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David Stewart MSP backs the Money for Life Challenge and calls on local organisations to get involved
David Stewart, Regional (Scottish Labour) MSP for the Highlands and Islands is encouraging education and training organisations to back Lloyds Banking Group's Money for Life Challenge, a national competition for 16-24 year olds.   As financial education has recently become part of the national curriculum, the Challenge is a complementary way for young people to learn vital money management skills, whilst helping to promote financial education in their community.  
Thurso chef crowned Young Highland Chef of the YearThumbnail for article : Thurso chef crowned Young Highland Chef of the Year
A chef from Thurso has been named as the Young Highland Chef of 2014.  23 year old Robert Smith beat off competition from six other finalists to win the title at last night's cook-off, held at the Burghfield House Hotel in Dornoch.  
Highland Council launches phase two of Budget Consultation
The Highland Council has launched a consultation paper with detailed proposals for saving over £15 million towards a total budget cut of £64 million over the next five years.   The Council has already achieved over £77.7m of cuts, including some through efficiency savings over the past 5 years.  
Keeping employee training at the forefront ensures things DON'T go with a BANG!!!
November, a month where it's commonplace to hear the cracks, whistles and bangs of fireworks.  Great fun at the time, but a Health & Safety nightmare! For businesses such noises, at any time of year, can herald major problems, so it is vital to ensure your employees are fully up-to-date with their training.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 28 October 2014
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 28th) sold 60 prime cattle.  Prime bullocks (25) averaged 217.1p (+2.8p) and sold to 230p per kg and £1,571.95 gross.  
Caithness People Urged To Give Views on New Faster Ferry Services Gills/BurwickThumbnail for article : Caithness People Urged To Give Views on New Faster Ferry Services Gills/Burwick
Independent questionnaire conducted for Pentland Ferries Ltd by 'Survey Monkey' about the desirability of a 'real' short-sea-crossing of Pentland Firth Gills Harbour, Caithness to a 'new' RO:RO terminal at Burwick, just eight miles across the water.   Give Your Views In the survey HERE Folk in Caithness who travel by ferry to Orkney have only a few more days to vote if they would like to see a new route developed from Gills Harbour that would cut the Pentland Firth sea-crossing time to just half-an-hour.  
Trading Standards and Citizens Advice tackle private car parking problems
The Highland Council's Trading Standards Officers are backing local Citizens Advice Bureaux in their campaign to ensure that Highland consumers get a fair deal over private car parking.   Both agencies have seen an increase in consumer complaints about private parking in recent times, with a range of problems being encountered by motorists, as David MacKenzie, Team Leader at Highland Council Trading Standards explained: "Sometimes the problem is poor signage resulting in drivers being unaware of large penalty charges and the scale of such charges can also be controversial.  
500 More Engineering Jobs as BT Expands Recruitment Programme
Takes total number of Openreach engineering roles announced since April to 2,400.   Continued focus on customer service delivery, fibre broadband and high speed links for businesses.  
Councils join together to benefit from new network contractThumbnail for article : Councils join together to benefit from new network contract
Highland and Islands Councils have signed a multi-million pound contract on behalf of the Pathfinder North Partnership, led by The Highland Council, for the provision of Network Services starting in March 2016.   The deal is part of the Scottish Wide Area Network (SWAN) Framework agreement awarded to CAPITA in February 2014 and has a potential value of around £33m (over 7 years) across the five Partners for whom it is expected to generate significant cost savings.  
HiTech Farming May Reduce Costs
NEC and Dacom Collaborate on Precision Farming Solution to Maximize Yields and Reduce Costs.   NECCorporation (TSE: NEC 6701) and Dacom, the agri-IT company (Holland-based industry-leading company), are today announcing the results of a "precision farming solution" trial in Romania that uses environmental sensors and big data analytics software to maximize yields at a reduced cost.  
New homes for the Highlands
Housing projects helping to support local construction sector and wider economy.   Finance Secretary John Swinney has announced a deal to deliver new affordable homes for rent in Inverness, providing a boost to the local construction sector and wider economy.  
An Inbox That Works for You
Today, Google is introducing something new.  It's called Inbox.  
Working together to benefit the Highlands and Islands
The Highlands and Islands Convention was welcomed to the Merkinch Community Centre in Inverness today (Monday) by Councillor Drew Hendry, Leader of the Highland Council, who stressed the importance of ensuring a highly skilled workforce that would contribute to the continuing economic growth of the Highlands and Islands.  He also highlighted the need for partners to be working together to deliver good quality services to local communities and to sustain and enable those communities in the Highlands and Islands to flourish.  
Energy Minister calls for investigation into price comparison scam
Consumers could be losing out on the best energy deals because comparison sites filter out the tariffs which do not pay them commission.   Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has highlighted the issue and written to both OFGEM and the Secretary of State for Energy asking why the UK Government has failed to act to protect consumers, and when it will close this loophole.  
NHS Scotland makes preparations for winter
Health boards across Scotland are gearing up to manage the additional pressures the winter period can put on NHS services.   Each of the country's 14 health boards now have plans in place to increase capacity and improve the way people are discharged from hospital to ensure the NHS continues to perform well during the winter.  
Annie's Bakery In Caithness Pick Up 2014 Award
The food and drink industry in the Highlands and Islands and within the Cairngorms National Park area has honoured this year's outstanding crop of businesses at its 10th annual awards dinner in Inverness on Friday (24th October 2014).   Over 300 industry representatives were in attendance to see which of the 41 businesses would scoop the 14 awards up for grabs on the evening.  
Cross Cancer Out Campaign Backed By Labour Candidate
CAITHNESS, SUTHERLAND AND EASTER ROSS ELECTION CANDIDATE COMMITS TO CROSS CANCER OUT Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross election candidate John Erskine PPC is backing an appeal to help save the lives of more people with cancer in the constituency and across the UK.   With the countdown to the General Election under way, the Scottish Labour party candidate has lent his support to Cancer Research UK's ‘Cross Cancer Out’ campaign.  
Gaelic careers event shows where language can take you
Siuthad! Invites S2 and S3 students to hear about Gaelic careers.   Up to 300 Highland pupils are expected to attend an event designed to inform young people about career options they could pursue using their Gaelic skills.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 23 October 2014
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 23rd) sold 4,073 store sheep.  Lambs (2,891) averaged £46.94 and sold to £77 gross for Mule lambs from Ruivard, Ardross.  
More Energy Related Business But Numbers Down At Wick John O'Groats AirportThumbnail for article : More Energy Related Business But Numbers Down At Wick John O'Groats Airport
Island airports soar but overall numbers dip slightly at HIAL.   Passenger numbers at HIAL's regional airport fell slightly in the third quarter of the year, though a number of island airports reported soaring growth.