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wally jumblat

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  1. The shetland.org website has a 'Live, Work and Study' section with information that might be relevant: https://www.shetland.org/life Promote Shetland also runs a Facebook group called 'Living and Working in Shetland' where people thinking about making a move to the islands can ask for advice. https://www.facebook.com/groups/livingworkingshetland/
  2. I really don't know the specifics, but I assume that an organisation such as COPE simply couldn't operate without a high staff to participants ratio, just by the very nature of the work they do. It is possible, I imagine, that some of the participants may need more than one member of staff to supervise and assist. Others may need less supervision, but overall I am not surprised that COPE needs what may seem to some like a high number of staff. I would expect COPE management to be well aware of the level of staffing they need to run the service effectively, particularly in the light of recent funding cuts and general 'belt tightening'.
  3. I don't think that question is entirely relevant. As stated on their web page, "COPE Ltd is a charity and social enterprise which provides employment and employment skill development for adults with disabilities". The "people/participants" you refer to are the whole point of COPE's existence. I would not be surprised in the slightest if COPE's businesses cost more to run - and make less profit - than similar ventures run on purely commercial terms. The reason? It's because they are NOT operating on purely commercial terms. Their remit is greater than that. That's why they are a charity. That's why they operate as a social enterprise. That's why they need public funding to make it all work. You can't just subtract items from their existing costs to produce figures showing what things would be like without the participants. If the participants were not involved, everything would be different, and all costs would change. But the bigger point is that, without the participants, the businesses would almost certainly not exist at all. In the grand scheme of things, COPE doesn't get very much public funding at all. And, from what I can see, they make excellent use of what they do get. Might there be room for further improvement? Of course. But there is room for improvement in every single organisation, everywhere. The key is to continually strive for better. It looks to me like COPE is making excellent progress on various fronts, and good on them.
  4. Yes, you are entirely right Windwalker. Not everyone on Shetlink is negative, and my previous post was certainly too sweeping in that respect. In my defence though, Shetlink definitely has a hard-core of very critical contributors who pick fault with just about everything that is going on in the islands, usually with little regard to the facts. These people seem to be so dominant here that infrequent users, such as myself, can't help forming the impression that the default tone of the place is one of negativity and criticism. There is clearly a time and place for constructive criticism, but it would be great if some of the most negative contributors could be convinced to take positive action of some sort, rather than being content to snipe from the sidelines.
  5. In my experience, COPE is a very well run and hugely inspiring organisation which does a great amount of valuable work. I don't begrudge anyone the right to have their own opinion, on any topic. However, on the rare occasions I dip into the parallel universe of Shetlink these days, I invariable leave almost immediately, shaking my head in despair at the uninformed, negative and bitter witterings of the small handful of 'commentators' who are still active here. I don't suppose any of you will pay the slightest attention to the following quote, but if you did the world might be a slightly better place. "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." -Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States
  6. Unfortunately - and from bitter experience - I think you just have to wait until 7 days have passed and then everything should (hopefully) be fine once again. More at: http://www.webdesignfromscratch.com/blog/how-123reg-almost-crippled-my-business/
  7. But surely if they were staying at home and going to a local school the parents would have to find money to feed them every day?
  8. A bit late, but how about this alternative idea ... Instead of closing the secondary department at Scalloway and bussing 100+ pupils to the AHS each day, why not keep Scalloway open and bus 100+ pupils the other way, TO Scalloway. A bold idea, maybe, (and clearly there would be many details to thrash out) but on the face of it there are many of benefits: - Scalloway would stay open, which is what the community obviously wants, and would become more 'viable' in the long term (in terms of cost-per-pupil, and such like) - The overcrowding problems at the AHS would be reduced, perhaps leading to improved comfort/morale/etc - The transport costs are no higher than they are with the proposal that was voted through today - It might even allow the SIC to spend a lot less on the new AHS, which wouldn't need to be so big. Just an idea.
  9. Hi Marvin, Please reply to BT to inform them that I, for one, am unsatisfied that my broadband connection is still not working properly. I suspect other people are in the same situation. Thanks for all your work on this. Cheers
  10. It seems that Lonely Planet thinks Shetland is a pretty good place to visit ... From http://visit.shetland.org/shetland-makes-lonely-planets-top-10-tourism-regions-in-the-world
  11. Hi MJ, Really sorry to hear about your bad experience. I don't have any personal involvement with the junior side of things, so can't really make any comment. However, if you want to PM me some details (e.g. when this took place, what actually happened) I'll certainly pass this on to whoever is/was in charge of the juniors. Cheers
  12. Just another quick reminder that the first 'come and try' session of indoor cricket is today at 1:30pm at the Anderson High School games hall.
  13. The Shetland Cricket Association's indoor winter league will be starting in a few weeks time. The indoor league is 6-a-side, with games lasting an hour each. It is pretty much the cricketing equivalent of 5-a-side indoor football. If anyone is interested in getting involved there will be 'come and try' sessions on Sunday 12 September and Sunday 19th September between 1:30pm and 3:30pm in the Anderson High School games hall. Whether you've played before or not you'll be more than welcome. We hope to see you there.
  14. How about this http://visit.shetland.org/inspire-me ?
  15. wally jumblat

    The Enid

    Willie Gilmour tought me piano at Sound School in the late 80s. He was a really nice guy - very enthusiastic and a great teacher.
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