Management from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine have spent this week at Dounreay learning how Britain is decommissioning its fast reactor programme. The primary interest of the delegation has been to share and compare the experience of Chernobyl in managing the change from reactor operations to decommissioning.
REACTOR CLEAN-UP TEAM REACH SAFETY MILESTONE Safety and environmental performance is a way of life for staff and contractors working at Dounreay's Prototype Fast Reactor (PFR). They have clocked up a thousand days without a lost time accident - a commendable achievement given the enormous range of decommissioning work undertaken at the plant and the mix of companies involved.
Shutting down and cleaning up the fast reactor experiment at Dounreay forms a large part of the economy in the north Highlands. It is worth an estimated £80 million a year to Caithness and north Sutherland and accounts for one in every five jobs locally.
A third of all employment in the Caithness region remains dependent on the decommissioning activities at Dounreay Nuclear Plant, according to new research. That is one of the findings of Dr Holger Bergmann, who gave a keynote presentation at the 'Caithness - Beyond Dounreay' conference in Thurso on Friday 14th September 2007.
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (September, 13th) sold 3,335 lambs at their specially licenced sale of animals lairaged on site before restrictions were imposed. Store lambs (2,509) averaged £26.17 and sold to £39.80 for Texel crosses from No.
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (September, 12th) sold 189 store cattle. Bullocks (89) averaged 118.5p per kg and sold to 135p for 307kg Limousins from Garthbeg Farms, Gorthleck, and £640 gross for a 515kg Limousin from Dalchork, Lairg.
Many locals know Pentland Lodge House as "The Haunted House" from when the Rotary Club used it to frighten children at Halloween. Now guests get a much friendlier welcome at this newly opened, four-star, guest house.
The search to find the most enterprising student in the Highlands and Islands concludes this week at the Shell STEP final in Inverness. Students will battle it out on Wednesday 12 September at Cowan House - the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) head office in Inverness.
The First Lochmaddy sale of the season : Scottish Blackface Lamb LOCHMADDY, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (September, 5th) sold 2,367 store lambs. Lambs sold to a top of £42.50 gross for Texel crosses from No.
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (August 30th) sold 8,257 store lambs and four wedders at their annual district sale. Ewe lambs (1,974) averaged £24.88 and sold to £38 gross for Cheviots from No.
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (September, 6th) sold 5,495 store, breeding and feeding sheep. Charolais cross (65) averaged £35.32 and sold to £41 gross from Achtuie, Drumnadrochit.
QUOYBRAE, Aberdeen & Northern Marts (3rd September) sold 6,133 Store Lambs at the re-sheduled first combined sale from Dunbeath, Bettyhill, Forsinard and North West Sutherland areas. Overall average was £29.06 showing a decrease of £2.05 from Dunbeath & Bettyhill areas and a decrease of £1.24 on all other areas from last year.
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (September, 5th) sold 32 prime cattle and 405 prime sheep. Prime bullocks (15) averaged 128.5p (+4.4p) and sold to 139p per kg for a 640kg Charolais cross from Balchraggan, Dores, and £897.60 gross for a 660kg Charolais cross from Udale, Poyntzfield, both to John M Munro Ltd., Dingwall.
PORTREE, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (3 September 2007) sold 4,188 store lambs. Lambs sold to a top of £40.50 for Texel crosses from No.
Female resignation rates have hit a new high in Scotland, despite women achieving promotion at a quicker rate than men. Figures, from a survey of 42,205 individuals, also show that female pay rises have stalled for the first time in more than a decade.
The first Ward Forum for The Highland Council electoral ward of Wick will take place in the Norseman Hotel, Wick on Tuesday 11 September from 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm. The meeting will be held in public and there will be a 20 minute session at the close of the meeting for the public to ask questions.
Energy Minister, Malcolm Wicks and David Cairns, MP, Minister of State at the Scotland Office will travel north to attend the Caithness Conference. The conference to be held on 14th September 2007 will identify the actions needed to grow existing or attract new business to the area to offset the impact of the reduction of jobs at Dounreay as the decommissioning progresses.
Dingwall & Highland Marts Limited held their first Prime sale since the restrictions on the movement of livestock were lifted following the Foot and Mouth outbreak in England. The firm had their firs sale of over 2000 lambs in Portree on Monday the 27th August 2007 and have rescheduled sales over the next fortnight as follows.
Budding entrepreneurs in the Highlands and Islands now have the chance to turn their business dreams into reality thanks to a 'Dragon's Den'-style competition. The competition, which is run in partnership with Inverness College UHI, UHI Millennium Institute, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and The Prince's Scottish Youth Business Trust, offers £2000 in cash prizes for winning entries, and all entrants will receive advice on how to take their business idea forward.
An extra 295 young drivers will get the chance to take advanced driving instruction through the Highland Wellbeing Alliance's Pass Plus Scheme this year, thanks to a £40,000 funding boost from The Highland Council's Community Safety Unit. This extra 295 places bring the total of Pass Plus Scheme opportunities to 644 young people throughout the Highlands and gives them the added offer of cheaper motor insurance; improved driving skills; and more confidence if they successfully complete the scheme.