15/02/2017 Reporting Scotland


15/02/2017

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The number of Scots seeking work in the final three months of last

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year was up by 6,000, to reach 135,000 -

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the number of people in work was also up.

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And new figures show the productivity of Scottish

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Our business and economy editor, Douglas Fraser, reports.

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It is a notch above the UK level. Over the whole of last year, there

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was a drop in employment here of 27,000 but with economic inactivity

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rates rising there was a drop in the number of people in work by 20,000.

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There's been a shift towards self-employment even where you may

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think workers of earning a rage, there are people running a business.

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You just want a job, a pay packet, but the modern jobs

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Two soups and two chickens and two beef.

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In catering and hospitality at the city of Glasgow College

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the ability to run your own business affairs can be as important

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There is inspiration on hand from a Masterchef winner.

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There is a mixture of students, whether they go into self-employment

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or work for big companies, but many students have their own

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dream of having their own restaurant and it seems to be a kind of chef

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trait, they want to be doing their own thing.

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Next door, this hair salon takes those with cutting skills and helps

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them build up their cutting edge business intelligence.

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It is about how to enter contract and how to run a column and how

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to manage your money and how to pay for your stock.

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Joanne Pinkerton has taken her hair cutting skills around the world,

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but the trade winds have brought her back home

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What has changed, it's not just as simple as going into a salon

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at the end on a Saturday, you get a brown paper kit

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What is happening now, when they have finished

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their training, they want to know, what am I allowed to do?

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So, Joanne is renting a chair in this new College salon

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where the tips aren't just from customers but

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A three-year-old boy has died after he was knocked down

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The incident happened yesterday in the village of Crossgates.

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This farm is about a mile north of the village Crossgates near

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It was here yesterday evening that the three-year-old boy

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was knocked down by a vehicle on the farm.

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The emergency services were called just after five o'clock but

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they were not able to save him and he was reported to have died at

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This tragic event has affected people here and the local

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community council said the family are highly thought of and respected.

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The local minister said the news has shocked and stunned people.

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It is the parents who have the heartbreak.

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I would not like to lose a son or daughter at that age.

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What happened at tea-time last night.

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It is one of the times that everyone is pulling

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together, sending condolences to the family.

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Police are now investigating the incident.

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The Health and Safety Executive said it is aware of the

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incident and is also making enquiries.

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A man has been convicted of a murder in North Lanarkshire that happened

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James McGowan killed Owen Brannigan at a house in Coatbridge.

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He was also convicted of headbutting a man at this

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Later that evening, he went on to a house

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where he found Owen Brannigan, his former brother-in-law

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McGowan admitted what he'd done during phone calls to a mental

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health helpline while he was living in Adelaide in Australia.

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He was extradited to Scotland last year to face trial.

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He had returned to the house with his friend, Thomas Stewart,

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They had had a drink in the evening and were

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settled down to watch the football, when Owen fell asleep on the couch.

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James McGowan came in to the house and he was armed with a knife and he

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set about stabbing Owen repeatedly on the couch.

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One person has died in a house fire in Lossiemouth.

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Scottish Fire and Rescue crews and police arrived at the scene

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of the blaze at the property on Elgin Road shortly after four

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Police say there don't appear to be any suspicious circumstances.

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Why do women still earn less money than men?

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That's the question MSPs are asking as an inquiry's launched into how

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Despite laws being introduced on equal pay almost 50 years ago,

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on average, full-time women workers in Scotland earn 6% less than men.

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Our political correspondent, Andrew Kerr, reports.

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1970, Glasgow, the year equal pay became law, a lot has changed,

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Going on current trends, research suggests the pay gap

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And equalising women's productivity could add almost

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Campaigners explained why full-time women workers still earn 6% less

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It goes far beyond pay discrimination, there

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is still a stark segregation in the types of job that men

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and women do, with women more likely to be found in low paid undervalued

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jobs such as cleaning, care and retail and admin.

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Women still do the bulk of underpaid caring,

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and coupled with a lack of flexible working, that means women are less

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likely to be found in higher paid senior positions.

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So, caring responsibilities could have a long-term

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scarring effect on pay, pension and promotion prospects.

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How does this affect an impact the Scottish economy, could more be

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We want to look at this with an open mind and see what we come up with.

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If closing the pay gap can help the economy, it stands to reason

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I've seen the positive intent and positive things that

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can help the economy, having women on board,

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For some the way ahead is complex but for others straightforward.

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We work just as hard, most of the time even better.

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If you take breaks to have kids, you should not be penalised.

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It is not a straightforward question.

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It is a nightmare to work that one out because it has not

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been sorted out for, when was the gender equality act?

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Employers politicians and society as a whole now have to see how

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to make more progress after 50 years of trying.

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The accountancy firm EY is set to shed 35 jobs

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at its Inverness office - over half its workforce

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The company, also known as Ernst and Young, says it's proposing

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to move its audit and account, compliance and reporting services

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Scotland will have to play the remainder of this season's

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Six Nations rugby championship without their captain

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Greg Laidlaw will play no further part in the competition

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Our sports reporter, David Currie, has the details.

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There's far more to a captain's role than organisation

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Talking with royalty and other VIPs before matches will now be another

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man's responsibility for the rest of the Six Nations.

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from just before the World Cup, really, and he will be missed.

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His goal-kicking will be a loss and his leadership in particular,

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He is so important so it will be felt.

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His leadership powers and his kicking prowess under

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pressure helped Scotland beat Ireland at Murrayfield.

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They recorded their first opening-day victory since 2006.

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His influence over this year's tournament ended during the defeat

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One former Scotland player says the scrum-half is not irreplaceable

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You could argue Ali Price is quicker and he is more eager

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and he has a better pass and he plays the system every week

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with Glasgow so I would not panic about Greg Laidlaw

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Who should take the captain's armband?

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A number of captains, Josh is the captain with Glasgow,

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but I would go with Jonny Gray, he is the co-captain at Glasgow

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and he knows what goes with being a captain and it

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It won't faze him and I would go with him, Jonny Gray.

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The decision is for the head coach Vern Cotter.

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The next Scotland match is a week on Saturday.

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Football and Aberdeen strengthened their position in second place

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in the Scottish Premiership by beating Motherwell seven-two

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The win, which saw striker Adam Roooney score a hat-trick,

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means Aberdeen have now played the same number of games as third

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placed Rangers but now sit three points ahead of the Glasgow side

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and with a vastly superior goal difference.

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Champions Celtic sit twenty-four points clear of Aberdeen

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Let's get the weather forecast and it's over to Christopher.

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Good evening. We should be sitting around eight Celsius but we're doing

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better than that. Early next week it may even be towards the mid-teens.

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Mild tonight but breezy and quite damp. The culprit is the low

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pressure tracking eastwards. A fairly windy day tomorrow and quite

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damp. Across the South tomorrow morning reasonably dry. The heaviest

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of the rain up towards the north-west. But some outbreaks in

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parts of the belt. In towards the north-west and up towards the

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Northern Isles it will be quite breezy and wet. During the course of

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the morning the rain will ease off, certainly from around lunchtime and

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the wind will ease. But it will still be breezy and from the West.

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Brighter conditions most likely in the east. The further south you are

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away from the North where the low pressure is, the better it will be.

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A warm front brings rain towards Northern Ireland and that will

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affect us later. Towards the rest of the afternoon and evening, largely

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dried -- dry but outbreaks of rain in the south-west and later over the

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Highlands. A quite chilly night and a touch of Frost and fog. On Friday,

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with high pressure, dry with brightness but still the warm front

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will produce spots of rain in the north-west. Brightest in the east.

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To the weekend, the mostly mild theme continues. Showers on Saturday

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with bright spells. Largely dry on Sunday but a further spell of wet

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weather later on. 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

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