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    Shetland cave said to be Britain's biggest

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    Shetland cave said to be Britain's biggestA kayaking geologist claims to have discovered the biggest cave chamber in Britain in Shetland. Jonathan Swale, who works for Scottish Natural Heritage, used a laser range-finder at the Calders Geo sea cave at Esha Ness. He said he found it to be 60ft ...and more »

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    Pioneering folk idols enthral Mareel crowd

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    The Battlefield Band entertained folk fans at Mareel on Wednesday night. Photo: Davie GardnerFOR THE first time since the late 1980s, legendary Scottish folk troupe the Battlefield Band took to the isles on Wednesday night for a concert at Mareel. As deserving of their reputation, another famed folk band of the past half century opened the night. Hom Bru took to the stage a man down, although appearing as a trio did little to stem the bubbling energy synonymous with the name.

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    Another algae alert

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    THE SECOND algae warning in two days has been issued by Shetland Islands Council after toxic scum was chanced upon by anglers and dog walkers at popular Burga Water, off the Leveneap Road, at Vidlin. The alert comes a day after the council issued an identical warning when blue green algae was found at Spiggie Loch in the south mainland on Wednesday.

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    The tiny islands that could change history

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    Vancouver SunThe tiny islands that could change historyThe Shetland Islands, home to just 22,000 people in a remote area of the North Sea, are front and centre of a passionate argument over whether the country should become independent from the rest of the United Kingdom. On September 18, Scots will take ...Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael says he would join "Team Scotland" CITY A.M.UK minister open to joining Alex Salmond's team if Scotland votes Yes Financial TimesIs there a business case for Scottish independence? The Engineer Scotsman  - Telegraph.co.uk  - Scottish Daily Recordall 573 news articles »

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    Independence best for fishing sector, says Sturgeon

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    The Deputy First Minister has insisted Shetland's fishing sector will be in safer hands post-referendum if Scotland gains its independence.

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    Sturgeon: isles oil fund sets template for Scotland

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    Deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon, with SNP list MSP Mike Mackenzie, outside Islesburgh on Wednesday morning. Photo: ShetnewsAN INDEPENDENT Scotland should follow Shetland’s example and create an oil fund to benefit future generations, Nicola Sturgeon has said during a visit to the islands. The deputy first minister arrived in Shetland off the north boat on Wednesday morning to carry out a series of speaking engagements. Her visit comes just over three weeks before the 18 September referendum. Sturgeon described the Labour and Tory governments’ failure to create an oil fund in the 1970s and 1980s – something Shetland’s politicians had the foresight to do – as a “mistake of monumental proportions”. Coinciding with her visit, isles MSP Tavish Scott has announced that this autumn he will seek to enshrine many of the powers the SNP is offering to Scotland's islands in law should there be a No vote.

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    Scottish independence: SNP's Shetland oil pledge

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    Scottish independence: SNP's Shetland oil pledgeScotland's islands have emerged as a key battleground in the referendum campaign after the Our Islands Our Future campaign was launched by Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles aimed at using the independence debate to secure more powers from ...Scottish referendum: "As far as Shetland is concerned, it is irrelevant" Voice of Russia - UK EditionSturgeon has “spring in her step” as she sets sail for Shetland Aberdeen Press and JournalSturgeon: Energy bonanza offers community benefit SNP (press release) For Argyll  - Glasgow South and Eastwood Extraall 26 news articles »

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    Scottish environmental watchdog investigating reports of toxic algae

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    Scottish environmental watchdog investigating reports of toxic algaeAn environmental watchdog has launched an investigation following reports of toxic algae in a Shetland loch. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency are making enquiries after blue-green algae was spotted at Spiggie Loch on the south mainland.and more »

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    Gold medallist Lucy breaks isles high jump record

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    High jumper Lucy Holden, 13, broke the Shetland senior record at the weekend while winning a gold medal at the Scottish National Age Group Championships.

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    Algae at Spiggie

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    SHETLAND’S environmental health team is warning that there may be algae growth at Spiggie Loch in the south mainland. The local authority department said sampling was being arranged by SEPA and results will be released as soon as they are available.

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    Sensible amendment ( CURE members)

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    Regarding the consultation on junior high school closures, we noticed the decision made at the education and families committee last week.

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    Waiting time difference (Neil Sutherland)

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    Since the introduction of the original 24-month waiting time limit in the 1990s to the current 12-week waiting time guarantee the NHS has used a combination of private sector providers, charities and the expansion of directly provided NHS.

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    Yes/No camps stake claim for isles votes

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    Scotland's deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon takes the campaign for a Yes vote to Shetland on Wednesday.BOTH sides in the independence referendum campaign have made renewed pitches for isles voters with Scotland’s deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon due to arrive in Shetland on Wednesday. Speaking ahead of her trip - during which she will take part in an informal lunchtime discussion organised by the local women for independence group ahead of a public evening event at Shetland Musuem - Sturgeon said Westminster had failed to offer any extra powers to the islands. The key difference in the SNP Government’s proposals, she said, was its vow to devolve 100 per cent of net profit from the seabed around the islands directly to those communities - a pledge not matched by Westminster. But Shetland MSP Tavish Scott, along with his Orkney colleague Liam McArthur, countered with an announcement that they will introduce a bill aimed at recognising and safeguarding the rights of island communities later this year.

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    Crown Office seeks helicopter black box

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    Four people were killed when the Super Puma helicopter they were travelling in ditched into the sea in August 2013.SCOTLAND’S Lord Advocate is seeking to obtain the black box recorder from last year’s fatal helicopter crash just off Sumburgh. Three men and a woman died after their Super Puma helicopter, carrying a total of 18 people, ditched into the sea on 23 August last year. As part of its investigation into the incident, the Crown Office has petitioned the Court of Session for release of the EC225’s cockpit voice recorder. It is currently held by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).

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    Pair accused of housebreaking

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    A man has been remanded in custody at Lerwick Sheriff Court after appearing from custody charged with theft by housebreaking. David Robertson, 57, of Lerwick appeared on a petition alleging the offence. He made no plea or declaration and his case was committed for further examination. Appearing alongside Robertson was co-accused Jaden Paterson. Paterson, 27, […]

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    Lord Advocate asks for crash helicopter’s black box

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    Scotland's Lord Advocate has asked for the black box from the Super Puma helicopter which crashed off Sumburgh to be retrieved.

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    Lord advocate seeking Shetland Super Puma crash voice recorder data from AAIB

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    Lord advocate seeking Shetland Super Puma crash voice recorder data from AAIBThe lord advocate is taking action in a bid to get cockpit voice recorder data from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch after four people died in a helicopter crash off Shetland. The BBC Scotland news website has learned an order is being sought at ...

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    Bressay community calls for free ferries

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    A free ferry service to Bressay was one of the ideas put forward at a residents' meeting to discuss ways to improve the island.

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    Two on theft charge

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    A MAN and a woman charged with theft by housebreaking appeared in private at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Tuesday. David Robertson, 57, and Jaden Paterson, 27, both of Lerwick, appeared from custody. They made no plea or declaration and were both committed for further examination.

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    Games girls honoured at civic ceremony

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    The Shetland community congratulated its three Commonwealth Games athletes with a civic reception in the town hall last night.

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    Merry Dancers show as all-night summer twilight ends

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

    The recent spell of fine weather ended last night, close to midnight, just as the “Merry Dancers” were about to put on a show. According to Rousay astronomer John Vetterlein, the next few months could prove interesting since the Sun would appear to have just passed solar maximum in the eleven year cycle, signifying that [...]

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    Convener’s letter was personal, says council

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    Orkney Islands Council has stressed that comments made in a letter published in today’s The Orcadian by OIC convener, Steven Heddle, were his personal opinions. Although Mr Heddle’s letter to the newspaper was written in a personal capacity, deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon has today welcomed “the backing of the convener of Orkney Islands Council,” [...]

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    Thorfinn and Stromness to contest Jolly Cup

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    The last domestic cup final of the Orkney football season is set to take place this evening. Kirkwall Thorfinn and Stromness AFC go head-to-head in the final of the Highland Fuels Jolly Cup at Picky, with kick-off set for 6pm. A presentation is also set to take place after the match to winners from the [...]

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    Deputy first minister’s campaigning visit to the county

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    Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, is visiting the county today as part of a series of campaigning visits to Scotland’s island groups. On Tuesday, Ms Sturgeon was answering questions from “floating voters” on the crossing from Aberdeen to Lerwick, before spending the day campaigning in Shetland. In Orkney today, as part of her visit, the [...]

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    Bookies’ licence application to be heard

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    An application for a betting premises licence for a bookmakers in the centre of Kirkwall is set to go before decision makers today, Thursday. This is the second time such an application has been made by the same company, the first having been refused earlier this year. This fresh application has attracted numerous objections, including [...]

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    Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Community Landowners working together

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    Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is a long-time supporter of land reform and community land ownership. Over the past period the Comhairle andCommunity LandScotland, the umbrella group for community landowners inScotland,...

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    Japanese students’ presentation at the Pier

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    Six pupils from Japan’s Kamaishi Super Science School are in Orkney this week, finding out more about renewable energy and meeting with fellow pupils from Orkney’s secondary schools. Having visited renewables sites in the county, accompanied by pupils from Stromness Academy and Kirkwall Grammar School, tonight, Wednesday, the visitors will give a presentation on their school and [...]

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    Make sure your vote counts

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    The Chief Counting Officer for the Scottish Independence Referendum is urging voters to make sure their vote counts by only marking their ballot paper with one ‘X’. Postal voting packs will begin arriving in homes across Scotland from today, Wednesday, and over the following days, to people who are already on the existing list of [...]

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    Picky Pool closed to rectify leaking oil pipe

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    A leak in an oil pipe has been identified at the Pickaquoy Centre. According to the OIC, the fault has been isolated and is the most probable source of the diesel odours detected by users of the pool over recent days. Excavation works to enable environmental sampling, in conjunction with Scottish Water, to confirm this [...]

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    Rovers retain ‘A’ League title

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    Football club Kirkwall Rovers retained the Orkney Cheese ‘A’ League title this evening with a 3-0 victory over Hotspurs. Strikes from Chris Simpson and James Linklater put Rovers 2-0 up at half-time, before Mark Berry scored late on to put the result beyond any doubt. Simpson was selected as the Swannay Brewery Man [...]

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    Positive feedback from Western Isles patients in Patient Survey

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    NHS Western Isles has welcomed the results of the 2014 Inpatient Patient Experience Survey, published today, in which the organisation achieved some exceptionally positive feedback.   Not only has the...

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    Consultation on Room and School Bookings – Deadline Extended

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    Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has extended a consultation on school lets and room bookings to Friday 26th September.   The Comhairle has been reviewing the way in which it makes rooms and...

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    Not too late to fill out crofting survey

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    Orkney MSP Liam McArthur is encouraging local crofters, like status farmers and anyone else in the isles with an interest in crofting regulations and support to provide their views on how the current arrangements might be improved. Along with his Shetland colleague, Tavish Scott, Mr McArthur launched a survey earlier in the summer, seeking the [...]

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    Firth crowned ‘B’ League champions

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    Firth FC claimed the Clark Thomson Insurance ‘B’ League title this evening. The West Mainland side beat Holm 7-1 at the Rockworks on the final day of the campaign to record their 12th league win of the season and ensure they finished top of the league.

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    ‘Future-proofing’ the Neolithic archaeology galleries

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    Orkney Islands Council is looking for feedback on the display of Stone Age artefacts at the Orkney Museum, to discover what folk would like to see being developed. The work is part of a project launched which will pilot the redesign of the museum’s interpretation and displays in the Neolithic galleries. It has been 30 [...]

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    Epic ice bucket challenge at KGS

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    The ice bucket challenge has arrived in style, with an epic challenge at Kirkwall Grammar School this lunchtime. Organised by PE teacher Claire Irvine, the fundraiser saw sixth-year students dump a bucket of iced water over each of the 20 or so participating staff members. The stunt will raise funds for [...]

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    Local goose cull interrupted

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    The local goose cull has been interrupted this week to allow for the assessment of the population in the county. Shooting teams working under the adaptive goose management scheme, which is aimed at controlling the resident greylag goose population, have been asked postpone shooting in preparation for a survey of the birds’ population, which will [...]

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    ANGUS MACNEIL MP URGES CROFTERS TO SUBMIT CLAIMS

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    Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP, Angus Brendan MacNeil is reminding crofters who participate in the Animal Welfare Management Programme, to submit their claims by 1stSeptember 2014. The Animal Welfare...

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    Scottish Rural Parliament coming to Orkney

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    The first Scottish Rural Parliament is inviting people in Orkney to take part in their discussions at an event in the St Magnus Centre, Kirkwall, on September 11. Peter Scott, chairman of Voluntary Action Orkney said: “This is a valuable opportunity for local people to find out more about the Scottish Rural Parliament and to [...]

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    Work on new Children’s House gets under way

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    Work on a new Children’s House for Orkney, at Watersfield, Kirkwall, begins today, Monday. The new house, which is being constructed by Orkney Builders, replaces the former Camoran facility on the Holm Road. Head of children and families and criminal justice at Orkney Health and Care, Marie O’Sullivan, said:  “A new fit-for-purpose Children’s Home has [...]

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