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    In this week’s Shetland Times

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    In this week’s Shetland Times: • One man has died and others are in hospital after being taken ill on a bus trip. • BT has come under fire after the weekend’s service blackout. • Two senior posts have gone and one is under review at Shetland Arts. • Two special constables retire after years […]

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    All systems go for new Anderson High

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    Contracts signed, let work commence. The management team, from left: Hub North Scotland chief executive Angus MacFarlane, SIC children's services director Helen Budge, SIC leader Gary Robinson, SIC education and families chair Vaila Wishart,  project manager Trevor Smith and SIC chief executive Mark Boden. Photo ShetnewsTHE COST of Lerwick’s new Anderson High School and halls of residence has risen by 25 per cent on what had been forecast, it was confirmed on Thursday. Additional work at the nearby Clickimin Leisure Complex for gym lessons to take place will cost an extra £3 million. Work can now commence after Shetland Islands Council, the Scottish government and the building contractors signed contracts earlier this week.

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    Specials retire

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    Special occasion. Shetland area commander Lindsay Tulloch (left) with retiring Barry Derbyshire and Peter Smith holding their medals with assistant chief constable Derek Robertson.TWO special constables were honoured this week as they retired from the Shetland police force. Fifty seven year old Peter Smith, who has been a “special” for the past three and a half decades, received a glowing tribute from north of Scotland assistant chief constable Derek Robertson at Lerwick police station on Wednesday.

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    Algae warning

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    SHETLAND Islands Council is advising people to stay clear of Spiggie Loch after blue-green algae was found in its water. The council said the algae was having no adverse affects on the local water supplies.

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    Fiddlers gear up for Tattoo

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    Fiddler Marjolein Robertson, one of around 70 heading for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, sporting the special outfit designed for the occasion whose theme is "east meets west". Photo ShetnewsA GROUP of more than 120 Shetland fiddlers will perform at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo this summer for the second year running. Hjaltibonhoga, who were initially formed in 2014 to perform at the renowned event, will  follow their successful debut at the Tattoo by performing in front of Edinburgh Castle a total of 25 times in August.

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    ‘Red letter day’ as contracts finally signed on new AHS project

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    Shetland education and the isles in general had a “red letter day” yesterday with the announcement that work is about to get underway “in earnest” on the new Anderson High School and halls of residence in Lerwick following the reach of financial closure on the project.

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    Generous islanders

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    The clothing keeps coming. Disability Shetland trustee Sandy Peterson, SATCoL's Shetland clothing bank coordinator Frank Miller and the SIC's environmental services executive manager Willum Spence at the Lerwick recycling centre clothing bank. SHETLAND is once again being dubbed one of the most generous communities in the country after the Salvation Army revealed islanders had donated 30 tonnes of clothes, shoes and textiles to clothing banks in the past 11 months. In the past five weeks alone a shipping container has been almost filled with five tonnes of clothing ready for shipment south.

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    Young otters return to the wild

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    TWO young otters have been successfully released back into the wild almost a year after their mother was killed on a Shetland road. Joey and Thea were brought to Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary last September when they were less than two weeks old. Before they were rescued the twins had been heard crying for help for days after they lost their mother in the village of Vidlin, but no one knew where they were or what was wrong.

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    Bus trip pensioner dies in hospital

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    A Lerwick man who was taken ill on a bus trip to Wales has died in the Gilbert Bain Hospital. The Shetland Times understands that the elderly man was one of a group of four admitted to hospital on Monday after developing fevers and coughs. Three of the group were admitted with a mystery virus […]

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    Flu identified as coach tour illness

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    NHS SHETLAND has confirmed that two of the five coach passengers admitted to Gilbert Bain Hospital this week after returning from Wales were suffering from the flu virus. One of the five people, 85 year old Ian Younger, from Lerwick, died on Wednesday afternoon two days after he and three others were admitted with high temperatures and a cough. Fifth patient was admitted later in a less serious condition. On Thursday afternoon public health director Sarah Taylor confirmed that two of the five patients had the flu.

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    Returning Bridges has Clickimin laughing again

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    More than 1,000 people turned up at the Clickimin on Wednesday night to watch the talented Scottish comedian, Kevin Bridges perform the first of two shows in Lerwick on his new tour, A Whole Different Story. Bridges, who has performed on Live at the Apollo, was quick to point out that he was glad to […]

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    Development jobs go as Shetland Arts reshuffles

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    Shetland Arts general manager Graeme Howell. Photo: Adam JonesSHETLAND ARTS has confirmed that at least two development officers will leave their posts in November as the organisation continues to fine-tune its structure. However, general manager Graeme Howell told Shetland News that at the moment only two posts have received redundancy notices - not three as reported elsewhere.

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    Poor weather causes concern for local NFU

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    NFU Shetland chairman Jim Nicolson.THE CHAIRMAN of the local National Farmers’ Union (NFU) branch has echoed nationwide concerns about the impact poor weather is continuing to have on the agriculture industry. Jim Nicolson said that this year’s weather is “almost certainly the worst” he’s experienced in Shetland in the last four decades, with high levels of rainfall and a cold climate affecting the growth of grass and crops. His comments come after NFU president Allan Bowie said this week that there is “real concern” over how some farmers will cope in the coming months as a result of the poor weather.

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    Tiger fund’s thank you

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    Shetland Tiger Fund has received a thank you letter for its most recent donation of £1,000 towards wild tiger preservation. The letter arrived at co-ordinator Jill Blackadder’s house on Wednesday – World Tiger Day. It is the 18th time the tiger fund has made a £1,000 donation which goes towards protecting tigers and other endangered […]

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    Remanded after no-show

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    A LERWICK man accused of stealing bottles of alcohol from the town’s two supermarkets has been remanded in custody for missing a previous court appearance. Iain Raymond Tulloch, of the town’s Harbour Street, was due to face an intermediate trial diet on 10 June in relation to the April shoplifting charges, which he denies.

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    Jack's surprise encounter with The Libertines

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    Jack Sandison pictured with Libertines frontman Pete Doherty in Camden last night.SHETLAND musician Jack Sandison and his group The Holy Ghosts enjoyed an unexpected surprise on Tuesday when their gig at a London blues club was politely gatecrashed by one of the UK’s most famous rock bands, The Libertines. Jack and his bandmates had been due to headline the Blues Kitchen in Camden between 10pm and midnight.

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    Virus patients recovering

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    NHS SHETLAND says the condition of all four patients admitted to the Gilbert Bain Hospital with a virus after returning from a coach tour in Wales is improving. The patients were all admitted to hospital on Monday – three in the morning and one later in the day – after suffering high temperatures and a cough.

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    SSE confirms 20 per cent investment in gas fields

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    Energy company SSE, is to buy a 20 per cent stake in Total’s Laggan Tormore project including Shetland Gas Plant, the energy supplier announced today. The deal, where SSE has agreed to invest $915 million in Laggan Tormore by 2018, follows rumours earlier this year that Total, which retains 60 per cent of the project, […]

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    Bibby extends its stay

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    The Bibby Challenge is extending its stay in Scalloway until November.AN ACCOMMODATION barge berthed in Scalloway housing workers refurbishing BP’s Sullom Voe oil terminal is due to remain in the village for the next four months. Maritime company Bibby confirmed on Tuesday that its Challenge vessel has had its charter extended until the end of November. The vessel, which usually houses between 200 and 300 people, originally arrived in Scalloway in 2013.

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    SSE buys stake in new gas plant

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    An up to date view of the new Shetland Gas Plant - Photo: TotalENERGY company Scottish & Southern Energy has confirmed that it is buying a 20 per cent stake in the Shetland Gas Plant from Total. The French oil company is also selling 20 per cent interest in the Laggan, Tormore, Edradour and Glenlivit gas fields to SSE. The £565million deal was confirmed on Wednesday morning. Total had said earlier this year that it wanted to reduce its financial exposure west of Shetland.

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