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Daily Archives: October 24, 2008

Stormy weather hits ferry service

Stormy weather hits ferry service

24/10/2008, by in Fishing & Sea

FRIDAY’S NorthLink ferry sailings from Aberdeen to Lerwick and from Lerwick to Aberdeen have been cancelled due to strong winds.Tomorrow night’s sailings are also in doubt and the company said they were keeping the situation under review because of a forecast of more bad weather.Further info... Read more...

Ex-Edinburgh official lands plum job

Ex-Edinburgh official lands plum job

24/10/2008, by in News, Public Affairs

By NEIL RIDDELLA FORMER senior official at the City of Edinburgh Council has vowed to be “innovative” in addressing the challenge of continuing to provide services in a climate of spending restraint, after being appointed as the SIC’s new executive director of infrastructure.Gordon Gr... Read more...

Baby bonanza for isles women

Baby bonanza for isles women

24/10/2008, by in News

By JOHN ROBERTSONWOMEN in Shetland are producing more babies than any other part of Scotland, giving the islands its highest birth rate for 12 years.The number of babies born in hospital jumped by 40 to a total of 266 in the year ending 31st March 2007, amounting to a birth rate of 65.2 per... Read more...

Random drug and alcohol testing

Random drug and alcohol testing

24/10/2008, by in News, Public Affairs

RANDOM drug and alcohol testing is set to be imposed on council employees who work with boats, road vehicles and other potentially dangerous machinery. SIC managers are pushing for the testing regime for jobs where being intoxicated could lead to serious accidents.In the past it was common know­l... Read more...

New ballot over council pay deal

New ballot over council pay deal

24/10/2008, by in News, Public Affairs

COUNCIL services could again face serious disruption if union members vote against a revised pay offer in the long-running wages dispute.Union members are to decide whether to accept a three per cent pay offer this year followed by 2.5 per cent in 2009.The revised offer was tabled by employers C... Read more...

Friendly otter delights Tingwall walkers

Friendly otter delights Tingwall walkers

24/10/2008, by in

A PLAYFUL otter made the day for walkers in the Tingwall area last Wednesday.Andrew Swanston, home from Edinburgh to visit relatives in Tingwall, and his friend John Reid from Laxfirth were walking on the banks at around 3pm when they were startled by something in the wet grass.Andrew said: “I... Read more...

Tall Ships preparations under way

Tall Ships preparations under way

24/10/2008, by in Fishing & Sea

WITH 1,000 days to go, preparations are underway to host a fantastic display and welcome thousands of international sailors to Shetland during the Tall Ships’ Races in July 2011.The Tall Ships’ Races are organised by Sail Training International and Shetland successfully hosted the event in 199... Read more...

Members dream of plastic heaven

Members dream of plastic heaven

24/10/2008, by in News, Public Affairs

SIC COUNCILLORS are unlikely to get their own corporate credit cards despite the obvious attractions.Councillor Gussie Angus floated the idea on Wednesday at the Full Council meeting. He said councillors and senior officials in other places were issued with the cards for the expenses incurred on ... Read more...

More SIC spending?

More SIC spending?

24/10/2008, by in News, Public Affairs

THE EXPECTED recession could lead to a spending splurge by the SIC rather than drastic cutbacks, convener Sandy Cluness hinted this week.He said the tradition during tough times was for councils and government to inject cash into the economy to keep it buoyant by investing in big infrastructure p... Read more...

Correction

Correction

24/10/2008, by in News

WE HAVE been asked to point out that the medal author James W Irvine will receive is the Saint Olav’s Medal, and not the King Olav Medal as stated in last week’s article. Read more...