A woman who is desperate to live near her family in Hilton has been asked to put her name on a home exchange list.
Catherine Lesslie (51), who lives in rural Perthshire, must be in Inverness to help care for her aging parents.
But after approaching Highland Council to be added to the housing list, she was only given 50 points, meaning she will be waiting “decades” for a new home.
Ms Lesslie, who lives in a bungalow in Blairgowrie, said: ‘I don’t know what the council is doing with all the housing they are building in Inverness. There are houses under construction everywhere. But there don’t seem to be any that suit me.
Ms Lesslie, who spent most of the confinement in Inverness helping her parents look after her parents when caregivers could not be brought in, said she had looked at private rents and even considered moving to a single room just to be closer to aging parents.
But because she often needs to use a wheelchair due to her own health issues, she couldn’t find anything suitable.
She said: “My father is from Inverness, he was born on Tomnahurich Street, and he and his mother are getting older now and need my support. He is living with dementia and his life is getting more and more difficult.
“I’m from Blairgowrie and taking care of them right now, and that means I have to sleep on a fold-out bed in the living room.
“I was told to put my house on one of these social media housing exchange programs. But despite the interest in my house, people don’t seem to want to trade.
She continued: “There are homes around the corner on Old Edinburgh Road which the council says have been allocated, but they have been empty for over a year.
“I was also told that there were council houses that are now rented out on Airbnb.”
A council spokesperson said: ‘Highland maintains a Highland housing registry with the council and the main housing associations in the area. It is a needs-based allocation policy that seeks to prioritize housing allowances for clients with the greatest housing need. Applicants are encouraged to request an interview on housing options with the housing teams who will provide them with advice on their housing options.
“All council-owned properties are re-let as quickly as possible so that they can be leased. Any allegation that social housing rentals are used as Airbnb or for other means outside of the rental agreement will be investigated. “
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It’s been 14 years since Celtic made their big move to Lennoxtown.
And since then a range of talents have blossomed in the youth system and seized the opportunities of the first team.
It was the dawn of a new era when the club left Barrowfield training center in 2007 with the late Tommy Burns playing a key role in the move to new pasture.
This allowed graduates like Callum McGregor to come through the club.
Meanwhile, James Forrest can show a full trophy cabinet and international career as the product of development setup.
There are also talents who have moved away from east Glasgow and left a lasting mark on the game.
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Sport record take a look at the top Celtic graduates to go through the development system, enjoying the wonders of Lennoxtown.
He may not have made too many appearances for Celtic’s first team, but Jackson Irvine can safely be seen as a successful product of the club’s academy.
The 28-year-old has proven himself at numerous clubs north and south of the border and has 37 impressive caps for Australia.
The midfielder initially impressed during a try at Lennoxtown and looked to have a bright future as Neil Lennon tried to bring youngsters into his first team.
Loan spells at Kilmarnock and Ross County eventually saw the Australian sign of Burton Albion and Hull, before returning to Scotland to play for Hibs.
Now in Germany, Irvine enjoys playing for FC St Pauli and winning more caps for his country.
Jamie McCart was a much talked about Celtic youth system product that could eventually find its way into Brendan Rodgers’ plans.
The defender made his League Cup debut in 2016, and the appearance suggests more could follow in the boss’s first season.
However, a year later a loan spell at Inverness sparked the start of a number of Scottish clubs in pursuit of his signing. This led him to St Johnstone where he helped the club achieve their fantastic cup double last season.
The 24-year-old has since had a crack in European football as he continues to be a great player for Callum Davidson.
Still relatively young, Mikey Johnston has been one of Celtic’s most notable development talents in recent years.
The winger burst onto the scene in 2017 with plenty of tips to appease fans, proving to be a very promising talent.
It has since earned the first-team selection by three different managers who all trusted prospect to add to the Hoops’ offensive flair.
Johnston’s goals and assists so far in his career already show the talent the 22-year-old has in his record, coming from his time in the youth squad.
He is currently enjoying his longest streak in the Celtic First Team, but Anthony Ralston is a player who feels like he’s been there for years.
The right-back broke into the first team at the age of 17 when he got his debut on the bench at the end of Ronny Deila’s last season in charge.
But it was Brendan Rodgers who really saw the academy graduate’s talent and began to bleed him in the starting 11s to gain vital experience over the next two seasons.
His most notable first team appearance around this time was when he faced Neymar when PSG visited Celtic in the Champions League.
The club then awarded the 22-year-old a new four-and-a-half-year contract for his growing success, which all started in Celtic’s youth academy.
Liam Henderson was a huge prospect under Neil Lennon on his first stint at Celtic.
The talented midfielder then enjoyed a sparkling start to his career which saw him traveled well and never looked out of place in different leagues.
He became a huge player at Hibs during a loan spell and was instrumental in their famous Scottish Cup victory over Rangers in 2016.
The 25-year-old has since become successful in Italy with Serie A for a number of clubs, most recently Leece and now Empoli where he currently plays.
Henderson also enjoyed spells in Rosenborg, Bari, and Hellas Verona which all reaped the rewards of learning his trade in Lennoxtown.
Celtic’s longest-serving player James Forrest was one of the most successful academy graduates in club history.
His trophy-filled career now spans over a decade with the fan favorite now nearly 300 appearances for the Hoops.
It was Neil Lennon who brought him to the first team, and the winger has since won 38 caps for Scotland as well as five international goals.
Forrest has been hailed by Celtic’s youth development manager Chris McCart as one of the best players in the U19 squad where he stood out among the Lennoxtown youth.
And he has since grown into a big club since he graduated from the academy.
It’s not very often that you see Callum McGregor missing a game for Celtic – he has become Mr. Dependable for the Parkhead Club.
Now captain of the club, the 28-year-old is one of the most striking courses in Celtic’s youth academy.
Introduced in the first team in 2013 under Deila, the midfielder has never looked back.
McGregor did the trick – starting with a number of memorable goals against rivals Rangers; in the cup final and even crucial Champions League goals in his club career – he has been one of Celtic’s best talents.
And that’s not to mention a decent life on the international front, scorer of the only Scottish goal at Euro 2020.
His job now is to lead Celtic through a tough season at the start of a new era under new boss Postecoglou, and you feel like he has a long way to go!
Tierney was adored by fans who saw the youngster wear his heart on his sleeve, while also being one of the brightest sparks in Scottish football.
Pierced under Deila, the academy graduate has become a mainstay under Rodgers where he has enjoyed tremendous success, even captaining his team a few times despite his young age.
But green and white hearts were quickly broken when Tierney completed his money transfer to Premier League giants Arsenal in 2019.
The transfer brought in £ 25million for his childhood club – making him Scotland’s most expensive player of all time – and a figure that speaks volumes when Celtic looks back on the successes of their youth system and their training center in Lennoxtown.
It’s no surprise that Gunners fans also love the Scotland international who thrives in the south as he continues his already illustrious career.
Growing Highland businesses could get up to £ 40,000 in support to help them take them to the next level.
Part of the Highland Council’s Economic Recovery Program, the Support Program aims to help existing businesses grow faster, while boosting the Highland economy through profitability and employment.
The Council’s Business Gateway service will be the first point of contact to request funding. The economic stimulus for growth program will consist of personalized support and specialized advisory services; workshops and grants and loans, including funding for new employees.
Economy and Infrastructure Committee Chair Cllr Trish Robertson said: “The launch of the Highland Council Support Program will enable businesses to raise funds and step up their growth plans, bringing added value to their business.
“The Council is leading the way in revitalizing the economy of the Highlands. We want the Highlands region to be a place where businesses will thrive and we want to support them in their activities’
“Our Business Gateway Highland service, in conjunction with the Council’s Loan Company – Highland Opportunity Investments Ltd., will be available to assist businesses wishing to apply for financing.
“I encourage any growing or planning business to diversify with plans for expansion to initially make contact with Business Gateway Highland as the first point of contact and make the most of the advisory and financial support available. “
Full details are available on the Highland Council website www.highland.gov.uk/info/1/business_and_trade/181/business_advice/4
Boris Johnson treats companies like “scarecrows” and unfairly blames them for shortages in their industries, said a supermarket boss.
The Prime Minister was strongly condemned by business leaders following his speech at the Conservative Party conference on Wednesday for what they claimed was the lack of a coherent economic plan amid labor shortages. workers are hitting supply chains, leading to empty shelves and queues at gas stations.
Mr Johnson said he was exposing the “difficult” process of reshaping the UK economy and defended his strategy of restricting the supply of cheap foreign labor after Brexit, insisting that his new approach would ultimately create a “low-tax economy”.
But business leaders have criticized his approach, with many saying restricting migration could lead to higher inflation and increased costs for consumers.
Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said on Thursday that opening the country up to more foreign workers “doesn’t really solve the problem in the long run.”
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today show: “The way you do it is to hone and retrain and what the Prime Minister said in his speech is skills, skills, skills.”
However, Richard Walker – chief executive of Iceland and voter of Leave – said “harsh rhetoric just isn’t helpful” to struggling businesses.
He told Today: “I don’t think it’s particularly useful at the moment. Businesses face so many different crises that have all gotten worse at the same time.
“Pointing out and picking us as the bogeyman for issues like the truck driver shortage – which is multifaceted and systemic – just isn’t helpful.”
Mr Zahawi denied that the Tories – traditionally seen as the business party – blame corporations.
Asked on Sky News whether the Tories are “on the road to war with business,” Zahawi replied, “I disagree with you.
“What I would tell everyone is to work together.
“We have seen retailers who have invested in technology and have been very successful. Others like Topshop and Topman did not make this investment and did not do as well.
“We have seen SMEs take advantage of () £ 100 billion in grants and loans to support SMEs. This is what this government is doing to help businesses.
“Let’s do this together. Let’s produce this high-wage, high-skill economy, because it is doable. “
Mr Zahawi said today that in sectors such as retail and distribution, companies “are moving in a direction Boris is advocating”.
Quoting a major fruit and vegetable supplier in his constituency who is doing well, he said: “They are investing in automation and obviously (to) have to invest in their staff as well, to develop them and upgrade them to work. with automation. that they present.
“Those who are successful invest in their people and in automation. “
The Federation of Small Businesses criticized Mr Johnson’s 45-minute conference speech, saying Labor, not Tories, is the only party with a “pro small business policy”.
The free market think tank, the Adam Smith Institute, called the prime minister’s speech “explosive but empty and economically illiterate,” while conservative think tank Bright Blue said there was no “No new vision or inspiring policy”.
When asked who the business party was Mr Walker said: ‘I still hope it’s the Tories and of course they have the story there, but it’s frustrating and I think nobody takes a step back and looks at what kind of cumulative impact all these different issues have on business.
“Iceland is a relatively big business and we’re going to get by, but of course a lot of the small businesses are not, businesses with no cash reserves.
“And I think, you know, that’s a time when harsh rhetoric just isn’t helpful.”
A feared increase in a stink bug species could become “problematic” for crops and gardens after a species is found in Surrey, experts have warned.
The brown marbled bug, native to Asia, gets its name from the foul odor it gives off when threatened and can grow up to 1.7 cm.
After a solitary insect was caught at RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) Garden Wisley in a pheromone trap, there are now fears of an increase in the population of invasive species.
During the summer, pests feast on fruits and vegetables by piercing the surface and sucking up the juice, deforming the produce and causing it to rot, he warned.
This is not a sudden invasion but potentially a gradual accumulation and spread of the population, exacerbated by the warming of our world
They are also said to invade homes in the fall and stain curtains and carpets.
Invasive species are said to cost the UK economy more than £ 1.8 billion a year.
Dr Glen Powell, Plant Health Manager at RHS Garden Wisley, said: ‘The installation of pheromone traps in our gardens allows us to study invasive species from their arrival in the UK through to colonization. potential.
“Although there is currently no evidence of breeding, we would expect the stink bug to increase in prevalence and it can become a problem in gardens during the summer and homes during the winter months of” here five to ten years.
“This is not a sudden invasion but potentially a gradual accumulation and spread of population, exacerbated by the warming of our world.
“The bedbug is not the first to land on our shores and will not be the last, and understanding how we can best manage it is the next challenge for the research community that supports gardeners and commercial fruit growers and vegetables. “
The pheromone trap – which releases insects’ natural odors to attract them to a sticky board – is part of a project led by NIAB (East Malling) and funded by Defra.
It is not yet clear how the insect got to the UK or if the species breeds locally, with the ERS suggesting there may be an undiscovered population.
The south-east of England is believed to be the northernmost limit of the bug’s potential range, although climate change means it could spread further.
Dr Michelle Fountain, Head of Pest and Pathogen Ecology at NIAB EMR, said: “The brown stink bug poses a significant threat to food production systems in the UK, so it is crucial that we continue to monitor any establishment and spread of the pest.
“Long-term development of environmentally sound management and control strategies will be necessary for the research community to keep industry and gardeners one step ahead of this pest. “
There are over 40 species of stink bugs, also known as shield bugs, already present in the UK, but most pose no threat to plant health and are not considered pests.
A Defra spokesperson said: “The marbled bug is not a significant threat, but as with all pests and diseases, we will continue to monitor any threats closely.”
Thursday’s articles are driven by reaction to the Prime Minister’s opening speech at the Conservative Party conference.
The temperature,The Guardian and I report that business leaders reacted angrily to Boris Johnson’s speech. He has been accused of making them the scapegoats for labor shortages after the Prime Minister said companies should not use Brexit as an excuse “not to invest in people”.
The daily telegraph leads with Mr Johnson’s pledge not to build houses on ‘green fields’, while the I said the Prime Minister “ignore the cost of living crisis in Britain”.
Metro said the “joke-filled” speech appealed to party supporters, but was “short of politics.”
Elsewhere, the Daily mail reports that Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, has led an illegal phone hacking racket in the UK.
Some 100,000 pigs are at risk of slaughter due to a staff shortage at slaughterhouses, according to the Daily Mirror.
The Financial Time leads with roller-coaster natural gas costs after Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to stabilize soaring global energy prices.
And the Star of the day says television medium Uri Geller has claimed aliens were to blame for the blackout that hit Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp earlier this week.
A Nairn Royal Mail employee is proof that a little generosity goes a long way.
Last month, Graeme Paton, 44, gave his parents a Golden Love2shop gift card for their 50th wedding anniversary through the gift site www.highstreetvouchers.com.
As part of Love2shop’s ‘Big Thank You’ summer campaign, every customer is automatically entered into a weekly raffle to win £ 1,000 worth of Love2shop products and Mr Paton was the lucky winner.
Mr Paton, who works in the Royal Mail administration in the Highlands, said: ‘It is a total surprise that I won. I was buying the gift card for my mom and dad’s big birthday anyway, not realizing that I was going to get a big thank you for doing it. “
He added: “It’s fantastic to get a £ 1,000 deal in Love2shop gift cards. “I am about to move and now have £ 1,000 to spend on fitting out my new home.
“The good thing is I can spend the vouchers on anything from electricity to DIY items. It will be fun to spend them. “
Over the summer, Love2shop automatically enters every customer who makes a purchase from its highstreetvouchers.com gift site into a weekly raffle to win £ 1,000 in Love2shop products.
This is all part of Love2shop’s ‘Big Thank You’ campaign for the UK to thank those who deserve a ‘big thank you’: relatives, co-workers, friends, neighbors, employees and heroes of the UK. day-to-day.
Katherine Scott, Marketing Director at Love2shop said: “We are delighted that Graeme has won this special deal.
“The ‘Big Thank You’ is getting the UK to say thanks and on a BIG scale. Maybe you have a friend or neighbor who has gone above and beyond for you, or the legend of a colleague who does. a hard day a little easier.
“Whatever the case, the power to say thank you can really make someone’s day, and the joy of a gift card means the deserving recipient can spend it on something really special just for themselves.
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Competetion: SPFL Confidence Trophy
Meet: Hamilton Accies vs. Aberdeen
Place: The FOYS stadium
To start up: 7:45 p.m.
Ticket Information: Checkout turnstiles will be in operation. £ 10 per adult £ 5 for children under 16 and over 65. Fans outside must use turnstile 4 and will be seated in the main stand, section A.
For full information, please click here. Please note that there will be no live broadcast of this match.
Ahead of Wednesday’s SPFL Trust Trophy Cup draw, the goalkeeper and penalty shootout hero in our victory over Arbroath in the last round, Tom Ritchie, presented our match with Hamilton Accies. To watch in full on RedTV, please click here.
“Arbroath’s last round game was one of my best times in Aberdeen so far. They’re definitely the best team we’ve beaten. There was a belief in the squad that we could get out. and get something out of the game. As the game progressed we thought “we can get something out of this.” Our confidence grew as the game progressed and you could see that we were going out and winning the games. second balls. I was nervous before! It’s a great team, playing on a great pitch. Once you get in there, you forget who you’re playing against.
“Before the Arbroath game, we were all together for only a few days. It was full of guys who got loaned out and then we were all thrown into one team to go out and play.
“It was disappointing to concede a goal so late. We had defended so well after going past it so it was a kick in the teeth. Arbroath had a penalty shootout the week before against St Johnstone, but only one of the takers in that game was playing against us. I reviewed it beforehand and studied where they went in this game. I just had to go make the stops!
“Saving the first penalty always helps. I have some techniques for saving penalties but I won’t give them away!
“We’re up against another championship team at Hamilton Accies. Maybe I’ll have a busy night! They had a good result this weekend beating Inverness CT, which is leading the championship and unbeaten, it will be a great test for us. It will be another experience for all the boys. I have played several times in their stadium. It’s an artificial pitch but I don’t mind.
“I’m on loan at Huntly this season, we beat Fort William 3-0 in my debut, it was nice to have a clean sheet. I can’t ask for much more! This season I’m going to go out and play as many games as possible. Last season because of the Covid, there were no games. I was training with the first team which brought me massively but I failed to play. After the Arbroath game, I thought to myself: ‘How could I have spent all of last season without playing games! The feeling after that was amazing, so now it’s about going out and playing at a competitive level.
“I have the perfect situation right now. I train with Huntly once a week and obviously play with them on Saturdays, but the rest of the week I train with the first team in Aberdeen. Myself, Joe Lewis, Gary Woods and Gordon Marshall all get along very well and are close. I learn so much to train with Joe and Gary every day, they have so much experience. I learn from them every day, it’s great. They take care of me and if they see me doing something in training that they think I should change they will tell me. I am happy to have this open relationship with them.
“Being with the first team brought me as a person and helped me gain self-confidence. You see different types of personalities and you build relationships with them, that’s great.
“I feel like I’m getting better with every game and it’s about developing that and hopefully reaching a consistent level that I’m happy with and always pushing myself.
“For a goalkeeper, it’s a longer journey to the first team. I hope to keep improving while I’m on loan and come back to fight after. “
Manager Barry Robson and Scott Anderson also spoke to RedTV for an in-depth interview to preview Wednesday night’s game and discuss the season so far. To watch in full, please click here.
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Overview of today’s cases
Notice of potential exposure
Nova Scotia announced 40 new cases of COVID-19 today, Tuesday, October 5.
By Nova Scotia health zone, the new cases are:
• 34 central zone
• 2 northern zones
• 4 west zone
The health ministry continues to note that “there are signs of community spread among people in the central area between the ages of 20 and 40 who are not vaccinated and participate in social activities.”
There are now 248 known active cases in the province. Seventeen people are hospitalized for the disease, including four in intensive care. Twenty-two people are considered newly healed, which means that they are no longer contagious and not necessarily that they are not sick.
Yesterday, 3,753 doses of vaccine were administered, comprising 2,024 second doses and 1,729 first doses.
As of yesterday’s end, 81.1% of the general population (including young children) had received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 75.4% had received two doses.
People 12 years of age and older can also make a vaccination appointment here.
People in rural areas who need transportation to get to an immunization appointment should contact Rural Rides, who will drive you there and take you home for just $ 5. You must book the trip 24 hours in advance.
By age cohort, the 77 new cases break down as follows:
• 6 are 11 years old or younger
• 4 are aged 12 to 19
• 16 are between 20 and 39 years old
• 7 are between 40 and 59 years old
• 6 are between 60 and 79 years old
One of the new cases is missing from the above list; I have no explanation for this.
Active cases across the province are broken down as follows:
• 131 in the community health network of the Halifax / Chebucto peninsula
• 47 in Dartmouth / South East Community Health Network
• 17 in the Bedford / Sackville community health network
• 1 in the Eastern Shore / Musquodoboit Community Health Network
• 2 in the West Hants community health network
• 5 not assigned to a community health network
• 5 in the Cape Breton Community Health Network
• 0 in the community health network of Inverness, Victoria and Richmond
• 0 in the Antigonish and Guysborough community health network
• 7 in the Colchester / East Hants community health network
• 2 in the Pictou Community Health Network
• 2 in the Cumberland community health network
• 10 in the Annapolis and Kings Community Health Network
• 16 in the Lunenburg & Queens community health network
• 3 in the Yarmouth, Shelburne and Digby community health network
Nova Scotia Health labs performed 3,603 PCR tests yesterday. This does not include antigen testing administered on contextual test sites.
You don’t need a health insurance card to get tested.
There is an obvious concern about the Clayton Park area, as there are walk-in PCR tests at Clayton Park Junior High Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. each day.
Contextual tests (antigen tests) are intended for asymptomatic people over the age of 16 who have not been at potential sites of exposure to COVID (see map below); results usually within 20 minutes. Pop-up tests have been scheduled for the following sites:
Halifax Convention Center, 12 pm-7pm
Alderney gate, 4-6 p.m.
Centenary Arena, 10 am-5pm
Halifax Convention Center, 12 pm-7pm
Alderney gate, 10 am-2pm
Centenary Arena, 10 am-5pm
You can volunteer to work on the contextual test sites here or here. No medical experience is necessary.
You can also get PCR testing at Nova Scotia Health Laboratories by going here. Appointments can be made for the IWK, or for various locations within each of the health zones (appointments may not be available at each site).
Nova Scotia Health issued several notices of potential COVID exposure last night.
We’ve gathered all active notices here regarding potential COVID exposures on bus routes and flights. I will add schools to the map tonight.
The updated notice of potential COVID exposure map is below; you can zoom in and click on the coronavirus icons to get information about each site.
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