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THE VALUE of Shetland Charitable Trust funds invested in world markets currently sits at £414.6 million.

This is up from £408.8 million at the end of December.

On the same day last year (8 February 2023) they were worth £392 million.

The charitable trust funds a range of local charities and organisations.

NORTHERN Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has lodged a parliamentary motion recognising the work of the RNLI ahead of its 200th anniversary next month.

The motion, which has already been signed by members of all major political parties, recognises over 144,000 lives saved by the RNLI since its founding in 1824, and the work of its 238 lifeboat stations and thousands of volunteers.

Carmichael said: “We have a long and close relationship with the RNLI in the isles. The RNLI stations in Lerwick, Aith, Kirkwall, Stromness and Longhope are proudly at the centre of our communities, backed by generations of local volunteers and supporters.”

TRANSPORT has been upgraded into a standalone portfolio at cabinet level within the Scottish Government.

Fiona Hyslop was given the role of cabinet secretary for transport in a reshuffle on Thursday.

She was previously transport minister, a role which sat outside the cabinet. Previously at cabinet level transport was represented in cabinet secretary for transport, net zero and just transition post.

WORK on a new footpath at the ‘wild garden’ above the Whalsay Leisure Centre junction is expected to start on 19 February.

Work is set to take four weeks, with delays expected.

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