METEORLOGIST and former BBC Scotland forecaster Heather “the weather” Reid is to attend a small conference on climate change in Shetland next month, organised by Burradale wind farm owners Shetland Aerogenerators.
She will be joined by fellow meteorologist Alex Hill, also a former TV weatherman and now the Met Office’s chief adviser to the Scottish and Northern Irish governments.
They will host a question and answer session in Lerwick’s Mareel on Thursday 6 June, following the free screening of Thin Ice, Simon Lamb’s documentary film about the work of climate scientists around the world. The movie starts at 7pm.
A SINGING group from Shetland’s north isles is hoping to perform at next year’s St Magnus Festival, in Orkney.
Thanks to a £38,045 grant from the Big Lottery Fund, Global Yell will also be able to expand its Singing Saturday’s projects to allow more young people to get involved.
Coordinator Andy Ross said: “We are delighted to have received recognition for the group.
The voluntary group was set up five years ago to help fund research to find a cure for disease.
Police in Shetland are investigating the theft of a Yamaha outboard from the Wethersta industrial estate, near Brae,
Officers said the engine was taken from a wheelhouse which was forced open sometime between 12 and 19 May.
Anyone with information of the theft is asked to call Lerwick police station on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
LOCAL lifestyle magazine i’i Shetland has been selected by the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) to be a part of the 100 Years of Scottish Magazine Publishing exhibition at the National Library of Scotland.
A POPULAR Lerwick pub was evacuated for a short time on Saturday night after a carbon dioxide extinguisher was knocked open by accident.
Emergency services were called to the Thule Bar, on Lerwick’s Esplanade, at just before 9pm.
Fire fighters removed the extinguisher from the premises and vented the building. The emergency was over less than an hour later.
THE FERRY service on Yell Sound will be reduced to just one ferry on Saturday due to crew shortages.
Some of the crew are taking Dagalien back to Shetland after she has been in drydock in Aberdeen for her regular check-up.
Called Dratsi, the character takes its name from the old term, one of the tabu words, used at sea for an otter. The six foot tall mascot is based on an original drawing by Peter Shaw.
CONGRATULATIONS to the digital media team at the Liverpool Post and Echo who has just been named Website of the Year at the regional press awards run by the Society of Editors.
Shetland News was one of five regional websites shortlisted for the prestigious award.
Joint editor of Shetland News, Hans J Marter, said the whole team had felt humbled by having been shortlisted.
A YOUNG construction worker was fined, disqualified and put under supervision at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Thursday morning after admitting swerving his car at his girlfriend during a night out in Mossbank, last month.
The court heard how Jamie Floyd with an address at the Sella Ness accommodation facility had committed the offence on the B9076 Voe to Mossbank on 20 April after drinking with friends and becoming upset with his then partner.
A PROFESSIONAL driver lost his license at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Thursday after admitting being twice the legal limit when stopped by police near Sandwick, last week.
Defending himself Stephen Fitzsimmons, of 6 Hammarsgarth, Mossbank, told the court that his behavior had been totally out of character.
He said he had consumed some coffee and a few bottles of beer at the Mareel art venue on 7 May after learning that his brother been taken to hospital.
In contrast, Faroese and Icelandic caught mackerel has been classified as red, which means people should avoid eating it.
EIGHT new jobs are set to be created in Yell after the local crab processing factory has been taken over by the Meridian Salmon Group.
The company, which has a number of salmon growing sites in Yell and on neighbouring Unst, is in the process of installing modern processing equipment in the Mid-Yell factory.
Meridian acquired the premises from Shetland Norse Preserving Company (SNPC), who have processed locally caught shellfish for many years.
However, up to 325 of the birds will already be taken out during this summer’s breeding season as 15 licenses to shoot geese have already been issued to farmers and crofters.
Shetland Islands Council hopes to save almost £170,000 per annum by closing the 13 pupil Olnafirth primary school, in Voe, as well as the secondary department of the tiny school on the island of Out Skerries.
The 20 year old, who was brought up in Yell, had been bailed to an address in Spalding, Lincolnshire, for the last two years.
He had previously pled guilty to charges of conspiring to bring down the websites of law enforcement authorities in Britain and the US, including the CIA, between February and September 2011.
A SHETLAND boy racer was banned for four years at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Thursday after admitting crashing his car while one and a half times the legal limit.
Other road users were stunned by the speed Gary Lockyer of 4 Whitelaw Road, Aith, zoomed past them when they were overtaken just outside Lerwick on the afternoon of 22 December.
Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie told the court that they were not surprised when they spotted Lockyer’s car in a ditch at the Laxfirth junction, a few miles further north.
The company, partly owned by the local community through a 45 per cent stake of the Shetland Charitable Trust, welcomed Wednesday’s government report that called for an overhaul of the system.
SENTENCE on a Polish man who admitted assaulting a drinking companion to her injury has been deferred for reports until next month.
Appearing from custody before Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday morning, Marcin Olejniczak was told that he was likely to regain his liberty in June after having served five months in custody.
The court was all set for a jury trial when 34 year old Olejniczak changed his plea from not guilty to a charge of assault, injury and permanent disfigurement to guilty to the lesser charge of assault to injury.
A 47 YEAR old man missing overnight from the Northmavine area of Shetland was traced by the crew of the coastguard search and rescue helicopter on Wednesday morning.
Police said the man had been taken to the Gilbert Bain Hospital, in Lerwick, for treatment.
The man had been reported missing at just after 5pm on Tuesday.
Coastguard volunteer teams from Hillswick, Lerwick, Sullom and North Roe were called on Tuesday evening to assist police in the search in the Nibon area.
And it suggests that more than 10,000 jobs could be created by 2030 - 2,900 in Shetland, 4,500 in Orkney and 3,500 in the western isles.
The Scottish Islands Renewables Project was set up by energy secretary Ed Davey in autumn last year after having visited Shetland.