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    The Endless Rabbit Hole of Secession, Shetland Islands Edition

    Originally published by and copyright of Mother Jones

    The Endless Rabbit Hole of Secession, Shetland Islands EditionAs for Mr Salmond's fantasies about oil revenues: stocks are dwindling, fracking is driving down the price, when territorial waters are drawn up he may find some of what he thinks is his oil in the North Sea will actually be England's, and the Shetland ...and more »

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    Two call-outs for coastguard

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

    Shetland Coastguard has been called out for twice today for medical evacuations.

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    McCullin exhibition

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

    The young ambassadors pictured with mentors Liz Musser, Calum Toogood and Lewie Peterson.A GROUP of young local artists and musicians are to get the chance to show off their creative talents as part of a scheme connected to famed war photojournalist Don McCullin’s upcoming exhibition in the isles.

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    College extension gets royal opening

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

    Princess Anne hearing about the work of Shetland College art students. Photo: Malcolm YoungerTHE PRISTINE new £4.5 million extension to Shetland College was officially opened by Princess Anne on Tuesday morning. It is the second time the Princess Royal, who is University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) chancellor, has visited Shetland for an unveiling this year. In June she did the ceremonial honours at the opening of the revamped Sumburgh Lighthouse complex.

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    Scott's NHS fears

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

    SHETLAND MSP Tavish Scott has seized on a leaked report raising the prospect of the NHS in Scotland facing “more cuts and centralisation of services”. A paper published by the BBC on Tuesday suggested a radical cost-saving plan would have to be implemented following Thursday’s independence referendum.

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    Hurricane hails potential of Shetland oil find

    Originally published by and copyright of Herald Scotland

    CITY A.M.Hurricane hails potential of Shetland oil findAnalysts at the company's broker, Cenkos Securities, wrote: "The results are indicative of the vast potential offered by the basement play west of Shetland, particularly at the Lancaster field." Shares in AIM-listed Hurricane Energy spiked in morning ...Hurricane Energy's West of Shetland well could flow 20000bpd Energy VoiceHurricane Energy gets storming drill results off Shetland Islands CITY A.M.Ewing welcomes West of Shetland oil results SNP (press release) Financial Times  - Motley Fool UKall 24 news articles »

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    Royal opening for £4.5 million college extension

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

    Shetland College welcomed a royal visitor this morning when Princess Anne returned to the isles to officially open the new college extension.

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    Photographer McCullin inspires a new generation

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

    The work of war photographer Don McCullin will be shown at Shetland Museum and Bonhoga Gallery as part of a programme that will see local artists and musicians create a multi-media account of the photojournalist’s life.

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    Vote yes for self-government (Sue Wailoo)

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

    Two years ago Prime Minister David Cameron refused to allow a third question of a "devo-max" option on the Scottish referendum ballot paper.

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    Shetland News says Yes to independence

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

    Shetland has been blessed with good fortune for the past 40 years. Thanks to the efforts of our far-sighted MP Jo Grimond in the 1970s, we were granted an Act of Parliament that paved the way for the SIC to negotiate a landmark deal with the oil industry.

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    Opinion: Wake up from this independence fairy tale

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

    Shetland News columnist Genevieve White argues the case for a No vote at Thursday's referendum - Photo: Hans J Marter/Shetland NewsSomething strange has happened to our independence debate over the past few months. What started out as a rational discussion has become fanciful, writes Genevieve White. Increasingly, we are living within the pages of a fairy tale: one in which Scotland takes on the role of wronged heroine. England, on the other hand, is cast in various unattractive roles ranging from abusive partner to evil witch capable of casting a 300 year enchantment with a casual flick of her wand. In all the Yes rhetoric, the most fantastic element of all is the fairy tale magic mirror, which distorts reality and shows us only what we want to see. We have become collectively mesmerised by the reflection shown to us and we are now in possession of a highly idealised vision of our true selves.

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    Unanimous approval for new high school plans

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

    The new Anderson High School and halls of residence have been granted planning approval – over two decades after a first report on the project was raised in the town hall.

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    Plans for new AHS given green light

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

    A drawing of what the new Anderson High School will look like. COUNCILLORS in Shetland have given green light for the new £42 million Anderson High School and halls of residence to be built at the lower Staney Hill in Lerwick. However, it looks increasingly likely that the new high school will not be ready to open its doors in August 2016 after officials imposed 25 planning conditions that must be met before construction work can begin.

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    Referendum likely to see high turnout in isles

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

    Shetland's returning officer Jan Riise. Photo: ShetnewsMORE THAN 18,000 islanders have registered to vote in Thursday’s Scottish independence referendum – the highest tally for any poll in 20 years. A total of 18,515 people in Shetland are registered for a vote in which, for the first time, 16 and 17 year olds are entitled to take part. Shetland’s returning officer Jan Riise said that, as well as around 600 in that age group, there were an additional 2-300 voters who “we’d not normally have on the electoral roll at this time”.

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    Interim ban for drink driver

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

    A man has pleaded guilty to driving while over the limit, after taking workmates home from a Christmas party. Moreno Dalfonso, of Torogay Street, Glasgow, was stopped by police at about 2am on December 15th on Holmsgarth Road in Lerwick. The 39-year-old had 44 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 milliletres of breath. This exceeded the […]

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    Record-breaking number of votes expected

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

    Shetland is gearing up for a busy night on Thursday when electoral officials will count votes cast in the Scottish Referendum, with a record number of votes expected.

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    There’s no such thing as a Gruffalo …

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

    The fictional children's character the Gruffalo joined a wealth of writers in a 24-hour series of literary events covering islands in Shetland and Orkney recently.

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    Spurs secure senior football title

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

    Lerwick Spurs became Shetland senior football champions for the third year in a row on Friday, with victory over Delting meaning they are in an unassailable position in the league.

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    Over legal limit

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

    A MAN who drove his workmates home from a Christmas party while he was over the legal alcohol limit had sentence deferred at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Monday. Thirty nine year old Moreno Dalfonso, of Torogay Street, Glasgow was caught by police on Lerwick’s Holmsgarth Road shortly after 2am on Sunday 15 December last year.

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    Firm claim oil will flow twice as fast from Shetland find

    Originally published by and copyright of Aberdeen Press and Journal

    Firm claim oil will flow twice as fast from Shetland findIndependent oil and gas explorer Hurricane Energy has announced that its Lancaster well West of Shetland could flow twice as much oil as previously expected. Appraisal work on the one kilometre horizontal well in the remote West of Shetland area ...

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    Food and drink awards shortlist unveiled

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

    The shortlist for this year’s Orkney Food and Drink Awards has been revealed, with the winners set to be announced at a gala event in Kirkwall next month. Twenty-eight local food and drink business are in the running for 12 different awards, part of a re-energised and expanded Orkney Food Festival, which [...]

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    Former arts theatre on the market

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

    Orkney Islands Council has put the former Orkney Arts Theatre, in Kirkwall’s Mill Street, on the market. Built as a Temperance meeting hall towards the end of the 19th century, it was refurbished and converted in the 1960s into a 324 seat arts theatre. The council is inviting offers over £78,000.

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    New van on the way for Bethesda thanks to Health Board grant

    Originally published by and copyright of hebridestoday.com

    Bethesda Hospice in Stornoway has been able to purchase a new van, to collect essential medical and nursing supplies, thanks to a grant from NHSWestern Isles.   A cheque for £10,000 was...

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    Public meeting on out of hours services to be held in Harris next week

    Originally published by and copyright of hebridestoday.com

    NHS Western Isles is set to hold a public meeting in Tarbert next week, to update the local community on developments to date that relate to future out of hours arrangements.  ...

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    Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands

    Originally published by and copyright of hebridestoday.com

    For centuries, the magic of the Scottish Islands has drawn travellers from far and wide. Grand Tour of the Scottish Islands with presenter Paul Murton returns for a second series,...

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    Councillors updated on campus proposal

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

    The OIC development and infrastructure committee have received an updated report on the former Stromness Primary School, which has the potential to be developed as part of the proposed Orkney Research Campus. A development brief – providing guidance to potential developers of the Old Academy and former Primary School sites in Stromness – was adopted [...]

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    Orkney too strong for Morgan Academy

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

    Orkney Rugby Club claimed an emphatic bonus point victory against Morgan Academy this afternoon. A strong first half showing saw Orkney score and convert seven tries, to put them ahead at the break, 49-5, in the BT Caledonia League Division One clash. Despite the home team’s dominance in the first period, the second half was [...]

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    Orkney FC hit Alness for seven

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

    Orkney FC claimed their first ever North Caledonian League win, in an impressive manner at the Pickaquoy Centre, earlier today. The Reds defeated Alness United 7-0, in front of a crowd of  around 150 spectators. It was an assured display from the home side throughout, with Chris Hellewell scoring a brace inside 11 minutes, to [...]

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    OVER 4 MILLION PEOPLE REGISTER TO VOTE IN SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE REFERENDUM

    Originally published by and copyright of hebridestoday.com

    A total of 4,285,323 people have registered to vote in the Scottish Independence Referendum on Thursday 18 September, making it the largest electorate ever in Scotland for an election or...

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    Neurological Allience of Scotland at next meeting of Western Isles Neurological Voices

    Originally published by and copyright of hebridestoday.com

    Neurological Voices Western Isles is a newly formed group of patients and carers committed to working together to improve care and services for people with neurological problems across the Western...

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    Members Sought for Western Isles Development Trust

    Originally published by and copyright of hebridestoday.com

    Are you interested in having your say on the development of renewable energy in the Western Isles?   The Western Isles Development Trust (WIDT) is seeking ordinary members from across the...

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    Academy test for First XV

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

    Orkney Rugby Club are in BT Caledonia League One action this afternoon, taking on Morgan Academy FP at the Pickaquoy Centre. Both side were victorious in the opening round of fixtures last weekend, with Orkney defeating Mackie Academy, 50-21, and Morgan thrashing Ellon, 66-7. The game is due to kick-off at 3pm.  

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    Pickaquoy the venue for Orkney FC fixture

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

    Orkney FC take on Alness United today at the Pickaquoy Centre, in their second match of the North Caledonian Football League season . The Reds defeated the Dalmore Park based outfit in a cup match last year and will be looking to replicate the result when the two sides meet today. The game had [...]

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    P&R committee consider bus contract tenders

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

    Orkney Island Council’s policy and resources committee met, in private, yesterday to consider tenders for public and school bus contracts that will run for the next five years. A spokesman for the council said today that the committee’s recommendations will now be considered at a special meeting of the Full Council next Wednesday, September 17. [...]

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    Vodafone signal problems in and around Kirkwall

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

    Vodafone believes it has traced the fault which has been affecting many local people’s mobile phone coverage, over the past week. The problems are being attributed to a fault at a mast, with a spokeswoman for the firm apologising for the disruption to service. She said:”We’re sorry some of our customers in Kirkwall are experiencing signal [...]

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    Largest marine energy lease is signed

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

    Atlantis, owner of the world’s largest planned tidal stream energy project, MeyGen, has announced that it has signed a 398MW, 25-year seabed lease with the Crown Estate. It is the largest marine energy lease to be awarded by the Crown Estate and is the first in The Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters region. Atlantis recently [...]

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    Bird display to open on Papa Westray

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

    An art installation focusing on sea birds will be unveiled in Papa Westray this weekend. As part of the Orkney Seabird Heritage Project 500 model sea birds and interpretations of sea birds, which have been made by people all over the world, are to be put on display at the old coastguard hut, North [...]

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    Orkney squads announced ahead of weekend fixtures

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

    Orkney FC and Orkney Rugby Club have announced their squads ahead of their respective matches tomorrow. The footballers are due to play Alness United at the Pickaquoy Centre, with the venue being switched from KGS earlier in the week. The game is scheduled to kick-off at 12.30pm. The Rugby Club’s First XV are in action [...]

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    Abattoir use extension recommended

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

    The OIC’s development and infrastructure committee has recommended that Orkney Meat Processors Ltd, a consortium of four local butchers, can continue to use the council-owned abattoir at Hatston for a further two years. OMPL has been using the abattoir since June 2012. If the recommendation – which came following discussions held in private [...]

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    Aviation Festival makes its debut

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

    A new festival, celebrating the story of military and civil aviation in Orkney, is running until September 14. Orkney has been at the centre of numerous aviation developments over the years, through two world wars and the pioneering air service of Captain E.E. (Ted) Fresson in the 1930s. A new era in island aviation began [...]

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