13/02/2017 Reporting Scotland


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Not one player was drugs-tested in Scottish domestic football

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The Scottish Football Association says funding is in place to ensure

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tests are carried out during the rest of this season -

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but tonight the President of the World anti-doping agency

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criticised the lack of testing. Alasdair Lamont has more details.

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The fight to keep trucks out of sport has never been more intense or

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so high profile. From state-sponsored doping in Russia,

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investigations into wrongdoing in cycling to a lengthy ban for Maria

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Sharapova, one of tennis's biggest stars. A year ago BBC Scotland

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published figures that show that only eight trucks tests done in

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Scottish football between April and December of 2015. Now it has emerged

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that in the same period last year not a single test was carried out.

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It is, in my view... The Scottish FA lost its funding

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from the UK anti-doping agency last April. And finally agreed on funding

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package in November. There was disappointment within the SFA at the

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decision to stop funding testing here, that was apparently down to

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prioritising the ?7 million budget, particularly in what was an Olympic

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year. Regardless, the SFA now expect some funding to kick in to allow

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testing to resume in Scottish some funding to kick in to allow

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football. The former chairman of Ukip in Scotland has afforded jail.

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after admitting making a series of sexual phone calls

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Arthur Misty Thackeray pled guilty last month.

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At Glasgow Sheriff Court today he was placed on the sex offenders

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register for three years, and told to complete 270 hours

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of unpaid work as part of a community payback order.

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Father Denis Alexander has always denied the allegations. Denis

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Alexander appeared via a video link from a remand centre at Silver water

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prison here in Sydney, he was in a wheelchair. He did at times appear

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to be quite fragile but fully aware of the legal proceedings. His

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barrister told the magistrate that given his age and various medical

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conditions such as diabetes and hypertension, his client should be

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released from custody pending what could well be a lengthy extradition

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process. A lawyer for the UK Government argued against the bail

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application, saying that father Alexander presented a flight risk.

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He suggested that the former monk may even be spirited away to a

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Benedictine monastery somewhere in Australia. The lawyer also argued

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that the priest first-macro medical conditions would not be made worse

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in custody. The magistrates as it was a difficult application to

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consider stop he did reject the bail application, what this means is that

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Denis Alexander will remain in custody pending that full

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extradition hearing in Sydney in three months' time.

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The Scotland rugby captain Greig Laidlaw's availability

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for the rest of the Six Nations is in doubt tonight.

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Laidlaw has left the national squad to have his injured ankle assessed

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The return of the walking wounded from France. Scotland rugby squad

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arrived back in Edinburgh mentally and physically battered bruised. It

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was a catalogue of injuries and started with the site no Scots

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friend wanted to see. Their number nine buckling in pain. The captain,

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the highest points scorer, playmaker and inspiring team member, rolling

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to the ground and then taken off. His future in the championship they

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are requiring further assessment. Calling the shots from the sidelines

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was never in the game plan. To recover now, sometimes when they get

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sent back, it means they are going to be out for a number of weeks they

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like to get them back to the club physio is, a massive loss because he

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has proved himself over the last couple of seasons as a leader who

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manages the game exceptionally well he is a fantastic player. There were

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positive moments for Scotland. But a whole lot of negative, too. After

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Laidlaw went off, his replacement as captain John Barclay went off. After

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Barclay was sidelined from his positional replacement John Hardy

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also succumbed to a head injury and finally the hooker Fraser Brown,

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another head knock and another player taken off not to return to

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action. They are all subject to continued hit injury assessment. The

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game was so brutal, you could understand you get some head knocks

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but to get four in a game, for them to be crucial plays for Scotland, it

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shows you how brutal and rough and physical the game is becoming.

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Questions will be asked about the bungled conversion attempt. With the

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calm head of Laidlaw have fared better under the pressure of being

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told to rush and take it? The squad have until a week on Saturday to

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recover when the next wave of attack will come, this time from Wales.

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Aberdeenshire Council has apologised for planting dozens of trees

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The trees appeared on the playing field at Logie Durno over

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the weekend, sparking confusion among residents.

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We sent our reporter Rebecca Curran to investigate.

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Tree up front, Ireland usual formation in Scott didn't do across

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Scottish football. Dozens of trees up and planted here and residents

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aren't happy. There is not really much to do in this area, get your

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kids out, do something active, the goals are in place, all of a sudden

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kids out, do something active, the we have got trees! Aberdeenshire

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councils says the plan was to turn over part of the area for

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biodiversity as anecdotally it was really used. Whenever we take a

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football and play here, not on the big pitch, but I don't know why the

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council have put them there. They are good for dribbling round!

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Because it gives you good practice. Aberdeenshire Council couldn't

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confirm how much it cost to plant trees or how much it could be to

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remove them. The trees will stay where they are until an agreement is

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reached with residents. I'm certainly not dressed for the

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occasion and these are certainly not football boots but it's just a Paul

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and some trees, how hard can it be? It's over to Kawser now

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with the weather outlook For most of us it's "A cloudy night

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so far, the cast our minds back to earlier today. Some contrasts across

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the country, stepping out across the North-East, temperatures here

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struggled. But we reached 11 Celsius here in Skye, plenty of sunshine.

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The good news is that sunshine will be more widespread tomorrow although

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it will be breezy. The night some very strong winds across the Solway,

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perhaps even touching gale force, clearer skies in the North-West,

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temperatures could dip to minus five Celsius in the Highlands. For

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tomorrow morning, heading out at around eight o'clock quite a bit of

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cloud around the North-East across more central areas, towards the

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north it used, quite chilly, quite breezy as well, more sunshine across

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western part of the Central belt, towards the East some breaks in the

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cloud to allow sunnier spells through. More in the wake of

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sunshine across northern parts of England and towards the South-East

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but across the south west, across Northern Ireland, more in the wake

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of cloud and outbreaks of patchy rain. Milder air being drawn in,

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temperatures may be 11 or 12 in the south-west. The wind direction

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becomes more southerly and withdraw in that milder air but also more

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unsettled conditions. Looking ahead to Wednesday, we are looking at a

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contrast compared to recent days, most of the cloud further towards

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the West this time. Further towards the east, likely to see the best of

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any brightness, most likely across the Murray first and for all of us

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to preachers will rise by the end of the week.

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We're back tomorrow morning. Good night.

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