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28/4/2017
Thurso Locality Plan - Drop-in SessionThumbnail for article : Thurso Locality Plan - Drop-in Session
Wednesday 24th May 2017..  
28/4/2017
Digital Café challenges Highlanders to save money
People in the Highlands are being invited to drop in to new Digital Café sessions which could save them significant amounts of money.   The Highland Council in partnership with other Highland Social Landlords and the social enterprise company Libertie are hosting a series of mobile Digital Café events during May 2017.  
26/4/2017
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 26 April 2017
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (April, 26th) sold 784 store cattle and 64 OTM cattle.   Bullocks (429) averaged 245.1p and sold to 319.1p per kg for a pair of 257kg Limousin crosses from Trien Croft, Carbost, and £1,355 gross for a pair of 615kg Limousin crosses from Udale, Poyntzfield.  
25/4/2017
Voters reminded to mark their Council Election ballot papers with numbers
Voters taking part in the forthcoming Highland Council elections on Thursday 4 May are reminded that in filling in their ballot papers they should use numbers against the name of candidates in order of choice, using 1, 2, 3 and so on - and not a cross.   The system being used to count the votes is the Single Transferable Vote.  
25/4/2017
Croft House Grants Awarded
Over £948,000 has been awarded to help crofters in some of Scotland's most rural and remote communities benefit from better housing.   29 crofters will share the funding which enables them to build or improve homes, helping to retain and attract people to rural communities.  
25/4/2017
Council's Energy Designer Nominated For Top National AwardThumbnail for article : Council's Energy Designer Nominated For Top National Award
A design engineer with The Highland Council has been shortlisted in Scottish Renewables' Young Professionals Green Energy Awards.   The awards recognise anyone who is contributing to the renewable energy sector in Scotland and who has worked in the industry for five years or less.  
25/4/2017
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 25 April 2017
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (April, 25th) sold 33 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (12) averaged 215.9p (N/C) and sold to 220.0p per kg and £1,343.75 gross.  
25/4/2017
Scottish Welfare Fund
The Scottish Welfare Fund continues to help Scottish households in need.   Scotland's Chief Statistician today released statistics on the Scottish Welfare Fund covering the period from 1 April 2013 to 31 December 2016.  
25/4/2017
Regulating The Legal Profession
Consumer protection will be at the heart of an independent review into how legal services are regulated, Legal Affairs Minister Annabelle Ewing has announced.   The review, led by NHS 24 chair Esther Roberton, will make recommendations to modernise laws underpinning the legal profession's current regulatory system including how complaints are handled.  
25/4/2017
Tracking Scotland's Changing Landscape
A new way of tracking and reporting on Scotland's ever-changing landscapes has been launched this week by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).   Scotland's Landscape Monitoring Programme (LMP) is accessible on SNH’s website allowing anyone to follow how our dynamic landscapes change over the years.  
Pipers to lead pupils back to school at new Wick CampusThumbnail for article : Pipers to lead pupils back to school at new Wick Campus
Around 400 pupils and teachers attending Newton Park Primary school and Nursery at Wick Campus in Wick will walk to their new school on Wednesday 26 April setting off at 9am from the Old Pulteneytown Academy building.   The procession of pupils in their new school uniforms will be led by Highland Bagpipers Alistair Miller and Chester Henry, a P7 pupil, along the new pedestrian access path and ramp down to the new building.  
24/4/2017
Paramedics to deliver more care in the community
Extra funding for the Scottish Ambulance Service will help them up-skill paramedics, treat more patients in the community and reduce the numbers requiring hospital admission.   A total of £6.3 million Scottish Government funding will support delivery of the Towards 2020: Taking Care to the Patient strategy - focusing on increasing the Service's capacity for care at home or in the community.  
21/4/2017
200 New Jobs At Wester Ross Dry Dock
Kishorn Dry Dock in Strathcarron, Wester Ross, will come out of a 23 year long hibernation after an agreement to use the site during the construction of the world's largest floating wind farm.  HIE has invested £158,932 in the £450,000 costs of upgrading the dry dock in readiness for new contracts.  
20/4/2017
Highland Council Signs New Deal To Save Millions
Mears signs new cost savings deal on PPP Highland schools project.   Mears has signed a new deal with the Highland Council which will see millions of pounds saved over the lifetime of the Private Public Partnership (PPP) Highland Schools Project.  
20/4/2017
SRUC Launches New Strategy To Deliver For Rural Scotland
Scotland's Rural College launches its new strategy today (19.04.17), setting out the direction it will take to better serve Scotland's rural communities and economy.   The launch begins a month-long period of discussion with staff, students and stakeholders to determine how the goals set out in the discussion document, ‘Towards a new strategy for SRUC', should be delivered effectively at regional, national and international levels.  
20/4/2017
Dingwall & Highland Marts - Sale 20 April 2017
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts, (April, 20th) sold 429 sheep of all classes.   Lambs (331) averaged £42.75 and sold to £73 gross for Blackfaces from Bogburn Farm, Duncanston.  
19/4/2017
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Bull Sales - 19th April 2017 - Overall Champion PhotoThumbnail for article : Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Bull Sales - 19th April 2017 - Overall Champion Photo
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (April, 19th) sold 16 pedigree bulls at their annual show and sale sponsored by Messrs Mackenzie, Whitebog, Fortrose, Aardvark Contracting Limited, Fortrose, Bank of Scotland & Surecalf with Zoetis.   The judge, Mr R.  
19/4/2017
Changes To Daily Catch Limits For Unlicensed/hobby FishermenThumbnail for article : Changes To Daily Catch Limits For Unlicensed/hobby Fishermen
New regulations effective from 17 April 2017 restrict the numbers of certain shellfish species that can be taken by unlicensed fishing boats on a daily basis.   The Shellfish (Restrictions on Taking by Unlicensed Fishing Boats) (Scotland) Order 2017 sets daily restrictions on taking by unlicensed boats as: Lobster 1 Nephrops 10 Crab (any species) 5 Scallops 6 Fishing vessels that are registered in the UK (with the Register of Shipping and Seamen in Cardiff) are only allowed to fish if they have the necessary licence to do so, and a fishing vessel licence is required to land catches of sea fish for profit.  
19/4/2017
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Bull Sales - 19th April 2017 - Reserve Champion PhotoThumbnail for article : Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Bull Sales - 19th April 2017 - Reserve Champion Photo
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (April, 19th) sold 16 pedigree bulls at their annual show and sale sponsored by Messrs Mackenzie, Whitebog, Fortrose, Aardvark Contracting Limited, Fortrose, Bank of Scotland & Surecalf with Zoetis.   The judge, Mr R.  
19/4/2017
Highlands And Islands Enterprise (HIE) Graduate VacanciesThumbnail for article : Highlands And Islands Enterprise (HIE) Graduate Vacancies
Working for HIE.   Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is the Scottish Government's economic and community development agency for a region that covers more than half of Scotland.