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Two former Rangers managers give evidence in the trial
Hopes that drug-driving limits and new roadside
Carries the sadness of simply not making evening wear my dad was out
for his evening and was There's a big weekend of sport ahead
- we'll preview the cup semi-final The going is good for Scottish
racing on the EV of the Scottish Grand National.
And find out why this woman is dragging a 30-kilogram rock
The trial of the former owner of Rangers, Craig Whyte,
has been hearing evidence from two of the club's former managers.
Walter Smith and Ally McCoist told the High Court in Glasgow
about the first time they met Mr Whyte, shortly before he took
He's accused of acquiring Rangers by fraud.
Craig Whyte, arriving at High Court in Glasgow for a trial which will
focus on his takeover of Rangers six years ago. He faces two chargers,
accused of fraud by pretending he had the funds available to buy the
Ibrox club, and he is alleged to have breached the companies act. The
first witness in the trial, one of Scottish football's best-known
figures, former Rangers manager Walter Smith. As he celebrated
winning the league in May 2011, his reign at Ibrox was ending, just as
Craig Whyte acquired control of the club. But today in court, he
admitted that the Rangers finances were in a perilous state when club
was sold, with an overdraft of ?18 million and a lack of money for the
playing squad. Defence counsel Donald Findlay asked Walter Smith,
did you know by 2011 if the bank had had enough of bankrolling Rangers?
Mr Smith said, yes, we had had an indication of that before 2011, with
difficult cuts being made at Rangers to make the club more viable. Donald
Findlay asked him, it must have been very distressing to see the club in
a state like that. Yes, Mr Smith replied, it was, but we were trying
our best to handle the situation while it was there. Today's other
witness, former Rangers star Ally McCoist, who took over the manager's
role at Ibrox when Walter Smith stepped down. In the witness box, he
talked of his difficulty in getting the funds he needed to boost his
squad of players. He claimed offers being made by the club to sign
players were not realistic. The prosecutor, Alex Prentice, asked
Ally McCoist about the level of investment in the playing squad
Ally McCoist about the level of after Craig Whyte took charge at
Rangers. Ally McCoist replied, we got some players, just not players
that would have kept us at the same standard as we had. But Ally McCoist
acknowledged that new players were signed after Craig Whyte took over
at Ibrox, with Donald Findlay putting to him that more was being
spent on his squad than when Walter Smith had been in charge. Craig
Whyte denies both charges against him and his trial will continue on
Monday. Drug-driving limits and roadside
testing are to be introduced It follows moves by
the Scottish Government to cut Our correspondent
Lucy Adams reports. The footage is genuine, shot by a
member of the public. It shows how erratic some motorists are prepared
to be. The driver, impaired by alcohol and drugs, was later jailed.
Hendry Robertson runs a guest house in Inverness. His father died after
being hit by a car whose striver had taken cannabis, LSD and methadone.
My dad lived on a farm just outside Forfar. Every day in life, he would
go for a walk. He was out for his evening walk, as he had always been
doing. And he was struck by a car, driven by someone who was under the
influence of drugs. Kenneth Robertson was 92 at the time. He
died in hospital two weeks later. The driver was sent to prison for
eight years. It is long overdue that this facility should be in place,
and people should be tested if they are thought to be using drugs whilst
driving. It is suspected your committed an offence. Most people
don't know what the current impairment test involves, or how
long it takes. I volunteered to allow specially trained officers to
show us. The first test, I am going to examine the size of your pupils.
Currently, officers can stop drivers when they have reasonable cause.
It's already illegal to drive while impaired by drugs in Scotland but
the current test takes around 15 minutes and it means being taken
back to a police station if you are suspected of having taken drugs.
Then, there is a blood test that follows. In future, the idea would
be to do an instant roadside test by your car. Scotland is following
changes in England and Wales, where officers now use a saliva test which
detects cannabis and cocaine. They caught 8000 people in the first 12
months of using the test. Police Scotland welcomed the move and
warned people to avoid any thing which impairs their driving. This is
not just about illicit drugs but about all drugs. A drug is anything
that can impair your ability to drive, so people need to be mindful
that it is not just heroin and cocaine but also your prescribed
antidepressants. You have to be careful to follow the guidance from
your doctor, or on the medication. Road safety campaigners say the test
could have been introduced sooner, but ministers say Scotland will soon
be ahead of the rest of the UK. There are some drugs where will be a
zero tolerance approach, if you have the drug in your system you will be
committing offence while driving. For others it will be a specified
amount in the same way in which it is for alcohol. We will engage with
a range of stakeholders around what the limits should be. Nesters will
set out exactly which drugs will be the limits should be. Nesters will
limited and how in the next few months.
The SNP have launched their local government election manifesto,
saying they'll protect services from Conservative cuts.
With a general election just a month after the council poll,
the party leader Nicola Sturgeon insisted the local government
campaign was not about independence, but about local services.
Our political correspondent Andrew Kerr was at the launch.
Cute babies, adorable dogs, jokes with journalists. There is certainly
an election in the air. Not just one, but two, as politicians embrace
voters. Launching the SNP's local election campaign at a community
arts centre in Edinburgh, the party leader insisted this wasn't about
national politics. The local government elections are not about
independence. There was a mandate for Scottish independence in the
local government elections last year. The local government elections
are about local services and there is an important message for anybody
who might be thinking about voting for other reasons, that we have got
to take care not to allow local services to slip into the hands of
the Conservatives. With the manifesto they have published their
pledges full council candidates, closely tied in with the SNP
government's priorities. They want a transformation in nursery provision,
a doubling by 2020 of free childcare, they want more powers and
resources sent directly to schools, and cash for communities, devolving
1% of council spending for citizens projects. Although the SNP warning
is about the Conservatives, the biggest battle is with Labour, as
is about the Conservatives, the they try to end decades of rule in
Glasgow. The mood is positive. The Westminster election of 2015
delivered a record number of MPs to Westminster from the SNP. 2016, we
were the party of devolution, 1 million votes the first time ever
achieved in Scotland. The people are with us and if they all vote on May
the 4th, they will deliver another record result. Campaigning is well
underway. Two dates for the diaries. Not just the 4th of May for the
local government election but Not just the 4th of May for the
perhaps more importantly, June the 8th, the general election.
One of the key roles that councils play is the delivery of home
But with tight budgets, staff shortages and an ageing
population it's becoming increasingly difficult
For the elderly, for the vulnerable, it is basic yet vital support. And
for the carers who provide it, difficult choices are increasingly
part of the routine. It takes 45 minutes to cook a meal. You have to
preheat the oven. You are only allocated 15 minutes. They have also
soiled themselves. You have to make the decision, do I take them to the
toilet, or do they just have toast for dinner? Last year, 60,000 people
in Scotland received home visits from a carer. The majority work for
independent care companies, contracted by local authorities.
Budgets are tight and only a handful of councils avoid a time-based
approach. Appointments are often as short as 15 minutes, with penalties
for staying too long. Patients can ask for more time, but often, say
these carers, that depends on having family to fight for it. It is
heartbreaking, having to say, I don't have the time. Because they
think it is you that is not willing to spend that time with them, so you
walk away feeling sad. You come home at night, deflated, feeling you have
not done enough. Yes, definitely. There is nothing you can do about
it. With councils playing a key role in the delivery of care, could the
it. With councils playing a key role upcoming local elections make a
difference? Social care features prominently in all the party
manifestos, and there are recurring themes, better pay and more support
for carers, and a consensus that where possible, people are best
treated at home. The Scottish Government are reviewing national
care standards, and point to an increase in the number of services
providing good quality care. But the problem, according to some in
independent care, they argue the system needs to be changed. The
local elections offer a chance to look again at how we buy and
commission care. Moving from time and tasked to a relationship -based
model would help individuals working in the care sector, but most
importantly it would help give the dignified quality of care that we
all of us want for our older citizens. With an ageing population,
the demand for social care is set to rise. Priorities, and how to pay for
them, are questions that will endure.
200 jobs are set to be created in the West Highlands
after a contract was signed this morning to build parts for floating
The dry dock there was last used to work on the Skye Bridge
In the 1970s the yard, which was built to construct
North Sea oil platforms, employed more than 3000 people.
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The trial of former Rangers owner Craig Whyte hears evidence
from the club's ex-managers Walter Smith and Ally McCoist
The woman who's dragging a heavy stone 1300 miles to promote
Last night we previewed tomorrow's Scottish Cup semifinal
On Sunday, the Rangers manager, Pedro Caixinha, takes charge
of his first match against Celtic, when the Glasgow giants meet
Since Caixinha took over last month, his side haven't lost.
But Sunday at Hampden looks to be his toughest test yet.
Here's our senior football reporter, Chris McLaughlin.
He is the suave looking Portuguese son of able fighter, fiercely proud
of his past, and by the looks of things, bursting with passion for
the present and the future. For now, the plan is winning with Rangers.
Just ask a man who was interviewed recently with the prospect of
joining the team. Him and his backroom team are very passionate
and you can see that. Then the third goal went in at Aberdeen, he was on
his knees, Portuguese style. We saw that with Mourinho many years ago.
You look at the characteristics. It is about keeping it in check and
getting the message across to the players on the day because the
intensity and the atmosphere can be daunting. He was in the stands the
last time the sides met. This was Clint Hill burning Rangers A1-one
draw in the league last month. So Clint Hill burning Rangers A1-one
the fans. What pressure on the new man on Sunday? My view on new
the fans. What pressure on the new managers is give them time. He has
tend the season. He does not have to beat Celtic in this game. He seems
brave. I think he will handle it well. Hopefully a win for Rangers,
but a draw would be good for me. At the Celtic training base, you detect
an air of quiet confidence. But on the subject of the new manager, he
offered to show his Celtic counterpart his team the Sunday
People to reciprocate. So? Are you tempted? Listen, if that is how
Pedro does it, fine. Let's see if he is right. He has made a good start,
good results, more direct in their game. But like I say, there is no
right or wrong way. You set up your team to get a result. And whoever
gets that result on Sunday will take not only the all-important bragging
rights, but more importantly a place in the Scottish cup final.
Meanwhile, Rangers say they're "shocked and saddened" at the death
of their former player Ugo Ehiogu at the age of 44.
He suffered a heart attack yesterday at Tottenham's training ground,
Ehiogu played for Rangers ten years ago and is often remembered
for this winning goal against Celtic in an Old Firm match.
Staying with sport, it's a big weekend in the racing calendar.
The Scottish Grand National festival at Ayr is under way,
and our sport reporter David Currie joins us from the course now.
Plenty to attract the punters, David.
Yes, a beautiful sunny evening here in Ayr, organisers will be hoping
for similar conditions tomorrow for the Scottish Grand National itself,
the big race, and it takes place as Scottish racing is enjoying a bit of
a boom. The going at Ayr today, in racing
speak, good to soft. The current state of racing in Scotland -
perhaps simply good. According to Scottish Racing, the umbrella body
that looks after the country's five courses, the sport was worth about
?200 million to the economy last year, attracting more than 300,000
racegoers, a quarter of them from outwith Scotland. Scottish racing
say that makes of the second most popular spectator sport in the
country - after football. Or people go racing than watch rugby and
Gough, which often surprises a lot of people. We are seeing about
300,000 people going racing every year, and that is because you do not
have to know anything about it to enjoy it, you can go with your
family, with your girlfriends, it is pretty good fun. The on course
family, with your girlfriends, it is bookmakers are cashing in. You
family, with your girlfriends, it is been a bookmaker for a long time.
Over 50 years. What is the state of racing just now? Scottish racing is
very good, good crowds, the meetings are busy. The Scots trained winner
of the Aintree Grand National isn't running in the big event here
tomorrow but is putting in a personal appearance. It is different
to the Aintree Grand National, which we were lucky enough to win, but the
racing community and the Scottish people, this really does feel a very
special festival. Early days, but what you think the impact of your
win at Aintree will be on Scottish racing and its profile? It is only
one race, I think, the impact of Scottish racing, Scottish racing
needs successful trainers, on top of winning the Grand National. One race
doesn't do it. There is not only big money to be won at Ayr. The best
stress lady wins a trip to Venice. stress lady wins a trip to Venice.
-- best dressed. Place your bets now!
As I mentioned, Sally, One For Authur is not taking part in the big
race tomorrow, but the man who rode into victory in the Aintree National
is, the jockey will be on the only Scottish runner in the field, Seldom
Inn. As for race date itself, I'm afraid it is a sell-out, so if you
haven't got a ticket, bad luck. An artist from Wales is taking part
in a 1300-mile round trip dragging a stone that weighs
half her bodyweight. in the form of an ancient
Pictish footprint stone, and she's encouraging people
to stand on it Her journey comes as the island
celebrates the 900th anniversary of its patron saint, St Magnus.
Tomos Morgan reports. A 1300 mile journey from Scotland to
Scandinavia carrying a 30 kilograms rock. Artist Beatrice Searle carved
this inauguration stone after being inspired by Orkney's beauty, and she
will be travelling with it as part of an artistic project to Norway in
the year that the Scottish islands celebrate the 900 anniversary of the
patron saint, St Magnus. For the Picts, stones like this were
associated with kinship, so the king would stand on its to celebrate his
connection with the land that he ruled. The stone was selected from a
beach on Orkney, and its voyage has only just begun. We are seeing a
huge mass migration, and being able to carry part of the beloved
landscape takes on another kind of important resonance. As I do so, I
will repeatedly stand and invite people that I encounter to stand in
it and draw strength from their people that I encounter to stand in
connection to it. Beatrice's journey will continue along the headland of
the Orkney mainland, through the centre of island towards the
capital, the seaside town of Kirkwall. Then she will travel
across the North Sea by boat to Norway, and then the longest leg of
the journey begins as she travels all the way from Oslo to Trondheim,
following the historical pilgrim path. Norway chosen as part of this
voyage as St Magnus's route. What do Orcadian is make of the stone?
Anything we can do to St Magnus's history or story, the better. I feel
a warmth coming up through the stone, it gives you a good feeling,
yes. At the moment, clean and refreshing, very refreshed. The trip
is being funded by arts grants and crowdfunding, and the stone will be
laid to rest in a rural location on Orkney towards the end of summer at
journey's end. It is difficult, tiring! More tiring than expected.
One leg down, and there is still a fair distance to go, all in the name
of art. Tomos Morgan, Reporting Scotland, Orkney.
Let's see what we can expect from the weather this weekend.
The weekend looks all right, but next week something quite wintry in
the forecast, perhaps wintry showers to contend with. But let's get
through Saturday and Sunday first. Lovely afternoon for many of us once
through Saturday and Sunday first. the cold front cleared, sunshine,
blue skies, lovely picture from one of our Weather Watchers taken
earlier. Tonight, dry, fairly chilly compared with nights we have at this
week, that Northwest breeze still feeding in showers across the far
north and the Northern Isles. Temperatures in towns and cities,
1-4. Zero or just below in the countryside. Tomorrow morning,
plenty of sunshine to wake up to for most of us, a bit more cloud further
north, and the Northwest breeze feeding in a rash of showers for
northern parts of the mainland. Elsewhere, dry, but the cloud
building through the day. Still dry, 10-12 Celsius, light winds from the
Northwest. Further north, the wind is stronger, showers more frequent.
And on the tops, it could be wintry. For Orkney and Shetland, the showers
easing by this point, but still quite chilly, 4-5 in Lerwick. For
the horse racing in Ayr, not bad at all, a sparkling start, cloud
building through the day, remaining dry with winds from the Northwest,
light to moderate. If you are hill walking or climbing, you can see no
showers, likely to be falling as rain during the day. It will be cold
on the tops, so with that wind, and temperatures below freezing, perhaps
one or two showers making their way down towards parts of Highland
Perthshire. Now, for the football on Saturday, dry, probably a little
brighter than indicated there, and the winds light. Coverage across the
BBC, television, radio and online. A lovely end to the day for many,
still the showers in the north, quite a cold night. Then Sunday,
high pressure still with us for most of the country, a low across the far
north will bring wet and windy weather. For the far north of the
mainland, probably late on Sunday, elsewhere dry, some brightness,
temperatures probably up a notch on Saturday. And for the second
football game this weekend, in the Scottish Cup semifinal, very similar
conditions to Saturday, dry and cloudy. As we head through Sunday
night into Monday, the low pressure clears, we open the floodgates to
really bitter Arctic air, and that will introduce some fairly frequent
wintry showers, almost anywhere across the country.
That is the forecast, Sally. Snow!
Now, a reminder of tonight's main news:
The UK Government says no to cuts in foreign aid
but stops short of promising to keep pensions rising as they do now.
And the trial of former Rangers owner Craig Whyte hears evidence
from ex-managers Walter Smith and Ally McCoist.
I'll be back with the headlines at eight and the late bulletin
Until then, from everyone on the team,
right across the country, have a very good evening.