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Deadline approaching for Highlands & Islands Food and Drink Awards 2014
Food and drink businesses across the Highlands and Islands and within the Cairngorms National Park area have just days left before the deadline to enter the region’s largest and most prestigious food and drink industry awards.   As the Wednesday, 23 April deadline approaches for entries for this year’s Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards, sponsored by Gordon & MacPhail and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), organisers are calling on the area’s food and drink businesses to make sure they don’t miss the closing date.  
Scottish Labour Pledge On More Power for Local Communities
Today Sarah Boyack MSP Scottish Labour's Shadow Cabinet Member for Local Government met with Highlands Councillors Deirdre Mackay and Jimmy Gray to discuss how Labour would reverse the centralisation seen under the SNP.   Sarah Boyack MSP said "Scottish Labour is committed to more powers for local authorities as part of our ambitions for stronger devolution in Scotland.  
Tour Your Local UHI CampusThumbnail for article : Tour Your Local UHI Campus
The four North Highland College UHI (NHC) campuses are ever expanding and having had over £11 million invested over the last five years, is now opening its doors to offer campus tours for the general public.   The scheduled tours are available to book online via the college website - and will entail a general tour of one of the four campuses based in Thurso, Halkirk, Alness and Dornoch.  
Licenced Premises To Be Checked Out In Coming Weeks
Police to carry out test purchasing operations in Caithness and Sutherland in the coming weeks.   Police Scotland Highland and Islands Division will be carrying out test purchasing operations in the Caithness and Sutherland areas of the Division in the coming weeks.  
Community company brings Helmsdale Station to life for visitors
A derelict railway station in Sutherland has been refurbished to bring it back to life.  It is now available for community use as well as to provide accommodation for visitors.  
Sea Survival Trainng Course - RYA FIRST AID
First course being run in Wick Wednesday 30th April 2014 This is a one day course and it covers all the usual first aid subjects, but from a boating perspective.   It is aimed at anyone who goes afloat, whether on inland waters, rivers or at sea.  
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As part of their eco-school activities pupils at Melvich Primary School in north Sutherland spent their last day of term on Friday 4 April 2014 taking part in a litter pick around their village.   Many hands make light work so in just a short space of time the young litter pickers were able to fill lots of black bags with discarded items that ranged from crisp packets to glass and plastic bottles.  
Cross party support for Young and Novice Drivers and Graduated Driver Licensing
Highland Councillors are united in their support for proposed new legislation aimed at cutting accidents on our roads involving young drivers.   Leaders of all political groupings on the Council back the introduction of a Graduated Driver Licensing system for new drivers in Scotland, which would restrict their permissions in driving unsupervised until they have gained adequate experience.  
Travelling to Turkey? Don’t be caught out by the new visa system says Trading Standards
The Highland Council’s Trading Standards Officers are warning sun-lovers bound for Turkey not to be caught out by a new visa system which requires for a visa to be applied for before travel.   Britons have always been issued with a visa stamp in their passports on arrival for a £10 fee, but this will begin to come to an end from 11 April 2014, meaning visitors will have to apply online for an electronic visa (e-Visa) before travel.  
Helmsdale community celebrates start of social housing project
The village of Helmsdale today (Friday 28 March 2014) celebrates the start of construction on its own social housing project, which will see the first affordable housing to be built in the village for 35 years.   Rob Gibson MSP will perform the opening ceremony for the project, led on behalf of the community by Helmsdale and District Development Trust (HDDT).  
Highland school meals price increase
Pupils, parents and carers are being informed that the price of school meals will increase in Highland primary and secondary schools from Tuesday 22 April 2014 when pupils return from the Easter holidays and the new spring-summer menu starts.   The price of a primary school two course traditional lunch will increase to £1.95 and for secondary schools to £2.15.  
Phase 2 - Kessock Bridge improvements update - weeks 5 and 6 Thumbnail for article : Phase 2 - Kessock Bridge improvements update - weeks 5 and 6
The second phase of the main Kessock Bridge upgrade started on 10 February 2014.  The works represent an investment of £13.2m from Transport Scotland.  
Highland Carbon CLEVER vision and action plan approved
An action plan and vision of what a low carbon Highlands would be like by 2025 was welcomed by members of The Highland Council - Thursday 13 March 2014.  The vision supports an earlier statement of Inverness as a Carbon CLEVER City by 2025 which was recently approved by the Council’s City of Inverness Area Committee on 4 March 2014.  
Council unanimously backs reducing the voting age
The Highland Council has unanimously supported reducing the minimum age for voting in all elections to 16.   The Council is also backing Highland Youth Voice’s “Votes[AT]16” campaign which calls for 16 and 17 year olds to get the vote.  
Council to increase spending on adult care services
Highland Councillors has agreed to dedicate significant additional funding for services to older people and the vulnerable.   The Council has agreed an extra £13.5 million over the next three financial years for NHS Highland to deliver adult care services on its behalf.  
Council agrees plans to review customer services
The Highland Council has agreed plans to implement a review of Customer Services.   The Council has agreed to spend £68,500 from the Strategic Change and Development Fund to enhance the Council’s web site so that the public can conduct more transactions online and the Service Centre, which handles phone queries from customers.  
Council and partners help students find their future in IT Thumbnail for article : Council and partners help students find their future in IT
Around 40 young people from Highland secondary schools attended a careers event in Inverness College UHI today (Thursday 13 March 2014) to learn more about career opportunities in the IT (Information Technology) sector.   The event “Your Future in IT?” is a partnership between The Highland Council, e-skills Scotland, and the business community, supported by the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).  
Council team take top prize helping people find jobs
team from The Highland Council’s Planning and Development service has come out tops after winning the Strong and Sustainable Communities category in the 2014 COSLA Excellence Awards.   The Create and Employ project, a partnership with the council, Highland Opportunity and Business Gateway, was put forward after winning the Working Together for the Economy category in The Highland Council’s Quality Awards.  
Council consult on first Green transport strategy
The public is being urged to comment on The Highland Council’s first green transport strategy.  The deadline for responses is 30 April.  
[Golf Clubs]4/3/2014
It is the opportunity to forge a career somewhere unique.   Skills Development Scotland, the national skills body supporting the people and businesses of Scotland, is holding an exciting careers event in Duthac Centre, Tain.  

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