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Daily Archives: August 15, 2008

SIC strikes set to paralyse isles

SIC strikes set to paralyse isles

15/08/2008, by in News, Public Affairs

By RYAN TAYLORRESIDENTS and businesses in Shetland will find themselves stranded next week when a planned 24-hour strike brings inter-island ferries to a halt.Council workers will take industrial action on Wednesday in protest over a below inflation 2.5 per cent pay increase for three years.U... Read more...

‘Flames licked up through the pedals’

‘Flames licked up through the pedals’

15/08/2008, by in News

By RYAN TAYLORA LORRY driver was forced to flee from his burning cab on Monday morning as flames “licked up” through the foot well of his stricken truck towards him.Onlookers watched as thick black smoke billowed up from the cab of the Shetland Transport truck, which caught fire after a ser... Read more...

Healthy lung removed by mistake

Healthy lung removed by mistake

15/08/2008, by in News

By ROSALIND GRIFFITHSA MAN who had a lung removed by surgeons in Aberdeen after a mistaken cancer diagnosis is claiming compensation from NHS Grampian.Former firefighter Laurie Ball, 58, from Mossbank, was told shortly after the operation that he did not have cancer, but he said that he has had... Read more...

Birds come to isles in droves

Birds come to isles in droves

15/08/2008, by in

By RYAN TAYLORHUNGRY birds that thrive in wooded areas have been flying to Shetland in search of food.Record numbers of the two-barred crossbills started arriving from as far off as Russia in the last three weeks.Having first made an appearance in Fair Isle, they have since gained strength in... Read more...

Airport lighting scheme begins

Airport lighting scheme begins

15/08/2008, by in News

WORK is under way to replace the lighting at Sumburgh Airport with a capital project worth almost £2 million.Much of the airfield ground lighting dates from the 1970s and has reached the end of its life. The £1.9 million investment by Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) will provide a ... Read more...

Cash boost for Skeld harbour front area

Cash boost for Skeld harbour front area

15/08/2008, by in Fishing & Sea

THE WATERFRONT in Skeld has received a major funding boost of over £40,000 to help attract an increasing number of visitors.Skeld Waterfront Trust will use £41,308 – the largest of the 29 grants awarded by Shetland Islands Council – to help build an amenities block with showers and toilets. ... Read more...

Ambitious St Olaf plan thwarted

Ambitious St Olaf plan thwarted

15/08/2008, by in News, Public Affairs

By JOHN ROBERTSONA GROUP of local businessmen have had their plan to renovate St Olaf’s Hall in Lerwick thrown out by councillors, despite planners recommending approval.West Fish (Shetland) Ltd wanted to turn the dilapidated former church and community centre at the top of Church Road int... Read more...

Dogs with a nose for drugs

Dogs with a nose for drugs

15/08/2008, by in News

By ROSALIND GRIFFITHSIT IS now six years since the founding of the charity Dogs against Drugs and five since Shetland’s first drugs dog, Buzz, started working.Black Labrador Buzz was later joined by beige-coloured Labrador Nico, now three years old, who joined the team at the age of one y... Read more...

Port could serve as gas hub

Port could serve as gas hub

By ROSALIND GRIFFITHSSULLOM Voe Terminal could potentially become a hub for reception of gas from new fields west of Shetland, according to Alex Kemp from Aberdeen University.In a presentation to the SIC harbour board yesterday, consid­ering future uses for the port, Professor Kemp said there ... Read more...

Wettest day on record for Fair Isle

Wettest day on record for Fair Isle

15/08/2008, by in

FAIR Isle suffered its wettest day on record last weekend when almost four inches of rain fell in 24 hours.Residents were had to avoid the deluge, which at one point brought two inches of rain in a single hour and flooded many parts of the island.Sunday’s downpour of 101.2mm was more than doub... Read more...

Times Past 15.08.08

Times Past 15.08.08

15/08/2008, by in Features

25 YEARS AGO Shetland’s milk producers have not put an offer in for Freefield Dairy. The closing date for offers was Friday, but despite talks with the SIC and HIDB the producers decided not to offer their business.Mr Brian Anderson, president of the local NFU, said yesterday that a decision to ... Read more...

Letter from Westminster 15.08.08

Letter from Westminster 15.08.08

15/08/2008, by in Features

LAST week was in Orkney was show week so the week was a gentle progress from Shapinsay to St Margaret’s Hope to Dounby and finally to Kirkwall for the County Show on Saturday.I have to confess that I have always found the business of stock judging to be something of a mystery. Farmer’s son t... Read more...

Motorists are still being ‘ripped off’

Motorists are still being ‘ripped off’

15/08/2008, by in News

By NEIL RIDDELLMOTORISTS in Shetland are yet to see a substantial fall in prices at the petrol pumps despite the fact that the price of oil has tumbled by more than $30 a barrel since its peak in July.The price of Brent crude fell below $112 a barrel on Wednesday, its lowest level since May, ha... Read more...

New studentship at marine centre

New studentship at marine centre

15/08/2008, by in Fishing & Sea

THE NAFC Marine Centre, in partnership with Shetland Amenity Trust, is offering a new three-year research studentship for a project on the history of Shetland’s fishing industry.The studentship, jointly funded by Lerwick Port Authority and Shetland Catch Ltd, will provide money for a post-gradu... Read more...

Aquaculture bodies launch consultation

Aquaculture bodies launch consultation

15/08/2008, by in Fishing & Sea

A CONSULTATION on a Renewed Strategic Framework for Scottish Aquaculture was launched by environment minister Michael Russell this week.Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation (SSPO) secretary and Shetland Aquaculture general manager David Sandison hailed it as an extremely positive commitment b... Read more...

First herring arrives at Catch

First herring arrives at Catch

15/08/2008, by in Fishing & Sea

THE FIRST herring of the summer has sparked the Shetland Catch end of Lerwick Harbour into life this week.First to arrive at the Gremista factory was the Fraserburgh pelagic trawler Ocean Venture, which berthed at Gremista on Tuesday.She was followed on Wednesday night by the Faroese Jupiter, wh... Read more...

Farmer wants more top quality sheep

Farmer wants more top quality sheep

15/08/2008, by in News

By JOHN ROBERTSONA PROMINENT farmer and livestock dealer says Shetland needs to invest in a future for its agriculture by encouraging the rearing of more top quality sheep.Brian Anderson says there is a crying need for public support to improve large areas of land, much of it reseeded in the... Read more...

Isles Views 15.08.08

Isles Views 15.08.08

15/08/2008, by in Features

Yell water meetingSCOTTISH Water has con­firmed that it is to hold a public meeting/open day in the Burravoe Hall on Monday, 15th September from 3pm until 7pm.The meeting will address the concerns raised by residents of South Yell in regard to the long-term plans for Yell’s water supply.Cur... Read more...