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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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    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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    Coach tour virus pensioner dies

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    A SHETLAND pensioner, who was one of five people admitted to the Gilbert Bain Hospital with a viral infection after returning from a coach tour in Wales, has died. NHS Shetland confirmed on Thursday morning that an elderly gentleman had passed away the previous afternoon. The eighty five year old man from Lerwick and three other elderly people were taken to hospital on Monday after suffering high temperatures and a cough. A fifth patient was admitted later.

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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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    Calls for BT to provide assurances over blackout

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    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

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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

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    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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