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Paul McLaren and Louise Sayers

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  1. That's all folks

    Louise Sayers

    BBC Scotland

    That's all from us for today.

    Scotland Live will be back bright and early tomorrow morning, with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel from around Scotland.

    Join us from 08:00.

  2. Mink threat

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Researchers say the growing number of non-native crayfish in Scotland's rivers could lead to an explosion in the population of another pest, the mink.

    Signal crayfish

    Ecologists at Aberdeen University believe mink are benefitting from abundant supplies of North American signal crayfish.

    Professor Xavier Lambin told Newsdrive the growing mink population could threaten native species like the water vole.

    Mink were brought to Scotland by fur farmers but escaped or released animals have bred successfully in the wild.

  3. Missing woman

    Police have issued a CCTV image of a Montrose woman who has been missing for a week.

    Lorraine McRae

    Lorraine McRae was seen on camera at the Subway shop on the town's High Street on 3 November.

    She was last seen on the southbound platform of the railway station at 17:00 that day, although police say she did not board a train.

    Officers say the 51-year-old's disappearance is out of character.

  4. Roads update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    • In Aberdeenshire, A93 closed west of Banchory because of an accident.
    • Heading out of Edinburgh, traffic slow on the northbound Forth Road Bridge from Echline Roundabout
    • In Edinburgh, the M8 slow westbound between Jn 1 Hermiston gait and Jn 2 Newbridge
    • Glasgow M8 slow traffic eastbound between Jn 21 Seaward Street Jn 16 Craighall
    • M8 westbound, slow at Jn 27 Arkleston and approaching the Kingston Bridge
    • Fife, traffic slow on the A909 Bridge Street in Cowdenbeath
  5. Fish talks row

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Scottish Fishermen's Federation leader Bertie Armstrong on the political row over EU fishing talks.

    Pittenweem harbour

    Alex Salmond has said sending a Conservative peer instead of Scottish minister Richard Lochhead to lead the UK at EU talks is a "slap in the face" for Scotland.

    Mr Armstrong told Newsdrive these particular talks would not impact on Scottish fishermen and were largely symbolic.

    But he added: "We support where it is appropriate for the Scottish minister, where the issue is Scottish, for him to sit in the front seat and we are absolutely, full square behind him. What we don't want to see is politicking."

  6. Forklift accident fine

    A poultry company has been fined £10,000 after a worker was run over by a forklift at a chicken farm.

    Ian Stewart, 43, suffered "serious injuries" when he was struck by the vehicle at Blaefaulds Poultry Farm, Denny, on 18 December 2013.

    Farm owners Aviagen Ltd admitted they had not provided workers with high-visibility clothing despite them working in the dark.

    Mr Stewart, 43, was in hospital until January and still uses a walking stick.

  7. Post update

    The Press and Journal

    Scottish businesses are eyeing new business in China after taking part in the world's second largest seafood trade show.

    Scottish seafood served at Chinese seafood show

    A Scottish trade delegation, travelled to the China Fisheries and Seafood Expo 2014, held over three days in Qingdao, Shandong Province, aimed at consolidating existing partnerships with Asian companies and finding new business opportunities across the region.

    Read the full story here.

  8. Hep C drug approved

    A drug that can help treat patients with hepatitis C has been approved for use by the NHS in Scotland.

    The Scottish Medicines Consortium found daclatasvir was a cost effective way of preventing liver damage.

    However, the SMC rejected the use of another drug, pertuzumab, which can extend the life of women with incurable breast cancer.

    It found the benefits did not outweigh the costs which, with associated medicines, would add up to £100,000 over six months.

  9. McGoldrick and Christie join Irish squad

    BBC Sport


    David McGoldrick and Cyrus Christie have received their first Republic of Ireland call-ups for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland in Glasgow.

    McGoldrick & Christie in Irish squad

    Ipswich striker McGoldrick and Derby County defender Christie are in the final squad after their eligibility documentation was finalised last week.

    The match will be played at Celtic Park on Friday.

  10. Town centre's £5.2m revamp

    Work is set to begin on a £5.2m scheme to revamp Gourock town centre.

    Artists impression of Gourock redevelopment

    The project includes increased car parking, a new public space along the waterfront and a facility for small craft to access the beach at Pierhead.

    Inverclyde Council said public spaces at each end of Kempock Street would also be redesigned and footpaths on the street renewed.

    Preparatory work will start before Christmas and individual projects will be phased in next year.

  11. Ebola appeal

    More than £1.6m has been raised in Scotland to help aid teams fight Ebola in west Africa.

    Liberian woman washes her hands in chlorinated water

    The money is part of the £20m raised across the UK for the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal.

    Almost 5,000 people have died and about 13,000 have been infected with Ebola since the start of the year.

  12. On the roads

    BBC Scotland Travel


    • In Fife, slow traffic on the A915 Standing Stane Road at Coaltown of Wemyss through roadworks. Also slow on the A914 East Bridge.
    • Renfrewshire, the A737 heading for Linwood now fully open following earlier breakdown
    • A90 Stonehaven Road is slow heading for Aberdeen at the Bridge of Dee Roundabout
    • Edinburgh, traffic's building up on the A720 City Bypass at Sheriffhall Roundabout
    • Roadworks slowing traffic on the A90 Queensferry Road at the junction with Craigleith Road
    • Dundee, slow traffic on the A991 Marketgait at the Dudhope Roundabout
  13. Madison's 65 injuries

    Toddler Madison Horn had 65 separate injuries and died from blunt force trauma to her head and abdomen, a pathologist has told a murder trial.

    Madison Horn

    Dr Dawn Penman, a consultant paediatric pathologist was giving evidence at the trial of Kevin Park, 27, who is accused of killing his former lover's child.

    Mr Park, 27, denies murdering Madison at the family home in Kelty, Fife on 20 April.

    The trial before judge Michael O'Grady continues at the High Court in Glasgow.

  14. Rain on the way

    BBC Scotland Weather


    A dry start to the night initially, then cloud and outbreaks of rain feed into the south west, through the central belt, Tayside, Aberdeenshire and Caithness.

    South easterly winds will touch gale force across Machrihanish and Islay, with temperatures of around 6-10C.

    The north west corner will stay dry, with clear spells and some mist and fog. Lows of around minus 2C

    Tomorrow will dawn cloudy for most, with some outbreaks of rain.

  15. Stabbing charge

    Evening Express

    Two men held over alleged North-east stabbing

    Two men held over alleged North-east stabbing

    The men were held after a 26-year-old man was taken to hospital in Aberdeen with cuts to his neck.

    The alleged incident was said to have taken place on Strathmore Place, in Montrose, last night and police and ambulance services were called to the scene.

    Police say the man's injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

    Read the full story here.

  16. Doctor joins Ebola team

    An emergency medical consultant from NHS Forth Valley has joined a mission to Sierra Leone to tackle the Ebola outbreak.

    Dr Roger Alcock

    Dr Roger Alcock, who works at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert, will join other medics who have volunteered to assist in Britain's £125m aid package to combat the disease.

    The outbreak has killed nearly 5,000 people in West Africa.

    Dr Alcock will join staff at an Ebola treatment centre in Port Loko.

  17. Judges rule on Chhokar retrial

    Judges are being asked to decide whether three men cleared of murdering Indian restaurant waiter Surjit Singh Chhokar 16 years ago can face a second trial under new double jeopardy legislation.

    Surjit Singh Chhokar

    The judges are being asked by the Crown Office to permit a second trial of David Montgomery, Ronnie Coulter and his nephew Andrew Coulter.

    Ronnie Coulter was acquitted in 1999 of murdering Mr Chhokar in the Lanarkshire town of Overtown, blaming the other two men. However, they were also acquitted a year later after arguing that Ronnie Coulter was responsible for the murder.

    Prosecutors must now show the court there is new evidence, unavailable to the previous trials, the accused has since admitted it or that someone tried to influence the jury.

    The hearing at the High Court in Edinburgh is expected to last up to five days.

  18. World's End trial

    The prosecution has finished outlining its case in the World's End murder trial.

    Jurors were told DNA evidence suggested Christine Eadie may have been forced to tie up her friend Helen Scott with her own belt before both teenagers were killed.

    Christine Eadie and Helen Scott

    Angus Sinclair denies raping and murdering the 17-year-olds who were last seen alive at Edinburgh's World's End pub in 1977. The trial continues.

  19. Ancient basket

    Archaeologists are trying to salvage what appear to be the remains of an ancient basket uncovered by the tide on North Uist.

    The artefact was found in an area of shoreline where the sea has been eroding the land.

    Comhairle nan Eilean Siar said it was working with Historic Scotland to excavate the object safely.

  20. Coming up on Newsdrive

    BBC Radio Scotland

    • Scottish Fishermen's Federation reaction to political row over EU fishing talks
    • Latest on Tory backbench revolt over European arrest warrant
    • Approval of new drug could help hepatitis C patients

    Tune in from 16:00 on 92 - 95 FM and 810 MW, digital radio or listen online.

  21. Teacher on sex charge

    A former secondary school teacher has appeared in court accused of engaging in sexual activity with a female while in a position of trust.

    Ryan McInally, 29, of Monikie in Angus, is alleged to have committed the offence at a house in the Borders during December and January.

    He made no plea or declaration at Selkirk Sheriff Court and the case was continued.

    He was released on bail.

  22. Post update

    Kenny Crawford

    BBC Sport Scotland

    Scotland team training shot photo-bombed by the Erskine Bridge...

    scotland team
  23. Water waste

    Scottish Water is start work on a £10m scheme to improve waste water handling in Glasgow and West Dunbartonshire.

    The first project will see £850,000 spent on a new combined sewer overflow in Clydebank's Greenlaw Court.

    The work, which is due to start on 19 November, will make sure waste water is screened before it is spilled into the River Clyde during stormy weather.

    Other projects covering the town and the Yoker area of Glasgow are due to get under way by the spring of 2015.

  24. Mental health worries

    A quarter of Scots have experienced a mental health problem, according to a new survey commissioned by the Scottish Government.

    mental health

    The survey found that 26% of people said they had personally experienced a problem with mental health at some point in their life, with depression cited as the most common.

    Almost half of the 1,500 people questioned said that if they were suffering they "wouldn't want people knowing about it" while about two-fifths of those suffering said they had experienced some negative social impact as a result of others' attitudes.

  25. Armed robbery

    Police are hunting a man who held up the Co-operative store in Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire, brandishing what appeared to be a gun.

    The man escaped with a four-figure sum of money after the robbery at about 22:00 on Sunday.

    Two shop assistants, aged in their 20s, were uninjured, but were left shaken by the incident.

    The suspect is white, aged between 20 and 25, about 5ft 10ins and thin.

  26. Named Person challenge

    The SNP's plans to provide every young person in Scotland with a state guardian will face court action for the first time tomorrow.

    teacher in class

    The No To Named Person organisation will officially begin its legal challenge at the Court of Session in Edinburgh, with the case expected to last four days.

    The government plan means every individual up to the age of 18 will be assigned a "guardian" by the state, such as a head teacher or social worker.

  27. Your pictures - Get involved

    Sylvia Beaumont grabbed this shot at the top of North Berwick Law looking out towards the Firth of Forth, Craigleith Island and the Fife coast.

    north berwick

    Email us your pictures and we'll use the best.

  28. Floody good

    The leader of Scottish Borders Council has said the region's record in securing funding for flood prevention schemes is second to none.

    Galashiels flooding

    David Parker was speaking after he officially opened a £3.6m project in Galashiels with Enviroment Minister Paul Wheelhouse.

    The region has a number of projects at various stages of development.

    Mr Parker said he was aware that the pace they progressed at could be frustrating but it could not be helped.

  29. Independence movements - Your Views

    Text 80295

    Graeme: The UK may choose to leave the EU, does that mean British nationalism is a major factor?

    Andy: Can we please have an end to this yes debate in case folk don't realise 55% by my reckoning voted no. This agenda by the pro-independence camp aided by BBC is not doing Scotland any good and allowing the country to move on.

  30. Logan's one-match ban

    BBC Sport


    Aberdeen defender Shay Logan will serve a one-game ban for his post-match red card against Celtic on Sunday.

    Aberdeen's Shay Logan

    The 26-year-old full-back has been reported by referee Alan Muir for using "offensive and insulting language" following the Dons' 2-1 loss.

    It means Logan will be suspended for the 23 November league visit to Partick Thistle.

    "Shay should have kept his cool," manager Derek McInnes told BBC Radio Scotland after the match.

  31. Fire victim named

    A 91-year-old man has been named as the victim of a fatal house fire in Stranraer.

    Norman Fidler was rescued from the property at Ryanview Crescent by firefighters but died in hospital a short time later.

    Emergency services were called to the scene on Saturday night. The blaze is not thought to be suspicious.

  32. Pie wars

    The 16th World Scotch Pie Championships will take place in Dunfermline tomorrow afternoon, and will see 100 butchers and bakers battle it out for pie supremacy.

    Scotch Pie

    Bay City Roller front man Les McKeown, who will take up the difficult task as pie tester, said he was honoured to accept a place on the judging panel.

    He said, "The stakes are high. So we are looking for something really special that stands out from the crowd."

  33. Pensioner attack

    Police are investigating after a 82-year-old man was attacked in the street in Carnoustie.

    He was at a bus stop on Barry Road at 21:00 on Friday when he was assaulted by two men in their 20s.

    He suffered a grazed cheek and was robbed of a small sum of money.

    Officers want to speak to a man driving a van who came to the victim's assistance .

  34. Awards ratings high

    Combined UK viewing figures for the MTV EMA awards show from Glasgow amounted to more than 2.3m viewers, according to overnight ratings. This included the ratings for both Channel 5 and MTV channels.

    Best Female singer Ariana Grande actor David Hasselhoff and the Bella Twins are seen on stage during the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow

    Broadcast 'as live' from the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, last night's show attracted an audience of 551,000 viewers for its first ever free-to-air broadcast on Channel 5.

    The combined audience across MTV UK and MTV Music matched the record overnight ratings for the last time the show visited Scotland - hosted by Edinburgh in 2003 - and was more than three times the overnight audience for the 2011 EMA show in Belfast.

    If you missed last night's show, read Louise Sayers's review of all the action here.

  35. Drug money confiscated

    A man caught with cocaine after posting online abuse at Rangers players has had £20,000 confiscated under proceeds of crime laws.

    Andrew Wren Scott, 30, from Ayr, posted the threatening comments on Facebook in June 2012.

    Police found drugs worth £10,000 when they visited his home. Scott was later jailed for three years and four months for dealing cocaine.

  36. Post update

    Edinburgh Evening News

    A senior councillor is demanding to know why arts funding in the Capital has been ring-fenced in the face of crippling cuts.

    An act at the Edinburgh Fringe
    Image caption: The Edinburgh International Festival currently gets a £2.38m grant

    The Evening News has learned that a £4 million annual package for flagship events - including the Edinburgh International and Fringe festivals - was declared untouchable as city chiefs drew up plans to save £67m by 2017-18.

    It comes after the latest proposed council budget revealed that sports centres were under threat, football pitches may not be lined and grass-cutting could be axed under plans to slice almost £30m from annual spending next year.

    Read the full story here.

  37. Seal pup rescue

    Two newborn grey seal pups are being cared for by the Scottish SPCA after being found orphaned in Caithness.

    Orphaned seal pup

    The pups were rescued by volunteers from British Divers Marine Life Rescue after being discovered on beaches at Scrabster and Wick on 2 November.

    About two years old, the pair are being looked after at the charity's National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross, near Alloa.

    The pups have been named Aphrodite and Typhoon.

  38. Travel update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    • In North Lanarkshire, the A8011 Central Way through Cumbernauld remains closed by an accident.
    • In Edinburgh on the A720 City Bypass, westbound onslip at Gilmerton partially blocked by a broken down lorry
    • Between Cairnryan and Girvan, there are still temporary lights in operation on the A77
    • In Perth and Kinross, one lane of the M90 around Jn 10 Craigend closed for barrier repairs
  39. Post update

    The Courier

    tweets: Grape expectations - Fife's own wine almost ready to taste.

    Scotland's first wine from outdoor-grown grapes for 2,000 years is just six months away from becoming a reality.

    Fife winemaker Christopher Trotter, left, and business partner Jayk Kerr.

    Fife vineyard owner Christopher Trotter has completed the nation's first outdoor grape harvest since Roman times at Upper Largo.

    Read the full story here.

  40. Post update

    Daily Record

    A woman who tried to sue her brother-in-law for £50,000 after a dog bite walked away with just £907.

    Margaret Ferguson leaves Edinburgh Court of Session

    Margaret Ferguson, from Dundee, was bitten by Dougal the Scottish Terrier at a family gathering in January 2011 but the attack was never reported to the police. The dog died last year of natural causes.

    A jury at the Court of Session in Edinburgh awarded her £6,050 in damages but after finding her to be 85% at fault, the amount was capped by lawyers.

    Read the full story here.

  41. Paterson's Scotland call-up

    Hearts youngster Callum Paterson has been called up into the Scotland squad ahead of Friday's Euro clash with the Republic of Ireland.

    Hearts defender Callum Paterson

    Gordon Strachan drafted in the 20-year-old defender after Stoke's Phil Bardsley pulled out with a groin injury.

    Regular right-back Allan Hutton didn't make the squad and Strachan was struggling with cover for the position.

  42. Football casual jailed

    A football casual who smashed a bottle over the head of a police officer has been jailed for three years.

    Gary Russo, 34, from Airdrie, attacked the officer in North Lanarkshire in April last year.

    The attack happened during a pre-arranged fight in Coatbridge involving fans of Airdrie and Ayr United.

    Russo was also banned from all UK football grounds for five years.

  43. Inverness flights to US

    Flybe has entered into an agreement with Aer Lingus to open up access to destinations such as New York, Orlando, Chicago and Toronto from Inverness.

    Flybe aircraft

    The airline said the flights would be possible via a single stop in Dublin.

    Called a codeshare agreement, it means the flights can be made with one ticket.

    Flybe said customers will be able to book the new flights via Dublin-based Aer Lingus' website or through travel agents.

  44. Post update

    BBC Scotland Weather


    Despite a few coastal showers, it will be a largely dry afternoon with some sunshine or brighter spells gradually developing.

    The best of it will be across Moray, Northern Aberdeenshire, the Lothians, and Inverness and over the northwest Highlands. It will become drier and brighter for the Northern Isles too.

    A few showers around for Dumfries and Galloway, and by the end of the day some more persistent rain will be arriving along the Solway and into the south west, with strengthening southeasterly winds.

    Temperatures will reach 8C to 10C for most.

  45. 'Lay off McCarthy'

    Hamilton player-manager Alex Neil hopes Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy is not subjected to abuse from the Scotland fans on Friday night.

    james mccarthy

    McCarthy, a former team-mate of Neil's at Accies, opted to play for Ireland despite growing up in Scotland.

    And that has led to suggestions he will be targeted by fans when Ireland visit Celtic Park in Euro 2016 qualifying.

    "I'd like to think he won't get any reaction, and just let the kid go and play his football," said Neil.

  46. Post update

    The Press and Journal

    tweets: Secret of longevity is porridge and brose, says Ythanbank man on 100th birthday.

    Mr Forbes was born on 6 November 1914, and has just celebrated his 100th birthday.

    Read the full story here.

  47. Fish talks row

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Alex Salmond says it is a "travesty" that Scotland's fishermen are represented at EU talks by a Conservative peer and not Scottish Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead.

    fisherman holding fish

    The first minister has urged David Cameron to reconsider the assignment of Lord de Mauley to today's meeting.

    Richard Lochhead told BBC Scotland he was "someone drafted in at the last minute, an unelected peer from the House of Lords".

    The UK government says it will act for all parts of the United Kingdom.

  48. Poland links

    Police in Scotland want to increase links with their counterparts in Poland in an effort to tackle incidents involving the migrant community.

    Senior officers are working with law-enforcement agencies in Warsaw to help them deal with everything from crime to missing person inquiries.

    In the 2011 census, there were more than 55,000 Polish-born people living in Scotland.

  49. Don't miss a Beatt

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Coming up on John Beattie on BBC Radio Scotland:

    • Is baratric surgery the answer to obesity?
    • What Scottish walks would you recommend?
    • Why are so many countries around the world talking about independence?

    Tune in from 12:00 on 92 - 95 FM and 810 MW, digital radio or listen online.

  50. Hand oar the money

    Eight adventurers have raised £40,000 after rowing 100 miles (161km) from St Kilda to Portree on Skye.

    Row St Kilda to Skye

    The crew of novice rowers completed their feat in June in an open wooden skiff built more than 100 years ago.

    The final total of funds has just been totted up and is more than double what the eight and their support team had hoped to raise.

  51. Second crash death

    A second man has died following a car crash in Edinburgh.

    Kyle Thomson, 22, from Peebles was the front seat passenger in a Hyundai which was involved in a collision with a Subaru Impreza on Old Dalkeith Road at about 23:10 on Friday.

    The driver of the Hyundai earlier died after being taken to hospital. He has now been named as Sean Allan, 24, from Loanhead.

    A third man is in intensive care at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

  52. Money laundering

    A book keeper jailed for money laundering has had £470,000 confiscated under Proceeds of Crime legislation.

    Caroline Laing, 57, from Denny, was convicted in January 2013.

    The court heard she helped runaway Stirlingshire fraudster Michael Voudouri hide £1.8m of dirty cash.

  53. Your pictures - Get involved

    Kate Adams from Springburn in Glasgow captured a beautiful autumn day at the Colzium-Lennox Estate on the outskirts of Kilsyth.


    Email us your pictures and we will use the best.

  54. Council job cuts

    East Renfrewshire Council is to cut 200 jobs over the next three years to bridge a budget shortfall of £20m.

    The council said it had begun talks with unions and would aim to manage the reduction through natural turnover, voluntary redundancy and redeployments.

    East Renfrewshire said it has already identified about £10.3m - 58% - of the savings required without impacting on frontline services.

    A five week public consultation on the proposed savings plan is now under way.

  55. Trad Music shortlist

    The shortlist for next month's 12th MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards has been announced.

    Julie Fowlis

    Singers, songwriters and musicians have been nominated for 16 categories. The awards will be held in Inverness.

    Nominees for Gaelic Singer of the Year include Angus MacLeod and Mischa Macpherson.

    Skerryvore and Peatbog Faeries are in the running for Live Act of the Year and Julie Fowlis and The Scott Wood Band will contest the folk band award.

  56. School bullying - Your Views

    Text 80295

    Lee Martin, Renton: I was bullied for being gay from primary 6 right through to 4th year, I did go to the teachers but they did absolutely nothing. It then led me to leaving school because I just couldn't cope. Teachers, pupils and parents need to be educated on this.

    Liz: Why not stop using the word gay to mean homosexual. If someone's homosexual just use that word to describe them. And neither bullying nor snide remarks by pupils or teachers are acceptable. But all behaviour in schools needs to improve, ban pushing, shoving, shouting, swearing. And we don't want to see pupils slobbering over each other on the high street at their lunch break.

  57. Ten Pieces

    Nicola Benedetti joins the Scottish Symphony Orchestra and young musicians at BBC Scotland's Glasgow HQ for the BBC's Ten Pieces online music lesson.

    Nicola Benedetti

    The project aims to inspire a generation of young people to "get creative with classical music".

    Thousands of schoolchildren can watch the performance online and get tips from the internationally acclaimed violinist.

  58. Superfast broadband

    The roll-out of high speed broadband services has reached 150,000 premises in record time, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

    fibre optic cables

    The £410m Digital Scotland project has delivered fibre broadband to more than 120 locations across the country since April, including Kemnay in Aberdeenshire, Sumburgh in Shetland and Selkirk in the Scottish Borders.

  59. Highland landscape

    An image of a small stream created by heavy rain in Glencoe has won the Landscape Photographer of the Year awards.

    Stream at Glencoe

    The picture, by Mark Littlejohn, from Penrith, Cumbria, beat thousands of photographs of UK landscapes to scoop the £10,000 prize.

    Judges said it captured "a fleeting moment of beauty" in the Scottish Highlands.

  60. 'Lack of vision' over estate

    An entrepreneur who backed a failed community bid to buy a Borders estate has criticised the "lack of vision" of the company selling the site.


    The Peebles Community Trust (PCT) found out last week its offer for Kingsmeadows Estate had been rejected.

    Iain Scott, of the Can Do Towns Challenge, said he was disappointed with the move by owners Standard Life.

    A spokesman for the investment firm said it had taken a number of factors into account in reaching the decision.

  61. Accessible first minister

    BBC Radio Scotland

    First minister elect Nicola Sturgeon promises to be more accessible than her predecessors.

    Nicola Sturgeon

    She tells BBC Radio Scotland's Morning Call programme the independence referendum campaign brought politicians closer to voters.

    "The gap between politicians and the public was closer than it had ever been in my time in politics.

    "As somebody who's about to become first minister, I'm really keen to build on that."

  62. Oil well and good

    Edinburgh-based Cairn Energy has made a further oil discovery off Senegal in West Africa.

    The company says the find - in its second well 100km offshore - is "significant" and of high quality.

  63. Celtic arrests

    Two Celtic fans were arrested during the Remembrance Sunday silence before the game against Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

    Players observe silence

    Police Scotland said two men, aged 32 and 55, were charged with assault following a disturbance in the away fans section during the silence.

    There has been anger on social media in the wake of the disruption.

  64. School bullying - Your Views

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    Fiona: Re homophobic bullying, I see no reason for it to be treated differently to other bullying. ALL children should be taught strategies for handling bullies and all children should have respect for other people instilled in them from a young age.

    Liz: Why do schools have to sort every aspect of kids behaviour? Why aren't parents training their kids to be reasonable, polite human beings? Why has Scotland so many useless, hopeless, ignorant parents?

    Jules, Aberdeen: Homophobic language (bullying) is commonplace in school staffrooms the length and breadth of the country. As a teacher in the Independmu sector I know full well it's a case of 'do as I say not as I do' on any form of bullying. We are not trained on bullying, nor are there any policies on staff bullying.

  65. Medical emergency

    GPs working in cities in the north of England are being targeted in an advertising campaign designed to fill vacant posts on Scottish islands and other remote communities.


    The jobs have proved less attractive to Scottish GPs, as doctors in rural areas have workloads which their counterparts in urban areas no longer shoulder.

    The NHS Highland ads are appearing today in Leeds.

  66. Undersea coal

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Vast quantities of coal exist beneath the seabed in the Firth of Forth, according to an assessment published by Cluff Natural Resources.

    The firm plans to seek planning permission to build the UK's first Underground Coal Gasification plant.

    Project manager Andrew Nunn has told Good Morning Scotland it could "produce enough energy to power 150,000 homes over a period of at least 15 to 20 years".

    But Lang Banks of WWF Scotland says it is an "irresponsible" project that would lead to more greenhouse gases and risk water pollution.

  67. Scots will scare Kiwis

    Jane Lewis

    BBC Scotland

    Peter Wright reckons Scotland can pull off a major shock by beating world champions New Zealand on Saturday.

    Scotland's Jonny Gray

    The Scots impressed as they saw off Argentina 41-31, with the Kiwis up next at Murrayfield.

    "The All Blacks will be worried, they will look at that performance Scotland put in against Argentina and will be worried," said Scotland legend Wright.

    "I'm being pretty optimistic here but Scotland will be confident they can maybe spring a surprise."

  68. School homophobia

    A poll has revealed nine out of 10 secondary teachers in Scotland say homophobic bullying is taking place in schools.

    school class

    The YouGov survey commissioned by Stonewall Scotland also suggests only 16% of teachers have had specific training to deal with the issue.

    A third of teachers reported hearing homophobic language from other staff.

  69. Grey and foggy

    BBC Scotland Weather


    A grey start with fog and low cloud slow to clear, especially across the central belt and south, Aberdeen and the Lothians.

    Mostly dry today with brighter spells gradually developing by afternoon, the best of any sun in the north east.

    Temperatures will reach 9C or 10C for most, under the fog nearer 6C or 7C.

  70. Care home alert

    Emergency measures have been put in place to safeguard around 50 vulnerable residents at a Dumfries care home after the unit suffered a complete loss of power.

    It is thought the fault at the Allanbank home could take up to three days to fix.

    Work is underway to set up a temporary electrical supply, and additional staff have been drafted in to ensure residents are kept safe and warm.

    Dumfries and Galloway Council and the local NHS authority say a contingency plan is in place should residents have to be re-located.

  71. All the gossip

    Celtic manager Ronny Deila said his 10-man side's last-gasp comeback victory over Aberdeen, which sent the champions to the top of the Premiership, was better than sex.

    Celtic manager Ronny Deila (centre) congratulates Virgil van Dijk and Jason Denayer at the full time whistle

    Barry Robson reckons Aberdeen should have put the game against Celtic to bed.

    Midfielder James McCarthy is an injury doubt for the Irish ahead of the crucial Euro 2016 qualifier at Celtic Park.

    And Scotland full-back Phil Bardsley is also a doubt for the match after lasting just 10 minutes on his comeback from injury for Stoke.

    It's another day of Scottish football gossip and you can read it all here.

  72. Tuning up

    Members of the Scottish Symphony Orchestra getting ready for Ten Pieces, an interactive music lesson for thousands of schoolchildren.

    Scottish Symphony Orchestra

    Violinist Nicola Benedetti will share her expertise from 10:00 at BBC Scotland's Glasgow headquarters. She'll be joined by the SSO and a number of young musicians tackling the first movement of Beethoven's fifth symphony.

    Schools across the country will join in online as part of the BBC project to inspire young people to get creative with classical music.

  73. What the papers say

    Superstar DJ Calvin Harris was sensationally snubbed at MTV's European Music Awards in Glasgow, according to the Scottish Sun.

    Papers composite

    The Scottish Daily Mail says Jim Murphy has pledged to improve hospital food.

    The Herald reports that senior police are to travel to Poland to recruit new officers.

    Read our full review of today's papers here.

  74. Morning Call - Get Involved

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    First Minister in waiting Nicola Sturgeon will be on today's Morning Call talking about how accessible politicians should be and taking questions from 09:45-10:00.

  75. Traffic update

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    • M8 eastbound congestion from Jn 20 to Jn 22 after earlier accident
    • M80 - busy northbound between junctions 5 and 6 Auchenkilns and Old Inns
    • M74 slow moving heading for Glasgow
    • Fog affecting some routes - M8 between Livingston and Whitburn, parts of M90 and A90 near the Forth Road Bridge
    • Temporary traffic lights on A714 between A77 Girvan and B734 after landslip at Pinmore on Friday
  76. Far east to north east

    A new drive to market Aberdeen as a tourist destination to the Chinese is to be launched, BBC Scotland has learned.

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    Tourism agency VisitAberdeen is turning its sights on the Far East as a potential lucrative market.

    It has already begun building a specialised website in China to promote Aberdeen.

    The city already has strong links with the country through the oil and gas industry.

  77. Top feeling

    Manager Ronny Deila was thrilled with Celtic's last-gasp victory at Aberdeen, which was achieved with 10 men and sends them top of the Premiership.

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    The Norwegian joined his players on the Pittodrie pitch to celebrate the 2-1 victory and said: "It was a fantastic win, I'm so proud of the team.

    "We fought all the way and got the goal in the end.

    "We knew it was going to be a hard game and to get three points - that's what I call team spirit and togetherness."

  78. Services boost economic growth

    A strong performance by the services sector helped to boost Scottish economic activity at the start of the final quarter, according to a survey of purchasing managers.

    Grinder in factory

    The latest Bank of Scotland PMI suggested growth was fuelled by an upturn in the amount of new business.

    October also marked a return to growth - albeit marginal - in factory output.

    However, the pace of job creation continued to ease, with firms generally able to keep on top of workloads.

  79. Won Direction

    One Direction were the big winners at the 20th annual MTV Europe Music Awards taking the awards for Best Pop, Best Live and Biggest Fans.

    One Direction

    The band were not at the ceremony to collect the award in person but thanked their fans in video clips.

    Other stars winning multiple awards included US hit maker Ariana Grande, 5 Seconds of Summer and Katy Perry, who was also absent from the event.

    The event was held at the Hydro arena in Glasgow on Sunday night.

  80. Post update

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    BBC Scotland News

    Good morning and a warm welcome to Monday's instalment of Scotland Live as we offer you a comprehensive round-up of news, sport, travel and weather from across Scotland between now and 18:00.