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Scottish Energy Ports Capability Directory Is LaunchedThumbnail for article : Scottish Energy Ports Capability Directory Is Launched
A new dynamic Scottish ports directory aimed at the energy industry has been launched today (21 November 2017).   It provides up to date technical information on active marine energy industry ports covering the oil and gas, decommissioning, subsea and renewable sectors.  
Robust action promise by UNISON over some public bodies' poor FOI practice
A new reminder from the Scottish Information Commissioner that public bodies must respond within legal time limits was welcomed today by UNISON.   The trade union pledged to robustly chase up councils, health boards and other public bodies that fail to respond on time, following the Commissioner's criticism of Glasgow City Council.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 21 November 2017
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (November, 21st) sold 19 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (2) averaged 219.0p (N/C) and sold to 219.0p per kg and £1,335.90 gross.  
Return of unwanted brown bins
The Highland Council's chargeable garden waste brown bin collection service started on 3rd July 2017 and to date approximately 32,000 garden waste brown bin permits have been purchased.  This accounts for 48% of households that previously received the Garden Waste Collection Service.  
One Card Library PassThumbnail for article : One Card Library Pass
Pilot gives access to more than 120 libraries - and 1.6 million books.   A pilot for a single card that can be used in any library has been launched in the north east.  
Seacat Services Starts Recruitment At Wick For BOWL Contract
Seacat recruiting for postions Master, Mate and Deckhand positions for the BOWL project at Wick.   Class-leading Offshore Energy Support Vessel (OESV) operator Seacat Services has secured a contract with Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited (BOWL) to support the construction of Scotland's second major offshore wind farm.  
Investment Boost Announced For Ambulance Service In Caithness
Ambulance provision in Caithness has been boosted with the announcement that funding for the service has been increased to almost half a million pounds.   Investment has been increased to £491,000 from the originally planned £400,000 with the total being split 50/50 between NHS Highland and the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS).  
Success at national awards for Council's Planning ServiceThumbnail for article : Success at national awards for Council's Planning Service
The Highland Council received two awards at last week's Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning.   One Award was in the "Process" Category for the Highland eDevelopment project and the second was in the "Place" category for the Nucleus Building in Wick.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Week Commencing 13 November 2017 Energy & business services: A reminder that SeaCat Services, the operators of the crew transfer vessels that will support both construction and operations work for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm (BOWL) project, will be running a recruitment event in Wick next week for those interested in working on the vessels.  SeaCat are seeking suitably qualified candidates for roles such as Master, Mate and Deckhand, and will be hosting a drop-in session at Wick Job Centre, Girnigoe Street, Wick from 9am til 12pm on Thursday 23rd November.  
Demand For Green Energy Is Highest In Scotland
Police seize around 200 sets of kitchen knives following searches in Inverness
Police in Inverness have seized approximately 200 sets of kitchen knives in a series of vehicle searches across the city yesterday.   Acting on reports from the public about people offering items for sale on doorsteps on Wednesday, November 15, officers from the Flexible Policing Team carried out three searches in different locations in Inverness.  
Tartiflette Night At Stacks BistroThumbnail for article : Tartiflette Night At Stacks Bistro
Head to John O'Groats.   Friday 8th December 2017..  
End Of The Dome Now In Sight At DounreayThumbnail for article : End Of The Dome Now  In Sight At Dounreay
Dounreay Site Restoration Limited has submitted a planning application to the Highland Council covering a series of decommissioning projects expected to take place between 2018 and the site's shut down, also known as the interim end state.   The application, which is the last of three planning phases covering the overall decommissioning of the site, follows engagement undertaken earlier this year including public events and an opportunity to comment on draft documents online.  
Another Scottish independence referendum should not be allowed to happen - Debate
The debate at the Petitions committee at Westminster took place on Monday 13th November 2017.  The debated lasted for about 3 hours.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 14 November 2017
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (November, 14th) sold 41 prime cattle.   Prime heifers (41) averaged 216.1p (+5.2p) and sold to 244.0p per kg and £1,419.00 gross.  
Dounreay switches to dronesThumbnail for article : Dounreay switches to drones
Drone technology is helping Dounreay reduce the risk of accidents and save money on its inspection of buildings.  A camera mounted on an unmanned aerial vehicle is taking over tasks previously carried out by workers on elevated work platforms.  
Average 2 bedroom private rents up by 4.4%Thumbnail for article : Average 2 bedroom private rents up by 4.4%
Between 2016 and 2017, 15 out of 18 areas of Scotland saw increases in average rent levels for 2 bedroom private rental properties, ranging from 0.7% in the Ayrshires to 6.9% in Lothian and 7.0% in Greater Glasgow.  Aberdeen and Shire saw a decrease of 9.6%, the third consecutive annual decrease, which is likely to reflect decreased demand for rental properties following the downturn in the oil industry.  
Call for greater transparency over Police Scotland control room errors
The Leader of The Highland Council Cllr Margaret Davidson has renewed her call to Police Scotland for greater transparency over Control Room errors.   Cllr Davidson said: "In the light of significant recent media coverage of concerns about Police Scotland's call handling procedures and the more recent examples of errors emerging, we must ensure that there is full understanding and disclosure about how calls are handled.  
Scottish Residents Urged To Be Winter Ready As Research Reveals Public Is Not Prepared
FREE number 105.   Gas distribution company SGN is supporting a new campaign urging people to be prepared for bad weather this winter and to know what to do if they have a power cut or gas emergency.  
New Contract For GPs
Plans for investment and reform to give GPs more time with patients most in need of their skills have been published.   A new GP contract, jointly designed and agreed with the British Medical Association, will be the biggest reform of GPs services in over a decade The proposals will ensure that all patients get the support they need from an extended community healthcare team - led by GPs and including nurses, physiotherapists, community mental health workers, paramedics, and pharmacists - to ensure more patients get the best and most appropriate care.