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Offensive Weapons Bill - Barriers on selling knives to under 18s online
Under 18s will face tough new barriers to buying knives online, following the introduction of the Offensive Weapons Bill.   The bill will mean online retailers cannot sell knives online without rigorous age-verification, and will no longer be able to deliver knives to residential addresses or drop-off points.  
Expansion Of NHS Recruitment
New efforts to recruit doctors, nurses and specialist health staff from across the world will launch later this year.   Following the relaxation of UK visa rules, the Scottish Government will expand its activity to attract overseas medical and nursing staff who can bring their expertise and skills to work in health and care services.  
Local Authority Provisional Outturn (2017-18) And Budget Estimates (2018-19)
An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.   Scotland's Chief Statistician today published local authority Provisional Outturn (2017-18) and Budget Estimate (2018-19) Statistics.  
Global firm launches search for 100 new jobs for the region in Caithness and SutherlandThumbnail for article : Global firm launches search for 100 new jobs for the region in Caithness and Sutherland
Up to 100 new homeworking jobs are set to be created in the Highlands and Islands.   The jobs will be for people with excellent customer care skills looking for the flexibility of working from home.  
Broch Rose Gin Event on Wednesday 20th JuneThumbnail for article : Broch Rose Gin Event on Wednesday 20th June
The launch of Broch Rose gin is on Wednesday 20th evening at the distillery tasting room of Dunnet Bat Distillery.   Tickets are £20 including a Rock Rose G&T, canapes, tutored tasting of Broch Rose gin and to finish a Broch Rose G&T.  
Roc Technologies Awarded 5-year Strategic It Transformation And Managed Service Partnership By DounreayThumbnail for article : Roc Technologies Awarded 5-year Strategic It Transformation And Managed Service Partnership By Dounreay
Roc Technologies today announced it has been awarded a 5-year contract to transform and manage IT services by Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd(Dounreay).   Dounreay is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Cavendish Dounreay Partnership Ltd, a consortium of Cavendish Nuclear, Jacobs and AECOM and funded by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) to deliver the site closure programme at Dounreay.  
The Defence Nuclear Enterprise: A Landscape ReviewThumbnail for article : The Defence Nuclear Enterprise: A Landscape Review
At this crucial time in the programme, the Ministry of Defence (the Department) needs to ensure it manages its costs, people, contractors and schedule effectively to maintain the Defence Nuclear Enterprise, says the report published in May 2018 by the National Audit Office (NAO).   In Caithness there is one site - Vulcan next to the nuclear establishment at Dounreay.  
£1.3m For Electric Bike Revolution In ScotlandThumbnail for article : £1.3m For Electric Bike Revolution In Scotland
Two new funds have been announced to encourage more people to start using electric bicycles, particularly for shorter journeys.   The Low Carbon Transport Loan Fund will have £500,000 available for interest-free loans of up to £3,000 to help individuals and businesses purchase e-bikes and e-cargo bikes.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Weeks commencing 4th and11th June 2018 Energy & Business Services: I'm looking forward next week to meeting with representatives of Sykes @ Home when they come to Caithness to begin a recruitment process for Homeworkers.  CNSRP partner Highlands and Islands Enterprise has continued to work on attracting business services opportunities to the north, and this one will be of interest to many people in the area.  
Rolling Out Universal Credit - A National Audit Office ReportThumbnail for article : Rolling Out Universal Credit - A National Audit Office Report
Universal Credit has taken significantly longer to roll-out than intended, may cost more than the benefits system it replaces, and the Department for Work and Pensions (the Department) will never be able to measure whether it has achieved its stated goal of increasing employment.  In today's report, the National Audit Office (NAO) concludes that Universal Credit has not delivered value for money and it is uncertain that it ever will.  
Deaths Increase By 13 Per Cent In 1st Quarter Of 2018Thumbnail for article : Deaths Increase By 13 Per Cent In 1st Quarter Of 2018
There were 2,060 more deaths and 539 fewer births registered in Scotland between 1 January and 31 March 2018 than in the same period of 2017, according to provisional figures released today by National Records of Scotland.   The publication, ‘Births, deaths and other vital events, 2018 Q1', shows that at 12,713, the number of births registered was 539 (4.1 per cent) fewer than in the same period of 2017 and the lowest quarter one total since 2002.  
Investigation Into The Government's Handling Of The Collapse Of CarillionThumbnail for article : Investigation Into The Government's Handling Of The Collapse Of Carillion
The National Audit Office (NAO) has published an investigation into the government's handling of the collapse of Carillion.  The liquidation of Carillion will cost UK taxpayers an estimated £148 million, although this is subject to a range of uncertainties and it could take years to establish the final cost.  
Agriculture Facts & Figures
A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.   Do you how many sheep there are in Scotland? Or how much milk is produced? Or the size of the food & drink industry? These and many other key agricultural statistics can be found in the handy pocket-sized Facts and Figures card for the Agriculture Sector published by the Scottish Government today.  
Audit Scotland Annual ReportThumbnail for article : Audit Scotland Annual Report
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Scottish Public Sector Employment Increases
Public Sector Employment Statistics for Scotland, released this week by Scotland's Chief Statistician, show that there were 561,300 people employed in the public sector in Scotland in Q1 2018.   In Q1 2018, public sector employment accounted for 21.5 per cent of total employment in the country and private sector employment accounted for 78.5 per cent of total employment in Scotland.  
Highland Council toilet provision review extended
After listening to feedback from communities across the Highlands, Highland Council's Administration have decided to take more time to rationalise toilet provision in the Highlands.   Budget Leader and Chair of Corporate Resources Cllr Alister MacKinnon and Cllr Allan Henderson, Chair of Environment, Development and Infrastructure report: "In view of serious community proposals coming forward and being assessed, by groups such as North Coast 500 and others across the Highlands, through the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund, it is prudent to allow extra time for the review.  
Car Parking Charges Across Highland Getting Closer
The results of a recent car parking review requested by The Highland Council's Redesign Board have created a vision for car parking and a shift towards localism in the region.   Members of the Redesign Board have agreed a common ground on recommendations for a new car parking policy and improvements to car parking processes in the local authority area.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 12 June 2018
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (June, 12th) sold 9 prime cattle.   Prime Bullocks (3) averaged 227.3p (-1.8p) and sold to 230.0p per kg and £1,265.60 gross.  
Protest Mounting Over Certain Gills Bay/John O'Groats Bus Services To Be Cancelled
Since the news came out in the John O'Groat Journal that Stage coach are to change bus services for Gills and John O'Groats protests have been getting louder.   the proposed bus timetable changes from 20th August which effectively abolish the direct route from Wick to John o'Groats and Gills.  
HIE Appoints New Head Of Innovation And TechnologyThumbnail for article : HIE Appoints New Head Of Innovation And Technology
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has appointed a new regional head of innovation and technology.   Based in An Lòchran, Inverness, David Howie is responsible for a dynamic portfolio that includes all HIE activities on innovation, technology and advanced engineering.