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JGC Engineering And Technical Services Celebrates Milestone ProjectThumbnail for article : JGC Engineering And Technical Services Celebrates Milestone Project
Major milestone met on Moray East Offshore Windfarm project.   High voltage equipment containers for the offshore substation platforms to be sailed out from Thurso fabrication yard.  
Can You Afford To Build Your Own Home?Thumbnail for article : Can You Afford To Build Your Own Home?
Before you begin planning your new home it is imperative you set a budget.  And, as your build progresses, you must monitor the spend to ensure you stay within budget.  
17/7/2019
Community Fund Awards Over £70k To Support Leisure Activities!Thumbnail for article : Community Fund Awards Over £70k To Support Leisure Activities!
The Caithness & North Sutherland Fund has committed over £70k to six community projects in its latest round of grant awards.   CNSFund Chairperson David Glass said "This latest investment supports improvements to recreational amenities and events in Caithness & North Sutherland, helping to ensure that people living and visiting our area can enjoy a high standard of leisure activities.  
NDA Stakeholder Summit 2019 Main HighlightsThumbnail for article : NDA Stakeholder Summit 2019 Main Highlights
This was the NDA's third summit, and the inspirational setting of the new Coleg Menai facilities, on Anglesey in North Wales, perfectly reflected the NDA’s approach to building sustainable post-nuclear communities around its estate.  Some £4 million of funding from the NDA’s socio-economic budget has been used to create a state-of-the-art educational facility at the heart of the island.  
Building Your Own Home Is Easier Than You May ThinkThumbnail for article : Building Your Own Home Is Easier Than You May Think
Today we begin a series of articles written by Peter Body of Thermohaus Ltd , a Caithness based timber frame kit home company.   Why Self-Build? For decades the British have bought new homes as standard speculatively built products from national and regional house builders.  
Rural solicitor heads home for Caithness ShowThumbnail for article : Rural solicitor heads home for Caithness Show
Elisa Miller, a Caithness-born solicitor is set to return to her home county next weekend to offer legal advice and guidance to visitors at the 2019 Caithness Show in Wick.   Elisa Miller, who was born and raised on a farm in Caithness, works in the Inverness branch of law firm Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP (WJM), and will be on-hand over the weekend to advise show-goers on agricultural and rural legal affairs.  
12/7/2019
Public advised to avoid eating Shellfish from Loch Glencoul, Kylesku area
Highland Council's Environmental Health team have identified raised levels of naturally occurring algal toxins following routine monitoring in coastal waters at Loch Glencoul, Kylesku area.   Eating shellfish such as cockles, mussels, oysters or razor fish from these areas may pose a health risk arising from the consumption of these algal toxins.  
Calling All Artists...Dunnet Bay Distillers To Launch An ‘Inspired By Gin' ExhibitionThumbnail for article : Calling All Artists...Dunnet Bay Distillers To Launch An ‘Inspired By Gin' Exhibition
The UK's most northerly mainland distillery, Dunnet Bay Distillers, is scouring the UK for exceptional artwork to feature in its debut exhibition, ‘Inspired by Gin'.   The distillery will play host to the exhibition from December 2019 - March 2020 at its new Visitor Centre, which is a VisitScotland 5 Star Visitor Attraction and a centre for food and drink, culture and heritage tourism.  
New grants to support young entrepreneurs
Start-up businesses in the Outer Hebrides could receive a welcome injection of capital from a new joint initiative by Business Gateway Outer Hebrides and Highlands and Islands enterprise.   The Outer Hebrides Young Entrepreneur Start-Up Scheme (OHYESS), will provide grants of up to £2,500 to support entrepreneurs age 18-40 to set up businesses in key sectors across the Outer Hebrides.  
Equiniti welcomed to Thurso Business ParkThumbnail for article : Equiniti welcomed to Thurso Business Park
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has welcomed an international technology-led services and payments specialist as the newest tenant to Thurso Business Park.   The agency has developed the park to enable local firms to expand and to attract new companies into the area.  
4/7/2019
Public advised to avoid eating Shellfish from Loch Eishort and Loch Slappin, Isle of Skye
Highland Council's Environmental Health team has identified raised levels of naturally occurring algal toxins following routine monitoring in coastal waters at Loch Eishort.   Eating shellfish such as mussels, cockles, oysters or razor fish from these areas may pose a health risk arising from the consumption of these algal toxins.  
External Force Asked To Review Death Of Kevin Mcleod
Police Scotland has asked for an independent review into the death of a man whose body was recovered from Wick Harbour more than 20 years ago.   Senior representatives of Police Scotland and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service met with the family of Kevin Mcleod earlier today to inform them that, following consultation with the Lord Advocate, Chief Constable Iain Livingstone has requested Merseyside Police carry out a detailed review of the case under the direction of the Crown.  
Update To Cairngorm Strategic Plan Is PublishedThumbnail for article : Update To Cairngorm Strategic Plan Is Published
The authors of far-reaching 2018 report on potential investment priorities at Cairngorm Mountain have reviewed and updated their findings.   US-based consultants SE Group were commissioned last year by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), owner of Cairngorm estate.  
Foula Signs Up To Clean Islands Energy Transition PledgeThumbnail for article : Foula Signs Up To Clean Islands Energy Transition Pledge
Residents of Britain's most remote inhabited island have stepped up efforts to move towards a cleaner energy system.   The people of Foula off Shetland have signed up to the Clean Energy Transition Pledge, which commits them to producing a decarbonisation plan over the next 12 months.  
Warm ‘Welcome' on NorthLink Ferries with accessibility appThumbnail for article : Warm ‘Welcome' on NorthLink Ferries with accessibility app
Company is first Scottish transport operator to introduce pioneering support service.   Serco NorthLink Ferries has partnered with one of Scotland's digital start-ups to improve journeys for customers who require additional support.  
1/7/2019
School Holiday Meals For Children
Funding for food and activities during the summer break.   More children and young people will benefit from a nutritious meal and a place to play this summer holiday.  
28/6/2019
Discontinuation of education provision at Altnaharra Primary School
At a meeting of The Highland Council on Thursday 27 June 2019, Councillors decided to discontinue the provision of education at Altnaharra Primary School, dividing its catchment area between Tongue Primary, Farr Primary and Lairg Primary schools.   A copy of the consultation report, together with the original proposal paper and all relevant appendices can be viewed on the Council's website at: www.highland.gov.uk/schoolconsultations The Council is satisfied that implementation of closure is the most appropriate response to the reasons for formulating the original proposal identified by the authority.  
27/6/2019
Councillor Struan Mackie Questions Delays on Thurso Asset Transfer
Councillor Mackie had a written question at today's meeting of Highland council.   Item 12 - Question Time To the Chair of the Environment, Development & Infrastructure Committee "Official Highland Council guidance indicates that, unless extended, successful Community Asset Transfer requests should be completed by the Local Authority within a nine months' timeframe.  
27/6/2019
Why Is Suicide So High In Highland - Research to inform suicide prevention
Suicide prevention is a key priority for The Highland Council.   Members have agreed today, to take forward a piece of research with partners including NHS Highland and Police Scotland, to better understand the current evidence base and experience of suicide in Highland.  
27/6/2019
Counselling Service approved as part of range of wellbeing measures
The introduction of a service to support the mental health and wellbeing of Highland Council staff and councillors has been approved by the Council as part of a range of measures to improve wellbeing.   An Employee Assistance Programme for staff and Members will be put in place to offer telephone and internet-based counselling 24 hours a day.