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    Call for communities to get 3G signal

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

    Tavish Scott: 'broadband incredibly important to people in Shetland'.SHETLAND MSP Tavish Scott is calling on local communities to apply for a Vodafone programme that could bring 3G mobile broadband to a number of rural areas. Following the successful Rural Open Sure Signal trial, which includes a pilot scheme in Walls, the communications giant is now extending the initiative to 100 communities across the UK. Scott said the scheme did not offer a "complete solution" to the problem of patchy mobile coverage but was one step in the right direction to improve the situation for some communities.

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    Shetland woman to be recognised for decades spent rescuing marine wildlife

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    Shetland woman to be recognised for decades spent rescuing marine wildlifeNow a registered charity, the Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary continues to look after sick, injured and abandoned marine wildlife in Shetland, with Ms Bevington opening a vegetarian cafe at her home to raise funds. Azzedine Downes, president and chief ...and more »

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    Britain's Got Talent judges head to Orkney and Shetland to hold inaugural ...

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    Britain's Got Talent judges head to Orkney and Shetland to hold inaugural ...But the show will be inviting would-be stars to Aberdeen (October 27), Shetland (October 28), Orkney (October 29), Inverness (October 30) and Stornoway on Lewis (October 31 and November 1). Sophie Brown, casting researcher for BGT, said: “It is the ...

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    Is Shetland the cheapest and loveliest place in the UK to build your own home?

    Originally published by and copyright of This is Money

    Is Shetland the cheapest and loveliest place in the UK to build your own home?Building your own home is a fact of life in Shetland. This northerly archipelago of more than a hundred islands is closer to the Arctic Circle than it is to London — and part of a growing trend for self-built homes. A poll commissioned by the National ...

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    Concern over air ambulance provision

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    The Bond operated Jigsaw helicopter - Photo: Kieran MurrayTHE AIR ambulance service from Shetland's more remote areas might be adversely affected by oil industry plans that could see the removal of the locally based Jigsaw search and rescue helicopter. BP is currently reviewing its offshore SAR service, with some newspapers already reporting that the service will be axed after 2016.

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    Record landings

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    The industry is delighted with record landings.A RECORD 10,665 boxes of whitefish with a value of almost £1 million were landed in Shetland this week. The previous record achieved by electronic auction was 9,435 boxes, set in the final week of trading in 2013.

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    Airport car park full

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    Sumburgh airport's main car park on Friday morning.THE OPERATORS of Sumburgh Airport are advising islanders not to use their own vehicle, as all the airport's car parking spaces are full. In an unusual move on Friday, airport manager Nigel Flaws said people connecting to flights out of Shetland should either use public transport or arrange for a lift to the airport.

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    Cumming delighted with London show

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    Kristi Cumming's painting SolarSHETLAND painter Kristi Cumming is one of only 15 UK artists to have been selected to show their work during a three-day exhibition in London, which opens on Friday. The 'OPEN' exhibition, starting on Friday, is at 5th Base Gallery in East London and is organised by internet marketplace Etsy, where Cumming hosts her own online shop.

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    Scott: commission should reverse 'centralisation'

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    Shetland MSP Tavish Scott.SHETLAND MSP Tavish Scott has called for “centralisation of powers” to Edinburgh to be reversed ahead of his first meeting with Lord Smith, who is chairing a commission on delivering more powers for the Scottish Parliament. The former Liberal Democrat leader was due to meet Lord Smith in Edinburgh on Thursday having been appointed as one of his party’s two representatives on the Smith Commission. It was set up after the Scottish people rejected independence by a margin of 55-45 in last month’s referendum. Scott said he wanted to see a “substantial package of new powers” to strengthen the parliament at Holyrood, along with seeing powers handed from Edinburgh to other parts of the country.

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    SNP branch up 450%

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    Nicola Sturgeon pictured with Highlands and Islands list MSP Mike Mackenzie during a visit to Shetland in August. Photo: ShetnewsTHE SNP’S membership in Shetland has increased by more than 450 per cent since the day after last month’s independence referendum, the local party says. Shetland branch convener Charlie Gallagher said the party now had a “revitalised” presence in the islands, which would assure leader-in-waiting Nicola Sturgeon of “another fantastic reception” when she next visits.

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    Teenager sentenced

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    A TEENAGER who has spent the past month in custody after assaulting his partner has been ordered to go and live in Aberdeen for six months. Eighteen year old Andrew Murray, of Sandveien, Lerwick, was placed under social work supervision for a year when he was sentenced at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Thursday. 

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    Davison remanded

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    A FORTY four year old man charged with assault to injury and permanent disfigurement has been remanded in custody after appearing in private at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Thursday. Mark Davison, from Plymouth, made no plea or declaration and was fully committed for trial.

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    Faster internet for some, but politicians want more

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    Launching superfast fibre with the help of Shetland’s own Hazel Tindall, the world’s fasted knitter, are (from left): HIE’s director of regional development Carroll Buxton, BT Scotland director Brendan Dick, director of Digital Highlands and Islands Stuart Robertson, the Advocate General for Scotland Lord Wallace, SIC leader Gary Robinson and Bill Murphy, BT’s managing director of Next Generation Broadband – Photo: Hans J Marter/ShetNewsSUPERFAST broadband has arrived in Shetland as part of a £146 million project to get the Highlands and Islands connected.  Up to 4,000 households and businesses in Lerwick, Quarff and Sumburgh are the first on any Scottish island to be able to access broadband speeds of up to 80mbps.

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    60 jobs at risk as T&N goes into administration

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    T&N Joinery on Wednesday afternoon - Photo: ShetNewsPROSPECTIVE buyers are being sought for a Lerwick joinery firm after it went into administration due to a lack of working capital. T&N Joinery, which employs 60 local craftsmen, fitters and operational staff, is continuing to trade while the business is reviewed. The administrators claimed that as yet there have been no redundancies.

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    Shetland woman honoured for wildlife rescue efforts

    Originally published by and copyright of Aberdeen Press and Journal

    Shetland woman honoured for wildlife rescue effortsJan Bevington, 67, has been caring for sick animals in the islands for more than 27 years after finding a seal stranded near her home in May 1987. At the time she could not find anyone in Shetland who knew how to look after the abandoned pup, so she ...

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    Banned for three years

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    A FIFTY SEVEN year old man has been banned from the road for three years after being found guilty of drink driving at Lerwick Sheriff Court. Sheriff Philip Mann convicted David Robertson, of Hill Grind, Lerwick, after a trial lasting more than two and a half hours on Wednesday. He had pleaded not guilty to a charge alleging he was behind the wheel of his vehicle in the car park of the Baptist Church in the Quoys area of Lerwick in the early hours of 3 September 2013 with 109 milligrams of alcohol in 100ml of blood. The legal limit is 80milligrams.

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    Pre-Christmas 'spree' in memory of Davie

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    Late folk festival stalwart Davie Henderson. Photo: Sean PurserLATE Shetland Folk Festival stalwart Davie Henderson’s pre-Christmas ‘spree’ event is being brought back this December by his son Kevin in memory of his father. Three concerts will take place from 5-7 December. It will be headlined by legendary folk band Boys of the Lough, who Kevin Henderson plays fiddle with, making their first Shetland appearance since the early 1980s.

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    'Lenient' sentence appeal

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    THE CROWN Office is to appeal against the sentence in the case of Liam Cromwell who was jailed for 12 months at Lerwick Sheriff Court last month. A spokesman said the Crown considers the sentence as “unduly lenient”. On 18 September, 22 year old Cromwell was found guilty of a religiously aggravated assault to severe injury, danger of life and permanent impairment.

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    Shetland-based T&N Joinery Ltd in administration

    Originally published by and copyright of Scottish Daily Record

    Shetland-based T&N Joinery Ltd in administrationLerwick-based T&N Joinery provides a range of products and services including timber windows, UPVC windows, conservatories, stairs, roofing, fitting and installation and general contracting. The company currently employs 60 local craftsmen, fitters and ...and more »

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    Brae to get another oil company hotel

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    OIL GIANT BP has confirmed that the company is to build a 120-bed hotel in the Brae area to accommodate new staff working at the Sullom Voe Terminal. The company is changing its shift pattern at the terminal to an offshore style 'two weeks on/three weeks off', and is looking to recruit an additional 100 staff. It says the change comes in response to difficulties in attracting a sufficient number of local people with the right skills to run the terminal.

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