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    Lorraine is new Shetland Arts chairwoman

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    The new chairwoman of Shetland Arts, Lorraine Hall.SHETLAND Arts has unveiled Lorraine Hall as its new board chairwoman. She replaces Danus Skene, who stepped aside as chairman when he began campaigning as the SNP candidate in the UK general election this spring. Originally from Motherwell, Hall was educated at Glasgow and DeMontfort universities and worked in finance and HR for a number of companies – including a stint at Boots’ head office in Beeston – before moving to Shetland in 2003 to work as NHS Shetland’s director of human resources.

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    Walkers raise £12,000 for diabetes charity

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    Almost 300 walkers took to the pathways and pavements around Lerwick on Sunday in this year’s bid to relinquish Type 1 diabetes to the medical history books. Between them the fund-raisers gathered together £12,000. Together with money raised from Sunday teas in April, at least £13,300 will be winging its way to Type 1 charity, […]

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    Isles continue push for full Crown Estate control

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    First minister Nicola Sturgeon in Kirkwall on Monday - Photo: Ken AmerNICOLA Sturgeon has used a visit to Kirkwall to restate the SNP government’s pledge to hand greater decision-making powers to island communities. Speaking at the Convention of the Highlands and Islands (COHI) on Monday morning, Scotland’s First Minister reaffirmed that – once Crown Estate powers are devolved to Holyrood – she will make sure the income goes “directly to island communities”.

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    Sturgeon promises Crown Estate cash and local involvement in management

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    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said that islands like Shetland will benefit from all the income generated from activities within 12 miles of the shore. Speaking at a meeting of the Convention of the Highlands and Islands (COHI) in Kirkwall on Monday, the first she has attended since becoming First Minister, Ms Sturgeon said that government […]

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    No let-up in calls for Carmichael to quit

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    Pressure has remained on Alistair Carmichael to stand down following news he was embroiled in a controversial memo leak which claimed First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wanted to see David Cameron returned to Downing Street. A claimed 60-strong crowd gathered at the Market Cross in Lerwick on Saturday as pressure group We The People of Shetland […]

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    Bristow to step down

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    Shetland football manager Niall Bristow.SHETLAND’S senior football manager Niall Bristow is to step down following this summer’s inter county match against Orkney.

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    Hjaltland to call at Kirkwall for junior inter-county competitors

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    NorthLink Ferries has scheduled additional Kirkwall calls for this year’s junior inter-county in Shetland on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June. The 7pm sailing from Aberdeen to Lerwick on Friday 19th June will depart one hour earlier than timetabled and will call at Kirkwall at midnight, allowing Orkney athletes and supporters to travel to Shetland […]

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    Award for blogging gardener

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    The SIC's blogging gardener Liam Anderson - Photo: SRUCSHETLAND Islands Council's blogging gardener Liam Anderson has won the best SVQ horticulture student of the year award at the Elmwood campus of Scotland's Rural College, in Cupar. Working as an apprentice gardener with the SIC since he left school, Anderson has been co-authoring a popular monthly gardening blog since November 2013.

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    New SCT appointment

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    the Rev Tom Macintyre - Photo: SCTTHE REV Tom Macintyre has been appointed to the Shetland Charitable Trust following the resignation of trustee Stephen Morgan. Macintyre had been the "reserve candidate" when three trustees (Andrew Cooper, Peter Malcolmson and Tom Morton) were newly appointed in March this year.

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    Admiral Fallow: The universal language of music

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    The wine glasses were shuddering - Admiral Fallow at Mareel on Saturday night - Photos: Chris BrownAt one point during Admiral Fallow's gig in Mareel on Saturday night, there was a repetitive chink emanating from the bar, writes Chris Cope. It wasn't the staff sorting change or cleaning up, but it was their wine glasses shuddering from the bass-heavy sound next door in the auditorium.

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    Late night swimmers rescued

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    COASTGUARDS have warned people not to go swimming at night after two women were rescued from Inganess Bay, in Orkney, in the early hours of Sunday. Shetland Coastguard was alerted at just before 2am and immediately tasked the Kirkwall lifeboat and the Sumburgh based search and rescue helicopter. Volunteers from the Kirkwall Coastguard rescue team were the first to arrive at the scene.

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    Thousands raised for Nepal relief effort

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    Nearly £2,000 was raised for the victims of the recent Nepal earthquakes in a fundraising Nepalese meal organised by Scalloway couple Beth and Ian Cummings in Scalloway Hall on Saturday.

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    Protesters call for election re-run

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    RENEWED calls for northern isles MP Alistair Carmichael to stand down and face a by-election were made during an hour long public protest at Lerwick's Market Cross on Saturday afternoon. Between 50 and 60 islanders attended the silent protest organised by the pressure group We the People of Shetland, formed in the wake of the LibDem MP's admission that he lied about leaking a private government memo during the election campaign.

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    Near miss with weather balloon

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    A plane carrying oil and gas personnel into Scatsta had to alter course to avoid a large weather balloon, according to a report by the Air Accident Investigation Branch.

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    Former Ness resident acquitted of rape charges

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    A former Ness resident was acquitted of raping two women on Friday as appeal judges slashed a seven-year jail term imposed on him.

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    Heading to America the hard way

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    A LONG distance walker on his way from his Dutch home near Amsterdam to New York is stretching his legs in Shetland. Arjen Ulrich arrived in the isles on Thursday having completed about half of his 2,000 mile walk.

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    Judges clear Virkie man convicted of rape

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    A SHETLAND man was acquitted of raping two women on Friday as appeal judges slashed a seven year jail term imposed on him. Kenneth Harper was originally found guilty of raping a 15 year old and a 22 year old in Shetland along with further charges of assault and reckless behaviour. But judges at the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh quashed his convictions for two charges of rape and sentenced him to three years imprisonment in the wake of the ruling.

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    Thousands fund effort to overturn MP’s election

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    Protesters outside Alistair Carmichael's constituency office last Saturday. The protest is to be repeated this Saturday at 2pm.A LEGAL petition seeking to annul the election of Alistair Carmichael as northern isles MP following his admission last week that he lied about leaking a private government memo during the election campaign was lodged with the Court of Session on Friday afternoon. In just four days a crowd funding campaign has seen almost 3,000 people raise close to three quarters of the £60,000 target to challenge the election result in the courts.

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    Samaritans seek help to help others

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    THE CHAIRWOMAN of the Shetland branch of the Samaritans has renewed her call for more volunteers to join their ranks as the northern outpost celebrates its 30th anniversary. The local branch is based at Lerwick's Charlotte Street and the service, which offers confidential support to anyone suffering personal troubles, has been active in the isles since 1985.

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    New appointment to Shetland Charitable Trust

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    The latest addition to the Shetland Charitable Trust is the Rev Tom Macintyre, who was appointed as a trustee on Thursday and replaces Stephen Morgan.

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    Broad Street proposals to go on show

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    An exhibition of proposed improvements to the Broad Street area of Kirkwall opens on Saturday, June 6. The design work will be on show at the Kirkwall Town Hall and Community Centre on Saturday June 6 — and from Monday, June 7, until Saturday, June 13. On the opening day, the design team will be ...

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    Help recognise leading people and places in the Highlands and Islands

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    Rising standards among tourism businesses which are helping drive up visitor spend – as revealed in new official figures – are being aided by industry award schemes according to local […]

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    BFI FILM ACADEMY SCOTLAND CRAFT RESIDENTIAL – OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS

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    Applications are now open for young people aged 16-19 from across the UK to attend the second BFI Film Academy Scotland Craft Residential running 30th July to 9th August 2015. […]

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    Comhairle Publishes Councillors’ Salaries and Expenses

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    The total for salaries and expenses for the 31 Councillors at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has decreased over the past financial year. The total for the financial year 2014/15 was […]

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    Comhairle Leader Congratulates Highland Club on Scottish Cup Triumph

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    Commenting on Inverness Caledonian Thistle’s Scottish Cup Triumph against Falkirk on Saturday, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Leader, Angus Campbell, said: “I would like to congratulate Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC on […]

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    Comhairle Seeks Views on Corporate Strategy as part of Full Review

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    The Comhairle is currently reviewing its Corporate Strategy for the period 2012-2017 and considers that this is an opportune time (at the mid-term point) to review, internally and externally, the […]

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    Agronomy collaboration picks up national award

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    An alliance between Orkney researchers and a distillery on Islay has been recognised in the Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards. Academics at the University of the Highlands and Islands’ Agronomy Institute, based at Orkney College UHI, worked with Bruichladdich Distillery to develop a new whisky using Orkney Bere barely. The resulting product, Bruichladdich’s Bere ...

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    A vision for the islands

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    Plans for more autonomy for Scotland’s islands are at the heart of a consultation that will be published later this summer, the First Minister has announced. Nicola Sturgeon told the […]

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    Consultation on islands to be published this summer

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    Plans for more autonomy for Scotland’s islands are at the heart of a consultation that will be published later this summer, the First Minister has announced. Nicola Sturgeon told the Convention of the Highlands and Islands (COHI) that views would help draft a future Islands Bill to provide more power, equality and protection for the ...

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    Road work update . . .

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    Orkney Islands Council will be carrying out surface dressing and road marking operations this week. All work will be carried out on Rousay. The work is planned for: B9064 – Pier Road to Taversoe Tuick Hurtiso Road Johnstones Road A convoy system for vehicles will be in operation while the work, which is weather dependent, ...

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    First Minister visits for Convention of the Highlands and Islands

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    Orkney Islands Council is host the Convention of the Highlands and Islands today, Monday. The twice-yearly Scottish Government meeting will bring leaders from across the Highlands and Islands together with Scottish Government Ministers, including First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Deputy First Minister John Swinney. On the agenda will be issues such as the Our Islands, Our ...

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    Stromness and St Andrews hold the advantage

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    In yesterday’s Parish Cup ties, Stromness overcame Firth 4-2 while St Andrews overwhelmed a spirited Stenness side 8-1. The return leg of Firth v Stromness is being played a weekend earlier than originally scheduled so will played on the weekend of June 6/7 while St Andrews entertain Stenness the following weekend.

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    Late-night swimmers rescued

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    Two people were rescued from the water at Inganess Bay in the early hours of Sunday morning. The Coastguard received a report of two people in the water just before 1.50am and sent the Kirkwall Coastguard rescue team and Kirkwall lifeboat to the scene, along with the search and rescue helicopter from Shetland. Arriving at the scene, ...

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    High scoring draw between two Parish Cup favourites

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    In today’s The Orcadian Parish Cup ties, Holm and Sanday played out a thrilling 3-3 draw at The Rockworks, while Rendall overcame Flotta, Hoy & Walls 6-0 in a one-sided affair at The Rockery. Holm fought back from 1-3 down and scored with the last kick of the game to secure the draw to take ...

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    Funding application for North Isles scheme

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    A funding application for the North Isles Landscape Partnership Scheme has been submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund. Proposals under the scheme include tackling at-risk built heritage, training to promote traditional skills, heritage awareness and providing greater support to the  work of the communities with isle community funds to pursue local projects. Approval in October ...

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    Anniversary celebration at Stromness Golf Club

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    Stromness Golf Club’s 125th anniversary celebrations step up a gear today, with the Annniversary Open competition. The guest of honour is George Macgregor OBE, the captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, and former professional golfer Ronnie Macaskill, who is secretary of Royal Aberdeen Golf Club. Stromness’s first golf course was a ...

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    Parish Cup quarter finals to kick off this weekend

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    The first legs of The Orcadian Parish Cup quarter finals are due to take place over the weekend. Kicking off the quarter finals on Saturday are Holm v Sanday, which is due to kick off at the Rockworks at 12:30pm. Rendall are up against Flotta, Hoy and Walls at The Rockery at 1pm. On Sunday, Stromness ...

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    Top accolade for Orkney RFC at awards ceremony

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    Orkney Rugby Club’s highly successful season culminated in the winning the top accolade at the Scottish Rugby Club Awards on Friday evening, with the club being awarded the BT Club of the Season. The award was presented to Orkney to celebrate their promotion into the national leagues as well as recognising the work that goes ...

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    Police seek motorist after reports of ‘erratic’ driving

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    Police are looking to trace the driver of a dark-coloured estate car reported as driving “erratically” on the Kirkwall-Stromness road this afternoon. According to police, they would like to hear from anyone with information on the car – which was either dark blue or black – which was making its way west, towards Stromness, around 3pm ...

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    Replacement ferry arrives in Orkney

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    The passenger boat Chieftain has arrived in Orkney as a stand-in vessel for the Stromness-Graemsay-Hoy route. Crew familiarisation and berthing trials are underway – with the Chieftain due to go into service as soon as these are completed. The vessel can carry up to 80 passengers and has been chartered as a temporary replacement for the ...

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