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Roadworks lasting up to 10 months begin on A971 to allow for Viking Energy cable laying

9 hours 40 min ago

Roadworks lasting up to 10 months have begun to allow cables to be laid for the Viking Energy windfarm.

The SIC announced today (Monday) that the works had started on the A971 above Weisdale Voe and may last until June next year.

The works will begin at the Scord of Sound, near the viewpoint overlooking Kalliness, and will be completed in 300 metre sections leading northwards down the hill, towards the Kergord Junction with the B9075.

Around 1.6 miles of public road will be affected.

Wherever work is taking place, the road width will be reduced to a single lane, with traffic lights in place to manage traffic flow.

A 20mph speed limit will be in place for the length of the roadworks to protect workers from passing traffic.

Traffic flow will be monitored to reduce waiting times and inconvenience as far as possible.

The work is required to install the high voltage DC interconnector cable for the Viking Energy windfarm.

Folk urged to take care online after worrying rise in Shetland ‘sextortion’ reports

12 hours 24 min ago

Reports of so-called “sextortion” have increased in Shetland over recent months.

Police in Shetland have asked people to be careful about the images they share to avoid falling victim to the crime. 

Shetland area commander Chief Inspector Paul Daley said: “Sextortion involves the threat of sharing sexual information, images or clips to extort money from people, whether images actually exist or not.

“I would ask people to consider what they share and who they share it with.

“They should, ideally, only share pictures online that they are happy with their friends, family and others seeing.

“It can be deeply embarrassing for people to fall victim to this type of crime.

Mr Daley advised people not to accept friend requests from strangers and reminded parents to check security settings on any gaming or streaming sites their children may be using.

Further details on this type of crime and how to stay safe can be found here.

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Travel highlighted again as Shetland records a further five Covid-19 cases

12 hours 52 min ago

Five new cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in today’s (Monday) official figures for Shetland. 

Interim director of public health Susan Laidlaw said Shetland continued to see new cases, particularly among people travelling or returning to the isles.

Dr Laidlaw said early identification of cases through PCR testing as soon as folk develop symptoms could help prevent spread in the wider community. 

She urged people to continue to take lateral flow tests, even when they did not have symptoms, especially if they have been travelling,. 

“We can also all help to reduce spread in the community even with the restrictions continuing to ease –  keep washing hands, wearing face coverings, distancing from others, taking up the offer of vaccination if you have not already and of course, self-isolating and getting tested if you develop symptoms.”

Shetland recorded one case on Sunday; two on Saturday and four on Friday.  

Its latest seven day total stands at 17. 

Inspector praised after 33 years of service

13 hours 24 min ago

A police inspector has been praised for his 33 years of service.

Inspector Martyn Brill of the Shetland Area Command had spent time with the Royal Navy and Northern Constabulary before moving to Police Scotland. 

According to a post by Highland and Islands Police Division, Inspector Brill, he came to Shetland with with his family in 2006, expecting to stay for five years “but forgot to leave”.

On his final day of service, on Friday, Inspector Brill worked to oversee the visit if Prince Charles. 

The Highland and Islands Police Division Facebook page said: “Martyn and his wife Idamay look forward to spending some quality time together on the golf course and touring the country in their campervan.

“We wish Martyn, Idamay and all the family the very best for the next chapter.”


WATCH: Shetland juniors taking on Orkney in inter-county hockey

13 hours 55 min ago

Shetland’s junior hockey team are currently taking on Orkney at the astroturf pitch in Brae.

The inter-county match is currently level at 1-1 in the second half, after a 12pm pass back.

Sanna Forsyth equalised for Shetland after Orkney had taken the lead.

Watch the live-stream of the match below:

Two cruise ships arrive in Lerwick

14 hours 19 min ago

Two cruise ships arrived in Lerwick today (Monday) – the latest since last month’s easing of restrictions.

The Islands Sky became the first cruise ship to visit Shetland in 17 months when it called in on 19th July.  The Noble Caledonia operated liner has been spotted at the harbour again today.

Marbella Explorer has also visited today, exactly a week after its sister ship Marbella Explorer 2 arrived with hundreds of tourists. 

The Tui operated cruise ship is on a 10 day “British Sights and Seas” round-trip, which will see it calling in at destinations including Dover, Leith Edinburgh and Kirkwall. 

Both vessels are adhering to strict Covid-19 regulations, with reduced passenger numbers, social distancing and vaccination requirements. 

Cruise liners are scheduled for visits to Shetland through until October. 

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Emergency services ask people to ‘stop and think’ about water safety following recent deaths in Scotland

14 hours 58 min ago

Emergency services and rescuers are continuing to plead for folk to heed water safety advice following several tragic drownings in Scotland. 

Shetland police tweeted a message today (Monday) urging people to “stop and think” about water safety, with a link to advice on how to stay safe.

The Water Safety Scotland guidelines, which are available here, reminds coastal visitors that water can be very cold even in the summer which can lead to “cold water shock”.

It follows similar advice issued by the RNLI, with its message “It’s hot out here but it’s freezing in there”.

Issued on Friday, the RNLI highlighted the the tragic deaths in the water over recent days. 

Seven people, including children, died in water-related incidents in the space of a week. 

The RNLI has published its “Float to Live” advice online.

New college for Shetland as merger project concludes

17 hours 27 min ago

The long-mooted college merger of the Shetland College, Train Shetland and NAFC Marine Centre has been completed.

Shetland UHI, the new name for the merged college, officially came into being yesterday (Sunday, 1st August).

Principal Jane Lewis expressed delight that the project, which has been delayed on several occasions, had finally been brought to its conclusion.

“I look forward to working with everyone at Shetland UHI, and our partners, to build on the legacies of the merged organisations and deliver inspirational learning, influential training and innovative research rooted in the heart of Shetland’s community,” she said.

All the services and expertise offered by Shetland College, NAFC Marine Centre and Train Shetland will continue to be provided by Shetland UHI, which will be an academic partner of the University of the Highlands and Islands.

College board chairman Peter Campbell said that 1st August was a “significant day for Shetland”.

“I am delighted to mark the vesting of Shetland UHI and the conclusion of the Shetland colleges merger process.

“Shetland UHI will greatly enhance further and higher education in Shetland.

“The new college is in excellent hands with a committed and capable board and the leadership, experience and enthusiasm of Professor Jane Lewis.”

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One new Covid case

August 1, 2021 | 2.02pm

Shetland has recorded just one new Covid case today (Sunday, 1st August).

That takes the total of new cases recorded since Friday to seven – although two of Friday’s four cases were not on Shetland, the local health board said.

College staff and students highly commended in Highlands and Islands awards

August 1, 2021 | 11.54am

Lecturers and students from Shetland have been highly commended in the regional Highlands and Islands Students’ Association awards.

Lecturers Paul Bloomer and Andrew Jennings, the Shetland Students Green Team and John-Ross Ratter were all rewarded for their efforts over the last year.

The Shetland Students Green Team were highly commended in the HISA Society of the Year category, organising events for environmental awareness around ongoing Covid restrictions.

Mr Bloomer and Dr Jennings earned praise for their work in offering online and video conferencing lectures, with Mr Bloomer described by one student as having a “warm-hearted, gentle manner” in his lessons.

Student Mr Ratter was highly commended in the Best Class Representative category, and was described as being “very approachable and helpful” in representing students in class and at student meetings.

The HISA Awards give recognition to staff and students who dedicate their time to making the institution more diverse and inclusive for all.

This year, over 600 nominations were received.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon pays tribute to Aylesha Meades on day of funeral

August 1, 2021 | 10.40am

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon paid a tribute to 25-year-old Aylesha Meades yesterday (Saturday, 30th July), as her funeral was being held in Lerwick.

Aylesha Meades with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Photo: Facebook

The young mother died last month at St. Ninian’s beach in the South Mainland.

On Twitter, Ms Sturgeon said Aylesha would be “missed by many”.

“Her life was way too short but she made a difference.

“My thoughts are with the care community and everyone who loved her”.

Who Cares? Scotland, the organisation Ms Meades worked for, also paid tribute to her, saying she was “fiercely loyal and worked tirelessly to create a better world for those who came after her”.

Popular training barque Statsraad Lehmkuhl to visit Lerwick

July 30, 2021 | 1.10pm

The popular training barque Statsraad Lehmkuhl is due to sail into Lerwick later today (Friday, 30th July).

The sail training vessel is a regular visitor to the isles, particularly during the Shetland Folk Festival.

She often plays host to onboard concerts during the annual event.

The impressive three-masted barque has travelled across from Askvoll in Norway.

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July 13, 2021 | 11.11am

The owner of a mobile gourmet takeaway trailer is set to open a new cafe at the Gutcher Ferry Terminal in Yell.

Isle Eat, owned by former chef Brian Kennedy, only started late last year but has already gained a growing reputation for its range of street foods.

He has now announced that he will soon be opening an Isle Eat Cafe in Yell, which will initially serve breakfasts, snacks and lunches.

After starting up in October 2020, Isle Eat upgraded its mobile trailer earlier this year after a successful start.

The trailer is mainly based out of Brae, but moves around to different bases.

In this week’s Shetland Times

July 9, 2021 | 7.00am

In today’s (Friday, 9th July) edition of The Shetland Times:

  • There is a warning from NHS chief executive Michael Dickson that the effects of the pandemic could be felt for years to come.
  • NHS Shetland has apologised after a voice message on the Lerwick Health Centre phone line called anyone phoning it a “numpty”.
  • One Norwegian sailor made a big entrance into Lerwick in a very small boat. We went down to the harbour to meet him.
  • We caught up with Michael Medici as he was half-way through a challenge to run five marathons in as many days.
  • Artefacts found at the dig in Scalloway are thought by one archaeologist to be Iron Age, although the landowner still thinks they could be from the Viking era.
  • We report on the various theories on the recent fly infestation.
  • SPORT – A full report from the first football cup final of the season along with reports from football, hockey and more.

North Isles grounds keeper retires after more than three decades of service

July 7, 2021 | 11.53am

Shetland Recreational Trust (SRT) has paid tribute to one of its longest-serving members of staff after his retirement.

Malcolm Spence receives a gift from SRT head of assets Andrew Lyall. Photo: SRT

SRT publicly thanked grounds keeper and handyman Malcolm Spence for his outstanding service to both Yell and Unst leisure centres.

He joined the trust in August 1990 and retired last month.

It said he would be “a huge miss”, and added he had become “a regular fixture” at both the North Isles centres and around the isles for monthly water testing.

SRT head of assets Andrew Lyall thanked Mr Spence for all of his years of service and handed him a gift on behalf of the trust last week.

In this week’s Shetland Times

July 2, 2021 | 7.00am

In today’s (Friday, 2nd July) edition of The Shetland Times:

  • A fisherman will have to be killed at sea before action is taken about the aggressive behaviour of foreign vessels, according to a local skipper.
  • BDL Hotels are exploring the possibility of building 20 houses on the site of the former Moorfield Hotel, The Shetland Times can reveal.
  • The isles only wildlife sanctuary, in Hillswick, will reopen tomorrow – offering a glimpse of its major redevelopment.
  • The refurbishment of the iconic 200-year-old Copeland Lodberry in Lerwick is well under way, with photos from above showing the scale of the work.
  • A councillor has warned pupils could face being “crammed like sardines” into a Lerwick primary school if national guidelines are followed strictly to the letter.
  • SPORT – Shetland Football Association president Iain Smith said finding more referees will be the “main topic” of conversation this season.
  • SPORT – Spurs take on Whitedale at the Gilbertson Park for the Madrid Cup tomorrow, in the first cup final of the season.
  • FEATURES – Librarian Catherine Jeromson tells us about the Books of her Life, and former Shetland Times news editor Jim Tait finally takes A Sporting Chance.

WATCH: Bells Brae teachers dance to sea shanty for summer holiday video

June 26, 2021 | 10.16am

Teachers from Bells Brae Primary School have performed their annual end of school year video to a popular sea shanty this year.

Uploaded to YouTube yesterday on the last day before the summer holidays, teachers from the school can be seen dancing around the playground to Wellerman, a song which has gained popularity through social media app TikTok over the last year.

This year’s effort contains pirates, an enthusiastic gardening shark, sections filmed at Mareel and the Clickimin Broch, and even three teachers jumping in the sea.

Watch the full video below:

Pride flag flies over Lerwick Town Hall

June 25, 2021 | 10.26am

The rainbow pride flag is flying over the Lerwick Town Hall today (Friday, 25th June).

June is recognised as Pride Month, which is dedicated to celebrating those in LGBTQ+ communities.

Earlier this year plans were announced for a Shetland Pride festival, which is due to be held in June 2022.


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