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    Tug provision, a gas plant and the latest in the HNP row

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    • The Shetland Times launches a campaign aimed at retaining emergency tug cover. • Production from the new Shetland Gas Plant has finally begun. • Charitable trust and Slap are being referred to OSCR over the sale of the HNP site. • Councillors vote for ‘balanced budget’ despite cuts. • Problems experienced by retained fire […]

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    Talking sport … with Jim Tait

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    The Shetland women’s hockey team are just over a fortnight away from one of their biggest challenges, the Scottish Cup semi-final.

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    Mental health service let patients down

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    An image from the Healthy Shetland website saying there is always support available.A YOUNG woman from Lerwick who says it took two suicide attempts before NHS Shetland took her condition seriously is one of a number of islanders who have come forward to say they have been let down by the local mental health service. One man said he had to leave Shetland to get a proper diagnosis, while another woman is planning to leave the islands to get the help she needs. A fourth complains that she has been on a waiting list for five months to see a doctor, and there are still 10 people before her.

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    Alarming leap in vanishing cats

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    Alfie has been missing from Quarff since last October.SHETLAND Cats Protection says it is unclear whether an unusual increase in the number of missing cats in the isles is down to the work of cruel thieves. Speculation emanated on social media on Wednesday that people had been taking cats from Lerwick and dumping them away from home in the countryside. The police and the SSPCA say they have not received any reports of such behaviour.

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    Green campaign lights up

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    John Finnie MSPHIGHLANDS and Islands Green Party MSP John Finnie has launched his election campaign by naming jobs and housing as priority areas for Shetland.

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    Rejuvenating Grantfield

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    An architect's drawing of the proposed Grantfield development.THE REDUNDANT site of Lerwick’s former Grantfield fire station looks set to be rejuvenated with a striking three-story block of flats and offices.

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    MSPs visit Loganair spares hub

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    Tavish Scott (left) and Liam McArthur at Loganair's Glasgow spares hub on Wednesday.SHETLAND MSP Tavish Scott toured Loganair’s new engineering site at Glasgow airport on Wednesday as the embattled flight operator attempts to boost its reliability.

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    Biggest ever schools music fest

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    A RECORD number of entries have been received for this year’s Shetland schools music festival.

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    Holyrood-driven cut is the ‘last straw’ (John Tulloch)

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    Shetland Islands council’s annual funding from the SNP Scottish government has been cut by five per cent (to £82 million), a larger cut than suffered by any other council.

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    Last roll of the dice? (Cameron Smith)

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    Labour’s candidate in Shetland, Robina Barton, has described her party’s policy of a 1p rise in Scottish basic income tax as “bold”, but perhaps on reflection many will see it as the “last roll of the dice” for a struggling Scottish Labour.

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    Power off out west

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    SCOTTISH and Southern Energy said they hope to have power restored to 255 properties in Bixter, Tresta and Weisdale ay 1.30pm after the lights went out earlier on Thursday morning.

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    Call for better broadband

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    Shetland MSP Tavish ScottSHETLAND MSP Tavish Scott has welcomed assurances from the Scottish government that more money could be spent on quickening the roll-out of "superfast" broadband in rural areas.

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    Helicopter call out

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    A SEARCH and rescue helicopter from Sumburgh was tasked early on Thursday morning to assist a two-person fishing boat taking on water in the Pentland Firth.

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    No clarity on ETV future

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    The emergency towing vessel HeraklesNORTHERN Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has blasted the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) for its "incoherent" thinking towards the future of the emergency towing vessel.

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    Coastguard agency criticised after emergency tug meeting

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    The Maritime Coastguard Agency has been accused of failing to see the value in emergency tug cover, as the end of the contract for the vessel serving the isles draws ever nearer. Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has criticised the coastguard agency after it produced a risk assessment which, he says, fails badly to address concerns. […]

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    Cleaver aborts attempt to delay Eric Gray centre

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    The new Eric Gray Centre is on course to be completed by the end of 2017 - Photomontage: Richard Gibson Architects A NORTH Isles councillor tabled, then swiftly withdrew, an amendment calling for the project to build a new Eric Gray Centre to be sent back to the drawing board at Wednesday's meeting of Shetland Islands Council.

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    Editorial: Time to reform and devolve council tax

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    IT'S HARD not to have some sympathy with SIC councillors this week. The five per cent hit to its budget imposed by the SNP government, the largest cut proportionally for any Scottish local authority, reinforces the feeling that Shetland is being short-changed. Given the huge economic revenue our indigenous industries, especially fishing and seafood, provide to the UK exchequer, should we really be heading into next year’s council elections contemplating the prospect of shutting several rural schools in order to balance the books?

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    Nelson remanded

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    A TWENTY six year old man has been remanded in custody after appearing at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday charged with brandishing a hammer at a member of the public.

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    Councillors condemn ‘worst settlement’ as budget agreed

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    Councillors have today agreed a “balanced budget” despite hefty cuts in the settlement from the Scottish government that sees the SIC grant down about 5.1 per cent compared with some other Scottish council grant cuts of 1.5 per cent. The budget agreed by the SIC includes a mandated freeze in council tax, £1m to be […]

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    Record entry for Schools Music Festival

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    A record number of primary school pupils will take part in this year’s Shetland Schools Music Festival. The annual event will be held in Mareel next month and more than 300 entries from individuals and groups have been received by organisers. Committee member Noelle Henderson said: “This year’s festival promises a packed programme and some […]

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