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Ferry Passenger Numbers Rise By Ten Per CentThumbnail for article : Ferry Passenger Numbers Rise By Ten Per Cent
Northern Isles ferry operator NorthLink Ferries has reported a 10 per cent increase in the volume of passengers who have travelled on the route network since the firm took over running the lifeline ferry service in July 2012.   The passenger increase coincides with recent VisitScotland tourism figures which highlighted a rise in visitors to Orkney by 20 per cent since 2013, while the number of visitors to Shetland increased by 10 percent over the same period.  
Not For Profit Budding Engineers Takes Off In CaithnessThumbnail for article : Not For Profit Budding Engineers Takes Off In Caithness
Budding Engineers - Certificate of School Engagement for Inspiration by DYW North East Scotland.   Budding Engineers are delighted to have received certification for Developing the Young Workforce, with a Certificate of School Engagement for Inspiration by DYW North East Scotland.  
18/7/2018
Private Water Supplies - Help For Communities Whose Water Supplies Have Run DryThumbnail for article : Private Water Supplies - Help For Communities Whose Water Supplies Have Run Dry
Scottish Government funding will be made available to Local Authorities and Scottish Water to ensure that emergency supplies of drinking water are provided to communities where their private water supplies have run dry.   Although the vast majority of Scotland has access to public water supplies, nearly 4% of the population rely on private water supplies.  
18/7/2018
Highland Council Allocates Extra £1.5m To Road Repairs
Works are to begin on an additional £1.5M worth of repair schemes on Highland Council roads this summer.   Cllr Alister Mackinnon, Highland Council's Budget Leader said: "At the Council's meeting in March, Members agreed a revised 5 year Capital Plan and agreed to prioritise roads maintenance if there was any underspend in the Council's capital programme for 2018/19.  
18/7/2018
Investing In An Evolving Workforce
£10 million investment in Flexible Workforce Development Fund.   To ensure our workforce has the skills and training required to meet the changing needs of employers and the Scottish economy, £10million will be invested to extend the Flexible Workforce Development Fund pilot.  
18/7/2018
Input-Output Tables for Scotland 1998-2015
An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland Scotland's Chief Statistician today released the Input-Output Tables for Scotland 1998-2015.  The tables provide a complete picture of the flows of goods and services in the economy for a given year.  
16/7/2018
Funding Confirmed To Establish UK's First Spaceport In SutherlandThumbnail for article : Funding Confirmed To Establish UK's First Spaceport In Sutherland
Plans to launch micro satellites into space from the northern Highlands of Scotland have taken a major step forward with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) announcing further funding to develop the space sector.   Plans to launch micro satellites into space from the northern Highlands of Scotland have taken a major step forward with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) announcing further funding to develop the space sector.  
16/7/2018
Migration Statistics Quarterly Report: July 2018 - Net Migration Adds 350,000 To UK Population
Main points Migration is a complex issue and to fully understand it we need to consider all information.  Our best assessment shows around 280,000 more people coming to the UK than leaving in 2017, so net migration has continued to add to the UK population.  
15/7/2018
Beatrice Offshore Lays Final Turbine FoundationThumbnail for article : Beatrice Offshore Lays Final Turbine Foundation
Yet another milestone was achieved for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm (BOWL) project this week, as the final turbine foundation (number 86 of 86) was installed by contractor Seaway Heavy Lifting.  Travellers on the A9 and A99 on the east coast of Caithness will this week have seen the huge SHL vessel "Oleg Strashnov" working out in the BOWL development area..  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Week commencing 9th July 2018.   Energy & Business Services: * Yet another milestone was achieved for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm (BOWL) project this week, as the final turbine foundation (number 86 of 86) was installed by contractor Seaway Heavy Lifting.  
12/7/2018
Highlands and Islands MSP visits Westminster to talk about fire sprinklers
A Highlands and Islands MSP is in Westminster today (Wednesday July 11) to talk to members of the All-Party Parliamentary Fire Safety and Rescue Group to suggest ways the campaign for sprinklers can be progressed in England.   David Stewart will outline his experience of introducing a Member's Bill in the Scottish Parliament, leading a campaign for greater fire safety measures in Scottish social housing.  
11/7/2018
Wood Wins Dounreay Nuclear Design And Engineering ContractThumbnail for article : Wood Wins Dounreay Nuclear Design And Engineering Contract
Wood has won a framework contract to provide design and engineering services to the Dounreay nuclear site in Scotland, UK.   Effective immediately, it will run for up to four years, including two potential one-year extensions and has an estimated value of $3-4m to Wood.  
11/7/2018
Scotland's Household Numbers RisingThumbnail for article : Scotland's Household Numbers Rising
Scotland's household numbers projected to increase by almost a third of a million over 25 years.   Statistics published today by the National Records of Scotland (NRS) show that the number of households in Scotland is projected to continue to increase, rising by 317,000 between 2016 and 2041.  
11/7/2018
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 10 July 2018
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (July, 10th) sold 36 prime cattle.   Prime Bullocks (2) averaged 206.2p (N/C) and sold to 224.0p per kg and £1,400.00 gross.  
10/7/2018
Beatrice Team Readying To Install First Wind TurbinesThumbnail for article : Beatrice Team Readying To Install First Wind Turbines
Wind turbine installation vessel Pacific Orca arrived at Nigg Energy Park on 28 June, according to the vessel's AIS data, as the Beatrice wind turbine installation team is set to start erecting the first Siemens Gamesa 7MW turbines at the project site in the Moray Firth near Caithness off the Scottish coast.   The project’s marine coordination team has issued a Notice to Mariners, saying that the wind turbine installation and commissioning works will commence offshore during July 2018, with finalisation of the installation in spring 2019.  
10/7/2018
Heavy Lift Vessel 'industrial Dart' In Pentland Firth TodayThumbnail for article : Heavy Lift Vessel 'industrial Dart' In Pentland Firth Today
The massive heavy lift vessel Industrial Dart transited the P.  Firth W to E today pm 10.07.18 en route from Trinidad to the UK Cont.  
10/7/2018
Advice on private water suppliesThumbnail for article : Advice on private water supplies
Highland Council is issuing a reminder to owners of private water supplies and landlords of tenants on private water supplies that it is their responsibility to arrange for the provision of water to their properties.   As a result of the prolonged recent dry weather Highland Council's, Environmental Health Team is receiving a few calls from individuals on private water supplies that are drying up.  
10/7/2018
Caithness: Medical practices successfully attract high-calibre clinicians
NHS Highland has successfully recruited six clinicians - three GPs, two advanced nurse practitioners and a ‘first contact' physiotherapy practitioner - to full and part-time posts in Caithness in the past two months.   Dr David Carson and Dr Mike Ruse are to join recent recruit, advanced nurse practitioner (ANP) Colin Armer, at the Riverbank Medical Practice in Thurso.  
10/7/2018
Council Workers Step Up Pay CampaignThumbnail for article : Council Workers Step Up Pay Campaign
‘Wish you were ...  paying us properly'.  
Northern Isles pupils call for passengers' attention
Northern Isles school pupils are calling for passengers' attention with the introduction of refreshed safety briefing announcements on board NorthLink Ferries passenger vessels.   As part of the Scottish Government's Year of Young People 2018, the lifeline ferry service chose four students from Anderson High School in Lerwick for the announcement on MV Hjaltland and MV Hrossey and a further four pupils from Stromness Primary School in Orkney for the MV Hamnavoe recording.