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Crack Down On Hardline Debt Collectors
Trading Standards Officers have joined forces with Money Advice Service colleagues on The Highland Council to tackle the "unacceptable and aggressive practices" of debt collectors.   Gordon Robb, principal trading standards officer, highlighted the joint effort to address the problem while presenting the annual report of the Council's trading standards service to a meeting of the Transport Environmental and Community Services Committee.  
Throughout Scotland's Housing Expo a series of seminars, organised by Sust, will offer an opportunity for housing and building specialists to hear expert opinion on a range of special interest topics related to the industry.  Sust is the Scottish Government's Sustainability in Architecture Programme which is part of Architecture and Design Scotland.  
Council Tax Rebate Scam
The Highland Council's Finance and Trading Standards teams have been alerted to the fact that Highland residents are currently being targeted by a Council Tax rebate scam.   The "phishing" scam involves attempts by callers to obtain bank details over the phone, on the false promise of being entitled to receive a rebate on their Council Tax payments.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 10th August 2010
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (August 10th) sold 6438 store lambs at their annual district sale to average 51.61 (+4.39 on the year).  Cheviot wedder lambs (3,681) averaged 50.82 (+3.28) and sold to 64 gross for a pen from Knockglass, Dornoch.  
Council To Consider ArmsLength Organisation For Culture And Leisure
Highland Council to consider delivery of community learning and leisure services by arms length organisation.   Members of The Highland Council's Education, Culture and Sport Service have agreed to the principle of setting up an arms length organisation to deliver the local authority's community learning and leisure services.  
School Closures Confirmed By ECS Committee
The Highland Council's Education Culture and Sport Committee today (Thursday 5 August 2010) agreed to amalgamate or close rural primary schools which it has deemed to be no longer educationally viable.   Under the terms of the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010, the Council recently carried out consultations in Lochaber, Skye and West Ross and has now agreed to: Amalgamate Fort William Primary School and Upper Achintore Primary School in a new school on a site yet to be identified.  
Highland Pupils Above Scottish Average In SQA Results
Highland pupils have done well in their SQA exams, again performing above the Scottish average.   Last year's results by the end of S4 were the best for the previous three years.  
Care Information Service Available by Phone and Online
The Care Information Scotland telephone helpline and website offers a single point of information on the care available for older people throughout the country.   Care Information Scotland (CIS) was launched earlier this year by the Scottish Government.  
Investigation Into Offspring Of Cloned Cow
A Council spokesman confirmed that officers from the Council's Environmental Health team had visited the farm at Auldearn yesterday (Tuesday) to interview the farmer who owned 2 of the bulls born in the UK from embryos from a cloned cow.   The visit was to confirm information on the bulls and their offspring.  
Reminder For Broadband Improvement Funding
A new deadline date of Wednesday 6 October has been set for community groups across the Highlands wishing to bid for Euro funding to help improve their broadband services.   Applicants should send their bids to their local Highland LEADER representative for final determination by the Scottish Government.  
Expo Has Highland Young Ambassadors Thumbnail for article : Expo Has Highland Young Ambassadors
Scotland's Housing Expo at Inverness running throughout August has been marked with the induction of its newest recruits.   Thirty-five students, all hailing from the Highlands, have been appointed as House Ambassadors for the month-long Expo, which kicked off on Sunday, 1 August.  
Fresh Focus For Rural Priorities
Move to benefit more applicants and help smaller projects Changes are being made to the Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP) to ensure rural Scotland gets maximum benefit from the Programme.   This will increase the number of business development proposals financed through the SRDP and strengthen the role of local decision-making in community development projects.  
Pioneering New House Building Model To Be Considered
Highland Councillors are being asked to consider investigating the feasibility of a pioneering new model of providing much-needed affordable homes in the Highlands.   It could see a new build programme of 650 houses over a five year period.  
Council To Outsource Culture And Leisure
Council asked to agree principle of outsourcing its leisure and cultural services.   Highland Councillors are being asked to agree the principle of establishing an arms-length organisation to deliver all activity concerning its leisure and cultural services.  
Calder Engineering successfully breaks into renewables industryThumbnail for article : Calder Engineering successfully breaks into renewables industry
A Thurso based engineering company which has been supported by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has successfully diversified into the offshore wind industry.   Calder Engineering Ltd has been supplying cabins to the offshore oil and gas industry for 12 months ago and has recently won a contract to supply them to the renewables industry.  
New Director of Social Work appointed
The Highland Council's recruitment panel for director-level appointments has unanimously appointed Bill Alexander as its Director of Social Work.  Mr Alexander will take over from Harriet Dempster, who retires at the end of August after 11 years at the helm of the service.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - 14th July 2010
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd, (July, 14th) sold 1,122 store cattle at the Anniversary show and sale.  The Judge, Mr Ewen Macpherson of Mill Farm, Oban, chose as his Overall Champion in the T.S.H.  
Council Publishes Consultation Reports On Highland School Closures
The results of statutory consultations carried out by The Highland Council to amalgamate or close rural primary schools which the Council considers are no longer educationally viable will be available for public viewing from Wednesday 14 July for three weeks.   Under the terms of the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010, the Council has recently carried out consultations in Lochaber, Skye and West Ross to: * Amalgamate Fort William Primary School and Upper Achintore Primary School in a new school on a site yet to be identified.  
Extended Licenses For Royal National Mod in Caithness
Opportunity for local businesses to apply for extended licences during Royal National Mod The Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross Divisional Licensing Board have designated the Royal National Mod being held In Caithness between 8th and 16th October 2010 as a special event of local significance for Caithness and have agreed to grant applications for extended hours, until 1.30am, for on-sales premises for the duration of the event.   Premises licence holders wishing to take advantage of the additional hours should make an early application for extended hours to the Clerk to the Licensing Board at the Council Offices, Market Square, Wick.  
Highland Residents Beware Of Free Home Alarm Offers
Highland residents warned to be on guard against free home alarm offers Highland Council Trading Standards are warning all residents to be on their guard when answering 'cold-call' telephone sales calls offering a 'free home fire and security survey', if they agree to a home visit by sales staff.   This warning follows on from previous warnings by Trading Standards as a result of firms continuing to target elderly and vulnerable consumers in the Highland area.