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Gail Ross (SNP) Elected As MSP For Caithness Sutherland and RossThumbnail for article : Gail Ross (SNP) Elected As MSP For Caithness Sutherland and Ross
The result in Caithness , Sutherland and Ross.   Gail Ross - SNP - 13,937 Jamie Stone - Scottish Lib Dems - 10,024 Struan Mackie - Scottish Conservatives - 4912 Leah Francetti - Scottish Labour - 3334 Turnout 58.4%.  
Reaching customers overseas - Caithness event
Local business support organisations in Caithness are coming together on Thursday 12th May 2016 in Thurso to host an event as part of an ongoing initiative to help local businesses find out about, and harness, the support available to do business overseas.   Entitled ‘Reaching Customers Overseas', the event will take place at Caithness Horizons between 1-4pm.  
Communities to be consulted on public conveniences
The budget for operating public conveniences across Highland was reduced by £250,000 in 2016/17 and a further £344,000 in 2017/18, at Highland Council in February 2016 as part of the overall budget savings, leaving a budget of £639,000 thereafter.   The council operates 102 public conveniences and 27 comfort schemes with annual costs of £1.233 million.  
Wednesday 11th May - 09:00am -19:30pm Thursday 12th May - 09:00am - 21:00pm Pulteney Centre, Wick: Huddart St, Wick, Caithness KW1 5BA The event will be a chance for people to learn about the new Archive as a whole, and find out what jobs are on offer by meeting the various different subcontractors, security, highlife highland etc.   Recruitment has begun in earnest for the new NDA Archive based in Wick.  
Pay all social care workers living wage, says UNISON
UNISON is calling on all employers to pay the living wage to care workers and all councils to adopt UNISON's Ethical Care Charter in its Social care manifesto for Scotland to improve working conditions for some of the worst paid public workers in Scotland.   UNISON manifesto Social Care in Scotland is launched today (Monday 2 May2016).  
Top marks from Education Scotland Inspectors for North Highland College UHIThumbnail for article : Top marks from Education Scotland Inspectors for North Highland College UHI
North Highland College UHI has received a very positive report following a recent Education Scotland review of its Further Education provision across its campuses in Thurso, Dornoch and Alness.  The independent review, carried out by Education Scotland inspectors on behalf of the Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council (SFC), took place in February and resulted in an overall judgement of "effective", the highest level possible.  
Housing initiatives aim to prevent homelessness and improve people's lives
Members of the Community Services Committee have warmly welcomed the initiatives being undertaken to prevent homelessness and improve the lives of homeless people in Highland.   The Temporary Accommodation Re-Provisioning Project aims to reduce the use of leased private sector rooms and bed and breakfast type accommodation and invest the savings generated in the building and acquisition of Council owned accommodation.  
Road Maintenance budgets to be devolved to Local Area Committees
The budget for Road Maintenance for 2016-17 is to be distributed between the eight Local Area Committees to enable greater local decision making in line with the Council's localism agenda.   The budget for road maintenance contains four main and distinct activities.  
Record year for regional airport operatorThumbnail for article : Record year for regional airport operator
Regional airport operator HIAL has handled more passengers than ever, according to latest figures for the last financial year.  The airport group, which operates 11 airports across Scotland, handled 1,437,625 passengers in 2015/16, up by more than 6000 on the previous year.  
Xodus wins framework agreement for Employers Representative Services with SSE
Xodus Group has been awarded a framework agreement with energy company SSE to provide Employers Representative Services for the development and ongoing improvements of its electrical networks.   The contract is for three years with potential extension for a further two years and is estimated to be worth in excess of £1million.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 26 April 2016
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (April, 26th) sold 22 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (12) averaged 187.5p (-1.3p) and sold to 192p per kg and £1,248.00 gross.  
More places in Highlands and Islands get set for a superfast boost
More than 122,000 households and businesses across the Highlands and Islands now have access to their fastest-ever broadband speeds through the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband rollout.   New street cabinets to deliver the high-speed services to the first of the premises in Sullom Voe in Shetland, Dores at Loch Ness and Connel in Argyll are among the latest to go live, with 70% of the region's total number of premises now able to connect.  
Health and wellbeing has never been further up the agenda with the introduction of sugar tax, statistics on obesity levels in our future generations and the increasing attention being paid to our metal health.   Caithness is set to play its part in raising awareness and looking at alternative ways to live our lives with the return of a wellbeing festival aimed body, mind and spirit.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Portree - 23 April 2016
PORTREE, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (April, 23rd) sold 72 store cattle, 14 breeding cattle, 16 OTM cattle and 46 sheep.  Bullocks (36) averaged 219.5p and sold to 314.7p per kg for 197kg Limousin crosses from 8 Torvaig, Portree, and £970 gross for a 445kg Limousin cross from 1 & 2 Stenscholl, Staffin.  
Dingwall and Highland Marts - Sale 21 April 2016
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts, (April, 21st) sold 425 sheep of all classes.  Lambs (262) averaged £45.23 and sold to £80 gross for Suffolk crosses from Wester Muckernich, Tore.