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Daily Archives: January 16, 2009

Dilapidated school to shut down for day

Dilapidated school to shut down for day

16/01/2009, by in Public Affairs

By NEIL RIDDELLThe Anderson High School will be closed today because of a burst pipe which led to “extremely hot” water gushing through the main hall of the school and beyond on Wednes­day evening, the most visible sign yet of the dilapidated state of some of its buildings directly impinging ... Read more...

Literary triumph for poet Hadfield

Literary triumph for poet Hadfield

Burra-based poet Jen Hadfield received a welcome shock this week when she found out she had won the TS Eliot Prize for poetry for her second collection, Nigh-No-Place.Announced at an awards ceremony packed with stars of the literary world on Monday evening in London, the news was completely unexpe... Read more...

Scott raises Home Report fault

Scott raises Home Report fault

16/01/2009, by in Public Affairs

MSP Tavish Scott has sought assurances from the government that no-one selling a house in Shetland will be penalised because of failings in a database.He said the problem made it impossible for many sellers to offer the Home Report which was now required by law.Mr Scott wrote to the communities ... Read more...

Freight charges drop

Freight charges drop

16/01/2009, by in Fishing & Sea

Council ferry bosses are to cut charges for transporting boxes of milk, bread and newspapers after a complaint that island shopkeepers could be put out of business by a six-fold price hike.Yesterday the inter-island ferries board agreed to return to the old system with a £155-a-year flat charge... Read more...

Concern over ferry review

Concern over ferry review

16/01/2009, by in Fishing & Sea

Shetland is to voice its concern about the continuing delay to the start of a major government review of Scotland’s ferry services. The SIC inter-island ferries board heard yesterday up to three months could be lost due to problems recruiting consultants to undertake the review, which has to be co... Read more...

Standby skipper to appear on trial

Standby skipper to appear on trial

16/01/2009, by in Fishing & Sea

The skipper of an oil standby ship has denied breaching a safety management system resulting in the death of a crew member in November 2007.Master of the Vos Viper Alexander Phimister, 62, of New Street, Findochty, pled not guilty to allowing crew member Gordon Buchan, 48, to board the ship at the... Read more...

Butcher bids to take over

Butcher bids to take over

16/01/2009, by in News

By RYAN TAYLORThe former manager of a butcher shop which closed down despite enjoying an exceptional Christmas is launching a bid to take over the business himself.Kevin Sandison ran James S Smith in Commercial Street for two years after the business was taken over by Orkney-based farming compa... Read more...

Plan for £6m office block

Plan for £6m office block

16/01/2009, by in News, Public Affairs

By JOHN ROBERTSONTwo local contractors are in the running to build Lerwick’s biggest office block – a £6 million head­quarters for SIC social services at the North Ness in Lerwick. They and a foreign contractor have been shortlisted from among 15 inter­ested parties to provide design- an... Read more...

Post Office a family affair in Bixter

Post Office a family affair in Bixter

16/01/2009, by in News

By LOUISE THOMASONFor 113 years the post office at Bixter has been operated by a man named Creighton Williamson. Or rather three men – grandfather, father and son.But when the latest in the family line received an award this week for 30 years of service in the Post Office it was in the k... Read more...

Seal case continued

Seal case continued

16/01/2009, by in News

Two men accused of clubbing 21 grey seals to death on the isle of East Linga off Whalsay had their case called at Lerwick Sheriff Court this week.Jimmy Stewart, 47, of Saltness, Symbister, and John Eunson, 44, also of Symbister, were excused attendance. Their case was continued without plea until ... Read more...

Ombudsman’s reply was ‘pathetic’

Ombudsman’s reply was ‘pathetic’

16/01/2009, by in News

Councillor Jonathan Wills has failed in his attempt to persuade the Scottish Public Services Ombuds­man to investigate what he describes as the “waste” of £6 million on three major council projects. He now intends to bring the matter up with First Minister Alex Salmond.The Lerwick South me... Read more...