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Homecoming Helpline For Volcanic Ash Disruption
Scottish Government advice service for travellers and families went live today Tuesday 20th april 2010 The Scottish Government will launch a helpline tomorrow to offer advice to travellers and their families affected by the disruption to air travel caused by the volcanic ash cloud.   The service will be available to travellers stranded overseas, and to concerned relatives calling from this country and will complement the FCO helpline which will remain the main point of contact for travellers needing specific assistance while overseas.  
80 Million Fort William Waterfront Development Stopped
The Highland Council has been advised by Fort William Waterfront Ltd that they have withdrawn from their plans to develop the Fort William Waterfront development.  The company say their decision is linked to the current global economic situation which dictates that this scheme is not capable of being funded in today's market.  
Epic Win In Thurso Postcode Lottery - 2.1 Million
Spring Postcode Rollover - KW14 7JW Thurso - 18 April 2010 April showers failed to dampen residents' spirits as the Highlands town of Thurso celebrated winning People's Postcode Lottery's 2.1 million Spring Postcode Rollover.  Hundreds of euphoric winners joined spectators, neighbours and friends to discover just how much they'd won- with the full winning postcode of KW 14 7JR, Holborn Avenue sharing a total of over 1 million.  
New agreement for the Royal National Md in the Highlands
Members of the Highland Council's Gaelic Committee have approved a draft Service Delivery Contract between An Comunn Gidhealach and The Highland Council in relation to the delivery of Royal National Mds in the Highlands.   The agreement is to set out the partnership between the Council and An Comunn in the provision of services by An Comunn associated with the Royal National Md within The Highland Council area.  
ENABLE Scotland Suggests A Few Questions For Election Candidates
UK General Election Key Questions for Candidates Here are some key questions for candidates from all the political parties.   You can use some or all of these questions to find out what candidates in your area think and how they would support people who have learning disabilities and their families in future.  
Child maintenance changes expected to lift children out of poverty
By Emily Watson Children & Young People Now Child maintenance payments will no longer be curtailed for parents receiving income support, under changes to the system.   Until now, parents on income support and jobseeker's allowance were only allowed to keep a maximum of 20 per week in child maintenance payments, regardless of what the other non-resident parent was contributing.  
Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland restarts grant programme this month
By Paul Jump, Third Sector Online Foundation's move follows 2m sale of shares in Lloyds Banking Group The Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland has announced that it will restart its grants programme later this month after selling 2m of shares in Lloyds Banking Group.   The foundation stopped giving new grants last October amid a row with Lloyds Banking Group over the company's desire to reduce the percentage of its profits that it was obliged to donate to its four UK foundations.  
HIE Summit To Drive Strategy In Emerging Telehealth Sector
As part of a strategy to put the region at the forefront of a potentially lucrative emerging sector, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is to host a high level summit on the future of telehealthcare.   The challenges of managing the world's ageing populations and of moving towards a low carbon economy are driving interest in the means of delivering healthcare from a distance through advances in information and communication technology.  
Future of Flagship University Library set in Caithness StoneThumbnail for article : Future of Flagship University Library set in Caithness Stone
The North's world-renowned building stone is demonstrating its versatility by featuring in a 57 million Scottish project to create a flagship library for the University of Aberdeen.   Caithness Stone Industries has secured a multi-million pound contract to provide both building and specialist finished stone for key areas of the development.  
UK Parliamentary Election 2010
Alistair Dodds, Chief Executive of The Highland Council, is the Returning Officer for the following three parliamentary constituencies:- * Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross (8,752 sq km) - 47,263 electors; * Ross, Skye and Lochaber (12,779 sq km.) - 51,934 electors; * Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey (4,953 sq km.) - 72,390 electors.   He will be assisted in running the election by Senior Depute Returning Officer, Michelle Morris, as well as Depute Returning Officers, Ian Hargrave, Bob Cameron, William Gilfillan and John Bruce.  
International Focus for Highlands and Islands Businesses
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is boosting the opportunities for its businesses to seek out new international markets.   The development agency is increasing the numbers of Highlands and Islands dedicated staff working within Scottish Development International (SDI), which offers access to business support internationally, including operations in 27 countries.  
Wedding Fayre At Caithness Horizons, ThursoThumbnail for article : Wedding Fayre At Caithness Horizons, Thurso
Wedding Fayre At Caithness Horizons.  
DSRL continues to reduce in size
DSRL is updating staff, trade unions and key stakeholders about the latest forecasts for continued planned reductions in its workforce as more of the site is decommissioned.   Staffing levels at the site licence company have dropped from a peak of just under 1300 in 2005 to approximately 970 today as the hazard has reduced.  
Mackay's Hotel in Wick has become the latest outlet for the sale of Md merchandise in the run up to the National Md 2010.   Merchandise will be displayed and sold in Mackay's Hotel from April 2010.  
Workers Hit The Jackpot For Charity
Almost 200 community projects in the north of Scotland landed a cash windfall thanks to the safety record of workers at Dounreay.   Staff hit the jackpot for charity when they went a whole year without a lost-time accident.  
Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 7 April 2010
DINGWALL, Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd, (April 7th) sold 15 Young Farmers over-wintered cattle at their annual show and sale, sponsored by Messrs Home Farms, Inverness.  The judge, Jocky McCallum, Mountrich Farm, Dingwall, choose as his champion the first prize heifer, an 11 month old 470kg Charolais cross, brought out by Sarah Wilson, Wester Cairnglass, Nairn.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 7 April 2010
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (April, 7th) sold 284 Continental store cattle in a special show and sale.  Bullocks (157) averaged 184.7p and sold to 326.4p and 1,420 gross for a 435kg Limousin cross from Clury Farm, Dulnain Bridge.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 7 April 2010
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (April, 7th) sold 529 Aberdeen Angus store cattle in a special show and sale.  Bullocks (321) averaged 181.4p and sold to 258.1p and 1,200 gross for the champion, a 465kg Aberdeen Angus cross from Gaskbeg, Laggan, Newtonmore.  
Nethercliffe Hotel, Wick Launches Web SiteThumbnail for article : Nethercliffe Hotel, Wick Launches Web Site
The Nethercliffe Hotel is a family run hotel in the centre of Wick, providing 3 star Accommodation and superb home cooked meals in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.   Created from a dwelling built in 1824, the original building is one of the oldest in the county and has many interesting architectural features, including original cornicing and a cast iron cooking range in the cellar, which was once servants' quarters.  
Community Council Review - Phase 2 Consultation
The Highland Council is launching the second phase of a major review of Community Councils, which focuses on a proposed new Scheme for Community Councils, including a model constitution, standing orders and code of conduct for Community Councillors.   The consultation, which runs until 30 June, also provides the opportunity for communities to further consider any potential boundary changes, which featured in the first phase of public consultation from September to December 2009.