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Meygen Returns To Caithness To Update Locals On Progress
MeyGen Ltd's Chief Executive Officer Mr Dan Pearson to speak in public about progress with its Marine Power Station on 22nd October 2014. Mr Dan Pearson, the Chief Executive Officer of MeyGen Ltd, is to address folk in North East Caithness from the platform at Mey Village Hall, in NE Caithness, on the evening of Wednesday October 22nd at 7:30 pm. The 'open to the public' meeting is being hosted by the Dunnet & Canisbay Community Council and Mr Pearson may be accompanied by other executives of the MeyGen team when outlining its plans for turbines to be immersed on the seabed of the Pentland Firth's Inner Sound and the related on-shore infrastructure.

Mojo Maritime and James Fisher Marine Services Ready For Meygen's Inner Sound Tidal Project
Meygen Tidal Project map
Mojo Maritime has signed a contract with James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS) which will see them provide significant marine operational and engineering expertise to the construction phase of the MeyGen Inner Sound tidal project. Over the next two years, Mojo will work closely with JFMS carrying out the detailed design, planning and execution of the subsea cable, foundation and turbine installation. Richard Parkinson, Mojo's Managing Director, said;"The MeyGen Inner Sound project represents a step change in the tidal energy industry and Mojo is delighted to be continuing its involvement. We are particularly pleased to be working with James Fisher Marine Services with whom we have an excellent relationship. Together, we are looking forward to delivering the world's largest commercial tidal array."

Stay Safe On The Roads This Winter

Driving in Bad Weather
Police Scotland advises motorists to be prepared for bad road conditions. Prepare for the winter by keeping your vehicle well maintained before you take to the road. Reduced daylight hours and the possibility of inclement weather place additional demands on all road users. Tips and advice on staying safe this winter Take special care that brakes, tyres, lights, batteries, windscreens and wiper blades are in good condition and well maintained. In addition, washer bottles need to contain an additive to stop the water from freezing.

Calling all further education students... win an iPad!
Student Safety Guide - Win an ipad - open to Further Education Students
As part of a student safety campaign, Police Scotland organised a short questionnaire for further education students, so, if that's you - we'd like your help. Student life is all about learning, having good fun and building new relationships - but it's also important to stay safe. Therefore, our short questionnaire aims to find out about your student experience, personal safety and any concerns you might have.


Bumper Cheque for Caithness Heart Support Group
Cheque from cyclists for Caithness Heart Support group.
BIG CHEQUE and a sizeable amount to match...that's the sum total of a charity cycling challenge undertaken by Wick riders Arthur Robertson (left) and Willie Macdonald, recently. The enterprising pair clocked up some 78 miles circling the county in demanding weather conditions, to raise a impressive 2,500 for Caithness Heart Support Group. Their route took builder Arthur and Willie, a typesetter, south to Latheron accross the Causewaymire to Thurso, on to John O' Groats and south, back to the starting line at Wick.

Police increasingly anxious to trace missing person Mark Burgess
Missing - Mark Burgess - October 2014Mark Burgess, 58, is thought to have travelled to Scotland in a grey coloured Toyota Yaris with the vehicle registration YC13 ZJV and is known to have been in the Inverness area on Friday 17th October 2014, and in Caithness over the weekend, with a trip to John O'Groats thought to have been planned.




More Vehicles Added To Transport in Caithness
Work at New Council offices in WickCables to Subsea7Stagecoach at Keiss


Harvest
Harvesting Near Wick


Check Out Whats Happening At Halloween in Caithness
Gills Ferry - Fastest Way To Cross the Pentland Firth
Gills Ferry Terminal, Caithness, Scotland
The modern ferry that has been based at gills, Harbour in Caithness for the past couple of years whisks passengers and cars quickly across to Orkney and back each day.  The conveneince and competetive fares has meant the ferry gets busier each year.  Caithness and Orkney are lucky to have two main ferry connections from Gillls and Scrabster.




Attempted Robbery THURSO
Pentland Firth Feature  in "Total World Energy" Magazine
Total World Energy
Meygen is part of Atlantis Resources based in singapore and is featured in the months issue of Total World Energy magazine.  The huge potential for energy is once again to the fore as developments move ever closer.  Click to October on the front page of their web site and read like any magazine.




Youngest Newt surveyor presents his work at Edinburgh Herpetological Symposium
Newt Survey
Young Highlander Callum Ullman-Smith, a pupil Auchtertyre Primary School, is only 12 years old and has been surveying for Palmate Newts (Lissotriton helveticus), Slow Worms and other amphibians and reptiles since he was seven years old. Recently Callum's time has been taken up with surveying a set of nine rock pools on the shore near Reraig, on Loch Alsh near the Isle of Skye, every month he can, for the past three years. In this unlikely environment Callum has found a breeding population of Palmate Newts. He has been recording the total number of adults and their young (called efts) at each visit he makes. It is an unusual find because; as everyone knows you find amphibians, like newts, in freshwater.

Police appeal for information following damage to a car in Wick
Eye In The Sky Shows Latest At New Noss Primary School Development
New Noss School, Wick from the airNoss School Catchment area from the air
A few photos looking directly down on the new Noss Primary school in Wick and some photos showing parts of the catchment area of the new school.  Remember you can right click on the photos and open in a new tab or window to get a much bigger photo




Police appeal for information following reported theft of motorcycle - Wick

Serco NorthLink Ferries Welcomes 2015 Bookings
HamnavoeSerco NorthLink Ferries is accepting bookings for travel to and from the Northern Isles for next year. Stuart Garrett, Managing Director at Serco NorthLink Ferries, said: "As ever, the year ahead is set to include a number of exciting events for both Orkney and Shetland, from live traditional music festivals to midsummer celebrations. "To cater for the ever popular folk and blues festivals we will be offering an additional six sailings on the MV Hamnavoe Scrabster to Stromness service.


Police appeal for information following damage to a Bank ATM in Thurso

Huntly - Turriff United Game - highlights for the footie fans

Huntly entertained Turriff United at Christie Park. New goal-keeper, Kevin Main and goal-keeping coach Graeme Roy made their first appearances for Turriff United while Huntly remained with several of their key defenders. Going on previous results this could have been anyone's game and both sides hit the wood-work early on. Turriff played a good passing game whilst Huntly remained determined and forceful in defence. Alexander Thoirs and Gary McGowan felt the full force of each other's tackles and this individual battle continued into the second half. The opening goal came via an "up-and-over" ball from Andy MacAskill with Gary Harris running through the defence and forcing the ball past the on-coming Fraser Hobday. The second half saw some superb goal-keeping from Fraser Hobday, again from Gary Harris and also Nicholas Gray. Kevin Main had a stable performance in goal and when called on, kept the score at 0-1. Interviews by Grant MacPherson-Turner with Huntly Manager, Gregg Carrol, Turriff Utd Manager Ross Jack and players Gary Harris (Turriff Utd) and Captain Mark Lawson (Huntly)
Head In The Clouds - Fun for Kids 0 - 4 Years Old and Their Families
Tuesday 14th October 4.00pm - Mill Theatre, Thurso

Police Scotland welcomes nineteen new recruits to Highland and Islands Division
As of Friday 10 October 2014, nineteen new Police Scotland recruits will be completing their final week of training at the Highland and Islands Division Police Headquarters in Inverness. The recruits have spent 12 weeks at the Scottish Police College in Tulliallan, undertaking intense training in variety of areas including learning general policing duties, legislation, traffic management and undertaking physical fitness assessment.

Lidl, Wick Reopened by John Thurso MP
Lidl, Wick Reopened by John Thurso MPLidl, Wick Reopened by John Thurso MPLidl Wick 9 October 2014Lidl Wick reopened 9 October 2014

Lidl, Wick was reopened today by John Thurso MP.  The revamped store has a much larger interior both wider and longer.  A new bigger in store bakery has more room for staff to deal with the growing demand for their products.  The layout is basically the same as all Lidl stores and to the previous set up but with more lines making it easy to find things.   Photo Gallery From the Start of Remodelling
A Tour Of East Caithness Brochs
Nybster broch aerial
A tour of the brochs, Iron Age round houses of the East Coast of Caithness. Bobby's bus will take us to Nybster, Thrumster, Yarrows and Dunbeath. Return to Aukengill around 4.00pm.





Radioactive Concrete Cargo Incident Near Wick
Council renews call for permanent reinstatement of ETVs. . Leader of The Highland Council, Councillor Drew Hendry has renewed The Highland Council's call to permanently retain and reinstate previous levels of emergency towing vehicles (ETVs) covering the Minch and Northern Isles. This call comes in light of the current incident involving the MV Parida which was transporting a cargo of radioactive concrete waste from Scrabster to Antwerp when a fire on board caused a loss of power and left the vessel drifting 20 miles off Wick. The fire was extinguished, however due to the direction of the drifting vessel; the Beatrice oil platform was evacuated and shut down as a precaution. The MV Parida was subsequently towed to the narrows of the Cromarty Firth.

Personal Licence holders still to notify Board of training
It is essential that anyone who has completed their refresher training must notify The Highland Licensing Board by 30 November 2014 to retain their Personal Licence. Failure to do so will result in their licence being revoked.

Murkle View, Thurso
Murkle View, Thurso, Caithness
Another new street built in recent years is Murkle View that runs parallel to Orkney view that we showed yesterday. These new houses are just as you come into Thurso from Castletown






Quick Read of 'e Courier Headlines

Dounreay PFR sodium fire
Sodium fire at Dounreay
At around 01:30hrs on Wednesday 7th october 2014 there was a small fire in the PFR sodium tank farm. The Dounreay Fire Brigade was called immediately and the area was made safe. The fire was quickly extinguished and the area confirmed to be safe within 30 minutes.




Council Cleans Up At Wick Harbour
Clean up at Wick Harbour near Camps
A number of roads and schools have been affected throughout the eastern part of the Highlands today (Wednesday, 08 October 2014).  The photo shows the clean up going on at the Camps area of Wick after the harbour saw the force of the storm cause the usual mess.




Buying cigarettes for children could cost you a packet
Don't buy cigarettes for childrenA poster campaign to highlight the risks of buying cigarettes for children has been launched by the Trading Standards services in Highland and Argyll and Bute Councils, in partnership with NHS Highland. The campaign will increase awareness that it is unlawful for adults aged 18 or over, to knowingly buy or attempt to buy cigarettes, tobacco or cigarette papers for a person who is under the age of 18, this is known as a "proxy purchase". The public are being reminded that it is the person buying or attempting to buy tobacco products, not the shopkeeper, who is guilty. They can face a fixed penalty notice of 200 and failure to pay may result in action in the criminal court.

Broch Tour - 11th October
A tour of the brochs, Iron Age round houses of the East Coast of Caithness. Bobby's bus will take us to Nybster, Thrumster, Yarrows and Dunbeath. Return to Aukengill around 4.00pm.

Stormy Caithness
South Pier at Wick gets covered in Waves
Heavy seas battering the south pier at Wick harbour almost obliterating the lighthouse, at times.






Looking At A New Street In Thurso - Orkney View
Orkney View, Thurso, CaithnessThurso is gradually spreading out in various directions and hereis one of the newer streets we have not previously looked at.  The street has mix of house sizes with some good views  - hence the name.  The street still has new homes being constructed and has space for more as the builder gets orders.



NHC Students win national apprentice awards
Apprentice Awards - North Highland CollegeTwo local apprentices and students of the North Highland College UHI have won awards at the National Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust (SECTT) competition. Graeme Robert Gray (22) and Murray Mackintosh (20) broke records earlier this year when they won both the first and second stage categories for the North of Scotland - the first time in the history of the competition that a single college has won both awards.


Highland Council urges communities not to miss out on Vodafone 3G mobile access
The Highland Council is highlighting a mobile phone access programme to communities in the region who currently have no 3G mobile reception. Vodafone UK has teamed up with the National Association of Local Councils and Countryside Alliance to encourage more communities to apply to its Rural Open Sure Signal programme. The programme is a community led initiative, which is giving 100 rural communities, in poor mobile coverage locations across the UK, the opportunity to receive 3G mobile access for the first time.

Contract For Thurso Library Awarded
Thurso library contract awardedHigh Life Highland (HLH) has announced that that the contract to refurbish Thurso Library has been awarded to local company O'Brien Construction Ltd. The work is set to commence on the 27th October 2014 with completion expected end of June 2015 and the library should re-open to the public early July 2015........The library will also offer a new bookable community room and a full programme of events and activities will be arranged in liaison with the local community. A team of volunteers from the local high school has already been identified to assist with the design of the teenage area and the selection of resources for young people in the area.

Council clears up and calls on landowners to check wind damaged trees
Following recent high winds last night and this morning (5 - 6 October 2014) The Highland Council is encouraging landowners to check trees and vegetation near to public roads which may have been damaged.

Head teacher appointed for new Caithness school
Mr Ally Budge has been appointed by The Highland Council to the post of head teacher for Noss Primary School - the new North of the River Primary School in Wick which will replace North and Hillhead Primary Schools.
Sunday Working At New Noss Primary School Building Site
New Noss Primary School - 5 October 2014
 See photos from the start HERE

Next Into the New Artists Galleries - Joanne B Kaar Studio Sale
Joane B Kaar - Studio Sale 2 and 3 November 2014

Caithness artist, Joanne B Kaar is to hold her first studio sale. This two-day event will take place on the Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd November, in Dunnet. 11am - 4pm on both days.   More details about the sale.
The new Artists Galleries are open to any Caithness related works wheterh locatedin Caithnes or elsewhere and there is no charge for this new service.  Artists in any medium can get in touch with bill@caithness.org   Links to your web page or facebook page will be added to each picture.

Council offers help for Highland communities to be winter resilient
Salt bins for highland communitiesThe Highland Council is offering assistance to communities who wish to take action in their own areas to help clear snow and ice from local footpaths. Highland Council's Director of Community Services said: "When it snows, or we have hard overnight frosts it is quite simply not possible for Council resources to be everywhere at the same time to treat footpaths. "We have a fleet of over 40 footpath gritting tractors which are used on priority pedestrian areas around shops, schools and hospitals, but we recognise that communities who wish to keep their local areas clear of snow and ice may be better placed to treat footpaths that are important to them in their areas."

SNH Announce New Licence Measures To Reduce Wildlife Crime
Marsh Harrier - photo from the Caithness biodiversity collectionScottish Natural Heritage (SNH) will prevent the use of general licences to trap or shoot wild birds on land where there is evidence of wildlife crime against birds. Decisions will be made on the basis of strong evidence provided by Police Scotland, and will be based on a civil standard of proof, rather than the criminal standard of proof. It comes after Scotland's Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Paul Wheelhouse, asked SNH to consider how general licences could be restricted, as part of a number of measures aimed at reducing raptor persecution. General licences allow landowners or land managers to carry out actions which would otherwise be illegal, including controlling certain types of birds for conservation purposes or to protect crops or livestock. These new measures mean that where SNH has evidence that indicates that wildlife crime has been committed on an area of land then the use of these licences can be restricted on that area of land.

Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Catch up with the many of the developments in the Caithness economy.

Big Boats At Scrabster Harbour Today
Scrabster HarbourThe multi purpose vessel Skandi Carla is currently at Scrabster Harbour sitting at the newly opened pier. The Skandi Carla is Fugro’s purpose designed and built ROV survey and construction support vessel which was delivered in July  2001.  Large Photo




Wick Lidl - Ready To Open On Thursday 9th October
Lidl Wick - 5 October 2014The countdown to the opening on Thursday 9th October is now well and truly underway.  The newly refurbished store is about double the former size.  Staff are already stocking the new shelving units.  It is expected the store will open its doros at 8.00am on Thursday.  See photos from the start HERE




Thurso Lidl Extension And Complete Refurbishment Is Underway
Lidl Extension work underway in Thurso
The Lidl extension in Thurso is underway and the store will close in a few weeks time and reopen again early in the new year.





Caithness Paintings for Sale - New Section Open To Artists
Pentland Croft - Jane Macrae
A new section on the web site is open to any artist in Caithness or creating works about Caithness.  We will create a Sutherland section if there is demand.  First in is Jane MacRae who has painted many parts of Caithness and other places.  She has paintings for sale or will undertake commissions.  If you are an artist and would like your own dedicated section in this new space on Caithness.org then get in touch with Bill by emailing bill@caithness.org   Just send jpeg photos to be included in the new gallery and we will add titles and links to your web site or page. If you want text added just send that at the same time.  New pictures can be added anytime and you can have them marked as sold by sending another email any time. There is no charge for this new service.  If there is any demand from photographers then we will consider setting up a similar section.

Prison sentences for three convicted rogue traders in Highland
Three brothers from Inverness were jailed for a total of five-and-a-half years at Dingwall Sheriff Court on Thursday 2 October 2014 for doorstep crime offences, defrauding people in their own homes.
Caithness and North Sutherland Fund Grant Awards
The Caithness & North Sutherland Fund has awarded over 65K at its latest grant assessment round. The funding has been granted to five community/voluntary groups towards projects that will benefit people living in the Caithness & North Sutherland area.

Fit's in 'e Groat 'e Day
NEWSFLASH - 6.00pm
Just Added Several New Jobs At Pulteney Centre, Wick


Loch Of Yarrows To Whaligoe Walk
Loch of Yarrows to Whaligoe Walk
Book your place on this walk to see the features of the Caithness coast between Loch of Yarrows and Whjaligoe Steps.






New Jobs In Caithness
Construction Site Managers - New Wick Schools Projects
Administrator - Dounreay
More vacancies in Engineering, Care Staff, Catering, Waiting Staff, Bar Staff, Shop Assitant, Instrument Technicians, Fitter, Doctors - General Practioners, Nurses, Curriculum Leaders for North Highland College, Chef, Bar Manager, Sales Perosn, Handyman, Joiner, Cleaner.................and more

Time To Check Your Electricity Supplier Charges
Trick No Treat As 31 October Brings Energy Bill Hikes Of Up To 205. Customers on the 12 fixed tariffs that are d ue to end on Halloween could see bills rise by 10% on average On Friday 31 October, 12 fixed energy deals will come to an end, with eight from just one supplier - ScottishPower - due to expire. This could result in an average annual bill increase of 10% - or 104 – for consumers who haven't taken action and shopped around for an energy tariff.
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Rush.dance Win Big at Central Scotland Street dance championships
Rushdance September 2014Rushdance September 2014
Rush.dance Competition kids have just competed at Central Scotland Street dance Championships in Perth, Our kids have just returned for the first Scottish UDO street dance championships, which was also a UDO European / World championship qualifier for 2015.




North charities benefit from West Highland Way Walk
Marge donaldson presnts cheques from her West Highland Way charity walk
TWO Caithness charities benefited from a Wick woman's West Highland Way sponsored walk, earlier this year. Both MS People Caithness and the county's heart support group received 1,090. The cheques were handed over by group secretary Marge Donaldson (centre) who successfully completed the popular 100-mile walk, in July.



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