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Editorial: The Old Rock 17.07.09

Editorial: The Old Rock 17.07.09

17/07/2009, by in News

On Wednesday, Shetland’s councillors put democracy before their own self-interest. By voting to note the advice of the head of legal services, Jan Riise, and then ignoring it altogether by deciding to proceed (after a series of public meetings) with a vote before making a recommendation to Scottis... Read more...

Editorial: The Old Rock 03.07.09

Editorial: The Old Rock 03.07.09

03/07/2009, by in News

What a week. There were those in this office for whom the heat was too much. Doors had to be opened and fans brought in. The news editor needed a very large ice cream at one point from the van that had thoughtfully stopped outside. If he hadn’t had one, flake included of course, he would probably ... Read more...

Editorial: The Old Rock 25.06.09

Editorial: The Old Rock 25.06.09

26/06/2009, by in News

Storm in a thimbleFact: Last Thursday councillors on the services committee voted by 9-8 in favour of an independent review of the siting of the proposed new Anderson High School, to focus on whether the Knab or Clickimin would be the best and most economical place to build over the school’s ... Read more...

Editorial: The Old Rock 19.06.09

Editorial: The Old Rock 19.06.09

19/06/2009, by in News

Round and round the ragged rock, part 23. The council’s new chief executive, David Clark, spoke this week of his early weeks in the job having been a “baptism of fire”. After yesterday’s decision by the council’s services committee to order an independent review into the siting of the new ... Read more...

The Old Rock 12.06.09

The Old Rock 12.06.09

12/06/2009, by in News

“Shetland has always looked outwards to build inwards.” A wise observation this week from Stewart Hay, the Anderson High depute head and organiser of the Global Classroom Conference 2009 here in Shetland which has attracted 52 students and 14 staff from schools in New Zealand, the USA, South Afr... Read more...

Editorial: The Old Rock 05.06.09

Editorial: The Old Rock 05.06.09

05/06/2009, by in News

In his remarks to The Shetland Times last week, Viking Energy chairman Bill Manson ruled out a referendum on the windfarm on the grounds that it was not the way things were done in this country. He is, of course, only partly right. Major constitutional developments, such as the creation of the new S... Read more...

Editorial: The Old Rock 22.5.09

Editorial: The Old Rock 22.5.09

22/05/2009, by in News

Now that the documents making the case for a colossal 150-turbine windfarm in Shetland have been published, as part of the Viking Energy Partnership’s planning application, the debate over the worth or otherwise of the project, on environmental and financial, if not yet public health grounds, can ... Read more...

Editorial: The Old Rock 15.5.09

Editorial: The Old Rock 15.5.09

15/05/2009, by in News

Shetland Islands Council faces a task of great importance next week with the appointment of its new chief executive.There is already much speculation about who may or may not be in the running, but early indications are that the five people to be interviewed on Monday comprise three who already ... Read more...

Editorial: The Old Rock 8.5.09

Editorial: The Old Rock 8.5.09

08/05/2009, by in News

Glaring errors should be highlightedAs we stated last week, people who receive NHS care in Shetland are in the main full of praise for the service. A glance at the personal advertising column of this newspaper any week and that will become obvious.But, sadly, there are glaring exceptions to ... Read more...

Editorial: The Old Rock 3.4.09

Editorial: The Old Rock 3.4.09

03/04/2009, by in News

Much of the blame for the world recession can be laid at the door of clever mathematicians and physicists. Put off by the prospect of labouring for little pay in academia, in the last 10 years many bright young graduates in these disciplines have opted instead to work on Wall Street and in the City ... Read more...

Editorial: The Old Rock 27.3.09

Editorial: The Old Rock 27.3.09

27/03/2009, by in News

Different eras, different valuesThere are many who will applaud the sentence handed down this week to Whalsay man Jimmy Stewart, who took it upon himself to kill 21 seal pups on the small isle of East Linga, and no doubt some who will bemoan the leniency of his 80-day jail sentence.There wil... Read more...

Editorial: The Old Rock 29.8.08

Editorial: The Old Rock 29.8.08

29/08/2008, by in News

Power subsidy should be obviousWHATEVER your view of the proposed Viking Energy windfarm development, the news this week that the government will not place a cap on the cost of exporting electricity from projects of its kind to the UK mainland was greeted with a surprising degree of equanimity her... Read more...