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Daily Archives: December 31, 2008

Pound’s slide a boost for crofters

Pound’s slide a boost for crofters

31/12/2008, by in News

FARMERS and crofters could be among the few to benefit from the pound’s plunging performance against the euro when they receive their annual subsidies from Brus­sels.Payments made from the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy are expected to increase by £1 billion next year because of sterling... Read more...

Dental shortage

Dental shortage

31/12/2008, by in News

SHETLAND is among the rural areas hardest hit by a shortage of NHS dentists.Figures released this week show 2,182 patients are on a waiting list for dental treatment in the isles.That compares with around 1,500 in Orkney and 1,800 in the Western Isles.In total over 82,000 people are waiting to... Read more...

Green MSP demands ban on shooting seals

Green MSP demands ban on shooting seals

31/12/2008, by in News

A GREEN MSP is demanding a ban on the shooting of common seals to help boost declining numbers.Robin Harper says 3,000 to 5,000 common seals are shot in Scotland every year.The Lothians MSP has lodged a motion seeking support for an outright ban on shooting the animals and enhance seal protectio... Read more...

Dispute over increase in ferry fares

Dispute over increase in ferry fares

31/12/2008, by in Fishing & Sea

A ROW has broken out over government plans to impose above inflation fare increases for ferry services to the Northern Isles.Shetland MSP and former tran­sport minister Tavish Scott has criticised Holyrood ministers for ignoring recommendations by their own officials to keep fare hikes for Orkney... Read more...

Board to chart Mareel project

Board to chart Mareel project

31/12/2008, by in Public Affairs

FOLLOWING complaints by some councillors that they were being kept in the dark over progress on the Mareel project, a sounding board has been created for the duration of the project’s con­struction.The board, comprising elected members and council officials, has already met twice in December an... Read more...

Home rule talks

Home rule talks

31/12/2008, by in Public Affairs

THE UK Cabinet discussed giving assurances to Shetland that devolution would not affect the isles’ oil fund or rate support grant in 1978 after MP Jo Grimond and councillors demanded an opt-out if islanders voted against home rule in the 1979 referendum, it emerged this week.In papers released b... Read more...

Harbour quiet

Harbour quiet

31/12/2008, by in Fishing & Sea

LERWICK harbour has been very quiet over the festive period, with a marked decrease in oil-related activity.The fishery protection vessel Hirta was in the harbour over Christmas and sailed on Boxing Day.Two tugs which had been towing the section which broke free from the Hutton platform also cam... Read more...

Ivory gull highlight of quiet month in north

Ivory gull highlight of quiet month in north

31/12/2008, by in

DECEMBER was a fairly quiet month for wildlife in the North Isles. The highlight has to be the first winter ivory gull found at Oddsta in Fetlar on the 14th. Ivory gulls are high Arctic in distribution, and it is a while since one of these much sought-after birds has been seen here.First winter ... Read more...

Tysties show off their fine grey winter plumage

Tysties show off their fine grey winter plumage

31/12/2008, by in

THE BLACK guillemot, or tystie, one of our most widespread and best known seabirds, appeared for the first time on the Shetland list in 1769. It is the most sedentary of the Atlantic auks, remaining close to its breeding sites in winter, not usually moving more than 15 km away.The most familiar ... Read more...

In the garden

In the garden

31/12/2008, by in

IT HAS occurred to me on occasion to do a horticultural review of the year that’s (almost) past, but when­ever I attempt to write such a thing, I find the research too lengthy and exhausting, and the meagre fruits of my efforts soon turn stale, dull and dusty. And who cares anyway? Who wants to k... Read more...

North Mainland Notes 31.12.08

North Mainland Notes 31.12.08

31/12/2008, by in Features

Watch night collectionEACH year, funds raised from the collection at the watch night service in Hillswick Church of Scotland are donated to charity. Due to the concerted effort in Shetland at present to raise money for the CLAN 1,2,3 appeal, as well as the number of people in the area who have be... Read more...

Covers rule roost at Norscot gig

Covers rule roost at Norscot gig

By Christopher CopeTO PUT on a gig heralded as the launch of a new compilation CD of alternative Shetland music and have a tribute band headline sounds a tad odd. But this was the case at the Boxing Day bonanza at the Norscot Angling Club, with the release of So What, an album featuring an array o... Read more...

Dance and drama

Dance and drama

SHETLAND Arts has a varied dance and drama programme this winter, with many opportunities for people to get involved.During January Stellar Quines and Perissology Theatre Companies will be rehearsing their new pro­duction called Baby Baby. They are going to mentor eight volunteers in various thea... Read more...

Oxfam seeks help from volunteers for 2009

Oxfam seeks help from volunteers for 2009

31/12/2008, by in News

OXFAM Scotland is urging people in Shetland to “give some time in 2009” and work with the organisation to help end world poverty.The charity is looking for volunteers to help both in its shops and in supporting its campaigns throughout Scotland.Oxfam has shops all around the country, which s... Read more...