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    Calls for BT to provide assurances over blackout

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

    NHS SHETLAND, Sumburgh Airport operator HIAL and the Scottish Government have all sought reassurances from BT that contingency plans will be put in place to avoid a repeat of Saturday’s communications blackout. The disruption saw many phone lines and radio connections down for around five hours, leaving people in the isles unable to dial 999 and resulting in the closure of Sumburgh Airport and the cancellation of 11 flights. Having immediately launched an investigation, BT has now issued a further statement outlining that the network serving the Northern Isles was designed to “provide back-up for most services in most scenarios”.

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    Four in hospital after catching bug

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    Four holidaymakers are in hospital with a virus after returning from a 10-day coach tour to Wales. Three passengers, who had just returned by NorthLink ferry, were kept in the Gilbert Bain Hospital after initial assessment yesterday and a fourth went to hospital later in the day. All the patients are thought to be Shetland […]

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    LPA appoints new chairman

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    Brian Anderson succeeds the late Harry Jamieson as LPA chairman.LERWICK Port Authority has appointed Brian Anderson as its new chairman, succeeding the late Harry Jamieson following his untimely death in June. The appointment was made at the harbour authority’s AGM. Anderson was already serving as vice chairman and board member Ronnie Gear has now been elected to that position.

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    Ferry disruptions

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    INTER island ferry services on both Yell and Bluemull Sound are down to one vessel after the Bigga as well as the Dagalien developed engine problems. Bookings have been suspended on both services; there's no indication at this stage when these situations will be resolved, according to a council spokeswoman. Usually the Fivla would stand in, but she is currently on the Skerries route as cover for the Filla, which is in for her annual docking.

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    Clinical Spurs progress to Manson Cup final

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    Spurs progressed to the Manson Cup final with a 5-1 defeat of Delting in Brae. After half an hour of the match, however, nobody could have predicted that scoreline. Delting came out flying and dominated that spell. Two tame Dominic Mann headers aside, they had all of the play and didn’t let Spurs put a […]

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    £250k-a-year on flights

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

    The SIC spends around £250,000 a year on flights out of the islands. Photo: John MoncrieffFLIGHTS to and from the islands for Shetland Islands Council members and officials cost just under quarter of a million pounds in the last financial year. Figures provided by the local authority following a Freedom of Information request from Shetland News show that £247,949.67 was spent in 2014/15 on travel that did not go beyond Scotland.

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    BT says lightning may have caused phone blackout

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    BT has issued a statement in a bid to explain why a fault at one of its radio transmitters caused major disruption on Saturday. The communications company said damage may have been caused by previous lightning strikes, but they could not confirm that to be the case. Mobile phone and landline connections were lost for […]

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    Three posts to go at Shetland Arts

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    Shetland Arts is to pay off three senior staff as part of an ongoing restructuring exercise. The development officers for literature, drama and visual arts, Donald Anderson, John Haswell and Clair Aldington respectively, are all understood to be exiting the organisation in November. The Mareel-based trio have fallen victim to an organisational reshuffle that was […]

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    Couple conquer picturesque Rio half marathon

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    Shetland couple Annie McKee and Grant Johnson after completing the Rio half marathon on Sunday.A COUPLE from Shetland enjoyed the thrill of completing a half marathon in picturesque Rio de Janeiro at the weekend. Twenty six year old Annie McKee and 30 year old Grant Johnson, who live together in Papil, Burra, made the trip to South America and enjoyed some stunning scenery on the 13-mile course which took in Sugar Loaf Mountain and several beaches including the iconic sands of Copacabana.

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    Police appeal after Brig o’ Fitch crash

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    Police are appealing for information following a crash near the Brig o’ Fitch junction. The incident occurred at about 8.15am on Monday when a dark blue car overtook a line of traffic heading north on the A970. Police say the car clipped the front of an oncoming vehicle. Officers want to hear from anyone who […]

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    Sea kayaker raising funds for lifeboats

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    A SOLO sea kayaker is having a few days' rest in Lerwick before setting off on the second half of an epic journey that will take him to all 47 RNLI lifeboats stations in Scotland. Nick Ray, who lives in Portadavie overlooking Loch Fyne, set off on his 2,000-mile journey from the Solway Firth on 1 May.

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    Village health centre to flit

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    One of the new patient rooms at Scalloway's new health centre. Photo courtesy of DITTSCALLOWAY Health Centre will shut in the middle of next month before reopening in new premises at the village’s former primary school building. The health centre will shut at 5.30pm on Friday 14 August before reopening in its new location on Monday 24 August.

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    Cleeves’ novel shortlisted

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    SIX books are in the running to be crowned the Bloody Scotland Crime Book of the Year, including Ann Cleeves' novel Thin Air.

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    2015 environmental awards

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    SHETLAND Amenity Trust is asking people to nominate projects and community initiatives for this year’s Environmental Awards. The trust is calling on anyone who has been involved in local environmental projects, or who can think of others that are worthy of recognition, to submit an application.

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    Editorial: Losing faith in our service providers

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    JUST what is it with the companies we rely on to provide and maintain essential public services and their complete inability to communicate properly with the folk reliant on those services? The past few months have seen one hapless PR muck-up after another. First we had Loganair back in May, whose communications firm The Big Partnership refused to field anyone from company management to discuss islanders’ mounting discontent about high airfares and a slew of delays.

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    Fun in the sun at Sandwick

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    Candy floss was just one of the attractions kids could enjoy at this year's Sandwick Fun Day. Photo: Dale SmithA RECORD amount in excess of £7,000 was raised for various good causes during a sun-kissed Sandwick Fun Day on Saturday. It is the sixth year the day, run by local voluntary groups within the village, has been staged. The profits are split between those groups – the only source of income for some of them – and Cancer Research UK.

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    Cycling, sunshine and music amongst marigolds

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    About one hundred cyclists saddled up for the Summer Cycle in Lerwick this afternoon. From peerie pedallers to adult road bikers, and even a tandem, folk enjoyed the sunshine and winding course around King George V Park and the Up-Helly-A’ route. Brae High School depute primary headteacher Billy Forsyth was enjoying the day with his […]

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    Major questions after phone blackout

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    Isles MSP Tavish Scott says major questions need to be answered following a phone coverage blackout which cut off the emergency services and closed Sumburgh Airport. Yesterday the airport closed at lunchtime because of the phone line problem affecting its radio transmissions. Eleven flights were cancelled and one diverted to Kirkwall. Flights were back on […]

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    Call for backup to prevent 999 services disruption

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    THERE are calls for a backup to be put in place to ensure there is no repeat of yesterday’s “completely unacceptable” communications blackout that left emergency services in the islands seriously compromised for several hours. BT explained that a blown fuse at its Wideford Hill radio transmitter in Orkney was to blame for knocking out radio and telephone links for five hours on Saturday. It left Shetland Coastguard without contact to the mainland and NHS Shetland had to advise patients requiring medical attention to attend the Gilbert Bain Hospital in person.

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    Teddy bear tumble and vikings galore at Sandwick fun day

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    Plenty of fun was had at the Sandwick fun day, with bouncy castles, fire fighters , nail painting and vikings galore. Folk flocked to event and enjoyed family fun, from Frozen characters to candy floss and a beat the goalie competition. Photographer Dave Donaldson was at the Sandwick football pitch yesterday snapping lots of happy […]

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    Concerns Over Marine Designations

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    Following recent announcements from the Scottish Government regarding the management of inshore Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), Comhairle nan Eilean Siar along with the Western […]

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    ALLAN PAYS TRIBUTE TO CHILDSMILE PROGRAMME

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    Na h-Eileanan an Iar MSP, Alasdair Allan, is using the end of Childsmile month in the islands to welcome a dramatic improvement in the oral health of children in the […]

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    ALLAN WELCOMES FERRY DISCOUNT FOR BLUE BADGE HOLDERS

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    SNP MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Alasdair Allan, has today welcomed the news that Blue Badge holders will be able to access reduced vehicle fares on the Clyde and […]

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    CROFTERS FACE FURTHER HARDSHIP DUE TO WEATHER SAYS FEDERATION

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    The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) has renewed calls to crofters to keep Scottish Government informed regarding the potential consequences of the inclement weather.   “My own observations are that the […]

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    Orkney Brewery Awards

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

    The Orkney Brewery is celebrating a summer of success, with two of its beers winning top national awards this month. The Brewery’s newest release, Orkney Gold — a 4.5 per cent craft keg beer — secured silver in the Premium Lager and Pilsner category at last week’s Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) North Region competition ...

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    Consultation on Corporate Strategy Extended

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    The deadline for the consultation on the Corporate Strategy has been extended to 31 August 2015.   The Comhairle is currently reviewing its Corporate Strategy for the period 2012-2017 and […]

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    Goose management scheme enters fourth year

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    A project to manage the resident greylag goose population in Orkney has this week entered its fourth year, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has confirmed. The Orkney greylag goose adaptive management pilot allows licensed shooting to take place, with experienced local guns, in August and September before migratory birds from Iceland arrive in October. SNH has said that ...

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    Water supply advice to farmers

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    A team from Scottish Water will soon be visiting Orkney to provide support and advice to farmers on how they can protect drinking water sources from diffuse pollution. Preventing diffuse pollution means it is easier to maintain high quality source water entering Scottish Water’s water treatment works, benefiting public water supplies, while helping to protect ...

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    Loganair wins PSO flights contract

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    Loganair have been awarded the contract to operate the Scottish Government’s Public Service Obligation flights from Glasgow to Campbeltown, Tiree and Barra, Minister for Transport and Islands Derek Mackay has […]

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    Investigation after communications disruption

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

    An investigation is underway after a problem at Wideford Hill here in Orkney on Saturday, which led to a serious communications blackout in the Northern Isles, including disrupting phones, emergency services, and the cancellation of several flights. There have also been calls for a back up to be put in place to prevent 999 services ...

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    DOORSTEP SCAMS

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    Trading Standards at CNES regularly receive complaints from consumers who are cold called by unscrupulous traders offering their services . The Traders sell a wide range of goods from kitchen […]

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    Barvas Estate Buyout

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    USOBCC has secured capital funding of £715,000 for purchasing the selected Barvas Estate assets plus paying for necessary mapping and legal costs. Sufficient revenue funding has also been secured to help […]

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    Birsay road works planned for this week

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    Orkney Islands Council will be carrying out surface dressing and road marking operations this week in Birsay. The work is planned for Cumlaquoy Road, Loons Road, Bryameadow, Newan Link Road, Whitemire and Moss Road. A convoy system for vehicles will be in operation while the work, which is weather dependent, is carried out. The council ...

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    Curtain comes down on Shopping Week

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    The annual fancy dress parade through the streets, followed by a dance and fireworks display, marked the end of the 67th Stromness Shopping Week on Saturday. Thankfully the weather stayed dry on the day, and the streets were packed with locals and visitors alike enjoying the festivities. More coverage in The Orcadian on Thursday.

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    Passenger numbers drop in the Northern Isles

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    Regional airport operator HIAL enjoyed a surge in passenger numbers last quarter, although figures reveal that both in Orkney and Shetland passenger numbers actually dropped. Latest figures show the group, which comprises 11 airports across Scotland, attracted 385,491 passengers during the period, an extra 19,000 compared to the same point last year. Across the group, ...

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    Property to Buy and Let

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    Visit our property section to view properties to buy here.  

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    Orkney retain Lady Hamilton Cup

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    Orkney’s ladies hockey players retained the Lady Hamilton Cup on Saturday when they beat Shetland 3-1 in the annual senior inter-county clash. Played in Shetland this year, goals from Hannah Cromarty, Charlotte Thomson and Joanne Pottinger ensured that the Lady Hamilton Cup would return to Orkney for the twelfth consecutive year. Orkney’s Inga Kemp picked ...

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    Lochs Show – a winning family day out

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    There was great fun to be had at a busy Lochs Show this afternoon (Saturday) despite the fine drizzle of rain that fell. From Gun Dog demonstration and the comedic […]

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    Marco Polo due in on Sunday

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    OIC Marine Services has been in touch to say that the cruise ship Marco Polo is due to make an unscheduled visit to Kirkwall on Sunday. The visit is due to an itinerary change, and does not appear on the cruise liner list previously issued. The ship is due in at Hatston Pier just before ...

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    Final Day of Shopping Week

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    After a busy few days, the 67th Stromness Shopping Week draws to a close today. Today’s highlights include: the Holms Race which starts at 10.30, the Ferry Inn 10k run at 11.10, children’s fancy dress 3-legged race at 11.30 and a new water event for this year, the snake race, which takes place at 1pm. ...

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