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HIAL Supports Devolving of Air Passenger Duty
Inglis Lyon, MD of Scottish regional airport operator HIAL, said: "We welcome the Smith Commission's proposals to devolve APD to Scotland.   Although flights departing from the Highlands and Islands are exempt from APD, the tax does apply to cross border flights into Inverness, which account for 87% of its passenger traffic, and to arriving and departing flights at Dundee.  
Radon testing at Highland Council propertiesThumbnail for article : Radon testing at Highland Council properties
The next phase of The Highland Council's on-going programme to check its properties for levels of naturally occurring radon gas is to take place in 34 schools throughout the region commencing in December 2014.   The programme is risk based, with previous testing focused on housing and schools considered to be in higher risk areas.  
Highland Council has saved over £476k and cut carbon emissions through reduced business mileage
Highland Council has saved a total of over £476k and cut carbon emissions through reduced business mileage over the past 4 years.   Councillors' total expenses have reduced by 10.1% and the cost of reimbursing employees for mileage has reduced by 15.9%.  
Highland Council agrees £164k funding for welfare advice and support
THE Highland Council Resources Committee has approved the use of £163,920 from the Council's Welfare Fund to provide tailored welfare advice clinics across the Highlands, through the CAB network, starting in the New Year, from January 2015 until March 2016.  This includes £3,000 to provide specialist training for CAB workers to provide advice to people with mental ill health.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 27 November 2014
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (November, 27th) sold 2,585 store sheep.  Lambs (1,740) averaged £53.22 and sold to £87 gross for a pen Suffolks from Garfield, Dingwall.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 26 November 2014
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (November, 26th) sold 561 weaned calves and store cattle, 27 adult head of breeding cattle 149 OTM cattle.  Weaned bullocks (234) averaged 248p and sold to 307.7p per kilo for a 195kg Limousin cross from Cranford, Gollanfield, and £1,260 gross for a 565kg Charolais cross from Torgormack, Beauly.  
Indian Restaurant In Wick Under New OwnershipThumbnail for article : Indian Restaurant In Wick Under New Ownership
The former Curry House in Bridge Street, Wick has changed hands.   The new owner Iqbal has chosen the name 'Red Rose Indian Restaurant".  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 25 November 2014
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (November, 25th) sold 101 prime cattle at its Christmas Show & Sale sponsored by The Royal Bank of Scotland, John M.  Munro Butchers, MacRae & Dick Landrover Centre, Craiglands Quarry, and Scot JCB and judged by Mr W.  
"End the uncertainty over schools and savings for less than a pound a week" says Highland Council Independent Group
The 34-strong Independent Group at Highland Council is calling on the people of the Highlands to help protect the vital services that the SNP/LibDem/Lab coalition is willing to sacrifice in the name of austerity.   Cllr Carolyn Wilson, Leader of the Independent Group said: "Despite the recent announcement of a u-turn on the length of the school day by Cllr Maxine Smith, Budget Leader on behalf of the SNP/LibDem/Lab coalition, we are still extremely concerned about the lack of clarity around the shortening of the school day.  
Highland Council removes reduction in school week from immediate proposals
The SNP/LibDem/Labour Administration of Highland council today announced that, having listened to the concerns of the public regarding proposals to reduce the primary school week, they have decided to remove the proposal from year 1 (2015/16), to allow further work on the detail and to minimise any impact on schools.   Budget Leader, Maxine Smith (Scottish National Party) said: "We are currently considering the responses to our consultation and listening carefully to what people are saying and early feedback suggests there are major concerns regarding the primary school week.  
Tracker Recovers AMG Demonstrator Stolen from Employee's HomeThumbnail for article : Tracker Recovers AMG Demonstrator Stolen from Employee's Home
An employee from a Mercedes-Benz dealership in Central Scotland got a nasty surprise, when he woke up to see a demonstrator vehicle he'd been authorised to take home, had been stolen off his drive.  Fortunately, the AMG Mercedes worth over £50,000, was fitted with a TRACKER Plus for Mercedes-Benz stolen vehicle recovery unit, which was key in helping police recover the car before the end of the same day.  
uSwitch Mobile Awards 2014Thumbnail for article : uSwitch Mobile Awards 2014
Last night's annual Mobile Awards, held in London's Gherkin, revealed the UK's most popular mobile manufacturers, networks and retailers, as voted for by consumers and a judging panel of tech journalists.   People's Choice: - Three wins three out of the 10 awards voted for by consumers, including best pay monthly network and best value for money.  
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Week Commencing 17 November 2014 Energy & Business services: A representative from a large engineering company visited the area this week, and was able to see at first hand the range of companies, facilities and opportunities available in the area.  We had an extremely productive discussion on oil & gas and renewables opportunities.  
Budget Leader welcomes outstanding response to consultation
A huge number of responses have been received as part of the phase two Budget Consultation.  There were 4 key strands to this phase of the consultation including surveys of the Citizens' Panel, the Highland Communities Panel, ten Focus Groups with hard to reach groups and an online survey as well as general comments which were received.  
Caithness and Sutherland Local Development Plan events coming to Halkirk, Wick and Tongue
People living and working in Caithness and Sutherland are being encouraged to help influence a new Local Development Plan for the area known as CaSPlan.   Upcoming events include: · Halkirk on 25 November at the Ross Institute, Bridge Street; · Wick on 26 November at the Town Hall, Bridge Street; and · Tongue on 27 November at the Village Hall, Kirkiboll.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 18 November 2014
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (November, 18th) sold 40 prime cattle.  Prime bullocks (10) averaged 213.2p (-8.3p) and sold to 233p per kg for a 575kg Shorthorn cross from Sanquhar Mains, Forres, and £1,483.20 gross for a 720kg Simmental cross from Docharty Farm, Dingwall.  
Committee concerns over licensed vehicle standards
Highland Council Licensing Committee is voicing its concern that a small number of licensed taxi and PHC operators are failing to take appropriate steps to ensure their vehicles are safe and meet the standards required.   This follows three hearings at each of the last two Committee meetings, on 14 October and 11 November, following the receipt of reports from Trading Standards.  
Conference call to work together for a low Carbon HighlandsThumbnail for article : Conference call to work together for a low Carbon Highlands
Over one hundred delegates will be welcomed to The Highland Council's second Carbon CLEVER Conference on Monday 17 November, in Inverness which this year is titled "Working Together for a Low Carbon Highlands".   Highland Council Convener and Conference Chair, Councillor Jimmy Gray said: "The range of speakers and delegates who have signed up to the conference shows real commitment from organisations in Highland to address climate change, and is testament to the vision of Carbon CLEVER.  
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Weekly update from CNSRP - week commencing 10th November Energy & Business services: Andritz Hydro Hammerfest has this week confirmed Meygen's order for three of its 1.5MW tidal devices, as part of the first phase of deployment for the tidal site in the Inner Sound of the Pentland Firth.  The project reached its financial closure in September this year, with the news that local company JGC Engineering had secured a major supply contract for the devices.  
UK Superfast broadband rollout now one of the fastest in the world
The Government's rollout of superfast broadband has passed more than 1.5 million premises and is now reaching more than 40,000 additional homes and businesses every week.   In the Highlands and Islands more than 30,000 premises can now access a faster and reliable service as a result of the work carried out to date.