The move to close Ronas Ward will save the health board almost £500,000, money that is being invested into social services to provide early supported discharge and long-term rehabilitation in the community.
First over the line at 11.15pm on Thursday evening was Winocean skippered by Carl Olav Wickmann.
A TWENTY year old who admitted sexually assaulting a minor has been placed on the sex offenders’ register ahead of sentencing.
Asa Tulloch, of St Olaf Street, Lerwick, pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the girl, who was yet to turn 10 at the time of the first offence, on two occasions between June 2012 and August 2013.
The incidents, which took place at a local playing park and multicourt, involved him touching her over her clothing and placing his her hand down his trousers.
A FIFTY eight year old man who used a metal tool to assault another man in Lerwick before dragging him out of a house has been jailed for a year.
Richard Bradley, of Lerwick’s Staney Hill, had previously pleaded guilty to the offence, which occurred at an address in the town’s Ladies Drive on 20 July last year.
His 20-year-old son Nathan Robertson, of Culswick, also admitted his part in the assault and was sentenced to a one-year community payback order and told to carry out 230 hours of unpaid work.
THERE is a quiet confidence in Team Shetland as they prepare to fly to Gotland for this year’s NatWest Island Games.
A total of 129 competitors and staff begin their trip to the Swedish island on Wednesday ahead of the biennial games starting in earnest on Saturday (24 June).
A FORTY three year old man has been jailed for over a year after he was found in possession of heroin worth more than £3,000.
Kevin Goodlad, of Lerwick’s North Lochside, was sentenced at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday having pleaded guilty to the offence in April.
Local politicians and unions previously voiced serious concern when it emerged HIAL was looking at getting rid of air traffic control towers across its network of airports in April.
The local authority’s policy and resources committee on Monday deferred a decision on whether to approve a £5,000 grant towards the Swedish trip. A move by councillor Theo Smith to double that sum was voted down 5-3.
NHS Grampian faced stern criticism after the 17 March incident, which saw an air ambulance despatched to Lerwick rather than Kirkwall to pick up an infant for transfer to Aberdeen Maternity Hospital.
The keel-laying ceremony for the new workboat, which took place last week, also served as the unofficial opening of Malakoff's new yard.
The now annual event saw a number of colourful floats, five jarl's squads, Lerwick Pipe Band, coastguard and fire brigade vehicles, as well as two motor cross riders pulling stunts, setting off from the Lower Hillhead for a procession through the town ending at Victoria Pier.
Following the untimely death of former manager Jimmy Moncrieff in February of this year, the trust has been undergoing a root and branch review of its activities.
A DIVER from Shetland who was found guilty of raping a woman in an Edinburgh churchyard over seven years ago has been jailed for five years.
Cy Sullivan, 26, raped his 42 year old victim at Greyfriars Kirkyard on 27 November 2009 and left her naked from the waist down.
DNA was recovered but there was no match in the national database. However, a routine swab was taken when he was charged with assaulting a bouncer in October 2015 and it matched the DNA found at the churchyard.
A total investment return of £40 million was helped by a rise in the global equity market which was partly due to the proposed economic policies of new US president Donald Trump.
A MOTORCYCLIST who was involved in a serious accident north of Brae on Thursday has been taken by air ambulance to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
The 46 year old male motorcyclist came off his bike on the B9076 near the Voxter outdoor centre at around 5.15pm. No other vehicle was involved in the accident.
Police and the Scottish Ambulance Service attended. The Sumburgh based coastguard helicopter was then requested to airlift the casualty to Lerwick's Gilbert Bain Hospital, where he was stabilised.
There was an outcry among locals and visitors alike who feared the event may be pulled in case the Promote Shetland contract was to be taken in-house by the council.
However, the trust has now confirmed that Shetland Wool Week is safe as it not formally part of the Promote Shetland service anymore.
PLATFORM topside modules for the Mariner oil field, 93 miles east of Shetland, have started arriving off the isles.
The 216-metre heavy load vessel Forte has been lying off Gulberwick for a number of days carrying two of the modules.
TRIBUTES have been paid to Robert Gidney, from Sandness, who died in hospital following a tragic road traffic accident on the B9071 near Aith, earlier this week.
Police said the 60-year old died in hospital on Tuesday morning following a collision between his red Honda CBF 125 motorcycle and a black Mitsubishi Trojan pick-up truck, on Monday evening.
Neighbour of the deceased, councillor Cecil Smith, said the small west side community was in deep shock.
A total of £14.3 million will be allocated to the council between now and 2021 to invest in building new homes in partnership with Hjaltland Housing Association.
The B9071 road between Aith and East Burrafirth is to remain closed on Tuesday following the incident, which involved a red Honda CBF 125 motorcycle and a black Mitsubishi Trojan pick-up truck.
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has confirmed that a 60MW subsea cable is likely to be laid between Caithness and Shetland to replace Lerwick power station by 2021.
The decision was made at Monday's development committee meeting in Lerwick after the issue was added to the agenda as a matter of urgency.
THE SHARE of renewable energy used locally in Shetland's electricity network has gone up from below ten per cent to about a third thanks to the successful conclusion of an innovative pilot project for smart grids that has now the potential to be rolled out nationally.
The £18 million Shetland based Northern Isles New Energy Solutions (NINES) project was set up six years ago to increase the amount of renewables being used in a small island-based distribution network.
The Lib Dems increased their number of MPs from eight to 12, including regaining three previously held seats in Scotland.
ALISTAIR Carmichael will extend his 16-year stint as Orkney and Shetland's MP after greatly increasing his majority and comfortably winning Thursday's election.
The Liberal Democrat, who has represented the Northern Isles since 2001, received almost 49 per cent of the votes to clearly beat the SNP's Miriam Brett, who had been expected to put up a strong fight.