11/04/2017 Reporting Scotland


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The shortage of carers in Scotland is reaching crisis point.

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The organisation that represents independent care providers

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says nine out of ten of its members can't fill vacancies.

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It comes on the day figures from England showed 900 social

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care workers there leave their jobs every day.

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Our health correspondent Lisa Summers has been to meet

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a couple from East Lothian who are struggling to cope.

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Mary Turnbull is 78. The former schoolteacher was diagnosed with

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dementia five years ago. Mary was the strong one in the family, the

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homemaker, who did all the cooking. Now the roles are reversed. But it

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certainly isolated, you have nobody to talk to, the buck stops with me

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basically. Who is the? Her husband Michael does have some care in place

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but despite offering contacting 60 local providers, can't get the help

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he needs. The fact I have lost a lot of care during the week means I'm

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doing a lot of caring in the evening, seven days a week and I

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have to take upstairs, undress her, watch her, pushed her in her

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pyjamas, but as a bed. Scottish care same manner to ten of their members

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report struggling to recruit staff, say care homes have been forced to

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close with the same problems in the community. If you are able to afford

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a pound or a pound 50 ball in a supermarket, compared to the

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challenging and difficult experience caring for somebody, however

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rewarding, people have to pay mortgages, with bills rising and

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exercising that choice and giving up their job of care in order to earn a

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living or a better living. The government says it is trying to

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encourage people into the care industry by introducing the living

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wage but it feeds into a bigger picture of problems with integration

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of health and social care and hospitals. There are too believable

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and able to get home despite being well enough to be because care

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packages are not fair for them. -- not there for them. Michael says the

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care they do receive is invaluable. It gets much needed respite and that

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allows him to enjoy the time he spends with Mary.

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A gymnastics coach who represented Scotland in the 2010

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Commonwealth Games is to stand trial on six sex charges

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25 year old Ryan McKee, from Kinning Park in Glasgow

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is alleged to have "engaged in sexual activity" with the girls

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The offences are alleged to have taken place

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Mr McKee denies the charges and is due to stand trial in August.

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Decommissioning one of the most important oilfields in the North Sea

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was always going to be a major task - not just the scale of the job,

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Plans for the famous Brent field - which include leaving the legs

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of the platforms in the sea - has angered environmentalists.

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However the first platform is about to be taken apart and it's

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a job for the world's biggest construction vessel,

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We are in Rotterdam, the largest harbour in Europe and currently

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docked here is the pioneering spirit. This shape is huge. It's the

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length of six jumbo jets, and by many measures, this is the largest

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vessel in the world. And it will soon head out into the North Sea to

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undertake an incredibly complex bit of engineering work, the lifting of

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the top side of the platform in the Brent Field, the Brent D. We have

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now made our way into the pioneering Spirit and I'm joined by Alistair

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from Shell. Why did you decide to lift the top side in its entirety?

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Because it's fundamentally safer and more efficient, to lift these big,

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compensated platforms, they are nearly 40 years old, they have been

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modified and changed a lot over the years so to bring the Montr al will

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years so to bring the Montreal will begin dismantle them in a more

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controlled way, it saves a lot of risk and is fundamentally cheaper as

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well. Some environmental groups are worried about the wider proposals,

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they think that Shell are in breach of international law, is that a

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blow? We are grateful to those groups who have contributed, we will

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sit down and share more insight and knowledge with whoever needs to

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wherever appropriate, that's the whole idea of public consultation,

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to get comments. We will always comply with the law. This project,

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ten years in the planning, another ten years to go, but the lift

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itself, the key moment as Brent D is lifted off its legs, it will take

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itself, the key moment as Brent D is all of ten seconds and is due to

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take place in a few weeks' time. College lecturers across Scotland

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have voted to take strike action in a dispute over variations

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in pay between different A deal to settle a strike last year

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was intended to resolve the issue but the union claims no progress has

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been made since then. A huge dump of illegal waste

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on the outskirsts of Glasgow is being blamed for an infestation

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of flies in the area. Residents of Newton Mearns,

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who want the rubbish removed were told it

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would take time to deal with, as it was being treated

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as a "crime scene". Our reporter Rebecca Curran sent

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this report earlier. By the council and the environment

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protection agency say tackling this issue is their top priority. They

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say residents were noticing a fly infestation in the area sometime

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ago. None of them wanted to go on camera today but they told me at

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ago. None of them wanted to go on times there were swarms of 30 or 40

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flies in their home, some have been making their own nets to put over

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Windows and doors and others have reported feeling unwell. The problem

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lies on the land behind these gates, what we now know is that a large

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amount of illegal waste was dumped here, it cannot be confirmed exactly

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what it is but say that due to the volume and variety of it, it will

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take some time to remove. I spoke with East Renfrewshire Council

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earlier and they had an update on when that operation might get

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underway. We are hopeful it will commence tomorrow morning and if

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not, very soon after. In conjunction with perhaps some pest control

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activity to limit the areas, it could take several days. It just

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depends on how quickly the material can be removed. The company say they

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have devoted resources to getting the area cleaned up and catching

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those responsible, this is now a the area cleaned up and catching

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criminal investigation. A representative of the landowner who

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hopes to demolish this site and build a retirement village say it

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was leased to a third party at the time. Authorities have thanked the

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local community here that their patients but having spoken to many

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of them today, it seems that that patients is quickly running out.

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The National Secular Society is calling for the monks

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who make Buckfast, which has been linked to violence in Scotland,

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to have their charitable status removed - claiming

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The Abbey Trust, which made nearly ?9 million

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from sales of the drink last year - say it's surprised

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The Charity Commission says it will "assess the information".

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A ceremony in Glasgow has honoured a soldier who sacrificed his life

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Lieutenant Donald Mackintosh was 21 when he led a company

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of men at the Battle of Arras in France.

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He was wounded as they advanced on an enemy trench -

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but despite that, he encouraged his men

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He later died and was posthumously awarded

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He was just a supreme example of what the human spirit, and all those

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who fought with him and died with him, is. They found they were able

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to do in the most appalling conditions of battle.

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That's how the club's managing director has described plans

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for a purpose-built training ground of their own.

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The ?4 million for the project is coming from two

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well-known benefactors as Kheredine Idessane reports.

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Plenty to smile about nowadays, as if a top six finish wasn't enough,

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now they are breaking new ground, their first ever dedicated training

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Company. Our big day is this in the history of this couple.? One of the

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biggest. Without question, I don't think we will be able to answer

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until we are able to see the benefit of the training facility for the

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next 20, 25 years. Transformation is probably the best way to describe

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it. How does a club with a turnover of under ?3.5 million and a profit

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of just over 200,000 built a bespoke training academy for four million?

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Thanks to one of the wealthiest fans. They would build the passivity

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and lease it back, ending their past as nomads. Sometimes, it is

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difficult to find something, this example is its holiday weekend,

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places are closed, we need to find somewhere else, it's very difficult.

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This will solve the problems for the players as well to have that base.

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As anyone who's tried to buy a house in the West End of Glasgow will the

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new, property and land are very expensive. So don't expect the new

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training facility to perform anywhere near Firhill when it's

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built on a couple of years' time. Before club who almost went out of

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business 20 years ago and have now secured their first top six finish

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in the top division Saint Martin 81, the future could scarcely look

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brighter. It's been quite a wet day of weather

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across much of the Northwest. We can only offer a gradual improvement

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through the night. That batch of rain sinks southwards into Argyll

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and Bute, through the Glasgow area, and to Dumfries Galloway through

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the early hours. Across the North and east in Scotland, there will be

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some clear spells and a scattering of showers. A fairly windy night,

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touching gale force at times across the Western Isles. But irritably

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mould might instore also. But the early risers, still some rain

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affecting parts of the West and south-west, gradually clearing

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through the morning, if you're heading out, expect leaden skies

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across the south of the country, with some rain lingering to which

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Dumfries Galloway, try and brighter feeding into which Argyll

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and Bute and crossed the central brighter feeding into which Argyll

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belt, passed through showers affecting the Western Isles and much

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of the Northwest Highlands and Northern Isles is wealth of bright

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and sunny spells to anything in between. As we go through tomorrow,

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this weather front to the south continues to track its way through

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much of England and Wales, by the time it reaches the far south of

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England, nothing more than one or two spits and spots of rain. Across

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Northern Ireland and Scotland, bright spells and a scattering of

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showers, again, fairly chilly feel in exposure to his brisk winds.

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Showers becoming fewer and further between tomorrow evening. By

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Thursday, fairly frequent showers affecting parts of the west of the

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UK. Still on the chilly side. We are back tomorrow morning. Good

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night.

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