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    £250k-a-year on flights

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

    The SIC spends around £250,000 a year on flights out of the islands. Photo: John MoncrieffFLIGHTS to and from the islands for Shetland Islands Council members and officials cost just under quarter of a million pounds in the last financial year. Figures provided by the local authority following a Freedom of Information request from Shetland News show that £247,949.67 was spent in 2014/15 on travel that did not go beyond Scotland.

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    BT says lightning may have caused phone blackout

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    BT has issued a statement in a bid to explain why a fault at one of its radio transmitters caused major disruption on Saturday. The communications company said damage may have been caused by previous lightning strikes, but they could not confirm that to be the case. Mobile phone and landline connections were lost for […]

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    Three posts to go at Shetland Arts

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    Shetland Arts is to pay off three senior staff as part of an ongoing restructuring exercise. The development officers for literature, drama and visual arts, Donald Anderson, John Haswell and Clair Aldington respectively, are all understood to be exiting the organisation in November. The Mareel-based trio have fallen victim to an organisational reshuffle that was […]

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    Couple conquer picturesque Rio half marathon

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    Shetland couple Annie McKee and Grant Johnson after completing the Rio half marathon on Sunday.A COUPLE from Shetland enjoyed the thrill of completing a half marathon in picturesque Rio de Janeiro at the weekend. Twenty six year old Annie McKee and 30 year old Grant Johnson, who live together in Papil, Burra, made the trip to South America and enjoyed some stunning scenery on the 13-mile course which took in Sugar Loaf Mountain and several beaches including the iconic sands of Copacabana.

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    Police appeal after Brig o’ Fitch crash

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    Police are appealing for information following a crash near the Brig o’ Fitch junction. The incident occurred at about 8.15am on Monday when a dark blue car overtook a line of traffic heading north on the A970. Police say the car clipped the front of an oncoming vehicle. Officers want to hear from anyone who […]

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    Sea kayaker raising funds for lifeboats

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    A SOLO sea kayaker is having a few days' rest in Lerwick before setting off on the second half of an epic journey that will take him to all 47 RNLI lifeboats stations in Scotland. Nick Ray, who lives in Portadavie overlooking Loch Fyne, set off on his 2,000-mile journey from the Solway Firth on 1 May.

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    Village health centre to flit

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    One of the new patient rooms at Scalloway's new health centre. Photo courtesy of DITTSCALLOWAY Health Centre will shut in the middle of next month before reopening in new premises at the village’s former primary school building. The health centre will shut at 5.30pm on Friday 14 August before reopening in its new location on Monday 24 August.

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    Cleeves’ novel shortlisted

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    SIX books are in the running to be crowned the Bloody Scotland Crime Book of the Year, including Ann Cleeves' novel Thin Air.

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    2015 environmental awards

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    SHETLAND Amenity Trust is asking people to nominate projects and community initiatives for this year’s Environmental Awards. The trust is calling on anyone who has been involved in local environmental projects, or who can think of others that are worthy of recognition, to submit an application.

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    Editorial: Losing faith in our service providers

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    JUST what is it with the companies we rely on to provide and maintain essential public services and their complete inability to communicate properly with the folk reliant on those services? The past few months have seen one hapless PR muck-up after another. First we had Loganair back in May, whose communications firm The Big Partnership refused to field anyone from company management to discuss islanders’ mounting discontent about high airfares and a slew of delays.

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    Fun in the sun at Sandwick

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    Candy floss was just one of the attractions kids could enjoy at this year's Sandwick Fun Day. Photo: Dale SmithA RECORD amount in excess of £7,000 was raised for various good causes during a sun-kissed Sandwick Fun Day on Saturday. It is the sixth year the day, run by local voluntary groups within the village, has been staged. The profits are split between those groups – the only source of income for some of them – and Cancer Research UK.

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    Cycling, sunshine and music amongst marigolds

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    About one hundred cyclists saddled up for the Summer Cycle in Lerwick this afternoon. From peerie pedallers to adult road bikers, and even a tandem, folk enjoyed the sunshine and winding course around King George V Park and the Up-Helly-A’ route. Brae High School depute primary headteacher Billy Forsyth was enjoying the day with his […]

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    Major questions after phone blackout

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    Isles MSP Tavish Scott says major questions need to be answered following a phone coverage blackout which cut off the emergency services and closed Sumburgh Airport. Yesterday the airport closed at lunchtime because of the phone line problem affecting its radio transmissions. Eleven flights were cancelled and one diverted to Kirkwall. Flights were back on […]

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    Call for backup to prevent 999 services disruption

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    THERE are calls for a backup to be put in place to ensure there is no repeat of yesterday’s “completely unacceptable” communications blackout that left emergency services in the islands seriously compromised for several hours. BT explained that a blown fuse at its Wideford Hill radio transmitter in Orkney was to blame for knocking out radio and telephone links for five hours on Saturday. It left Shetland Coastguard without contact to the mainland and NHS Shetland had to advise patients requiring medical attention to attend the Gilbert Bain Hospital in person.

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    Teddy bear tumble and vikings galore at Sandwick fun day

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    Plenty of fun was had at the Sandwick fun day, with bouncy castles, fire fighters , nail painting and vikings galore. Folk flocked to event and enjoyed family fun, from Frozen characters to candy floss and a beat the goalie competition. Photographer Dave Donaldson was at the Sandwick football pitch yesterday snapping lots of happy […]

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    Fiddle gigs announced

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    Session A9 are back in Shetland for a gig in early September.FIDDLE fans look set to have a September to remember after Shetland Arts announced the visit of two high-profile traditional acts. Session A9 - who count local fiddler Kevin Henderson among their cast of all-star Scottish musicians - will head north to perform at Mareel in Lerwick on 8 September.

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    Phone service fault causes major disruption

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    Mobile phone and landline coverage was lost for several hours this afternoon resulting in disruption across Shetland and Orkney and affecting thousands of customers. The Gilbert Bain Hospital lost its landline for a number of hours and flights at Sumburgh were delayed or cancelled. Some services were restored by 5pm, though there were still people […]

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    Blackout shuts airport & disrupts emergency services

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    A COMMUNICATIONS blackout on Saturday caused major disruption for emergency services and resulted in Sumburgh Airport closing at lunchtime – leading to the cancellation of 11 flights.  The south mainland airport’s operator HIAL said in a statement that Sumburgh would not reopen until radio communications were fully operational again. HIAL said the airport shut at 12.33pm due to problems with phone lines which impacted on radio communications. As a result, four inbound and seven outbound flights were cancelled and one was diverted to Kirkwall.

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    Cup glory for reds and blues in thrilling inter-county

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    An entertaining, high tempo and hard-fought encounter was played out in Brae as the Shetland ladies hockey team faced rivals Orkney in this year’s senior inter-county. The reds ran out 3-1 victors but Shetland battled hard and played with plenty of heart and desire. Afterwards in the mixed game it was Shetland who lifted the […]

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    Missing man found safe and well

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    Police have confirmed that Philip Smith, 51, who had been missing from Virkie since Thursday, has been traced safe and well in Lerwick. Police thanked the public and the local media for their help.

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    Water supply advice to farmers

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

    A team from Scottish Water will soon be visiting Orkney to provide support and advice to farmers on how they can protect drinking water sources from diffuse pollution. Preventing diffuse pollution means it is easier to maintain high quality source water entering Scottish Water’s water treatment works, benefiting public water supplies, while helping to protect ...

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    Loganair wins PSO flights contract

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    Loganair have been awarded the contract to operate the Scottish Government’s Public Service Obligation flights from Glasgow to Campbeltown, Tiree and Barra, Minister for Transport and Islands Derek Mackay has […]

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    Investigation after communications disruption

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

    An investigation is underway after a problem at Wideford Hill here in Orkney on Saturday, which led to a serious communications blackout in the Northern Isles, including disrupting phones, emergency services, and the cancellation of several flights. There have also been calls for a back up to be put in place to prevent 999 services ...

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    DOORSTEP SCAMS

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    Trading Standards at CNES regularly receive complaints from consumers who are cold called by unscrupulous traders offering their services . The Traders sell a wide range of goods from kitchen […]

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    Barvas Estate Buyout

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    USOBCC has secured capital funding of £715,000 for purchasing the selected Barvas Estate assets plus paying for necessary mapping and legal costs. Sufficient revenue funding has also been secured to help […]

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    Birsay road works planned for this week

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

    Orkney Islands Council will be carrying out surface dressing and road marking operations this week in Birsay. The work is planned for Cumlaquoy Road, Loons Road, Bryameadow, Newan Link Road, Whitemire and Moss Road. A convoy system for vehicles will be in operation while the work, which is weather dependent, is carried out. The council ...

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    Curtain comes down on Shopping Week

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    The annual fancy dress parade through the streets, followed by a dance and fireworks display, marked the end of the 67th Stromness Shopping Week on Saturday. Thankfully the weather stayed dry on the day, and the streets were packed with locals and visitors alike enjoying the festivities. More coverage in The Orcadian on Thursday.

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    Passenger numbers drop in the Northern Isles

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    Regional airport operator HIAL enjoyed a surge in passenger numbers last quarter, although figures reveal that both in Orkney and Shetland passenger numbers actually dropped. Latest figures show the group, which comprises 11 airports across Scotland, attracted 385,491 passengers during the period, an extra 19,000 compared to the same point last year. Across the group, ...

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    Property to Buy and Let

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    Visit our property section to view properties to buy here.  

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    Orkney retain Lady Hamilton Cup

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    Orkney’s ladies hockey players retained the Lady Hamilton Cup on Saturday when they beat Shetland 3-1 in the annual senior inter-county clash. Played in Shetland this year, goals from Hannah Cromarty, Charlotte Thomson and Joanne Pottinger ensured that the Lady Hamilton Cup would return to Orkney for the twelfth consecutive year. Orkney’s Inga Kemp picked ...

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    Lochs Show – a winning family day out

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    There was great fun to be had at a busy Lochs Show this afternoon (Saturday) despite the fine drizzle of rain that fell. From Gun Dog demonstration and the comedic […]

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    Marco Polo due in on Sunday

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    OIC Marine Services has been in touch to say that the cruise ship Marco Polo is due to make an unscheduled visit to Kirkwall on Sunday. The visit is due to an itinerary change, and does not appear on the cruise liner list previously issued. The ship is due in at Hatston Pier just before ...

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    Final Day of Shopping Week

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    After a busy few days, the 67th Stromness Shopping Week draws to a close today. Today’s highlights include: the Holms Race which starts at 10.30, the Ferry Inn 10k run at 11.10, children’s fancy dress 3-legged race at 11.30 and a new water event for this year, the snake race, which takes place at 1pm. ...

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    Call to keep emergency call centres

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    Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has again called on Police Scotland to reverse its plans to close the emergency call centres in Inverness and Aberdeen. While plans have been put on hold as the review into call centre operations by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary Scotland (HMICS) is carried out, Mr McArthur has argued that Police ...

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    Stromness Shopping Week parade route changes

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    The route to be taken by the Stromness Shopping Week Fancy Dress Parade, which will commence tomorrow evening, has changed. The organisers have said that, due to the  condition of the Market Green, the Parade will not be able to conclude there tomorrow night. Alternative arrangements have been made as follows – The parade will ...

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    Missing Man Traced

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    Police Scotland have confirmed that Martin Gillespie, who was reported missing from his home in Kirkwall, has been traced safe and well. The media and public are thanked for their assistance.

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    Factory Worker / Shop Assistant

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

    We currently have positions available within our busy team Factory Worker 8.00am – 4.00pm Monday – Friday This job would include filleting fish, making up orders, and general factory duties Shop Assistant Full time/flexible hours This job would include serving customers, preparing food/rolls, stocking up and general cleaning Please apply in writing by 31st July ...

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    Ploverha, Eday

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    Ploverha, Eday Bedrooms 1 | Bathrooms 1 Offers Over £45,000 One bedroom cottage situated at the North End of the picturesque island of Eday. Set within approximately 2¼ acres of land with views over the surrounding countryside and onwards to the sea. Static caravan also included in the sale. Amenities on Eday include a local primary school, ...

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    Mercedes C220

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    Mercedes C220 AMG Sport Reg: 2013 • Colour: Silver • Gearbox: Automatic • Fuel Type: Diesel CDi, Blue-CYA, High Spec.

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    Station Manager

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    Station Manager (Customer Services) Kirkwall Airport Loganair operates scheduled and charter flights around the UK, but predominately in Scotland, and has around 600 members of staff.  A key station within our operation is Kirkwall, where we have a team of around 20 staff, comprising Customer Service Agents, Ramp Agents and Supervisors. In addition to scheduled ...

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