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19/1/2024
A836 Conditions At Borgie Show Why The North Coast 500 Route May Be QuietThumbnail for article : A836 Conditions At Borgie Show Why The North Coast 500 Route May Be Quiet
This photo from Highland council shows the conditions for the last couple of days.   Not many folk on the North Coast 500 this week.  
19/1/2024
Increasing Recycling And Reuse Of Resources
Views sought on transitioning to a circular economy.   Proposals to increase reuse and recycling and cut waste are being put forward as part of a consultation.  
19/1/2024
Index Of Private Housing Rental Prices, Uk - December 2023 - Scotland increased by 6.3%Thumbnail for article : Index Of Private Housing Rental Prices, Uk - December 2023 - Scotland increased by 6.3%
Private rental prices paid by tenants in the UK rose by 6.2% in the 12 months to December 2023, unchanged from the annual percentage change in the 12 months to November 2023.   Annual private rental prices increased by 6.1% in England, 7.1% in Wales and 6.3% in Scotland in the 12 months to December 2023.  
19/1/2024
Post Office Boss Admits Money From Horizon Victims May Have Gone Into Executive Pay
The Post Office's chief executive admitted it is a possibility the money taken from branch managers could have been part of "hefty numeration packages for executives", as he appeared before MPs alongside a senior Fujitsu figure.   Money wrongfully taken from victims of the Horizon scandal may have gone into the pay of Post Office executives, MPs have been told.  
19/1/2024
Long Covid And Long Vaccine - Dr John Campbell Speaking To Professor Robert Clancy Thumbnail for article : Long Covid And Long Vaccine - Dr John Campbell Speaking To Professor Robert Clancy
Professor Robert Clancy has found similarities between long covid and long post covid vaccination syndrome.  Here he shares new findings on the theory and practical medical management of these two conditions.  
18/1/2024
Highland Road Conditions Report - Thursday 18 January 2024 - Advise Against Travel In Sutherland TodayThumbnail for article : Highland Road Conditions Report - Thursday 18 January 2024 - Advise Against Travel In Sutherland Today
The information provided is a summary of reports from operational staff and is intended to give a general indication of typical conditions in each area at a point in time.   It is not intended to imply that any individual route is entirely snow and ice free and drivers must be aware that conditions can change rapidly and make their own assessment of conditions for travelling.  
GMG Energy Set To Operate In Scotland-wide Construction Sector As It Secures New Stress Test Wood CredentialsThumbnail for article : GMG Energy Set To Operate In Scotland-wide Construction Sector As It Secures New Stress Test Wood Credentials
GMG Energy the rapidly expanding Highland timber products specialist which contributes significantly to the circular economy in the Highlands and the Northern Isles, is set to play a bigger role in Scotland's construction sector.   The Halladale-based business has seen three of its senior employees, including Director Malcolm Morrison, secure visual softwood structural grading credentials which qualifies the company to supply builders and joinery businesses with the stress tested timber used in housing and commercial property construction projects.  
17/1/2024
Support for Out-of-work Young People To Gain Skills and JobsThumbnail for article : Support  for Out-of-work Young People To Gain Skills and Jobs
The Highland Council's Employability Service and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) are delighted to announce an exciting collaboration to offer a pre-employability programme which seeks to support out-of-work young people on a pathway to the trades.   Supported through the Scottish Government's No One left Behind Employability Funding, the Access To Trades initiative will provide a pathway for young people up to the age of 29 years to progress on to the CITB's Scottish Academy for Construction Opportunities (SACO) Programme.  
16/1/2024
Post Office Horizon IT Inquiry Live StreamThumbnail for article : Post Office Horizon IT Inquiry Live Stream
There are two live streams going on today.   This disgraceful situation has a long way to go.  
16/1/2024
Highland Road Conditions Report - Tuesday 16 January 2024Thumbnail for article : Highland Road Conditions Report - Tuesday 16 January 2024
The information provided is a summary of reports from operational staff and is intended to give a general indication of typical conditions in each area at a point in time.   It is not intended to imply that any individual route is entirely snow and ice free and drivers must be aware that conditions can change rapidly and make their own assessment of conditions for travelling.  
16/1/2024
Council Budget Gaps Highlighted By Audit Scotland ReportThumbnail for article : Council Budget Gaps Highlighted By Audit Scotland Report
A report published today (16 January 2024) by Audit Scotland highlights the financial situation facing Scottish councils.   Scottish Government will say the cash given to councils is at record levels but the report shows that for a variety of reasons the money is not keeping up with the increased costs of delivering services.  
16/1/2024
2024 - the year of elections: why they matter - Over 50 elections Across The world
As we wave goodbye to 2023 it is a good time to consider that in 2024, a key theme will be democracy with elections due to take place in over 50 countries and with more than 2 billion people entitled to vote.   Where are elections due to take place? The next 12 months will see elections across every continent.  
15/1/2024
Highland Road Conditions Report - Monday 15 January 2024
The information provided is a summary of reports from operational staff and is intended to give a general indication of typical conditions in each area at a point in time.   It is not intended to imply that any individual route is entirely snow and ice free and drivers must be aware that conditions can change rapidly and make their own assessment of conditions for travelling.  
15/1/2024
Looking For Jobs In Caithness And Sutherland - Check Our Vacancies Listing
The Jobs section has vacancies for the Caithness and Sutherland Areas.   From time to time there are jobs in other areas.  
15/1/2024
Phil Anderson Financial Services Welcomes New Directors: Peter Brown And Kevin PhilipThumbnail for article : Phil Anderson Financial Services Welcomes New Directors: Peter Brown And Kevin Philip
Phil Anderson Financial Services, a leading financial advisory firm, is pleased to announce the appointment of two seasoned professionals, Peter Brown and Kevin Philip, as Directors.  This strategic move reflects the company's commitment to enhancing its leadership team and providing exceptional financial services to its clients.  
15/1/2024
Opportunity To Represent Your Local Community With Interim Community Council ElectionsThumbnail for article : Opportunity To Represent Your Local Community With Interim Community Council Elections
Nominations are invited from people seeking election to the Community Councils which did not form during the 2023 Community Council Elections and the ones that fell into abeyance.   This is your chance to help represent the views of your community to The Highland Council and other public agencies.  
15/1/2024
The Post Office Scandal Shows A Lack Of Accountability
If the Post Office were a private company, it would have long ago gone bankrupt.  The organisation wrongly accused hundreds of subpostmasters of theft, fraud and false accounting, dragged them through the courts in unfair and aggressive prosecutions, and then tried to cover it up.  
15/1/2024
Have A Gneiss Day - Donald's Take On North West Sutherland's Ancient RocksThumbnail for article : Have A Gneiss Day - Donald's Take On North West Sutherland's Ancient Rocks
Donald Mitchell's, Highland Ranger's take on North West Sutherland's ancient rocks.   I knew practically nothing about rocks before moving to the northwest many years ago but very quickly realised that you cannot ignore rocks here, the landscape IS rocks, outside the front door, through the window or on your drive to work, rocks, rocks and more rocks.  
15/1/2024
Costs Up, Heating Down - Millions Of Scots Willing To Endure Record Low Temperatures At Home This January To Combat High Energy Bills And Cost Of Living
A new report from clean energy-tech company, Aira , has revealed that Scots are considering alternative heating solutions, such as heat pumps, to combat rising energy costs and the cost-of-living crisis.  Heat pumps are known to reduce home energy costs for Scots by 25% and household carbon emissions by at least 75%.  
15/1/2024
Consultation On Eligibility For Right To Be Paid From Broadcasting And Public Playing Of MusicThumbnail for article : Consultation On Eligibility For Right To Be Paid From Broadcasting And Public Playing Of Music
Recording artists, record labels, collecting societies, broadcasters and public venues are invited to share their views by 11 March 2024.   the government is considering changes to how foreign record labels and foreign recording artists qualify for rights to be paid when their music is broadcast or played in public.