Shetland News Tue, 18 Sep 2018 21:11:23 +0100 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Isles spend big on children's mental health

Gilbert Bain HospitalSHETLAND spends nearly 10 times as much per head on young people's mental health as Orkney and considerably more than most other health boards, a report shows.

Featured Main Stories Tue, 18 Sep 2018 16:29:20 +0100
Needles at the ready as Wool Week returns

A tree yoke jumper by Alyssa Malcolmson, one of the designs featured in this year's Shetland Wool Week Annual.SHETLAND is looking ahead to its ninth Wool Week, which kicks off on Saturday.

The increasingly popular festival will celebrate all things textile over nine days as it plays host to locals and visitors alike, with over 600 people expected to travel to Shetland.

Featured Main Stories Tue, 18 Sep 2018 14:46:12 +0100
The Big Takeover ticked all the boxes

Young Shetland rock band Sheer's performance on Friday night was exceptional. All music photos: Chris ColesThe Big Takeover was one of Shetland's largest events for young people yet, spread across various venues and held as a part of the national celebration of the Year of Young People 2018 in Scotland.

Featured Reviews Mon, 17 Sep 2018 15:33:27 +0100
Scientists find evidence of two more tsunamis

Photo: University of DundeeSCIENTISTS believe they have found evidence of two tsunamis which are thought to have hit Shetland 5,000 and 1,500 years ago.

The previously unknown events have been discovered researchers led by Dundee University's Dr Sue Dawson and Professor Dave Tappin from the NERC British Geological Survey after studying sand in the isles.

Featured Main Stories Mon, 17 Sep 2018 12:04:02 +0100
Extra vessel chartered after capacity concern

The MV Arrow will seek to alleviate capacity strain in the Northern Isles over the coming weeks. Photo: Ian LeaskA THIRD freight vessel will be chartered for sailings between Lerwick and Aberdeen over the next few weeks following pressure from the Shetland seafood industry over a lack of capacity.

MV Arrow will be in service from Monday until early October, when Orkney's busy livestock shipping season is expected to have subsided.

Featured Main Stories Fri, 14 Sep 2018 16:30:16 +0100
Scottish Water outlines £10m upgrade plan

The water treatment works at Sandy Loch. Photo: Shetland NewsSCOTTISH Water is set to splash out £10 million on upgrading facilities in Shetland over the next two years that will help to provide capacity for planned housing growth in the north end of Lerwick.

Around £6 million will be invested to replace two existing steel drinking water storage tanks at Staney Hill with a new twin compartment tank with greater storage capacity at the Sandy Loch treatment works at the south end of Lerwick.

Featured Main Stories Fri, 14 Sep 2018 15:22:04 +0100
Walk-out threatened over return of officer

The coastguard attending to a medivac back in 2013. Photo: Malcolm Younger/Millgaet MediaA WALK-out of coastguard rescue volunteers in Shetland and Orkney could be on the horizon in protest of the anticipated return of a senior officer who had been suspended in 2015.

Volunteers in the Northern Isles are unhappy that the area commander is due to be reinstated to his Kirkwall-based post on Monday.

Featured Main Stories Thu, 13 Sep 2018 15:54:17 +0100
Loganair suffers drop in passenger numbers

Loganair managing director Jonathan Hinkles.LOGANAIR says the completion of large projects in Shetland like the gas plant and the new Anderson High School is one of the main reasons why its passenger numbers have dropped on flights to and from the isles.

Managing director Jonathan Hinkles told Wednesday's external transport forum that there was a "concerning trend" this summer which saw overall numbers on Shetland flights between April and August down by 5.2 per cent compared to the same period last year.

Featured Main Stories Thu, 13 Sep 2018 10:38:01 +0100
Seafood industry underlines importance of sea freight

THE Shetland seafood industry today (12 September) called on the Scottish Government to deliver on its commitment to develop food exports from Scotland, by establishing a daily freight service between Lerwick and Aberdeen.

Featured Showcases Features Wed, 12 Sep 2018 19:18:46 +0100
Call for daily freight sailings to boost capacity

NorthLink freight boat Hildasay.THE LOCAL seafood industry has called on the Scottish Government to introduce a daily freight service between Shetland and Aberdeen after over £2 million worth of fish was left in Lerwick this week because there wasn't enough space on the NorthLink ferries.

A number of trailers of fresh salmon had to be left in Shetland on Monday and Tuesday night - as well as on one occasion in late August - before being shipped south the following day.

Featured Main Stories Wed, 12 Sep 2018 16:57:52 +0100
Value of charitable trust reserves tops £300m

Shetland Charitable Trust headquarters at North Road. Photo: Shetland NewsTHE NET assets of Shetland Charitable Trust has risen to over £309 million thanks to big gains on investments - but Brexit is providing uncertainty for the months and years ahead.

An annual report presented to trustees on Tuesday showed that there was an increase in funds of £20.3 million in the last financial year to bring net assets to £284.4 million.

Featured Main Stories Wed, 12 Sep 2018 09:26:58 +0100
Oil chief explores future of isles' industry

The oil and gas meeting at MareelA HIGHLY speculative future for Sullom Voe was outlined by the Oil and Gas Authority's (OGA) director of operations Gunther Newcombe in Lerwick on Monday night.

Featured Main Stories Tue, 11 Sep 2018 12:20:31 +0100