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    Nuclear free seminar

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

    A GROUP calling on local councils to adopt anti-nuclear policies will hold a seminar in Lerwick on Friday. The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) Scotland Forum will be held at Islesburgh between 12 and 2pm to discuss energy issues in the country.

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    Flock of bright visitors drop in for isles visit

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    Bee-eater-K2000Bee-eaters are very colourful birds and unusually seven were spotted at Veensgarth in Tingwall yesterday morning.

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    Foundation stone for new Anderson High unveiled

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    Education Secretary Angela Constance has unveiled the foundation stone for the new Anderson High School, marking a gathering of pace in the council’s flagship project. The minister revealed the stone, which will form part of a “memory cairn” made up of rocks gathered by pupils from all around the isles, at a special ceremony. The […]

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    Constance unveils new school’s foundation stone

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    Cabinet secretary for education Angela Constance unveiling the foundation school for the new Anderson High School - Photos: Hans J Marter/ShetNewsSCOTTISH education secretary Angela Constance has defended the government's levels of funding for education during a brief visit to Shetland on Thursday. In a short ceremony at Clickimin, the MSP for the Almond Valley unveiled the foundation stone for the new £56 million Anderson High School.

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    Exotic birds excite local twitchers

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    Bird on a wire - a grainy shot of one of the seven adult bee-eaters seen perching on an overhead power cable on Wednesday evening. Photo Hugh HarropA SMALL flock of one of Europe’s most brightly coloured birds has appeared in Shetland thousands of miles from its normal habitat. The seven bee-eaters that drew crowds of excited birdwatchers on Wednesday should have been heading to sub-Saharan Africa from their breeding grounds in southern Europe and the Middle East. Instead they appeared at the end of a quiet road in Tingwall, north of Lerwick, where they were seen catching insects before disappearing late morning on Thursday.

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    Sporting success celebrated at the town hall

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    A summer of sporting success was celebrated at the town hall last night, with a civic reception for the Shetland Island Games squad and  the Shetland Gymnastics Club. This year saw Shetland’s most successful off-island team, with 23 medals in Jersey and Shetland finishing 10th in the medal table. Meanwhile, six Shetland gymnasts travelled to […]

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    Total sells pipeline/terminal

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    The SIRGE pipeline connecting Shetland to the Frigg UK pipeline is part of the £585 million asset sale. Image TotalTHE FRENCH oil multinational behind the Shetland Gas Plant is selling off the pipelines connecting the islands to the mainland, as well as the mainland gas terminal at St Fergus for £585 million. On Thursday Total announced plans to sell the 225 mile long Frigg UK (FUKA) pipeline that transports 20 gas fields in the northern North Sea to St Fergus.

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    Calls made for better education deal

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    Council leaders say they are receiving an unfair deal from a £100 million Scottish government attainment fund. Representatives from Shetland, Orkney and Western Isles authorities believe the fund, announced last month, is mainly being used to assist central belt areas. Shetland Islands Council’s political leader, Gary Robinson, is also concerned that the SIC spends approximately […]

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    Petrofac posts further losses

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    A recent photo of the almost completed Shetland Gas Plant - Photo: TotalOIL SERVICES company Petrofac has reported further losses of £30 million in the year to date on its much delayed Shetland Gas Plant project. These losses are in addition to the £140 million ($220 million) reported earlier this year.

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    Careers advice pilot for Shetland

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    Listening intently - Fair work secretary Roseanna Cunningham in discussion with pupils Harry Bedding (partially obscured), Iona Spence and Ellie Ratter at Brae High School on Wednesday - Photos: Chris Cope/ShetNews SHETLAND will act as a guinea pig for a new £1.5m Scottish Government scheme that will extend careers advice to secondary one pupils. Fair work, skills and training cabinet secretary Roseanna Cunningham revealed the news while touring Brae's primary and secondary schools on Wednesday morning.

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    Why not isles lamb? (Mary Macgregor)

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    I write this, through your newspaper, as an open letter to the Shetland Islands Council: Could the relevant person in your body please tell me, publicly in this column for all to see, why you do not buy Shetland lamb for your canteens (hospital, care centres, schools)? Why do you buy your lamb from the […]

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    National careers scheme launched in Brae

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    Careers advice for pupils should start much earlier so that they become aware of the opportunities in the workplace. So said Scottish minister for Fair Work, Skills and Training Roseanna Cunningham, who is in Shetland this week to launch a Scottish government initiative to bring careers information and advice to S1. Ms Cunningham made the […]

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    Summit to call for fairer education funding

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    Cabinet secretary for education Angela Constance - Photo: Scottish GovernmentTHE FUTURE of education across the Scottish islands is being discussed at a summit chaired by education secretary Angela Constance in Kirkwall today (Wednesday). Council leaders from Shetland, Orkney and the western isles are disgruntled after it emerged that a £100 million attainment fund, announced by the Scottish government in July, will primarily be used to help schools in central belt and urban areas. Shetland Islands Council leader Gary Robinson said island authorities were each spending around £10 million more on education than what they were receiving in funding from the government, and the new attainment fund was adding further unfairness to an already difficult situation.

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    Cope in the running for two Scottish awards

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    Social enterprise company Cope has been shortlisted in two categories in the annual Social Enterprise Awards Scotland.

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    Scam warning

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    A screenshot of the pop-up inviting SIC customers to participate in a short questionnaire.TRADING Standards are warning islanders no to respond to pop-up adverts on their computers regardless of how tempting the offer might be. The warning comes as the local authority itself is being used by scammers to lull people into parting with their credit card details.

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    Duo aim high with debut EP

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    Duo Chris Cope and Jamie Hatch aiming to create music that is accessible yet technical.A NEW local music duo who harbour ambitions of making an impact on the mainland are releasing their first EP this week. Instrumental metal project Giant, who feature guitarist Jamie Hatch and bassist Chris Cope, will unleash Chronos // Kairos on Friday.

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    Debt advice funding due to expire

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    The Citizens Advice Bureau helped clients with a total debt of over £2.8 million, figures in the local branch’s annual report have shown. But funding for the CAB’s debt advice service – funded by local authorities in most other areas of the Highlands and Islands – is only due to run until the end of […]

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    Recruiting befrienders

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    THE SHETLAND Befriending Scheme is undertaking a recruitment drive for volunteers to attend training sessions in Lerwick during October and November. After training is completed, volunteers would commit for a minimum of six months to offer weekly or fortnightly contact with a young person, young adult or someone over 60.

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    Robinson – ‘Shetland is not an affluent place’

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    Council leader Gary RobinsonTWENTY per cent of households in Shetland are living in extreme poverty, defined as surviving on an annual income of less than £13,500, the newly formed Tackling Inequality Commission has heard. Data presented to the second meeting of the commission, held on Monday afternoon, confirmed that despite full employment and a second oil boom under way, a significant number of islanders were struggling to make ends meet on low wages and reduced welfare benefit payments.

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    Report due on Clickimin pool roof fault

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    An engineer’s report into the fixing of the Clickimin Centre swimming pool roof is expected tomorrow when an indication of when the pool, closed since 23rd July, will reopen should become apparent.

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