27th March 2015
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About Ryan Taylor

Ryan Taylor has worked as a reporter since 1995, and has been at The Shetland Times since 2007, covering a wide variety of news topics. Before then he reported for other newspapers in the Highlands, where he was raised, and in Fife, where he began his career with DC Thomson. He also has experience in broadcast journalism with Grampian Television. He has lived in Shetland since 2002, where he harbours an unhealthy interest in old cars and motorbikes.

Posts by Ryan Taylor

Oil worker dies after fall
0 comments, 27/02/2014, by in News

An oil worker has died after falling from a North Sea platform into the sea, 95 miles south-east of Sumburgh in the early hours of today. The incident, which is being treated as a work-related death, hap­pened on the Taqa Harding platform at approximately 3am. The 62-year-old man was airlifted to... Read more...

Police being recruited
0 comments, 27/02/2014, by in Headlines, News

Moves have been made to plug police vacancies in the isles with news that  a total of eight posts will soon be filled. Two serving officers and and six probationers are due to begin service in Shetland. The announcement was made at Wednesday’s meeting of the Shet­land community safety and resi... Read more...

No SIC objection to power station
9 comments, 25/02/2014, by in Headlines, News

Another major construction project has moved closer to development after councillors agreed not to object to the new £200 million power station at Lerwick's Rova Head. However, the news has sparked a warning that planning staff are being burdened with too much responsibility for large-scale deve... Read more...

HIE helps Balpha Mast

An innovative business which developed a revolutionary new sailing mast system designed to help fishermen curb fuel costs has moved a step closer to entering full-scale production. A research and development grant of £6,501 has been handed to Sullom-based Sail Line Fish Ltd from Highlands and Is... Read more...

Public inquiry needed, says RMT
1 comment, 24/02/2014, by in Headlines, News

A public inquiry into offshore helicopter safety is still badly needed, despite new measures by the UK's Civil Aviation Authority to curb North Sea fatalities. General secretary of the RMT union, Bob Crow, said the CAA's recommendations failed to go far enough to allay safety fears in the sector. ... Read more...

Yell tidal generator parts arrive
2 comments, 21/02/2014, by in Headlines, News

Work in Yell on what is believed to be the first community-owned tidal generator is gathering pace. All the component parts neces­sary for the long-anticipated 30 kilowatt generator – the equivalent of 10 kettles – have arrived in the isle. It is hoped a workboat will be on site within a week... Read more...

Wheeler heading to South Georgia
0 comments, 21/02/2014, by in News

Fair Isle weatherman Dave Wheeler sets off on a journey to South Georgia today – a trip which will see him retrace steps he took when he first visited the South Atlantic outpost 50 years ago.He is joining a group of scientists studying the wandering albatross as part of a 19-day expedition run... Read more...

LHD to take over Leasks
0 comments, 18/02/2014, by in Headlines, News

The LHD outdoor clothing shop in Lerwick will soon be moving to new premises. The business is preparing to bring a new lease of life to the old John Leask & Son travel agents, which closed two years ago. Plans are under way to move LHD's stock across the road within the next couple of months f... Read more...

‘Yes’ campaign heads to Burra
4 comments, 17/02/2014, by in Headlines, News

The burning question over whether Scotland should become an independent country will be brought to Burra this week. The local "yes" campaign is staging an information evening at the Hamnavoe Hall on Thursday night. MSP Jean Urquhart will present the case in favour of separation from the UK before ... Read more...

Bressay school set to close
1 comment, 10/02/2014, by in Headlines, News

Bressay Primary School will close this summer following a sharp drop in pupil numbers, should Wednesday's full council accept recommendations agreed by today's education and families committee. A report outlined how the school roll had dwindled in recent years, with only four of the possible 16 you... Read more...