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    SIC looks at selling Sella Ness

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    Best value for Sella Ness? Three council tugs escort the tanker 'Value' into Sullom Voe last year. Photo John BatesonSHETLAND Islands Council is considering selling off its oil port at Sullom Voe after hearing that it could earn an extra £2.5 million a year by investing the proceeds on the financial markets. A financial model of the future of the port until 2050 has shown the council could expect to earn £2.8 million a year if it continues as the main operator. However if it sold the port for the estimated value of £71.7 million, it could make £5.3 million a year by investing the cash on the stock markets, based on a projected 7.3 per cent return.

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    Kevin Bridges returns

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    141120 Kevin BridgesONE of Britain's best and most successful stand-up comedians makes a welcome return visit to Shetland next summer. Kevin Bridges will be performing his brand new show A Whole Different Story at the Clickimin Leisure Centre, in Lerwick, on 30 July.

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    Postage charges under threat, MP says

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    Isles MP Alistair Carmichael.ISLES MP and Scottish secretary Alistair Carmichael has warned the Royal Mail's universal service obligation (USO) is under threat. Carmichael has called on the regulator Ofcom to intervene to ensure remote areas like Shetland receive the same level of service as more populated parts of the country. He also denied suggestions that last year's privatisation of the Royal Mail had undermined its ability to deliver post nationwide for the same price.

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    30 years of care on Yell

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    Isleshavn care centre in Mid Yell under construction in 1983. Photo Ritchie NowakSHETLAND’S first rural care centre, which served as a model for looking after the elderly outside Lerwick, celebrates its 30th anniversary at the end of this month. Since Isleshavn care centre opened in Mid Yell in November 1984 it has been home to hundreds of people.

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    Renewed warnings: Legal highs can kill

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    POLICE and health professionals in Shetland are stepping up their fight to stop the growing use of 'legal highs' in the isles after drugs worth £40,000 were seized earlier this month. Shetland area commander Eddie Graham said the confiscation of the psychoactive substances (or NPS) was the largest ever in Shetland. So far two deaths in the islands have been linked to legal highs this year.

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    SNP determined to capitalise on ‘buoyant’ mood

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    The resurgent Shetland brach of the SNP had a good representation at the party’s national conference in Perth last weekend which saw Nicola Sturgeon officially take over the party leadership from Alex Salmond. And in the aftermath of the event, the local branch is determined to capitalise on the “buoyant” atmosphere that was associated with […]

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    North isles recruitment drive

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    Council leader Gary Robinson - Photo: Malcolm Younger/Millgaet MediaAFTER years of reducing the number of local people working for Shetland Islands Council, the local authority is now embarking on a recruitment drive to find relief workers in the north isles. The SIC has also been hit by competition from the oil and construction industries able to offer better wages than the public sector. Lately, the council has had to employ agency contractors in care homes and also on ferries to fill empty posts.

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    SNP search for candidates

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    Shetland delegates at the SNP conference Neil Sutherland (left), Louise Giblin (centre) and Charlie Gallacher (right) with Leanne Wood, leader of Plaid Cymru (centre left) and new SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon (centre right).THE LOCAL SNP branch has started its search for a suitable candidate to contest the northern isles seat in the general election, next May. At last weekend's national conference the SNP passed a resolution to allow Yes campaigners who are not party members to stand on an SNP ticket.

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    ‘Blooming marvellous’

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    Filling in the planters are (from left) local neighbour Frank Johnson, Luke Smith, Stewart Hornal and Holly King - Photo: Austin Taylor. WORK to create the Park Lane community garden is progressing well after local organisers received donations of topsoil and plants. Construction and civil Engineering Firm Frank L Johnston (Shetland) Ltd kindly provided topsoil and his staff also assisted the gardening volunteers developing flower beds and filling the planters.

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    New electoral registration

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    THE NEW electoral registration system, which is coming into force this autumn, requires people to be registered individually. It replaces the system of household registration, which has been in place for almost 100 years. Local electoral registration officer, Mike Forbes, has now written to more than 18,000 electors in over 11,000 homes in Shetland to inform them of the change.

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    Energy talks

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    THE COMPANY planning Shetland's future electricity supply is reminding islanders that they are hosting two further public events this week. Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution (SHEPD) wants to hear from its customers about the shape of the competitive process that it will use to find the best way to keep the lights on when the Lerwick power station comes to the end of its operational life.

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    Fishing talks under way in Bergen

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    Shetland Fishermen's Association executive officer Simon CollinsPOLITICIANS and fisheries leaders are meeting in the Norwegian city of Bergen this week for the annual EU/Norway negotiations over shared fish stocks. While the controversial five-year deal over mackerel fishing rights in the north east Atlantic will undoubtedly feature during the talks, the main focus will be on next year's quotas for cod and haddock. Local fishermen hope for "reasonable" increases in quotas for both these stocks for 2015, but a final agreement is only expected following a second round of talks in Dublin, during the first week in December.

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    Electoral registration system is changing

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    More than 18,000 electors should have received a letter telling them about a change to  electoral registration – replacing a system that is almost 100 years old. Individual Electoral Registration (IER) came into effect on 19th September and replaces the household registration system with a requirement to register individually. The Electoral registration officer has written […]

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    Nesting school recognised

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    NESTING primary School, in Shetland, has been recognised for its approach to religious and moral education. A case study film showcases the school's innovative practice in RME designed to complement Education Scotland's reviews of religious and moral education.

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    Panto on film

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    Bob Hudson keeps the show ticking over - photo: Barry BroadbentIT'S PANTO time again for the Westside Players who will be performing Cinderella Bella in the Walls public hall on 5 and 6 December. Written and directed by Hilary Smith, the show is set in the village of Canneloni in Italy.

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    Islands Summit next year

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    SCOTTISH secretary Alistair Carmichael and the three Scottish island councils have pledged to hold an Islands Summit next March after a meeting in Edinburgh on Monday. Representatives of the three island councils, including Shetland’s chief executive Mark Boden, met officers from a wide range of UK government departments at the Scotland Office.

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    Shetland does it again

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    John Johnston in the chair at the end of a long night, with fellow broadcaster Jane Moncrieff (left) and a whole bunch of musicians from Hom Bru and The Revellers.BBC RADIO Shetland raised a huge £21,500 by the end of Friday night when it ran its six hour Children In Need fundraising marathon from its studio in Lerwick's Pitt Lane, more than £2,000 more than last year. The final figure is likely to be much higher with money rolling in for the next few weeks and months from all the charitable activities taking place throughout the isles.

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    Meeting McCullin

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    Shetland's Northern Lights Ambassadors getting excited about going to London to meet Don McCullin.A GROUP of young Shetlanders are heading for London this month to meet world famous photojournalist Don McCullin. The Northern Lights Ambassadors, aged 13 to 25, have spent the past two months working on a creative project to celebrate McCullin’s work as part of the national ARTIST ROOMS on Tour programme.

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    Gwilym's new job

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    Gwilym GibbonsTHE FORMER director of Shetland Arts, Gwilym Gibbons, has been appointed as chief executive officer with the Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre, both of which are run by Horsecross Arts. The 43 year old ran Shetland Arts for eight years and was responsible for the building of the £14 million Mareel cinema and music venue.

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    Islands’ case put before Westminster representatives

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    The first “Islands Working Group” involving representatives of the three islands councils in Scotland has met UK government figures in Edinburgh today. Proposals for the working group were set out in the government’s “Framework for the Islands” that was published on 15th August on the back of work done by the Our Islands Our Future […]

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