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Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 22 September 2017
FORT WILLIAM, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (September, 22nd) sold 4235 store sheep of all classes.   Lambs (3,434) Sold to £67.50 gross for a pen of Cheviot lambs from Annbank, Kilchoan.  
Aerospace And Defence Sector Opportunities In The Region Highlighted At Event
Aerospace and defence sector opportunities in the region highlighted at event Businesses in the Highlands and Islands are being invited to a free workshop to find out how the region can benefit from opportunities in the aerospace, defence, security and space industries.   It will be held in at An Lòchran, Inverness Campus on Tuesday 26 September 2017 The event is organised by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and ADS Scotland which is the Scottish branch of the aerospace, defence, security and space industry trade organisation, ADS.  
The Mess Of Broadband In Highland Highlighted Again
Rhoda Grant MSP challenged the First Minister on the reports that the UK Government has rebuked the Scottish Government for their failure to rollout broadband fast enough.   "Both the UK and Scottish Governments have failed in their delivery of broadband across Scotland, especially in the Highlands and Islands, and now they are squabbling amongst themselves.  
Highland Council joins Scotland's battle to wage war on waste
The Highland Council has signed up to join Recycle Week's army of ambassadors in a bid to get Scotland recycling more.   Recycle Week, which takes place from 25 September to 1 October 2017, is the annual UK-wide campaign to raise awareness of the vital importance of recycling.  
Celebrating The Contribution Communities Make To Scotland
Over 250 community leaders from across Scotland will meet in Aviemore today and tomorrow (21-22 September) at a national conference to look at the impact and future role of community-led development on Scotland's social and economic fortunes.   The event, hosted by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and supported by the Scottish Government, brings together community groups, academia and experts to discuss the vital contribution communities make to Scotland and consider how to support their continuing and increasing ambitions.  
Latest Highland & Moray Fisheries Local Action Group funding approvals
Two Highland businesses have successfully secured funding through the Highland & Moray Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) to boost business and create jobs in their local area.   Ullapool based Ockran Oysters Ltd will receive £12,500 to invest in new grading equipment that will allow them to double their oyster production during busy periods while Isle of Ewe Boatyard will invest a similar amount in a new boat cradle and winch to allow the business to cater for larger vessels.  
Watch Out For Gas Poisoning SymptomsThumbnail for article : Watch Out For Gas Poisoning Symptoms
Dr.  Ranj Singh states that ‘a third (32%) of people would not recognise' symptoms of CO and would think they were caused by other illnesses.  
SAC Consulting Calls On Farmers To Take Action Following Wet SummAC
SAC Consulting, part of Scotland's Rural College, is calling on all livestock farmers in areas affected by wet summer weather to plan for the coming winter to ensure adequate feed levels.   Andrew Taylor, based at the SAC Consulting office in Ayr commented, "The poor weather over the past few months has caused many farms to house stock earlier than anticipated.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 20 September 2017
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (September, 20th) sold 1164 store cattle at their annual show and sale of Aberdeen Angus, native and continental store cattle sponsored by Johnston Carmichael Chartered Accountants, Inverness & Zoetis with Surecalf.   The judge, Mr D.  
Team behind multi-million pound Inverness Active Travel project celebrate funding competition success
The team behind the Inverness City Active Travel Network project met up with stakeholders and community representatives in Inverness today (Wednesday 20 September) to celebrate being awarded £6.5M of Community Links PLUS funding following the announcement made by the Minister for Transport and the Islands in Glasgow on Monday.   Highland Council and partners have been able to identify matching investment of over £7M, which includes the West Link active travel infrastructure, Inverness Railway Station cycle parking infrastructure, Safer Routes to School interventions, and smarter travel promotion.  
Empowering Teachers - More Freedom and More Responsibility - Do Teachers Want It?
DFM: we will not return to era of prescription.   Empowering schools and freeing teachers to teach is at the heart of Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) and of the next phase of school reform, Deputy First Minister and Education Secretary John Swinney has said.  
Report highlights threat of marine plastics to seabirdsThumbnail for article : Report highlights threat of marine plastics to seabirds
A new report has highlighted the threat marine plastic pollution poses to seabirds in the northeastern Atlantic region.  Researchers found that, of 34 seabird species investigated, 74% have ingested plastic.  
More Support For Young Carers
A new Young Carer Grant - worth £300 a year - will be part of a new package of support for young carers, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced today on a visit to the Edinburgh Young Carers Project.   The grant will be awarded to young carers aged 16 to 18 who do at least 16 hours of caring a week, but do not qualify for Carer's Allowance.  
Homelessness And Rough Sleeping Action Group
£50 million ‘Ending Homelessness Together' fund.   Further details of a new short term action group which will identify the actions and changes needed to end rough sleeping and transform the use of temporary accommodation in Scotland, has been announced by Housing Minister Kevin Stewart in a Ministerial statement today.  
Four Scottish local authorities successful in multi-million pound active travel design competition, Community Links PLUS
The Minister for Transport and Islands Humza Yousaf MSP, today announced that five ambitious active travel proposals from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling and Inverness have been successful in the final judging of the Sustrans Scotland's Community Links PLUS (CLPLUS) competition.   Run by Sustrans and funded by the Scottish Government, the competition delivers pioneering and game-changing projects which inspire public bodies in Scotland to design better places and spaces for people to live, walk and cycle in for everyday journeys.  
Highland Councillors visit Police Control Room Dundee
Chair of Resources Councillor Alister Mackinnon and Scrutiny Lead for Police and Fire Services, Councillor Matthew Reiss visited the Dundee Police Control Room on Monday 18 September 2017, following an invitation from Police Scotland.   Cllr Reiss said: "We welcomed the opportunity to see for ourselves how the new contact, command and control approach is intended to work.  
Deadline Approaching To Register To Sell E-cigarettes
Retailers who sell Nicotine Vapour Products (NVPs) - more commonly known as e-cigarettes and e-liquids - have until 30 September 2017 to update the Register of Tobacco and Nicotine Vapour Product Retailers to show that they sell NVPs.  Retailers who fail to update the Register by this date will be committing an offence.  
Graduating Apprentices "the Future Of The Far North"Thumbnail for article : Graduating Apprentices
Eleven young people who have completed their Dounreay apprentice training are "very much a part of the future of the far north." Guest speaker Jamie Stone MP told the audience at the apprentice indenture ceremony that took place last Friday that, as Dounreay continues to decommission, the newly indentured apprentices would be an important part of the area's ability to offer a skilled and innovative workforce.   Dounreay Managing Director and former nuclear industry apprentice Phil Craig added: “I am very proud that we are celebrating yet another group of talented apprentices.  
Almost Five Million Households At Risk From Illegal Gas FittersThumbnail for article : Almost Five Million Households At Risk From Illegal Gas Fitters
Employing tradespeople based on looks rather than qualifications is putting Brits at risk Two-thirds of gas jobs carried out by illegal fitters found to be unsafe by Gas Safe Register.   New research has revealed that almost five million people across the UK are putting themselves at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions by employing illegal gas engineers who aren't properly qualified.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 19 September 2017
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (September, 19th) sold 32 prime cattle.   Prime heifers (32) averaged 216.7p (-5.5p) and sold to 226.0p per kg and £1,537.00 gross.