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SRUC Vets' Advice on Schmallenberg Virus in Scotland
During the past two week SAC Consulting Veterinary Services (part of Scotland's Rural College) has confirmed two diagnoses of Schmallenberg Virus (SBV) infection in malformed lambs in two Scottish flocks close to the border with England.  This follows the increasing numbers of affected lambs identified in England and Wales throughout the winter of 2016/2017.  
Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holder & Refresher course
If you would like to complete the course and exam required to apply for a Personal Licence Holder through the Scottish Licensing Board or require to complete the refresher training, then Aspire HLTC Ltd are holding a course at Helcat Training, Omlie Industrial Estate on 4th April 2017.   £125 per person Personal licence holder course.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 21 March 2017
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (March, 21st) sold 28 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (14) averaged 209.8p (-0.2p) and sold to 224.0p per kg and £1,403.35 gross.  
New 12 Sided Pounds - Is Your Business Ready?Thumbnail for article : New 12 Sided Pounds - Is Your Business Ready?
The new UK £1 coin will enter circulation in March 2017, and The Royal Mint is producing 1.5 billion of the new coins.   The final specification of the coin and method of introduction were decided after a ten-week public consultation which looked at the physical and material characteristics of the coin, as well as the parameters for the transition.  
Glass Half Full for Highland's Licensed TradeThumbnail for article : Glass Half Full for Highland's Licensed Trade
People throughout the Scottish Highlands who have experience working in the licensed trade but have fallen on hard times are being encouraged to apply for one-off grants as part of an industry charity's ‘Glass Half Full' campaign.   Over the years the Scottish Licensed Trade Benevolent Society, known as The BEN, has helped a host of beneficiaries from throughout the Highlands for everything from essential payments including council tax to household refurbishment including a stair lift.  
Caithness County Show 2017 - Trade Stand Application Forms Now AvailableThumbnail for article : Caithness County Show 2017 - Trade Stand Application Forms Now Available
Trade Stands & Charity Stands Stand information is available NOW! Stand holders at the 2016 show will have been sent application forms by post or email (Please check your Junk Folder in case the email has gone directly into it.   For anyone wishing to have a Trade Stand at this years show please feel free to download the relevant document.  
Bmt Nigel Gee Secures 85m Ropax Ferry Contract For Pentland FerriesThumbnail for article : Bmt Nigel Gee Secures 85m Ropax Ferry Contract For Pentland Ferries
BMT Nigel Gee (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group, has announced a new project to design an 85m steel-hulled catamaran RoPax ferry for Strategic Marine, a subsidiary of Triyards Holding Limited.  The ferry is for Scottish ferry operator Pentland Ferries and BMT will be responsible for concept through to production design, working closely with Strategic Marine.  
The UK Space Agency Has Awarded Just Under £150,000 To Three Business Incubation Centres Across The UKThumbnail for article : The UK Space Agency Has Awarded Just Under £150,000 To Three Business Incubation Centres Across The UK
These awards will support entrepreneurs and small companies in the space industry.  The Agency is working with UK industry to deliver world-class science innovation support, in line with the Government's Industrial Strategy, which emphasises the importance of science, innovation and skills.  
Floating Wind Farms To The ForeThumbnail for article : Floating Wind Farms To The Fore
Pioneering technology to power almost 60,000 homes.   A floating demonstration wind farm has today been granted planning consent by Scottish Government Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy Paul Wheelhouse.  
Wave Energy Scotland Awards £7.5m For Power Take Off ProjectsThumbnail for article : Wave Energy Scotland Awards £7.5m For Power Take Off Projects
Wave Energy Scotland has selected 3 technologies to go forward to stage 3 of its Power Take Off (PTO) development programme.   The projects will involve demonstration and testing of scale prototypes in a representative environment and cover a range of technology options: digital hydraulics, electrical linear generation and a ball-screw generation.  
Expansion Of Foundation Apprenticeships
Up to 5,000 will start work-based training programme by 2019.   Thousands of young people will gain industry recognised qualifications, real-world work experience and access to work-based learning while still at school thanks to a massive expansion of the Foundation Apprenticeship programme.  
Experience Panels Invitations
18,000 people to be invited to give views on social security system.   From today, people across Scotland will begin to receive letters inviting them to join the Experience Panels which will shape the country's new social security system.  
Crofting Election Results
Six new commissioners elected.   Crofters have elected six new Commissioners to serve on the Crofting Commission Board where they will support the crofting system for current and future generations.  
GMR Henderson To Join Thomas Telford RenovationThumbnail for article : GMR Henderson To Join Thomas Telford Renovation
Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited (BOWL) has begun renovating its new home in Wick with the help of a neighbour.   Two buildings in Lower Pulteneytown are being redeveloped into the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) base for the £2.6bn Beatrice offshore wind farm project.  
Gills Harbour AGM - Tuesday 21st March 2017Thumbnail for article : Gills Harbour AGM - Tuesday 21st March 2017
Notice of Annual General Meeting: On Tuesday 21.03.2017 @ 19.30.   Gills Harbour Ltd: A Community- owned trading Company limited by guarantee.  
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership Update
Week Commencing 13th March 2017 Energy & business services: Delighted to see this week's news that Caithness firm GMR Henderson has been awarded work on the construction programme for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm project's Operations & Maintenance base in Wick.  The company, whose base is only about 100 metres away from the O&M site on the Wick harbourfront, will support the initial demolition and preparatory works.  
Persistent Poverty In Scotland 2010-2015
New experimental statistics have been published today showing the proportion of people living in persistent poverty in Scotland between 2010 and 2015.   We know that spending brief periods with a low income can be less damaging than living in poverty over a number of years.  
Tourism And NatureThumbnail for article : Tourism And Nature
A short video highlighting the importance of the natural environment for Scotland's tourism sector..  
Food & Drink( & Nature)Thumbnail for article : Food & Drink( & Nature)
A short film showing how food and drink producers in Scotland value our environment..  
Mixed Results In Latest Farm Census
The results of the December Agricultural Survey show that while winter cereal plantings saw an increase, silage production last year was down.  In the livestock sector, there were rises in sheep, pigs and poultry, but cattle numbers fell to their lowest since the 1950s.