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The Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards 2007
Open to all tourism businesses across the Highlands and Islands, these sought after awards denote what our world-famous hospitality is all about.   The Awards are open to entries from the end of June 2007.  
Dounreay Bulletin - Issue 5Thumbnail for article : Dounreay Bulletin - Issue 5
SHARING OUR KNOWLEDGE Building on our worldwide links with the nuclear industry, Neil Henderson, a safety case project manager at Dounreay, was invited by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in conjunction with the Government of South Korea, to be part of an Operational Safety Review Team to review the Yonggwang Nuclear Power Plant, Units 5&6, in South Korea.   The Yonggwang site has six pressurised water reactor units with approximately 6,000MW capacity and is operated by Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co.  
Dounreay Site Newspaper - June 2007Thumbnail for article : Dounreay Site Newspaper - June 2007
The June 2007 site newspaper from Dounreay is available as Pdf - See: .  
The case for laying long distance subsea cables from renewable energy projects on Scotland's islands to areas of large population in the south is far from being clear cut under current regulation, according to a key consultants' report.   The review was prepared by TNEI for island authorities together with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and the Scottish Executive to investigate the best options for transmitting power generated by island renewable energy projects to the mainland TNEI described the current situation as a 'Catch-22 scenario' whereby prospective renewable energy developers require confidence that they will be able to connect to the grid, but conversely, investment in grid infrastructure is reliant on securing a guaranteed level of supply.  
"UK business needs to come out of the dark ages and realise that it cannot continue to use working practices that originate from the 19th century." Sir Digby Jones, UK Skills Envoy and former director general of the CBI, has signed the Work Wise UK Concordat backing the implementation of smarter working practices across the UK.  He joins many other signatories including the CBI, TUC, British Chambers of Commerce, BT and Transport for London, committed to bring about a workstyle revolution which will make the UK the most progressive economy in the world.  
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Last week saw the attendance of twenty-three Caithness based businesses and organisations at the All-Energy renewable energy conference and exhibition in Aberdeen, the biggest such event in the UK.  The two day event was attended by 4000 people from all over the world (compared to 2850 in 2006).  
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The AGM of North Highland Products in the Park Hotel Thurso was the occasion for the presentation of a bottle of Mey Selections Barrogill whisky to local farmer Arnott Coghill, who is based at Skinnet, Halkirk, in Caithness.   North Highland Products offered a bottle of whisky as an incentive to farmers who completed a stock availability questionnaire.  
BBC Newsround presenter Laura Jones visits Inverness next month (June) to host the final of the Big Green Challenge where four schools will battle it out before a panel of top judges.   The Big Green Challenge, sponsored by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), is the first debate of its kind to tackle head-on one of Scotland's most pressing issues - renewable energy.  
Plans to transfer public ownership of Cairngorm Estate from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) to Forestry Commission Scotland have been put on hold for the time being.   The 1,418 hectare estate includes one of Scotland's best known mountain plateaus and provides a spectacular setting for the Cairngorm funicular railway.  
Local Food News from Hi Local Food Network - May 2007Thumbnail for article : Local Food News from Hi Local Food Network - May 2007
Interested in Working with producers for their Gates Open Days? HILFN will be recruiting several people on a short term contract to work with the farmers and growers who are taking part in the Gates Open events.  This will involve planning for the day with them and being present on open days to offer assistance and promote the work of HILFN.  
Thurso Glassblower Heads For EuropeThumbnail for article : Thurso Glassblower Heads For Europe
Thurso glassblower Ian Pearson is looking back to move forward.  He has been invited to speak at the European Glassblowers Symposium to be held in Veldhoven, Netherlands in June.  
Mey Selections Adding More Profits For Northern FarmersThumbnail for article : Mey Selections Adding More Profits For Northern Farmers
MEY SELECTIONS RAISES ALMOST A QUARTER OF A MILLION POUNDS IN PREMIUMS FOR BEEF AND LAMB £4.6m turnover in first full trading year 25 May 2007: North Highland Products - the operating company for the Mey Selections brand - has reported a turnover of £4.6m in its first full year of operation, with around £240,000 raised in premiums over the Scottish average price in 2006.   "In our first full year we have achieved a significant rise in turnover," said Danny Miller, chairman, at the company's Annual General Meeting, held last night at the Park Hotel, Thurso.  
Dounreay Bulletin - Issue 26Thumbnail for article : Dounreay Bulletin - Issue 26
SPHERE'S POLAR CRANE READY TO DECOMMISSION REACTOR Holding centre stage within the historic Dounreay sphere is the unique Goliath crane, one of the first polar cranes in the world.  Installed fifty years ago in the Dounreay Fast Reactor (DFR), the original crane was in need of renovation in order to bring it up to the modern standards required to decommission and dismantle the reactor and ancillary plant inside the dome.  
Dounreay Site Newspaper - May 2007Thumbnail for article : Dounreay Site Newspaper - May 2007
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Caithness Creels Expecting Surge In Orders For New Plastic CreelsThumbnail for article : Caithness Creels Expecting Surge In Orders For New Plastic Creels
Fishermen Get To See New Creels With Plastic Parts At Trade Show In Glasgow A revolution in the traditional creel used for hundreds of years by fishermen is underway and being led by a local firm Caithness Creels working closely with a plastics firm - Stornoway Plastics on the Isle of Lewis.   Fishermen and others in the industry got a chance to see the new creels and parts for themselves at a trade exhibition n Glasgow today Caithness Creels has been working in collaboration with Stornoway Plastics to come up with a new way of manufacturing creels that will have much longer life.  
New blended learning scheme plugs plumbing skills leak
Distance learning specialist, Train 4 Trade Skills Ltd, is tackling the severe shortage of qualified plumbers in the UK by offering a revolutionary new way to train for recognised plumbing qualifications.  For the first time they are offering new plumbing courses that fit around existing work and home commitments and teach plumbing skills using a revolutionary, 3D virtual reality `house', accessible via CD on home PCs, to supplement practical and theoretical coursework.  
What's Happening At North Highland CollegeThumbnail for article : What's Happening At North Highland College
11th June - Taster Week starts: Not sure what course is for you? Come along to our "TASTER WEEK" Experience College life Find out about student support During the week you will sample the following range of courses:- Art & Drama—Business/IT— Care Construction—Engineering—Hair & Beauty Hospitality—Land Based Studies Tasters are good fun and interesting—so relax, enjoy and find out as much as you can about the College and the courses available.   Helping you decide which course is right for you.  
Ignite is the UK's first formal woodfuel training course and has been running successfully across the UK since January 2004.   Ignite is a winner of the 2006 National Training Awards and is accredited by Lantra Awards.  
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A unique opportunity to visit a cutting edge research institute is offered to those who are interested in learning about how digital media technologies will be transforming our lives in the future.   Distance Lab, located in the Enterprise Park at Forres, is opening its doors on Saturday 2 June for the first time since it was launched at the start of the year.  
The increasing strength of the Highlands and Islands renewable energy sector will be on show in Aberdeen this week when 22 businesses from the region exhibit at All Energy - the UK's largest energy conference and exhibition - on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th May.   The extensive renewable energy resources, the breadth of expertise and the infrastructure the region has to offer will be demonstrated by the companies on show, from Vestas Celtic in Argyll to the PURE Energy Centre in Shetland.