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PASSENGERS were evacuated from Sumburgh Airport last night (Tuesday) after smoke was reported from a kitchen area.

The alarm was raised at around 7pm and the incident was stood down within half an hour after the smoke, coming from a microwave, had cleared and the terminal building had been ventilated..

Passengers on one flight were held by around 10 minutes, but there was no other impact on normal operations.

YOUNG people in Shetland aged between 11 and 26 are being encouraged to apply to become a ‘COP26 local champion’.

Ten volunteer ‘local champions’ are being sought in every council area in Scotland ahead of the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow in November.

They will promote COP26 themes in their local area, get people involved in COP26 activities, and collect and share positive stories of local climate action.

Hours spent volunteering as a COP26 local champion will also count towards youth awards, such as the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme or a Saltire Award.


The deadline for young people to apply to be a COP26 local champion is Thursday 30 September 2021 at 11.59pm.

SIC graduate project officer for Youth Empowerment and Participation Zoe Thomson said: “Tackling climate change is such an important topic for all of us and the COP26 event next month will be a huge focal point for the world.”

SHETLAND Sea Salt has been recognised again in the 2021 Great Taste awards.

It has received a two star rating.

Meanwhile a sauerkraut business run by local entrepreneur Evonne Morrison was also recognised in the national awards.

Good Nude Food’s ‘supergreens with spirulina’ Superkraut was given a one star rating.

LOCAL engineering firm Ocean Kinetics has introduced an electric van into its fleet as part of a drive to reduce emissions.

The company’s workshops and offices are also heated by biomass underfloor heating, while lighting has been upgraded to more energy efficient models.

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Ocean Kinetics managing director John Henderson said: “We have a clear and positive strategy to create environmental efficiencies and, at the same time, develop our knowledge and experience in this field.

“We are also passing on this knowledge to our clients on how they can do likewise.”

A RARE ‘Mohican’ bird which does not breed in the UK was recently spotted in Shetland.

The RSPB says only around 100 hoopoe birds may visit the UK each spring on their migration to Africa.

The hoopoe caught the attention of bird enthusiasts in Shetland when it was spotted in Tingwall earlier this month.

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