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Preparation Starts For New Offshore Wind Leasing In Scotland
Crown Estate Scotland - the body that manages leasing of the seabed - is to start discussions with industry, government and interested organisations to prepare for potential new offshore wind leasing.   A range of agencies, NGOs and marine sectors will be involved in informing the approach to leasing, with a view to ensuring new projects can start to operate from the late 2020s and beyond.  
Seahorse Carries Crushed Stone From Norway For Moray Firth CablesThumbnail for article : Seahorse Carries Crushed Stone From Norway For Moray Firth Cables
A massive, 20,000 tonne vessel, the Seahorse is carrying thousands of tonnes of crushed stone from Norway for covering newly-laid cables off Caithness's Coast.   The 163 metre long vessel's destination is given as Smith's Bank, the name of a once-prolific fishing ground in the Inner Moray Firth,, SE off Wick, where the Beatrice offshore oil-farm is now under construction.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Week commencing 30th October 2017 Energy & business services: The operators of the Moray (East) Offshore Windfarm development (also known as "Moray 1") have announced this week that MHI Vestas has been awarded the contract to supply and install up to one hundred 9.5MW turbines for the development.  The Vestas brand will be familiar to many through its use in onshore wind turbines: as previously highlighted here, the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm consortium will be using Siemens turbines.  
Increasing number of nurses and midwives leaving profession
Increasing number of nurses and midwives leaving profession ‘highlights major challenges faced by health and care sectors' New figures published today by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) show that there continues to be an increase in the number of nurses and midwives leaving its register over the last 12 months.   In July, the NMC released figures which showed that for the first time there were more nurses and midwives leaving the register than joining it.  
Your Chance To Say No To Bus Pass Cuts
Rhoda Grant MSP is encouraging the people of the Highlands & Islands to make sure they have their say on the future of the bus pass in Scotland.   Despite promising to protect the pass in their 2016 manifesto, the SNP Government has cut £9.5 million from the bus pass budget and are consulting on the future of the scheme.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd Sale 2 November 2017
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (November, 2nd) sold 3,224 store sheep.   Lambs (2239) averaged £41.26 and sold to £88 gross for a Texel cross from Wester Raddery, Fortrose.  
Bank Rate Increased To 0.50%Thumbnail for article : Bank Rate Increased To 0.50%
The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) sets monetary policy to meet the 2% inflation target, and in a way that helps to sustain growth and employment.   At its meeting ending on 1 November 2017, the MPC voted by a majority of 7-2 to increase Bank Rate by 0.25 percentage points, to 0.5%.  
Leader thanks Citizens' Panel for their views
Resident's from across the Highlands have provided positive feedback to the council's latest Citizen's Panel survey.  Each year the panel of just over 2300 adults are asked for their views on the performance of the council and to provide information on their attitudes to a range of issues affecting them, their families and their neighbourhoods.  
Highland Remembers - Remembrance Parades And Services
Highland Councillors and members of the public will be joining parades and services to mark Armistice Day (Saturday 11 November) and Remembrance Sunday 12 November throughout the Highlands at various locations.   Caithness and Sutherland On Remembrance Sunday 12 November: Remembrance week arrangements for the Wick, Canisbay and Latheron Districts Saturday, 11th November 2017 10.45a.m.  
Highland ready for more refugees
Highland Community Planning Partners have confirmed that they are now ready to receive a number of Syrian refugee families to Dingwall in the next few months.   A group of officers and volunteers from The Highland Council, Police Scotland, NHS Highland, and Highland Third Sector Interface are working together to put preparations in place for housing, education and health support for the families.  
Highland Council Appoints New Depute Chief ExecutiveThumbnail for article : Highland Council Appoints New Depute Chief Executive
Following the decision of a Member recruitment panel today, Derek Yule has been appointed to the role of Depute Chief Executive which he will undertake alongside his new role of Director of Corporate Resources.   Highland council have taken the opportunity to further reduce management level staff by combining two roles to make further savings.  
Measuring The Impact Of Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm
The £2.6bn investment in Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited (BOWL) is one of the largest private sector investments ever in Scotland, nearly twice the investment of the £1.35bn Queensferry crossing.   Once fully operational in 2019 this project, will see 84 wind turbines that will be able to generate enough to power up to 450,000 homes.  
Continued Support For Low Income Households
Scottish Welfare Fund grants of £140 million.   More than 265,000 households have received £140 million since the creation of the Scottish Welfare Fund in April 2013.  
Improving Attainment In Early Years
An action plan to ensure quality is at the heart of Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) expansion is published today alongside a report showing the higher the quality of ELC the greater its effect on children's development.   Other findings from the NHS Health Scotland report include: all children, but especially those from a disadvantaged background, can benefit in terms of social, emotional and educational outcomes from high quality ELC compared to those with no experience, children who attended ELC had improved language and cognitive skills better educated ELC staff with appropriate training are more likely to improve children's cognitive outcomes fair working conditions which aid staff retention also affected child interactions and stability.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership Update
Weeks commencing 16th and 23rd October 2017.   Energy & business services: It was great to be invited this week to take part in a visit to the area by Japanese nuclear industry and government representatives.  
Record Number Of Small Businesses Accessing Relief
The Small Business Bonus Scheme (SBBS) provided record relief to almost 104,000 recipients in 2017-18.   The increased number of recipients benefitting from total relief under the scheme, which removes or reduces their rates bills rose to £226 million - an increase of £46 million from £180 million from last year.  
Pesticide Usage In Scotland
Scotland's Chief Statistician today published three reports in relation to Pesticide Usage in Scotland.  These were: pesticide use on arable crops and potato stores in 2016, pesticide use on soft fruit crops in 2016 and rodenticides on arable farms 2016.  
Scottish Welfare Fund Helps Over 265,000 Households
An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.   The Scottish Welfare Fund continues to help Scottish households in need.  
Higher Education Student Support For Scotland 2016-17
Scotland's Chief Statistician today published statistics on Higher Education Student Support in Scotland 2016-17.  The figures show that the number of students supported and the amount of support provided by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for those studying in Higher Education increased in the 2016-17 academic session.  
Convention Of The Highlands And Islands
Issues including digital connectivity, Brexit and the integration of health and social care will be discussed at the Convention of the Highland and Islands (CoHI) in Oban on Monday.   Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing will also outline plans to begin work to identify Scotland's first Aquaculture Innovation Sites.