• The Scottish Crofting Federation has commented on its recent membership meeting in Shetland, on the theme of Threats to Crofting, noting that the meeting illustrated the high level of concern amongst crofters.

  • A freedom of information request has shown that the Shetland Islands Council spent over 54 thousand pounds on flights for members and officials in the year ending last March, but most of those 146 flights were flying to and from Shetland and the Scottish mainland on official business.

  • There has been the first earthquake of the year relatively near Shetland, the latest being 135 nautical miles north-east of Unst.

  • The Gilbert Bain Hospital’s A&E figures are bouncing back after a couple of weeks at under 90 per cent, which were well below the recent average for the hospital.

  • Two concerts have been arranged for Mareel next month. Chris Stout and Catriona McKay return to Shetland with music from their latest album, Bare Knuckle, with special guest Arthur Nicholson. The UK’s leading string orchestra, the Scottish Ensemble, is returning to Mareel joined by three instrumentalists called Continental Drift to perform eastern music, western music and improvised music.

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