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    Festival return excites Madison Violet

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

    Having waited “five long years” to return to Shetland, Madison Violet are back for this year’s Shetland Folk Festival. Singer-songwriter Lisa MacIsaac said she and her fellow band mates loved every second of their time in Shetland “from the moment we got off the ferry with our woozy heads, to the late night jams in […]

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    'Cats' musical at Garrison this summer

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    The CATS musical will enjoy a three-night run at the Garrison Theatre. Photo: Leona Allan. A PERFORMANCE of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s world renowned 'Cats' musical is coming to Shetland for a three-night stint this summer. Shetland Arts has teamed up with the Kirkwall Amateur Operatic Society (KAOS) to confirm that the latter’s 2014 Orkney sell-out show will be taken to Lerwick’s Garrison Theatre from 11 to 13 July.

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    Speeding

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    POLICE in Shetland have reported a driver caught speeding at almost 50 miles per hour in a temporary 20 mile per hour zone outside Whiteness primary school. A second driver was clocked doing 33 miles per hour in the same area. A spokesman said the force would continue with its crackdown on speeding in the vicinity of schools.

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    Helicopter co-pilot taken to hospital after falling ill during flight

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    Helicopter co-pilot taken to hospital after falling ill during flightThe Super Puma helicopter landed safely at Sumburgh Airport in Shetland just before noon on Tuesday. The pilot was taken by ambulance to the Gilbert Bain Hospital in Lerwick for a check-up. A spokeswoman for operators CHC said the co-pilot started ...and more »

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    Helicopter co-pilot takes ill

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    The ambulance arriving at Sumburgh airport on Tuesday morning - Photo: ShetNewsTHE CO-PILOT of an oil flight had to be taken to hospital after falling ill while his helicopter was airborne. The Super Puma helicopter, operated by CHC Helicopters, landed safely at Sumburgh airport, in Shetland, at just before midday on Tuesday.

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    Man accused of making threats to kill

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    A man has been remanded in custody after being charged with brandishing a knife and threatening to kill in a Lerwick address.

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    Sheriff refuses bail

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    A 24 YEAR OLD accused of threatening to stab and kill someone with a knife has been kept behind bars after appearing at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Tuesday afternoon. Alexander Nicholson, of Bathgate, is charged with behaving in a threatening and abusive manner, brandishing the knife and making the threats at an address in Lerwick.

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    Blaze in airport freight shed

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    Firefighters were called to Sumburgh Airport this afternoon after a report of a freight shed on fire. The alarm was raised at 12.41pm, and fire appliances from Sumburgh and Sandwick were called to the scene. Firefighters are using breathing apparatus while damping down the fire. Departures have been delayed slightly – the 12.45pm flight to […]

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    NAFC hosts special guests to celebrate 20th anniversary

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    Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael and Maritime & Coastguard Agency chief executive Sir Alan Massey will be among the guests attending a 20th anniversary celebration at the NAFC Marine Centre on Friday. They will be joined by a wide range of representatives from national maritime organisations, industry, academia and Shetland Islands Council. The purpose of the […]

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    NAFC's 20th birthday

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    The NAFC Marine Centre in Scalloway.THE NAFC Marine Centre in Scalloway will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Friday with special guests including Maritime and Coastguard Agency chief executive Sir Alan Massey and Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael. They will be joined by a wide range of representatives from national maritime organisations, industry, academia and Shetland Islands Council.

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    ‘Put brakes on airport motorsport proposal’

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    Councillors will this week be urged not to allow motor sport events to take place at Tingwall Airport. The environment and transport committee will consider a report on Wednesday recommending the council stops short of freeing up the airstrip for “non-aviation use”. Key among concerns is the air ambulance, which can land at Tingwall at […]

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    Quantana's quest

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    Quantana are hoping to secure a place at this summer's Download Festival. Photo: Chris BrownA SHETLAND rock band have taken a step towards to securing a place on the bill at this year’s Download Festival after storming to second place in a public vote. Five-piece metal group Quantana – whose members are Dwayne Davies, Stuart Donald, Harley Gear, James Johnson and Lewis Murray – now have to wait until four judges pick 15 bands from the top 100 entries.

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    Speeding clampdown

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    Shetland's chief inspector Eddie Graham.POLICE in Shetland are to target motorists speeding near schools this week as part of a Highlands and Islands-wide safety campaign. Drivers are being warned that they must abide by a 20mph speed limit near schools in the islands. Otherwise they risk receiving a fixed penalty fine or being reported to the procurator fiscal.

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    Shetland on DVD: A Chat With Douglas Henshall

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    Shetland on DVD: A Chat With Douglas HenshallWith the release of his hit BBC TV detective drama Shetland on DVD, I spoke to the Scottish actor about the show... and thoughts on being an action figure. When making a series based on novels, like Ann Cleeves' work, do you prefer to absorb the source ...

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    Record 110 entries for young fiddler competition

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    Cecil Hughson (left) and Gussie Angus (right) present competition organisers Vaila Grant and Valerie Watt with the new Catgut and Ivory trophy.A RECORD number of entries have been received for this year's Young Fiddler of the Year competition. Run by the Shetland Folk Society, the 2014 event will be held at the Garrison Theatre this weekend.

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    Record entries for young fiddler event

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    Shetland Folk Society Young Fiddler of the Year competition will be held this weekend at the Garrison Theatre with a record number of entries.

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    Shetland's North Sea connections celebrated at festival this week

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    Shetland's North Sea connections celebrated at festival this weekTWO of Shetland's top musicians will be entertaining audiences in Edinburgh at the end of this week. Brian Nicholson and Maggie Adamson have been playing as a duo for around five years at events both here and abroad. Their repertoire includes a variety ...and more »

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    Shetland’s Got Talent: everyone deserved to win

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    Revellers Gymnastic Team who were runner up on the night.What a superb night of singing, dancing and comic routines awaited the audience that attended Saturday night's Shetland's Got Talent in Mareel. The variety and standard was a delight, and more than £5,500 were raised for Relay for Life. Certainly this reviewer came away in awe of the high level of creativity here.

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    From the traditional to the bizarre … Shetland’s got talent

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    Last night’s Shetland’s Got Talent was an extravaganza of entertainment which combined a fund-raiser for cancer research, variety concert and competition. Ten acts from the traditional to the bizarre were performed in front of the judges and a packed house at Mareel, where the event was held for the first time. Winners were Yell lasses […]

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    Audio description brings cinema to life

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    A new service for people with failing eyesight which will help them enjoy the cinema again is now available at Mareel.

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    Power blackout discussed in Parliament

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

    The power outage at Knocknagael substation that led to a power blackout across much of the Highlands & Islands last week ,was discussed in the Scottish Parliament yesterday afternoon. The finance secretary,  John Swinney was in the chamber to answer questions from MSPs from across the region, concerned at what had happened and the impact [...]

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    Sky Notes: Saturn at Opposition – May, 10, 2014

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    Full details at: http://www.spanglefish.com/northernskies/index.asp?pageid=276772

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    Police launch ‘Operation Route’

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    Police in Orkney will be targeting speeding motorists from today, Tuesday, until Friday in an effort to ensure the safety of all school attendees and encourage motorists to drive at lesser speeds. Under ‘Operation Route’, the Division-wide initiative will focus on primary and secondary schools particularly in areas where those attending are known to walk [...]

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    CARLOWAY SAYS YES

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    Yes nan Eilean Siar have welcomed the result of the public vote following the Carloway independence debate on Friday 18th April 2014.   Almost 70 local residents from Carloway gathered in...

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    Police target Kirkwall vandal

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    Police are appealing for information relating to a spate of vandalism in Kirkwall at the Royal Bank of Scotland, the Tree Shop and Kairds, between Thursday, April 17, and Saturday, April 19. The vandalism consists of graffiti on the external walls of the buildings. Police are keen to hear from anyone who may have sold [...]

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    Police appeal for information

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    Police in Orkney are appealing for information on a theft of a stainless steel propeller blade from a yard at Hatston Farm in Kirkwall, which was taken sometime between Sunday, March 9, and Saturday, March 29. The blade was described as being approximately 44 inches wide and about 54 inches long. Police are also appealing [...]

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    RSPB Scotland launches corncrake appeal

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    RSPB say that there has been a surprisingly early start to the corncrake season in Orkney this year and the charity are encouraging people to send them further records. The first reported calling male was heard on April 8 in the East Mainland. Corncrakes spend the winter in Africa and are in Orkney for just [...]

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    Celebrations for darts players

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    Orkney darts players are celebrating this weekend, following success in the annual contest against their Shetland counterparts yesterday. The men’s darts team beat their rivals 11-4 in Lerwick to secure the inter-county trophy for the fourth year in a row. Their win followed an unfortunate defeat for the Orkney ladies, who lost 11-10 on Thursday [...]

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    Scapa Flow features in BBC shipbuilding series finale

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    Scapa Flow and the naval base at Lyness will feature in the finale of a BBC series exploring the key role Scotland’s shipbuilding played in shaping the Commonwealth. HMS Hood, the final episode in Clydebuilt: The Ships That Made the Commonwealth, will air on BBC Two Scotland at 9pm on Monday, April 21. [...]

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    OIC publish annual performance report online

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    Orkney Islands Council’s tenth Annual Performance Report – which shows how the council performed over 2013 – is now available on the council’s website. With the publication of the report, the council is looking for feedback on its contents. Gillian Morrison, executive director of corporate services said: “We are keen to hear what people [...]

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    Bowel screening saved Rob’s life – it could save yours

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    Two years ago, having just turned 61, Rob Daly from the Isle of Barra in the Western Isles followed a healthy diet and took daily exercise. He also considered he had...

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    Polling arrangements

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    Voters in Stromness are being reminded that their polling station for the European Parliamentary Elections on May 22, will be in the OIC’s customer services office in the Northlink Ferry Terminal building. Stromness Town Hall will host the polling station for September’s Scottish Independence Referendum. OIC customer services in Stromness will therefore be closed on [...]

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    New road safety initiative

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    Police Scotland have announced a new initiative to make roads safer for everyone. Through ‘Operation Zenith’,  Police in the Highland and Islands Division are keen to raise awareness and inform all road users of the increased risk of road traffic collisions involving motorcyclists over the spring and summer months. ‘Operation Zenith’ will run between April,17 [...]

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    Police appeals

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    Police in Orkney area appealing to the public for information regarding two incidents. Firstly, sometime during yesterday afternoon, Thursday, a quantity of prescribed medication was lost in Kirkwall. The medication consists of one tub of Gaviscon tablets, one pack of Ferrous Fumarate tablest, one pack of Candesartan tablets and one pack of Vesicare tablets. Police [...]

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    Celebrating World Heritage Day

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    To mark World Heritage Day today, Friday, a “pop-up” exhibition of replica Neolithic artifacts, is being  presented by Historic Scotland rangers at the VisitScotland information centre in Kirkwall. Vistiors today will also have the chance to meet and talk to Historic Scotland Rangers, Sandra and Elaine, about the work they do around the Heart of [...]

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    No sign of power line fault

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    Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSEPD) have confirmed they have visually inspected 90km of power lines in the area where the fault that knocked out power to much of northern Scotland on Wednesday night. This was carried out by helicopter and by staff on the ground but as yet no visible damage or signs [...]

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    Investigations into power cut under way

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    Investigations are continuing into a power outage that left around 205,000 households across the Highlands and Islands in the dark last night. Power went out shortly after 8.30pm on Wednesday night but had been restored to all areas by 12.30am this morning. Scottish and Southern Energy are concentrating on an area between Moray and the [...]

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    Fish farm application to be considered afresh by planning committee

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    An application to site a salmon farm off Wyre will be considered again by Orkney Islands Council’s planning committee. The application for the Gairsay Sound development was refused by the committee last month. But scrutiny of the terms for committee’s decision found that the reasoning was based partly on planning policy from the 2004 Local [...]

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    Pressure growing on accommodation in Stornoway

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    International demand to attend this year’s Hebridean Celtic Festival has led to the earliest ever appeal being made to help house visitors in the host town of Stornoway. With three...

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    Deputy First Minister marks the start of work on Stornoway development

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    Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will today mark the start of work on a new development that will provide 32 affordable homes to rent and buy in Stornoway. The scheme...

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