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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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    Dawson hopes to follow in footsteps of Tottenham greats

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    A seven-year-old boy whose mother hails from Cunningsburgh has taken the first steps towards hopefully becoming a professional footballer.

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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 accepts ‘full responsibility’ for memo leak

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    Northern Isles MP has admitted that he authorised the leak of a controversial memo ahead of the general election. The document suggested First Minister Nicola Sturgeon favoured David Cameron as the Prime Minister – a claim which she denied “100 per cent” at the time. Today the SNP leader accussed Mr Carmichael of a “blatant election dirty trick” […]

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    Pupils will arrive to share the past and shape the future

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    Shetland will host the 19th Global Classroom conference next month, bringing together youngsters from around the globe.

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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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