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    Bell outlines urgent repairs needed at Lerwick Town Hall

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    The convener of Shetland Islands Council has stressed the urgent need for wide-ranging £1.7 million repairs to Lerwick Town Hall.

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    Town hall's crumbling sandstone forces SIC to act

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    SIC convener Malcolm Bell has moved to assure islanders that its decision to carry out £1.7 million-worth of repairs at Lerwick Town Hall is unavoidable in order to maintain a “vital community asset”. The local authority is duty-bound to ensure the upkeep of the B-listed building, and Bell says it is clear that deterioration of the sandstone surrounds of its 130 year old stained glass windows means something must be done to prevent them crumbling away.

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    Balpa appeals decision to release black box data

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    An appeal against a judge's ruling that black box data from the Sumburgh helicopter crash should be released has been lodged by the pilots' union.

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    Scalloway resident remanded over drug offences

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    A man has been remanded in custody after appearing in private at Lerwick Sheriff Court charged with drug offences.

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    Remanded over drug charges

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    A FORTY seven year old man has been kept behind bars after appearing at Lerwick Sheriff Court on two drugs charges. Allan MacLean, of Scalloway, appeared in private from custody on Tuesday afternoon.

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    Stout defence made over Serco’s ferry record

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    The chairman of the SIC environment and transport committee has come to the defence of Serco and its record in providing the isles with its lifeline ferry service.

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    Carmichael tables amendment over Crown Estate devolution

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    Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has put the case in the House of Commons for devolution of the Crown Estate to island communities.

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    Enjoy islands' beaches - but 'Dunna Chuck Bruck!'

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    The pile of rubbish collected at Sands of Sound in Lerwick on Saturday morning. Photo: Ali GrundonAFTER a miserable run of weather in the past few months, no one could be blamed for taking to the beach for a bonfire during a short window of warmth and sunshine at the tail end of last week. But one Lerwick dog walker came across an unfortunate by-product – piles of rubbish strewn around the Sands of Sound on Saturday morning. Ali Grundon said she had enjoyed seeing so many people out enjoying the beach on Friday night. But the following morning when she was walking the dog, she noticed a host of discarded pizza boxes, crisp packets, bottles and cans lying “much higher than the tideline, and surrounding extinguished bonfires”.

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    MP stands up to EVEL and secures debate

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    Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael.NORTHERN Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has succeeded in securing an emergency three-hour Commons debate on the Tory government’s “outrageous” plan to force English Votes for English Laws (EVEL) through parliament. It followed the Liberal Democrat bluntly criticising David Cameron's government's attempt to railroad such a major change through Westminster without proper consideration as “constitutionally outrageous”, saying it “puts a further unnecessary strain on the union”.

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    Silke honoured with teaching award

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    A lecturer at Shetland College has been awarded "Most Engaging Video Conference Tutor" in the sixth annual University of the Highlands and Islands Teaching Awards.

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    Hardy comedian comes bearing socialist ideals

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    Comic Jeremy Hardy will make his maiden visit to Shetland next week.USUALLY the sight of a punter leaving early would reflect badly on the comedian standing at the microphone – but not when they are being forcibly removed by police for provoking a fight by laughing too loudly. That was the fate of one woman who went along to see popular TV and radio comic Jeremy Hardy, who travels to the islands for a stand-up show next week, in Staffordshire earlier this year. The 53 year old, who has written and appeared in numerous TV, radio and film productions during more than 30 years in the comedy business, will showcase his current affairs-inflected humour at the Royal British Legion in Lerwick on Tuesday 14 July.

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    Yacht towed to Lerwick

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    Lerwick Lifeboat. Photo: Mark BerryA DANISH yacht with two people on board had to be towed from Grutness to Lerwick in the early hours of Monday after its engine failed.  The yacht, Getaway, was lying in Grutness Bay dragging her anchor and began drifting towards rocks on the shore.

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    In the wake of Shackleton

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    ONE OF the most harrowing sea journeys ever undertaken will be recreated during an audiovisual presentation in the Shetland Museum and Archive on Friday (10 July). Robert Egelstaff was one of four adventurers who followed in the footsteps of polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. Shackleton made history when he sailed 800 miles across the stormiest seas in the world to raise the alarm and eventually save 28 colleagues after his Antarctic expedition on the Endurance was trapped in the pack ice in 1914-1915.

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    Did Cameron hang Carmichael “out to dry”?

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    Prime minister David Cameron could have personally authorised the exposure of MP Alistair Carmichael as the source of the leaked memo.PRIME minister David Cameron could have been directly responsible for former Scottish secretary and northern isles MP Alistair Carmichael being exposed as the source of a controversial leaked memo, according to his SNP opponent during the general election. SNP candidate Danus Skene’s comments came after the Cabinet Office refused to divulge why it took seven weeks until after the 7 May election to publish the outcome of its inquiry. In response to a Freedom of Information request from Shetland News, the Cabinet Office said that it was “in the public interest” to withhold the information as it could “seriously impact future investigations”.

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    Air ambulance visit postponed

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    The new air ambulance helicopter will come to Shetland later this month after cancelling its weekend visit due to the weather.THE SCOTTISH Ambulance Service has apologised after poor weather forced it to postpone plans to show off its new air ambulance in the northern isles this weekend. The event in Orkney on Saturday and in Shetland on Sunday were cancelled on Saturday morning due to the weather forecast.

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    Big day sees Aithsvoe Marina building officially opened

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    The impressive new caravan park and building at the Aithsvoe Marina in Cunningsburgh were officially opened by isles MP Alistair Carmichael yesterday.

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    Plane cancellation put paid to Ryder gig

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    HUNDREDS of music fans in Shetland were left disappointed after legendary Happy Mondays singer Shaun Ryder’s Saturday night concert at Mareel with his 20 year old band Black Grape was cancelled due to bad weather in Aberdeen.

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    HIAL urges mediation over Sumburgh runway dispute

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    The operator of Sumburgh Airport has called for mediation to take place on its continuting dispute with Shetland Islands Council over runway repair costs.

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    Don’t panic! The rum’s not running out

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    All that's left in Shetland of Stewart's Fine Old Demerara Rum - a few half bottles.THE PRODUCERS of Stewart’s Fine Old Demerara Rum have reassured worried customers in Shetland that the popular beverage should be back in production within “a few weeks”. Consumers of the dark rum, which counts the isles as its main market, have been left disappointed over the last month or so after bottling issues made supplies in Shetland run dry. Some locals even indulged in a spot of panic-buying in an effort to stock up on the spirit after rumours spread that the brand might be discontinued. The rum, which has an alcohol strength of 40 per cent, has been sold by Lerwick based company Hughson Brothers since 1993.

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    Emotional last day as Team Shetland ends games with 23 medals

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    Jersey 2015 has come to a dramatic and emotional close for Team Shetland, with three more medals taking the haul to 23. Katie Bristow returned to the track for the 5,000 metres after disappointment in the 10,000 metres earlier in the week. Despite leading from the front in a tough field she had to pull […]

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