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    More ferry disruption

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

    Tonight’s  southbound sailing of NorthLink ferry Hjaltland will depart at 4pm due to a poor forecast. The arrival time into Aberdeen in subject to delay. The northbound sailing of Hrossey from Aberdeen will only go to Kirkwall, and the vessel will return to Aberdeen on Friday night.

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    Supermarket theft

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    A MAN caught stealing DVDS, games and electric razors from a supermarket was fined when he appeared at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Thursday. Thirty one year old Andrew Flaws, of Grodians, Lerwick, admitted stealing £237-worth of goods from Tesco’s store in the town yesterday.

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    Cream in new cartons to wow back shoppers

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    Fairy manager Gerry Byers: 'I want to win those customer back' - Photo: Hans J Marter/ShetNewsSHETLAND Farm Dairies has reached another milestone in its attempts to win back local customers. The company's newly packaged range of single, double cream and whipping cream was delivered to local shops this week.

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    Masters darts to return

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    Simon Whitlock, winner of the 2013 Shetland Darts Masters tournament. Photo: Kevin Jones CLICKIMIN Leisure Complex is to welcome back heavyweights from the professional darts scene for the fifth Shetland Darts Masters tournament in the spring. With the festive period in full swing, and on the eve of the Professional Darts Corporation World Championships, Shetland Recreational Trust and SDM Promotions described the announcement as an “early gift to Shetland darts fans”.

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    '7in7 for James' raises £32k

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    Six year old James Hawick, from Nesting.A SHETLANDER who scaled Ben Nevis seven times in a week has managed to raise £32,000 for the Anthony Nolan charity. Craig Smaaskjaer completed the “long, hard slog” as part of a campaign to help find a bone marrow donor to help his six year old nephew James Hawick, who has a rare blood disorder called aplastic anaemia, and others with similar conditions.

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    Council making case to replace NorthLink vessels

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    Freight boat Hamnavoe. SIC officials are making the case to government that replacement vessels would make the service cheaper to run.IT WOULD be “very difficult” for the government to get new vessels in place by the time the next North Boats contract starts in April 2018, according to Shetland’s most senior transport official. SIC transport manager Michael Craigie told a Full Council meeting on Wednesday that the size of the ships remained “one of the most significant constraints” faced on the route between Lerwick and Aberdeen. The council is determined to ensure its voice is heard in advance of the Scottish Government awarding the contract in just over three years after major discontent about the process resulting in Serco winning the route in 2012.

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    Fetlar & Foula adventures inspire new EP tunes

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    Some shady characters feature in Maurice Henderson's striking artwork for Haltadans' debut EP.HALTADANS, a fresh-sounding traditional music collective named after an ancient stone circle in Fetlar, have unleashed their self-titled debut EP just in time for the last-minute Christmas rush. The group boasts some of Shetland’s very finest fiddling talents – Maurice Henderson, Lois Nicol and Ewen Thomson – anchored by the guitar work of Grant Nicol and bass player John Clark.

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    Three-month jail term

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    A THIRTY two year old man will spend the festive season behind bars after being jailed for 12 weeks at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday. George Cruickshank, of Nederdale, Lerwick, pleaded guilty to being found within the garage of a house at Upper Sound so that it could be “reasonably inferred” that he intended to steal on 29 November. He also admitted failing to attend a previous court appearance on 10 December without reasonable excuse.

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    ‘Great news’ for post offices

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    The Post Office Card Account, which offers an account for pensioners and benefit claimants to use at post offices, is safe for another seven years. The news has been welcomed by isles MP Alistair Carmichael, who said it would protect a key service for vulnerable pensioners and benefit claimants as well as help safeguard the […]

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    Christmas behind bars for repeat offender

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    A repeat offender will be spending Christmas behind bars after he was seen hanging around someone’s house for no good reason. George Cruickshank, 32, of Nederdale, Lerwick, was sentenced to 12 weeks imprisonment when he appeared from custody on Wednesday before honorary sheriff Arnold Duncan. Unemployed Cruickshank landed in hot water when residents at a […]

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    Tribute to late councillor

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    The late Andrew Williamson pictured at a New Shetlander meeting in 2002.TRIBUTES have been paid to former councillor Andrew Williamson, who passed away on 26 November. Speaking at the outset of Wednesday’s Full Council meeting, SIC deputy convener Cecil Smith said members were saddened by the news.

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    Challenging times despite quota gains

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    Fishermen leaders have described the outcome of the end of year fisheries talks as 'reasonably positive' - Photo: ShetNewsPOLITICIANS and fishing leaders have reacted with a degree of satisfaction to the result of the Brussels quota talks, which are likely to bring a period of stability to the fishing fleet. The conclusion of the end of year fisheries council was described as "reasonably positive" by the Shetland Fishermen's Association and the Scottish White Fish Producers' Association. But everybody commenting on the issue is warning of the lack of preparation for the whitefish discard ban, which will come into force in January 2016.

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    Stand UHA night

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    Comedian Stuart Mitchell.THE “BELLY-BUSTING” bill for the annual Stand Up Helly Aa comedy night has been unveiled, and will see feature comics Mark Nelson and Stuart Mitchell. The show, at Mareel on Up Helly Aa night (Tuesday 27 January), was first put together by Glaswegian comedian Sandy Nelson in conjunction with Shetland Arts six years ago.

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    Isles' campaign scoops award

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    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon congratulates the OIOF leaders on their award. From left to right: Malcolm Burr (Western Isles), Steven Heddle (Orkney), Angus Campbell (Western Isles), SIC leader Gary Robinson and Gillian Morrison (Orkney).SIC LEADER Gary Robinson and his Orkney and Western Isles counterparts have won the leadership category at the Scottish Public Service Awards.  The award is for their Our Islands Our Future (OIOF) campaign, which sought to gain greater control over island affairs for the three local authorities, and was presented during a ceremony at the Scottish Parliament on Friday.

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    Teenager admits charge

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    A TEENAGER has admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner towards his partner at an address in Lerwick. Zac Roughton, of Carr Lane, Acomb in York, pleaded guilty to shouting, swearing and behaving aggressively in the early hours of Tuesday. When he appeared at Lerwick Sheriff Court later in the day, sentence was deferred until 18 March for Roughton to be of good behaviour.

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    Plane struck by ‘almighty bang’

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    A Loganair plane touching down at Sumburgh airport - Photo: Ronnie RobertsonA SHETLAND woman has described how a Loganair plane was struck by lightning on its approach to Sumburgh Airport on Monday evening. The Saab aircraft, with 29 passengers and three crew on board, had to return to Aberdeen where it was met by the airport's emergency crew after landing safely.

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    NorthLink sailings under review

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    NorthLink’s sailings tomorrow  may be disrupted due to the poor weather. The southbound sailing of Hrossey is scheduled to depart Lerwick for Aberdeen at 7pm, but may be subject to delays. The northbound sailing of Hjaltland from Aberdeen to Lerwick is under review.

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    Collins calls for tough stance on discard ban

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    The European Commission has a brilliant opportunity to address profound concerns about the forthcoming application of fishing discard bans, according to a fishermen’s spokesman. Shetland Fishermen’s Association executive officer Simon Collins said that the end of year Fisheries Council that has been running for the last two days looked like holding few surprises on main […]

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    Ferry dispute put on hold

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    Planned industrial action on several SIC ferries, due to take place tomorrow morning, has been called off.

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    Union calls off ferry strike

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    A PLANNED strike by workers on inter-island ferries in Shetland on Wednesday has been called off.  Shetland Islands Council said it had been informed by local representatives from Unite that the planned industrial action would now not take place. Ferries had been expected to be out of action every Wednesday from 6am to 9am commencing this week.

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