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Superfast Surfing in Sutherland's Hawaiian Twin TownThumbnail for article : Superfast Surfing in Sutherland's Hawaiian Twin Town
The first homes and businesses in Sutherland are now able to order high speed fibre broadband, thanks to a digital roll-out being led in the region by Highlands and Islands Enterprise.   The village of Embo has joined the growing number of locations, stretching from Shetland to Argyll where people can now access fibre based services through a new network being built across the region.  
Tackling in-work poverty: "It's Your Business" briefings
Welfare Reforms - so what?? Well, as an employer, the Welfare Reforms will potentially impact your business.   These impacts have the potential to be both advantageous and disadvantageous to employers, but many employers simply don't know how they will affect their business.  
New way to view onshore wind activity across the Highlands
The Highland Council has launched a new interactive map on its website showing the location of windfarms and wind turbines in the Highlands.   The user friendly Windfarm Activity Map covers all scales of wind energy development and provides detailed information such as turbine sizes and planning reference numbers to make it easy for people to get further information.  
MSP Still Not Happy With One Driving Assessment Centre Based In Edinburgh
North MSP determined to do something to address the issue with Scotland's only driving assessment centre.  He is asking for a centre to be opened in Inverness with a relocation of jobs.  
New street lighting toolkit gives Scotland's councils power to save millions
Councils using toolkit and investing in LED lighting will pay less for electricity in 25 years time than they do now.   As the cost of electricity is set to double over the next ten years, an easy-to-use toolkit has been launched to give Scotland's local authorities real-time information on how many millions they would save by phasing in energy efficient LED street lights.  
Supporting Sustainable Aquaculture and Marine Protection under spotlight at Council Committee
The importance of supporting environmentally, economically and socially sustainable aquaculture development in the Highlands was under the spotlight at yesterday's Planning, Development and Infrastructure Committee.  Members agreed a pre-consultation draft supplementary guidance on Aquaculture which, will eventually be used to determine future planning applications.  
New Rector for Dornoch AcademyThumbnail for article : New Rector for Dornoch Academy
The new Rector at Dornoch Academy is Miss Tina Stones, who was appointed on Thursday 5 February at the 258 pupil school.   Miss Stones has been Acting Rector at Dornoch Academy since October 2014, prior to which she was Depute Head Teacher at Culloden Academy, in Inverness since 2005, when she moved to The Highland Council area.  
A study has shown that the 2014 Royal National Mòd generated £3,547,661 to the business community in Inverness - over a £1million more than the event target.   The report, delivered by ‘The Market Specialists' shows the nine day festival, which took place from 10-18 October 2014 in Inverness, entertained over 9000 unique visitors, 78% of which came from outside the host city.  
Police appeal for information following two reports of damage to vehicles in Brora
Between Thursday 29th January and Sunday 1st February 2015, a premises was entered on Acadamy Place, Brora and damaged was caused to a vintage vehicle.   Between 2000 hours on Saturday 31st January and 1100 hours on Sunday 1st February the tyres of two vehicles parked in a private driveway on Victoria Road, Brora were damaged.  
Rhoda Grant MSP Urges Customers to Claim Power Cut Compensation
Highlands and Islands (Scottish Labour) MSP, Rhoda Grant is encouraging SSE customers across the Highlands and Islands who lost power for a consecutive 48 hour period or more, between the 9th and 12th January 2015, due to the exceptional weather conditions to make a claim for a compensation payment.   Commenting Mrs.  
Police appeal for information following theft of power tools near Ardgay, Sutherland
Between Saturday 24th and Friday 30th January 2015, a number of power tools were reported stolen from the Croick Estate, near Ardgay, Sutherland.   The items are described as: two Husqvarna power saws, orange in colour, a Makita power drill complete with turquoise case, batteries and charger and Sealy grease gun with accessories.  
Upgrade underway at award-winning Scottish wilderness hotel Thumbnail for article : Upgrade underway at award-winning Scottish wilderness hotel
An award-winning Highland hotel based in the centre of a UNESCO geopark is undertaking an expansion and upgrading project due for completion this spring.   The Kylesku Hotel Ltd is located on the shores of Loch Glencoul and Loch Glendhu in North West Sutherland.  
Dounreay Supply Chain Invitation To Annual Suppliers Day
Companies are being invited to attend Dounreay's annual Suppliers Day on February 26.   The event will take place at The Weigh Inn in Thurso from 1.00pm.  
Social Media Workshops for Local Food and Drink Businesses
Early in February the first two in a series of workshops specifically for anyone working in the local food and drink sector will take place to highlight how social media can be best used to increase profit, support other local businesses and promote the area.   The workshops follow on from the project The Highland Council ran last year across the Highlands to investigate the potential and appetite for developing an industry-led local food and drink network that could co-ordinate and drive future activities to support the local food and drink sector in the region.  
Demolition of abattoir heralds new beginnings in DornochThumbnail for article : Demolition of abattoir heralds new beginnings in Dornoch
The first phase of a masterplan to regenerate a key site in an historic Highland town is underway, with the demolition of a local landmark.   The Royal Burgh of Dornoch in Sutherland is famous for its sandy beaches, Championship links golf course and 13th Century cathedral.  
Removal of paper and can banks from Recycling PointsThumbnail for article : Removal of paper and can banks from Recycling Points
Paper and can banks are to be phased out of The Highland Council's network of Recycling Points during February and March.  The decision was taken at a meeting of The Highland Council on the 18th December, at which the budget for 2015/16 and the indicative budget for the following 3 years was agreed, a package of savings totaling £42.8 million.  
Young people sign up for first Sutherland Junior Warden Scheme
On 22 January 2015 twelve S1 pupils from Golspie High School will be the first in Sutherland to become Junior Wardens as part of a joint project between the school, The Highland Council and High Life Highland.   The Junior Warden Scheme aims to provide an alternative and creative way to engage with young people and community groups, promote positive behaviour and encourage active involvement in the local community.  
Planning event in Brora re-arranged
The planning event to be held in Brora - which was postponed on 12 January due to the impact of poor weather conditions - has been re-arranged.  It will now take place on Monday 26 January 2015 in the Community Centre, Johnstone Place, Brora.  
Council clarifies Winter Maintenance Policy
The Highland Council wishes to clarify that if anyone is seeking information on their Winter Maintenance Policy and gritting maps then this information can be found on the Highland Council website.   The Highland Council Winter Maintenance Policy states: "The treatment of roads will be carried out based on a hierarchical system dependant on route priority".  
Councillors show support to North West Highlands GeoparkThumbnail for article : Councillors show support to North West Highlands Geopark
The importance placed by the Council of the North West Highlands Geopark, both in terms of protecting the unique geography and heritage, as well as promoting the area as a top geo-tourism destination, was apparent last week when it was the first item on the agenda for the Caithness and Sutherland Area Committee.   The North West Highlands Geopark covers 2000 square kilometres of North West Sutherland and Coigach where about 2000 people live.