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    NHS top earners revealed

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

    Like the top tiers of the SIC, the senior ranks of NHS Shetland’s workforce recieve salaries that massively outstrip the sums paid to the average-paid worker.

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    Help to move on

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    AN INNOVATIVE employment initiative has reported "another very positive year" with a total 155 people supported across the isles. The Moving On employment project said that due to the recent welfare reform the number of people requiring support to enter employment in Shetland "has grown considerably".

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    Could Shetland Isles nick Cheddar's cave title?

    Originally published by and copyright of Central Somerset Gazette

    Could Shetland Isles nick Cheddar's cave title?Geologist Jonathon Swale, who works for Scottish Natural Heritage, claims that his works have shown that a sea cave in Esha Ness, on the Shetland Isles is officially the biggest in Britain. His studies have found that Calders Geo has been measured at ...and more »

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    No let-up in demand for food parcels

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    The Salvation Army's Lerwick corps officer Angela Nunn.DEMAND for food parcels in Shetland shows no sign of abating: following a huge increase last year, the Salvation Army in Lerwick expects to distribute slightly more aid packages to those who have fallen on hard times in 2014. Lerwick corps officer Angela Nunn said that 162 parcels had been distributed in the first nine months of this year, a slight rise on the 151 dished out during the corresponding period in 2013. Because of Shetland’s low unemployment rate and relative affluence, poverty can be something of an unseen problem. The cost of living crisis may be a UK-wide one, but the islands’ cold, windy climate means many in low-paid employment find keeping their homes heated a real challenge.

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    Opinion: One way or another, change is coming

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    Campaigner Louise Thomason is hopeful the renewed clamour for social justice will outlast the referendum campaign. Photo: ShetnewsWAKING up ten days ago to the news that Scotland had voted against independence felt like the worst kind of heartbreak, writes local Yes campaigner Louise Thomason. For someone who had stumbled fairly accidentally into campaigning, the hurt came as a surprise. Perhaps that compounded the pain. While I obviously hoped it would happen, I had told myself that a Yes vote was probably unlikely, and had even spoken to friends and family of my ease with this.

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    Hoswick knitwear studio is looking global

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    One of Hoswick-based design studio Niellanell's alternative knitwear designs. Photo: Angus BremnerA KNITWEAR design studio based in Hoswick is expanding its business with the launch of a new website and online boutique after receiving a five-figure grant. Highlands and Islands Enterprise is providing £24,882 to Nielanell, which is owned by designer Niela Kalra and recently attracted international exposure after designing official garments for 100 Shetland fiddlers who performed at the Military Tatto in Edinburgh throughout August.

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    Offenders complete more unpaid work

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    Convicted offenders completed almost 5,800 hours of unpaid work during the last financial year – around 600 more than in 2012/13.

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    Danish trawler towed into Lerwick

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    Danish trawler Karbak being towed into Lerwick on Sunday. Photo: Ian LeaskA DANISH trawler was towed into Lerwick on Sunday by a larger Danish vessel after developing a problem with its propeller. The Karbak was towed into Lerwick Harbour by the Torbis before Lerwick Port Authority’s harbour tugs Knab and Kebister took over and shepherded her to the quayside.

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    A wonderful week of all things woolly

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    The Shetland Wool Week is now in its fifth year - Photo: Didier PiquerTHE INCREASINGLY popular annual celebration of Shetland's textile industry begins next weekend. The nine day long Shetland Wool Week is enjoying its fifth year and will feature a wide range of exhibitions, classes and events covering areas such as weaving, spinning, dyeing, Fair Isle and lace knitting and traditional gansey styles. Activities around the isles commence on Saturday 4 October, but the official opening ceremony takes place at Lerwick's Mareel at 2pm the following day.

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    Mobile bone scanner

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    NHS Grampian's mobile osteoporosis unit.A MOBILE scanner able to measure patients’ bone density is making a pilot visit to Shetland this week. NHS Shetland says the GO-MOBILE unit will save many patients having to make long journeys for a scan, help identify people who are unaware that their bones are thinning, and allow the level of medication for people taking bone-strengthening tablets to be tailored to suit the extent of their osteoporosis.

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    Local guitar heroes

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    Tommy Emmanuel and Martin Taylor.THE LINE-UP for a Shetland Guitar Heroes concert as part of the islands’ international guitar festival, being held in November, has been unveiled. Local players for the Saturday 8 November concert at Mareel include Arthur Nicholson, Ewan Novak, Alan McKay, Robbie Walterson and special guests.

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    Danish trawler towed to Lerwick

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    A Danish trawler was towed to Lerwick yesterday after her propeller became wound up in the cod end of her own net.

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    Pink teas fundraiser

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    LUNNA House owners Tony and Helen Erwood and friends held a fundraising “pink teas” on Sunday in aid of Macmillan cancer charity. They raised £744, which will go towards hosting a Macmillan project locally, and the couple are pictured (third and fifth from left) with the Shetland Classic Motorcycle Club, whose members were on their final run of the 2014 season.

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    Shannon wows Shetland once again

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    Irish traditional music phenomenon Sharon Shannon was warmly welcomed at Mareel on Friday night. Photo Chris BrownSHARON Shannon made a triumphant return to Mareel with a superb set which looked back through her illustrious 21 year solo career on Friday night. Patrick Mainland was there for the occasion. Playing tunes old and new, notable and obscure, Sharon Shannon was radiant, clearly delighted to be back in Shetland, and showed once again how accomplished her playing truly is, particularly on the accordion she is so well-known for. She had previously visited the isles last year at the same venue and before that the 2007 folk festival, and has built a eager following here over the years.

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    Ness are reserve league champions

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    Ness United B are this season's senior reserve league champions, after defeating Delting B 4-1on Saturday.

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    Done up like a kipper (Henry Condy)

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    Now that it's over and the result was close, I wonder how all the vocal ones, who slapped down the yes vote feel, when David Cameron broke his promise on 19th September, less than 12 hours after the result was in.

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    Voting breakdown causes divisions (Alistair Brown)

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    We can now breathe a sigh of relief and get on with the rest of our lives following the independence referendum.

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    Are we not amused? (Andy Holt)

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    When Jonathan Wills refers to the UK goverment dragging "Scotshire" out of the EU as the result of the referendum against "our" will, is he using the royal "we", as in Queen Victoria's "we are not amused?"

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    High energy performance from Shannon and Connor

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    If last night’s Sharon Shannon concert had to be described in one word it would be "energetic".

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    Pilot whale has left Weisdale Voe

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    THE LARGE pilot whale that had been threatening to beach itself in Shetland's Weisdale Voe appears to have headed out to the open sea. Wildlife volunteers spent the early hours of Saturday morning scouring the voe for the 20 foot long whale that was first seen on Thursday around lunchtime swimming in shallow water in a state of distress.

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