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Daily Archives: March 6, 2009

Two-hour wait for car accident victim

Two-hour wait for car accident victim

06/03/2009, by in Public Affairs

By NEIL RIDDELLA teenager escaped with minor injuries after his car left the road and slipped 30 metres down an embank­ment in high winds at Levenwick on Wednesday morning, but had to wait almost two hours to be seen by an ambulance team, prompting renewed calls for Shetland to have a second a... Read more...

Top skill award for gardener

Top skill award for gardener

06/03/2009, by in News

A Shetland gardener is one of the winners of an awards scheme organised by LANTRA, the sector skills council for environmental and land-based industries.Michael Balmain was presented with a special award, the Land-based Learner of the Year Steering Group Award for Endeavour, in recognition of ... Read more...

Vikings set to invade South Mainland

Vikings set to invade South Mainland

06/03/2009, by in News

By JIM TAITThey happen in various parts of Shetland, mostly in February, and according to history are seen as a way of bidding goodbye to the dark and dismal days of winter, with a bit of colour and a drink or two thrown in.Up to now a few parts of the isles have managed to stay clear of th... Read more...

Net size may put whitefish fleet at risk

Net size may put whitefish fleet at risk

06/03/2009, by in Fishing & Sea

By LOUISE THOMASONShetland’s whitefish fleet is under threat from agreements reached at the EU Fisheries Council in December, it was claimed this week.Regulations imposed to support the new cod recovery plan include a reduction in fishing effort and the introduction of new nets designed... Read more...

SLMG cash plea

SLMG cash plea

06/03/2009, by in News

Letters have been sent out to around 900 crofters and farmers in Shetland seeking cash and moral support to save the troubled Shetland Livestock Marketing Group. The co-op needs to raise around £10,000 as half its contribution to a £20,000 business review which should show if it has a viable futur... Read more...

MS sufferers’ boost as chamber re-opens

MS sufferers’ boost as chamber re-opens

06/03/2009, by in News

By JOHN ROBERTSONPeople in Shetland with multiple sclerosis can now use deep sea diving technology to ease their symptoms and hopefully make life a bit better. A converted decompres­sion chamber in Lerwick which has been out of commission for four years has been updated and brought back into u... Read more...

Meet the other eight dancers

Meet the other eight dancers

06/03/2009, by in News

By LOUISE THOMASONLast week we met eight of the participants in the eagerly-anticipated Strictly CLAN Dancing event. This week it is time to introduce the remaining contestants: BBC Radio Shetland’s John Johnston and dancer Lena Miller, Lara Thomason and dancer James Ward, isles MSP Tavish S... Read more...

Flights cancelled after airport protest

Flights cancelled after airport protest

06/03/2009, by in News

Two flights between Sumburgh and Aberdeen were cancelled on Tuesday morning after climate change protesters disrupted Dyce Airport by setting up a barricade on the runway.The Plane Stupid campaign group cut through a perimeter fence at around 4am and built a “wire fortress” on the taxiway us... Read more...

Poles will be thinner

Poles will be thinner

06/03/2009, by in Public Affairs

The unsightly black poles set up in Lerwick to hold CCTV cameras will be replaced by slimmer columns that are easier on the eye.A high level meeting between council officials and camera installers Scotshield ruled the poles – which appeared in the town centre last month – should give way to... Read more...

Respects paid to association founder

Respects paid to association founder

06/03/2009, by in News

Presidents past and present and members of the Edinburgh and District Shetland Association joined family and friends at Warriston Crematorium on 19th February to pay their respects to the last founder member of the association, Joan Purdie.Joan, or Joey, and her sister Maisie joined the associat... Read more...

Minister approves tourism body

Minister approves tourism body

06/03/2009, by in Public Affairs

By NEIL RIDDELLThe new tourism body set up to differentiate Shetland from the centralised “tartan and shortbread” image projected by VisitScotland has been given a nod of approval by the Scottish government.The SIC last month agreed to divert the £450,000 budget it pre­viously gave to... Read more...

CLAN gets a lift from Boardman

CLAN gets a lift from Boardman

06/03/2009, by in News

A successful two evenings last weekend at the Shetland Hotel, organised by Brudolff Hotels Group in support of the CLAN 1,2,3 appeal, raised a grand total of £24,500.Companies had been invited to book tables of 10 and both nights were a sell-out, with a sumptuous dinner, followed by after di... Read more...

Gunner attends Deepcut course

Gunner attends Deepcut course

06/03/2009, by in News

Gunner Helen Tait has recently attended and passed a difficult course required to fulfil her duties as a member of Shetland’s Territorial Army troop.She travelled to Deepcut in Surrey to the Defence College of Logistics and attended the Level 3 storeman’s course. The course is a requirement ... Read more...