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Daily Archives: December 31, 2008

Pound’s slide a boost for crofters

Pound’s slide a boost for crofters

31/12/2008, by in News

FARMERS and crofters could be among the few to benefit from the pound’s plunging performance against the euro when they receive their annual subsidies from Brus­sels.Payments made from the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy are expected to increase by £1 billion next year because of sterling... Read more...

Dental shortage

Dental shortage

31/12/2008, by in News

SHETLAND is among the rural areas hardest hit by a shortage of NHS dentists.Figures released this week show 2,182 patients are on a waiting list for dental treatment in the isles.That compares with around 1,500 in Orkney and 1,800 in the Western Isles.In total over 82,000 people are waiting to... Read more...

Green MSP demands ban on shooting seals

Green MSP demands ban on shooting seals

31/12/2008, by in News

A GREEN MSP is demanding a ban on the shooting of common seals to help boost declining numbers.Robin Harper says 3,000 to 5,000 common seals are shot in Scotland every year.The Lothians MSP has lodged a motion seeking support for an outright ban on shooting the animals and enhance seal protectio... Read more...

Dispute over increase in ferry fares

Dispute over increase in ferry fares

31/12/2008, by in Fishing & Sea

A ROW has broken out over government plans to impose above inflation fare increases for ferry services to the Northern Isles.Shetland MSP and former tran­sport minister Tavish Scott has criticised Holyrood ministers for ignoring recommendations by their own officials to keep fare hikes for Orkney... Read more...

Board to chart Mareel project

Board to chart Mareel project

31/12/2008, by in Public Affairs

FOLLOWING complaints by some councillors that they were being kept in the dark over progress on the Mareel project, a sounding board has been created for the duration of the project’s con­struction.The board, comprising elected members and council officials, has already met twice in December an... Read more...

Home rule talks

Home rule talks

31/12/2008, by in Public Affairs

THE UK Cabinet discussed giving assurances to Shetland that devolution would not affect the isles’ oil fund or rate support grant in 1978 after MP Jo Grimond and councillors demanded an opt-out if islanders voted against home rule in the 1979 referendum, it emerged this week.In papers released b... Read more...

Harbour quiet

Harbour quiet

31/12/2008, by in Fishing & Sea

LERWICK harbour has been very quiet over the festive period, with a marked decrease in oil-related activity.The fishery protection vessel Hirta was in the harbour over Christmas and sailed on Boxing Day.Two tugs which had been towing the section which broke free from the Hutton platform also cam... Read more...