Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael accused the Tory administration of forgetting the devastation caused by the Braer disaster in 1993 – which resulted in a tug being stationed here in the first place – and said leaving the North Sea unprotected would be “reckless beyond belief”.
The ferry operator advises that the Hjaltland will depart at 2pm and will head straight into a south easterly gale. She is expected to arrive in Aberdeen 17 hours later at 7am.
LOCAL people have the chance to quiz the management of NHS Shetland this Thursday as the health board hosts its annual review.
The public meeting will hear presentations from chairman Ian Kinniburgh and chief executive Ralph Roberts before those attending have the opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions.
The meeting starts at 5.30pm and is being held in the Bressay Room of NHS Shetland's headquarters at Montfield, in Lerwick's Burgh Road.
The singing/songwriting trio of Zach Williams, Brian Elmquist, and Kanene Pipkin, backed by several outstanding musicians, were nominated for best group at this year's Americana Awards.
More than 900 people responded to Scott’s survey, which also highlighted concerns on GP and dentistry services and the experience people have when travelling south for treatment.
The one-day event, which was hosted by Shetland Islands Council at the Clickimin Leisure Complex on Saturday, featured a plethora of presentations, workshops and sessions designed to help local sportspeople realise their potential.
This year for the first time the food fair will be held independently of the popular Shetland Craft Fair.
Also for the first time, ferry operators NorthLink will sponsor the opening night on 30 October.
The list of local producers already lined up for this year’s event include The Shetland Distillery Company, Shetland Farm Dairies, Frankie’s Fish & Chips, Skibhoul Bakery, Scoop Wholefoods, Artisan Island Cheese, Shetlandeli, Vidlin Pies, Liz’s Homebakes, Gateside Pork, Emma Louise’s The Coffee Shop, Sandwick Pork, Valhalla Brewery, Katja’s Cakes, Lerwick Brewery, Transition Turriefield and Uradale Farm.
A 30 kilowatt machine installed by Edinburgh-based Nova Innovation off the island of Yell last year was dubbed “the world’s first community-owned tidal turbine”.
FOLLOWING three weeks of hard graft, the Shetland Solidarity with Refugees group has packed up two trailer-loads of aid ready for shipping to the mainland – from where it is to be distributed to refugee camps around Europe and possibly beyond.
A total of 114 sleeping bags, 80 tents and 57 bedrolls and ground sheets were among the donations, along with numerous pallets containing clothes, food and other essentials.
A MAN from the north east of England who admitted concealing drugs in his foreskin after coming off the NorthLink ferry at Lerwick's Holmsgarth terminal has been sent to jail.
John Thompson, of 63 Finsbury Avenue, Walker, Newcastle, previously admitted perverting the course of justice by giving a false name to police in Shetland and later refusing to allow an external and internal medical examination at the Gilbert Bain Hospital, in Lerwick, on 17 September.
The 30 year old appeared from custody at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday to initially deny that he had been concealing drugs in his body.
A SERIAL offender who jumped in front of cars and repeatedly struggled with police officers has been sent to jail for 16 months.
Nathan Hilditch, of 12A Horseshoe Close, Virkie, learned his fate at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday after admitting a string of new offences.
The 20 year old pleaded guilty to running into the path of moving vehicles at Lerwick’s Holmsgarth Road on 13 September.
THE SNP challenger to Alistair Carmichael in May’s general election has responded to the news that a legal case against him will proceed to the next stage by saying his opponent “will be a more worried person today than he was yesterday”.
Danus Skene, who finished 817 votes behind Carmichael in the Northern Isles and is seeking to win election to Holyrood in Shetland next year, said he continued to believe the “least dishonourable option” open to the MP was to resign and submit himself to a re-run.
Shetland Arts appears to be turning this around by inviting Shetland to gorge itself on the classical offerings of the Scottish Ensemble, with a programme consisting of four gigs; a duo in September, a quintet in February, another duo in April, and the full 12-piece string orchestra in summertime.
Earlier this month the Election Court in Edinburgh, sitting for only the third time in half a century, heard a preliminary legal debate after four constituents lodged a challenge.
The case is now to be out to a “By Order” hearing to discuss the next part of the trial, including the question of the standard of proof.
Anne Benferri said the dog Pia, a brown and white Ibizan hound, was one of four that were missing from the same Glasgow house where they were rehomed in 2013.
She has been contacted with a possible sighting of a man walking a dog resembling Pia. The dog apparently goes by the same name, is the same age and is believed to have been bought on the Glasgow Gumtree website.
The health board will team up with local charity Mind Your Head and Samaritans to hold a World Mental Health Day coffee morning on 10 October at the Levenwick hall between 10am-12pm.
The mother of three from Gulberwick runs Bambino & Beyond, which delivers sensory development classes to young children.
Da Wives Atween Wadders (WAW) gathered for the first time in Hillswick this week to create a collage from rubbish they found on a local beach.
This week the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) advised the total mackerel catch in the north Atlantic and North Sea should be restricted to 667,385 tonnes, down from 831,906 last year.
A GLASGOW man with a history of offending was jailed for six months at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Friday after he twice gave false information to the police in Shetland.
Officers initially stopped Paul Francis Shields, of 16 Ailsa Road, Coatbridge, on 2 June as he came off the NorthLink ferry at Lerwick’s Holmsgarth terminal on suspicion of carrying drugs.
A LERWICK man has been told to “start acting like a reasonable human being” after he admitted shoplifting booze before challenging his friends to a fight and brandishing a bottle.
Trevor Couper, of 37 Cairnfield Road, appeared from custody at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Thursday to admit stealing a total of 44 bottles of alcopops from Tesco on the town’s Sea Road on 21 August while on bail.
Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution Ltd (SHEPD) welcomed a handful of visitors to Shetland Museum and Archives as part of their six week consultation.
A MAN has been banned and fined after driving his car a few yards off the NorthLink ferry in Lerwick the morning after drinking alcohol.
At Lerwick Sheriff Court on Thursday, Douglas Leslie, of Bayview, Collafirth, Voe, admitted driving while just over the alcohol limit at the town’s Holmsgarth ferry terminal on 26 June.
A CONSTRUCTION worker from Middlesborough was fined £600 at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Thursday after he repeatedly punched a work colleague on the head and broke his nose last year.
Stewart Ryan, of 8 Price Avenue, had previously admitted assaulting the man on Scalloway’s Main Street and at the nearby harbour on 12 November.