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In brief for 27 July 2010

Long serving special constables

TWO special constables working for the Lerwick police force will be presented with long service awards during a ceremony at the Shetland Museum and Archives, on Tuesday.

Special constables John Scott and Peter Smith have a combined 58 years of service under their belts.

Mr Scott, from Bressay, has served 27 years, while Peter Smith, from Lerwick, a lead ambulance paramedic has supported the local police for 31 years.

Chief inspector David Bushell will present medals to mark both men’s achievements.


Breast feeding help

Experienced support from mums trained to help others breastfeed will soon be widely available in Shetland thanks to a joint project between NHS Shetland and The Breastfeeding Network (BfN).

BfN tutor Mary Kennedy will be in Shetland later this week to recruit volunteers who want to become breastfeeding helpers.

“Although NHS guidelines are that babies are best exclusively breastfed for their first six months,  many women stop breastfeeding after just a few weeks – often because they’ve lacked the support to help them through the early stages once the midwives stop visiting.

“As well as reducing the risks of babies getting gut and respiratory infections, obesity and some childhood allergies and cancers, breastfeeding lowers the risk of mums getting breast and ovarian cancer”

Ms Kennedy has already established contact with some women keen to get involved. In addition, two open days, on 8August between 2pm and 4pm and on 11 August between 7pm and 9pm, will be held in the maternity unit of the Gilbert Bain Hospital.


Exam results helpline

Don’t panic if you don’t get the results you are hoping for in this year’s standard and higher exams. Help is at hand!

As students await their results via e-mail and text on 4 August and by post the following day, the exam results helpline on 0808 100 8000 will go live.

Skills Development Scotland’s chief executive Damien Yeates said: “Our helpline will be live from 2pm on 4 August to offer young people and their parents all the advice they need as soon as the results are sent.

“The message is that if people don’t get the results they were hoping for they shouldn’t panic. They should call the helpline and speak to our advisers who can give the information, advice and assistance that they need.”

The Exam results helpline will run from 8am until 8pm on 5 and 6 August, and from 9am until 6pm weekdays and 9am until 5pm weekends until 28 August.