• Alistair Carmichael spoke in a parliamentary debate on community energy, calling for consideration of community schemes to reduce fuel poverty in Shetland and in Orkney, at the same time highlighting the issue for islands areas of making use of the over-generation of renewable energy.

  • NHS Shetland is holding this year’s virtual Excellence in Care event tomorrow (Friday) afternoon, ending with the presentations.

  • Marine Scotland is continuing to encourage young entrants into the fish catching industry with funding for vessels.

  • Serco NorthLink Ferries has confirmed that it has withdrawn its 20 per cent islander discount on food and drink, but that fares remain unchanged. It appears that this was brought in without prior notice on the Wednesday night sailings.

  • The national voucher scheme to help homes and businesses to access superfast broadband is being extended by three months. There has been some uptake of the scheme in Shetland, using satellite, but that is not suitable for those who would like to do online gaming because of satellite uplink and downlink delay.

  • The cost and reliability of transporting goods to Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles was questioned in the Scottish parliament,

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