THE ROYAL National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is the charity with the finest reputation in the UK, according to the Reputation Institute, a company that works with corporate businesses on improving their public profile.
For the first time in its history, the institute has measured the reputation of national charities and the lifeboats came out top with the highest ever score of 95.1.
Unlike other charities, the RNLI does not accept government funding and depends entirely on donations, fundraising and legacies to cover its annual revenue cost of £170 million.
The reputation research put the RSPCA in second and the British Red Cross in third place.
What are gravitation and relativity? What are black holes, how do they form and what do they do to space and time? And what do all these have to do with our existence?
These are some of the questions Professor John Brown, the Astronomer Royal for Scotland, will attempt to answer during a talk he will deliver on 18 June in the NAFC Marine Centre, in Scalloway, starting at 7.30
To book a place, contact Paul Bendix at the Shetland Astronomical Society, email: firstname.lastname@example.org Entry is £2, pay at the door.
THE Bressay ferry Leirna will be on her annual refit as of Sunday evening, when the smaller Fivla will take over the service until the end of the month.
THE Swedish sail training ship Gunilla will be making a return visit to Scalloway harbour next week.
While in port from Monday to Friday she will be open to the public on Tuesday afternoon between 3.30pm and 5.30pm.
The three-masted, square-rigged ship of around 60 metres in length made her first visit to Scalloway in 2008, returning again last year.
On board are a group of marine biology and navigation/engineering students who will hear presentations by staff from the NAFC Marine Centre during their week in port.
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