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Before you Spend, Spend, Spend this Christmas - Know Your Shopping Rights
With only two weeks before Christmas Day, The Highland Council's Trading Standards Service is advising shoppers during this busy time to be aware of their consumer rights.   Head of Trading Standards, Nigel MacKenzie said: "Some shoppers have taken the option to shop on-line this Christmas in order to beat the car park queues and crowds thronging around the busy towns throughout the Highlands.  
Only Santa Should Be In The Red This Christmas
Christmas could break the bank for the more than 6.6 million people already behind on payments, the Legal Services Commission (LSC) warned today launching its Christmas debt awareness campaign.  The campaign asks shoppers to think of the debt they may be racking up ahead of January when the bills arrive.  
Hothouse Youth Challenge 2007Thumbnail for article : Hothouse Youth Challenge 2007
The search continues to find the Highlands and Islands' answer to Richard Branson as the ICT Hothouse Youth Challenge 2007 enters its final month for entries.   The challenge is looking for young entrepreneurs with bright ideas to submit their ideas for information technology and communications of the future.  
Dounreay Bulletin - Issue 16Thumbnail for article : Dounreay Bulletin - Issue 16
PLUG REINFORCED TO ENABLE SHAFT TO BE DECOMMISSIONED The second stage of the Shaft Isolation Project is complete and has achieved its objective.   A section of the liquid effluent discharge tunnel which passes close to the base of the shaft was required to be in-filled with grout in advance of the installation of the main shaft isolation barrier.  
Scottish Business Can Benefit From Fusion Of Science And Industry
A new 10 billion international project to harness fusion energy can offer major opportunities for Scottish companies.  That will be the message to a delegation from the Scottish Executive when they visit the headquarters of the UK's fusion research programme on Monday 11th December.  
Warning Signs Removed From Sandside Beach As Perceived Particles Threat Lessened
The third report of the Dounreay Particles Advisory Group states that the possibility of coming into direct contact with a particle at Sandside is extremely small and would not cause any discernable health effect.   As a result existing signs, which were erected by the estate, were removed at the weekend by the estate of its own choice.  
Dounreay Reactor Core Drilling Success
Yet another pioneering invention has successfully allowed the crucial next phase of decommissioning Dounreay's Prototype Fast Reactor (PFR) to begin.  The innovative purpose built device, which resembles an extremely long flexible drill, enables pockets of liquid metal to be drained from deep inside the redundant reactor.  
Business Crime Increases By 15% In Third Quarter
AXA Business Crime Index reports second consecutive quarterly increase in business crime Birmingham tops the city business crime table The average claim settlement amount is 3,524 Over 50% of business crimes relate to theft, while arson claims highest payouts AXA warns businesses to be vigilant over the Christmas period The latest findings from the AXA Business Crime Index* reveal a 15% increase in crime related insurance claims by businesses between July and September, compared to the second quarter of this year.   The last six months have seen a consistent rise in the number of business crime claims experienced by the insurer.  
Meat Industry Recognises Mey Selections As The BestThumbnail for article : Meat Industry Recognises Mey Selections As The Best
4 December 2006: The Mey Selections winning team scooped the Best New Beef Product Award for their recently launched Sainsbury's Taste The Difference Mey Selections Meatballs.   At an awards dinner and presentation ceremony at London's Sheraton Park Lane Hotel, the prize was accepted by Anna Grundy and Amy Brech (Product Development) from Sainsburys, Dermot Slade, Development Chef at Dunbia, and John Strak, Managing Director of North Highland Products Ltd.  
The Return Of The Traditional Winter PuddingThumbnail for article : The Return Of The Traditional Winter Pudding
On a cold winter night a delicious hot pudding is the perfect warmer, however health fads and media pressure can push the pudding to the back of the freezer drawer or cupboard.  Well no more! Traditional delights such as Syrup Sponge and Sticky Toffee Pudding have reclaimed their crown - even replacing Christmas Puddings in popularity for the festive season, showing that the great British Pudding is back with a vengeance! Would you like to try a pudding that celebrates luxury and pleasure and encourages the nation to indulge itself and enjoy a well-earned treat.  
Climate Change - Are We Leaving It To Luck?
Scotland is in danger of relying on luck to solve environmental challenges.  This stark message comes from leading academic Professor Mike Hulme of the internationally recognised Tyndall Centre on Climate Change Research.  
Caithness Flagstone Helps Royal Bank Headquarters Win National AwardThumbnail for article : Caithness Flagstone Helps Royal Bank Headquarters Win National Award
A new headquarters that provides a world-class working environment and creates a business campus positioning it as an employer of choice, has won a prestigious national building award for the Royal Bank of Scotland in Gogarburn, Edinburgh.   Designed by Edinburgh-based architectural firm, Michael Laird Architects, the new building and 100-acre site has won the top award for a new modern building with non-load bearing stone in this year's Natural Stone Awards.  
Davidson Review of the implementation of EU legislation final report
MOT Tests Could Be Reduced Lord Davidson QC today published his final report on the implementation of European legislation in the UK.  It proposes action to cut the burden of regulation particularly in the areas of consumer sales, financial services, transport and waste - creating an estimated 670 million saving to business and consumers.  
Penalties Review - Rogue Businesses Should Redress The Harm They Cause
A review of the penalties for regulatory non-compliance lead by Professor Richard Macrory published its final report today.  The report 'Regulatory Justice: Making Sanctions Effective' found that reliance on criminal prosecution failed to give regulators adequate means to effectively deal with many cases in a proportionate and risk based way.  
Contractors Supplier Event 29 November 2006
CONTRACTORS SUPPLIER EVENT 4 pm 29 NOVEMBER 2006 Pentland Hotel Thurso Caithness & Sutherland Enterprise is hosting a supplier event in the Pentland Hotel Thurso on 29 November at 4pm to provide information to local companies on current business opportunities.   Presentations will be made by:- Dan Mistry of UKAEA Culham who will provide information on the prospects and opportunities for locally based businesses arising from the construction and commissioning of ITER at Caderache in France.  
Dounreay Bulletin - Issue 15
UKAEA ANNOUNCES SEABED CLEAN-UP TRIALS UKAEA on November 21 announced plans to undertake trials of remotely-operated technology that could be used to remove substantial numbers of particles from the seabed at Dounreay.  A notice placed in the Official Journal of the European Union seeks expressions of interest from companies capable of detecting and removing fragments of irradiated nuclear fuel known to be buried in the offshore sediment near the site's old effluent discharge outlet.  
Dounreay Announces Plans To Begin Seabed Clean-up Trials
UKAEA has announced plans to undertake trials of remotely operated technology that could be used to remove substantial numbers of particles from the seabed at Dounreay.   A notice placed in the Official Journal of the European Union seeks expressions of interest from companies capable of detecting and removing fragments of irradiated nuclear fuel known to be buried in the offshore sediment near the site's old effluent discharge outlet.  
Local Photographer John Baikie Receives Top QualificationThumbnail for article : Local Photographer John Baikie Receives Top Qualification
Thurso based wedding photographer John Baikie has achieved another important qualification within the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers.  Only 6 months after successfully achieving Licentiate level, John submitted a panel for the next level Associateship, and found out this week that he had been successful.  
Project Manager Sought For Proposed Nuclear Skills Academy Scotland
A project manager is being recruited to take forward proposals for a Nuclear Skills Academy Scotland.   The proposed skills academy is being drawn up in partnership between the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise, North Highland College UHI Millennium Institute and UKAEA Dounreay, which are jointly funding the project manager role.  
Another Big Heat And Power Plant For Highland
A PROPOSAL to create a 24million Combined Heat and Power plant at Invergordon has won wholehearted support from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) with its board agreeing to a 5.5million contribution to the project.   Northern Ireland-based company Balcas Ltd plans to develop its operation on the former Alcan smelter site at the Cromarty Industrial Park.