19/01/2017 Reporting Scotland


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A couple from Glasgow have died in a road accident

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while on a pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

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Mohammad and Talat Aslam were from the Newlands area

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Four members of a Manchester family were also killed in the crash.

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Mohammad Aslam and Talat Aslam are a couple from the Newlands area on the

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South Side of Glasgow. Mohammad Aslam was in his 70s, his

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wife in her 60s. They just completed their pilgrimage from Mecca. Their

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minibus crashed. In that crash, they were killed. And also some members

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of what is believed to be their extended family from Manchester.

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This afternoon, I spoke to a very good friend of the family. And he

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said he completely understood why such warm tributes have been paid

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today on social media. Particularly to Talat Aslam, who he said was a

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very warm and outgoing person. She was a ladies lady. All the

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functions, charities. All the groups, she was there. The ladies

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will be missing her. And Mohammad Aslam, a very helpful friend? To me,

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like my own brother. And anything I needed, he would come over and help

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me out. When I moved to this house, to put the windows in all bathrooms,

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or whatever. He was a thorough gentleman. So they will be missed?

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Definitely very much missed and I am really deeply sorry about it. For

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other people, three adults and a baby, also died in that crash. Those

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members of the family come from Manchester. Press have already been

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said for the couple from Newlands. Thoughts very much with them

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tonight. Environmental groups say Scotland's

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draft climate change plan is too much of a "techno fix" with not

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enough focus on changing behaviour. The environment secretary has laid

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out a series of proposals for reducing greenhouse gas

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emissions by 66% by 2032. Our environment correspondent

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Kevin Keane reports. They are the three industries

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responsible for our greenhouse gas emissions - energy,

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transport and electricity make up 80% of the gasses

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in the atmosphere. Today, a plan to fix

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the damage they have caused. At the end of the day,

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if we don't fix this problem, the negative impact will be on huge

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numbers of people. On transport, the aim is to make two

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fifths of all cars ultralow emission by 2032. Half of all buses will be

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the same. There is a commitment to decarbonise

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the electricity sector with increased capacity for energy

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storage and for agriculture, better management of

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the nutrient value of soil. NFU Scotland welcoming

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the Minister's pragmatic approach. My message to Scotland's farmers

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is clear, what is good for the planet is good

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for your pocket and we will support The Conservatives accused

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the minister of not fully costing the plan,

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but gave it their backing. The announcement today

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of the intention to reduce emissions by 66% by 2032 against the 1990

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baseline, is a transformational The plan is a 178 page document

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and the devil will be in the detail. There was no commitment

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on a workplace parking levy like the one in Nottingham,

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but it wasn't dismissed. And heat pump technology

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made in Glasgow will be in area examined to help decarbonise

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the heat supply from 2025. I don't think it goes

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far enough on areas I think there is scope

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for all parties to come up with good ideas on how the plan can be made

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more specific and the steps can be James Watt's steam engine sparked

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the Industrial Revolution and Joseph Black, the scientist

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who discovered the gas Both Scots, both linked

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to our climate's history. There are renewed tensions

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between the Scottish and UK governments tonight over Brexit,

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after the latest round of talks. The Scottish Government's Brexit

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minister, Michael Russell, has accused the Prime Minister

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of treating Holyrood It follows Teresa May's announcement

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that she plans to take the UK out Here's our Westminster

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correspondent, David Porter. Davos in Switzerland

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and the World Economic Forum. The annual meeting of

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the world's great and good. An opportunity to chew

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the economic and political fact. This year, a key topic

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on the menu, Brexit. Enter Theresa May, to articulate her

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vision of the future. Britain is and will always be,

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open for business, open to investment in our companies,

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infrastructure, universities To coincide with that speech,

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a direct message to Scotland It comes in the week Mrs May

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explicitly ruled out remaining Today in Whitehall, more talks

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on the nitty-gritty of Brexit. But the Scottish Government

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is still angry with the Prime I think it is a breach of the terms

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of this particular meeting. We were meant to be

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involved in decisions not There will be a general view it

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breached the process After two hours of talks which did

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little to improve the mood It was the wrong thing

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to say at the wrong time. It is fair to say, in great part,

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the other administrations were very concerned she had

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pre-empted the meeting. She made a pronouncement

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on the single market, which is the wrong

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pronouncement to make. She had done so frankly,

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with contempt. Anger from some of Northern

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Ireland's politicians, but a more emollient tone

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from the Scottish Secretary. The Prime Minister has set

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out her plan for how Britain should exit from the EU,

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which is what people voted for across the United kingdom

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on the 23rd of June. Obviously, we will have differences

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with the Scottish National I don't think people

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would expect otherwise. The First Minister and the Prime

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Minister are due to meet again soon and Brexit will be top

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of the agenda. Further discussions will be held

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between Scottish and UK Also next week, the Supreme Court

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will make a key ruling on how the Brexit process should

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get under way. But most are expecting a long,

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protracted and difficult road ahead. Frail patients were left

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on ambulance trolleys while waiting to be admitted to a hospital under

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"extreme pressure," A team from Healthcare Improvement

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Scotland said more needed to be done to address "patient flow"

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and capacity at Crosshouse Hospital in Kilmarnock,

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after an unannounced A spokesman for NHS Ayrshire

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and Arran said staff had a strong focus on ensuring that improvements

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were made to deliver MSPs have been urged

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to change the way Scotland's Right now, almost all buses

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are operated by private firms and the Unite union claims that's

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failing to serve communities Today, they brought a petition

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to Parliament, calling Our transport correspondent,

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David Henderson, has this report. The village of Banton

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in North Lanarkshire is home to a few hundred people who rely

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on buses to get them to work, The way they are going,

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they are awful. If I want to go to Falkirk,

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the thing is I have to get out at Forsyth and then wait

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for another bus. They are talking about taking

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the Falkirk won out as well. It is not fair on people

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who don't drive. This village shop closed presenting

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a problem for many of They have to travel to a nearby town

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to do their shopping. But they don't have a car,

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they have to go by bus. But what if there

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isn't a bus to catch. Banton is away from the main road

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and this bus, which goes through the village,

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may not come here in future. It is a dismal prospect

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for locals like this. I cannot get to work

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and I cannot get to go out I won't be able to go

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to college when I leave school Younger children may also be

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affected, parents have brought their youngsters to this

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play group in the village. They are entitled to more free hours

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at nursery a few miles away, but without a bus,

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they can't get there. My two sons are at nursery,

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so I use the bus on a daily basis. I would like to take them

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to playgroups and things Get shopping and things like that,

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so it would have a massive Scotland's buses were deregulated

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by Margaret Thatcher's by private firms and they are not

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obliged to serve a bus route In a petition to Parliament,

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the Unite union claims You can't have it that

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you are handing over a vital service to the community to a private sector

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and allowing the firm to dictate what it will and won't do

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in terms of that service The Scottish Government has ruled

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out what it calls the wholesale It says it is working to improve bus

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services and spending more than a quarter of ?1 billion

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a year, but campaigners want to see that many do more

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for places like Banton. Time for the weather

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now with Christopher. Good evening. Largely dry and cloudy

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conditions across the country tonight but where it is clear, it is

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cold. We still have high pressure over in charge of ahead, dragging in

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cold continental air is so clear skies and frosty here. Elsewhere,

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fairly cloudy but we have some clear skies across the north-east so

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across parts of Grampian, temperatures subzero with a fog

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patch around. For many tomorrow morning, it is a cloudy, dry start

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with the odd spot of rain. Five or six Celsius. North of Perth and

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Dundee, a cold start, scraping of the windscreens in places. Probably

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towards Inverness as well. West of here, thicker cloud on a mild start.

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And a breeze around the Northern Isles. Across tomorrow, a day the

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today. In the north, some sunshine. And extending westwards. A brighter

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day in store, then. South of the border, we have this weather front

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here dying a death but leaving a legacy of cloud for the North of

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England, Southern Scotland. South of it, plenty of sunshine. We will have

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that sunshine, too, north of the Central Belt. Even where it is

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cloudy, it is thin. It will be a cold day than we have seen of late.

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Into the evening, where it is clear it is cold but for many largely dry

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and fairly cloudy. For the weekend, a little bit more sunshine across

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the west and south-west. Conversely across the East, some thicker cloud.

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Sunday, another dry day, fairly cloudy and chilly under the cloud. A

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few spots of rain in the West as well. Next week, the high pressure

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still with us. Largely dry unsettled, going nowhere, keeping

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those weather fronts at bay and putting a whole new meaning on dry

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January.

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