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  1. Teacher dies following a sledging accident in Glasgow park
  2. Kenny McDowall quits as Rangers manager citing 'personal reasons'
  3. Ibrox shareholder Sandy Easdale increases Rangers stake to 6.45%
  4. Osborne: Smith deal could spark tax fight
  5. £100m to tackle discharge delays
  6. Two monkeys stolen from garden

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Trident renewal is 'wrong priority'

Renewing the UK's nuclear deterrent

is not the right priority for the Ministry of Defence, the House of Commons has been told.

Angus Robertson

SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson, leading an opposition day motion on the future of Trident, said investing billions on it was not justified.

The deterrent is based at Faslane on the Clyde and is due for an upgrade.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said for security reasons it was right that the UK had a nuclear deterrent.

Next year MPs will have to decide whether to authorise construction of new submarines to carry Trident.

Brown and Barclay 'should be picked'

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Kelly Brown and John Barclay are among Scotland's best players and

should be in the squad for the Six Nations, according to former captain Andy Nicol.

Kelly Brown has been left out of Vern Cotter's Scotland squad for the Six Nations

Brown and Barclay have won 107 caps between them but have been omitted from Vern Cotter's 32-man pool.

"We seem to be promoting players who've come in from New Zealand at the expense of John Barclay and Kelly Brown.

"Your chances of playing for Scotland are greatly heightened by playing for Edinburgh and Glasgow," said Nicol.

Budget votes row

The SNP have reacted angrily to a suggestion from the Chancellor that Scottish MPs could be prevented from voting on some parts of the UK Budget in future.

Stewart Hosie

George Osborne was referring in particular to income tax rates and bands, which under the Smith Commission will be devolved to Scotland.

However, the SNP's Treasury spokesman and deputy leader Stewart Hosie said it would be "illogical" to take Scottish MPs out of the equation unless all income tax is devolved

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Sunk fishing boat

This is the boat which five crewmen had to be rescued from after it started to sink off the Isle of Lewis.

Irish vessel Iuda Naofa

The Irish vessel Iuda Naofa got into difficulty at about 11:00 when it started taking on water about 48 miles (77km) off the Butt of Lewis.

Stornoway Coastguard helicopter dropped a salvage pump to the crew, but the boat became swamped and started to sink.

Two crewmen were then airlifted to another boat and three to hospital.

The three have been treated at Western Isles Hospital for hypothermia.

The fishing boat has sunk.

Hospital sex attacks

A teenage boy has been reported to the Children's Panel in connection with sexual assaults on two female members of staff at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

Glasgow Royal Infirmary

A 27-year-old woman was attacked at the hospital on 18 December and a 24-year-old woman on Wednesday 14 January.

Police said a 14-year-old boy was the subject of a report to the procurator fiscal. A planned hearing at Glasgow Sheriff Court was cancelled on Tuesday.

The case will be now be dealt with by the Children's Panel.

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Teacher Maryam 'was shining light'

Teacher Maryam Najafian,

who died in sledging accident, was a "shining light" according to her head teacher.

Maryam Najafian
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Maryam, from East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, was hurt in Kelvingrove Park, at 15:30 on Sunday.

The 25-year-old, who was a teacher at Lanark Primary School, was taken to the Western Infirmary and later died in the Southern General Hospital.

Lanark head teacher Margaret Scott said everyone was "devastated" by her loss.

Green back on the scene

Sky Sports News interview Charles Green, who is recovering from a leg injury in hospital, and he says he has not ruled out a return to Rangers.

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Three wheelin'

The final phase of

a project to cut bin collections to once every three weeks is to be rolled out in Falkirk.

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About 25,000 properties in Grangemouth, Falkirk and the Lower Braes will join the scheme, which the council started implementing last year.

Falkirk Council was the first in the UK to cut general household waste collections to once every three weeks.

Under the new system, the amount of waste discarded by households has reduced on average by 2kg per week.

Council bosses said the service has led to a reduction of about 400 tonnes of material sent to landfill per month, representing a significant saving in landfill tax.

Flu shuts hospital ward

Flu has shut a ward at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness to new admissions.

Raigmore Hospital

NHS Highland said there had been an increase in patients diagnosed with the illness in Ward 7C.

Eight patients have tested positive for flu. The health board said this was being treated as a possible outbreak.

It added that relatives and friends have been asked to avoid visiting Ward 7C if at all possible.

Cancelled ferries

Calmac tweets: Due to adverse weather, all sailings on the Mallaig-Lochboisdale service are now cancelled.

The 18:00 sailing from Port Ellen to Kennacraig today will now depart from Port Askaig instead due to the sea conditions.

Foster loses second World bowls final

Robert Paxton again triumphed over Scotland's Paul Foster to claim his second World Indoor bowls title in two days as he and Marion Purcell

won the mixed pairs at Potters in Great Yarmouth.

Marion Purcell and Robert Paxton with their trophies
Paul Foster and Laura Thomas

It was also the second time Paxton, the world number two, had taken a title against top seed Paul Foster, having won the men's pairs on Monday.

And it denied Foster and Welsh partner Laura Thomas a record third straight title.

Englishman Paxton and his Welsh partner won a thrilling final 8-10 9-7 2-1.

Window fall victim named

Police have named a man who died after falling out of a window in Edinburgh.

Ben McLean, 19, from Barrhead in East Renfrewshire, was found dead in West Preston Street at 09:00 on Friday.

It is understood he was a medical student at Edinburgh University.

Inquiries into the full circumstances surrounding this incident are ongoing and a 19-year-old man has been charged in connection with drugs supply.

Dundee Utd owner closer to Jets deal

The sale of

Australian club Newcastle Jets to Dundee United owner Stephen Thompson has moved a stage closer.

Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson
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The Tannadice owner, who was in Australia recently to meet Jets officials, flew to London on Thursday for further talks about the deal.

But, while discussions are at an advanced stage, the move could fall foul of Scottish Football Association rules on dual ownership.

Any such move would require the approval of the SFA's main board.

V&A fixed price 'inspires confidence'

The new over-budget "fixed price" deal to build Dundee's V&A Museum should give people confidence that it will be delivered successfully, Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop has said.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop
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The cost of building the museum has risen by more than £30mfrom the previously approved budget of £49m.

Conservative MSP Alex Johnstone called for an "unequivocal guarantee" that the additional £10 million the Scottish government has pledged towards the construction will be adequate to complete the project.

Ms Hyslop said the need to provide certainty on the final cost was a key part of the discussions.

Chip, chip hooray

A Shetland fish and chip shop has been named the UK's best.

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Frankie's Fish and Chips in Brae was one of 10 shops shortlisted for the top prize in the 2015 national awards organised by Seafish.

Frankie's was the UK runner-up last year.

The Good Catch Award or "impeccable sourcing of sustainable seafood" also went to Frankie's this year, at the awards ceremony in London.

Three men 'tried to lure women into car'

Three men are to stand trial accused of

trying to lure women including a teenage girl into a car.

One of the men was also charged with running down a police officer.

Miguel Cover, 31, Christopher Stevens, 23, and Michael Sandford, 25, made no plea or declaration and were remanded in custody during private hearings at Dundee Sheriff Court.

All three are charged with behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by trying to entice women into the car.

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Oil firm plans 300 North Sea job cuts

Oil company Talisman Sinopec has announced plans for 300 job losses from its North Sea operations.

Talisman said 100 staff and 200 contractors would be affected, from a workforce of about 3,000.

North Sea oil

The company says it needs to take appropriate action to offset the declining oil price and increasing operating costs.

BP, Shell, Chevron and Conoco Phillips have all announced reductions to their workforces recently.

Fish factory task force

A task force involving Scottish Enterprise and Aberdeenshire Council will be set up to deal with Saturday's fish factory fire in Peterhead.

Burned out fish factory in Peterhead

The production line at North Bay Pelagic

was destroyed in the blaze.

The factory employs 120 staff and about 100 temporary workers, and is a major processor of species such as herring and mackerel landed in the port.

Fisheries secretary Richard Lochhead confirmed at Holyrood this afternoon that a task force will convene in Aberdeen on Friday.

A frosty night ahead

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A mainly dry start to the evening with clear spells and for much of central and eastern Scotland it will remain dry with a fairly widespread sharp frost.

Rain already affecting western coastal areas will continue to push inland, turning to sleet and snow, especially over Argyll, around Glasgow and Galloway.

Met Office yellow "be aware" warning for Galloway, the Glasgow area, Argyll and the West Coast for both snow and ice, although by the end of the night ice will be the main concern.

Temperatures will fall to between freezing and -3C in the towns and cities; as low as -8C for the eastern Highlands and parts of Grampian.

Two held over robberies

Two men have been arrested in connection with two robberies in Perthshire.

Officers launched an investigation after a couple were robbed of personal belongings at their home in Crieff on Sunday.

Two men, aged 40 and 57, have been detained in connection with the incident as well as another robbery in the Perthshire area on Monday.

Police are continuing their inquiries.

Comic fetches 'magic' price

A rare collection of a wartime comic launched after the Beano and Dandy has sold for £15,500 at auction - more than seven times the expected price.

Magic comic front cover

"The Magic Comic" was first published in July 1939 but ran for only 80 issues.

Dundee publisher DC Thomson stopped production because of paper rationing during the war.

Labour pledges

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Call for Dundee V&A cost investigation

A Dundee councillor has called on a spending watchdog to launch an urgent investigation into the massive increase in the cost of the city's V&A museum, from £49m to £80m.

The new museum would form the centrepiece of Dundee's £1bn waterfront regeneration project

Dundee City Council is carrying out an internal inquiry but Liberal Democrat Fraser Macpherson wants Audit Scotland to investigate also.

Yesterday the Scottish government

pledged an extra £10m towards the construction of the V&A Dundee Museum.

Crew rescued from sinking boat

Five crewmen have been rescued

after a fishing boat started to sink off the Isle of Lewis.

Coastguard helicopter

The Irish vessel Iuda Naofa got into difficulty at about 11:00 when it started taking on water about 48 miles (77km) off the Butt of Lewis.

Stornoway Coastguard helicopter dropped a salvage pump to the crew, but the boat became swamped and started to sink.

Two crewmen were then airlifted to another boat and three to hospital.

The three have been treated at Western Isles Hospital for hypothermia.

The fishing boat has sunk.

Sprinter Tindle's Kilty pleasure

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Cameron Tindle will face World Indoor 60m champion Richard Kilty at the Sainsbury's Glasgow International Match on Saturday.

Cameron Tindle wins the 60m at the National Open

The Edinburgh AC 16-year-old secured his place in the Scotland team by winning the National Open last weekend.

Aberdeen AAC's Kelsey Stewart, 17, is in the women's 4x400m relay team to compete against Great Britain and Northern Ireland, France and Germany.

Nine of the 22-strong Scotland team appeared at the Commonwealth Games.

Teacher accused over indecent images

A music teacher has appeared at Dumfries Sheriff Court

on charges involving indecent photographs of children.

David Shanks, 55, is accused of taking or permitting the photographs to be taken, and to being in possession of them at his home.

The former conductor of Annan Town Band is alleged to have committed the offences between January 2004 and February last year.

Row over policy announcement

Glenn Campbell

Political correspondent, BBC Scotland

Holyrood's presiding officer Tricia Marwick has accused the health secretary Shona Robison of "gross discourtesy" for making a major policy announcement outside the Scottish Parliament.

Tricia Marwick in the chamber of the Scottish Parliament
Scottish Parliament

Ms Robison used a care home visit in Midlothian to announce plans to spend £100m over three years to tackle delayed discharge from hospitals.

At the start of parliamentary business this afternoon, the presiding officer told MSPs she found this unacceptable.

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Brian Cairns, from Coatbridge, said he felt like he was "on a moving carpet of snow whilst stravaiging between Daer Reservoir and Durisdeer".

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Osborne: Deal could spark tax fight

Chancellor George Osborne has admitted to MPs that

new powers being handed to Scotland could result in a UK-wide competition over tax rates.

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The Tory minister was giving evidence to the Treasury select committee which is examining the Smith Commission plan.

Mr Osborne said it would be up to Scotland to decide whether to vary future tax rates and therefore spark "competition".

He added that Holyrood would bear the consequences of using its new powers.

Perfect 10 for Accies

Hamilton are charging

10p entry for Saturday's match with Inverness in honour of former manager Alex Neil and departing assistant Frankie McAvoy.

Alex Neil (left) and Frankie McAvoy
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Neil left to take over at Norwich earlier this month, with McAvoy set to join him at Carrow Road next week.

Both men have given a decade of service to the Accies.

Vice chairman Ronnie Macdonald said: "As a mark of the esteem we hold them in, we have designated Saturday as a tribute to these significant 10s."

The standard admission price at New Douglas Park this season is £22 for adults and £10 for concessions.

Amazon expanding

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Cold school meals get cold shoulder

Jamie McIvor

BBC Scotland education correspondent

A suggestion that

a council could start serving cold school dinners to save cash has received a chilly reception.

school meal

Officials at West Dunbartonshire Council suggested stopping hot meals on Fridays to help save £258,000 annually.

But 74% of the 3,000 people who took part in the council's budget consultation disagreed with this idea.

Overall, 16 of the council's 28 proposed budget savings received public backing. Councillors will decide on their budget options early next month.

Bid to save historic almshouse

A bid has been launched to raise £3m to save

a historic Stirling almshouse.

Cowane's Hospital, which dates back to the 17th Century, has fallen into disrepair and needs major work including a new roof.

The building is in need of extensive repairs including a new roof

The Cowane's Hospital Maintenance Trust has applied to the Heritage Lottery Fund for £2m to go towards repairing the building and establishing it as a major visitor attraction.

The project has won the backing of Stirling councillors and 15 MSPs.

CCTV appeal over attack

Police in Edinburgh have released CCTV of three men they wish to identify in connection with an assault and robbery.

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It happened at about 03:05 on 7 December when a 22-year-old man and a 21-year-old man were walking on York Place, just west of the Conan Doyle pub.

The men were both punched to the ground and the attackers took the 22-year-old victim's jacket.

They then made off on foot, heading east along York Place.

Pawn thieves steal £18,000 watch

Two thieves who

smashed a pawnshop window in Edinburgh before stealing a £18,000 watch from its display are being sought by police.

Queen Street, Edinburgh

Police were called to Duncanson & Edwards pawnbrokers and jewellers on the corner of Queen Street and Frederick Street at 16:45 on Monday.

Staff were inside the shop when the window was smashed and a watch was stolen.

The watch was a Rolex yacht master II 18ct white gold, valued at £18,000.

Two men, in their 20s, were seen running away from the scene in the direction of Queen Street Gardens West. Police are appealing for witnesses.