In today’s (Friday, 22nd October) edition of The Shetland Times: • Isles MP Alistair Carmichael reveals he has received death threats, while MSP Beatrice Wishart…
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Fishing vessel under tow after losing power
A fishing vessel is under tow after losing power in the early hours of Friday morning.
The Aith lifeboat was dispatched along with the Sumburgh-based rescue helicopter following the issue with the Banff-registered Enterprise II.
The vessel lost power and was left drifting 60 miles west of the isles.
Another vessel has been towing her back to Scalloway, with the Aith lifeboat shadowing her.
In this week’s Shetland Times
In today’s (Friday, 22nd October) edition of The Shetland Times:
• Isles MP Alistair Carmichael reveals he has received death threats, while MSP Beatrice Wishart says she had been on the receiving end of “vile” abuse.
• Isles man Mark Toka has been left feeling “extremely happy” after winning a £126,000 BMW – plus £20,000 in cash.
• The row over two controversial new Co-ops has entered a new phase with news the Sandwick store has been approved.
• Tribute has been paid to the last Shetland Bus man, who has died at the age of 101
• It’s a happy birthday to the Trondra and Burra bridges, which have celebrated their 50th anniversary.
• Plastic pollution has been described as an increasingly serious problem for isles birds after several reports of dead gannets being found.
• Find out how to create a ‘spooktacular’ look in our Hallowe’en feature.
• SPORT: A fresh drive is under way to secure a new dedicated location for isles gymnasts to hone their skills.
Three new cases for second consecutive day
Shetland has recorded a further three coronavirus cases today (Thursday).
It is the second consecutive day in which three cases have been recorded.
The isles have now recorded 21 cases in the past seven days.
More delays to NorthLink sailings
NorthLink has warned of further disruption to its Thursday night sailings.
Passengers travelling on the MV Hrossey from Aberdeen tonight may only arrive in Kirkwall two hours later than scheduled.
Tonight’s MV Hjaltland sailing from Lerwick is expected to be unaffected.
Both of the freight sailings could be subject to delays, however.
NorthLink said the MV Helliar may be subject to some delays in her arrival into Aberdeen Harbour tomorrow (Friday), while the MV Hildasay may arrive into Lerwick three or four hours later than scheduled.
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Debate to be held into DVSA’s handling of isles
A debate will be held on the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency’s (DVSA) treatment of Shetland at Westminster.
MP Alistair Carmichael will lead the debate on Wednesday morning, having been a vocal critic of the government agency following a string of high-profile disasters in the past months.
It comes a week after he wrote to transport committee chairman Huw Merriman calling for a government inquiry into the running of the DVSA.
Mr Carmichael said the agency “now requires serious and urgent ministerial attention”.
“I want to know from ministers why they have allowed the situation to get where it has,” he said.
The MP said he would be asking ministers to explain the “attitude of the DVSA towards the communities in the Northern Isles”.
Woman assaulted at public hall in Lerwick
A man is alleged to have assaulted a 39-year-old woman in Lerwick.
Police Scotland said the alleged assault happened at around 9pm on Monday at Staney Hill Public Hall.
Inspector Sam Greshon of Lerwick police station said: “A number of witnesses have told us that a car drove past whilst the incident was ongoing, however we have been unable to trace the driver of that car, unfortunately we don’t have a make or model.
“I would appeal to the driver to come forward as you may have witnessed the incident or captured it on dash-cam.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting incident 0720 of 19th October.”
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Drivers asked to use caution after oil spillages
Drivers are being asked to use caution while driving after reports of oil spillages on the main road.
The SIC said it had received reports of spillages on the A970 between Lerwick and the South Nesting junction.
A mixture of spilled oil and heavy rain had made the road slippery in patches, the council said.
Roads staff are currently spreading sand and placing signs at the worst affected areas, but drivers have been urged to exercise care – particularly on bends or in areas where signs are in place.
Isles record three more cases
Shetland has recorded a further three Covid cases today (Wednesday).
That follows one on Tuesday, and two on Monday.
The isles have now recorded 18 cases across the past seven days.
The life of the last member of the Shetland Bus and the vital role he played in the war effort is being recognised in parliament.READ FULL STORY
Disruption to ferry sailings
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The MV Hjaltland will depart Aberdeen at 5pm for Lerwick, while the MV Hrossey will sail from Lerwick at the earlier time of 4.30pm
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Polycrub takes outstanding achievement environmental award
Polycrub Shetland has scooped an outstanding achievement award in recognition of its efforts to tackle environmental impacts and reduce carbon emissions.
The company was one of four Scottish companies to earn the award at the Vibes Scottish Environment Business awards.
The winners were deemed exemplars of good environmental practice at a time when tackling climate change has never been more urgent.
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One new Covid case
Shetland has recorded a further Covid case today (Tuesday).
That follows two cases on Monday.
The isles seven-day total now stands at 16 cases.
Rape crisis charity sees rise in people seeking support
Shetland Rape Crisis (SRC) supported 68 victims of sexual violence in the last year – a rise of 17 over the previous year.
The charity today (Tuesday) published its annual report for the period 2020-2021.
It showed that 68 sexual violence survivors – 62 women and six men – were supported.
The majority of those, 44 people, were given support and counselling by SRC.
Most of those affected were first sexually assaulted before the age of 20.
Twenty-four cases were reported to SRC’s advocacy service, with the majority of service users reporting that the police response to them reporting a case had been “supportive”.
SRC chairwoman Siún Carden said it had been a “challenging” year for the service due to Covid.
“Shetland Rape Crisis has risen to the occasion, finding new ways of working to support survivors through this time and continuing to provide an excellent service despite unpredictable restrictions, periods of working from home and the extra pressures we have all experienced.”
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In this week’s Shetland Times
In today’s (Friday, 1st October) edition of The Shetland Times:
- EXCLUSIVE – Almost a third of NHS Shetland sickness absences have been due to stress since the pandemic began. Over 17,000 work hours have been lost to stress as hard-working health staff feel the long-term effects of the last year.
- EXCLUSIVE – An isles school unwittingly sent parents/carers an email containing Covid misinformation. The email contained a checklist which claimed people under 30 were more likely to die from the vaccine than from coronavirus.
- Da Wheel nightclub says it will investigate after a customer alleged she was sexually abused twice in one night.
- National clinical director Jason Leitch said the vaccine has “changed the game” in the fight against Covid – but concerns about new variants remain.
- More than 120 bikers gathered last Sunday to pay tribute to retiring motorbike instructor Steve Henry, who has given up after 37 years.
- SPORT – There’s reports from hockey, junior football and the Shetland women’s resounding rugby victory.
Exploring Lerwick’s Knab
Incredible finds among caves of Fair Isle
Divers have documented the hidden life of many of Fair Isle’s remote sea caves for the first time.
Marine surveys documented around 70 caves on the island, with dive teams battling weather conditions to carry out full biological surveys of four caves.
These included a spectacular 200 metre-long cave on the west of the island known as Diamond Cave.
Stunning images from beneath the waves show the characteristic sea cave habitats and species discovered, including corals, sponges and seasquirts.
The data gathered will help to map the sea caves around Fair Isle in more detail and increase knowledge about habitats and species, as well as sea caves around Scotland’s coastline more widely.
The surveys were commissioned by NatureScot and carried out by a team of divers from Heriot-Watt University.
Sand beach on Saturday
In this week’s Shetland Times
In today’s (Friday, 3rd September) edition of The Shetland Times:
- Citizens Advice Bureau says the decision to cut universal credit by £20 will hit Shetland’s economy by around £1.3 million, and will cause the poorest in the community serious concern.
- Nearly 60 Covid cases have been recorded in the last week, with schools particularly affected – but the SIC insists its schools are safe.
- EXCLUSIVE – An artist speaks about presenting her work to the Queen of Denmark.
- A leading engineer says that inter-isles tunnels are well within the realms of possibility.
- There are plenty of pictures from last weekend’s Summer Spree and Pedal Lerwick events.
- SPORT – Full match reports from Ness’ Manson Cup win over Whalsay and Shetland’s mixed hockey inter-county victory.
In Pictures: The Big Summer Spree
Clickimin Leisure Centre was the place to be yesterday as the first, large open air event following the lifting of Covid restrictions took place.
It was a day full of games, competitions, taster events and live music running between 10am and 5pm on Saturday, 28th August.
A full report will appear in Friday’s Shetland Times.
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