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    Help to move on

    Originally published by and copyright of www.shetnews.co.uk

    AN INNOVATIVE employment initiative has reported "another very positive year" with a total 155 people supported across the isles. The Moving On employment project said that due to the recent welfare reform the number of people requiring support to enter employment in Shetland "has grown considerably".

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    Could Shetland Isles nick Cheddar's cave title?

    Originally published by and copyright of Central Somerset Gazette

    Could Shetland Isles nick Cheddar's cave title?Geologist Jonathon Swale, who works for Scottish Natural Heritage, claims that his works have shown that a sea cave in Esha Ness, on the Shetland Isles is officially the biggest in Britain. His studies have found that Calders Geo has been measured at ...and more »

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    No let-up in demand for food parcels

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    The Salvation Army's Lerwick corps officer Angela Nunn.DEMAND for food parcels in Shetland shows no sign of abating: following a huge increase last year, the Salvation Army in Lerwick expects to distribute slightly more aid packages to those who have fallen on hard times in 2014. Lerwick corps officer Angela Nunn said that 162 parcels had been distributed in the first nine months of this year, a slight rise on the 151 dished out during the corresponding period in 2013. Because of Shetland’s low unemployment rate and relative affluence, poverty can be something of an unseen problem. The cost of living crisis may be a UK-wide one, but the islands’ cold, windy climate means many in low-paid employment find keeping their homes heated a real challenge.

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    Opinion: One way or another, change is coming

    Originally published by and copyright of www.shetnews.co.uk

    Campaigner Louise Thomason is hopeful the renewed clamour for social justice will outlast the referendum campaign. Photo: ShetnewsWAKING up ten days ago to the news that Scotland had voted against independence felt like the worst kind of heartbreak, writes local Yes campaigner Louise Thomason. For someone who had stumbled fairly accidentally into campaigning, the hurt came as a surprise. Perhaps that compounded the pain. While I obviously hoped it would happen, I had told myself that a Yes vote was probably unlikely, and had even spoken to friends and family of my ease with this.

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    Hoswick knitwear studio is looking global

    Originally published by and copyright of www.shetnews.co.uk

    One of Hoswick-based design studio Niellanell's alternative knitwear designs. Photo: Angus BremnerA KNITWEAR design studio based in Hoswick is expanding its business with the launch of a new website and online boutique after receiving a five-figure grant. Highlands and Islands Enterprise is providing £24,882 to Nielanell, which is owned by designer Niela Kalra and recently attracted international exposure after designing official garments for 100 Shetland fiddlers who performed at the Military Tatto in Edinburgh throughout August.

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    Offenders complete more unpaid work

    Originally published by and copyright of www.shetlandtimes.co.uk

    Convicted offenders completed almost 5,800 hours of unpaid work during the last financial year – around 600 more than in 2012/13.

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    Danish trawler towed into Lerwick

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    Danish trawler Karbak being towed into Lerwick on Sunday. Photo: Ian LeaskA DANISH trawler was towed into Lerwick on Sunday by a larger Danish vessel after developing a problem with its propeller. The Karbak was towed into Lerwick Harbour by the Torbis before Lerwick Port Authority’s harbour tugs Knab and Kebister took over and shepherded her to the quayside.

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    A wonderful week of all things woolly

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    The Shetland Wool Week is now in its fifth year - Photo: Didier PiquerTHE INCREASINGLY popular annual celebration of Shetland's textile industry begins next weekend. The nine day long Shetland Wool Week is enjoying its fifth year and will feature a wide range of exhibitions, classes and events covering areas such as weaving, spinning, dyeing, Fair Isle and lace knitting and traditional gansey styles. Activities around the isles commence on Saturday 4 October, but the official opening ceremony takes place at Lerwick's Mareel at 2pm the following day.

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    Mobile bone scanner

    Originally published by and copyright of www.shetnews.co.uk

    NHS Grampian's mobile osteoporosis unit.A MOBILE scanner able to measure patients’ bone density is making a pilot visit to Shetland this week. NHS Shetland says the GO-MOBILE unit will save many patients having to make long journeys for a scan, help identify people who are unaware that their bones are thinning, and allow the level of medication for people taking bone-strengthening tablets to be tailored to suit the extent of their osteoporosis.

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    Local guitar heroes

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    Tommy Emmanuel and Martin Taylor.THE LINE-UP for a Shetland Guitar Heroes concert as part of the islands’ international guitar festival, being held in November, has been unveiled. Local players for the Saturday 8 November concert at Mareel include Arthur Nicholson, Ewan Novak, Alan McKay, Robbie Walterson and special guests.

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    Danish trawler towed to Lerwick

    Originally published by and copyright of www.shetlandtimes.co.uk

    A Danish trawler was towed to Lerwick yesterday after her propeller became wound up in the cod end of her own net.

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    Pink teas fundraiser

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    LUNNA House owners Tony and Helen Erwood and friends held a fundraising “pink teas” on Sunday in aid of Macmillan cancer charity. They raised £744, which will go towards hosting a Macmillan project locally, and the couple are pictured (third and fifth from left) with the Shetland Classic Motorcycle Club, whose members were on their final run of the 2014 season.

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    Shannon wows Shetland once again

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    Irish traditional music phenomenon Sharon Shannon was warmly welcomed at Mareel on Friday night. Photo Chris BrownSHARON Shannon made a triumphant return to Mareel with a superb set which looked back through her illustrious 21 year solo career on Friday night. Patrick Mainland was there for the occasion. Playing tunes old and new, notable and obscure, Sharon Shannon was radiant, clearly delighted to be back in Shetland, and showed once again how accomplished her playing truly is, particularly on the accordion she is so well-known for. She had previously visited the isles last year at the same venue and before that the 2007 folk festival, and has built a eager following here over the years.

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    Ness are reserve league champions

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    Ness United B are this season's senior reserve league champions, after defeating Delting B 4-1on Saturday.

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    Done up like a kipper (Henry Condy)

    Originally published by and copyright of www.shetlandtimes.co.uk

    Now that it's over and the result was close, I wonder how all the vocal ones, who slapped down the yes vote feel, when David Cameron broke his promise on 19th September, less than 12 hours after the result was in.

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    Voting breakdown causes divisions (Alistair Brown)

    Originally published by and copyright of www.shetlandtimes.co.uk

    We can now breathe a sigh of relief and get on with the rest of our lives following the independence referendum.

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    Are we not amused? (Andy Holt)

    Originally published by and copyright of www.shetlandtimes.co.uk

    When Jonathan Wills refers to the UK goverment dragging "Scotshire" out of the EU as the result of the referendum against "our" will, is he using the royal "we", as in Queen Victoria's "we are not amused?"

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    High energy performance from Shannon and Connor

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    If last night’s Sharon Shannon concert had to be described in one word it would be "energetic".

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    Pilot whale has left Weisdale Voe

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    THE LARGE pilot whale that had been threatening to beach itself in Shetland's Weisdale Voe appears to have headed out to the open sea. Wildlife volunteers spent the early hours of Saturday morning scouring the voe for the 20 foot long whale that was first seen on Thursday around lunchtime swimming in shallow water in a state of distress.

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    Island powers meeting soon

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    MOVES are already afoot to advance the campaign for more political influence to be handed to the Scottish islands after last week’s independence referendum. One week after Scotland voted 55:45 to remain part of the United Kingdom, Scottish secretary and northern isles MP Alistair Carmichael is setting up meetings with the three island councils to discuss implementing the Islands Framework agreed in August.

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    John Rae remembered

    Originally published by and copyright of www.orcadian.co.uk

    A plaque marking the exploits of Orcadian explorer Dr John Rae is to be unveiled in Westminster Abbey today. The event, in the Chapel of St John the Evangelist, is by invitation only and takes place this afternoon, on the 201st anniversary of Dr Rae’s birth. In Orkney there will be a corresponding ceremony at [...]

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    Council convener appointed president of Islands Commission

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    Orkney Islands Council convener Steven Heddle has been elected as president of the Islands Commission of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR). The Commission represents 23 island regions across 12 European countries and more than 15 million people. Its aims are to: To urge European institutions and Member States to pay special attention to [...]

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    North Hoy refuse collection request

    Originally published by and copyright of www.orcadian.co.uk

    Orkney Islands Council is asking people in North Hoy to have their refuse out for collection by 8am this Thursday, October 2. This is to enable refuse to be collected before the road between North Hoy and Lyness is closed for repairs and strengthening work. Road closures on the B9047 are taking place between 9.30am and 4.30pm [...]

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    Scanner delayed again

    Originally published by and copyright of www.orcadian.co.uk

    NHS Orkney has confirmed the date to have a CT scanner up and running in the county has, once more, been pushed back. Speaking today at NHS Orkney’s Annual Review, chief executive Cathie Cowan said the earliest the scanner would be in place would be early 2015. The project was first announced by NHS Orkney [...]

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    Sky Notes update – Galaxies galore!

    Originally published by and copyright of www.orcadian.co.uk

    The sister galaxy to our Milky Way, the Great Andromeda Galaxy, is still there! For more details, and for recent observations within our galaxy, click here. For Galaxies Galore and super-giant stars, click here.

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    Ferry firm seek views on Burwick

    Originally published by and copyright of www.orcadian.co.uk

    Pentland Ferries – who would like to develop a 30 minute ro-ro service from Burwick in South Ronaldsay to Gills Bay in Caithness, and would invest in a new passenger and vehicle ferry to cover the route – says it had received a huge number of responses within only hours of a survey being launched [...]

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    NHS Orkney annual review

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    NHS Orkney’s annual review took place, in public, this afternoon. Chaired by John Ross Scott, the event included a presentation by chief executive Cathie Cowan on the key challenges and successes faced by the organisation. Among the achievements Mrs Cowan highlighted were exceeding the national targets for A&E waiting times, the referral to treatment waiting time guarantee, cancer [...]

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    Joint Warrior military exercise around Orkney

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    A major military exercise around Orkney is due to begin on October 7. Joint Warrior 142 is a multinational exercise and will involve 22 naval units and around 52 fixed wing aircraft. According to the MoD, the exercise provides all three UK Armed Services, and invited allied nations, with the opportunity to hone the skills needed to [...]

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    NHS Western Isles encourages all 2 – 11 year olds to get the flu jab this autumn

    Originally published by and copyright of hebridestoday.com

    Every child in Scotland aged between two and 11 is being offered the flu vaccine this autumn as part of a new immunisation programme.   With children two to three...

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    Orkney FC edge out Thurso

    Originally published by and copyright of www.orcadian.co.uk

    Orkney FC claimed an important 1-0 win over Thurso, on Kirkwall Grammar School’s 3G surface, earlier today. The first half finished goalless before Frenchman Axel Bondoux, came off the substitute’s bench, to combine with Mark Berry, who scored the goal which eventually separated the two sides. Bondoux was later named man of the match, in what [...]

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    Rae plaque unveiled next week

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    A plaque marking the exploits of Orcadian explorer Dr John Rae is to be unveiled in Westminster Abbey, next week. The event, in the Chapel of St John the Evangelist, is by invitation only and takes place on Tuesday, September 30, the 201st anniversary of Dr Rae’s birth. In Orkney there will be a corresponding [...]

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    Orkney FC looking to maintain unbeaten record

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      Orkney FC will be looking to claim three points, and in the process maintain their unbeaten record when they take on the challenge of Thurso, later today. The two sides currently occupy the top two spots in the North Caledonian Football League. Orkney come into the game, off the back of a 7-0 [...]

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    John Rae Gathering

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    A weekend of events to celebrate John Rae is set to take place over the next few days in Stromness. The Stromness Museum’s John Rae 201 Gathering comes about after the success of the John Rae 200 conference held last September. The weekend starts with an open evening tonight, in the Stromness Museum at 7.30pm [...]

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    High Levels of Shellfish Toxin

    Originally published by and copyright of hebridestoday.com

    Monitoring work undertaken on behalf of the Food Standards Agency has identified raised levels of shellfish toxins in Seilebost and Northton Sands in Harris. Eating shellfish such as cockles, mussels...

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    Islands framework on Carmichael’s agenda

    Originally published by and copyright of www.orcadian.co.uk

    Northern Isles MP and Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has written to the three islands councils emphasising the UK Government’s desire to implement the Islands Framework. Following the agreement reached between the UK Government and Orkney, Shetland and Western Isles councils in August and the outcome of the Scottish Independence referendum, Mr Carmichael has said [...]

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    Creative Orkney conference

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    A two day conference to explore Orkney’s creativity began today in Kirkwall. The first Creative Orkney Conference — organised, hosted and presented by the Centre for Nordic Studies — is being held in the St Magnus Centre today and tomorrow and includes a mix of workshops, talks, a discussion forum and field trips to explore [...]

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    Stenness Loch gets the all clear

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    The OIC has confirmed that, following tests by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), the water in the Stenness Loch has appears to be free from blue-green algae. Precautionary notices posted next to the loch last week will now be removed. Welcoming the news, the OIC’s environmental health manager David Brown urged people to remain vigilant [...]

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    Pentland Ferries seek public views for Burwick service

    Originally published by and copyright of www.orcadian.co.uk

    Pentland Ferries says it would like to develop a ro-ro service from Burwick to Gills Bay, and would invest in a new passenger and vehicle ferry to cover this route, with the company set to launch a survey to gauge public opinion on the matter. The company says it would allow it to offer more frequent sailings [...]

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    Community Shares Scotland Roadshow – Western Isles

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    Leverburgh Village Hall, A859, Leverburgh, Harris, Western Isles, HS5 3TS Come along to Community Shares Scotland’s Western Isles Roadshow to learn more about the community shares model and how it...

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    Call For Moratorium on Outer Hebrides Designations

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    The Sustainable Development Committee of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar today unanimously agreed to call for a ten year moratorium on the introduction of any new environmental designations in the Outer...

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