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    Airline steps in to help junior rugby team

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    Three teams from Shetland Junior Rugby Club were able to make their planned trip to Edinburgh this weekend when Eastern Airways stepped in to fly the bairns from Scatsta after their ferry to Aberdeen was cancelled on Friday night.

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    New ship to house 500 Petrofac workers

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    A new accommodation ship making its way to Lerwick this weekend to house gas plant workers is the 169-metre SNAV Toscana. The vessel will provide accommodation for 500 workers from around 6th March, bringing the workforce on the Total gas plant project to 2,000. She is due to leave Naples, where she is currently berthed, […]

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    Flu jab "still worth it"

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    NHS Shetland is still encouraging islanders to receive a flu jab, despite admitting the vaccine does not protect people against the main strain of flu spreading across the isles. Laboratory tests have shown that the vaccine produced for this winter is only successful in three to ten per cent of the cases after a major genetic mutation of the main flu virus.

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    Solan delayed

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    MORE delays have been announced to oil developments west of Shetland, after Premier Oil announced they were pushing back the start date for production at the huge Solan field. The company has blamed the slump in the oil price as well as the difficult conditions in the far north due to the poor weather over the winter.

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    Heartening news in latest Marinewise feature

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    The latest Marinewise feature in today's Shetland Times includes a variety of positive news concerning different aspects of the aquaculture and fishing industries.

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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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    Youth parliament candidates named

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    The names of the candidates hoping to be elected as Orkney’s Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament have been announced. The candidates are (pictured above from the left) Beth Thomson (Kirkwall Grammar School), Jack Norquoy (Stromness Academy), Thorfinn Moffat (Kirkwall Grammar School) and Ria Leslie (Kirkwall Grammar School). Further information about the candidates, including their ...

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    Ferry passengers warned of disruption to services

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    Due to the weather forecast and tidal conditions, both Pentland Ferries and NorthLink Ferries have announced some disruption to services. For updates please visit the company websites.

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    Memories of school days cast in stone at KGS

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    A time capsule carrying mementos from a typical school day has been buried within a stone wall at Kirkwall Grammar School. The project has been supported by money earmarked for public art initiatives as part of Orkney Islands Council’s Schools Investment Programme, and from additional funds granted by the local LEADER scheme and OIC’s arts ...

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    Work on subsea water supply continues

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    Scottish Water says it is continuing to work round-the-clock to restore water supplies on Graemsay, and minimise disruption customers, following a burst on the subsea pipeline that supplies the island with water from Hoy. According to the company engineers are working as quickly as possible, in challenging conditions, to locate the burst and assess what ...

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    Stromness helicopter pilot receives military award

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    A Royal Navy helicopter pilot from Stromness has been recognised for distinguished service. Lieutenant Commander Edwin Cooper has been awarded a Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service (QCVS) for the part he played in operations bringing relief supplies to the Philippines following typhoon Haiyan in 2013. During Operation Patwin, Lt Cdr Cooper led a team of ...

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    Top play for Palace Players on second night of Drama Festival

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      Palace Players (Bishops) were the winners on the second night of the 2015 drama festival with their production of Frank Gibbons Baby Sparklers. Adjudicator Russell Boyce praised all three plays performed, and said the Palace Players production, “looked good and sounded good”. Tonight sees the final two groups take to the stage at the Orkney Theatre: Hoy and ...

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    Don’t forget to have your say on Health and Social Care ‘Integration Scheme’

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    A new document that details the proposed partnership agreement between NHS Western Isles and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, for health and social care integration, is still available for comment, until tomorrow (Friday).   The […]

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    MSP welcomes Audit Scotland report into broadband

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    Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, has backed Audit Scotland’s assertion that the public need to be given more information on the coverage and range of speeds that the […]

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    Search for missing woman enters third day

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    Police are continuing to search the coastline and adjacent countryside in the area around Dunnottar Castle, Aberdeenshire, for 35-year-old Orkney woman Shona Johnston. Officers from the Kincardine and Mearns local policing team as well as officers from specialist units have been making extensive searches of the area since she was reported missing on Tuesday afternoon. ...

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    Scottish Government still shortchanging NHS Orkney, says McArthur

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    Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has demanded an explanation from ministers after figures revealed that NHS Orkney is still being shortchanged by the Scottish Government, despite promises made by the health secretary last month. On January 11, the Scottish Government issued a statement which said that an additional tranche of funding would “bring all health boards ...

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    Emergency group members visit Graemsay

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    Representatives of the multi-agency Orkney Local Emergency Co-ordinating Group (OLECG) have visited residents in Graemsay following disruption to the island’s water supply. The group, which brings together a range of organisations including Police Scotland, Orkney Islands Council, NHS Orkney, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the British Red Cross, met again yesterday in response to ...

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    First night honours for St Andrews Drama Club

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    The St Andrews Drama Club took the honours on the opening night of the 2015 drama festival with their production of Lynn Brittney’s Dig for the Diggers. Adjudicator Russell Boyce praised all three plays performed, declaring it had been a good night of theatre. Tonight sees another three groups take to the stage at the ...

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    Unique inter-island collaboration created for HebCelt

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    They may be geographically removed and unique in their own way, but Scotland’s northernmost islands share many cultural connections, not least their Viking heritage and a tradition of expressing their […]

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    Call for wave budget to come to Orkney

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    Orkney MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson Liam McArthur has said that the Scottish Government’s commitment to new renewables body Wave Energy Scotland is welcome, but must mark the beginning of sustained action to support the sector. Following the announcement last November that Pelamis Wave Power was going into administration, Mr McArthur says he has ...

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    NEW MILESTONE FOR WORLD-CLASS ST KILDA CENTRE

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    There will be an invited audience from all over Scotland tomorrow (Thursday) for a key event in progressing the St Kilda Centre – Ionad Hiort – in the Uig area […]

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    Wave energy funding announced

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    Scotland’s first wave energy technology development body Wave Energy Scotland will receive a total of £14.3 million over the next thirteen months, Energy Minister Fergus Ewing announced today. ‘Wave Energy Scotland’ awarded its first contract to a group of 12 former Pelamis employees, led by former Chief Executive of Pelamis Wave Power Richard Yemm, to ...

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    First three groups take to the stage for 2015 Drama Festival

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    The Orkney district Scottish Community Drama Association (SCDA) One Act Drama Festival kicks off tonight, Wednesday, with eight groups competing in the annual competition. The festival, in the Orkney Theatre, runs for the next three nights and this year’s adjudicator is Dr Russell Boyce, who returns to Orkney, having performed the role before, in 2008. ...

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    Health and social care integration survey reminder

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    People in Orkney have less than a week to add their comments to a consultation on proposals for the future delivery of integrated health and social care services. Orkney Islands Council and NHS Orkney have developed detailed proposals for a new joint board which will plan and deliver these services in future. These are contained in ...

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    Search continues for missing Orkney woman

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    The search for an Orkney woman, reported missing from her home in Aberdeenshire yesterday, is due to continue today. Shona Johnston, 35, was last seen around 1pm on Tuesday, in the Robert Street area of Stonehaven. A black Nissan X-trail vehicle, believed to have been used by Mrs Johnston, was later found parked at Dunnottar Castle. This sparked ...

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    VisitScotland campaign aims to encourage people to take a break on Scotland’s islands

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    The Outer Hebrides are to feature in a special VisitScotland competition which will give 8,000 people the chance to enjoy a free return trip to one of 23 islands in […]

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