12th February 2016
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Coastguard agency criticised after emergency tug meeting

• MCA accused of failing to see value of tug cover, as contract nears its end

• MP criticises risk assessment as puting ‘cart before the horse’

• Tugs were introduced after tanker disaster in 1993

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The coastguard tug Herakles, seen here in Scalloway Harbour. Photo: Mark Burgess.
The coastguard tug Herakles, seen here in Scalloway Harbour. Photo: Mark Burgess.

Councillors condemn ‘worst settlement’ as budget agreed

• Councillors agree budget despite hefty cuts in the settlement from the Scottish government.

• Political leader expresses disappointment at the Holyrood administration over its grants.

• Altogether, the council has been left with a £9.3m hole to fill.

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Lerwick Town Hall Front
Lerwick Town Hall Front

Association highlights dangers of fishing near Total pipelines

• Fishermen’s spokesmen are furious that a solution for “dangerous” gas industry pipelines in Yell Sound has not been forthcoming.

• Anger comes after Total announces the first gas is flowing through the Shetland Gas Plant.

• Fishermen are being warned to steer clear of the pipelines or face gear damage, or worse still, fastening on the rubble.

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The Kestrel was involved in trials in Yell Sound.
The Kestrel was involved in trials in Yell Sound.

School meals booking goes online for pilot scheme

• A pilot project which will allow parents to book their children’s school meals online will be launched in several primary schools.

• The SIC is taking part in a Scottish government promoted scheme already used in other parts of the country.

• It will mean all meals have to be booked a week in advance.

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School meals at several primary schools will be booked online from next month.
School meals at several primary schools will be booked online from next month.

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