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18/8/2010
Public Asked For Views On Site Of New Wick High School
The public is being invited to have their say on the choice of two sites for the new Wick High School.   A consultation by The Highland Council runs from Friday 23 August until Friday 1 October.  
18/8/2010
Major Reviews Target Savings And Efficiencies
A number of key strategies, which are aimed at delivering more efficient services and significant savings, have been agreed by The Highland Council's Resources Committee.   The reviews surround making better use of council properties, sharing services with partner agencies, reducing the costs of back office support for council services and making it easier on the web for the public to access information and pay for/book services.  
18/8/2010
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - 19th August 2010
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (August 19th) sold 8,607 store lambs at their annual sale.  Cheviot wedder lambs (5,670) averaged £51.61 (up £8.49 on the year) and sold to £60.50 gross thrice for a pen of 25 from Millnain, Strathpeffer, a pen of 23 from Achentoul, Kinbrace (J.  
18/8/2010
Housing Exhibition Passes 10,000 Visitors
EXPO marks 10,000 visitor milestone (17/08/10) Scotland's Housing Expo in Inverness celebrated its 10,000th visitor this weekend (Friday, 13 August) as Aislinn Haszeldine and her family walked through the gates.   Hazel from Falkland in Fife attended the Expo with her husband Stuart and children Suilven (2), Hamish (5) and Elfie (7).  
17/8/2010
Prince Charles Attends Pentland Firth Planning Event At Castle
The Duke of Rothesay has attended a workshop at the Castle of Mey looking at future opportunities for marine energy in Caithness and North Sutherland.   The event was jointly organised by The Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment and the North Highland Initiative in association with the partners in the Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership.  
17/8/2010
Advance Tidal Turbines Order
ScottishPower Renewables Welcomes Hammerfest StrÝm's Commitment to the Scottish Renewable Energy Sector ScottishPower Renewables' Managing Director Keith Anderson joined First Minister Alex Salmond in Oslo today (Tuesday 17th August 2010) as the Norwegian tidal-power developer Hammerfest StrÝm announced major contracts worth £4m to construct the first of their advanced HS1000 tidal turbines in Scotland.   Fife-based Burntisland Fabrication Limited (BiFab) has been awarded the largest single contract for the fabrication of the sub-structure for the turbine, which will be installed at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney next year.  
16/8/2010
Highland Pupils Return To School.
More than 31,000 pupils go back to school in the Highlands today (Tuesday 17 August 2010).   Some will be returning to schools which have been upgraded over the summer holidays and others will benefit from major projects which will begin during the school session.  
16/8/2010
Highland Secondary Pupils To Receive Mobile Phone Safety Advice
Pupils in Highland secondary schools are to receive guidance on mobile phone safety as they return to school this week.   Advice in a joint letter from The Highland Council and Northern Constabulary to parents and carers of secondary pupils aims to raise awareness and specifically highlight the dangers of young people finding themselves in uncomfortable, compromising or illegal situations as a result of inappropriate use of mobile phones.  
16/8/2010
SCOTTISH BOOK TRUST LAUNCHES NEW EARLY YEARS PROGRAMMEThumbnail for article : SCOTTISH BOOK TRUST LAUNCHES NEW EARLY YEARS PROGRAMME
Scottish Book Trust has just launched its new Early Years Programme, (formerly known as Bookstart in Scotland) together with a brand new mascot.   Following consultation with stakeholders and with the support of the Scottish Government, Scottish Book Trust has developed a new book gifting programme which firmly links into Scottish educational and parenting policies.  
16/8/2010
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 17 August 2010
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (August, 17th) sold 69 prime cattle.  Prime bullocks (40) averaged 166.8p (-0.1p) and sold to 182p per kg and £1,181.25 gross.  
16/8/2010
Opening of Raasay Ferry Terminal
Islanders on Raasay, off Skye, were celebrating on Tuesday 17th August 2010 the opening of their £12 million new ferry terminal.  Stewart Stevenson, Minister for Transport Infrastructure and Climate Change, was joined by pupils from Raasay Primary School in unveiling a plaque to mark the completion of the terminal at Churchton Bay, which provides a sheltered roll on roll off facility for the Caledonian MacBrayne car ferry, Loch Striven, and overnight berthage.  
15/8/2010
Get Into Buildings This September
Ever wondered what goes on behind closed doors? Every September, the national Doors Open Days offers free access to landmark buildings, private homes and usually private work spaces that the public never normally get a chance to see.   The Highland programme is co-ordinated by The Highland Council and Inverness City Heritage Trust.  
15/8/2010
Caithness General Hospital Reducing Infection Risks
Staff at Caithness General Hospital have made good progess in their efforts to reduce the risk of infection among patients, visitors and staff, according to a report published today.   The Healthcare Environment Inspectorate report, published today, states that NHS Highland is complying with the majority of measures to reduce infection rates.  
13/8/2010
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Probation teachers receive a warm welcome in the Highlands For 2010 Seventy five probationer teachers who will start work in Highland schools next week attended an induction day in Inverness today.  The probationers were welcomed by Chairman of The Highland Council's Education, Culture and Sport Committee, Councillor Bill Fernie, and Hugh Fraser, Highland Council Director of Education, Culture and Sport.  
13/8/2010
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.  
13/8/2010
SUST SEMINARS AT SCOTLAND'S HOUSING EXPO
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.  
9/8/2010
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.  
9/8/2010
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.  
4/8/2010
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.  
4/8/2010
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.