BREAKTHROUGHS IN HAZARD REDUCTION AS DOUNREAY PREPARES TO BECOME SITE LICENCE COMPANY UKAEA is on course to hand over the clean-up of Dounreay to a subsidiary company on April 1 on the back of significant progress during March to reduce the major hazards at the site. The site has reported breakthroughs in all three areas where funds from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority are prioritised towards major hazard reduction.
SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES PHASE TWO OF NATIONAL CONVERSATION Alex Salmond today challenged the recently formed constitutional commission to put forward the proposals they develop to be included in a referendum on Scotland's constitutional future. The First Minister laid down the gauntlet to the review's members as he launched the second phase of the Scottish Government's National Conversation, where he welcomed representatives from Scotland's civic institutions to an in-depth discussion about the implications of constitutional progress for life in Scotland.
Thirty-six science projects across Scotland are to receive funding through the Science Engagement scheme, Education Secretary Fiona Hyslop announced today. The Cabinet Secretary made the announcement as she visited the Wonderama children and families science engagement event at the Edinburgh International Science Festival.
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (March, 25th) sold 91 prime cattle. Prime bullocks (62) averaged 150.7p (+1.9p) and sold to 168p per kg and £1,072 gross.
With the closing date of Friday 28 March 2008, businesses wishing to enter the British Small Business Champions (BSBC) 2008 need to get their forms filled and posted. Full details are available at www.fsb.org.uk/bsbc, where entry forms can be downloaded or, if businesses would prefer information and entry forms sent to them they should contact Judith Francis on 0207 592 8120 or e-mail her at judith.francis[AT]fsb.org.uk.
Tesco stores raise over £25,000 for British Red Cross services in the Highlands Tesco Wick raised the most amount of money for the British Red Cross in the Highlands, raising over £6,500. Tesco stores across the Highlands have raised more than £25,000 in 2007 for local British Red Cross services.
Robert Gordon University opens its doors to tomorrow's nurses and midwives School leavers and people considering returning to study will have the chance to find out more about a career in nursing or midwifery at an open day being held at The Robert Gordon University (RGU) on Saturday 12 April 2008 RGU offers courses in adult, mental health and children's nursing, as well as midwifery. Potential students and their family and friends will be able to visit the University's state of the art facilities at Garthdee and discuss their options with members of staff including course leaders and clinical staff.
The final six teams have been announced for ICT Youth Challenge 2008 following yesterday's event at Strathpeffer where young innovators pitched their ideas for the future to a panel of judges. The teams are from Lochaber, Nairn, Wick, Keith and two from Fortrose and were chosen from sixteen teams of young innovators.
Economic development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is reorganising its responsibilities and will, in future, focus on three key objectives in order to deliver sustainable economic growth in the region. From April 2008, HIE will concentrate on assisting high-growth businesses and sectors, improving regional competitiveness as well as strengthening communities.
Visiting Russian buyers were introduced to the full Mey Selections range at the 'Meet the Russian Buyers' event, held last week at Culloden House Hotel, Inverness. The event, organised by Scottish Development International, brought together buyers from six Russian companies looking to source quality Scottish food and drink products.
Dounreay's Prototype Fast Reactor has now been drained of all 1500 tonnes of liquid metal that once flowed through its primary and secondary circuits. The last batch of hazardous sodium has been transferred from the base of the reactor vessel and is now being destroyed in a purpose-built chemical treatment plant that extracts the radioactivity and converts the sodium to common salt that can be discharged safely to the sea.
The Highland Council has received the consultants report on the investigation of a former landfill site in Caithness, which is currently a community woodland. Neighbouring residents in 25 properties close to the site, and community groups which use the site, have been advised of the findings and recommendations of the report.
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (March, 18th) sold 84 prime cattle. Prime bullocks (63) averaged 148.8p (+1.9p) and sold to 160p per kg and £1065.35 gross.
The Highland Council is one of four local authorities in Scotland which has signed up for a pilot climate change project. The Council is developing a Local Climate Impacts Profile (LCLIP), which will assess the likely consequences of a changing climate in the region and how the council can adapt its services in response to changing weather events.
Highland Opportunity Limited has opened a new enterprise centre in the Pulteneytown area of Wick. Located at 9 Miller Street, the Wick Enterprise Centre provides a base for Highland Opportunity Ltd's business advisory service to Caithness and Sutherland and offers flexible workspace for small businesses who are seeking an office presence in the town, together with a small meeting room.
A feasibility study to investigate re-instating a 32-year-old hydro-scheme on the River Ness, Inverness has been given the go-ahead from members of The Highland Council's Inverness City Committee. If re-instated, power generated form the hydro-scheme will be used in the City's Lighting Project "illuminatinginverness" to offset the cost of running and maintaining new lighting in the Old Town and on Ness Bridge.
First UK Business Improvement District to incorporate property owners. Inverness businesses voted to play a leading role in the transformation of the city by creating Scotland's first city-centre Business Improvement District (BID), it was confirmed on Monday 17th March 2008.
Mey Selections was one of the sponsors of this year's Scottish Tourism Week 4-11 March, which saw a number of events taking place throughout the country. One hundred and fifty people representing the Scottish tourism industry enjoyed the delicious taste of Mey Selections lamb, cheese and oatcakes at the Scottish Tourism Dinner held last week in Glasgow, while another 180 guests sampled Barrogill whisky, along with Mey Selections cheeses, oatcakes, chutneys, jams, honeys, shortbread and biscuits at a reception held at the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood.
Leading UK businessman Sir Anthony Cleaver has been appointed chairman of the Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership (CNSRP) executive board. The CNSRP was formed last year by key agencies charged with driving ahead initiatives to ameliorate the economic and social consequences of the run-down and eventual closure of the Dounreay nuclear plant.
The Highlands will receive #6 million to grow local economies, improve rural facilities and conserve the environment, Richard Lochhead announced today. Some sixteen Local Action Groups across Scotland will share in the first round of funding allocated under the £57.7 million LEADER programme designed to empower communities at the grass-roots level.