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THE TOWN Hall flag has been flying at half-mast in respect of a former councillor, whose funeral took place today (Tuesday).

Councillor Alistair Inkster was elected to represent the Burra and Trondra ward between 2003 and 2007.

Inkster also served on the Shetland Charitable Trust.

SHETLAND Fisherman’s Association chief officer Simon Collins says there is an “imbalance” to a new UK-Norway fisheries deal when it comes to herring.

“It could get worse as the year progresses because the agreement text allows for an increase in Norwegian access ‘should circumstances allow’,” he said.

“Reciprocal access must be built on fairness and equity and there is no sign of that here.”

Isles MP Alistair Carmichael. Photo: Shetland News

THE much-heralded trade deal with Australia is set to cost the fishing and farming sector nearly £100 million, an officials impact assessment by the department for international trade has found.

Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has now demanded that parliament is given a vote on the deal.

“This impact assessment proves what so many feared: that instead of a well-negotiated, balanced trade deal with Australia, the government has paid for this agreement with a £100 million hit to our farming and fishing sectors,” he said.

“Boris Johnson has sold farmers and crofters down the river to make a quick buck. We shall have to see if his colleagues will let this slide. It is vital that Parliament is given a vote on the deal so that MPs of all parties can show where they stand on this important issue.”

DOGS Against Drugs has received a £1,000 from Cooke Aquaculture.

Shetland regional manager David Brown enjoyed meeting Oscar and Hera alongside handlers Megan and Hannah to mark the donation.

A TIDAL energy company which has turbines in Bluemull Sound has raised more than £2 million through a crowdfunding campaign.

Through the campaign Nova Innovation was offering shares in the company at a price of £29.59.

The tidal company has been awarded a series of funding packages in recent weeks and months.

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