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Dingwall & Highland Marts - Sale 7 March 2009
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts (March, 7th) sold 11 cattle, 38 sheep, 388 lots of poultry and 32 lots of poultry equipment at their poultry and rare breeds of livestock sale.  Cattle (11) sold to 800 for a Highland bull from Kentallen, Aros, Isle of Mull.  
Seater Landfill Site Closed For Two Weekends
SEATER LANDFILL SITE, BOWER, CAITHNESS TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF THE SITE AND ACCESS ROAD LAST 2 WEEKENDS IN MARCH 2009 Please note that the above facility (and the access road thereto) will be closed on the following dates due to essential maintenance on the access road:- 2.00pm Friday 20th March to 8.00am Monday 23rd March 2.00pm Friday 27th March to 8.00am Monday 30th March The recycling centres at Wick and Thurso will be open on all of these dates between 11am and 4.00pm for householders to deposit their waste and recyclate We apologise for any inconvenience caused.  .  
Working together for the North Highland water environment
Protecting and enhancing the natural waters of the North Highland area is a huge task involving many organisations and communities, and Scotland's environment watchdog is urging all those with an interest to get involved.   The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is asking interested local communities and businesses to read the draft River basin management plans (RBMP) and Local area management plans (AMP) and feed back whether they think the plans are comprehensive enough, how they can help to achieve the aims of the plans, and how we can all work together to achieve them.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 4 Mrch 2009
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (March, 4th) sold 438 store cattle, 2 breeding cattle and 36 OTM cattle.  Bullocks (265) averaged 180.9p and sold to 214.6p per kg and 990 gross.  
Housing Plea to UK Government Minister
The Highland Council is urging the UK Government to stimulate the housing and construction industry in the Highlands during the economic downturn by releasing much-needed funds.  The Council, which has a stock of 14,000 houses, is currently spending 15 million each year on loan charges to service its 146 million housing debt.  
Birthday Celebrations for Trust which Supports Young Entrepreneurs.
Over the last two decades, 600 businesses in The Highland Council area have received 2.5 million of support from the Princes Scotland Youth Business Trust (PSYBT).   The Trust, which has also supported a further 10,000 businesses across Scotland to the tune of 32 million, was established in 1989 and preparations are currently underway to celebrate it's 20th Birthday through a range of special events across the whole country.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 3 March 2009
DINGWALL, ., (March, 3rd) sold 75 prime cattle.  Prime bullocks (47) averaged 164.4p (-3.6p) and sold to 176p per kg twice and 1,292.00 gross.  
Careers Convention At Thurso High - Wednesday 4 MarchThumbnail for article : Careers Convention At Thurso High - Wednesday 4 March
CAREERS CONVENTION HOSTED BY CAREERS SCOTLAND - THURSO HIGH SCHOOL ON WEDNESDAY 4TH MARCH 2009 FROM 6.00PM TO 8.30PM People living in Caithness are being offered expert advice and information on taking the next step in their careers.   The Careers Convention will be held on Wednesday 4th March 2009 in Thurso High School, and will offer people of all age's comprehensive information on careers, employment, training and education.  
Council Reinforces the Hazards of Dog Fouling
The Highland Council is continuing its campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of dog fouling and is reminding owners that they can face a fixed penalty for not picking up their dogs mess.   Education and Enforcement Officer Peter Taylor said: "Dog fouling is both unsightly, unpleasant and a potential health hazard.  
Bigger and better 2009 boat festival at PortsoyThumbnail for article : Bigger and better 2009 boat festival at Portsoy
From international boat experts to the world's fastest knitter, the 16th annual Scottish Traditional Boat Festival will celebrate all aspects of Scottish maritime heritage from 2-5 July in Portsoy.  A major event in the Homecoming 2009 calendar, the festival has been extended by two days this year to include a symposium of fascinating speakers who will talk about nautical traditions ranging from early boat building to sea shanty and gansey knitting.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts - Sale 25 February 2009
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts, (February, 25th) sold 3,906 store lambs, breeding & feeding sheep.   Lambs (2,246) averaged 48.52 and sold to 87.50 gross for Texels from Woodside, Muir of Ord.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 24 February 2009
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (February, 24th) sold 89 prime cattle.  Prime bullocks (55) averaged 168.0p (-1.5p) and sold to 181p per kg and 1,303.80 gross.  
Internet Safety For Highland ChildrenThumbnail for article : Internet Safety For Highland Children
Every pupil in the Highlands has been issued with important information to protect themselves online.  They will receive a leaflet entitled 'How can I protect myself? Ciamar A Dhonas Mi Mi-fhin?' which was distributed to coincide with 'Safer Internet Day', a global event which takes place each year in early February with the purpose of promoting safer and more responsible use of online and mobile communication technology.  
Hi-tech "Worm" Probes Subterranean PipelineThumbnail for article : Hi-tech
A hi-tech "worm" is probing a subterranean pipeline used to discharge radioactive effluent from Dounreay between 1957 and 1992.   The 100,000 pipe crawler has sent back video and radiation readings during its five-day journey some 45 metres underground.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 18 February 2009
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (February, 18th) sold 463 store cattle and 58 OTM cattle.  Bullocks (286) averaged 179.4p and sold to 215.0p per kg and 990 gross.  
Additional Investment for Money Advice and Welfare Rights Services
For a second year running, The Highland Council is committing a further 100,000 to money advice and welfare rights services in the Highlands.   This takes the Council's annual funding for these important services to 1,414,000.  
New System Tightens Up On Patient Safety In Theatres
Patients in busy hospital theatres in Highland are benefiting from a safety initiative modelled on the checks made by aircrew on take-off.   The Surgical Pause is a final, last minute check-list of questions which ensures that the team of nurses and doctors performing the procedure can be confident that they have reduced the risk of error to the lowest possible level.  
The Crown Estate has announced that the first stage of the process to allocate sites for wave and tidal renewable energy in the Pentland Firth strategic area is complete.  Developers' response to this first invitation has been very positive and 38 individual companies and consortia have been invited to tender following confirmation of their interest by registering for the pre-qualification process.  
Customer Services at Highland - "a beacon of public service delivery"
The Highland Council has retained its Charter Mark Standard for excellence in customer service delivery at its network of 37 Service Points, and its Service Centre at Alness with a glowing report from the Cabinet Office's assessors which concluded the Council should be held "as a beacon in public service delivery".   Members of the Council's Resources Committee (Wednesday 18 February 2009) warmly welcomed the continuing positive assessment by the National Chartermark Standard, which tests in great depth those areas of service that are a priority for customers.  
The Highland Council Receives Carbon Trust Standard CertificationThumbnail for article : The Highland Council Receives Carbon Trust Standard Certification
The Highland Council is one of only three Councils in Scotland to receive Carbon Trust Standard certification in recognition of the progress it is making in reducing carbon emissions.  Since 2006-7, carbon emissions from Council buildings have reduced by 12%.