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27/11/2021
Wick High School Closed - Monday 29th November
Due to damage sustained to the school building today, we will not be open to staff or pupils this Monday, 29th November.  This is to allow a survey of the damage to be done.  
26/11/2021
Now Red - Amber Weather Warning Raised to Red For East Including Caithness and OrkneyThumbnail for article : Now Red - Amber Weather Warning Raised to Red For East Including  Caithness and Orkney
Issued today Friday 26 November 2021.   The Met Office has issued a rare red weather warning for coastal areas in the northeast of the UK as Storm Arwen will bring high winds and disruption for much of the UK.  
26/11/2021
Scotland's Housing Market Surges, According To New Research, With A ‘remarkable Period Of Activity' Within The Prime SectorThumbnail for article : Scotland's Housing Market Surges, According To New Research, With A ‘remarkable Period Of Activity' Within The Prime Sector
Latest analysis from Savills reveals a remarkable period of activity within the Scottish prime* housing market and includes the following standout statistics.   Prime transactions above £400,000 in Scotland reached an all-time record (8,755 took place between Sep 2020 and Aug 2021).  
26/11/2021
New Covid Variant B.1.1.529 Brings Back Red Travel List - Six African countries addedThumbnail for article : New Covid Variant B.1.1.529 Brings Back Red Travel List - Six African countries added
Six African countries added to red list to protect public health as UK designates new Variant under Investigation.   New precautionary travel restrictions are being introduced as the UK Health Security Agency confirms a new variant under investigation.  
26/11/2021
State Pension And Benefit Rates For 2022 To 2023 Confirmed
State Pensions and benefits will be increased by 3.1 percent next year, it has been confirmed.   The Secretary of State for Work and Pension's annual review, announced today (Thursday 25 November 2021), confirms they will be increased in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the relevant reference period (the year to September 2021).  
26/11/2021
Check The Martin Lewis Video To Spend Less At ChristmasThumbnail for article : Check The Martin Lewis Video To Spend Less At Christmas
Interest rates are going to rise meaning credit cards and mortgage payment will go up Food prices are rising an look to much higher as petrol/diesel prices rise.   Also Energy prices have gone up and at the end of March the cap on prices goes up by £150 a year hitting everyone.  
26/11/2021
Booster Jab Roll-out Continues - now 40 - 49 Years OldThumbnail for article : Booster Jab Roll-out Continues - now 40 - 49 Years Old
People aged 40-49 years old will be able to use the NHS Inform online portal or national phoneline to book their COVID-19 booster appointments from tomorrow (Saturday).   Appointments will be available from 30 November and the booking must be at least 24 weeks after the second dose.  
26/11/2021
Pregnant Women Urged To Get Covid-19 Vaccine Following New Uk Safety DataThumbnail for article : Pregnant Women Urged To Get Covid-19 Vaccine Following New Uk Safety Data
Catching COVID-19 carries far higher risk than having the vaccine and only 22% of women who gave birth in August were vaccinated.   Pregnant women urged to get their COVID-19 vaccine, as further evidence published on the jab's safety.  
26/11/2021
British Army Unveils Most Radical Transformation In DecadesThumbnail for article : British Army Unveils Most Radical Transformation In Decades
The British Army has unveiled ‘Future Soldier' today, its most radical transformation programme in over 20 years.   Following on from the Integrated Review and the significant increase in defence spending announced by the Government last year, Future Soldier demonstrates how the Army is modernising to address next-generation threats across the globe.  
26/11/2021
Leading Uk Health Charities Join Forces To Boost Vaccine Uptake
16 leading health charities partner with government and NHS to boost vaccine uptake amongst the country's most vulnerable.   Cancer Research UK and Diabetes UK among those providing information and reassurance to their members through their trusted networks.  
26/11/2021
Self-isolation For All Travellers Returning To Scotland From Six African Countries
Decision taken to protect public health in Scotland in light of emerging variant.   All travellers returning to Scotland from South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Botswana will be required to self-isolate and take two PCR tests from 12:00 on Friday (26 November 2021), regardless of their vaccination status.  
West Coast Community Launches Hydropower SchemeThumbnail for article : West Coast Community Launches Hydropower Scheme
The Barr River hydropower scheme was completed in July 2021 on a site deep in the forest, 11 miles from the village of Lochaline.   Today will also mark the opening of two further community-developed facilities - a community hub and new housing.  
26/11/2021
UK Government Publishes Union Connectivity Review: Proposed Transport Investments For Stronger And Better-connected United KingdomThumbnail for article : UK Government Publishes Union Connectivity Review: Proposed Transport Investments For Stronger And Better-connected United Kingdom
Better connections on local and national transport networks to bring all UK communities within closer reach of social and economic opportunities.   Prime Minister underlines commitment to stronger transport connections across the UK, as government publishes Sir Peter Hendy's independent Union Connectivity Review.  
26/11/2021
UK Embarks On New Era Of Spaceflight With Launch Of Ground-breaking Regulatory CouncilThumbnail for article : UK Embarks On New Era Of Spaceflight With Launch Of Ground-breaking Regulatory Council
New Spaceflight Safety and Regulatory Council to give advice on regulations for UK space.   inaugural meeting of the Spaceflight Safety and Regulatory Council committee convenes to ensure UK regulations support future UK space launches.  
26/11/2021
DIT Removes 20% More Trade Barriers To Unlock Major Markets For British Business
The United Kingdom has broken down hundreds of trade barriers around the world in the year to April, opening up new opportunities for British businesses, according to new data published by the Department for International Trade (DIT).   The United Kingdom has broken down hundreds of trade barriers around the world in the year to April, opening up new opportunities for British businesses, according to new data published on Thursday 25 November 2021.  
26/11/2021
Social Media Companies Launch Features To Encourage People To Get Their Booster
Facebook, Instagram and TikTok boost support for vaccine programme.   New profile frames or stickers for social media users to show they have had their booster jab or intend to More than 16 million have now had their booster in the UK Tech platforms Facebook, Instagram and TikTok are launching new interactive features to help boost vaccine uptake across the country.  
Second Forres Building Occupied By Expanding Space FirmThumbnail for article : Second Forres Building Occupied By Expanding Space Firm
The purpose built 929 square metre manufacturing facility at 5 Innovation Way is owned by park developer, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).  It sits opposite Orbex's existing premises also located in the Enterprise Park and owned by the company.  
26/11/2021
Scottish Troops To Pioneer Army's New Ranger RegimentThumbnail for article : Scottish Troops To Pioneer Army's New Ranger Regiment
‘Future Soldier' reconfigures Army for future wars backed by £8.6bn additional investment in Army equipment.   Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has announced today that The First Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland will lead the British Army's new Ranger Regiment.  
26/11/2021
Minister For Employment Urges Industry To Help Un-pause The Careers Of Women In Menopause
Menopausal women are the fastest growing demographic in the workforce, and this Older Workers Week (22nd - 28th November), Minister for Employment Mims Davies is calling on employers to strengthen their support to keep millions in work.   Menopausal women are the fastest growing demographic in the workforce, and this Older Workers Week (22nd - 28th November), Minister for Employment Mims Davies is calling on employers to strengthen their support to keep millions in work.  
26/11/2021
Council Urging Residents To Stay Safe With Storm Arwen Due To Affect Highland
For public safety, Highland Council is advising Highland residents to ensure that all trampolines, outdoor garden furniture and outdoor Christmas decorations are securely tied down.   Storm Arwen is due to reach the Highlands today and the Council is urging communities to stay safe and ensure they follow the very latest weather forecasts from the Met Office and keep up to date with Traffic Scotland's website or social media feeds.