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19/4/2013
Bowel screening saves 750 lives
Around 750 lives have been saved in Scotland since the introduction of the national bowel screening programme in 2007.   The figures have been revealed to coincide with Nudge Day, a national day of action to encourage Scots to ‘nudge’ older family members to get tested for bowel cancer.  
19/4/2013
Open Day At North Highland College UHIThumbnail for article : Open Day At North Highland College UHI
The Open Day at North Highland College is agreat way to find out about all the courses on offer.   Go along and meet staff and students and find out.  
18/4/2013
Wick High School Belize Trip - Pudding Night and Silent AuctionThumbnail for article : Wick High School Belize Trip - Pudding Night and Silent Auction
This summer ten Wick High School pupils from fifth and sixth year will be flying to Belize for a four week adventure.   SILENT AUCTION AND PUDDING NIGHT - FRIDAY 26TH APRIL 7.00PM Teacher Chris Aitken, who will be accompanying the pupils said “This is an amazing opportunity for the young people involved to expand their horizons and make them really think about life and career choices.  
18/4/2013
Children And Young People Bill Started In Scottish Parliament
The Children and Young People Bill was introduced to Parliament on 18 April.  The Bill and accompanying documents have been published on the Scottish Parliament website: The Bill will further the Scottish Government’s ambition for Scotland to be the best place to grow up in by putting children and young people at the heart of planning and services and ensuring their rights are respected across the public sector.  
18/4/2013
High visibility police campaign welcomed by communities
LOCAL Police throughout the Highlands and Islands took part in a national Campaign Against Violence on Friday 12 April.   As part of the Police Scotland's Violence Reduction Strategy, additional and dedicated patrols, utilising all available officers, are scheduled throughout the year to focus on tackling all types of violence and anti-social behaviour.  
17/4/2013
Glass Recycling Photo Competition WinnersThumbnail for article : Glass Recycling Photo Competition Winners
Five lucky winners who recycled their glass at their local Recycling Point, have received a £20 voucher for the Thurso Cinema.   The Highland Council’s Waste Awareness Team ran the recent competition, which invited householders to email the Council a photograph of themselves recycling their glass, to be in with a chance of winning.  
17/4/2013
Community projects help north Scotland locals learn more about nature and landscapesThumbnail for article : Community projects help north Scotland locals learn more about nature and landscapes
Two community-based projects which have raised awareness and helped people get involved in nature and landscapes in Caithness and Sutherland have been praised.   In December 2009, two grants from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) were matched with money from The Highland Leader Programme to provide £80,000 for biodiversity projects in Caithness and Sutherland.  
17/4/2013
Pine Marten Showing Signs Of Recovery Caithness to Central BeltThumbnail for article : Pine Marten Showing Signs Of Recovery Caithness to Central Belt
One of Scotland's rarest carnivores is showing encouraging signs of recovery, a new report has highlighted.   From Argyll to Aberdeenshire, and Caithness to the central belt, the pine marten is proving that rare mammals can recover their numbers, given the right conditions.  
17/4/2013
Reay Golf Club Gets Digital Makeover Thumbnail for article : Reay Golf Club Gets Digital Makeover
Local project Get IT Together has been working with Reay Golf Club to help them become part of the digital world.  The Get IT Together project aims to support local groups and individuals get online and become digitally included.  
17/4/2013
Funding Opportunity - Communities and Families Fund
Up to £10,000 available for groups working in your community...   If you need funding to help give families and children the best start in life then it’s easier than you think! What is it? The Communities and Families Fund is a grants programme funded jointly by the Scottish Government and the Big Lottery Fund in Scotland.  
17/4/2013
New website promotes natural and historic attractions
A new website which aims to encourage more people to explore Scotland's stunning historic and natural attractions was launched recently by Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse.   Called Scotland's Protected Places, it was unveiled as part of the Year of Natural Scotland celebrations.  
16/4/2013
New Photos Of Girnigoe Castle From Slightly AboveThumbnail for article : New Photos Of Girnigoe Castle From Slightly Above
We have just added some new photos taken from slightly above Sinclair Girnigoe Castle.   In 1643 George died, as he was predeceased by his son, Lord Berriedale and grandson, the Master of Berriedale, his title and debts passed to his great grandson also George 6th Earl of Caithness.  
16/4/2013
Play Talk and Read Bus Coming To CaithnessThumbnail for article : Play Talk and Read Bus Coming To Caithness
Play talk and read bus is coming to four venues in Caithness.   So why not take the little ones along and enjoy whats on offer.  
16/4/2013
Meet the Charity Regulator – Wick
Wednesday 1st May, 10.00am-12.15pm, Pulteney Centre Where you’ll have the opportunity to hear about the latest developments in charity regulation, and in areas such as equality and fundraising.   OSCR staff and Board Members will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the issues that are important to your charity.  
16/4/2013
Record participation in higher education
Participation in higher education among young Scots has reached a record high according to figures released today by the Scottish Funding Council.   The report, which measures participation of initial entrants to higher education, also shows that Scottish participation remains higher than in England, and the participation of 16 to 19 year olds is also at a record high.  
15/4/2013
Chris Evans says 5-4-3-2-1 to FAB1 Million with Land’s End to John O’Groats ChallengeThumbnail for article : Chris Evans says 5-4-3-2-1 to FAB1 Million with Land’s End to John O’Groats Challenge
Broadcaster and confirmed car nut Chris Evans today unveils plans for FAB1 Million, a year-long fundraising campaign with the aim of raising one million pounds for Breast Cancer Care using a bespoke pink Rolls-Royce Ghost a la Thunderbirds.   Host of The Radio 2 breakfast show and The One Show, Evans presses main engine start Thursday 18 April by leading a star-studded point-to-point drive from Land’s End to John O’Groats as FAB1 takes to the road for the first time.  
15/4/2013
An update on the npower renewables’ Caithness Conversation
Foundation Scotland conducted the “Caithness Conversation” on behalf of RWE npower renewables during Feb - April.  The consultation period has now closed.  
14/4/2013
Police in Highland and Islands Division take part in national roads week of actionThumbnail for article : Police in Highland and Islands Division take part in national roads week of action
Police Scotland Highland and Islands Division take part in week of action on the roads in the area as part of a national enforcement campaign to deter and detect speeding and inappropriate drivers.   The campaign, which started today at 07:00 hours, is the first under Police Scotland as part of the commitment to making Scotland's road safer.  
14/4/2013
Grow your own - Scottish Government ConsultationThumbnail for article : Grow your own - Scottish Government Consultation
Plans to simplify and overhaul Scotland’s allotment rules were announced today.   Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has launched a consultation to consider the shape of future allotment legislation.  
14/4/2013
Helping People With Brain Injuries In Caithness
Headway Highland has a branch in Caithness that aims to help local people who have suffered a brain injury.   Headway Highland in Caithness March 2011 saw the opening of a local support group in the Caithness area as part of Headway Highland.