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Daily Archives: November 28, 2008

Funds meltdown hits council

Funds meltdown hits council

28/11/2008, by in News, Public Affairs

By NEIL RIDDELLSHETLAND Islands Council is unlikely to be able to sanction the building of any major new projects for a number of years as a result of the global financial crisis which has seen more than £60m wiped off the value of its oil funds in the past eight months.SIC convener Sandy Clun... Read more...

Free meals cost more

Free meals cost more

28/11/2008, by in Public Affairs

PROVIDING free meals for young primary school pupils in Shetland – in line with new Scottish government policy – will cost the council just over quarter of a million pounds a year.The SNP administration at Holyrood announced plans to introduce free lunches for all pupils in primaries one to th... Read more...

Services committee farce

Services committee farce

28/11/2008, by in News, Public Affairs

A COUNCILLOR has hit out at fellow members for making policy “on the hoof” after changes to the way capital project priorities are decided led to the spectacle at last week’s services committee of what many observed as a series of parochial attempts by individuals to move their pet projects up... Read more...

Mareel poised to get EU funding

Mareel poised to get EU funding

28/11/2008, by in Public Affairs

By NEIL RIDDELLA POSITIVE announcement on the much-delayed EU application from Shetland Arts, which would complete the funding package for the controversial cinema and music venue Mareel, is expected early next week.Shetland Arts already has just over £9m-worth of funding in place but the fin... Read more...

Sullom Voe celebrates 30th anniversary

Sullom Voe celebrates 30th anniversary

28/11/2008, by in News

By RYAN TAYLORWORKERS at Sullom Voe cel­ebrated three decades of oil processing this week as the terminal marked its 30th anniversary.Celebrations were held on Tuesday to remember the opening of what was one of the largest construction projects ever under­taken in Britain.Its completion wa... Read more...

Cash talks on runway

Cash talks on runway

28/11/2008, by in News

By NEIL RIDDELLREPAIRS to a runway at Sumburgh Airport which was damaged during storms last winter are almost complete and Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL) is looking for the SIC to share the cost of the £250,000 works.Airport manager Nigel Flaws said efforts to remedy the damage to t... Read more...

Musicians escape

Musicians escape

28/11/2008, by in News

TWO Shetland musicians were caught up in Thailand’s protest troubles on Wednesday.Bryan Gear and Colin Sutherland were some of the last passengers to manage to fly out of Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bankok, before it was shut down by protesters.The demonstrators were from the People’s Alliance for... Read more...

Amenity award

Amenity award

28/11/2008, by in News

SHETLAND Amenity Trust celebrated a night of triumph on Friday at the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards 2008. The trust was among the elite of the Highlands and Islands tourism sector at the industry’s annual awards ceremony, picking up the award for Investing in the Environment. The judg... Read more...

Scott calls for simplified funding

Scott calls for simplified funding

28/11/2008, by in News

CROFTS and farms across Shetland will lose over £2 million a year unless the government introduces simpler funding schemes, MSP Tavish Scott claimed this week.He said: “The government has to recognise that its rural policy isn’t delivering what we all want – support to crofts and farms.... Read more...

Clubb lands Sandwick headship

Clubb lands Sandwick headship

28/11/2008, by in Public Affairs

THE NEW head teacher of Sandwick Junior High School is to be Stuart Clubb, it was announced this week.Mr Clubb, 40, is currently prin­cipal teacher of modern studies at Anderson High School, where he has worked for the last 16 years. The start date for his new appointment has yet to be arranged. ... Read more...

We are in the best place, study reveals

We are in the best place, study reveals

28/11/2008, by in News

By LOUISE THOMASONQUALITY of life is better in Shetland than anywhere else in Scotland, a new study claims.Shetland has been ranked first in the third annual Bank of Scotland quality of life survey, which is based on factors such as employment, education, housing and average earnings, as we... Read more...