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Fishing industry celebrates with yearbook

THE SHETLAND fishing industry has published its first ever yearbook celebrating a resilient sector and also enhancing the general knowledge of the industry's significance to the isles.

The full-colour A4 book is a comprehensive guide of the industry past and present and gives a confident outlook despite radical changes to fish landing regimes coming in next year.

It discusses in some detail the whitefish, pelagic and shellfish sectors before listing all 180 commercial fishing boats operating in Shetland waters ranging from the larges pelagic trawler to the smallest inshore boat.

Italian eatery a step too far for planners

Henry MacColl (with pizza shovel or buccia di pizza) at the site for his proposed new Italian restaurant - Photo: Hans J Marter/ShetNewsA LOCAL businessman is drumming up support to open a new Italian restaurant half way between Voe and Brae after receiving a less than enthusiastic response from Shetland Islands Council's planning department.

Henry Francesco MacColl, whose mother hails from near Naples, hopes to build a 24-seat restaurant opposite his home at Parkgate overlooking Olna Firth.

Thirteen arrested in major drugs hauls

Shetland area commander chief inspector Lindsay Tulloch appealed for any information about illegal drugs in the islands.SHETLAND police have pledged to keep up their fight against drugs in the islands after arresting 13 people and seizing Class A and B drugs worth more than £13,000 over the past few days.

Three men arrested over the weekend aged 51, 29 and 19 are being held in police custody over the weekend before appearing in Lerwick Sheriff Court.

This follows the appearance in court of two men and a woman from Lerwick and Paignton, in Devon, on Friday charged with drug offences.

Head teacher exam deemed unfit for Shetland

Senior SIC education manager Audrey Edwards said government "one size fits all" plans for head teachers would not suit small areas like Shetland.SHETLAND Islands Council has rejected Scottish government plans to impose a “one size fits all” qualification on new head teachers.

Senior education manager Audrey Edwards told the Scottish Parliament’s education committee this week plans to require all new heads to hold the Into Headship qualification would not work in Shetland.

Edwards said the masters level certificate attainable at several Scottish universities would deter people from applying to posts in Shetland’s varied educational landscape.

Building a career

THE LOCAL building trade is stepping up its efforts to attract more young apprentices.

Now the industry has added a short video directed mainly at P7 to S4 pupils to its promotional toolbox.

Bail for trio facing drug charges

TWO men and a woman have been released on bail after appearing in private from custody at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Friday facing drug-related charges.

Martin Andrew MacDonald, aged 42, from Lerwick, was arrested when police executed search warrants on Wednesday.

Arrested at the same time were 42 year old Ian Lloyd Smith and 26 year old Sarah Hellen McDowell, both of whom live in Paignton, Devon.

Viking undeterred by UK energy policy fears

UK energy secretary Amber Rudd: "No new public subsidy for onshore wind farms".SHETLAND wind farm developer Viking Energy insists “good progress” continues to be made on their controversial 103 turbine project, despite fears raised following UK energy secretary Amber Rudd’s keynote speech on long term national energy policy on Wednesday.

Addressing the Institution of Civil Engineers in London, Rudd spelled out the Tory government’s priorities for this parliament, namely gas, nuclear and offshore wind and re.

Three arrested on drugs charges

THREE people are in police custody in Lerwick after being arrested during drug-related raids on Wednesday, Police Scotland have confirmed.

A 26 year old woman and two 42 year old men have been reported to the procurator fiscal and are expected to appear in court on Friday.

NHS trying to cut hospital visits south

NHS Shetland are working on 'repatriating' services to Lerwick's Gilbert Bain Hospital so fewer folk have to fly south.NHS Shetland has admitted it can do more to reduce the number of patients who need to travel south for health care.

The health board said it is working hard on the issue after local MSP Tavish Scott raised concerns about government figures showing 1,107 Shetland residents were admitted to mainland hospitals last year, an increase of 200 from 2010.

NAFC hosts Scotland’s first mussel hatchery

Photo Shetland MusselsTHE FIRST commercial mussel hatchery in Scotland is to be established in Shetland as part of a £1.9m trial project that could spark “significant growth” in the shellfish industry.

The hatchery should open at Scalloway’s NAFC Marine Centre next spring to test the commercial feasibility of producing spat (baby mussels), which could be available by the summer.

Ahoy! Comics: Jenny ready to open Dundee shop

Jenny Heubeck, from Shetland, is opening a comic book store in Dundee this weekend.A SHETLANDER is set to become quite possibly Scotland’s only female comic book shop owner this weekend.

Jenny Heubeck, who originally hails from Dunrossness, is opening Ahoy Comics on Dundee’s Victoria Road on Saturday.

The 22 year old left the isles in 2010 to study fine art at the city’s Duncan of Jordanstone college, but over a year after graduating, Heubeck is now turning to comics.

Osborne's austerity will force SIC to cut deeper

The next round of SIC cuts will be a consequence of UK spending cuts now that the local deficit has been resolved.SHETLAND Islands Council is facing up to the “harsh realities of austerity” as it looks to make more cuts over the next five years having mended its own overspending, according to a frontbench council member.

Environment and transport committee chairman Michael Stout was speaking as councillors agreed a medium term financial plan pencilling in an across-the-board 3.3 per cent spending reduction between now and 2020, when it is hoped UK public spending will begin to recover.

Woman 'obsessed' with police is refused bail

A TWENTY year old woman who has an “unhealthy obsession with the police” has been remanded in custody after admitting behaving in a threatening manner at Lerwick Police Station on Tuesday.

Claire Antonio, of 22 Grostane, Lerwick, pled guilty to shouting, swearing, behaving aggressively and making threats at the Market Street station on 17 November while on bail.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie told Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday that Antonio turned up to the station drunk and began to shout and make threats.

Shetland Geopark gains UNESCO recognition

Interpretive picnic table at Braewick, one of 17 such facilities across Shetland - Photos: Billy Fox for Shetland Amenity TrustGEOPARK Shetland has been named as one of seven UNESCO Global Geoparks in the UK.

The project - run by Shetland Amenity Trust for the last eight years - promotes the geology of the isles, which dates back over the last three billion years, as well as sustainable development.

UHI under fire over halls of residence contract

THE DECISION to award a major contract to build a new student hall of residence in Lerwick to a Chester-based company runs “counter to the purpose” of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), according to Shetland MSP Tavish Scott.

Local construction firms are unhappy that Cityheart Ltd has been awarded the contract after they were not afforded the opportunity to tender for the work.

It means the local industry can, at best, pick up subcontracting jobs – mirroring a pattern seen with other major public building projects operated through the contentious “hub” model.

Launch of new whisky diluted with Unst water

Pictured at the launch of a new Shetland whisky (from left): distillery manager Mark Turnbull, VisitScotland chief executive Malcolm Roughead, distillery co-owner Debbie Strang and product developer Marc Watson. Photo: Shetnews/Neil RiddellA NEW WHISKY from the Shetland Distillery Company in Unst was launched by VisitScotland chief executive Malcolm Roughead during a visit to the isles on Monday.

Shetland Reel’s blended malt Scotch whisky is the second whisky to be produced by the distillery located at the former RAF Saxa Vord base.

SIC convener sends solidarity to Paris

Shetland Islands Council convener Malcolm BellSHETLAND Islands Council convener Malcolm Bell has sent a message of solidarity to the people of Paris after the French capital was rocked by a series of deadly terror attacks.

At least 128 people died on Friday night across seven separate sites as the rest of the world watched on in horror.

On Saturday afternoon, hospitals in Paris were treating 300 injured individuals, with 80 people in a state of "absolute emergency".

Beer fans beg BrewDog to come north

BrewDog promise to open a pub where 200 local people invest in the brewery.HUNDREDS of Shetlanders have backed an online campaign to get the Scottish craft brewery BrewDog to open a pub in the isles.

The Aberdeen-based company, which has experienced a meteoric rise since it started in a Fraserburgh warehouse eight years ago, promises to open an outlet where a minimum of 200 people buy shares in the company worth £95.

On Tuesday evening Sandwick couple Emilie and Ben Gray started a Facebook campaign to encourage Shetland folk to invest.

Friday is Children in Need night

Gillian Moncrieff and Sara Polak of the local branch of the Bank of Scotland presenting a cheque for almost £6,000 - all photos BBC Radio Shetland. RADIO Shetland is gearing up for its biggest charity fundraiser of the year, the BBC Children In Need appeal.

Falling on Friday the 13th this year, the Pitt Lane team are keeping their fingers crossed that any gremlins in the studio can be kept at bay.

Smoking engine had “no internal damage”

Loganair says its over-riding priority is to restore public confidence.FIRST minister Nicola Sturgeon has promised to contact Loganair directly about its poor performance after passengers reported smoke and flames coming from an engine during an aborted flight from Glasgow to Sumburgh on Wednesday.

Sturgeon was responding to questions from Orkney MSP Liam McArthur in the Scottish Parliament calling on her to urge the airline to restore public confidence after the latest in a “long running saga” of technical faults.

Trust plays down stock market losses

SHETLAND Charitable Trust has downplayed figures that reveal the value of the charity’s investments have dropped by more than £13 million in just six months.

The trust’s latest financial figures, noted at a meeting in Lerwick on Thursday, state its investments dipped by around £13.24 million in the first half of 2015.

In contrast, the same figure for 2014 showed a gain of £5.81 million.

Twins admit causing Clement’s Hall blaze

Fire fighters from Lerwick and Scalloway were called out to extinguish the blaze at St Clements Hall on 20 October last year. Photo Austin TaylorTWO teenage twins from Lerwick have admitted responsibility for a blaze that caused substantial damage to a listed building in the town.

On 20 October last year fire fighters were called out to extinguish the fire which caused substantial damage to the 100 year old St Clements Hall on Lerwick’s St Olaf Street.

Praise for seven environmental projects

The winners of this year's environmental awards - Photo: Austin TaylorPUPILS FROM four local schools, the RSPB, Yell Community Council, and local lad Logan Johnson have all been recognised for their outstanding commitment to the environment.

Shetland Amenity Trust chairman Brian Gregson hosted this year's Shetland Environmental Awards and he praised the seven winners.

Judges to decide MP's fate as hearing concludes

The 'Orkney Four' petitioners - from left to right: Tim Morrison, Phaemie Matheson, Carolyn Willing, Fiona Graham. Photo: Michael MacLeodTHE HEARING into a legal challenge against Alistair Carmichael’s election concluded on its third day with the challengers' lawyer suggesting he told an “Homeric catalogue of untruths”.

Jonathan Mitchell QC, representing the ‘Orkney Four’ constituents, warned Election Court judges in Edinburgh to take the MP’s evidence with “at very best, extreme caution”.

But the MP’s own defence lawyer Roddy Dunlop QC said it would be “unfair” to “end a man’s political career on the basis of something blurted out on a TV interview”.

Pair jailed for going on a stealing spree

TWO young men whose “adventure of stupidity” saw them go on a stealing spree around Lerwick have been sent to prison for a total of 15 months.

Grant Huntington, of 18 Sandside, Mossbank, admitted thieving items from Scott Direct in the town’s Gremista Industrial Estate on 28 September, as well as possessing a lock knife in Lerwick’s Ladies Drive on the same day.