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In brief for 18 April 2011

Dogs killed cat

THE OWNER of two dogs that attacked and killed a cat on Lerwick’s Charlotte Street on Friday evening has been charged under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

A police spokesman said that they would like to thank the public for their help in tracking down the owner, who is currently still looking after the animals.

Not just for geeks

FOUR pupils from Lerwick’s Anderson High School are encouraging young people in Shetland to vote in the May elections with their campaign “I Vote – Does this make me a geek?”

The campaign led by local MSYPs Nicole Mouat and Emily Shaw along with fellow first time voters James Aitken and Hayden Thomason is designed to challenge the stereotype that young people who vote are “geeks”.

Young voters are being encouraged to update their social network profiles with photographs of them wearing “geeky” thick-rimmed spectacles.
Emily said: “I think issues like tuition fees have brought politics and voting to the forefront for young people. It’s important for young people to vote to make sure our views are represented in Parliament.”

NHS24 goes local

NHS SHETLAND is looking for nurses to help run the new NHS24 service operating out of Gilbert Bain Hospital last week.

The Shetland out of hours telephone service went live on 13 April, following in the footsteps of other local centres opening in Orkney, Falkirk, Fife and the Scottish Borders.

All nurses recruited to NHS 24 will undergo a comprehensive training and induction programme which will be split between the Aberdeen centre and on site in Shetland

Power cut

HOMES in Lerwick and Shetland’s south and west mainland were hit by a brief power cut at Monday lunchtime after a fault appeared on the line between Sullom Voe and Lerwick generating stations.

Gareth joins Streamline

FORMER NorthLink commercial director Gareth Crichton has joined freight operators Streamline Shipping Group as development director.

Managing director Stuart Roberts said: “Gareth has been working with Streamline in an advisory role for some time and we are delighted now to welcome him into our team. His specific experience in operating roll-on roll-off ferry services to Orkney and Shetland, together with a broad business background in the islands, make him an ideal candidate for this new development role.”

Mr Crichton has a background in the seafood business and is a former chief executive of Orkney Tourist Board. He also owns The Shore Hotel in Kirkwall, Orkney, with his wife Karen.

Unintended consequences

US OIL giant Chevron has warned there could be “unintended consequences” flowing from the UK government’s new tax on oil companies operating in the North Sea.

Chairman John Watson hinted that they might choose to divert investment away from UK waters as a result of the tax.

Last year Chevron began drilling an exploration well in the deepwater Lagavulin prospect 160 miles north of Shetland.