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Twenty-second year and still new things to discover and enjoy about highland past Thumbnail for article : Twenty-second year and still new things to discover and enjoy about highland past
The twenty-second Highland Archaeology Festival gets underway at the end of this week (Friday 2nd October) with another packed programme of events across the Highlands.   The fortnight-long Festival, which is co-ordinated by The Highland Council's Development and Infrastructure Service in partnership with dozens of local event organiser across the Highland Council area and in Moray, runs from Friday 2nd October to Sunday 18th October.  
Trading Standards to help Highland businesses provide new consumer rights
On 1 October 2015 the law changes as new consumer rights come into force.   The Highland Council's Trading Standards team is offering advice and assistance to Highland businesses to ensure that they continue to give their customers a good and fair deal.  
Highland Council continues to consult on budget savings
Significant energy is being spent on work to plan ahead and identify savings to address the anticipated budget gap.   The Council meeting in June 2015 considered a report which estimated a forecast budget deficit for the next three financial years of £46.28 million.  
Breakthrough Achievement in supporting the recruitment of retained firefighters
Community Planning Partners (CPP) in Highland have agreed unanimously to support the recruitment of retained firefighters.   Chair of the CPP Board and Leader of The Highland Council, Councillor Margaret Davidson said: "Resilient communities are dependent on having trained fire fighters available and accessible.  
Views sought on ­­Highland Planning Policies through new consultation portal
Consultations commence on a review of the Highland-Wide Local Development Plan, Onshore Wind Energy Guidance and the Local Housing Strategy.   The Highland Council has today launched three online consultations on planning and housing issues across the area, including a review of its main planning policy document the Highland-wide Local Development Plan.  
Council Committee to discuss community transport grants
Details of a process for a call for community transport grants applications will be considered by The Highland Council's Community Services Committee at their meeting on 5th November 2015.   Twenty-two third sector organisations are currently grant funded through transport services and have been advised that their grants expire on 31st March 2016.  
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Week Commencing 21st September 2015 Energy & Business Services It is good to note this week's coverage in the local press of the arrival of the cable-laying vessel "Siem Daya 1" in the Pentland Firth as part of Atlantis Resources Ltd's MeyGen tidal project.  Following the successful completion of directional drilling for the cables that will take power from the four Phase 1A devices to the onshore Power Conversion Unit at Ness of Quoys, the laying of the cables this week marks a further milestone for the project.  
Meygen Project Autumn Update 2015 Thumbnail for article : Meygen Project Autumn Update 2015
It is nearly 12 months since the world's largest tidal stream array project reached nancial close for Phase 1A.  The purpose of this newsletter is to provide readers with an update on construction progress and to showcase the companies and skills within Scotland who are contributing to the delivery of this ground breaking and world leading project .  
FORT WILLIAM, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd. - Sale 25 September 2015
FORT WILLIAM, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (September, 25th) sold 3,273 store sheep of all classes.   Lambs (2,518) averaged £39.05 per head and sold to £75 gross for a Suffolk ram lamb from 1 Bunacaimbe, Arisaig.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sales 24 September 2015
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (September, 24th) sold 3,832 breeding and store sheep.   Breeding ewes (2,169) sold to £98 gross for Cheviots from the reduction of the Buldoo flock, Dunbeath.  
Lord Lieutenant salutes Dounreay on 60 years of apprenticesThumbnail for article : Lord Lieutenant salutes Dounreay on 60 years of apprentices
The latest batch of Dounreay's newly qualified skilled workers were encouraged to make the most of the exciting opportunities and challenges ahead.   This year Dounreay's new recruits are the sixtieth group of apprentices in a long line of young people joining the site's highly respected apprenticeship scheme since 1955.  
Robots to rip out reactor coreThumbnail for article : Robots to rip out reactor core
A range of unusual devices have been designed and built by Dounreay's in-house design team over the years.  Probing the depths of a former nuclear reactor with remotely controlled equipment isn't a simple process and requires some ingenious thinking.  
Teacher recruitment - Education Secretary announces campaign to attract more teachers
The Scottish Government will launch a campaign to encourage more teachers to enter the profession, the Education Secretary announced at the Scottish Learning Festival in Glasgow today.   The recruitment campaign will particularly focus on attracting teachers to STEM subjects - science, technology, engineering and maths.  
Survey on changes to X99 service - Inverness to ThursoThumbnail for article : Survey on changes to X99 service -  Inverness to Thurso
Following discussions at recent meetings of the Caithness Transport Forum and Caithness Bus Users Group on Stagecoach's proposed changes to the X99 Inverness-Thurso service, Caithness Chamber of Commerce has launched a short survey asking local bus users to note whether they would prefer that the 16:40 or the 17:40 northbound journey be retained, and seeking further information on usage of the service (e.g.  for leisure, hospital appointments, etc.) The survey is available online at , and will run until 5pm on Wednesday 30th September 2015.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 22 September 2015
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (September, 22nd) sold 41 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (14) averaged 216.5p (-3.2p) and sold to 230p per kg and £1,365.25 gross.  
European Social Fund (ESF) programme allocation
The Highland Council welcomes the announcement of the approval to this first stage of the roll-out of the new European Social Fund (ESF) Employability Programme for Highland which will be operating up to December 2018.   This will allow the Council and Partners to develop the detailed operational programmes, which will deliver services to people with barriers to employment and provide incentives to employment for small and medium enterprises in Highland.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sales 23 September 2015
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (September, 23rd) sold 916 store cattle at their annual show and sale of Aberdeen Angus, native and continental store cattle sponsored by Brogan Fuels.  The judge, Mr D.  
PORTREE, Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 21 September 2015
PORTREE, Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd., (September, 21st) sold 1,246 weaned calves and store cattle at their annual district ballot show and sale.   The judge, Mr J.  
UK will lead the EU 'big five' on broadband for next five years
The UK will outperform other major European countries on a range of fixed telecoms measures for the next five years, and become one of the best performing countries worldwide by 2020, according to a new international benchmarking study by global telecoms adviser Analysys Mason.   The report confirms that the UK is already ahead of its European peers on measures such as superfast broadband [1] coverage, take-up and average speeds.  
Embark on an autumnal escapade this October half-term with Natural RetreatsThumbnail for article : Embark on an autumnal escapade this October half-term with Natural Retreats
With the summer holidays at an end, now is the perfect time to beat the impending winter blues by booking an October half-term break with Natural Retreats.  With an array of autumnal activities available over the coming months, from seasonal specials to Halloween horrors, Natural Retreats is the perfect option for adventurous families looking to explore the great outdoors.