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Plane returns to Sumburgh after bird strike

A Loganair Saab 2000. Photo: Mark BerryA FLIGHT had to return to Sumburgh Airport shortly after take-off on Friday evening after the plane struck a bird.

The Loganair Saab 2000, which was bound for Glasgow and had 40 passengers and three crew on board, landed safely.

Hairdresser Bjørn is one of the best

Bjorn Larsen adding the final touches to Isaac Webb's new hair cut. Photo: NHFA LOCAL hairdresser who hit the national headlines a few years ago as the stylist of Shetland's dancing pony Socks has come third in a national hairdressing competition.

Bjørn Roar Larsen has just returned from a trip to London where he won a bronze medal in the Total Look category of the National Hairdressers Federation's Britain's Best event.

Renewed call for Norröna to return to isles

Norröna steaming by off Sumburgh last year on her way to Denmark. Photo: Ronnie RobertsonA FRESH call has been made for the Norröna ferry to stop off in Shetland again on her routes connecting Denmark, Faroe and Iceland.

Shetland Islands Council transport committee chairman Ryan Thomson said with a Faroe trade envoy due to visit the isles in the coming weeks, the time is right to re-open discussions with operator Smyril Line about reinstating Shetland in its timetable.

Church names kirks earmarked for closure

The church in Gulberwick has been earmarked for closure. Photo: Chris Cope/Shetland NewsTHE CHURCH of Scotland has revealed the names of the 20 churches it intends to close in Shetland over the next few years.

It includes churches in a number of islands, as well as in the likes of Tingwall, Gulberwick and Hillswick.

FAI hears evidence into death of fisherman

The King Challenger berthed at Blacksness Pier, Scalloway.A SIGNIFICANT culture change in crew safety has taken place in at least some fishing boats after the death of a scallop fisherman off the coast of Shetland in 2016.

A fatal accident inquiry at Lerwick Sheriff Court heard on Wednesday that Kirkudbright based West Coast Sea Products had made the wearing of lifejackets mandatory for its crewmen after the death of 34-year-old Scott Rennie from Newton Stewart.

Worries over roll-out of Universal Credit

NORTHERN Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has warned that the roll out of the government's new Universal Credit benefit will not address in-work poverty, amid growing concerns there will be far more losers than winners under the new system.

Shetland Citizen's Advice Bureau is appealing for more volunteers, who will be trained in Universal Credit to handle an anticipated surge in case load once the benefits system is fully established.

CAP reform review 'does not go far enough'

A REVIEW that promises fairer funding for farmers throughout the UK following Brexit has been welcomed, but claims have been made that the reforms do not go far enough.

Scottish rural economy secretary Fergus Ewing called for all the money that the UK has secured from the EU in a "convergence uplift" to go to Scottish farmers – whose economic plight made the cash award possible in the first place.

SIC reaches next stage of Crown Estate pilot

The Sullom Voe harbour area is the focus of the SIC's application to the pilot scheme. Photo: BPSHETLAND Islands Council (SIC) is one of five organisations that have moved to the second stage of a pilot scheme which could give the local authority more control over how seabed and coastline around the isles is managed.

The council has reached the next stage of Crown Estate Scotland's local pilots scheme, which enables community bodies and local authorities to "test new and innovative approaches to sustainable management" of crown estate run assets.

Twenty churches to close across the isles

Tingwall Kirk. Photo: Hans J Marter/Shetland NewsTHE CHURCH of Scotland plans to close two thirds of its churches in Shetland over the coming years as it attempts to secure a more "sustainable" future.

Interim minister for the north east region Rev Ian Murray said that only 11 out of its 31 churches will be retained in Shetland - but their identities are being kept under wraps publicly for the time being.

Research aims to break new ground

The Research. Photo Peter JohnsonShetland NewsTHIRTY one million pounds sounds like an awful lot of money to spend on a fishing boat, but when you see the new Research, you could not say that money has been squandered.

Newbuild Research arrives in Whalsay

The new Research as she approaches Symbister on Friday morning. Photos: Ivan ReidTHE COMMUNITY of Whalsay has been welcoming its second brand-new state-of-the-art pelagic trawler in as many months.

The new 80-metre long Research (LK 62), said to have cost an estimated £34 million, sailed into Symbister on Friday morning after crossing the North Sea from Norway overnight.

Probe into what caused death of whales

A sperm whale washed up at Mangaster in the north mainland of Shetland. Photo: Richard RileyFOUR deep water whales have washed up on various shores across Shetland over the last few weeks, raising concern that they may be linked with the deaths of over 80 whales washed up on the west coast of Scotland and Ireland during August and September.

Scientists have suggested that the deaths could be related to military activity in the Atlantic or oil and gas exploration work.

Full-time power switched on in Fair Isle

The new Fair Isle electricity scheme.GUARANTEED round the clock power has arrived in Fair Isle - leading to hopes that it could attract more people to visit and live on the remote island.

Scottish energy, connectivity and islands minister Paul Wheelhouse was due to formally launch Fair Isle's new £3.5 million renewable power scheme this afternoon (Friday), but windy weather put paid to his trip.

Busy cruise ship season comes to an end

The Meraviglia in Lerwick this summer. Photo: LPATHIS year's record-breaking cruise ship season has ended early after today's (Thursday) visit of the Marco Polo was cancelled due to weather.

The season saw 91 cruise ships call at Lerwick, bringing 90,336 passengers to the isles.

Funding boost for Hoswick parking hub

A 'PARKING hub' which would also feature an electric vehicle charging point and an outdoor seating area could be created in Hoswick to alleviate traffic congestion when tour buses head to the village's visitor centre.

The plans have been given a funding boost of over £130,000 from the Scottish Government's Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund, which aims to support projects in meeting the demands of growing visitor numbers.

Views to be sought on Lerwick off-licences

SHETLAND's licensing board has agreed that Lerwick has a potential overprovision of off-licences.

Another public consultation, however, is now set to be carried out to get more evidence before the board forms a final stance on the issue.

Viking opponents question viability of cable

Sustainable Shetland has been opposing large scale wind developments in Shetland for more than ten years. Photo: Shetland NewsTHE GROUP opposing Viking Energy and other large wind farm developments in Shetland has poured cold water on claims describing last week's submission of a so-called 'needs case' for a 600 megawatt interconnector as a "significant milestone".

Sustainable Shetland said that there was no guarantee that a sufficient number of Shetland-based projects would win government subsidies under the Contract for Difference (CfD) auction to enable the planned interconnector to be of "value for money for electricity consumers".

Worries over 'log jam' of planning applications

Lerwick Town Hall.A SHORTAGE of staff is creating a "log jam" of planning applications locally, according to the chairman of Shetland Islands Council's planning committee.

Theo Smith warned members of the policy and resources committee on Monday that the construction industry is becoming frustrated with the time it is taking to process applications.

Shetland praised as ‘one of the food islands’

SHETLAND's annual food festival got under way on Friday night with the first ever live Ready, Shetland? Cook! event, held at the Clickimin Leisure Centre, in Lerwick.

MasterChef Gary Maclean challenged Jonathan Williamson of Fjara bar and Akshay Borges of The String to cook a delicious meal in front of a 200 strong audience. They were supported by two members from the audience, Marlene Hunter and Magnus Robertson.

SSEN makes case for interconnector cable

A "SIGNIFICANT milestone" has been reached in plans for a 600MW interconnector cable linking Shetland and the Scottish mainland after a 'final needs case' was made to energy regulator Ofgem.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) submitted a case today (5 October) for the 260km cable, which would allow large scale renewable projects like the planned Viking Energy wind farm to export electricity.

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