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    Carmichael defiant amid continued calls to resign

    Originally published by and copyright of www.shetnews.co.uk

    Embattled MP Alistair Carmichael following the election count earlier this month. Photo: ShetnewsNORTHERN Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has attempted to bat off continued calls for his resignation, saying he “very much regrets” the position he finds himself in but insisting he will continue serving his constituents. The SNP has piled pressure on the Liberal Democrat MP after he admitted sanctioning the leak of a private government memo back in April in an attempt to smear Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon and then lying about it.

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    Carmichael staying put as Northern Isles MP, he says

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    Alistair Carmichael has vowed to remain as MP for the isles despite widespread calls for him to step down after he admitted leaking a private memo in a bid to smear First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

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    Drug charges

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    A FIFTY two year old man from Brae who is facing a number of drug charges was remanded in custody when he appeared in private before Lerwick Sheriff Court for the second time in eight days. Ibrahim Abdullah Hassan made no plea or declaration and was fully committed for trial when he appeared from custody on Monday.

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    Samaritans branch celebrates its 30th anniversary

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    The Shetland branch of the Samaritans celebrated its 30th anniversary on Saturday with an event in the Lerwick headquarters.

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    RBS branch to close

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    The RBS branch in Brae is to close on 20 August - Photo: ShetNewsTHE community of Brae will lose its tiny Royal Bank of Scotland branch later this summer. The branch at the Brae Hotel is open only on Wednesdays, for less than two hours. Customers have been advised that they can check their bank balance, deposit and withdraw funds at the nearby post office, located in the Co-op supermarket.

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    LibDem leader: “MP deserves a second chance”

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    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie RennieAS the SNP continues to pile pressure on northern isles MP Alistair Carmichael to resign over leaking a private government memo in an attempt to smear first minister Nicola Sturgeon and then lying about it, the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats has called for him to be given “a second chance”. Willie Rennie was speaking after the party’s executive decided not to discipline the MP for his actions.

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    Isles left with MP of questionable integrity, says Skene

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    The SNP General Election candidate for the Northern Isles says the people of Shetland and Orkney have been left with "an MP of questionable integrity".

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    Outboard motor stolen from boat at Lerwick Marina

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    An outboard motor was stolen from a boat at the Lerwick Marina at Gremista last month.

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    Royal Navy minehunter proves a star attraction

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    The Royal Navy minehunter HMS Middleton is paying a five-day visit over the weekend, to coincide with the centenary of the Voe Bakery.

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    Opinion: the isles deserve another vote

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    FRIDAY'S news that Alistair Carmichael authorised the leak of a private government memo to undermine the credibility of the SNP ahead of the general election has come as a shock and an embarrassment. Alistair is right to describe it as an "error of judgment". The memo was written by a reliable civil servant, yes. But it is no more than a third hand report of a conversation between a Scottish minister and a French ambassador, which should have made our MP question its authenticity rather than think it incriminating enough to make public.

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    Protesters vow to keep going until MP goes

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    Protesters gather outside Alistair Carmichael's constituency office on Saturday afternoon to call for his resignation. Photo ShetnewsPROTESTERS calling for northern isles MP Alistair Carmichael to resign have pledged to hold more demonstrations after around 50 folk turned out in Lerwick on Saturday afternoon. Meanwhile the SNP nationally have called for a formal investigation into Carmichael’s leaking of a controversial memo by the Parliamentary Commissioner of Standards.

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    Tell Wiz: 'a triumph of unplugged clarity'

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    Arthur Watt (left) and George Webster during the Tell Wiz performance in the Garrison - Photo: Malcolm Younger/Millgaet MediaAFTER months of anticipation, dialect group Shetland ForWirds's revival of the popular 1950s musical Tell Wiz finally hit the stage on Thursday night. EXCITED anticipation filled the air as the audience filled the Garrison Theatre on Thursday night for the premiere of Tell Wiz. They were not to be disappointed.

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    Pressure mounts on isles MP to resign

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    Alistair Carmichael MP on election night at Lerwick's Clickimin Leisure Complex on 7 May. Photo ShetnewsPRESSURE is mounting on Alistair Carmichael to stand down as northern isles MP after he admitted being behind the controversial leaked memo suggesting first minister Nicola Sturgeon secretly wanted the Conservatives to win this month’s general election. Sturgeon has described the leak as “a blatant election dirty trick” and called for Carmichael to “consider his position” as an MP.

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    Carmichael admits leaking controversial memo

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    Alistair Carmichael MP has taken full responsibility for the leaking of the controversial memo in April.NORTHERN isles MP Alistair Carmichael has admitted responsibility for the controversial leaked memo suggesting Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon told the French ambassador she hoped for a Conservative victory in the general election. On Friday Carmichael, who was secretary of state for Scotland in April when the memo was leaked to the Daily Telegraph, apologised to the first minister and the ambassador Sylvie Bermann and accepted the memo's contents were incorrect.

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    Voe Bakery still rising after 100 years

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    The Admiralty sent bakers to train local men in 1915.  Shetlanders took on the work soon after, but some bakers from south settled and stayed on after the war - Photo: Courtesy of Shetland Museum and Archives"THE SECRET of its success? The support from the folk of Shetland." That's the reason, according to owner Tracey Thompson, why the Voe Bakery has managed to keep going strong over the last one hundred years. The Lower Voe bakery, famed for its bannocks, pies and biscuits, is celebrating its centenary this weekend.

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    New deal wins isles firm more business

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    Ocean Kinetics managing director John Henderson - Photo: John CouttsSHETLAND engineering firm Ocean Kinetics is teaming up with international welding and fabrication company Serimax in a bid to win more work from the oil and gas sector. The Lerwick business said it was perfectly located to offer significant savings to North Sea and West of Shetland operators. The agreement with Serimax, whose UK base is at Evanton on the Cromarty Firth, was one outcome from a recent showcase event organised by trade group Energy North with support from development agency HIE.

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    Row opens up over unsellable fish

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    Haddock landed at Lerwick fish market.SHETLAND’S fishing leaders have warned the Scottish government will be breaking the law if they do not help fishermen dispose of unsellable whitefish when the new discard ban becomes law next year. On Thursday Scottish Tory MEP Ian Duncan demanded “an urgent explanation” from Marine Scotland after Shetland Fishermen’s Association told him the government was shirking its legal responsibilities.

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    Nightclub headbutt

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    AN UNEMPLOYED plater from County Durham was fined £200 at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Thursday after pleading guilty to headbutting a bouncer at a local nightclub. The court heard that 26 year old Stewart John Grazier, of 13 Charlotte Street, South Moor, Stanley, assaulted the bouncer at Posers Nightclub, on Lerwick’s Commercial Street, on 30 November.

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    Drunk 25 yard dash

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    AN UNEMPLOYED Lerwick man who drove a motorbike around 25 yards while almost twice the alcohol limit, without insurance while on bail is to be sentenced next week. On Thursday Lerwick Sheriff Court heard that 19 year old Mark Simon Rushby, of 5 Ladies Drive, was arrested on Wednesday after he was seen driving the unregistered vehicle he bought one year ago.

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    Scott urges fire service to act on recruitment

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    Urgent action is needed to address the shortage of retained fire fighters in Shetland - Photo: Austin TaylorLOCAL MSP Tavish Scott has again stressed the need for action to address the shortage of retained firefighters in Shetland. His comments came in response to an Audit Scotland report into the merger of Scotland's eight fire and rescue services, which was published on Thursday morning. The financial watchdog said the controversial merger was managed effectively and found the new Scottish Fire and Rescue Service's performance to be improving.

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    Comhairle’s Homeless Service Moving to a new location

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    From Monday 1 June 2015, the Comhairle’s Homeless Services Team will be moving from their present location in Hebridean Housing Partnership’s offices at Creed Court, Willowglen Road, to join the […]

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    Crowd funding appeal to seek MP’s removal from office

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    Following this morning’s news that Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael will not be standing down from his position in UK parliament, Yes Orkney are to launch a crowd funding campaign seeking Mr Carmichael’s removal from office. Announced through the group’s facebook page, the crowd funding appeal’s goal will be to raise the £6000 needed ...

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    Minister meets Commissioners

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    Options for choosing a new Convener of the Crofting Commission have been discussed at a meeting between Environment Minister Aileen McLeod and the Commissioners in Inverness. It comes two weeks […]

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    Full funded events programme revealed for Year of Food and Drink 2015

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    A new event celebrating the past and future of the herring industry and a festival offering a significant cultural focus for the local community, are just two of the enticing […]

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    Road work under way

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    Orkney Islands Council will be carrying out surface dressing and road marking operations this week at a number of locations. The work is planned for: The Old Finstown road between Sunnybank and Bloomfield, and between Cursiter Quarry and Cruan. The Stromness to Finstown road between the Germiston road and the Brodgar road. The Evie to ...

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    Lib Dem leader backs Carmichael, calling for a ‘second chance’

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    Amid calls for Alistair Carmichael’s resignation, the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats has said today that Northern Isles MP deserves a second chance. Commenting on Mr Carmichael’s admission, on Friday, that he was responsible for leaking a false memo about Nicola Sturgeon’s conversation with the French Ambassador, Willie Rennie has given his backing to the MP. He ...

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    Protestors call for MP’s resignation as SNP urges investigation by parliamentary standards commissioner

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    The SNP has back calls for a formal investigation by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, following Alistair Carmichael’s admission, yesterday, that he was responsible for leaking a false memo about Nicola Sturgeon’s conversation with the French Ambassador – and the fact that he denied any knowledge of it until after the General Election. Stewart Hosie MP, ...

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    The Old Man of Hoy – an aerial view

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    On holiday in the county in April, Jason Baxter managed to capture some amazing aerial footage of the Old Man of Hoy and, as an extra bonus, managed to film some climbers resting atop the stack!

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    Warehouse Buildings open for business from Monday

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    Orkney Islands Council has confirmed that its new Stromness offices will open for business at 10am on Monday morning. The Warehouse Buildings will house Council customer service provision, a library facility and meeting rooms. The Buildings will open until 7pm on two nights a week (Mondays and Thursdays) and will also open on Saturdays from ...

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    Pressure grows for MP to stand down

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    Alistair Carmichael’s admission that he backed the leak of a controversial memo ahead of the general election has seen calls for him to resign from the post of MP for the Northern Isles. At the time of writing, a poll by The Shetland Times has 97 per cent of the 4,063 votes saying Mr Carmichael should resign, ...

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    Isles United secure first piece of silverware

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    Isles United beat Burray 2-1 on Friday evening, in an entertaining game, to secure the Talisman Oxy Cup. The game, being played at the KGS 3G pitch, swung from end to end with both teams playing exciting football. Daniel Hourston opened the scoring for Isles United before Kit Bichan headed in a quick equaliser. However, ...

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    Independent MSP condemns MP’s ‘deliberate attack on a fellow politician’

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    An independent Highlands and Islands MSP has condemned Alistair Carmichael for not taking responsibility for the leaked memo before the findings of a Cabinet Office inquiry were released this afternoon. Jean Urquhart MSP said: “Mr Carmichael’s actions go far beyond a simple ‘error of judgement’ – this was a calculated and deeply cynical attempt to undermine ...

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    Alistair Carmichael should consider his position as MP, says First Minister

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    Although she has accepted his apology, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said this afternoon that Alistair Carmichael should apologise to his constituents and consider his position as MP for the Northern Isles. Ms Sturgeon was responding to the letter she received from Mr Carmichael, apologising for his part in leaking a Scottish Office memo that led to ...

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    Carmichael accepts responsibility for memo leak

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    Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has accepted responsibility for a leaked, pre-election, memo that led to a The Daily Telegraph article, claiming that Scotland’s First Minister would have preferred that David Cameron remain in Downing Street. Leaked in April, the Scottish Office memo – which claimed that Nicola Sturgeon had made the comments to the ...

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    Lochside, Greeny

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    Lochside, Greeny, Dounby Bedrooms 5 | Bathrooms 2 Offers Over £155,000 4/5 bedroom detached cottage with outbuildings and approximately 3.5 acres of land situated outside of Dounby village with superb views over the Loch of Banks and towards the Hoy Hills. Lochside is located close to The Loons & Loch of Banks RSPB nature reserves, within the ...

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    Graemeshall Farmhouse and Holm Kennels

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    Graemeshall Farmhouse and Holm Kennels, Holm Bedrooms 5 | Bathrooms 2 Offers Over £340,000 Graemeshall Farmhouse extends to 6 acres or thereby and includes a substantial 5 bedroom dwellinghouse, stables and paddocks together with a successful kennel and cattery business. The attractive property enjoys a beautiful sea view and is situated approximately 7 miles from Kirkwall. This ...

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    Sanday

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    FOR SALE OR LET IN SANDAY Stone-built four-bedroomed cottage. Beautiful sea views. Suitable for Bed & Breakfast Business Contact 07557 523496 01777 816939

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    Kitchen Assistants

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    FULL-TIME KITCHEN ASSISTANT preferably with experience, to help out in all areas. For further details, please contact the Royal Hotel 850342, or email sharon@royalhotel.biz

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    JCB Loadall

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    JCB Loadall Price: £18,000 ono + VAT • Reg: 55 • Colour: Yellow • Gearbox: Manual • Fuel Type: Diesel Telephone: 01856 861456     07766001192

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    Local figures show fall in crime in Highlands and Islands

    Originally published by and copyright of hebridestoday.com

    Local figures for Highland and Islands Division show a reduction in overall crimes of dishonesty including housebreaking, fraud and vehicle crime down by 18.7% and detection rates for the crimes […]

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