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E-cigarette Restrictions - New rules for purchase and supply of vapour productsThumbnail for article : E-cigarette Restrictions - New rules for purchase and supply of vapour products
From today (1 April 2017), new rules apply to the sale and purchase of tobacco and nicotine vapour products - known as NVPs or e-cigarettes.   This legislative changes mean that: it is illegal to sell NVPs to anyone under 18 it is illegal to buy NVPs for someone under 18 all retailers selling tobacco or NVPs will need to be registered stores will need to have an age verification policy for sales of tobacco and NVPs an unauthorised person under 18 will not be able to sell these products These were introduced in the Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc.  
Employability and social security legislation come into effect
New arrangements to support people who receive benefits and the long term employed come into effect today.   The devolution of powers through the Scotland Act 2016 now has employability services delivered by the Scottish Government with 12 month transitional arrangements set to launch on Monday.  
Economy Secretary Confirms New Structure To Boost Productivity - HIE Board Retained
Changes to the enterprise and skills support system will drive forward Scotland's ambitions to be a top performing OECD nation, Economy Secretary Keith Brown has said.   Updating Parliament, Mr Brown confirmed details of a new Strategic Board that will reset the relationship enterprise and skills agencies have with businesses.  
Supporting New Farmers - £2.5 million to support new businessesThumbnail for article : Supporting New Farmers - £2.5 million to support new businesses
More than £2.5 million has been awarded to help and develop new entrants into farming.   The funding will support the next generation of farmers while increasing opportunities for young people to establish a career in agriculture.  
Public services are top priority for vast majority of Scottish voters, says polling
UNISON launches its manifesto for the local government elections in Scotland today ‘For fairness and democracy: keep it local' (1 April 2017).  It is launched with polling from Survation showing that public services are the top priority for voters (70%); followed by the economy (51%); and job security and availability (44%).  
Social Care For VeteransThumbnail for article : Social Care For Veterans
£5 million to ensure veterans get full war pensions.   Veterans who receive social care in Scotland will now get the full value of their war pensions thanks to £5 million of funding, Health Secretary Shona Robison has announced.  
Tributes paid to Caithness Highland CouncillorThumbnail for article : Tributes paid to Caithness Highland Councillor
Members and staff of the Highland Council are saddened by the passing of Councillor John Rosie on Wednesday 29 March 2017.   Councillor Rosie was elected in 1999 and served on the Council until May 2003 during which time he held the position of Convener for Caithness.  
New ambulance funding for CaithnessThumbnail for article : New ambulance funding for Caithness
Plans to increase ambulance provision in Caithness have been announced by the Scottish Ambulance Service and NHS Highland.   The investment follows a review showing an increase in inter-hospital transfers between Caithness General Hospital and Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.  
Interim changes to National 5 Qualifications
Moves to ensure the positive achievements of young people sitting National 5 qualifications continue to be recognised have been announced by Deputy First Minister John Swinney.   Mandatory unit assessments are being removed from the qualification from the 2017/18 academic year to reduce teacher and pupil workload.  
Dounreay Tri completes bond issue
Dounreay Tri Ltd has closed a EUR 45.0 million Sr Sec bond issued in the Nordic bond market.  The bonds have a tenor of 3 years and a fixed coupon of 10.0%.  
Take-over Of One Inner Sound Meygen Contactor By A Venerable Larger One
One of the contractors that has been operating in the Inner Sound for Atlantis RL's MeyGen site has been taken over by another, a much-larger one.   See note on Insight Marine Services Ltd of Cornwall.  
Individual Training Accounts Launched
Scheme to boost access to qualifications for job seekers and low paid workers.   A new scheme will make it easier for job seekers and low paid workers to gain access to qualifications and skills training.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership Update
Week 27 March 2017 Energy & business services: Following last week's news that it has received consent from Scottish Government for its proposed Dounreay Tri floating offshore wind project off the north Caithness coast, this week Hexicon has announced a €45 million funding boost which will allow it to begin construction on the project. The offshore construction phase of the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm project also progresses, with the arrival off Caithness of the huge vessel Stanislav Yudin.  
Pilot programme to strengthen social enterprises
A new initiative is being piloted in the Highlands and Islands to strengthen the capacity, capability and governance of social enterprises.   Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has teamed up with the Bank of Scotland to provide highly qualified and experienced individuals to serve as non-executive directors on social enterprise boards.  
The Scottish Parliament Celebrates Scotland Week 2017Thumbnail for article : The Scottish Parliament Celebrates Scotland Week 2017
The Presiding Officer, the Rt Hon Ken Macintosh MSP, and Holyrood Conveners Clare Adamson MSP and Edward Mountain MSP will begin a series of engagements on behalf of the Scottish Parliament to mark Scotland Week on Sunday 2 April.   Together, the delegation will visit Winnipeg, Ottawa and New York, meeting with parliamentarians, Scottish organisations working in North America, and helping to mark Tartan Day on 6 April.  
Police in the Highlands warn public about bogus callers
Police in the Highlands are urging the public to be vigilant following a number of cold callers, bogus workmen and scam incidents being reported.   Officers have also been informed of a number of telephone scams where cold callers advise victims they have an outstanding debt and need to purchase iTunes vouchers to pay the debt.  
Global Giant Invests In Scotland
Hundreds of jobs for Glasgow as Genpact expands European base.   Global professional services firm Genpact plans to create more than 300 new jobs in Glasgow over the next five years, following a decision to expand its European operations in Scotland.  
Nuclear Supply Chain Events - Meet-the-buyer 2017 - 21 June 2017
Sellafield and Shared Services Alliance are the latest buyers to confirm they will host one-to-one meetings with suppliers.  See full list of all 16 buyers here.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 28 March 2017
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (March, 28th) sold 11 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (2) averaged 217.6p (+7.8p) and sold to 220.0p per kg and £1,210.00 gross.  
Beatrice Mini Armada Now Gathered Off South East Caithness CoastThumbnail for article : Beatrice Mini Armada Now Gathered Off South East Caithness Coast
A mini armada of specialist ships assembled Sunday 26th March.2017 as offshore work gets under way in earnest at the Beatrice wind farm site, off SE Caithness.   Flagship of the five-strong multi-million fleet is the massive 24,822 tonne 'large loads lifting vessel 'Stanislav Yudin, registered in Cyprus.