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Rise In Renewable Electricity
Scotland is on track for a record year of renewable electricity generation, with output in the first half of 2017 17% greater than the same period in 2016.   New figures published today by the UK Government's Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy show that Scotland continues to lead the way in renewables, delivering the equivalent of 54% of Scotland's gross electricity consumption in 2016.  
Fish Landings Increase
The value of fish landed by Scottish registered vessels in 2016 increased by 25% in real terms, according to the latest statistics published by the Scottish Government.   Driven by an increase in the value of pelagic species, 453,000 tonnes of sea fish and shellfish was landed by Scottish registered vessels, with a value of £557 million.  
Scottish Top Employers For Working Families Awards
The 2018 Scottish Top Employers for Working Families Awards are now open.  There are five categories open to employers with a workforce in Scotland.  
Independent councillor returns in by-election - Tain and Easter Ross by-election resultsThumbnail for article : Independent councillor returns in by-election - Tain and Easter Ross by-election results
The by-election for a councillor to represent the Tain and Easter Ross Ward on The Highland Council has been won by Alasdair Rhind (Independent) who was one of six candidates who contested the vacancy.   The bi-election was brought about by the resignation of Jamie Stone following his success in the Westminster elections He joins Councillors Fiona Robertson (Independent) and Derek Louden (SNP) in representing Ward 7 on The Highland Council.  
Highland Council encourages people to claim benefits they're entitled to
Highland Council is supporting the Scottish Government's campaign to raise awareness of how people can find out if they are eligible for benefits and to apply for them.   A week-long series of radio and press adverts are running to highlight the range of support available from social security, such as the Sure Start Maternity Grant, Carers Allowance and the Funeral Expenses Payment.  
Hie Appoints New DirectorThumbnail for article : Hie Appoints New Director
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has appointed a new director of business and sector development.   Originally from County Durham, David Oxley joined the organisation in 2004 as head of operations in Lochaber before moving to Forres with his wife and son in 2011 to take up the role of area manager in Moray.  
Highland Council responds to SPA decisions on the Inverness Police Control Room
The Scrutiny Lead for The Highland Council, Cllr Matthew Reiss responded to the decisions made today by the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) at their meeting in Inverness.   He said: "We are naturally deeply disappointed by the decisions today to close the Inverness Control Room and to spread the National Database Enquiry Unit between Inverness and Govan.  
Former PM considers Scotland's role in $900bn Silk Road
Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown is returning to his former university to speak at an event exploring China's $900bn initiative to stimulate economic growth.   Mr Brown is one of several international scholars and business leaders to take part in the landmark conference that will assess the potential impact of China's most significant investment since the Great Wall.  
Government Extends Suspension Of Minimum Wage Enforcement In The Social Care Sector
This will minimise disruption to the sector as we seek to ensure workers receive wages owed while we establish whether the industry needs further support.   placeholder The government today (28 September 2017) announced a further one-month suspension of minimum wage enforcement concerning sleep-in shifts in the social care sector to minimise disruption to the sector and seek to ensure workers receive the wages they are owed.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 29 September 2017
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (September, 29th) sold 6,140 store lambs.   Lambs (6,140) averaged £37.49 and sold to £64 for a Cross from Balcherry, Tain.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd -Sale 28 September 2017
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (September, 28th) sold 5,614 breeding and store sheep.   Breeding ewes (3,558) averaged £51.77 and sold to £101 for Cheviots from Craiglea Croft, Duncanston.  
Dounreay Team Begins To Empty Reactor Of Nuclear MaterialThumbnail for article : Dounreay Team Begins To Empty Reactor Of Nuclear Material
Work is underway to retrieve the last remaining radioactive fuel elements that have been stuck for decades inside the iconic Dounreay Fast Reactor (DFR).   The experimental dome-shaped nuclear reactor once led the world in fast breeder technology and after it closed in 1977 most of the core fuel was removed.  
Recycling For The FutureThumbnail for article : Recycling For The Future
Projects which are increasing recycling rates, reducing emissions and re-using resources are to receive a share of £8.4 million.   Around £4.2 million will help 17 small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) develop new products which will re-use whisky by-products, waste plastic and household furniture, through the Circular Economy Investment Fund.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 27 September 2017
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (September, 27th) sold 555 yearling weaned calves at their annual show and sale of native and continental store cattle (including an Aberdeen Angus section) sponsored by Shearwell Data & Beedie Bros.  Ltd., Haulage Contractors.  
New Life Science Building On Inverness Campus Takes A Step Forward
The development of Inverness Campus moves another step forward with tenders being invited to build a second life science building.   Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is leading on the development of the campus.  
Taste North - North Highland's Premier Food, Drink And Craft EventThumbnail for article : Taste North - North Highland's Premier Food, Drink And Craft Event
Taste North, the north Highland's premier food, drink and craft event, in association with Venture North and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), are back for the third year running and this year return to Ackergill Tower with a packed line up and a leading name in the culinary world to head up the fantastic schedule and inspire the foodie passion in us all! Nick Nairn will be joining us as our very special guest this year at Ackergill Tower on 1st October 2017.   Nick Nairn is synonymous with spreading the word about Scotland's wonderful natural larder and using it well and couldn't be better placed to highlight the phenomenal produce on the door step of Caithness & Sutherland.  
Temporary Traffic Lights At Tomnahurich Roundabout, InvernessThumbnail for article : Temporary Traffic Lights At Tomnahurich Roundabout, Inverness
Drivers are being advised that on Thursday (28 September 2017) temporary traffic lights will be in position at the A82 approach to Tomnahurich roundabout.   The temporary traffic controls are required to allow for work associated with the new West Link crossing to be carried out and will be operating from 9am until 4pm.  
Highland Council Countryside Rangers get ready for High Life transfer
The Highland Council Countryside Rangers have yet again had a busy summer getting people out into the countryside, exploring and enjoying wonderful wildlife and scenery.   Over the summer months the team have put on over 250 events involving over 4000 people.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Ram Sale - 23 September 2017
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd, (September, 23rd) sold 358 rams and females at its annual show and sale sponsored by Norvite.   The judges, Mr John & Mr James Scott, Fearn Farm, Tain, awarded the overall show champion and winner of the Mountrich trophy to a Suffolk shearling from Messrs A.  
Scottish Budget Date Announced
The Draft Budget 2018/19 will be published on 14 December, subject to parliamentary approval, as outlined today in a letter to the Finance and Constitution Committee from Finance Secretary Derek Mackay.   In keeping with last year's process, the Budget Bill timetable has been amended to provide additional time for Parliament to scrutinise the budget proposals, which Mr Mackay says demonstrates good governance and partnership working.