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Daily Archives: March 13, 2009

Cars crushed as trailer topples

Cars crushed as trailer topples

13/03/2009, by in Fishing & Sea

A trailer broke free of its chains and toppled on top of five cars on-board the NorthLink ferry Hrossey as she approached Shetland on Monday morning.Three of the vehicles were badly damaged when the triple-axle trailer, which had been filled with sand before being taken on board the vessel in Or... Read more...

School could be financed by council

School could be financed by council

13/03/2009, by in Public Affairs

By JOHN ROBERTSONThe £49 million needed to build the new Anderson High School could be taken from the SIC’s own reserves, Shetland Charitable Trust chairman Bill Manson said yesterday.The plundering of the nest egg below its £250m red line set by the council is his preferred alternat... Read more...

Stop windfarm payments, says group

Stop windfarm payments, says group

13/03/2009, by in Public Affairs

By NEIL RIDDELLCampaign group Sustainable Shetland is calling on the SIC to cease making payments towards the Viking Energy windfarm project and take urgent steps to recover £1.74 million already spent on behalf of the company behind the venture.A 90 per cent shareholding in Viking Energy ... Read more...

Funds plunge

Funds plunge

13/03/2009, by in Public Affairs

The value of Shetland’s oil funds this week plummeted to its lowest level during the current financial crisis, down to a combined market value of £350 million.As of 6th March, Shetland Charitable Trust’s investments stood at £135.3 million, while the SIC’s reserves were down to £214.1 m... Read more...

Wedding plan for roundabout

Wedding plan for roundabout

13/03/2009, by in News

Lerwick’s newest and most con­troversial roundabout has been attracting more of the wrong sort of attention, with a couple of newly-weds seeking to use it as a backdrop for their wedding photos.The often-criticised roundabout linking Oversund Road with South Road came under fire from membe... Read more...

Council steps up broadband campaign

Council steps up broadband campaign

13/03/2009, by in News, Public Affairs

By NEIL RIDDELLThe council is trying to start a co-ordinated cross-party political campaign to secure wider and faster broadband internet access for Shetlanders. There are also calls for new masts to be erected to improve mobile phone signal coverage.The development committee last week agre... Read more...

Letter from Edinburgh 13.03.09

Letter from Edinburgh 13.03.09

13/03/2009, by in Features

There is a primary school right next to the parliament building at the bottom of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. At lunchtimes the children pour into the playground and do what kids do – run around, kick a football and generally let off steam.My office window opens out onto these happy sights and so... Read more...

Museum funds agreed

Museum funds agreed

13/03/2009, by in Public Affairs

The Shetland Museum and Archives is to cost £1.15 million to run this year. Its funding was agreed yesterday by the SIC services committee despite concerns about funding difficulties experienced by the network of small museums and heritage groups.The big museum and archives is meant to act as a... Read more...

Times Past 13.03.09

Times Past 13.03.09

13/03/2009, by in Features

25 YEARS AGOThe adverse effect of seals on fish stocks and a call for a seal cull was debated by councillors at the development committee meeting on Monday.Mr Davy Johnston said that he would like to see a seal cull, he thought that otter and seal stocks were doing tremendous damage to fish... Read more...