13/04/2017 Reporting Scotland


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So it's goodbye from me and on BBC One we now join the BBC's

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The BBC finds evidence that dozens more have faults

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I think this is why the whole industry has to look at the system

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and how they can manage that system better than they have as is

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indicated at the moment. Also on the programme,

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demonstrators gather in Glasgow to protest against the so-called

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rape clause in the UK The Scottish Conservatives say that

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Holyrood's welfare powers should be used to mitigate it.

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How robots are transforming work down on the farm.

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The airport seizures that show that travellers aren't paying

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attention to the rules when they go through security.

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And boxer Ricky Burns goes head to head with his opponent for what's

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been billed as the biggest fight of his career.

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A BBC investigation has found that construction faults have been found

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They're similar to those that led to the closure of 17 schools

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Fiona Walker from our investigations unit can tell us more.

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It was this time last year that parents discovered it wasn't just

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one school in Edinburgh that has been badly built, but 17.

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Now in a Freedom of Information request, the BBC has discovered that

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71 more schools in Scotland have been found to have similar defects.

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These schools are located across 15 local authorities and that takes

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the total, when you include Edinburgh, to 88 faulty schools

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What's also emerged is that 11 local authorities say they haven't yet

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carried out the more detailed intrusive checks

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These are surveys the report into the Edinburgh scandal said

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It was only when nine tonnes of all came crashing into the playground at

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this primary school last January that they realised the school hadn't

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been built properly. The official report said it was lucky nobody was

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killed. It then emerged that 17 schools in the city were potentially

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dangerous. But the number of schools we now know to have been affected as

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prompted this reaction. Is actually frightening to think there are so

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many schools that potentially have the same problem. Let's not forget

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that, at that school, somebody could have been killed. Defective bits

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like this were part of the problem. Because the faults were not found in

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one or two rogue builders, the construction industry says there

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needs to be changes to the way that work is supervised and signed off.

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The whole industry has to look at the system and how we can manage

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that better than we have, as is indicated at the moment. As repairs

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continued today, councils were reminded of their duty to make sure

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their buildings are safe. It's vital that parents have the confidence and

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guarantee that buildings are safe and secure for their children, and

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that's why the obligation must be taken very seriously by local

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authorities, to ensure that buildings are properly constructed,

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that they are certificated in terms of the design and structure that has

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been undertaken, and that the safety of young people can be guaranteed as

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been undertaken, and that the safety a consequence.

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This is where is all started - but where does it finish?

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82 of the 88 schools the buildings have been fixed.

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However these problems may not just be confined to schools -

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in fact, the way that all public buildings are bought

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and built in Scotland is now the subject of review.

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It has emerged that Gerry King, who has been chairman

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of Celtic Boys Club, has been charged in connection with

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Police Scotland confirmed that a 65-year-old man was charged

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on the 15th February, and a report has been sent

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Mr King, a teacher at Glasgow's St Martha's Primary School,

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has been suspended from teaching duties by Glasgow City Council

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pending the outcome of the police investigation.

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It's understood the charges relate to alleged activities

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There's a protest in Glasgow tonight against a UK-wide change to tax

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credits that's become known as the "rape clause".

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The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has described

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But the Scottish Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson,

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has challenged the Scottish government to use its own welfare

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powers if it wants to do things differently.

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Here's our political correspondent, Glenn Campbell.

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These protesters gathering in Glasgow are against the new policy

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restricting child tax credit claims to the first two children, and they

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are far from impressed by the exemption for women who conceive a

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third or subsequent child as a result of sexual violence. In order

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to claim for the third child that has been conceived through rape, a

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woman has to fill this out and then she has to get a third party to sign

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it to say, yes, she has been raped. This is an extreme measure that they

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are expecting women to go to. I think it shows a complete lack of

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understanding around rape, sexual assault and the impact it has on

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women. The Department for Work and Pensions says that women who have

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children through rape are specifically exempted from the two

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child policy so that they don't lose out on benefits, and they say that

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such cases will be handled with compassion. In America last week,

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the First Minister said the policy mistreats rape survivors. They have

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to prove, they have to prove that mistreats rape survivors. They have

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the child was conceived as a result of rape. Oh, my God. Now, it is a

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disgusting and disgraceful policy. On social Minister, the First

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Minister said it was shameful that the Scottish Conservatives defended

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the policy. Kezia Dugdale said it was terrible but Ruth Davidson

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hadn't spoken out. They have housed in something they say they oppose

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but they are choosing not to do it because they would rather take the

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UK Government and change the system in Scotland, and I think the First

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Minister choosing to do that and not putting forward proposals to changes

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opens after allegations of hypocrisy. It is cruel and it

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stigmatises not just the women but those children, too. The SNP say the

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so-called great clause and to those children, too. The SNP say the

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policy for tax credits should be scrapped across the UK.

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Staff on Virgin Trains East Coast are to stage a 48-hour strike

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in a row over the role of guards and jobs.

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The RMT union announced the stoppage for the 28th and 29th of April.

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John McManus is at Edinburgh Waverley Station

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Cast your mind back to last summer, and Scotland's rail commuters were

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subject to a series of strikes called by the RMT on ScotRail, which

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was about the role of guards and, specifically, who opens and closes

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the door on the train. This upcoming strike called by the RMT on Virgin

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Trains east coast is about a similar issue. Virgin Trains say they have

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recently restructured the roles of their on-board customer team and, as

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a result, the train guard now also looks after other duties, for

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example, managing the catering team. The RMT say that may be a slippery

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slope towards guards losing their role of opening the doors, which

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they say safety critical. The RMT is pursuing this with train companies

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across the UK. Southern is one of them, in the Home Counties. They say

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they are not backing down. The guard's role is safety critical.

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He is there to do with any emergencies or collisions. You take

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the guard away, then that leaves the driver, and it also ensures that

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there is less anti-social behaviour on our trains if you actually have a

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safety critical guard on the train. I spoke to Virgin Trains east coast

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this afternoon. They say they have no intention of changing the role of

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the guard with regard to operating the doors. They also say, with

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regard to the strike at the end of April, they are expecting to run a

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timetable as near as normal as possible. It's worth pointing out

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that last summer's dispute between the RMT and ScotRail was resolved

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when both sides compromised, deciding that the drivers would open

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the train doors and the guards would close them.

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NHS nurses across the UK are being asked today

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if they want to take industrial action over pay.

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It comes weeks after both the Scottish and UK

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Governments announced a below-inflation pay rise.

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The online poll will test the appetite for a strike among

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members of the Royal College of Nursing, the UK's

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Well, it appears to have been sparked after quite a few years of

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frustration over pay rises for nurses below the rate of inflation,

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and we should say that, unlike previous action like the junior

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doctors strike in England, this will apply to nurses in Scotland. That's

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because the Scottish Government has accepted, like the UK Government

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has, the recommendations of the independent body that advises on

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wages for the NHS, which is a 1% rise. The RCS union say that

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accommodation pay freezes and caps mean that nurses have effectively

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had a 14% pay cut since 2010, and that now some of them are struggling

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to cope. Some nurses have had to take second

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jobs. We sadly know that some nurses have had good food banks. We also

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know that 700 nurses across the UK and onto our foundation for hardship

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grants. -- have gone to. We know that nurses are affected by this

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reduction in pay and are having to work harder and find other ways of

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bringing their income in. I recognise that, with inflation

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rising, there are concerns from the RCN. We would want to discuss

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further with the RCN through partnership arrangements and we take

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that forward. At the moment, we have a pay review body recommendation for

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one year, 417-18, and we will continue to discuss with the RCN

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one year, 417-18, and we will what we do beyond that.

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The online poll is just to gauge members across the UK, their

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reaction. It isn't official industrial action. More than 40,000

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are working in Scotland. They were asked for a view on whether or not

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they support action short of a strike or full-blown strike action,

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and the results of that will be known in May. Depending on what they

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say, that could trigger a formal ballot on industrial action.

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Around 200 jobs are expected to go at the Dounreay nuclear site

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The company decommissioning the site says it expects most to be

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Unions have expressed disappointment and say they believe

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there is enough work to support all the existing jobs.

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A sheriff said the court is going to write to the legal aid watchdog,

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after she heard it had not yet approved a request to fund

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the parents at an inquiry into the death of a schoolgirl.

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Keane Wallis-Bennett, who was 12, died when a PE

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block wall fell on her at Liberton High School in 2014.

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No criminal charges will be brought, but there will be

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You're watching BBC Reporting Scotland.

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The BBC finds evidence that dozens more schools across the country have

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As the Easter getaway begins, airports warn travellers to check

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the rules on what they can take on the plane.

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Robots and advanced computer systems are set to transform the way work

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That's according to a report from Scottish Enterprise,

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which says automation will bring big changes to all parts of Scotland's

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Our business correspondent David Henderson has been to a dairy

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farm that relies on robots to do much of the work.

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This is a dairy farm with a difference. For hundreds of years,

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farmers have been milking cows but, here, it's a robot which does that

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job. It's helped the farm become more productive than many of its

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rivals. The benefits for the cows are unbelievable, because they can

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go on to the robots whenever they want. It's a stress-free atmosphere

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for them. To be honest, if the cows are happy, get more milk. As the

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cows eat, another robot gets to work, serving up the food like a

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helpful way to. In the last 100 years, farming has been transformed

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technology, whether its tractors or robots, like this thing. These days,

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fewer people than ever work on farms, and yet they have never been

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so productive. The robots will tell us how much milk has been produced

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over the next day... Machines are changing the way that farmers work,

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telling them what they need to know and taking over dull and difficult

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tasks. The biggest benefit for us is being able to utilise the technical

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skill of our staff to the greatest of their ability. The robots allow

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us to deal with all of the repetitive jobs that can be

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automated. A new report from Scottish Enterprise spells out how

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almost every workplace in the country will face changes because of

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clever machines, so where do people fit in? The opportunity, the big

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prize is to help develop individuals, to redeploy people, to

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get that higher value work and to harness machines and, if we can do

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that, that will improve productivity throughout the economy. At Dundee

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and Angus college, they are rising to that challenge. Students here

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learned to control a new generation of machines, aerial drones. Digital

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technology now is all around us. It touches every single sector that we

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work in. Without preparing young people and older adult returners

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with these skills, we won't have the workforce that we need going

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forward. Without advanced robots, farms like this one would find it

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much harder to operate, and today putt -- today's report makes it

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clear that technology is creating putt -- today's report makes it

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jobs where it didn't exist before, but few workplaces will remain

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untouched in the years ahead. This weekend will be one

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of the busiest of the year And staff at the busiest -

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Edinburgh - are calling on travellers to pay more attention

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to the rules and restrictions about what you can and can't

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take through security. Every year they confiscate tens

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of thousands of pounds From Edinburgh Airport,

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here's Cameron Buttle. now. It is hard to believe people

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can get it this wrong. It is a small part of a hall from Edinburgh

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airport. Tens of thousands of pounds worth of alcohol over a year. It is

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not just alcohol, it is certain types of equipment and toy guns,

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which are also getting confiscated. Here to tell us more is the security

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supervisor at Edinburgh airport. People seem to be getting it quite

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badly wrong. People are still confused by the rules. The excessive

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amount of alcohol comes through. People are not understanding they

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can put it in now hold luggage. What about when you had to take this kind

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of thing off? People are still confused. Especially someone from

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the UK who should really know. It is hard to believe this kind of thing

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cannot go on a plane. Anything that resembles a gun. On an x-ray, we

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have to take it off. Thank you very much indeed. A very busy weekend at

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Edinburgh airport. 76,000 people will be departing alone over the

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Easter weekend. What happens to all of this stuff? In the past the guns

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have been destroyed and this is poured down the drain. Thanks to

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lobbying by staff, they have now been allowed to give this to a

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charity of choice. after ignoring an order to make

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an offer for the remaining shares King is deemed to have breached

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Takeover Panel rules and was given until yesterday to bid for two

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thirds of Rangers' shares. The businessman said such an offer

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wasn't in the interest of either This all relates to purchases or

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attempted purchases of Rangers shares towards the end of 2014.

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Effectively resulting in the overthrowing of the previous board

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and Rangers coming under the control of the current chairman, Dave King,

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and like-minded fans and investors, including Douglas Park. Because they

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acquire more than 30 descent of Rangers shares and the takeover

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panel deemed them to be working as a concert party, King was told he

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needed to make an offer to other shareholders of more than ?11

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million. After Anna failed -- after a failed appeals process he was

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given to yesterday to do that. When that appeal failed he went to

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Edinburgh to try to have the order enforced. What next? It is difficult

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to predict exactly how the court might view this. Dave King has so

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far argued any offer would not represent value for Manny for

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shareholders as the 20p he would be offering is below the current value

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of Rangers shares. Regardless of how the court looks at it, the takeover

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panel has their own potential sanctions if it continues to refuse

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to comply with the orders, the most serious of which is called financial

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cold shouldering, which prevents city institutions dealing any

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further. Ricky Burns can consolidate his

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place as one of Scotland's best ever boxers, if he wins this weekend's

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world title unification That's the view of former

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world and commonwealth until after his bout on Saturday

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night with the undefeated The end of a long, hard road. Hours

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in the gym, doing a Muhammad Ali. Float like a butterfly and sting

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like a bee. It is Ricky Burns's 34th birthday

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today. Round of applause and happy birthday to him. Business for the

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birthday boy this weekend. In my opinion, this is the biggest bite of

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my career. I cannot wait. We have a tough fight on our hands. He will be

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my career. I cannot wait. We have a a tricky opponent. We are confident

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about getting the job done. There is always plenty of hyperbole around

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these fights. I went to Edinburgh University for expert opinions on

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Ricky Burns place in Scottish boxing history. He has to be considered one

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of the greatest Scottish boxers of all times. Even his amateur

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pedigree, you had a lengthy amateur career. Over 100 fights and the 40

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plus professional fights now and world titles in three different

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weight divisions, you have to put him amongst the best. That means a

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difficult night for this man. Julius Indongo has ever been beaten in his

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21 fights. I believe Saturday night, I will show my talent. My talent

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will prove them who I am. A win for Ricky Burns would add the IBF and

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IDA world super lightweight titles to the WBO one he already owns. This

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could create career defining contests to come. Time now for the

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talking to stop. Work is done. Victory in Glasgow this weekend is

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in his own hands. A ground-breaking art show,

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which allows people to HEAR as well as SEE the works,

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opens in Edinburgh this week. The Oregon Project is a series

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of landscapes created by artist Our arts correspondent

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Pauline McLean reports. And so the paintings in this gallery

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are all based on little moments in our various Scottish mountains.

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Gradually losing his side has made painting more challenging for keep

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salmon that it has not stopped him. These landscapes are the result of

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many trips into the Scottish mountains. He sketches what he can

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see and completes the work in his studio. To years ago he took on a

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new challenge, the Oregon Project offered a new landscape and the

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chance to include sounds and sights. What we have done is try to create a

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system where you can map colours to sounds and the tickly where you can

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track where a person is relative to a piece of artwork and about that

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into a sound representation of what they would see in front of them.

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into a sound representation of what result is an interactive artwork is

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accessible to everyone. From the birdsong to the wind in the grass

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and even the sound of an artist at work. The closer you go, you start

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to trigger sounds and you can hear the drawing sounds. We realise each

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of the types of mark that I made made a different kind of sound. It

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is an important breakthrough for artists and audiences. Maybe in a

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few years' time when you go to the National Gallery in Edinburgh, you

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might start to get back kind of experience. That would be great for

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people who are cited but especially for people with low vision. You get

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this interpretive, audio experience of the paintings on the wall which

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so many struggle to actually see. Already, he is working on ways to

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bring those layers of sound to his beloved Scottish landscapes.

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Let's see how the weather is looking as the Easter weekend approaches.

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Sunshine and showers sums it up. Thank you to one of our weather

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watchers in the Highlands full sending in this stunning image of

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threatening skies. This evening and tonight will bring a fair amount of

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cloud over Western and southern Scotland, especially with further

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showers and eventually longer spells of rain moving in through Argyll,

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perhaps the Glasgow area. The clearest conditions will be across

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much of eastern and northern eastern Scotland. We may see some grass

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frost developing once again in shelter. For the most part

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temperatures holding up around 3-7 C with light, moderate westerly winds.

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Tomorrow dawns with a lot of cloud over central and southern Scotland

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and further outbreaks of rain for a time. Through the day the rain will

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gradually clear away to the south. Tomorrow afternoon, that leaves us

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once again with a mixture of bright and sunny spells and showers. The

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showers across the north-west Highlands, the Western Isles, the

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far north and Northern isles especially will be frequent and

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heavy tomorrow afternoon. It will feel chilly for most of us again.

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Temperatures around ten, 11, with fresh, westerly winds. Tomorrow

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evening the showers will continue with brightness or sunshine to end

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the day. The showers perhaps Tanni wintry across the hills over the

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Highlands into tomorrow night. Saturday, fresh to strong

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north-westerly winds will feed showers into the North, especially

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with brightness or sunshine in between. Much dry with longer spells

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of sunshine further south and quite a war feel. On Easter Day, Easter

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Sunday, some uncertainty. We may see wintry showers leading into the

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North and we may see some rain in the West. That is the forecast.

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