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14/10/2019
Dingwall And Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 14 October 2019
PORTREE, Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 14th) sold 62 weaned calves and store cattle, 35 breeding cattle and 26 OTM cattle.   Bullocks (36) sold to 218.6p per kg for a pair of 183kg Simmental crosses from 5 Borreraig, Dunvegan, and £1,000 gross for a 610kg Limousin cross from 5/6 Borneskitaig, Kilmuir.  
14/10/2019
CAS Exposes Satisfaction Gap Between Electricity And GasThumbnail for article : CAS Exposes Satisfaction Gap Between Electricity And Gas
A report commissioned by Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) on consumer attitudes to energy networks in Scotland has found that only half (55%) of households off the gas grid are satisfied with their heating systems.   CAS has today warned that the move away from fossil fuels being used to heat homes will be hampered without significant improvements to electric heating options.  
14/10/2019
Supporting Eu Citizens To Stay In Highland
A call goes out this week from the Depute Leader of The Highland Council, Cllr Alasdair Christie to European residents living in the Highlands to register with the EU settlement scheme as soon as possible if they wish to remain living in the UK after Brexit.   Depute Leader Christie explains: "We are aware in the Highland Council area, anecdotally that we have longer term European residents who have been living in our communities for many years - sometimes decades – and we have concerns that some people do not realise that they must register with the EU settlement scheme if they wish to continue living here.  
13/10/2019
Labour Group Select Bill Curran As Prospective CandidateThumbnail for article : Labour Group Select Bill Curran As Prospective Candidate
.The local Labour party have selected their candidate for the coming Westminster election.   "We are happy to announce Bill Curran has been unanimously selected by Caithness, Sutherland and Ross Labour Party as our Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the Westminster seat of Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross." Bill lives in Lybster with his wife and sheepdog Sid on their croft.  
12/10/2019
Search for new NHS Highland chair beginsThumbnail for article : Search for new NHS Highland chair begins
The Scottish Government has begun its search for a new non-executive Chair of NHS Highland.   NHS Highland Chief Executive Iain Stewart said: "This is a very exciting time for NHS Highland as we look to implement innovative ways of working to address the challenges we face.  
12/10/2019
Rural Economy And Connectivity Committee Seeks Views On Proposed Islands Plan
The Scottish Parliament's Rural Economy and Connectivity (REC) Committee is seeking opinions from islanders on the priorities set out in the Scottish Government's proposed National Islands Plan.   The Committee is today launching a call for views, which also invites comments from local authorities and others with an interest in island communities, to inform its scrutiny of the draft Plan.  
11/10/2019
Work Not Worry - Help Your Employees Save With Your Credit UnionThumbnail for article : Work Not Worry - Help Your Employees Save With Your Credit Union
Employers can help their staff to save very easily by offering payroll deductions each month with a credit union.   Credit unions are financial co-operatives owned and controlled by their members.  
11/10/2019
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 11 October 2019Thumbnail for article : Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 11 October 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd, (October, 11th) sold 168 rams at its annual show and sale of Blackface rams, sponsored by P K N Nutrition.   The overall champion was a shearling from Messrs MacDonald, Ess, Carrbridge, realising £1,700 to Messrs Pitmain Estate.  
10/10/2019
Community Council Elections 2019 - Deadline to Apply ExtendedThumbnail for article : Community Council Elections 2019 - Deadline to Apply Extended
The notice of election was published on 23rd September and the deadline for submitting nomination papers has now been extended to 12 noon on Tuesday, 29 October 2019.   Nominations are invited from people seeking election to all Community Councils across Highland this autumn.  
10/10/2019
Consultation On Smoking Outside Hospital Buildings
A consultation on the introduction of a legally enforceable no-smoking area around hospital buildings has launched.   The consultation paper asks for views on the specific details required to extend the existing indoor smoking ban to a set distance outside hospital buildings.  
10/10/2019
Launch Of The New £20 NoteThumbnail for article : Launch Of The New £20 Note
Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England launched the new £20 note today.   Banknote design The new £20 note celebrates Turner, his art and his legacy in all their radiant, colourful glory.  
10/10/2019
Japan-Scotland subsea partnership
Scottish and Japanese companies will receive £9 million from a joint fund to work together on innovative subsea technology.   Combined with investment made by the companies themselves, a total of £20.9 million of industrial research and development will go ahead.  
10/10/2019
Green Investment Programme Opens
Projects helping Scotland transition to a net-zero economy by 2045 can apply to be included in a new green investment programme, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.   The Green Investment Portfolio will give local authorities, developers and third sector organisations the opportunity to pitch for large scale investment to support projects reducing Scotland's emissions in areas like renewables, waste, transport and the circular economy.  
New Ferry For Pentland Ferries Arrives SafelyThumbnail for article : New Ferry For Pentland Ferries Arrives Safely
Scotland's most modern + environmentally-friendly, fuel-efficient ROPAX ferry ship rge MV Alfred, arrived AM today (Wed 09.10.19 at St Margarets Hope.   The boat went round to Kirkwall immediately at the end of 9,000+ miles voyage from the Strategic Marine yard near Ho Chi Minh city (ex.  
9/10/2019
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 9 October 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 9th) sold 653 weaned calves at their first annual district ballot show and sale.   The show champion sponsored by Barclays Transport, Portsoy and judged by Miss Sophie Watt, Cairntack, Balmedie was awarded to a six month old Limousin cross bullock from Mr D MacLean, 4 Bualnaluib, Aultbea scaling in at 260kg and realising £800 gross.  
8/10/2019
Highland Council's Trading Standards alert on Safety Recall of Tumble Dryers
Highland Council's Trading Standards Team is urging consumers to check whether their tumble dryer is covered by a nation-wide product recall.   Safety concerns affect a wide range of models and the manufacturer is offering a brand new machine at no cost to replace the problem items.  
8/10/2019
IFS Forecast for the Economy Is Gloomy
The Institute For Fiscal Studies out today suggest UK heading for Mini Boom then Bust with national debt climbing to the highest since the 1960's.   Government on course to break its fiscal mandate while almost matching Labour 2017 offer on total day-to-day public service spending next year.  
8/10/2019
Revenue from fuel duties down by nearly 1% of national income (£19bn) since 2000
From the Institute for fiscal Studies.   £28bn still to be lost if we don't act soon.  
8/10/2019
Police Scotland advises MSP on action to tackle rural business crimes
The police have told an MSP they are continuing to investigate crimes targeting rural businesses and are "concerned at the increase in dishonesties in a concentrated area of the Highlands".   Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, contacted Police Scotland following reports that criminals were singling out small businesses in the region due to the lack of facilities to bank cash.  
7/10/2019
Motorists Urged To Be Deer AwareThumbnail for article : Motorists Urged To Be Deer Aware
Drivers are being warned to look out for deer roaming on to roads and posing risks to road users.  The warning comes with more deer on the move during the rutting season.