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Independent Retailers Helping To Change The Way We Shop
Climate emergency headlines and programmes such as the BBC's War on Plastic are driving consumers to take action against single-use plastic.   In Scotland alone, around 224,000 tonnes of plastic waste is collected from Scottish households each year - and if not recycled correctly, can end up in landfill.  
Rise In Medical Trainee Recruitment
Latest recruitment figures show that 89% of all medical training posts in Scotland are currently filled - the highest level for five years at this stage in recruitment.   Foundation training places – for the two years post-medical school – are currently 99% full.  
Wester Bridge Opening/road Closure
From Subsea7 - Please be advised that we are about to commence the launch of a pipeline bundle into Sinclair's Bay.   This operation will take between 24 - 36 hours and will require Subsea 7 to open the Wester Bridge to allow towheads to pass under and out to sea.  
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.  
Creating A Fairer Social Security System
People with lived experience to have their say.   Volunteers are being asked to shape Scotland's new, fairer social security system.  
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.  
Promoting Scotland-China RelationsThumbnail for article : Promoting Scotland-China Relations
Trade and Investment Minister to visit China.   Trade and Investment Minister Ivan McKee will visit China this week to promote the growing economic, cultural and educational links between Scotland and the world's second largest economy.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd -Sale 2 July 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (July, 2nd) sold 13 prime cattle.   Prime Bullocks (4) averaged 206.4p (-0.8p) and sold to 210.0p per kg and £1,194.80 gross.  
This year's Amazon Prime Days will be a $6.7bn bonanza to lure in new members
Prime stakes: This year's Amazon Prime Day(s) will be a $6.7bn bonanza to lure in new members, forecasts e-commerce expert Amazon's business model relies on attracting new members, and it will offer over 1 million deals on Prime Day this year to reel them in, says e-commerce delivery specialist ParcelHero.  But can its marketplace traders afford to join in? Amazon’s Prime Day will set new records this year, says the e-commerce delivery specialist ParcelHero.  
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.  
Labour Tried and Failed To Give New Planning Rights To Communities
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, David Stewart, has slammed the ‘SNP-Tory' stitch up of the Planning Bill, warning that it has become a missed opportunity to deliver transformative change.   The SNP and Scottish Conservatives joined forces to block Labour's plans to secure the power for a community right of appeal as well as remove key changes made by MSPs at an earlier stage.  
Support For Emergency Responders
Wellbeing and resilience programme extended to emergency services.   Front line emergency workers will get access to tailored mental health resources, following the extension of a wellbeing programme.  
New Face At D M HallThumbnail for article : New Face At D M Hall
DM Hall boosts its focus on the North with appointment of Caithness-based residential surveyor Lesley Coghill.   DM Hall, one of Scotland's leading independent firms of chartered surveyors, has boosted its expertise in the country's most northerly mainland region with the appointment of a highly experienced Thurso-based professional who will share her residential property expertise with clients in Caithness, north Sutherland and the island of Orkney.  
The UK's fraud hotspots revealed: what’s the biggest threat in your area?
A Which Report.   You're more likely to fall victim to fraud than to any other crime in the UK.  
GMB Scotland Sounds Alarm Over U.S. Threat Of Whisky Tariffs
Move shows UK is a ‘sitting duck' in future U S trade negotiations, says union.   GMB Scotland reports Scotch whisky is among the products targeted by the US for a new tariffs provides a troubling look future trade negotiations.  
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.  
Warning About Energy Saving Cold Callers On The Doorstep
Highland and Islands Trading Standards warn householders to ‘be on guard' and reject cold calling ‘home energy’ traders on the doorstep.   Local Authority Trading Standards Services across the North of Scotland are warning unsuspecting householders to be on their guard if they are approached by individuals wishing to install home energy products.  
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.  
NHS Highland announces appointment of three new Board Members
Three new non-executive members have been appointed by the Cabinet Secretary to the NHS Highland Board.   Alexander Anderson, Jean Boardman and Philip MacRae have each been appointed for four years by the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport Jeane Freeman.