21st April 2015
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Petrofac blames losses on gas plant delays

• The company behind building the new gas plant says ongoing delays are behind further losses of $195 million.

• Petrofac blame a mixture of industrial action and bad weather for the hold-up.

• It said it would need to expend “significantly more man-hours” to complete the project than was originally anticipated

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Delays at the Shetland Gas Plant have contributed to further losses by Petrofac associated with its work on the Laggan-Tormore project.
Delays at the Shetland Gas Plant have contributed to further losses by Petrofac associated with its work on the Laggan-Tormore project.

Dementia support centre opens in Lerwick

• A centre offering advice and support about dementia has opened in Lerwick.

• Dementia Resource Centre at the foot of Burgh Road will serve as a drop-in for anyone seeking information about dementia.

• NHS Shetland dementia nurse manager Alan Murdoch said the new centre would make a “great difference”.

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Alzheimer Scotland chief executive Henry Simmons cuts the ribbon at the new Dementia Resource Centre with help from (from left): Dementia adviser Ann Williamson, MSP Tavish Scott and Alzheimer Scotland Shetland branch chairwoman Heather Fisher. Photo: John Coutts
Alzheimer Scotland chief executive Henry Simmons cuts the ribbon at the new Dementia Resource Centre with help from (from left): Dementia adviser Ann Williamson, MSP Tavish Scott and Alzheimer Scotland Shetland branch chairwoman Heather Fisher. Photo: John Coutts

Carmichael absence leaves just Labour and SNP candidates at hustings

• The late withdrawal of Liberal Democrat candidate Alistair Carmichael through illness meant last night’s Althing hustings debate consisted of just two candidates.

• Danus Skene (SNP) and Gerry McGarvey (Labour) were present but both the Tory and Ukip hopefuls had earlier pulled out.

•Around 80 people turned up at the Tingwall Hall to witness the debate.

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Alistair Carmichael.
Alistair Carmichael.

Community councils unhappy over multi-member SIC wards

• The Scottish government is to be informed, through MSP Tavish Scott, on the adverse impact that multi-member SIC wards is having on community councils.

• This morning’s meeting of the Association of Shetland Community Councils agreed unanimously to press the government over the issue.

• The current situation caused a lack of continuity, the meeting was told.

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Yell Community Council representative Laurence Odie.
Yell Community Council representative Laurence Odie.

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    Shetland Food and Cooking

    A selection of recipes using traditional as well as contemporary ideas. Explores traditions and heritage, as well as the fantastic choices of local produce available today. View More…

  • Hairst is Coosed
    Hairst is Coosed

    Rhoda Bulter is arguably Shetland’s best-known and best-loved poet. Her 4 previous books are produced together for the first time and along with new material this collection boasts 194 dialect poems. View More…

  • The Literature of Shetland
    The Literature of Shetland

    The first ever history of Shetland\\\'s literature, covering over two centuries of creative work. Bringing many obscure local authors into the light, and offers new and insightful readings of better-known figures. View More…

  • Diana
    Diana

    The whale ship, Diana, left Lerwick in early May 1866, bound for the Greenland whaling.
This journal is an astonishing record of endurance of that fateful trip View More…

  • Born a Beachcomber
    Born a Beachcomber

    Born in the last year of the Great War on a croft in the north of Unst, Thomas Mathieson escaped the hard toil of the croft for a life at sea, leading to adventures he never dreamed imaginable. View More…