Edinburgh 'heroes' take part in the Queen's Baton Relay

Edinburgh castle The first leg of the baton's journey through Scotland will see it travel from Coldstream to Edinburgh

After a journey of 180,000 km passing through more than 70 nations and territories the Queen's Baton has arrived in Scotland.

Between 14 June and 23 July, the baton will visit all 32 of Scotland's local authorities ahead of opening ceremony of Glasgow's Commonwealth Games on 23 July.

Up to 4,000 baton-bearers will take part in the the relay. Each of the runners have been chosen due to their work in the local community.

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Chris Sellar

Chris Sellar is a community sports hub co-ordinator at Edinburgh's Heriot-Watt University. The 24-year-old believes that the positive effects of the Commonwealth Games are already being felt.

Chris Sellar

He said: "The Commonwealth Games and QBR has been fantastic at my work and has been inspiring children and young people to get involved in sport."

He also believes that the exposure the Commonwealth Games will give to some lesser-known sports means that many local sports clubs can expect new members.

"It's been a fantastic catalyst for changing the way clubs engage with the public, and has encouraged people to think in ways which they have never done before."

Outside of his work, he is a keen sports fan and plans to attend the cycling finals as well as the table tennis competition.

Mr Sellar hopes to use a Go-Pro camera to capture his run so he can then use the footage to help teach children about the benefits of sport.

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Lianne Perry

Lianne Perry, better known as "Crazy Legs", is a founding member and coach of the popular female roller derby team "Auld Reekie Roller Girls".

Lianne Perry

Since starting the team just five years ago it has gone on to become one of the finest roller derby teams in Europe with its achievements attracting a growing number of fans. Lianne's role as team captain and coach has helped inspire thousands of people to take up skating and get involved with the sport.

Even though she has achieved an incredible amount in the past five years, the chance to play a part in the Queens' Baton Relay is something she is proud to become involved in.

She said: "It's a complete once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, to be a small part of such a huge chain of inspiring people.

"I'll be representing a whole lot of hard work from a phenomenal community of dedicated people who have helped the Auld Reekie Roller Girls and Roller Derby come such a long way since we started.

"If I can spark more interest in this and the whole diverse range of sports available to women these days, that would be amazing."

After playing her part in the Queen's Baton Relay, Lianne's next stop is to play for Team Scotland at the roller derby World Cup in Dallas in December.

Crazy Legs Lianne, better known as 'Crazy Legs', in action for the 'Auld Reekie Roller Girls'
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Frances Smith

Keen swimmer Frances has been an active member of Warrender Baths Club for more than 50 years. firstly as a swimmer, then as a coach and now as the voluntary swimming convener.

Frances Smith

The popular club operates on a non-for-profit basis and is managed through a combination of coaches and volunteers.

She spends up to 30 hours a week encouraging swimmers into the sport, running development squads, coaching and organising competitions for young swimmers.

Through her efforts the club now has more than 300 swimmers, eight of which will qualify for the Commonwealth Games 2014.

She is regarded as a mentor and role model for swimmers past and present right across the city and has been involved in the swimming careers of children from their introduction to the club right through to International and World level competing.

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Laura Thomson

Laura Thomson will take part in the Leith section of the Edinburgh leg of the Queen's Baton Relay.

Laura Thomson

The 20-year-old is already an ambassador for the Young Scots Legacy project and is heavily involved with coaching football teams to help people with social problems and drug addictions.

She has previously volunteered during the 2012 London Olympics but the chance to take part in Glasgow 2014's Queen Baton Relay is something which she believes is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

She said: "Just getting the chance to take part in something like this is unique and special. The baton has travelled all across the world to Scotland.

"The chance to play my part in the Commonwealth Games is a great one."

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Maya Kamat

Maya Kamat believes the Commonwealth Games is the perfect opportunity for some of the lesser-known sports in Scotland to get highlighted.

Maya Kamat

As well as being an avid fan of athletics and cycling, the 17-year-old has spent the past six years learning how to fence after getting the chance to try it for the first-time at an after-school club.

Since then, she has become a passionate advocate for promoting the sport and raising the public's awareness of it through the local and national press.

"I'm looking forward to promoting the sport in the community. It can sometimes be hard for people to find out about different kinds of sports which they can try.

"It's nice to be able to help people get involved in something different."

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Christina Thomson

Christina Thomson has become a very popular face with pupils at Edinburgh's Broughton High School where she has volunteered for the past seven years.

Christina Thomson

At the age of 72 she has no plans to slow down after recovering from a near-fatal heart attack in 2009, saying she enjoys every day she spends with the pupils.

Her enthusiasm for her work has spread into her involvement in the Queen's Baton Relay as she admits "the nearer it (the relay) gets, the more excited I become."

The Commonwealth Games are proving to be something of a family affair for her with both her daughter and daughter-in-law signed up to work as Clydesiders in Glasgow.

Once her part in the Queens's Baton Relay is over, the retired nurse will take up a spectator's role at the Games with tickets to see Mo Farah running in the 1500 metres at Hampden.

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Bob Aitken

Bob Aitken has devoted large chunks of his life, as a volunteer, to promoting target shooting in the Edinburgh area. He has been honorary secretary of the East of Scotland Rifle club for more than 30 years and is a passionate advocate for the sport of target shooting.

As well as this he is something of a Commonwealth veteran, having worked as team manager for target rifle at a previous Commonwealth Games, the venues director at the 1986 Commonwealth Games and a previous chair of the Scottish Target Shooting Federation.

Now in his 70s, he remains as passionate as ever about his sport and the benefits of the Commonwealth Games.

"I feel very proud that they are asking me to take part. Sport is character-building, it teaches you discipline and how to cope with hard work."

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Zainab Hayat

Zainab has been an excellent role model for people of her age. At just 16, she volunteers, looks after children and participates in a range of sports including competitive dance, archery and fencing.

Zainab Hayat

For the past two years she has been volunteering with the Women's Royal Voluntary Service at Astley Ainslie Hospital for elderly and volunteers at the Western General Hospital in the elderly ward to help feed the infirm.

She is also becoming a volunteer ambassador for Volunteer Scotland to encourage others. She has gained her 200-hour Saltire Award through helping out at the WRVS.

When asked how she felt about participating in the Queen's Baton Relay, she said: "I was amazed to have been given the opportunity to run with the baton and am grateful to have been nominated by my volunteer managers.

"It's such a historic event in Scotland and I can't wait to be part of something internationally renowned. I'm looking forward to it."

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William Gentleman

William is a retired teacher who coaches young athletes in Edinburgh and West Lothian. He also coached the Scottish junior internationalist discus thrower and is a volunteer athletics official, including at schools cross-country and field events as well as at senior competitions.

William Gentlemen

During his coaching career he has helped champion Scottish athletes such as Yvonne Murray realise their potential.

He continues to actively represent Scotland and the UK at Masters athletic events worldwide and recently recovered from a stroke to win two gold medals at a Masters event.

William was part of a Scottish stroke awareness campaign and also raised money for a local opera group by lifting a tonne at Meadowbank.

After a lifetime of success the advice he offers to young hopefuls is: "Be determined to work hard and don't give up when things go wrong."

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    17:12: Ones to watch

    What are we expecting at Glasgow 2014 this evening:

    • 17:45 Bowls - men's singles final (Darren Burnett going for gold)
    • 20:00 Boxing - men's light (60kg) semi-final (Scotland's Charlie Flynn against Cordina of Wales)
    • 20:45 Athletics - women's 800m final (Scotland's Lynsey Sharp goes in this)
    • 21:45 Boxing - men's heavy (91kg) semi-final (Scotland's Stephen Lavelle against Light of NZ)
    17:02: Man dies

    A man has died following a two-car crash on the A90 near Fraserburgh.

    Five people were taken to hospital, including a two year-old boy, after the crash south of Rathen on Thursday, and a 73-year-old man has since died.

    Police have appealed for witnesses to the crash to come forward.

    17:01: Police Scotland

    tweet: Good luck to our @Team_Scotland colleague PC Darren Burnett who is going for gold in the Bowls Singles final today @Glasgow2014!


    Eve Muirhead tweets: Another Gold for @Team_Scotland The medals just keep coming....loving it!!!! #Glasgow2014

    16:44: Golden boy

    Scotland's Daniel Purvis is presented with his gold to a deafening roar in the Hydro. A Saltire rises to the roof above the two St Georges crosses on either side of it.

    daniel purvis

    Purvis, who won gold in the men's parallel bars, speaking to BBC Sport, said: "I am so made up with that. It was such an enjoyable final.

    "Frank Baines did fantastically well, I had to go out and do my best and fortunately that landed me a gold medal. I almost welled up, my family are here and with the Scottish crowd cheering behind me I was so proud."

    16:39: Haggis on the menu

    Glasgow's Commonwealth Games has helped a sharp increase in demand for Scottish produce in supermarkets.

    Figures from Tesco showed that UK sales of haggis and black or white pudding were up 80%.

    Haggis, neeps and tatties

    There was also increases in sales of Scottish bottled water and malt whisky.

    Supermarket chain Waitrose also reported higher sales of teacakes and Irn-Bru.

    16:33: Golden half-century

    Team Scotland are now assured of at least 50 Commonwealth Games medals at Glasgow 2014. (Remember the previous record was 33).

    Two golds today - in bowls and gymnastics - have helped towards the current total to 46. The team are certain of four more medals - one in the men's singles bowls tonight, and three more in tomorrow's boxing finals.

    Gymnastics 16:27: Beth Tweddle BBC Sport gymnastics expert & ex-CWG champion

    "The Scottish and the English are constantly pushing each other and that will really help our Great Britain team. Daniel Purvis did a clean and solid routine to win gold - and he still has high bar to come.

    Daniel Purvis

    "Max Whitlock has got the full collection now with bronze. And Nile Wilson, being here as a junior has not fazed him one bit."

    16:16: Another Scottish gold

    Scotland's Daniel Purvis takes gold in the parallel bars competition at the gymnastics at the Commonwealth Games.

    daniel purvis

    Purvis came up with a stunning final routine to steal the gold from England's Nile Wilson.

    He posts a huge score of 15.533 to beat Wilson into silver, while Max Whitlock picks up another medal with bronze.

    Frank Baines of Scotland was knocked out of the medals.

    16:13: Weather update Gillian Smart BBC Scotland Weather Presenter

    There could be a few heavy showers this evening, particularly over Argyll and the northwest Highlands. However, these will fade leaving sunshine for many to end the day.

    Northeasterly winds will be strong over the isles, backing northerly and easing later.

    Elsewhere, winds will be light, pushing temperatures down to around 10C.

    16:11: Jane Lewis BBC Scotland

    Scotland's Frank Baines on the parallel bars. In bronze medal place at the moment.

    15:59: Peace protest

    BBC Scotland's Huw Williams tweets: Anti-war activists stage vigil at Glasgow cathedral to commemorate centenary of WW1. On @BBCNewsdrive after 4pm today

    15:55: Man jailed

    A man who raped and assaulted two women has been jailed for eight years, at the High Court in Glasgow.

    Duncan Begg, 43, was told he was guilty of "crimes of a vile nature".

    15:51: Gold winners unite

    Scottish judo gold medallist Euan Burton tweets: "Commonwealth Games Mission COMPLETE! Got a picture with my superstar of the Games. David from Kiribati. #boom"

    euan burton

    David Katoatau (centre) won gold in the men's 105kg weightlifting competition on Wednesday to win Kiribati's first ever Commonwealth Games gold medal.

    15:43: Gymnastics

    The men's parallel bars final, featuring Scotland's Frank Baines and Daniel Purvis is on now. Watch here

    15:40: Not merry for Keiran

    Kieran Merrilees out of badminton men's singles as he is beaten by Ouseph in the quarter-finals

    keiran merrilees
    We want your selfies! 15:36: Bryan Quinn BBC Scotland News

    Athletes and sports fans alike have embraced the "selfie" craze during the Games and have been snapping pictures of themselves and friends all over Glasgow.

    Athletes selfie

    You can send us in your own selfies via email or Twitter using #scotlandlive and we will feature the best ones on BBC Scotland.

    15:32: Badminton selfie

    Canada's defeated pair pose for a selfie with winning Scots Blair & Banker after loss in the Badminton quarter-final.

    badminton selfie
    15:30: Keir Murray BBC Sport Scotland

    Josh Taylor through to the 64kg boxing final. He will fight very skilful Namibian Junias Jonas, who almost toyed with Northern Ireland's Sean Duffy in second semi.

    Man accused of Games pass theft 15:27:

    A man from London is to stand trial accused of stealing a Commonwealth Games accreditation pass.

    Eric Noubayo, 36, allegedly took the pass belonging to Romeo Djoumessi, from the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) on 29 July.

    It is claimed he then tried to access the athlete's village by pretending to be the Cameroonian wrestler.

    At Glasgow Sheriff Court, Mr Noubayo pleaded not guilty and was released on bail pending trial in September.

    15:19: Bowled over

    Alex "Tattie" Marshall, the Lionel Messi of lawn bowls, gets another gold medal. He was part of the men's fours that won the lawn bowls at Kelvingrove. He could not have done it without Paul Foster, Neil Speirs and David Peacock. They won 16-8 against England in the final.

    15:05: Gold for Scotland

    Scotland's men's fours team have won gold at Glasgow 2014 after beating England in the final.

    15:03: Scots miss podium

    Scottish gymnasts Frank Baines and Adam Cox missed out on Commonwealth medals in the men's vault, finishing fifth and seventh, respectively.

    Canada's Scott Morgan took gold, England's Kristian Thomas was second and bronze goes to Wah Toon Hoe of Singapore.

    15:02: Badminton success

    Imogen Bankier and Robert Blair set up a semi-final against England after mixed doubles victory over Canadian duo Phyllis Chan and Derrick NG.

    14:50: Boxer in final

    Scotland's Josh Taylor is through to the final of the 64kg boxing after hanging on to defeat Sam Maxwell of England.

    josh taylor
    14:43: Keir Murray BBC Sport Scotland

    Now it's Lochend ABC's finest, Josh Taylor, boxing against England's Samuel Maxwell in 64kg semi. Charged atmosphere!!

    14:42: Keir Murray BBC Sport Scotland

    Motherwell's Reece McFadden on his boxing semi-final defeat: "I felt perfect in there. Thought I was catching him with cleaner shots. I'm scunnered I'm not in the final."

    14:37: More badminton

    Scots Robert Blair and Imogen Bankier are taking to the court for their Mixed Doubles quarter final. Watch here

    14:32: Boxing

    Josh Taylor will soon be in the ring in the 64kg semi final. All the action will be live online

    14:30: Badminton win for Scot

    Scotland's Kirsty Gilmour books her place in the badminton singles semi-final with a convincing 2-0 win over New Zealand's Michelle Chan.

    kirsty gilmour
    14:27: Philosophical in defeat Phil Goodlad BBC Scotland

    "That's boxing, what can you say?" says Reece McFadden after semi defeat. "Gutted that gold medal's nae goin aroon me neck!"

    reece mcfadden
    14:19: Twists and turns

    Keep an eye on the gymnastics live on BBC One and online.

    frank baines
    Speedy striker 14:13:

    Dundee United footballer Nadir Ciftci has been fined £360 after he admitted to driving at 97mph.

    Nadir Ciftci

    The Turkish striker had picked up the keys to his new Mercedes C-series shortly before he was caught speeding on the M90 Perth to Inverkeithing road on 14 October.

    14:10: Phil Goodlad BBC Scotland

    Reece McFadden misses out on a gold medal fight after losing semi to Andrew Moloney. Bronze for the 'Pocket Rocket!'

    14:05: McFadden out

    What a sickener for 19-year-old boxer Reece McFadden from Motherwell as he loses in the semi-final to Andrew Moloney of Australia. McFadden can console himself with a bronze medal for his gutsy displays in the 52kg fly.

    reece mcfadden
    13:55: Boxing Keir Murray BBC Sport Scotland

    If Reece McFadden gets through to the 52kg final he'll fight Pakistan's Muhammad Wassem, a very smart boxer.

    McFadden fighting Andrew Moloney of Australia in the semi-final right now.

    13:48: 'I let people down'

    Michael Jamieson was the poster boy of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games before it got under way. The 25-year-old Olympic silver medallist was swimming in his home town and the omens were good.

    His surprise defeat in the 200m breaststroke final left him with a silver medal and he was the most disappointed medallist of the whole games.

    michale jamieson

    In an interview with BBC Scotland's Tom English, Jamieson says he let his supporters down.

    "I really wanted to repay that faith and support of the people," says Glaswegian Jamieson, 25. "It's only natural for your instant reaction to be like you felt you let people down."

    He added: "I'll take some time off and come back stronger. I have to."

    13:41: Equality call

    The Scottish government is urging universities and colleges to continue to increase the number of women on their governing bodies.


    Education Secretary Mike Russell made the call as he set out the details of the latest funding deal.

    But the government played down the likelihood of financial penalties for failing to make progress.

    13:36: Jim Spence BBC Sport

    tweets: Aussies v India also upping the fashion stakes. I'd go clubbing in that gear if I could get in anywhere.

    Spectacular scenes 13:28:

    Catherine Shaw captured the view from Bealach na Ba, in the Applecross Peninsula, to the Isles of Raasay and Skye while on holiday.

    View from Bealach na Ba to the Isle of Skye

    You can see more of your pictures here.

    Traffic troubles 12:59: BBC Scotland Travel

    tweets: Police advise A96 Fochabers area ts partial blckd bout 1/2m east of Fochabers on the westbound carriageway on a downhill section of road.

    Star attraction? 12:51:

    BBC Sport Scotland tweets: Who has been your star of the Games? Share your thoughts with us! #bbcglasgow2014

    Flag waver
    Silo death 12:41:

    An 18-year-old man has died after becoming trapped in a silo on a Borders farm.

    Firecrews were called to Deanfoot Farm at Denholm, near Hawick shortly after 09:00 this morning.

    Police say enquiries into the full circumstances surrounding the incident are continuing and officers are liaising with the Health and Safety Executive.

    Kelpies tribute 12:39:

    The Helix tweets: Tonight, The Kelpies will be lit in gold to celebrate Scotland's new gold medal record! @VisitScotNews @Glasgow2014

    The Kelpies
    Slow progress 12:33: BBC Scotland Travel

    tweets: "Balmedie Slow A90 S/B at B977 roadworks area. Travel time is 20 minutes.Temporary traffic lights outside the Cock and Bull restaurant"

    Skipper bows out 12:23:

    Scotland captain Linda Clement has announced her retirement from international hockey.

    Scotland captain Linda Clement

    The Scots lost 2-1 to India in today's classification, meaning the host nation's women's team finish sixth at the Commonwealth Games.

    Gull war 12:11:

    A falconer's being brought in to help rid Peterhead of nuisance gulls following attacks on people eating food in the street.

    Harris hawk

    One man even required stitches after a gull swooped on him.

    The problem's arisen in recent weeks following a successful breeding season for Herring and Lesser Black Backed Gulls.

    Magic moo-ment 12:00:

    An Aberdeenshire dairy has paid tribute to Commonwealth Games swimming champion Hannah Miley with a golden cow.

    golden cow

    Mitchell's Dairy in Inverurie painted their mascot 'Moorial' gold in honour of the local girl winning Scotland's first gold medal of the games in the 400m individual medley.

    Staff hope the swimmer will come and visit Moorial at the dairy's tearoom.

    Up the water spout? 11:51:

    A Glasgow man spotted a tarantula while cleaning his kitchen on Tuesday and the spider is now in the care of the Scottish SPCA.

    Incy the tarantula

    "Incy", as he's been nicknamed, could belong to a neighbour and the SSPCA is asking anyone who recognises the tarantula to contact their centre in Glasgow on 03000 999 999.

    Animal rescue officer Caitlin Houston said: "While tarantulas frighten a lot of people, they are actually quite popular pets."

    Airport crash probed 11:45:

    An investigation has been launched after Edinburgh Airport had to close its runway following a crash between two vehicles.

    Edinburgh Airport

    The vehicles had been driving out to attend a plane which had suffered a possible bird strike when they crashed on the runway.

    Frank at the Fringe 11:40:

    This year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe has begun, with more than 3,000 shows being staged across hundreds of venues.

    Famous names including Dame Diana Rigg and Jeremy Paxman are taking part. Comedian Frank Skinner says there's already a fantastic atmosphere.

    Frank Skinner

    "Just walking round the place, there's loads of brilliant shows and there's loads of terrible shows and they can be fabulously entertaining as well so you've just got to go in and completely immerse yourself in the whole experience," he says. "I've been to lots of festivals, I think it's the best in the world."

    Golden Games 11:31:

    BBC Scotland will broadcast a special half-hour edition of Reporting Scotland on Sunday evening.

    Jackie Bird will be joined by reporters and guests across Glasgow as the city prepares for the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

    Reporting Scotland: Scotland's Golden Games, 18:10, Sunday 3 August.

    Wedgie woe 11:20:

    BBC Sport Scotland tweets: Disappointment for Scotland as @GavinRumgayTT loses his 3rd round match against Henzell. #Glasgow2014 #TableTennis

    Gavin Rumgay
    Amazing Grace 11:18: Heather Dewar BBC Scotland

    Edinburgh's Grace Reid has qualified in 7th place for the womens 1m springboard final. Final starts tonight at 18:05.

    Horse hurt 11:13:

    Police in the Scottish Borders are appealing for information after a horse was attacked in Hawick.

    The incident happened between Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 July in a field near the Trowknowes farm.

    Tense tie 11:09:

    Watch live hockey coverage of Scotland women's classification match against India at the Commonwealth Games.

    It's still 0-0 in the second half with fifth and sixth place in the standings being decided.

    Route reopens 10:56:

    Traffic Scotland tweets: #Fife #A92 is now *OPEN* at Cairnfield after a 2-car RTC. Traffic moving well with no delays

    Dog attack charge 10:51:

    A woman has been charged over a dog attack in Dundee which left a two-year-old girl in hospital.

    Business boost 10:46: John Beattie BBC Scotland

    tweets: Finding out about uplift in business in Glasgow some saying by factor of four

    John Beattie
    From earlier... 10:41:

    Click here to read more about the proposed sale of Aberdeen and Glasgow airports.

    Visit here for more on Aberdeen Royal Infirmary's recruitment drive.

    Waverley broadcast 10:30:

    Fred MacAulay is live from The Waverley paddle steamer on the River Clyde joined by Balamory favourite Miss Hoolie - actor Julie Wilson Nimmo plus music from Mercury-nominated Fife singer songwriter King Creosote.

    Eilidh Child won Glasgow 2014 silver at Hampden last night and dad Ronnie discusses what it's like to cheer on a loved one at the Games!

    Click here to listen from 10:30.

    Games boost 10:28:

    "I didn't expect it to be, in that way. I've been to an athletics track, but nothing the size of Hampden."

    Tom Turner

    Tom is one of about 1,000 young people from disadvantaged areas across the UK who have been given the chance to go to the Commonwealth Games, through the charities, StreetGames and Spirit of 2012.

    Read more.

    Jobs on call 10:22:

    A newly-formed telecoms firm in the Borders is aiming to have a workforce of 50 by the end of the year.

    TenTel, which is based at Ettrick Riverside in Selkirk, is due to start trading on Monday and already has 18 employees.

    Body found 10:13:

    The death of a person whose body was found in Inverclyde is being treated as suspicious, police have said.

    Clune Park Street

    The body was found in a property in Clune Park Street, Port Glasgow, at about 20:30 on Thursday.

    Police Scotland said a post mortem examination would be carried out to establish how the person died.

    Today's outlook 10:04: BBC Scotland Weather

    After some rain this morning, it will be a brighter afternoon.

    Sunshine and showers to come with some heavy ones at times, possibly thundery, however some places will escape dry and sunny.

    Get the full weather details here.

    Airport sale 09:59:

    Aberdeen and Glasgow airports have been put up for sale.

    Aberdeen Airport

    Their owner, Heathrow Airport Holdings, is also putting Southampton airport on the market and says it's hopeful of concluding a sale by the end of the year.

    New School closures rules 09:54:

    New rules on school closures have come into force across Scotland.

    Local authorities will be required to carry out more rigorous consultation, especially before shutting rural schools.

    Hospital recruits 09:46:

    NHS Grampian says "significant progress" has been made in recruiting more staff to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary's emergency department.

    Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

    It follows a warning that staff shortages could endanger patient safety.

    The board of NHS Grampian will this morning be told that two new consultants have been appointed in A&E.

    Driver sought 09:39:

    Police are trying to trace the driver of an orange Mitsubishi after a 12-year-old boy was struck while cycling in southern Scotland.

    The collision occurred on back roads near Kirkbean at about 15:00 on Thursday.


    The lawn bowls is well under way at Kelvingrove and netball and table tennis is coming up soon on day nine of Glasgow 2014.

    Follow BBC Sport's live coverage of the Commonwealth Games.

    Ferry off 09:23:

    @BBCTravelScot tweets: Northlink ferries All scheduled sailings fM.V Helliar have been cancelled until further notice. M.V Hildasay will operate a temp timetable

    Tributes for Ireland 09:16:

    Tributes have been paid to Scottish actor Kenny Ireland, who died aged 68 on Thursday.

    Kenny Ireland

    Ireland was best known for his role in TV comedy Benidorm.

    Front pages 09:11:

    More medals, gender inequality and a false alarm over Ebola. Today's Scottish newspaper review.

    Front pages
    Medal hopes 09:06:

    @ToomJourno tweets: .@BBCGaryR Silver medallist #EilidhChild says she's hoping for more medals at upcoming European Championships

    Gary Robertson with Eilidh Child
    The back pages 09:00:

    There's been more reaction to Celtic, Aberdeen and St Johnstone's European defeats in this morning's newspapers.

    Read Friday's Scottish gossip.

    Ebola update 08:59:

    Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland about how Scotland is dealing with any potential Ebola cases, Dr Colin Ramsay, of Health Protection Scotland, said: "There's been no programme of actively screening athletes simply because of the Commonwealth Games.

    "The situation is that if someone presents with symptoms suggestive of the possibility of Ebola virus infection and who has come from a country affected by the current outbreak - and that's Sierra Leone and Guinea and Liberia - they would be investigated accordingly and that would involve managing them with a set of standard precautions."

    RBS claims 08:54:

    Royal Bank of Scotland has warned Scottish independence could have a "material adverse effect" on its business.

    The Edinburgh-based bank, 80% owned by the taxpayer, said a "Yes" vote in the 18 September referendum could cause uncertainty and hit credit ratings.

    More medal hopes... 08:47:

    After the heroics of Eilidh Child, Alex Gladkov, Daniel Keatings and Daniel Purvis yesterday, Scotland have medal hopes in today's athletics, gymnastics and lawn bowls at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

    Bowler Darren Burnett contests the gold medal match in the men's singles against Canada's Ryan Bester and Scotland's fours team will also be competing for gold medal when they take on England.

    Adam Cox, Frank Baines, Keatings and Purvis are in gymnastics action and Lynsey Sharp goes in the final of the 800m at Hampden this evening.

    Read our day nine preview.

    Travel news 08:43:

    @BBCTravelScot tweets: Police dealing with RTC on the A92 Ladybank. Road in Fife..there's a closure in place at the Northerly junction to Ladybank from A92

    Euro woes 08:36:

    Last night was a disappointing one for Scotland's Europa League representatives in the third qualifying round first leg.

    Aberdeen defender Shay Logan and St Johnstone defender Frazer Wright

    Aberdeen went down 2-0 against Real Sociedad in Spain while St Johnstone were 2-1 losers at home to Spartak Trnava. Both Scottish Premiership sides face an uphill task to reach the play-off round.

    Morning call 08:33:

    Cathy MacDonald (on today's Morning Call) asks: Do we really need alcohol on holiday flights, or does it mark the start of our bad reputation abroad?

    Also on the programme: Whose responsibility is it to look after you in your later years?

    Call 0500 92 95 00; text 80295; or email morningcallscotland@bbc.co.uk

    Listen on Radio Scotland from 08:50.

    Clyde cone 08:07:

    Glasgow 2014 mascot Clyde has been paying tribute to the city's most famous statue.


    Michael Jackson-Matthews took this picture outside the Glasgow Victoria Infirmary.

    We'd love you to email us any images you have taken in and around the Games.

    Games heroes 07:54:

    Missed any of the action from Day Eight at Glasgow 2014? We have a video catch-up of all the best bits.

    Eilidh Child
    On the Fringe 07:44:

    "There's a six-and-a-half-foot drag queen in the ladies' bathroom. In leopard skin dress and towering platforms, he apologises but he's onstage any minute and the ladies is much closer than the gents."

    Drag queen

    Our arts correspondent Pauline McLean is looking ahead to the Edinburgh Fringe.

    Avoid or be patient

    @trafficscotland tweets: Hotspot Map for August 1st - @GamesTravel2014 Day 9 Commonwealth Games - check busy areas here :)

    Glasgow map

    There's more detail in the Traffic Scotland website.

    Ebola test negative 07:34:

    An athlete has been tested for Ebola and cleared at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, organisers have confirmed.

    Coloured transmission electron micro graph of a single Ebola virus, the cause of Ebola fever

    A spokesman for Glasgow 2014 said the competitor was given tests for a number of conditions after he fell ill last week and was admitted to hospital.

    Sierra Leone road cyclist Moses Sesay, 32, competed in his event, the men's individual time trial, on Thursday.

    Sunshine and showers 07:33:

    @BBCScotWeather tweets: Rain moving into south this morning, clearing northwards. Then a day of sunshine & heavy showers. N Isles dry til eve. Highs of 16 to 19C.JR

    School closures 07:27:

    New rules on school closures have come into force across Scotland.


    Learning minister Alasdair Allan said they would provide "important safeguards" for rural communities.

    Local authorities will be required to carry out more rigorous consultation, especially before shutting rural schools

    Good morning Sandy Murray BBC Scotland news

    Welcome to BBC Scotland's live coverage of news, sport, travel and weather on 1 August.

    I know, August already.

    We'll have reports from across the country, including all the best action from Glasgow 2014.



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