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Caithness.org News Bulletins -  December 2002

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This Way To Christmas 2002

Nice Day For Christmas But Christmas Eve Was Stormy.....Again 25 December

PARTICLE FIND ON SANDSIDE BEACH 24 December 2002
A suspected radioactive particle resulting from historical operations at Dounreay was found during routine monitoring of Sandside Beach On Monday

Disability Sports Officer Appointed
A top athletics coach has taken up a new three-year post to promote sports development for people with a disability in the Highlands.  As Highland Disability Sports Development Officer, Charlie Forbes will play the key role in developing a network of co-ordinators to promote local sports
opportunities.

Bear Shave Raises Staggering 1910 For Renal Unit
Back in October Donald Campbell had his beard shaved to raise money for the new renal unit.  The money has all been collected and it kept rolling in to reach an amazing 1910.  Donald who works for Stevens Transport received a donation from the firm of 250.  He would like to thank all the contributors who made every hair count.........

17 December 2002
Data Protection Scam Warning
A warning has been issued to local businesses in the wake of the latest round of official-looking mailings from firms offering to register them with the Information Commissioner as required by the Data Protection Act.

16 December 2002
Vestas-Celtic Wind Technology Refurbishment
Argyll and the Islands Enterprise (AIE) is committing over half a million pounds to carry out additional infrastructure works at the Vestas plant at Machrihanish.
The 665,169 investment will result in the refurbishment of an existing building and the provision of additional storage areas as well as other improvements including the strengthening of an existing piece of road.

French Research Students At ERI Visit Dounreay
Staff and Students from the UHI Environmental Research Institute (ERI) in Castle Street,Thurso visited Dounreay on Thursday 5th December and were given a tour of the site and visited various facilities within the Fuel Cycle Area.  Dounreay has a strong relationship with the ERI and continues to host regular visits for their French student programme.

First Gear For Young Caithness Drivers
Caithness community bands together for young drivers to make them safe


 

YOUNG DRIVERS TARGETED IN CASUALTY REDUCTION SCHEME

WARNING RE BOGUS WORKMEN POSING AS ELECTRICAL ENGINEERS/WORKMEN
Police in Caithness are warning members of the public to be aware of bogus workmen working in the Thurso area.  About 13:10h on Monday 9 December 2002, the two after described males entered the Careers Scotland office on Olrig Street, Thurso and stated they were from Scottish Hyrdo Electric and asked to inspect the office vacuum cleaner.  They were asked for identification by staff but decided to leave the premises without producing any.

Community Energy Projects Team

NORTHERN CONSTABULARY FESTIVE
ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN
"DON'T BLOW IT THIS CHRISTMAS"

Northern Constabulary are launching their Festive Safety Campaign on Tuesday 9th December with a radio commercial asking people not to blow their Christmas by drink driving.  The campaign will again be a three pronged road safety initiative targeting drink drivers, speeding motorists and those who travel without wearing a seat belt.

New Wind Farms News Section 9 December
Caithness and the highlands and Islands are about to see a period of huge development in Wind Farms and to keep up with everything that is happening we have set up a new section to keep it all together.  The Wind Farm News section will be linked in various places on the web site such as the top of the news index pages and Wind Farm links section

Thurso Christmas Lights

HIGHLAND GETS CONNECTED WITH PEOPLES NETWORK
An ambitious project to provide free Internet access at all Highland Council libraries was officially launched at Inverness library on Friday 6th Dec by Peter Peacock MSP, Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services.  Wick and Thurso Libraries are already connected.........

Pennyland School 40th Anniversary

Thurso Swifts Awards

Wick Harbour - No Let Up In Damage 7 December 2002

Mile Swim Challenge Certificates
Pauline McFadyen a member of the synchronised swimming team at the Commonwealth Games presented certificates to some of the 505 children who completed the mile swim challenge and raised 894.23 for the Childline charity.  Councillor Roger Saxon introduced Pauline and congratulated everyone for completing the swim and raising the money.  Tina Robinson the area Sports Officer who had organised the challenge in Caithness was also in attendance.

Latest Wick Harbour Damage
A new Wick Harbour News section to draw together all the last few weeks items and to hold items on the ongoing problems.

200 New Jobs At Dounreay With Biggest Block Of Contracts 3 December
ALLIANCE OF COMPANIES SOUGHT TO DELIVER CORNERSTONE OF DOUNREAY SITE RESTORATION PLAN 
The UK Atomic Energy Authority at Dounreay today announced it has invited interest from companies capable of delivering a key project in the site restoration plan.  UKAEA Dounreay wants to form an alliance of companies that can provide it with a secure and modern facility to store conditioned intermediate-level radioactive waste (ILW) arising from the site restoration work over the next 50-60 years.

2.7 MILLION REDEVELOPMENT OF THURSO TOWN HALL AND CARNEGIE LIBRARY 3 December
Highland Councillors will be asked at a meeting on Wednesday 4 December 2002 to back plans for a 2.7 million redevelopment of the historic Thurso Town Hall and the adjacent Carnegie Library, now used as a local museum.....................

Plans To Accelerate Reach Of Broadband
Plans to accelerate the roll out of Broadband, stimulate competition and improve access to customers for all service providers, were outlined On Monday 2 December 2002.  Up to 24m has been allocated to support business take-up and ensure that by the end of 2003, at least 70% of the population ...................................

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