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21/8/2014
Households Waste £227 Million a Year Leaving Appliances on Standby
- Seven in ten (76%) households leave electrical items on standby, with over a third (38%) admitting they do all the time.   - Homes across the country are losing out on £227 million a year by not switching appliances off at the mains.  
20/8/2014
27 Students take advantage of summer work opportunitiesThumbnail for article : 27 Students take advantage of summer work opportunities
27 students were provided with summer work under this year's Students Summer Placement Scheme, which HIE contract Comunn na Gàidhlig to deliver.   The students, who are either fluent Gaelic speakers or learners, are working with businesses and third sector organisations across the Highlands and islands.  
20/8/2014
Play Away Music ClassThumbnail for article : Play Away Music Class
Starts 29th August 2014.  Windsong Studio, Bower.  
20/8/2014
A9 to WickThumbnail for article : A9 to Wick
This neat take off of a well known song highlights Wick by the well known character Mr Boom aka Andy Munro and added here for those of you who have not seen it before or if you have for another smile.   Published on 20 Aug 2012 "Golspie, Brora, the northern aurora, Helmsdale, Berriedale, Dunbeath and Lybster..." Andy Munro (aka Mr Boom, the one-man band from the Moon) points his spaceship northwards in the direction of Wick, on a mission to Orkney - his annual visit to the Orkney International Science Festival.  
19/8/2014
Beat The Burglars - Home Security Tips From SafeChoiceThumbnail for article : Beat The Burglars - Home Security Tips From SafeChoice
As the nights draw in and temperatures drop and we start to prepare for the onset of winter, we need to be mindful that burglars often strike under the cover of darkness.  Window and door manufacturers, SafeChoice, have some useful tips to making your home safe and secure this winter.  
19/8/2014
University of Glasgow Academic's [AT]LegoAcademics Twitter Account Goes ViralThumbnail for article : University of Glasgow Academic's [AT]LegoAcademics Twitter Account Goes Viral
A University of Glasgow researcher has created a viral twitter account about day-to-day life in academia illustrated by Lego figures.   Dr Donna Yates, an archaeologist in the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, stages the [AT]LegoAcademics scenes using Lego's 'Research Institute' set, designed to promote a diverse and empowering view of academia to children.  
19/8/2014
Concessionary Travel Scheme Is Just the TicketThumbnail for article : Concessionary Travel Scheme Is Just the Ticket
Research published today by Transport Scotland shows high levels of satisfaction amongst users of Scotland's concessionary bus travel scheme.   The research found that 98% of cardholders are very or fairly satisfied with the scheme which offers free bus travel across Scotland.  
18/8/2014
Highland pupils go back to school on 19 August
Highland pupils go back to school tomorrow (Tuesday 19 August 2014) following a teachers' in-service today (18 August).   Chairman of The Highland Council's Adult and Children’s Services Committee, Councillor Alasdair Christie said: "There is great change in progress for all those with a stake in Education in the Highlands including our, pupils, parents, staff and our partners in building new schools in the region.  
17/8/2014
Theft from a motor vehicle in Wick
Police in Wick are appealing for witnesses to a theft of hub caps from a gold coloured Citroën car at Riverside car park, Wick, which occurred on 16th August 2014 between 1240 hours and 1410 hours.   Police are interested in any sighting's of suspicious person's and/or vehicles in the area of Riverside car park, Wick on this date.  
16/8/2014
Assault On Wick To Thurso Bus
Police Scotland are carrying out investigations into an incident that took place on the Wick to Thurso bus about midnight on Friday 15th August.   They are asking for any witnesses to this incident to contact them.  
16/8/2014
Bower Gala 2014Thumbnail for article : Bower Gala 2014
Photos from Bower Gala 2014.  See the gallery link above..  
15/8/2014
Probationer teachers welcomed to the Highlands for 2014Thumbnail for article : Probationer teachers welcomed to the Highlands for 2014
One hundred and eleven probationer teachers were welcomed to the Highlands today (15 August 2014) at an induction meeting held at Milton of Leys Primary School, Inverness by Councillor Alasdair Christie, Chairman of The Highland Council's Adult and Children's Services Committee.   Councillor Alasdair Christie, Chairman of the Council's Adult and Children’s Services Committee, said: "Welcoming Probationer Teachers to the Highlands is always a pleasure for me as their enthusiasm and commitment to teaching is inspiring.  
14/8/2014
‘Stub It, Bin It' - Council launches cigarette litter campaignThumbnail for article : ‘Stub It, Bin It' - Council launches cigarette litter campaign
Councillor Graham MacKenzie, Chair of The Highland Council's Community Services Committee (centre) launches the Highland-wide ‘Stub It, Bin It!' campaign in Dingwall this week with Rosanna Zywietz, Waste Management Assistant (Awareness) Officer and Ian Wilson, Education and Enforcement Officer.   ‘Stub It, Bin It!’...or pick up an £80 fine - that is the simple message of The Highland Council’s latest litter campaign aimed at smokers who carelessly dispose of their cigarette waste.  
14/8/2014
Local Family Raising Funds For Anthony Nolan - Can You Help?Thumbnail for article : Local Family Raising Funds For Anthony Nolan - Can You Help?
To Whom It May Concern, ‘Euan's and Arran's Appeal - Making Money for Matches’ for Anthony Nolan Our two small sons, Euan (7) and Arran (4), have been diagnosed with a rare genetic condition called Chronic Granulomatous Disorder.  This condition means that their bone marrow produces faulty white blood cells, leaving them open to bacterial and fungal infections their bodies are unable to fight.  
13/8/2014
Orkney Vintage Club's 31st Annual RallyThumbnail for article : Orkney Vintage Club's 31st Annual Rally
Owners of vintage vehicles converged on Hatson for Orkney Vintage Club's 31st annual rally on Sunday 10th august 2014, and were rewarded with good weather and a fine display of private, commercial and agricultural vehicles..  
8/8/2014
Dunnet Viking VenturesThumbnail for article : Dunnet Viking Ventures
As in days gone by Dunnet Bay in Caithness was once again a venue for Viking activity this summer on Thursday (7 August 2014).   Mini-Vikings invaded Dunnet Beach and undertook activities such as writing in Viking runes, hunting for treasure, milking the cow, spear the deer, tug O' war and the Viking kubb throwing game.  
Who Do YOU Think You Are?Thumbnail for article : Who  Do  YOU  Think  You  Are?
Wasn't the story of Julie Walters' Irish ancestors fascinating? (Who Do You Think You Are? Thursday 7th August at 9pm on BBC2 ) Did it make you wonder about your own family? For help researching your Family Tree, contact the Caithness Family History Society at www.caithnessfhs.org.uk or visit our office in Caithness Horizons, Old Town Hall, Thurso, on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 2 and 4 pm..  
8/8/2014
Rape Crisis Scotland - Survivors Guide to the Scottish Justice SystemThumbnail for article : Rape Crisis Scotland - Survivors Guide to the Scottish Justice System
This video is for anyone who is thinking about reporting a sexual crime or who has already reported and their case is currently in Scottish justice system.  There are interviews with key professionals and an overview of how to report and what you may expect at each stage of the process.  
8/8/2014
Childcare provision and the independence referendum
POSTED ON AUGUST 7 2014 AT 13:00 on the Engender web site http://www.engender.org.uk/news/blog/guest-blog-childcare-provision-and-the-independence-referendum/ By Craig McAngus This guest blog by Craig McAngus was originally posted on the Scottish Centre on Constitutional Change website.  He is currently researching the implications of constitutional change for gender equality.  
8/8/2014
TOP MARKS FOR EXAM RESULTS HELPLINE
97% of callers to Skills Development Scotland's Exam Results Helpline would recommend the service.   This year's Helpline received 1200 calls during the first two days of operation.  

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