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Four new Covid cases

16 hours 6 min ago

Shetland has recorded a further four Covid cases today (Sunday).

It is the second consecutive day in which four cases have been recorded.

That takes the isles seven day total to 25 cases, according to Scottish government figures.

Two vehicle crash at Black Gaet

18 hours 30 min ago

Police were called to a two-vehicle crash at the Black Gaet junction on Saturday night.

Officers attended the incident, involving a car and a van, at around 5.20pm.

Police said the road was cleared a short time later.

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Brave swimmers take to the sea as cancer fundraiser tops £10,000 raised

18 hours 37 min ago

A crowd of hardy sea-swimmers took to the water at St. Ninian’s beach on Saturday to help fundraiser Anita Georgeson close her cold water challenge with a festive flourish.

Ms Georgeson passed £10,000 raised for Cancer Research UK over the weekend as she brought her month-long sea-swimming challenge to a close.

She had taken to the water everyday in November to raise money for the cancer charity in aid of her late father, Jim Coutts.

And she had plenty of help on Saturday as she braved the cold for one last time.

You can donate to her fundraiser here: https://www.facebook.com/donate/639032723763727/10221329353963141/

Santa switches lights on as Christmas parade makes welcome return

December 4, 2021 | 4.50pm
Olaf even made an appearance, alongside Maunsie the Market Cross.

Santa Claus swapped his sleigh for the lifeboat today (Saturday) as he lit up Lerwick’s tree in the Living Lerwick Christmas parade.

Vikings, Olaf from Frozen, Maunsie the Market Cross and even a goat paraded through the street this afternoon before Santa had the honour of switching on the Christmas lights.

Excited bairns and families filled the route to wave him along as he signalled the start of the countdown to Christmas.

The event was returning for the first time since 2019.

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Four new Covid cases

December 4, 2021 | 2.07pm

Shetland has recorded a further four coronavirus cases today (Saturday).

The number of cases being recorded has levelled off after a surge last month, with 29 now being recorded in the last week.

 

Fishing industry to meet politicians over discarded gear issue

December 4, 2021 | 9.50am

Discarded fishing equipment will be the focus of a public meeting next week to be attended by both MP Alistair Carmichael and MSP Beatrice Wishart.

The event next Friday has been organised by Fishing Forward, a group dedicated to highlighting difficulties facing the industry, particularly that caused by vessels discarding redundant fishing gear into the sea.

This in turn, say Fishing Forward, is having a huge impact on wildlife and the health of the oceans in general.

The event takes place at 11am in Islesburgh Community Centre with the group hoping for a good community representation from those who care for the health of the sea and the industry.

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Over 1,300 sign petition demanding NorthLink reverse discount decision

December 3, 2021 | 3.57pm

More than 1,300 people have signed a petition in 24 hours calling for NorthLink to reinstate its on-board islander discount.

The ferry operator came in for fierce criticism yesterday after it was revealed the 20 per cent discount had been quietly withdrawn.

Isles politicians Beatrice Wishart and Alistair Carmichael have both urged NorthLink to reverse the decision.

And Mr Carmichael said the petition’s response showed the “overwhelming strength of feeling” about the news.

“The company appears to have forgotten in the run up to Christmas that Scrooge was not supposed to be a role model,” he said.

“As much as the content of NorthLink’s action, people are rightly angry about the way that they have gone about it, without consultation or even any meaningful notice.”

Ms Wishart said that folk had demonstrated they will not stand for NorthLink’s decision.

“People are not choosing NorthLink through a sense of loyalty, nor is it necessarily a reflection on the service they encounter.

“People need to travel and it is a long journey to the mainland. Those on restricted budgets should not be forced to choose between eating and anything else when travelling on a lifeline service.”

The petition can be viewed here: https://www.alistaircarmichael.co.uk/northlinkdiscountnow

Two new Covid cases

December 3, 2021 | 2.03pm

Shetland has recorded a further two Covid cases today (Friday).

The isles seven-day total is now 32 cases.

 

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Strike action confirmed at Shetland Gas Plant

December 3, 2021 | 1.01pm

Unite trade union have today (Friday) confirmed that 300 of its members, which include Shetland Gas Plant employees, will take industrial action following a dispute over cuts to terms and conditions.

Unite’s Ponticelli UK Ltd members voted overwhelmingly to take strike action by 93.6 per cent on a return of 64.8 per cent, and Semco Maritime Ltd members voted to take strike action by 90.3 per cent on a 61.4 per cent return.

Industrial action will begin next week with workers at Shetland Gas Plant scheduled to strike on the 6th, 14th and 21st December. There will also be a permanent overtime ban.

Unite regional officer John Boland said: “Unite members are rightly extremely angry and frustrated that the Ponticelli/Semco management didn’t listen.

“Concerns were raised by Unite about the inexperience of these two companies months ago and that that inexperience has resulted in the position we are at today.”

An improved offer was put to Unite members last week, but was rejected by 85 per cent on a 80 per cent return.

 

 

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Major investment expected to bring new job opportunities to North Yell

December 3, 2021 | 10.53am

A project to expand a business park in North Yell has secured half a million pounds of investment.

Around 25 new jobs are expected to be created in the next three years following the boost from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and the Scottish government’s Marine Scotland Fund.

Community development group North Yell Development Council (NYDC) is undertaking ambitious developments at Cullivoe Harbour to help local firms grow and attract more visitors.

Ten serviced sites for new or expanding businesses will be created following high demand from local companies, the majority of which operate in the marine sector.

Cullivoe is Shetland’s third largest fishing port and ranked 8th in Scotland with annual fish landings totalling around £6.9 million.

HIE is investing £248,545 in site servicing costs for the “phase two” project to extend the existing business park.

Marine Fund Scotland has awarded £250,000 and Shetland Islands Council an additional £25,000 to enable the project to be completed by next spring.

Local HIE manager Katrina Wiseman said: “We are delighted to support this community led infrastructure project, that will enhance Cullivoe’s already impressive track record in contributing to the social and economic wellbeing and growth of the region.

“Extending the business park will enable the growth of businesses on Yell and create well paid jobs in the marine sector, ultimately supporting the retention of families in the island and attracting skills and talent to the area.

“This would not have been possible without close working relationships with our key partners including Marine Scotland.”

Shell pulls out of Cambo

December 3, 2021 | 10.14am

Shell has pulled out of the controversial Cambo oil field development west of the isles.

The oil giant had a 30 per cent stake in the project.

Majority stakeholder Siccar Point Energy says it will continue talks with the UK government over the future of the field.

The prospect of Cambo’s development has caused anger among environmental campaigners.

Last month a project was led by doctors calling on the proposed development to be scrapped.

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Football association appoints new president

December 3, 2021 | 9.58am

George Smith has been appointed the new president of the Shetland Football Association (SFA).

He replaces the outgoing Iain Smith, who announced last month that he was leaving the role after nine months.

George Smith, who is also a councillor for Shetland South, was last on the SFA committee in 2002.

The SFA said it was “delighted” to welcome him into the role.

All committee roles were filled for the 2022 season, with former president Brydon Robertson and Brian Johnston set to jointly fill the vacant secretary role.

The association thanked the departing Iain Smith and Ryan Thomson “for their hard work over the last year” and wished the current committee members all the best going forward.

Final call for calendar photo entries

November 29, 2021 | 4.33pm

Keen photographers have less than a week to enter their submissions for The Shetland Times 2022 calendar.

The closing date for entries is this Friday (3rd December) so do not leave it too late to get your entries in.

The glossy 2022 calendar will be included free with the newspaper over the festive period and could feature one of your images.

Your entry could be a scenic shot, a spectacular wildlife image or maybe a photo that tells a story about life in Shetland.

The photo must be taken in the isles and be landscape-format rather than portrait.

A high-resolution version will be required, and entrants are asked to send in a maximum of three submissions per person.

A shortlist of 12 entries will be selected before readers get to vote for their favourite at www.shetlandtimes.co.uk.

The chosen image will be printed on the calendar and will grace the walls of offices, kitchens and workshops around the isles throughout next year.

Entries can be emailed to editorial@shetlandtimes.co.uk with “Calendar Competition” as the subject title or by sending your files at www.shetlandtimes.co.uk/share.

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Mail delivery is back on track

November 29, 2021 | 2.27pm

After several days without a mail delivery, the first mail carrier since Thursday arrived at Sumburgh Airport this morning (Monday).

A scheduled air delivery was turned back on Friday as Storm Arwen approached from the north, bringing with it 67mph wind gusts.

Arwen continued to wreak havoc as it reached the mainland, closing Aberdeen Airport the following day leading to a second day without mail.

The Met Office has forecast light to moderate winds and rain for the remainder of the week.

Town hall lit red ahead of Remembrance Sunday

November 13, 2021 | 9.03am

The Lerwick Town Hall was lit red last night (Friday) ahead of Remembrance Sunday.

Shetland Islands Council joined the ‘Light Up Red’ event, with the town hall also set to be lit red tonight (Saturday).

This year marks 100 years since the poppy was adopted as a symbol of remembrance, and SIC convener Malcolm Bell said he was pleased the town hall could mark this “particularly important milestone”.

Photographer captures stunning shot of orca sending porpoise flying

November 9, 2021 | 2.30pm

Photographer Peter Tinkler captured this incredible picture of a female orca sending her prey flying on Friday afternoon.

The shot shows a porpoise, also known as a neesick, soaring through the air at Gulberwick after being attacked by the killer whale.

Mr Tinkler said she was one of four whales from the well-known 27s pod which had been tracking porpoises through the area.

He said the whales were “in stealth mode” as they followed their prey before attacking them.

“It was amazing to watch,” he said.

“I just happened to be looking at the right place.”

The wildlife photographer, who posts images to his Instagram account @windnwaves_shetland, said the picture had been shared “hundreds of times” already.

VIDEO: Visit the Hallowe’en House…if you dare!

October 24, 2021 | 8.12pm

Visitors to Krista and Colin Tulloch’s house this week are in for a real fright.

The couple have transformed their home, in Hardbrakes Place, Dunrossness, into a spooky Hallowe’en House complete with moving window displays and skeletons galore in the garden.

Krista told The Shetland Times: “We really just want everyone to enjoy a bit of Hallowe’en fun and magic both young and old and in the process hopefully raise some money in aid of Ability Shetland which we have donation tins on the fence for.”

This year’s display is their biggest yet and also their last here as they are moving soon.

Krista said: “You never know what might appear – dancing skeletons, ghosts, Frankenstein or werewolves.”

The display was switched on tonight (Sunday) and will run from 6.30pm to 10.30pm every evening until Sunday.


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