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28/2/2015
Caithness International Science Festival 2015Thumbnail for article : Caithness International Science Festival 2015
As well as the schools programme, this year there will be activities for the general public throughout the week, including: Public Launch Event: Pulteneytown Primary Academy School, Tuesday 17th March at 6.30pm Festival Patron Lord-Lieutenant for Caithness Anne Dunnett, along with Festival Chairman Professor Iain Baikie, will launch this year's Festival and present prizes to the winners of this year's Schools Design Competition which were kindly donated by Kongsberg Maritime Ltd.   There will be performances by various presenters, along with "taster" workshops that were on offer to the school children throughout the festival week.  
27/2/2015
More Council Money For Advice Services
HIGHLAND Council Resources Committee has approved the allocation of £153,645 from the Council's £1 million Welfare Fund to provide advice services.   Two proposals have been approved.  
27/2/2015
Brown Bin Collection Re-Starts in MarchThumbnail for article : Brown Bin Collection Re-Starts in March
As garden waste bin collections resume on 2 March residents are being urged to check their brown bins carefully for any contamination before they put them out for their first collection.   Householders are reminded that plastic bags or any other plastic, glass, soil, stones and rubble must not be included and any contaminated bins will be rejected.  
26/2/2015
PASS IT ON WEEK - 7TH TO 15TH MARCHThumbnail for article : PASS IT ON WEEK - 7TH TO 15TH MARCH
Pass it on Week is all about re-use.   It's a week dedicated to encouraging people to get involved in re-use activity of all shapes and sizes.  
24/2/2015
Would you like to support adult learners in your community?Thumbnail for article : Would you like to support adult learners in your community?
The PDA in Supporting Adult Literacies Learning at SCQF level 6 is intended for individuals who wish to assist with tutoring adults in numeracy and literacy.   This qualification is available through our Adult Learning Team.  
24/2/2015
What's On at Caithness Horizons: March 2015
Cafe Exhibitions Kimirea and John Glen Exhibition Monday 2nd March-Tuesday 31st March A display of work by local artists Kim Reade and John Glen will be on display throughout March.   Gallery Exhibitions Committed to Art Wednesday 4th March-Saturday 28th March "Committed to Art" showcases a selection of paintings and sculptures from committee members of the Society of Caithness Artists with the objective of proving that the committee has true empathy with all artists and particularly to those in the Caithness area.  
23/2/2015
Garden waste collections resume 2nd March but please check your bin!Thumbnail for article : Garden waste collections resume 2nd March but please check your bin!
As garden waste bin collections resume on 2 March residents are being urged to check their brown bins carefully for any contamination before they put them out for their first collection.   Householders are reminded that plastic bags or any other plastic, glass, soil, stones and rubble must not be included and any contaminated bins will be rejected.  
22/2/2015
Caithness Photographer Wins Top Media AwardThumbnail for article : Caithness Photographer Wins Top Media Award
Maciej Winiarczyk who lives in Caithness has won a top media award for his photography.   Maciej said "SWNS Press Photo of The Year 2014 Award for my picture of the Aurora, Milky Way and Volcanic Glow taken on Iceland last October and I've received my trophy few days ago." Maciej added,"Thanks to everybody for supporting me with special thanks to Adam Harnett picture editor at SWNS for seeing potential in my pictures.  
22/2/2015
Tips For Better School Environment And Academic Results
‘I can't concentrate, everything distracts me, my mind wanders and I struggle to find the motivation to keep studying.  Sleeping and stress pills, narcolepsy drugs, anti depressants, caffeine are my best friends before revising for the final exams.’ Common words you can hear from school pupils suffering from lack of concentration, who need a quick solution to their pre exam jitters.  
21/2/2015
Three chairs for Thurso medical practiceThumbnail for article : Three chairs for Thurso medical practice
Dr Anna Seborova tests one of three, padded, phlebotomy chairs presented to Thurso and Halkirk medical practice, by Caithness Heart Support Group.   In addition, a mobile drip stand and an emergency first aid/responder bag were handed over.  
20/2/2015
Scottish Water urges customers in the Highlands to help keep the water cycle runningThumbnail for article : Scottish Water urges customers in the Highlands to help keep the water cycle running
It's been almost a year and a half since Scottish Water launched its national campaign to urge customers to ‘help keep the water cycle running’ and put an end to the high number of blockages caused by people putting the wrong things down their sinks and toilets.   The Scottish Highlands are renowned for their scenic beauty and yet some of the region’s towns and villages have revealed themselves to be harbouring something not so beautiful below their streets and houses.  
20/2/2015
Check If You Qualify For Early Learning and Childcare Entitlement
It has come to our attention that take-up of places in the Wick area for childcare places has been lower than expected.  In case anyone has not yet been made aware of the new entitlement we are publishing again the Scottish Government release on this matter.  
19/2/2015
Can You Help A Student With Her Research? - Complete Her Survey Online
Dear sir or madam My name is Morag Redwood; I live in Easter Ross and am conducting a research study in Wick and surrounding area as part of my doctoral studies with Glasgow Caledonian University.   My study explores if and how living in a rural area affects the way people take part in the shaping of their communities.  
19/2/2015
Anyone For Tennis Say Thrumster KidsThumbnail for article : Anyone For Tennis Say Thrumster Kids
Thrumster school is sure to be hitting aces with all new tennis equipment and nets.   Children from Thrumster Primary are celebrating a successful application to the Bilbster wind farm fund for tennis equipment.  
19/2/2015
HomeStart Caithness Manager In Running for Guardian Award - Vote For HerThumbnail for article : HomeStart Caithness Manager In Running for Guardian Award - Vote For Her
The Business Services Co-ordinator of HomeStart Caithness, Rosemary Smith, has been one of 5 people shortlisted (out of 155 nominations) for a place in the prestigious charity "Trailblazer of the Year Award" run by Guardian newspaper.   Rosemary has been involved with Home-Start Caithness since 2010 and initially became involved as a home-visiting volunteer.  
19/2/2015
Personal Empowerment Students Donate To Yorkhill CharityThumbnail for article : Personal Empowerment Students Donate To Yorkhill Charity
Personal Empowerment Programme (PEP) students with their cheque to Yorkhill Charity The students raised £214.94 over the Christmas period through activity books and Christmas decorations.   The PEP course aims to help students develop skills which can help them progress onto a vocational course at College or into employment.  
18/2/2015
Wind Farm Fund has Positive Impact on Local CommunityThumbnail for article : Wind Farm Fund has Positive Impact on Local Community
The Tannach and District Community Fund is making a lasting impact in the area it serves.   In its first year of operation the fund awarded over £25K to eight local projects.  
18/2/2015
Aged 15 - 30? Complete A Survey and You Might Win Tickets To Belladrum
A new online survey has been launched to explore the changing aspirations of young people and their attitudes to the Highlands and Islands.   The researchers aim to find out what people aged 15-30 think about education, jobs, quality of life and cost of living in the region.  
18/2/2015
North Highland College UHI recognised for supporting care leaversThumbnail for article : North Highland College UHI recognised for supporting care leavers
The North Highland College UHI is delighted to announce that they have been awarded with the Buttle UK Quality Mark.   The award will allow the College to further enhance its support to young people with a care background.  
18/2/2015
Re-use Is Best - Pass It On Thumbnail for article : Re-use Is Best - Pass It On
Re-use Is Best! Pass It On! - That is the message for ‘Pass It On Week' that this year takes place from 7th to 15th March.  ‘Pass It On Week' is a national event to promote greater reuse, whether that be through, swapping, sharing, up-cycling, or buying second hand.