17/10/2016 Reporting Scotland


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have been meeting a UK defence minister,

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to discuss the future of Fort George.

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The 250-year-old barracks, outside Inverness

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is among a number of bases in Scotland at risk of closure

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which is expected to report by the end of the year.

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Here's our Westminster Correspondent David Porter.

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Fort George, the army's most northerly barracks in mainland UK,

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For two and a half centuries the base has been an integral part

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Supporters insist its strategic military and economic importance

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Anything else would be short-sighted, they say.

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This is proven to be one of the most efficient army bases

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It has a great record of doing the kind of things

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we need in modern defence, and it makes no sense

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that after investing ?30 million in Fort George,

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that they would look to close it on financial grounds.

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Fort George's future will be decided here, at the Ministry

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The MOD is one of the biggest landowners in Scotland,

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with an estate more than eight times the size of Glasgow.

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Every penny made from the sale of sites will be invested back

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into defence on things like the new maritime

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We will be losing more jobs there then we've lost

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in the downturn in the oil and gas industry at the moment.

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So you put those two together, and you look at the uncertainty

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of exit, and it really would be a blow to Highlands

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We would be more than unhappy if the barracks and the people left

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us, but we were left with the bombing ranges

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and the nuclear submarines on our coast.

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This is part of a wider review of MOD sites across the UK,

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and just one big defence decision that will impact Scotland.

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The renewal of Trident, though controversial, would mean

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The manufacture of type 26 frigates for the Navy

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would bring cash to the Clyde, but there are already concerns that

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delays to that programme could put jobs at risk.

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Proof that defence is important to Scotland, and also that Scotland

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The new chair of the troubled Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry says

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she'll carry out her duties independently and thoroughly.

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Lady Smith took over in July after her predecessor resigned,

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Three people have been charged with drugs offences

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following the death of a teenager in Midlothian at the weekend.

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Police say 16-year-old Shellie Callaghan may have had

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access to "ecstasy type tablets" at the party in Newtongrange.

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She died in hospital after falling ill.

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A 42-year-old woman and two girls aged 16 and 17

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are expected to appear at court tomorrow.

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Representatives of Donald Trump claim there's been a surge

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in investment at his golf resort in Ayrshire to around ?150m.

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That compares with accounts filed with Companies House which showed

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the Trump organisation had spent just 18 million pounds

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As well as Turnberry, Donald Trump owns a course in Aberdeenshire.

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Our reporter Steven Duff has been to meet two people with very

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different opinions of the man who aims to be America's

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It's where my mother was born and raised,

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The presidential nominee no stranger to Scotland,

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the acquisition of Turnberry golf courses.

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Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeenshire,

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his love of the Western Isles, from where his mother hails.

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Donald Trump is a real Marmite man and politician.

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Stamina, determination, grit to overcome whatever

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The most obnoxious man I've ever met in my life.

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So big headed, full of self, and all he talks about

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As the owner of a successful hotel chain, Charles Skene is an admirer

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He believes the American's golf course in Aberdeenshire

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We accommodate a lot of golfers coming to the north-east

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of Scotland, and they all say the same thing, the course

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He defied Mr Trump, who wanted to buy up his land.

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They built the road on top of it, they dug the pipe away,

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and we were drinking water off the road for five years.

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The Trump Organisation says that claim is untrue.

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The water supply was restored within hours.

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Both men have had their brushes with Donald Trump.

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Charles Skene bumped into him in New York.

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We had a chat for about five minutes.

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I went back, finished the meal, called for the bill,

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and the waiter said, the Donald has paid for it.

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I said, if I'd known that, I would have ordered

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My only regret is that I didn't knock him on his (BLEEPED).

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We will find out soon whether Donald Trump

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Andy Murray is catching up on Novak Djokovic

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behind the Serbian, as he bids to gain the top spot.

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A victory in Shanghai for Andy Murray.

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Valuable ranking points in the battle to be

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How can he reach the world's top spot

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He will play three events, Vienna, Paris and the season

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ending with the ATP World Tour finals in London.

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Andy Murray could win the 500 points in Vienna while Djokovic rests.

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Djokovic one Paris and the world finals last year so he has

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2300 points to defend or lose if he doesn't win the titles this year.

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Murray only won 800 last year so he has many to gain.

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In fact, he admits when there was a turning point

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that led to his current career's best form.

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Winning Wimbledon was a big boost my confidence after I'd had quite

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a few tough losses in a Slam in the last few years.

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Since the French Open, it's been the best three months

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It's a huge achievement to be world number one

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in any sport, not a feat achieved by many Scots.

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Takes a lot of hard work and determination and love for the

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I don't think Andy will have any problems if he

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Scotland's football team is 44th in the world.

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The rugby team fares better at eight.

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Russell Knox is the highest ranked golfer at 20th.

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In boxing, historically, we have

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punched above our weight with Ricky Burns the latest to be crowned

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So will Andy Murray add to that list?

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He's certainly mapping a path in his mission to succeed.

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Grey squirrels are among the most common woodland creatures.

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Their cousins - red squirrels are much rarer.

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But few of us have seen a squirrel that's completely white.

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Now a family of white squirrels has moved into a garden in Edinburgh,

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and our reporter Cameron Buttle has been along to try to get a glimpse.

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There are thought to be more than 2.5 million

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Cute, cuddly, fun to watch and mostly grey.

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It's incredibly rare to see one like this.

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So the chances of seeing this, two white squirrels are even rarer.

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This is a family of at least four that have made a corner

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The guys working here said that there were

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white squirrels but we were reluctant to believe them

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My friends wouldn't believe it either until they saw them.

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This is one of the white squirrels. There are three.

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Around the corner for nature lover Ronnie Stevenson,

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We've become so used to them that we take it for granted.

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Every day, about 8:30am in the morning they come.

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Ronnie had travelled around the North of Scotland

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in search of a white squirrel but never saw one.

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We travelled up to northern Scotland one Sunday to see them

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but we never saw them and now we see them every day.

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Conservationists say it is very rare to see even one white squirrel.

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That makes them easy targets for predators.

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But the Edinburgh white squirrels seem to be surviving fine.

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With neighbours looking out for them, hopefully,

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Time now for the latest weather forecast, with Kawser.

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We are already seeing some heavy rain across western parts of the

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country. One of our weather watchers managed to capture the building rain

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clouds. This evening, outbreaks of rain moving eastwards. Behind it,

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colder air. There could be some wet snow over the highest hills and

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mountains. The air is much colder behind it and temperatures could dip

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down to close to freezing or just below in the rural areas. Showers

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behind it. For tomorrow morning, and East - West split. The best of the

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sunshine in the east. Around 8am it will be fairly chilly with some

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showers. The best brightness across parts of Aberdeen share. Further

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north, some decent sunny spells as the day progresses. Plenty of the

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sunny spells through the day but showers could be quite heavy. The

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winds may touch gale force for a time in north-west coastal areas.

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Feeling much colder in the wind. Mid week onwards, high pressure tends to

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build. That low pressure moving week onwards, high pressure tends to

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towards the east. Dry weather with sunny spells, the winds will be

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lighter, it will make the difference in the feel of the weather. Showers

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along the east coast on Wednesday but across the UK plenty of

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sunshine. Temperatures a degree or two up. Similar for Thursday and

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Friday. Our next update is during Breakfast

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at 6.25 tomorrow morning. But, from everyone on the late team

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here in Glasgow and around Drama. Jeopardy.

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I just haven't been sleeping. Excitement. Tension.

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This is manic. Bakers. Passion.

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There's nowt wrong with that. BOTH: C'est la semaine de...

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patisserie.

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