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5/3/2015
Call for entries for ‘ultimate' media workshop
Creative professionals across Scotland are being urged to apply to a ground breaking course taking place in the Highlands and Islands this summer.   The Pixel Lab 2015, coming to Scotland for the first time, helps participants create, develop, finance and distribute stories in today's media climate.  
5/3/2015
Power flows to Scottish Renewables conference
Power technology leader ABB is to be the headline sponsor of Scottish Renewables' Annual Conference on March 24-25 - in the year the company starts work on both the £520m subsea Caithness-Moray power cable and the grid connection for Europe's largest tidal energy project off Scotland's north coast.   More than 800 delegates will flock to Edinburgh for the two-day conference, which this year features 75 speakers across 23 sessions.  
5/3/2015
Consultation on extended opening hours for special events
The Highland Licensing Board has launched a consultation on whether to introduce a supplementary policy statement on extended opening hours for special events of national and local significance.   The aim of the supplementary policy statement, if introduced, would be to promote consistency of decision-making and to give advance notice to applicants of the Board's likely approach to determining applications.  
4/3/2015
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 4th March 2015
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (March, 4th) sold 433 store cattle, 10 adult head of breeding cattle and 43 OTM cattle.   Bullocks (262) averaged 257.5p and sold to 301.8p per kg for a 275kg British Blue cross from Dunmaglass Estate, and £1,380 gross for a pair of 660kg Aberdeen Angus crosses from Muirend Croft, Auldearn.  
3/3/2015
Bridge Street Church, Wick To Become Furniture StoreThumbnail for article : Bridge Street Church, Wick To Become Furniture Store
After many years of speculation about what would happen the the former Church of Scotland church at Bridge Street, Wick it has finally been given a new lease of life.   Planning permission has been granted by Highland council to Mr Graeme Bain of Wickblast to change the use to a furniture store.  
3/3/2015
Statements From NHS Education Scotland (NES) and NHS Highland Regarding Training Of Junior Doctors At Caithness General
Statement From NHS Education Scotland (NES) NES quality management visit, Caithness General Hospital.   NHS Education Scotland (NES) is accountable to the General Medical Council (GMC) for assessing whether doctors in training are in an appropriate training environment.    We carried out a quality management visit to Caithness General Hospital on Friday 13rd February to assess the quality of the learning experience and learning environment for postgraduate medical trainees in line with General Medical Council Standards.  The visit was prompted by a shortage of substantive consultants in post and continued heavy reliance on locums and therefore the potential impact on the quality of training and supervision of doctors in training.  
3/3/2015
A New Strategy for Scottish Land-based Education & Training
More than 9000 businesses and organisations are being consulted as part of a major initiative by Scottish colleges to understand how the delivery of land-based education and training may need to change to meet growing industry demand.   Land-based education and training up to HND level are currently delivered in Scotland through 18 regional colleges and national provider Scotland's Rural College.  
3/3/2015
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 3 March 2015
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (March, 3rd) sold 55 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (28) averaged 212p (+0.8p) and sold to 227p per kg and £1,445.60 gross.  
2/3/2015
Choice Based Lettings CaithnessThumbnail for article : Choice Based Lettings Caithness
Massive implications for people looking for Housing in Caithness.   The way in which housing is allocated in Caithness has changed.  
2/3/2015
Bobby's Bus For HireThumbnail for article : Bobby's Bus For Hire
If you ned a group or party taken to place in the north check out Bobbys.   Bobby and Alison are looking forward to taking you out, for whatever the ocassion.  
2/3/2015
SRUC Vets Appeal for Considerate Dog Control as Lambing Time Approaches
With lambing time approaching, vets from Scotland's Rural College are reminding dog owners to keep their pets under close control near livestock and to avoid going near sheep at all, if possible.  The vets say their role with SRUC means they see at first hand the devastation a normally friendly companion can cause to a flock.  
2/3/2015
LABOUR WILL OFFER ZERO HOURS STAFF A FAIR DEAL
John Erskine, Scottish Labour candidate for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, has stated his and Scottish Labour's commitment to ending the abuse of zero hour contracts.   This comes after figures released Wednesday (25 February) by the Office of National Statistics that show that from October 2014 to December there were 60,000 workers in Scotland on zero-hour contract in their main jobs.  
2/3/2015
The public are encouraged to take part in flood risk consultation
The first ever National consultation on the future management of flood risk in Scotland begins on the 2nd March 2015.  For a period of 3 months, the draft ‘Flood Risk Management Strategy', and ‘Local Flood Risk Management Plan' for the Highland & Argyll Local Plan District will be available to view, and the public are invited to provide comment and influence the future of how flood risk management will be carried out over the next 6 year period.  
2/3/2015
Bid to develop empty properties
Chance for communities to revitalise town centres.   Towns will be able to bid for new funding to help them find ways to develop empty and underused properties in their areas, Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil has announced.  
2/3/2015
Poll points to SNP general election success, but lower Scottish turnout than referendum
Nearly two thirds of adults in Scotland say they are certain to vote in the May general election, suggesting that the vote will not see the high turnout - 85% – witnessed in the September 2014 independence referendum, according to new polling by TNS.   Nearly two thirds of adults in Scotland say they are certain to vote in the May general election, suggesting that the vote will not see the high turnout – 85% – witnessed in the September 2014 independence referendum, according to new polling by TNS.  
2/3/2015
Renewable energy potential
"Onshore wind success shows need for greater offshore ambition." First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is calling on the UK Government to increase its ambition to develop offshore wind.   Ms Sturgeon pointed to the fact that Scottish wind power is now substantially cheaper than nuclear, and said the lesson of the last decade of onshore wind development is that cost reductions require a meaningful long-term commitment to support investment at large-scale.  
2/3/2015
£70 million for first time buyers
Home seekers helped to get foot on property ladder.   £70 million will be invested in a scheme to help eligible first-time buyers on low to moderate incomes buy a home, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed today.  
28/2/2015
Captain's Galley, Scrabster Wins Sustainable Restaurant Of The Year AwardThumbnail for article : Captain's Galley, Scrabster Wins Sustainable Restaurant Of The Year Award
Captains Galley, Scrabster and Cotswold Cafe were recipients of the Sustainable Restaurant of the year awards 2015.   Two very different restaurants, 700 miles apart, but who share the same outstanding commitment to sustainability, have been named joint winners of the Sustainable Restaurant of the Year award in London on 23rd February 2015).  
28/2/2015
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Week Commencing 23rd February 2015 Energy & Business Services Energy & Utility Skills and Scottish & Southern Energy have this week been advertising an exciting Employability Programme, based in part from North Highland College UHI in Thurso.  The programme is aimed at people for whom finding work in the energy sector without previous experience is proving to be a barrier.  
28/2/2015
Over £14 million for Wave Energy Scotland
Scotland's first wave energy technology development body Wave Energy Scotland will receive a total of £14.3 million over the next thirteen months, Energy Minister Fergus Ewing announced today.   ‘Wave Energy Scotland' awarded its first contract to a group of 12 former Pelamis employees, led by former Chief Executive of Pelamis Wave Power Richard Yemm, to capture the knowledge of the Pelamis technology development path for the wider benefit of the wave energy sector.