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    Investment in roads is falling short

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    There are fears that cuts to maintenance budgets will result in the quality of Shetland's roads deteriorating. CUTS TO the budget for maintaining Shetland’s high-quality road network may be “building up problems that are going to cost us in the future”, councillors have warned. New findings indicate that Shetland Islands Council is spending less than half the sum required to maintain the roads in their present condition.

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    Emergency stop to motorsport events

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    Petrol-heads have been offered hope that land may become available for motor sport events, despite a move by councillors to put the brakes on high-octane attractions at Tingwall Airport.

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    Free bin bags scheme dumped

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    The days when households are issued with free essy bags could well be a thing of the past, following council moves to stop issuing black bags without charge. A report before councillors has outlined plans to end the supply of refuse sacks free of charge to homes in a bid to save the council almost […]

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    Wool week build up

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    The 2014 Shetland Wool Week programme is being launched on Thursday morning - Photo: Didier Piquer.TICKETS for this year's Shetland Wool Week will go on sale as of Monday via the Shetland Box Office.  The popular event, which attracts many oversea visitors to the isles every October will again be held at venues throughout the isles featuring Fair Isle classes, factory tours, exhibitions and much more.

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    Caravanning

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    SHETLAND Caravan Club is kicking off this year's summer season with a launch event at Sound Hall on Sunday afternoon. The club said members were upbeat despite the loss of the Lerwick camping site, and had just finalised planning this summer's rallies. Club secretary Janice Pottinger said: "We are holding nine rallies in total from Unst to Dunrossness between May – September.

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    Tingwall airstrip a no-go for motorsports

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    Shetland Motorsport Club will no longer be able to use the airstrip at Tingwall. Photo: ShetnewsMOTORSPORT enthusiasts have been dealt a blow after Shetland councillors voted to prevent them from holding events at Tingwall Airport. It overturns a previous decision in October 2012 to sanction the airport’s use for non-aviation purposes after the terms and conditions put in place for holding such events were found to contain “inaccuracies and errors”. SIC infrastructure director Maggie Sandison said it was imperative for Tingwall to be available 24/7 all year round in case the emergency air ambulance needs to land.

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    Free black bags binned

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    SIC infrastructure director Maggie Sandison.COUNCILLORS have backed plans to stop issuing free black bin bags to households in Shetland. Members of the environment and transport committee unanimously agreed the measure in order to save nearly £25,000 as part of its comprehensive programme of cost-cutting.

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    Festival return excites Madison Violet

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    Having waited “five long years” to return to Shetland, Madison Violet are back for this year’s Shetland Folk Festival. Singer-songwriter Lisa MacIsaac said she and her fellow band mates loved every second of their time in Shetland “from the moment we got off the ferry with our woozy heads, to the late night jams in […]

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    Digital Scotland, BT extend FTTC roll-out in Shetland

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    Digital Scotland, BT extend FTTC roll-out in ShetlandDigital Scotland's GBP 410 million partnership with BT has expanded its FTTC deployment to premises in Lerwick on Shetland, ISPreview reported. The move follows Shetland Telecom's local work and a GBP 26.9 million deal last year to build 20 new fibre ...

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    'Cats' musical at Garrison this summer

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    The CATS musical will enjoy a three-night run at the Garrison Theatre. Photo: Leona Allan. A PERFORMANCE of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s world renowned 'Cats' musical is coming to Shetland for a three-night stint this summer. Shetland Arts has teamed up with the Kirkwall Amateur Operatic Society (KAOS) to confirm that the latter’s 2014 Orkney sell-out show will be taken to Lerwick’s Garrison Theatre from 11 to 13 July.

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    Speeding

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    POLICE in Shetland have reported a driver caught speeding at almost 50 miles per hour in a temporary 20 mile per hour zone outside Whiteness primary school. A second driver was clocked doing 33 miles per hour in the same area. A spokesman said the force would continue with its crackdown on speeding in the vicinity of schools.

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    Helicopter co-pilot taken to hospital after falling ill during flight

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    Helicopter co-pilot taken to hospital after falling ill during flightThe co-pilot of an offshore helicopter had to be taken to hospital after falling ill while airborne. The Super Puma helicopter landed safely at Sumburgh Airport in Shetland just before noon on Tuesday. The pilot was taken by ambulance to the Gilbert ...

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    Helicopter co-pilot takes ill

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    The ambulance arriving at Sumburgh airport on Tuesday morning - Photo: ShetNewsTHE CO-PILOT of an oil flight had to be taken to hospital after falling ill while his helicopter was airborne. The Super Puma helicopter, operated by CHC Helicopters, landed safely at Sumburgh airport, in Shetland, at just before midday on Tuesday.

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    Man accused of making threats to kill

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    A man has been remanded in custody after being charged with brandishing a knife and threatening to kill in a Lerwick address.

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    Sheriff refuses bail

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    A 24 YEAR OLD accused of threatening to stab and kill someone with a knife has been kept behind bars after appearing at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Tuesday afternoon. Alexander Nicholson, of Bathgate, is charged with behaving in a threatening and abusive manner, brandishing the knife and making the threats at an address in Lerwick.

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    Blaze in airport freight shed

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    Firefighters were called to Sumburgh Airport this afternoon after a report of a freight shed on fire. The alarm was raised at 12.41pm, and fire appliances from Sumburgh and Sandwick were called to the scene. Firefighters are using breathing apparatus while damping down the fire. Departures have been delayed slightly – the 12.45pm flight to […]

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    NAFC hosts special guests to celebrate 20th anniversary

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    Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael and Maritime & Coastguard Agency chief executive Sir Alan Massey will be among the guests attending a 20th anniversary celebration at the NAFC Marine Centre on Friday. They will be joined by a wide range of representatives from national maritime organisations, industry, academia and Shetland Islands Council. The purpose of the […]

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    NAFC's 20th birthday

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    The NAFC Marine Centre in Scalloway.THE NAFC Marine Centre in Scalloway will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Friday with special guests including Maritime and Coastguard Agency chief executive Sir Alan Massey and Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael. They will be joined by a wide range of representatives from national maritime organisations, industry, academia and Shetland Islands Council.

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    ‘Put brakes on airport motorsport proposal’

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    Councillors will this week be urged not to allow motor sport events to take place at Tingwall Airport. The environment and transport committee will consider a report on Wednesday recommending the council stops short of freeing up the airstrip for “non-aviation use”. Key among concerns is the air ambulance, which can land at Tingwall at […]

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    Quantana's quest

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    Quantana are hoping to secure a place at this summer's Download Festival. Photo: Chris BrownA SHETLAND rock band have taken a step towards to securing a place on the bill at this year’s Download Festival after storming to second place in a public vote. Five-piece metal group Quantana – whose members are Dwayne Davies, Stuart Donald, Harley Gear, James Johnson and Lewis Murray – now have to wait until four judges pick 15 bands from the top 100 entries.

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    Barriers remain closed after fatal road accident

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    The first, second and third Churchill Barriers remain closed to traffic following a fatal road accident this afternoon. According to police, the emergency service are in attendance after the incident, which occurred around 4.30pm. There is still no estimated time for reopening of causeways, although a police spokesman said earlier this evening that they could [...]

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    Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed the additional £2.1m for MG Alba

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    Leader Angus Campbell said: “The additional funding for MG Alba is very welcome and will assist in quality programme making based in the islands. In addition, the relocation of the...

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    ISLES MP CONGRATULATES THE NICOLSON INSTITUTE SENIOR GIRLS WHO TAKE HOME SCOTTISH CUP

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    Commenting on the news that The Nicolson Institute Senior Girls football team have won the U18 Scottish Cup, Isles MP Angus MacNeil  said:     “This is fantastic news and...

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    Western Isles Psychological Services – example of best practice

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    Western Isles Psychological services have been used as an example of best practice in the Annual Report to Parliament by Scottish Ministers on the progress of implementing the ASL (Additional...

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    KGS are Young Enterprise winners

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    Kirkwall Grammar School’s Young Enterprise team — Treecycled — have won this year’s Young Enterprise Area Award at an event held at Orkney College last night. Treecycled set up their company in 2013 and launched a limited edition of handmade Orcadian wooden prints. The local awards are made up of five categories, with the overall [...]

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    Power blackout discussed in Parliament

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    The power outage at Knocknagael substation that led to a power blackout across much of the Highlands & Islands last week ,was discussed in the Scottish Parliament yesterday afternoon. The finance secretary,  John Swinney was in the chamber to answer questions from MSPs from across the region, concerned at what had happened and the impact [...]

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    Sky Notes: Saturn at Opposition – May, 10, 2014

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    Full details at: http://www.spanglefish.com/northernskies/index.asp?pageid=276772

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    Police launch ‘Operation Route’

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    Police in Orkney will be targeting speeding motorists from today, Tuesday, until Friday in an effort to ensure the safety of all school attendees and encourage motorists to drive at lesser speeds. Under ‘Operation Route’, the Division-wide initiative will focus on primary and secondary schools particularly in areas where those attending are known to walk [...]

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    CARLOWAY SAYS YES

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    Yes nan Eilean Siar have welcomed the result of the public vote following the Carloway independence debate on Friday 18th April 2014.   Almost 70 local residents from Carloway gathered in...

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    Police target Kirkwall vandal

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    Police are appealing for information relating to a spate of vandalism in Kirkwall at the Royal Bank of Scotland, the Tree Shop and Kairds, between Thursday, April 17, and Saturday, April 19. The vandalism consists of graffiti on the external walls of the buildings. Police are keen to hear from anyone who may have sold [...]

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    Police appeal for information

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    Police in Orkney are appealing for information on a theft of a stainless steel propeller blade from a yard at Hatston Farm in Kirkwall, which was taken sometime between Sunday, March 9, and Saturday, March 29. The blade was described as being approximately 44 inches wide and about 54 inches long. Police are also appealing [...]

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    RSPB Scotland launches corncrake appeal

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    RSPB say that there has been a surprisingly early start to the corncrake season in Orkney this year and the charity are encouraging people to send them further records. The first reported calling male was heard on April 8 in the East Mainland. Corncrakes spend the winter in Africa and are in Orkney for just [...]

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    Celebrations for darts players

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    Orkney darts players are celebrating this weekend, following success in the annual contest against their Shetland counterparts yesterday. The men’s darts team beat their rivals 11-4 in Lerwick to secure the inter-county trophy for the fourth year in a row. Their win followed an unfortunate defeat for the Orkney ladies, who lost 11-10 on Thursday [...]

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    Scapa Flow features in BBC shipbuilding series finale

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    Scapa Flow and the naval base at Lyness will feature in the finale of a BBC series exploring the key role Scotland’s shipbuilding played in shaping the Commonwealth. HMS Hood, the final episode in Clydebuilt: The Ships That Made the Commonwealth, will air on BBC Two Scotland at 9pm on Monday, April 21. [...]

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    OIC publish annual performance report online

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    Orkney Islands Council’s tenth Annual Performance Report – which shows how the council performed over 2013 – is now available on the council’s website. With the publication of the report, the council is looking for feedback on its contents. Gillian Morrison, executive director of corporate services said: “We are keen to hear what people [...]

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    Bowel screening saved Rob’s life – it could save yours

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    Two years ago, having just turned 61, Rob Daly from the Isle of Barra in the Western Isles followed a healthy diet and took daily exercise. He also considered he had...

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    Polling arrangements

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    Voters in Stromness are being reminded that their polling station for the European Parliamentary Elections on May 22, will be in the OIC’s customer services office in the Northlink Ferry Terminal building. Stromness Town Hall will host the polling station for September’s Scottish Independence Referendum. OIC customer services in Stromness will therefore be closed on [...]

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    New road safety initiative

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    Police Scotland have announced a new initiative to make roads safer for everyone. Through ‘Operation Zenith’,  Police in the Highland and Islands Division are keen to raise awareness and inform all road users of the increased risk of road traffic collisions involving motorcyclists over the spring and summer months. ‘Operation Zenith’ will run between April,17 [...]

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    Police appeals

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    Police in Orkney area appealing to the public for information regarding two incidents. Firstly, sometime during yesterday afternoon, Thursday, a quantity of prescribed medication was lost in Kirkwall. The medication consists of one tub of Gaviscon tablets, one pack of Ferrous Fumarate tablest, one pack of Candesartan tablets and one pack of Vesicare tablets. Police [...]

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