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    Sea Shepherd vessel seized in Lerwick

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    The Sam Simon arrived in Lerwick harbour on Monday - Photo: Austin TaylorTHE RIGID inflatable boat (RIB) of the Sam Simon, belonging to the conservation group Sea Shepherd, was detained by the Scottish authorities while in Lerwick harbour on Tuesday afternoon. Over recent weeks the controversial environmentalists have been involved in disrupting the annual pilot whales drive in the Faroe Islands, a contentious tradition known as the Grind.

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    Man fined for ‘atrocious’ abuse at Indian restaurant

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    A man has been left £500 out of pocket after he carried out an assault at an Indian restaurant and hurled racist abuse in an “atrocious” act. Desmond Bell, 50, of Park Avenue, Cookstown, Northern Ireland, fell out of favour with staff at the Raba in Lerwick when he turned up drunk on Sunday night. […]

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    Equipment failure leads to operations being cancelled

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    AN EQUIPMENT failure means NHS Shetland will be operating a reduced service for endoscopes between now and the end of the year. It resulted in 5.4 per cent of operations being cancelled in July – equating to nine out of 166 scheduled operations, significantly higher than the Scottish average of 1.4 per cent. It was a significant rise on the three operations (1.9 per cent) cancelled in June.

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    Volleyball team to play in national league

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    The Shetland volleyball team, fresh off the back of the island games in Jersey, will take a giant leap into the unknown this winter because for the first time they will compete in the Scottish National League.

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    Man fined for racially abusing Raba staff

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    A MAN who drunkenly unleashed a foul-mouthed tirade of racist abuse at staff in the Raba restaurant has been fined £500 at Lerwick Sheriff Court. Appearing from custody on Tuesday afternoon, 50 year old Desmond Bell, of Park Avenue, Cookstown in Northern Ireland, pleaded guilty to carrying out a racially aggravated assault on a senior member of staff by punching him on the head. He also admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by shouting, swearing and racially abusing staff at the Commercial Road curry house shortly before midnight on Sunday.

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    Carmichael hearing to be broadcast live

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    Next week’s court hearing to decide whether or not Alistair Carmichael should remain as Northern Isles MP will be broadcast live. STV has been given permission to televise the full hearing live and in full – making television history. Cameras will be operating inside Court 1 at the Court of Session in Edinburgh to report […]

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    Carmichael legal hearing to be broadcast live

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    Alistair Carmichael at Clickimin during May's general election count. Photo: ShetnewsNEXT week’s court hearing challenging the election of Alistair Carmichael as Orkney and Shetland MP is to be broadcast live and in full by STV. The channel will have cameras inside Court 1 at the Court of Session in Edinburgh – the first time a UK broadcaster has televised Scottish court hearing – on Monday. In June a crowdfunding appeal to challenge the MP’s victory in May’s general election raise over £60,000, while a second appeal was launched late last month.

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    Bruck doesn’t disintegrate

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    Some time in 1988, 14 years before I was born, someone in Unst ate some Quavers, drank a can of Coke and threw away the packaging. At the weekend I picked up the bruck – it had hardly disintegrated at all (see pictures). Dunna chuck bruck! Rona Brookes Ordaal House, Baltasound, Unst.

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    Claim that NHS failed drinker who died

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    The village of Tresta at Shetland's westside - Photo: ShetNewsA WOMAN whose ex-partner drank himself to death last year has called on NHS Shetland to do more to help people suffering from mental health problems. Sixty year old Debra Nicolson, from Tresta, found her former partner Roddy Nicolson dead in his home in January 2014.

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    Screenplay: an ode to the people of Sheffield

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    Davie Gardner in conversation with  Candida Doyle - Dale Smith for Shetland Arts Sunday evening saw Mareel's Cinema 1 quite packed out. It seemed likely that the audience (many of whom appeared to be of this reviewer's particular vintage) had come to enjoy a couple of nostalgic hours listening to the soundtrack of their youth, writes Genevieve White.

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    Memorial bench roof slashed by vandals

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    Vandals have targeted a memorial at the Bell’s Brae Primary School in Lerwick. Police said the canvas roof of the memorial bench, outside the ASN department in the area of the junction of Bell’s and Gilbertson roads, had been slashed during the incident. The damage was believed to have been done some time between 9th and […]

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    Assault charges

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    A YOUNG MAN from Aith has been released on bail after appearing from custody at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Monday accused of assaulting his partner at three different occasions between November last year and early August. The case against Craig Fraser, of Hillcrest, was continued without plea until 16 September.

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    Screenplay: passionate about short films

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    FILM lovers enjoyed a packed programme this weekend as Shetland's annual film festival Screenplay kicked off. Kathy Hubbard, one of this year's three Screenplay curators, was characteristically enthusiastic about this year's exciting range of films and events.

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    Robinson to press minister over emergency tugs

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    Shetland Islands Council is calling on the UK government to guarantee the future provision of coastguard tugs in the Northern Isles. Funding for the vessel, Herakles, currently stationed in Orkney is only in place until March next year and there appear to be no plans to continue that essential cover beyond that date. In a letter […]

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    Daroja arrives in Lerwick Harbour after weekend collision

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    The Streamline chartered container ship Daroja was back in Lerwick today after colliding with another vessel near Peterhead on Saturday. The small tanker Erin Wood, an occasional visitor to Shetland, almost sank following the collision four miles from the North East port on Saturday afternoon in force four south-westerly winds. The 24m long vessel had […]

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    Council wants emergency tug guarantee

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    The Herakles is usually based at Orkney.SHETLAND Islands Council is calling on the UK government to guarantee the future provision of emergency towing vessels (ETV) in the northern isles. Funding for the Herakles, currently stationed in Orkney, is only in place until March 2016 and there appear to be no plans to continue that essential cover beyond that date.

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    Cyclists turn out to raise funds for charity

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    Three charities will benefit from the efforts of 42 cyclists who took part in the fifth annual Frankie's Charity Cycle Sportive on Sunday.

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    Pole fire

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    Sandwick fire brigade attended a burning hydro pole at Scousburgh this morning. A fire engine went to the scene after the brigade received an emergency call at 7.56am and remained there until hydro engineers arrived.

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    Daroja arrives at Lerwick after collision

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    The Erin Wood listing with the Daroja in the background - Photos: RNLI PeterheadTHE STREAMLINE cargo boat Daroja arrived at Lerwick harbour on Monday morning after having been involved in a collision with another vessel off Peterhead on Saturday afternoon. The small fuel supply tanker Erin Wood almost capsized after taking a large ingress of water through the wheelhouse.

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    Island life good for kids

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    Shetland was found to be the second best place to bring up children - Photo: ShetNewsA NEW Bank of Scotland report has added further evidence that Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles are the best places to bring up children in Scotland. The latest 'Children's Quality of Life' survey, published on Monday, placed Orkney in top spot based on low primary school class size, high school spending per pupil and the fact they live in an area of low population density and little traffic.

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