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    Carmichael says Shetland could go it alone

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

    Scottish secretary and northern isles MP Alistair CarmichaelNORTHERN isles MP and Scottish secretary of state Alistair Carmichael, in a surprise last minute intervention, has warned Shetland could split from an independent Scotland if the isles vote no. In an interview with The Guardian newspaper Carmichael said if Scotland votes narrowly for independence, but there is a strong No vote in the isles, it would start “a conversation” on the options open to Shetland. These options, he said, could include turning Shetland into a self-governing crown dependency like the Isle of Man, or seeking the kind of autonomy Faroe enjoys under Denmark.

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    Carmichael sets record straight on independence comments

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

    Scottish secretary Alistair Carmichael has said that people in Shetland have the right to “start a conversation” on having more autonomy in event of a heavy Shetland no vote and a narrow Scottish yes win.

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    Shetland may reconsider its place in Scotland after yes vote, says minister

    Originally published by and copyright of The Guardian

    Shetland may reconsider its place in Scotland after yes vote, says ministerIn an interview with the Guardian, Carmichael said if Shetland were to vote strongly against independence but the Scottish national vote was narrowly in favour, then a "conversation about Shetland's position and the options that might be open to it ...and more »

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    Ex-employee admits fish factory vandalism

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    Sentence has been deferred on a man who repeatedly vandalised a Scalloway fish factory causing damage estimated at almost £5,000. Lerwick Sheriff Court heard on Wednesday that Robert Setrice had maliciously removed pipes and cables from the back of fish processing equipment at Scottish Sea Farms plant at Blacksness Pier on three occasions between 30 […]

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    Independence warning

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    Shetland MSP Tavish Scott.On the last day of campaigning in the Scottish independence referendum, local MSP Tavish Scott is urging islanders to vote No. The LibDem politician said a Scottish Parliament that recognises Shetland's needs and retains the strength of the UK could only be achieved by rejecting independence.

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    The basic issue (Mark Ryan Smith)

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

    It’s easy to forget, in the hurricane of fear brewed up by the press and the political establishment, what we’re voting for tomorrow.

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    Why the Vikings found Unst so ‘hospitable’

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    Maritime historian Graham Anthony will be giving a talk about Vikings and their settlements in Unst on Friday in the Unst Heritage Centre.

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    Scottish Independence: Orkney and Shetland may have own vote

    Originally published by and copyright of Aberdeen Press and Journal

    Daily MailScottish Independence: Orkney and Shetland may have own voteScottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has re-opened the row over the status of Orkney and Shetland – insisting they could have a separate vote on their future. The northern isles MP dismissed as “nonsense” claims from some Yes supporters that local ...Scottish independence referendum: Alex Salmond addresses final campaign ... The Guardian (blog)Scotland independence: Where, when, but who knows how - possible ... The IndependentScottish independence: Our day of destiny Berwick Today Financial Times  - Wall Street Journalall 5,728 news articles »

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    The Endless Rabbit Hole of Secession, Shetland Islands Edition

    Originally published by and copyright of Mother Jones

    The Endless Rabbit Hole of Secession, Shetland Islands EditionAs for Mr Salmond's fantasies about oil revenues: stocks are dwindling, fracking is driving down the price, when territorial waters are drawn up he may find some of what he thinks is his oil in the North Sea will actually be England's, and the Shetland ...Voters from the Shetland Islands where the North Sea joins the... MynextfoneWhy Watch Lanarkshire?: A Guide to Scotland's Independence Vote Businessweekall 8 news articles »

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    Two call-outs for coastguard

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    Shetland Coastguard has been called out for twice today for medical evacuations.

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    McCullin exhibition

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    The young ambassadors pictured with mentors Liz Musser, Calum Toogood and Lewie Peterson.A GROUP of young local artists and musicians are to get the chance to show off their creative talents as part of a scheme connected to famed war photojournalist Don McCullin’s upcoming exhibition in the isles.

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    College extension gets royal opening

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    Princess Anne hearing about the work of Shetland College art students. Photo: Malcolm YoungerTHE PRISTINE new £4.5 million extension to Shetland College was officially opened by Princess Anne on Tuesday morning. It is the second time the Princess Royal, who is University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) chancellor, has visited Shetland for an unveiling this year. In June she did the ceremonial honours at the opening of the revamped Sumburgh Lighthouse complex.

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    Scott's NHS fears

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    SHETLAND MSP Tavish Scott has seized on a leaked report raising the prospect of the NHS in Scotland facing “more cuts and centralisation of services”. A paper published by the BBC on Tuesday suggested a radical cost-saving plan would have to be implemented following Thursday’s independence referendum.

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    Hurricane hails potential of Shetland oil find

    Originally published by and copyright of Herald Scotland

    CITY A.M.Hurricane hails potential of Shetland oil findThe update from Hurricane will focus renewed attention on the area west of Shetland, where oil and gas firms believe there are significant amounts of oil and gas to be discovered. BP is spending billions of pounds developing the Clair field and ...Hurricane Energy's West of Shetland well could flow 20000bpd Energy VoiceEwing welcomes West of Shetland oil results SNP (press release)Hurricane Energy gets storming drill results off Shetland Islands CITY A.M. Interactive Investor  - Proactive Investors UKall 24 news articles »

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    Royal opening for £4.5 million college extension

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    Shetland College welcomed a royal visitor this morning when Princess Anne returned to the isles to officially open the new college extension.

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    Photographer McCullin inspires a new generation

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    The work of war photographer Don McCullin will be shown at Shetland Museum and Bonhoga Gallery as part of a programme that will see local artists and musicians create a multi-media account of the photojournalist’s life.

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    Vote yes for self-government (Sue Wailoo)

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    Two years ago Prime Minister David Cameron refused to allow a third question of a "devo-max" option on the Scottish referendum ballot paper.

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    Shetland News says Yes to independence

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    Shetland has been blessed with good fortune for the past 40 years. Thanks to the efforts of our far-sighted MP Jo Grimond in the 1970s, we were granted an Act of Parliament that paved the way for the SIC to negotiate a landmark deal with the oil industry.

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    Opinion: Wake up from this independence fairy tale

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    Shetland News columnist Genevieve White argues the case for a No vote at Thursday's referendum - Photo: Hans J Marter/Shetland NewsSomething strange has happened to our independence debate over the past few months. What started out as a rational discussion has become fanciful, writes Genevieve White. Increasingly, we are living within the pages of a fairy tale: one in which Scotland takes on the role of wronged heroine. England, on the other hand, is cast in various unattractive roles ranging from abusive partner to evil witch capable of casting a 300 year enchantment with a casual flick of her wand. In all the Yes rhetoric, the most fantastic element of all is the fairy tale magic mirror, which distorts reality and shows us only what we want to see. We have become collectively mesmerised by the reflection shown to us and we are now in possession of a highly idealised vision of our true selves.

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    Unanimous approval for new high school plans

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    The new Anderson High School and halls of residence have been granted planning approval – over two decades after a first report on the project was raised in the town hall.

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