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2/11/2019
Dingwall & Highland Marts - Lochmaddy - Sale 1 November 2019
LOCHMADDY, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (November, 1st) sold 314 weaned calves and store cattle, 6 adult head of breeding cattle & 30 OTM cattle.   Prior to the sale the judge Mr K.  
Hugh Simpson Contractors Ltd Launches A New Service - Lifting Equipment ExaminationThumbnail for article : Hugh Simpson Contractors Ltd Launches A New Service - Lifting Equipment Examination
Report of Thorough examination Thorough examination in accordance to the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) 1998.   Owners and users of lifting equipment must certify that all components which have a bearing on safety have been formally inspected and assessed as being in a safe condition.  
1/11/2019
BT Public Payphone Consultation - 55 To Be Objected To By Highland CouncilThumbnail for article : BT Public Payphone Consultation - 55 To Be Objected To By Highland Council
BT are proposing to remove 110 payphones across The Highland Council area.   Under Ofcom guidelines, the Local Authorities are responsible for co-ordinating consultation responses on behalf of their local community for any proposed removal of public payphones.  
31/10/2019
Highland Council's Citizen's Panel have their say
Feedback from Highland Council's annual citizen's panel survey has highlighted the welcoming nature of people living in our communities.   This was just one of many findings included in the latest Citizens' Panel 2019 Performance and Attitude Survey which was considered at the Council meeting on 31 October 2019.  
31/10/2019
Dingwall & Highland Marts - Sale 31 October 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 31st) sold 3,675 store sheep.   Lambs (2,603) averaged £48.91 and sold to £85 gross for a Texel tup lamb from Wester Raddery, Fortrose. Ewes (890) sold to £79 gross for a pen of Texel crosses from Kinnahaird Farm, Contin. Feeding Sheep (182) sold to £170 gross for a Cheviot ram from Keppoch Farm, Dundonnell.  
30/10/2019
Caithness West and Tannach and District Community Councils Fail To Get Enough Nominations
Following the recent call for candidates wishing to serve on Highland Community Councils to come forward a total of 120 Councils attracted sufficient interest to allow them to form from 12 noon on Friday 1 November.   20 Community Councils received more nominations than their maximum membership, and elections will take place for these Community Councils using a postal ballot.  
30/10/2019
Employees' Earnings Since The Great Recession: The Latest PictureThumbnail for article : Employees' Earnings Since The Great Recession: The Latest Picture
The Office for National Statistics have released the latest data on the distribution of employees' earnings in the UK, based on the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), the highest quality source of data on employees' pay in the UK.  The survey, of around 180,000 employees, is undertaken in April of each year and the latest data is available for 2019.  
30/10/2019
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 29 October 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 29th) sold 22 prime cattle.   Prime Bullocks (3) averaged 194.9p (+5.4p) and sold to 199.0p per kg and £1,200.15 gross.  
30/10/2019
Hi-Scot Credit Union Is 13 Years Old And Still GrowingThumbnail for article : Hi-Scot Credit Union Is 13 Years Old And Still Growing
The number thirteen might be unlucky for some, but not HI-Scot credit union who are celebrating thirteen years of serving their members across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.   From humble beginnings as an idea conceived by hard-working volunteers determined to bring an ethical, community-minded option for saving and borrowing to the islands, Western Isles credit union (HI-Scot's original incarnation) opened its doors in 2006.  
Gail Ross MSP Has Launched A Consultation On Remote Rural CommunitiesThumbnail for article : Gail Ross MSP Has Launched A Consultation On Remote Rural Communities
At a gathering in Wick town Hall on Monday 28th October 2019 Gail Ross MSP launched a consultation on a remote rural communities bill that would be similar protection for mainland communities as the 2018 Islands Act for Scottish islands.   Caithness, Sutherland and Ross MSP Gail Ross is proposing the legislation, which would mean public bodies would have to take the impact on remote rural communities into account when making policy.  
29/10/2019
Highland Council Cuts 800,000+ Miles With Enterprise Car Club Saving £400,000Thumbnail for article : Highland Council Cuts 800,000+ Miles With Enterprise Car Club Saving £400,000
Highland Council saves £400,000 And 377 Tonnes Of CO2 In First 12 Months With Enterprise.   The Highland Council has reduced its annual business mileage by more than 825,000 miles and made cost savings in excess of £400,000 in the first 12 months since introducing Enterprise Car Club, part of global vehicle rental group, Enterprise Holdings.  
29/10/2019
Teaming Up To Tackle Entanglement In Fishing GearThumbnail for article : Teaming Up To Tackle Entanglement In Fishing Gear
In the first workshop of its kind in Europe, creel fishermen and women from around Scotland gathered in the Highlands to tackle the problem of marine animal entanglement.   Organised by the Scottish Entanglement Alliance (SEA) and funded by the University Innovation Fund through Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), 20 creel fishermen and women from the Clyde up to Shetland travelled to Ullapool to work alongside project partners with the aim of encouraging better reporting of entanglements, widen Scotland's existing entanglement response network, and share insights to better understand, mitigate and respond to incidents.  
29/10/2019
Further support for looked after children
More than £8 million of Scottish Government funding was spent last year on projects to improve the attainment of care experienced young people.   Projects as diverse as mentoring programmes, counselling services and driving lessons were supported through the Care Experienced Children and Young People fund.  
29/10/2019
Agricultural Support Outlined - £80million To Be Distributed
Active farmers and crofters will benefit from the first instalment of convergence funding that the Scottish Government has long campaigned for.   The initial £80 million will be distributed to support active farming, with a focus on those who farm in our marginal uplands, hill farms and island areas.  
29/10/2019
Middle-tier Workers At Risk As Automation Takes Over In Uk
Up to 30% of jobs (10.5 million) in the UK are considered ‘highly automatable' and therefore at risk to change, with professionals not possessing the skills to accommodate the AI revolution.   By 2020, approximately 75 million jobs would have been displaced across the globe as a result of the emergence of Artificial Intelligence (AI).  
29/10/2019
Higher Education Student Support for Scotland 2018-2019
Scotland's Chief Statistician today published statistics on Higher Education Student Support in Scotland 2018-2019 in a new look publication.  The figures show an increase in both the number of students supported and the amount of support provided by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for those studying in Higher Education in the 2018-2019 academic session.  
29/10/2019
Short-term Lets
Consultation responses back regulation.   A consultation on short-term lets found wide support for regulation, according to independent analysis published today.  
29/10/2019
Homicide In Scotland, 2018-19
Scotland's Chief Statistician today published Homicide in Scotland, 2018-19.  The publication provides information on crimes of homicide recorded by the police in Scotland in 2018-19.  
28/10/2019
Council appoints two more Executive Chief OfficersThumbnail for article : Council appoints two more Executive Chief Officers
The Highland Council has announced two more appointments to new posts of Executive Chief Officer as part of the Council's redesign programme.   Malcolm MacLeod has been appointed as Executive Chief Officer - Infrastructure and Environment.  
28/10/2019
Highland Council kicks off council house Rent Consultation across the region
The Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 requires social landlords to consult tenants and take account of their views when making decisions about proposed rent increases.   The Highland Council Tenant Participation team are starting a month long trip around Highland communities talking to tenants about what their rent money is spent on and consulting on the rent they will pay in 2020 / 2021.