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In brief for 19 July 2011

Skull dredged up

POLICE in Shetland are making enquiries after a local shellfish boat dredged up a human skull, west of the isles.

The human remains have been sent to a forensic lab in Aberdeen to establish its identity.

Steve Irwin to be moved

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s flagship Steve Irwin, currently detained in Lerwick harbour and berthed at Morrison Dock, will be moved to make space for the arriving tall ships.

Lerwick Port Authority obtained a court permission on Tuesday to move the vessel to Hoegan, on the Bressay side of the harbour.

On Friday, the Steve Irwin was served with a court order after a Maltese fishing company Fish & Fish had raised a civil case in the British courts against the organisation.

Sea Shepherd’s other vessel, the Brigitte Bardot, has meanwhile reached Faroe and was expected to arrive in Torshavn on Thursday night.

Hospital on emergency power

NHS Shetland has reassured patients and the public that there is no reason for concern after the Gilbert Bain Hospital’s power supply failed on Sunday.

The hospital has since been powered by a generator supply, while Scottish & Southern Energy continues to establish the reasons behind the failure.

A spokeswoman said: “In terms of service provision, there is no reason for patients or the public to be concerned. 

“It was however decided to cancel some theatre time this morning (Thursday) – elective (planned) operations only.”

New LPA chairman

LERWICK business man Harry Jamieson has been appointed new chairman of the Lerwick Port Authority.

He is to swap roles with outgoing chairman Brian Anderson, who has been made vice-chairman.

Mr Jamieson said: “Our next focus will be on a new whitefish market and further offshore decommissioning opportunities.   But of course the focus this week is on the Tall Ships and I am sure Lerwick will deliver a great occasion.”

Romania project

VOLUNTEERS from the Shetland to Romania Orphanage Project 2011 are set to leave for Brasov, a city in the Transylvania region of Romania, in a week’s time.

The group plans to run a series of activities ranging from sports and games to arts and crafts with around 70 children from three orphanages, aged between four and 19.

They are taking over £4,000 with them, donated by the Shetland public and raised through the numerous fundraising events organised by the group over the past eleven months.

A spokesman said the group would like to thank everybody who has helped “raise money, donated money or who donated goods or simply helped out in any other way”.