Offshore success stories wanted for top awards

31st October 2011 from Press & Journal

Organisations and individuals in the oil and gas industry have been encouraged to share their stories of success and put themselves forward for the Offshore Achievement Awards 2012. Nominations have opened for the honours, which have a 25-year history but were not held this year. The awards were previously organised…

HarbourFest 2012 to set sail with regal theme

28th October 2011 from John O Groat Journal

HARBOURFEST has set a return course for Wick next year. Plans for another maritime celebration were this week announced by the organising committee. The event will reflect the Queen’s diamond jubilee pageant being staged in London on Sunday June 3, when her majesty will lead over 1000 ships of all…

Dounreay low-level waste store project is a milestone

27th October 2011 from Press & Journal

Work is due to begin next month to construct a £100million store for low-level radioactive waste from a former nuclear power station. Up to six shallow vaults will be buiilt on land next to Dounreay in Caithness with the first expected to be ready in 2014. The will be used…

Acclaim for Old Pulteney - the best whisky in the world

26th October 2011 from Caithness Courier

WICK is officially home to the best whisky in the world after the tipple was proclaimed number one by an industry guru. Old Pulteney’s 21 year old malt, which has been made at the distillery in Huddart Street since 1826, was crowned the World Whisky of the Year in Jim…

Tide turning for sea power

24th October 2011 from Press & Journal

Tidal-energy projects in Scotland received a boost yesterday after the Scottish Government announced plans to increase the financial support they could get. However, the proposals could also reduce the number of onshore windfarms being built because their support would be cut. As part of a review of the state support…

Trade union joins fight for road revamp

21st October 2011 from Press & Journal

Campaign for improvements to notorious stretch of A9 at Berriedale Braes Scotland’s trade union movement yesterday joined the campaign to improve the notorious stretch of the A9 at Berriedale Braes in Caithness. STUC general secretary Grahame Smith agreed to lobby on behalf of those seeking approval fro work to realign…

New fund has £4m to spend on far north community projects

20th October 2011 from Press & Journal

An extra potential source of support for new community projects in the far north will be available after the launch of the Caithness and North Sutherland Fund later this month. Applications from groups around Dounreay and north Sutherland will then be invited to be considered for the first round of…

Wick’s old schools to be replaced with ‘best facilities in Scotland’

19th October 2011 from Press & Journal

All pupils will be taught in three new community establishments within four years. Wick is in line to have the best school facilities of any town in Scotland, it was claimed yesterday. Within three to four years, all its secondary and primary pupils will be taught in three new community…

NHS looks to Dounreay for safety tips

12th October 2011 from Caithness Courier

A Scottish health team took away a number of key points after spending two days at Dounreay to see what lessons could be learned from the nuclear site’s improving safety record.

Reigniting Scotland’s financial services industry

10th October 2011 from Skills Development Scotland

A dynamic new website that aims to help Scotland improve and retain its wealth of financial talent, was unveiled by the Minister for Learning and Skills. Launching the site ‘re:think’ on October 10 at an event in Drummond Community High School in Edinburgh, Dr Alasdair Allan praised the engaging portal…

Managers say austerity package leaves campuses well placed to survive the hard times

7th October 2011 from Press & Journal

Our financial outlook is now rosier, says north college. After going through the pain of job losses and course cuts, North Highland College (NHC) beleives its financial outlook is now rosier.  Despite the economy drive, it is heading for a £400,000 shortfall, which if not plugged, could lead to drastic…

Supporting smaller businesses in nuclear clean-up

6th October 2011 from Dounreay News

Supporting smaller businesses in nuclear clean-up A collaborative drive is under way to shape proposals for increasing the access of smaller businesses to the £1.36 billion spent each year with the supply chain across the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority estate.

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