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Oil and Gas stabilises as economy grows by 0.8%.
Expansion in the manufacturing sector has helped the Scottish economy to grow by 0.8% - the highest rate of quarterly growth in Scotland since the end of 2014, new figures reveal.   The positive growth figures show the Scottish economy rebounding from negative growth in the previous quarter - with a growth rate for the first quarter of 2017 that is four times the UK wide rate for the same quarter.  
Stronger Penalties For People Sharing Intimate Images
Prosecuting people who share or threaten to share intimate images without consent will be easier under a new law which comes into force this month.   From 3 July 2017, those convicted the offence could face up to five years in prison under the Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Act 2016.  
Council to form Cross-Party Working group for Inverness Schools
Members of The Highland Council have agreed to form a short life Cross-Party Working group for Inverness Schools.  The decision to create the working group was made at Highland Council's meeting on 29 June.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 4 July 2017Thumbnail for article : Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 4 July 2017
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (July, 4th) sold 12 prime cattle.   Prime heifers (12) averaged 237.5p (+8.9p) and sold to 247.0p per kg and £1,523.20 gross.  
Budding Engineers summer CAD SchoolThumbnail for article : Budding Engineers summer CAD School
At present, I am considering the idea of running a summer CAD School, this idea would depend on firstly any student interest in the Caithness County.   So many people think that CAD is all about engineering, well it's not, if you wish to design your ideas for doing your embroidery then you can, if you would like to design your own jewellery then you can, if you wish to design your own house then you can.  
High Life Highland and University of the Highlands and Islands agree partnership for the futureThumbnail for article : High Life Highland and University of the Highlands and Islands agree partnership for the future
High Life Highland (HLH) and The University of the Highlands and Islands have signed an agreement to work together to benefit individuals, communities and businesses across the Highland area.   Both organisations already have a track record of collaboration with a number of programmes across various HLH services and study programmes, but have now formalised the arrangement through a memorandum of understanding that will see the relationship expanded to include initiatives in the fields of health and wellbeing as well as archives and museums.  
Council reinstatement call of 24/7 NHS Emergency Cover, Portree and North Skye
Members of The Highland Council have agreed that an approach should be made to the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Shona Robison, to come to meet with the Leader of Highland Council, Cllr Margaret Davidson and the four Skye councillors on behalf of the Skye and Raasay Committee to request that the 24/7 NHS Emergency Cover be reinstated for Portree and North Skye.   The meeting with the four Skye councillors will also include Members from Ward 5 (Wester Ross,Strathpeffer and Lochalsh).  
New Joint Committee for Roads Collaboration receives cross-party Council support
Members of The Highland Council have unanimously agreed to the establishment of a joint Committee with Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, Angus Council, Argyll and Bute Council, Comharlie nan Eilean Siar and Moray Council to be known as ‘The Northern Roads Collaboration Joint Committee'.   Cllr Allan Henderson, Chair of the Council's Places Committee commended the formation of the new Joint Committee, he said: "I commend this initiative which will help Highland Council and our partner Northern Authorities address the ‘big ticket' roads’ issues that affect us all.  
Urgent answers sought on Dunbar Hospital
Following information circulating within the local community that in-patient services at the Dunbar Hospital in Thurso will cease within the next 72 hours, Highland Council leader Margaret Davidson has sought an urgent clarification from NHS Highland.  She has asked Chief Executive Elaine Mead to confirm whether the information is correct and if so, provide a clear explanation as to why the local community has not been consulted.  
Register For The Nuclear Supply Chain Event
The biggest networking event in Europe for nuclear decommissioning will be held in Manchester.   2 November 2017.  
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Week commencing 26 June 2017.   Energy & business services: I met Louise Smith of Caithness Renewables last week, and heard about her current role as an adviser to the "Resource Efficient Scotland" programme being run by Zero Waste Scotland on behalf of Scottish Government.  
"Less smoke and mirrors from Scottish Government" demands Highland Leader
During a debate about the future of Highland Council finances, Leader of the Council, Margaret Davidson, has challenged the Scottish Government to be more open about the funding they provide for local councils across Scotland.   "In recent years' we’ve seen too much smoke and mirrors when it comes to the Scottish Government handing out their annual grant to local councils.  
Scotland's economy edges close to recession - but growth forecast to return in the coming months
Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary: Scotland's economy edges close to recession - but growth forecast to return in the coming months.   The economic news since the Fraser of Allander's last Economic Commentary in March has continued to paint a relatively disappointing picture for Scotland, according to the latest report published today by Scotland's leading independent economic research institute.  
Rhoda Grant MSP Raises A Question On Highland Toilets
Highlands & Islands Regional MSP, Rhoda Grant has written to the Chief Executive of Highland Council, Steve Barron and also the Chief Executive of Visit Scotland, Malcolm Roughead, seeking the current position with Council managed toilet facilities available within Highland communities for locals and in particular visitors to these areas.   Rhoda Grant said " We have a unique and wonderful asset in our iconic scenery all across the Highlands & Islands.  
Roll-out of free WIFI For Inverness
FREE Wifi will be extended across the city centre in Inverness this summer.   The free service, "Ness Wifi", will be rolled out in the second phase of the Inverness City WiFi project.  
New SRUC Research Validates Traditional Healers' Claims Over Parasite Infections In EthiopiaThumbnail for article : New SRUC Research Validates Traditional Healers' Claims Over Parasite Infections In Ethiopia
New research from Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) has validated claims of traditional healers in Ethiopia that indigenous plants have strong anti-parasitic properties.   The findings could lead to benefits to Ethiopian farmers - who farm the country’s 24 million sheep and 19 million goats - with local plants being used to fight damaging livestock infections such as worms.  
Council support for young LGBTI receives national recognition
Highland Council is delighted and honoured to have been announced as the ‘Most Improved Local Education Authority' and top performing Council in Scotland in Stonewall's seventh annual Education Equality Index.   This extremely welcome announcement was made at Stonewall's Education for All conference held yesterday (28 June) at the University of Birmingham.  
Save, Borrow, Plan for Tomorrow With Hi-Scot Credit UnionThumbnail for article : Save, Borrow, Plan for Tomorrow With Hi-Scot Credit Union
Hi-Scot Credit Union has been in business for over 10 years and initially started in the Western Isles expanding into the other areas of Highlands and Islands a few years ago.   With an increasing membership now standing at over 2500 the group headed up by a small team of staff and a volunteer board of directors Hi-Scot Credit Union is going from strength to strength.  
Commercial Board to lead economic approach
The Highland Council has agreed to set up a Commercial Board amongst a range of other recommendations to redesign the Council, including strengthening local democracy.   The establishment of Commercial Board aims to create a step change in income generation with a social purpose in mind.  
€2.42 Billion Fine For Google But Appeal Likely
Statement by Commissioner Vestager on European Commission decision to fine Google €2.42 billion for abusing dominance as search engine by giving illegal advantage to own comparison shopping service.   The European Commission has decided to fine Google €2.4 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules.