Caithness Map :: Links to Site Map Great value Unlimited Broadband from an award winning provider  

 

News Archive


21/9/2020
Coronavirus Covid-19 Daily Data For Scotland
Scottish numbers: 21 September 2020.   255 new cases of COVID-19 reported; this is 6.3% of newly tested individuals.  
21/9/2020
Rail Franchising Finally Hits The BuffersThumbnail for article : Rail Franchising Finally Hits The Buffers
Rail Franchise companies raked off plenty in fees and directors payments over the years.   Even with huge increase in passenger number and higher fares they could not make it pay and finally handed it back to errrr .....You the taxpayer!!! Basically the pandemic put paid to what already looked like a shaky set up.  
21/9/2020
First Ministers Speech Today Highlights Increasing Covid Numbers As Second Wave Looms
Good afternoon, and thank you for joining us today.  I am joined, as you can see, by the Chief Medical Officer and the National Clinical Director, and both of them will say a few words shortly.  
21/9/2020
School Access For Highland Highlife Offers Support To Young PeopleThumbnail for article : School Access For Highland Highlife Offers Support To Young People
Young people at school are the winners as a result of discussions between High Life Highland and The Highland Council that will see the Charity's staff phased back into schools after the October break.   Speaking about the arrangement, High Life Highland Chairman, Ian Ross said, "I am delighted that once again our partnership working arrangements with colleagues in The Highland Council mean that High Life Highland staff will be able to recommence their work with young people during the school day and within school buildings.  
21/9/2020
Human Tissue And Body Parts Legislation Passed With Hardly Any Responses To The Consultation
For a topic so much discussed over the years it is surprising how few people or organisations responded to the consultation so presumably most people are in favour of the change to an opt out system.   Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Excepted Body Parts) (Scotland) Regulations: Analysis of consultation responses.  
21/9/2020
The Big Banks Alleged To Help Fraudsters To Launder Money
Leak about UK banks like never before.   By law, banks must file suspicious activity reports when they spot transactions that bear the hallmarks of money laundering or other financial misconduct, such as large, round-number transactions or payments between companies with no discernible business relationship.  
21/9/2020
Huge Job Losses May Hit Scotland When Furlough Scheme Ends
Rhoda Grant MSP fears job losses may be high in Scotland if Furlough comes to and end.   Over 360,000 jobs in Scotland are at risk if the furlough scheme is withdrawn next month, according to new Scottish Labour analysis.  
21/9/2020
Availability Of Lactating Cow Intramammary AntibioticsThumbnail for article : Availability Of Lactating Cow Intramammary Antibiotics
Marketing Authorisation Holders (MAHs) have informed the VMD of supply problems with the following lactating cow intramammary antibiotics.   Note: * These are defined as a Highest Priority Critically Important Antibiotics for human medicine and, under the Red Tractor farm assurance scheme for beef and dairy, should be used as a last resort and supported by sensitivity and/or diagnostic testing.  
20/9/2020
New Package To Support And Enforce Self-isolation - £500 To Stay Home For Low Income People
A new package has been announced to support and enforce self-isolation.   People will be required by law to self-isolate from 28 September, supported by payment of £500 for those on lower incomes who cannot work from home and have lost income as a result.  
20/9/2020
Tackling Violence Against Women And Girls - £4.25m Extra Funding For Frontline Services
Women and children experiencing or at risk of violence and domestic abuse will have increased access to support, with £4.25 million of additional funding for charities and projects across Scotland.   The additional investment will help respond to an increase in demand from victims of abuse for support services during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  
20/9/2020
Important Updates To The Coronavirus Job Retention SchemeThumbnail for article : Important Updates To The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
HMRC latest update and changes to the Coronavirus Job Rentention Scheme for employers.   We're writing to let you know about upcoming changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and what this means for you.  
19/9/2020
Ending Scotland's throwaway cultureThumbnail for article : Ending Scotland's throwaway culture
A new report sets out how we must focus on reducing our dependence on single-use items and highlights the impact the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had on people's behaviour, with new single-use items becoming part of everyday life.   It proposes five principles that can be used to consider how single-use items like cups, cutlery and sauce sachets can be reduced or replaced with alternatives to help combat waste and support Scotland's journey to net zero.  
19/9/2020
Hundreds Step Up To Help Smaller Employers Kickstart Britain's RecoveryThumbnail for article : Hundreds Step Up To Help Smaller Employers Kickstart Britain's Recovery
Hundreds of organisations are stepping up to help Britain build back better by supporting smaller employers to give youth a chance and take advantage of the Government's landmark Kickstart Scheme.   More than 500 bodies have signed up to serve as gateways on the £2bn programme, providing assistance to employers offering fewer than 30 vacancies under the scheme.  
19/9/2020
Metaldehyde, A Pesticide Used To Control Slugs Banned From March 2022Thumbnail for article : Metaldehyde, A Pesticide Used To Control Slugs Banned From March 2022
The outdoor use of metaldehyde, a pesticide used to control slugs on farms and in gardens, is set to be banned in Great Britain from the end of March 2022 in order to better protect wildlife and the environment, farming Minister Victoria Prentis announced today.   The decision takes into account advice from the UK Expert Committee on Pesticides (ECP) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) about the risks that metaldehyde poses to birds and mammals.  
19/9/2020
Fashion Industry Alerted To New Guidance For Trade Of Animal Products
Make sure you check guidance before importing and exporting products which are covered by CITES.   As this year's London Fashion Week gets underway, the government is urging consumers and the fashion industry to check new guidance effective from January 2021 around importing and exporting products which are covered by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).  
19/9/2020
Nearly 80,000 Workers Used Flexible Furlough In July In Scotland
78,400 Scottish workers got back to work part-time in July according to new figures.   Claims in Scotland for the Self Employment Income Support Scheme reach £318 million.  
19/9/2020
Support For Video Appointments For Health - Near MeThumbnail for article : Support For Video Appointments For Health - Near Me
Patients and clinicians have welcomed the expansion of virtual medical and mental health appointments following the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, according to a survey.   The Near Me video system, originally designed to serve rural communities, was scaled up from March to ensure patient and staff safety during the pandemic.  
19/9/2020
Helping High Growth Start-ups - Creating jobs of the future
High growth start-up companies and university spinout projects will receive grants to help them grow in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.   Part of a £3 million package of support, the funding provides grants of up to £50,000 for 41 high growth potential start-ups and up to £130,000 for 16 spinout projects.  
19/9/2020
Milestone In Inverness Castle TransformationThumbnail for article : Milestone In Inverness Castle Transformation
The Highland Council reached a major milestone in a programme of Castle improvements benefitting from £3 million UK Government investment.   In a significant step forward in the transformation of Inverness Castle, The Highland Council today announced the successful company to win the tender for the enabling contract is local Highland company, Compass Building and Construction Services Limited.  
19/9/2020
Emergency Support Instrument Update
The UK has secured £31 million in funding through the European Union's mobility package to assist the UK's coronavirus response.   This will fund some of the costs associated with the transporting of equipment and items of personal protective equipment (PPE) to the UK from overseas.