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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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    Council tenant airs mould problems

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    Stephannie Thomas: 'I've never lived in a house before where I'm told keep the furniture away from the walls' Photo ShetnewsA BRAE family say they have lost all confidence in Shetland Islands Council's housing department after living in a council house infested with mould and fungi for the past 18 months. Mother of four Stephannie Thomas said that when she alerted the council, they told her to improve her ventilation and keep furniture away from walls to stop them getting damp and mouldy.

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    Easter strike threat at Sumburgh Airport

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    Sumburgh airport faces disruption if security staff take industrial action.FLIGHTS in and out of Sumburgh and other airports across the region face disruption this Easter after security staff announced plans to ballot on strike action. Members of the Prospect union said they had run out of patience with management at Scottish government-owned Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd after five years of failed negotiations on equal terms and conditions.

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    AHS English students quiz actress over Crucible role

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    Secondary 5 pupils from the Anderson High School who are studying Arthur Miller's The Crucible for their Higher English qualification have been given the chance to interview one of the stars of a live production of the play. A live screening of a performance of the classic tale based around the Salem witch trials will be screened in Mareel this weekend, starring Richard Armitage (The Hobbit). In collaboration with promotion company Cinemalive, Shetland Arts offered the excited pupils the chance to ask Armitage's fellow performer Marama Corlett, who plays Betty Parris, about her involvement.

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    Robinson criticises government over teacher freeze deal

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    The council’s political leader has criticised a Scottish government deal which calls for local authorities not to cut teacher numbers in exchange for cash. Gary Robinson dismissed Shetland’s £300,000 share of a £41 million Holyrood pie as a “drop in the ocean”, and less than 10 per cent of the cost of maintaining teacher numbers. […]

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    Yell haunted house back on the market

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    The Windhouse dates back from the early 18th century - Photo: Courtesy of Dowle, Smith & RutherfordTHE MYSTERIOUS ruin of a former laird's house on the Shetland island of Yell is back on the market after an earlier attempt at restoration came to nought. Windhouse, near Mid Yell and overlooking the head of Whalefirth Voe, is reputed to be the most haunted house in Shetland.

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    Nicholson joins islands musical collaboration

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    Three singers from three islands have come together in a new collaboration which celebrates the art of songwriting.

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    Singer Owens to return for two shows

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    Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter Dean Owens will return to Shetland in April to promote his new album. Owens was last in the isles to perform his sell-out show inspired by one of his musical idols Johnny Cash. But his association with Shetland goes back further when he and his then band The Felsons played at the Shetland […]

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    Council on track to make major savings

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    Shetland Islands Council is set to save about £11 million pounds from its budget this financial year including £5.5million from its general fund for services. Councillors at the SIC’s policy resources committee, and later the full council meetings were given the news on Wednesday. The projected saving of £5.523 million on the council’s general fund is […]

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    Tavish on NHS funding

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    Tavish Scott MSPNHS SHETLAND continues to be "short-changed" by the Scottish government, according to local MSP Tavish Scott. The LibDem MSP said on Wednesday that figures published earlier this week show that Shetland health board should receive an extra £900,000 in annual funding.

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    Strangs to run accommodation block

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    The Petrofac accommodation block at Sella Ness - Photo: billy Fox A NEW Shetland company has been selected by Petrofac to manage and operate the accommodation units at Sella Ness. Shetland Facilities Management (SFM) has taken over the contract to run the site opposite Sullom Voe from ESS Offshore.

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    Bail denied

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    A 39-year old man was remanded in custody after pleading not guilty to a charge of being found in a house in Lerwick with intent to steal while on bail. Jamie Neill, of Sandveien appeared from custody before Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday. A trial date has been fixed for 2 April.

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