Tourism will be top of the agenda next week when The Highland Council's Planning Environment and Development Committee welcome VisitScotland's Chief Executive Philip Riddle. As well as outlining the recent changes to VisitScotland's structure that follow on from last autumn's government review, Mr Riddle will brief Councillors on VisitScotland's new market segmentation approach to marketing.
The Highland Council is to strengthen its commitment to welcome migrants and their families settling into Highland communities by increasing English language tuition to assist their integration. Members of the Council's Education, Culture and Sport Committee on 22nd May 2008 agreed that the Council would apply for future European funding.
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (May, 20th) sold 266 prime sheep. Old season lambs (263) averaged 154.5p (+7.1p) and sold to 168.6p per kg and £78 gross.
One of the UK's largest aquaculture events will be opened by Environment Minister Michael Russell in Aviemore on 21st May 2008 This new event is expected to attract up to 1,500 people who will get the chance to discuss the future development of the industry. An exhibition will host more than 60 stands from local companies through to international players from countries such as Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Canada.
Colin Stewart joined the Wick Training Centre at the start of April as Business Support Coordinator. He will be responsible for meeting the training requirements of businesses in Caithness, which will entail meeting with local businesses, finding out about their training needs and letting them know what Wick Training Centre can offer.
The principles and requirements for near-surface disposal facilities dealing with radioactive waste have been set down in a new guidance document being consulted on by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). As Scotland's environmental regulator, SEPA is responsible for ensuring that people and the environment are protected both now and in the future.
All Energy 2008 is on the 21st and 22nd May at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre. The Caithness Energy Alliance, formed last year to promote a range of skills to compete for work in the onshore and marine renewable energy market, aims to market the advantages of the Caithness area, its renewable energy resources, industrial track record and the skills available.
- Meetings with UK government and Europe requested - Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead today (Monday) headed to Brussels demanding urgent talks with the UK Government over what can be done to help the Scottish fishing industry over increasing fuel prices. He said that the Scottish fleet is being particularly hard hit with the industry facing the prospect of having to pay an increase of tens of millions of pounds in fuel costs over the last year.
Almost £10 million worth of fraud and errors have been identified following a national detection exercise by Audit Scotland working together with other public bodies. The 2006/07 National Fraud Initiative (NFI) formed part of the audits of 74 participating bodies, including councils, police forces, fire and rescue services, health boards, the Scottish Public Pension Agency and the Student Award Agency for Scotland.
For the first time in The Highland Council's history, the four political groupings on the Council have signed an agreement to work jointly and co-operatively to achieve a review of the Crown Estate in Scotland so that the resources involved, including Scotland's seabed and much of its foreshore, produce greater benefits for local communities. Drew Hendry, SNP, Chair of Planning, Environment and Development and Councillors Richard Durham, Independent, Michael Foxley, Liberal Democrat, and Jimmy Gray, Labour, have signed the agreement on behalf of the Council's cross party working group, which aims to achieve changes to current policy and operations of the Crown Estate in the Highlands and more widely.
Fairways of Wick was established in 1981 by Ernest Adams. The shop began in rented premises on Bridge Street before moving to its current store at 118 High Street in the mid 1980's.
People in Caithness are benefiting from further expansion of The Highland Council's kerbside recycling collection service for paper, cans and garden waste. Mr William Nicolson from Battery Road in Castletown is one of 500 households benefiting from the roll out of the scheme, bringing the total number of households in Caithness to 8,000 and around 70,000 in total throughout Highland.
When Toby MacLean's parents decided to move from Shropshire to the Highland coastal resort of Portmahomack his first request was to insist they take him with them. The family had holidayed in the area for many years and moved permanently in 1998 to be closer to Toby's grandparents.
The tiled floors have been laid, the classroom furniture is in place and the finishing touches applied to The Highland Council's new replacement secondary schools in Dingwall and Portree. After two year's of construction work, Morrison Construction, part of Galliford Try group, has handed the keys over to the new Dingwall Academy and Portree High School following an independent inspection and both are now ready for the Council to fully prepare to welcome pupils and the community.
Since February, 125 volunteer households in Culbokie, Ross-shire have been taking part in The Highland Council's 6 month innovative recycling trial. Households taking part have been provided with 3 new wheeled bins in which to separate their waste.
BT is proposing to remove 194 payphones from the network in Highland. BT say the increase in mobile telephone ownership has resulted in the number of calls made from payphones in the last three years being halved and therefore believes that there is a need for them to re-examine payphone provision.
Old Pulteney Single Malt Whisky is delighted to announce details of this year's charity ball, which will take place on Friday 30 May at Pulteney Distillery in Wick - the ball, which is held to mark the anniversary of the repeal of prohibition in Wick, is the second to take place since the prestigious annual event kicked off last year. Tickets are on sale now and demand is expected to be high.
BT call centre workers are set to work from home in a trial which could create new jobs and revolutionise the way the offices are run, the telecoms giant has announced. Around 15 volunteers at the centre in Thurso, Caithness, will operate online from their homes, using high speed broadband links in a practice known as "homeshoring".
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (April, 29th) sold 75 prime cattle. Prime bullocks (54) averaged 160.1p (+8.3p) and sold to 175p per kg and £1,127.25 gross.
The Saltire Prize The Challenge The Scottish Government has created the opportunity to award one of the biggest international innovation prizes in history through its plans for the Saltire Prize - a £10 million ($20 million) challenge prize for advances in clean energy. The Saltire Prize draws inspiration from great innovation prizes of the 20th century including aviation prizes that led to the first crossings of the English Channel and the Atlantic, the Ansari X Prize that led to the first private spacecraft launch and, more recently the Virgin Earth Challenge which saw Richard Branson challenge scientists around the world to come up with a way to remove CO2 gases from the atmosphere.