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5/8/2009
Warning To Householders About Bogus Door To Door Sellers
POLICE are warning householders in the Caithness area about bogus door to door sellers, offering sub-standard goods.   There have been a number of reported incidents in the Caithness area of people having purchased items from door to door salesmen, which have subsequently turned out to be faulty or poor quality.  
3/8/2009
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 4th August 2009
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (August, 4th) sold 70 prime cattle.  Prime bullocks (33) averaged 169.2p (-2.6p) and sold to 180p per kg and 1,231.65 gross.  
2/8/2009
Improving Scotland's Planning System
Further new measures to create a more effective planning system to support economic recovery come into effect today.   The changes include: * Establishing local review bodies so that councillors, rather than the Scottish Government, can review decisions made over small-scale, local developments * A requirement on developers to consult communities before submitting major development proposals * More information being made available on planning decisions * Increasing the options for planning authorities to take effective enforcement action Infrastructure Minister Stewart Stevenson said: "The Scottish Government is working to ensure Scotland's planning system is increasingly joined up, providing greater certainty and speed of decision making for developers and communities.  
23/7/2009
EXPERT TRAINING OFFERED TO HELP PRESERVE THE RURAL HERITAGE OF CAITHNESSThumbnail for article : EXPERT TRAINING OFFERED TO HELP PRESERVE THE RURAL HERITAGE OF CAITHNESS
A team of highly experienced archaeologists from the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) are coming to Caithness in September to run a free archaeological training course as part of the Scotland's Rural Past nationwide project.  They are calling for local people to sign up and get involved.  
Highland Independent Museums Meet National StandardsThumbnail for article : Highland Independent Museums Meet National Standards
Months of hard work have paid off for seven Highland independent museums.  Dunbeath Heritage Centre, Timespan (Helmsdale), Groam House Museum (Rosemarkie), Ullapool Museum, Grantown Museum, Gairloch Heritage Museum and the Museum of the Isles on Skye have all achieved museum accreditation, meeting the set of national standards for UK museums.  
20/7/2009
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 21 July 2009
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (July, 21st) sold 75 prime cattle.  Prime bullocks (45) averaged 161.3p (-5.0p) and sold to 177p per kg and 1,174.55 gross.  
Caithness Broch Centre Opens Saturday 25th JulyThumbnail for article : Caithness Broch Centre Opens Saturday 25th July
The Caithness Broch Centre opens to the public on Saturday 25 July with a day of activities and talks.  The centre, based in Auckengill Old School, takes over where the Northlands Viking Centre left off some three years ago.  
14/7/2009
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Anniversary Sale - 15 July 09
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd, (July, 15th) sold 1,249 store cattle at the Anniversary show and sale.  The Judge, Mr Tom Stevenson of Balmacolly Farm, Bankfoot, chose a 435kg junior Limousin cross bullock from Messrs Smallburn Farms Ltd, Duffus, Elgin, which realised 1,050, as his Overall Champion in the T.S.H.  
14/7/2009
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 15 July 2009
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd, (July, 15th) sold 1,249 store cattle at the Anniversary show and sale.  The Judge, Mr Tom Stevenson of Balmacolly Farm, Bankfoot, chose a 435kg junior Limousin cross bullock from Messrs Smallburn Farms Ltd, Duffus, Elgin, which realised 1,050, as his Overall Champion in the T.S.H.  
13/7/2009
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 14 July 2009
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (July, 14th) sold 90 prime cattle.  Prime bullocks (49) averaged 166.3p (-4.1p) and sold to 180p per kg and 1,192.80 gross.  
13/7/2009
Contractors Sought for Major Inverness Flood Scheme
The Highland Council is seeking tenders from contractors to build the first two phases of the South-West Inverness Flood Relief Channel, having obtained the necessary Flood Prevention Order and planning consent for the 10 million project.   To be completed over five years in phases, the scheme will divert flood water from the south side of Inverness away from residential housing in Hilton, Lochardil and Holm, picking up overflow water from the south side burns and leading this to the River Ness at Holm Mains.  
13/7/2009
Anyone For Debt? - Asset backed new issuance drops 54.1% in Q2 2009
(LONDON, UK) Xtrakter, the market utility, released the following figures today: Fixed income new issuance was valued at USD 1 trillion for Q2 2009 representing a 15% (USD 180 billion) drop on Q2 2008 figures.   During the same period asset backed new issuance accounted for USD 100.6 billion of all issues down by 54.1% (USD 118.7 billion) and the overall size of the international capital market rose by 10.3% (USD 1.3 trillion) to a total value of USD 14.1 trillion.  
13/7/2009
Visit Scotland Warning On Email Scam Bookings
Businesses are reminded to be vigilant with regards to scam e-mails for accommodation bookings as there seems to be a few about at the moment.   Providers have let us know about what looks like a scam requesting accommodation for six priests from Greece.  
12/7/2009
Council Secures Additional Care at Home Services
Following a comprehensive tender exercise, The Highland Council has entered into contracts with three independent sector providers, to deliver additional care at home services across the Highlands, which will supplement the services provided by the Council's in-house team of home carers and services already purchased from the independent sector.   The successful bidders, British Red Cross, Independent Living Services and Crossroads Caring Scotland, will collectively deliver an extra 117,000 hours per annum of care at home in the Highlands.  
8/7/2009
Flood Worries Subside Thanks To Castletown Sewer SystemThumbnail for article : Flood Worries Subside Thanks To Castletown Sewer System
Properties in the Caithness village of Castletown that have experienced flooding in recent years are benefiting from the completion of a 136,000 Scottish Water project to upgrade the local sewer system.   An investigation showed that a section of pipe under Main Street struggled to cope during downpours of heavy rain, causing water and sewage to back up and flood nearby properties.  
8/7/2009
Young Wick Team's Technology Project Wins Them Trip To USAThumbnail for article : Young Wick Team's Technology Project Wins Them Trip To USA
Team TIC from Wick High school were among the finalists in a Highlands and Islands-wide information and communications technology competition.   The inventiveness and marketing skills of TIC saw them reach the last six of the 2009 ICT Youth Challenge and win the Microsoft-sponsored award for the project with the best commercial potential.  
8/7/2009
Caithness Businesses Staging The Wedding Show For LaurandyThumbnail for article : Caithness Businesses Staging The Wedding Show For Laurandy
Despite these recession times Caithness businesses are banding together to put on one of the biggest Wedding Shows ever seen in the county.   The Wedding Show will be a chance for everyone getting married in the next couple of years to see what is on offer locally.  
8/7/2009
Council Signs Historic AgreementThumbnail for article : Council Signs Historic Agreement
The Highland Council has signed and sealed a formal agreement with the National Archives of Scotland and the Church of Scotland to secure the transfer of historical documents from Highland Presbyteries and Kirk Sessions to Inverness.   These important historical records, currently preserved in Edinburgh by the National Archives of Scotland, are to be transferred later this year to the new Highland Archive Centre currently in the final stages of construction at the Bught, Inverness.  
6/7/2009
A STEM Celebration in LybsterThumbnail for article : A STEM Celebration in Lybster
The work of STEM - science, technology, engineering and mathematics - Ambassadors in the Caithness area was recognised this week in a celebration event hosted by Highlands and Islands Enterprise in Lybster.   The ambassadors, all from a STEM backgrounds, work with schools to inspire the next generation to consider their future in areas which use science, technology engineering and mathematics every day.  
5/7/2009
Modernising the Planning System
Changes to the determination of local planning applications will be introduced later in the year to speed up the decision-making process and encourage inward investment.   The Highland Council has agreed a Scheme of Delegation and establishment of a Review Body, which it has presented to the Scottish Government for approval and implementation by 3 August.