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    Man arrested at airport with ‘offensive weapon’

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    A man has been arrested at Sumburgh Airport for trying to board a flight to Glasgow while allegedly carrying an offensive weapon. The 29-year-old was apprehended and taken into police custody following a report from security staff. The weapon is believed to have been a knuckle-duster, although that has not been confirmed by police. A […]

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    Man arrested from Glasgow bound plane

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    The man was arrested from Loganair/Flybe"s flight to Glasgow - Photo: ShetNewsLOGANAIR's lunchtime service from Shetland to Glasgow was delayed by more than an hour on Tuesday after a 29-year-old man tried to board the plane with an offensive weapon. Police were alerted after Sumburgh airport security staff took the weapon off the man prior to him boarding. The aircraft was already in the process of getting ready for take off and had to return to its apron outside the terminal building to allow two police officers to arrest the man.

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    Community orchestra concert

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    The Shetland Community Orchestra has been rehearsing an eclectic range of material for its spring concert. Photo: Malcolm YoungerTHE Shetland Community Orchestra has unveiled a programme featuring a mixture of classical and contemporary works for its spring 2015 concert. A spokesman said the orchestra invited new members to join back in January and it was not disappointed, adding players in every section, and the collective is now “going from strength to strength”.

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    Community council backs social housing plans

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    Lerwick Community Council has backed plans to build 21 houses at the old observatory site in the town - despite objections from residents.

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    Hockey team through to Scottish District Cup semi-final

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    The Shetland women's hockey team are through to the semi-finals of the Scottish District Cup for the third consecutive year, following a resounding win over Highland Ladies 2 at the weekend.

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    Views sought on Smith Commission plans

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    A Scottish parliamentary committee is visiting Shetland to hear views from local people on the Smith Commission’s proposals.

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    Classical opportunity for primary pupils

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    The Shetland Schools Music Festival committee, together with the Shetland Community Orchestra, are running a day of workshops and performances as part of the “Ten Pieces” project. A new initiative for primary schools, Ten Pieces is led by the BBC and focuses on classical music and creativity. The aim is to open up the world […]

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    Boost for Brough Lodge

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    Historic Scotland has pledged more cash towards Brough Lodge's restoration.BROUGH Lodge in Fetlar is to receive over £460,000 for the next stage of renovations to turn it into a residential heritage centre. The historic Gothic mansion is being transformed into a “mixed-use commercial venue” bringing people to the island for arts and environmental courses and retreats, and will also offer short-stay holiday accommodation.

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    Plane plummeted 2,900 feet after lightning strike

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    One of Loganair's Saab 2000 aircraft was struck by lightning in December.A PLANE struck by lightning on its way to Shetland in mid December nose-dived to 1,100 feet above sea level on autopilot before starting to climb, an Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) report has found. The captain of Loganair’s Saab 2000 believed the strike had disabled the plane’s autopilot system and attempted to turn its nose upwards, but the aircraft did not respond as anticipated.

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    Health board asks for help naming its new buildings

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    NHS Grampian wants Shetland folk to help provide names for two major new health buildings on its Foresterhill hospital campus site in Aberdeen. The buildings, a new hospital and a centre costing around £120 million, will serve patients from the Northern Isles as well as the Grampian area. The new hospital will include maternity, gynaecology, […]

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    Lisa to battle it out on The Voice

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    Team Tom singer Lisa Ward is to battle it out on The Voice on Saturday, after securing a spot with the Welsh singing superstar in the blind auditions.

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    NHS seeks new names

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    NHS Grampian is seeking potential names for new buildings at Foresterhill. NHS GRAMPIAN is seeking naming suggestions from members of the public in the Northern Isles as it develops two major new buildings on its Foresterhill campus site in Aberdeen. The two buildings, being built at a cost of £120 million and expected to be open by the end of 2020, will serve patients from NHS Shetland and NHS Orkney as well as those in Grampian.

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    Rugby team hammer understrength visitors Lochaber

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    The Shetland rugby team's revival continued on Saturday when the trounced visitors Lochaber by 102 points to seven.

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    Chair resigns to keep politics out of the arts

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    Alistair Carmichael and Danus Skene are keen to keep the general election campaign out of the Shetland Arts dispute.SHETLAND Arts Development Agency (SADA) chairman Danus Skene has resigned from his position with the organisation to concentrate on the general election campaign he is contesting for the SNP. His move follows an intervention by northern isles Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael who has called on Shetland Arts to go public on its plans to restructure the arts development agency. Skene made it clear that he did not want the organisation to become a political football during the election campaign.

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    Brough Lodge receives £460,000 for renovation

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    Brough Lodge, the Gothic mansion on Fetlar, is to receive over £460,000 to help transform it into a mixed use commercial building.

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    Into the breach for Bressay’s jarl squad

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    {igallery id=2191|cid=109|pid=5|type=category|children=0|addlinks=0|tags=|limit=0} WHAT do you do when the Guizer Jarl is forced to pull out of your local fire festival at the last minute? Why, naturally, you call on your local MSP for help. Sure enough, Tavish Scott stepped into the breach and on Friday he stepped out again at the head of 20 men to lead the Bressay Up Helly Aa jarl squad as a character called Hans Siggurdsson.

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    Yell’s gruelling three day Viking party

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    {igallery id=2852|cid=110|pid=5|type=category|children=0|addlinks=0|tags=|limit=0} LIKE the community itself, Cullivoe Up Helly Aa is growing from strength to strength with no small thanks due to this year’s jarl’s ancestors. Back in 1970 when Andrew Williamson was Guizer Jarl the number of squads was on the decline. So the following year his wife, local head teacher Carol, and he organised the first primary school pupils’ Up Helly Aa squad.

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    Pilot whale causing concern in Whiteness

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    The long-finned pilot whale in Whiteness Voe. Photo Brian GrayA WHALE which has been swimming around a Shetland voe for the past five days has been causing concern in local wildlife circles. The long-finned pilot whale appeared in Whiteness Voe on Sunday where it remained until Tuesday when it swam back out to sea, according to local whale watchers Steve and Sharon Jack. However the whale returned on Wednesday afternoon and is now swimming close inshore around Nesbister, raising concerns about its wellbeing.

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    Hotel plans on hold

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    Brevik HouseTHE OIL price drop has put on hold plans to convert the former NHS Shetland headquarters in Lerwick into a 125 bed hotel. Investors behind the £9 million plan for Brevik House, on South Road, are around £550,000 short of their target to purchase the property from the NHS.

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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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