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    Independence best for fishing sector, says Sturgeon

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

    The Deputy First Minister has insisted Shetland's fishing sector will be in safer hands post-referendum if Scotland gains its independence.

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    Sturgeon: isles oil fund sets template for Scotland

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    Deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon, with SNP list MSP Mike Mackenzie, outside Islesburgh on Wednesday morning. Photo: ShetnewsAN INDEPENDENT Scotland should follow Shetland’s example and create an oil fund to benefit future generations, Nicola Sturgeon has said during a visit to the islands. The deputy first minister arrived in Shetland off the north boat on Wednesday morning to carry out a series of speaking engagements. Her visit comes just over three weeks before the 18 September referendum. Sturgeon described the Labour and Tory governments’ failure to create an oil fund in the 1970s and 1980s – something Shetland’s politicians had the foresight to do – as a “mistake of monumental proportions”. Coinciding with her visit, isles MSP Tavish Scott has announced that this autumn he will seek to enshrine many of the powers the SNP is offering to Scotland's islands in law should there be a No vote.

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    Scottish independence: SNP's Shetland oil pledge

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    Scottish independence: SNP's Shetland oil pledgeScotland's islands have emerged as a key battleground in the referendum campaign after the Our Islands Our Future campaign was launched by Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles aimed at using the independence debate to secure more powers from ...Scottish referendum: "As far as Shetland is concerned, it is irrelevant" Voice of Russia - UK EditionSturgeon has “spring in her step” as she sets sail for Shetland Aberdeen Press and JournalSturgeon: Energy bonanza offers community benefit SNP (press release) For Argyll  - Glasgow South and Eastwood Extraall 25 news articles »

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    Scottish environmental watchdog investigating reports of toxic algae

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    Scottish environmental watchdog investigating reports of toxic algaeAn environmental watchdog has launched an investigation following reports of toxic algae in a Shetland loch. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency are making enquiries after blue-green algae was spotted at Spiggie Loch on the south mainland.and more »

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    Gold medallist Lucy breaks isles high jump record

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    High jumper Lucy Holden, 13, broke the Shetland senior record at the weekend while winning a gold medal at the Scottish National Age Group Championships.

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    Algae at Spiggie

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    SHETLAND’S environmental health team is warning that there may be algae growth at Spiggie Loch in the south mainland. The local authority department said sampling was being arranged by SEPA and results will be released as soon as they are available.

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    Sensible amendment ( CURE members)

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    Regarding the consultation on junior high school closures, we noticed the decision made at the education and families committee last week.

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    Waiting time difference (Neil Sutherland)

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    Since the introduction of the original 24-month waiting time limit in the 1990s to the current 12-week waiting time guarantee the NHS has used a combination of private sector providers, charities and the expansion of directly provided NHS.

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    Yes/No camps stake claim for isles votes

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    Scotland's deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon takes the campaign for a Yes vote to Shetland on Wednesday.BOTH sides in the independence referendum campaign have made renewed pitches for isles voters with Scotland’s deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon due to arrive in Shetland on Wednesday. Speaking ahead of her trip - during which she will take part in an informal lunchtime discussion organised by the local women for independence group ahead of a public evening event at Shetland Musuem - Sturgeon said Westminster had failed to offer any extra powers to the islands. The key difference in the SNP Government’s proposals, she said, was its vow to devolve 100 per cent of net profit from the seabed around the islands directly to those communities - a pledge not matched by Westminster. But Shetland MSP Tavish Scott, along with his Orkney colleague Liam McArthur, countered with an announcement that they will introduce a bill aimed at recognising and safeguarding the rights of island communities later this year.

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    Crown Office seeks helicopter black box

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    Four people were killed when the Super Puma helicopter they were travelling in ditched into the sea in August 2013.SCOTLAND’S Lord Advocate is seeking to obtain the black box recorder from last year’s fatal helicopter crash just off Sumburgh. Three men and a woman died after their Super Puma helicopter, carrying a total of 18 people, ditched into the sea on 23 August last year. As part of its investigation into the incident, the Crown Office has petitioned the Court of Session for release of the EC225’s cockpit voice recorder. It is currently held by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).

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    Pair accused of housebreaking

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    A man has been remanded in custody at Lerwick Sheriff Court after appearing from custody charged with theft by housebreaking. David Robertson, 57, of Lerwick appeared on a petition alleging the offence. He made no plea or declaration and his case was committed for further examination. Appearing alongside Robertson was co-accused Jaden Paterson. Paterson, 27, […]

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    Lord Advocate asks for crash helicopter’s black box

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    Scotland's Lord Advocate has asked for the black box from the Super Puma helicopter which crashed off Sumburgh to be retrieved.

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    Lord Advocate in bid for Shetland Super Puma crash voice recorder

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    ScotsmanLord Advocate in bid for Shetland Super Puma crash voice recorderThe Lord Advocate has taken steps to retrieve the voice recorder from a fatal North Sea helicopter crash. Four oil workers died when their Super Puma helicopter plunged into the sea near Shetland on August 23, 2013. Eighteen people were aboard at the ...Crown Office wants Shetland helicopter crash data ScotsmanCourt bid for crash helicopter black box Herald ScotlandLord Advocate seeks voice recorder from fatal helicopter crash Aberdeen Evening Express The Times (subscription)all 22 news articles »

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    Bressay community calls for free ferries

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    A free ferry service to Bressay was one of the ideas put forward at a residents' meeting to discuss ways to improve the island.

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    Two on theft charge

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    A MAN and a woman charged with theft by housebreaking appeared in private at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Tuesday. David Robertson, 57, and Jaden Paterson, 27, both of Lerwick, appeared from custody. They made no plea or declaration and were both committed for further examination.

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    Games girls honoured at civic ceremony

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    The Shetland community congratulated its three Commonwealth Games athletes with a civic reception in the town hall last night.

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    Exploring jazz

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    "Dr Jazz" Jeff Merrifield.SHETLAND Jazz Club is staging a musical conference at Lerwick Town Hall on the afternoon of Sunday 28 September. Jeff Merrifield of the jazz club said the gathering would be “more of a forum-cum-jam-session-cum-networking opportunity” and all musicians and music fans were welcome to come along – free of charge – to explore “all the possibilities for developing vibrant new ways of promoting, presenting and playing jazz”.

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    New Lerwick partnership aims to fill Shetland accommodation shortage

    Originally published by and copyright of Aberdeen Press and Journal

    New Lerwick partnership aims to fill Shetland accommodation shortageA new business partnership has announced plans to build a new hotel in or around Lerwick to address unprecedented demand in Shetland. The Norwegian owner of the accommodation sites at Sella Ness, Malthus, has signed a partnership agreement with ...

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    Town hall reception for trio of games athletes

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    From left to right: Shetland MSP Tavish Scott, swimmer Andrea Strachan, bronze medal winning swimmer Erraid Davies, table tennis player Lynda Flaws and SIC convener Malcolm Bell. Photo: Davie Gardner SHETLAND'S trio of Commonwealth Games athletes were given a civic reception at Lerwick Town Hall on Monday night. Council convener Malcolm Bell elected to lay on the event for bronze medal winner Erraid Davies, swimmer Andrea Strachan and table tennis player Lynda Flaws as a token of the community's appreciation of their achievements.

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    Unst trekkers raise £7,000

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    Seven Unst lasses completed a 60-plus mile trek around the coastline of the island last month.

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    Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Community Landowners working together

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    Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is a long-time supporter of land reform and community land ownership. Over the past period the Comhairle andCommunity LandScotland, the umbrella group for community landowners inScotland,...

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    Japanese students’ presentation at the Pier

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

    Six pupils from Japan’s Kamaishi Super Science School are in Orkney this week, finding out more about renewable energy and meeting with fellow pupils from Orkney’s secondary schools. Having visited renewables sites in the county, accompanied by pupils from Stromness Academy and Kirkwall Grammar School, tonight, Wednesday, the visitors will give a presentation on their school and [...]

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    Make sure your vote counts

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

    The Chief Counting Officer for the Scottish Independence Referendum is urging voters to make sure their vote counts by only marking their ballot paper with one ‘X’. Postal voting packs will begin arriving in homes across Scotland from today, Wednesday, and over the following days, to people who are already on the existing list of [...]

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    Picky Pool closed to rectify leaking oil pipe

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    A leak in an oil pipe has been identified at the Pickaquoy Centre. According to the OIC, the fault has been isolated and is the most probable source of the diesel odours detected by users of the pool over recent days. Excavation works to enable environmental sampling, in conjunction with Scottish Water, to confirm this [...]

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    Rovers retain ‘A’ League title

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    Football club Kirkwall Rovers retained the Orkney Cheese ‘A’ League title this evening with a 3-0 victory over Hotspurs. Strikes from Chris Simpson and James Linklater put Rovers 2-0 up at half-time, before Mark Berry scored late on to put the result beyond any doubt. Simpson was selected as the Swannay Brewery Man [...]

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    Positive feedback from Western Isles patients in Patient Survey

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    NHS Western Isles has welcomed the results of the 2014 Inpatient Patient Experience Survey, published today, in which the organisation achieved some exceptionally positive feedback.   Not only has the...

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    Consultation on Room and School Bookings – Deadline Extended

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    Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has extended a consultation on school lets and room bookings to Friday 26th September.   The Comhairle has been reviewing the way in which it makes rooms and...

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    Not too late to fill out crofting survey

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

    Orkney MSP Liam McArthur is encouraging local crofters, like status farmers and anyone else in the isles with an interest in crofting regulations and support to provide their views on how the current arrangements might be improved. Along with his Shetland colleague, Tavish Scott, Mr McArthur launched a survey earlier in the summer, seeking the [...]

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    Firth crowned ‘B’ League champions

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    Firth FC claimed the Clark Thomson Insurance ‘B’ League title this evening. The West Mainland side beat Holm 7-1 at the Rockworks on the final day of the campaign to record their 12th league win of the season and ensure they finished top of the league.

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    ‘Future-proofing’ the Neolithic archaeology galleries

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    Orkney Islands Council is looking for feedback on the display of Stone Age artefacts at the Orkney Museum, to discover what folk would like to see being developed. The work is part of a project launched which will pilot the redesign of the museum’s interpretation and displays in the Neolithic galleries. It has been 30 [...]

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    Epic ice bucket challenge at KGS

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    The ice bucket challenge has arrived in style, with an epic challenge at Kirkwall Grammar School this lunchtime. Organised by PE teacher Claire Irvine, the fundraiser saw sixth-year students dump a bucket of iced water over each of the 20 or so participating staff members. The stunt will raise funds for [...]

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    Local goose cull interrupted

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    The local goose cull has been interrupted this week to allow for the assessment of the population in the county. Shooting teams working under the adaptive goose management scheme, which is aimed at controlling the resident greylag goose population, have been asked postpone shooting in preparation for a survey of the birds’ population, which will [...]

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    ANGUS MACNEIL MP URGES CROFTERS TO SUBMIT CLAIMS

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    Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP, Angus Brendan MacNeil is reminding crofters who participate in the Animal Welfare Management Programme, to submit their claims by 1stSeptember 2014. The Animal Welfare...

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    Scottish Rural Parliament coming to Orkney

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    The first Scottish Rural Parliament is inviting people in Orkney to take part in their discussions at an event in the St Magnus Centre, Kirkwall, on September 11. Peter Scott, chairman of Voluntary Action Orkney said: “This is a valuable opportunity for local people to find out more about the Scottish Rural Parliament and to [...]

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    Work on new Children’s House gets under way

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    Work on a new Children’s House for Orkney, at Watersfield, Kirkwall, begins today, Monday. The new house, which is being constructed by Orkney Builders, replaces the former Camoran facility on the Holm Road. Head of children and families and criminal justice at Orkney Health and Care, Marie O’Sullivan, said:  “A new fit-for-purpose Children’s Home has [...]

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    Trawler towed to Kirkwall

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    Kirkwall Lifeboat has now towed the Inverness registered fishing boat Acorn into Kirkwall, having been launched early this morning to go to the aid of the trawler,which lost power while east of Orkney. The lifeboat crew were called out at 6.30am, headed for the scene, taking the vessel which had six crew onboard, under tow. [...]

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    Five-day celebration of aviation in Orkney

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    The latest addition to Orkney’s calendar of festivals will focus on the story of military and civil aviation in the islands. The Orkney Aviation Festival will run from September 10-14 and is an initiative of a local group Another Orkney Production. At the helm is Moya McDonald, who says that the driving force behind the new [...]

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    Kirkwall Lifeboat called to trawler

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    Kirkwall Lifeboat was launched early this morning to go to the aid of a fishing boat which has lost power to the east of Orkney. The lifeboat crew were called out at 6.30am, and currently have the trawler Acorn, which has six crew onboard, under tow, and are heading back to Kirkwall.

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    Extra in-service day for Orkney schools

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    All of Orkney’s schools will be closed on Monday, September 15, to allow for an extra in-service day for school staff. The in-service day will allow school staff to work on developments to support the implementation of Curriculum for Excellence and the introduction of the new National higher qualifications. Further in-service days will be held [...]

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    Four groups benefit from cashback programme

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    Four youth work projects in Orkney are to benefit from £6,000 in funding from the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities programme. The Orkney Youth Cafe has received £600, Orkney Islands Council awarded £1,880 for youth projects, the Sanday Parent Council have benefited to the tune of £800 and Voluntary Action Orkney have been [...]

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