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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.


You're watching BBC Reporting Scotland.


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.


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