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THE MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber, Ian Blackford, has called for the re-introduction of the post-study work visa in Scotland. The SNP party conference endorsed the motion to attract international students and enable people to remain in the Highlands, contributing to the Scottish economy. Kate Forbes, MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, said: ‘I think it’s ridiculous a pilot post-study work visa has been rolled out in a few universities in England when here in Scotland there

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Film fans to be given refund

Renn Zellweger and Colin Firth in Bridget Jones' Baby.

Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth in Bridget Jones’ Baby.

CINEMA goers are being offered a full refund from the Nevis Centre after a Saturday screening was cancelled following a projection failure. Bridget Jones’ Baby was set to hit the screen of the Fort William centre last Saturday, when it had to be called off. Nevis Centre assistant manager Danny Conlon said: ‘We do a pre-run of the films and we were having problems with it then. We didn’t want the projector to fail half way through the film because people would have been even more

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Police road campaign nets 70 offenders


A MAN has been detained after a week-long truck and bus campaign by police in the Highlands.

During the national campaign, from October 10 to 14, police noted 70 offences and detained a man wanted for bogus workman crimes.

Mobile and static checks were carried out by officers on the A87 at the Skye Bridge, the A82 and A830 at Fort William, and the A9 at Brora and Dalwhinnie.

A combination of 128 light commercial, large goods vehicles and buses were stopped during the campaign.

Offences detected

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Residents refuse to stay silent over bins

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LUING’S rubbish bins were left overflowing with rubbish for up to a month due to a broken down bin lorry, and islanders fear this is a taste of what’s to come when refuse collections move from every fortnight to every three weeks. ‘We have been having a torrid time,’ reported Luing community councillor Nicky Archibald last week. ‘We have not had a collection for ages, for four weeks now. I think [Argyll and Bute Council] has gone down to two lorries and they keep breaking

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Argyll councillor Breslin feels 'vindicated' in 'landmark case'


DUNOON councillor Michael Breslin has been cleared of five of six charges of breaching the councillors’ code of conduct.

A hearing of the Standards Commission for Scotland, which is responsible for ensuring integrity in public life, cleared Mr Breslin on the grounds he was entitled to make robust comments to council officials under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

However, the panel did censure the independent Argyll and Bute councillor for one breach, for failing to

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