A young Scottish Man has died while on holiday at a beach resort in Bulgaria.
Veterans Commissioner Appointed
Scotland's first Veterans Commissioner has been appointed to provide greater support for Armed Forces personnel.
Eric Fraser CBE, a former senior Navy officer, will work with charities, local authorities and health boards on veterans' issues and help shape future policy developments.
A graduate of Edinburgh University, Mr Fraser joined the Navy in 1976 and during a 37-year career served during the Falklands conflict, the Balkans war and patrolled drug smuggling around the Caribbean.
His final position before retiring from the Navy at the start of this year was as the UK Naval Attache in the British Embassy in Washington DC.
He will take up his role as Scottish Veterans Commissioner in August, in a three-year appointment.
There are an estimated 400,000 ex-servicemen and women living in Scotland.
The appointment was announced by First Minister Alex Salmond as he attended Armed Forces Day 2014 in Stirling.
Mr Salmond said: "Eric Fraser served for 37 years in a wide range of appointments, both at sea and ashore, from the Falklands to the Adriatic. As well as a great breadth of experience in strategic leadership roles, he has demonstrated clear empathy, commitment and direct experience of working with individuals and families within his command.
"The appointment of a Scottish Veterans Commissioner will complement the fantastic work our partners and stakeholders are already doing to care for our veterans, and I look forward to meeting some of them at the Veterans Village during Armed Forces Day in Stirling today.
"Our ex-service personnel deserve our support and assistance in return for their courageous and selfless service to preserve the democratic freedoms we are privileged to enjoy today.
"I fully believe Eric's warm personality as well as his experience and ability will bringing a fresh perspective and innovative ideas to this new and important role.''
Col Martin Gibson, executive chairman of Veterans Scotland, welcomed the appointment.
He said: "It will further enable us to work with and influence the Scottish Government on devolved matters that provide services to veterans.
"We very much look forward to working with the commissioner in further enhancing communication on veterans' issues within the public sector. Our 400,000 veterans, who served in the UK Armed Forces to ensure we all continue to enjoy our freedom today, will welcome this announcement.''
A ten year old boy's seriously ill after a hit and run in Edinburgh.
Nicola Sturgeon has said there is still work to be done to tackle discrimination and achieve true LGBTI equality, as she became the first serving first minister to speak at a pride event.
Reform Scotland said only an outright ban on short sentences could bring about change in the justice system.
Most Viewed Pictures On Heart
Recently Played Tracks
To listen live, choose your preferred station:
Now playing: The best feel good music
Deposit £10 to get a £40 Welcome Bonus - That's £50 to play bingo, slots and more!*
Over 50 tracks to make you feel-good. New album out now...
Find your local four day weather report here.
Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.
Find out more about some of the companies advertising on Heart Scotland- East.