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    New accommodation vessel

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    SNAV ToscanaA NEW accommodation ship to house 500 construction workers completing the Shetland gas plant is due to arrive in Lerwick harbour in just over a week. The SNAV Toscana will be the fourth accommodation vessel in the harbour when it berths at Lerwick’s Holmsgarth 5 jetty on 6 March, next to the Bibby Stockholm and Calmar barges already housing gas plant workers.

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    Council tenant airs mould problems

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    Stephannie Thomas: 'I've never lived in a house before where I'm told keep the furniture away from the walls' Photo ShetnewsA BRAE family say they have lost all confidence in Shetland Islands Council's housing department after living in a council house infested with mould and fungi for the past 18 months. Mother of four Stephannie Thomas said that when she alerted the council, they told her to improve her ventilation and keep furniture away from walls to stop them getting damp and mouldy.

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    Easter strike threat at Sumburgh Airport

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    Sumburgh airport faces disruption if security staff take industrial action.FLIGHTS in and out of Sumburgh and other airports across the region face disruption this Easter after security staff announced plans to ballot on strike action. Members of the Prospect union said they had run out of patience with management at Scottish government-owned Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd after five years of failed negotiations on equal terms and conditions.

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    AHS English students quiz actress over Crucible role

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    Secondary 5 pupils from the Anderson High School who are studying Arthur Miller's The Crucible for their Higher English qualification have been given the chance to interview one of the stars of a live production of the play. A live screening of a performance of the classic tale based around the Salem witch trials will be screened in Mareel this weekend, starring Richard Armitage (The Hobbit). In collaboration with promotion company Cinemalive, Shetland Arts offered the excited pupils the chance to ask Armitage's fellow performer Marama Corlett, who plays Betty Parris, about her involvement.

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    Robinson criticises government over teacher freeze deal

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    The council’s political leader has criticised a Scottish government deal which calls for local authorities not to cut teacher numbers in exchange for cash. Gary Robinson dismissed Shetland’s £300,000 share of a £41 million Holyrood pie as a “drop in the ocean”, and less than 10 per cent of the cost of maintaining teacher numbers. […]

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    Yell haunted house back on the market

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    The Windhouse dates back from the early 18th century - Photo: Courtesy of Dowle, Smith & RutherfordTHE MYSTERIOUS ruin of a former laird's house on the Shetland island of Yell is back on the market after an earlier attempt at restoration came to nought. Windhouse, near Mid Yell and overlooking the head of Whalefirth Voe, is reputed to be the most haunted house in Shetland.

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    Nicholson joins islands musical collaboration

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    Three singers from three islands have come together in a new collaboration which celebrates the art of songwriting.

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    Singer Owens to return for two shows

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    Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter Dean Owens will return to Shetland in April to promote his new album. Owens was last in the isles to perform his sell-out show inspired by one of his musical idols Johnny Cash. But his association with Shetland goes back further when he and his then band The Felsons played at the Shetland […]

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    Council on track to make major savings

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    Shetland Islands Council is set to save about £11 million pounds from its budget this financial year including £5.5million from its general fund for services. Councillors at the SIC’s policy resources committee, and later the full council meetings were given the news on Wednesday. The projected saving of £5.523 million on the council’s general fund is […]

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    Tavish on NHS funding

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    Tavish Scott MSPNHS SHETLAND continues to be "short-changed" by the Scottish government, according to local MSP Tavish Scott. The LibDem MSP said on Wednesday that figures published earlier this week show that Shetland health board should receive an extra £900,000 in annual funding.

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    Strangs to run accommodation block

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    The Petrofac accommodation block at Sella Ness - Photo: billy Fox A NEW Shetland company has been selected by Petrofac to manage and operate the accommodation units at Sella Ness. Shetland Facilities Management (SFM) has taken over the contract to run the site opposite Sullom Voe from ESS Offshore.

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    Bail denied

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    A 39-year old man was remanded in custody after pleading not guilty to a charge of being found in a house in Lerwick with intent to steal while on bail. Jamie Neill, of Sandveien appeared from custody before Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday. A trial date has been fixed for 2 April.

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    Man ‘intended to steal’

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    A man has been remanded in custody after being accused of being in a house with intent to steal. Jamie Neill, 39, of Sandveien is charged with being found in another address in the Lerwick housing estate without lawful authority, and while on bail. He denied carrying out the offence when he appeared from custody […]

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    Police investigate ‘hit and run’

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    Police are investigating after a parked vehicle was damaged in the Toll Clock Shopping Centre car park. The force has described it as a “hit and run road accident” with PC Alex Lumsden saying it was believed another vehicle had caused the damage, between 1.30pm and 2pm on Friday 13th February, before being driven away. […]

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    Shetland seal freed from deadly netting

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    A YOUNG grey seal was spared an agonising death after it was cut free from monofilament netting on a remote Shetland beach on Tuesday. Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary received a call from local people who had seen the seal during a walk in Fethaland, at the far northern tip of Shetland's mainland at the weekend.

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    SNP name Skene as their candidate

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    SNP prospective parliamentary candidate Danus Skene in Lerwick on Tuesday - Photo: Hans J Marter/ ShetNewsRETIRED teacher and current chairman of Shetland Arts, Danus Skene, has been confirmed as the SNP's parliamentary candidate for the Orkney and Shetland constituency at the forthcoming general election. It is the first time the 70 year old has stood on an SNP ticket after having fought a Westminster seat twice before for the Liberal Democrats - in North Tayside back in 1983, and in Moray four years later.

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    Yell fashion designer's catwalk success

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    Paul Thomson collection using Shetland wool - Photo: Courtesy of Paul ThomsonLOCAL textile designer Paul Thomson's striking creations using Shetland wool could be the next big thing in the world of fashion after a hugely successful catwalk show at Somerset House, in London, on Friday. Thomson's work caught the eye of the fashion press when he was one of only four students named as showing the most promise at Saint Martins College annual MA graduation fashion show.

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    Hoolie in Hackney

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    The Reid sisters performing at a previous 'Shetland Night in London'. Photo: THE LATEST in a series of successful Shetland nights in London will take place at a venue in Hackney on Saturday night, with food to be served by prestigious chef Anna Tobias.  It is just over a year since the last of the nights took place, organised by Helen Nisbet from Yell who lives and works in the UK capital.

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    Malakoff showcase: Staying ahead of the game

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    More than 100 years after it was first established, marine engineering company Malakoff is keeping up with the times. Last summer the Shetland firm became the first business in the isles to comply with the latest European regulations for fabricated structural steelwork.

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    Two taken to hospital

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    TWO men were taken to hospital with minor injuries on Monday morning after their car left the road on the unclassified road to Rova Head, in Lerwick, landing on its roof in a ditch. Emergency services were called to the scene of the accident just before 8am.

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