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    Lochhead meets fishermen at Scalloway

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    Scottish fisheries secretary Richard Loch­head outlined his main prior­ities for supporting a successful fishing sector to industry represent­atives in Scalloway yesterday.

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    Island produce in Whitehall

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    Alistair Carmichael MP with (from left) VisitOrkney manager Barbara Foulkes, VisitShetland manager Steve Mathieson and Jill Franklin from Shetlandeli and Lerwick Brewery.NORTHERN isles food and drink were showcased in the heart of London’s Whitehall this week at a VisitScotland reception in Dover House, the home of the Scotland Office. Local MP and Scottish secretary Alistair Carmichael hosted the event with support from VisitShetland manager Steve Mathieson and Shetlandeli manager Jill Franklin, who was also representing Lerwick Brewery.

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    Organ donors wanted

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    MORE than one third of Shetland residents have signed up to the NHS organ donor register, but most have probably yet to discuss their wishes with their families. As well as asking for more people to donate their organs to medical science after their death and potentially save someone else’s life, the health service wants people who have already made that choice to share it with their families.

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    Mind Your Head looks to expand service

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    Anouska Civico.LOCAL charity Mind Your Head has attained funding to employ an experienced mental health professional to help develop adult support services in the islands. Anouska Civico has been appointed for a six-month contract following a community survey carried out and published in August 2014. The support service will be a new direction for Mind Your Head, which since its first fun run in 2005 and has since been primarily involved in raising awareness of mental health issues and encouraging the community to reduce the stigma associated with mental health problems.

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    Mind Your Head plans new support service

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    Local charity Mind Your Head has contracted an experienced mental health professional to develop adult support services in the isles.

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    Fiddlers to return to Edinburgh Tattoo

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    The Shetland fiddle group which took last year’s Edinburgh Tattoo by storm has been invited back to play at the event this year, as well as scoring an “outreach” trip to the Antipodes in February. Musical director for the 40-strong Hjaltibonhoga fiddle group, Margaret Scollay, only learned of the Tattoo’s plans for the return of […]

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    Fiery farewell for jarl’s galley

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    It may well be a fiery festival, but Up-Helly-A’ has more to do with water than you might first realise. An odd thing to say, perhaps. But that’s the conclusion of this writer, in any case, who has been known to have too much time on his hands to think. It’s certainly nothing to do […]

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    Spirited junior guizers

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    Lerwick Up Helly Aa's 2015 junior Guizer Jarl Lewis Harkness and his squad on Commercial Street. Photo: Craig SimAS AN unsurprisingly drizzly Up Helly Aa day turned to dark the junior procession began in the early evening, writes Patrick Mainland. The rain cleared up and the light-up of the young guizers’ torches brought the first of some much needed warmth to the centre of Lerwick.

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    'Braaly guid night' for a galley burning

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    Guizer Jarl Olav Haraldsson cuts a spectacular figure as the torches give the night air a beautiful hue. Photo: Brian GrayTHE DAYTIME drizzle of this year’s Up Helly Aa day gave way to a crisp, dry and just ever so slightly breezy night, writes Genevieve White.  Hundreds of torches illuminated the elegant tan and green costumes of the Jarl squad, while also shedding light on the usual mix of weird and wonderful guizer costumes: from cowboys and big birds to nuns and super heroes.

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    Fire burns bright for juniors after damp day

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    Junior Guizer Jarl Lewis Harkness was in no doubt what being elected as leader of the Jarl’s Squad meant to him this year.

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    NHS botulism warning

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    INJECTING drug users in Shetland are being warned about the dangers of a possible case of botulism in the islands. NHS Shetland’s public health department and Health Protection Scotland are investigating the possible case in an individual who injects drugs. Although the diagnosis has not been confirmed, the patient is receiving treatment and is in a stable condition.

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    Alert as possible botulism case investigated

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    Injecting drug users are being urged to be "extremely alert" after health officials confirmed they were investigating a possible case of Botulism – an infection which can cause paralysis.

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    Blues face tough test in Island Games

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    The Shetland football team face a difficult group for this year’s Natwest Island Games - with the Isle of Wight being a tough nut to crack.

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    Visitors flock to Lerwick for Up-Helly-A’

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    Crowds flocked for their first glimpse of the Guizer Jarl and his squad with a flurry of photographers and a Norwegian film crew surrounding the green and white Nils Olav at Alexandra Wharf.

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    Up-Helly-A’ 2015 – the day in pictures

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    Pupils' WWI research

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    Pupils have been researching profiles of Shetland personnel involved in the First World War.SECONDARY three pupils at the Anderson High School have recently been working on profiles of Shetland service personnel from World War One. The focus of the research has been centred on former pupils from the Anderson Educational Institute Memorial, as well as other Shetlanders, whom pupils will be visiting memorials of on a trip to the battlefields of France and Belgium in September.

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    Freedom for the jarl – but damage comes at a cost

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    On a dreich morning the waiting public got their first view of the 70-strong Jarl’s Squad. The splendidly-clad guizers were in tan quilted tunics with green trim, with guizing guardsmen in black and led by the impressive figure of Olav Haraldsson in sea green cape, steel breastplate and winged helmet. After an official photo at […]

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    'This is different: it's unique'

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    Guizer Jarl Neil Robertson is having a blast on his big day. Photo: ShetnewsTHIS morning’s dreich start to Up Helly Aa did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the throngs of people lining Commercial Street, writes Genevieve White. From crowds of local school children to visitors from overseas: all were eager to cheer on the Guizer Jarl and his squad on their special day. Some of the crowd had travelled far to witness Lerwick’s fire festival. Andrew Harger, who had come all the way from his home in Oregon USA, described the festival as “awesome”, adding: “It’s hard to find authentic things nowadays – go to Machu Picchu and you just find cameras everywhere. This is different: it’s unique.”

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    Lochhead's fishing visit

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    LOCAL fishermen have welcomed the opportunity to quiz Scottish fisheries minister Richard Lochhead during his visit to Shetland this week. Members of Shetland Fishermen’s Association (SFA) will meet Lochhead at the NAFC Marine Centre in Scalloway on Thursday afternoon.

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    Tattooed UHA vikings take to the streets

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    The Jarl's Squad, led by Neil Robertson, heading in over along Commercial Road in dreich conditions. Photo: Geoff Leask

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