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    Carmichael tables amendment over Crown Estate devolution

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    Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has put the case in the House of Commons for devolution of the Crown Estate to island communities.

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    Enjoy islands' beaches - but 'Dunna Chuck Bruck!'

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    The pile of rubbish collected at Sands of Sound in Lerwick on Saturday morning. Photo: Ali GrundonAFTER a miserable run of weather in the past few months, no one could be blamed for taking to the beach for a bonfire during a short window of warmth and sunshine at the tail end of last week. But one Lerwick dog walker came across an unfortunate by-product – piles of rubbish strewn around the Sands of Sound on Saturday morning. Ali Grundon said she had enjoyed seeing so many people out enjoying the beach on Friday night. But the following morning when she was walking the dog, she noticed a host of discarded pizza boxes, crisp packets, bottles and cans lying “much higher than the tideline, and surrounding extinguished bonfires”.

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    MP stands up to EVEL and secures debate

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    Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael.NORTHERN Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has succeeded in securing an emergency three-hour Commons debate on the Tory government’s “outrageous” plan to force English Votes for English Laws (EVEL) through parliament. It followed the Liberal Democrat bluntly criticising David Cameron's government's attempt to railroad such a major change through Westminster without proper consideration as “constitutionally outrageous”, saying it “puts a further unnecessary strain on the union”.

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    Silke honoured with teaching award

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    A lecturer at Shetland College has been awarded "Most Engaging Video Conference Tutor" in the sixth annual University of the Highlands and Islands Teaching Awards.

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    Hardy comedian comes bearing socialist ideals

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    Comic Jeremy Hardy will make his maiden visit to Shetland next week.USUALLY the sight of a punter leaving early would reflect badly on the comedian standing at the microphone – but not when they are being forcibly removed by police for provoking a fight by laughing too loudly. That was the fate of one woman who went along to see popular TV and radio comic Jeremy Hardy, who travels to the islands for a stand-up show next week, in Staffordshire earlier this year. The 53 year old, who has written and appeared in numerous TV, radio and film productions during more than 30 years in the comedy business, will showcase his current affairs-inflected humour at the Royal British Legion in Lerwick on Tuesday 14 July.

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    Yacht towed to Lerwick

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    Lerwick Lifeboat. Photo: Mark BerryA DANISH yacht with two people on board had to be towed from Grutness to Lerwick in the early hours of Monday after its engine failed.  The yacht, Getaway, was lying in Grutness Bay dragging her anchor and began drifting towards rocks on the shore.

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    In the wake of Shackleton

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    ONE OF the most harrowing sea journeys ever undertaken will be recreated during an audiovisual presentation in the Shetland Museum and Archive on Friday (10 July). Robert Egelstaff was one of four adventurers who followed in the footsteps of polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. Shackleton made history when he sailed 800 miles across the stormiest seas in the world to raise the alarm and eventually save 28 colleagues after his Antarctic expedition on the Endurance was trapped in the pack ice in 1914-1915.

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    Did Cameron hang Carmichael “out to dry”?

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    Prime minister David Cameron could have personally authorised the exposure of MP Alistair Carmichael as the source of the leaked memo.PRIME minister David Cameron could have been directly responsible for former Scottish secretary and northern isles MP Alistair Carmichael being exposed as the source of a controversial leaked memo, according to his SNP opponent during the general election. SNP candidate Danus Skene’s comments came after the Cabinet Office refused to divulge why it took seven weeks until after the 7 May election to publish the outcome of its inquiry. In response to a Freedom of Information request from Shetland News, the Cabinet Office said that it was “in the public interest” to withhold the information as it could “seriously impact future investigations”.

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    Air ambulance visit postponed

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    The new air ambulance helicopter will come to Shetland later this month after cancelling its weekend visit due to the weather.THE SCOTTISH Ambulance Service has apologised after poor weather forced it to postpone plans to show off its new air ambulance in the northern isles this weekend. The event in Orkney on Saturday and in Shetland on Sunday were cancelled on Saturday morning due to the weather forecast.

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    Big day sees Aithsvoe Marina building officially opened

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    The impressive new caravan park and building at the Aithsvoe Marina in Cunningsburgh were officially opened by isles MP Alistair Carmichael yesterday.

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    Plane cancellation put paid to Ryder gig

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    HUNDREDS of music fans in Shetland were left disappointed after legendary Happy Mondays singer Shaun Ryder’s Saturday night concert at Mareel with his 20 year old band Black Grape was cancelled due to bad weather in Aberdeen.

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    HIAL urges mediation over Sumburgh runway dispute

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    The operator of Sumburgh Airport has called for mediation to take place on its continuting dispute with Shetland Islands Council over runway repair costs.

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    Don’t panic! The rum’s not running out

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    All that's left in Shetland of Stewart's Fine Old Demerara Rum - a few half bottles.THE PRODUCERS of Stewart’s Fine Old Demerara Rum have reassured worried customers in Shetland that the popular beverage should be back in production within “a few weeks”. Consumers of the dark rum, which counts the isles as its main market, have been left disappointed over the last month or so after bottling issues made supplies in Shetland run dry. Some locals even indulged in a spot of panic-buying in an effort to stock up on the spirit after rumours spread that the brand might be discontinued. The rum, which has an alcohol strength of 40 per cent, has been sold by Lerwick based company Hughson Brothers since 1993.

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    Emotional last day as Team Shetland ends games with 23 medals

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    Jersey 2015 has come to a dramatic and emotional close for Team Shetland, with three more medals taking the haul to 23. Katie Bristow returned to the track for the 5,000 metres after disappointment in the 10,000 metres earlier in the week. Despite leading from the front in a tough field she had to pull […]

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    Games end with triumph on the running track

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    Silver medal winning hammer thrower Elaine Park can't take the grin off her face as she wields the Shetland flag at the closing ceremony in Jersey. Photo: Shetland Island Games AssociationTEAM Shetland is celebrating after completing one of its most successful Island Games with 23 medals that put it in tenth place overall. Hammer thrower Elaine Park who won silver on Wednesday, her first medal in eight games, held the Shetland flag aloft at the closing ceremony in the baking heat of Jersey’s Howard Davis Park. Friday proved to be a day of success and surprise on the running track, while on the football pitch a spectacular free kick from Menorca was enough to edge a spirited Shetland out of a bronze medal by one goal to nil.

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    HIAL seek mediation over runway dispute

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    The eastern end of the Sumburgh airport runway extension being battered by heavy seas two years ago. Photo Ronnie RobertsonSUMBURGH airport operators HIAL are seeking an out of court settlement over a £14 million damages claim against Shetland Islands Council for poor workmanship on a 2005 runway extension. The request came as the Court of Session rejected a second SIC appeal against the claim last month, clearing the way for a full legal hearing at great cost to both parties. In May HIAL managing director Inglis Lyon wrote to SIC chief executive Mark Boden asking the authority to enter a mediation process to settle the issue which has already costs the two public authorities large sums in legal fees.

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    SIC forced to blow £1.7m on town hall

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    Lerwick Town Hall is in bad need of repair once again.SHETLAND Islands Council has agreed to spend nearly £1.7 million on renovating Lerwick’s Town Hall building amid concerns about its structure. The decision was made in private on Tuesday as the council made plans to address the “increasingly urgent” need to repair the Grade B-listed building’s stonework, particularly around its stained glass windows. News of the proposal was only made public after a copy of the meeting’s documents were leaked to BBC Radio Shetland.

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    Ancient artefacts return

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    Collections curator Jenny Murray (right) and her assistant Laurie Goodlad (left) show NorthLink's Cheryl Kelday the artefacts. Photo Shetland Amenity TrustOVER 100,000 archaeological artefacts - including shards of the earliest pottery found in Shetland - have returned home to the isles.  The items, which include finds from a number of sites near Dunrossness, made the journey from Bradford University to the Shetland Museum and Archives.

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    In this week’s Shetland Times

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    A whole host of stories and pictures all the way from Jersey capturing a flavour of the NatWest Island Games are featured this week. Meanwhile, closer to home … A new commission has met for the first time to consider ways of identifying inequalities. The council is to spend an estimated £1.7 million in town […]

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    Team Shetland hits 20 with more to come

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    It’s up to 20 medals now for team Shetland with another for star swimmers Andrea Strachan and Felix Gifford. On day five Strachan won gold in the 100 metres medley with 1.03. It was her third gold in the games and her fifth overall. Gifford won his second medal of the games with a bronze […]

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