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15/5/2021
Debenhams closes its doors for the final time
History of acquisitions and rapid growth Mistake to sell of a lot of its stores Brand will become a thin shell of what it was.   As the last Debenham's store closes its doors this week a major chapter in retail history also concludes.  
15/5/2021
Coronavirus Covid-19: Daily Data For Scotland - 15 May 2021
413 new cases of COVID-19 reported 27,866 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results - 1.6% of these were positive.   0 new reported death(s) of people who have tested positive.  
15/5/2021
Covid Levels Change From Monday 17 May For Most Of Scotland
From 17 May most of mainland Scotland and some islands will move to COVID Level 2, with other islands at Level 1.   Moray and Glasgow will remain at Level 3 for a further period due to the number of cases - financial support will be made available to businesses in these areas.  
University forges new links with Icelandic communityThumbnail for article : University forges new links with Icelandic community
The University of the Highlands and Islands has embarked on a new initiative to promote closer connections between communities in the Highlands and Islands and Iceland.  The university has signed an agreement with representatives from Múlaþing, a municipality in east Iceland.  
14/5/2021
Covid-19: India Sees Record Deaths As Black Fungus Spreads Fear
India has recorded its highest weekly covid-19 death toll, reporting an average 4029 deaths a day in the seven days leading up to 13 May.   The increase comes at a time when the country's second wave was thought to have peaked, and raises further questions about India's true death toll, which most experts believe is far higher than official figures.  
14/5/2021
Lifting The Avian Influenza Prevention Zone
Poultry keepers advised to remain vigilant as heightened biosecurity measures lifted The Chief Veterinary Officers from Scotland, England and and Wales are advising poultry keepers to remain vigilant as the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) is due to be lifted from midday tomorrow (Saturday 15 May).   These additional biosecurity measures, which were introduced across Great Britain in November 2020, have been vital in protecting flocks across the country from the disease which is circulating in wild birds.  
14/5/2021
Coronavirus Covid-19: Daily Data For Scotland - 14 May 2021
215* new cases of COVID-19 reported.   17,457* new tests for COVID-19 that reported results 1.3% of these were positive.  
14/5/2021
Pay Rise For NHS Workers
Increase of 4% to be implemented.   An NHS pay deal which offers an average increase of 4% will be immediately implemented after the majority of NHS unions voted to accept the biggest pay uplift since devolution.  
14/5/2021
Glasgow And Moray To Remain In Level 3
Decision will be reviewed in a week, with additional support for businesses.   Glasgow and Moray will remain in Level 3 from Monday 17 May and travel to and from these areas will be prohibited other than for permitted purposes, due to a high rate of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases.  
13/5/2021
Coronavirus Covid-19: Daily Data For Scotland - 13 May 2021
270 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   25,093 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results 1.2% of these were positive.  
13/5/2021
Council calls for a share for Highland in renewable energy profits
Members at today's full meeting of Highland Council agreed a motion from the Leader and Chair of Corporate Resources, which would call for a fairer share of income derived from the development of the region’s natural resources to establish a Highland Renewable Fund.   In the motion Highland Council Leader, Cllr Margaret Davidson, highlighted that at a time when private energy companies are making huge profits from the abundance of natural resources of wind and water in the Highlands the region’s roads were suffering.  
13/5/2021
Non-EU Imports Have Outstripped Eu Imports For The First Time. That Does Not Make Brexit A Success, Says Parcelhero
Brexiteers may be celebrating the fact that EU imports to the UK were overtaken by non-EU imports for the first time, but that doesn't mean Brexit is working, says ParcelHero.  It just means non-EU imports have declined less alarmingly than EU imports.  
13/5/2021
Partnership set to inspire new talent across the HighlandsThumbnail for article : Partnership set to inspire new talent across the Highlands
Scottish Squash and High Life Highland are delighted to announce a new partnership which aims to drive participation in squash across the Highlands.   The region has a rich history of nurturing and developing world class squash players - including current professionals Alan Clyne and Greg Lobban.  
13/5/2021
First Minister Message For Eid
Muslim communities urged to celebrate end of Ramadan safely.   Ahead of the start of Eid al-Fitr, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:"Eid al-Fitr, the end Ramadan's month of fasting, is a profoundly important event to Muslims across Scotland and around the world.  
13/5/2021
Cma Warns Package Travel Firms Over Refunds Ahead Of Summer Trips
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has warned package holiday companies to respect the refund rights of holidaymakers ahead of the summer period.   TUI UK formally commits to giving clearer information about refunds upfront following CMA action the CMA sets out its view on consumers' rights when the Foreign Office advises against travel The CMA has warned package holiday companies to respect the refund rights of holidaymakers ahead of the summer period.  
13/5/2021
Scottish Child Payment Helps Nearly 79,000 Young People
New benefit to tackle child poverty pays out £3.6 million since February.   An estimated 78,775 children have already benefitted from Scottish Child Payment since its launch.  
12/5/2021
Anja Johnston From Thurso Becomes The 13th Highland Youth ConvenorThumbnail for article : Anja Johnston From Thurso Becomes The 13th Highland Youth Convenor
Anja Johnston from Thurso will take up the role of Highland Youth Convener early in May 2021 This full-time role is a bursary position that will run for 12 months.   The 24-year-old, has previously worked as an Assistant Youth Worker, delivering the YOJO digital youth project with High Life Highland.  
12/5/2021
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 12 May 2021
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (May, 12th) sold 426 store cattle and 2 adult head of breeding cattle.   Bullocks (209) averaged 247.1p and sold to 323.4p per kg for a 235kg Limousin cross from Polly Estate, Inverpolly and £1,490 gross for a 616kg Simmental cross from Kincraig Farm, Invergordon.  
12/5/2021
National Mòd Asks Highland Council For A Further £80,000 To Run The Inverness Mòd 2021
At the Highland Council Gaelic committee to beheld on 18th May 2021 the committee will be asked to agree that the National Mòd for Inverness in 2021 should be given a further £80,000.   The council has an agreement to pay £40,000 annually that aids the Mod to come to Highland every three years.  
12/5/2021
Meet Dstl's Outstanding ApprenticeThumbnail for article : Meet Dstl's Outstanding Apprentice
Science and innovation are in the DNA of Annabel Nash, project support officer and winner of the Outstanding Apprentice of the Year accolade.   Defence Science and Technology Laboratory.