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Charity run raises £20k

Sarah and Ben Napier in Lerwick shortly after the completion of Ben's 370 mile run in August of this year - Photo: Hans J Marter/ShetNews A FATHER of three who ran 370 miles from Dunbar to Shetland earlier this year in memory of his daughter has raised over £20,000 for national charity Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland.

Benjamin Napier embarked on the gruelling Chloe's Tour in July and August in tribute to his one-year-old daughter, who passed away in 2007 after suffering from heart problems and other illnesses.

Premier Oil and BP in joint oil spill response

The Solan platform west of Shetland - Photo: Premier OilPREMIER OIL, the operator of the Solan oil field to the west of Shetland, has signed an agreement with industry giant BP that allows the company to use BP's oil spill equipment and expertise in case of an emergency.

Giving a presentation to the Shetland community safety and resilience committee on Thursday, the company's environmental lead, Karen York, said the collaboration between the two companies was "good news".

4G coverage for Lerwick and Weisdale

SHETLAND is slowly stepping further into the world of 4G technology after two phone networks switched on high speed mobile internet in two areas of the isles.

On Thursday (20 October) Vodafone went live with 4G in an area of Lerwick, while a day earlier O2 switched it on for customers in the Weisdale area of the Shetland mainland.

They are the latest companies to bring high speed mobile internet to the isles after EE set the trend in April by launching the service in Lerwick ahead of anticipated Shetland-wide coverage in summer 2017.

Tingwall Airport celebrates 40th birthday

The aerial approach to Tingwall Airport from the south. Photo: Peter ScottTINGWALL Airport turns 40 this week having provided a base for flights to and from Shetland’s outer isles since October 1976.

Tomorrow (Thursday) marks four decades since the first passenger aircraft landed on the runway. At that time colour television was yet to arrive in the isles, but the oil industry had begun to make its impact on Shetland.

Serious injuries on isles roads remain low

The number of serious injuries on Shetland's roads remains low. Photo: Martin BayTHREE people died on Shetland’s roads last year, but the number of non-fatal casualties was among the lowest of the last decade.

A total of 33 people were injured in reported road accidents in the isles in 2015.

SIC: exporting glass for recycling is cheaper

The amenity trust says a backlog of recycled glass will now be dealt with. SHETLAND’s only dedicated glass recycling plant says its huge backlog of bottles will now be processed after issues with machinery and equipment were resolved.

However, uncertainty remains over the longevity of the award-winning Enviroglass project after Shetland Islands Council revealed it is cheaper – and potentially better for the environment – to ship glass to the Scottish mainland for processing.

Hopes to avert lamb cull

The European market for Shetland hill lamb appears to have collapsed - Photo: ShetNewsISLES MSP Tavish Scott has vowed to put pressure on the Scottish Government to do what it can to avoid a potential cull of Shetland hill lambs as a result of a shrinking market.

Traditionally strong markets such as Italy are now opting to buy in cheaper meat from Eastern Europe, cutting off demand for Shetland lambs.

Town hall restoration to get under way

Lerwick town hall - Photo: ShetNewsREPAIR work on Lerwick's A-listed town hall is due to get underway in the coming weeks.

Scaffolding will be erected next week to kick off renovation work on the Victorian building's external stonework and stained glass windows.

Tavish: SCT must maintain democratic link

Shetland MSP Tavish Scott.SHETLAND MSP Tavish Scott says he would prefer Shetland Islands Council to continue to have a stake in Shetland Charitable Trust (SCT).

Should the next council uphold the current administration's decision not to send any elected members to serve as trustees, however, the Liberal Democrat politician would favour direct election of some trustees.

"Council trustees are one way to ensure democratic accountability. At the moment the only other way seems to be direct elections, but I think that's got some downsides to it," Scott said.

Jailed for six months over role in fatal incident

Lerwick-registered boat Diamond sank off West Burrafirth in March 2014.THE MASTER of a Shetland shellfish boat has been jailed for six months after admitting failing to preserve his friend and crewman’s life by neglecting to keep a proper lookout before the vessel hit rocks and sank off West Burrafirth.

Thirty nine year old Christopher Smith of Glenburn Road, Hamnavoe, Burra, appeared for sentencing at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday having previously pleaded guilty to the offence last month.

SSE stages event about interconnector cable

A map showing (in red) the route the cable from Shetland to Caithness would take.THE COMPANY that wants to lay an interconnector cable between Shetland and Caithness to allow energy from the proposed Viking Energy windfarm to be transmitted to the mainland is to stage an open event in Lerwick later this month.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), operating under licence as Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission, is seeking feedback on its plans to install the 600MW cable between Weisdale Voe and a landfall north of Wick in Caithness.

Report reveals extent of foreign fish landings

Fish landed at Lerwick fish market.SCOTTISH fishermen have reiterated their view that leaving the EU provides a once in a lifetime opportunity to revitalise coastal communities after new research revealed that 58 per cent of all fish caught in UK waters was taken by foreign boats.

Dr Ian Napier of the NAFC Marine Centre in Scalloway has analysed data provided by the European Commission.

New research into low wage poverty

RESEARCH has been commissioned into the extent and impact of in-work poverty in Shetland.

Making ends meet while living on a low wage is a growing problem across the UK, with some figures suggesting that as many as 13.2 million people are living in relative poverty.

Any household with an income of less than 60 per cent of median income (£386 per week according to the Full Fact website) is considered to be below the poverty line.

SIC admits communication mistakes

The single track road will be closed for almost seven hours Monday to Friday until 25 October - Photo: Hans J Marter/ShetNewsSHETLAND Islands Council has agreed to improve its communications strategy for major road closures following an outcry from a community in the north mainland.

Residents in Vidlin only learned last week that the only road connecting the village with the outside world is to be closed for two weeks during working hours as of Monday (10 October) to allow the local authority to carry out essential maintenance.

Buoy celebrates pelagic fishing industry

Pelagic fisherman Callum Irvine and former herring gutter Rosabelle Halcrow with artist Jo Chapman - Photo: Dale SmithA SCULPTURE marking Shetland's strong links with the pelagic fishing industry was unveiled on Saturday morning.

Established artist Jo Chapman created the cast bronze piece Da Lightsome Buoy as part of a year-long project.

Loganair upbeat after progress in reliability

Loganair managing director Jonathan Hinkles in Lerwick on Friday - Photo: Hans J Marter/ShetNewsLOGANAIR's new managing director has expressed his confidence that the airline is in a better place than a year ago after presenting its latest reliability and punctuality figures.

Jonathan Hinkles was in Shetland on Friday to update members of the islands' external transport forum on the company's next steps to further improve its performance.

SIC/HIAL reach runway settlement

The Sumburgh airport runway extension dispute is finally over.

COUNCIL leaders in Shetland have welcomed an out of court settlement with Sumburgh airport operator HIAL which will see the local authority pay a reported £5.5 million to the government-owned company.

Highlands and Islands Airport Limited had initially been seeking £14 million in damages from the SIC for poor workmanship on the 2005 runway extension at Sumburgh.

Crime drama leads award nominations

Douglas Henshall as detective Jimmy Perez - Photo: BBCBBC CRIME drama Shetland has dominated the nominations for this year's Scottish BAFTAs.

The popular series, which is largely filmed in the isles, is up for four awards.

SIC backs £3m fish market development

SCALLOWAY's fish market is set to be rebuilt and extended as part of a £3 million development to modernise the building to cope with increased activity.

Shetland Islands Council's harbour board backed the proposal on Wednesday morning after being presented with a range of options on the future of the market.

Chairwoman Andrea Manson said she was "delighted" to endorse the plans.

Survey on future of Garrison Theatre

Is there a future for the Garrison Theatre? - Photo: Shetland ArtsA SURVEY has been launched to garner the public's views on the future of the Garrison Theatre amid increasing financial pressure on the Lerwick venue.

The 112-year-old theatre is suffering in an age of reduced public funding and a specially created steering group is keen to know how the community thinks it should be used in the years ahead.

Road closure communication ‘lamentable’

Vidlin road closure starting on Monday.SHETLAND Islands Council's communication of a major road closure in the north of Shetland has been branded as "lamentable" and "completely inadequate" by a local resident.

It emerged on Tuesday that the only road leading into Vidlin will be closed during most of the working day for a period of more than two weeks. There will be no alternative route.

Ferry fares reduction not before 2018

Hrossey leaving Lerwick.CONSULTANTS employed by the Scottish Government have urged islanders to fill in an online questionnaire to help determine the ferry fare structure on the northern isles lifeline routes as of 2018.

Just 22 people attended a drop-in session at the Shetland Museum and Archive on Monday.

BP says Clair oil spill disperses naturally

ALMOST 100 tonnes of oil were spilled into the sea when BP's Clair oil platform, 75 kilometres west of Shetland, developed a technical fault on Sunday morning.

The oil giant said on Monday morning that the oil was released "as a result of a technical issue with the system designed to separate the mixed production fluids of water, oil and gas".

The spill was stopped within an hour, the company said, but oil is now visible on the water surface.

Clair oil spill update

OIL giant BP is still unable to say how much oil was spilled into the sea when its Clair oil platform, 75 kilometres west of Shetland, developed a technical fault on Sunday morning.

The company said on Monday morning that "a quantity of oil in water was released the sea from the Clair platform as a result of a technical issue with the system designed to separate the mixed production fluids of water, oil and gas".

The spill was stopped within an hour, the company said, but oil is now visible on the water surface.