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24/2/2020
Stemster Wind Farm Public Exhibition Days
> Up to 65MW wind farm located east of A9 around 6km north of Latheron.   > Public exhibitions on 3rd and 4th March in Latheron Village Hall.  
24/2/2020
Capital Investment: Why Governments Fail To Meet Their Spending Plans
As Rishi Sunak prepares the Johnson government's first budget, this report finds that departments may struggle to spend the money they are allocated as part of Johnson's ambitious infrastructure investment plans.   The 2019 Conservative manifesto committed to investing up to an additional £100bn over the next five years on areas such as de-carbonisation, further education, and research and development.  
24/2/2020
Unintended consequences: Trump and Warren's bipartisan plan for the US dollarThumbnail for article : Unintended consequences: Trump and Warren's bipartisan plan for the US dollar
This is a very technical article from The Brookings Institution and maybe of interest to anyone with some knowledge or interest in currency values.   The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC.  
23/2/2020
Is The Scottish National Investment Bank Sinking In the Mire Before It Even Starts
The Scottish Government recently approved the setting up of the Scottish National Investment Bank.   It does not appear to be off to a good start with revelations by the Daily Record/Sunday Mail today.  
22/2/2020
Food And Drink FundingThumbnail for article : Food And Drink Funding
Regional projects and businesses across Scotland have been awarded funding to promote locally sourced food and drink.   A total of 21 projects will share £95,550 from the Connect Local Regional Food Fund.  
21/2/2020
Price Of Stamps To Rise AgainThumbnail for article : Price Of Stamps To Rise Again
The price of a first class stamp will be increased by 6p to 76p and the price of a second class stamp will rise 4p to 65p.   The cost of Royal Mail stamps will increase from 23 March 2020.  
21/2/2020
Publication Of Scottish Exam Results Analysis
After much publicity and complaints the detailed analysis of 2019 exam results have been published.   An analysis of the results from the 2019 Exam Diet was carried out by the Scottish Government, the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland (ADES) and Education Scotland.  
21/2/2020
Right To Vote Extended In ScotlandThumbnail for article : Right To Vote Extended In Scotland
The right to vote in Scottish Parliament and local government elections has been extended today, with the passing of the Scottish Elections (Franchise and Representation) Bill.   The Bill extends voting rights to all foreign nationals with leave to remain, including all those granted refugee status.  
21/2/2020
Dr Alan Renwick Discusses Top Tips For Effective Listening With Climate AssemblyThumbnail for article : Dr Alan Renwick Discusses Top Tips For Effective Listening With Climate Assembly
Unit Deputy Director, Dr Alan Renwick, spoke at the opening of the second weekend of the Climate Assembly on how to critically engage with evidence presented over the course of the Assembly.   In June 2019, six Select Committees of the House of Commons called a citizens' assembly to understand public preferences on how the UK should tackle climate change because of the impact these decisions will have on people's lives.  
21/2/2020
Stromeferry Bypass Option Selection -14km Of New RoadThumbnail for article : Stromeferry Bypass Option Selection -14km Of New Road
The Highland Council has been carrying out an extensive appraisal process in order to identify a preferred solution to the rock fall prone A890 Stromeferry Bypass road.   The road has been subject to numerous closures because of rockfalls and also due to the regular work which is carried out to inspect and stabilise the slopes.  
21/2/2020
INSIDE BRIEFING podcast - serious discussions about governmentThumbnail for article : INSIDE BRIEFING podcast - serious discussions about government
For those of you interested in some very serious discussions about government the briefings on the Institute for Government may be of interest Every week on the INSIDE BRIEFING podcast, IfG Director Bronwen Maddox welcomes experts, analysts and special guests for a free-ranging conversation on what makes government work - and how to fix it when it doesn't.   Podcasts usually last around 30 to 40 minutes.  
20/2/2020
Ferries Diversions Due To Bad Weather
MV Hamnavoe diverts via Inner Sound/Gills Bay for passage between Scrabster & Stromness early this afternoon 20.02.20.   This route has been chosen by her Captain as it offers better shelter that attempting to 'direct' 28 mile route to West of Hoy that would have been judged as unviable due to comfort matters ...  
20/2/2020
Inverness Castle transformation - project updateThumbnail for article : Inverness Castle transformation - project update
The Highland Council today announced further details in progress towards the planned transformation for Inverness Castle which will begin after the Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service vacate the building in a few weeks' time.   The Castle project will be a gateway for Highland tourism and is a vital part of the regeneration of Inverness city centre.  
20/2/2020
Turner £20 Enters Circulation Today
Today, the new polymer £20 note featuring artist JMW Turner has entered circulation for the first time.  The new note will start appearing in ATMs and tills throughout the country and we expect half of all ATMs across the UK to be dispensing polymer £20s two weeks after issue.  
20/2/2020
Search and Rescue teams to receive share of £1 million to boost resourcesThumbnail for article : Search and Rescue teams to receive share of £1 million to boost resources
- vital Search and Rescue teams to receive share of £1 million to boost resources.   - grants will fund lifeboats and kit for volunteer search teams - fund has awarded almost £6 million to date, saving lives on UK waterways - volunteer organisations undertaking lifesaving search and rescue work are set to benefit from a £1 million boost for vital new equipment.  
20/2/2020
Staff vacancies in care services 2018
Published: 27 January 2020.   The Care Inspectorate and Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) published new figures on the levels of staff vacancies in Scotland's social care services today.  
19/2/2020
Shipment Of Highly Active Waste From The UK To Germany
Over the coming years the UK will be returning highly active waste in the form of vitrified residues to Germany.   The waste results from the reprocessing and recycling of spent nuclear fuel at the Sellafield site in West Cumbria, which had previously been used to produce electricity by utilities in Germany.  
19/2/2020
Scottish Government Budget In Current Form Will Devastate CommunitiesThumbnail for article : Scottish Government Budget In Current Form Will Devastate Communities
The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities has warned that the Scottish Government's Budget will hit vulnerable communities the hardest.   COSLA has warned the Government that it has not considered successive years of cuts, or rising inflation and demand and have therefore put council services at risk.  
19/2/2020
10,000 Workers To Boost British Farming SectorThumbnail for article : 10,000 Workers To Boost British Farming Sector
Seasonal Workers Pilot expanded to boost edible horticulture sector for the 2020 harvest.   The Government will quadruple the number of workers farms can recruit on a temporary basis from outside the EU this year to take up seasonal work.  
19/2/2020
Coronavirus TestingThumbnail for article : Coronavirus Testing
Coronavirus screening laboratories in Glasgow and Edinburgh have tested 202 possible cases in the first 10 days since testing began in Scotland.   Combined with the previous tests at the Public Health England facility in Colindale, London, it brings the total number of tests from Scotland to 290 at close of play yesterday.