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Daily Archives: April 3, 2009

Mid Yell pupils scoop prizes in bridge contest

Mid Yell pupils scoop prizes in bridge contest

03/04/2009, by in News

By LAWRENCE TULLOCHEveryone at the Mid Yell Junior High School is cock-a-hoop be­cause pupils have scooped up the first four places in a Scotland-wide bridge building competition for S1 to S3 pupils working in pairs.Schools from Baltasound to Lockerbie and from Tarbert to Ab­erdeen took p... Read more...

Hundreds put out early as police order closure

Hundreds put out early as police order closure

03/04/2009, by in News

By RYAN TAYLORLate-night licensees able to serve alcohol until 2am have criticised a decision to force them to close an hour earlier than usual at the week­end because of the clocks changing to British summer time.Popular night spots in the town were ordered at short notice to close at 1am... Read more...

New single status offer

New single status offer

03/04/2009, by in News, Public Affairs

By JOHN ROBERTSONNearly 3,000 SIC workers have been offered pay rises and lump sums of back-pay under the revised single status proposal issued for their agreement.Letters were sent out over the weekend and the three main unions will ballot members this month. The hope is that the long-dela... Read more...

Major salmon firms win help

Major salmon firms win help

03/04/2009, by in Fishing & Sea

By JOHN ROBERTSONThe Scottish Government has agreed to help the big Norwegian salmon companies in Shetland following last week’s outcry when it ruled out compensation for multi-million pound losses caused by its infectious salmon anaemia (ISA) restrictions.With no money on offer, the in... Read more...

Huge crane lifts school huts

Huge crane lifts school huts

03/04/2009, by in Public Affairs

By LOUISE THOMASONWork began at Bells Brae Primary School this week to install temporary classrooms which will be used while the building’s windows are replaced.To the delight of enthusiasts, one of Shetland’s largest cranes was on site to move the huts into position.The Demag crane... Read more...

Subsidised cafes reviewed

Subsidised cafes reviewed

03/04/2009, by in Public Affairs

By NEIL RIDDELLThe days of eating bacon rolls, sandwiches and hot meals subsidised by the public purse could become a thing of the past under a wide-ranging review into the operation of catering facilities at SIC and charitable trust buildings.Last week the charitable trust had to step in t... Read more...

Go digital, but don’t worry

Go digital, but don’t worry

03/04/2009, by in News

By RYAN TAYLORTelevision viewers daunted by next year’s digital switch over have nothing to fear, according to staff from the independent organisation leading the change.Representatives from Digital UK were in the isles on Tuesday to provide assurances before the Bressay transmitter beg... Read more...

Bird observatory wins crucial funding

Bird observatory wins crucial funding

03/04/2009, by in News

By ROSALIND GRIFFITHSWork on a new £4 million bird observatory in Fair Isle is set to start in the next few weeks after the trust which operates it received nearly £2.5 million in funding towards the project.Earlier this week Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) pledged £400,000 toward... Read more...

Trust should not fund new school

Trust should not fund new school

03/04/2009, by in News, Public Affairs

By NEIL RIDDELLUsing Shetland Charitable Trust funds to pay for the £50 million new Anderson High School would be “complete nonsense”, according to an independent trustee.After receiving an initial approach from the SIC, which has been resolved for almost a year to seek a leaseback arr... Read more...

Devolution better for isles

Devolution better for isles

03/04/2009, by in Public Affairs

By JOHN ROBERTSONScotland’s decade of devolution has brought better government for Shetland, according to SIC convener Sandy Cluness, but con­flict between the administrations in Edinburgh and Westminster hampers progress.He was one of a group of island representatives who gave their ... Read more...

Climbers tackle ridges on Highland trip

Climbers tackle ridges on Highland trip

03/04/2009, by in News

Climb Shetland members travelled down to the Highlands of Scotland for the annual winter climbing trip early last month.As with last year they based themselves in Roy Bridge, just under 10 miles north of Fort William. After the success of last year’s trip confidence was high for another challe... Read more...