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NHS Highland Has Plans To Re-open Hospital Minor Injuries Unit In Golsie, Msp Told
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, has been told that the health authority is planning to move the minor injuries unit at Lawson Memorial Hospital in Golspie to another area.   NHS Highland's Chief Executive, Pam Dudek, confirmed the unit had been closed since March 2020 during the first lockdown.  
New Plans To Boost Veterans Employment Launched
Veterans' Strategy Action Plan launches, including more than 60 commitments to help veterans with employment and healthcare.   New programmes to make better use of the unique skills and experience of military veterans, including as prison officers and the uniformed and health services, have been launched today.  
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UK motorists can expect big changes this new year according to research done by vehicle finance specialist Carvine.  Later this month, from January 29th, a batch of new Highway Code rules will come into force that will significantly impact how motorists behave behind the wheel.  
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A partnership providing free use of leisure facilities across Scotland - including Highland - now includes access to multiple leisure facilities across the Shetland Islands.   The Leisure Link Partnership allows highlife card holders to access gym, public swimming and fitness classes at leisure centres across Aberdeen, Argyll and Bute, the Borders, Highland, Moray, Orkney, and The Western Isles - all at no extra cost.  
Broadband Bills May Rise Up To An Inflation Busting 10%Thumbnail for article : Broadband Bills May Rise Up To An Inflation Busting 10%
New research from Choose finds 87% of broadband and mobile customers are unaware prices may increase by as much as 10% by April 2022.   With annual price rises linked to inflation set to come into force over the coming months, almost half of respondents (46%) did not know prices would be increasing at all.  
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The TV licence fee has been frozen for two years as the government moves to support families in the face of rising living costs.   Fee will remain at £159 until 2024 before rising in line with inflation for four years.  
New Content Partner Announced For Spirit Of The Highlands And Islands Project
On behalf of The Highland Council, High Life Highland this week announced Airborne Lens as the successful partner for the immersive input to Spirit of the Highlands and Islands project.   Director of the Inverness Castle Project, Fiona Hampton, said: "This is a very exciting part of our project, allowing people to become immersed in the natural and cultural heritage of the Highlands and Islands through virtual and augmented reality.  
Placements Help Pandemic Response
Around 12,000 students will assist in the safe delivery of health and social care as services continue to respond to the pandemic.   More than 3,000 nursing and midwifery students are heading out on placements this month.  
Help For EU Citizens To Prove Immigration Status Online
The Stay in Scotland campaign has been relaunched with updated resources to help European Union (EU) citizens living in Scotland access and prove their immigration status online using the UK Government's ‘view and prove' service.   Although the Scottish Government continues to push the UK Government to offer physical proof of immigration status, EU citizens currently have to use the Home Office’s digital-only system to prove their rights in the UK.  
Coronavirus (covid-19): Daily Data For Scotland - 17 January 2022
6,221 new cases of COVID-19 reported*.  Please note that this figure now includes cases identified using either a first LFD (Lateral Flow Device) or PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) positive test.  
Offshore Wind Development
First Minister hails "truly historic" opportunity of ScotWind.   Billions will be invested in high quality green jobs as part of Scotland's transition to net zero.  
Offshore Wind Impact Could Be Similar To Oil And Gas Sector, Says Hie
The economic impact of the offshore wind industry in the Highlands and Islands could be similar to that of historic oil and gas developments, according to Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).   The agency has welcomed today's ScotWind offshore wind leasing round announcement by Crown Estate Scotland.  
Scotwind Offshore Wind Leasing Delivers Major Boost To Scotland's Net Zero Aspirations
Crown Estate Scotland has today announced the outcome of its application process for ScotWind Leasing, the first Scottish offshore wind leasing round in over a decade and the first ever since the management of offshore wind rights were devolved to Scotland.   The results coming just months after Glasgow hosted the global COP26 climate conference show the huge opportunity that Scotland has to transform its energy market and move towards a net zero economy.  
Still time to enter - Neil Gunn Writing Competition 2021/22Thumbnail for article : Still time to enter - Neil Gunn Writing Competition 2021/22
High Life Highland and the Neil Gunn Trust are delighted to announce that from Monday 20th September 2021, the 21/22 Neil Gunn Writing Competition is open for entries.   The lead judge is distinguished author and patron of the Neil Gunn Trust, James Robertson.  
Council To Purchase Houses From Owners Who Would Like To Help Make A Difference In Their Community
The Highland Council is piloting a new open market purchase scheme to buy directly from owners in a bid to bolster its housing stock to meet the need for additional affordable housing and provide new homes and futures for families, young and old in communities across the Highlands.   The Council is asking anyone considering selling a house to contact them and help make to make a difference to families who are in need of home.  
Highland Digital Learning Hops Into 2022 With New Content
Highland's Online Primary School (HOPS) has launched for P4-P7 pupils to enhance children's learning through a weekly timetable of daily lessons with engaging content.  The resource is available on the already established Highland Schools Digital Hub.  
A Guide To Sailing Wick Marina From| Sail ScotlandThumbnail for article : A Guide To Sailing Wick Marina From| Sail Scotland
Recently published this short video of Wick Harbour promoting sailing is one of a growing list from Sail Scotland.  
Scottish Government Support For Library Projects
Over 30 public and school libraries across Scotland have been awarded Scottish Government funding to deliver a range of innovative projects including initiatives to tackle climate change and promote sustainable development.   The Public Library Improvement Fund and the School Library Improvement Fund are annual awards set up by the Scottish Government and administered by the Scottish Library and Information Council.  
Sutherland community groups encouraged to apply for Place Based Investment funds
Community groups and organisations are being invited to apply for a share of £106,964 Place-Based Investment programme funding by The Highland Council's Sutherland Area Committee.   The deadline for Sutherland applications is 9am on 24 January 2022.  
A Guide To Sailing St Kilda | Sail ScotlandThumbnail for article : A Guide To Sailing St Kilda | Sail Scotland
The Sail Scotland video is a great short promoting the islands of St Kilda to sailors..