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13/5/2022
New Bill To Set Up Uk Infrastructure Bank Announced In Queen's Speech
A new Bill designed to finalise the set-up of the UK Infrastructure Bank was introduced to Parliament.   The UK Infrastructure Bank Bill is the final step in setting up the UK Infrastructure Bank as an operationally independent institution.  
13/5/2022
91,000 Civil Service Jobs Might Be Cut
The new breaking today is that the prime minister Boris Johnson say the civil service should be cut back to 2016 levels.   The main reason for the increase were brexit and covid.  
13/5/2022
New National Parks For ScotlandThumbnail for article : New National Parks For Scotland
Communities, groups and individuals are being invited to share their views in a consultation on the creation of Scotland's first new National Parks in almost 20 years.   The Scottish Government committed to establish at least one new National Park in Scotland by the end of this Parliamentary session in 2026, as part of the Bute House agreement with the Scottish Green Party and the Programme for Government.  
13/5/2022
Parliamentary Safeguards To Be Strengthened
Recovery and Reform Bill passes first stage.   Legislation proposing the permanent adoption or temporary extension of some measures enacted during the pandemic to support Scotland's recovery from Covid has passed its first stage.  
13/5/2022
UK Sanctions The Shady Network Funding Putin's Lavish LifestyleThumbnail for article : UK Sanctions The Shady Network Funding Putin's Lavish Lifestyle
Today sanctions hit Putin's financial network, tightening the vice on the President and his inner circle.   today sanctions hit Putin's financial network, including ex-wife and cousins - tightening the vice on the President and his inner circle Putin's official assets are modest, with his lifestyle funded by a cabal of family, friends and elites the UK has now sanctioned more than 1,000 individuals and 100 entities, including oligarchs worth £117 billion Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is today (Friday 13 May) announcing fresh sanctions on Putin’s ‘wallet’ of family and friends- those whom he rewards with state positions and wealth in return for their undying loyalty.  
13/5/2022
Support For Fishing And Coastal Communities
A new round of funding to support fishing businesses and wider marine organisations in coastal communities is open for applications.   Now in its second year, the Marine Fund Scotland has an overall budget of up to £14 million.  
12/5/2022
Reids of Caithness take Best Biscuit in Scotland titleThumbnail for article : Reids of Caithness take Best Biscuit in Scotland title
With Scottish Bakers members out in force for their annual conference in Glasgow, the baker was presented their prize by Scottish Bakers' Ambassador Mich Turner MBE.  He said, "With nearly 500 products from 57 bakers entered and with each product assessed for appearance, the quality of the bake and taste, Reids of Caithness should be very proud of their success.  
12/5/2022
Caithness Castles And Other Fortified Buildings - Now AvailableThumbnail for article : Caithness Castles And Other Fortified Buildings - Now Available
A Genealogical History and Guide to the Strongholds and Lairds Houses of the County of Caithness in the Northern Highlands of Scotland by Michael J Gunn.   This book recounts the histories and family connections of more than one hundred Caithness strongholds.  
12/5/2022
Hospital At Home - £3.6 Million To Expand Services
A further £3.6 million is being made available to support the expansion of Hospital at Home services, with the aim of doubling current capacity by the end of 2022 The purpose of the service is to reduce hospital admissions for elderly patients by providing treatments in the comfort and familiarity of their own home.   The service enables people to receive treatments that would otherwise require them to be admitted to hospital, such as an intravenous drip or oxygen supply.  
12/5/2022
Early Medical Abortion At Home - Minister Confirms Current Arrangements Will Continue
Women's Health Minister Maree Todd has confirmed that early medical abortions will be able to continue at home, where it is judged clinically appropriate.   During the pandemic, women have been able to take both sets of pills required for an early medical abortion at home (EMAH).  
12/5/2022
194 New Jobcentres Open
Thousands more jobseekers are being supported into new jobs, to increase their hours and forge a career through tailored face-to-face job support.   Minister for Employment, Mims Davies MP, and Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Lords Minister, Baroness Stedman-Scott, visited a new Jobcentre in Brighton to officially open the site and mark the completion of the programme to open almost 200 new temporary Jobcentres across Great Britain.  
12/5/2022
GDP First Quarterly Estimate, UK: January To March 2022
UK gross domestic product (GDP) is estimated to have increased by 0.8% in Quarter 1 (Jan to Mar) 2022, and by 8.7% compared with Quarter 1 2021.   In output terms, services increased by 0.4% with the largest contributors from information and communication, accommodation and food, and transportation and storage industries, while there was a decline in wholesale and retail.  
12/5/2022
Princess Astrid Of Belgium Talks Fusion Energy At UkaeaThumbnail for article : Princess Astrid Of Belgium Talks Fusion Energy At Ukaea
The Princess experienced a rare close-up of the Joint European Torus (JET), the largest and most powerful operating fusion energy machine in the world.   Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium discovered how fusion energy could play a key role in addressing climate change following a tour of the UK Atomic Energy Authority's world-leading science centre in Oxford.  
12/5/2022
£200 Million Boost To Rollout Of Hundreds More Zero-emission HgvsThumbnail for article : £200 Million Boost To Rollout Of Hundreds More Zero-emission Hgvs
Transition to zero-emission trucks will help improve air quality, create greener jobs and reduce reliance on imports of foreign oil.   over £200 million invested to launch world's largest fleet of zero emission heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), accelerating plans to decarbonise road freight.  
12/5/2022
Businesses On Fast Track To Success With Accelerator Programme
Twenty-two businesses from the Highlands and Islands have started the latest Pathfinder Accelerator programme, which aims to put them on the fast track to success.   The programme has been developed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and is delivered mostly online.  
12/5/2022
Construction Output In Great Britain: March 2022
From the Office for National Statistics.   Monthly construction output increased by 1.7% in volume terms in March 2022; this is the fifth consecutive monthly growth and a record high in monthly level terms (£14,994 million) since monthly records began in January 2010.  
12/5/2022
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 11 May 2022
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd, (May, 11th) sold 448 store cattle and 73 OTM cattle.   Bullocks (175) averaged 241.2p per kg and sold to 281.0p per kg for a 395kg Charolais cross from Kindeace, Alness and £1,250 gross for a 570kg Beef Shorthorn from Alterwall, Lyth.  
12/5/2022
USA Reaches One Million Covid DeathsThumbnail for article : USA Reaches One Million Covid Deaths
See the video from Dr John Campbell..  
Alternative Waste Route Found For Dounreay's Bulk Metal ItemsThumbnail for article : Alternative Waste Route Found For Dounreay's Bulk Metal Items
Two large redundant items that were removed from Dounreay's facilities have now left the site for disposal or diversion, opening up new waste routes.   Dounreay in partnership with Nuclear Waste Services and its contractor Cyclife first trialled an alternative treatment option for the site's metallic waste in 2019, when 66 tonnes of redundant metal equipment were sent to Cyclife's specialist facility for recycling.  
11/5/2022
Norovirus - Bignold Ward, Caithness General
Bignold Ward at Caithness General has been closed to new admissions due to several patients with symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting.  Norovirus has been confirmed.