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  1. Glasgow City Council plans to raise Palestinian flag
  2. Celebrities call for Scots to vote 'No'
  3. Work begins on a major overhaul of Hunterston nuclear power station to extend its lifespan to 2023
  4. Scots smartphone usage exceeds UK average

Live Reporting

By Sandy Murray and Bryan Quinn

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Bryan Quinn

BBC Scotland News

That's all from the Scotland Live team for today. We'll be back at 8:00 tomorrow morning to bring you the latest news, sport and travel news from across Scotland. Hope to see you then.

Have a good night.

Last post from the Games

Team Scotland have posted a picture of how Glasgow 2014 closing ceremony looked from the athletes' point of view.

Team Scotland

There's lots of good stuff on their official

supporters website.

Tomorrow's weather

Christopher Blanchett

BBC Weather presenter

Friday is set to be a clear and bright day for central and east Scotland with plenty of sunshine.

Some cloud in the East will bring showers with a slight risk of thunder.

Temperatures will reach around 20C in most areas, except on Island areas where they will stay in the mid-teens.

Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News


tweets: Alternative historian view: @PolProfSteve on #letsstaytogether: "If this doesn't make Scotland vote for independence, I don't know what will"

Fort William set for Kingussie test

Gary Innes

Fort William shinty wing centre

This weekend sees the first of shinty's Camanachd Cup semi-finals with Fort William taking on with Kingussie.

Fort William, having dropped a division this season, have had a great start to their rebuilding campaign. Kingussie, however, have far more experience throughout their squad.

Skye's and Glenurquhart's eyes will also be glued to this match as they prepare for their semi-final showdown at the same venue next week.

You can watch the match live on

BBC Alba.

Richard Wilson

BBC Scotland

@RichWilBBC HMRC will seek leave to appeal UTT decision in favour of Murray Group

Police welcome sentence

A man who attempted to rape a young girl and raped three women has been

jailed for life.

John MacIntosh, 46, of Dingwall, must serve at least 10 years in prison after being convicted by a jury of four serious sexual offences.

John MacIntosh

Police Scotland has welcomed the life sentence.

Det Insp Eddie Ross said: "I hope that this result will bring some comfort to the victims in this case and give confidence to anyone who has suffered similar experiences to come forward."

Tracksuit theft

A spokesman from Scottish Gymnastics has said that Commonwealth Games silver medal winning gymnast Liam Davie's Team Scotland tracksuit may not have been stolen, as first believed.

Local team

Hamilton Advertiser

The Hamilton Advertiser is going big on local team Accies starting life in the Premiership.

Hamilton Advertiser

Traffic news

BBC Scotland Travel


Glasgow's Clyde Tunnel is currently closed northbound while a broken down vehicle is recovered. Traffic is queuing back to Shieldhall Road in Govan.

STV audience


tweets: In response to comments about the makeup of the audience at Tuesday's live Salmond & Darling debate:

Underdog tag suits Saints

Tommy Wright hopes St Johnstone's opponents Spartak Trnava will be so

confident of scoring against his team that they may leave gaps to exploit.

Tommy Wright with Alex Clelland

The Perth side lost 2-1 in the home leg of their Europa League third round qualifier last week and must score at least twice in Slovakia to progress.

"They'll fancy their chances that they can score against us and that should give us opportunities," he said.

"At 2-1 up, they probably feel the tie is over."

You can listen to live commentary from the match


BBC Scotland Weather



tweets: Hi, Chris here. Our top hot-spots so far today are: Leuchars 21C, Edinburgh 21C, Tain 21C and Fyvie 20C.

Traffic news

BBC Scotland Travel


Falkirk: #M9 partially blocked by RTA southbound between J7 Kinnaird House and J6 Earlsgate. Affecting traffic heading to Edinburgh.

Dogs at war

As centenary commemorations of the sacrifices of men and women in World War One get under way, efforts are also being made to mark the work of Britain's war dogs.

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Watch the video


McInnes banks on Pittodrie roar

Derek McInnes says the home support will be crucial in his side's

Europa League clash with Real Sociedad at Pittodrie tonight.

The Dons need to over a turn a 2-0 first leg defeat against the Spaniards if they are to progress into the next round.

Derek McInnes

He said: "If we can get the crowd into it, you just never know, I always think at 2-0 at half-time the next goal is all important."

You can listen to coverage on the game from 18:10 from

BBC Radio Scotland.

Stornoway Gazette


tweets: Tolsta tributes to village war heroes - Stornoway Gazette.

Read the story


Edinburgh time

Brian Hughes from Wishaw took this picture of the floral clock in Edinburgh.

Floral clock
Brian Hughes

If you've taken a picture you would like to share, email it to us on



tweets: Theft of @Glasgow2014 Clyde mascot statue from Edmiston Drive, Glasgow. Have you seen it?


Ben Nevis expedition

A team of scientists are leading a three-year expedition to

study wildlife on the North Face of Ben Nevis.

The project will seek to better understand how the geology influences the distribution of plant life.

Ben Nevis North Face
Gareth James/Geograph

The effort will involve Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), Midland Valley Exploration and the Nevis Partnership, an organisation based at Torlundy, near Fort William.

SNH said it expects that new locations of rare species will be found and others not previously recorded discovered.

Fatal crash

A leading scientist has admitted causing a car crash which led to the

death of an elderly man heading home from his wedding anniversary.

Nathan Bailey

St Andrews University academic Nathan Bailey, 34, was driving on the M9 near Stirling last April when he lost control and hit a car being driven by 83-year-old Ronald Highcock.

Mr Highcock died weeks later in Forth Valley Royal Hospital.

Coming up on Newsdrive

BBC Radio Scotland

On Newsdrive we'll be asking Prof Richard Elliot from Glasgow University on his views that public health experts are discussing using experimental and untried treatments to combat the Ebola outbreak in Africa.

We will also be debating whether a £6m new para-sports centre in North Ayrshire means that Scottish disabled sports are now getting the investment they need to produce a generation of medal-winning athletes.

You can listen to Newsdrive live from 16:00


Funding to cut hospital stay times

An extra £5m is to be invested in seven health boards across Scotland to

reduce the amount of time patients remain in hospital.

The Scottish government admits £100m pounds a year is wasted on acute services for patients who could be discharged if there was enhanced social and community care.

It will be targeted in Lothian, Grampian, Fife, Lanarkshire, Highland, Forth Valley and Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board areas.

Pauline McLean

BBC Scotland

@BBCPolliemac tweets: Angus Chan, the stolen horse sculpture is back on display @Rdysteadygallop after a public appeal for his safe return

Angus the horse

Killie return for Eremenko

Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock have

resigned former player Alexei Eremenko on a one-year deal.

Killie goal

The 31-year-old Finnish international playmaker returned to Rugby Park in January 2014, having enjoyed a successful loan spell with the club during the 2010/11 season.

The playmaker becomes manager Allan Johnston's seventh summer capture.

Friends and admirers

@TimReidBBC tweets: Yes campaign reax to #letsstaytogether "Great to know that Scotland has so many friends and admirers"

Restaurant guide


restaurant guide Zomato has announced plans to create new jobs in Glasgow and Edinburgh as part of a drive to strengthen its presence in Scotland.

Web page

The Indian firm, which uses a digital platform to provide information, opened an office in Edinburgh this year.

It now plans to invest a further $1m (£595,000) in Scotland

£6m para-sports centre announced

A new £6m

dedicated para-sports centre is to be opened in North Ayrshire.

It will be suitable for athletes at both performance and community level.

Tracksuit stolen

Michael O'Donnell of Scottish Gymnastics emails: "Team Scotland Commonwealth Games silver medal winning gymnast Liam Davie has had his tracksuit stolen from his washing line today, in Carnbroe, Coatbridge.

Frank Baines, Liam Davie, Adam Cox, Dan Keatings and Dan Purvis

"Liam is gutted that someone could steal something with so many memories now attached to it.

"Anything you could do to raise awareness for the safe return of the tracksuit would be much appreciated."

Swimming success


swimmer Andrew Mullen claimed his second IPC Swimming European Championship title in less than 24 hours in Eindhoven.

Andrew Mullen
Getty Images

The 17-year-old Glaswegian won the SM5 200m individual medley in a personal best of three minutes 6.78 seconds.

It followed Wednesday's European record-winning S5 50m butterfly swim.

Match arrests

Four football fans were arrested as they attended Celtic's Champions League qualifier against Legia Warsaw at Murrayfield.


Three men were arrested before kick-off, one for breach of the peace, one for trying to enter the stadium with alcohol and one for a warrant offence.

During the match, another man was arrested for breach of the peace. Celtic lost 2-0 to the Polish team.

Let's Stay Together campaign - your views

@JPMaguire: these people are entitled to their opinion on the future of an occasional holiday destination. Too little too late!

@howatbob: They're not "telling you what to do", they're suggesting that culturally splitting the UK would be disastrous

Dunfermline Press

@dunfermlinep tweets: New Rosyth home for bank call centre

Recruitment problem

Former Celtic keeper

Pat Bonner believes his old club have paid for failing to recruit new players after losing in Champions League qualifying.

Celtic players
SNS Group

Celtic face a Europa League play-off following a chastening 6-1 aggregate loss to Legia Warsaw.

"Attracting players in may be a problem now," Bonner told BBC Scotland. "I think they've missed a trick. It should have been done before now."

War dogs

As centenary commemorations of the sacrifices made by men and women in World War One get under way, efforts are also being made to mark the work of the country's war dogs.

Airedale terriers in World War War One
Getty Images

Many of the army's war dogs, who carried supplies and found injured soldiers on the front line, were trained Airedale Terriers trained in Angus.

Read their story here.

An inconvenient truth

Oban Times ‏reports: "Oban is losing out on receiving top marks from visitors because of a lack of town centre public conveniences.

"But Argyll and Bute Council says it has not received any complaints and there are public toilets at the Corran Halls,Pulpit Hill,and Ganavan as well as the North Pier."

BBC Scotland Travel


@BBCTravelScot tweets: M77 roadworks between J7 Fenwick and J6 Kingswell causing northbound - Glasgow bound delays. T.T.

Fears over export ban

Scottish fisherman have warned a ban on food exports to Russia could have a devastating effect on their industry.


Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced a "full embargo", actively immediately on food imports from the EU, US and some other Western countries, in response to sanctions over Ukraine.

Scottish exports of food and drink to Russia were worth £89m in 2010 with the country being the biggest export market for Scottish herring and mackerel.

Sparkling granite

@RaeComm tweets: Aberdeen looking glorious today. Granite sparkling in the August sunshine.

The Scots in England who say "Yes"

The Let's Stay Together group has released an

open letter signed by 200 celebrities and public figures urging Scots to vote "No" vote in September's referendum.

But what about the Scots living in England who want to see a "Yes" vote?

You can read about some of them here.

Yes Scotland members in London