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HMS Queen Elizabeth in Pentland FirthThumbnail for article : HMS Queen Elizabeth in Pentland Firth
Naval aviation pioneer remembered 100 years on The Royal Navy pilot who completed the first ever aircraft landing on a moving ship is to be remembered in Orkney on the 100th anniversary of his landmark achievement.   On 2 August 1917, Squadron Commander Edwin Dunning landed a Sopwith Pup on the deck of HMS Furious in Scapa Flow at the dawn of carrier aviation.  
Cairngorm Mountain Clear Up Works To Begin
Major clear up works on Cairngorm Mountain, to notably improve the appearance of the Mountain to visitors when not covered in snow, are due to get underway this month (August).   Share Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has awarded a contract to Aviemore based civil and environmental engineering firm, McGowan Limited.  
Leader to raise concerns about the police control room with Chief Constable
Leader of The Highland Council, Margaret Davidson will be meeting with Chief Constable Phil Gormley tomorrow.   Councillor Davidson will be raising the issue of the future of the Police Control Room and Police Scotland's plans for the National Database Enquiry Unit (NDEU).  
Marine Scotland Seafarers Set To Strike Over Pay Cut
Marine Scotland seafarers are set to take industrial action over a series of dates in August 2017.  The action follows a collapse in negotiations with the Scottish government who decided to press ahead with an imposed pay cut.  
Scotland's NHS Needs Better Workforce PlanningThumbnail for article : Scotland's NHS Needs Better Workforce Planning
Spending on staff in Scotland's NHS is increasing and overall staff numbers are at their highest level ever but there are urgent workforce challenges, and the Scottish Government and health boards have not planned effectively for the long term.   In the first part of a two-stage audit on workforce planning in the NHS in Scotland, Audit Scotland focuses on clinical staff in hospitals and other secondary care settings.  
Dounreay Tri - Floating Wind Turbines Company Goes Into Administration
The company behind the floating wind turbine project for the Pentland Firth - Dounreay Tri has gone into administration according t details on Companies House web site.   the company registered as French Duncan Llp, 133 Finnieston Street, Glasgow, G3 8HB was listed in administration proceedings earlier this month (4 July 2017).  
30th Licensing Round welcomed by Oil & Gas UKThumbnail for article : 30th Licensing Round welcomed by Oil & Gas UK
Oil & Gas UK has today welcomed the announcement by the Oil and Gas Authority that it has launched its 30th Offshore Licensing Round focusing on mature areas of the UKCS.   Oil & Gas UK's upstream policy director, Mike Tholen said: "The launch of the 30th Offshore Licensing Round offers companies the exciting opportunity to bid for fresh acreage and an interesting inventory of yet to be developed discoveries.  
Brexit: Farm Animal Welfare - Report PublishedThumbnail for article : Brexit: Farm Animal Welfare - Report Published
The EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee today publishes its report on Brexit: farm animal welfare.  The report follows up on some themes identified and explored in the Committee's recent report Brexit: agriculture.  
State of NHS Buildings Is Improving
The proportion of NHS buildings classified as being in good condition has improved from 58% in 2014 to 70% in 2016.   The annual State of NHS Scotland Assets and Facilities report, published today, also found that satisfaction with the hospital environment has risen since 2011 and now stands at 92%.  
Watch out for fake job offers online
As part of Scam Awareness Month, Caithness Citizens Advice Bureau and Highland Council Trading Standards want to alert young job seekers about the potential pitfalls when applying for jobs or signing up to recruitment agencies online.   Glenys Brown, Trading Standards Officer, based in Inverness explains, "Unfortunately, nationally, there has been a sharp rise in the number of online job hunting scams and the age group most likely to be targeted with fake job offers are young adults aged between 18 to 24 years".  
Wick Swimming Pool - Great Deal On High Life CardThumbnail for article : Wick Swimming Pool - Great Deal On High Life Card
The new community facility at Wick High still has great offer on the High Life Card.   Usually £20 per month but for this offer pay £200 and get a whole 12 months of access.  
Your Views Wanted On Draft Local Housing StrategyThumbnail for article : Your Views Wanted On Draft Local Housing Strategy
The Highland Council is looking for your views on our draft Local Housing Strategy.   The strategy sets out our aims for housing over the next 5 years and what we will do to.  
Council confirms Corran Ferry is back up and runningThumbnail for article : Council confirms Corran Ferry is back up and running
Council confirms Corran Ferry is back up and running.   The Highland Council is pleased to report that at 12.30pm today (Thursday 20 July 2017) the Corran Ferry fully resumed its foot passenger and car service.  
Cladding And School Buildings
Building standards systems and regulations for high rise domestic properties in Scotland means that the specific type of ACM, which was used on Grenfell Tower, should not be used in their cladding systems.   However, ACM is a description of a category of products and in some controlled circumstances specified by our building regulations, ACM can be used as part of the cladding systems of other buildings.  
Support For Whistleblowers In NHS
Staff in Scotland's health service will continue to benefit from external support should they have any concerns about patient safety or malpractice.   From 1 August 2017, the NHS Scotland Confidential Alert Line will be expanded to become the Whistleblowing Alert and Advice Services for NHS Scotland (AALS).  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 18 July 2017
INGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (July, 18th) sold 31 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (13) averaged 237.4p (-1.1p) and sold to 250.0p per kg and £1,506.70 gross.  
What Exactly Is Scottish Enterprise Spending So Much Money On?
Former BBC Scotland business editor turned documentary producer Maurice Smith explores why Scotland's coverage of industry and economics is below par.   THE chief executive of Scottish Enterprise stands down from her role this summer, with the usual fine words of ministerial gratitude and precious little explanation for the move.  
Tractor And Quad Theft Falls As Police Scotland Partnership With NFU Mutual Boosts Rural SecurityThumbnail for article : Tractor And Quad Theft Falls As Police Scotland Partnership With NFU Mutual Boosts Rural Security
• SPARC initiative has been running across Scotland for two years.   • Tractor theft costs have fallen 30% since partnership launch in June 2015.  
More Centralisation As Council Leader Calls For Transparency On HMRC Move To Edinburgh
Leader of The Highland Council, Cllr Margaret Davidson is calling for transparency on the UK Government's announcement this week that Council Leader calls for transparency on HMRC move to Edinburgh Leader of The Highland Council, Cllr Margaret Davidson is calling for transparency on the UK Government's announcement this week that 2,900 HMRC civil servants will be relocated to a new hub in Edinburgh city centre by 2020.   Councillor Davidson said: "I am very concerned that Inverness is cited in news coverage of the UK Government's intention to move HMRC staff in regional offices to Edinburgh.  
Hospitality North Highlands - Norseman Hotel, WickThumbnail for article : Hospitality North Highlands - Norseman Hotel, Wick
Hesr from the staff at the Norseman hotel about working in the hospitality industr..