30 January 2015
Whisky has seen strong growth in recent years, but the latest Diageo sales figures highlight how fickle some of its newer markets can be.
A man is found guilty at the High Court in Glasgow of raping a young boy and of sexually abusing a girl from when she was 12 to 15 years old.
Families affected by the baby ashes scandal at Mortonhall Crematorium are to be offered settlements of up to £4,000.
Passengers have to be freed by firefighters following a crash between two double-decker buses on Stirling's Melville Terrace.
A man is jailed for life for murdering a stranger who tried to stop him hassling two women for a cigarette at a Glasgow shopping centre.
Tribute is paid to a 54-year-old man who died after the van he was driving crashed on a road in Aberdeenshire.
Police Scotland release an image of a man they want to trace in relation to a number of serious violent crimes.
Nicola Sturgeon defends school exam appeal system criticised by Labour.
Fear a dh'èignich balach òg air Ghàidhealtachd, agus nighean ann am meadhan na h-Alba, ga dhiteadh aig an Àrd-Chùirt ann an Glaschu.
Police Scotland have released an image of a man they want to trace in relation to a number of serious violent crimes.
A spokesman said they wanted to trace 31-year-old Henry Hanratty Stephen urgently.
He is known to have links in Aberdeen and north Aberdeenshire.
He has been described as being white, 5ft 10in tall and of medium build. He has short, brown hair and often has dark stubble.
Anyone with information should contact police.
Motherwell FC & the 'Well Society announce that Les Hutchison has completed his takeover of the Club.
The family of a man who died after his van crashed in Aberdeenshire have paid a poignant tribute to him.
William Paton, 54, was driving his silver Citroen Berlingo when it crashed near Alford on Thursday. No other vehicle was involved.
The family of Mr Paton, from Westhill, said he was "adored by everyone".
They added: "He was a renowned practical joker with family and friends. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him including his wee dog Millie."
Further wintry showers will affect the Northern and Western Isles, north west Highlands, Argyll, Moray and Aberdeenshire, turning heavier as the night goes on and increasingly falling as snow, with hail and thunder at times too.
Driving conditions will be hazardous, particularly over higher level roads. North or northwesterly winds will strengthen, reaching gale or severe gale force over the Northern Isles and around exposed northern and western coasts.
Central and southern Scotland will be largely dry overnight, with just a few showers clipping the Galloway and Berwickshire coasts. Temperatures for most will dip to freezing or a touch below, and as low as -4C across the snow fields in the north.
The Met Office has a yellow "be aware" warning in force, covering the whole of Scotland, for a risk of ice.
Reporting Scotland is getting under way on BBC One. Watch it here.
Amanda Hutchison, from Dornock, Dumfriesshire, took this picture of her two cockerels "and little Audrey posing on the end".
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tweets: Stephen McGinn has joined @dundeefconline on loan from Sheffield United until the end of the season.
A takeaway worker who admitted hitting a customer over the head with a pizza shovel has avoided punishment in court.
Dalgit Din "snapped" when the ranting female customer refused to leave Arbroath's Spice of Life last December.
The 64-year-old grabbed the kitchen implement - used to get pizzas in and out of the oven - and struck the woman.
Admonishing Din at Forfar Sheriff Court, Sheriff Gregor Murray said there had been "distinct provocation from a much younger, much bigger woman".
A90 has now been reopened following a collision between a tractor and a car.
tweets: Michael Stewart has missed out on selection to stand for the SNP in Edinburgh West
A new initiative will encourage school leavers in Aberdeenshire to consider taking up a job in the fishing industry.
The pilot scheme led by the Scottish Fishermen's Federation (SFF) offers young people an introductory and safety course in fishing at sea.
The three-week course will be held at the Scottish Maritime Academy in Peterhead.
It will be followed by a two-month work placement on a fishing boat.
Wigan Athletic have signed Leeds defender Jason Pearce and Inverness Caledonian Thistle striker Billy Mckay.
Both have agreed "long-term" contracts with the Championship strugglers and have joined for undisclosed fees.
Firefighters had to free passengers after a crash between two buses in Stirling.
The double-decker vehicles collided on Melville Terrace at about 12:30.
Emergency services including police, the fire service and ambulance crews were called to the scene, and the road was briefly closed due to a fuel spillage on the road.
No-one was seriously hurt in the crash, although several people were taken to hospital due to minor injuries.
Organisers of the Big Burns Supper festival in Dumfries say ticket sales have already doubled compared with last year's event.
The fourth edition will draw to a close on Saturday with performances by the likes of The Vaselines and Hue and Cry.
Police have confirmed that the body of a man found on a beach in St Andrews yesterday afternoon is that of missing student Kieran McCann.
The 18-year-old St Andrews University student, originally from Los Angeles, had been missing since Tuesday night.
A post-mortem examination is still to take place, but there are believed to be no suspicious circumstances.
A man has been jailed for life for murdering a stranger who tried to stop him hassling two women for a cigarette.
John Paul Bird, 30, stabbed 40-year-old John Bulloch at Glasgow's Springburn Shopping Centre on 3 May 2014.
He denied murder and claimed he could not control his actions at the time due to an "abnormality of mind".
A jury at the High Court in Glasgow, however, convicted him of murder. Bird was told he would serve a minimum of 18 years in jail.
Hamilton Accies left-back Stephen Hendrie has signed for West Ham but will stay at New Douglas Park until the end of the season.
The Lanarkshire club say they have reached agreement on a fee for the 20-year-old, who was due to be out of contract in the summer.
Hendrie debuted for Accies aged 16 and has made 97 appearances for the club.
Last week, Accies vice-chairman Ronnie MacDonald said the move was off and was critical of West Ham's approach.
Three men have been jailed after admitting serious organised crime offences in Edinburgh.
The Organised Crime Counter Terrorism Unit carried out surveillance activity in the Inch and Niddrie areas of the city as part of Operation Harvester between October 2012 and May 2013.
Almost £10,000 in forged notes was seized, along with a kilo of cannabis and more than half a kilo of heroin.
The men admitted drugs offences and possessing counterfeit money.
Jason Forbes was sentenced to 32 months in prison, Darren Hendren was given a 20-month sentence and Edmond Reid was jailed for 36 months.
A crash involving a tractor and a car has shut a stretch of the A90.
Police Scotland said the accident, near the Cock and Bull restaurant at Balmedie, has closed both carriageways of the road.
The emergency services were alerted to the crash at 15:11. Police said the car involved was a Vauxhall Corsa.
Diversions have been put in place.
Police Scotland say all of the computer equipment stolen from the offices of the Edinburgh Tram inquiry was "suitably encrypted".
Sir Winston Churchill was buried 50 years ago. Britain's wartime leader had died a week earlier at 90-years-old.
Prime ministers and presidents from around the world gathered in London for his state funeral.
Also there, and playing a crucial role, was Dundee man Harry Nunn, a groom at the Royal Mews.
BBC Scotland's Andrew Anderson has been to meet Mr Nunn to hear his memories of the day. Watch it here.
Multiple warnings for #snow & #ice over next few days. See if your area is affected here
Football clubs must do more to get fans involved in their running, according to an expert group set up to look at the issue.
The Scottish government working group has revealed proposals aimed at increasing supporter involvement in the sport, but stops short of proposing any changes to the law.
The group included representatives from the Scottish Football Association (SFA), Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL), Supporters Direct Scotland and Sportscotland.
Members want an annual award set up to assess how well clubs are engaging with the community.
The Eden Festival, held at Raehills near Moffat, has unveiled its headline acts for this year's event in June.
Australian band The Cat Empire, US hip hop artist Grandmaster Flash and the UK's Ms Dynamite top the bill.
In total, more than 250 acts will perform across nine different stages between 11 and 14 June.
Festival director Meredith Langley Vine said: "Every year we go bigger and bolder and this time round it's no different."
She added: "The line-up this year includes a lot of ne
Defender James McPake has agreed a two-year contract extension with Dundee.
The 30-year-old had been linked with a move to English football but has signed until the end of the 2016/17 season.
McPake joined Dundee in the summer after leaving Hibernian following the Edinburgh side's relegation.
UPDATE #Mallaig - #SmallIsles service has been cancelled tomorrow (31/01) due to high winds & heavy swell conditions.
Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher is undergoing a medical at Premier League rivals West Ham as he edges closer to a move to Upton Park.
United boss Louis van Gaal had already revealed the Scottish international, 31, was in talks with the Hammers.
"He is now in West Ham, so we have to wait and see," said Van Gaal on Friday. "He is my third captain so he is an important guy in the dressing room.
"I like him as a human being and a player, so we will miss him."
Fletcher has made only five starts under Van Gaal this season.
A Ryanair plane has been forced to make an emergency landing at Edinburgh airport.
UPDATE #WemyssBay - #Rothesay is on amber for today & tomorrow (31/01) and may be liable to disruption or cancellation at short notice.
A selection of winter images from around the country.
A man has died following a one-vehicle crash on the unclassified road between Keig and Montgarrie near Alford on Thursday 29 January.
The man who died was the driver of a Citroen Berlingo van.
Officers have appealed for anyone who witnessed the collision or saw the vehicle in the lead up to it to contact them on 101.
BBC Scotland's Kheredine Idessane: 'Novak, do you still have problems with Andy's accent?
Novak: 'Excuse me?'
An investigation is under way following a break-in at the offices of the public inquiry into the construction of the Edinburgh tram project.
The robbery took place between yesterday evening and this morning. It is believed that laptop computers were stolen, along with other items.
A spokesman for the inquiry team confirmed a break-in had taken place but said it would be inappropriate to comment further while police inquiries were continuing.
*Yellow Weather Alert* live from 4pm today until 11am tomo (Sat 31st Jan) for #ice.
Police are searching for a serial flasher who repeatedly indecently exposed himself in parks in Crieff.
Three incidents were reported in MacRosty Park and Taylor Park in the Perthshire town between 20 and 27 January.
The man is described as being in his late teens, with dark hair. He was wearing a grey hooded top, dark trousers, black pointed shoes and was carrying a blue rucksack.
Officers have appealed for information.
Temperatures set to drop again tonight with some #snow predicted on higher levels. All our Frontline and Patrols will be out overnight
A fatal accident inquiry (FAI) is to be held after a worker fell to his death at the Hunterston coal terminal in North Ayrshire.
Colin Sutherland, 38, from Largs, died in the industrial accident at the Peel Ports facility in November 2013.
The Crown Office has announced that the FAI will be held at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court in July.
A preliminary hearing, ahead of the start of the inquiry, has been scheduled for 9 March.
Dave, Dunnon: I think it is time to look at arming the police. If terrorists attack here as they did in France, do you think they will run away at the sight of a pepper spray? It's not fair to expect the police to fight armed terrorists with sticks.
Plans to build a third wind farm near the village of Grantshouse in the Scottish Borders have been unveiled.
Livos Energy wants to locate eight turbines on land at Howpark Farm - about two miles away.
The site is adjacent to the already operating Drone Hill wind farm and sits to the south of Penmanshiel, which has consent for a new wind farm.
Livos Energy has submitted a scoping request to Scottish Borders Council for the site between the A1 and A1107.
Mark Nesbitt from Comrie, Perthshire, took this picture as he came down Beinn Dubhchraig near Tyndrum.
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Scotland's Andy Murray will face top seed Novak Djokovic in Sunday's Australian Open final.
The Serb beat defending champion Stan Wawrinka in another dramatic five-set contest at Melbourne Park.
Djokovic, chasing a fifth Australian Open title, beat Murray - who is in his fourth final - to claim the 2011 and 2013 titles.
A historic slate arch in Lochaber is to be conserved in a project involving the Heritage Lottery Fund, Highland Council and Historic Scotland.
Known as the Tom Beag Inclined Plane, it was built in the 19th Century to transport wagons of slate from a quarry at Ballachulish.
The quarry dates back to the 1600s and in later centuries slate from the site was exported all over the world.
Work to conserve and interpret the arch is costing £277,000.
Police say a man is assisting with their inquiries after an eight-year-old girl said a man exposed himself to her in Aberdeen.
Officers yesterday released CCTV images of a man they wanted to speak to in connection with the incident. It is said to have happened in the Flourmill Lane area of the city at about 08:40 on Monday.
Jim: Apprenticeships with day release to College/Uni allow greater understanding due to the mix of theory with the practical.
Steven: University is a great route for a person to take, but schools present it as the only route to success.
Stan Le Man: [Schools] don't do nearly enough for kids, UK could learn a lot from the German vocational education model. Well ahead!
Rossi Hutch: I knew I didn't want to go to university just college but I didn't have enough "work experience". Schools need to do more.
A man has been found guilty of raping a three-year-old boy at a nursery and sexually abusing a girl from when she was 12 to 15-years-old.
Mark Maclennan, 30, was also convicted of possessing and taking indecent images of children at the High Court in Glasgow.
The boy was raped at a nursery in the Lochaber area and the girl was abused on numerous occasions in Stirling, Dunblane and Dunfermline.
Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has highlighted the Borders as a "prime example" of what Scotland has to offer to the rest of the world.
He visited Borders College in Galashiels and Hawick Cashmere.
Mr Carmichael praised Hawick Cashmere for its efforts to employ apprentices and export around the world with stores in London, Tokyo and Zurich.
"This company is a leading example of what Scotland has to offer the world," he said.
Former Old Firm players give their big match predictions. Dundee United tell Burnley and Celtic they will have to increase their offers - of around £1.5m - substantially if they want to sign midfielder Stuart Armstrong.
And Hamilton defender Stephen Hendrie has agreed a deal with West Ham. It's all on the back pages of today's papers and you can read our full review here.
A 75-year-old woman missing from a nursing home in Midlothian has been found.
Anne Cunningham, who has dementia, was reported missing from the care home in Lasswade at 20:00 yesterday.
Actor Robbie Coltrane is "fine" after he was taken to hospital after falling ill on a flight to the US, his agent said.
Belinda Wright said the 64-year-old star, who played Hagrid in the hit films, was in a Florida hospital.
She said: "The prognosis is that he is going to be fine"
David: I would agree that schools need to help those who do not want to go to uni. I went because it was expected of me, not because I wanted to or knew what I wanted to do. I ended up being miserable and left. There are skills I now know I would have benefited from back then that had nothing to do with uni but everything to do with getting a job.
Kirsty: Glasgow secondary schools do a great deal to cater for all young people through apprenticeships, colleges, vocational training and university. They used to have schemes in place like EVIP, which was a vocational training programme, and there is a 16-plus service to help some young people find the right path for them.
Caol: From my own personal experience, there is a very definite "splitting" of pupils who want to go to university and those who don't. Teachers love kids who go to university, further education is familiar to them whereas I felt as if my teachers weren't equipped enough to point the others in the right direction.
The Scottish government is to carry out a review of the way people access non-urgent medical care out of hours.
Ten years ago, GPs stopped having to provide care in the evenings, at weekends and during holidays.
The review will consider how best to provide out-of-hours care considering the growing challenge of an elderly population. Recommendations are expected by the end of the summer.
Scottish amateur astronomers hope to name alien planets known as exo worlds.
Ayrshire Astronomical Society is one of 17 UK groups competing in the International Astronomical Union's (IAU) NameExoWorlds contest.
Exo planets orbit distant stars and the IAU wants to find names for 305 which currently carry scientific designations such as GJ 832 b and CoRoT-1b.
Graham Longbottom, president of Ayrshire Astronomical Society, said the group hoped to offer up names to planets orbiting stars visible from the northern hemisphere with the naked eye, or through binoculars.
I'm hosting the Big Debate from the Robert Burns Centre on the banks of the Nith in Dumfries this lunchtime on BBC Radio Scotland.
I'll be joined by the David Mundell from the Scottish Conservatives, the SNP's Joan McAlpine, Labour's Russell Brown, David Coburn from UKIP, and Lee Medd who's programme controller of the local community radio station.
The audience will be putting the questions to the panel on the week's big talking points, and you can listen from midday on BBC Radio Scotland.
Families who have been affected by the so-called baby ashes scandal at Mortonhall Crematorium will be offered settlements of up to £4,000 by the City of Edinburgh Council.
The local authority has decided on the proposed settlement scheme with solicitors representing families.
It provides for payments of between £1,000 and £4,000, along with legal expenses.
Thompsons Solicitors, which represents 129 clients, helped develop the scheme.
A Ryanair jet was forced to make a dramatic landing at Edinburgh airport this morning just minutes into the flight.
Passengers on the 8.05 to Dublin reported hearing a loud bang seconds after takeoff, before the captain veered sharply off course and piloted the plane back towards the runway - minus a wheel.
Celtic captain Scott Brown has welcomed the League Cup semi-final meeting with Rangers for bringing the world's attention back to Scottish football.
It is the first derby between the sides for nearly three years, with Rangers now in the Scottish Championship.
Brown is relishing the prospect of rekindling the Glasgow rivalry on Sunday.
"It is good for Scottish football because everyone all over the world will be watching and hopefully we can put on a show for them," he said.
A new primary school is to be built in the heart of the Athletes' Village.
One of the first pupils when it opens in 2018 could be little James Barrie who visited the site with his mum Margaret and four-year-old sister Maya.
James, who is six-months-old, lives with his family in Shettleston which will come within the catchment area of the new primary.
We have signed 24 year old Italian defender Lucas Tagliapietra from Moldovan club Milsami Orhei. We await international clearance.
Why export worries are driving the whisky industry to drink.
Douglas Fraser blogs.
Kenny, Motherwell: Police officers are getting younger, most of then already think they are in The Sweeney. I don't think giving such young people lethal weapons is the way to go.
Pete, Auchtermuchty: What the eye doesn't see the heart does not grieve over. Let them carry concealed firearms.
Ralph, Paisley: A compromise could be having firearms in a secure compartment in the patrol car to be used if required.
B. Hunter, Penicuik: Terrorists have stated that they are going to target police officers, it is not fair to leave them defenceless.
Mike, Dundee: We don't want to see this as an everyday experience, uncomfortable to say the least to citizenship. Encourages disaster!
Four sheriff courts in Scotland are to shut their doors today in the final phase of a programme of closures.
Haddington, Duns, Peebles and Dingwall are among seventeen sheriff and JP courts which have been axed in the last eighteen months to save money.
The Scottish Courts Service says the closures are final. Campaigners in Haddington are holding a public meeting tonight to try and outline a plan to give their court a future.
#glasgow traffic lights are off at DOBBIE'S LOAN / MILTON STREET / CANAL STREET
Follow Police direction or avoid all together.
How well do schools cater for students who don't want to go to university? An educational charity says they could do a lot more to help students who want to pursue a more vocational career through apprenticeships.
What do you think? Is too much focus being put on boosting the number of students who go to university rather than helping them find a job they enjoy. Or should we be pushing pupils to go as far in the education system as they can?
Police in Midlothian say they are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a 75-year-old woman who has been reported missing in Lasswade.
Anne Cunningham was last seen at Drummond Grange Nursing Home in Kevock Road, Lasswade last night at about 20:00. She "lives with the advance stages of dementia" according to police.
#Perth - 1 lane clsd RTC #M90 N/B between J10 (Craigend) and Broxden Roundabout - Lane two (Of two) blocked. A support vehicle is en route
Dundee manager Paul Hartley has admitted that it is proving hard to strengthen his squad as the transfer window draws to a close.
Hartley is keen to add depth as the Dark Blues chase a top-six Scottish Premiership finish this season.
.@andy_murray coach @AmeMauresmo says media criticism didnt bother her, and hasnt deflected them from their path
A man has been arrested after a woman was attacked and robbed of her car in the Leith area of Edinburgh.
The incident happened at about 11:30 on Wednesday when a man approached the 61-year-old woman in Jane Street and asked for directions. He assaulted her before driving her silver Honda Civic towards Leith Walk.
Police said a 34-year-old had been charged and was expected to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court later today.
A city business group has pledged to double the number of subscribers to crime-fighting tool DUNCAN.
That is if Dundee City Council agrees to fund the scheme — which helps traders identify troublemakers — for another year, rather than axe it as part of budget cuts.
Roddy Robertson from FBU Scotland tells Good Morning Scotland urgent action is needed after research by Stirling University says firefighters face an unacceptable level of risk. Over the past ten years, fourteen have died in the line of duty.
Mr Robertson says: "After the 2002/2003 fire dispute we had we lost a number of, as we see it, structures, that bound together the fire service.
He says: "Things like standards, so breathing apparatus all the type of equipment we use, the type of fire engine we've got, type of equipment we have got on that fire engine.
"We've seen a gradual but a diversion of type of equipment and training and it's not as joined up as used to be and when you don't have joined up training in an emergency situation, that's when you have problems."
The Scottish Government says the number of lives lost to fire is the joint lowest in the last ten years and ministers will consider the findings of the report.
Fair Work, Skills and Training Secretary Roseanna Cunningham tells Good Morning Scotland the Scottish government has a "very clear focus" on vocational education and is delivering "a very high number of modern apprenticeships year on year".
Her comments came after an educational charity, the National Centre for Excellence, said half the people it surveyed here had said there weren't enough opportunities to do apprenticeships.
Ms Cunningham says 25,000 opportunities each year is the current target, with 13,000 achieved after the second quarter.
She continues: "There needs to be a clear partnership between schools colleges and local employers. Each of those three parts of the system are extremely important, and they need to work together."
We need to make sure opportunities are available across the wide spectrum not just university, she adds, although there are modern apprenticeships delivered at universities as well so its "not a case of either or".
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Amelie Mauresmo praised the spirit in the Andy Murray camp after his dramatic win over Tomas Berdych at the Australian Open.
Murray, seeded sixth, recovered from losing a tense first set to win in four and reach his eighth Grand Slam final.
#A85 just South of Dunbeg is *closed* due a RTC. Police are on scene & we will update asap. #BeAware & avoid the area if you can. #StaySafe
The former Labour prime minister Gordon Brown has secured a further debate at Westminster on the promise of further powers for Scotland.
He is widely credited for helping to secure as part of the so-called "Vow" during the referendum.
The MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath will also use the occasion, next week, to condemn Conservative plans for English votes for English laws.
#A9 Drumochter is partially blocked in both directions due to RTC with van. Traffic is busy but getting by & police are on the scene.
Coastal communities around Scotland will be hit the hardest, if the Scottish government fails to manage Marine Protected Areas properly - according to a coalition of environment charities.
They've criticised government plans as too cautious, protecting only small patches of the seabed. Ministers says the conservation areas will help to enhance the marine environment. A public consultation is due to close on Monday.
Old Firm wifebeaters are set to receive a police visit in a bid to stamp out violence sparked by Glasgow derby.
Extra officers have been drafted in to target known offenders during Sunday's Old Firm match and the other semi-final between Aberdeen And Dundee United tomorrow.
#FortAugustus #A82 RTC between Canal Side (Fort Augustus) and A887 (Invermoriston).
Bout 1 1/2 miles N of Fort Augustus.
A cold, icy start in places with frost away from the coast. A chilly day ahead with a good amount of dry and sunny weather for the Central Lowlands, east coast and south.
For the Highlands, Northern Grampian and the Isles, frequent showers through the day. These are of rain or sleet to low levels, and of snow on high ground and high road routes. Winds remains strong in the north from a northerly direction.
Highs this afternoon around 5 or 6 C - colder where there is snow on the ground.
A continental market's licence to trade in Stranraer has been suspended.
The decision was made after a number of the market's traders set up in the town last July without booking in advance.
Their position in Castle Square meant an event organised by Stranraer Music Town had to be cancelled.
Plans to end the collection of poll tax debts in Scotland have been approved in principle by the Scottish Parliament.
The community charge debt bill was passed by 96 votes to 14, although it still faces two further stages of scrutiny before becoming law. Some councils are opposed to the legislation.
Andy Murray's fiancée Kim Sears features on many of the front pages as he secured his place in the Australian Open final. What the papers say.
Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland's North West Operating Company Representative, says: ''The North West and North East Trunk Roads have experienced intermittent snow showers throughout the night on most routes.
"Our winter teams have worked throughout the night and the Trunk Roads in North West and North East are clear and currently have no issues.
''We will continue to monitor weather conditions and patrol and treat routes as necessary throughout this period of winter weather. We encourage motorists to check travel updates before setting out, prepare for their journeys and drive with care as these wintery conditions are set to continue into next week."
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Roads: A77 Girvan road is described as "just passable" because of snow between Girvan and Stranraer; the road was closed from 9 last night till just after midnight.
A risk of ice wherever there's been a bit of thaw, especially on side roads.
Trains: No reported problems
Ferries: Cal Mac- No sailings to and from Lewis-(Ullapool -Stornoway). Tomorrow's sailings are on amber alert.
Northlink- Possible disruption between Aberdeen and Lerwick.
The deaths of some firefighters in the UK since 2004 "could and should have been prevented", a report has said.
The report - commissioned by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) - looked into 14 deaths of firefighters in the last 10 years and warned "good practice" had sometimes been ignored.
Research was carried out at the University of Stirling.
The Met Office has issued yellow "be aware" warnings for snow and ice across Scotland this morning.
The warnings will also remain in place for northern and western regions of the country for Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Showers of sleet and hail are also expected, with between 1-3cm of further snow at lower levels.
The A77 Girvan to Stranraer road was described as "just passable" due to snow.
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