26 August 2014
Not a knock-out, then, but a clear points victory. Alistair Darling was still standing, still in the ring, but it was Team Salmond who were smiling.
Gordon Brown appears alongside his former chancellor Alistair Darling to call on Scottish voters to reject independence.
HM Revenue and Customs is granted permission to appeal against a tax ruling over Rangers Football Club's use of employee benefit trusts (EBTs).
The organisation that represents doctors has elected Glasgow-based consultant psychiatrist Dr Peter Bennie as its new Scottish chairman.
Finance secretary John Swinney has confirmed Scotland will not pay its share of the UK debt if it does not get a currency union after independence.
Alex Salmond is quizzed on claims his predictions for North Sea oil recovery are too high.
Well, another cracking summer afternoon for most. A reminder that it is still August! Clouding over tonight, with some rain.
Top temperatures at 3pm - Achnagart (near Skye) 20.3C, Kinlochewe (Wester Ross) 19.6C, Prestwick 19.4C, Threave (near Solway Coast) 19.4C.
Big cities doing ok too. Glasgow 19C, Edinburgh/Inverness 18C. However, the east coast is cooler. Aberdeen/Dundee - 14C.
Last night, an independence referendum debate in Edinburgh was broadcast on BBC Two Scotland.
On the panel were John Swinney MSP, Johann Lamont MSP, Charles Kennedy MP, and Joyce McMillan of The Scotsman.
BBC Scotland's Tom English explores why Celtic have failed to make the lucrative group stages of the Champions League.
Celtic have completed the loan signing of Rubin Kazan winger Wakaso Mubarak on a one-year deal, with the option to buy the Ghana international.
The deal to bring the 24-year-old to Glasgow had been held up for over a week by visa and work-permit issues.
However, he could make his debut against Dundee on Sunday.
Discussions are continuing with Serbia striker Stefan Scepovic over a permanent move from Sporting Gijon, with a fee having already been agreed.
The 24-year-old winger has 19 caps for his country and played at this summer's World Cup.
Owen, Swansea: I don't think that an issue as important Scottish independence should be decided on a 50% majority. The majority should be at least 60%.
Billy fae Killie: If I was voting today I would vote Yes because the bosses tell me to vote No.
Following last night's defeat in the Champions League, it has emerged Celtic will begin their Europa League group stage campaign on the day of the Scottish independence referendum.
The opening group games will be staged on Thursday 18 September.
The Scottish champions will discover their opponents in Friday's draw.
HM Revenue and Customs have received permission to appeal to the Court of Session against the Upper Tier Tribunal ruling on the Murray Group's use of Employee Benefit Trusts.
Last July, an upper-tier tax tribunal dismissed an HMRC appeal against a first-tier decision on payments made to players and other employees.
The tax authority argued unsuccessfully that the payments should be taxable.
The Murray Group, which formerly owned Rangers, argued that the payments were loans.
A gas leak on a North Sea platform has led to Shell being served with a prohibition notice by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
The incident happened on the Brent Bravo on 9 June. Shell says there was a "low level" gas release from a pipeline valve but immediate action was taken to bring the situation under control.
Production was shut down and no one was injured. The HSE said not enough was done to prevent the uncontrolled release of gas.
A cheeky Scot claims to have saved £200 over the past four years...thanks to his red hair.
Richard Macrae, from Aberdeen, uses a home-made 'ginger discount card' to save hundreds of pounds in the high street.
A pal made the fake card for Richard's birthday.
He said: "People have always given me stick for my hair colour, but now I'm going out three nights a week and saving a fortune. The joke's on them."
More than 120,000 bees have taken up residence in Glasgow City Chambers. Two hives have been placed on the council HQ's roof.
It is hoped polish and honey will be produced as well as boosting pollination in city parks...
tweets: Lorry which overturned in Peterhead contained a load of fish. Doesn't look so yummy now.
A juror who was overheard saying the accused "should plead guilty" has been fined £250.
George Best, 65, was found in contempt of court for making the remark, which was heard by the accused's mother. She reported it to the court clerk.
As a result of Best's remark, a High Court trial was deserted.
The High Court in Glasgow heard Best had a "significant alcohol problem" and committed "an act of crass stupidity".
Owen, Swansea: If John Swinney says "no currency, no debt", then the UK will simply veto Scottish membership of the EU. In fact, the UK will hold the whip hand in any independence negotiations.
Gordon Brown, the former Prime Minister, has appeared alongside Alistair Darling to urge Scottish voters to reject independence.
It was rumoured the two men had a stormy relationship when Mr Darling served as chancellor under Mr Brown.
But they united to argue that the welfare state in the UK "offers better protection" for Scots.
Meanwhile, Scottish Health Secretary Alex Neil said a "Yes" vote was the best way to safeguard Scotland's NHS.
The draw for the third round of the League Cup has thrown up a Dundee derby.
Holders Aberdeen take on Livingston at Pittodrie while Celtic have been drawn at home to face Hearts.
Full details of the draw here.
Matthew Ross, Prestonpans, East Lothian: I will vote Yes. Like Scotland, Denmark and Finland both have a population of 5 million. Both are prosperous. Scotland can do likewise.
Anonymous: I'm voting no because I want to have the UK pound not a weakened version under Sterlingisation.
Scotland's doctors have elected Glasgow-based consultant psychiatrist Dr Peter Bennie as their new chairman.
He succeeds Dr Brian Keighley as the leader of the British Medical Association (BMA) Scotland.
Dr Bennie, 51, graduated from Glasgow University Medical School in 1986 and trained in hospitals in the west of Scotland before taking up a consultant post in Glasgow in 1997.
He moved to work in Paisley in 2007.
A man has appeared in court charged with killing a man who died following an incident at a Glasgow supermarket.
Miroslaw Bronowicki, 52, died following a disturbance at a Tesco store on Argyle Street on Sunday.
Asif Moin was charged with culpable homicide when he appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Wednesday.
The 35-year-old, from Glasgow, made no plea or declaration.
Animal owners in Scotland are being warned that the fine summer has caused poisonous plants to flourish.
Chief Veterinary Officer Sheila Voas said ragwort, yew, foxgloves and sycamore seeds could cause problems for animals like horses and dogs.
The Royal Mail is to issue a special postmark for the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. The postmark will be printed on all stamped and franked mail across the UK from 15 to 29 September.
Europe's best golfers face the USA at the Perthshire course from 23-28 September.
"Business intervention today, postal votes are off for some, so, today, if you could vote today "I'd vote...... and why...."
It is the morning after the night before for Celtic after their Champions League humbling.
Fan protests, no excuses, a devastated dressing room.
Balde looks like he is on his way out, while Rangers need to up their game in the League Cup.
Following a "great response from the public", police investigating the theft of plaques from Orkney's famous Italian Chapel have said they have narrowed down the time the crime was committed.
Officers said three plaques - marked with the Roman numerals IV, VI and X - were taken between 18:29 on 6 August and 11:00 on 7 August.
The chapel was built by Italian prisoners of war during World War Two, and has become a tourist attraction.
The John Beattie Show is about to get under way on BBC Radio Scotland, listen live here.
Parents have been warned that home-made play dough can contain enough salt to poison children and pets, reports the BBC's Eleanor Bradford.
The warning comes from the UK's National Poisons Information Service.
It said that there had been no child fatalities but there were reports of pets being poisoned.
Scotland's Commonwealth Games champion Ross Murdoch has appealed for help in tracking down a young fan who got in touch with the swimmer.
Murdoch tweets: "RT& help me find 5yo Brian who sent me this amazing letter! I'd love to meet him and show him around where I train :-)"
Graham Hutton got in touch to share his 50-year-old memories of Campbeltown Picture House.
"As a teenager of 15 on holiday in Machrahanish in 1965, I went to see Zulu and also Battle of the River Plate. Fond memories," he said.
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It was a bad night for Celtic as Maribor secured a 1-0 victory to knock the Scottish champions out of the Champions League.
Watch manager Ronny Deila give his post-match reaction to the European loss.
A train suffered minor damage and other services were delayed when a wheelie bin was thrown on to the track from a bridge.
British Transport Police (BTP) said the 20:40 Partick to Lanark service clipped an object on the tracks near Wishaw at about 21:30 on 13 August.
Officers later found a plastic bin which they believe was thrown from the Dimsdale Road overbridge.
BTP has launched an investigation.
The number of first-time buyers in Scotland has reached a seven-year high, according to The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML).
The group said there were 7,500 first-time buyer loans in Scotland in the second quarter of this year.
That was 29% up on the previous three months, and 23% up on the same period last year.
It is an issue for communities across the country.
But how do we stop the decline of the high street in towns and villages across Scotland?
Bill White, a Galashiels councillor, wants action. He is calling for a task force to be set up to tackle the problem in the Borders town.
Scott from Bishopbriggs: I was never a heavy smoker but smoked perhaps 5 a day and perhaps 20 at the weekend. I swapped to an e-cig around 6 weeks ago after much nagging by my wife and have to say that this has been a revelation. I still go outside to use it as I've no idea what damage it could do to others but instead if popping out the pub to smoke every half hour to smoke a ciggie, I perhaps nip out once every hour for a couple if puffs. They should be treated as cigarettes so that we can be weaned off.
Dee: These e-cigs still leave a smell on people and, as a non-smoker, I find it disgusting and disrespectful to me.
The Scottish independence referendum has raised many questions about issues in our country.
In advance of the vote on 18 September, the BBC's Lucy Adams investigates what childcare could look like in the future.
Andy Murray admits he "could easily be on the plane home" after avoiding a shock first-round exit at the US Open.
The Scot suffered cramp in his four set match against Dutchman Robin Haase at Flushing Meadows.
Murray is not sure what caused the problem, but says he will do "all the right things" to avoid a repeat against German qualifier Matthias Bachinger in the second round on Thursday.
Celtic's defeat by Maribor in their Champions League play-off was "possibly one of the worst European performances at Celtic Park," according to Murdo MacLeod.
BBC Sportsound pundit MacLeod, who played for the club as well as enjoying a stint as assistant boss, said the board should have spent more on the squad.
"There was no pace, no energy and I thought the shape was wrong," he said. "The tactics were wrong to start off with, the second half was better when Commons came on.
"The whole team seemed very flat; we're talking about players who romped the Premier League last year."
On the issue of the Celtic board bolstering Ronny Deila's squad, MacLeod added: "It would make it easier for the manager if you've got better quality players to deal with.
"When you leave it so long and don't buy in good quality, then the heads go down."
Alan Barnett captured twilight over Mugdock reservoir on Tuesday night while walking with daughter Erin.
You can email us your favourite pictures and we'll include the best ones.
Dry and bright across the country with plenty of sunshine. Warmest in the West. Top temperatures 20 or 21C. East Coast cooler. Breezier as the day goes on.
The Picture House in Campbeltown, which opened in 1913 and was one of the first purpose-built cinemas in Scotland, closes its doors today.
The local business behind it hopes to secure enough funding for a major restoration project and it could re-open in 2016.
Have you seen a film there? Share your memories via email, text 80295 or tweet using #ScotlandLive.
Mags, Dunfermline: I stopped smoking 30 years ago. I did it cold turkey and sheer determination, never looked back. If you really want to stop you will do it.
Royal Bank of Scotland has been fined £14.5m by the Financial Conduct Authority for "serious failings" in its mortgage sales business.
The City watchdog said RBS did not ensure that it gave suitable mortgage advice to customers.
RBS chief executive Ross McEwan said the failings were "unacceptable and should never have happened".
H, Edinburgh: I understand smoking is harmful to health but why keep on about smokers? I hate the smell of alcohol and dislike drunk people but alcohol is advertised and allowed almost everywhere and is just as harmful to health. Let's ban that and cover it up in supermarkets.
Mike, Carlisle: E-cigs are threatening and undoing everyone's progress in kicking the smoking habit. Stop them now.
Very slow traffic where one lane is closed by an accident on M74 Northbound between J6 (Hamilton) and J5. The Raith accident cleared on M9 Southbound between J5 A9/A905 (Cadgers Brae) and J4 A801/A803 (Lathallan).
Des Swan, Isle of Bute: Stopped smoking about 7 yrs ago thru electrix therapy from a clinic in Manchester called Newways & never tempted to smoke again.
Carol, Glasgow: While I am all for people having freedom to make lifestyle choices, imposing those choices on others is at best selfish. There is no 'greater good benefit' from smoking anything and, as such, all smoking should be done in private to avoid the inconsiderate imposition on others.
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Where does Celtic's Champions League failure rate? Why are Scottish clubs struggling in Europe?
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First Minister Alex Salmond's call for David Cameron to face him in a debate dominates this morning's front pages.
The Scotsman and The Scottish Sun go on the Prime Minister being urged to defend his support for the United Kingdom in a live broadcast.
The Herald says Alistair Darling will stick to his "Plan B" argument on currency.
Read our full papers review here.
Expenses covering the cost of a young aristocrat's golf clubs in 1616 have provided the earliest evidence so far of the sport's popularity in Dornoch.
John, the 13th Earl of Sutherland, was sent to the town in Sutherland to be educated.
His uncle Sir Robert Gordon sponsored his education and provided him with funds for clubs and balls, as well as bows and arrows.
The reference was uncovered by PhD student Wade Cormack.
More than 130 businesses have signed a letter saying the business case for Scottish independence "has not been made".
The signatories come from a variety of businesses including banking, mining, engineering, food, whisky, and technology.
But lobby group Business for Scotland said economic "facts and figures" support Scottish independence.
The letter has been published in The Scotsman newspaper.
Coming up on Morning Call from 08:50, the World Health Organisation is calling for a ban of e-cigarettes in public, so is it time to take concerns about e-cigs seriously? Plus, would you volunteer to sit on the children's panel?
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Celtic failed to secure a place in the Champions League following defeat by Maribor.
The home side were favourites to progress, having come back from Slovenia with a 1-1 draw last week.
But they struggled to test goalkeeper Jasmin Handanovic throughout a frustrating evening for the Scottish Premiership champions.
Ronny Deila, whose side drop into the Europa League, said afterwards: "At the end, there is only one thing to say, we haven't been good enough and we haven't deserved to go to the Champions League.
"I thought we had a good enough team to go through but we didn't do it."
Finance Secretary John Swinney has confirmed Scotland will not pay its share of the UK debt if it does not get a currency union after independence.
The Scottish government minister told a BBC referendum debate if the UK seized all the assets of the currency it must also take all the liabilities.
Scotland's share of UK debt would be in the region of £100bn.
Former Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy said defaulting would hurt an independent Scotland from day one.
Going to be a cracker, folks! Chilly start, but the sunshine will warm things up nicely. 21C at best in West. Cooler E Coast.
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