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    New Shetland Arts roles for old school pals

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    Bryan Peterson and Jonathan Ritch have been appointed to new senior roles at Shetland Arts. Photo: Adam Jones. SHETLAND ARTS has appointed two established staff members and weel-kent faces to new senior posts as part of its ongoing restructuring process. Former music development officer Bryan Peterson has been given a new role as head of creative opportunities, while musician and sound technician Jonathan Ritch has been appointed as head of production.

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    Election: Skene rejects Lab-Lib accusations over SNP 'centralisation'

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    SNP candidate Danus Skene has defended his party’s record after Labour and the Liberal Democrats claimed the Scottish government is hell-bent on destroying local democracy and has an “obsession” with removing powers from the northern isles. Shetland Lib Dems politicians have repeatedly hammered home the message that the SNP government has centralised powers to Edinburgh during the past two Scottish parliamentary terms.

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    Bristow smashes 10,000 metre record

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    Lerwick runner Katie Bristow has bagged a bronze medal at the Scottish 10,000 Metre Championships and shattered the Shetland record. Bristow, 21, is in her final year of studying for a degree in social sciences at Glasgow Caledonian University. She clocked up an impressive time of 36.04, shaving more than 90 seconds off the record held […]

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    Three staff to join NHS psychiatric service

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    Three new psychiatric appointments have been made by NHS Shetland. Medical director Roger Diggle today heralded the move as a “new era” for mental health in Shetland. Two of the three appointments are straight replacements, with the third, a “speciality doctor” being a new role. The child and adolescent mental health (CAMHS) doctor is currently […]

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    Sumburgh runway dispute: Appeal court rules against SIC

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    Highlands and Islands Airports Limited has been given the go-ahead to take a multi-million pound claim against Shetland Islands Council to court. The appeal court in Edinburgh has ruled against the SIC in a legal wrangle over the long-running dispute surrounding Sumburgh Airport’s runway extension. The decision raises the unwelcome prospect of the council having […]

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    Alderman fences for Scotland

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    Shaun Alderman.LOCAL fencer Shaun Alderman has become the first Shetlander to be selected to fence for Scotland at the junior Commonwealth fencing championships, which will be held in Cape Town this July. The 18 year old from Vidlin said he was excited to join the 30-strong Scottish team. He will fence in the foil events.

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    Runway dispute: court rejects SIC appeal

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    Last December emergency services had to rescue a trapped digger driver who was carrying out repair work on the runway. Photo: Ronnie RobertsonTHE DISPUTE between Sumburgh Airport operator HIAL and Shetland Islands Council over a flawed runway extension at the islands’ main airport looks set to go to a full legal hearing. On Tuesday three judges at the Court of Session in Edinburgh rejected the SIC’s appeal against a damages lawsuit from HIAL for £14.21 million plus interest.

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    Concern over Spiggie Loch scum growth

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    THE SCOTTISH Environment Protection Agency has insisted there is nothing wrong with the water quality of Shetland's most iconic loch despite concerns raised locally. Local fly fisherman Paul Bloomer, from Bigton, has been circulating photos showing reddish growth and a bubbling scum on the surface of Spiggie Loch.

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    Man threatened police while on bail

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    A regular offender has been remanded after he admitted threatening police while on bail. Trevor Couper, 22, of Cairnfield Road in Lerwick appeared from custody before honorary sheriff Arnold Duncan on Monday. He pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening manner and shouting and swearing at police on Friday. Defence agent Tommy Allan urged the […]

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    Petrofac blames losses on gas plant delays

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    The company behind building the new gas plant says ongoing delays in the Laggan-Tormore project are behind further losses of $195 million. Petrofac blame a mixture of industrial action and bad weather for the hold-up, as it struggles to complete the £800 million scheme for French energy giant Total. Year end results announced in February already […]

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    Promoter Riddell ‘stoked’ to bring Punch Brothers north

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    One of America’s most in-demand roots groups are to visit Shetland for a special one-off show this summer. Punch Brothers have agreed to fit in a gig at Mareel on 3rd August, the night after featuring high on the bill at Cambridge Folk Festival. Support will come from singer-songwriter Kris Drever. Formed by mandolin player […]

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    Gas plant ready to go in summer, Total insists

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    Total's under-construction gas plant site, pictured last spring.FRENCH energy giant Total is insisting its much-delayed Shetland Gas Plant will be completed by the end of the summer after contractor Petrofac said its plans to “ramp up” construction work had been held up. In late summer 2014 the company was adamant the gas plant – being built by Petrofac – would be completed by the end of the year, but soon after revised its estimate to this summer.

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    Telephone troubles

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    Due to a technical fault The Shetland Times is experiencing problems with the telephones at the offices and newsroom at Gremista.The main switchboard number (01595) 742000 is able to take calls, but they cannot be transferred. Anyone trying to contact The Shetland Times staff on their direct-dial numbers may be hearing a constant engaged tone. The newsroom can be contacted via […]

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    Review: Magnificently reflective and emotional

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    Last Dream (On Earth) at Mareel.Music student Neil Adams was taken on a journey beyond the imaginable when he attended last Wednesday’s performance of Kai Fischer’s Last Dream (On Earth) at Mareel. The relevance of the production was further heightened by the tragic events in the Mediterranean at the weekend. ‘Last Dream (On Earth)’ is an epic retelling of both Yuri Gagarin’s sacrificial journey into the unknown as the first human to fly into outer space and the incredibly risky journey of the refugees who fled across the sea from Africa for hopes of a better life in Europe.

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    Punch Brothers for Mareel

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    Punch Brothers are to take time out of their busy schedle for a date at Mareel in August. Photo: Brantley GutierrezONE OF America’s most in-demand roots groups, Punch Brothers, are to visit Shetland for a special one-off show this summer. The acclaimed group have agreed to squeeze in a gig at Mareel on Monday 3 August, the night after featuring prominently on the bill at Cambridge Folk Festival. 

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    Wylie receives empire medal

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    Shetlander Mark Wylie, who became a British Empire Medal recipient in the Queen’s New Year Honours List, received his medal at a ceremony in Aberdeenshire on Saturday. Mr Wylie was presented with his BEM by the Lord Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire James Ingleby, the medal being “for services to sport in the Shetland Isles and charity […]

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    Empire medal for Mark

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    150420 Mark Wylie BEMFORMER Shetland gymnastics and trampoline coach Mark Wylie was presented with his British Empire Medal at a ceremony in Aberdeenshire at the weekend. Wylie was awarded the BEM in the Queen's New Year Honours list for services to sports development and charity work abroad.

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    Dementia support centre opens in Lerwick

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    A centre offering advice and support about dementia was opened in Lerwick on Friday. Alzheimer Scotland’s Dementia Resource Centre at the foot of Burgh Road will serve as a drop-in for anyone seeking information about dementia, as well as a base for local dementia adviser, Ann Williamson and community activities organiser, Laura Whittall. The official […]

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    Election: Love fest rather than fox hunt

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    Only SNP candidate Danus Skene (left) and Labour hopeful Gerry McGarvey turned up for Saturday night's hustings organised by the Althing debating society - Photo: Hans J Marter/ShetNewsThe Althing debate on Saturday night was billed as a hustings special, but at times felt more like a two party love-in between Labour candidate Gerry McGarvey and SNP candidate Danus Skene, writes Genevieve White. Prior commitments had prevented Conservative and UKIP candidates from attending. Liberal Democrat incumbent Alistair Carmichael had been taken ill earlier that day, prompting Skene to comment that the event was rather like "having a fox hunt without the fox."

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    New centre to help those affected by dementia

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    At the ribbon cutting of the new office are (left to right) Ann Williamson, Dementia Advisor, Henry Simmons - Chief Executive of Alzheimer Scotland, Tavish Scott - MSP and Heather Fisher - Chair of the Shetland Branch. - Photo: John CouttsA RESOURCE centre to better support those affected by dementia, their carers and families, was opened in Lerwick on Friday. The Shetland Dementia Resource Centre at 66 Burgh Road will serve as a drop-in for anyone seeking information about an illness that is affecting an increasing number of islanders.

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