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Caithness Beef Group Get Up to Speed on Production Efficiency
The change in farm support away from direct headage payments means that livestock producers need to improve efficiencies in production and not rely on the single farm payment to prop up the business.   Learning new ideas and implementing these ideas is the way forward.  
Sheep Dip Licences
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is receiving enquiries from farmers in relation to the marketing suspension of cypermethrin, also known as synthetic pyrethroid (SP), dip and is being asked whether charges still apply for them holding a licence to dispose of waste dip whilst these products cannot be sold.   SEPA's position is that the annual charges still apply.  
Radio-active Particles In The Marine Environment
An independent report on the views of people in Caithness and north Sutherland about radioactive particles in the marine environment has been published.   The report summarises the feedback from more than 400 people who took part in a series of information-gathering events ahead of formal consultation later this year on the options for dealing with the particles.  
12/7/2006
Update on Futurebuilders Scotland Support Programme, July 2006
Social Added Value Guide Communities Minister Malcolm Chisholm has launched Making the Case: Guide to Social Added Value.  The guide was produced by Communities Scotland and the European funded EQUAL Social Economy Scotland Partnership.  
A9 Is Putting Brake On Development Say Firms
OVER 60 per cent of businesses surveyed in the Highlands and Central Belt want the A9 road to be fully dualled between Inverness and Perth, according to a report commissioned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).   The survey was carried out as part of a broad ranging research programme by HIE to determine the future transport investment priorities for the region - identifying the options that will best support long-term economic development.  
6/7/2006
Croft Lotions And Potions Web Site Gets A MakeoverThumbnail for article : Croft Lotions And Potions Web Site Gets A Makeover
With an ever expanding list of products the Croft Lotions And Potions Business based right in the heart of Caithness has given a completely new look to the web site.   A much clearer and simpler style has been introduced to set off the growing product range.  
Dounreay Bulletin - Issue 6 - July 2006Thumbnail for article : Dounreay Bulletin - Issue 6 - July 2006
DOUNREAY DIRECTOR SETS OUT BENEFITS OF PROGRAMME ACCELERATION.  A workforce that can safely deliver the decommissioning and demolition of Britain's fast reactor experiment at Dounreay is a workforce that will be in demand worldwide for its skills.  
Caithness Partnership eBulletin July 2006Thumbnail for article : Caithness Partnership eBulletin July 2006
Welcome to another edition of the Caithness Partnership ebulletin.  The bulletin both circulates information that has come in to the Partnership office, and is a tool for the Partners to share information.  
UKAEA Submits Planning Application For New Waste Disposal Facility
A planning application for the construction of facilities for disposing of solid low level radioactive waste from decommissioning Dounreay has been submitted to the Highland Council.   UKAEA is seeking permission to construct a series of shallow engineered vaults adjacent to the existing nuclear licensed site, a grouting plant within the existing site and an administration block.  
4/7/2006
Business Benefits From The Federation Of Small BusinessesThumbnail for article : Business Benefits From The Federation Of Small Businesses
Small businesses in Caithness and Sutherland are being encouraged to consider the benefits of becoming part of the largest organisation in the UK promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms.   The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), which is non-profit making and non-party political, has over 200,000 members UK wide, including the Caithness and Sutherland branch, which has over 200 members.  
Norwegian And Russian Visitors At DounreayThumbnail for article : Norwegian And Russian Visitors At Dounreay
On Wednesday 21st June visitors from Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority & Russian Federal Medical Biological Agency enjoyed a visit to the Dounreay Site to learn more about UK experience in the management of radioactively contaminated facilities and related decommissioning waste management issues.   During their visit, they were given a guided tour of site, PFR, DFR, the Shaft and WRACS.  
ABSL Helps NASA Return to the MoonThumbnail for article : ABSL Helps NASA Return to the Moon
ABSL has been selected by NASA to provide batteries to power its Lunar Reconnaissance (LRO) spacecraft.   This spacecraft will be launched in 2008 and will survey the moon looking for new landing sites that can be used to set-up bases on the moon that will be used for further exploration of the solar system.  
28/6/2006
Employers Urged To Train Older Workers
Food and drink manufacturers in Scotland are to be given advice and practical examples to promote the benefits of investing more in training their older workers.   Improve, the food and drink sector skills council, has commissioned research to find out what practices leading employers already have in place to develop the skills of older workers, and will gather case studies that can be shared with other employers throughout the sector.  
Dounreay Director Sets Out Benefits Of Programme Acceleration
A workforce that can safely deliver the decommissioning and demolition of Britain's fast reactor experiment at Dounreay is a workforce that will be in demand worldwide for its skills.   This is the message delivered today by Norman Harrison, director of UKAEA Dounreay, in a new publication setting out the benefits of accelerated clean-up of the site and the efforts being made to find alternative employment for staff whose jobs presently depend on this work.  
CASE Approvals List - May 2006
The following are funds approved up to the last day of the month.   Please note that the sums relate to approvals, not payments.  
Dounreay Bulletin - Issue 5 - June 2006
FORMATION OF SITE LICENCE COMPANY AT DOUNREAY Over the coming weeks and months, UKAEA will be restructuring itself.  The purpose of this is two-fold - to enable the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to take ownership of its decommissioning sites and put their future management out to competition, and to enable part of UKAEA to be vested as a commercial bidder for this and other work.  
ABSL & QinetiQ Win MOD Portable Power Systems Development ProgrammeThumbnail for article : ABSL & QinetiQ Win MOD Portable Power Systems Development Programme
The MOD has just awarded ABSL Power Solutions Ltd (ABSL) and QinetiQ Ltd (QinetiQ) a contract to mature technology for the next generation of portable power systems.   The contract, worth up to 5 million was awarded for up to three years, follows an open competition under the UK MOD's Technology in the Supplier Base (Output 6) research programme and will be managed within the Dismounted Close Combat Integrated Project Team (DCC IPT).  
Caithness Horizons Hosts Stakeholders WorkshopThumbnail for article : Caithness Horizons Hosts Stakeholders Workshop
Caithness Horizons recently held a stakeholder workshop to bring together all its funders, partners and local stakeholders.   Paul Cariss, Caithness Horizons Chairman, welcomed everyone to the event and thanked them for their support so far and gave a presentation outlining the projects progress to-date.  
18/6/2006
Reducing Business Mileage? Thought About Voice Conferencing?
The Government is planning to 'get tough' on the use of cars for business.  It's time to find new ways to keep in touch, says Andrew Pearce The Government is committed to reducing greenhouse gases by 12.5 percent by 2008, and one 'sustainable policy initiative' is to discourage the use of cars to attend business meetings.  
Public's View Wanted On Old Brewery Site At Manson's LaneThumbnail for article :  Public's View Wanted On Old Brewery Site At Manson's Lane
As a follow on from the affordable housing project O'Brien Construction Ltd designed at Manson's Lane, they are hoping to develop the Old Brewery Building into a further six social housing units.   The Old Brewery is a category B listed building, built around 1798 in traditional Caithness flagstone rubble, which has been derelict and disused for many years.