9 October 2014
Never, goes the old theatre maxim, work with children or animals. Tricia Marwick, Holyrood's Presiding Officer, deals with childish behaviour on a daily basis. Today she coped admirably with an animal intervention.
Winds up to 75mph are expected to hit some parts of Scotland as the remains of Hurricane Gonzalo pass over the country.
William Mailer, a 71-year-old former milkman, is jailed for raping young girls in Edinburgh nearly 40 years ago.
Legislation allowing lorries to drive at 50mph on single carriageway stretches of the A9 from 28 October is signed.
A 31-year-old man is detained by police after an early morning standoff with officers in the Maryhill area of Glasgow.
Finance Secretary John Swinney gives a statement on the 2015-16 budget.
The west coast is expected to be worst affected, with heavy rain also forecast throughout the day.
These pictures are of Ballantrae on the South Ayrshire coast.
Plans to charge visitors to Glasgow Cathedral have attracted criticism from the church's minister and sparked an online petition against the move.
Historic Scotland, which looks after the medieval building, is considering charges of up to £5 from 1 April next year to help with maintenance.
Minister of the cathedral, Rev Dr Laurence Whitley, said he was concerned this would deter visitors.
Hundreds of people have also signed an online petition against the proposal.
Reporting Scotland is about to get under way on BBC One Scotland.
You can watch the programme live here.
The RSPB has launched a cross-border five-year programme to protect the future of an endangered bird of prey, the hen harrier.
Most of the hen harriers in the UK are found in Orkney, the Hebrides and part of the western mainland.
Between 2004 and 2010 Scotland's hen harrier population declined by 20%.
Persecution by game preservers and skin and egg collectors meant that by 1900 the bird, which used to be a common sight in Britain's uplands, was facing extinction.
Commonwealth gold medallist Charlie Flynn has told Radio Scotland he will decide if he will turn professional within a fortnight.
"I will need to wait and see," commented the Motherwell mail worker.
"Everyone is making different offers. Over the next two weeks, I would say everything will be getting cleared up and there will be an announcement."
Asked how he would keep training during the Christmas post rush, he added: "That shouldn't be a problem. A wee bit of ducking and driving in the mail, couple of early nights, get the training done. That's it, you're jammin'!"
Two former Labour first ministers of Scotland have suggested the Scottish Labour Party is in need of an overhaul.
The remarks by Lord Jack McConnell and Henry McLeish were reported in newspapers at the weekend following the loss of some traditional Labour voters to the Yes campaign in last month's referendum.
Watch former First Minister Henry McLeish tell BBC Scotland's political correspondent Lucy Adams how the party has lost sight of voters: "This is the point that Labour just can't get.
Sir Alex Ferguson has led the tributes for the Scotsman's former Chief Football Writer Glenn Gibbons, who has passed away at the age of 69.
A former milkman who sexually assaulted three girls nearly 40 years ago has been jailed for eight years.
William Mailer was found guilty of six charges of serious sexual assault, including three charges of rape.
The 71-year-old, from Falkirk, was convicted at the High Court in Edinburgh of attacking three girls aged between 11 and 13 in the 1970s and 80s.
Lord Glennie told Mailer, who was also an HGV driver, that his victims "show the scars even today".
Mark Wotte has left his position as Performance Director of the Scottish Football Association.
In a statement Wotte, who has been in the job for three years, said he believed he had "completed the tasks I was set and I am delighted with the swift progress".
A man has been detained by police after an early morning standoff with officers in Glasgow.
Police Scotland received reports that a 31-year-old man had barricaded himself in a flat in Ruchill Street, in the city's Maryhill area, at about 03:10.
A spokeswoman for the force said police order-trained officers and negotiators attended and the incident was brought to an end.
She said the man was taken to the Western Infirmary "for assessment".
Police are investigating after a train conductor was racially abused between Markinch and Dundee.
The Saturday 22:09 Edinburgh to Dundee service was passing through Fife when the conductor was targeted by a couple.
A woman with blonde hair and a man wearing a light blue top are believed to be responsible.
PC Lynda Casey of British Transport Police appealed for anyone who witnessed the "unwarranted abuse" to come forward.
Scotland coach Vern Cotter has given former captain Kelly Brown and other high-profile absentees from his latest squad some hope of a recall.
Fellow Saracens forward Jim Hamilton was also left out of the 33-man party for autumn Tests against Argentina, New Zealand and Tonga.
"The only thing we can say is be prepared when there is an injury or something happens," said Cotter.
"And that they make the most of getting the call again."
Watch today's forecast, as the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo hit Scotland.
A retired odontologist has told a murder trial that marks on Christine Eadie's body formed a possible human bite mark.
Dr Howard Moodie, 71, examined a photograph of Christine's arm taken at the time of her death in October 1977.
"I saw features that made me think this was an aggressive human bite mark," he said.
Dr Moodie said it was the correct size and shape. Under cross examination he added that, as he couldn't see features of all six upper and lower teeth, he was cautious and said that is why he said the bite mark is possible not probable.
Sixty-nine-year-old Angus Sinclair denies raping and murdering Helen Scott and Christine Eadie who were last seen at the World's End pub in Edinburgh on October 15 1977.
The trial continues.
So looking forward to interviewing @JennyHastings17 and @ScottHastings13 just after half past 12 on @BBCRadioScot (on air at 12)
You can listen to the Beattie Show here.
A wine glass given by Bonnie Prince Charlie to his treasurer and secretary Sir John Hay of Restalrig is expected to be sold at auction for about £7,000.
The Hay Goblet, engraved with a seven-petalled formal rose and a thistle, will be sold at Bonhams in London on 12 November.
Author Janice Galloway has called for a change in the law after her former lover walked free from court despite being found to have acted in a threatening and abusive manner to her.
While Autumn is showing its nasty side today with heavy winds and rain, it can be the setting for some great pictures.
And here is one of them. Ittoop V. Puthoor and Anna Philip sent in this image of their daughter Elsa enjoying a recent day out at the Glasgow Botanic Gardens.
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Teemu Pukki admits he is tempted to stay at Brondby after scoring his fifth goal in just four games since his loan move to Denmark.
The Finnish striker, on loan from Celtic until the end of the season, has proved a key player for the Copenhagen outfit.
An investigation has been launched following a fire at a Shetland church.
Firefighters were called to St Clements Church in Lerwick's St Olaf Street at about 20:45 on Monday.
The church building has been undergoing refurbishment and the fire was described as having caused "serious" damage to an extension.
A joint Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Police Scotland investigation is under way.
In Orkney, Pentland Ferries has cancelled all of its services today and Northlink's 16:45 sailing from Stromness and the 19:00 sailing from Scrabster have also fallen victim to the weather.
Orkney Ferries say that because of worsening sea conditions the MV Graemsay has cancelled the rest of today's sailings to both Graemsay & Moaness.
Also on the Hoy Head service the last sailing from Houton today will be 1315. The 13.30 sailing from Kirkwall to Westray and Papa Westray and the return has also been cancelled.
A delivery driver who attempted to drive his van across the Forth Road Bridge during a storm last year has received a 12-month driving ban.
David Stanley from London ignored signs warning not to use the bridge when it was being buffeted by 90mph winds last December.
The van swayed and toppled onto railings causing the bridge to be closed to all traffic for two hours.
Stanley claimed he only saw a sign saying the bridge was closed a mile in advance - by which point he had missed the last slip road.
The National Trust for Scotland will appoint a new chairman after Sir Kenneth Calman announced he will step down in a year's time.
Sir Kenneth will have been at the head of Scotland's largest conservation charity for five years when he completes his term of office.
He will formally relinquish his role at the charity's AGM in September 2015.
Sir Kenneth said: "There is still much to do and I look forward to continuing to be part of a great organisation."
Thousands of children and young people were treated for alcohol-related injuries or illnesses by Scotland's NHS in the last three years.
Nearly 5,000 young people aged between 10 and 18-years-old, received medical help following alcohol-related incidents.
Jim Ewing: I reported a driver to police Scotland five weeks ago. This driver overtook me in a 20mph zone during school lunch hour. I told them the incident had been recorded on an in-car camera and they could come to my house to view the evidence. I have had no contact from the police whatsoever. I am now left wondering why I bothered to report them if the police do nothing when they have concrete evidence!
A Shetland woman who has been caring for sick animals for more than 27 years is to receive a prestigious award.
Jan Bevington, 67, rescued her first seal in 1987, and then established the Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary.
And she played a key role in the wake of the Braer oil tanker running aground in 1993, which saw almost 85,000 tonnes of crude oil spill.
She is to receive a special award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) at the House of Lords.
The Skye Bridge is completely closed to all vehicles. The Forth Road Bridge, Dornoch and Erksine Bridges are closed to high-sided vehicles. Tay Road Bridge is closed to double deckers with a speed restriction in place. There are localised problems on the roads from Inverness to the Borders, with leaves on the roads and falling branches around wooded areas.
The ferries are taking the brunt of the weather. CalMac say no sailings today between Stornoway and Ullapool. Oban to South Uist is off, and Islay cancelled until at least 6pm. Northlink, Orkney and Pentland ferries showing some disruption here and there. Argyll ferries are back on a full service.
On the trains, not been too bad so far weather-wise, but Argyle Street station was closed in Glasgow because of a fire alarm.
Katie, Glasgow: Motorway driving is atrocious and no sign of police dealing with middle lane and outside lane hoggers who cause most of the problems!
Martin, former Strathclyde Police Officer, Glasgow: It's sad that we are discussing this as an idea. A good police officer always has had the power to give someone a talking to. Police officers' greatest power is that of discretion. It shouldn't be black and white, there are instances where education should always be an option. Simply applying a fixed penalty is a way of alienating someone who, in the main, is probably a law-abiding citizen and may simply have had a lapse in concentration.
Edinburgh Tom tweets: With more & more wind farms generating ever more wind is it any wonder it's come to this? Environmental correctness gone mad.
Up to 100 homes in the Dumfries and Galloway town of Moffat are without power after this morning's stormy conditions.
Scottish Power says their network in the town sustained "extensive damage" because of the weather.
A spokesman apologised for any inconvenience and said the company hopes to have most, if not all, residents re-connected by midday.
Staff at several Scottish universities have backed strike action in a row over pensions.
Nine Scottish universities including Aberdeen, St Andrews and Strathclyde were balloted by The University and College Union (UCU) as part of their UK wide ballot.
It said more than three-quarters (78%) of those who voted supported strikes, while 87% were in favour of action short of walkouts.
The UCU will take part in talks on Wednesday in the hope to avoid industrial action which could potentially affect hundreds of thousands of students.
Marlko, Clydebank: There is nothing new in traffic officers dishing out verbal warnings. I was a road patrol officer in the late 60's and 70's in the Glasgow Police. VW were issued everyday and recorded in the VW register at the road patrol office. We could check the register to see if an offender had been warned before; if so, we could change our way of dealing with the case.
Andy in the Borders: I hope while the police have their purge on bad drivers they will also do something about the drivers blatantly flouting the law by driving with their lights on. Also, the new phenomenon of daytime running lights, drivers using them and nothing else in dark hours. I'm sure I can't be the only driver being affected by these idiots.
A campaign is being launched across the UK today by the Department for Work and Pensions focussing on benefit fraud and the penalties attached to it.
In Scotland, the initiative concentrates on Edinburgh, West Dunbartonshire and Fife and warns claimants that not updating changes in circumstances may tip them into making fraudulent claims.
But while the UK Government is pushing the message that new systems for gathering data help them identify false claims, critics say that it is the inefficiencies of the system which ought to be targeted, rather than claimants.
The Lowther Hills Ski Club has applied for planning permission to build a clubhouse and a 600m rope tow on the slope near Wanlockhead.
It is hoping to attract snowsports enthusiasts from across Scotland and the north of England to the village in Dumfries and Galloway.
It is part of a wider plan to market the area as a year-round sports resort.
Hi Kawser here. Heavy rain now clearing north east. Sunny spells and squally showers today, with hail and thunder. Winds still very strong with warnings.
Wouldn't it be great if this was the first step to a permanent repair? - Paralysed man walks again after cell transplant.
A paralysed man has been able to walk again after a pioneering therapy that involved transplanting cells from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord.
BBC One's Panorama programme had unique access to the project and spent a year charting the patient's rehabilitation.
You can watch Panorama's To Walk Again this evening at 22:35 on BBC One.
Orkney Ferries - no sailings Stromness and North Hoy, and North Hoy and Graemsay, bad weather.
Banchory B974 closed by overturned car btwn A93 High St/ B976. A car is on its side about 1/2 mile prior to Strachan. No delays reported.
It is taking approximately 24mins to get to Charing Cross on westbound GW M8 from about junction 10.
tweets: Bridge restrictions. Some trees down. Ferry disruption. All fairly standard for an autumn gale in Scotland so far:
Edinburgh hopes to move a step closer to hosting a stage of the Tour de France, if funding for other cycling events is approved.
Councillors will meet later to discuss bringing the Tour of Britain and the Pearl Izumi Tour Series to the city.
They hope it could pave the way to being part of the world's most famous bike race after they narrowly lost out to Yorkshire as the hosts of the Grand-Depart this year.
The number of verbal and physical assaults on school staff has risen in nearly half of Scottish council areas, according to statistics. Is a zero tolerance approach the best way to deal with abusive pupils?
And motorists are facing a major crackdown by police, who will target bad drivers as they focus on roadside re-education. Do you think a warning can stop bad driving?
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The majority of people in Motherwell who voted in last month's referendum supported an independent Scotland. A month after the vote that rejected independence, what is the feeling on the streets of the North Lanarkshire town?
As strong winds hit Scotland as the remains of Hurricane Gonzalo pass over the country, Transport Minister Keith Brown has been speaking on Good Morning Scotland about the weather concerns.
"We have some localised issues - for example, fallen trees on some roads," he said. "We have some flooding and some disruption to ferry services, because of the high winds which seems to be the biggest issue just now."
Mr Brown also advised people using Scotland's transport network today to "give themselves more time".
"Giving yourself that additional time means you get to your destination safely and on time," he added.
"For some parts of Scotland, the weather will particularly become more pronounced through the evening hours. The same advice is true."
Rangers boss Ally McCoist is optimistic about funding talks between former Ibrox director Dave King and the current board, report The Herald and The Scotsman.
On-loan Celtic striker Teemu Pukki says he is tempted to stay at Brondby beyond the January transfer window.
And Sir Alex Ferguson has led the tributes to Glenn Gibbons, the former chief football writer of The Scotsman, who has died aged 69.
Read the rest of the headlines making the back pages here.
Non-smokers who live with a smoker are exposed to three times the officially recommended safe levels of damaging air particles, according to a study.
The researchers found that living with smokers is the same as living in smoke-free homes in heavily polluted cities such as Beijing or London.
They said moving to smoke-free homes could have major health benefits for non-smokers.
The study, published online in the BMJ's Tobacco Control journal, was carried out by researchers at the universities of Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
The worst of the wet weather is across the north east at the moment and it will continue to clear away eastwards and be replaced by showers throughout the day.
We are looking at some snow over the hills, the Highlands and Grampian. There will be a few wintry showers over the highest road routes, but nothing will settle.
It will stay cold throughout the day - highs of eight or nine degrees, falling to four or five in the showers. It is the winds that are of concern throughout the day. A Met Office Yellow 'Be Aware' warning is in force - gusts of 60 to 70mph across the west, up to 80mph for Orkney, 50-55mph across the central belt.
Those strong winds will transfer to the north east through the day.
The Scottish Sun and the Daily Record lead with an alleged assault on Celtic goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska.
Meanwhile, The Scotsman looks at statistics which it says shows an increase in the number of assaults on teachers.
Read the rest of our newspaper review here.
Blustery, but we're managing! Main problem around many roads from Inverness to Borders are leaves and falling branches around wooded areas. Cal Mac services Arran 08:20 from Brodick & 09:45 from Ardrossan have been cancelled.
Winds up to 75mph are expected to hit Scotland as the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo pass over the country.
The west coast is predicted to be worst affected, with heavy rain also forecast throughout today.
The Met Office has issued a yellow "be aware" warning of wind throughout Scotland.
The A87 Skye Bridge has been closed to high-sided vehicles, as has the A90 Forth Road Bridge and there has also been disruption to some ferry services.
Traffic Scotland has warned of difficult driving conditions and the potential for some disruption on the roads.
There are reports of fallen trees and other debris on the roads, but police say all major routes are open.
The strongest gust so far has been 64mph recorded on the Forth Road Bridge shortly after 06:00.
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