Shetland News Wed, 23 Aug 2017 05:19:48 +0100 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Yousaf urged to look at reducing cabin fares

Scottish transport minister Humza Yousaf and Serco NorthLink managing director Stuart Garrett on board the MV Hrossey in Lerwick on Tuesday morning. Photo: Shetland News/Neil Riddell.THE SCOTTISH Government will “explore what we can do” about reducing the cost of booking cabins on board ferries between Lerwick and Aberdeen when it is drawing up the new North Boats contract.

Transport minister Humza Yousaf used a visit to the islands on Tuesday to announce a long-awaited cut in fares for passengers and cars. But, while that news was broadly welcomed in the islands, many people have pointed out that cabins often make up a large proportion of the cost of travelling by ferry.

Shetland MSP Tavish Scott said he did not believe the argument for excluding cabins from the fare cuts was a strong one.

Featured Main Stories Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:32:30 +0100
Minister non-committal on extra health money

Scotland's minister for public health Aileen Campbell. Photo: Shetland News/Chris Cope.SCOTTISH minister for public health Aileen Campbell has suggested that no extra money will be coming to health and social care in Shetland for the time being.

Vice chairman of the isles’ integration joint board (IJB) Allison Duncan told the minister at Monday’s NHS Shetland annual review that “draconian cuts” are on their way if the Scottish Government doesn’t stump up more cash to help tackle the health board’s deficit.

Featured Main Stories Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:10:04 +0100
Minister confirms big cut in ferry fares

Transport and islands minister Humza Yousaf. Photo: Shetland News/Hans J, Marter.THE COST of travelling to Aberdeen by ferry is to fall considerably after Scottish transport minister Humza Yousaf used a visit to Shetland to announce passenger fares will be cut by over 40 per cent and car fares will drop by more than 30 per cent on average.

The SNP government has been under pressure to take action in the Northern Isles for years after cutting west coast fares in half, and has now come up with a “variant” of the Road Equivalent Tariff (RET) scheme taking into account the greater distance between Lerwick and Aberdeen.

Featured Main Stories Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:01:00 +0100
SIC plan for isles-wide recycling collections

KERBSIDE recycling is to be introduced throughout the isles if councillors give the green light to proposals for a radical overhaul of how Shetland Islands Council deals with household waste.

Having abandoned a previous, more limited form of recycling collection more than four years ago, Shetland lags far behind the rest of Scotland in recycling less than a tenth of rubbish.

Featured Main Stories Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:19:29 +0100
NHS faces 'draconian' cuts, warns Duncan

Scottish minister for public health Aileen Campbell chaired NHS Shetland's annual review on Monday.

"DRACONIAN” cuts, staff retention and the cost of travel were just some of the issues discussed at NHS Shetland’s annual review Monday.

The well-attended meeting in Lerwick was chaired by Scottish minister for public health Aileen Campbell, who faced a number of robust questions from councillors, the public and current and former NHS staff.

Featured Main Stories Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:43:57 +0100
Streamline relinquishes dedicated freight ship

Streamline managing director Gareth Crichton.FREIGHT company Streamline Shipping is dispensing with the services of charter vessel MV Daroja and will instead ship goods in and out of the islands using Serco NorthLink’s freight boats.

Following a two-week trial period earlier this summer, Streamline confirmed on Monday that – after a decade on the route – the Daroja will be released from her charter this Wednesday (23 August).

Featured Main Stories Mon, 21 Aug 2017 11:52:18 +0100
Hylton prepares to bid farewell to Aith Lifeboat

Aith lifeboat coxswain Hylton Henry is preparing to step down from his role after years at the helm. Photo: Hans J Marter/Shetland NewsAITH Lifeboat coxswain Hylton Henry is set to wave goodbye to the RNLI when he retires from his role after nearly 40 years at the Westside station.

Hylton, who is thought to be one of the longest serving RNLI crew members in the UK, reaches the retirement age of 55 in May.

Featured Main Stories Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:29:46 +0100
In-demand local rape crisis service expands

Shetland Rape Crisis' Linda Gray (pictured) is set to be joined by a new advocacy worker.THE LOCAL branch of Rape Crisis Scotland has recruited a much-needed second member of staff after receiving new funding from the Scottish Government.

The service, which is currently only staffed by Linda Gray, has received £38,000 to employ a part-time advocacy worker for two years.

Featured Main Stories Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:08:22 +0100
Review: An epic story about personal and communal guilt

Lars Mytting. Photo: MacLehose PressTHE LATEST novel by award-winning Norwegian author Lars Mytting, The Sixteen Trees of the Somme, was published last week. It is set in Norway, France and in Shetland. James Mackenzie read it for us:

Well now I know what a turquoise turtle knot is, and where to acquire Sandalwood scent (Truefitt and Hill). This I did not expect in a novel, in which – the publishers tell us – that the narrator Edvard's "desperate quest to unlock [his] family's secrets takes him on a long journey – from Norway to the Shetlands [sic], and to the battlefields of France – through most of a century, and to the discovery of a very unusual inheritance."

Featured Reviews Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:47:09 +0100
Government invests in training programme to help isles' sexual assault victims

A TRAINING programme that will allow forensic medical examinations for victims of sexual crimes to take place in Shetland is underway after the Scottish Government granted £76,000 of funding to the pilot project.

The news was confirmed on Thursday afternoon when justice secretary Michael Matheson visited the isles to meet with NHS Shetland, the local Rape Crisis team and members of the Shetland Domestic Abuse Partnership.

Featured Main Stories Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:30:13 +0100
Greencroft couple furious at Alexander McQueen's unethical use of their product

Luke and Kate Holt with two of their distinctive crofthouse planters in Quarff this week. Photo: Shetland News/Neil Riddell.GLOBAL fashion label Alexander McQueen has been accused of ripping off a tiny family-run craft business by prominently displaying an image of one of its products on a catwalk runway without giving them any credit.

 Couple Luke and Kate Holt, who run Quarff-based firm Greencroft Shetland Ltd and produce a popular series of replica crofthouse-style planters, said they were “really, really angry” when they found out.

Featured Main Stories Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:01:20 +0100
SSEN confident jobs will be retained once subsea cable replaces Lerwick Power Station

From eft to right - National Grid Shetland Link project director Daniel Angel, Ofgem head of electricity distribution Grant McEachran, Ofgem head of Scotland Kersti Berge, and SSE lead project manager Dan Pearson. Photo: Shetland News/Chris Cope.CONCERNS over potential job losses from replacing Lerwick Power Station with a subsea cable to the Scottish mainland have been played down by those behind the proposal, who predict that employment levels will be “reasonably comparable” to existing levels.

Shetland MSP Tavish Scott previously suggested that 25 people could lose their jobs with power station operator Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) once the building reaches the end of its life in 2020.

Featured Main Stories Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:56:22 +0100