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Daily Archives: October 31, 2008

Anger as ferry jobs go south

Anger as ferry jobs go south

31/10/2008, by in Fishing & Sea

By NEIL RIDDELLFOUR jobs look set to go at NorthLink’s Lerwick office after the company decided to close its finance operation in the isles.A company spokesman confirmed the posts would go sometime early in the New Year and the work would be transferred to the offices of NorthLink’s parent ... Read more...

Three hopefuls ready to be jarls

Three hopefuls ready to be jarls

31/10/2008, by in News

By JIM TAITTHREE new members were elected to the Lerwick Up-Helly-A’ Com­mittee at the first mass meeting of guizers on Tuesday.Lerwick harbourmaster Calum Grains, from Whiteness, was joined by town men Richard Moar, who works for BP at Sullom Voe, and Lynden Nicolson, who is employed b... Read more...

MP keeps up the pressure on Flybe

MP keeps up the pressure on Flybe

31/10/2008, by in News

NORTHERN Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has tabled an early day motion at West­minster calling on Flybe to “drastically” reduce its credit and debit card charges.The budget airline has come under increasing pressure to reverse its introduction of the charges and scores of people have already si... Read more...

Hint of fuel action

Hint of fuel action

31/10/2008, by in News

SECRETARY to the treasury Angela Eagle this week hinted at the prospect of government action on the crippling fuel prices faced by islanders by saying there would be announcement on the matter “in due course”.Prices at the pump did drop sharply at some garages in Shetland this week, with Leask... Read more...

Pay deal grumbles

Pay deal grumbles

31/10/2008, by in News, Public Affairs

HOPES of a happy ending to the SIC’s long-running single status dispute were dented this week after sections of the workforce reacted angrily to their proposed new pay grades.The office workers’ union Unison greeted the revised offer sent out over the past week as “not perfect but substantia... Read more...

Tesco to open round the clock for Christmas rush

Tesco to open round the clock for Christmas rush

31/10/2008, by in News

By NEIL RIDDELLTESCO is hoping to cash in on the anticipated Christmas rush by opening its shop in Lerwick round the clock for three days during the festive period.The South Road store’s manager Paul Clelland confirmed the store was planning to trade from 9am on Sunday 21st December through u... Read more...

Lauren’s art on show at Holyrood

Lauren’s art on show at Holyrood

STUDENT Lauren Bulter will soon be admiring her own art work at the Scottish Parliament.Lauren, 18, from Tresta, is one of a number of young people to have their work selected for an exhibition in the building, and she, together with the other exhibitors, has been invited to an event at the parlia... Read more...

‘Interest’ in resort

‘Interest’ in resort

31/10/2008, by in News

THE businessman trying to sell parts of the Saxa Vord leisure complex on the site of the old RAF base in Unst said this week he has had expressions of interest from within Shetland.Frank Strang announced last week he was putting the entire Har­olds­wick property – which includes 21 self-cateri... Read more...

Mair distance for young skipper Steven

Mair distance for young skipper Steven

31/10/2008, by in Fishing & Sea

AGED 19, fisherman Steven Mair has become the youngest in Shetland to achieve the Gold Standard under-16m skipper’s ticket, which allows him to fish beyond 20 nautical miles from shore.His training began when he completed his SVQ Level 2 Marine Vessel Operations (Fishing) in 2006 while working o... Read more...

More fishing boats in port

More fishing boats in port

31/10/2008, by in Fishing & Sea

AN INCREASE in fishing vessels using Lerwick Harbour was the largest single factor behind an 11.4 per cent rise to 4,256 in arrivals at the Shetland port in the first nine months of this year, compared with the same period in 2007.Between January and September 1,712 boats – up 14 per cent – la... Read more...