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Don't let Scammers identify you through your mobile number warn Highland Trading Standards
Trading Standards officers at The Highland Council have discovered a new scam threat to local consumers.   A local man was cheated out of a substantial sum by a conman posing as a reputable property landlord who used the man's mobile number to find out personal information from his Facebook account.  
National concerns prompt Highland checks on UV tanning equipment in Highland
The Highland Council, one of several local authorities in Scotland which license UV tanning salons, will be conducting an audit on all licensed premises in Highland to verify compliance with EU safety standards regarding the output of ultra violet (UV) radiation.   Environmental Health Officers have become increasingly aware of concerns nationally whereby the UV bulb strength in many cases have been found to exceed the standard for such equipment.  
Increase In Affordable Housing
The number of affordable homes being approved is at its highest level since the 1980s.   The Scottish Government has committed more than £1.75 billion over the next three years to enable local authorities to plan and deliver the affordable housing needed in their communities, delivering the ambitious target of at least 50,000 affordable homes by 2021.  
Jamie Stone MP Makes Maiden Speech at Westminster - Highlights Maternity Issue in Caithness
Jamie Stone Liberal Democrat, Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross 4:05 pm, 6th July 2017.   Thank you for calling me to speak, Madam Deputy Speaker, and may I congratulate you on your appointment? It is a great honour to speak in this House.  
Lord Thurso Appointed Chancellor Of The Wine Guild UK
The Wine Guild UK has announced the appointment of Lord Thurso as its new chancellor, replacing Roy Ackerman, who sadly passed away earlier this year.   He will be the Guild's third chancellor, including founder Lord Montagu of Beaulieu.  
Landlords Advertising Property To Let - Are You Registered?
Landlords, do you know that if you are letting property in Scotland you must register with your local authority and it is a legal requirement that you display your landlord registration number and the property EPC rating in any advert for the property.   If you fail to include your landlord registration number and the EPC rating in any advert for the property, then you may be liable to a fine of up to £1000.  
No change? Just ‘RingGo' with Highland Council parkingThumbnail for article : No change? Just ‘RingGo' with Highland Council parking
Motorists using Highland Council car parking machines will no longer have to search for change with the introduction of ‘RingGo' phone parking payments across the region.   RingGo is a quick, easy to use mobile phone service, which lets motorists pay for their parking with a credit or debit card, rather than using cash at a machine.  
Dairy Farming Support
Payments to arrive in bank accounts.   Payments worth £2.4 million to Scottish dairy farmers will arrive in farmers' bank accounts in the coming days, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing has confirmed.  
Public Sector Pay Cap
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer about the public sector pay cap.   Mr Mackay said:The Scottish Government has always sought to offer a distinctive Pay Policy - one that is fair, supports those on the lowest incomes and protects jobs and services while delivering value for money.  
Oil and Gas stabilises as economy grows by 0.8%.
Expansion in the manufacturing sector has helped the Scottish economy to grow by 0.8% - the highest rate of quarterly growth in Scotland since the end of 2014, new figures reveal.   The positive growth figures show the Scottish economy rebounding from negative growth in the previous quarter - with a growth rate for the first quarter of 2017 that is four times the UK wide rate for the same quarter.  
Stronger Penalties For People Sharing Intimate Images
Prosecuting people who share or threaten to share intimate images without consent will be easier under a new law which comes into force this month.   From 3 July 2017, those convicted the offence could face up to five years in prison under the Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Act 2016.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 4 July 2017Thumbnail for article : Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 4 July 2017
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (July, 4th) sold 12 prime cattle.   Prime heifers (12) averaged 237.5p (+8.9p) and sold to 247.0p per kg and £1,523.20 gross.  
Council to form Cross-Party Working group for Inverness Schools
Members of The Highland Council have agreed to form a short life Cross-Party Working group for Inverness Schools.  The decision to create the working group was made at Highland Council's meeting on 29 June.  
Budding Engineers summer CAD SchoolThumbnail for article : Budding Engineers summer CAD School
At present, I am considering the idea of running a summer CAD School, this idea would depend on firstly any student interest in the Caithness County.   So many people think that CAD is all about engineering, well it's not, if you wish to design your ideas for doing your embroidery then you can, if you would like to design your own jewellery then you can, if you wish to design your own house then you can.  
High Life Highland and University of the Highlands and Islands agree partnership for the futureThumbnail for article : High Life Highland and University of the Highlands and Islands agree partnership for the future
High Life Highland (HLH) and The University of the Highlands and Islands have signed an agreement to work together to benefit individuals, communities and businesses across the Highland area.   Both organisations already have a track record of collaboration with a number of programmes across various HLH services and study programmes, but have now formalised the arrangement through a memorandum of understanding that will see the relationship expanded to include initiatives in the fields of health and wellbeing as well as archives and museums.  
Council reinstatement call of 24/7 NHS Emergency Cover, Portree and North Skye
Members of The Highland Council have agreed that an approach should be made to the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Shona Robison, to come to meet with the Leader of Highland Council, Cllr Margaret Davidson and the four Skye councillors on behalf of the Skye and Raasay Committee to request that the 24/7 NHS Emergency Cover be reinstated for Portree and North Skye.   The meeting with the four Skye councillors will also include Members from Ward 5 (Wester Ross,Strathpeffer and Lochalsh).  
New Joint Committee for Roads Collaboration receives cross-party Council support
Members of The Highland Council have unanimously agreed to the establishment of a joint Committee with Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, Angus Council, Argyll and Bute Council, Comharlie nan Eilean Siar and Moray Council to be known as ‘The Northern Roads Collaboration Joint Committee'.   Cllr Allan Henderson, Chair of the Council's Places Committee commended the formation of the new Joint Committee, he said: "I commend this initiative which will help Highland Council and our partner Northern Authorities address the ‘big ticket' roads’ issues that affect us all.  
Urgent answers sought on Dunbar Hospital
Following information circulating within the local community that in-patient services at the Dunbar Hospital in Thurso will cease within the next 72 hours, Highland Council leader Margaret Davidson has sought an urgent clarification from NHS Highland.  She has asked Chief Executive Elaine Mead to confirm whether the information is correct and if so, provide a clear explanation as to why the local community has not been consulted.  
Register For The Nuclear Supply Chain Event
The biggest networking event in Europe for nuclear decommissioning will be held in Manchester.   2 November 2017.  
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Week commencing 26 June 2017.   Energy & business services: I met Louise Smith of Caithness Renewables last week, and heard about her current role as an adviser to the "Resource Efficient Scotland" programme being run by Zero Waste Scotland on behalf of Scottish Government.