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    Funding questions delay arts chief announcement

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    An announcement on who will replace departed Shetland Arts director Gwilym Gibbons will "soon" be made – after a lengthy delay due to questions over funding.

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    Gemini to head to Scalloway

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    The accommodation ship Gemini, currently berthed at Dales Voe north of Lerwick, is shortly to be moved to Scalloway for the winter.

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    New high school details revealed – but it will be delayed

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    The new Anderson High School will not be completed until April 2017 – eight months after the August 2016 launch-date initially forecast. A revised deadline has today been made public. The anticipated delay has been put down to the complexity of the design discussions held with Hub North Scotland, which is leading the building project […]

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    Entirely qualified to vote (Kaylee Mouat and Catherine Hannah)

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    As members of the Scottish Youth Parliament for Shetland we would like to thank The Shetland Times, MP Alistair Carmichael, MSP Tavish Scott and SIC political leader Gary Robinson for backing our ongoing campaign to extend the franchise to enable votes at 16 in all elections.

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    Harbour's largest guest

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    Accommodation ship MV Gemini will become the largest vessel in Scalloway Harbour following last year's dredging.MV GEMINI, the accommodation vessel currently berthed at Dales Voe north of Lerwick, will soon be relocated to Scalloway Harbour. The village’s harbour will provide a more sheltered berth for the vessel and its residents in poor weather as the winter months approach.

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    Return of The Chair

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    The Chair will be back in Shetland for two country hall gigs in late November. MUCH-LOVED Orcadian folkies The Chair, a regular fixture at Shetland Folk Festival, will be back in the islands in late November for a weekend of gigs. The eight piece will play the Sandwick Social Club with support from VAIR on Friday 28 followed by two shows at the Gulberwick Hall on Saturday 29 – a family concert at 2pm followed by an over-18s evening gig, supported by Rack n Ruin, at 9pm.

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    Cycle raises £10,500

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    From left to right: Pic - L-R: Michael Jones (Total), Alan Gifford, John Gold, Robin Howard (Total).FRANKIE'S Fish & Chips manager John Gold this week handed over a large cheque to the Fishermen’s Mission following a cycling charity fundraiser. The “cycle sportive” raised £10,500 in sponsorship and donations for the event, which took place on Sunday 31 August.

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    Charity cycle sportive raises more than £10,500

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    Frankie's Fish & Chips manager John Gold this week handed over a large cheque to the Fishermen's Mission after the successful Charity Cycle Sportive.

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    New AHS faces further eight-month delay

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    An impression of how the new school's east elevation will look.THE PROJECTED finish date for the £42 million new Anderson High School and halls of residence at Lerwick's lower Staney Hill has been pushed back to April 2017. It has been expected for several months that the previous completion date of summer 2016 would no longer be achievable. Last month a document leaked to the local media suggested the building would not be open until spring 2017, and that was officially confirmed by Shetland Islands Council on Tuesday.

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    NHS top earners revealed

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    Like the top tiers of the SIC, the senior ranks of NHS Shetland’s workforce recieve salaries that massively outstrip the sums paid to the average-paid worker.

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    Help to move on

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    AN INNOVATIVE employment initiative has reported "another very positive year" with a total 155 people supported across the isles. The Moving On employment project said that due to the recent welfare reform the number of people requiring support to enter employment in Shetland "has grown considerably".

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    Could Shetland Isles nick Cheddar's cave title?

    Originally published by and copyright of Central Somerset Gazette

    Could Shetland Isles nick Cheddar's cave title?Geologist Jonathon Swale, who works for Scottish Natural Heritage, claims that his works have shown that a sea cave in Esha Ness, on the Shetland Isles is officially the biggest in Britain. His studies have found that Calders Geo has been measured at ...

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    No let-up in demand for food parcels

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    The Salvation Army's Lerwick corps officer Angela Nunn.DEMAND for food parcels in Shetland shows no sign of abating: following a huge increase last year, the Salvation Army in Lerwick expects to distribute slightly more aid packages to those who have fallen on hard times in 2014. Lerwick corps officer Angela Nunn said that 162 parcels had been distributed in the first nine months of this year, a slight rise on the 151 dished out during the corresponding period in 2013. Because of Shetland’s low unemployment rate and relative affluence, poverty can be something of an unseen problem. The cost of living crisis may be a UK-wide one, but the islands’ cold, windy climate means many in low-paid employment find keeping their homes heated a real challenge.

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    Opinion: One way or another, change is coming

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    Campaigner Louise Thomason is hopeful the renewed clamour for social justice will outlast the referendum campaign. Photo: ShetnewsWAKING up ten days ago to the news that Scotland had voted against independence felt like the worst kind of heartbreak, writes local Yes campaigner Louise Thomason. For someone who had stumbled fairly accidentally into campaigning, the hurt came as a surprise. Perhaps that compounded the pain. While I obviously hoped it would happen, I had told myself that a Yes vote was probably unlikely, and had even spoken to friends and family of my ease with this.

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    Hoswick knitwear studio is looking global

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    One of Hoswick-based design studio Niellanell's alternative knitwear designs. Photo: Angus BremnerA KNITWEAR design studio based in Hoswick is expanding its business with the launch of a new website and online boutique after receiving a five-figure grant. Highlands and Islands Enterprise is providing £24,882 to Nielanell, which is owned by designer Niela Kalra and recently attracted international exposure after designing official garments for 100 Shetland fiddlers who performed at the Military Tatto in Edinburgh throughout August.

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    Offenders complete more unpaid work

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    Convicted offenders completed almost 5,800 hours of unpaid work during the last financial year – around 600 more than in 2012/13.

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    Danish trawler towed into Lerwick

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    Danish trawler Karbak being towed into Lerwick on Sunday. Photo: Ian LeaskA DANISH trawler was towed into Lerwick on Sunday by a larger Danish vessel after developing a problem with its propeller. The Karbak was towed into Lerwick Harbour by the Torbis before Lerwick Port Authority’s harbour tugs Knab and Kebister took over and shepherded her to the quayside.

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    A wonderful week of all things woolly

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    The Shetland Wool Week is now in its fifth year - Photo: Didier PiquerTHE INCREASINGLY popular annual celebration of Shetland's textile industry begins next weekend. The nine day long Shetland Wool Week is enjoying its fifth year and will feature a wide range of exhibitions, classes and events covering areas such as weaving, spinning, dyeing, Fair Isle and lace knitting and traditional gansey styles. Activities around the isles commence on Saturday 4 October, but the official opening ceremony takes place at Lerwick's Mareel at 2pm the following day.

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    Mobile bone scanner

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    NHS Grampian's mobile osteoporosis unit.A MOBILE scanner able to measure patients’ bone density is making a pilot visit to Shetland this week. NHS Shetland says the GO-MOBILE unit will save many patients having to make long journeys for a scan, help identify people who are unaware that their bones are thinning, and allow the level of medication for people taking bone-strengthening tablets to be tailored to suit the extent of their osteoporosis.

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    Local guitar heroes

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    Tommy Emmanuel and Martin Taylor.THE LINE-UP for a Shetland Guitar Heroes concert as part of the islands’ international guitar festival, being held in November, has been unveiled. Local players for the Saturday 8 November concert at Mareel include Arthur Nicholson, Ewan Novak, Alan McKay, Robbie Walterson and special guests.

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    Orcadian Arctic explorer is remembered

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    A graveside service took place in the shadow of Magnus Cathedral this afternoon, at the final resting place of Arctic explorer Dr John Rae. The event in Kirkwall, followed by a service inside the cathedral, was held at the same time a plaque marking the exploits of the Orcadian explorer Dr John Rae was set [...]

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    New scientific assessment of important Scottish stocks

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    Some of Scotland’s most valuable fish stocks, Mackerel and Blue Whiting, appear to be at relatively healthy levels, according to the latest scientific advice published today. However, the new guidance...

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    ODAFONE PROGRAMME AIMING TO TAKE RELIABLE 3G COVERAGE TO RURAL COMMUNITIES FOR THE FIRST TIME.

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    Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus MacNeil has today contacted the 28 Community Councils in the Western Isles inviting them to sign up to Vodafone’s Rural Open Sure Signal...

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    Autumn tourism drive encourages visitors to discover the Outer Hebrides

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    With the first ever Hebtember’14 in full swing, VisitScotland has revealed details about its current campaign to encourage visitors to discover the Outer Hebrides in the autumn. The national tourism organisation,...

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    John Rae remembered

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    A plaque marking the exploits of Orcadian explorer Dr John Rae is to be unveiled in Westminster Abbey today. The event, in the Chapel of St John the Evangelist, is by invitation only and takes place this afternoon, on the 201st anniversary of Dr Rae’s birth. In Orkney there will be a corresponding ceremony at [...]

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    Council convener appointed president of Islands Commission

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    Orkney Islands Council convener Steven Heddle has been elected as president of the Islands Commission of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR). The Commission represents 23 island regions across 12 European countries and more than 15 million people. Its aims are to: To urge European institutions and Member States to pay special attention to [...]

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    North Hoy refuse collection request

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    Orkney Islands Council is asking people in North Hoy to have their refuse out for collection by 8am this Thursday, October 2. This is to enable refuse to be collected before the road between North Hoy and Lyness is closed for repairs and strengthening work. Road closures on the B9047 are taking place between 9.30am and 4.30pm [...]

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    Scanner delayed again

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    NHS Orkney has confirmed the date to have a CT scanner up and running in the county has, once more, been pushed back. Speaking today at NHS Orkney’s Annual Review, chief executive Cathie Cowan said the earliest the scanner would be in place would be early 2015. The project was first announced by NHS Orkney [...]

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    Sky Notes update – Galaxies galore!

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    The sister galaxy to our Milky Way, the Great Andromeda Galaxy, is still there! For more details, and for recent observations within our galaxy, click here. For Galaxies Galore and super-giant stars, click here.

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    Ferry firm seek views on Burwick

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    Pentland Ferries – who would like to develop a 30 minute ro-ro service from Burwick in South Ronaldsay to Gills Bay in Caithness, and would invest in a new passenger and vehicle ferry to cover the route – says it had received a huge number of responses within only hours of a survey being launched [...]

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    NHS Orkney annual review

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    NHS Orkney’s annual review took place, in public, this afternoon. Chaired by John Ross Scott, the event included a presentation by chief executive Cathie Cowan on the key challenges and successes faced by the organisation. Among the achievements Mrs Cowan highlighted were exceeding the national targets for A&E waiting times, the referral to treatment waiting time guarantee, cancer [...]

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    Joint Warrior military exercise around Orkney

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    A major military exercise around Orkney is due to begin on October 7. Joint Warrior 142 is a multinational exercise and will involve 22 naval units and around 52 fixed wing aircraft. According to the MoD, the exercise provides all three UK Armed Services, and invited allied nations, with the opportunity to hone the skills needed to [...]

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    NHS Western Isles encourages all 2 – 11 year olds to get the flu jab this autumn

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    Every child in Scotland aged between two and 11 is being offered the flu vaccine this autumn as part of a new immunisation programme.   With children two to three...

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    Orkney FC edge out Thurso

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    Orkney FC claimed an important 1-0 win over Thurso, on Kirkwall Grammar School’s 3G surface, earlier today. The first half finished goalless before Frenchman Axel Bondoux, came off the substitute’s bench, to combine with Mark Berry, who scored the goal which eventually separated the two sides. Bondoux was later named man of the match, in what [...]

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    Rae plaque unveiled next week

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    A plaque marking the exploits of Orcadian explorer Dr John Rae is to be unveiled in Westminster Abbey, next week. The event, in the Chapel of St John the Evangelist, is by invitation only and takes place on Tuesday, September 30, the 201st anniversary of Dr Rae’s birth. In Orkney there will be a corresponding [...]

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    Orkney FC looking to maintain unbeaten record

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      Orkney FC will be looking to claim three points, and in the process maintain their unbeaten record when they take on the challenge of Thurso, later today. The two sides currently occupy the top two spots in the North Caledonian Football League. Orkney come into the game, off the back of a 7-0 [...]

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    John Rae Gathering

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    A weekend of events to celebrate John Rae is set to take place over the next few days in Stromness. The Stromness Museum’s John Rae 201 Gathering comes about after the success of the John Rae 200 conference held last September. The weekend starts with an open evening tonight, in the Stromness Museum at 7.30pm [...]

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    High Levels of Shellfish Toxin

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    Monitoring work undertaken on behalf of the Food Standards Agency has identified raised levels of shellfish toxins in Seilebost and Northton Sands in Harris. Eating shellfish such as cockles, mussels...

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    Islands framework on Carmichael’s agenda

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    Northern Isles MP and Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has written to the three islands councils emphasising the UK Government’s desire to implement the Islands Framework. Following the agreement reached between the UK Government and Orkney, Shetland and Western Isles councils in August and the outcome of the Scottish Independence referendum, Mr Carmichael has said [...]

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    Creative Orkney conference

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    A two day conference to explore Orkney’s creativity began today in Kirkwall. The first Creative Orkney Conference — organised, hosted and presented by the Centre for Nordic Studies — is being held in the St Magnus Centre today and tomorrow and includes a mix of workshops, talks, a discussion forum and field trips to explore [...]

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