Didier and Valerie first came to Shetland for a visit 30 years ago. They have returned many times since, both for holidays and work. Now they have made the move and talk to podcast host Marjolein about this, and their new business, the cafe, C’est La Vie on Commercial Street.
MP says students have been left ‘swinging in the wind’
Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has spoken out in the House of Commons ahead of a key vote this week on the coronavirus law brought into place in March.
Mr Carmichael said it surely ought to have been foreseeable that, when students were taken back on to campuses, it ran the risk of seeing spikes.
He said: “It was surely foreseeable that there would be some sort of lockdown locally as a consequence, and it was surely foreseeable that for many young people there would be a greater need for mental health support in those circumstances.
“None of the measures has been put in place and I have tremendous sympathy for our students who have been left simply swinging in the wind.
“One of the biggest difficulties that we have had across the four nations, but especially in Scotland, has been the determination to centralise control.”
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Is Shetland willing to ‘raise the drawbridge’ to go it alone with ‘islands approach’ to Covid-19 restrictions?
Shetland’s health chief has said he is “very sympathetic” to the calls raised for an “islands approach” to the Covid-19 restrictions – but warned there were no easy answers.
Michael Dickson, who is chief executive at NHS Shetland and Orkney, addressed the calls for a local easing of restrictions at a press conference today (Monday).
Councils and politicians have in recent days raised the prospect of Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles taking their own approach to the measures, given their comparatively low case numbers.
Following the introduction of new measures, including restrictions on household visits, some folk have questioned whether the guidance needs to be applied across the board.
Mr Dickson said: “I really understand why people are looking for that flexibility – but it comes down to what you are willing to give up.”
He questioned whether folk would be prepared to ban all travel to and from the islands as a trade-off for lesser restrictions on the isles.
“Unless we’re ready to raise the drawbridge and say we’re going to be self contained, the risk can become really difficult to manage,” he added.
Mr Dickson warned that the impact of such travel restrictions, as demonstrated in the earlier stage of lockdown, could be “huge”.
He also questioned at what point the islands would return to the national restrictions, should there be any further localised outbreaks.
Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles have all experiences new cases in recent weeks. The Western Isles’ official case number increased by nine today alone – its biggest daily increase throughout the crisis.
Mr Dickson said the outbreaks in Aberdeen, and the cluster associated with a fishing vessel in Orkney also demonstrated how quickly the virus could spread.
While he said he welcomed the debate, Mr Dickson added that the moves for a localised approach were based on a “lot of presumptions”.
“When you start to question, there’s no easy answers,” he added.
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Reversing peat erosion a ‘priority’ Viking says after Staney Hill concerns
Viking says reversing “decades of serious erosion” to peat is a “central priority” of theirs, amid fears of damage to peat left at a site on the Staney Hill.
Anti-Viking group Sustainable Shetland shared images on social media of peat at a quarry last week, writing that the site was becoming “a bit o a slester” amid heavy rainfall.
Viking said the site was operated by Tulloch Developments and all enquiries about the site should be directed their way.
While the developer said that some “surplus” peat from work on their Kergord access track had been moved to the Staney Hill for reinstatement, most of the peat excavated at Kergord was being kept at that site.
“All handling and storage of excavated peat on site is part of a wider plan for its reuse and reinstatement to achieve these restoration goals.”
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