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TV Scientist Tackles TicksThumbnail for article : TV Scientist Tackles Ticks
As the weather gets warmer, ticks become more active and are more likely to bite you and your pets? Being out in the countryside or even town parks and gardens where wildlife is present may put you and your pets at risk from tick bites? Around 3,000 people in the UK contract Lyme disease (Borreliosis) from a tick bite each year? Recent research suggests that the prevalence of Lyme disease bacteria in the UK tick population is considerably higher than previously thought? ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Internationally renowned entomologist and Channel 4 ‘Embarrassing Bodies’ science presenter, Dr.  James Logan, is leading the campaign to tackle tick-borne disease in the UK.  
Caithness At War 4 - 10 March 1940 - Highland ArchiveThumbnail for article : Caithness At War 4 - 10 March 1940 - Highland Archive
On Tuesday 5 March, facing defeat and with Soviet armies attacking the city of Viipuri and threatening Helsinki, the Finns finally entered into negotiations with Russia about ending the Winter War and Britain and France abandoned plans to send troops to their aid.  Meanwhile, with spring just around the corner, it was evident that the “Phoney War” would soon come to an end.  
Two north road safety teams receive massive boost from boy bandThumbnail for article : Two north road safety teams receive massive boost from boy band
'Don't You Forget About Me' (DYFAM), a Support Group for victims of road collisions established by June Ross after losing her 22 year old son Ian, a passenger in a car involved in such a collision, and 'Sensible Driving - Always Arriving,' a road safety campaign group run by the North Of Scotland Driver Awareness Team (NOSDAT).   This was set up by Highlands MSP David Stewart after the death of two local teenagers in a road collision in Inverness, have both received a huge boost from the boy band 'Scouting for Girls'.  
LiDAR Survey Shows Archeaology At Hill Of Shebster AreaThumbnail for article : LiDAR Survey Shows Archeaology At Hill Of Shebster Area
Explore the landscape with this great tool that allows you to move around the map.   The development of a windfarm at Baillie Hill was granted planning permission subject to a number of conditions.  
100 Years Of The Thurso Pipe Band 1913 - 2013Thumbnail for article : 100 Years Of The Thurso Pipe Band 1913 - 2013
Formed in 1913 by the late Alex Mackay of the St Clair Hotel, Thurso the band has proved a major asset to the town down through the years.  The weekly parades and displays in the summer months holds out a strong magnetic appeal to locals and tourists alike.  
East Caithness SWRI Bulb Show 2013Thumbnail for article : East Caithness SWRI Bulb Show 2013
Another fine display of bulbs was on show at the Assembly Rooms, Wick, Caithness on Saturday 2nd March 2013.   Lord Lieutenant Anne Dunnet opened the show and presented the prizes.  
Highlands and Islands vote of confidence in policing and criminal justice services
The results of the 2012 Northern Constabulary community consultation survey aimed at gauging the public’s perception of multi agency services in the area, reveals an overwhelming affirmation of public satisfaction in police and criminal justice partners in the Highlands and Islands.   89% of respondents reported that they are satisfied and very satisfied with the service provided by Northern Constabulary and 97% of respondents stated that they feel safe within the areas they live.  
Drivers unaware of foreign drink-drive limits as French law shelved
"Breathalyser in your car" rule thrown into disarray The French government's decision to postpone indefinitely plans to fine drivers for failing to carry a breathalyser kit in their car highlights the lack of knowledge British visitors have of drink-drive limits when on the continent, says a company specialising in French holidays.   France's Minister of Interior has announced fines for motorists who do not carry a kit in their vehicle - previously due to come into force on 1 March - have been shelved.  
Highland Seashore Project launchedThumbnail for article : Highland Seashore Project launched
A new Seashore Wildlife Project was launched on Saturday (23 February 2013) at the Highland Biodiversity Groups Networking Meeting in the Netley Centre, Inverness.   Highland Biodiversity Partnership Chairman, Councillor George Farlow, said: “We have a fantastic, long and varied coastline in Highland.  
Chill out on Wacky Woolly Wednesday
School pupils, Council staff and Councillors are being invited to look out their most outrageous woolly jumper and take part in Wacky Woolly Wednesday.   The jumpers are needed on Wednesday 6 March in schools and offices where the temperature is turned down by 1 degree to reduce the Council’s carbon footprint.  
The Highland Migrant Worker Project
Highland Migrant Worker Project is pleased to invite you to a networking event Mercure Hotel, Church Street, Inverness.   Monday 4th March 2013, 9.40 am (for 10 am) - 3.15 pm.  
Council competition encourages Caithnessians to recycle more glass
There’s still just enough time for householders to enter the Highland Council’s free competition to win a £20 voucher for The Thurso Cinema! There are five vouchers to be won, as part of a drive by the Highland Council’s Waste Aware Team to encourage glass bottle and jar recycling in Caithness.   To enter, participants can email a photograph of themselves recycling their glass bottles and jars at any Caithness Recycling Point, before the closing date of 1 March 2013.  
Cash for cans and bottlesThumbnail for article : Cash for cans and bottles
Innovative ‘Recycle and Reward’ schemes, offering people money back for recycling empty bottles and cans will be piloted in Scotland.   IKEA, Dundee University, Network Rail and Whitmuir Organics are amongst the nine companies and organisations trialling the projects, which will reward people for recycling glass, aluminium and plastic (PET) drinks containers through a range of incentives such as money back, discount vouchers or vouchers for donations to charities.  
Wirkin Wi WirdsThumbnail for article : Wirkin Wi Wirds
Gallus grammar advice has been created for Scots speakers’ through additional Scottish Government funding for the language.   Minister for Scotland’s Languages Alasdair Allan welcomed the publication of Modren Scots Grammar: Wirkin wi Wirds to mark the tenth anniversary of the Scottish Language Dictionaries (SLD).  
Boost for GaelicThumbnail for article : Boost for Gaelic
Children learning Gaelic are set to benefit from new projects to help their studies.   Speaking at a summit on Gaelic Medium Education in Edinburgh today, Minister for Scotland’s Languages Alasdair Allan said six Gaelic education projects will share £90,000.  
People urged to explore nature in 2013Thumbnail for article : People urged to explore nature in 2013
People living in or visiting Scotland are being urged to make 2013 their year to explore nature and landscapes.  As part of the Year of Natural Scotland celebrations, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has outlined plans for a series of initiatives to promote nature and landscape.  
Communities and Families Fund Now Open
The Big Lottery Fund has recently launched a new programme in conjunction with the Scottish Government - the Communities and Families fund.  This joint fund offers small grants (of between £250 and £10,000) to support projects working with young children (pre-birth to 8 years) and their parents.  
Council invites Highland people to find out why Play Matters
For people where play is an important part of their work or local community, a seminar has been organised on Monday 4 March in Inverness.   Around 60 teachers and practitioners have already signed up for the seminar which will take place in Highland Council’s headquarters at Glenurquhart Road.  
Police advise the public of possible phone scams operating in the Highlands
Northern Constabulary are advising members of the public to be aware of possible telephone scams that may be operating in the Highlands after recent reports from members of the public and local businesses.   Police in the Ross and Cromarty area were alerted to a phone scam on Tuesday 5 February 2013 after an unknown caller managed to obtain bank details from an elderly man.  
Women's Aid Refuge in Wick closing but services continues
From 30th April 2013 we will no longer be providing temporary accommodation (refuge) in the Caithness and Sutherland area.  At this time we will be moving to an outreach only service with office bases in the Thurso, Wick and Golspie areas.