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Time To Check Your Electricity Supplier Charges
Trick No Treat As 31 October Brings Energy Bill Hikes Of Up To £205.   Customers on the 12 fixed tariffs that are due to end on Halloween could see bills rise by 10% on average On Friday 31 October, 12 fixed energy deals will come to an end, with eight from just one supplier - ScottishPower - due to expire.  
[Local Authority]1/10/2014
Multi-agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) annual report produced for the Highlands
Partner agencies including the Highland Council, NHS Highland, Police Scotland, Witness Support Scotland and local Women's Aid charities, all based in the Highlands, have produced an annual report detailing their involvement in Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences, also known as MARACs.   This annual report summarises; What is MARAC? What is the purpose of MARAC? How does MARAC work? By using an illustrative example, based on real events, the annual report also demonstrates how MARAC works in practice.  
Review of firearms officer deployments announced as public protection put first
Chief Constable Sir Stephen House has approved the recommendation of the Armed Policing Monitoring Group that the national standing firearms authority should continue.  In addition, having listened to concerns expressed by politicians and some members of the public and having assessed the current operational challenges faced by Police Scotland, the Chief Constable has directed that firearms officers attached to Armed Response Vehicles will now only be deployed to firearms incidents or where there is a threat to life.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 1 October 2014
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 1st) sold 418 store cattle at their annual show and sale of native and continental store cattle, kindly sponsored by Gareth Vaughan, (NFU Mutual), Dingwall, (including an Aberdeen Angus section).   The judge, Mr J Ross, Wester Cullicudden Farm, Conon Bridge, awarded the continental champion to a 550kg Limousin cross bullock from Messrs J Munro & Son, Invercharron, Ardgay, realising £1,350.  
Nuclear Archive At Wick - Pre-Qualification For Contractors Announced
Pre-qualification to find a contractor to build a new national nuclear archive in Wick has commenced, it has been announced.   The total cost of the new archive is in the region of £17 million.  
Lungworm Warning from SRUC Vets
Farmers are warned to be on their guard for lungworm this year.  SRUC Veterinary Services is reporting that diagnostic submissions to its disease surveillance centres and feedback from farm animal veterinary surgeons across Scotland indicate a high number of recent cases.  
2013 social services workforce statistics for Scotland released today
For immediate release The private sector continues to be the biggest social services employer in Scotland with 41 % of workers employed in private sector social services, according to new statistics released by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) today.  The 2013 Workforce Data Report is released by the SSSC as an Official Statistics provider.  
[Local Authority]30/9/2014
‘Keep it real in Highland - report fake goods' says Trading Standards
A quick and easy way to report fake goods online is being launched today (30 September 2014) by Highland Council's Trading Standards as part of their ongoing battle against product counterfeiting.   Consumers or businesses can now report fake goods and those who are supplying them on the Council's website at: Trading Standards Manager, Gordon Robb explains: "Fake goods cheat consumers; can in some cases put their safety or health at risk; supports the criminal elements of our society and defrauds those who have invested time, money and their intellect in developing new products and brands.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 30 September 2014
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (September, 30th) sold 36 prime cattle.  Prime bullocks (12) averaged 214p (-4.5p) and sold to 223p per kg and £1,472.75 gross.  
SRUC Veterinary Services Launches New Test to Help Prevent Long Bone Deformity of Calves
SRUC's Veterinary Services has launched a new test for measuring levels of the essential trace element manganese in cows to help reduce long bone deformity (congenital chondrodystrophy) of their suckled calves.   Long bone deformity in calves has been linked to manganese deficiency in the mother during pregnancy.  
More Women Should Think About A Career In EngineeringThumbnail for article : More Women Should Think About A Career In Engineering
Women Make Up 42% of UK Workforce but Only 7% of Professional Engineering Workforce.   Women make up 42% of UK workforce but only 7% of professional engineering workforce An additional 87,000 graduate level engineers will be needed in the UK each year between now and 2020 but the higher education system is only producing 46,000 engineering graduates annually, according to a new report from the think tank IPPR, published today.  
Brits Could Cut Bills by a Quarter by Switching for the First Time
- Households lose out by £323 a year by remaining with traditional energy supplier.   - Bill payers in the Midlands can save the most by switching.  
Protect Gap Year Travels With a Prepaid Card
Keeping a handle on the kids' gap year spending can be done from the comfort of home thanks to prepaid currency cards such as the fee free ICE Travellers Cashcard from travel money expert, ICE - International Currency Exchange. Parents are being urged to do their homework and choose a provider that offers a free supplementary card for their son or daughter to take abroad and doesn't charge for a replacement card if the first is lost or stolen.  
Employment In UK Tourism Industry Is IncreasingThumbnail for article : Employment In UK Tourism Industry Is Increasing
Tourism Employment Summaries, Employment in Tourism Industries, 2009-2013.   Employment in UK tourism industries increased at nearly double the rate of the rest of the UK labour market between 2009 and 2013 (5.4% increase, rising 143,000 from 2.66 million to 2.81 million).  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 27 September 2014
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd, (September, 27th) sold 417 rams and females at its annual show and sale sponsored by Norvite.   The judge, Mr Ewan Macdonald, Torgorm, Conon Bridge, awarded the overall show champion and winner of the Mountrich trophy to a Suffolk shearling from Mr J.  
Occupational Pension Schemes Survey, 2013
Total membership of occupational pension schemes with two or more members was estimated to be 27.9 million in 2013, an increase of 300,000 compared with 2012.  These estimates exclude participation in other workplace (group personal) pensions.  
Solid High-Street Growth Continues
Retail sales volumes continued to grow solidly in the year to September, albeit at a slightly slower pace than in the previous month.   The CBI's latest monthly Distributive Trades Survey of 123 respondents also showed that the volume of orders placed on suppliers in the retail sector grew strongly, and broadly in line with expectations.  
Police In Highland Target Commercial Vehicles In New Approach To Fight Crime
Two day multi-agency operation to combat doorstep crime carried out in Inverness and Fort William.   As part of ongoing efforts to help keep people safe from doorstep crime and its associated criminal activity, on Wednesday 24 September and Thursday 25 September 2014, officers from Police Scotland, VOSA, SEPA and Highland Council Trading Standards, carried out a high visibility operation in both Inverness and Fort William.  
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Week Commencing 22 September 2014 Energy & Business services: Moray Offshore Renewables Ltd (MORL) has announced the installation of a met mast at its large offshore wind site in the Moray Firth, marking another step in its project to develop the site which lies around 22km off the Caithness coast.  As previously reported here, MORL has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Wick Harbour Authority regarding potential future use of Wick harbour.  
HIAL invests for the future as passenger numbers reach all time high
Passenger numbers at regional airport operator HIAL climbed to their highest ever level in the latest financial year, as the group stepped up its investment for the future.   The company's annual report and accounts for the year 2013/14 show that almost 70,000 extra passengers used the group's 11 airports during the year.