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18/9/2021
International Travel Restrictions To Be Relaxed And Simplified
Streamlined system merges amber and green lists and retains red list.   The international travel traffic light system of restrictions put in place to protect public health is to be substantially revised to make it simpler for travellers.  
18/9/2021
E-commerce Shored Up Crumbling High Street In August, Says Parcelhero
August's ONS retail figures reveal overall sales continue to fall, down -0.9% against the previous month.  Once again, only an online sales uplift helped save the day, says ParcelHero.  
18/9/2021
Energy Companies Collapse - Prices Rises With More To Come
Many articles around about the latest energy crisis as world gas prices soar and more UK companies are going bust.   A few links - Guardian Government holds urgent talks with energy firms over gas price rises BBC Four more small energy firms could go bust next week energyscanner Which energy suppliers have gone bust.  
17/9/2021
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 16 September 2021
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (September, 16th) sold 4,376 sheep.   Lambs (3,690) averaged £66.27 (+£6.63 on the year) and sold to £111 gross for a Beltex cross from Tullyglens, Dunphail.  
17/9/2021
First robotic surgery takes place at Raigmore Thumbnail for article : First robotic surgery takes place at Raigmore
The first robotic-assisted operations have taken place at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness, and the teams involved are delighted with how well the new technology has worked.   NHS Highland took delivery of the dual console DaVinci Xi robot, produced by Intuitive Surgical, in June this year.  
Dounreay Safeguards Future Skills With New Intake Of Decommissioning TraineesThumbnail for article : Dounreay Safeguards Future Skills With New Intake Of Decommissioning Trainees
Six new decommissioning operative trainees have started work at Dounreay, as part of a structured programme to develop skills required to safely decommission the site.   DSRL is collaborating with Nuvia, Morson and GDES who have all recruited trainees.  
17/9/2021
Five Uk Companies Have Progressed Through To The Next Phase Of A £5.5 Million Radioactive Waste Segregation Competition.Thumbnail for article : Five Uk Companies Have Progressed Through To The Next Phase Of A £5.5 Million Radioactive Waste Segregation Competition.
The ‘Sort & Seg' innovation competition, launched in July 2020, set the challenge of finding ways to sort and segregate mixed radioactive waste at some of the UK's oldest nuclear sites.   The first phase of the competition, run in partnership with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), Magnox Ltd, Sellafield Ltd and Innovate UK, asked companies to submit proposals on how they would bring together innovative techniques and technology to tackle this ‘rad-waste' challenge.  
17/9/2021
Launching The Citizens' Assembly On Democracy In The UKThumbnail for article : Launching The Citizens' Assembly On Democracy In The UK
The Citizens' Assembly on Democracy in the UK - part of the Unit's current research project examining attitudes to democracy in the UK - will meet for the first time this weekend.  The project's lead, Alan Renwick, here answers five key questions about what the Assembly will do, how it will operate, and why it deserves attention.  
17/9/2021
Progressing Green Ports - Scottish And UK Government Clash Over The Way Forward
UK Government not cooperating on fair work and net-zero principles.   UK Ministers will not commit to implementing green ports in Scotland that are underpinned by fair work conditions and net-zero ambitions, according to Business Minister Ivan McKee.  
17/9/2021
European Relationships Strengthened
COP26, trade and historic links to be discussed with Nordic and Baltic nations.   Collaborative projects for COP26, the Wellbeing Economy and the key strategic and trade importance of the Nordic and Baltic nations are to be at the centre of increased Scottish Government international engagement.  
17/9/2021
Concern Over Importation Checks Delay - Scottish And Uk Governments At Odds Again
Rural Affairs Secretary writes to UK Government.   The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands Mairi Gougeon has written to Lord Frost CMG expressing concern at the UK Government's decision to alter and delay further importing stages of the Border Operating Model.  
17/9/2021
Conserving Wild SalmonThumbnail for article : Conserving Wild Salmon
More than £500,000 to study the pressures faced from pollution and climate change.   A project to gauge the impact of environmental and climate change on Scotland's iconic wild salmon population has begun.  
17/9/2021
Council's ambitious digital learning estate continues to support education in Highland
The Highland Council's resilient digital learning estate continues to connect and support learners and educators across Highland, including the creation of a new digital toolkit for teaching staff.   Education Chair, Cllr John Finlayson said: "The extensive digital learning estate available across Highland for staff, pupils, parents and carers is an effective way to empower and develop digital opportunities across Highland schools.  
17/9/2021
Coronavirus (covid-19): Daily Data For Scotland - 17 September 2021Thumbnail for article : Coronavirus (covid-19): Daily Data For Scotland - 17 September 2021
5,529* new cases of COVID-19 reported.   60,077* new tests for COVID-19 that reported results 9.9%* of these were positive.  
17/9/2021
‘highlife Wildlife' Online Schools WeekThumbnail for article : ‘highlife Wildlife' Online Schools Week
Pupils in schools across the Highlands are being offered a week of online learning to celebrate wildlife and biodiversity.   Utilising Google Classroom, the online learning will run from September 27 to October 1 with each day covering a different topic.  
17/9/2021
A' Chomhairle A' Togail Cheanglaichean Le Sgoil Ghàidhlig Ann An Ceap Breatainn
Tha Buill Comataidh Gàidhlig Chomhairle na Gàidhealtachd an-diugh (16 Sultain) air an deagh dhùrachdan a chur gu coimhearsnachd sgoile ùir ann an Siorrachd Inbhir Nis, Alba Nuadh.   Thuirt Cathraiche Comataidh Gàidhlig Chomhairle na Gàidhealtachd, an Comhairliche Calum Rothach: "Tha ceanglaichean domhainn is daingeann air a bhith eadar Alba Nuadh agus a' Ghàidhealtachd airson iomadh bliadhna agus tha Comhairle na Gàidhealtachd fìor thoilichte cluinntinn gun deach sgoil ùr Foghlam tron Ghàidhlig a stèidheachadh ann am Mabou, Ceap Breatainn.  
16/9/2021
Free School Meals Opens The Door To Other Benefits
Scottish Child Payment Bridging Payments The Scottish Child Payment Bridging Payments bring together the Covid hardship payments and the Family Pandemic Payment into one payment, made 4 times a year.   These payments are available for each child who gets free school meals because of low income.  
16/9/2021
Moray East Installation Of Last Turbine Number 100Thumbnail for article : Moray East Installation Of Last Turbine Number 100
Scotland's largest windfarm, Moray East, today announced that it had installed the last of its 100 Vestas V164-9.5 MW turbines at sea.   The windfarm began generating when its first few turbines came online in June and has been gradually increasing output as more turbines are firstly installed, then commissioned.  
16/9/2021
Rural Affairs Secretary Writes To UK Government Regarding Delay - Further Importing Stages Of The Border Operating Model
The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands Mairi Gougeon has written to Lord Frost CMG expressing concern at the UK Government's decision to alter and delay further importing stages of the Border Operating Model.   In the letter, Ms Gougeon highlights the UK Government's lack of consultation with the devolved nations, giving Scottish Ministers no involvement in something that has material impact on Scotland and its food and drink industry.  
16/9/2021
Boost For Family Budgets Before Christmas - Around 148,000 Children Set To Benefit
Low income families will benefit from a £320 uplift before Christmas as part of the Scottish Government's commitment to tackling child poverty.   Eligible families with children in school will receive payments of £160 per child in October and December.