20/02/2017 Reporting Scotland


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A cancer survival gap is growing between people living in the most

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and least deprived parts of Scotland, depending on the type

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That's the warning from Macmillan Cancer Support,

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which says there needs to be better awareness of screening in poorer

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Here's our health correspondent, Lisa Summers.

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In Govan this cafe for the local community also doubles up as a

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Many people who come here do not have cancer,

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but for those who do it provides support.

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Mandy and Pauline are both local and living with terminal cancer.

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If you are feeling lost about what help is available,

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there are people who are here who deal with it every day.

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At 45 I didn't know what help there was.

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That is where it became very important to me.

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I knew there was somebody there I could phone if I needed to.

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Local informal services like this one seem to be

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making a difference, but across the country the analysis

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Macmillan looked at cancer survival rates over a five-year period

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and found quite startling variations for those living in poor communities

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compared to those living in our more affluent communities.

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With prostate cancer you are 98% more likely to die if you live

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in an area of deprivation and with breast cancer

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I think they are shocking and I am hoping the shock of it

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will help galvanise us to do something proactive.

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These days lung cancer does not have to be a death sentence.

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Adverts like this one are part of a targeted campaign.

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They have been successful, but the government's national

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clinical director says he is not surprised by the data.

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Late presentation is simply a matter of life and death.

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The earlier that diagnosis happens, the more chance of treatment,

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and now with modern techniques, often cure.

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GPs say there can be complex reasons that discourage people from poor

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Financial resources, ability to make a GP appointment,

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communication issues, like not having English as a first

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as a first language, education about what needs to be

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seen as important and perhaps even the likelihood of pushing your GP

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for that appointment if you are told there are none left.

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77% of its users come from deprived areas,

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but the fundamental question is still not answered.

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Geologists say there could be reserves of oil and gas in areas

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around Scotland's coast which have previously been dismissed.

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A team has been studying rock formations around Rockall,

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a tiny outcrop 300 miles off the Western Isles.

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Our energy correspondent, Kevin Keane, has this exclusive report.

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It has been an attractive destination for only the hardiest

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of adventurers and three years ago Nick Hancock broke the record for

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But now the focus is not so much on the rock above the water line,

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We hope oil and gas has been trapped in that bump.

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Geologist Nick Schofield has been studying data from below the sea bed

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Previous attempts to strike oil here have almost all failed,

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but now he has concluded they were looking in the wrong place.

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That is why you looked at areas like the North Sea where you get one

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discovery of every four or five wells that you drill.

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That led to the preconception of it not having anything there,

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but we think the wells were not drilled in the right place.

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His team has also been studying rock formations on Skye which are similar

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With all the data they now conclude that volcanic activity may have

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pushed oil reserves away from the rock itself, further away

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We are optimistic, but we are always very cautious

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and it is a very frontier area and it is a challenging place

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to work and it is potentially in the future going to be quite

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exciting but I would not get too enthusiastic just yet.

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The oil and gas industry has long been looking for new fields.

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The Clare Field and others have seen production expanded

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into the harsh waters of the North Atlantic, so there

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I am confident there are companies looking at the information

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and there will not be a Klondike rush, this is a very

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expensive area to play in, but with the right companies,

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we will be looking hard at the outcomes.

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This is the first significant discovery

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With 18 months to go the geologists say there could be

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Floral tributes and messages of sympathy have followed the death

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of a two-year-old boy, whose body was recovered

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from the River Ericht at Bridge of Cally near

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The child was reported missing yesterday morning from a property

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He was found just over an hour later by a fire and rescue crew

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One of the leading charities representing survivors of child sex

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abuse has been told it hasn't been granted official representation

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at the inquiry set up by the Scottish government.

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Wellbeing Scotland says it's concerned more than a thousand

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victims which it has helped will now be deterred

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Earlier I spoke to our social affairs correspondent,

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Co-participant status allows an organisation

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and its members to receive financial and legal assistance

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and to cross-examine witnesses in the inquiry.

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The charity says it is the largest organisation in Scotland dealing

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with historical allegations of child sex abuse and has

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It says it was concerned new guidelines which meant any

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perpetrator named in the inquiry would then be told that had

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happened, they feel that could deter many survivors from coming forward

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and therefore it was imperative that it as a charity should be able

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It pointed out that one Catholic organisation has got core

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Wellbeing Scotland says it has been left wondering whether the size

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of the organisation meant that it would cost a lot more and perhaps

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elongate the inquiry, which is due to report in late 2019.

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The inquiry itself said that Wellbeing Scotland had not met

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the stringent criteria for organisations to play

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a significant role, but that was being reviewed.

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Police have been searching the roadside near an Aberdeenshire

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village as part of an ongoing investigation into the murder of

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The 67-year-old was found beaten to death with a heavy

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weapon in his home in Rothienorman on the 12th of March last year.

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Police say the search is not in response to new information.

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A 25-year-old man has appeared in court accused of causing

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Dean Yeats from Forfar is alleged to have started the blaze at a water

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He made no plea or declaration and was released on bail.

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Exports of single-malt Scotch whisky topped a billion pounds

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The United States remained the biggest market by value,

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while France was the biggest by volume.

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And there was a significant increase in the amount bought by India.

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A footballer says he's fighting to save his career, after admitting

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betting on his own team to lose games in which he played.

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Dean Brett is currently suspended by Cowdenbeath and is to be charged

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by the Scottish Football Association for placing thousands of bets.

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The player, who's come through recent personal tragedies,

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Dean Brett at home with his dog Maisie.

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It has been a rough couple of years in the Brett household with

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the death firstly of a baby daughter and just a few months later Dean's

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It has just been tough moments and when you see

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something that reminds you of it, it is really tough.

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Anniversaries, birthdays, events that happen in

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other people's lives that can relate to you.

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You get upset about that and it is tough.

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Even before those tragedies Brett had made no secret

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of betting on football despite knowing it was against SFA rules.

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His social-media posts eventually came to the authorities' attention.

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He will answer charges that he placed 2000 bets

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Cowdenbeath say most concerning for them are the figures

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of 65 of their matches - Dean Brett played in

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Since I went home on Thursday I was just thinking what

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I have had the opportunity before, but I have

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Now that I have let them down, for them

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What I have done is not acceptable, and if that is the way

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Of the other players who have fallen foul of the SFA rules on

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gambling, only Ian Black had bet against his own team.

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He served a three-match ban and was fined ?7,500.

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None bet on as many games as Brett, who faces a

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None have faced the personal drama Brett has -

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not an excuse, but a poignant twist to a tale of human frailty.

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Rugby, and Edinburgh have appointed former Leicester Tigers director

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of rugby Richard Cockerill as head coach from next season.

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Cockerill, who was sacked by Leicester last month,

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is working as a consultant with French side Toulon.

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The former England hooker has signed a two-year deal with Scottish Rugby.

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Well, let's get the weather forecast, and it's over to Kawser.

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Good evening. It has been quite an breezy evening and quite cold out

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there but earlier it was exceptionally mild, temperatures

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reaching 15 Celsius in some areas. We have had pictures sent in of

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flowers blooming. Tomorrow it will be largely dry and bright but then

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we see some rain and stronger winds, indication us that winter is not

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done just yet. Tomorrow the showers will continue across the north-west,

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wintry over the hills. Clearer skies in more central and eastern areas

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and temperatures colder tonight than last night, dipping to four to six

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areas in cities and closer to freezing in rural areas. Eastern

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areas tomorrow will see the best of the brightness but at eight o'clock

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in the north we will see thicker cloud and outbreaks of rain. Central

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and eastern areas will continue to see drier and brighter weather.

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Driest for longest across the East, thicker cloud pushing in across the

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south-west. The best of any sunshine along the east coast, but thicker

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cloud along Northern Ireland and Wales and the south-west of England.

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The rain will continue to push across western parts of Scotland

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throughout the day tomorrow. Temperatures of ten or 11 Celsius.

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Tomorrow evening the rain will progress further eastwards and the

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winds will strengthen, perhaps touching gale force to severe gale

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force across the far north, the Northern Isles and the north-east

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coast. There will be a scattering of wintry showers by the end of the

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night. By Wednesday blustery showers, wintry over the hills, even

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down to low levels at times, sunny spells in between and much cooler,

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seven or eight Celsius. We are keeping an eye on this area of low

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pressure heading towards us by Thursday morning and there is the

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potential of snow for northern parts of England and southern parts of

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Our next update is during Breakfast at 6.25 tomorrow morning.

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But from everyone on the late team here in Glasgow and around

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