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Furniture Projects Help Low Income Families Furnish Homes
Study Reveals Social, Economic and Environmental Benefits Scottish furniture reuse projects helped more than 105,000 people - more than half from low income families - furnish their homes last year, according to a major new study from Scotland's national community recycling body.   The study, carried out annually by The Community Recycling Network for Scotland (CRNS), revealed that as well helping people to move out of poverty, furniture reuse projects have a host of additional benefits.  
Council Director Issues Statement on Social Work Services
The Highland Council's Director of Social Work has issued a statement clarifying proposed changes to Social Work services following a letter issued to the media by Peter Peacock MSP.   Director of Social Work, Harriet Dempster said: "The Council is seeking to avoid compulsory redundancies.  
New Policy for Bulky Uplift Service
In a move to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill sites, The Highland Council has altered its free Bulky Uplift policy so that from the beginning of July 2008 black bag waste will be removed from the list of approved items for these pre-arranged collections.   Currently the free uplifting service can be booked to remove any article of household waste which cannot fit into a normal domestic bin, any item which weighs over 25kg and up to 10 black bags.  
Council Gets Top Marks for Customer CareThumbnail for article : Council Gets Top Marks for Customer Care
The Highland Council has been awarded the Charter Mark Standard for excellence in customer service delivery for its network of 37 Service Points and its Service Centre at Alness.   After first achieving Charter Mark status in 1999, this is the fifth time that the Cabinet Office has presented the Council with this UK Government award which recognises top quality service delivery.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Aberdeen Angus Sale - 9 April 2008
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (April, 9th) sold 558 Aberdeen Angus store cattle in a special show and sale.  Bullocks (304) averaged 140.3p and sold to 151.7p per kg and 835 gross.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Special Show & Sale - 9 April 2008
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (April, 9th) sold 257 store cattle in a special show and sale.  Bullocks (114) averaged 145.8p and sold to 206.2p per kg and 1000 gross.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 9th April 2008
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (April, 9th) sold 31 OTM cattle.  Cows (23) averaged 111.7p and sold to 123.8p per kg for a 755kg Limousin from Kinnahaird Farm, Contin and 1,060 gross for a 885kg Limousin cross from 103 Carnan, Lochboisdale.  
Go Ahead For Gordonbush Wind Farm
Ministers have approved the Gordonbush wind farm, near Brora in Sutherland, which will be capable of powering 37,000 homes.   The 87.5 Megawatt, 35 turbine wind farm will be subject to conditions to minimise any potential disturbance to local wildlife and to safeguard local interests.  
Boost To Social Fabric and Competitiveness
Projects across the Highlands and Islands designed to increase economic competitiveness are to benefit from 15.4 million pounds of European funding, First Minister Alex Salmond announced today.   The funding will be distributed amongst 45 projects through the 2007-13 European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Social Fund (ESF).  
Mey Selections Presents Royal Tweed To Duke and Duchess Of Rothesay
The Mey Selections brand has now been enhanced by a special range of tweeds designed and manufactured by world leading textiles and cashmere producers, Johnstons of Elgin, and developed in conjunction with HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay.   Mey Selections Castle of Mey Estate Tweed was launched at the new Johnstons 1.5million Heritage Centre yesterday where it was received by TRH The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay during their visit where they viewed the weaving of the tweed in one of the only traditional mills left in the country.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - 8th April 2008
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (April, 8th) sold 81 prime cattle.  Prime bullocks (50) averaged 153.7p (-3.2p) and sold to 172p per kg and 1,106.85 gross.  
Open Evening at Drummuie, Golspie
There will be another chance for members of the public to look around The Highland Council's new flagship office complex in East Sutherland at Drummuie, Golspie, from 7pm to 8pm on Thursday 10 April.   This evening follows on from the open afternoon on Wednesday 2 April which had to be cut short due to a problem with the lift.  
Cash Boost Ceiling Raised For Local Tourism Groups
Funding for local tourism projects in the Highlands has received a welcome boost from The Highland Council.   The Council has revealed that it contributed over 84,000 to community tourism projects around the Highlands during 2007/08 and that it intends raising the upper limit on individual grants available in the new financial year.  
Astronaut Visit To DounreayThumbnail for article : Astronaut Visit To Dounreay
Dounreay folk were given an unique opportunity to hear former NASA space shuttle pilot Duane Carey when he came to the site recently to give a talk on his career and experiences in the space shuttle programme.   Duane was in Caithness for the second year in a row, giving public and school talks as part of the Caithness International Science Festival.  
Blackstairs Highlandwear Kilt Shop Goes From Strength To StrengthThumbnail for article : Blackstairs Highlandwear Kilt Shop Goes From Strength To Strength
Operating from the famous and recently restored Blackstairs in Wick, Caithness, Scotland.  Blackstairs Highland Wear kilt shop is building a fine reputation for providing a friendly professional service in both Highland dress and conventional occasion wear for men.  
Murdo's Mission For The Tourist IndustryThumbnail for article : Murdo's Mission For The Tourist Industry
He's white, fluffy, goes by the name of Murdo and is on a mission to help businesses in the Highlands and Islands capture a bigger share of the lucrative tourist market.   And while he may be small, this West Highland terrier has taken on the big task as a new canine web-based resource for the region's booming hospitality and tourism sector.  
HSE urges Scottish businesses to "get their house in order"
Now that spring has sprung and the clocks have changed and thoughts turn to carrying out a thorough spring clean, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is urging businesses in Scotland to get their house in order and tidy up to help reduce the risk of slips, trips and falls in the workplace.   Slips trips and falls in the workplace cost Scottish society more than 72,800,000 in 2005/06, and 30 per cent of reported workplace injuries are slips, trips and falls .  
444,000 Overhaul For Caithness Water Mains
Further water supply improvements are in the pipeline for two Caithness communities.   Achow near Lybster and Milton on the outskirts of Wick are about to benefit from a 444,000 investment in new water mains.  
Tick Prevention Week
7-13th April 2008 Tick Prevention Week aims to raise awareness regarding the dangers of tick bites, and how to reduce the chance of infection.   The campaign week is held in early spring, when the weather gets warmer, people spend more time outdoors, and ticks become more active.  
SQA launches new qualification to boost food and drink industry
Efforts to revolutionise skills training in Scotland's 7.6 billion food and drink processing industry have received a further boost with the launch of a new suite of national qualifications.   The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), Scotland's national body for qualifications other than degrees, has officially adopted a new framework for Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) in Food Manufacture, devised by Improve, the food and drink sector skills council.