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    Man appears on serious sexual charges

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

    A 62-YEAR old man with an address on the Shetland mainland has been charged with a total of six offences including two of sexual assault of a young child. Basil Edward Beattie appeared in private at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Monday afternoon. Other charges brought under the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act relate to sexual assault as well as lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour.

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    Drama group proves less can be more

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    It is difficult to know what to expect when an amateur group takes on a well-known play, but Islesburgh Drama Group’s performance of The 39 Steps last week was quite simply a triumph. The group’s interpretation of the John Buchan classic was hilarious from beginning to end and the sell-out audience at the Garrison Theatre […]

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    Creating a unique blend

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    American West Coast band Marley’s Ghost.SHETLAND's busy music festival calendar has just got even busier with the announcement of the 1st Shetland Reel Music Festival, to be held in Unst from 14 to 16 August. The festival follows last year's successful appearance by Dolly Parton's guitarist Jim Salestrom at the Baltasound hall to mark the launch Shetland Reel Gin.

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    Visitor centre opens

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    The new Sumburgh Head lighthouse visitor centre - Photo: Shetland Amenity TrustSHETLAND's latest tourist attraction, the refurbished Sumburgh Head Lighthouse visitor centre and nature reserve, will open its doors for an extended summer season on Wednesday. To mark the occasion, the recently restored foghorn will sound its distinctive seven second blast every 90 seconds from 12 noon.

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    New talks to avert airport strikes

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    Sumburgh airport - Photo: Hans J Marter/ShetNewsNEW talks between Highlands and Islands airport operator HIAL and trade union Prospect in a bid to prevent strikes at Sumburgh Airport have been agreed. The union's national secretary Alan Denney confirmed on Monday that he would meet with HIAL management on Wednesday morning.

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    Airport operator wants talks with union

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    Regional airport operator HIAL is urging trade union Prospect to resume talks to prevent a strike next week. On Friday the union said security workers would hold a 48-hour strike from midday on 7th April at all HIAL airports including Sumburgh. Eighty-seven per cent of members voted in favour of striking, with an 85 per […]

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    Indoor golf nets unveiled in Whalsay

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    A squash court in Whalsay Leisure Centre is doubling as a golf practice range thanks to a partnership between Shetland Recreational Trust and Whalsay Golf Club with support from Awards for All. Nets have been installed for the club’s golfers to practise indoors during the harsh winter months. The nets fold away neatly above the court […]

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    New music festival pulls in top US acts

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    American music stars will share the stage with local talent at a brand new music festival in Unst this summer. The inaugural Shetland Reel Music Festival will be held on 14th to 16th August, with proceeds going to charity and Baltasound Junior High School. Organised by the owner of the Saxa Vord Resort, Frank Strang, […]

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    Election: ‘Don’t play games with your vote’

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    Labour's prospective parliamentary candidate for orkney and Shetland Gerry McGarvey.The Scottish Labour party's candidate for Orkney and Shetland, Gerry McGarvey, sets out his stall ahead of the general election on 7 May. The other four candidates' contributions will be published here in the coming days. I have a clear understanding of what my candidacy is about, and it is this, life changing stuff that WILL make a real difference to the lives of people on these islands. Clearly I don't currently live on the islands, but based in the rural village of Gartmore, I am more than familiar with, and understand, the issues which concern local people, and in particular the specific needs of rural communities.

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    Creative Watt shines in music city

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    Isles musician Joe Watt is thriving in Glasgow. Watt was a prominent member of the Shetland contemporary music scene prior to moving south last year to study a degree in commercial music at the University of West Scotland in Ayrshire. Being only a short train journey from the burgeoning musical city, the young musician has […]

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    More work on Clickimin footpaths

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    Work on the next phase of the Clickimin footpaths will begin tomorrow, leading to the closure of the path on the east side of Clickimin Loch.

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    Last day at work for Mr Last Ditchology

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    Brian Priest on his last day with COPE. "y repairing days are over, but there's still a curiosity about why something doesn't work." Photo Austin Taylor“It's been a slow three months since Christmas,” said Brian Priest on the eve of his 65th birthday and his long awaited retirement from the world of working with electrical equipment. A popular man with a dry sense of humour, Priest became something of a legend in Lerwick largely thanks to the inspired name of the business he set up in the late 1980s.

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    Youngsters crank it up at Battle of the Bands

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    Blues, funk, rock and punk were on the menu last night as isles youngsters took to the stage for this year’s Battle of the Bands competition.

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    Far flung Euro youth gather in Brae

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    All 28 of the visiting students from Latvia, Norway, Sardinia and Turkey after the Brae High School Up Helly Aa night - all Photos: Gordon StovelWhat happens when you draw a squint, vaguely pentagonic shape on the map of Europe and invite students from the corners to mix together and socialise, educate each other and exchange views and culture? This is the aim of the bold ERASMUS+ student exchange programme, and Brae High School has been the centre of its attention over the past week.

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    Salmon and mackerel exports soar

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    Exports of Shetland caught or grown fish have hit new heights according to figures which show UK salmon and mackerel exports were worth three-quarters of a billion last year.

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    Swapping seeds

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    AS THE gardening season comes around once again, an Eshaness woman is encouraging local people to share their seeds to help them grow a crop of thoroughbred plants and vegetables for Shetland.

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    Revolutionary tidal turbine for north Yell

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    The Nova30, which is already generating electricity from under Bluemull Sound, is likely to be superseded by the new direct-drive turbine. Photo Nova InnovationSHETLAND looks set to remain at the forefront of marine renewables after the Scottish government pledged more than half a million pounds towards developing a revolutionary tidal turbine to be sited off the isle of Yell. Nova Innovation, the Edinburgh-based business behind the world’s first community-owned tidal turbine project at Cullivoe, has been awarded £573,000 towards the £1 million cost of building and testing its proposed “direct-drive tidal turbine”.

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    Airport security staff back strike

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    Airport security staff are to strike at Sumburgh Airport, following a strong vote in favour of a walkout. Union Prospect said 87 per cent of workers voted in favour of a strike on an 85 per cent turnout. Staff at AMSL, which forms part of the Scottish government-owned Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) will […]

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    Nearly half of population will be pensioners by 2037, report says

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    Shetland is sitting on a demographic timebomb according to guidelines for UK government departments that are intended to prevent legis­lation having a negative impact on remote island areas. According to a section in the guidelines titled “Island Demo­graphics – Key Challenges” almost half Shetland’s population may be pensioners by 2037 despite Shetland being one of […]

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    Strike action after Easter at Sumburgh airport

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    Sumburgh airport faces disruption next month after security staff voted to strike for 48 hours.Sumburgh airport is to be hit by strikes after security staff voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action, it was announced on Friday afternoon. The union Prospect said staff will stage a 48 hour strike from midday on 7 April at all airports run by government-owned Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL).

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