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Shetland Catch is being integrated into the Pelagia operation.NORWEGIAN pelagic fish processor Pelagia has confirmed that 16 jobs will be lost at its Shetland Catch factory in Lerwick.

Speaking to Shetland News on Monday, Pelagia's chief executive and Shetland Catch board chairman Egil Magne Haugstad said the number of permanent staff at the Lerwick plant have been reduced from 54 to 38 as the process of integrating with the Norwegian multinational continues.

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Remembering Arras (AHS pupil Holly Mouat)

AHS S3 pupils Holly Mouat and Carys Nield pictured with history teacher John Sandison at Menin Gate, Ypres during last month's trip.ANDERSON High School history pupils Holly Mouat and Carys Nield were among 72 pupils representing each of Scotland's local authorities on a five-day trip to France to observe the centenary of the Battle of Arras at Scotland's national commemoration. Here Holly gives a powerful and eloquent account of an emotional and life-changing trip.

On 11 April 1917, the Battle of Arras began. Arras is described as “The Scottish Battle”. Of the four years the Great War raged on, the largest Scottish loss was at the Battle of Arras.

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Lib Dems confirm Carmichael as candidate

Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has been confirmed as the Liberal Democrats' candidate for the 8 June election.NORTHERN Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has been confirmed as the Liberal Democrats’ candidate for June’s UK general election by the party’s local branch.

Carmichael won an 817-vote majority over the late Danus Skene  of the SNP back in 2015 – a result which was subject to a legal challenge in the Court of Session – and will seek to retain a seat he has held since 2001.

The Liberal Democrats, and their predecessors the Liberals, have held the seat since 1950.

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Althing: Now is not the time for autonomy

Duncan Simpson of Wir Shetland spoke in favour of the motion at Saturday's Althing debate - Photo: Hans J Marter/Shetland NewsWIR Shetland, the political pressure group advocating autonomy for Shetland, had to accept defeat at an event held by the Althing debating society at the Staney Hill Hall in Lerwick on Saturday night.

Following an entertaining two-hour long debate just one of the 31-strong audience was in favour of the motion that “the time is right for Shetland autonomy”.

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Unst musician clinches young fiddler prize

2017 Young Fiddler of the Year George Spence.GEORGE Spence from Unst was announced as Shetland’s Young Fiddler of the Year in front of a sell-out audience at Mareel on Saturday night.

Anya Johnston won the young fiddler senior title and George won traditional senior title, before being declared Young Fiddler of the Year based on his performance over both sections during the day and at the evening performance.

A change in the rules this year gave equal weighting to both the young fiddler and traditional sections in deciding the overall winner.

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IJB chairman steps away from board after ‘personality clashes’

NHS Shetland chairman Ian Kinniburgh and IJB chairman Cecil SmithTHE CHAIRMAN of Shetland's Integration Joint Board (IJB) says he does not want to be involved in the board if re-elected as a councillor because he has had enough of "personality clashes" between its members.

Cecil Smith, who is hoping to secure a third term as councillor for the Lerwick South ward, said in an email exchange with members of the Shetland Partnership Board that he wanted no further part to play in the IJB.

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Tories put forward paper candidates

THE CHAIRMAN of the local Conservative branch has denied that a Tory candidate in the Shetland Islands Council election who doesn't want people to vote for him was put forward for selection without his full knowledge.

Thomas Williamson, who is one of four candidates standing in the Lerwick North ward, told Shetland News in late March that he had been "brainwashed" by the party into standing.

He was quoted by local media this week as saying he doesn't want anyone to vote for him because he was signed up to stand without his full knowledge.

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Trust votes through new governance plans

Shetland Charitable Trust has its headquarters in Lerwick's North road.SHETLAND Charitable Trust has passed through controversial new governance proposals, which could result in the £230m fund no longer having any elected representatives.

The arrangements, which include reducing the number of councillor trustees from seven to a maximum of four, were signed off at the trust's special meeting at Islesburgh Community Centre in Lerwick on Thursday evening.

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Mental health survey raises isles concerns

LONG waiting times, lack of investment and not enough support for young people are some of the key concerns which have been raised by Shetlanders in a nationwide survey on mental health in rural Scotland.

A total of 22 people from the isles responded to a survey carried out last year by charity Support in Mind Scotland and Scotland's Rural College.

The feedback will be used by the new The National Rural Mental Health Forum, which includes range of organisations such as NFU Scotland, NHS Health Scotland, the Scottish Government and Samaritans.

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Julia volunteers in Sierra Leone to help children orphaned by Ebola outbreak

Julia Odie with some of the children from an Operation Orphan-run school in Joe Town, Sierra Leone.A LEARNING support worker from Voe has just returned from a 10-day trip to Sierra Leone volunteering to help children orphaned during the Ebola outbreak.

Julia Odie went out to the West African nation with the charity Operation Orphan and worked in a primary school and orphanage for 56 Ebola orphans. She described the trip as both harrowing and uplifting.

Featured Main Stories Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:00:23 +0100
SIC resumes sending glass to Cunningsburgh

The council had been sending used glass bottles south for recycling as it was cheaper. Photo: Shetland News/Chris Cope.SHETLAND Islands Council says it will start sending glass to the Enviroglass premises in Cunningsburgh again for recycling after the site was leased to new operators.

The facility, owned by Shetland Amenity Trust but now leased to local company Shetland Precast and Groundworks Ltd, will receive glass from the local authority from today (19 April) onwards.

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Health board could strike deal with Loganair and abandon plans to send patients by ferry

The health board discussed the travel policy update in private on Tuesday.THERE has been a softening in NHS Shetland’s stance on its controversial travel policy, which might ultimately result in the health board ditching plans to make an overnight ferry trip the default option for patients.

Following a private board meeting at Montfield in Lerwick on Tuesday at which a potential improved deal with airline Loganair was discussed, chairman Ian Kinniburgh said it was now recognised that the initial £1 million-a-year savings target was overly optimistic. 

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