The increasing use of digital services in a connected world brings an increasing threat of cyberattack. The Internet that connects systems doesn't discriminate between the type of traffic it allows on the network, it is our responsibility to manage this when we connect to and use the Internet by recognising and reducing the risk as appropriate.
A special week long programme is being held in the Highlands and Islands de-mystifying the ways data can be used to change lives, deliver better services and grow business. Share Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is co-ordinating a local Fringe programme as part of the Scottish DataFest18 festival, organised by The Data Lab.
Around £3 million of funding has been agreed for a ground-breaking Highland project that could transform the lives of people with complex health needs as part of the Inverness and Highland City Region Deal. The business case for the ‘FitHome' assisted living project was approved in November last year with £3m funding from the Scottish Government.
Highland Council Trading Standards team has recently seen an increase in scams targeting Highland businesses. The most common scams reported by businesses relate to marketing and publishing but other frauds such as those involving demands for payment for unsolicited goods sent to businesses (such as ink cartridges which were never ordered) are also on the rise.
An article in the Press and Journal today 9th January 2018 highlights the cuts in staffing levels across Scottish councils with Highland being one of the highest. In 2009 Highland had 9953 Full-time Equivalent Staff and in 2017 it had dropped by 21% to 7838.
A well rounded article about Wick and Whisky has appeared on the Scotch Whisky blog on www.scotchwhisky.com The article is a short history of the connections between whisky, fishing and the town with some period photos. See it in full at https://scotchwhisky.com/magazine/around-the-world/whisky-travel/17411/wick-whisky-and-the-herring-boom/.
Atlantis, a global leader in the tidal power sector, is pleased to announce that it has agreed to sell its stake in its Canadian joint venture to its partner DP Energy, a leading renewable energy developer, at the FORCE facility in the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia, Canada. Atlantis and DP Energy have entered into a conditional sale and purchase agreement for the sale of Atlantis' 50% interest in Atlantis Operations (Canada) Limited ("AOCL") which will be renamed after the sale is completed.
The Moray Firth is in large part going to be serviced from Wick in Caithness. Milestones are being reached every month.
In case you missed it here is a little film of what has been happening to July 2017..
2 Massive crane ships leave the Cromarty Firth to work on the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm.Scotland. The work may be out of sight but it will have huge impact on the Caithness and the Scottish economy..
The story of a floating wind farm off Scotland..
Week Commencing 1st January 2018. Energy & business services: 2018 promises to be another year of exciting change in the energy sector, and to highlight how things have progressed in the north the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm team have produced a short booklet outlining the significant milestones that have been achieved during 2017 - you can access the booklet at https://www.beatricewind.com/single-post/2017/12/22/lookingbackat2017 .
Police have renewed their appeal for help in their nationwide hunt for former Immingham man Andrew Peasley. Peasley, also known as Andrew Wall, 48 is wanted on suspicion of numerous substantial fraud offences against his family and friends over a number of years.
Members from the maritime professionals' union Nautilus International have voted by a massive majority in favour of taking industrial action in the latest stage of a long-running pay dispute with Orkney Ferries. A ballot of members serving with the company showed 21 voting for taking industrial action short of a strike, with just one member against.
Caithness and Sutherland may miss the worst of Storm Eleanor but further south be careful. · 65 per cent of Brits feel incoming Storm Eleanor sounds like a 'low - moderate' storm, despite being predicted to widespread damage, with winds up to 80mph.
Storm Eleanor blows us into the new year with some disruptive winds expected in the UK. Big changes are then expected later this week, Met Office Meteorologist Aidan McGivern has all the details..
You can now join Hi-Scot Credit Union on the web site. Hi-Scot have added a number of new features to their web site recently including joining.
Cognitive improvements to be included in Blue Badge scheme The disabled person's parking badge pilot, which was launched in April 2016, has been made permanent by the Scottish Government. The eligibility criteria were revised and extended under a pilot to allow carers and relatives of people who pose a risk to themselves or others in traffic to apply for a disabled person's parking badge, provided they meet the criteria.
People looking to pick up a New Year bargain in the sales on the internet, by mail order or on the high street are being encouraged by The Highland Council's Trading Standards team to be aware of their consumer rights and to stay safe online from scams and fake websites that try to dupe inexperienced online shoppers trying to buy a bargain. Consumers have extra protection when they shop online.
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (December, 27th) sold 27 prime cattle. Prime bullocks (2) averaged 209.0p sold to 210.0p (-24.0p) and £1312.50 gross.