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Summary

  1. Man sentenced to minimum of 26 years for murdering Isabelle Sanders
  2. US businessman Robert Sarver makes improved £20m offer for Rangers
  3. Winds of up to 100mph forecast for northern Scotland
  4. Council considers cold school meals
  5. Missing hillwalkers found safe
  6. Shortlist for art school restoration

Live Reporting

By Thomas McGuigan, Rachael Connors and Sandy Murray

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good Bye

    Sandy Murray

    BBC Scotland news

    That's all from Scotland Live today.

    If we don't come in to find everything blown away, we'll do it all again from 07:00 tomorrow.

  2. Warning reminder

    BBC Scotland Weather

    Latest

    Met Office Amber 'be prepared' warning for WIND for all areas north and west of the Great Glen including Orkney and the Northern half of the hebrides. 2200 Thurs to 1200 Fri. 80-90mph gusts, Isolated 100mph.

    Met Office Amber 'be prepared' warning for WIND for Forth Clyde Valley including Glasgow and Edinburgh. 0000 Thurs to 1000 Fri. 60-70mph gusts, Isolated 80mph.

    Met Office Yellow 'be aware' warning for WIND elsewhere. 2200 Thurs to 1200 Fri. 60-70mph gusts

  3. Latest on Alex Neil

    Norwich City and Hamilton have agreed a compensation deal for player-manager Alex Neil.

    Alex Neil

    Neil, whose team sit third in the Scottish Premiership, will travel south on Friday to discuss personal terms.

    Assuming there are no glitches, he will be transferred as a player, with the midfielder, 33, having been in charge at New Douglas Park since April 2013.

  4. Scotland 2015

    @BBCScot2015: On the programme tonight we'll be discussing the politics of oil and freedom of speech

  5. Abuser

    A child rapist who filmed his abuse of two young girls told police: "Just take me out and shoot me."

    Michael Harris admitted carrying out the attacks on his victims - one aged just two - at his home in Dunfermline.

    The 60-year-old - an account manager for an electrical firm - was caught when a colleague found a video clip on a memory stick belonging to Harris.

    Full story here.

  6. Driving rain

    @policescotland: Heavy rain expected overnight - take extra care when driving. Remember stopping distances are at least double than on a dry road.

  7. Dog walkers attacked

    Police are appealing for witnesses after a gang broke a man's jaw and cheekbone while he was out walking his dog with his wife in Edinburgh.

    The attack happened in Sleigh Drive at about 02:55 on New Year's Day.

    The 35-year-old man and his 42-year-old wife were near the roundabout at the junction with Restalrig Road South when he was attacked.

  8. Rangers bidder

    Kheredine Idessane

    BBC Scotland

    Robert Sarver has issued a statement tonight in which his spokesman says the American businessman is 'acting on his own' with his £20m offer

  9. Crash death

    A woman killed in a crash on the M6 in Cumbria was a retired nurse from Stranraer.

    Christine McGuire

    Christine Elizabeth McGuire, 67, of Antrim Avenue, died when her car which was on the hard shoulder near Penrith, was struck by another vehicle.

  10. Election debates

    Commenting on the news David Cameron has refused to participate in television debates if the Greens are excluded, SNP Westminster Leader Angus Robertson said: "As the UK's third largest political party, David Cameron should also recognise the democratic deficit in excluding the SNP from television debates.

    "The Greens have one MP, and we are extremely sympathetic to their case and definitely agree they should be included, but the SNP already have six times that. If David Cameron is arguing for the Greens to be included, he has no case against the SNP.

    "Broadcasters have a duty to be impartial in their election coverage and it would be a gross failure in those democratic duties if the SNP were excluded."

  11. Post update

    @SETrunkRoads: Heavy traffic reported after lane 1 closure e/b #A720 Gogar past Hermiston due to accident. Emergency services in attendance.

  12. Storm preparations

    Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution has posted on its website that it has "mobilised a thousand people in preparation for the storm that is forecast to hit Scotland tonight".

    Power worker

    It added: "Independent forecasters are predicting gusts of more than 100 mph and lightning strikes across the Western Isles, North West Highlands and Orkney. Gusts of around 85mph are expected throughout Argyll and the Moray Firth.

    "In response, SHEPD has put in place its contingency plans, ensuring optimum staffing levels to deal with any damage the storm may cause to the electricity network."

  13. Forth Road Bridge

    @forthroadbridge: Warning of potential full bridge closure Friday a.m. as @metoffice forecasts 87mph gusts

  14. Jet stream

    A powerful jet stream is pushing a deep area of low pressure towards the UK.

    But why is the jet stream so strong? BBC Weather's Chris Fawkes explains in this video.

  15. Post update

    @trafficscotland: #A737 btwn Beith & Dalry is *closed* due to serious RTC. Emergency service are at scene, we will tweet div route asap

  16. Blizzard rescue

    Craig Anderson

    BBC Scotland

    One of two hillwalkers rescued from near the summit of Britain's second highest peak in blizzard conditions has spoken about the incident.

    Alex Kirby and his companion Luke Copeland got into difficulty close to the north summit of Ben Macdui on Wednesday night.

    Mr Kirby said: "We'd camped the night before after a perfectly nice day and we knew the conditions were going to get worse.

    "We thought we'd be off by the time it got that bad."

  17. Oil and gas

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has told the UK government to "get its act together" on backing the oil and gas industry, amid falling prices.

    Oil platform

    Her comments came as Holyrood ministers outlined a series of measures they said must be taken to support the sector.

    The UK government said action was being taken after oil prices dropped by more than half over the past six months.

  18. Genero Zeefuik

    Hearts have signed former Netherlands Under-21 international striker Genero Zeefuik on loan until the end of the season.

    The 24-year-old arrives at Tynecastle from FC Groningen.

  19. Train storm

    @eastcoastuk: Due to expected high winds, we are advising passengers travelling north of Edinburgh on 09/01 to travel today if possible. #Scotstorm

  20. Milk payments

    A two-week delay in milk payments will place "extraordinary pressure" on many dairy farms across Scotland, according to a union leader.

    Cows

    Glasgow-based First Milk announced it was making the move after a "year of volatility" and losses accrued in the first part of the financial year.

    A payment due on 12 January will now not be made until 26 January.

  21. Fowl play

    Edinburgh Evening News

    A family was left shocked after an attack on their pet chickens in Wester Drylaw Place.

    The incident occurred last night, as the suspects initially attempted to gain access to a garden shed, but were unsuccessful.

    They then opened the chicken coop to the rear of the garden and killed one of the chickens inside.

    Read the story here.

  22. Norwich bound

    @acciesfc: The club have now agreed compensation with @NorwichCityFC and it is now a matter for Alex Neil to confirm and agree with that club

  23. Oil and gas statement

    Energy minister Fergus Ewing has told MSPs, during an emergency statement on oil and gas, that it is "crystal clear" the current fiscal regime is a barrier to development in the oil and gas sector and blame lies with the UK government.

    Energy Minister Fergus Ewing

    Mr Ewing called for an investment allowance to be created to simplify the fiscal regime and potentially boost investment by between £20bn and £37bn.

    He also called for a phased reversal of the increase in supplementary charge alongside a clear timetable to provide clarity for investors.

    These measures must be delivered in the budget this March, he added.

  24. Drop in festive drink drivers

    The number of people caught drink driving in Scotland over the festive period dropped by a fifth compared to last year.

    Stricter limits, of 50 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood, were introduced in December.

    Breath test

    During the annual four week campaign, police tested more than 17,500 drivers.

    Three hundred and fifty one were found to be over the legal limit, a drop of 19% - 20 of those were detected between the old and new limits.

  25. UPDATE: Tesco stores shelved

    Tesco has confirmed it has cancelled plans to build eight new supermarkets in Scotland.

    tesco sign

    New stores at Aviemore, Banff, Cowdenbeath, Crieff, East Kilbride, Fort William, Glasgow and an extension to Cupar's store have been cancelled.

    Tesco's Chief Executive officer, Dave Lewis, said it was with a "heavy heart" the new developments would not go ahead and was on account of a significant fall in performance.

  26. Blowing in the wind

    @NetworkRailSCOT: #scotstorm if you live by the railway please secure garden items that might be blown onto the tracks by tonight's high winds. Thank you.

  27. Ebola nurse remains critically ill

    The Scots nurse being treated for Ebola after returning from Sierra Leone remains critically ill in hospital.

    Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey is being treated for Ebola at the Royal Free Hospital in London

    Pauline Cafferkey's family thanked people for their support and say they have been touched by their kind words.

    The Scottish nurse, who had been working with the charity Save the Children, was diagnosed with the disease after arriving home in Scotland and is being treated at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

  28. Neil poised for move?

    Jane Lewis

    BBC Scotland

    tweets: #HamiltonAccies and #Norwich still in talks over Alex Neil. Still told deal will be completed today!

  29. Stumped

    Scotland suffered a crushing eight wicket defeat against Afghanistan in the first of their World Cup warm-up matches in Dubai.

    Cricketer

    With Hamish Gardiner top-scorer on 96, the Scots reached 237-8 from their 45 overs at the ICC Academy.

  30. Wind and Storms ahead

    #scotstorm

    BBC Scotland Weather

    Latest

    Winds of up to 100 mph are expected to hit parts of Scotland tonight.

    storms predicted for 9 jan

    The Met Office has issued several warnings ahead of two storms forecast over the next two days.

    An amber 'be prepared' warning has been issued for Orkney, Shetland, the Western Isles, Highlands and Strathclyde.

    A yellow 'be aware' warning is in place for the rest of the country.

  31. Schools closed

    @OrkneyCouncil: Due to the horrendous weather forecast all schools will be closed tomorrow (Friday 9 January).

  32. Trains cancelled as a 'safety precaution'

    BBC Scotland Travel

    Latest

    A limited number of train services will be withdrawn from start of service on Friday as a safety precaution because of weather warnings.

    No trains are expected to run on the following lines from Friday morning until late afternoon:

    • Inverness-Kyle/Thurso/Wick/Aberdeen

    • Kilwinning-Ardrossan/Largs

    • Dumbarton Central-Helensburgh Central

    • Glasgow-Oban/Fort William/Mallaig

    These routes are likely to bear the brunt of the winds of up to 110mph and high tides forecast to hit the north and west of Scotland.

  33. Alex Salmond - Your Views

    Email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk

    David Buchanan: Alex Salmond freed from the constraints of being first minister will set Westminster alight with his combative debating style. It will be so refreshing compared to the third-rate drivel we are hearing from the "English Parliament" at the moment.

  34. Ayrshire jobs fear

    The fashion chain USC is under threat amid multi-million pound losses. It is understood parent company Sports Direct is to appoint receivers.

    A reduced number of stores could be maintained under the plans. More than 100 warehouse workers at USC's distribution depot in Ayrshire are facing redundancy, while hundreds more shop jobs are at risk. A spokesman for Sports Direct declined to comment.

    Local MSP Adam Ingram urged First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to intervene on behalf of the workforce.

  35. Alex Salmond - Your Views

    Email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk

    Jacqueline Baird: How can anyone take Alex Salmond seriously? He is only interested in an independent Scotland regardless of what the people of Scotland want. Not a man to be trusted. He is ruining the reputation of decent Scots.

  36. Rangers - Your Views

    You have been discussing Robert Sarver's improved offer for Rangers on our Sport Facebook page.

    Colin Hunter: Surely this deal is a no brainer?

    Robert C Sutherland: The only guy who has made an outright offer and has the financial firepower to back it up....got to accept it surely?

  37. Retirement talk cooled

    David Currie

    Reporting Scotland presenter

    @Glasgow Warriors Sean Lamont says he'll "never retire" from international rugby. The 34-year-old has 91 caps.

    Sean Lamont
  38. Coming up...

    Reporting Scotland is getting under way on BBC One Scotland.

    Reporting Scotland

    You can watch the programme live here.

  39. Drama success

    BBC Alba drama, Bannan, has emerged as its most popular series since the Gaelic TV channel launched on Freeview in 2011.

    Bannan cast

    The series, BBC Alba's first drama, topped the third quarter of the channel's 2014 viewing table.

    Episode one, which was broadcast in September, was watched by 62% of the channel's audience.

  40. Masked robber

    Police are investigating after a 58-year-old was assaulted and robbed by masked men who forced their way into his home in Tillicoultry.

    The victim was restrained and robbed of cash and his bank cards at about 02:00 on Tuesday at the property on Johnston Crescent.

  41. Top manager

    Falkirk's Peter Houston has been named the Scottish Professional Football League's Championship manager of the month for December.

    Peter Houston

    Read more here.

  42. Weather warnings

    The latest on what is blowing our way here.

    Weather map
  43. Cannabis takeaway

    A Coupar Angus restaurant owner has been jailed for four years after a cannabis farm was found in the flat above his Chinese takeaway.

    Tim Chan claimed he had rented the four bedroom flat to students and was unaware it contained 700 cannabis plants with a street value of £320,000.

    However a sheriff at Perth Sheriff Court concluded Chan, 58, "knew full well" the operation was ongoing.

  44. Smart Alex

    Norwich City are close to agreeing a deal to make Hamilton Accies' Alex Neil their new manager.

    Alex Neil

    The 33-year-old would be transferred as a player, having been player-boss at New Douglas Park since April 2013.

    Neil won promotion to the Premiership via the play-offs last season and Hamilton currently sit third in the Scottish top flight.

  45. USC problems

    Douglas Fraser

    Business and economy editor, Scotland

    Fashion chain USC prepares to call in receivers Duff & Phelps. 100s of shop/distrib jobs at risk. USC owned by Mike Ashley's Sports Direct

  46. No #indyref2 yet

    Alex Salmond has ruled out using the Westminster election to win a second independence referendum.

    Alex Salmond

    The former SNP leader said the vote in May was about forcing the UK parties to deliver "real home rule" for Scotland.

    In a newspaper interview, he said their "vow" on new Holyrood powers was key in the vote against independence in September's referendum.

  47. New contract

    Martin Dowden

    BBC Scotland

    Ross County boss Jim McIntyre says @RCFCStaggies midfielder Martin Woods will sign a new deal until the end of the season within the hour

  48. Petrol station robbery

    Police have renewed their appeal for witnesses following an armed robbery at a petrol station in Clackmannanshire.

    The robbery happened at about 22:00 on 28 December in Main Street West, Menstrie.

    Officers want to identify the driver and any passengers of a silver taxi seen in Windsor Street close to the garage at 21:50.

  49. Windy weather

    BBC Scotland Weather

    Latest

    Amber 'Be Prepared' warning out for Forth Clyde Valley, including Glasgow & Edinburgh midnight to 0800 Fri. 60-70mph gusts widely, 80 poss.

  50. First Minister's questions

    Follow First Minister's Questions from the Scottish parliament on this dedicated live page.

    First Minister
  51. Free speech

    John Beattie

    BBC Scotland

    tweets: At 12 @BBCRadioScot we discuss free speech. Can you decry religion, is there a right to be offended, free speech at all costs? Pls discuss

  52. 'Lower heating bills'

    Energy Minister Fergus Ewing is calling for lower heating bills as a result of the low oil price.

    Energy saving light bulb with cash

    Mr Ewing has written to the energy companies asking them to reduce household bills and pass on any savings to customers as soon as possible.

    Shortly, the minister will make a statement to Holyrood about the oil and gas sector.

  53. Flag flown at half-mast

    Glasgow City Council is flying the French flag at half-mast as a mark of respect for those who died in the Charlie Hebdo atrocity in Paris.

    Charlie Hebdo tribute

    The flag has been hoist above the City Chambers in George Square in a show of solidarity with the French people.

    On Wednesday, suspected Islamists killed 12 people at the office of the satirical magazine.

    Glasgow made a similar gesture with the Pakistan flag last month after the Peshawar school massacre.

  54. Plans for new Tesco stores shelved

    Tesco has confirmed it has cancelled its plans to build new stores in Fort William and Aviemore.

    tesco sign

    A plan to open a new store in Crieff is also understood to be among the cancelled.

    Tesco has said it will also close 43 unprofitable stores across the UK - a "significant proportion" of which will be local convenience shops.

  55. Crash landing

    Both engines failed on a light aircraft moments before it crash landed in a field near Stonehaven, an investigation has found.

    Plane crash

    The Piper Chieftain was on its way from Wick Airport to France en route to a new owner in the Far East last April.

    The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said low oil pressure in the engines may have been the cause of the accident. The pilot was uninjured.

  56. Rangers latest

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport

    tweets: #Rangers board acknowledge Robert Sarver's latest offer for club and say they are discussing the proposal with major shareholders.

  57. 20mph guidance published

    New guidance on implementing 20mph speed restrictions has been published by the Scottish government.

    20mph sign

    Yesterday, more than 80% of Edinburgh's roads, including the whole of the city centre, are to have a 20 mph speed limit under council plans.

    Transport Minister Derek Mackay said: "The Scottish government is committed to creating a healthier, greener and safer Scotland and believes that the introduction of 20mph restrictions can help to contribute to all these objectives.

    "By reducing speed on our roads we can create streets where the space is shared more equally between different road users and create a safer environment, encouraging people to make active travel choices."

  58. Weather warning

    Met Office tweets: Amber & Yellow severe weather warnings for wind have been issued up to Saturday.

    Weather graphic
  59. Hospital waiting times

    Eleanor Bradford

    BBC Scotland Health Correspondent

    Scotland's largest health board has admitted that 2,400 people waited more than four hours for treatment over the Christmas period.

    NHS staff generic

    One person in the Victoria Infirmary in Glasgow waited 24 hours to be admitted to an appropriate bed and someone at the Royal Alexandra hospital in Paisley waited 20 hours.

    Greater Glasgow health board said it is intensely busy but no-one needing emergency care will be turned away.

    Seventy non-urgent operations have been postponed.

  60. New vision

    Douglas Fraser

    Business and economy editor, Scotland

    Former comms chief at #indyref #bettertogether Rob Shorthouse (@Bobbybungalow) has re-surfaced at Optical Express corporate affairs.

  61. MSPs to consider organ donor change

    Legislation to bring in an opt-out system for organ donation in Scotland will be introduced to parliament.

    Plans to reverse the current practice, which have been brought forward in a backbench bill, have won cross-party support.

    Labour MSP Anne McTaggart said her proposal had been backed by key health professionals.

    However, the Scottish government has said it is not currently convinced of a need to change the system.

  62. Travel update

    BBC Scotland Travel

    Latest

    Roads: A9 - A broken down lorry at Inveralmond roundabout (A85) All lanes restricted in both directions for up to 15 minutes.

    M8 - Queuing at J19 Clydeside Expressway Eastbound.

    High wind warnings are in place across the A90 Forth Road bridge and M90 Friarton Bridge.

    Ferries: Possible disruption to a some Cal Mac services.

    Orkney ferries have already cancelled some of tomorrow morning's Outer North Isles sailings.

    Trains: Disruption between Aberdeen and Inverurie.

  63. Ups and downs

    Douglas Fraser

    Business and economy editor, Scotland

    New blog on the price of oil.

    Barrels

    "Remember: the oil price can go up as well as down. Falling through $50 per barrel is being given the sense of a historic low.

    "Yet only seven years ago, Brent crude peaked above $145, and sank below $40 in one tumultuous year."

  64. Man jailed for brutal murder

    A man has been jailed for life for brutally murdering a woman during a robbery at her home in Glasgow.

    Paul McManus stabbed 51-year-old Isabelle Sanders 37 times at her house in Crookston on 9 April last year.

    Paul McManus stabbed Isabelle Sanders 37 times at her home in Crookston

    He was also convicted of attempting to murder her partner, Norman Busby, 86, and two robbery-related stabbings.

    At the High Court in Glasgow, McManus, 20, was told he must serve a minimum of 26 years in prison before he can apply for parole.

    McManus was jailed for a minimum of 21 years for murder and 14 years for the attempted murder and two other robbery-related stabbings.

  65. Not Tesco towns

    Tesco confirms new stores at Fort William and Aviemore will not be built.

    Tesco store

    Read more on Tesco's troubles here.

  66. BreakingBreaking News

    A man who murdered a woman in her home in Glasgow and attempted to murder her elderly partner has been sentenced to a minimum term of 26 years in prison.

    Paul McManus stabbed Norman Busby at their home in Crookston and then murdered his partner Isabelle Sanders by stabbing her 37 times when she tried to help him.

  67. Your Pictures

    Email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk

    Brodie Sim from Edinburgh sent "The Light at Loch Morlich, Cairngorms" for Your Pictures.

    The Light at Loch Morlich, Cairngorms

    Email us your pictures.

    You can also tell us what you think of the week's pictures on the BBC Scotland News facebook page.

  68. Coming up...

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Up next on Morning Call. Take part by calling 0500 92 95 00.

    Morning Call

    Listen live to the programme here.

  69. Rangers repay Easdale loan

    Rangers have repaid shareholder Sandy Easdale the £500,000 interest-free emergency loan he made to the club.

    Rangers shareholder Sandy Easdale

    BBC Scotland had learned that the money was required to avoid the club being wound up by HM Revenue and Customs.

  70. Dramming up interest

    Douglas Fraser

    Business and economy editor, Scotland

    Scotch Whisky Assoc opening London office to build "influence + contacts (for) broader credibility" promoting open markets

  71. Driver dies in M6 crash

    A woman has died in a crash on the hard shoulder of the M6 in Cumbria.

    The 67-year-old, from Stranraer, was driving a Renault Kangoo which was parked between junctions 40 and 41, near Penrith.

    It was struck by a Nissan Pathfinder driven by a 73-year-old man, who sustained minor injuries. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Cumbria Police has appealed for witnesses to the crash on Wednesday afternoon.

  72. 'Going high out of the question'

    BBC Radio Scotland

    The leader of the Cairngorm Mountain rescue team Willie Anderson is warning people not to attempt to climb Scotland's mountains during adverse weather.

    Two hillwalkers were located by rescuers last night after getting into difficulties during "atrocious" conditions.

    Cairngorm

    Mr Anderson told Good Morning Scotland: "We don't like to criticise people unnecessarily but I need to say I was surprised anyone was up there yesterday given the weather conditions.

    "It absolutely sounds like going high over the next few days is out of the question. You can still enjoy the outdoors, change your plan, take a low level walk and keep safe."

  73. Kessock Bridge

    @trafficscotland: #A9 Kessock Bridge - Caution High Wind warning in place #WindyBridge #StaySafe

    Kessock Bridge map
  74. Weather disruption

    @CalMac_Updates: Due to strong winds, today's 15:40 service from #Oban - #Castlebay & #Lochbiosdale may be liable to disruption/delay/cancellation.

  75. Your Views

    Cold school meals #scotlandlive

    Dorothy Brown: Scottish Council considers cold school meals after free meals introduced by SNP. In other words: a packed lunch!

    Peter Burns: West Dunbartonshire Council considers cold school meals - why don't they just offer cold meals in summer instead?

  76. Hang onto your hats...

    Robin Steele, from the Met Office, says northern Scotland should brace itself for gusts of up to 100mph.

    "The strongest winds will initially come into the north west corner later this evening and more widespread across the country overnight and into Friday morning," he told BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland.

    Weather graphic

    "The strongest winds will be in the far north: the Western Isles, the far north Highlands and Orkney could see gusts of 100mph.

    "Elsewhere, widespread looking at 60 to 70mph. Obviously, that could cause some issues."

  77. Shocking dog collars

    Animal welfare campaigners are urging the Scottish Parliament to outlaw electric shock collars for cats and dogs.

    They argue e-collars should be prohibited because they cause unnecessary suffering.

    shock collar dog

    SNP MSP Christine Grahame will lead a member's debate entitled: 'A shocking way to treat a dog' at Holyrood this afternoon.

  78. Coming up...

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Morning Call from 08:50 - following yesterday's tragic events in Paris, Louise asks 'can we fully protect ourselves from terrorism?'

    Morning Call

    You can listen live to the programme here.

  79. Investment concerns for oil industry

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Oil and Gas UK's Economics Director Mike Tholen has told Good Morning Scotland low oil prices raise big concerns over "investment and the sustainability of the business".

    North Sea oil rig

    Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael is in Aberdeen today and will insist that UK Ministers have introduced a package of support for the industry.

    Mr Tholen said what the UK government introduced in the Autumn statement was a 2% cut in headline rate of tax, which he described as "a start but only a very small start".

    But he added: "The key thing for Scotland isn't the taxation it is the activity, it is the jobs, it is the skills and it is the capability it brings to the Scottish economy."

  80. Sarver's Rangers offer - Your Views

    Tweet using #ScotlandLive

    Peter McSorleytweets: He still needs 75% share holding support, so sounds like a long shot to me.

    Feisty Female: They should take it - he's the only person offering immediate cash injection at levels required.

    Gazza: While I want him involved his offer isn't enough to get the others to sell. Collaborate with King, Park et al?

  81. 'Fuel hedging prevents price cuts'

    BBC Radio Scotland

    A former President of the Scottish Passenger Agents Association has told Good Morning Scotland falling oil prices will not be passed onto customers in the near future.

    A plane in the sky

    Kevin Thom says airlines operate a hedging process, buying up fuel a year or two years in advance, so it would "take quite a while before they actually have the ability to pass the reduction on to the consumer".

    He adds: "It's not really good news for the consumer at the moment I'm afraid."

  82. Rangers latest

    Douglas Fraser

    Business and economy editor, Scotland

    Brentford's paid up for Lewis Macleod transfer, so Easdale loan paid off. (Buys a few more weeks, but this doesn't look good).

  83. What the papers say

    The massacre of 12 people in the attack on the Paris offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo dominates the front pages of the Scottish newspapers.

    The Daily Record describes the attack as an "act of horrific barbarism", The Times writes that it was an "attack on freedom" and the Scottish Daily Mail says the attack caused revulsion across the world.

    Thursday morning's papers

    Elsewhere, the Press and Journal and Courier both feature an interview with Alex Salmond, in which he is quoted as saying his current goal is home rule and not another independence referendum.

    Read the rest of our paper round-up here.

  84. 'Get his hands on Rangers'

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport

    It's an increase of £2m from Robert Sarver, taking his proposal to £20m. In a statement released to the Stock Exchange, the man thought to be worth about £250m also says he would provide the club with an immediate loan of £6.5m.

    Ibrox Stadium

    The club responded to his initial offer by saying it didn't represent value for shareholders. They have yet to respond to this new proposal. Some thought that would be that. What's clear now, though, is that Robert Sarver seems determined to get his hands on Rangers.

  85. Sarver improves Rangers offer

    Robert Sarver has increased his offer to buy Rangers to £20m, after the club's board rejected his initial £18m offer on Tuesday.

    Robert Sarver

    In addition, the American financier has offered £6.5m in short-term loan funding to alleviate the club's immediate cash shortage.

    The board has invited the owner of the Phoenix Suns basketball outfit to invest in the Scottish Championship club along with other shareholders.

    Sarver suggests that the loan offer of £6.5m would leave Rangers free of debt, allowing them to repay the loans made by shareholders Mike Ashley and Sandy Easdale.

    The Arizona-based businessman said in a statement: "If the board agrees to my proposal, I would provide a total of £16.4-£20m to be invested in the club as the board determines - £6.5m immediately and the remainder following a share issue, taking the major step necessary to restore financial stability to the club.

    "I know, of course, that there are various groups of prominent fans who have been working hard for a long time to bring change to the club and they can rest assured that I am committed to building a strong partnership with fans and key stakeholders to do what is best for the club.

    "After everything they have been through in recent years, I understand some are rightly cautious about a guy they've never heard of wanting to get involved in their club. I'd feel exactly the same way.

    "But hopefully I can combine my financial resources and knowledge of professional sport with strong local leaders and top-notch management to bring Rangers back to elite level."

  86. Rangers latest

    Douglas Fraser

    Business and economy editor, Scotland

    Robert Sarver's revised offer for #Rangers: £20m for new shares, buy-out of others at 20p, £6.5m in immediate loan to meet short-term needs. Sarver bid includes offer to buy out all other #Rangers shareholders, but for 20% less than shares now worth.

  87. Oil statement

    Energy Minister Fergus Ewing will tell MSPs today that the North Sea will continue to be a "fantastic asset" for decades to come.

    He is giving an emergency ministerial statement on oil and gas to Holyrood at 14:30.

    Aerial view of Golden Eagle Development

    Yesterday, Brent crude oil was trading at about 50$ a barrel - its lowest price for almost six years.

    Meanwhile, the Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael is in Aberdeen for talks with the industry.

  88. Serial rapist jailed

    A serial rapist convicted of abusing a string of women across Tayside over three decades has been jailed for 20 years.

    Allan Johnstone was convicted of 26 charges, including the rape of six women

    Allan Johnstone was convicted of 26 charges, including the rape of six women in the Dundee and Forfar area between 1983 and 2004.

    The 50-year-old was convicted of abducting and assaulting women and also of kicking a young boy on the body.

    Lord Bannatyne told Johnstone his was one of the worst cases he had heard and described his crimes as "a grave picture of physical and sexual violence".

  89. BreakingBreaking News

    US financier Robert Sarver makes an improved £20m offer to Rangers and also offers £6.5m in an immediate short-term loan funding to boost the club's finances.

  90. Firms bid to restore art school

    Glasgow School of Art has announced the five architecture firms who have been shortlisted to lead the restoration of its fire-damaged Mackintosh building.

    Avanti Architects, John McAslan and Partners, LDN Architects LLP, Page\Park Architects, and Purcell are all vying for the work.

    Forensic archaeologists Owen Godbert sifts through the ashes of the fire damaged Mackintosh Library at the Glasgow School of Art

    The firms will submit their plans by mid-March. The successful bid will be announced at the end of March.

    The Grade A-listed art nouveau Mackintosh building was badly damaged in the blaze on 23 May.

    The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) aims to raise £20m towards the eventual cost of restoration.

  91. Cold meal Fridays

    Jamie McIvor

    BBC Scotland education correspondent

    West Dunbartonshire Council is considering a proposal to scrap hot school dinners on Fridays to help save money.

    school meal

    The move, which could save £258,000 annually, would see pupils offered a sandwich with salad and fruit.

    On Monday, free school meal entitlement was extended to all P1-P3 pupils in Scotland regardless of parental income.

    Labour-run West Dunbartonshire Council is looking to make £17m of savings over the next three years.

  92. Hillwalkers safe after 'amazing' rescue

    Two hillwalkers reported missing after getting into difficulty on the Cairngorm Plateau have been found safe.

    Cairngorm Plateau

    Rescuers had been hampered by 100mph winds, blizzards and thunder and lightning strikes.

    Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team, who were alerted just before 17:00 yesterday, described the air crew's flying in the "atrocious" conditions as "amazing".

  93. Travel news

    BBC Scotland Travel

    Latest

    Ferries: Cal Mac: 07:00 sailing to Arran from Ardrossan has been cancelled. The first sailing will be the 08:20 from Brodick 07:00 sailing from Uist has been cancelled - instead it's sailing from Barra at 10:00 directly to Oban. From Uist there is an 08:10 sailing from Eriskay which will connect with the 10:00 sailing.

    Argyll Ferries: Gourock - Dunoon service is on Amber alert because of weather warnings.

    Roads: Wind warnings on the A90 Forth Road Bridge.

    Surface water reported across parts of Dumfries and Galloway.

  94. Weather warning

    BBC Scotland Weather

    Latest

    Stormy conditions overnight on Thursday into Friday. The Met Office has issued an Amber warning: Wind gusts 80-90mph, isolated 100mph. Yellow area: 60-70mph.

    Weather graphic
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    Gary Robertson

    BBC Radio Scotland

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  96. Amber warning of winds up to 100mph

    Winds up to 100mph are expected to sweep across parts of Scotland later.

    The Met Office has issued amber 'be prepared' warnings for the Highlands, Western Isles and Orkney for Thursday and Friday.

    People using umbrellas to combat high winds

    A yellow 'be aware' warning of high winds for the rest of Scotland and north England has also been issued.

    It warns of high winds from Thursday through to Saturday.

    Police Scotland has urged people, particularly motorists, to take sensible precautions during the bad weather.

  97. Here we go...

    Thomas McGuigan

    BBC Scotland News

    Good morning and a warm welcome from the Scotland Live team.