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New Store B & M Opens At WickThumbnail for article : New Store B & M Opens At Wick
After a few weeks of preparations the new B & M Store has opened today 19th October 2018.   The store took over the premises vacated by Homebase that recently closed several stores around the UK.  
Rhoda Grant MSP Attacks Gail Ross MSP Amendment To Her Toilets Motion
Responding to the amended motion lodged by Gail Ross MSP in the Scottish Parliament which related to her (Rhoda Grant MSP) original Parliamentary Motion highlighting the possible closure of public toilets in the Highlands, Regional MSP Rhoda Grant has said " Gail is perfectly entitled to lodge an amendment to my original motion, but in doing so she has shown that she is actually more concerned about protecting the reputation of the Scottish Government than her own constituents.   I was keen to point out in my motion that Local Authorities are having to look at closing public toilets in order to make ends meet.  
Tributes Paid To Former Council Surveyor
The Highland Council has paid tribute to Mr Des Devine, former Surveyor at the Council who died earlier this week.   Steve Barron, Chief Executive said: "It is with great sadness that we heard that Des Devine passed away this week after a long and brave battle with cancer.  
Director of Care and Learning retiresThumbnail for article : Director of Care and Learning retires
Tributes have been paid to The Highland Council's Director of Care and Learning, Bill Alexander who retires on 19 October after eighteen years leading the council's Care and Learning Services.   At the Council's Care and Learning meeting held on Thursday 18 October 2018, Chair of the Committee, Cllr Andrew Baxter; and Leader of the Council, Cllr Margaret Davidson praised Mr Alexander for his long service to the Council.  
The Crucial Role Of Property In Regional Development
Dave Macleod, the recently appointed head of property and infrastructure at Highlands and Islands Enterprise, reflects on the crucial role that property plays in regional development.   When the BASF Group, the largest diversified chemical company in the world, was looking to expand its operations, a factory built and owned by HIE on Lewis was instrumental in attracting them.  
Enterprise And Skills Board Publishes Strategic Plan
Scotland's Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board has published its Strategic Plan.   The Plan has a 20-year horizon and will be updated annually.  
Dounreay Management Makes Long-term Employment Commitment To WorkforceThumbnail for article : Dounreay Management Makes Long-term Employment Commitment To Workforce
The companies responsible for decommissioning Dounreay on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority have set out proposals to ensure long-term employment for their workforce after the site closes.   Around 1,100 Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL) staff taking apart the former research site have been told about a series of future commitments including the offer of a job with one of the companies behind the site's parent body organisation Cavendish Dounreay Partnership.  
Career prospects increasing for college leaversThumbnail for article : Career prospects increasing for college leavers
The prospects of those qualifying through Highlands and Islands colleges are continuing to increase according to the Scottish Funding Council's annual College Leaver Destinations report.  The publication, released last week, reports on the destinations of those who left college in the 2016 to 2017 academic year.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 16 October 2018
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 16th) sold 24 prime cattle.   Prime Bullocks (2) averaged 211.0p (-17.0p) and sold to 214.0p per kg and £1,391.00 gross.  
Tidal Turbines Returned To Meygen Site In The Pentland FirthThumbnail for article : Tidal Turbines Returned To Meygen Site In The Pentland Firth
The big offshore construction vessel Seabed Stingray (8,878 tonnes) arrived in the Pentland Firth's Inner Sound from the Cromarty Firth's Nigg Energy Park around 07:00 on Monday (15.10.18) morning with a very special cargo on board.   The 121 metre-long vessel was in the narrow strait between Gills Bay and Stroma Island to replace two of the four 'pioneering' tidal turbines that had been lifted out from SIMEC Atlantis Energy's MeyGen site last Summer for inspection and modification at Nigg.  
Car Insurance Price Rollercoaster For Scottish MotoristsThumbnail for article : Car Insurance Price Rollercoaster For Scottish Motorists
The cost of car insurance in Scotland increased up to +£15 (+3%) over the past quarter, following a short burst of decreasing prices.   The Scottish Borders saw one of the biggest increases of all UK regions, with prices creeping up by +£15 (+3%).  
Scottish Fish Farm Production Survey 2017
Marine Scotland Science today published the Scottish Fish Farm Production Survey 2017.  The publication details statistics on the employment and production from Scottish fish farms.  
Still time to have your say on Longman Materials Recovery Facility
Following a pre-planning drop-in session at the end of September 2018, The Highland Council has given the public a further 28 days to share their views and comment on the proposal for a new Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) at the Longman landfill site in Inverness.   The public can now visit the Council's website to find out more about the MRF and to share their views on the proposal.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Portree Ram Sale 15 October 2018
PORTREE, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd, (October, 15th) sold 293 rams at its annual sale.   Rams (293) sold to £620 gross for a Blackface shearling from Newton of Crathie, Ballater.  
Annual NHS Estate Update
Satisfaction with the hospital environment has risen since 2011 and now stands at 92%, according to the latest annual appraisal of NHS assets and facilities.   The proportion of NHS buildings classified as being in a good condition has improved from 58% in 2014 to 72% in 2017.  
Fair Isle Celebrates 24 Hours PowerThumbnail for article : Fair Isle Celebrates 24 Hours Power
A new renewable energy system on Fair Isle will go live today (Friday 12 October) as the community celebrates reliable 24 hours power for the first time.   The new island wide high voltage network is being delivered by an innovative renewables system combining three turbines, a ground mounted solar system and a battery storage- underpinning a range of social and economic opportunities for islanders.  
New Head of Education appointed by Highland Council
Dr James Vance, Head Teacher at Culloden Academy has been appointed as interim Head of Education Services with The Highland Council's Care and Learning Service.   Dr Vance, who starts his new employment in January 2019, will be based at the Council's headquarters on Glenurquhart Road, Inverness.  
Brewing And Distilling In Scotland - Economic Facts And FiguresThumbnail for article : Brewing And Distilling In Scotland - Economic Facts And Figures
Author of the report - Alison O'Connor.   Executive Summary Scotland's brewing and distilling sectors play a vital role in the Scottish economy.  
Dunnet Bay Distillers Wins Top Regional Food And Drink AwardThumbnail for article : Dunnet Bay Distillers Wins Top Regional Food And Drink Award
Dunnet Bay Distillers from Caithness are celebrating after being named winner of the Best Distilled Drink category at the Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards.   The Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards celebrate passion, quality and innovation across the region.  
National Thermal Hydraulic Facility ConsultationThumbnail for article : National Thermal Hydraulic Facility Consultation
Industry and Research Community Consultation sought for this new £40M national facility.   Within the recent Nuclear Sector Deal, £40m was announced for a UK national thermal hydraulic research and testing facility, as part of the Nuclear Innovation Programme.