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Summary

  1. A&E waiting time targets missed
  2. Snow closes roads and hits travel
  3. Dave King claims victory in battle for Rangers boardroom
  4. Tributes paid to Scotland legend Dave Mackay
  5. Sturgeon: Equality key to prosperity

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By Thomas McGuigan, Graham Fraser and Brian Ponsonby

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That's all from the Scotland Live team for today. We're back tomorrow from 07:00.

Your evening forecast

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

Wintry showers continuing to end the day and still heavy in places, with some thunder at times and feeling bitterly cold in the wind.

The west to south westerly winds will strengthen further this evening. Expect gale force winds along the west coast, perhaps even severe gale force across the Western Isles, and strengthening through the central belt, reaching gale force for a time here too, perhaps leading to further restrictions on some of the bridges.

During the overnight period, the showers will gradually become confined to western and northern areas, and will be wintry still on the high ground.

Ice will be a risk on any untreated roads and surfaces, with a Met Office yellow 'be aware' weather warning in force for icy stretches away from western coastal areas.

Lows tonight of around -1C and winds will gradually ease.

11 people in court over prostitution

Six men and five woman have appeared in court connection with the operation of brothels and prostitution in Edinburgh and the surrounding area.

All pleaded not guilty when they appeared at the city's sheriff court

They face a number of charges including the management of brothels and living off the earnings of prostitution. The oldest of the accused is a man aged 75.

Trial dates have been set for August, September and November.

It is alleged the offences took place in Edinburgh, Peebles, Bonnyrigg and Roslin. The charges date from 2002 to 2013.

Teacher struck off over swearing

A technology teacher who repeated swore and used coarse sexual language with pupils

has been struck off.

Ardrossan Academy
Google

The decision to remove Michael Rankin followed a hearing by the General Teaching Council (GTC) for Scotland.

Mr Rankin, who taught at Ardrossan Academy in Ayrshire, said the "true context" of his "jokey comments" was absent from the report.

But Mr Rankin accepted that he had indulged in a "level of banter" with his classes.

Biker denies travelling at 142mph

A 21-year-old motorcyclist has denied travelling at 142mph on the 60mph-limit A76 in Dumfries and Galloway.

A76
Billy McCrorie

Ricky Lock, of Jargairy Park, Thornhill, is alleged to have committed the offence near Holywood in September.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge at Dumfries Sheriff Court.

A trial date for the case has been set for July.

Slippery customers

Cross-country or Nordic skiing is taking off in Scotland as an alternative to speeding down a mountainside

Skis
BBC

The relatively inexpensive sport is said to burn more calories than swimming or cycling.

Watch Jackie O'Brien's report

here.

Rangers statement to stock exchange

The Board of Rangers notes the Press Release from David King issued today. Proxy voting closes tomorrow morning at 10am, and at the current time a significant number of shares have not yet voted; the outcome cannot therefore be determined with certainty. The position of the proxy voting will not be announced ahead of the meeting for regulatory reasons, and in any event shareholders have the right to revoke their proxy vote by attendance in person at the general meeting.

The Directors believe that they have at all times sought to act in the best interests of Rangers for the benefit of its shareholders as a whole and refute in the strongest possible terms any suggestion that this is not the case and in particular any suggestion that they have given their personal interests priority over those of the Company.

By remaining in post the directors wish to give the Company and possible incoming directors (should the Board change) the best possible chance of complying with the AIM rules and of avoiding the risk highlighted in the circular of 06 February 2015 of the Company's shares being suspended. There can be no guarantee of avoiding suspension.

The Board have reached out to David King in recent days to seek a resolution in the best interests of the Club but regrettably this has not yet proved possible. If control of the board of directors of the Company changes as a result of the general meeting the directors pledge that they will do their utmost to work with the new board in the interests of Rangers Football Club, as they have done and continue to do.

RANGERS LATEST

The Rangers board has just issued a statement saying the outcome of Friday's extraordinary general meeting isn't a foregone conclusion and that the current directors are remaining in post to avoid the risk of the company's shares being suspended.

Ibrox
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This after former director Dave King claimed he had already won a landslide in his bid to oust the current board.

It has also emerged this evening that Rangers have begun the process of drawing down the second chunk of a £10m loan offered by Mike Ashley's Sports Direct company.

But the board is warning Sports Direct could be unwilling to release the funds, which they say are required by the third week of March.

The Newcastle owner, and Rangers shareholder, has also been fined £7,500 for breaching rules on dual ownership.

Boy in court on stabbing charge

A teenager has appeared in court charged with repeatedly stabbing a schoolboy in the south side of Glasgow.

Breton Street
BBC

The 15-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is alleged to have assaulted the boy at Brereton Street, near Holyrood Secondary, on Monday.

He is accused of repeatedly punching him and repeatedly striking him with a knife, to his severe injury.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court, the teenager made no plea or declaration and was released on bail.

Foster mother killing inquiry

A social worker has told a fatal accident inquiry that he did not visit a foster placement as often as he should have.

Dawn McKenzie
Other

Stephen Lorimer said his case load at the time meant he did not visit the boy at Dawn McKenzie's home every four weeks as he should have done.

Mr Lorimer said he was not trying to make excuses. He said he did telephone a normal amount.

The boy killed Mrs McKenzie in her home in Hamilton seven months home after the placement began.

Higgs unveils plaque in his honour

Nobel Prize-winning scientist Professor Peter Higgs has

unveiled a plaque honouring his work in Edinburgh.

Prof Higgs
BBC

It is at the site in his home city where he devised his theory on the nature of mass more than 50 years ago.

The theoretical physicist was a researcher at Edinburgh University in 1964 when he predicted a sub-atomic particle, now known as the Higgs boson.

It enables other particles to acquire mass. A blue plaque was installed at 5 Roxburgh Street in Edinburgh earlier.

Saviours surprise

Engineers who helped prevent newborn puppies from freezing to death in a power cut during January's storms have

had two of the dogs named after them.

Keith Hay and Bill Collie with puppies
SSE

Watch video of their meeting.

BBC Scotland Travel

Latest

There are high wind warnings on the Dornoch and Kessock Bridges and a 40 mph speed-limit on the Forth Road Bridge. The Tay Road Bridge is closed to high-sided vehicles.

In Aberdeen, a broken down lorry on A956 Wellington Road, near the Charlestown Flyover, is blocking one lane, causing southbound queues heading for the A90.

In Kincardine, there is a 10 minute delay on the A876 Kincardine Bridge through the roadworks, westbound between Kincardine and the M876 at the Bowtrees Roundabout.

In Glasgow, at the Clyde Tunnel, an earlier broken down bus on the southbound carriageway has been cleared but there are still long delays. Traffic is queuing back to Anniesland Cross at Great Western Road. On the Clydeside Expressway, traffic is queuing from Finnieston to the Clyde Tunnel. There are also queues on the onramps at Broomhill and Partick.

In Johnstone, on the A737, a broken down car is blocking one lane northbound. This is affecting traffic heading for Linwood and the M8.

Barrhead Road is partially blocked westbound by an accident between Peat Road and Crookston Road. This is causing delays toward the Hurlet, with further delays approaching Peat Road roundabout.

On the M8 in West Lothian, traffic is tailing back, through the roadworks at J4, to J3a Bathgate.

There are cancellations and disruption on trains between Troon and Kilmarnock because of a broken down train.

There are cancellations too between Glengarnock and Lochwinnoch because of a signalling problem.

The 18:15 Mallaig to Fort William train is also cancelled

The weather is also causing disruption to many ferry services. Calmac's sailings between Oban and Lismore are cancelled. Many others are on amber alert, so, check before heading out.

'Knuckleduster' man held at airport

A man has been arrested after trying to board a plane while in possession of a weapon, believed to be a knuckleduster.

Sumburgh Airport
Mike Pennington/Geograph

Police said officers were called to Sumburgh Airport, in Shetland, by security staff at about 11:28.

They arrested a 29 year old man who had been attempting to board a Glasgow-bound flight "whilst in possession of an offensive weapon".

The man, who is in police custody, will be the subject of a report to the procurator fiscal.

Coming up after 17:00

BBC Radio Scotland

On #Newsdrive:

  • Report finds repeated missed opportunities to protect children from sexual exploitation
  • Is a change in the wind direction the reason why the Skye Bridge is having to close so often?
  • No place for hospital radio at £842m South Glasgow Hospitals campus

Profits down at sausage-skin maker

Lanarkshire-based sausage-skin maker Devro has announced

a massive drop in profits last year as it underwent a major restructure.

sausages
Thinkstock

The firm, which has factories in Moodiesburn and Bellshill, posted a pre-tax profit of £2.2m for 2014, down 94% from £37.5m in the previous year.

The accounts showed £23.9m was spent on "exceptional items" linked to its "transformation drive".

Devro announced last May that it was planning to cut 130 staff in Scotland.

Warning over speeding stolen cars

Police in Edinburgh have warned it is only "a matter of time" before someone is killed by

thieves speeding in cars stolen during house break-ins.

Simulated burglary
SPL

Thieves have been breaking into homes and stealing car keys then using the vehicles to break in to commercial premises.

Police Scotland said nearly 50 houses and business premises had been targeted in the last week.

It comes as Operation Barrel was launched to crackdown on break-ins.

Do angry faces affect our memory?

An Aberdeen University lecturer is about to start research into how we remember faces and where we saw them.

Woman smiling
Thinkstock

Listen to psychology lecturer Dr Margaret Jackson explain how she will also try to gauge how emotional expressions influence memory.

Minister rejects Scotland Act claims

Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

A Scotland Office minister has rejected a claim that a section of the UK government's draft legislation on further Scottish devolution is "legally vacuous".

Some academics have said the first clause in the draft Scotland Act - due to be approved by whoever is in government after May's general election - could not bind future administrations.

The clause states that the Scottish Parliament is a "permanent part of the UK's constitutional arrangements".

Giving evidence to the Commons Constitutional reform committee, David Mundell said that the retention of the Scottish Parliament was a "pre-requisite" of the UK.

He suggested that if Holyrood was not retained then the UK's future would be equally unsafe.

Mike Ashley fined by SFA

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has been found in breach of a Scottish Football Association rule.

Mike Ashley
Getty Images

The Rangers shareholder was fined £7500 for a charge relating to interests at more than one club.

A second disciplinary charge, accusing Mr Ashley of not acting in the best interests of the game, was found not proven.

On air now

#Newsdrive will be looking at how:

  • Scotland's accident and emergency departments are still struggling to treat people within the four hour target time
  • hundreds of girls were victims - and potential victims - of sexual abuse after the authorities failed to take their stories seriously
  • and as the popularity of duck meat continues to rise, there are welfare concerns over the way the birds are being reared

Pair held over armed shop raid

A man and a woman are being held in connection with an armed robbery at an Edinburgh jewellers.

Police Scotland said a 27-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman had been detained.

Laing the jewellers in Frederick Street Pic: Brian Innes
BBC

An investigation was launched after a man entered Laing the jewellers in Frederick Street with a handgun at 09:30 on Monday and took goods to the value of £100,000.

Deila: 'We can go unbeaten'

Ronny Deila says it's possible his Celtic players can go unbeaten until the end of the season, and says the target of winning the domestic treble drives him every day.

Ronny Deila
SNS Group

The Norwegian, speaking ahead of tomorrow's home encounter against St Johnstone, says he wouldn't entertain talk of a clean sweep unless it is possible.

Sitting six points clear in the league, Celtic face Dundee United in the League Cup final and the Scottish Cup.

Big Country added to Quo gig line-up

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland

Big Country have been added to the line-up alongside Status Quo for the first ever live concert at Palmerston Park in Dumfries this summer.

Big Country
PAul M Green

The Scottish band is famous for hit singles Fields of Fire, Chance and In a Big Country and their Grammy-nominated album The Crossing.

They appeared at the Big Burns Supper in Dumfries in 2014.

The gig at Queen of the South's home ground is on 5 June.

McFarland pays tribute to Mackay

Ex-Derby defender and manager Roy McFarland, who played with and for Dave Mackay, remembers a "fearless" man and a great player.

Dave Mackay
PA

Former Tottenham, Derby, Hearts and Scotland midfielder Mackay has died at the age 80.

Housebuilding rises

Reevel Alderson

BBC Scotland's social affairs correspondent

The number of new homes built in Scotland has risen, according to government figures.

housebuilding
BBC

In the year to the end of September last year, 15,436 homes were completed - up 6% on the previous year.

But critics said the figures highlighted a continuing difficulty in delivering social housing.

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) said the number of approvals for new homes had risen slightly from previously low levels.

Grounded ship towed

A cargo ship that ran aground in the north west Highlands is to be towed to Inchgreen in Greenock for repairs.

Lysblink Seaways
Michael McCallum

The Lysblink Seaways, which was carrying paper from Belfast to Norway, ran aground near Ardnamurchan Point last month.

It was later refloated and anchored in Scallastle Bay in the Sound of Mull.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said work to tow the vessel down the west coast to Inverclyde could start on Wednesday.

Bridge closure complaints

Skye councillors have met representatives from Transport Scotland and Bear Scotland following fresh complaints about Skye Bridge closures.

Skye Bridge
Getty Images

The system used to determine when it should be shut during high winds has been under review since December.

Between September and January the bridge was shut to lorries almost 100 times and all traffic on 14 occasions.

Councillor Drew Millar said warnings on electronic signs maybe remaining in place longer than necessary.

Puppy love

Two power engineers who saved a litter of new-born puppies have had two of the dogs named after them as a thank you.

Dogs rescued by SSE engineers
BBC

The day-old German Shepherd pups were at risk of freezing to death when the power supply to their farmhouse in Moray went off during stormy weather in January.

But Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution engineers Keith Hay and Bill Collie came to the rescue with a mobile electricity generator to keep them warm.

Now their owners, Geoff and Sharon Hutley, from Mulben, have officially registered two of the pups with the Kennel Club as "Keith Hay" and "Bill Collie" as a tribute to the engineers' life-saving actions.

Video - Dave Mackay

Watch former Tottenham Hotspur captain Dave Mackay, who has died at the age of 80, lift the FA Cup in 1967.

Dave Mackay lifts FA Cup for Tottenham Hotspurs in 1967
Getty Images

He won 10 major honours as a player in British and European football including a league and FA Cup double with Tottenham in 1961.

The Edinburgh-born player also won 22 caps for his country and was named 'Footballer of the Year' in both Scotland and England.

Dave King - Statement in full

In his statement, Dave King said: "All of the Rangers directors that are subject to my requisition have now accepted that my resolutions have been successful and there is now no need for the general meeting to proceed.

Dave King
SNS

"Mr Llambias put it best by advising me that I had achieved a 'landslide' victory. I wish to thank all shareholders, and particularly the fans, for this resounding success. The future now looks more recognisable for all Rangers stakeholders.

"James Easdale and David Somers did the right thing by resigning however the two appointees of Mr Ashley have stubbornly refused to resign and are using their current position (as remaining directors) to withhold implementation of the resolutions for personal gain. I attach a copy of my email to them in this regard.

"Now that the incoming board and I can focus on the future I will issue a further press statement outlining the immediate and intermediate steps that we have to take as we commence the road to re-establishing Rangers to the institution that its legacy demands."

King calls on Llambias and Leach to go

Dave King has publicly called for Rangers' two remaining board members to resign, claiming they are clinging on to their positions for personal gain.

Dave King
SNS

King, who called for a general meeting to replace the current board with him and two associates, also says Derek Llambias and Barry Leach have acknowledged that his resolutions have already been successful.

But so far they have not followed the lead of James Easdale and David Somers by resigning from their positions.

Question Time

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Question Time
BBC

United sales a sore point - chairman

Jim Spence

BBC Sport

Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson says selling Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven to Premiership rivals Celtic made financial rather than footballing sense.

Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven
Getty Images

Thompson,

who sold the pair in January, told BBC Scotland: "Looking back, there's no doubt from a footballing point of view it wasn't the right thing to do.

"I haven't really said that publicly, it's been harder for a lot of people to take that. We still believe it was the right thing from a financial point of view."

Squirrels feud over feeding station

Feeders which allow red squirrels to get a snack but exclude invasive greys have been set up in a Tayside forest.

Grey and red squirrels
BBC

The feeder boxes set up by a local group at Backmuir Wood have openings which are too small for invasive grey squirrels to fit through, but which allow access to sleeker native reds.

Watch the video

here.

Home nations prepare for Cyprus Cup

Tony Leighton

Women's football reporter

Scotland and England women's football teams are

preparing for the Cyprus Cup tournament.

Cyprus Cup
Getty Images

Scotland will look to go one step further than 2014 in Cyprus, when they lost the third place final against South Korea on penalties.

England begin their Cyprus Cup campaign aiming to reach a third consecutive final in the tournament, before this summer's World Cup.

Cold snap closes schools

Heavy snowfall has forced the closure of dozens of schools across Scotland, including Kelty Primary School in Fife.

Kelty Primary School
Brian Innes

Find out how your area is affected in our

weather story.

Rare Alice In Wonderland set for display

A copy of the rarest edition of Alice's Adventures In Wonderland is to go on display in Edinburgh on World Book Day.

Image from 1st edition of Alice in Wonderland
Getty Images

Only 22 copies of the first edition, which was published in 1865, are thought to exist, one of which is owned by the National Library of Scotland.

The first edition was withdrawn after the illustrator, John Tenniel, complained about the quality of the printed illustrations.

Recipients of presentation copies were asked to return them, and only a few bound copies have survived.

Submarine ranges claims 'not true' - MoD

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) says claims that a test area in Scotland for Royal Navy submarines has been expanded without consultation

are untrue.

SNP MSP Dave Thompson said it was his understanding local fishermen had not been consulted on extending the ranges between Raasay and the mainland.

The ranges are used for training Royal Navy submarine crews
PA

Fishing is banned in an area six miles (10km) long and three miles (6km) wide in the Raasay Ranges.

The MoD said consultation on a planned expansion was due to begin in June.