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Trio of awards for Shetland woman’s baby care business

19 hours 28 min ago

A businesswoman originally from Shetland is “absolutely over the moon” after winning three awards for her baby care products.

Jan Mackie, nee Leask, is originally from Gulberwick but now lives in Ilkley, West Yorkshire. 

She is the force behind Bambino & I which makes baby massage kits and gift packages for new parents. The company recently picked up three prizes in the Loved By Parents 2020 awards.

Ms Leask’s unique Baby Massage Kit won awards in the categories Best Gift for a New Mum/Dad; Best Baby Gift; and Best Innovative Gift, following judging and an online public vote.

The businesswoman said: “We were absolutely delighted to be recognised in three categories. We felt that we are doing something unique and were providing a product which can have such a positive impact on the wellbeing of baby and parents. “

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2020 Parish Cup postponed

21 hours 29 min ago

The 2020 Parish Cup competition has been postponed for a year.

With the Scottish government signalling that amateur football will not be able to return until October at the earliest, the Parish Cup committee has now decided to postpone this year’s competition.

Plans to hold a five-a-side competition this year, or an U13 parish tournament, have also been scrapped.

The draw, which was made in February, will remain in place for next season.

Defending champions Southend are due to face the winners of a Delting and Yell preliminary match in the quarter-finals, while Unst will play Bressay and Sandwick will face Burra for a place in the last-eight.

Shetland’s unemployment figure increases 169 per cent in a year

21 hours 54 min ago

Shetland’s unemployment figures have more than doubled in the past year – with more job losses predicted when the furlough scheme ends later this year. 

Official figures show the number of people claiming unemployment benefits in Shetland in July stood at 525 – up by 330 on the same month last year.  It represents a rise of 169 per cent year-on-year. 

Across the UK, an estimated 730,000 people lost their jobs between March and July, as the Covid-19 crisis has devastated huge sections of the economy. 

Although the number of people claiming unemployment benefits in Shetland has risen sharply throughout the pandemic – the region has fared better than many other areas. 

The number of claimants represents 3.7 per cent of the Shetland population, compared to 6.4 per cent across Scotland. 

Economists predict unemployment figures will increase significantly when the government’s furlough programme is scheduled to end in October. 

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Shetland’s schools among the first in Scotland to reopen today

22 hours 50 min ago

Shetland’s schools are reopening today for the first time in almost five months today, with major changes in place to ensure the safety of staff and pupils. 

Schools in Shetland and the Borders are among the first in Scotland to reopen – followed by most other local authorities tomorrow. 

Schools have been shut since the start of the pandemic – and many new measures have been introduced to ensure social distancing. 

SIC depute leader Emma Macdonald praised staff on Twitter last night for their “outstanding effort” in preparing to reopen. 

However, a major survey by the EIS union, published yesterday, found that while most teachers supported the decision to reopen schools, many remained concerned about the safety of pupils, staff and the wider school community.

Of almost 30,000 teachers taking part in the survey, only a fifth expressed confidence that schools were currently safe. 

More to follow. 

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New appointments for councillors

August 10, 2020 | 3.36pm

Two councillors were appointed new roles at a special SIC meeting on Monday afternoon.

Shetland South councillor Robbie McGregor was appointed to the planning committee, after being nominated by George Smith and seconded by Andrea Manson.

Meanwhile, John Fraser joined the Integration Joint Board (IJB) following a nomination from Emma Macdonald, which was seconded by Mr McGregor.

There were no nominations for a substitute member to the Orkney and Shetland Valuation Joint Board but this was not deemed problematic by councillors at the moment as there are already four substitute members.

The new appointments come after Malcolm Bell’s resignation from the valuation board, Stephen Leask’s from the IJB and Mr Smith’s resignation from the planning committee.

Crown estate funding scheme gets go ahead

August 10, 2020 | 3.17pm

Councillors have approved a pilot grant scheme to make the most of £2.37 million of crown estate funding.

Grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 are expected to be given to charities, community groups and other organisations based in the isles.

The new scheme was discussed at an SIC meeting on Monday afternoon, which is the first to be recorded and published online for public access.

The revenue generated by the Scottish Crown Estate’s marine assets is allocated across 26 local authorities with coastlines. The SIC was allocated £1.36 million in July this year, which was £350,000 more than it received in 2019.

The pilot scheme will run until 1st September next year and then be reviewed.

The council’s development committee will manage the scheme.

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Met Office issues yellow weather warning for possible Shetland storms

August 10, 2020 | 9.03am

A storm warning has been issued for Shetland and other parts of the UK this week – although forecasters remain uncertain about when and where they may hit.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for much of the UK throughout this week, with Shetland included on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

The warning states: “Some places are likely to see severe thunderstorms early next week – but there is significant uncertainty in location and timing.”

Today is forecast to be dry with some sunshine and maximum temperatures of 17C.

Tomorrow is also expected to be warm with hazy sunshine. 

By Wednesday, however, the forecast is for thundery showers. Where storms do occur, the Met Office warns that some homes and businesses could be flooded. Lightning strikes and large hail are also forecast. 

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Bain’s Beach swimmers make most of the weather

August 9, 2020 | 4.21pm

The August sunshine attracted many swimmers in for a dip at Bain’s Beach, Lerwick.

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Farewell visit to Sumburgh puffins

August 9, 2020 | 12.00pm

For those unable to leave the house, Ernie Ramaker has been documenting drives across the isles on his Driving Shetland YouTube channel.

In his most recent video he paid a visit to the puffins at Sumburgh Head just before they leave Shetland.

Michael Dickson praises islanders’ pandemic response

August 7, 2020 | 6.09pm

NHS Shetland chief executive Michael Dickson was full of praise for Shetlanders and how they have acted during the pandemic in this video shared recently by Promote Shetland.

Chicks hatched at Tresta croft

August 6, 2020 | 2.27pm

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Recent dolphin sightings

August 4, 2020 | 9.13am

Hugh Harrop captured this shot of Atlantic white-sided dolphins off the isles coast, with several sightings reported recently.

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