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Fall in Scottish unemployment
Unemployment rates in Scotland fell by nearly one percentage point over the last quarter to 4.6%, the lowest rate of unemployment since 2008 according to the latest ONS statistics published today.   The Labour Market Statistics for June to August 2016 show Scotland continues to outperform the UK on female employment, unemployment and inactivity rates.  
Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 15 October 2016
FORT WILLIAM, Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 15th) sold 286 weaned calves and store cattle, 27 OTM cattle and 5 adult head of breeding cattle.   Bullocks (179) averaged 241.8p sold to 361.3p per kg for a 155kg Limousin cross from Keil Farm, Ardgour, and £890 gross for a 405kg Aberdeen Angus cross from Glendoe Estates, Fort Augustus.  
£11.5m for secondary schools to close attainment gap - Wick High School In The North
More than a hundred secondary schools will receive up to £11.5 million for projects to close the attainment gap, Deputy First Minister John Swinney confirmed today.   The funding will enable up to 133 secondary schools with pupils living in areas of deprivation to improve their literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing.  
Public to design social security system
At least 2,000 people who have direct experience of receiving benefits are to help shape Scotland's first ever social security system.   People from across the country who currently receive a benefit which will be devolved to Scotland, or who have received it in the last year, will be recruited to help to design and test the new system to ensure it works for them.  
Scottish Land Commission To Be Based In Inverness
Key land reform body to bring around 20 new jobs to Inverness.   The Scottish Land Commission, including five Land Commissioners, the Tenant Farming Commissioner and support staff, will be based in Inverness, Land Reform Secretary Roseanna Cunningham will announce.  
Scottish economy grows 0.4%
Newsroom News Scottish economy grows 0.4% inShare Scottish economy grows 0.4% Downloads 12/10/2016 09:30 Scotland Business and Industry Economy A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.   Scottish GDP grew by 0.4% during the second quarter of 2016, according to statistics announced today by Scotland's Chief Statistician.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sheep Sale 14 October 2016
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 14th) sold 6,831 store sheep.  Lambs (5,038) averaged £46.57 and sold to £69.50 for Texel crosses from Croft 8, Inverness.  
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership Update
Week Commencing 10 October 2016 Energy & Business Services: The Beatrice Offshore Windfarm project is one of the largest private sector investments in Scotland, and to illustrate the sheer scale of the work the consortium has produced a short animation, which is available to view at Also this week, lead partner SSE has broken ground on the site in Moray where the subsea cable from the Beatrice turbines will connect into the National Grid, ready for the date in 2019 when the project will be operational. Tourism, Food & Drink: Last weekend's spectacular weather helped another successful "Taste North" celebration of local produce from Caithness and Sutherland.  
Scots pay pennies for fish fingers so they can splash out on teabagsThumbnail for article : Scots pay pennies for fish fingers so they can splash out on teabags
Nearly two-thirds of Scots always splurge when buying teabags while many scrimp on frozen foods and cleaning products.   Consumers struggle to leave their favourite branded goods at home with 41 per cent even taking them on holiday From Tetley teabags to Heinz Baked Beans, new research reveals the items consumers in Scotland cannot live without and the things they are willing to compromise on to be able to afford those must-haves.  
Beatrice Wind Farm Groundworks Begin at PortgordonThumbnail for article : Beatrice Wind Farm Groundworks Begin at Portgordon
SSE has broken ground on the landfall point of the export cable for its 588MW Beatrice offshore wind farm off the Scottish coast.   The move near Portgordon marks the start of enabling works at the project's main construction compound, The cable will run about 20kms underground from the landfall point to a new substation adjacent to an existing one at Blackhillock, south of Keith.  
Library In Thurso Raising Funds To Improve Its ServiceThumbnail for article : Library In Thurso Raising Funds To Improve Its Service
Recycling Books and DVD's is to be one way local libraries can raise funds for new items.   If you would like to help and get a bargain at the same time then head to Thurso library on the day of the sale..  
Highland Council asks are you ready for winter?Thumbnail for article : Highland Council asks are you ready for winter?
The Highland Council is asking people in the Highlands - ‘Are you ready for winter?'.   The Council is again supporting the Scottish Government's Ready Scotland campaign at www.readyscotland.organd urges people in the Highlands to take some time to get ready for winter and all kinds of severe weather.  
World class bridge breaks world recordThumbnail for article : World class bridge breaks world record
Queensferry Crossing centre tower is largest ever structure of its type The Queensferry Crossing's centre tower deck has been recognised by Guinness World Records as the largest freestanding balanced cantilever in the world.   The bridge’s central deck is now complete but still free standing and this 644 metre cantilever itself won’t last long.  
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership Update
Week Commencing 3 October 2016 Energy & Business Services: Further contract awards for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (BOWL) project this week, again associated with the construction phase of the project. and the planning application submitted to Highland Council by BOWL is also available to view on the Council's website at Good to see that the first foundation for the MeyGen tidal project was successfully installed in the Inner Sound of thePentland Firth overnight on Thursday/ Friday this week.  
Only 25.7% of trains at Wick arriving on timeThumbnail for article : Only 25.7% of trains at Wick arriving on time
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Rhoda Grant is demanding action after official ScotRail statistics show trains at Wick arrive late more often than they arrive on time.   The latest ‘Annual On Time Arrival at Destination’ figures show that only 25.7% of trains into the station arrived on time, meaning 74.3% were late.  
Rural retailers asked to take part in HIE study
Community and independently owned shops selling groceries in remote and rural parts of the Highlands and Islands are being asked to take part in a survey into the role they play in sustaining communities.   The survey will help understand the factors affecting rural shops, and the strategies that could be adopted to remain sustainable and adapt to changing market conditions.  
Two Wick Businesses Pick Up Awards
WINNERS OF HIGHLAND BUSINESS AWARDS 2016 ANNOUNCED.   Pultneytown Peoples Project and Mackays Hotel.  
Culloden and Ardersier by-election result
Trish Robertson has been elected as Culloden and Ardersier Ward Member for Highland Council.   The by-election for a councillor to serve the Culloden and Ardersier Ward (No 18) on The Highland Council has been won by Trish Robertson - Scottish Liberal Democrats.  
Wick company on the look out for harvesters to pick a local delicacyThumbnail for article : Wick company on the look out for harvesters to pick a local delicacy
A Wick-based firm aims to expand production this autumn by recruiting casual workers to gather a forgotten food from the wild coasts of Caithness.   New Wave Foods has been sustainably harvesting high-quality seaweed for food over the last six months.  
Dunnet Bay Distillery launches its third Seasonal Rock Rose Gin: The Autumn EditionThumbnail for article : Dunnet Bay Distillery launches its third Seasonal Rock Rose Gin: The Autumn Edition
On 7th October, Dunnet Bay Distillery, the UK's most northerly mainland distillery will launch its third seasonal release.   As with each limited edition in the range, the Autumn Edition features the same base botanicals as the multi award-winning Rock Rose Gin but with some seasonal variations.