Watersport centre “can be benefit for whole community”

31st January 2014 from John O'Groat Journal

The new centre earmarked for Thurso harbour can serve as a “watersports shop window” for visitors as well as being a much-needed asset for the local community, according to a consultant commissioned to look into the feasibility of the plans. Alan Jones said that while geared to cash in on…

Caithness Business Fund welcomes new applicants

30th January 2014

Caithness Business Fund is now open to a wider business audience and is encouraging new applications. The Fund, which was launched last September, was initially issuing grants of between £100 to £5,000 to young people starting a new business or already in business and looking to grow. As the Fund…

Pupils launch award-winning apps on Google Play

29th January 2014 from Caithness Courier

Two teams of Wick High students are about to launch and demonstrate their award-winning computer apps to the market. The Apps for Good project was a UK-wide competition challenging pupils to design an app for mobile phones, tablets or social media sites with the aim of improving others’ lives, and…

Support urged for watersports centre

22nd January 2014 from Caithness Courier

Fundraising is under way to create a new centre to help Thurso achieve its aim of becoming the watersports capital of the UK. Caithness Sports Facilities Ltd (CSF) is pursuing funding to build the harbour base which will provide state-of-the-art facilities. To help its vision become a reality, the group…

Pentland tides could power half of Scotland

20th January 2014 from Press and Journal

Enough renewable energy to power around half of Scotland could be harnessed from the tides in a single stretch of water off the north coast. Some 1.9 gigawatts of clean energy could be generated by turbines places in the Pentland Firth between mainland Scotland and Orkney, according to engineers from…

£1.2bn plan for power line upgrade welcomed

17th January 2014 from John O'Groat Journal

Caithness firms are in line to benefit from a £1.2 billion project to upgrade the electricity transmission network between the far north and Moray. Local business leaders and politicians are bullish about prospects after the Scottish Government granted consent to reinforce the overhead line network between Dounreay and Mybster. Last…

Skaters aim for old base

13th January 2014 from Press and Journal

A former military base in the far north could be transformed into a skate park and arts centre if councillors approve plans this week. A group of skaters and artists from Caithness and Sutherland are the driving force behind the North Base project which aims to revamp the decommissioned US…

Salmon season gets under way

13th January 2014 from Press and Journal

The salmon season on the River Thurso was officially opened at the weekend. It is one of the first rivers in the British Isles to open for the season, along with the nearby Helmsdale and Shin. A crowd of about 50 anglers gathered at the Ulbster Arms Hotel to welcome…

Artist studio and skate park plan recommended for the green light

10th January 2014 from John O'Groat Journal

Plans for a new artist studio and skate park at Murkle have been recommended to get the go-ahead despite opposition. Caithness Craft Art Skate Surf Ltd’s proposal to create a multi-functional artist studio and workshop facility with café, gallery and internal skate park is to go before Highland Council’s north…

Festival premiere for North composer

8th January 2014 from Caithness Courier

Music by a Caithness composer is to be premiered at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections Festival as part of a tribute to an 18th-century Sutherland bard. Pianist Robert Fields, of Brough, has been commissioned by Taigh na Gàidhlig Mhealanais (Melness Gaelic Centre) to compose three pieces for its showcase concert, Drine, to…

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