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20/1/2021
A Vision For UK SeasThumbnail for article : A Vision For UK Seas
Environment Minister Rebecca Pow sets out the UK's vision for our seas and highlights cross-government Offshore Wind Enabling Actions Programme in keynote speech at the 2021 Coastal Futures conference.   Thank you for inviting me back to speak at this year's Ocean Recovery event, and to celebrate the work that has been going on across our marine space.  
20/1/2021
New Autonomous Uncrewed Minesweepers To Protect Sailors At SeaThumbnail for article : New Autonomous Uncrewed Minesweepers To Protect Sailors At Sea
Three world-class autonomous minesweeping systems will detect and destroy sea mines on dangerous naval operations for the Royal Navy, thanks to a £25m contract announced today.   The Combined Influence Minesweeping (SWEEP) system designed by Atlas Elektronik UK, will be the Royal Navy's first uncrewed minesweeper.  
20/1/2021
Online Enrolment For All Early Learning And Childcare Places In HighlandThumbnail for article : Online Enrolment For All Early Learning And Childcare Places In Highland
Enrolment for all ELC providers, including local authority nurseries, partner settings and commissioned childminders, will take place online this year.   Enrolment week for ELC places will take place on Monday 8 February to Friday 12 February 2021.  
20/1/2021
More Than £250 Million For Drug Deaths Emergency
In 2019, the number of people in Scotland who died a drug-related death was equivalent to three people losing their lives each and every day.   Every single one - 1264 in total - was a human being with dreams and aspirations, talent and potential.  
20/1/2021
Joe Biden Sworn In As US President On Inauguration Day 2021 - Watch LiveThumbnail for article : Joe Biden Sworn In As US President On Inauguration Day 2021 - Watch Live
Joe Biden​ is sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on January 20, following months of bitter resistance from Donald #Trump​ to the outcome of the November presidential election.   The traditional outdoor #inauguration​ ceremony for the new president is set to go ahead - although the threats of further violence coupled with the coronavirus pandemic will scale back the usual celebrations.  
20/1/2021
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 20 January 2021
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (January 20th) sold 670 store cattle, 5 adult head of breeding cattle 111 OTM cattle.   Bullocks (441) averaged 242.3p and sold to 287.7p per kilo for a pen of 285kg Limousin crosses from Cambusmore Estate, Dornoch and £1,300 gross twice for a pen of 583kg Aberdeen Angus crosses from South Balkeith, Tain, and for a pair of 605kg Simmental crosses from Braelangwell, Balblair. Heifers (222) averaged 232.1p and sold to 334.4p per kilo for a 305kg British Blue cross from Shewglie Farmers, Glenurquhart and £1,600 gross for a 505kg Limousin cross from The Antlers, Occumster.  
20/1/2021
Coronavirus COVID-19 daily data for Scotland - 20 January 2021
1,656 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   25,476 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results - 7.5% of these were positive.  
Multi-million Design Contract Secured For Dounreay Waste Repackaging FacilityThumbnail for article : Multi-million Design Contract Secured For Dounreay Waste Repackaging Facility
The Decommissioning Services Framework (DDF) Alliance, led by Cavendish Nuclear and supported by KDC Contractors (Veolia) and BAM Nuttall (BAM), has been successfully awarded a contract for the design of a new waste repackaging facility at the Dounreay nuclear site.   The programme of work is expected to run until early 2022 and forms part of Dounreay Site Restoration Limited's (DSRL's) Decommissioning Services Framework.  
19/1/2021
Hollandmey Renewable Energy Development - Online EventThumbnail for article : Hollandmey Renewable Energy Development - Online Event
Online Public Information Event: 20 January - 10 February 2021.   ScottishPower Renewables (SPR) invites you to participate in further public consultation on the draft proposals for the Hollandmey Renewable Energy Development (Hollandmey RED).  
19/1/2021
Coronavirus Covid-19 Update First Minister's Statement - 19 January 2021
Statement given by the First Minister to the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 19 January 2021.   Presiding Officer I want to update Parliament on Cabinet's review of the current lockdown restrictions which took place earlier today.  
19/1/2021
Review Of Covid Restrictions
Current lockdown measures will stay in place across mainland Scotland and some island communities until at least the middle of February, the First Minister confirmed today.   In addition, Barra and Vatersay will move into lockdown from 00:01 on Wednesday following a sharp increase in infection rates.  
19/1/2021
Independent Hospitals To Support Elective Care
Additional capacity to ensure urgent treatment continues.   Five independent hospitals are supporting NHS Scotland with elective care from this week, to ensure clinically urgent patients can continue to be seen and treated.  
19/1/2021
£1,500 Grant for Taxi and Private Hire Drivers - Council Update
The Scottish Government has launched a £1,500 grant scheme to assist each individual licensed taxi or private hire driver with their fixed costs including licence plate fees, rental fees and insurance payments for taxis not on the road.   The Highland Council's Chair of the Economy and Infrastructure Committee, Cllr Trish Robertson said: "The Highland Council has been asked by the Scottish Government to deliver this grant scheme on their behalf.  
19/1/2021
Coronavirus Covid-19 Daily Data For Scotland - 19th January 2021
1,165 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   13,193 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results - 11.1% of these were positive.  
19/1/2021
Deaths Involving Covid-19 Week 1: 4 Jan-10 Jan
As at 10 January, 7,074 deaths have been registered in Scotland where the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was mentioned on the death certificate, according to statistics published by National Records of Scotland (NRS) today.   In the week 4-10 January, 384 deaths were registered that mentioned COVID-19 on the death certificate, this is an increase of 197 deaths from the previous week.  
19/1/2021
Update To Taxi Grant Criteria
Taxi and private hire drivers who have received state benefits at any time since March last year will now be eligible for a £1,500 business support grant as long as they meet the remaining criteria.   Business Minister Jamie Hepburn confirmed that the change would come into effect immediately to ensure that drivers on the lowest incomes can access support.  
19/1/2021
Measures Used For Counting Deaths From Covid-19: Foi Release
Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.   OI reference: FOI/202100132552 Date received: 24 Dec 2020 Date responded: 15 Jan 2021 Information requested When someone dies and has been confirmed as having covid-19, but also has severe underlying health conditions (eg Cancer / Lung disease / Heart disease etc).  
19/1/2021
Highland Council formally rejects Boundary Commission's proposals
Following discussions at the recent Council meeting, the Council Leader has formally written to the Local Government Boundary Commission on their proposals for councillor numbers and ward boundaries in the Highland Council area.   She advised the Boundary Commission that the Council rejected the Commission's proposals in their entirety and formally requested that they halt this process immediately and review the whole issue of remote and rural area boundaries and councillor numbers in consultation with the Highland Council and other local authorities who have mainland councils with inhabited islands.  
19/1/2021
Scientists Tackle Vaccine Safety, Efficacy And Access At Global R&D Forum
More than 2,800 scientists from 130 countries gathered on Friday (January 15) in a virtual forum hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) to identify knowledge gaps and set research priorities for vaccines against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.   They discussed the safety and efficacy of existing vaccines and new candidates, ways to optimize limited supply, and the need for additional safety studies.  
19/1/2021
Deaths Registered Weekly In England And Wales, Provisional: Week Ending 8 January 2021
The number of deaths registered in the UK in the week ending 8 January 2021 was 20,023, which was 6,170 higher than the five-year average; of deaths registered in the UK The number of deaths registered in England and Wales was affected by the Boxing Day and New Year's Day Bank Holidays; 17,751 deaths were registered in the week ending 8 January 2021 (Week 1), 7,682 more deaths than in the preceding week (Week 53); this sharp increase may be because of deaths in the previous weeks whose registrations were delayed, so the figures in this week's release should be interpreted with caution.   We estimate that the number of deaths actually occurring (rather than registered) in Week 1 in England and Wales was between 14,008 and 17,728.