9 October 2014
Never, goes the old theatre maxim, work with children or animals. Tricia Marwick, Holyrood's Presiding Officer, deals with childish behaviour on a daily basis. Today she coped admirably with an animal intervention.
A public awareness campaign is being launched to highlight the carrier bag charge which has come into force.
Starting pay for new recruits has been rising strongly, according to the latest data on Scotland's labour market.
Some pensioners are paying large proportions of their weekly state pension for transport to and from hospital appointments.
A 74-year-old woman is in a critical condition after being hit by a car at traffic lights in Edinburgh.
Finance Secretary John Swinney gives a statement on the 2015-16 budget.
Middle class obscured in a Scots myth. My blog on the quieter people who voted 'No' in the #indyref: icymi
Al, Croftfoot: It is now becoming evident that the well-meaning 5p plastic bag legislation has been ill-thought through prior to its implementation.
Giles from Selkirk: If we had educated and disciplined people on dropping litter over last 30 years then we wouldn't have this bag charge. What about all the cans, bottles etc that litter our roadsides?
NHS Highland is "looking into the issue" of pensioners forced to pay a large proportion of their weekly state pension to travel to and from hospital appointments.
A spokesperson said it recognised the that the situation is "not ideal".
Pensioners in Kintyre must pay to go to an appointment in Glasgow or Oban if they have been assessed as not qualifying for NHS transport. They can reclaim the costs a month later.
Argyll MP Alan Reid said it appeared some of the patients could be treated more locally, but if they have to travel they should not be left out of pocket for weeks while their travel claim is dealt with.
Edinburgh lock Grant Gilchrist has been named captain in Scotland's 33-man squad for the autumn internationals against Argentina, New Zealand and Tonga.
However, there is no place in the squad for former Scotland captains Kelly Brown and Al Kellock.
The only uncapped player called up by Vern Cotter is Glasgow Warriors centre Mark Bennett.
A 90-year-old retired forensic pathologist has given evidence in the trial of a man accused of murdering two teenage girls 37 years ago.
Dr Robert Nagle was appearing as a witness in the trial of Angus Sinclair at the High Court in Livingston.
Mr Sinclair denies raping and murdering Christine Eadie and Helen Scott, who were last seen at the World's End pub in Edinburgh on 15 October 1977.
Dr Nagle said that someone had knelt on Ms Eadie and throttled her.
He said the injuries on the murdered 17-year-old old were consistent with someone who had been repeatedly punched and subjected to blunt force injuries.
The number of people placed in permanent jobs in Scotland has increased for the 19th consecutive month, according to a report published by Bank of Scotland.
Nursing, medical and care sector, IT and computing and engineering industries showed the greatest increases in demand for staff.
The report on jobs also showed that permanent starting salaries also continued to rise sharply, which experts say is because of a lack of available candidates for vacancies.
Finance Secretary John Swinney welcomed the figures, saying they showed "further evidence of a strengthening labour market in Scotland".
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CalMac- bad weather on the way - check tomorrow's ferries. Possible disruption warning for Sound of Harris, Islay, Ullapool/Stornoway.
A cloudy afternoon across much of the country with scattered showers, most of them across the West, while eastern Scotland stays drier and brighter with some spells of sunshine.
It'll be cooler than in recent days, with temperatures reaching 14C in the best of the sunshine, and a brisk west or south-westerly breeze.
Later this afternoon, winds will strengthen, reaching gale force through the Minches by this evening.
Nikki, Edinburgh: In my honest opinion, all shops should stop supplying bags, forcing people to take their own. Six wee string bags would hold most people's shopping and would cost them virtually nothing.
Rachel, Kirkcudbright: What about the vast amounts of plastic our groceries are packaged in. This 5p charge is putting the onus on the customer who has no say or control over this excess use of packaging! The manufactures' should be taxed on the waste their products they produce.
Andrew, Aberdeen: If I'm paying 5p per bag then I'll want better quality bags.
5p charge for plastic bags comes into force today, anyone out there had to pay for one today?
A 74-year-old woman is in a critical condition after being hit by a car at traffic lights in Edinburgh.
Police said the Ford Fiesta struck the woman when the vehicle moved away from the lights at the junction of Charlotte Square and Rose Street at about 19:30 on Sunday.
Officers were keen to speak to the driver of a green BMW which was also at the traffic lights.
They appealed for witnesses to contact the police.
tweets: Average pension pots in Scotland will only give people a "comfortable" retirement income for 5 years, research finds.
The number of people passing through shops in Scotland rose last month, with footfall up 2% compared to last September.
Scotland recorded the highest footfall figures of any area of the UK, with out-of-town retail the standout performer.
Shopper traffic through the high street also rose from previous months but shopping centres were quieter, seeing a slight dip.
The Scottish Retail Consortium, who released the statistics, says this is because they're dominated by fashion retailers - who suffered from the unusually warm weather last month.
You remember the one where Dundee celebrated a goal with a #WWE move? Here it is...
A coastguard tug is attending an incident in the Pentland Firth, five miles north of Dounreay.
The 95m-long cargo ship broke down after passing through the Firth last night, before drifting back eastwards.
The ship raised the alarm shortly after 22:00 and the Shetland Coastguard tasked emergency tug 'Herakles' to attend the scene.
Royal Mail is launching its Christmas recruitment drive - employing an additional 1,100 temporary staff in Scotland to work from November to early January.
Its parcels business, Parcelforce Worldwide, is also recruiting 2,000 extra people across the UK.
Cal Mac - Armadale to Mallaig - Due to the poor weather forecast, all sailings have been restricted for the day.
Alan Cameron, Aberdeen: In response to Michael Laurier's comments that the plastic bag charge "denies people, for no real valid reason, their basic human rights"... I can think of a great deal of human rights denials in the world which are of far greater consequence than not getting one of Mr Laurier's Plastic Bags. These bags were almost unknown when I was child, and a 'message bag' just had potatoes, and veg tipped into it. No bags of any kind and that was in the 60's.
Does Aberdeen deserve the accolade of "most dismal town"?
David Motion emails: Yes, a city with so much money has no excuses to be so architecturally and culturally deprived. Never have I lived in a city that has so little to offer. Shameful!
The Scottish house builder CALA has announced record profits.
The company made a pre-tax profit of £27m in the year to the end of June - a rise of 117% on the previous year.
This included what it called a "strong performance" from the English house builder Banner Homes, which it bought in March.
House sales for the group reached a record level.
Carol, Largs: In Ireland, clothing etc is packed in recyclable paper bags. You're only charged for plastic bags in the supermarkets.
Lorna, Stirling: I will be paying for a new bag when I buy clothing. This is taking it too far.
Lee, Perth: I can't believe that people are moaning about a 5p bag! Seriously, if that all you've got to worry about in your life you can afford to pay for a 5p bag.
Accommodation for almost 200 students is to be created in Aberdeen to cope with demand.
Planning permission has been granted for a 196-bed complex with parking for 20 cars and 70 bicycles on Powis Place, near Aberdeen University.
BBC Radio Scotland presenter Kaye Adams has paid tribute to actress and presenter Lynda Bellingham, who has died at the age of 66.
Kaye, who worked with Lynda on ITV's "Loose Women", has described her late colleague, who was battling cancer, as "fun, energetic and dynamic".
"She just made you feel good about yourself, and good about the world. She was a very optimistic, very positive with a wicked sense of humour."
Glyn Evans, Beauly: 5p for a bag won't make much of a difference! Charge 20p a bag up to a maximum of £1 in any one visit. Put the profits into a welfare fund to help the most impoverished and vulnerable children in the country. Admittedly, this creates a slight dilemma between Eco and charity but if these bags were biodegradable and marketed as multi-purpose (refuse bags, small bin liners etc etc) this could make a real difference to the welfare of many people in this country. All it takes is a wee change of mindset. Or is that too socialist for today's capitalist society?
After Aberdeen was nominated for a Carbuncle Award - which highlights poor architecture and planning - a senior councillor has admitted the city is looking "tired".
The Granite City is in the running for the 'Plook in the Plinth' prize, with Urban Realm describing it as "the place where architecture goes to die".
Fellow nominees for "most dismal town" include Cumbernauld and Lochgelly.
Does Aberdeen deserve this dubious honour? Do you have a more apt choice to offer? Get in touch via text using 80295, email here or tweet using #ScotlandLive.
Elaine: M&S already charge 5p per bag and have been doing it for some time, it would seem, without much complaint. However, if I shop there I make sure I take my own bag which has now become a habit I don't even think about.
Graham: It's all very well taxing carrier bags but what about the plastic bottles, fast food containers and cans? Just walk about our streets and look along our road network and see the mess. I'm Scottish but we are a dirty bunch. We need a general keep Scotland tidy campaign.
H, Edinburgh: Yet another thing about the good auld days. Nae carrier bags when I wis wee. Jist get rid o them altogether. People will soon learn quick tae take a bag wi them.
James Martin, Glasgow: The problem with Labour is that we do not know what they stand for, but know they stand against ANYTHING that any SNP MSP says at Holyrood, or what any Tory says in Westminster. Yet, when Labour complain, they don't provide ideas to fix the problem and expect to be elected, by default, as simply "the other party". I really do think the Labour Party now embodies everything that is seen as wrong in politicians: self-serving, void of ideas and putting party before the people.
tweets: CalMac weather warning overnight/tomorrow means Caledonian Isles will return to Brodick this evening to berth. Tomorrow 0700 ex Ardrossan.
Speaking ahead of the conference on dementia in Glasgow today, health secretary Alex Neil said that Scotland is "leading the way" in care.
However, he accepted that aspects of residence care rated "unsatisfactory" in the mental health commission report.
"We are monitoring the implementation of these recommendations to make sure that those shortcomings are addressed quickly and comprehensively," said Mr Neil.
On 19 September, hundreds of thousands of Scots woke up disappointed after the country voted to reject independence.
In the days before Scotland voted, political activity rocketed. In streets in the major cities, "Yes" and "No" campaigners gathered to rally their supporters and get their message across.
How did it feel to be on the losing side? And where do they go from here?
Scotland's largest dementia conference is taking place in Glasgow today.
The four-day event aims to find ways of overcoming the stigma attached to the condition, which affects almost 90,000 people in Scotland.
Tonight, the Glasgow Declaration - a commitment to promoting the rights of people living with dementia across Europe - will be signed.
Not everyone is happy about the plastic bag charge.
Michael Laurier, director of plastics manufacturer Symphony Environmental, says the new law is wrong.
"It denies people, for no real valid reason, their basic human rights," he told BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland.
"It's taking away an everyday product, that people don't use just once. They've already paid for within their shopping bill and getting them to pay for it again.
"It also forces them to buy more bin liners. When you refer to the Irish experience, the consumption of shopping bags dropped from 90-95% but the sale of bin liners went up 400%."
Derek Reilly, Pontypridd: Frustrating charge - when you purchase clothes, no one has large bags. Beware: people will buy knives and not be willing to buy a bag so carry the knives around.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is keeping tabs on Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk, reports the Scottish Sun.
This morning's back pages also mark Dave King's anticipated meeting in Glasgow this week with Rangers shareholder Mike Ashley.
Read the rest of the sporting headlines in our newspaper round-up here.
Calum Duncan, Scottish Programme Manager at the Marine Conservation Society, has welcomed the new 5p charge for single use carrier bags as a "major step forward".
Speaking on Good Morning Scotland he said 750 million 'single use' carriers bags are used every year in Scotland.
"That's the highest per person than anywhere else in the UK; and that's 150 per person, per year," Mr Duncan added.
"They're used for only about 20 minutes but the average carrier bag can take over 1,000 years to break down and fragment."
What do you think about the charge? Text 80295, email us here or tweet using #ScotlandLive.
Scottish Labour has found itself in a state of flux following the referendum. There have been rumours of challenges to leader Johann Lamont and former First Ministers Jack McConnell and Henry McLeish have urged the party to rediscover its "sense of purpose".
On today's programme I'm asking: has Scottish Labour lost its way? Also, is charging 5p for a carrier bag a waste of time?
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You can listen live to the programme, from 08:50, here.
The Scottish Daily Mail leads with suggestions that a collapse in support for Scottish Labour could cost it victory at next year's general election.
Meanwhile, The Scottish Sun features the results of an investigation by the paper into the commission paid to online comparison sites.
Read the rest of our newspaper round-up here.
Andy Murray came from a set down to beat David Ferrer 5-7 6-2 7-5 in the final of the Vienna Open.
The victory means the Scot moves ahead of Ferrer in the race to qualify for the World Tour Finals.
Murray, 27, broke his opponent three times in the final set before holding his nerve to serve out the match and win only his second title of the year.
"It was a good finish to the week," Murray told BBC Radio 5 live after a match that lasted two hours 42 minutes," said the Scot.
"It was a very long match and both of us were in the locker room struggling, limping around and very stiff and sore so it was a nice one to get through."
Starting pay for new recruits has been rising strongly, data on Scotland's labour market shows.
It found that the numbers available for work had been falling while employers took on more staff.
The Bank of Scotland survey for September saw weaker growth than in the previous three months.
The number of vacancies grew, but at the slowest pace for 11 months.
Glasgow had the highest growth in pay for permanent new recruits, and Dundee had the fastest rise in pay for those on temporary contracts.
Stop-start at times westbound #A720 Edinburgh City by-pass Gilmerton to Dreghorn - about 5 miles of queuing traffic.
PB, Glasgow: 5p a bag? About time. Next we want £500 a mile for every private car poisoning the air that we breathe!
Jimmy in Alloa: Come off it guys, a 5p charge on plastic bags means we'll be paying twice the cost. The bags are already costed into the price of the goods we purchase.
Morning all, Gillian here. Scattered showers today, mainly in the West; drier & brighter in the East. Temperature between 12-15C. Winds strengthening later.
A mandatory carrier bag charge has been introduced in Scotland for the first time.
Shoppers will now have to pay a minimum of 5p per bag, with net proceeds to be donated to good causes.
In May, MSPs voted to bring in the new regulations in an effort to tackle Scotland's litter problem.
In addition to plastic bags, the fee has also been imposed on single-use carriers made from eco-friendly materials.
The minimum charge applies to all retailers, not just supermarkets.
Wales became the first part of the UK to introduce a minimum charge for single-use carrier bags in 2011, followed by Northern Ireland last year.
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