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New ambulance funding for CaithnessThumbnail for article : New ambulance funding for Caithness
Plans to increase ambulance provision in Caithness have been announced by the Scottish Ambulance Service and NHS Highland.   The investment follows a review showing an increase in inter-hospital transfers between Caithness General Hospital and Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.  
Interim changes to National 5 Qualifications
Moves to ensure the positive achievements of young people sitting National 5 qualifications continue to be recognised have been announced by Deputy First Minister John Swinney.   Mandatory unit assessments are being removed from the qualification from the 2017/18 academic year to reduce teacher and pupil workload.  
Dounreay Tri completes bond issue
Dounreay Tri Ltd has closed a EUR 45.0 million Sr Sec bond issued in the Nordic bond market.  The bonds have a tenor of 3 years and a fixed coupon of 10.0%.  
Take-over Of One Inner Sound Meygen Contactor By A Venerable Larger One
One of the contractors that has been operating in the Inner Sound for Atlantis RL's MeyGen site has been taken over by another, a much-larger one.   See note on Insight Marine Services Ltd of Cornwall.  
Individual Training Accounts Launched
Scheme to boost access to qualifications for job seekers and low paid workers.   A new scheme will make it easier for job seekers and low paid workers to gain access to qualifications and skills training.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership Update
Week 27 March 2017 Energy & business services: Following last week's news that it has received consent from Scottish Government for its proposed Dounreay Tri floating offshore wind project off the north Caithness coast, this week Hexicon has announced a €45 million funding boost which will allow it to begin construction on the project. The offshore construction phase of the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm project also progresses, with the arrival off Caithness of the huge vessel Stanislav Yudin.  
Pilot programme to strengthen social enterprises
A new initiative is being piloted in the Highlands and Islands to strengthen the capacity, capability and governance of social enterprises.   Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has teamed up with the Bank of Scotland to provide highly qualified and experienced individuals to serve as non-executive directors on social enterprise boards.  
The Scottish Parliament Celebrates Scotland Week 2017Thumbnail for article : The Scottish Parliament Celebrates Scotland Week 2017
The Presiding Officer, the Rt Hon Ken Macintosh MSP, and Holyrood Conveners Clare Adamson MSP and Edward Mountain MSP will begin a series of engagements on behalf of the Scottish Parliament to mark Scotland Week on Sunday 2 April.   Together, the delegation will visit Winnipeg, Ottawa and New York, meeting with parliamentarians, Scottish organisations working in North America, and helping to mark Tartan Day on 6 April.  
Police in the Highlands warn public about bogus callers
Police in the Highlands are urging the public to be vigilant following a number of cold callers, bogus workmen and scam incidents being reported.   Officers have also been informed of a number of telephone scams where cold callers advise victims they have an outstanding debt and need to purchase iTunes vouchers to pay the debt.  
Global Giant Invests In Scotland
Hundreds of jobs for Glasgow as Genpact expands European base.   Global professional services firm Genpact plans to create more than 300 new jobs in Glasgow over the next five years, following a decision to expand its European operations in Scotland.  
Nuclear Supply Chain Events - Meet-the-buyer 2017 - 21 June 2017
Sellafield and Shared Services Alliance are the latest buyers to confirm they will host one-to-one meetings with suppliers.  See full list of all 16 buyers here.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 28 March 2017
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (March, 28th) sold 11 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (2) averaged 217.6p (+7.8p) and sold to 220.0p per kg and £1,210.00 gross.  
Beatrice Mini Armada Now Gathered Off South East Caithness CoastThumbnail for article : Beatrice Mini Armada Now Gathered Off South East Caithness Coast
A mini armada of specialist ships assembled Sunday 26th March.2017 as offshore work gets under way in earnest at the Beatrice wind farm site, off SE Caithness.   Flagship of the five-strong multi-million fleet is the massive 24,822 tonne 'large loads lifting vessel 'Stanislav Yudin, registered in Cyprus.  
Pay Settlement For NHS Staff
One per cent increase and extra measures for lowest paid.   A pay increase has been confirmed for all NHS Scotland staff for the fourth year in a row.  
Final Chance For Students To Submit 2016-2017 Saas Applications
Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) would like to remind any students who have not yet submitted their 2016-2017 application for funding and tuition fees, to do so now and before the 31 March 2017 closing date.   With just over one week to go until applications close for the current academic session there are still a number of students who have yet to apply.  
Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS) Update
Changes to 2018 support scheme.   The future of the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS) has been outlined by Rural Secretary Fergus Ewing.  
Support for young people at risk of being pushed into homelessness
More young people in Scotland will be at risk of homelessness due to UK Government changes to housing benefit, Social Security Secretary Angela Constance has said.   The changes, due to take effect from 1 April, will remove the entitlement to housing support for 18 to 21 year-olds in receipt of Universal Credit who do not have a specific exemption, such as disability or childcare.  
Trust In Scottish Government Falls
The Chief Statistician today released a set of Official Statistics drawn from the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2016, covering a range of topics including attitudes to government, economy, standard of living and the NHS and political engagement.   In 2016, 65% trusted the Scottish Government to work in Scotland's best interests and 40% to make fair decisions, down from 73% and 49% respectively in 2015.  
Berriedale Braes Road Improvement Another Step CloserThumbnail for article : Berriedale Braes Road Improvement Another Step Closer
The procurement of the scheme will begin in the new financial year, with construction planned for 2018.   Transport Scotland continues to work closely with the following funding Partners to progress this project: Nuclear Decommissioning Authority HITRANs The Highland Council Made orders were published on 24 March 2017.  
Meygen Phase 1a Approaches 400mwh Of GenerationThumbnail for article : Meygen Phase 1a Approaches 400mwh Of Generation
Atlantis, a global leader in the tidal power sector, confirms that having entered operation in November 2016 and been awarded full Ofgem accreditation as a 5 ROC project in February 2017, the MeyGen array continues to deliver clean, sustainable and predictable electricity to the National Grid.   In the first three weeks of March, average generation has been sufficient to power the equivalent of 1,250 UK homes and individually the power performance of the turbines has exceeded the contractual output guarantees, putting the project on track to achieve capacity factors significantly in excess of 40%.