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    Island Games group

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    brobertson-thumb-7150SHETLAND'S footballers have been drawn in a group against the Isle of Wight, the Falkland Islands and Hitra at this summer's NatWest Island Games in Jersey.  The boys in blue will be returning to island games action for the first time since 2009 this summer under the tutelage of coach Niall Bristow.

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    SSE under fire over electricity prices

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    SSE, which runs Lerwick Power Station, is under fire for refusing to cut electricity prices despite a crash in global energy prices.ELECTRICITY consumers in Shetland will “find it difficult” to understand why their bills are not coming down following a huge crash in oil prices over the past six months, isles MSP Tavish Scott says. On Monday, SSE announced it would cut its gas prices by 4.1 per cent from 30 April, but is maintaining a freeze on electricity prices until July 2016. That is despite the price of a barrel of oil plummeting from over $100 a barrel to less than $50 dollars a barrel since last summer.

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    Five areas set to get 3G mobile signal

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    A FURTHER five small Shetland communities are in line to receive third generation (3G) mobile phone coverage after being shortlisted in a rural “not spot” programme by Vodafone. Following a successful trial in Walls, the mobile phone giant’s rural open sure signal programme will bring coverage to Aith, Baltasound, Fetlar, Sandness and Skeld. Late last year Vodafone added Baltasound and Hamnavoe to the list of those set to receive 3G. Vodafone said those communities have suffered from unreliable mobile coverage and slow network speeds, but by installing its “innovative” technology, they will “benefit from high quality 3G voice services, and much needed access to the internet via mobile devices”.

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    Ferry strike continues

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    Mates who are members of the trade union Unite will continue their industrial action on Shetland Islands Council’s inter-island ferries on Wednesday. For the latest information about ferry services affected by the action, people should visit the council website. The SIC will also post news on message boards at ferry terminals and text messages to […]

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    Tourism boost for Unst

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    Islanders in Unst have wan a £63,098 funding boost to help develop tourism.

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    Sound pupils are European quiz champions

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    The quiz about Europe held in primary schools throughout Scotland has seen a Lerwick school go into the national final round.

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    Coastal cash boost

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    The Unst Partnership is one of three Shetland groups to receive new funding.THREE Shetland projects are to benefit from over £250,000 of UK government funding, it was announced on Monday. The Unst Partnership has been awarded £63,098 from the coastal communities fund so it can provide a tourism development officer post for two years.

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    Ferry strikes continue

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    The Bigga ferry at Gutcher.SHETLAND Islands Council has issued details of disruptions to ferry sailings on Wednesday as a result of continued strike action by ferry mates belonging to the Unite trade union. Services from 6am will be disrupted, with the first ferry on the Lerwick-Bressay route leaving Bressay at 8.50am. The first Bluemull Sound run of the day will leave Gutcher at 9.30am, while Yell Sound will be up and running from Ulsta at 9.15am. The Whalsay service will leave Symbister at 9.15am.

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    AHS netball girls through to third round

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    The AHS netball team are through to the third round of the Scottish Schools Cup after a fine win over Linwood in the second-round tie at the weekend.

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    Viking wind farm planning consent “unfair”

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    Anti-Viking wind farm protesters outside Lerwick Town Hall. They should have had the right to appeal the planning consent, according to Planning Democracy.SHETLAND’S controversial Viking Energy wind farm plan is being held up as an example of unfair planning law in Scotland. The voluntary campaign group Planning Democracy has just petitioned the Scottish government to change current planning legislation so communities have the same rights of appeal that developers currently enjoy. They say that if planning rules were fair, there would have been a full public local inquiry into the Viking Energy wind farm due to the level of opposition to the project.

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    Offshore worker taken ill

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    An offshore worker has been evacuated from a platform 120 miles south east of Sumburgh.

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    Police appeal over assault

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    Police are appealing for information about an assault near a Lerwick chip shop before Christmas.

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    Guizer Jarl Neil gears up for big day

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    This year's Guizer Jarl Neil Robertson in relaxed mode ahead of Tuesday's Lerwick Up Helly Aa. Photo: Shetnews/Neil RiddellFORTY-FOUR years on from his first outing as a nine-year-old boy, Tuesday will be the fifth time that Neil Robertson has taken his place in Lerwick Up Helly Aa’s Jarl’s Squad – the difference being that on this occasion he’ll be the main man. In 1971 he took his place in Alan Anderson’s squad – an experience he remembers very fondly: “As a peerie boy, things like swords – and we had spears that year – it was just a magical kind of toy to have”.

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    Van and car involved in Lerwick crash

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    A man had to be cut free from a van following a crash in Lerwick this afternoon.

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    Man taken to hospital after 'serious' accident

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    POLICE say a man has been cut free from a van following a two-vehicle collision near the Sound Brae to the south of Lerwick. The man has been taken to the Gilbert Bain Hospital but his injuries are not thought to be serious. A fire and rescue spokesperson said they had been called, along with other emergency services, to what was described as a "serious road traffic collision" involving the van and other vehicle, at around 3.50pm.  The road was initially closed while the emergency services carried out their duties, and police were subsequently able to partially reopen it. It is hoped to be fully open again by around 6pm. 

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    Local SNP branch: reforms don't go far enough

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    SNP branch press spokesman Douglas Young.SHETLAND’S burgeoning SNP branch has welcomed aspects of yesterday’s announcement of legislation detailing further devolution to Scotland – but warned that “much more needs to be done to make the country a fairer place to live and work”. The party’s local branch has seen a huge surge in membership from 46 to 272 – a rise of some 580 per cent – since Scotland voted No by a 55-45 margin in September's independence referendum. In Shetland only 36 per cent of voters said Yes to independence, but that has not stopped a massive spike in local membership numbers.

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    Flight lands safely

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    AN EASTERN Airways flight landed safely in Aberdeen after a full emergency was declared when crew reported an “unusual odour” in the cockpit.  The Saab 2000 aircraft was flying from Scatsta with three crew but no passengers on board, and landed safely at around 10am on Friday.

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    Funds raised for Clan

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    Jan Livingstone has raised over £10,500 for Clan Haven in Aberdeen.A WOMAN who tackled 70 challenges to coincide with her 70th birthday last year raised more than £10,500 for Clan Haven, the charity-run facility used by many Shetlanders who travel to Aberdeen for cancer treatment. Seven of the challenges that Jan Livingstone, who this week resigned from her role as a housekeeper at Clan Haven, tackled took place in Shetland. They included an evening at Lerwick Boating Club and a trip on the Aith lifeboat.

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    Kay is the lucky winner

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    A delighted Kay Foster with her 'unexpected birthday present' - Photo: Hans J Marter/ShetNewsCONGRATULATIONS to Shetland News reader Kay Foster, from Lerwick, for winning our Christmas Quiz competition. The council employee said receiving a 'golden envelope' with gift vouchers from local shops worth £230 was like an "unexpected present" for her birthday, which she celebrated earlier this week.

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    Cadet awards

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    Cadet Sergeant Major Ruth Burns with Colonel Mark Boden.ARMY cadets from the Shetland Independent Cadet Battery have received their annual awards and promotions following a parade at Fort Charlotte, earlier this week. The parade was taken by Shetland’s commandant, colonel Mark Boden, who promoted Ruth Burns to cadet sergeant Major, Jordan MacMillan and Iona Middleton to cadet bombardier and Jay McGill, Neve Middleton, Kieran Thomson and Damian Zebrowski to cadet lance bombardier.

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