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In brief for 26 September 2011

Fuel poverty cash

SHETLAND is set to get £200,000 from the Scottish government’s £12.5 million Universal Home Insulation Scheme to reduce energy bills.

The scheme offers a range of free home insulation measures to improve energy efficiency and reduce fuel poverty.

The scheme will be administered by Shetland Islands Council. Orkney Islands Council is to receive £230,000.


Fencing for Scotland

TWO members of the Shetland Fencing Club will represent Scotland at the Five Nations home international to be held in Cardiff during the first weekend of November.

Stephen Rocks will be fencing in the men’s sabre and Andy Alderman will be coaching the epee team.

The five nations of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic each field six teams of four competitors.


Bird deaths

RESEARCH estimating that more than 300,000 birds are killed each year from longline fishing is being presented to the World Conference on Marine Biodiversity, being held in Aberdeen this week.

Scientists from the RSPB and BirdLife International’s Global Seabird Programme have called on regional fisheries management organisations and the industry to protect seabirds through the use of simple, cost effective measures.

Senior policy officer Cleo Small said: “Using simple bird-scaring lines and weighting of hooks as they enter the water could dramatically reduce the number of seabirds being killed.

“The findings of this review places a heavy onus on the forthcoming EU Plan of Action for Seabirds to deliver a robust set of remedial measures capable of reducing the impact of longline and other fisheries on seabird populations in EU waters and beyond.”


Well test positive

OIL firm Nautical Petroleum has announced “exceptional results” testing a horizontal well in the East Shetland basin of the North Sea.

The company’s share price rocketed by 10 per cent at the news as the well in the Kraken field tested at a rate of 4,550 barrels a day, according to trade website Upstream Online.

Chief executive Steve Jenkins said: “The reservoir quality, thickness and continuity that we encountered in the horizontal well are outstanding with an exceptional test flow rate and well productivity.”