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31/1/2015
Police Scotland issues warning and security advice following reported thefts of heating oil across the north Thumbnail for article : Police Scotland issues warning and security advice following reported thefts of heating oil across the north
Following a number of reported thefts of heating oil and kerosene from rural properties in the north Highlands, Police Scotland are advising local farmers, commercial premises owners and householders to take appropriate security measures to secure their fuel tanks and supplies.   Operating in secluded areas where oil tanks can be easily approached in darkness or under the cover of trees can make the those within the rural communities especially susceptible to this type of theft.  
31/1/2015
Loan Rates Reducing
Tesco Bank has reduced the interest rate on small loans between £1,000 and £2,999 to 14.9%APR representative (reduced from 18.4%), offering customers a market-leading rate for small loans.   The new interest rate is effective immediately.  
31/1/2015
Top 50 Signs Of A MumThumbnail for article : Top 50 Signs Of A Mum
Buying gallons of milk, always having a packet of wet wipes to hand and knowing the words to ‘Let it Go' are just some of the signs of being a mum, it has been revealed.   They'll also be yearning for a long lie in, have photos of their children as a screensaver and have learnt how to swear under their breath.  
31/1/2015
NEST Pensions - Tell us what you'll pay (Employer accounts)Thumbnail for article : NEST Pensions - Tell us what you'll pay (Employer accounts)
This is one of several information videos for employers about the new pension system..  
31/1/2015
Employers, are you ready for auto enrolment?Thumbnail for article : Employers, are you ready for auto enrolment?
NEST is a simple, great value pension scheme any employer can use to meet their new automatic enrolment duties.  The duties started to be introduced from October 2012 and will affect all UK employers over the next few years.  
31/1/2015
Creating a NEST employer accountThumbnail for article : Creating a NEST employer account
Simple instructions to guide employers to set up the NESt pensions..  
30/1/2015
A New Start for HomeAid Caithness & Sutherland as Jobs and Traineeships Secured
Social enterprise New Start Highland has safeguarded the future of HomeAid Caithness & Sutherland as it announces it is due to start running its daily operations at the end of this month.   The move protects ten current jobs as well as existing and future traineeships and plans are in place to create more local jobs in the Caithness area.  
29/1/2015
Do We Still Need The Committee On Radio Active Waste Watchdog?
A review of the committee that provides independent advice to the UK Government on the long-term management of radioactive waste has been announced.   It is the second Triennial Review of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM), part of the government's commitment to ensuring non-departmental public bodies "continue to have regular independent challenge".  
29/1/2015
Thurso welcomes funding boost for The North
Local MP, John Thurso, today welcomed the announcement that communities in the North are set to benefit from the latest round of awards from the UK government's Coastal Communities Fund (CCF).  The Coastal Communities Fund is financed by the government through the allocation of funding equivalent to 50% of the revenues from the Crown Estate's marine activities in that area.  
29/1/2015
LOCAL LABOUR CANDIDATE WILL FIGHT FOR HIGH WAGE JOBS IN CAITHNESS
The Scottish Labour candidate for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, John Erskine has vowed to fight to attract high wage jobs to the constituency if elected in May.   This vow comes after figures from the Trussell Trust revealed that for the month of December 2014, 48% of users of their food banks in Caithness had to do so because of low wages.  
29/1/2015
INQUIRY REPORT INTO ARMED POLICE POLICY PUBLISHED
The Scottish Police Authority (SPA) is today publishing the findings and recommendations of its scrutiny inquiry into the public impacts of Police Scotland's decision in 2013 to authorise its trained Armed Response Vehicle officers to operate under a Firearms Standing Authority.   Among its key findings, the scrutiny inquiry found that: - a public attitudes survey of over 1,000 people found that public concerns about armed police may have been less widespread in Scotland than media coverage and civic comment may have suggested (with a narrow majority of respondents supporting the Police Scotland approach, and over three-quarters of respondents expressing no negative impact on their trust and confidence in Police Scotland as a result of the policy); - Police Scotland underestimated the community feelings that would be generated among a significant minority of the population from armed police officers being sent to routine calls and incidents, and that in some parts of the country this represented a perceived and significant change in policing style; and - the absence of a proactive communications and engagement strategy on armed policing ahead of implementation in 2013 contributed to subsequent public misunderstandings around the scale and deployment of armed officers in Scotland, and that despite considerable communications work by Police Scotland during 2014 these misunderstandings remain prevalent today.  
29/1/2015
STEWART RAISES "CRITICAL SHORTAGE" OF EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST NUMBERS
David Stewart, Scottish Labour MSP for the Highlands and Islands, raised concerns over the "dangerously low" numbers of Educational Psychologists in Scotland during a Members Business debate in the Parliament today.   Mr Stewart, who had called the debate which received cross-party support, criticised the Scottish Government for failing to address the “critical shortage” of Educational Psychologists in Scotland.  
28/1/2015
British workers run out of steam by 1.40pm on Thursday
The average British worker ‘runs out of steam' by 1.40pm on a Thursday, a study has revealed.   Reearchers found that after a long week of dealing with hectic schedules and hefty workloads, most workers begin to wilt by Thursday afternoon.  
28/1/2015
Global Plastic Production Rises, Recycling Lags
For more than 50 years, global production of plastic has continued to rise.  Some 299 million tons of plastics were produced in 2013, representing a 4 percent increase over 2012.  
28/1/2015
Dingwall & Highland Marts - Sale 28 January 2015
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts, (January, 28th) sold 2955 sheep of all classes.   Lambs (2280) averaged £57.88 and sold to £88.50 gross for Texel crosses from Teanluick, Beauly.  
27/1/2015
Pilot of choice based lettings to be launched in CaithnessThumbnail for article : Pilot of choice based lettings to be launched in Caithness
Next Wednesday (4 February) the four housing partners of the Highland Housing Register in Caithness will be hosting special sessions in Wick and Thurso to let people know about an exciting new way of allocating some of its properties, giving applicants much more choice about the housing they will be offered.   For a period from 16 February 2015 onwards, vacancies will be advertised to promote choice.  
27/1/2015
Grant Seeks Scottish Landfill Tax Exemption Guarantee for Berridale Braes Works
Highland & Islands MSP, Rhoda Grant is seeking confirmation from the Scottish Government that significant road improvement works planned to take place on the Berriedale Braes in Caithness will be exempted from landfill tax which could skyrocket project costs on the long overdue scheme.   From April 2015, landfill tax collected from landfill operators will go to Revenue Scotland and will become the Scottish Landfill Tax.  
27/1/2015
MSP calls for more broadband funding for the Highlands and Islands
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, and long term campaigner for better broadband services, Rhoda Grant, has written to the Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Keith Brown, calling on him to allocate more funding to the Highlands and Islands for improved broadband services.   Mrs Grant understands the Scottish Government has further monies available for this and are currently making decisions on spending priorities.  
27/1/2015
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 27 January 2015
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (January, 27th) sold 40 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (22) averaged 218.3p (+4.9p) and sold to 224p per kg and £1,482.40 gross.