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Yell school affected by outbreak

2 hours 43 min ago

Fresh details have emerged about a Covid-19 outbreak in Yell, with a staff member at Mid Yell Junior High School among those affected.

Around 20 people are self-isolating as a consequence of the outbreak.

NHS Shetland confirmed to The Shetland Times that the health board was dealing with an outbreak in Yell and that at a school was affected. The situation is being closely monitored by public health officials. 

The news comes after the health board warned about the risks of extended family mixing across Shetland. 

Earlier this week public health consultant Susan Laidlaw said: “While we understand it is difficult not to give someone you love a hug or a kiss, you are placing each other at risk if one of you unknowingly has the virus.”

More to follow.

Clarification sought on compensation for fishing sector

5 hours 59 min ago

Clarification is urgently needed on how far the £23 million compensation scheme for the fishing sector will go following the debacle over EU exports.

Rural Affairs secretary George Eustice is coming under renewed pressure to release details on how businesses can access the scheme.

There has also been concern voiced over the £100,000 cap which has been put on claims.

Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has written to the minister.

Commenting on the letter, Mr Carmichael said: “We need immediate clarity on the detail of the compensation scheme.

“I have already heard of businesses which have taken losses saying they do not think they will be able to access the support so clear guidance is vital.

“Funds to make good the losses incurred by local businesses are welcome but they are only part of the story.”

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Two further cases recorded

7 hours 33 min ago

Two further coronavirus cases have been recorded today (Thursday 21st January).

The isles have now recorded 13 cases since Monday, and 129 since the 21st December.

NHS Shetland said the cases were linked to “extended family clusters”.

Public health consultant Susan Laidlaw warned the public about how infectious the virus was, and how it could touch anyone at any time.

“We should all be behaving as if we are Covid positive and keeping at least two metres away from others, washing our hands and avoiding crowded places,” she said.

She urged the public to work from home of possible.

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All leisure centres to remain shut until mid-February

10 hours 25 min ago

All of Shetland’s leisure centres will remain closed until mid-February at the earliest.

Shetland Recreational Trust (SRT) said they would review the current situation again on the 2nd February.

The decision had been made with “great regret”, chief executive Steven Laidlaw said, in line with the NHS Shetland “stay at home” message.

“Although the number of cases per day is not as high as it has been, there are still cases being reported and in order to protect the safety of staff and the public we must all try and stick to the rules,” he said.

“We will continue to offer online classes and ask the public to send in requests for different types of classes they would like to see.

“The situation will remain under review and the trust hopes to reopen the doors at its centres when it is safe to do so.”

Council urges motorists to take care

10 hours 57 min ago

The council’s roads service is asking motorists to take care while out and about.

It comes after the SIC took delivery on Wednesday of over 4,000 tonnes of road salt, bringing reserves up to a healthy level as the isles head into what could be the coldest period of the winter.

A freight vessel arrived into Scalloway Harbour with road salt from a mine in Northern Ireland.

A fleet of lorries shuttled the salt loads to the Council’s main stockpile at the nearby Scord Quarry.

Gritting teams have been salting and pre-salting the roads over recent weeks.

Roads manager Dave Coupe said: “We’re prepared for winter with a fresh stockpile of road salt which will see us through a cold few weeks.

“With the lower volumes of traffic we’re seeing now, we may use a mix of road salt and grit to improve tyre grip in some places, if conditions require it.”

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Wishart calls for vulnerable Shetland patients travelling to mainland for treatment to get Covid-19 jab

January 20, 2021 | 3.59pm

Vulnerable Shetland patients travelling to the mainland for medical treatment should be prioritised for the Covid-19 vaccine, an MSP has claimed. 

Beatrice Wishart raised the issue at today’s (Wednesday) First Minister’s Questions. 

The Shetland MSP said:  “A small number of my constituents need to travel to mainland hospitals, for appointments, including weekly visits for life-saving cancer treatment. And that necessary travel can leave them more exposed than most.

“They are extremely vulnerable, but are not yet eligible for the vaccine – even though some are on the cusp.” 

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Special constable rewarded with long service medal

January 20, 2021 | 3.53pm

A Lerwick-based police officer has received a medal for his long service.

Special constable Euan Anderson was awarded the medal by councillor Alastair Cooper for ten years of service with Police Scotland.

Mr Anderson has also spent a great deal of time volunteering with Dogs Against Drugs, providing drugs awareness courses all around the isles.

Chief inspector Lindsay Tulloch paid tribute to Mr Anderson, saying he “could not speak highly enough” of both him and his Dogs Against Drugs colleague Michael Coutts.

“It is often said that Shetland is a safer place to live thanks to both special constables and their trusted dogs, and I could not agree more.

“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate special constable Anderson on his service to date.”

Three new cases recorded

January 20, 2021 | 2.01pm

Shetland has recorded a further three cases in the past 24 hours.

One appeared to be an isolated case, NHS Shetland said, while the other two were linked to known cases.

Public health consultant Susan Laidlaw said the isles were still recording an average of three cases a day.

The isles have recorded 21 cases in the past seven days, and 127 cases since the 21st December, according to the latest Scottish government figures.

NHS Shetland revealed on Wednesday (20th January) that there was now concern about another cluster of cases related to Yell.

Professor of public health Shantini Paranjothy said the cases found in Yell were believed to be the first there since the beginning of the pandemic.

 

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Jail term for man who behaved aggressively and had a knife

January 20, 2021 | 1.05pm

A man has been jailed for 10 months after he admitted behaving threateningly towards his partner.

Ellis Birnie, 26, whose address was given as Grampian Prison, admitted acting in an abusive manner at an address in Lerwick on 30th September.

Birnie shouted, swore and made threats.

He was later found in Commercial Street with an ornamental dagger.

Appearing via video-link at Lerwick Sheriff Court, Birnie was handed his prison term and told to abide by a two year non-harassment order.

A Crown motion for the knife to be forfeited was granted.

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SIC notes petition calling for Viking Energy windfarm construction to be suspended and instructs for report to be produced

January 20, 2021 | 10.32am

The SIC has noted a petition calling for work to be halted on the Viking Energy windfarm.

The petition, which had gathered more than 1,200 signatures, was submitted by campaign group Save Shetland for discussion at today’s (Wednesday) council meeting. 

It raised concerns  that the development was not being “independently monitored and scrutinised”. It called for all construction work to be stopped until concerns have been addressed.

The SIC’s political leader moved that the petition be noted and for a council officer to be instructed to provide a report for discussion at a future meeting. 

Viking Energy windfarm spokesman Aaron Priest said independent scrutiny of wind farm construction and related monitoring programmes was already in place.

He said it was the legal responsibility of the SIC’s planning service and the Scottish government, in consultation with statutory consultees such as Scottish Natural Heritage and Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

He said the scrutiny of construction is enshrined through existing Environmental Impact Assessment.

Scalloway sun sets over Shetland Bus memorial

January 14, 2021 | 9.22am

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Adenia makes an arrival

January 10, 2021 | 7.49pm

The Adenia was among the harbour traffic in Lerwick weekend, landing fish at Pelagia.

Thanks to Margaret Clark for sending in this image.

Fire festival bill offers light relief

January 8, 2021 | 2.03pm

Hopes of seeing the Scalloway Fire Festival this year may be up in smoke due to Covid, but that hasn’t stopped a bill from going up.

It calls on guizers not to muster due to the coronavirus restrictions. The event, like Up-Helly-As across the isles, is not going ahead because of coronavirus.

But the committee has still taken the time to put together its annual observation of goings on in the village.

Last tanker of the year leaves Sullom Voe

January 1, 2021 | 2.19pm

Ross Manson shared this image with The Shetland Times of the last tanker of the year leaving Sullom Voe oil terminal.

It was the crude oil tanker Advantage Avenue which was the final visitor. She left Sullom Voe yesterday (Thursday 31st December) and sailed for Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

WATCH: Old footage captures construction of Sullom Voe terminal

December 30, 2020 | 10.42am

Footage from the construction of the Sullom Voe oil terminal, and interviews with the people working on it, has been uploaded to YouTube.

The 22-minute video shows the work ongoing at the site in the late 1970s, and even shows a glimpse of Lerwick’s town centre at the time.

The workers “construction villages” are highlighted as well, with one interviewee explaining that the workers get “cabaret shows” and “a cinema” three nights a week, as well as use of bars and “sporting facilities”.

Viewers may recognise some of the faces interviewed in the video, and enjoy remembering the construction of the site and the images of old Lerwick shop faces.


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