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    Creative Watt shines in music city

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    Isles musician Joe Watt is thriving in Glasgow. Watt was a prominent member of the Shetland contemporary music scene prior to moving south last year to study a degree in commercial music at the University of West Scotland in Ayrshire. Being only a short train journey from the burgeoning musical city, the young musician has […]

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    More work on Clickimin footpaths

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    Work on the next phase of the Clickimin footpaths will begin tomorrow, leading to the closure of the path on the east side of Clickimin Loch.

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    Last day at work for Mr Last Ditchology

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    Brian Priest on his last day with COPE. "y repairing days are over, but there's still a curiosity about why something doesn't work." Photo Austin Taylor“It's been a slow three months since Christmas,” said Brian Priest on the eve of his 65th birthday and his long awaited retirement from the world of working with electrical equipment. A popular man with a dry sense of humour, Priest became something of a legend in Lerwick largely thanks to the inspired name of the business he set up in the late 1980s.

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    Youngsters crank it up at Battle of the Bands

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    Blues, funk, rock and punk were on the menu last night as isles youngsters took to the stage for this year’s Battle of the Bands competition.

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    Far flung Euro youth gather in Brae

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    All 28 of the visiting students from Latvia, Norway, Sardinia and Turkey after the Brae High School Up Helly Aa night - all Photos: Gordon StovelWhat happens when you draw a squint, vaguely pentagonic shape on the map of Europe and invite students from the corners to mix together and socialise, educate each other and exchange views and culture? This is the aim of the bold ERASMUS+ student exchange programme, and Brae High School has been the centre of its attention over the past week.

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    Salmon and mackerel exports soar

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    Exports of Shetland caught or grown fish have hit new heights according to figures which show UK salmon and mackerel exports were worth three-quarters of a billion last year.

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    Swapping seeds

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    AS THE gardening season comes around once again, an Eshaness woman is encouraging local people to share their seeds to help them grow a crop of thoroughbred plants and vegetables for Shetland.

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    Revolutionary tidal turbine for north Yell

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    The Nova30, which is already generating electricity from under Bluemull Sound, is likely to be superseded by the new direct-drive turbine. Photo Nova InnovationSHETLAND looks set to remain at the forefront of marine renewables after the Scottish government pledged more than half a million pounds towards developing a revolutionary tidal turbine to be sited off the isle of Yell. Nova Innovation, the Edinburgh-based business behind the world’s first community-owned tidal turbine project at Cullivoe, has been awarded £573,000 towards the £1 million cost of building and testing its proposed “direct-drive tidal turbine”.

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    Airport security staff back strike

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    Airport security staff are to strike at Sumburgh Airport, following a strong vote in favour of a walkout. Union Prospect said 87 per cent of workers voted in favour of a strike on an 85 per cent turnout. Staff at AMSL, which forms part of the Scottish government-owned Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) will […]

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    Nearly half of population will be pensioners by 2037, report says

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    Shetland is sitting on a demographic timebomb according to guidelines for UK government departments that are intended to prevent legis­lation having a negative impact on remote island areas. According to a section in the guidelines titled “Island Demo­graphics – Key Challenges” almost half Shetland’s population may be pensioners by 2037 despite Shetland being one of […]

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    AHS netball team wins Open Silver Cup

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    The Anderson High School netball team has won the Open Silver Scottish Schools Cup.

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    Strike action after Easter at Sumburgh airport

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    Sumburgh airport faces disruption next month after security staff voted to strike for 48 hours.Sumburgh airport is to be hit by strikes after security staff voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action, it was announced on Friday afternoon. The union Prospect said staff will stage a 48 hour strike from midday on 7 April at all airports run by government-owned Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL).

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    Three local photographers praised by awards judges

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    Shetland was well represented in the Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year competition – with three isles photographers getting recognition and the winning shot being taken in Fair Isle.

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    Lolly for languages

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    Minister for learning Alisdair AllanSHETLAND Islands Council is to receive £34,000 from a Scottish government pot worth £7.2 million to support learning languages at local schools. The money is to help councils make sure that every primary pupil starts learning a second language in P1 and a third language in P5.

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    Voe Store taken over by new company

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    Tagon Stores in Voe has been sold to a local couple, it has emerged this week.

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    Three new trustees

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    SHETLAND Charitable Trust has successfully appointed three new independent trustees to its board. Broadcaster Tom Morton, former Liberal Democrat councillor and social work director Peter Malcolmson and retired Walls GP Andrew Cooper will join five independent and seven council trustees in April. The appointments, approved on Thursday, follow a lengthy recruitment campaign during which the trust had to re-advertise the vacant positions.

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    Ticking time bomb fears in this week’s Shetland Times

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    •In this week’s top story Shetland is sitting on a demographic time bomb. •Ocean Kinetics will modify a slipway at Sumburgh Airport to help in emergencies. •Tagon Stores has been sold to a local couple Ryan and Lesley Thomson. •In this month’s jam-packed Music Matters Shetland rockers SpootHawk share their connection with Justin Bieber ahead […]

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    “Bittersweet feeling” at Tagon Stores sale

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    Phoebe and Scott Preston - pleased to have found a new owner who shares their enthusiasm - Photo: Hans J Marter/ShetNewsONE OF Shetland's most successful country shops has found new owners. Ryan and Lesley Thomson, from Wadbister, are set to take over Tagon Stores in Voe next month once the paperwork has been finalised.

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    Gas plant worker dies

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    CONSTRUCTION firm Petrofac has confirmed that a 61 year old worker on the new Shetland Gas Plant has died after being taken ill. The company said the man was transferred to Lerwick’s Gilbert Bain Hospital on Wednesday morning after becoming unwell on site and was then flown to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary later that day where he died.

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    Kirk roof repairs

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    Bigton KirkA CHURCH of Scotland kirk in a small Shetland village has managed to net £10,700 of government money to get its roof repaired. Minister at the Bigton kirk, the Reverend Charles Greig praised former councillor and kirk elder Willie Tait, saying he was the driving force behind the project.

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    Two arrested following Kirkwall house fire

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    Two men have been arrested following investigations into a house fire in Kirkwall on Friday afternoon. According to police, both men will both appear at Kirkwall Sheriff Court on Monday and a report has been submitted to the procurator fiscal. While the police are not looking for further persons regarding the incident, anyone with relevant information ...

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    Semi-final win for Orkney FC

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    A penalty shootout saw Orkney Football Club take victory across the Firth today in the semi-final of the Football Times Cup. The game against Thurso went into extra time, after a 1-1 draw at full time, but neither side were able to clinch a decider. Going into penalties, Thurso missed the first shot, which then saw ...

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    Twelve per cent of surveyed Orkney businesses had no internet connection

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    Orkney has the highest number of businesses with no internet connection in the Highlands and Islands. That is according to a study commissioned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), which surveyed 138 businesses in the county last year. The survey showed that, out of all nine of the regions involved, Orkney has the highest percentage ...

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    First Minister launches HIE’s three-year plan

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    SCOTLAND’S First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, has launched a new three-year operating plan for Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). The new plan is launched as HIE marks the 50th anniversary of […]

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    Shadow Islands Minister adds his Congratulations to HebCelt

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    Highlands and Islands Labour MSP and Shadow Islands Minister, David Stewart, has added his congratulations to the organisers of HebCelt for being named as one of the Top 10 UK […]

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    ANGUS MACNEIL WELCOMES ENHANCED AIR SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR BARRA

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    Welcoming news that the Scottish Government are to increase the level of air service between Barra and Glasgow to two flights per day, Monday to Saturday and an added weekend […]

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    HIAL rejects unreasonable 30% pay claim

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    Regional airport operator HIAL has moved to reassure passengers that its airports will open as normal despite the threat of industrial action by members of Prospect, the union which represents […]

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    Yorkshire couple live the dream with Barra post office takeover supported by Clydesdale Bank

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    A North Yorkshire couple who are lifelong fans of Whisky Galore have bought the only post office on the remote Hebridean island of Barra, where the film was shot, with […]

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    Comhairle Welcomes Roll Out of RET (Road Equivelant Traffic)

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    Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed the announcement made by Minister for Transport and Islands, Derek Mackay, yesterday, that Road Equivalent Tariff is be rolled out on inter-island ferry services. […]

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    Beinn na Foghla agus Uibhist A Tuath By-election Results

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    The following is the result of the by-election, held on Thursday 26th March, for the electoral ward detailed above.   Andrew Walker (Independent) – 437 votes Roslyn MacPherson (SNP) – […]

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    Council allocated cash to support language learning

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    Orkney Islands Council is to receive £28,000 from the Scottish Government to support language learning. Five local councils in the Highlands and Islands have been allocated £529,000 of £7.2 million announced by the Scottish Government. The money can be invested in “local priorities:, which the Government says can include training for primary teachers, strategic planning ...

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    Thumbs up for North Isles Landscape Partnership scheme

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    Progress with plans for a North Isles Landscape Partnership Scheme met with the approval of councillors this week, when the initiative was under discussion in the council chamber. Members of the development and infrastructure committee were considering an outline of the proposed scheme, to enable a first round application to the Heritage Lottery Fund. Councillors ...

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    Peugeot 207

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    Peugeot 207, 1.4 M Play, 5 door Price: £3,750 • Reg: 2008 • Mileage: 46000 • Colour: Silver • Gearbox: Manual • Fuel Type: Petrol Air con, CD player, electric windows Finance available – finance subject to status. Terms and conditions apply. Applicant must be 18 or over. Guarantees/indemnities may be required Click for Full Details Colin Gregg Cars, Hatston Industrial Estate, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1RE ...

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    House fire in Kirkwall confined to porch

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    Fire appliances from Kirkwall and Stromness were called to attend a property fire in the Strynd, Kirkwall, earlier this afternoon. A fire service spokesman said that damage was confined to the porch of the house, and that investigations were continuing into the cause of the blaze, which occurred around 12.30pm.

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    Apartment – Hatston

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    First Floor Apartment, Hatston, St Ola Bedrooms 2 | Bathrooms 1 Offers Over £125,000 EPC rating – C  Click for Full Details D&H 56A Albert Street, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1HQ Telephone: (01856) 872216 • Fax: (01856)872483 • Email: kr@dandhlaw.co.uk

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    Hatston Apartment

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    Ground Floor Apartment, Hatston, St Ola Bedrooms 2 | Bathrooms 1 Offers Over £125,000  EPC rating – C Click for Full Details D&H 56A Albert Street, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1HQ Telephone: (01856) 872216 • Fax: (01856)872483 • Email: kr@dandhlaw.co.uk

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    Smiddy, Grimness

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    Smiddy, Grimness, South Ronaldsay Bedrooms 2 | Bathrooms 1 Offers Over £200,000 EPC rating – C  Click for Full Details D&H 56A Albert Street, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1HQ Telephone: (01856) 872216 • Fax: (01856)872483 • Email: kr@dandhlaw.co.uk

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    Stromness

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    Flat 4, 40 Victoria Street, Stromness Bedsit – EPC rating – E Fixed Price £45,000 9% rental yield £20,00 under home report value Click for Full Details D&H 56A Albert Street, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1HQ Telephone: (01856) 872216 • Fax: (01856)872483 • Email: kr@dandhlaw.co.uk

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    Toab Sites

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    Sites at Greens, Toab Offers Over £48,000 per site 2 sites with planning in principle • spectacular views Click for Full Details D&H 56A Albert Street, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1HQ Telephone: (01856) 872216 • Fax: (01856)872483 • Email: kr@dandhlaw.co.uk

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    Two posts

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    Wishes to recruit two full-time children & young persons’ workers to join our staff team, plus part-time maternity cover from May 2016. Applicants must have: • A relevant qualification in Education or Childcare • An understanding of the gendered analysis of domestic abuse • Full UK driving licence/transport Application packs via: recruitment@womensaidorkney.org.uk or by calling ...

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