Three coal power plants are on standby as the scheme designed to prevent blackouts prepares to go live for the first time. British Gas, Octopus Energy, E.ON Next and OVO among others have agreed to meet the demand with customers across Scotland, England and Wales asked to help reduce energy use. We have instructed coal-fired power units to be available to increase electricity supplies should it be needed tomorrow evening. This does not mean electricity supplies are at risk and people should not be worried. Approved providers include Octopus Energy, Scottish (British) Gas, E.ON Next, Shell Energy Retail and 20 others.
St Johnstone have come from behind to beat ten-man Hibernian 2-1 at Easter Road as VAR made its debut in the Scottish Premiership. Hibs started the game well and showed their intent by attacking St Johnstone from the off with a series of chances created and Martin Boyle booked for diving. The home side took the lead on the half-hour mark when Ukrainian striker Mykola Kukharevych leaped highest to head the ball the St Johnstone keeper Remi Matthews and make it 1-0. For all their possession the home side still couldn’t find that killer second goal and they grew increasingly frustrated as a result. And St Johnstone equalised soon after when Nicky Clark headed past David Marshall from a corner as the game was turned on its head.3 months ago STV News
Wojciech Szczesny was Poland’s hero with a crucial penalty save as they kept their hopes of World Cup progress alive with a 2-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Poland led 1-0 through Piotr Zielinski’s goal as half-time approached when the Saudis were awarded the softest of penalties following a VAR check. Krystian Bielik was penalised for the slightest contact on Saleh Al Shehri to the delight of a partisan Saudi crowd. Cash then caught Mohammed Al Burayk with his elbow in an aerial challenge, with the Saudi left-back requiring treatment. Poland, who drew 0-0 with Mexico in their opening match, went close after 25 minutes when Bielik met Zielinski’s corner with a powerful header, but Al Shehri got his head in the way to divert it over the top.2 months ago STV News
MSPs will consider amendments to the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill on Tuesday. 60+ LGBTI+ orgs have signed a letter uniting in support of the Gender Recognition Reform Bill. The final stage of the Gender Recognition Reform Bill's progress through Parliament starts tomorrow! “The Gender Recognition Reform Bill simplifies the process by which a trans person can obtain a Gender Recognition Certificate, which many find intrusive, medicalised and bureaucratic,” she said. “MSPs need to work together to protect human rights across the board and deliver a workable de-medicalised gender recognition process.”1 month ago STV News
Nicola Sturgeon has urged the UK Government to resolve the ongoing railways dispute amid warnings that passengers in Scotland could face severe disruption to services. RMT members at Network Rail are set to take action from 6pm on Christmas Eve until 6am on December 27. Network Rail is the arms-length public body of the UK Department for Transport and has responsibility for the maintenance of rail infrastructure. NEW: Today we have released a joint statement with @ScotGovFM, calling for immediate action to end the UK rail dispute. Scotland’s First Minister has said that the repercussions of the ongoing rail dispute was having a “major impact” over the festive period.1 month ago STV News
The club has decided to give Rangers three stands for Saturday’s match at McDiarmid Park, with St Johnstone fans restricted to the Main Stand. The move has sparked uproar, with fans furious at both the decision to give Rangers a large allocation and ticket prices. The Courier newspaper reported that St Johnstone have sold under 300 tickets so far. When asked about the supporter discontent after the Dundee United match, Davidson said: “As a player, I used to love it when you had both stands full of St Johnstone fans. I want the best chance for us to get through in the cup, for me that would be two stands of St Johnstone fans.16 days ago STV News
British Gas has announced it will stop applying for court warrants to enter customers’ homes and fit prepayment meters following reports they had been forced on “vulnerable” customers. Energy companies can obtain court warrants which give them legal rights to enter people’s homes and fit prepayment meters if customers have not paid their bills. “Having recently reviewed our internal processes to support our prepayment customers as well as creating a new £10m fund to support those prepayment customers who need help the most, I am extremely disappointed that this has occurred. It followed business secretary Grant Shapps’ demand that energy suppliers stop forcing financially-stretched households to switch to pre-payment meters. Mr Brearley wrote: “The numbers of forced installation of pre-payment meters is extremely high.23 hours ago STV News
Nicola Sturgeon has said Liz Truss’ resignation as Prime Minister is “beyond hyperbole and parody” and has called for a general election as a matter of a “democratic imperative”. A General Election is now a democratic imperative. Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has also demanded a general election “now” following Truss’ speech outside Downing Street. We need a general election – now.”Douglas Ross, leader of the Scottish Conservative Party said: “I wish Liz Truss and her family well. This undemocratic farce has to end, we need a general election now.”3 months ago STV News