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  1. Labour leader Ed Miliband call on SNP to 'come clean' on currency
  2. Celtic reinstated to Champions League
  3. Shell to cut 250 jobs in Aberdeen
  4. Charity calls for access to cancer drug

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By Bryan Quinn, Marianne Taylor and Steven Brocklehurst

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Bryan Quinn

BBC Scotland News

That's all from the Scotland Live team for today. We'll be back at 08:00 on Monday morning to bring you the latest news, sport and travel news from across Scotland. Hope to see you then.

Have a great weekend.

Russian sanctions hit Scots firm

A Peterhead fish processor has revealed it has already had an

order cancelled following the imposition of sanctions against the EU by Russia.

Lunar Freezing was due to ship herring to Russia on Monday but that is now not happening.

Russia is the biggest market by volume for Scottish mackerel and herring

It came as the Scottish government said it was concerned at the effect the situation could have on Scottish exports.

President Vladimir Putin announced on Wednesday that Russia would take retaliatory sanctions, saying they would last for a year.

Deila 'feels sorry' for Legia Warsaw

Celtic manager Ronny Deila says he feels "very sorry" for Legia Warsaw, after his side were reinstated to the Champions League after the Polish team were punished for fielding an ineligible player. You can watch the Celtic boss talk about his side's Champions League reprieve


Ronny Deila

Legia won the third qualifying round tie 6-1 on aggregate but brought on Bartosz Bereszynski in the second leg, while he was supposed to be suspended.

SFA charge Rankine

Kheredine Idessane

BBC Scotland

The Scottish Football Association has

charged Livingston's majority shareholder Neil Rankine with holding interests in two other clubs, East Fife and Dumbarton.

Livingston have been served notice by the SFA that there will be a hearing on 10 September to address several alleged breaches of the rules, including failing to act in good faith and providing false, misleading or inaccurate information.

It's understood the club could face a hefty fine, if found guilty.

Traffic latest

BBC Scotland Travel


Heavy rain is making many routes much slower than usual this evening with drivers advised to keep their speed down and make sure headlights are on.

In Edinburgh, the A90 Queensferry Road is now passable but flooding there is still causing long delays in both directions as well as on surrounding roads,

There's also reports of localised flooding in Dundee Longforgan on the A90 which is causing congestion.

The M8 near Glasgow is slow westbound between Junction 15 Townhead and the Kingston Bridge while eastbound the road is congested from Junction 24 Helen Street to Junction 19 Anderston.

Currency question


Labour leader Ed Miliband has said the Scottish government should "come clean" about alternatives to a currency union with the rest of the UK, in the event of independence.

Finance Secretary John Swinney said a range of options were provided by its Fiscal Commission and the best option was a currency union.

But not everyone in the Yes campaign agrees with that position.

Former deputy leader of the SNP, Jim Sillars, told Newsdrive his preferred option was for a separate Scottish currency.

He said: "Basically what you do is create your own central bank and that prints the Scottish notes. There is nothing outlandish about that. It has happened all over the world."

"The sensible thing to do in my opinion is to set up a separate Scottish currency and peg it one-to-one with sterling. So there are no border transaction costs for business or people at all.

"If you look at your purse or wallet at the moment there are Scottish notes there which are one-to-one with the pound sterling when we go south of the border at any time."

Pilot's 59,000 mile journey

An amateur pilot has touched down in Perth after a 59,000 mile charity journey around the globe in a single-engine plane.

Stirling resident Dave McElroy, a former president of the Scottish Aero Club, passed through 25 countries including Israel, India, Australia, Cuba and the United States along his epic voyage.

Dave McElroy lands after epic journey

The 67-year-old completed the final 824-mile hop from Reykjavik to Perth airport 81 days after setting off.

Mr McElroy made the flight in support of Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance.

Tomorrow's weather

Christopher Blanchett

BBC Weather presenter

Saturday should be mostly dry and bright with some decent sunny spells. There could still be a few afternoon showers and light winds. The exception is the Northern Isles which will see some heavy rain and strong winds from the north east.

Temperatures should range from around 18C to 20C across the central belt.

Bus lane

Neil Greig from the Institute of Advanced motorists told Newsdrive the problems with the new bus lane restrictions in Glasgow, which are catching up to 700 people a day, were predictable.

He said: "When you put something like this across a road that has for decades been one of the main through routes through Glasgow then people are going to get confused and it is that confusion that leads to people going through.

"It is a very busy part of town, you are not looking out for signs, you suddenly find yourself through the signs, camera has got you and you don't have a leg to stand on."

Mr Greig said it was just a set of signs backed up by a camera and if the council were serious they would build a physical barrier such as a gate.

Bus lane fines

Up to 700 people a day are being caught and fined by one new bus lane camera in Glasgow.

10,000 people have been fined after driving down the bus lane since it was introduced at Nelson Mandela Place in the city centre in June.

Cars are banned from the route from 7am to 7pm. Anyone entering the bus lane at that time is charged £60 a time - or £30 if they pay within 14 days.

The city council insists the new traffic restriction is well signposted but motorists have complained the restrictions are not clear.

Badminton seeds

Commonwealth Games bronze medallists Robert Blair and Imogen Bankier are Scotland's only seeds at the upcoming world badminton championships, which get under way in Copenhagen a fortnight on Monday.

Imogen bankier and robert blair
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The Glasgow pair are No 12 seeds in the mixed doubles while England's Glasgow 2014 gold medallists Chris and Gabby Adcock are No 4 seeds behind China's Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei and Xu Chen and Ma Jin.

Blair and Bankier are both former world silver medallists, with different partners. He won silver in 2006 with England's Anthony Clark in men's doubles. She took silver with Chris Adcock in 2011 at Wembley.

Glasgow 2014 silver medallist Kirsty Gilmour just missed out on a women's singles seeding. She remained at No 17 in yesterday's latest world rankings and all of the top 16 have entered Copenhagen.

Russia sanctions

Reevel Alderson

BBC Scotland's social affairs correspondent

The Scottish government says it is concerned at the effect the EU trade embargo on Russia could have on Scottish exports.

The mackerel industry, worth an annual £16m, could be worst hit. But other commodities, including seafood, animal foodstuffs and dairy products worth about £8m could also be affected.

Ministers are seeking meetings with industry leaders to discuss the impact of the embargo. Scotland's £21m annual trade in drink, including whisky, isn't affected by the sanctions.

Traffic Scotland

tweets: M9 J9 (Bannockburn) - Bridge over A9 - Accident, All lanes restricted westbound for up to 30 minutes has been cleared.

May in Rotherham talks

Kheredine Idessane

BBC Scotland

St Johnstone striker Stevie May will have talks with Rotherham United this afternoon after the English championship side was given permission to speak to him.

Stevie May in action for St Johnstone

The Saints offered May a new improved contract at the end of last season but he's yet to decide where his long-term future lies.

No deal has been done with Rotherham yet, with championship rivals Sheffield Wednesday also known to be interested in the Perth frontman, who scored 27 goals for St Johnstone last season.

Care home warned

New Monteith House care home in Carstairs has been issued

an improvement notice over a concern over standards.

New Monteith house
Greg Morss/Geograph

The Care Inspectorate warned it could be de-registered if improvements were not made in areas such as nutritional provisions for residents.

The full 2014 report on the South Lanarkshire home will be published in the coming weeks.

Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival Nick Barley

tweets: Only one more sleep until @edbookfest. Hope you'll come and see us tomorrow: it's free to come into Charlotte Square & the coffee's great.

Traffic Scotland

tweets: #A720 is very busy E/B from Millerhill all the way to Dreghorn. Friday traffic and bad weather together!

BBC Radio Scotland

Coming on up Newsdrive, we'll be hearing from the Scottish Medicines Consortium on how decisions are made with regard to the funding of expensive cancer drugs.

We'll also be speaking to some of the drivers who are routinely breaching the bus gate rules in Glasgow's Nelson Mandela Place.

And Jim Sillars will be giving us his view as the referendum currency debate rolls on.

You can listen live here.


Scottish football: Who will win what in season 2014-15?

The new Scottish football season is just hours away and there have been some major changes since this time last year.

So, how will the new campaign pan out?


BBC Scotland reporters and pundits offer their opinions on who will take the four league titles and the two major cups.


Red grouse study

The earliest ever hatch of red grouse in Scotland has been recorded by

wildlife conservation researchers.

Red Grouse studies
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The discovery was part of a 20-year study which monitored hatching sites across Strathspey. It found that rising temperatures had resulted in the birds laying eggs earlier every year.

Researchers are now examining how earlier hatching dates could affect other birds, including threatened species.

Rugby at Rugby Park

Scotland's rugby team will stage one of their Autumn tests at Kilmarnock's Rugby Park stadium.

Rugby Park stadium

Vern Cotter's men will face Tonga on 22 November at the Scottish Premiership side's ground.

It's the first time an international involving a Tier One country is held on an entirely artificial pitch.

The Autumn test series will begin against Argentina on 8 November at Murrayfield.

Glasgow defends flag

Glasgow City Council has defended its

decision to fly the Palestinian flag in solidarity with those affected by the Gaza conflict.

The flag was raised at the city chambers on George Square today despite opposition from some members of the Jewish and political community.

Palestinian flag flies over Glasgow City Chambers

Glasgow is the second local authority in Scotland to fly the flag after West Dunbartonshire made the gesture last week. Fife Council plans to follow suit in the coming days.

Political punt

The Daily Telegraph

A middle-aged businessman in London has bet £200,000 on Scottish independence being rejected at the September 18 referendum.

The unnamed man had put £400,000 on the same result back in June, taking his total wager to £600,000 - believed to be Britain's biggest ever political bet.

The mystery better waged his first £400,000 in June when the odds on a No vote were 1/ 4, while his £200,000 was put at 1/6. William Hill currently puts the chances of independence at 9/2.

More weather

Christopher Blanchett

BBC Weather presenter

Wet weather further west in Ayrshire, Glasgow, Kintyre & through the Highlands & Hebrides continues - just not as heavy as the east.

Probably a good time to highlight the Met Office Yellow 'be aware'

warning for heavy thundery downpours in the east today

Lollipop man 'lay dead for weeks'

A lollipop man has been found dead in his flat after apparently lying there for weeks.

The body of Patrick Dagan, 83, was found after a neighbour reported concerns.

Mr Dagan was a school crossing patrol officer at St Mary's primary in the Lochee area of Dundee.

It is thought he may have died a few weeks before his body was discovered on 31 July.

Police said there were no suspicious circumstances.

Festival time

The Culture Studio is live now on Radio Scotland from Potterow at the Edinburgh festival. It is also being streamed live on the

BBC Edinburgh Festivals website.


Weather update

Christopher Blanchett

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a wet afternoon for most. There are heavy, thundery downpours across the Borders which are set to move east towards Edinburgh, Lothians, Fife, Angus & Perthshire.

You can watch a full forecast for your area


Care home concerns

A care home has been served with an improvement notice over serious concerns about its standard of care including residents' nutritional needs.

Inspectors have told New Monteith House in Carstairs, South Lanarkshire, it must address issues identified by a recent inspection or face being de-registered.

Social care regulator the Care Inspectorate said "significant progress" must be made in meeting residents' nutritional needs and ensuring appropriate staff numbers.

House break-ins

Police are appealing for information following a

series of break-ins across Midlothian and East Lothian.

Four homes in Penicuik and Musselburgh were struck by thieves in the early hours of Thursday.

Police Scotland said it was investigating if the break-ins were all linked as there was a "clear pattern of thefts".

Officers urged people to keep their windows shut and doors locked when they go to bed.

On telly

Tomorrow night

BBC Two Scotland will be showing the Big Picnic.

Bill Bryden's theatre drama was originally written and performed in Govan in 1994, and this later performance was broadcast on the BBC in 1996. It is a spectacular theatre drama recounting the experiences of young Glaswegian men in the First World War.

big picnic

Polish poll

Reevel Alderson

BBC Scotland's social affairs correspondent

An online poll (no pun intended) on the Legia Warsaw website reveals what fans think of their team being kicked out the

Champions League after fielding an ineligible player against Celtic:

  • 33% of fans (7147 votes) regard the sentence as a "scandal"
  • 39% (8606 votes) described it as "too harsh"
  • 28% (6117 votes) believe it is fair.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila said the manner of Celtic's reinstatement to Champions League football was "very strange".

"Legia played well against us, they put in good performances but this is nothing to do with Celtic. It is about UEFA, " Deila said.

Mobarik made peer

Scottish businesswoman Nosheena Mobarik has been nominated for a peerage today.

The founder of the Scotland Pakistan Network was among

22 peers announced for the House of Lords by the UK government.

Nosheena Mobarik
Scottish Conservatives

There are 12 new Tory peers, three new Labour ones, six Liberal Democrats and one DUP member of the Lords.

This takes the total number of peers to 796, compared with 650 MPs in the House of Commons.

SFA appoint new compliance officer

The Scottish FA has appointed lawyer

Tony McGlennan as its new compliance officer.

Glasgow-based McGlennan will replace Vincent Lunny after a handover period next month.


McGlennan will assume responsibility for determining which players, coaches and other officials should face disciplinary charges.

Lunny has announced he plans to train to become an advocate at the end of his three-year spell with the SFA.

Gun offence

A 76-year-old Aberdeen first offender who left unwanted guns "gathering dust" in his basement

has been warned he could face a five-year jail sentence.

Police found a corroded sawn-off shotgun, another shotgun in poor condition and an antique pistol at Richard Watt's home.

He admitted firearms offences at the High Court in Edinburgh.

Call for cancer drug

A charity has

called for a new breast cancer drug to be made routinely available in Scotland following a proposal not to fund it in England.

Kadcyla raises life expectancy by six months on average for women dying from an aggressive form of breast cancer.

Cancer cells
Science Photo Library

The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) will issue advice on its use in Scotland in October.

The charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer said Scots patients should be given access to the treatment.

In England, the NHS drugs advisory body NICE has proposed that the drug not be made routinely available.

Scotland's Game of Thrones

Tourism body VisitScotland

has created an interactive map showing locations where new TV series Outlander was shot.

The guide will be available online from midnight to coincide with the US network premiere of the show.

Gareth Easton

Locations include the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Loch Ness and Doune Castle in Stirlingshire.

Described as Scotland's answer to Game of Thrones, Outlander follows the story of Claire Randell, a nurse from 1946 who is swept back in time to 1743.

The Herald

Fans accuse the taxman of

witch hunt against Rangers.

A leading supporters' group has accused Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) of wasting public money after it said yesterday it would make a fresh appeal over the case.

It is to contest a decision by a First-Tier Tax Tribunal over the Ibrox club's controversial use of Employment Benefit Trusts (EBTs). It is insisting Rangers are liable for a £46.2m bill over the use of the loans to pay players, managers and other staff.