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A9 Perth to Inverness - Economic Appraisal Study
HITRANS and Highlands & Islands Enterprise (HIE) A9 Perth to Inverness - Economic Appraisal Study Strategic Impact Assessment and EALI - Final Report Scott Wilson Page 1 October 2007 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY E.1 Background E.1.1 The A9 is the main trunk route from the central belt to the Highlands and Islands and as such has been assessed as having the highest level of functionality of any transport link in the region, accounting for almost all passenger journeys and freight movements between Inverness and the central belt along the corridor.  It is a lifeline route for the island communities of Orkney, Lewis and Harris for supplies and business links and is an essential route for tourist trips visiting the north of Scotland.  
Despite the global credit crunch, the festive season is set to lure consumers to splash out again this Christmas.  So the Credit Services Association (CSA) the official body representing the UK debt collection industry has re-launched its seven point plan to help consumers avoid the pitfalls of debt over the festive period.  
Highland & Islands companies receive Investors in People 10 Year Achievement Award
Twenty-one Highland & Islands organisations have won an award recognising 10 years of their commitment to using the Investors in People Standard.   Wester Ross Fisheries, HM Prison Inverness, G & A Barnie Building Services and Loch Insh Water Sports, were among the winners who picked up the accolade at a celebration dinner and ceilidh at Stirling Castle on 29 November 2007.  
More Jobs At Hijobs With Charity and Voluntary Tie Up is pleased to announce a brand new recruitment advertising tie-up with, the premier careers hub for the charity and voluntary sector in Scotland and Wales.   Hijobs launched in August 2006 and has established itself as one of the largest jobs sites in the Highlands and Islands and NE Scotland - covering Aberdeen city/shire, Moray, Highland, Argyll & Bute, the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd 27 November 2007
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (November 27th) sold 103 prime cattle at its Christmas Show & Sale sponsored by The Royal Bank of Scotland, Scot JCB, John M.  Munro Butchers, MacRae & Dick Landrover Centre, Aberdeen Journals, Highland Industrial Supplies, and Harbro Farm Sales and judged by Eric Munro of John M.  
Landmark Study Concludes - Rural Voice Must Be Heard Again
Scotland's rural communities need to be given a louder voice and Scottish Government policies need to be properly "rural proofed", according to the findings of a new study published by Scotland's foremost consumer organisation.   The Rural Advocacy study was commissioned by the Scottish Consumer Council and brought together a cross section of organisations from the voluntary and public sectors.  
Inverness Virtues To Be Topped By Caithness Flagstone
Invernessians have helped select three new virtues to take the city forward into the 21st century.  The new virtues are perseverance, open-heartedness and insight.  
QUOYBRAE, Aberdeen & Northern Marts - Sale 19 November 2007
QUOYBRAE, Aberdeen & Northern Marts (19th November) sold 2,772 Prime, Store & Breeding Sheep.   Prime Lambs (163) sold to 72.8p a kg for 5 42.4kg Suffolks from M W & A Sutherland, Brabsterdorran and 32.50 gross for a 58kg Mule from J T M MacKay, Thura Mains.  
Dounreay Bulletin - Issue 14
GO-AHEAD FOR NEW WASTE FACILITY Dounreay has received authorisation from regulators to commence active commissioning of a newly-constructed waste-handling facility.  The facility cost 10 million to construct and will increase the site's capacity for storing solid intermediate level waste from the clean-up and demolition of the fast reactor experiment.  
Quoybrae Sale - 12 November 2007
QUOYBRAE, Aberdeen & Northern Marts (12th November) sold 333 Weaned Calves, Store & Breeding Cattle.   Bullocks (167) averaged 121.9p to 226p per kg for a 239kg Limousin from J & G More, Lynton Cottage, Ulbster and 700 gross for a 559kg Limousin from M & L Armitage & Son, Lochquoy, Castletown.  
Stop Burglars This Christmas
Christmas is coming and many folk are buying presents for friends and families.   Burglars often do their dshopping by breakinginot other people's homes and businesses.  
Counting The Insurance Cost Of Christmas
Christmas shoppers could get less than they bargained for if their carefully chosen gifts get stolen from the office, warn insurance experts.   Office workers often make the most of lunch hours to minimise the last minute present rush, but storing purchases in the office could be a risky idea if the company's insurance does not cover against theft of personal belongings.  
SNH Publishes Innovative Online Farming GuideThumbnail for article : SNH Publishes Innovative Online Farming Guide
A revised version of Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH)'s online handbook of advice for farmers - packed with ideas on innovative farming technology - has been published.  The Targeted Inputs for a Better Rural Environment (TIBRE) Arable Handbook features 44 technologies and techniques to help Scotland's arable farmers become more eco-efficient and in many cases improve their profits.  
QUOYBRAE, Aberdeen & Northern Marts - Sale 5 November 2007
QUOYBRAE, Aberdeen & Northern Marts (5th November) sold 3,287 Prime, Store & Breeding Sheep.   Prime Lambs (299) sold to 76.4p a kg for 71 42.1kg Suffolks and 32.50 gross for 11 43.1kg Texels all from B Brims & Sons, Brabsterdorran Mains, Bower.  
New research shows managers are letting down the workers
Less than a third (29%) of Scottish employees have complete trust in their manager, with almost eight in ten (75%) believing that they have let them down in the past, according to research published today.  Released by Investors in People - the organisation that works with companies to improve performance - also reveals that more than half (58%) of employees believe that their manager only has their best interests at heart when it suits them.  
New Craft Shop Opens In WickThumbnail for article : New Craft Shop Opens In Wick
BB & C - Barrett's, Beads and Crafts is to open officially on Thursday 1 November but so many passers-by have entered the shop that the new owners Charmain Hampson and Jane Hellers let them into browse around and folk have been delighted with what they have found even though all the supplies were not yet laid out.   The shop in Kirk Lane off the High Street in Wick looks set to do well with the crafts folk in the county.  
Dounreay Bulletin - Issue 13Thumbnail for article : Dounreay Bulletin - Issue 13
30th October 2007 CLEAN-UP TEAM BEGINS TO STRIP FAST REACTOR Ripping out the innards of Dounreay's famous dome has begun, with the stripping out of the integral reactor ducting and associated equipment that once helped power Britain's first fast breeder reactor.   The reactor well ventilation ducting and some electro-magnetic pump ductwork is being removed from the sphere in order to minimise hazards for future decommissioning work and to open up access routes for the removal of the DFR breeder.  
A9 Upgrade Could Deliver 1Billion Economic Benefit To Highlands and Islands
It's been estimated that dualling the A9 trunk road between Perth and Inverness, could lead to an economic benefit of almost 1billion to the Highlands and Islands according to a new study.   These benefits would be driven by a reduction in journey times of 22 minutes.  
Highland Council Area Recycling Rate Sees Massive Improvement
Recycling rates in Highland continued to improve over the past year and a huge "thank you" is extended to everyone who has put the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle message into action.  Last year we increased our recycling rate to just over 26% which is fantastic! A massive improvement on where we were only four years ago when we were recycling only 3.5% of our waste!! The downside to this good news, however, is that the amount of waste collected also grew by over 1.6% last year so we must all strive to make recycling and composting a normal part of our daily routine and try to minimise the amount of waste that we generate in the first place.  
Dingwall And Highland Marts - Sale 29 October 2007
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd, (October, 29th) sold 380 breeding cattle.   Heifer and male calf (16) sold to 1,020 gross for Shorthorns from Achley Farm, Dornoch.