Hospitality restrictions, which have seen several Shetland pubs close, are set to continue for another week, the First Minister has announced.
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Hospitality restrictions, which have seen several Shetland pubs close, are set to continue for another week, the First Minister has announced.READ FULL STORY
Covid patient ‘stable’ in Gilbert Bain hospital
NHS Shetland says that a patient in the Gilbert Bain hospital with Covid-19 is “stable and improving”.
Director of nursing and acute services Kathleen Carolan said the patient had suffered “respiratory symptoms” due to the virus.
They did not currently require transfer to Aberdeen, Ms Carolan said.
Shetland recorded one new coronavirus case on Tuesday, who had come into contact with a case from last week.
NHS Shetland said yesterday’s positive case had tested positive after a test carried out in the Lerwick hospital.
Power disconnected in Burra
A fault in overhead equipment has led to a loss of power in almost 500 properties in Burra.
Workers with Scottish and Southern Energy temporarily disconnected the power to 484 homes on Tuesday afternoon.
Properties in Hamnavoe and Bridgend were affected.
Customers were notified ahead of the power going off.
The power was cut shortly before quarter past two. Supplies were expected to be back on by just over an hour later.
SSE has thanked customers for their patience and understanding.
Siblings’ space art wins trip to Cape Canaveral
Shetland siblings’ impressive space art has won them a trip to Cape Canaveral.
Singe and Lockie Bullough, aged eight and 10, submitted a joint entry into the Shetland Space Centre competition, featuring a female astronaut with a puffin on her helmet and a rocket blasting off.
The brother and sister, from Aith, will be able to jet off with their parents to Cape Canaveral in Florida, home to the Kennedy Space Centre, once lockdown restrictions ease.
Judges were so impressed with the standard of the 192 receives, they awarded additional prizes for different age groups, who will each receive a voucher for Mareel.
Age five to seven: first, Aly Work (seven); second, Isla Somerville (six) and third, Thea Tallack (six).
Age eight-11: first, Levi Cogle (10); second, Rashik Saravanan (10) and third, Vaila Gunn (eight).
And 12+: first, Prasheeta Saravanan (13); second, Connie Dickie (16) and third ,Emma Henry (14).
SSC administrator Carol Duncan judged the entries with SSC director of Shetland operations Yvette Hopkins, Shetland Arts’ Graeme Howell and Unst artist Pat Cerasale.
She said: “It was a fantastic competition, with a really high standard of entry.”
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New Covid-19 case involves contact of patient who tested positive last week
Shetland’s latest official Covid-19 case involves a contact of another patient who recently tested positive, the health board has confirmed.
NHS Shetland said the person lives on the isles and had been identified as a contact of a patient who tested positive last week.
They were found to be positive in a test processed at the Gilbert Bain hospital.
All contacts of the latest patient have also been contacted and asked to self-isolate.
NHS Shetland’s honorary consultant in public health Shantini Paranjothy, said: “While our island communities have not been as badly affected as those on the mainland, we are vulnerable and remain at risk as the situation across the country is serious.
Prof Paranjothy urged people to to take care and follow the FACTS, including not meeting people outside their household.
Anyone showing symptoms must self-isolate and book a test immediately from the NHS Shetland website.
Shetland’s official Covid-19 case number now stands at 64.
Shetland businesses disrupted by current Covid-19 restrictions urged to apply for new hardship fund
Shetland businesses affected by the latest Covid-19 restrictions can now apply for funding to help deal with the disruption.
The Scottish government’s Coronavirus Business Hardship Fund is offering grants of £1,000 or £1,500 to eligible businesses.
Applicants must be either hospitality businesses or gyms required to close due to the new restrictions; or producers or wholesalers supplying perishables to hospitality businesses required to close. These businesses must also be able to demonstrate a 25 per cent loss of turnover during the current restrictions.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon encouraged all eligible businesses to apply at her lunchtime briefing today.
“By sticking to the new restrictions, either by closing your business or operating under restrictions, you’re helping us tackle Covid and so it’s really important that we help you to do that,” she added.
Business must apply by 3rd November by visiting Business Gateway Shetland.
Queries can also be made to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning 01595 707451.
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Farmers and crofters to shape climate change response
Farmers are being given the chance to engage in a fledgling Climate Assembly aimed at ensuring food remains at the heart of the climate change response.
The creation of the Climate Assembly was included in Scotland’s 2019 Climate Change Act.
The assembly is being asked to consider how Scotland should change to tackle the climate emergency in a way that is effective and fair.
It can consider how to minimise the effects of climate change and make recommendations on measures proposed to achieve targets.
The assembly is collecting ideas and is due to report to the Scottish Parliament at the end of February next year.
A stewarding group has been established and includes NFU Scotland President Andrew McCornick.
He said: “I welcome the opportunity to represent farmers and crofters on the steering group of the assembly, but given the important role of agriculture in tackling climate change, I need our members to feed in too.
New Covid-19 case recorded in Shetland’s figures today, First Minister confirms
Shetland has recorded another Covid-19 case, the First Minister has confirmed.
Nicola Sturgeon made the confirmation during her lunchtime briefing today (Tuesday).
She said all Scottish health boards other than the Western Isles had recorded additional cases, adding that Orkney and Shetland had only recorded one each.
In total, 1,456 new cases were included in today’s figures.
Ms Sturgeon also confirmed that fifteen additional deaths had been recorded, which she said was a reminder of the “devastating impact this virus us having on families across the county”.
She issued a reminder on the importance of booking a timely test.
While she said it was “natural” for folk to wait a day or two to see whether symptoms develop, Ms Sturgeon stressed Covid-19 was different and needed immediate attention.
“So even if you’re not sure if your symptoms necessarily mean you have the virus, err on the side of caution and come forward straight away,” she said.
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Author of Shetland series Ann Cleeves to talk about new novel at online event
Author Ann Cleeves is set to give a talk about her new book and the places that inspired her previous novels – including the best-selling Shetland series.
Cleeves, who was recently made patron of the Fair Isle Bird Observatory, will be taking part in an online Crowdcast event on Wednesday.
Organised in collaboration between publishers Pan Macmillan and the library services of Shetland, Devon and the North East, the event will feature Cleeves talking about her new book The Darkest Evening.
The novel is part of the Vera Stanhope series, featuring the no-nonsense detective inspector in what has been billed as a “classic country house mystery with a contemporary twist”.
Signed copies of the book will be available to order on the evening.
Shetland Library posted on Facebook today (Tuesday) to say there was still time to sign up to the event, which takes place from 6pm to 7.30pm tomorrow (Wednesday) and costs £2.
Visit the eventbrite page here to book
MSP urges ministers to listen to island communities as calls for localised Covid-19 measures intensify
Ministers have been urged to listen to the views of Shetland folk and their elected representatives when implementing Covid-19 restrictions.
Highlands and Islands MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston has made his calls in response to the growing debate for an “islands approach”.
Council leaders in Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles have been raising the case for a more localised approach to Covid-19 measures in recognition of their lower case numbers.
Mr Halcro Johnston praised healthcare staff, businesses and communities for their work keeping cases low.
“However, as we plan for the months ahead – given our geography, low rates of transmission and the impact of restrictions on key local businesses and sectors – the Scottish government’s ‘one-size-fits-all’ policy may not always be the best approach for our communities,” he added.
He urged ministers to “listen closely to what islanders and their elected representatives are saying”.
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MSP demands answers over FAI delay
Beatrice Wishart has written to the Lord Advocate over the “inexcusable” seven year delay to the Sumburgh helicopter crash fatal accident inquiry.
The Isles MSP wrote: “It is welcome news that the inquiry is reaching its end. Answers about the incident itself are valuable, and will serve as important lessons.
“But for the families and friends of those lost, the questions that must now be answered relate to the seven year delay it took to get to this stage. I want to make clear, once again, that this was inexcusable.
Commenting, Ms Wishart said: “There are now serious questions that need to be answered about why this inquiry has taken so long.
“Instead of knowing exactly what happened and why, everyone involved has been weighed down by the bureaucracy of this investigation.”
Drug drivers and speeders among offenders stopped in Shetland roads police operation
A total of 35 driving offences were detected during a police operation in Shetland.
Roads policing officers checked more than 80 vehicles as part of Operation Cedar between 16th-19th October.
Officers detected drug driving, no insurance, speeding and construction and use offences.
Road policing constable Chris Donaldson said Police Scotland was committed to reducing casualties, improving road safety and targeting criminals.
“As we enter the winter months when the weather can be more changeable it is important that our vehicles are ready,” he added.
“Now is the time to check your vehicle, especially the tyres, and ensure it is ready for winter.”
“Unfortunately during this recent visit we are still detecting individuals who have taken the decision to drive whilst unfit through drink or drugs.
“We are now even better prepared to tackle drug drivers and will continue our zero tolerance approach.”
People can report driving offences via 101 or 999 in an emergency.
Beautiful, tranquil scenes in Wester Quarff
With the weather set to turn wet and windy in the coming days, Shetland folk have been out and about making the most of the calmer conditions today.
Shetland Times chief executive Colin Grant shared this photograph of his family enjoying the tranquil scenes at Wester Quarff.
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WATCH: Shetland Wildlife posts amazing footage of humpback whale performing underwater ‘snow angels’
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Lovely to spend the afternoon watching and filming this Humpback off Levenwick, #Shetland – especially when it rolls over and starts to do underwater snow angels! Footage by Hugh. #shetlandwildlife #shetland #shetlandislands #shetlandisles #inspiredbyshetland #scotland #shetlandphotography #wildlifephotography #whale #whales #humpback #drone #droneshot #shetlandbydrone #visitscotland #scotnature.
Shetland Wildlife posted this mesmerising footage of a humpback whale off Noness on Friday.
The video, shred via Instagram and Facebook, was taken by Shetland Wildlife’s Hugh Harrop.
He said it was “wonderful to watch” – especially when the whale rolled to perform underwater snow angels.
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WATCH: Ian’s Hens a ‘greatly entertaining’ antidote to Covid chaos
Eleanor McGuire has written in to say Stephen Mercer’s video about his eight-year-old neighbour Ian Johnson, and his hens, has “greatly entertained” her during this current Covid chaos.
The 2015 video is written, stars and narrates young Ian and his beloved hens in Whalsay, and Mrs McGuire calls him a “natural entertainer”.
She said she “loved” the video and has thanked all involved for putting it together.
Watch the video below and see if you share Mrs McGuire’s enthusiasm for Ian’s Hens.
Mareel lit up for baby loss awareness week
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Over 50 records of scarce visitor in a day
Hugh Harrop caught this picture of a Blue Tit on Friday, which have been showing up in surprisingly large numbers recently.
They may be familiar sights across the UK but Blue Tits are scarce migrants from continental Europe to #Shetland. We are currently experiencing our largest ‘invasion’ with over 50 birds recorded here on Wednesday. Here’s one adding a splash of colour to the south Mainland today. pic.twitter.com/ZRaQMM0Y4U
— Hugh Harrop Wildlife (@HughHarrop) October 9, 2020
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