Where recent rains have triggered significant landslides. During the wet winters the region experienced back in 1981-1982 and 1982-1983, allowing the Company to question and change work practices. The most recent rains have once again aggravated the matter.

The most fulsome nationwide real estate listings yet, legal help for buyers and birds-eye views of Detroit caught the eye this month of Web site maven Becky Swann property appraiser whose monthly pick of top 10 Internet sites are a regular feature of her online International Real Estate Directory.

Moore Data Systems, currently out in front of the real estate Internet pack with multiple listing service data from more than 28 cities, made the cut with its CyberHomes site, complete with maps provided by GeoSystems Global Corp. A Scottish lawyer's well-designed and user-friendly summary of legal information for buyers also passed muster with Swann, who praised solicitor the D.W. Georgeson & Sons firm of Caithness, Scotland, for its outstanding narrative and excellent use of frames. In the unusual real estate Web site category, Swann found a site featuring aerial views of the region around Detroit, giving prospective buyers a decidedly new perspective on the area's metro area, Swann noted.

Other hot picks this month include a Shrewsbury, Mass, buyers broker's site, a Century 21 site from California featuring virtual tours, a wide-ranging Australian property site, community profiles from the Hartford Courant, a helpful relocation guide to Dallas-Fort Worth, an enticing look at an Orcas Island, Wash. community, and a Canadian broker's user-friendly site that includes an online buyers seminar.

Every corner of the real estate market was sizzling hot in 1996, including the sale of condominiums. Barduct is working closely with its aluminium supplier to reduce the packaging used to deliver raw materials and to enable the same (now much reduced) delivery packaging to be used to dispatch finished product.

Many of the environmental improvements that NATS has made have been possible because of a commitment by senior management to re-invest any savings made through energy efficiency improvements. As part of the contract the caterers have been given a target to reduce their energy use by 10%.

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