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  1. Rangers fan, 10 injured by bottle
  2. Man on trial for pensioner's murder
  3. Scottish Labour proposes 'vow plus'
  4. North Sea oil summit takes place
  5. Terminally ill schoolboy Jak Trueman dies

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By Graham Fraser, Louise Sayers and Rachael Connors

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    Rachael Connors

    BBC Scotland News

    That's all from Scotland Live today. We'll be back tomorrow from 07:00 with a comprehensive round up of news, sport, travel and weather from across the country.

  2. North Sea oil rig fall death company fined

    A company has been fined over the death of an oil rig worker who fell 75ft (23m) from a North Sea platform.

    Brent Alpha

    Lee Bertram, 37, from Newcastle, died in 2011 when the ropes he was using on Shell's Brent Charlie platform off the sheared on a sharp edge.

    Lowestoft-based Bilfinger Salamis UK admitted breaching regulations after a prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

    Aberdeen Sheriff Court fined the firm £100,000.

  3. Man who died in avalanche named

    The man who died following an avalanche in the Highlands on Friday has been named as Max Norman from Ipswitch who was 41.

    The landscape architect had been climbing on Coireag Dubh Mor in the Torridon area, with a friend who raised the alarm after the incident.

    Mr. Norman - who had a wife and three children - suffered a head injury and did not survive. His family have described him as 'an amazing person and a hugely experienced mountaineer.'

  4. Oil prices rebound

    The price of oil rallied on Monday as investors speculated that the falling cost of crude may have ended.

    US oil well

    Brent crude was up 1.3% at $53.65 a barrel, having reached $55, while US oil rose 1.7% to $48.52.

    It followed the release of data showing that US demand for leasing oil rigs was slowing, suggesting that producers might be preparing to cut output.

    Meanwhile, US giant ExxonMobil reported a 21% fall in quarterly earnings on lower oil and gas production.

  5. Brown spells out 'vow plus' plan

    Brian Taylor

    Political editor, Scotland

    As ever, he spoke without notes, recalling compendious statistics with ease. As ever, he paced the stage like a caged lion, albeit one whose power was tamed by the electors some time back. As ever, he opened with a few funnies.

    Gordon Brown and Jim Murphy

    It was, then, a familiar performance from Gordon Brown - albeit with a distinctly calibrated message.

    Labour will be hoping for one other element to be repeated: for Mr Brown's oratory to deliver the success attributed to it during the referendum.

    Read Brian's full blog here.

  6. Tributes to Jak - Your Views


    Natalie Taylor tweets: aw so sad been following his story for a while. RIP Jak xxx

    Ian Johnstone tweets: So sad to hear my thoughts go out to his family and girlfriend. He leaves a world made better by his presence!

    Nichola Paisley tweets: RIP Jak! #theresonlyoneJakTrueman

    Ollie tweets: R.I.P Jak Trueman, such an inpiration to us all. Putting what time he had left to good use.

  7. Snow warnings

    BBC Scotland Weather


    Met Office Yellow 'be aware' warnings for snow are in place until noon on Tuesday. Falling as rain/sleet on the coast.

    Met office warnings
  8. Heffernan move

    Striker Paul Heffernan has joined Dundee, his third Scottish club after spells at Kilmarnock and Hibernian.

    Paul Heffernan

    The 33-year-old Irishman scored five goals in 30 league matches for the Easter Road side since joining them from Kilmarnock in August 2013.

    He played in the Killie side that beat Celtic in the League Cup final in 2012. Prior to his 2011 move to Rugby Park, Heffernan played for half a dozen clubs in England, including Doncaster, Bristol Rovers and Sheffield Wednesday.

  9. Young fan injured by bottle

    A 10-year-old Rangers fan has been left with three teeth missing after he was hit by a bottle thrown into a minibus as he travelled to yesterday's Old Firm match.

    Police officers and vans

    Police said the child also suffered a hairline fracture to his face and had to spend the night in hospital following the "appalling assault".

    The bottle was thrown by a man who was in a group of Celtic fans which surrounded the minibus as the vehicle sat in traffic in the Mount Florida area of Glasgow at around 12.15 yesterday.

    The young boy was going to an Old Firm game for the first time with his father, but was taken instead by ambulance to Yorkhill Hospital and kept in overnight.

  10. Moray teachers shortage

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Moray councillors are being warned that pupils may be sent home due to teacher shortages in primary and secondary schools.

    Lindsay Stanley from Moray Council's Education and Social Care department tells Newsdrive a number of posts have been advertised several times yet they still fail to attract appropriate candidates.

    Ms Stanley said: "We've had a lot of difficulty appointing people to new posts, so advertising has been an issue we've had to take time over- looking at different places to advertise, looking at different opportunities for advertising, trying to attract different people to come to Moray.

    "Moray is such a lovely place to stay. We are having difficulty getting people here, but once they are here they want to stay and they want to stay longer but it is getting them here in the first place."

  11. Tributes to Jak

    The mother of Jak Trueman who has died from terminal cancer announced news of his death on facebook saying: "Devastated and heartbroken to say my beautiful boy's gone to Heaven."

    Jak Trueman
    Image caption: Jak was a keen footballer and was visited in hospital by players from Rangers, Celtic, Hibs and Hearts

    She added: "God bless. Jak I am the proudest Mummy ever xxxxx Simply the best xxx."

    Jak's inspirational story raised more than £35,000 for charity in the past week.

  12. Mclean deal


    Jim Spence

    BBC Sport

    Kenny McLean has agreed a three and a half year deal with @AberdeenFC

  13. Man on trial for Morningside pensioner's murder

    A man has gone on trial accused of the murder of an 85-year-old woman at her Edinburgh home.

    Morningside Grove Pic: Morag Kinniburgh

    Robert Buczek, 24, denies murdering Eleanor Whitelaw at her home in Morningside Grove on 11 July last year.

    He has been charged with striking her repeatedly on the neck and body with a pair of scissors and inflicting blunt force trauma on her head and body by means unknown. The pensioner died in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary 17 days later.

    Mr Buczek also denies robbing Mrs Whitelaw of stamps, a box containing spoons, two cameras and jewellery.

  14. Hampden pitch update

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport

    The SPFL has written to Hampden Park Ltd to seek assurances over the Hampden pitch ahead of the League Cup final.

    Hampden pitch after cup final
  15. North east road closures

    BBC Scotland Travel


    Roads: Snow and ice is causing a few more problems in the north east. Closed- A939 Ballater to Corarff Road, A941 Dufftown to Rhynie, B974 Banchory to Fettercairn, B976 Crathie to Gairnshiel, B9002 between Cabrach and Lumsden.

    Aberdeen-Accident on A90 Ellon Road in Bridge of Don.

    Dumfries- Accident on A75 at the Garroch Business park.

    Fife- A92 in Kirkaldy is partially blocked westbound by a broken down bus just before Redhouse Roundabout.

  16. Barr moves into cocktail market

    Irn Bru maker AG Barr has bought cocktail company Funkin in a deal worth a potential £21m.


    Barr, which is based in Cumbernauld, said the deal comprises an initial £16.5m, with a further £4.5m if financial performance targets are met.

    Funkin was founded in the late 1990s and offers a range of cocktail products including fruit purees, cocktail mixers and syrups.

    Barr said the UK cocktail market had shown "strong growth" in recent years.

  17. Close call at level crossing

    Footage has emerged of a man dicing with danger at a level crossing in Dalcross near Inverness.

    Level crossing walker

    The video was released by the British Transport Police as part of its Operation Look campaign to promote safety awareness at crossings.

  18. McDonald released


    Jim Spence

    BBC Sport

    Midfielder Gary McDonald released by @St_Johnstone_FC

  19. Terminally ill schoolboy Jak Trueman dies

    A terminally ill schoolboy whose inspirational story helped to raise more than £35,000 for charity in the past week has died.

    Jak Trueman

    Jak Trueman, 15, was suffering from a rare form of blood cancer called gamma delta T-cell lymphoma. On Saturday he briefly attended a school prom held in his honour.

    The West Calder High School pupil had been documenting his life and treatment on social media.

  20. Analysis - 'Vow-plus'

    Colin Blane

    BBC Scotland news

    These proposals are part of Scottish Labour's attempt to push back against the SNP who've enjoyed a surge in the opinion polls since Scotland's independence referendum in September.

    Jim Murphy and Gordon Brown

    Gordon Brown said he and the party's new Scottish leader Jim Murphy wanted Scotland to have more powers- even beyond those agreed by the all party Smith commission two months ago.

    It would mean Scotland could pay higher pensions and benefits if the Scottish Parliament could find the money to do so. The SNP said the opinion polls were causing Labour to "panic".

  21. Man jailed after knife attack on officers

    A man has been jailed for more than two years after he tried to stab police officers with a large bread knife in Perth.

    Officers attending a domestic abuse incident had to tackle Steven Welsh, 41, with CS spray when he launched the attack.

    He admitted attacking two PCs and his then partner. After noting that Welsh had a 24-year criminal career and a recent history of violence and knife crime, Sheriff Lindsay Foulis jailed him for a total of 26 months.

  22. Deadline day


    BBC Sport Scotland's Kenny Crawford tweets: Pleased to report ex-St Johnstone striker Keigan Parker is still firmly on his footballing travels...signed for Clyde today!

  23. If at first you don't succeed

    Jim Spence

    BBC Sport

    Another bid in and expect yet another shortly from @celticfc for both @StuArmstrong16 and @Gary__11 @dundeeunitedfc the dance continues.

  24. Get Involved - Your Pictures


    Moving the sheep at Ballagan farm near Strathblane - taken by Kirsty Hennen.

    Sheep near Strathblane

    Email your pictures to

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

  25. Weather front

    BBC Scotland Weather


    A Met Office yellow 'be aware' warning for snow is in place until 10am tomorrow for Highlands, the Northern and Western Isles, Argyll and Grampian.

    A dry, cold and clear start to the evening for many with a widespread frost. A few showers for the Western Isles and west coast of Highland.

    Later, a weather front will bring a band of sleet and snow into the Northern Isles and far north; slowly edging southwards to reach much of central and west Highland, turning to snow at all levels away from the coast.

    Dry elsewhere.

    Overnight lows of -2 C to -4 C for many. Colder in rural locations and potentially -10C where there is snow.

  26. Post update

    Douglas Fraser

    Business and economy editor, Scotland

    @BBCDouglasF tweets: Irn Bru-maker AG Barr is buying Funkin cocktail fruit mixers, based London, for at least £16.5m, up to £21m. Adds to its Rubicon brand

  27. Historical sex abuse claims

    Police are investigating allegations of historical sexual abuse at one of Edinburgh's private schools.

    Edinburgh Academy

    It is understood that former Edinburgh Academy pupils have come forward with claims dating back to the early 1970s.

    The school rector said the academy had been made aware of the investigation and was co-operating fully with the relevant authorities.

    He added that the school adhered to the very highest standards of pupil care and child protection.

  28. Post update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    Roads: Snow and ice still affecting the north east - A939 Ballater to Cirgarff, B974 Banchory to Fettercairn Road, B976 Crathie to Gairnshiel, and B9002 between Cabrach and Lumsden are all closed.

    Glasgow- traffic lights are still out on the A727 Nitshill Road at the junction with Kennishead Road

    Borders- A72 Cuddy Bridge in Peebles is closed for water main work.

    East Dunbartonshire- one lane of Stockiemuir Road in Milngavie is closed for roadworks.

  29. Woman sentenced after armed police called to West Linton

    A woman who threw a brick through a restaurant's window after she was unable to book a table, has been sentenced.

    Armed police were called to The Old Bakehouse at West Linton when Jacqueline Woods, 47, of Livingston, was seen with an air rifle on 10 January 2014.

    She was sentenced to an 18 month community payback order and ordered to pay £520 compensation.

  30. Desert boots?

    Scots endurance runner Dr Andrew Murray has set off to run over the world's highest sand dunes and across the driest desert in the world.

    If he and friend Donnie Campbell complete the challenge of the Namib Desert, it will be a world first.

    Andrew Murray

    With the world's highest sand dunes, and lowest rainfall, it is unsurprising that no-one has chosen to run across it on foot.

    Following the expedition some local community work will see a donation of medical equipment from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow.

  31. Man assaulted for trying to help woman

    Police are attempting to trace two men who attacked a man after he tried to help a woman who was being assaulted.

    Smiths Hotel, Kirkintilloch

    The victim was attacked outside Smiths Hotel in David Donnelly Place, Kirkintilloch, at about 02:00 on Saturday.

    The 51-year-old victim was treated for serious facial injuries at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and later released.

    The woman ran off in the company of the two men, one of whom had been attacking her when the victim intervened.

  32. Long heading for Lanarkshire

    Motherwell have announced the signing of goalkeeper George Long on loan from Sheffield United.

  33. Rapist jailed

    A man who admitted raping, battering and taunting a woman after accusing her of having sex with a doctor has been jailed for nine years.

    Paul Meechan

    Paul Meechan, 23, from Glasgow, raped the woman at a house in Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire, on 8 June 2014.

    He also admitted indecently assaulting another woman at a house in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, and battering her between April 2009 and January 2013.

  34. Hartley's hope

    Jim Spence

    BBC Sport

    Just spoken to Paul Hartley and he hopes @dundeefconline to have someone in later today.

  35. Shooting was 'attempted murder'

    Police have said they are treating a shooting incident in Greenock as an attempted murder.

    Detectives at scene of shooting

    Officers were called to reports that a firearm had been discharged at a Vauxhall Insignia car in the town's Poplar Street at about 12:45 on Sunday.

    There were no reports of anyone being injured. The car, carrying two people, left the scene before police arrived, as did the suspect, who was on foot.

  36. Do you have a spare £200m?

    The Gleneagles Hotel has been put on the market with a potential price tag of more than £200m.

    Gleneagles Hotel

    The Perthshire Hotel, which hosted the Ryder Cup last year, includes three golf courses.

    Property firm Jones Lang LaSalle is reported to have been hired to test the water before Diageo decides whether to sell.

    A Diageo spokesman said it had received "numerous expressions of interest, particularly since the Ryder Cup".

  37. Fyvie released by Wigan

    Wigan have cancelled the contract of midfielder Fraser Fyvie by mutual consent.

    Fraser Fyvie

    The 21-year-old Scot made 11 appearances for the Latics after joining them from Aberdeen in 2012, and also had loan spells at Yeovil and Shrewsbury.

  38. Housing benefit

    Mr Brown believed an overhaul of the housing benefits system was needed. He said: "It is clear we need to build and maintain houses in a better way and sort out the difficulties people face in paying rents and having the housing that they want."

  39. Labour plan

    The Labour plan would mean the SNP could not resort to its "blame game", Mr Brown told the gathering in Edinburgh.

  40. Young unemployed

    Mr Brown said: "We must make sure we combine devolution of the work programme with the ability to shape the benefits system for the unemployed and the young unemployed. Here again the Labour Party are offering something the SNP have failed to do - we want to end youth unemployment in Scotland."

  41. Holyrood control

    In his speech on 'vow plus', Mr Brown said: "To deal with the housing crisis and make sure we deal with benefits, and the building of houses, we should put housing under the power of the Scottish Parliament."

  42. Hampden pitch

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport

    Hampden Park Ltd says weekend pitch "regrettable". They say freezing temperatures and rainfall "hindered the development".

    Hampden Park
  43. Welfare plan

    Mr Brown said the new Labour plan for welfare benefits should be made clear in a new Scotland Bill.

    "This is a better system than the SNP could ever propose, because we benefit from sharing risks," the former party leader said.

  44. 'Desire for change'

    Mr Brown, in his speech in Edinburgh on more powers, added: "The vow that we agreed last September was an important document - it represented our desire for change, it symbolised the need for greater powers, and that things should move quicker.

    "The vow showed we were about change - change without risk through a stronger Scottish Parliament, or change with risk which was what Scottish independence was all about."

  45. 'New future'

    "It's great to be back", former prime minister Gordon Brown tells a gathering of Labour activists in Edinburgh.

    He goes on to tell the audience that a new future for Scotland was about creating jobs for the country.

    Gordon Brown

    Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy and Mr Brown believe Holyrood should have more powers over welfare.

  46. Labour's 'vow+'

    Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy tells a gathering in Edinburgh: "We can offer the kind of change the SNP can never deliver. Only a party that is standing for government can replace a Tory government."

    He was speaking at an event to detail his party's "vow plus" plans.

  47. Video - Level crossing dangers

    Frightening footage of level-crossing users dicing with death has been released by the British Transport Police.

    One video clip from Dalcross, near Inverness, shows a pedestrian walking around a barrier and sauntering across the line. He reaches safety fractionally before a train speeds by.

    Level crossing safety video

    Other clips show a cyclist being hit by a barrier and a car trapped in a crossing, with the driver desperately trying to manoeuvre out.

    The clips have been released to coincide with a week-long Scotland awareness campaign called Operation Look, which starts today.

  48. Dixon to sign for United


    Jim Spence

    BBC Sport

    Paul Dixon heading up from England to sign for @dundeeunitedfc

  49. School abuse allegations

    Police are investigating allegations of historical sexual abuse at one of Edinburgh's private schools.

    Edinburgh Academy

    It's understood former pupils at the Edinburgh Academy have come forward with claims dating back to the early 1970s.

    The rector of the school said they'd been made aware of the investigation and were co-operating fully with the relevant authorities.

    He added that the school adhered to the very highest standards of pupil care and child protection.

  50. Video - Cutting down on heating bills

    More Scots have been benefiting from government schemes designed to improve standards of insulation.

    Thermostat and hand

    But campaigners say more can be done and have been calling for the issue to be given higher priority, to help tackle fuel poverty and reduce carbon emissions.

  51. Life sentence for Inverness rapist

    A man convicted of raping two women in Inverness has been given a life sentence.

    Andrew Peters, 34, was found guilty by a jury in 2013 of attacking the women who were 48 and 27.

    Peters was told he must serve at least seven and a half years before being eligible to apply for parole.

    He will be held at the high security State Hospital at Carstairs because of a mental disorder.

  52. Reporting Scotland

    Watch the programme live now on BBC One and online.

    Rep Scot
  53. Dam good progress

    The Courier

    Work has started to resolve a long-running flooding problem in Cardenden.

    Lesley Laird, third right, depute leader of Fife Council, at Jamphlars Pond with Linda Turner, Kenny Bisset, Donald Payne, Mark Imrie and Jim Wilson.

    Workers have moved in to remove silt and clear ditches at Jamphlars Pond in a scheme funded by Fife Council and the Scottish Government.

    This is part of the £750,000 three-month long Jamphlars Pond water treatment project - a one-off operation to demonstrate to landowners the importance of regular maintenance of ditches to prevent future flooding.

  54. Get involved - Your Pictures


    Kevin McDowell sent in this picture of sledging in the snow at sunset.

    Sledging in the snow

    Email your pictures to

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

  55. 'No deal'


    Jim Spence

    BBC Sport

    Unlikely that business will be done between @dundeeunitedfc and @celticfc for either Stuart Armstrong or GMS. Valuations too far apart

  56. Ammonia attacker sentenced

    A man who admitted throwing an ammonia-like substance into the face of a student busker in Glasgow has been jailed for 64 months.

    Ashton Lane

    George Kerr, 57, carried out the attack on 22-year-old Greg Aitken in Ashton Lane in the city's west end on 12 September last year.

    The High Court in Paisley heard that Kerr, who is from the Ruchill area of Glasgow, attacked Mr Aitken after the student had an argument with another man on a previous occasion.

    The victim is still suffering from the effects of chemical burns to his eyes.

  57. Nurse to get award for saving animals in Far East

    Edinburgh Evening News

    A veterinary nurse who has fought tirelessly against cruelty to bears and the illegal trade in dog meat is in line for a national award.

    Hayley Walters with a dog

    Hayley Walters has been shortlisted for a Ceva Welfare Award in the Welfare Nurse of the Year category for her overseas ­volunteering and her passion for teaching veterinary medicine.

    She works in welfare and anaesthesia at the Royal (Dick) School of ­Veterinary Studies at Edinburgh University.

    But her love of animals ­previously took her to the Far East for three years where she worked to help captive bears used in traditional Chinese medicine.

  58. Two in hospital after Newbridge chemical scare

    Two people have been taken to hospital as a precaution following a chemical incident in Edinburgh.

    Firefighters and a specialist chemical unit were called to the DHL depot in Newbridge at about 09:05 after receiving reports of an unknown vapour in a warehouse.

    No harmful substances were found and the smell was thought to have come from anti-freeze on aircraft shipping containers due to low temperatures.

  59. Snow warning

    BBC Scotland Weather


    A 'met office yellow be aware' warning is in place from 16:00 for snow across the Highlands, the Northern and Western Isles, Argyll and the Grampian.

    A mainly dry bright afternoon with increasing amounts of winter sunshine. The best of the sunshine will be across central and southern Scotland. A few light snow showers in coastal parts of the Highlands and Aberdeenshire along with the Northern and Western Isles.

    Staying cold with temperatures around 2C inland.

  60. Oil summit latest

    Rachel Massie

    BBC Scotland reporter

    @massierachel tweets: Malcolm Webb on Tax: "I beg politicians not to make a political game of it." #oilsummit

  61. Turbine refusal

    Richard Gordon

    BBC Radio Scotland, Selkirk

    Scottish Borders Council planning committee has unanimously agreed to refuse planning permission for eight wind turbines - each 100m high - on Hag Law, Wether Law and Green Knowe near Romanno Bridge.

    Members were concerned about the impact on the landscape and nearby communities.

  62. Gordon Brown pledges 'vow-plus'

    Labour's Jim Murphy and Gordon Brown are to outline more welfare powers for Scotland in what they say is their "vow plus" plan.

    Gordon Brown, writing in Monday's Daily Record, said Labour was ready to move to the "vow plus".

    But the SNP said the promise of a better deal was "absolutely farcical".

    Daily Record

    Labour's four-point plan includes:

    • Clearer powers to vary social security benefits
    • Wider responsibilities for tackling unemployment
    • Devolution of the £1.8bn housing benefits system
    • And devolution of power to local communities from Holyrood and Westminster
  63. Post update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    Roads: North- A939 Ballater to Cirgarff, the B974 Banchory to Fettercairn Road, the B976 Crathie to Gairnshiel, and the B9002 between Cabrach and Lumsden all CLOSED.

    Perth and Kinross- Roadworks on the M90 Friarton Bridge could slow you down northbound where there are alternate closures between J10 Craigend and 11 Broxden.

    M90 southbound: one lane is closed between J9 Muirmont and 8 Arlary.

  64. Fisherman jailed for Islay bar row

    A fisherman who almost killed a man for trying to defuse an argument between him and a woman in a bar on Islay has been jailed for six years and will be monitored on release for a further three years.

    Andrew MacGillivray, 33, punched Keith Cameron and stood on his chest, causing his ribs to crack, near the Ardview Inn, Port Ellen, on 23 March last year.

    He admitted assaulting the 41-year-old to the danger of his life.

  65. Should 16 and 17-year-olds vote?

    via Facebook

    Over on the BBC Scotland News Facebook page we've been asking: After the ‪#‎indyref‬ 16 and 17-year-olds could now get the permanent right to vote in Scottish elections. Should they?

    A huge amount of you have been commenting , but so far opinion has been split...

    Facebook screenshot

    Heather Fulton: The maturity they showed (far more than some 'adults') during the Ref proves that they're more than capable.

    Gus Goos Graham: Nope 16 year olds don't understand politics fully. This is done slyly by the SNP to garner votes because they know they are sliding down the pan.

    Alasdair Lewis Crow: Absolutely. If they can pay tax, they should be able to decide on the government that will implement those taxes.

    Bill Hendren: No, because 16 and 17 year old should be concentrating on their exams!

  66. Oil & gas summit latest

    Politicians in Aberdeen have used an oil and gas summit to urge ministers to back a £2bn finance deal for the city.

    Alistair Carmichael, Jenny Laing and Nicola Sturgeon

    Aberdeen City Council leader Jenny Laing wants a combination of government grants and borrowing powers to secure the region's economic future.

    She said that for too long Scotland's oil and gas sector had been seen as a "cash cow" and with the fall in oil prices it was now time for "pay back".

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she would look at the plan.

  67. McLean for Dons?

    St Mirren have accepted an offer from Aberdeen for Kenny McLean, and the midfielder is on his way to speak to the Pittodrie club.

    Kenny McLean

    The 23-year-old, capped at Scotland Under-21 level, is a product of the Paisley club's youth system and signed a two-year contract extension in July.

    That followed speculation that he was likely to move to English football.

    McLean has made 29 appearances for the Dons' Scottish Premiership rivals this season, scoring seven goals.

  68. #HelloMyNameIs

    The #HelloMyNameIs campaign, which aims to improve staff and patient relationships, is to receive a £40,000 boost from the Scottish government.

    NHS hospital

    Health Secretary Shona Robison has announced that the money will be allocated to NHS boards to roll out the #HelloMyNameIs campaign across Scotland.

    The campaign was created by Dr Kate Granger, a hospital consultant from Yorkshire who after spending some time in hospital herself became frustrated when staff failed to introduce themselves to her.

    A simple introduction, Kate says, is "the first rung on the ladder of compassionate care".

  69. Van Dijk expects to stay

    Virgil van Dijk believes he will still be a Celtic player until the summer at least - because the Scottish champions insist he is not for sale.

    Virgil van Dijk

    Reported suitors Arsenal, Southampton and Sunderland have yet to make a move for the 23-year-old Dutch defender.

    "Interest is fine - it's always good to have people watching you," he said after Sunday's 2-0 win over Rangers.

    "But I can do nothing with interest and it looks like Celtic don't want to sell me so it looks like I'm staying here."

  70. Mysterious odour harmless

    Firefighters have been dealing with a chemical incident in a warehouse in Newbridge.

    Crews were called out DHL Depot in Edinburgh at 09:07 following reports of an unknown vapour in the warehouse building.

    It has been confirmed that no harmful substances were found, and it is thought the smell came from anti-freeze on aircraft shipping containers due to the current low temperatures.

    Two people were taken by ambulance to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for a precautionary check up.

  71. Body confirmed as missing teen

    A body found on a beach in Dumfries and Galloway has been confirmed as missing teenager Macauley McQueen.

    Macauley McQueen

    The 18-year-old had not been seen since he entered the River Nith in Dumfries in the early hours of 22 December.

    His body was discovered on a beach near Glencaple on Thursday. A post-mortem examination has been arranged.

    Searches involving lifeboats, the coastguard, mountain rescue teams, the fire service and police were carried out.

  72. Ferry prices may rise

    Users of the Highland Council-run Corran Ferry are facing rises in ticket prices.

    Corran Ferry

    The local authority has suggested increasing fees by 4% per annum in each of the next three years.

    It said the rises would help it to cover the costs of operating the small car ferry on Loch Linnhe in west Lochaber.

    The council's community services committee will be asked to approve the prices at a meeting on Thursday.

  73. Moray teacher shortage

    Moray councillors are to be warned this week that pupils may be sent home due to teacher shortages in primary and secondary schools.

    Moray Council

    The authority said there were currently about 70 teaching vacancies in Moray's 53 schools.

    The council described recruitment as an "increasing problem" - with some vacant posts attracting "no suitable candidates at all".

  74. Police Scotland hail new facility

    A new £6m facility that will allow police to obtain DNA profiles from smaller and lower quality samples has opened at the Scottish Crime Campus.

    Gartcosh crime centre

    The £75m campus, at Gartcosh in North Lanarkshire, is occupied by agencies including the police, forensics, customs and the prosecution service.

    Tom Nelson, head of forensics for the Scottish Police Authority, said the DNA facility was the best in Europe.

    He said the new £6m facility was a major step forward in the pursuit of justice.

  75. Investigation into shooting incident

    Police are attempting to trace three people who were involved in a shooting incident in Greenock.

    Officers were called to reports that a firearm had been discharged at a Vauxhall Insignia car in the town's Poplar Street at about 12:45 on Sunday.

    The car, carrying two people, left the scene before police arrived, as did the suspect, who was on foot.

    Inquiries are continuing to trace those involved in the incident.

  76. Chaos at Edinburgh Airport

    The Scotsman

    Hundreds of irate travellers faced massive queues at Edinburgh Airport last night after a number of security staff called in sick.

    Contributed picture

    Families and elderly passengers were among those to suffer hour-long delays, with queues for security check points starting as far back as the check-in desks.

    Passengers claimed they were told the hold-up was due to 13 out of 14 security staff members calling in sick on the same day.

    A spokesman from Edinburgh Airport admitted the delays were due in part to "staff resourcing" issues, but could not confirm the exact number of absentees

  77. Duffy for Celtic

    Derry City winger Michael Duffy is expected to sign for Celtic on Monday after the clubs agreed on an undisclosed transfer fee.

    Michael Duffy

    The 20-year-old recently had two spells on trial with the Scottish champions and also one with English Championship outfit Brentford.

    Duffy was believed to be in Glasgow on Monday negotiating personal terms.

  78. Travel problems

    Snow and ice have been causing difficulties for some in the north east of Scotland.

    Snow causes problems

    School transport in Aberdeenshire and Moray was affected by the weather.

    Several roads were closed and there were also reports of drifting snow on the A920 Huntly to Dufftown road.

  79. Terminally ill schoolboy attends prom

    Graham Fraser

    BBC Scotland

    A terminally ill schoolboy whose inspirational story has helped to raise over £35,000 for charity in the past week has attended a specially-organised prom in his honour.

    Family of Jak Trueman
    Image caption: Former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson (left) joined Jak, his girlfriend Hannah Boyd and Jak's family at the prom

    Jak Trueman, 15, is suffering from a rare form of blood cancer called gamma delta T-cell lymphoma.

    He has been documenting his life and treatment on social media.

    He and his girlfriend Hannah Boyd, attended the prom, organised by their classmates and teachers, on Saturday.

  80. NHS Highland finances

    Steven McKenzie

    BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

    MSPs from the Public Audit Committee are questioning senior figures at NHS Highland about the health board's finances.

    Raigmore Hospital

    During a meeting of the committee in November, MSPs were highly critical of NHS Highland's senior management, and the handling of its then £12m deficit.

    The health board's chairman Garry Coutts said at the time the criticism was "disappointing".

    MSP Hugh Henry had accused NHS Highland senior management of treating health board members "like mushrooms by keeping them in the dark" on some financial matters. MSP Mary Scanlon was also critical.

  81. Post update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    On the roads in Greenock, expect delays on A8 Port Glasgow road eastbound at Pottery Street.

  82. Get Involved - Your Pictures


    "Spring has sprung!" says Jean Cameron from Moidart in Lochaber.

    Daffs in the snow

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  83. Wind farm refusal recommended

    Council officials have recommended that plans for an eight turbine wind farm in the Scottish Borders are refused.


    Developers want to build the 100m high turbines near Romanno Bridge in Peeblesshire.

    Stevenson Hill Wind Energy, on behalf of West Coast Energy, also want to construct a new access road from the A701.

    The application has drawn 125 letters of objection and one of support.

  84. Hamilton to sign Sumsky

    @acciesfc tweets: We have signed 21 year old Czech midfielder Nico Sumsky from Slovakian club Dukla Bystrica. He has 9 Czech youth caps. Int clearance awaited

    Nico Sumsky

    Nico played at Monaco and Cannes as a youth but has been with Bohemians Prague, Parma and Dukla Banska Bystrica

  85. Old Firm arrests

    Police arrested 37 people for offences connected with the Celtic v Rangers football match in Glasgow on Sunday.

    Police officers and vans

    As well as minor public order offences, 12 of the arrests concerned alleged sectarian breaches of the peace.

    Of those arrested, 23 people are due to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court; 11 have been reported to the procurator fiscal and three were ordered to pay fixed penalty fines.

    Police said the behaviour of most fans was "excellent".

  86. 5,000% rent increase 'a mistake'

    The landowners of a 20,000-acre estate on Skye said they made a mistake in the way they sought rent increases from tenant crofters without consultation.

    Some crofters faced a 5,000% rise in their annual payments and refused to pay it. Following talks, the Clan Donald Lands Trust has accepted an offer from tenants to pay according to the number of livestock allocated to their land.

    The trust said it deserved some of the criticism levelled at it.

  87. Transfers latest

    Some confirmed deadline day transfers will interest Scottish fans.

    Hearts have signed central midfielder Kenny Anderson after agreeing a nominal fee with Dutch second-tier club RKC Waalwijk.

    The 22-year-old Dutchman, who has a Scottish father, has agreed a contract with the Championship club until summer 2016.

    Meanwhile 20-year-old midfielder Charis Mavrias - who was linked with a move to Celtic - has left Sunderland for Panathiniakos on loan until the end of the season.

  88. Post update

    BBC Scotland Weather


    A mainly dry bright day with spells of winter sunshine.

    The best of the sunshine will be across central and southern Scotland.

    We will continue to see a few light snow showers in coastal parts of the Highlands and Aberdeenshire along with the Northern and Western Isles.

    Cold everywhere with temperatures of around 2 or 3C.

  89. Highland school closures

    Highland Council have said seven nursery schools, ten primary schools, and one high school are closed today due to bad weather.

    List of schools closed on Highland Council website

    Check the council's website for more information.

  90. Scottish Friendly closes in on takeover

    Financial services group Scottish Friendly is set to double in size after announcing it is close to securing the takeover of Marine & General Mutual.

    Fiona McBain

    The two mutuals expect the transaction to complete in the second quarter of this year, subject to approval from members, regulators and the High Court.

    The deal will be the largest takeover by Scottish Friendly to date and will double its assets to about £2bn.

    Glasgow-based Scottish Friendly's chief executive, Fiona McBain, (pictured) said: "This announcement is a tangible outcome of our strategy to diversify and grow the Scottish Friendly group. We are particularly proud of having secured the opportunity to double in size."

  91. Generation 2015

    It's deadline day! No, not the footy. Today is the last chance for 16-24 year olds to apply for the BBC's Generation 2015.

    Generation 2015

    Get all the details you need here.

  92. Fire death

    An elderly woman is believed to have died in a fire in a large country house in Sutherland.

    Firefighters were called out to the blaze at Invernauld house near Rosehall at about 21:30 on Saturday.

    The fire service said one person remained unaccounted for following the blaze.

    She is understood to be Lady Jean Gilmour, who is in her 90s. Her family has been informed.

  93. Baxter's lifetime achievement

    Glasgow-born comic Stanley Baxter has been given a lifetime achievement award at a ceremony celebrating the best of radio drama.

    Stanley Baxter

    The 88-year-old , who started his career as a child actor, was honoured at the BBC Audio Drama Awards in London.

    Other winners include Stephen Mangan and Sir Ian McKellen.

  94. Man held after petrol station raid

    A man has been charged after an armed robbery at a petrol station in Fife on Sunday.

    The 30-year-old was held by police investigating a raid at a BP garage in Kirkcaldy at about 03:15.

    The man is expected to appear at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court later in connection with the robbery.

  95. Rental market 'lacking supply'

    A significant number of people have been struggling to find suitable private-rented accommodation in Scotland, according to a report.

    Terraced housing

    The Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) attributed the problem to a shortage of supply.

    A poll found 43% of people looking to rent in the past five years had found it "quite difficult" or "very difficult" to find a suitable property.

  96. Sturgeon supports City Deal

    The First Minster, speaking about the oil summit, said her government was "very enthusiastic" about the City Deal proposed by Aberdeen City Council (see 08:00).

    Aberdeen Harbour

    She said: "My officials are already in discussion with Aberdeen City Council about the detail of their proposals and I am very keen that continue to take that forward.

    "Hopefully today one of the outcomes of this summit will be an agreement between ourselves, the UK government, the city council, and of course Aberdeenshire Council - who have an involvement in this as well."

  97. Scots climber dies on Andes mountain

    A Scottish climber has died after falling ill while attempting to scale a mountain in the Andes.

    Mount Aconcagua

    Roger Cookson, 58, suffered a heart attack as he climbed Mount Aconcagua in Argentina.

    The 6,960m (22,835 ft) mountain is the highest peak in the Western Hemisphere.

    Argentine authorities said Mr Cookson was ascending the peak with a friend and a tour guide on Saturday. He reportedly took ill as he approached the summit.

  98. Analysis - 'The vow-plus'

    Glenn Campbell

    Political correspondent, BBC Scotland

    I think Labour are talking about a broader range of welfare powers. Smith talks about allowing Holyrood to make changes to benefits in areas that are being devolved. Labour seems to be talking about a much broader power.

    But there is a lot of detail here that needs to be looked at. For instance if they are to devolve the housing benefit, there is a question as to how you disentangle that from the new system of universal credit which brings together a whole range of benefits.

    The UK government is accelerating the process of creating this new universal system. So how do you extract housing benefit from that?

    And in other areas there are to be additional benefits and payments made in Scotland. How do you do that without money being clawed back from the benefits being provided by the UK government, where these are means tested?

    So there will be questions with this additional package that is being proposed by Labour today.

  99. Sturgeon: We will 'do our bit' for oil industry

    Ahead of today's oil summit, Nicola Sturgeon told Good Morning Scotland that it is incumbent on all levels of government - Scottish, UK and local - to work together to provide the industry with the support it needs at this time.

    Nicola Sturgeon

    She said: "The Scottish government has taken action to establish a jobs task force, to do our bit and play our part in maintaining skills and employment and helping those who might be facing redundancy.

    "I hope that today we hear a stronger commitment from the UK government to the tax changes that the industry is also calling for.

    "We're open to discussions with local authorities to make sure that we are responding and doing all that we can - Scotland already has one of the most competitive business rates regime in the whole of the UK.

    "But I don't think there is any doubt that the demands for the UK government to act on tax are strong and getting stronger."

  100. Labour's plan

    Glenn Campbell

    Political correspondent, BBC Scotland

    Mr Murphy and Mr Brown say that they're committed to introducing legislation within the UK parliament to deliver the Smith Commission agreement and these additional elements within 100 days.

    The SNP are saying this is a sign of sheer panic because the opinion polls are tending to suggest that the SNP is ahead of Labour in voting intentions for the general election.

    The Nationalists are also saying that Labour is effectively promising powers they said that the Smith Commission would deliver anyway.

  101. 'The vow-plus'

    Glenn Campbell

    Political correspondent, BBC Scotland

    Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy and Gordon Brown are expected to announce that if the party's elected in May that they'll go "even further than the Vow" in delivering home rule for Scotland.

    Jim Murphy

    It is a five-point plan - they're calling it vow-plus - and it's about giving the Scottish parliament more powers in the area of welfare. Specifically they're talking about a wider power to top up UK benefits while maintaining the UK wide provision of social security.

    They're also saying that Holyrood would be given the power to introduce new benefits funded from Scotland, and specifically where it comes to housing benefit they say that they would fully devolve that.

  102. Old Firm analysis

    The return of the Old Firm game hardly caused Hampden to reverberate.

    Rangers and Celtic fans

    Most of the elements were present, but even the pageantry lacked its typical edge.

    Mercifully, there was not a malevolent side to the occasion, and the encounter passed without significant trouble, with 19 arrests made in and around the stadium.

    There were two flare-ups between players on the pitch, but it seemed almost a case of going through the motions.

  103. On the front pages

    A nursing expert has warned that going into hospital is dangerous for dementia patients, according to the Herald.

    The Herald, The National, Scottish Sun

    The National reports that the UK's biggest union is warning of an unsafe situation developing in the North Sea oil industry that will "lead to disasters".

    Meanwhile, the Scotsman leads with news that Gordon Brown and Jim Murphy are to unveil a new general election pledge to give Holyrood the power to top-up and vary the UK's state pension and welfare benefits.

  104. Aberdeen Council to call for £2bn oil industry deal

    At today's oil summit, hosted by Aberdeen City Council, council leader Jenny Laing will call for a £2bn city deal for the region to secure the north east's long-term economic future.

    Councillor Laing told Good Morning Scotland that for too long the industry had been used as a cash cow - and that it was now time to pay back.

    oil rig

    "I think we have to bear in mind the numbers of jobs that are connected with the oil industry - 450,000 throughout the UK.

    "We also have to accept the amount of money that is brought back into the treasury as a result of this industry.

    "I think its only right and proper that we look at ways in which to sustain that for the long-term future for those employed in the industry, and also regions like ours that are extremely dependent on them for our buoyancy."

  105. Celtic's bids rejected

    Jim Spence

    BBC Sport

    Celtic have had two separate bids for midfielders Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong rejected by Dundee United.

    Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong

    Scotland winger Mackay-Steven, 24, has already agreed to join Celtic in the summer and the Scottish champions offered £150,000 to take him now.

    Celtic had a £1.5m offer for Scotland Under-21 cap Armstrong rejected last week and their latest offer is believed to have been just under £1.6m.

    Burnley also had a bid rejected for the 22-year-old.

  106. Carmichael: 'We have not been idle'

    Speaking on Good Morning Scotland about the oil summit, Mr Carmichael said: "You heard both from the Chancellor and from Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, saying that it is understood that more will be required to be done in next month's budget.

    Alistair Carmichael

    "But to suggest that we have been idle in the meantime is simply not true.

    "And it ignores the reality of what the industry are telling us time and time again - that is that the really important issue here is that we bring forward the new authority, designed by the industry under Sir Ian Wood and his commission.

    "That's where the focus has to be for the moment."

  107. Oil summit

    An oil summit is being held in Aberdeen today with the aim of coming up with a meaningful response to the oil price slump.

    Oil industry

    Both the First Minister and the Scottish Secretary will be attending, with Nicola Sturgeon calling for substantial tax reductions to enable further exploration and investment.

    Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael said it was unfair to say the UK government haven't responded the crisis quickly enough.

  108. Poor finish costs Laird

    Scotland's Martin Laird had a nightmare finish as Brooks Koepka claimed his first PGA Tour title with a one-shot victory at the Phoenix Open.

    Martin Laird

    Laird led by three going into the final day and was level with Koepka going into the penultimate hole.

    However, a bogey on the 17th was followed by a double bogey at the 18th for a level par 72 and 12-under total.

    Koepka finished on 15 under - one shot ahead of Bubba Watson and Ryan Palmer and Japan's Hideki Matsuyama.

  109. Snow, snow, go away

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    @NairneCat tweets: A87 at Kyle of Lochalsh. 3-4 cm lying on the road. still falling

    Kyle of Lochalsh
  110. Singing to victory

    Claire Hastings from Dumfries has been named the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician for 2015.

    Claire Hastings, BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician 2015.

    The 25-year-old has a degree in Scottish Music from The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, now known as the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

    The singer fought off tough competition from another singer and four musicians to take the top prize at the City Halls in Glasgow on Sunday night.

    She said she was "absolutely overwhelmed" and "amazed" to be announced as the competition winner.

  111. Farewell to Celtic Connections

    The Celtic Connections music festival has drawn to a close in Glasgow after 18 days.

    Celtic Connections

    Music fans attended about 300 concerts, ceilidhs, late night sessions and workshops spread across more than 20 city venues.

    Highlights included performances by Van Morrison, Fairport Convention, Shooglenifty, Tweedy and Eddi Reader.

  112. Celtic defeat Rangers

    Celtic eased to victory over Rangers at Hampden to set up a League Cup final with Dundee United.

    Celtic celebrate after taking a 2-0 lead through Kris Commons

    In the first match between the sides since April 2012, Leigh Griffiths nodded the Premiership leaders in front on 10 minutes, with Kris Commons adding a powerful strike from 20 yards.

    Virgil van Dijk and Stefan Johansen went close in a one-sided first half.

    Rangers were more determined in a dreary second half but failed to register a single shot on target.

  113. MPs to back Scottish young voters plan

    Moves to allow 16 and 17-year-olds to vote in future Scottish parliament elections will come a step closer today, with MPs set to back plans to transfer the power to Holyrood.

    Young voter in a school uniform

    Under the Section 30 order, in future Holyrood will be able to decide who votes in its elections.

    However the process will not be completed in time for the 2015 General Election in May.

  114. Rise and shine

    Graham Fraser

    BBC Scotland

    Good morning, and welcome to today's Scotland Live blog. Stay with us throughout the day to read the latest news, sport, weather and travel.