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Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 13 January 2009
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (January, 13th) sold 68 prime cattle.  Prime bullocks (41) averaged 169.4p (+1.6p) and sold to 183p per kg and 1,177.10 gross.  
It's not all doom and gloom on the retail high street
Shopworkers' union, Usdaw, welcomes the announcements of new jobs to be created in some of the major retail food companies this year.   Tesco is creating 10,000 across the UK business, Morrisons over 5,000, Sainsbury's up to 4,000 and Iceland 2,500.  
MEDIA Roadshow 2009Thumbnail for article : MEDIA Roadshow 2009
MEDIA Antenna Scotland will be holding a briefing event at Inverness Museum & Art Gallery The Discovery Room Castle Wynd Inverness On Wednesday 11 February 2009 From 11am to 1pm (tea and coffee will be served) Come along if you would like further information on opportunities for film, television and interactive companies in areas of development, distribution, training, markets and festivals, provided through the European Union's MEDIA 2007 funding Programme.   To register, please contact Emma Valentine at scotland[AT] or tel.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 6 January 2009
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (January, 6th) sold 58 prime cattle.  Prime bullocks (12) averaged 167.8p (+1.5p) and sold to 170p per kg and 1,197.20 gross.  
HIE Launches Free Business Advice LineThumbnail for article : HIE Launches Free Business Advice Line
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) today formally launches a campaign to assist businesses to navigate their way through the current economic downturn.   The agency has set up a dedicated advice line with business experts on 08000 884 884 offering free tailored advice to businesses of any size and in any sector.  
The Caithness Chamber of Commerce has recruited a chief executive to ensure a strong united business voice for the future.   Trudy Morris, who currently lives in Inverness, will take up her new appointment on Monday 5th January 2009.  
Leading environmental groups are backing Scottish Water's effort to get people in the Highlands & Islands to make a New Year resolution to become more aware of how their use of drinking water contributes to carbon emissions.   Head of Policy at WWF Scotland, Dr Dan Barlow, explained: "If Scotland is to tackle climate change, it's vital we reduce our emissions.  
Breeder element removal tool installed in fast reactorThumbnail for article : Breeder element removal tool installed in fast reactor
A versatile remotely-operated machine that will cut the heart out of Dounreay's fast reactor has been installed in the sphere.   The retrieval cell is a highly engineered tool that will reach down inside the reactor vessel and remove the remaining breeder elements in a delicate and precise operation.  
Shaft clean-up nominated for top awardThumbnail for article : Shaft clean-up nominated for top award
A ground-breaking project to recover nuclear waste from a shaft beneath Dounreay is in the running for a top award.   The project team has already taken a top in-house award for its safety and environmental performance during a three-year operation to divert groundwater from the shaft.  
Highland Councillors accepted the recommendations for the credit crunch at their meeting on 18th December 2008.   SUMMARY This report offers a brief overview of the economy as context to the Council's proposed response to the economic downturn.  
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) announced this week that it has brought forward construction of a 2.5m state-of-the-art business unit on The Enterprise Park, Forres in Moray.   The move follows last week's announcement by the agency that it intends to accelerate its capital spending programme where possible to alleviate the current slow down in the construction industry.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 23 Dec 2008
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (December, 23rd) sold 68 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (27) averaged 162.1p (-5.6p) and sold to 169p per kg and 1,190.70 gross.  
Stamp Prices To Rise By 3p As Post Faces Stiff Email Competition
The cost of posting first and second class letters is to increase by 3p to 39p and 30p from April, the Royal Mail announced.   The stamp price rises follow increases last April, when first class stamps rose by 2p to the current 36p and second class by 3p to the present 27p.  
18 Million To Improve Waste Performance
The drive to make Scotland a Zero Waste society today received a further boost with the distribution of almost 18 million to local authorities.   The investment, which will aim to improve recycling rates and cut the amount of waste going to landfill, comes from the Scottish Government's Zero Waste Fund for 2008/09.  
Good News For Customers As Agreement On Flooding Insurance Reached
A joint agreement on flooding reached between the Scottish Government and the insurance industry will give homes and businesses greater protection Environment Minister Michael Russell said today.   The Scottish Government and the Association of British Insurers (ABI) have agreed to work together to minimise the flood risks and to help people quicker when flooding occurs.  
Good Start For Rural Kerbside Recycling Collections In CaithnessThumbnail for article : Good Start For Rural Kerbside Recycling Collections In Caithness
Over 10 tonnes of waste has been diverted from landfill in the first week of the rural recycling collections in Caithness with 60% of residents putting out their bins for collection.   Chairman of TEC Services, Councillor John Laing said: "I would like to thank the public for their high level of commitment to making the new service such a success.  
KP Technology wins National Innovation Award
Prof Iain Baikie, Director of KP Technology in Wick, picked up a John Logie Baird Award - one of the major innovation awards open to Scottish businesses- last week.  At a reception for over 300 people in the Glasgow Science Centre, KP Technology won in the "Impact in Innovation" category.  
Council Offers Home Improvement Grants
The credit crunch may be biting but The Highland Council has cash grants available to assist with home improvements, adaptations and repairs.   Home improvement and repair grants are available to help people living in owner-occupied or privately-rented housing to meet the costs of having their homes improved, repaired or adapted.  
SEPA cuts red tape in waste regulations
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has announced further steps to reduce bureaucracy, while still ensuring high levels of environmental protection.   Changes have been put in place to how SEPA enforces three sets of regulations; the Producer Responsibility (Packaging Waste) Regulations, the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations (WEEE) and the Trans Frontier Shipment Regulations (TFS).  
Climate Change Plan for SEPA published
With the Climate Change Scotland Bill now in parliament, it is important that everyone starts thinking how they will contribute to the ambitious world leading targets set out in the Bill.   As Scotland's environment watchdog, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has a key role in addressing climate change and has today (19 December) published its climate change plan for SEPA.