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17/1/2022
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.  
16/1/2022
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.  
16/1/2022
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.  
16/1/2022
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.  
16/1/2022
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.  
16/1/2022
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.  
16/1/2022
Opportunity To Represent Your Local Community With Interim Community Council Elections
Nominations are being invited from people seeking election to fifteen Highland community councils covering areas in Sutherland, Ross and Cromarty, Wester Ross, Isle of Skye, Inverness, Nairnshire, Badenoch and Strathspey and Lochaber.   Community Councils are voluntary organisations that express the views and concerns of local people within their area across a wide range of issues from new buildings and roads to local services and facilities.  
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
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.  
16/1/2022
Highland Hospitality Businesses Invited To Apply For Funding
Hospitality businesses who lost bookings during the Christmas/New Year period are to secure grant support from the Scottish Government.  Business will receive either a grant of £4,500 or £6,800 depending on their rateable value.  
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! .  
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.  
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
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.