22 October 2014
The Smith Commission - which holds its first meeting with political party representatives today - is an intriguing creation, operating at different levels.
Oil firms BP and GDF Suez announce they have discovered a new field in the UK Central North Sea.
The Scottish government calls on the Home Office to reconsider the case of Steve Forman, an American musician at risk of deportation from Scotland.
The boss of energy giant SSE urges UK ministers to consider adopting "national pricing" on supplier costs.
A rare bird has ended up on the wrong side of the Atlantic after migrating to the Outer Hebrides at the height of the recent storms.
Finance Secretary John Swinney gives a statement on the 2015-16 budget.
That's it for today from the Scotland Live team. Join us again tomorrow from 08:00 for the latest news, sport, travel and weather as it happens.
Parents could be banned from parking near 11 schools in Edinburgh under new plans.
Traffic would be banned from streets outside or around school entrances during the school run.
A total of 31 schools asked to take part in the pilot and a list of 10 schemes covering 11 schools has been drawn up.
If approved by the transport and environment committee next week, they will go to consultation later in 2014.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) Scotland announced its nominations for the British Academy Scotland Awards 2014 today.
The Proclaimers musical Sunshine on Leith leads the way with five nominations. The film of the Irvine Welsh novel Filth, starring James McAvoy, is up for three awards.
Previous winners Mrs Brown's Boys and Limmy's Show! Christmas Special! are also nominated, while Grand Theft Auto V features in the video games category.
This year's ceremony will be hosted by TV presenter Hazel Irvine and will take place in Glasgow on Sunday 16 November.
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The Scottish government has called on the Home Office to reconsider the case of an American percussionist who is at risk of being deported from Scotland.
Dr Steve Forman, who has played with David Bowie and Pink Floyd, could not extend his visa due to salary restrictions.
Dr Forman has taught at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) in Glasgow for four years.
He is currently appealing against the Home Office decision.
Today's rain in the west will gradually fizzle out and it will turn dry across the country, bar the odd shower.
Clear spells will develop, especially for eastern areas. South west winds strengthen along western coasts, reaching gale force in the Western Isles by the end of the night.
Tomorrow will bring a mixture of sunshine and showers. The heaviest and most frequent of the showers will be found in the north west.
The driest conditions, with the best of the sunshine, will be found in the east.
Research on the spread of squirrelpox has suggested that it may be possible to confine it to southern Scotland.
The virus, thought to have been brought to the UK by grey squirrels, has had a devastating effect on the population of the native red squirrel.
But research commissioned by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has indicated that it could be kept out of areas dominated by reds.
These include the Highlands, Tayside, Argyll, Moray and Aberdeenshire.
Andy Murray has moved into the quarter-finals of the Valencia Open with a convincing 6-2 6-4 win over Italy's Fabio Fognini.
The win is a boost to Murray's bid to qualify for the season-ending World Tour Finals in London.
Murray dispatched Fognini in 72 minutes, exacting revenge for a crucial defeat by the world number 19 in this year's Davis Cup quarter-final.
The Scot will next face South Africa's Kevin Anderson for a semi-final place.
A 53-year-old man has died following a road crash in Glasgow earlier today.
At around 05:50, police were called to a report of a crash involving a Honda motorcycle and a Ford Fiesta car on Polmadie Road, near its junction with Polmadie Street.
The 53-year-old motorcyclist was taken to Glasgow's Victoria Infirmary, but died later. The driver of the Ford Fiesta was uninjured.
Police are appealing for witnesses.
The power firm SSE is urging the Secretary of State for Energy to consider moving to national pricing on supplier costs so that rural customers do not pay more for their electricity.
It follows confirmation and criticism that people living in the Highlands and Islands pay a 2p surcharge per unit because of the higher cost of delivering power to homes in the north of Scotland.
In a letter to Ed Davey, SSE's chief executive Alistair Phillip-Davies has called for the transport costs to be flattened out to one standard charge throughout Great Britain.
A woman is suing a music shop for £20,000 over claims she was left with tinnitus after the shop owner hit a large cymbal as she stood next to it.
Dorothy Brannigan had gone into the RWJ drum store in Perth to buy earplugs for her son.
She claims Kevin Smith twice forcefully struck a large cymbal, six feet from her.
Mr Smith is contesting the case and a full hearing will take place later at the Court of Session.
There has been a 9% drop in the number of Scots applying to study some specialised university courses such as medicine, dentistry and veterinary, according to new figures by Ucas.
Only 1,930 applications have been submitted for the courses in Scotland and at Oxford and Cambridge universities.
Scottish Conservative young people spokeswoman Liz Smith said: "We know that competition for places in these courses is particularly intense, evidenced by the Ucas statistics which show that the numbers of international applicants is rising.
"This, in turn, must put some additional pressure on the places which can be awarded to Scottish students and it may well be that some Scots have been put off applying to these courses as a result."
Celtic should overturn its objection to paying staff a "living wage", a Labour MSP has said.
The Parkhead club, in Europa League action tonight, has recommended voting down a resolution to pay all staff at least £7.65 an hour at the company's AGM next month.
But James Kelly, Labour MSP for nearby Rutherglen, said the club could be an example to other employers - and potentially improve its performance on the pitch.
Around 6,000 people have signed a petition calling on the club to pay the living wage, with a resolution to be presented at Celtic's AGM on 21 November.
A Dundee woman who had her wheelchair stolen has called for the thief to return it.
Sheila Clubb's wheelchair was stolen from behind a locked grill outside the bookshop where she works in the city's Albert Street.
Sheila, who needs double hip surgery and uses two sticks to walk, told the Dundee Evening Telegraph: "I just want the thieving little toerag to give it back. I'm constantly looking for it when I'm travelling up the road."
An ombudsman has criticised Hairmyres Hospital, which claimed a man with terminal cancer who could not speak had phoned them to cancel an examination.
The Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (SPSO) also upheld complaints relating to delayed cancer diagnoses.
One woman's cancer grew inoperable in the delay between diagnosis and surgery.
A GP who withdrew continuous pain relief from a dying man was also criticised.
A former hotel in Aberdeenshire badly damaged by fire is set to be demolished.
About 70 firefighters tackled the blaze at the Highland Haven in Macduff's Shore Street on Saturday night.
They managed to stop the flames spreading to nearby buildings.
An investigation was launched into the cause.
David Perrie sent us this picture which he took on holiday on a wild day at Port of Ness, on the isle of Lewis.
He stumbled across these cormorants on the cliffs just above the village, waiting for the rough weather to abate before resuming their fishing.
Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to trace in connection with an attempted robbery at a Shell petrol station in Dundee.
Investigators are keen to speak to the man and anyone who can help identify him.
He is described as 5ft 7in tall, in his late 20s, wearing a blue baseball cap, a dark-coloured hooded jacket with grey-coloured sleeves, dark-coloured jeans, dark-coloured gloves and trainers. The man was also wearing a black and white scarf pulled up over his face.
Hearts goalkeeper Neil Alexander is looking forward to his first Edinburgh derby on Sunday.
The 36-year-old missed Hearts' 2-1 victory over Hibernian at Tynecastle in August through injury.
But he has played in the last seven matches, with Hearts now nine points clear at the top of the Championship.
"We're delighted with where we are and we believe in what we've got in the dressing-room," said Alexander.
"We're that scalp that everyone wants to take because we're playing well."
Joy: Food in hospital for many is an integral part of treatment, it can have an impact on physical as well as mental well-being. It costs no more to provide good food as bad.
A largely cloudy afternoon ahead, with rain continuing across the central and southern Highlands.
There will be some breaks in the cloud at times, most notably across the north west corner, the Inverness area, the Moray coast and the east coast.
There could even be some brightness developing around the Glasgow area.
F. Marshall, Closeburn: Sandy Easdale has a cheek wanting more details and information on who else is in King's plan when he'll not give any information on the people he holds voting rights for. So what's the difference, he's two faced.
Two men are to stand trial for the murder of Martin Toner, whose body was found in a field in Renfrewshire 10 years ago.
Douglas Fleming, 48, and John McDonald, 56, are accused stabbing the 34-year-old and cutting his throat. His body was found by a farmer near Langbank in July 2004.
Both entered not guilty pleas at the High Court in Glasgow and will stand trial in March next year.
The firm will offer accounting, insurance, legal and HR services to start-ups and small and medium-sized firms (SMEs) from a new centre.
Geniac will collaborate with outsourcing business Webhelp UK and legal firm Harper Macleod.
Scotland should be given devolved powers to set its own time zone, former minister Sir Greg Knight has argued.
The East Yorkshire MP wants clocks to run two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time during the summer - known as double summertime - and one hour ahead during winter.
Supporters claim double summertime could add millions to Britain's earnings from tourism. But opponents say the darker mornings would make life more difficult for groups including early-rising farmers and children walking to school.
An animal welfare officer who was dispatched to a call about a stray snake in Glasgow found the cause of the alarm was a rubber toy.
A woman called the SSPCA on 10 October after placing a cardboard box over what she thought was a 2ft snake in the city's Claremont Street.
When senior inspector Billy Linton arrived, he was amused to find a rubber reptile lurking under the box.
He said the toy was lifelike and he could understand why it caused a scare.
Hundreds of guests had to be evacuated from a hotel near Aviemore in the early hours of this morning after a suspected fire in the kitchens - eventually traced to a wooden baton smouldering inside an oven.
Fire crews were called to the Hilton Coylumbridge Hotel by staff just after 03:00 when an alarm and light smoke detected on three floors alerted them to the fire.
More than 420 residents were moved to an unaffected part of the hotel, but it was more than six hours before the source of the smoke was found.
The SSPCA has said that it is "extremely disappointed" by the decision to return 12 dogs and sheep to a pensioner convicted of mistreating dozens of animals.
Ann Wynd was found guilty of 29 counts of causing unnecessary suffering to animals at her home near Falkirk.
Despite being banned from keeping animals for three years, the 75-year-old has been permitted to take eight sheep and four dogs home.
Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals chief superintendent Mike Flynn said Wynd should have been banned from keeping animals for life.
A man has been jailed for life after being convicted of murdering his brother at their mother's home in Glasgow.
Peter Moore, 28, from Bonhill in West Dunbartonshire, fatally stabbed 25-year-old Derek Moore at a flat in Govan on 3 January, inflicting four stab wounds and a total of 75 injuries to his body.
At the High Court in Glasgow, Moore was told that he must serve a minimum of 18-and-a-half years before he can apply for parole.
A rare bird has ended up on the wrong side of the Atlantic after migrating to the Outer Hebrides at the height of the recent storms.
The sighting of the Hermit Thrush at Balranald nature reserve on North Uist is only the 13th recorded in the United Kingdom.
The jury in the World's End murder trial has travelled to East Lothian for a site visit so that they could see a number of the places associated with the murders of Helen Scott and Christine Eadie.
The bodies of the 17-year-olds were found in two separate locations - less than five miles apart - in East Lothian the day after they were last seen in the World's End pub on Edinburgh's High Street.
The Judge Lord Matthews told the jury before they left that they were not going there to do their own investigations.
The whole court including the accused, Angus Sinclair is attending. Mr Sinclair, 69, denies raping and murdering the girls in October 1977.
Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara has confirmed that Paul Paton and Mark Wilson are the players at the centre of a club investigation.
And neither man will be available for Saturday's trip to Inverness CT.
"It's out of my hands, the club is investigating and everything will come out in due course," said McNamara.
The manager refused to comment when asked if the probe concerned an incident involving Celtic goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska.
However, defender Wilson has said he was present at the time of an assault on Zaluska in Glasgow, in the early hours of Monday.
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Police have begun an investigation after the disappearance of a village post box.
The box was removed from the site of a former post office in Parton, near Castle Douglas, but Royal Mail insist it was not involved.
The furious residents say posting letters now involves a three-mile journey to Crossmichael.
Police are trying to trace a man who sexually assaulted a woman in Clarkston, East Renfrewshire.
The man, who was walking a black Labrador, spoke to the 29-year-old victim before attacking her in Bull Road, near Church Road.
Police said the sexual assault happened between 22:30 and 23:00 on Saturday.
The suspect was described as white, aged 40 to 60, short in height, approximately 5ft 2in to 5ft 3in tall, with short dark hair.
Disruption to ScotRail services between Aberdeen/Inverurie, signalling problem between Dyce/ Inverurie. Some trains have been cancelled.
Hawth: I've spent a couple of nights in hospital recently in Bradford. I didn't enjoy my meals but I was given a choice each time. I wasn't in hospital to enjoy the food. If this is all the NHS in Scotland is criticised for then be thankful. They don't advertise a 5-star dinner service, they will just try to save your life.
An Angus call centre firm is to create 100 new jobs after moving to a new base in Arbroath.
Journeycall is opening a new operations centre at the Kirkton industrial estate, relocating its existing staff from Brechin and Laurencekirk.
The company estimates the move will deliver £30m to the local economy over 10 years.
The firm's workforce, currently about 200, will rise to 300 by the summer of 2015.
Oil firms BP and GDF Suez have announced the discovery of a new field in the UK Central North Sea.
The find, which spans adjacent blocks operated separately by the two companies, has been flow-tested at a maximum rate of 5,350 barrels per day.
The discovery has been called Marconi by GDF Suez subsidiary GDF Suez E&P UK, while BP has named it Vorlich.
GDF Suez E&P UK managing director Ruud Zoon described the discovery as "encouraging".
The Smith Commission, set up to consider more powers for the Scottish Parliament, has held its first meeting.
Speaking on Good Morning Scotland, journalist and broadcaster Iain MacWhirter predicted hard work ahead.
"All the parties agree that there should be some kind of declaration to entrench the constitutional autonomy of the Scottish Parliament and that it will exercise power on its own right, and on its own account, and not as delegated by Westminster," he said.
"Obviously, there's still a great deal of disagreement: the SNP wants devo-max, Labour don't want anything like that. I think the original idea is that there would be some kind of deal along those lines."
A 16-year-old boy has been arrested after a 15-year-old girl was allegedly raped as she walked home in Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire.
The girl was said to have been attacked by one of two males who approached her in the town's Beechwood Road shortly before midnight on Saturday 11 October.
Police were called after the girl returned home.
The arrested 16-year-old is expected to appear from custody at Airdrie Sheriff Court on Friday.
The Scottish Ambulance Service has apologised after an ambulance was dispatched to Aberdeen rather than Orkney.
The delay in getting help to the injured man was said to have been caused by a control room mistake about the location.
The tourist had fallen on Great Western Road in Kirkwall but the ambulance was dispatched to the one in Aberdeen.
The service said there was a delay of 20 minutes in getting to hospital.
The Petitions Committee of Scottish Borders Council is considering a call to restart garden waste collections.
A petition on the issue, organised by former Hawick councillor Andrew Farquhar, has attracted 7,700 signatures.
The green waste collections ended in April and critics claim that more waste is going to landfill as a result.
Councillors had been advised that continuing the scheme and introducing food waste collections would result in an annual cost of £600,000.
Stephanie, Renfrewshire: My daughter spent five days in Yorkhill Hospital two years ago. The food was salty, processed, crappie. Potato waffles, low grade sausages, tinned beans. Not a vegetable in sight! My one-year-old wouldn't eat it and I couldn't blame her. Shameful way to feed our sick children.
Ray Russell, Dundee: I've had a couple of stays in both Crosshouse and Ninewells hospitals. Enjoyed the food looked forward to meal times and I'm a veggie!
Ronny Deila wants Celtic to prolong their Europa League adventure this season.
Speaking ahead of tonight's game against Group D opponents Astra Giurgiu, Deila said beating the Romanians would boost their chances.
Celtic are joint top of the group with four points from two games while Astra have lost their two matches.
"It's a very important match [at Celtic Park] and if we can win we put ourselves in a very good position," the Norwegian said.
"If we can win both games against them it is fantastic, but they are a very good team and the Europa League is a high level.
"They haven't started so well but we know what Astra is capable of doing - if they are playing in the Scottish league they would be top, and that's the level we are going to meet. But I know if we are at our best we have a very good chance to win."
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Jane, Dumfries: I work as a nurse at Dumfries Infirmary. The food for the patients is hot, well presented and of good quality. It is prepared 'in-house' and that is the key to providing good food. The menu is varied and provides for all needs. I can highly recommend it.
James, Dundee: My wife had a day stay in Ninewells last year. The staff nurse of the ward allowed me to stay with my wife, that day she had a lovely lunch; I even got a sandwich and a tea cake. I think NHS meals get a bad deal.
S, Paisley: I didn't expect even 3-star food, but the food in my local hospital was inedible: so packed full of salt and tough, overcooked and rubbery. Definitely out of a packet, but they insisted it had no salt added at all! I had to get my partner to bring in a flask of pasta or ravioli every day to help me recover. The two things you need most when ill or in recovery are good nutrition and undisturbed sleep, neither of which you are allowed to get hospital.
It's a cloudy and mild start for most today with outbreaks of rain mainly for central and west Scotland.
Heaviest and more persistent across the West Highlands, Argyll, Lochaber and Skye, and at times Stirlingshire.
The rain is likely to be lighter and patchier for Dumfries and Galloway and Glasgow.
An improving picture for parts of Moray and Aberdeenshire, with some brightness or hazy sunshine developing. A similar picture for the East Lothians and East Borders too. Much brighter with sunny intervals for the Northern And Western Isles.
The first half of 2014 has been the busiest for Scottish tourism in six years, statistics show.
More than 1,100,000 overseas visitors came to Scotland between January and June - up 16% on the same period last year, according to Visit Britain.
The Scottish economy continued to grow in the last quarter but at a slower pace than the previous three months, a report says.
The Scottish Chambers of Commerce's (SCC) quarterly business survey found firms were still performing strongly.
However, a number cited continued difficulties in the eurozone and world economies as a challenge to growth.
SCC said the "exceptional" performance of the second quarter would be hard to replicate in the final quarter of 2014.
Do you know your twerking from your photobomb? Or what about a hamfatter from a whiskerando?
They represent four of the more unusual words in the latest edition of the Collins English Dictionary which was first created in Scotland in 1819 and is still compiled here.
At one point in the 1900s there were four dictionary companies in Scotland alone. William Collins' has been passed through six generations of the Collins family and this edition contains 750,000 words and phrases.
Elaine Higgleton, publisher with Harper Collins, said the company are constantly looking for new words and monitoring the change in language.
Can you think of any other words worthy of inclusion?
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Talks between Rangers shareholder Sandy Easdale and former director Dave King have ended without agreement.
Former director King is looking to invest in the Ibrox club in return for eventual control of boardroom affairs.
It is understood Easdale wants more details and information on who else is involved in the plan but further discussions have not been ruled out.
Easdale, though not on the plc board, holds significant influence, because he holds voting rights for 26% of shares.
That gives him power of veto over a proposed new share issue, which is central to King's plans.
The NHS in Scotland is being criticised once again about the quality of hospital food. How important is the quality to you?
And businesses in Edinburgh could be asked to open their toilets to the public as council facilities are closed to save money. Whose responsibility is it to provide toilets for the public?
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Drug dealers in Aberdeen run the risk of being evicted from their homes as councillors prepare to discuss the plans.
Police records show that 50 council houses were subject to at least one drug search resulting in criminal charges in 2013, although none of those resulted in evictions.
Two long-lost episodes of TV series At Last the 1948 Show found. Comedy writer Barry Cryer was part of the show. He's on #bbcgms 0845.
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The Herald reports that senior Scottish Labour figures are putting the party under fresh pressure to revise its devolution proposals by calling for full control over income tax.
The Scottish Sun reports that people who post sleazy snaps of ex-lovers online face being jailed for five years.
Read the rest of our newspaper round-up here.
Here's a Kelpies time-lapse being shown in New York as part of Tartan Week.
The development of the site containing Scotland's newest cultural landmark, The Kelpies, has won a national engineering award.
The 300-tonne, 98ft (30m) horse head sculptures were created in the Helix Park in Falkirk by artist Andy Scott.
The Helix development has been named as the winner of the Saltire Society 2014 Civil Engineering Award.
Its competition had included the Hydro in Glasgow and Edinburgh's Waverley train station.
The award was established in 1981 to recognise excellence and showcase the best in Scottish engineering.
The owners of the Grangemouth refinery say radical changes are on track a year after the site was closed by an industrial dispute.
Ineos is converting the petrochemical site to use shale gas from the US, which it hopes will boost production.
Work at Grangemouth ground to a halt a year ago amid a bitter dispute between Ineos and members of the Unite union.
Unite said changes to pay and conditions since then had caused some workers to leave.
In Glasgow, Polmadie Road is closed between Aikenhead Road and Calder Street because of a road traffic accident. Police are in attendance.
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