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    Classical opportunity for primary pupils

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    The Shetland Schools Music Festival committee, together with the Shetland Community Orchestra, are running a day of workshops and performances as part of the “Ten Pieces” project. A new initiative for primary schools, Ten Pieces is led by the BBC and focuses on classical music and creativity. The aim is to open up the world […]

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    Boost for Brough Lodge

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    Historic Scotland has pledged more cash towards Brough Lodge's restoration.BROUGH Lodge in Fetlar is to receive over £460,000 for the next stage of renovations to turn it into a residential heritage centre. The historic Gothic mansion is being transformed into a “mixed-use commercial venue” bringing people to the island for arts and environmental courses and retreats, and will also offer short-stay holiday accommodation.

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    Plane plummeted 2,900 feet after lightning strike

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    One of Loganair's Saab 2000 aircraft was struck by lightning in December.A PLANE struck by lightning on its way to Shetland in mid December nose-dived to 1,100 feet above sea level on autopilot before starting to climb, an Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) report has found. The captain of Loganair’s Saab 2000 believed the strike had disabled the plane’s autopilot system and attempted to turn its nose upwards, but the aircraft did not respond as anticipated.

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    Health board asks for help naming its new buildings

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    NHS Grampian wants Shetland folk to help provide names for two major new health buildings on its Foresterhill hospital campus site in Aberdeen. The buildings, a new hospital and a centre costing around £120 million, will serve patients from the Northern Isles as well as the Grampian area. The new hospital will include maternity, gynaecology, […]

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    Lisa to battle it out on The Voice

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    Team Tom singer Lisa Ward is to battle it out on The Voice on Saturday, after securing a spot with the Welsh singing superstar in the blind auditions.

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    NHS seeks new names

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    NHS Grampian is seeking potential names for new buildings at Foresterhill. NHS GRAMPIAN is seeking naming suggestions from members of the public in the Northern Isles as it develops two major new buildings on its Foresterhill campus site in Aberdeen. The two buildings, being built at a cost of £120 million and expected to be open by the end of 2020, will serve patients from NHS Shetland and NHS Orkney as well as those in Grampian.

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    Rugby team hammer understrength visitors Lochaber

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    The Shetland rugby team's revival continued on Saturday when the trounced visitors Lochaber by 102 points to seven.

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    Chair resigns to keep politics out of the arts

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    Alistair Carmichael and Danus Skene are keen to keep the general election campaign out of the Shetland Arts dispute.SHETLAND Arts Development Agency (SADA) chairman Danus Skene has resigned from his position with the organisation to concentrate on the general election campaign he is contesting for the SNP. His move follows an intervention by northern isles Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael who has called on Shetland Arts to go public on its plans to restructure the arts development agency. Skene made it clear that he did not want the organisation to become a political football during the election campaign.

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    Brough Lodge receives £460,000 for renovation

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    Brough Lodge, the Gothic mansion on Fetlar, is to receive over £460,000 to help transform it into a mixed use commercial building.

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    Into the breach for Bressay’s jarl squad

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    {igallery id=2191|cid=109|pid=5|type=category|children=0|addlinks=0|tags=|limit=0} WHAT do you do when the Guizer Jarl is forced to pull out of your local fire festival at the last minute? Why, naturally, you call on your local MSP for help. Sure enough, Tavish Scott stepped into the breach and on Friday he stepped out again at the head of 20 men to lead the Bressay Up Helly Aa jarl squad as a character called Hans Siggurdsson.

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    Yell’s gruelling three day Viking party

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    {igallery id=2852|cid=110|pid=5|type=category|children=0|addlinks=0|tags=|limit=0} LIKE the community itself, Cullivoe Up Helly Aa is growing from strength to strength with no small thanks due to this year’s jarl’s ancestors. Back in 1970 when Andrew Williamson was Guizer Jarl the number of squads was on the decline. So the following year his wife, local head teacher Carol, and he organised the first primary school pupils’ Up Helly Aa squad.

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    Pilot whale causing concern in Whiteness

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    The long-finned pilot whale in Whiteness Voe. Photo Brian GrayA WHALE which has been swimming around a Shetland voe for the past five days has been causing concern in local wildlife circles. The long-finned pilot whale appeared in Whiteness Voe on Sunday where it remained until Tuesday when it swam back out to sea, according to local whale watchers Steve and Sharon Jack. However the whale returned on Wednesday afternoon and is now swimming close inshore around Nesbister, raising concerns about its wellbeing.

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    Hotel plans on hold

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    Brevik HouseTHE OIL price drop has put on hold plans to convert the former NHS Shetland headquarters in Lerwick into a 125 bed hotel. Investors behind the £9 million plan for Brevik House, on South Road, are around £550,000 short of their target to purchase the property from the NHS.

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    Skene stands down to focus on election

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    Danus Skene has stood down as chairman of the board of Shetland Arts to avoid any conflict with his recently announced candidature as MP for Shetland and Orkney.

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    Airline steps in to help junior rugby team

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    Three teams from Shetland Junior Rugby Club were able to make their planned trip to Edinburgh this weekend when Eastern Airways stepped in to fly the bairns from Scatsta after their ferry to Aberdeen was cancelled on Friday night.

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    New ship to house 500 Petrofac workers

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    A new accommodation ship making its way to Lerwick this weekend to house gas plant workers is the 169-metre SNAV Toscana. The vessel will provide accommodation for 500 workers from around 6th March, bringing the workforce on the Total gas plant project to 2,000. She is due to leave Naples, where she is currently berthed, […]

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    Flu jab "still worth it"

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    NHS Shetland is still encouraging islanders to receive a flu jab, despite admitting the vaccine does not protect people against the main strain of flu spreading across the isles. Laboratory tests have shown that the vaccine produced for this winter is only successful in three to ten per cent of the cases after a major genetic mutation of the main flu virus.

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    Solan delayed

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    MORE delays have been announced to oil developments west of Shetland, after Premier Oil announced they were pushing back the start date for production at the huge Solan field. The company has blamed the slump in the oil price as well as the difficult conditions in the far north due to the poor weather over the winter.

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    Heartening news in latest Marinewise feature

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    The latest Marinewise feature in today's Shetland Times includes a variety of positive news concerning different aspects of the aquaculture and fishing industries.

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    New accommodation vessel

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    SNAV ToscanaA NEW accommodation ship to house 500 construction workers completing the Shetland gas plant is due to arrive in Lerwick harbour in just over a week. The SNAV Toscana will be the fourth accommodation vessel in the harbour when it berths at Lerwick’s Holmsgarth 5 jetty on 6 March, next to the Bibby Stockholm and Calmar barges already housing gas plant workers.

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