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Dounreay Buletin - Issue 17Thumbnail for article : Dounreay Buletin - Issue 17
NDA BOSS SEES FUEL PLANT BEING FLATTENED Outgoing NDA chief engineer and nuclear safety director Laurence Williams was at Dounreay to see the shell of the old fuel fabrication plant being razed to the ground.  The plant, code-named D1202, was the first of the "atomic factories" built at Dounreay in the 1950s to become operational.  
Rocketing fuel Prices - How to Reduce Fuel Consumption
There is a lot a motorist can do to reduce fuel consumption and save money.  There are quite a few easy and inexpensive maintenance steps that can be taken to add miles to every gallon and save money.  
7/1/2008
Highland Lights rounding off a year of highlights!
Highland Lights ~ Solais na Gaidhealtachd, the climax to Highland 2007 in Inverness on Saturday 12 January 2008, promises to be a great night out for all the family.   Wrap up warm and take part in this fantastic extravaganza of music, fire and fireworks planned by Inverness to mark the close of Highland 2007, Scotland's year of Highland culture on An t-Seann Bliadhn' r - The Old New Year.  
Festive fly-tipping is unacceptable
Over the holiday season many Scots will have a bit of a clear out, especially those who have grabbed a bargain in the sales.  This inevitably means households have a number of bulky items and bags of rubbish to get rid of.  
28/12/2007
TOP TIPS FOR MOVING IN THE NEW YEAR
Plan ahead to help avoid a nightmare move Making life changes such as moving to a bigger dream home or downsizing for a better quality of life are popular New Year resolutions.  However, many are put off in carrying out a move as it is one of life's most stressful events.  
From toilets to teeth, SEPA gets asked the oddest things
As you might imagine, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) gets a lot of queries every year.  They arrive in their thousands by email, web, and phone.  
DECOMMISSIONING OPERATIVES RECEIVE CERTIFICATES FROM SAFETY DIRECTORThumbnail for article : DECOMMISSIONING OPERATIVES RECEIVE CERTIFICATES FROM SAFETY DIRECTOR
During his last visit to site Laurence Williams, Health & Safety Director, NDA presented certificates to the latest candidates who have completed their SVQ Level 2 in Nuclear Technology Decommissioning following 9 months of extensive training and assessment verification in D1204.   The candidates are required to demonstrate their competence by completing a series of core units which are independently and nationally verified to maintain the required standard.  
24/12/2007
Caithness Video Firm voted Outstanding Wedding VideographerThumbnail for article : Caithness Video Firm voted Outstanding Wedding Videographer
When a local video production company announced that they were nominated for a major Scottish Wedding Industry award last month little did they know that they would actually be walking away with the pretigious "Voted Outstanding Wedding Supplier (VOWS) award.   Video Viewpoint proprietor, Colin Sinclair, along with his wife Susan attended the glitzy award ceremony recently in the Edinburgh Corn Exchange along with other top industry professionals and nominees.  
24/12/2007
Councils Warns Employees To Beware Of Bogus Phone Calls After Bank Details
The Highland Council has issued a message to its staff advising them not to give out personal Bank details over the phone.   This warning has arisen due to the Council's Finance Service being alerted by employees who said that they had been contacted by telephone from individuals claiming to be from the Council's Payroll and Pensions office asking for personal Bank details to enable outstanding payments to be made.  
Could Bog Myrtle Be A New Cash Crop In The North?Thumbnail for article : Could Bog Myrtle Be A New Cash Crop In The North?
Plans for one of the UK's biggest cosmetic makers to turn bog myrtle into an income-earning crop have moved a step closer with approved funding of 201,000 from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).   Boots Company PLC has developed products using the essential oil extracted from bog myrtle, a native plant of the Highlands and Islands.  
E-TOURISM COURSES GOING DOWN A STORM
Businesses across the Highlands and Islands are full of praise for a series of e-tourism workshops that reveal the secrets of how to run a successful online marketing campaign.   Organised by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) in partnership with the Scottish Tourism Forum and VisitScotland, the workshops show tourism businesses how to use e-marketing and e-commerce to compete more effectively in a busy marketplace.  
23/12/2007
A96 Corridor Framework Launch
A planning blueprint, which sets out a 30-40-year development plan within the A 96 Corridor between Inverness and Nairn from 2011, has been by The Highland Council.   Covering all of the land eastwards from Inverness to the border with Moray and south to the B9006, the A96 Corridor has been identified in both the Highland Structure Plan and Inverness Local Plan as the preferred location for long-term development.  
23/12/2007
Working Group Drives Forward Climate Change Agenda
The Highland Council has established a cross-party working group to spearhead the Council~s commitment to tackling climate change.   At its first meeting, the group agreed its remit in overseeing the production and implementation of a climate change strategy for the Highlands and elected as its chairman Councillor Drew Hendry, (SNP), Chairman of the Planning Environment and Development Committee.  
NDA CHIEF ENGINEER AND NUCLEAR SAFETY DIRECTOR WATCHES LANDMARK DEMOLITIONThumbnail for article : NDA CHIEF ENGINEER AND NUCLEAR SAFETY DIRECTOR WATCHES LANDMARK DEMOLITION
Outgoing Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) Chief Engineer and Nuclear Safety Director Laurence Williams was at Dounreay recently in time to see the shell of the old fuel fabrication plant come crashing down.   The plant, code-named D1202, was the first of the "atomic factories" built at Dounreay in the 1950s to become operational.  
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21/12/2007
Somerfield raises a Macmillion for Cancer Services
Macmillan Cancer Support would like to thank the people of Scotland for helping raise 1million for people affected by cancer.   The "Macmillion" was raised by the dedicated staff and customers of Somerfield stores across the UK ? with a fantastic 117,161 raised in Scotland.  
21/12/2007
Shopworkers To Report Employers
Scottish Shopworkers urged to report retailers if they're forced to work on New Year's Day Usdaw, the retail union, is urging Scottish shopworkers not to suffer in silence if they are forced to work on New Year's Day.   "This is one of the most important days in the Scottish calendar and I repeat my call to Scottish retailers to respect it," said Usdaw General Secretary, John Hannett.  
20/12/2007
Professional Development Award In Renewable EnergyThumbnail for article : Professional Development Award In Renewable Energy
Open Letter Highlands and Islands Community Energy Company Community Groups Dear Community Groups, We are pleased to advise you that Lews Castle College have led the development of the Scottish Curriculum for training in Renewable Energy.  Lews Castle College have recently been validated for the delivery of unique training in Renewable Energy at HND and BSc level available from August 2008.  
18/12/2007
ACTION PLAN LAUNCHED FOR NORTH HIGHLANDS
A three year 50-point action plan for regenerating the Caithness and North Sutherland economy has been agreed by key stakeholders.   The plan has been developed from the regeneration strategy which went out for consultation a year ago, and input from the Caithness Conference in September.  
LOCAL BUTCHER OFFERS A QUALITY CHRISTMAS COURTESY OF MEY SELECTIONSThumbnail for article : LOCAL BUTCHER OFFERS A QUALITY CHRISTMAS COURTESY OF MEY SELECTIONS
Staff at Harrold Bros, based in the High Street in Wick, have been particularly busy over the past few weeks, preparing a mouth-watering array of Mey Selections meat and accompaniments in time for the Festive Season.   As Neil Harrold explained, "Every year we aim to offer the finest meat but this year we feel we have surpassed ourselves in that not only, as the Mey Selections licensee in the area, can we offer excellent beef and lamb, but also a vast range of the company's other products - all guaranteed to make the Christmas and New Year celebratory meals ones to remember." Preserves and chutneys, crunchy oatcakes, biscuits and shortbread, as well as traditional clootie, are just some of the temptations for sale at this local Wick shop.  
16/12/2007
12 Tips for Christmas Shoppers
Trading Standards Officers of The Highland Council have provided 12 handy tips to help the public avoid the pitfalls of Christmas shopping.  They are: - 1.