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Dunnet Bay Distillers Unveils Its New Creative Collection Gin SeriesThumbnail for article : Dunnet Bay Distillers Unveils Its New Creative Collection Gin Series
KICKING OF WITH THE CLOOTIE DUMPLING GIN.   The UK's most northerly mainland distillery, Dunnet Bay Distillers, has announced the launch of a new Creative Collection Series.  
21/11/2018
Landmark legislation passed for the Crown Estates
Local authorities and communities will have a stronger voice in the management of Scottish Crown Estate assets.   Under reforms passed by Parliament , the Scottish Crown Estate Bill establishes a framework to deliver wider benefits and new opportunities for local control of these assets, while recognising that some may still need to be managed at the national level.  
21/11/2018
Highland Community Planning Partnership launch suicide prevention app
The Highland Community Planning Partnership has launched an app to help prevent suicide in the north of Scotland.   The ‘Prevent Suicide' app, which was developed in Tayside and adapted for use in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, is being rolled-out in Highland as part of the Community Planning Partnership’s (CPP) plan to address levels of suicide.  
21/11/2018
Black Friday, Black Market: Scotland's Fraud Problem With Online ShoppingThumbnail for article : Black Friday, Black Market: Scotland's Fraud Problem With Online Shopping
Online fraud victims in Scotland say they have lost an average £1,594.42 each.   50% of victims say they have had money taken from their bank account, 13% have had their credit and debit cards cloned.  
21/11/2018
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 21 November 2018
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (November, 21st) sold 902 store cattle, 18 adult head of breeding cattle 127 OTM cattle.   Bullocks (512) averaged 226.7p and sold to 298.2p per kilo for a 285kg Limousin cross from Wester Tomloan, Ardclach, and £1,280 gross for a pair of 605kg Charolais crosses from Torgormack, Beauly.  
20/11/2018
Funding for improvements to Caithness homes
The Highland Council is to invest over £4.2 million into carrying out improvements to its housing stock in Caithness.   At today's meeting of the Caithness Committee (Tuesday 20 November 2018) Councillors agreed a two year Housing Revenue Account Capital Programme that will see £4,204,420 spent on making improvements to Caithness council homes over the next 2 years.  
20/11/2018
Better collaboration needed to deliver health and social care integrationThumbnail for article : Better collaboration needed to deliver health and social care integration
While some improvements have been made to the delivery of health and social care services, Integration Authorities, councils and NHS boards need to show a stronger commitment to collaborative working to achieve the real long term benefits of an integrated system.   A report for the Auditor General and the Accounts Commission notes some progress, but says the remaining challenges are significant.  
20/11/2018
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 20th November 2018
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (November, 20th) sold 12 prime cattle.   Prime Bullocks (1) sold to 210.0p per kg and £1,386.00 gross.  
Scottsh Police Authority Annual Report And Accounts 2017-18 Published
Scottish Police Authority Annual Report and Accounts 2017-18 Published.   Report shows improvements in financial management, governance and transparency The Scottish Police Authority (SPA) has published its annual report and accounts for the 2017-18 financial year.  
19/11/2018
Highland Council Budget 2018/19 - Have Your SayThumbnail for article : Highland Council Budget 2018/19 - Have Your Say
The Highland council wants to hear the views of the public in what is another very difficult period of difficulties in deciding how to spend a reducing amount of money.   Events are taking place in Caithness and Sutherland at - Wed 21 Nov Caithness - 2.00pm - Market Square - Wick Precinct Wed 21 Nov Caithness - Wick 6pm to 7pm Caithness House Thur 22 Nov Caithness - 10am to 11pm Thurso Precinct Thursday 22 Sutherland - 2pm to 3pm The Kyle Centre Tongue Thursday 22 Sutherland - 7pm to 8pm Lochinver Village Hall See full details at - https://www.highland.gov.uk/info/670/consultations_complaints_and_compliments/668/our_budget.  
19/11/2018
Over £300,000 FLAG funding still available in Highland & Moray fishing communities
Businesses and organisations are being encouraged to apply for funding through the Highland & Moray Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) as part of the European Maritime & Fisheries Fund.   Funding can be used to support a wide range of projects that will boost the local economy and create jobs within the fishing, aquaculture and maritime industries including tourism and seafood sectors.  
19/11/2018
Alness High Street is Scottish Champion in GB AwardsThumbnail for article : Alness High Street is Scottish Champion in GB Awards
Highland Council has welcomed the news that Alness High Street has won Scottish Champion in the Great British High Street (GBHS) Awards announced in London (Thursday, 15 November 2018).   Highland Council Convener Cllr Bill Lobban welcomed the news, he said: "Congratulations to all those involved in the Alness entry for the Great British High Street Awards.  
17/11/2018
Trade Union's Urge Derek Mackay To Talks To Avert Strike Action In Local Government
UNISON, Unite and the GMB have urged Derek Mackay, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, the Economy & Fair Work to attend talks to avert strike action across local government, in a letter sent today.   The three trade unions representing local government workers have called for a tripartite meeting, involving Derek Mackay, COSLA and trade union representatives, to discuss local government finance and the urgent need to allocate additional funds to COSLA to fund a proper pay rise for local government workers and avert strike action across the local government workforce.  
14/11/2018
Scottish Government Launches ‘people, Not Profit' CampaignThumbnail for article : Scottish Government Launches ‘people, Not Profit' Campaign
Scottish Government Launches ‘people, Not Profit' Campaign To Support The Scottish Credit Unions Sector.   The ‘People, Not Profit' credit unions campaign has been launched by Aileen Campbell, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government today (Wednesday 14 November 2018), as results of a new survey reveal that one in five (20%) people in Scotland have not heard of a credit union.  
13/11/2018
Retiring Highland Council Chief Steve Barron pays tribute to staffThumbnail for article : Retiring Highland Council Chief Steve Barron pays tribute to staff
At his last official function The Highland Council's retiring CEX Steve Barron has paid tribute to two members of staff for their outstanding work.   During The Highland Council's Quality Awards event, held last Thursday in Inverness Town House, he took the opportunity to present a special commendation award to the Council's Project Co-ordinator for War Memorials Alf Leslie.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Energy & Business Services: I met up this week with Stephen Sutherland, Chair of Caithness Chamber of Commerce and director at JGC Engineering & Technical Services, at a tourism-related session hosted by the Chamber Board (see below for more).  Stephen told me about the fantastic news that JGC has been awarded a contract by Siemens Transmission and Distribution relating to the Triton Knoll offshore windfarm project of the east coast of England.  
10/11/2018
Melness Crofters In Sutherland Are Go For SpaceportThumbnail for article : Melness Crofters In Sutherland Are Go For Spaceport
Plans to establish the UK's first spaceport in north-west Sutherland have taken a major step forward.   Melness Crofters Estate (MCE), who own the prospective launch site for small satellites, on the Moine near Tongue, have confirmed their intention to work with development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) towards agreeing heads of terms.  
9/11/2018
David Stewart MSP Wants The Late John Macleod, Inventor Of Insulin To Be Face Of New £50 Bank Of England NoteThumbnail for article : David Stewart MSP Wants The Late John Macleod, Inventor Of Insulin To Be Face Of New £50 Bank Of England Note
Highlands & Islands Regional MSP and Parliamentary Diabetes Champion, David Stewart, is to nominate forgotten Scottish hero as the scientist who should feature on the new Bank of England £50 note after The Bank of England announced that the new £50 note will feature a prominent British scientist, with the public being asked for nominations.   In addition to the Queen, the note will include the portrait of an eminent late scientist from fields such as biology, astronomy and medical research.  
9/11/2018
"Plot to plate" School cook is Highland Council's Employee of the YearThumbnail for article :
A Cook at Broadford Primary School on the Isle of Skye has scooped the Highland Council's Employee of the Year 2018 Award for her commitment to promote healthy eating and for inspiring pupils to get involved from "plot to plate" Annette Burfooot, who has been at the school for 11 years, is described as a skilled and dedicated member of staff who is passionate about promoting healthy eating and regularly goes into classrooms to chat to the children about nutrition and developing healthy eating habits.  She also encourages them to proactively get involved in the planning of menus for school meals making the most of fresh herbs and vegetables grown in the school garden.  
9/11/2018
1 Day Leadership Workshop - Caithness - Social Enterprise AcademyThumbnail for article : 1 Day Leadership Workshop - Caithness - Social Enterprise Academy
All are welcome, age 16 plus with an interest / role in the third sector.  It's designed as a ‘starting point' for people new to leadership roles, or new to leadership learning.