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25/6/2020
National Partnership For Culture
A new group formed to deliver Scotland's culture strategy is to meet for the first time.   The National Partnership for Culture (NPC) is made up of 14 experts from across Scotland's culture sector.  
25/6/2020
Learning During Lockdown Ii - The Pupils PerspectiveThumbnail for article : Learning During Lockdown Ii - The Pupils Perspective
Highland Council has produced a new video which shines a spotlight on how children across the region have been able to continue learning during lockdown.   Last month the Council produced a video 'Learning During Lockdown' to highlight how teachers were able to continue to deliver education despite the closure of school across the UK.  
25/6/2020
New Tourism Taskforce
A new taskforce created to drive forward the recovery of Scotland's vital tourism sector is to meet for the first time.   The Scottish Tourism Recovery Taskforce (STRT) is made up of more than 30 businesses with experience from across the industry.  
25/6/2020
Additional Funding For Councils In Scotland
£257.6 million to help tackle COVID-19 approved by Parliament.   Almost £258 million of additional funding for vital local services, such as food provision for those in need, education and social care, has been approved by the Scottish Parliament.  
25/6/2020
Council Leader Requests Meeting On Future Of Wick Airport
The Leader of The Highland Council has written to the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Michael Matheson MSP, raising her deepest concerns over Eastern Airways decision to withdraw their Wick - Aberdeen Service.   The decision by Eastern Airways follows Loganair's earlier decision to withdraw its Wick-Edinburgh route, which now leaves Wick John O'Groats Airport with no commercial services operating.  
23/6/2020
Engineering A Bright Future For WomenThumbnail for article : Engineering A Bright Future For Women
LLWR Manager Hannah points the way forward on International Women in Engineering Day.   As a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, Hannah Kozich could comfortably be a role model for women contemplating a career in engineering.  
23/6/2020
England - PM Announces Easing Of Lockdown Restrictions: 23 June 2020
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has today set out further changes to lockdown measures in England.   Prime Minister Boris Johnson has today (Tuesday 23 June) set out further changes to lockdown measures in England to enable people to see more of their friends and family, help businesses get back on their feet and get people back in their jobs.  
23/6/2020
Covid-19 Antibody Testing
Health boards have been advised by the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) to focus on using coronavirus (COVID-19) antibody tests to improve understanding of the virus and in the clinical management of patients.   The CMO Dr Gregor Smith has written to all NHS boards outlining that as there is currently insufficient clinical evidence showing the degree of protection antibodies give, or the duration of any protection, the only clinically safe option is to assume no meaningful immunity from a positive result until evidence shows otherwise.  
23/6/2020
Planning application lodged for new innovation centre on Inverness CampusThumbnail for article : Planning application lodged for new innovation centre on Inverness Campus
The proposed 2700m² facility is a joint project between Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and the University of the Highlands and Islands.   Designed by multi-disciplinary design firm Austin-Smith: Lord, it aims to build on the successes of the Centre for Health Science in the grounds of Raigmore Hospital.  
23/6/2020
Council Leader Ready To Welcome Tourists Back To The Highlands Next Month
Highland Council Leader Margaret Davidson has said she is looking forward to welcoming tourists and visitors back to the Highlands when restrictions are expected to be lifted on 15 July.   The Scottish Government recently published guidance for Scotland's tourism and hospitality sector which would allow them to re-open safely on or after that date.  
23/6/2020
Enhanced safety for health and social care staff
Routine testing of workforce extended as more services resume.   Staff who work in specialist cancer services, or provide long-term care for the elderly, as well as staff working in residential mental health, will be offered weekly coronavirus (COVID-19) testing from 8 July.  
23/6/2020
Return To Full-time Schooling In Scotland
Investment of £100 million to tackle attainment.   Schools will return full-time in August if Scotland continues to make progress on suppressing coronavirus (COVID-19), Deputy First Minister John Swinney announced today.  
23/6/2020
Highland Council Chair Reacts To Education Back To School Announcement
Councillor John Finlayson, Chair of the Highland Council's Education Committee responded to the announcement today by John Swinney, Deputy First Minister on the return of education.   "Today's announcement by the Deputy First Minister that the planning assumption will now be for a full return to school for all pupils in August if it is safe to do so, is very welcome news for everyone and it reflects the aspirations that have been communicated to me over recent days by so many parents.  
22/6/2020
Video shorts help young Gaelic learners in the home - Bhidiothan goirid a cuideachadh luchd-ionnsachaidh le Gàidhlig san dachaighThumbnail for article : Video shorts help young Gaelic learners in the home - Bhidiothan goirid a cuideachadh luchd-ionnsachaidh le Gàidhlig san dachaigh
A series of 9 short videos, have been created by The Highland Council Gaelic Team to assist non-Gaelic speaking parents who have young children entering Gaelic medium education.   The videos called "Spòrs agus Seinn Còmhla ri Ellen", "Fun and Sing along with Ellen", are each around 7 minutes long and cover the typical themes encountered during the average day at home with small children.  
22/6/2020
Is Green Hydrogen The Sustainable Fuel Of The Future?Thumbnail for article : Is Green Hydrogen The Sustainable Fuel Of The Future?
This article was published today 22 June 2020 on the web site of the European Bank for Development and Reconstruction.  The Author is Vanora Bennett.  
22/6/2020
NHS Scotlands Test And Protect AdviceThumbnail for article : NHS Scotlands Test And Protect Advice
Households will be sent information explaining how the Test and Protect system works and setting out what to do if someone develops coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms.   NHS Test and Protect is being delivered by NHS Scotland to reduce the risk of the virus spreading.  
22/6/2020
Restarting Tourism Safely - New Workplace Guidance Published
Guidance to support Scotland's tourism and hospitality sector to reopen safely has been published.   The industry has been asked to prepare for reopening on 15 July, if sufficient progress is made to move to phase 3 of the route-map.  
22/6/2020
Working Towards Economic RecoveryThumbnail for article : Working Towards Economic Recovery
Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop has welcomed the recommendations of the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery.   The group, led by Benny Higgins, was tasked with recommending solutions to ensure transition towards a greener, net-zero and wellbeing economy, and to advise on measures to address different challenges the economy will face as Scotland recovers from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  
22/6/2020
Chair Of HIE Welcomes Advisory Group ReportThumbnail for article : Chair Of HIE Welcomes Advisory Group Report
The chair of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has welcomed the recommendations of the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery.   Alistair Dodds said the report underlined the potential of rural regions to make a strong contribution Scotland's economic recovery.  
22/6/2020
Council Launches Business Guide To Support Economic Recovery In HighlandThumbnail for article : Council Launches Business Guide To Support Economic Recovery In Highland
To support the economic recovery in the Highlands, the Council has today (Monday 22 June 2020) launched a guide for shops and businesses to assist them with their plans to safely welcome back customers.   Following the overarching guidance provided by the Scottish Government, the Supporting Economic Recovery in Highland - A Guide for Businesses - contains lots of information, advice and support for shops, leisure facilities and other businesses likely to experience an upsurge in visitor numbers as lockdown restrictions are eased.