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Hospitality students get creative juices flowing

3 hours 24 min ago

Hospitality students have helped spread festive cheer with an impressive spread.

They sold pancakes, waffles and fruit juice they had made in their Skills for Work course at Shetland UHI.

The Skills for Work courses offer a chance to acquire hands on practical skills that could help young people secure a job in the future.

Courses are chosen by high school pupils in S2 and completed in S3 and/or S4.

The S4 students – Daniel Percival, Timothy Li, Simone Anderson, Logan Ruthven, Sawitree Chaiyarat and Joe Kent – came up with the idea to host an event at the Lerwick campus canteen called It’s a Flippin’ Juice Bar.

Lecturer Raymond Smith said: “The team did an excellent job of planning and organising the Flippin’ Juice Bar and got to practice important real life roles and responsibilities required in a working environment.

“Their ideas ranged from a sit down breakfast to a Scottish brunch, but they decided on their Flippin’ Juice stall because the idea of healthy tropical seasonal fruits served with the options of waffles and pancakes really appealed to them.”

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NorthLink services face disruption due to weather

4 hours 16 min ago

NorthLink has issued an early disruption warning to its customers, with both north and southbound sailings tonight [Tuesday] cancelled.

The ferry operator says weather forecasts indicate the possibility of disruption until Thursday.

Hjaltland’s southbound sailing on Wednesday is also in doubt, with a stop-off in Kirkwall under review and highly likely to be cancelled.

Should that be the case, the vessel is expected to depart Lerwick at 9pm and sail direct to Aberdeen.

But her arrival there may be subject to weather related delays, and she may not berth until mid-morning on Thursday.

The forecast has also had an impact on freight services.

Cargo vessel Helliar was due to leave Aberdeen for Kirkwall and Lerwick at 3pm today, but this sailing has also been called off.

Helliar is now expected to depart Aberdeen sailing for Lerwick at 6pm on Thursday.

Pentland firth crossings are also facing disruption.

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Fishing association says offshore windfarms being rushed through

4 hours 17 min ago

Plans to build offshore windfarms west of Shetland are being rushed through, according to the Shetland Fishermen’s Association.

Policy officer Sheila Keith said the industry “depends on these rich grounds” for catching.

She said fishermen were “hugely concerned” that proper assessments into how the offshore wind industry will affect fishing are not being made.

The concerns relate to the Innovation and Targeted Oil and Gas (INTOG) leasing round, under which developers are invited to apply for the right to build offshore windfarms specifically for the purpose of providing low carbon electricity to offshore oil and gas installations.

Ms Keith said that while fishermen supported the aim of lowering carbon emissions, the INTOG consultation was being “rushed through with scant attention to detail”.

“The whole process should be slowed down so that the industry can gather and fully assess fishing data from these areas,” she added.

 

Online business survey is launched

4 hours 41 min ago

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is asking as many businesses as possible to take part in its new Highlands and Islands winter survey, the fifth the agency has rolled out this year.

FSB’s Highlands and Islands development manager David Richardson, said: “The FSB’s role as the voice of small businesses is recognised by governments at all levels and it’s dependent on the quality of the information that we provide.

“Surveying is central to this and, recognising that the Highlands and Islands face unique opportunities and challenges.

“We are surveying again to enable us to fully understand key trading conditions in 2021 and to get an insight into some of the most important issues that businesses will face in 2022, things like costs and staffing.”

He added: “We want to hear from all businesses, whether they are doing well, badly or indifferently, and recognising that business life in, say, Shetland, is very different to Moray or Argyll, we want as many responses as possible from all areas of the region so that we can give the full local flavour and compare results.”

Business owners can click here to take the survey.

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MSP writes to council about ‘totally inappropriate’ survey

21 hours 32 min ago

A Scottish Conservative MSP has written to the SIC to ask if pupils will be sent a controversial Scottish government census into health and wellbeing.

Jamie Halcro Johnston said he has written to the education department about the “totally inappropriate” survey.

Some councils have already refused to issue the survey, or raised questions about some of the questions – which ask children as young as 14 about their sexual habits.

Mr Halcro Johnston said it was “remarkable” that the government thought the survey was acceptable.

“I would hope that a decision has been made to either withdraw from the survey, or at the very least ensure that those inappropriate questions are removed and any concerns over privacy addressed.

“However, it is disappointing, given this survey comes directly from the Scottish government in Edinburgh, that SNP ministers themselves have not listened to the concerns of parents and taken the decision to withdraw it.”

The SIC has been asked to comment.

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Mobile theatre will allow patients to undergo surgery closer to home 

22 hours 35 min ago

A mobile operating theatre will arrive this week to address the surgical backlog that has grown during the pandemic.

NHS Shetland said the temporary Gilbert Bain Hospital facility would enable around 100 patients to undergo orthopaedic treatments, including joint replacements, locally, rather than on the mainland.

Cataract surgery and ear, nose and throat procedures will also be provided.

Following four weeks of testing and preparation, the procedures will be provided by a visiting healthcare team, between January and April. 

Director of nursing and acute services Kathleen Carolan said it was “great news” Shetland patients would receive treatment safely, quickly and without unnecessary travel.

“Our local teams have worked hard over the last six months to support the visiting healthcare teams to put these new pathways in place,” she added.

“The project is a pilot and we would really welcome patient feedback to help with our evaluation of the visiting services, particularly patient experience of joint replacement surgery.”

The Scottish government has funded the theatre to help tackle a backlog in elective procedures. 

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Warning of possible ferry disruption

December 6, 2021 | 10.39am

NorthLink has warned that both of Tuesday’s passenger sailings are under review with a “high probability” of cancellation.

Both north and southbound sailings are under review due to a forecast of high winds.

The northbound freight sailing of the MV Helliar is also under review.

The ferry operator said that an update on the situation would follow on Tuesday morning.

Four new Covid cases

December 5, 2021 | 2.06pm

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.

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Two vehicle crash at Black Gaet

December 5, 2021 | 11.42am

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.

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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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.

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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