27/02/2017 Reporting Scotland


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A former head of the SFA says footballers may in future have

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to sign disclaimers to prevent them suing over dementia

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It follows the news that the former Celtic player and manager

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Tonight, Alzheimer Scotland's announced it's holding a summit

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on the possible links between football and dementia.

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A goal that set Kilmarnock on the way to their one

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I think he got into trouble because he shouldn't

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Success that day secured legendary status for

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But in recent years, David's son says another shared

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Frank Beattie had Parkinson's and dementia.

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Jim had Parkinson's, and my dad, who's now suffering from dementia.

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David's suspicion centres on a particular skill.

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In training, the heading drills, these were every day.

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You could argue that heading the heavy ball may have

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had some form of influence on the disease he's got.

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Billy McNeill's family have similar questions.

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Having revealed the former Celtic captain is suffering from dementia,

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Scientists at Stirling University analysed heading drills and found

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small but significant short-term changes in brain function but that,

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We cannot make decisions on the guidelines.

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More science is needed, a better understanding

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of what happens to the brain when heading a ball.

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An issue some believe could have profound consequences for the game.

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I'd still have wanted to play the game regardless of problems,

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They might have to have a situation where in order that people cannot be

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once you know that it can cause damage, they might have to sign

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a disclaimer to not sue in the future and it's

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everyone's choice to continue as a player or not.

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As he approaches his 81st birthday, David Sneddon's family say it's not

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about changing the game they all love.

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Today's life is about informed choices.

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If you have the information, you can choose to play

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With the amount of money in football, I'd reckon

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most players would say, "I'll take the chance."

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Scotland's Chief Medical Officer wants doctors to spend more time

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listening to patients in a bid to avoid prescribing

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Catherine Calderwood argues that quality rather than quantity of life

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Here's our health correspondent, Lisa Summers.

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Alistair doesn't know how much time he's got left.

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But he's determined to make the most of it.

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There's nothing worse than getting towards the end of your life

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and realising you've wasted day after day.

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As the sun comes up, I'm looking for something

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He's already having treatment for a series of long-term

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conditions, but after a conversation with his consultant, he decided not

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I didn't fancy spending three days a week in the infirmary

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when I could be out and doing things with my family.

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I want quality of life, not length of life particularly.

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For some, dialysis is the right course of treatment.

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And this is what realistic medicine is about.

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The Chief Medical Officer is asking for the best treatment for patients.

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I think doctors are fixers, they want to help.

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I think we've overestimated the benefits of some treatments

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and maybe underestimated the risks and perhaps underestimated

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the burden of health care, so visits to hospital and the GP

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surgery, blood tests, monitoring, and now we're having open

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At Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, they're open

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Dialysis is there for those who'll benefit and they'll support

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We're making ageing medical, and death.

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As doctors you believe you can solve everything,

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you start believing you can solve everything and then realise

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you can't, and what we need to do is help patients.

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It's too brutal to say you have however many weeks or months left.

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And we don't know the answer to that.

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But we have to be honest about where you can make a difference

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Doctors already struggle for time with patients and the Chief Medical

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Officer says it's not about saving money but involving

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patients and families in decisions about their care.

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Downing Street has reiterated that there should not be a second

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It follows renewed reports that the UK Government is concerned

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Brexit could bring about a second vote in Scotland.

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And tonight that was echoed by the former

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Prime Minister Sir John Major in a speech on the impact of Brexit.

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In Scotland, I believe a hard Brexit will encourage a second

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This may seem improbable at this moment, but it would be reckless

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As we saw last June, emotion and national pride can

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If Scotland were to become independent, both Scotland

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and the whole of the United Kingdom would be diminished.

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That cannot be ignored as Brexit evolves.

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A 42-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder

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Julie McCash and David Sorrie died following an incident in the city's

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It's alleged Robert Stratton struck them both with knives.

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He's also charged with the attempted murder of a third person.

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He made no plea at Dundee Sheriff Court and was remanded in custody.

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Police officers are continuing to search for a teenager

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believed to have fallen from cliffs at Arbroath.

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18-year-old Ralph Smith has been missing since Saturday lunchtime.

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The number of officers policing Scotland is likely to be

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It's one of the proposals contained in a ten-year strategy.

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Our home affairs correspondent, Reevel Alderson reports.

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Good morning, we'll start off with the pairings today.

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Officers at Stuart Street Police Station receive their briefing

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But once on the street, it's clear policing

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Increasingly, they deal with vulnerable people rather than crime.

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Keeping in touch with businesses and residents, these officers

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are part of the problem-solving team, a new approach

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The idea is to engage with people and tackle them as best you can.

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We've always had that with community policing but we're not

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responding to calls as much as we were previously and the idea

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behind that is so we can focus on the communities we're working in.

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Crime is at a 40-year low and the nature of crime is changing.

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Just one in five calls to Police Scotland results

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It deals with 57,000 mental health incidents and 30,000

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missing person inquiries a year, meaning they have

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The journey of policing in the last 30 years is from one

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where we only police public space to one where

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Domestic abuse and child abuse are two good examples.

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Now, as the world is changing quickly around us, people

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are living their life online and we need to protect

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The number of officers is likely to fall by 2020.

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But the body that oversees the police service says as it

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adapts, there will still be officers on the beat.

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This is an essential part of policing and we believe we can

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free up officers from administrative and other tasks that prevent them

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We think in 2026 you will still see officers in their uniforms.

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The Government welcomes the ten-year strategy and said it's concerned

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about the right mix of skills, not just overall numbers.

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Scotland's rugby team is now fifth in the world rankings,

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It follows the weekend win over Wales in the Six Nations.

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Scotland's rejuvenation as a force in world rugby continues.

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Also on the up is their world ranking.

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The win over Wales takes them from eighth up to fifth,

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How much of this is down to their implacable coach?

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The players are playing for him and the team have a real identity

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We've scored seven tries, six of them from outside channels.

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In Paris, it was created in an outside channel

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so it's the identity of how they try to play

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The immediate future holds games against these two,

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They will not treat the Scots as the fodder they have often been.

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Coming into this, I would never have thought the game I would eagerly

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We have a real prospect of a match at Twickenham and a real

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Some wonderful performances and great individual players.

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Regardless of how that match goes, Murrayfield will be fall

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Regardless of how that match goes, Murrayfield will be full

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again in three weeks, the first time a game

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Another reflection of the upturn in Scotland's fortunes.

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It's over to Judith now for the forecast.

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Good evening. A reminder that we're not quite out of yet. A settling of

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snow across Scotland, as you can see from this picture sent in earlier

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on. The pressure reaching us and bumping into cold air, bringing more

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in the way of snow to the south, but that has moved away. This low moves

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away but it is a largely dry, cold night across the UK. The risk of

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ice, so beware of the ice across the UK in the morning. That will be a

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concern. Cold and frosty to start and there is the low making its

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presence felt with showers of rain. Anything inland will fall as rain. A

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cold start to the day with temperatures around freezing for

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inland parts of Scotland. Plenty of sunshine across eastern Scotland and

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the wind starts to pick up across the Northern Isles at -- as we head

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through the day. The rain, sleet and snow moves eastwards. Confined to

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the south-west come the afternoon. The low pressure sinks southwards

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over the rest of the UK, bringing showery outbreaks of rain, but again

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something brighter and drier later. Feeling cold everywhere and back

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home highs of around six or 7 degrees. Looking colder than we've

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seen of late. Plenty of sunshine to end the day and we lose the rain in

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the south. The wind moves to the north as we go into the evening,

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producing wintry showers across northern Scotland. Elsewhere, drive.

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Wednesday and Thursday is shaping up with showers and a cold northerly

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wind but a lot of dry weather on both days. A cold frost by your

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forecast. (Whatever happens,

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stay close to me.) MUSIC: Perfect

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by Mason vs Princess Superstar # Four, three, two, one

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One, two, three, whoo!

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