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  1. Five pence carrier bag charge comes into effect
  2. OAP in critical condition after Edinburgh crash
  3. Celtic goalkeeper attacked during night out
  4. Grant Gilchrist named in 33-man Scotland squad for autumn internationals

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Thomas McGuigan

BBC Scotland News

That's all from the Scotland Live team for today. We're back at 08:00 tomorrow, hope you can join us then.

Your plaice or mine?

Scientists believe they have

discovered the origin of copulation.

An international team of researchers says a fish called Microbrachius dicki is the first-known animal to stop reproducing by spawning and instead mate by having sex.

Dr Brian Choo, Flinders University

The primitive bony fish, which was about 8cm long, lived in ancient lakes about 385 million years ago in what is now Scotland.

The research is

published in the journal Nature.

Cotter empathises with omitted players

Scotland head coach Vern Cotter conceded that Kelly Brown's failure to earn a place in his squad for the autumn Tests was "tough" for the former skipper, Jim Hamilton and Max Evans.

"There's a number of players who haven't made the squad and we commiserate with them," Cotter told BBC Scotland.

Scotland head coach Vern Cotter

"It's tough and they're very passionate about playing for Scotland. The only thing we can say is that they prepare for the time there is an injury or something happens and they make the most of it if they get a call-up."

Storm approaching...

The remains of Hurricane Gonzalo will arrive later, bringing winds of up to 70 mph and rain across parts of the UK, the Met Office has warned.

The worst disruption is expected on Tuesday, with strong winds expected to coincide with rush hour in some areas.

Gales will move eastwards from Monday night, affecting parts of Scotland.

Football commentator Derek Rae on 'dismal' tag


tweets: Personally love Aberdeen but agree with many of the points re architecture. The 60s/70s planning decisions not great.

'Dismal' award

Aberdeen is among the nominees for the Carbuncle award, given to the "most dismal place in Scotland".

The winner will be announced early next year. Previous winners of the award include Cumbernauld and Glenrothes.

Kevin Keane investigates...

BBC Scotland web page

Carrier bag charges - Your Views

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Anon: Charging 5p for carrier bags 'denies our basic human rights'- it is 'ill thought out legislation' - 'will cause people to carry knives' - get a grip people!! It's just as well we didn't vote Yes or we wouldn't have time to debate such vitally important topics!

Hibs retain on-loan goalkeeper

Hull are unable to recall goalkeeper Mark Oxley from his loan at Hibernian.

Manager Steve Bruce suggested the 24-year-old would have to return to the KC Stadium, following injuries to Steve Harper and Allan McGregor.

Goalkeeper Mark Oxley

However, a player moving between different football associations cannot move back to his parent club until the transfer window reopens.

Oxley has been the number one for Alan Stubbs's Easter Road side after joining in the summer, and scored a goal in their opening match of the Championship campaign against Livingston.

Fancy a foam fight?

The Courier

Tweets: This is what it was like in the middle of Raisin Monday foam fight at St Andrews University.

Read the full story and watch the video here.

Foam party
The Scotsman

Carrier bag charge - Your Views

Danny Gallagher: As a Scot living in Wales for many years we have had 5p plastic bag charge for 3-4 yrs now, and the money raised goes to various charities. Is this happening in Scotland, as it seems like a great way where both the environment and charity win? You get used to keeping a few bags in the car when you go shopping and many have bought into the 'bags for life' concept on sale in most supermarkets.

Turbulent times

A renewable energy firm has lodged an appeal with the Scottish government after plans for a wind farm near Kirkcudbright were rejected. Renewable Energy Systems is arguing that the visual impact of the scheme had been "over-stated".

Wind turbine

The proposals for the five-turbine development at Barcloy Hill had generated almost 800 letters from opponents and supporters, and was rejected by Dumfries and Galloway Council in July.

A decision is expected next spring.

Celtic player attacked

Celtic goalkeeper

Lukasz Zaluska has been assaulted in the street while on a night out in Glasgow.

Celtic goalkeeper

Zaluska, 32, was believed to have suffered a head injury after the attack in the early hours of Monday.

Police would not confirm reports that another Scottish Premiership player was involved in the incident in Ashton Lane in the west end of the city.

Officers said they had launched an investigation and were examining CCTV for evidence.

Raise a glass to the USA

The Isle of Arran Brewery has opened a company in the USA to deal with its imports.

Isle of Arran Brewery

The new operation will register Arran Brewery labels in 50 states, and obtain importer licenses.

The company sends its own as well as other Scottish craft beers to the US.

Think of the children

Radio 1's Big Weekend, beamed live from Glasgow Green in the summer, has earned the BBC a

rebuke from Ofcom for breaches of the broadcast code with swearing.

Lily Allen performs at Radio 1's Big Weekend

The watchdog said listeners, who may have included children, heard Lily Allen swear six times and Ed Sheeran once during their live sets.

The BBC said that it had undertaken a "comprehensive risk assessment" with singers told not to swear. An immediate apology had followed the "relatively rare" occasions of offensive language.

Windy weather

The Met Office has issued a

yellow "be aware" warning for strong winds across much of the country as ex-hurricane
Gonzalo heads to Scotland.

Weather warning

Watch a full forecast with presenter Gillian Smart



BBC Sport


Scotland too strong for Wellington: Scotland ease to a 91-run victory against Wellington in

the penultimate game of their World Cup warm-up tour.

Scotland, Wellington cricket
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Fancy dress attack

Two men were left with serious injuries after an

unprovoked attack by a group of seven men, some wearing fancy dress, in Glasgow early on Sunday.

Police said the men, aged 31 and 33, were punched and kicked by the group on Renfield Street at about 03:15.

One of the attackers was wearing a green Robin Hood-type hat with a red feather at the left-hand side, while another was wearing what police described as blonde "Heidi-type" wig with plaits on either side.

How many bags do we get through?

Scotland currently works its way through 750 million bags every year - that's more bags per head than England, Wales or Northern Ireland.

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what does the plastic bag charge really mean for Scotland? Alicia Queiro has been taking a look.

Rise in assaults on teachers

The Scotsman

Tweets: 14 Scottish councils have seen a rise in assaults on teachers by pupils in the last 3 years, according to a report.

Read the full story here.

Worth a gander

The record for the number of

pink-footed geese flocking to Montrose Basin has been smashed for the second time in a week.

Volunteers counted a record 70,153 geese at the Scottish Wildlife Trust reserve last week.

Pink-footed geese
Scottish Wildlife Trust

And a new survey as part of the Icelandic Breeding Goose Census has now recorded 78,970 birds at the site.

Around 372,000 pink-footed geese spend the winter in the UK, thought to be about 90% of the world's population.

Carrier bag charges - Your Views

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G. Belfast: The plastic bag charge is no problem here. You get used to carrying bags with you. Also, it has made a massive reduction in the amount of litter lying around here in N Ireland. Well worth it.

Brian Horsburgh, Peebles: When u buy an expensive branded product, the shop will charge for the bag (as they are obliged to do) but there is nothing to prevent them from then giving u a refund equivalent to the cost of the bag - simple!

Mohammad turns one

Daily Record

Tweets: Pakistan gas blast baby, who suffered 80 percent burns to his face, celebrates first birthday in Scotland.

Read the full story here.

Carrier bag charges - Your Views

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Anon: 5p for plastic bags is nothing new, it has been this way in Wales for years. Everyone there has just learnt to take bags with them.

BT jobs for Aberdeen

Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

Tweets: BT Openreach to recruit 500 more technicians, most based in London, Surrey and Aberdeen.

Making waves in the shinty world...

BBC World News

What's rarer than a sighting of the Loch Ness monster?

An African shinty player!

African shinty player

Tune in

Tune into BBC One Scotland for the lunchtime edition of Reporting Scotland.

Today's top lines include the World's End murders trial and the new 5p cost of carrier bags.

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Increase in child poverty

The number of

children in Scotland living in poverty has risen by 60,000 over the last year, according to
a report.

Child in Glasgow
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The social mobility and child poverty commission said Scotland had lost its position as the country with the lowest levels of child poverty in the UK.

However, Scotland had a lower level of relative poverty after housing costs.

Carrier bag charges - Your Views

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Liz, Banff: Is it true the 5p inc vat? Does this stay in Scotland?

Barry in Blantyre: Anyone over 60 can remember when there were no poly bags (or supermarkets). It was just common sense to take a shopping bag with you. Bags were introduced to publicise the shop, nothing more.

'Dismal' Aberdeen - Your Views

James, Glasgow: I've lived in Aberdeen for a couple of years and whilst I loved the work I was doing, the city itself is grim; boarded up shops and dilapidated buildings. I worked for the council and the bickering has delivered nothing, got them nowhere. Shameful, self-centred attitudes of the administration.

Teeing up success

A new marketing drive has been launched to help Perthshire capitalise on hosting the

2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

VisitScotland has chipped in £15,000 to a group of local golf businesses which hope to drive home Scotland's reputation as the "home of golf".

Gleneagles Kings Course

The investment is part of a year-long £31,000 marketing campaign, which aims to attract an extra 1,500 golfers.

Tourism bosses estimate hosting the Ryder Cup was worth £40m in direct marketing benefit for Scotland.

Who voted 'No'?

Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

Middle class obscured in a Scots myth.

My blog on the quieter people who voted 'No' in the #indyref: icymi

Carrier bag charges - Your Views

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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?

Puppy farm horror

Evening Express

Tweets: SSPCA tells of dog neglect horror after three men admit running puppy farm.

Read the full story here.

Hospital travel costs

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".

Old people on bus

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.

Scotland rugby squad

Edinburgh lock Grant Gilchrist has been named captain in

Scotland's 33-man squad for the autumn internationals against Argentina, New Zealand and Tonga.

Edinburgh and Scotland lock Grant Gilchrist

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.

World's End murders

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.

Christine Eadie and Helen Scott

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.

Jobs boost

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.

Medical industry jobs on rise

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".

Who is your hero?

BBC Get Inspired

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Never Miss A Beat..

John Beattie

BBC Scotland

My colleague through the years :-)

Jackei Bird

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BBC Scotland Travel


CalMac- bad weather on the way - check tomorrow's ferries. Possible disruption warning for Sound of Harris, Islay, Ullapool/Stornoway.