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    Trustees seek to heal rifts

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    Malcolm Bell.Bobby Hunter.FEARS that local councillors might resign from Shetland Charitable Trust after a stormy meeting last month have receded. On Friday afternoon, trustees met informally to discuss their differences and find a way forward. The issue arose when the trust discussed its annual budget including a reduction of £83,500 to the rural care model.

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    Boden insists schools decision is lawful

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    The council’s top official has hit back against claims that the authority” flouted the law” to avoid legislation aimed at protecting communities from repeated school closures. SIC chief executive Mark Boden has insisted the SIC acted within the law when it last month postponed talks which could have led to the closure of secondary departments […]

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    Magnus is top cadet

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    Magnus Isbister, from Walls, hard at work.A YOUNG seaman from the West Side of Shetland has been awarded as Clyde Marine’s trainee engineer of the year for 2014. Twenty two year old Magnus Isbister, from Walls, recently gained an engineering ticket as officer of the watch. He is currently sailing on the Safe Boreas, a newly-built accommodation rig on her maiden voyage between Singapore and Stavanger in Norway.

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    Fresh efforts on marine litter

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    European Parliament fisheries committee member Ian Hudghton has welcomed renewed efforts at European level to combat the issue of marine litter in Europe. The partnership of Europêche and Waste Free Oceans (WFO) will encourage fishermen and the plastics industry to work together to prevent marine littering and proactively clear plastics in the ocean. The SNP […]

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    Recruitment drive launched by fire service

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    The fire brigade has launched a major recruitment drive for retained fire fighters with four community stations in Shetland “desperately” short of staff.

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    Moran finds ‘space’ for his brilliant cynicism

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    Dylan Moran performed to a sold-out Mareel auditorium last night and his brilliant routine ranging from politics to middle aged mundanity resonated well with those present, writes Adam Civico.

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    Sturgeon: Devolving decisions to the islands

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    Nicola Sturgeon speaking at a packed meeting in the Shetland Museum and Archives in summer last year _ Photo: Neil Riddell/ShetNewsI was delighted to be asked to write the first ever Viewpoint column for Shetland News. We live in very exciting political times, and the more opportunities for people to engage in debate, the better. Scotland's independence referendum last September was the most significant democratic event of my lifetime, and the level of engagement it sparked across Scotland – with a near 85 per cent turnout – was a refreshing challenge to the idea that voter participation in Western democracies is on an ever downward spiral. And the impact of the referendum campaign is reverberating still, to the extent that the independence referendum and its aftermath remains one of the major engines driving not just Scottish politics, but the UK political landscape as a whole.

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    Up-Helly-A double in this week’s Shetland Times

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    In this week’s Shetland Times: • Aeroplane drama • New housing plans • Council education figures criticised • Double Up-Helly-A' coverage • All the latest sport

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    BP push back new £500 million gas plant

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    The expansion of the Sullom Voe terminal site to incorporate a new gas sweetening plant is being postponed by six months due to the oil price crash. Photo BPSULLOM Voe oil terminal operators BP have postponed construction of a £500 million gas sweetening plant for six months. The decision was triggered by the sudden descent in the global price of oil, which has forced the multinational to reexamine its entire portfolio of capital projects. However BP say the new start date for construction in early 2016 means the project can be completed faster, saving the company money in the process.

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    ‘SIC was selective with school costs information’

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    Council findings detailing the cost of educating secondary education pupils have been slammed in an independent report commissioned by pressure group CURE. Elected members were last year given a report which appeared to show a cost per secondary pupil of £13,657 – 40 per cent higher than Orkney’s corresponding figure of £9,780. But Edinburgh-based economic development […]

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    Warning after widow contacted by phone scammer

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    The police have warned people to beware of fraudulent phone calls after a Lerwick woman was contacted by a scammer pretending to be from a bank.

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    Staney Hill housing plans recommended for approval

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    Up to 400 homes could be built on Staney Hill if plans are backed by the council next week to give planning permission in principle.

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    UKIP to field Robert Smith again

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    Robert Smith.THE CONTEST to represent the northern isles in the next UK parliament is set to be another five horse race. Orkney fisherman Robert Smith confirmed on Wednesday that he is again to stand for the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). The chairman of UKIP's Orkney branch wrote party history five years ago when he secured 6.3 per cent of the vote in Orkney and Shetland and became the only UKIP candidate in Scotland to save his deposit.

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    Staney Hill houses to address 'dire' shortage

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    The site where between 300 and 400 new homes could be built.UP TO 400 new homes could be built in the north of Lerwick if councillors back a recommendation from Shetland Islands Council planners to give the development permission in principle. Shetland Leasing and Property Developments (SLAP), working in association with Hjaltland Housing Association, wants to develop a 29 hectare site at North Staney Hill to provide much needed housing in the town.

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    MSP presses health minister

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    MSP Tavish Scott.SHETLAND MSP Tavish Scott is pressing Scottish health minister Shona Robison to address concerns about the islands’ ambulance service and his claim that NHS Shetland is being “short changed” on funding.

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    Polaris deal for Bixter

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    Bixter Garage owner Martin Nicolson.SPECIALIST dealer Polaris, which manufactures all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), has announced the appointment of the Bixter Garage as its dealer for Shetland. The West Side garage, which employs three full time and two part time staff, has been serving the local community since 1983, specialising in 4x4 repairs, and supplies ATVs and off-road trailers for sheep handling.

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    March Rocks signifies 30 not out for promoter Jeff

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    Mystery Juice will offer their "vital mix of heavy funk grooves, blues guitar, searing electric fiddle and machine-gun vocals".A LOCAL music promoter is celebrating 30 years of holding gigs in Shetland with a two-day mini-festival this weekend. Jeff Ampleford will host a bumper bill of mainland acts and isles talent at the Lerwick Legion on Friday night and from 2pm on Saturday, writes Chris Cope. The jam-packed March Rocks event - which will see a myriad of groups such as Mystery Juice, Randolph’s Leap, The Revellers and First Foot Soldiers perform over the weekend - is also acting as a birthday bash for Ampleford and sound tech Amanda Pearson.

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    Man arrested at airport with ‘offensive weapon’

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    A man has been arrested at Sumburgh Airport for trying to board a flight to Glasgow while allegedly carrying an offensive weapon. The 29-year-old was apprehended and taken into police custody following a report from security staff. The weapon is believed to have been a knuckle-duster, although that has not been confirmed by police. A […]

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    Man arrested from Glasgow bound plane

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    The man was arrested from Loganair/Flybe"s flight to Glasgow - Photo: ShetNewsLOGANAIR's lunchtime service from Shetland to Glasgow was delayed by more than an hour on Tuesday after a 29-year-old man tried to board the plane with an offensive weapon. Police were alerted after Sumburgh airport security staff took the weapon off the man prior to him boarding. The aircraft was already in the process of getting ready for take off and had to return to its apron outside the terminal building to allow two police officers to arrest the man.

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    Community orchestra concert

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    The Shetland Community Orchestra has been rehearsing an eclectic range of material for its spring concert. Photo: Malcolm YoungerTHE Shetland Community Orchestra has unveiled a programme featuring a mixture of classical and contemporary works for its spring 2015 concert. A spokesman said the orchestra invited new members to join back in January and it was not disappointed, adding players in every section, and the collective is now “going from strength to strength”.

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