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Local Business Alerted To Counterfeiting
Trading Standards officers of The Highland Council are launching an initiative to tackle the sale of counterfeit goods within the workplace.   They have written to local employers to advise them of the damage caused by counterfeiting to local businesses, which sell genuine goods.  
Apptrentices Can Thrive In Offshore Boom
A new generation of workers emerging from the shutdown of Dounreay can become the backbone of Scotland's biggest offshore development since the discovery of oil in the North Sea over 40 years ago.   Jamie Stone, MSP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, believes a multi-billion pound investment in marine energy off Scotland's north coast will open doors for a new wave of workers leaving Dounreay, just as offshore oil and gas did in the 1970s.  
Increased Level of LEADER Grants Available
Recent changes to the Highland LEADER programme have included an increase to the rates of grants available which could now mean rates of up to 90% funding for community projects until December 2010.   In addition a further 2.33 million for community facilities and development plans from SRDP Rural Priorities has been transferred to LEADER for projects in the Highlands.  
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A Caithness family bakers says that winning Scotland's top prize in the prestigious national Great Taste Awards felt like winning the Scottish Cup.   At the glittering awards on Monday night at Fortnum & Mason in London, the Reids of Caithness team were on the edge of their seats as the live scoring took them into the top eight in the chase for the UK supreme champion.  
Following workshops held in June to provide a basic Gaelic starter course two additional classes have been organised.   The events, hosted by North Highland Tourism, will be held on Tuesday 14th September in Castletown Heritage Centre from 1030-1230 hrs and from 200-400 hrs in Mackays Hotel, Wick.  
First Minister Outlines New Legislation
Bills on Scottish Water and Double Jeopardy included in ambitious programme First Minister Alex Salmond today set out the Scottish Government's priorities for the final year of the parliamentary term and beyond.   In a statement to the Scottish Parliament, the First Minister outlined a programme of legislative and non-legislative action to support businesses, families and communities through tough economic times and protect and improve vital public services.  
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Giant tidal turbine successfully installed on the seabed at the EMEC facility Orkney: Atlantis Resources Corporation has successfully deployed its AK1000 tidal turbine - the world's largest rotor diameter tidal turbine - on its subsea berth, in 35 meters of water at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney, Scotland.   The installation follows the turbine unveiling ceremony, held in Invergordon on August 12th and attended by officials and dignitaries from seven different countries.  
The Original Factory Shop To Open New Stores In Caithness
The Original Factory Shop is set to open two new stores in Thurso and Wick and employ up to 50 people.   The shops were until earlier this year Ethel Austen stores but the company went in to administration.  
Scotland's Housing Expo Boosts Local Businesses
Scotland's Housing Expo in Inverness closed this week after boosting the local businesses taking part.  The Expo welcomed visitors including construction and housing professionals and families throughout August.  
Public Views Wanted On Renewables Structure Plan
Public Views Sought on the National Renewables Infrastructure Plan and the SEA (Strategic Environment Assessment) The public are being invited to have their say on the Stage Two report of the National Renewables Infrastructure Plan (N-RIP) and the accompanying Environmental Report and four Appendices.  The N-RIP report has been published by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Scottish Enterprise (SE), and the SEA Report by the Scottish Government in conjunction with HIE and SE.  
The Future Of Rural Health Care
Future of rural health care comes under the microscope at Highland conference The innovative use of modern technology to promote health and prevent illness is the subject of a national conference being held in Inverness next month.   Doctors, researchers, technical experts and business people will share their expertise at the P4 Digital Healthcare Convention, organised by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), on Friday, October 1, at the city's Eden Court Theatre.  
Caithness Businesses Asked To Complete Survey
IT CONNECTIVITY - SURVEY TO ASSESS BUSINESS NEEDS - YOUR INPUT REQUIRED TO IMPROVE SERVICES Caithness Chamber of Commerce is carrying out a survey on existing IT connectivity within the business community, on behalf of Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership.   We would appreciate a few minutes of your time to complete this survey as this will help us understand how you make use of the existing infrastructure in your daily business activities.  
Businesses Encouraged To Target Decommissioning Work
Highlands and Islands businesses encouraged to target decommissioning work A project has been launched encouraging Scottish companies to go nuclear in a bid to win new contracts.   Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Scottish Enterprise are looking for businesses with the potential to target lucrative decommissioning work.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 3rd September 2010
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts, (September, 2nd) sold 3,577 store and breeding sheep incorporating annual sale of HISHA accredited sheep and first sale on behalf of Lewis Livestock Producers.  Store lambs (1,470) averaged 44.42 and sold to 60 gross for Suffolk crosses from Spittal Mains, Watten.  
New Rector of Wick High School Appointed
A new rector for the 756-pupil Wick High School was appointed on Tuesday 32st August 2010.   He is Mr Thomas McIntyre, deputy head teacher at Ladymead Community School Technology College, Taunton, Somerset.  
Council appeals for help to catch dog fouling offenders
The Highland Council's Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross Education and Enforcement officer James Sanderson is appealing to members of the public in Brora, Golspie and Helmsdale to help provide information which will help him identify persistent dog fouling offenders.   Mr Sanderson says a minority of dog walkers are continuously flouting the law by failing to clear up after their dogs.  
Pilot refuse collection scheme begins in Skye and Lochalsh
In a move to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill by households and commercial businesses, The Highland Council begins a 6 month trial of an alternate weekly waste collection scheme in Skye and Lochalsh on Monday (6 September 2010).   From this date, collections of the blue recycling bins will become fortnightly, alternating with a fortnightly collection of the general refuse bin.  
Littering Fines Issued In Inverness - More To Follow
Ten fines issued during Inverness city centre litter crackdown A recent anti-litter purge in Inverness city centre resulted in 10 Fixed Penalty Notices of 50 each being issued for smoking related offences.   Officers from The Highland Council's Transport Environmental and Community Services based in Aviemore, Dingwall and Invergordon were drafted in to Inverness to help mount the crackdown on Thursday 26th August 2010.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 31st August 2010
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (August, 31st) sold 64 prime cattle.  Prime bullocks (33) averaged 168.1p (-3.4p) and sold to 187p per kg and 1,238.80 gross.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 24 August 2010
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (August, 24th) sold 65 prime cattle.  Prime bullocks (33) averaged 171.5p (+4.7p) and sold to 191p per kg and 1,200.60 gross.