Shetland News Tue, 23 May 2017 19:27:13 +0100 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb NHS discards plan to transfer most patients to ferry and accepts new Loganair fare deal

NHS Shetland chief executive Ralph Roberts.PLANS TO make an overnight ferry journey the default option for NHS Shetland patients travelling to Aberdeen have been discarded after the health board instead agreed to accept a new deal on fares from airline Loganair.

The board unanimously agreed to accept a deal which will save around £300,000 a year from NHS Shetland’s £2.7 million travel budget. It is also hoped a further £250,000 can be saved by reducing the amount of patient journeys undertaken.

Featured Main Stories Tue, 23 May 2017 13:17:33 +0100
COPE enterprise attracts new funding

Back row (left to right): Darren Johnson, Allison Miller, Robbie Inkster, Mark Chivers and Hannah Simpson. Front row (left to right): Renata Sinclair, Joanne Anderson, Katrina Wiseman HIE, Ingrid Webb CEO of Cope, Sarah Hutchison and Nadine Samuel.SOCIAL enterprise COPE Ltd has secured funding to new develop a new website and promote its products to an international market.

The Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) money, which amounts to £122,350, has also been used to allow COPE to acquire local food and drinks company Shetlandeli.

Featured Main Stories Tue, 23 May 2017 14:35:00 +0100
Candidates back suspension of campaign following horrific terrorist attack in Manchester

LOCAL candidates have welcomed the decision to suspend the general election campaign following a suspected terrorist attack which resulted in 22 people being killed at a concert in Manchester on Monday night.

Police are treating the apparent suicide bombing, which took place in the foyer of the Manchester Arena during a concert by American pop star Ariana Grande, as a terrorist attack.

Featured General Election 2017 Features Tue, 23 May 2017 10:49:37 +0100
Gloriously colourful sunset at St Ninian's Isle

SUNDAY was one of the nicest days of the year so far, and it was rounded off with a stunning sunset. There are lots of great photos floating around online, including this one taken from St Ninian's Isle by amateur photographer Gordon Siegel.

Featured Main Stories Mon, 22 May 2017 15:50:42 +0100
Disco’s ‘disgust’ at Burra Nazi flag

A LOCAL disco company has expressed its “disgust and outrage” after a Nazi flag was put up on stage at a fundraising event in Burra on Saturday.

The Swastika flag was unfurled at the Burra Public Hall in Hamnavoe during the Kaleidoscope Disco/Roka DJs event, which was held to raise money for defibrillators in the community.

Featured Main Stories Mon, 22 May 2017 12:55:32 +0100
Risky but rewarding madrigals concert

The Dunedin Consort madrigals during rehearsals prior to their Friday night concert at Mareel. Photo: Jenny Leask.

SHETLAND Arts’ unconventional 2016/17 classical season ended on Friday night in Mareel, with a concert of Baroque-era madrigals that was just as unusual, writes Alex Garrick-Wright.

The Dunedin Consort presented Love’s Fire; Love’s Ashes, a programme of 14 madrigals by groundbreaking Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi, coinciding with the 450th anniversary of the composer’s birth. The critically-acclaimed ensemble, fronted by director Nicholas Mulroy, were “delighted” to be in Shetland for the first time.

Featured Reviews Sun, 21 May 2017 12:49:07 +0100
Lerwick councillor claims she was effectively frozen out from committee roles by colleagues

Amanda Westlake (second from right) alongside fellow Lerwick South councillors Peter Campbell, Cecil Smith and Beatrice Wishart following the election count at Clickimin earlier this month. Photo: Shetland News/Hans J. Marter.LERWICK SOUTH councillor Amanda Westlake has denied suggestions she won’t be able to fully represent her ward after she was not appointed to any Shetland Islands Council committees this week.

Frankie Valente, who narrowly lost out to Westlake in the May local election, questioned in a letter on Friday how the councillor will be able to “defend her manifesto commitments” if she is unable to participate in any committees.

Featured Main Stories Sat, 20 May 2017 15:15:13 +0100
Tories pledge support for island wind projects

The Tories pledge to support island wind. Photo: Shetland NewsTHE CONSERVATIVE party has given its strongest indication yet that a subsidy scheme for large-scale wind projects on Scottish islands such as the proposed Viking Energy development could be in place if the party wins June's general election.

In its manifesto, unveiled on Thursday, the Tories said they would "support the development of wind projects in the remote islands of Scotland, where they will directly benefit local communities".

Featured General Election 2017 Features Fri, 19 May 2017 14:24:53 +0100
Tirrick set to leave port after 33 years

Tirrick involved in her last job at the port of Sella Ness on Thursday. All photos: courtesy of John BatesonTHE LONG serving Sella Ness harbour tug Tirrick completed her last job for Shetland Islands Council this week before leaving for new owners in Greece.

Featured Main Stories Fri, 19 May 2017 12:04:44 +0100
Labour candidate wants to tackle inequality

Labour's Robina Barton doesn't think the Orkney and Shetland election is a two-way battle between the Liberal Democrats and the SNP.LABOUR's Northern Isles election hopeful Robina Barton has highlighted equality as one of her main campaign issues and described the reliance on food banks across the country as "revolting".

She said her party's pledge to tax raise income tax on earnings over £80,000 and bring the minimum wage up to £10 an hour will go some way to helping inequality in the UK.

Featured General Election 2017 Features Fri, 19 May 2017 09:52:31 +0100
Smith and Bell land top SIC jobs

The newly elected SIC leadership (from left to right): Shetland College board chairman, Peter Campbell; audit committee chair and vice chair of the IJB, Allison Duncan; chair of planning, vice-chair of education and vice-chair of Shetland College, Theo Smith; council convener Malcolm Bell, depth convener Beatrice Wishart; political leader Cecil Smith; chair of the education and families committee George Smith and chairman of the environment and transport committee Ryan Thomson. Missing from the photo are depute leader Steven Coutts who couldn't attend the meeting, and chair of the harbour board Andrea Manson. Photo: Hans J Marter/ Shetland News SHETLAND Islands Council's newly elected political leader, former social care and integration joint board chairman Cecil Smith, has placed transport and education at the top of his agenda for the coming five years.

Meanwhile, former isles police chief Malcolm Bell was reappointed convener as the new council allocated its top jobs during its first meeting on Thursday.

Featured Main Stories Thu, 18 May 2017 15:18:52 +0100
First meeting of new SIC - live

New council leader Cecil Smith (right) and returning convenor Malcolm Bell (left). Photo: Hans J Marter/Shetland News

13.20 - Convener Malcolm Bell closes the meeting and praises the work done during the induction process of the last two weeks.

13.00 - A number of appointments are being made to external organisations.

Featured Main Stories Thu, 18 May 2017 09:53:04 +0100