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14/5/2017
A new centre of excellence for testing emerging technologies in the subsea sector
A new centre of excellence for testing emerging technologies in the subsea sector is to be established with support from Scottish Enterprise, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced today.   Balmoral Offshore Engineering, based in Aberdeen, is creating a new open access hyperbaric pressure testing facility for the oil and gas supply chain, and specifically for the subsea sector.  
14/5/2017
Update on global cyber attacks from Scottish Government
Impact on Scotland.   There have been no further reported problems with NHS systems in Scotland following the global cyber-attack, Health Secretary Shona Robison has confirmed.  
14/5/2017
MMICS Thematic Inspection Of The Scottish Police Authority - Terms Of Reference
Phase 1 - Review of Openness & Transparency.   HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland Derek Penman has today published his terms of reference for phase 1 of the thematic Inspection of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA).  
12/5/2017
Highland Council rail concessions change on 21 May 2017
From 21 May 2017, people aged 60 and over who currently benefit from Highland Council’s rail concessionary travel scheme are being advised that half fare rail concessions for the majority of entitled Highland residents will cease.   Free travel remains available by bus, and card holders are advised to keep their entitlement cards which can still be used on bus routes throughout Scotland.  
12/5/2017
Strategic Partnership Agreement with Hyundai
Atlantis, a global leader in the tidal power generation sector, announces that it has signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement ("SPA") with South Korean offshore construction giant Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd ("Hyundai") regarding collaborating on the development of ocean power renewable projects globally.   The particular focus for the collaboration is on the development of the domestic tidal stream market in South Korea and internationally as well as tidal range and floating offshore wind projects.  
12/5/2017
Encouraging Levels of Input to SRUC Strategy Discussions
Principal and Chief Executive of Scotland's Rural College Professor Wayne Powell has expressed his thanks to the many individuals and groups who have given their views about SRUC's new strategy over the last month.   SRUC launched its new strategic vision on 19 April 2017 and since then has held 21 discussion meetings across Scotland involving staff, students and stakeholders.  
11/5/2017
Candidates confirmed for General Election 2017
15 candidates are seeking election on Thursday 8 June for the three Highland UK Parliamentary General Election constituencies.   Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross constituency has attracted 4 candidates; Ross, Skye and Lochaber constituency 6 candidates; and Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency 5 candidates.  
11/5/2017
More Excuses From Scottish Government On Lack Of Action For Lecturers
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, today raised the EIS strike, going into its fourth day today, with the Nicola Sturgeon during First Minister's Question Time.  Commenting afterwards, Ms Grant said: "The college lecturers are being forced to strike for a fourth day today, due to the dispute brought about by the Scottish Government’s pledge to harmonise pay and conditions in the college sector following the mergers of many colleges across the country.  
11/5/2017
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 10 May 2017
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (May, 10th) sold 463 store cattle.   Bullocks (231) averaged 245.5p and sold to 294.3p per kg for a 265kg Charolais cross from Corriebheinn Farms, Portree, and £1,390 gross for a pair of 652kg Aberdeen Angus crosses from Wester Moy, Urray.  
10/5/2017
Works At World-leading 'flagship' Tidal Turbine 'meygen' Sea-bed Site In Pentland Firth Re-commence
A heavy-duty offshore construction vessel arrived in the Inner Sound ...  between Gills Bay and Stroma isle ...  
10/5/2017
Highland Council - New Administration of Independents, Liberal Democrats and Labour Councillors
Councillor Margaret Davidson announced today that an agreement had been reached to form anew administration to run Highland council for the next five years.   Councillor Davidson will once again be the leader of the council and she said,"We are pleased to announce that a coalition of Independents, Liberal Democrats and Labour Councillors have formed an Administration to take Highland Council forward for the next five years.  
10/5/2017
British Transport Police Integration with Police Scotland moves closerThumbnail for article : British Transport Police Integration with Police Scotland moves closer
The Scottish Parliament has approved the Railway Policing (Scotland) Bill in principle after a stage one debate.   Approval follows the Justice Committee's report last week which supported the Bill's plans to integrate the British Transport Police (BTP) in Scotland into Police Scotland, creating a more effective, joined-up police service on Scotland's railways.  
10/5/2017
Scottish Survey Of Literacy And Numeracy (SSIN) 2016 (Literacy) - P7 and S2 Decline
A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.   Literacy results from the 2016 Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy have been published by Scotland's Chief Statistician today.  
10/5/2017
Scotland's First Urban Right To Buy
Consent granted for Portobello church purchase.   A community group in Edinburgh is set to become the first organisation in an urban area to benefit from community right to buy powers.  
10/5/2017
UNISON Scotland comment on Scottish Labour's parliamentary motion to end pay cap on NHS staff
Scotland's biggest NHS union, UNISON welcomes today's debate in the Scottish Parliament on NHS pay, and is calling on all parties to back calls for the Westminster government to drop its austerity pay agenda.   Tam Waterson, chair of UNISON Scotland's health committee said, "UNISON will continue to call for the NHS pay review body ‎to scrap the cap on pay for all NHS workers.  
10/5/2017
DFM: Education Reform ‘now Imperative' As Literacy Standards Waver
Education reform is now imperative, Deputy First Minister John Swinney has said following the publication of the final Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN).   Literacy results for 2016 show a broadly stable performance since 2014, although there has been a drop in writing performance for S2 pupils.  
10/5/2017
New Boost For Scotland's Digital Tech SectorThumbnail for article : New Boost For Scotland's Digital Tech Sector
CivTech launches phase II of tech accelerator fund.   A new Scottish Government-run accelerator programme will revolutionise how technology led businesses work with the public sector.  
10/5/2017
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 9 May 2017
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (May, 9th) sold 18 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (9) averaged 214.7p (-3.3p) and sold to 220.0p per kg and £1,344.00 gross.  
8/5/2017
Expert Bike Mechanic Moves From Clitheroe To ArmadaleThumbnail for article : Expert Bike Mechanic Moves From Clitheroe To Armadale
Simon Wilkinson has taken his experience and skills north to Sutherland and the move could not have come at better time with the North Coast 500 attracting a growing number of cyclists.   Siomn said,"I've been a bike mechanic for 28 years running the family business.  
8/5/2017
Conference highlights transformation of learning in Highland schools
The transformation of future learning in Highland schools was discussed by around 100 head teachers at a Science and Technology Conference last week in Inverness.   Key speakers from Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, the Wood Foundation, Education Scotland, FIRST Scandinavia and the Science and Skills Academy addressed the conference on the importance of STEM experiences and qualifications for young people in the Highlands.