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Daily Archives: January 16, 2009

Dilapidated school to shut down for day

Dilapidated school to shut down for day

16/01/2009, by in Public Affairs

By NEIL RIDDELLThe Anderson High School will be closed today because of a burst pipe which led to “extremely hot” water gushing through the main hall of the school and beyond on Wednes­day evening, the most visible sign yet of the dilapidated state of some of its buildings directly impinging ... Read more...

Literary triumph for poet Hadfield

Literary triumph for poet Hadfield

Burra-based poet Jen Hadfield received a welcome shock this week when she found out she had won the TS Eliot Prize for poetry for her second collection, Nigh-No-Place.Announced at an awards ceremony packed with stars of the literary world on Monday evening in London, the news was completely unexpe... Read more...

Scott raises Home Report fault

Scott raises Home Report fault

16/01/2009, by in Public Affairs

MSP Tavish Scott has sought assurances from the government that no-one selling a house in Shetland will be penalised because of failings in a database.He said the problem made it impossible for many sellers to offer the Home Report which was now required by law.Mr Scott wrote to the communities ... Read more...

Freight charges drop

Freight charges drop

16/01/2009, by in Fishing & Sea

Council ferry bosses are to cut charges for transporting boxes of milk, bread and newspapers after a complaint that island shopkeepers could be put out of business by a six-fold price hike.Yesterday the inter-island ferries board agreed to return to the old system with a £155-a-year flat charge... Read more...

Concern over ferry review

Concern over ferry review

16/01/2009, by in Fishing & Sea

Shetland is to voice its concern about the continuing delay to the start of a major government review of Scotland’s ferry services. The SIC inter-island ferries board heard yesterday up to three months could be lost due to problems recruiting consultants to undertake the review, which has to be co... Read more...

Standby skipper to appear on trial

Standby skipper to appear on trial

16/01/2009, by in Fishing & Sea

The skipper of an oil standby ship has denied breaching a safety management system resulting in the death of a crew member in November 2007.Master of the Vos Viper Alexander Phimister, 62, of New Street, Findochty, pled not guilty to allowing crew member Gordon Buchan, 48, to board the ship at the... Read more...