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Graduating Apprentices "the Future Of The Far North"Thumbnail for article : Graduating Apprentices
Eleven young people who have completed their Dounreay apprentice training are "very much a part of the future of the far north." Guest speaker Jamie Stone MP told the audience at the apprentice indenture ceremony that took place last Friday that, as Dounreay continues to decommission, the newly indentured apprentices would be an important part of the area's ability to offer a skilled and innovative workforce.   Dounreay Managing Director and former nuclear industry apprentice Phil Craig added: “I am very proud that we are celebrating yet another group of talented apprentices.  
Almost Five Million Households At Risk From Illegal Gas FittersThumbnail for article : Almost Five Million Households At Risk From Illegal Gas Fitters
Employing tradespeople based on looks rather than qualifications is putting Brits at risk Two-thirds of gas jobs carried out by illegal fitters found to be unsafe by Gas Safe Register.   New research has revealed that almost five million people across the UK are putting themselves at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions by employing illegal gas engineers who aren't properly qualified.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 19 September 2017
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (September, 19th) sold 32 prime cattle.   Prime heifers (32) averaged 216.7p (-5.5p) and sold to 226.0p per kg and £1,537.00 gross.  
Deadline Approaching To Register To Sell E-cigarettes
Retailers who sell Nicotine Vapour Products (NVPs) - more commonly known as e-cigarettes and e-liquids - have until 30 September 2017 to update the Register of Tobacco and Nicotine Vapour Product Retailers to show that they sell NVPs.  Retailers who fail to update the Register by this date will be committing an offence.  
Beware Of Co Poisoning Misdiagnosis
This Gas Safety Week (18-24 September2017) Dr.  Ranj Singh is supporting Gas Safe Register to raise awareness of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and its symptoms as a third (32%) of people would not recognise them, misdiagnosing symptoms for other illnesses.  
Scotland's new social security agency To be in Dundee and Glasgow
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today announced that Scotland's new social security agency will be headquartered in Dundee, bringing hundreds of jobs to the city.   The new agency will also have a site in Glasgow, with the two locations together creating at least 1,500 jobs split evenly between the two cities.  
£600,000 For Projects To Help Communities In Africa
A project to install a solar-powered electricity grid to power a cooling system for milk production, is among six initiatives benefitting from £600,000 to help some of Africa's poorest communities rise to the challenges of climate change The funding, which is being awarded to Scottish organisations working with partners in Africa, is designed to support fragile communities in creating new jobs and sources of income, improve food security and the supply of water and energy, and meet the challenges of a changing climate.   It is part of the Climate Justice Fund which will distribute £3m per year over five years to help developing countries, who are less likely to have contributed to climate change, but often suffer the most from the impact, as part of Scotland’s response to the Paris climate agreement.  
Scottish Fish Farm Production Survey 2016
Marine Scotland Science today published the Scottish Fish Farm Production Survey 2016.  The publication details statistics on the employment and production from Scottish fish farms.  
World's First Tidal-powered Hydrogen Generated At EMECThumbnail for article : World's First Tidal-powered Hydrogen Generated At EMEC
EMEC has generated green hydrogen gas demonstrating potential for a clean replacement for polluting fuels The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) has produced hydrogen gas using electricity generated from tidal energy in Orkney.   This is the first time that hydrogen has been created from tidal energy anywhere in the world.  
Public Offered Chance To Influence Future Of Bus Industry And Smart Ticketing
Transport Scotland has launched two public consultations to help shape the future of bus operations and also smart ticketing.   ‘Local Bus Services in Scotland - Improving the Framework for Delivery' and ‘The Future of Smart Ticketing in Scotland’ are open to the public from today (13 September) and will run for 12 weeks until 5 December.  
All NHS staff need a pay rise that's above inflation, say Scottish health unions
Following the statement, that NHS unions are today (Friday) breaking with tradition and submitting a pay claim directly to the UK government on behalf of more than one million health workers across the UK.  NHS unions in Scotland say they will be meeting Scottish employers on (Wednesday) 20th September 2017 submit the exact same pay claim to their employers at the NHS Scottish terms and conditions committee.  
Consortium Is Awarded Long-term CFD For 950Mw Offshore Wind Project In UK
EDP Renováveis, S.A.  ("EDPR") and ENGIE are pleased to announce that Moray Offshore Windfarm (East) Limited, a joint venture company currently owned by EDPR (77%) and ENGIE (23%), has been awarded a 15-year Contract for Difference (CfD)[1] for the delivery of 950 MW of offshore wind generation at £57.50/MWh (in real 2012 terms).  
Wes Takes Steps To Harness The Waves With New Control Systems Funding
Wave Energy Scotland (WES) has just announced over £660K of funding for 13 new projects aiming to develop innovative control systems for wave energy converters.   This initiative brings together control systems specialists from mature sectors such as aerospace and oil and gas, to work with Scottish technology developers in addressing the challenges of controlling and integrating Wave Energy Converter (WEC) systems and their components.  
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Week commencing 11 September 2017 Energy & business services: The UK Government's department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) this week announced its latest round of awards through the "Contracts for Difference" mechanism, in which there was mixed news for area projects.  The Moray Offshore Windfarm (East) development consented for the Moray Firth - received an award, whilst the MeyGen tidal energy project did not.  
BREXIT Doubts Over CAP Payments To Farmers
Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing says " Future planning is virtually impossible".   Scotland's Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing has written to the UK Government to seek more detail on future funding arrangements for the agricultural sector post-Brexit to support our rural economy.  
£1.3m Over 3 Years To Support Locally-produced Food In Scottish Public Sector
Plans to increase the use of Scottish produce in schools, hospitals and other public sector organisations have been unveiled today by Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing.   £1.2 million has been confirmed to expand the current Food for Life programme, to increase the amount of locally-sourced and produced food in Scotland's schools.  
Political Parties Invited To Share Proposals On Future Income Tax For Scotland
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has written to opposition parties asking for confirmation of their proposals for income tax policy in Scotland, in order for them to be included in a discussion paper as announced in the Programme for Government.   The paper will be published later this year, ahead of the 2018/19 draft budget.  
New Food Fraud Report shows almost nine in ten consumers in Scotland do not trust foreign food chainsThumbnail for article : New Food Fraud Report shows almost nine in ten consumers in Scotland do not trust foreign food chains
Food Fraud Report reveals UK food confidence is declining, with cases of food fraud such as the horse meat scandal most to blame - 74% of people believe there is an issue with food fraud in the UK - 33% of consumers are less trusting of food than they were five years ago.   - Only 12% have confidence in the European food chain and 3% in the global food chain.  
New £10 Note Issued TodayThumbnail for article : New £10 Note Issued Today
The new £10 not began to be issued into circulation today.   The note is printed on polymer and is the first Bank of England banknote with a tactile feature to help blind and partially sighted users.  
Highland Council Leader Says Promises Broken And Commitments Not Met By Scottish Police Authority
Leader of the Highland Council, Margaret Davidson has responded to a presentation at City of Inverness Area Committee by Police Scotland on their plans for the Inverness Control Room and establishing two National Database Enquiry Units (NDEUs).   She said: "Presentations to local committees on revised plans to establish two National Database Enquiry Units cannot be seen as consultation.