than 40,000
are working in Scotland. They were asked for a view on whether or not
they support action short of a strike or full-blown strike action,
and the results of that will be known in May. Depending on what they
say, that could trigger a formal ballot on industrial action.
Around 200 jobs are expected to go at the Dounreay nuclear site
The company decommissioning the site says it expects most to be
Unions have expressed disappointment and say they believe
there is enough work to support all the existing jobs.
A sheriff said the court is going to write to the legal aid watchdog,
after she heard it had not yet approved a request to fund
the parents at an inquiry into the death of a schoolgirl.
Keane Wallis-Bennett, who was 12, died when a PE
block wall fell on her at Liberton High School in 2014.
No criminal charges will be brought, but there will be
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The BBC finds evidence that dozens more schools across the country have
As the Easter getaway begins, airports warn travellers to check
the rules on what they can take on the plane.
Robots and advanced computer systems are set to transform the way work
That's according to a report from Scottish Enterprise,
which says automation will bring big changes to all parts of Scotland's
Our business correspondent David Henderson has been to a dairy
farm that relies on robots to do much of the work.
This is a dairy farm with a difference. For hundreds of years,
farmers have been milking cows but, here, it's a robot which does that
job. It's helped the farm become more productive than many of its
rivals. The benefits for the cows are unbelievable, because they can
go on to the robots whenever they want. It's a stress-free atmosphere
for them. To be honest, if the cows are happy, get more milk. As the
cows eat, another robot gets to work, serving up the food like a
helpful way to. In the last 100 years, farming has been transformed
technology, whether its tractors or robots, like this thing. These days,
fewer people than ever work on farms, and yet they have never been
so productive. The robots will tell us how much milk has been produced
over the next day... Machines are changing the way that farmers work,
telling them what they need to know and taking over dull and difficult
tasks. The biggest benefit for us is being able to utilise the technical
skill of our staff to the greatest of their ability. The robots allow
us to deal with all of the repetitive jobs that can be
automated. A new report from Scottish Enterprise spells out how
almost every workplace in the country will face changes because of
clever machines, so where do people fit in? The opportunity, the big
prize is to help develop individuals, to redeploy people, to
get that higher value work and to harness machines and, if we can do
that, that will improve productivity throughout the economy. At Dundee
and Angus college, they are rising to that challenge. Students here
learned to control a new generation of machines, aerial drones. Digital
technology now is all around us. It touches every single sector that we
work in. Without preparing young people and older adult returners
with these skills, we won't have the workforce that we need going
forward. Without advanced robots, farms like this one would find it
much harder to operate, and today putt -- today's report makes it
clear that technology is creating putt -- today's report makes it
jobs where it didn't exist before, but few workplaces will remain
untouched in the years ahead. This weekend will be one
of the busiest of the year And staff at the busiest -
Edinburgh - are calling on travellers to pay more attention
to the rules and restrictions about what you can and can't
take through security. Every year they confiscate tens
of thousands of pounds From Edinburgh Airport,
here's Cameron Buttle. now. It is hard to believe people
can get it this wrong. It is a small part of a hall from Edinburgh
airport. Tens of thousands of pounds worth of alcohol over a year. It is
not just alcohol, it is certain types of equipment and toy guns,
which are also getting confiscated. Here to tell us more is the security
supervisor at Edinburgh airport. People seem to be getting it quite
badly wrong. People are still confused by the rules. The excessive
amount of alcohol comes through. People are not understanding they
can put it in now hold luggage. What about when you had to take this kind
of thing off? People are still confused. Especially someone from
the UK who should really know. It is hard to believe this kind of thing
cannot go on a plane. Anything that resembles a gun. On an x-ray, we
have to take it off. Thank you very much indeed. A very busy weekend at
Edinburgh airport. 76,000 people will be departing alone over the
Easter weekend. What happens to all of this stuff? In the past the guns
have been destroyed and this is poured down the drain. Thanks to
lobbying by staff, they have now been allowed to give this to a
charity of choice. after ignoring an order to make
an offer for the remaining shares King is deemed to have breached
Takeover Panel rules and was given until yesterday to bid for two
thirds of Rangers' shares. The businessman said such an offer
wasn't in the interest of either This all relates to purchases or
attempted purchases of Rangers shares towards the end of 2014.
Effectively resulting in the overthrowing of the previous board
and Rangers coming under the control of the current chairman, Dave King,
and like-minded fans and investors, including Douglas Park. Because they
acquire more than 30 descent of Rangers shares and the takeover
panel deemed them to be working as a concert party, King was told he
needed to make an offer to other shareholders of more than ?11
million. After Anna failed -- after a failed appeals process he was
given to yesterday to do that. When that appeal failed he went to
Edinburgh to try to have the order enforced. What next? It is difficult
to predict exactly how the court might view this. Dave King has so
far argued any offer would not represent value for Manny for
shareholders as the 20p he would be offering is below the current value
of Rangers shares. Regardless of how the court looks at it, the takeover
panel has their own potential sanctions if it continues to refuse
to comply with the orders, the most serious of which is called financial
cold shouldering, which prevents city institutions dealing any
further. Ricky Burns can consolidate his
place as one of Scotland's best ever boxers, if he wins this weekend's
world title unification That's the view of former
world and commonwealth until after his bout on Saturday
night with the undefeated The end of a long, hard road. Hours
in the gym, doing a Muhammad Ali. Float like a butterfly and sting
like a bee. It is Ricky Burns's 34th birthday
today. Round of applause and happy birthday to him. Business for the
birthday boy this weekend. In my opinion, this is the biggest bite of
my career. I cannot wait. We have a tough fight on our hands. He will be
my career. I cannot wait. We have a a tricky opponent. We are confident
about getting the job done. There is always plenty of hyperbole around
these fights. I went to Edinburgh University for expert opinions on
Ricky Burns place in Scottish boxing history. He has to be considered one
of the greatest Scottish boxers of all times. Even his amateur
pedigree, you had a lengthy amateur career. Over 100 fights and the 40
plus professional fights now and world titles in three different
weight divisions, you have to put him amongst the best. That means a
difficult night for this man. Julius Indongo has ever been beaten in his
21 fights. I believe Saturday night, I will show my talent. My talent
will prove them who I am. A win for Ricky Burns would add the IBF and
IDA world super lightweight titles to the WBO one he already owns. This
could create career defining contests to come. Time now for the
talking to stop. Work is done. Victory in Glasgow this weekend is
in his own hands. A ground-breaking art show,
which allows people to HEAR as well as SEE the works,
opens in Edinburgh this week. The Oregon Project is a series
of landscapes created by artist Our arts correspondent
Pauline McLean reports. And so the paintings in this gallery
are all based on little moments in our various Scottish mountains.
Gradually losing his side has made painting more challenging for keep
salmon that it has not stopped him. These landscapes are the result of
many trips into the Scottish mountains. He sketches what he can
see and completes the work in his studio. To years ago he took on a
new challenge, the Oregon Project offered a new landscape and the
chance to include sounds and sights. What we have done is try to create a
system where you can map colours to sounds and the tickly where you can
track where a person is relative to a piece of artwork and about that
into a sound representation of what they would see in front of them.
into a sound representation of what result is an interactive artwork is
accessible to everyone. From the birdsong to the wind in the grass
and even the sound of an artist at work. The closer you go, you start
to trigger sounds and you can hear the drawing sounds. We realise each
of the types of mark that I made made a different kind of sound. It
is an important breakthrough for artists and audiences. Maybe in a
few years' time when you go to the National Gallery in Edinburgh, you
might start to get back kind of experience. That would be great for
people who are cited but especially for people with low vision. You get
this interpretive, audio experience of the paintings on the wall which
so many struggle to actually see. Already, he is working on ways to
bring those layers of sound to his beloved Scottish landscapes.
Let's see how the weather is looking as the Easter weekend approaches.
Sunshine and showers sums it up. Thank you to one of our weather
watchers in the Highlands full sending in this stunning image of
threatening skies. This evening and tonight will bring a fair amount of
cloud over Western and southern Scotland, especially with further
showers and eventually longer spells of rain moving in through Argyll,
perhaps the Glasgow area. The clearest conditions will be across
much of eastern and northern eastern Scotland. We may see some grass
frost developing once again in shelter. For the most part
temperatures holding up around 3-7 C with light, moderate westerly winds.
Tomorrow dawns with a lot of cloud over central and southern Scotland
and further outbreaks of rain for a time. Through the day the rain will
gradually clear away to the south. Tomorrow afternoon, that leaves us
once again with a mixture of bright and sunny spells and showers. The
showers across the north-west Highlands, the Western Isles, the
far north and Northern isles especially will be frequent and
heavy tomorrow afternoon. It will feel chilly for most of us again.
Temperatures around ten, 11, with fresh, westerly winds. Tomorrow
evening the showers will continue with brightness or sunshine to end
the day. The showers perhaps Tanni wintry across the hills over the
Highlands into tomorrow night. Saturday, fresh to strong
north-westerly winds will feed showers into the North, especially
with brightness or sunshine in between. Much dry with longer spells
of sunshine further south and quite a war feel. On Easter Day, Easter
Sunday, some uncertainty. We may see wintry showers leading into the
North and we may see some rain in the West. That is the forecast.
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