Freight disruption has forced the closure of Shetland’s fish markets – harming exports worth a six-figure sum.
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Freight disruption has forced the closure of Shetland’s fish markets – harming exports worth a six-figure sum.READ FULL STORY
Scalloway fish processor QA Fish has been fined £80,000 after pleading guilty to health and safety failings which led to the death of one of its employees.READ FULL STORY
SIC launches consultation on free period products
Shetland Islands Council has launched a consultation on where free period products should be made available to the public.
Scotland became the first country in the world to make period products free for everyone when MSPs backed a bill in November 2020.
The act means local authorities are now responsible for making sure that items such as tampons and sanitary pads should be made free to all those who might need them.
The SIC is looking to hear from anyone who uses, may use in the future, or who collects sanitary products on behalf of others, before the scheme is rolled out in August 2022.
People are being asked where they would like those products to be made available, how they would like to obtain them, and the type of products that may be wanted.
You can access the consultation here: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/QX588S/
It will close at midnight on Sunday, 12th June.
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Complex delivery of platform for decommissioning shown in new video
Lerwick Port Authority (LPA) has released a video showing the successful delivery of the 8,500 tonne Ninian Northern platform for decommissioning.
The platform was delivered to Dales Voe by the world’s largest offshore construction vessel, Pioneering Spirit, in April.
The visit marked her first time operating quayside at a UK port, when steel structures from the platform were lifted on to a barge for removal.
The huge 382-metre long and 124-metre wide vessel then manoeuvred mid-voe to transfer the 83-metre high jacket via the Allseas barge Iron Lady to the base, where it was loaded into a heavy-duty pad in a complex operation.
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An overtime ban from 12 Lerwick Port Authority (LPA) shore workers is set to go ahead on Wednesday, after “crunch day” negotiations failed to find a solution.
The LPA and union Unite met last Thursday in an attempt to end the planned industrial action, but regional officer John Clark said those talks had not been successful.
He said that, unless an improved offer arrived from the LPA on Tuesday, the workers would be walking out at 12.01am on Wednesday morning.
“They need to come back very quickly,” he said.
“It’s disappointing, the time that it’s taken to get something sorted out.
“It’s just been too slow for my members. We need something hard and fast to take back to them.”
The dozen workers, which consists of engineers, electricians, joiners and general operatives, are seeking improvements to pay and terms and conditions.
They are the only LPA staff to currently be paid hourly rather than salaried, but Mr Clark said Unite and the LPA had agreed to move them over to salaries as part of the current discussions.
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Moraig Lyall has been elected as the chairwoman of the council’s new environment and transport committee.
Mrs Lyall had been nominated alongside Robbie McGregor and won on a secret ballot 11-10.
Dennis Leask elected as development chairman
Dennis Leask has been elected as chairman of development at the SIC.
He had been nominated along with John Leask and won 12-8 votes in a secret ballot today (Monday).
Dennis Leask had said the council needed to “get its hunger back” to make the most of the new opportunities.
John Leask said he had a lot of experience in oil and gas as well as the transition to the new green energy sector.
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Emma Macdonald appointed as SIC’s new leader
Emma Macdonald has been appointed as the new leader of the SIC.
Members voted in a secret ballot as the second item of business at their first official meeting.
The nominees were Mrs Macdonald and Stephen Leask. Mrs Macdonald won 11-9 votes.
Mrs Macdonald, who was previously depute leader, said she was “hard working, motivated and positive”.
“More importantly, I’m extremely passionate about local government and local decision making.”
Mr Leask said he would seek to foster an “open door policy”.
He said he would welcome the valuable experience of existing members and the innovative contributions of new councillors.
After being voted in, Mrs Macdonald nominated Gary Robinson to be depute leader.
The role requires its holder to provide “political leadership and direction”.
It is the most senior position within the council commanding a salary of £32,622.
Prior to the meeting, rumours about who might be putting themselves forward included Mr Leask, Mrs Macdonald and Ryan Thomson, although Mr Thomson later confirmed he had withdrawn.
The role was previously held by Steven Coutts, who stood down from the council at the end of the last term.
Andrea Manson appointed new SIC convener
Andrea Manson has been appointed as the new SIC convener.
Members voted for Ms Manson as their opening item of business at their first official meeting today (Monday) at the St Ringan’s council chamber.
It was carried out by secret ballot after Ms Manson and Cecil Smith were both nominated. The vote was 11-10 in Ms Manson’s favour.
Ms Manson said she would represent the council with “humour, patience, a kind heart and public conscience”.
Mr Smith, who had been depute convener for eight years, said he had the knowledge and experience required.
He said there was a “strong indication” that there would be changes ahead for the council and he would be committed to bring everyone together and make sure all voices were heard.
Ms Manson, after being elected, nominated Bryan Peterson to be depute convener.
The role, which commands a £24,467 salary, is mainly focussed on civic and ceremonial functions and “acting as a focal point for the whole Shetland community”.
Its previous holder, Malcolm Bell, stood down at the end of the last council term.
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Pure is one of three organisations to have partnered with Wales-based Compact Syngas Solutions (CSS), which has secured almost £300,000 in government funding.
Plans are now in place to forge ahead with a bid to make low-emission hydrogen fuel a reality for vehicles.
It’s hoped the project could use waste that would normally end up being sent to landfill.
The only exhaust emissions from hydrogen-fuelled vehicles are warm air and water, and CSS are also in the process of developing carbon capture technology for the gasification process to reduce emissions even further.
The project aims to demonstrate that low carbon hydrogen can be produced economically and efficiently.
The hydrogen produced by the modular unit being developed could also be used by power plants in areas detached from mainstream energy grids.
‘Hare’ it is again – a fundraising trail for Clan
“Hare”-raising sculptures could appear as part of a new initiative by Clan.
The well-known cancer support charity has partnered for a second time with Wild in Art to help develop a new art trail.
The organisation decided to hop to it following the success of Light the North – a “lighthouse” auction trail which raised over £324,000.
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In this week’s Shetland Times
In today’s (Friday, 13th May) edition of The Shetland Times:
- Exclusive – Almost 100 anti-social behaviour cases have been lodged in three years – leading to “devastating” effects on victims’ lives.
- A Skerries man is digitising thousands of photos from the 18-1900s after finding them during a clean-up of his grandparents home.
- Police say they received “intelligence” there was likely to be disorder and anti-social behaviour during February’s Old Firm match between Celtic and Rangers. Additional officers were on patrol during the game.
- There’s two pages of election coverage as Shetland picks its new councillors.
- MSP Beatrice Wishart has backed calls for the Scottish government to increase the air fare discount for islanders.
- The Shetland Times takes a look at the new Hays Dock by the Dowry restaurant, as manager Stuart Fox talks about his future plans.
- ARTS – Former Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble speaks about his latest gigs in the isles, and looks back on 20 years of Shetland concerts.
- SPORT – Spurs beat Ness to lift the Manson Cup, and there’s reports from two junior football inter-counties, hockey, athletics, golf, angling and the Jake Porter duathlon.
WATCH: Wildlife haven leaps into life
Spring has brought Da Gairdins at Sand leaping into life.
The three ponds are bubbling with thousands of tiny tadpoles.
It looks like it won’t be too long before froglets will be calling the wildlife haven a pad of their own.
Visitors will soon have to tread carefully!
Meanwhile May has seen Da Gairdins bursting into colour as the rhododendrons come into bloom.
Story trail helps mark Queen’s jubilee
A new initiative aims to make shopping on the street easier for families, while marking the Queen’s platinum jubilee at the same time.
From today [Saturday] Living Lerwick is running a free story trail in Lerwick town centre.
The trail is designed to allow families choose what happens in the story, and can be accessed using a Smartphone.
It involves fictional characters who supposedly “come to life” from Buckingham Palace, and gone on a trip to Lerwick.
The idea is to encourage families to go to the street to enjoy a safe, fun and still socially distanced event.
For more details, visit the Living Lerwick website.
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