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Yesterday :: Business
If You Get Your Financial Advice On Social Media, Watch Out For Misinformation

When your parents had financial troubles or questions about planning for the future, they may have sought the help of a financial adviser, their bank, or other professional. Today, many people turn to social media.

Yesterday :: Business
UK Military Activity In The Middle East As Iran Sends Over 300 Drones And Missiles To Attack Israel

Iran launched more than 300 drones and missiles at Israel on Saturday night, in the Islamic Republic's first ever direct attack on Israel. In response to increased Iranian threats and the growing risk of escalation in the Middle East, the UK Government has been working with partners across the region to encourage de-escalation and prevent further attacks.

Yesterday :: Business
Dr John Campbell - Japan Data - Just Makes Things Look Worse For Covid Vaccinations

Increased Age-Adjusted Cancer Mortality After the Third mRNA-Lipid Nanoparticle Vaccine Dose During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Japan Gibo M, Kojima S, Fujisawa A, et al. (April 08, 2024) Increased Age-Adjusted Cancer Mortality After the Third mRNA-Lipid Nanoparticle Vaccine Dose During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Japan.

Yesterday :: Business
How The National Living Wage Helps The UKs Poorest Households: New Research

The UK's national living wage has just been raised by 10% to £11.44 per hour. It is now payable for all workers aged 21 and over, where previously it was for those aged 23 and over.

13/4/2024 :: Coming Events
Wed, 17 Apr 10:00am - INSPIRED BY BOOKS

Inspired by Books is the brain child of local artist Katie Squires. The exhibition brings to life how Katies wonderful imagination interprets the compelling stories she loves to read.

13/4/2024 :: Business
UK And US To Clamp Down Harder On The Trade Of Russian Metals

Today's action brings the world's two largest metal exchanges into the scope of existing bans. Russian metal producers blocked from profits from the London Metal Exchange and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, reducing a crucial source of revenue for the Kremlin.

13/4/2024 :: Business
£33 Million Of Drugs Seized By Royal Navy In The Middle East

HMS Lancaster seizes almost £33 million worth of drugs in the Middle East. In another blow to drug smugglers, Royal Navy warship HMS Lancaster seized drugs with a street value of nearly £33m as she struck twice against traffickers in the Middle East inside 24 hours.

13/4/2024 :: Business
Tv Licence Scams - Letters And Emails Are Still Being Sent To Get Your Cash

For the first time we received a scam tv licensing letter headed up - Local Investigation active in your area. The letter said there was no record of a tv licence at your address.

13/4/2024 :: Business
Independent Candidate Wins Inverness South Bi-election

The by-election to elect a councillor to represent Ward 19 - Inverness South on The Highland Council has been won by Duncan Cameron McDonald - Independent who was one of the eight candidates who contested the vacancy. Voters in the ward went to the poll yesterday (Thursday 11 April) and the by-election count was held this morning in The Highland Council Headquarters in Inverness.

12/4/2024 :: Business
Dr John Campbell - Pfizer Is 'Deeply Sorry'

Senior executives used social media to promote an "unlicensed" Covid vaccine. Pfizer found to have breached the regulatory code five times.

12/4/2024 :: Business
Digital Construction Week Announce The Launch of Digital Construction North

The team behind Digital Construction Week (DCW) is delighted to announce the launch of Digital Construction North (DCN), an intimate one-day event that brings together AECO decision-makers from across the north of the UK. The free-to-attend expo will launch at Manchester Central on 13 November 2024.

11/4/2024 :: Community
Help For Families During Holidays

A joint initiative between the Scottish Government and the Scottish Football Association is supporting low-income families. Launched by the First Minister with a £2million Scottish Government investment last year, the programme provides before-school, after-school and holiday activities for around 2,700 children each week.

8/4/2024 :: Coming Events
Sat, 20 Apr 10:00am - Day Two Of Book Sale

Friday, 19th April 10 am–2 pm. Saturday, 20th April 10 am–2 pm.

8/4/2024 :: Coming Events
Fri, 19 Apr 10:00am - Two Day Book Sale - Day One

Friday, 19th April 10 am–2 pm. Saturday, 20th April 10 am–2 pm.

8/4/2024 :: Coming Events
Sat, 20 Jul 07:30am - Caithness County Show 2024

Gates open to members of the public at 7.30am, the show normally runs until around 5pm. Friday 19th July – Equestrian Events from 10am and gates open at 4pm for the preview evening which normally runs to around 9pm..

8/4/2024 :: Coming Events
Sat, 27 Jul 5:30pm - Wick Gala Starts

Wick Gala Week 27 July to 3 August 2024. .

8/4/2024 :: Coming Events
Sat, 27 Jul 12:00pm - Halkirk Highland Games

The Games is the premiere sporting event in the North of Scotland. The prize money of nearly £18,000 is one the best in Scotland and attracts the country’s best amateur and professional competitors.

7/4/2024 :: Coming Events
Sat, 27 Apr 2:00pm - Stencil Workshop

Another awesome free workshop for kids! This is going to be lots of fun! 👇👇 If you have a budding artist in your home, book them on to come and have a go at some graffiti art at the Greenhouses gardens. 🌻 Places are limited - and booking is recommended early - as we think this is going to be popular.

7/4/2024 :: Coming Events
Fri, 19 Apr 12:00am - Vegetabe Growing Volunteering Session

We are inviting everyone who would like to learn how to grow their own food to grab this exciting opportunity! You will get a chance to learn from experienced growing experts, whilst helping the busy gardeners’ team at the Castle and Gardens of Mey with planting their vegetables. You will get pro tips on growing potatoes, leeks, cabbage, cauliflower, garlic, kale and other vegetables, specific to our climate and area! Booking is essential for this event.

6/4/2024 :: Community
Scotland Apologised In 2023 For Historic Forced Adoptions - But This Happened Throughout The Uk

"For the decades of pain that you have suffered, I offer today a sincere and heartfelt and unreserved apology. We were wrong." One year ago, on March 22 2023, the then first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, stood up at Holyrood and said sorry for the Scottish government's role in historic forced adoptions.

4/4/2024 :: Coming Events
Wed, 24 Apr 7:30pm - Castletown Heritage Society AGM


4/4/2024 :: Arts
Edinburgh International Film Festival Announces Collaboration With Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The newly relaunched Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) has announced a landmark collaboration with the renowned Edinburgh Festival Fringe which will open up the Film Festival programme in new venues across the city including non-traditional cinema spaces at Summerhall and the heart of the Fringe footprint. From August 15 to August 21 2024, the 77th edition of EIFF will see film embedded in the August festival ecosystem, allowing audiences to seamlessly experience the best of the Fringe along with the world-class programme of cinema at EIFF.

3/4/2024 :: Coming Events
Thu, 25 Apr 10:00am - Coldbackie to Borgie Breco Walk

See poster.

3/4/2024 :: Arts
Scot Trad Music Awards To Return To The Highlands - Duaisean Ceòl Traidiseanta Na H-alba A' Tilleadh Chun Na Gàidhealtachd

Chaidh ainmeachadh gun tèid 22mh Duaisean Ceòl Traidiseanta na h-Alba aig MG ALBA a chumail ann an Cathair-bhaile Inbhir Nis, a' toirt spionnadh mòr dhan eaconamaidh ionadail. Thug Mgr Thoumire, Stiùiriche Cruthachail Hands Up for Trad, seachad an deagh naidheachd do Bhuill aig Comataidh Gàidhlig na Comhairle.

3/4/2024 :: Community
Wick Town And County Hospital Garden Benefits From Community Payback

Wick's Town and County Hospital's Garden took receipt of a replacement boat which was renovated and repaired by Wick Community Payback clients. The boat was donated to the hospital by Community Payback Supervisor Bob Miller and repaired and re-painted in the Community Payback workshop in Wick.

3/4/2024 :: Community
Caithness Voluntary Group Has Moved

Caithness Voluntary Group has moved to a new home. Leaving Telford Street to go to Pulteney House.

3/4/2024 :: Arts
Gaelic Easter Activities For Hundreds Of Young People - Òigridh air feadh Alba a' Gabhail Com-pàirt ann an Tachartasan Gàidhlig na Càisge

Gheibh na ceudan de dh'òigridh ann an coimhearsnachdan air feadh Alba cothrom a dhol an sàs ann am Fèisean a’ tachairt rè shaor-làithean na Càisge eadar Nis, Port Rìgh, Inbhir Nis, An t-Òban, Obar Dheathain agus Glaschu. Bidh iad a’ faighinn oideachadh luachmhor ann an ceòl traidiseanta, dràma, òrain Ghàidhlig, dannsa agus ealain bho luchd-teagaisg air leth comasach.

2/4/2024 :: Coming Events
Sat, 27 Apr 10:00am - Traditional Music Workshops

Tuition in a variety of instruments : fiddle, guitar, chanter, drums and keyboard..

1/4/2024 :: Coming Events
Sat, 27 Apr 7:30pm - Ceilidh/Dance Night

Come along and enjoy a Ceilidh/dance night with music provided by Will Mackay & friends (Chiels) and Geordie Jack. Raffle plus refreshments will be available.

1/4/2024 :: Community
How's Your Rural Health? - An Online Discussion 24 April

A chance to hear a discussion about rural health. Without a doubt, one of the most important discussions we will host in 2024.

31/3/2024 :: Arts
UK Artists On Course For Royalty Windfall Down Under

UK artists will earn new royalties when their work is resold in Australia through the UK-Australia Free Trade Agreement. UK creative sector set for boost as new measures ensure British artists are paid fairly when their work is resold Down Under.

29/3/2024 :: Community
Funding Cuts Hit Third Sector Group With Base In Wick - Sight Action Sensory Services

Efforts are being made to find help for thousands of visually-impaired users of a charity that is being wound up. The board of Dingwall-based Sight Action Sensory Services says it is no longer viable due to funding cuts.

29/3/2024 :: Sutherland
Disrupting Digital Dumpers - Sepa Tackles Online Waste Criminals With New Digital Pilot

As the number of adverts on digital platforms promoting illegal waste collection services hits an all-time high, Scotland's environmental regulator is tackling environmental criminality in the online world. The digital regulation pilot led by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has already identified that between 50 to 60% of businesses advertising on social media could be breaking the law by operating without holding the required waste carrier licence - and people handing over their waste may be contributing to flytipping and other waste crime.

29/3/2024 :: Sutherland
Planning and Architecture News Permitted Development Rights Review - Phase 3 - Regulations laid in the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Government is currently conducting a substantial review of permitted development rights (PDR) as part of its wider planning reform programme. The review is being taken forward on a phased basis, with each phase focusing on new and extended PDR for specific types of development.

29/3/2024 :: Arts
Helping Scotland's Culture And Creative Sector Shine On The World Stage

Scotland's culture and creative sector will be helped to flourish on the world stage with the launch of Inspiring Connections: Scotland's International Culture Strategy 2024-30, according to Culture Secretary Angus Robertson. The strategy sets out the value of international activity to Scotland's culture and creative sector.

29/3/2024 :: Sutherland
Overdue Invoices In Scotland Hit 16-month High, R3 Research Finds

The number of overdue invoices in Scotland reached a 16-month high in February, according to new research from R3, the UK's insolvency and restructuring trade body. R3's analysis of data provided by Creditsafe shows that business in Scotland had 428,824 unpaid invoices on their books last month - the highest monthly total since October 2022’s figure of 593,114.

29/3/2024 :: Arts
Art Works Helps Redesign Of Wick Lanes Celebrates Town's Heritage

Residents joined local artists to celebrate completion of the community-led Wick Lanes Pocket Places project in the town this week. The project has seen the installation of a series of durable, long-lasting interventions in and around the lanes to bring life and colour back to the area.

29/3/2024 :: Arts
Can The Gaelic Blas Festival survive As Funding Cuts Bite

The Gaelic committee of Highland council met on 28th March 2024 and one of the papers for discussion was the Blas 2023 Festival Report. Cuts have already reduced the scale of the festival compared to previous years and future years will be no easier for the organisers unless it can become more commercial and run in the face of ever diminishing council and government funding.

27/3/2024 :: Community
Pupils Plant Trees To Improve Wick Riverside

Recently pupils and leaders from Step Forward Wick Youth had the opportunity to help out in our local community. Along with Wick Development Trust and The Countryside Rangers they managed to plant 300 trees along the Wick Riverside to help provide some woodland areas along the riverside, giving the local wildlife shelter and a food source too.

27/3/2024 :: Sutherland
Sutherland Spaceport As Construction Continues And New Patent Agreed

Orbex, the only UK owned orbital launch services and rocket manufacturing company, has successfully patented its REFLIGHT reusable rocket technology following patent approval in several European markets as well as the United States. This protection was based on the patent grant by the European Patent Office.

26/3/2024 :: Sutherland
Gairloch Open New Public Amenities And Motorhome Waste Disposal

A new high-quality toilet facility to help alleviate pressures at Gairloch has now opened. The project was brought to fruition by a community partnership driven by Gairloch Area Development Ltd, supported by The Highland Council and Visit Scotland.

25/3/2024 :: Community
Fan Of Black Liquorice? Beware Of Its Dark Side − It Can Be Dangerous For Your Health

Black liquorice may look and taste like an innocent treat, but this candy has a dark side. On 23 September 2020, doctors reported that black liquorice was the culprit in the death of a 54-year-old man in Massachusetts.

24/3/2024 :: Coming Events
Mon, 22 Apr 11:00am - Otago Exercise Class

Monday commencing 22 April See poster..

20/3/2024 :: Community
Support For Family Mental Health - Funding for perinatal and infant services

Charities providing support to pregnant women, new mums and their families are to share £1.5 million expand and enhance their mental health and wellbeing services. It has been estimated that up to 20% of mums and up to 10% of dads are affected by poor mental health in the perinatal period.

18/3/2024 :: Sutherland
Funding To Help Dornoch Museum Extension To Be More Green

A community project to extend a museum in Dornoch has been able to enhance its environmental credentials after securing a £30,157 investment from HIE. The £560,000 project to extend the Historylinks Museum is being taken forward by Dornoch Heritage SCIO, the community group that operates the attraction.

17/3/2024 :: Community
The Flight Path to Conservation: St John's Pool's Journey from Field to Bird Reserve

Paul Castle reflects on a remarkable journey and the difference conservation volunteering makes. St John's Pool Bird Reserve began life in 1988 as a damp patch in the corner of a field at the side of St.

16/3/2024 :: Coming Events
Sat, 27 Jul 9:00pm - Silver Stirling On Gala Night At Harpers, Wick

Come along to Harpers Bar on Gala night 27th July, for a fantastic night of music and entertainment with Stirling Silver..

16/3/2024 :: Coming Events
Sat, 3 Aug 9:00pm - The Robbie Pie Band

Come along to Harpers on bonfire night 3rd August, to hear the fantastic Robbie Pie Band. Not to be missed!.