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Could Thurso Become A Producer Of Electric Car Batteries - Some Think So
SMMT reveals sales of electric vehicles storming ahead whilst manufacturing capacity lags behind.   According to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) today, new car registrations in the UK rose for the first time this year, increasing by 11.3 per cent year-on-year in July.  
SQA Exams - This Might Encourage Everyone To Appeal The Results If The System Is Unfair This Year.
From Professor Guy Nason, Statistics Section, Department of Mathematics, Imperial College, London.   Personal comments on the SQA Technical Report: National Qualifications 2020 Awarding Methodology Report August 2020 Publication Code BA8262 Referred to below as "The document" or "SQA document".  
Support For Working Families Affected By Coronavirus Given An Extra Boost
Families who benefit from government funded childcare support were given a boost today as the Government announced that they would not lose out due to COVID-19.   Working parents or carers, who are eligible for Tax-Free Childcare but have temporarily fallen below the minimum income requirement as a result of the pandemic, will continue to receive financial support until 31 October 2020 Critical workers who may exceed the income threshold for the 2020-21 tax year, as a result of working more to play a vital role in tackling the coronavirus pandemic, will continue to receive support this tax year.  
Local Restrictions Introduced In Aberdeen
Following an increase in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Aberdeen, local restrictions on travel, indoor gatherings between households and the closure of indoor and outdoor hospitality will be introduced in the Aberdeen City local authority area.   Taking effect from 5pm on Wednesday 5 August, bars, restaurants, cafes and pubs will be required by law to close.  
Highland Council Looks Forward To Schools Return
School staff across Highland are looking forward to welcoming children and young people back to school starting from next week.   The vast majority of teaching and support staff will be returning to schools next week to enable our pupils to return on a phased basis starting on Wednesday 12th August.  
Rebuilding Better - Actions For Economic Recovery From Covid-19
Targeted measures to build a stronger, fairer and greener economic future for Scotland in the wake of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been announced.   Publishing responses to the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery report and the Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board report, Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop outlined key actions to generate significant economic growth, combined with a focus on supporting jobs, skills and training.  
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Hi-Scot Credit Union is a membership organisation covered by the Financial Services Authority who guarantee savings in credit unions.   It makes sense to save with us Everyone benefits from regular saving, as it allows us to work towards our financial goals and gives peace-of-mind should an emergency arise.  
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Hi-Scot Credit Union covers the Highland and Islands and is membership organisation covered by the Financlal Services Authority Directors are elected each year and are unpaid volunteers with professional staff running the day to day business.  Online banking has recently become available for members.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd. - Sale 4 August 2020
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (August 4th) sold 27 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (8) averaged 229.5p and sold to 241.0p per kg and £1,471.80 gross.  
Buses Replace Trains Between Inverness And Wick / Thurso On Sunday 23 August
Locations affected ScotRail between Inverness and Wick / Thurso Sunday, August 23, 2020 Engineering work is taking place between Inverness and Wick / Thurso, closing all lines.   Buses will replace trains between Inverness and Wick / Thurso.  
Roll-out Of 2 New Rapid Coronavirus Tests Ahead Of Winter
Both tests will be able to detect COVID-19 and other winter viruses in just 90 minutes.   New tests will hugely increase testing capacity ahead of winter, delivering fast results that will help to break chains of transmission quickly.  
Government Further Boosts UK Vaccine Manufacturing Capacity
Pharmaceutical and biotech organisation Wockhardt will carry out the crucial 'fill and finish' stage of the vaccine manufacturing process.   Government partners with Wockhardt to provide ‘fill and finish' services as part of the effort to accelerate vaccine manufacturing in the UK.  
University Places - Rise In Scottish Students Being Accepted
The number of Scottish domiciled students being offered a place at Scottish universities is the second highest on record, up 1% to 28,240.   UCAS data published today also shows the number of acceptances from the 20% most deprived areas in Scotland to UK universities increased to a record high of 4,360.  
Results Day - 138,000 Learners Receive Their Results
Deputy First Minister John Swinney has congratulated all learners who have today received their results.   With exams cancelled for the first time ever due to Coronavirus, young people are receiving qualifications based on a combination of teacher judgment and national moderation by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), which show that: the National 5 pass rate was 81.1% the Higher pass rate was 78.9% the Advanced Higher pass rate was 84.9% In 2019: the National 5 pass rate was 78.2% the Higher pass rate was 74.8% the Advanced Higher pass rate was 79.4% Deputy First Minister John Swinney today met senior pupils at Stonelaw High School in South Lanarkshire to discuss their results and how they dealt with the challenge of learning during lockdown.  
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The Business Panel survey was commissioned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and carried out in June.  This wave of the survey focused on impacts of and responses to the pandemic.  
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The improving trend of attainment is continuing in Highland as demonstrated by the SQA results published today.   Attainment in Highland schools has risen against all key indicators and improvement is also around 2% above national levels of improvement.  
Further £50 Million For Social Care Sector
The social care sector will receive up to £50 million further additional funding to help meet additional costs related to coronavirus (COVID-19), Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has announced.   Following an agreement between the Scottish Government and COSLA, the funding will be allocated to Integration Joint Boards (IJB) across Scotland to ensure the sustainability of the social care sector throughout the ongoing pandemic.  
Recruitment Rates For Future Medics
Specialist medical trainee places are 97% full.   Latest recruitment figures show the number of speciality medical training posts which have been filled in Scotland is at its highest level for eight years.  
The Next Big Bank Collapses May Be Near
We have all seen bank branches closing all over the country but that is just the tip of the iceberg of the problems now roaring to wards our financial stability around the world.   Having somehow recovered from 2008 collapse banks proceeded to do something different (well maybe not that different).  
Good progress being made by Highland Council on recovery from COVID-19
Members were today asked to note the good progress being made in relation to the local authority's Recovery Action Plan despite the significant challenges faced because of the COVID-19 pandemic.   The report highlighted that important work on the 11 key priorities continues at pace.