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Daily Archives: September 5, 2008

CLAN appeal gets a huge boost

CLAN appeal gets a huge boost

05/09/2008, by in News

By ROSALIND GRIFFITHSMORE than half a million pounds of lottery funding was pledged to the CLAN appeal this week. The grant will provide a massive boost to the charity’s aim of building a new cancer support centre in Aberdeen.The Big Lottery Fund has pledged £633,336 to the cause following a... Read more...

CLAN support was fantastic

CLAN support was fantastic

05/09/2008, by in News

By ROSALIND GRIFFITHSTHE CLAN complex in Aberdeen has been a lifeline for a Dunrossness resident and her family.Ann Dewberry has had several stays there, including a spell of five weeks earlier this year while having cancer treatment, and will continue to make use of the centre during her follo... Read more...

Trust bonus set to be reformed

Trust bonus set to be reformed

05/09/2008, by in Public Affairs

By NEIL RIDDELLSHETLAND Charitable Trust looks set to be forced to radically alter its £1 million Christmas bonus scheme for pensioners in the isles, it emerged this week.Under the trust’s budget for 2008/9, a payment of £321 is due to be made to all pensioner and dis­abled person househol... Read more...

Terminal could still get new gas

Terminal could still get new gas

05/09/2008, by in News

By NEIL RIDDELLTHE UK government has insisted that Sullom Voe remains “in the mix” as it continues to examine how best to bring new oil and gas discoveries ashore.It has been suggested that Labour is keen to bypass Scotland with the new finds to protect the UK’s future revenue in the even... Read more...

Assurances over air franchise switch

Assurances over air franchise switch

05/09/2008, by in News

By RYAN TAYLORLOGANAIR chiefs have moved to reassure passengers that its imminent switch from BA to the Flybe franchise will help improve airline services.Bosses were in the isles this week to stress the company was well placed to look after customers flying from Shetland when the change-over t... Read more...

Islanders not as fat as all that

Islanders not as fat as all that

05/09/2008, by in News

By LISA WARDTHE REPORT which placed Shetland at the top of the UK’s “obesity map” came in for more criticism this week after it became clear that it was sponsored by a pharmaceutical company which manufactures the anti-obesity drug Xenical (Orlistat).The report, created by Dr Foster Rese... Read more...

Figures are misleading and unfair

Figures are misleading and unfair

05/09/2008, by in News

SOME Shetland people have reacted with anger at the obesity report.Laura Johnson, 19, from Weis­dale, described it as very unfair.She said: “BMI isn’t really the best way for measuring how healthy someone is.”Ms Johnson’s BMI is 22, which is considered a medically healthy BMI. However... Read more...

Man faces jail after heroin is thrown away

Man faces jail after heroin is thrown away

05/09/2008, by in News

PACKETS of heroin were thrown from a speeding car as police chased it along winding Shetland roads, the High Court in Edinburgh heard last Thursday.The driver, Terry Robert Charles Thomson, 33, of Sandveien, Ler­wick (who is now known as Terence Charles), now faces the possibility of a long jail... Read more...

NHS complaints service at CAB

NHS complaints service at CAB

By ROSALIND GRIFFITHSA SERVICE to help people dissatisfied about NHS treatment is now available at the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) offices in Lerwick.The Independent Advice and Support Service (IASS) will tell people how to complain about services from local GPs, dentists and from doctors an... Read more...

Soap company branches out

Soap company branches out

05/09/2008, by in News

SHETLAND Soap Company is to launch four new product lines in a bid to rapidly expand its existing operation.The new ranges will see the company diversify its current operation by targeting new consumer markets through the development of products designed specifically for men and babies.Black Ice... Read more...

Yell folk sceptical over blueprint

Yell folk sceptical over blueprint

05/09/2008, by in News, Public Affairs

PARENTS of children in Yell are sceptical about their views over the future of schools provision being taken seriously, despite an SIC agreement to take forward its blueprint for education with a fresh round of consultation.Members of the SIC’s services committee moved to consult with parents ac... Read more...

Minister backs industry on cod

Minister backs industry on cod

05/09/2008, by in Fishing & Sea

By NEIL RIDDELLFISHING industry representatives this week met with UK fisheries minister Jonathan Shaw to discuss the future for the Shetland whitefish and pelagic fleets ahead of the upcoming EU quota talks.Speaking after a 90-minute meeting with fisheries represen­tatives in Lerwick on Tuesd... Read more...

Ferry service faces a government review

Ferry service faces a government review

05/09/2008, by in Fishing & Sea

HIGHLANDS and Islands SNP MSP Rob Gibson has welcomed an announcement from transport minister Stewart Stevenson that the Scottish Government will carry out a ferry review.The review will consider current provision of ferry services and what improvements should be made to meet future needs. Mr Gi... Read more...

Top dogs compete for trophies at county trials

Top dogs compete for trophies at county trials

05/09/2008, by in News

THE SHETLAND County Sheepdog Trials were held at Swinister, Gott, last Saturday afternoon.The 12 highest pointed dogs over the summer season in the Shetland trials competed for the Cecil Nicolson Trophy and the two highest pointed in the brace competed for the Harbro Trophy.The Yell committee we... Read more...