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The Scottish Health Survey 2017
Scotland's Chief Statistician today released The Scottish Health Survey 2017, providing information on the health, and factors relating to health, of adults and children in Scotland.   Smoking The proportion of adults smoking has fallen to 18 per cent, down from 21 per cent in 2016 and 28 per cent in 2003.  
Take Action on Plastic this Recycle WeekThumbnail for article : Take Action on Plastic this Recycle Week
Join The Highland Council in Recycle Week which takes place 24th to 30th September 2018 this year to help increase the amount of recycling, especially of plastic bottles from across the region.   Recycle week is an annual awareness week co-ordinated by Zero Waste Scotland with an aim to increase knowledge about the importance of recycling across Scotland.  
The Data Lab Secures Scottish Government FundingThumbnail for article : The Data Lab Secures Scottish Government Funding
Scotland's data innovation centre, The Data Lab, has secured up to £13.5 million in new Scottish Government funding.   The announcement on Thursday 20th September 2018 follows its success during its first phase of activity, in which it established Scotland as an international data science hub.  
Impact30 Initiative To Inspire Business Leaders Of The Future
A dynamic new programme for young entrepreneurs has been launched by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) to discover and support the business leaders of the future.   IMPACT30 has been designed to uncover a new generation of ambitious talent, offering bespoke support from industry experts to help drive the growth of their businesses.  
Scotland's Economy Grows 0.5% In 2018 Quarter 2
The Scottish economy grew by 0.5% during the second quarter of 2018, according to statistics announced today by Scotland's Chief Statistician.   Change in gross domestic product (GDP) is the main indicator of economic growth in Scotland.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 21 September 2018
FORT WILLIAM, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (September, 21st) sold 2,840 store sheep of all classes.   Lambs (2,346) sold to £66 gross for a Cross lamb from South Laggan, Spean Bridge.  
Focus on infrastructure investmentThumbnail for article : Focus on infrastructure investment
A new electronic map showing some examples of the investment in infrastructure projects since 2007 has been launched by Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson.   It comes after the Programme for Government set out the most ambitious long-term level of infrastructure spend ever in Scotland, with a commitment to invest an additional £7 billion - over and above existing plans - on schools, hospitals, transport, digital connectivity and clean energy by 2026.  
New 5 Year Gaelic Plan From Scottish GovernmentThumbnail for article : New 5 Year Gaelic Plan From Scottish Government
The Scottish Parliament has renewed its commitment to Gaelic with the publication of its new Gaelic Language plan.   Published on Wednesday 19th September 2018, the plan sets out how the Scottish Parliament will promote and support the language over the next five years.  
Broadband Roll-out Faces Its Toughest HurdleThumbnail for article : Broadband Roll-out Faces Its Toughest Hurdle
The Scottish Government achieved its initial target to provide fibre broadband access to 95 per cent of premises.  Its more recent 'Reaching 100 per cent' ambition will be more difficult to realise.  
Counter-fraud Operation Could Save Public Purse £19mThumbnail for article : Counter-fraud Operation Could Save Public Purse £19m
Scotland's public finances have been boosted after a data-sharing exercise identified nearly £19 million of fraud and error across the public sector.   Almost 100 public bodies participated in the latest National Fraud Initiative (NFI), which is coordinated by Audit Scotland every two years.  
Bank lending to Scottish Farming
There was a slow-down in the total lending from banks to Scottish agriculture over the past year.   Outstanding debts to Scottish farms rose by one per cent (£22 million) in the year to 31 May 2018.  
Statement From President Trump Brings Bank Of England's China Paper Into Sharp Focus
Statement from the President - 17 September 2018.   Today, following seven weeks of public notice, hearings, and extensive opportunities for comment, I directed the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to proceed with placing additional tariffs on roughly $200 billion of imports from China.  
New Chief Exec Appointed To The Highland Council - Donna MansonThumbnail for article : New Chief Exec Appointed To The Highland Council - Donna Manson
The Highland Council has appointed a new Chief Executive.  The successful candidate is Donna Manson, currently Service Director for Children and Young People in the Scottish Borders.  
Highland Council New Offices in Fort William Ready To ViewThumbnail for article : Highland Council New Offices in Fort William Ready To View
Members of the public are invited to an open afternoon to view The Highland Council's offices in the new Charles Kennedy Building at Achintore Road in Fort William on Wednesday 19 September 2018 from 1pm - 4pm.   Earlier in the day, the building will be formally opened by Highland Council's Lochaber Area Chairman, Cllr Andrew Baxter with members of Charles Kennedy’s family in attendance and partner organisations who occupy the property.  
Trade Unions Recommend Reject Vote On Revised Local Government Pay Offer
Local services throughout Scotland could be plunged into crisis after - UNISON, Unite and the GMB - wrote to COSLA to say they will recommend their members reject their revised pay offer when they consult them in the coming weeks.   The revised pay offer, made by COSLA on 6th September 2018, was a 3% increase for all local government workers earning up to £80,000, but the trade unions are angry that this is below inflation and does not improve low pay.  
Algal Toxins Affecting Shellfish In Coastal Waters In The North West Sutherland - Loch Eriboll And Kyle Of Durness
The Highland Council's Environmental Health team has identified raised levels of naturally occurring algal toxins following routine monitoring at Loch Eriboll and Kyle of Durness.   Eating shellfish such as cockles, mussels, oysters or razor fish from these areas may pose a health risk arising from the consumption of these algal toxins.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Weekly update from CNSRP - weeks commencing 3rd & 10th September.   Energy & Business Services: Tomorrow (Monday 17th) CNSRP partner Highlands and Islands Enterprise, in association with the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and Scottish Government, is launching a programme called "Fit For Offshore Renewables (F4OR)" This is a service to help the UK supply chain get ready to bid for work in the offshore renewable energy sector.  
How to avoid pension scams
Don't let a scammer enjoy your retirement - find out how pension scams work, how to avoid them and what to do if you suspect a scam.   Pension scams can be hard to spot.  
More money for parents
New benefit will be paid more than six months ahead of schedule.   Plans that will see extra money paid to families on lower incomes have been laid in Parliament.  
Births and deaths
A National Statistics publication for Scotland.   There were 12,973 births and 13,621 deaths registered in Scotland between 1 April and 30 June 2018, according to provisional figures released today by National Records of Scotland.