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16/1/2022
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..  
16/1/2022
Coronavirus (covid-19): Daily Data For Scotland - 16 January 2022
1,562 people were in hospital yesterday with recently confirmed COVID-19.   42 people were in intensive care yesterday with recently confirmed COVID-19.  
16/1/2022
A Guide To Sailing Stromness | Sail ScotlandThumbnail for article : A Guide To Sailing Stromness | Sail Scotland
Discover why you should pay a visit to Stromness Marina on Orkney on your next adventure sailing Scotland! .  
15/1/2022
Coronavirus (covid-19): Daily Data For Scotland - 15 January 2022
7,833 new cases of COVID-19 reported.  Please note that as of 13 January 2022, this figure includes cases identified using either a first LFD (lateral flow device) or PCR (polymerase chain reaction) positive test.  
15/1/2022
Scientists Are A Step Closer To Finding Planets Like EarthThumbnail for article : Scientists Are A Step Closer To Finding Planets Like Earth
A UK-backed mission that will search for Earth-like planets has been given the green light to continue development after passing a critical milestone review.   The UK Space Agency has invested £25 million in innovative science for the European Space Agency mission, called Planetary Transits and Oscillations of stars (PLATO), ensuring UK scientists and engineers, led by the University of Warwick, will take part in all aspects of the mission.  
15/1/2022
Virgin Orbit Mission Success Brings Uk Satellite Launch One Step CloserThumbnail for article : Virgin Orbit Mission Success Brings Uk Satellite Launch One Step Closer
Satellite launch from Spaceport Cornwall is a step closer following Virgin Orbit's successful ‘Above the Clouds' mission in the US.   The UK Space Agency welcomes the news that Virgin Orbit has successfully completed its third mission from California on Thursday 13 January, launching several satellites into orbit from beneath the wing of a 747.  
15/1/2022
Keeping You Safe At The Coast For 200 Years: Hm Coastguard Celebrates Landmark BirthdayThumbnail for article : Keeping You Safe At The Coast For 200 Years: Hm Coastguard Celebrates Landmark Birthday
From its beginnings with coastal lookouts to today's hi-tech national network of coordination centres, from small localised beginnings to international players - one thing has stayed the same for two centuries - Her Majesty's Coastguard seeks to search, to rescue and to save.   Two hundred years of saving lives along the UK coast and at sea, as well as coordinating rescues for those in distress in international waters, is being marked this year as HM Coastguard celebrates its milestone anniversary.  
15/1/2022
National Regulation: Construction Products
Information on the role of OPSS and the creation of the National Regulator for Construction Products.   In January 2021, the government announced that the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) would take on responsibility for the national regulation of construction products.  
15/1/2022
Uganda benefits from UK COVID-19 vaccines donationThumbnail for article : Uganda benefits from UK COVID-19 vaccines donation
The UK will continue delivering COVID-19 vaccines around the world, including to Uganda, to ensure equitable access to the vaccines to help tackle the pandemic.   Five million of these doses are being offered to the COVAX Facility to ensure equitable, global access to COVID-19 vaccines.  
15/1/2022
Pharmacies Adopt Government Scheme To Help Domestic Abuse VictimsThumbnail for article : Pharmacies Adopt Government Scheme To Help Domestic Abuse Victims
The Home Office-backed scheme 'Ask for ANI' is now operating in over half of all UK pharmacies including independents and chains such as Boots and Superdrug.   On the first anniversary of its launch, the Home Secretary Priti Patel today hails the success of the innovative scheme which enables those at risk or suffering from domestic abuse to discreetly signal their need for help from the safety of their local pharmacy.  
15/1/2022
Highland Council Appeals To The Scottish Government To Reverse Budget Reductions
The Highland Council is calling on the Scottish Government to provide greater transparency in relation to its budget settlement for local government and is seeking further funding to address a range of significant external budget pressures.  The Council has asked the Government to examine the analysis of the budget settlement which shows less money will be flowing into the Highlands from Edinburgh.  
15/1/2022
Pop-up Lfd Collection Points Across The Highlands
Packs of LFD tests will be distributed from locations across the Highlands from Monday 17 January to Friday 21 January.   The Highland Council and NHS Highland are working in partnership to increase availability of Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests throughout the Highlands.  
31/12/2021
Communities Encouraged To Apply For Place Based Investment Programme Support
Seven of the Council's Area Committees are now inviting applications under the first round of the Place-Based Investment programme.  Community groups and local organisations are being encouraged to apply and make sure they don’t miss the various January 2022 deadlines.  
24/11/2021
Place Based Investment funding approved for Sutherland projects
Sutherland Members have agreed to primarily invest in local playparks for improvement from the Scottish Government's Place Based Investment Programme.   The fund was set up to enable a flexible local response to address the four harms of COVID-19, which were identified as direct health harms; health impacts not directly related to COVID; societal impacts and economic impacts.  
11/11/2021
Advanced notice of temporary overnight road closures in Sutherland due to Network Rail works
The Highland Council is advising drivers that two temporary overnight road closures will be in place in Sutherland next week in order for Network Rail to carry out works.   The first is the B871 Kinbrace - Syre Road which will be closed from its junction with the A897 Helmsdale - Melvich Road to its junction with the B873 Syre - Altnaharra Road from 20:00 hours on 14 November 2021 to 07:00 hours on 15 November 2021.  
8/11/2021
Regeneration Project In Gairloch Wins UK Climate AwardThumbnail for article : Regeneration Project In Gairloch Wins UK Climate Award
The regeneration of the Achtercairn site in Gairloch, north west Highlands, has won ‘Best Regeneration Project - Rural & Suburban' at the Inside Housing Development Awards in London.   The awards celebrate the very best residential developments across the UK, and recognise innovation in striving for more sustainable and net-zero solutions.  
6/11/2021
Sutherland Vaccine Update
The uptake of the COVID vaccine programme in NHS Highland has been excellent and we fully appreciate that many are now keen to get their COVID booster and their flu vaccination.   In Sutherland NHS Highland will be delivering COVID vaccination clinics for the following GP Practices - • Golspie Medical Practice (COVID) • Helmsdale/Brora (COVID) • Tongue Health Centre (COVID) Eligible patients with these practices will be invited by letter.  
3/11/2021
Over A Third Of Brits Have Binned Christmas Presents On Boxing Day Thumbnail for article : Over A Third Of Brits Have Binned Christmas Presents On Boxing Day
As the nation starts planning for Christmas early to avoid supply shortages, new research reveals the misjudged gifts you should AVOID giving your friends and family.   The research, from the UK's number one sharing app OLIO, found that 34 per cent thought that a dead plant was one of the worst gifts you could receive; with out-of-date chocolates next on the list (29 per cent) as well as loo roll (29 per cent); perfume that smells awful (26 per cent) and regifting someone the same thing they gave you last year all featuring as gifts that are most likely to end up straight in the bin.  
28/10/2021
New Care Facility For The North Coast Agreed
Highland Council members, during their Committee meeting which took place today, considered a detailed appraisal of options for taking forward a new Care Facility for the North Coast, to be located in Tongue.   This built upon the prior commitments to take forward a new Care Facility to replace the existing Melvich and Caladh Sona care homes operated by NHS Highland.  
28/10/2021
Highland Council Agree Initial Cuts And Increased Charges From Next YearThumbnail for article : Highland Council Agree Initial Cuts And Increased Charges From Next Year
The Highland Council has approved a number of key recommendations as part of its medium term financial planning approach.   Councillors considered revenue budget projections for the coming financial year, medium term planning for future budgets over the next 5 years and forecasted budget gaps, as well as a number of capital developments and future capital strategy.