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    Future of free bin bags in doubt

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    FREE black bin bags for every household in Shetland could soon become a thing of the past as the local authority continues on its austerity drive to balance its books. Currently Shetland Islands Council is the only council in Scotland to provide 52 free bin bags to all homes at a cost of almost £25,000. Next Wednesday Shetland Islands Council’s environment and transport committee will be asked to throw that policy onto the waste heap, instead offering bin bags for sale at a knock down price.

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    Big changes in the Lerwick shopping scene

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    Scalloway Meat Company's John Alex Cromarty. Photo BBC Radio ShetlandLERWICK is to get a new butcher after Globe Butchers closed its doors earlier this year. The town centre will also be lifted by High Level Music moving into new premises at the Market Cross. However the increasingly popular Havly Café on Charlotte Street is to close its doors next week to allow its owners to devote more time to their new baby.

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    Bressay hotel shuts after managers vanish

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    THE OWNERS of a Shetland hotel have been devastated after the Canadian couple running it abandoned the business and left the island leaving a trail of debt behind them. The Maryfield Hotel on the island of Bressay was leased to Patrick and Morgan Blanch last August after owners David and Linda Wood retired. The three year lease included an obligation to buy the property, but after less than a year the couple have disappeared without trace.

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    Remote areas lag behind superfast Lerwick

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    BT Scotland director Brendan Dick in Lerwick on Friday. Photo ShetnewsLERWICK will be the first island community in Scotland to get superfast broadband as part of the government’s £146 million project to connect the highlands and islands. Speaking at a digital forum meeting in Lerwick on Friday morning, BT Scotland’s director Brendan Dick said the town could expect broadband speeds up to 80 Mbps as of September this year. The meeting, organised by isles MP Alistair Carmichael, also heard that customers in most other Shetland communities could expect superfast broadband in 2015 and 2016, a year or so earlier than anticipated.

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    Let’s get physical

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    NHS Shetland is encouraging islanders to walk, skip or do anything else to liven up their lives as part of Scotland’s first Physical Activity Awareness week, which starts on Monday. People working in Lerwick are being invited to take their trainers with them and join a mass lunchtime walk at the Clickimin track at 12.30pm on Monday.

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    Night heron grabs spotlight this morning

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    A night heron is the latest avian stranger to set foot in Shetland, with one being spotted in Reawick this morning.

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    Fibre broadband plan welcomed

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    Lerwick has been chosen as the first island community in the country to be offered fibre broadband as part of a £410 million partnership. The town joins Keith in Moray as the latest areas to be announced as part of the Digital Highlands and Islands project. Homes and businesses could qualify for the initiative, which […]

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    Bressay hotel couple disappear

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    The owners of the Maryfield Hotel in Bressay have been left dismayed after the Canadian couple to whom they leased the property disappeared.

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    Butcher moving into Lerwick

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    Lerwick is due to gain a second butcher's shop again as part of an expansion by Scalloway Meat Company.

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    Seven banned as police target drink drivers

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    Seven motorists have been banned from driving in the past week, according to Shetland police. Police said the punishemnts were handed down for various offences including drink driving. The bans have ranged from one to 10 years. Area commander Eddie Graham said: “Police Scotland is committed to making the roads safer for everyone. We are […]

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    Shetland set for superfast broadband

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    Shetland set for superfast broadbandSHETLAND is set to be Scotland's first island community to get superfast fibre optic broadband as part of a £410 million project to improve internet speeds in rural areas across the country. Homes and businesses in Lerwick, on the Shetland mainland ...Superfast internet is coming to islands Herald ScotlandSuperfast broadband rolled out in islands SNP (press release)all 5 news articles »

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    Shetland women gather to talk independence

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    THE SHETLAND branch of “Women for Independence” saw an encouraging turn out at its launch on Thursday night at Lerwick’s Isleburgh Community Centre. A gathering of around 25 (including two men) engaged in a wide ranging discussion about matters relating to the future of an independent Scotland over a selection of home bakes and hot drinks.

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    Women for independence group launched

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    The newly-formed Shetland Women for Independence held their public launch in Islesburgh on Thursday night.

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    BBC orders more Shetland

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    BBC orders more ShetlandNEWS BRIEF: UK pubcaster the BBC has greenlit a second run of crime drama Shetland a day after the show's first season ended. The 6×60′ series is produced by the UK's ITV Studios and is based on Ann Cleeves' novels. The first run was preceded by ...

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    BP confirms 100 new jobs at terminal

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    From peat to prosperity. The long term future of Sullom Voe oil terminal looks healthier as BP announces yet more investment. Photo ShetnewsAROUND 100 new permanent jobs are to be created at Shetland’s Sullom Voe oil terminal as operator BP switches from the current shift pattern to an offshore style ‘two weeks on/three weeks off’ rota. The change comes in response to difficulties in recruiting a sufficient number of local people with the right skills.

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    Back behind bars for copycat break in

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    A LERWICK man who broke into the same shop he was jailed for breaking into last year was sent back to prison for eight months at the town’s sheriff court on Thursday. Iain Tulloch, aged 44, of 4 Harbour Street, was caught by CCTV cameras that filmed him rummaging through Home Furnishings on Lerwick’s Commercial Road on 24 December last year. The court heard how Tulloch covered his face and used a ladder to reach a side window which he broke to enter the premises before checking the till, which was empty of cash, and then removing the disc from the CCTV camera.

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    Boom time again at Sullom Voe?

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    Sullom Voe Terminal will be the site of another mini-oil boom if plans to build a gas-sweetening plant go ahead as expected, the head of BP’s North Sea operations indicated yesterday.

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    Drug dealing “gambit” leads to prison

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    A LERWICK man who invested his inheritance in heroin to smuggle it back into Shetland to profit from its sale was jailed for three years at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Thursday. Andrew Gibson, of 41 Hoofields, pled guilty to being concerned in the supply of the Class A drug when he was arrested by police acting on a tip off after he came off the ferry from Aberdeen at Holmsgarth Road on 7 February. Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie told the court the 36 year old had embarked on “an entrepreneurial gambit” after inheriting money, travelled to Ayrshire where he purchased 187 grammes of heroin worth up to £8,000.

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    Man jailed after ferry rampages

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    A FORMER heroin addict living on the Shetland isle of Yell has been jailed for 10 months after running rampage on two ferries and assaulting crew and passengers while high on drugs and alcohol. On Thursday 37 year old Darren Gear, of Chalet 2, Ulsta, admitted a string of assault and breach of the peace charges on board the NorthLink ferry Hjaltland as it sailed from Aberdeen to Lerwick on 6 January this year. He also admitted causing a breach of the peace and vandalising the Yell ferry Daggri three weeks later on 27 January.

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    BBC's Shetland gets a third series

    Originally published by and copyright of Belfast Telegraph

    BBC's Shetland gets a third series"I'm delighted that Shetland has been recommissioned and proud to have made a distinctive Scottish show that is enjoyed all over the UK," she said, adding: "It's also been a pleasure to work with outstanding actors like Douglas Henshall, Alison O ...Shetland renewed for third series by BBC One Digital Spy UKBBC One's 'Shetland' Renewed For Third Season TVWiseDouglas Henshall to return for series 3 of Shetland What's On TVall 22 news articles »

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    Celebrations for darts players

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

    Orkney darts players are celebrating this weekend, following success in the annual contest against their Shetland counterparts yesterday. The men’s darts team beat their rivals 11-4 in Lerwick to secure the inter-county trophy for the fourth year in a row. Their win followed an unfortunate defeat for the Orkney ladies, who lost 11-10 on Thursday [...]

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    Scapa Flow features in BBC shipbuilding series finale

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    Scapa Flow and the naval base at Lyness will feature in the finale of a BBC series exploring the key role Scotland’s shipbuilding played in shaping the Commonwealth. HMS Hood, the final episode in Clydebuilt: The Ships That Made the Commonwealth, will air on BBC Two Scotland at 9pm on Monday, April 21. [...]

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    OIC publish annual performance report online

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    Orkney Islands Council’s tenth Annual Performance Report – which shows how the council performed over 2013 – is now available on the council’s website. With the publication of the report, the council is looking for feedback on its contents. Gillian Morrison, executive director of corporate services said: “We are keen to hear what people [...]

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    Bowel screening saved Rob’s life – it could save yours

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    Two years ago, having just turned 61, Rob Daly from the Isle of Barra in the Western Isles followed a healthy diet and took daily exercise. He also considered he had...

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    Polling arrangements

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    Voters in Stromness are being reminded that their polling station for the European Parliamentary Elections on May 22, will be in the OIC’s customer services office in the Northlink Ferry Terminal building. Stromness Town Hall will host the polling station for September’s Scottish Independence Referendum. OIC customer services in Stromness will therefore be closed on [...]

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    New road safety initiative

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    Police Scotland have announced a new initiative to make roads safer for everyone. Through ‘Operation Zenith’,  Police in the Highland and Islands Division are keen to raise awareness and inform all road users of the increased risk of road traffic collisions involving motorcyclists over the spring and summer months. ‘Operation Zenith’ will run between April,17 [...]

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    Police appeals

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    Police in Orkney area appealing to the public for information regarding two incidents. Firstly, sometime during yesterday afternoon, Thursday, a quantity of prescribed medication was lost in Kirkwall. The medication consists of one tub of Gaviscon tablets, one pack of Ferrous Fumarate tablest, one pack of Candesartan tablets and one pack of Vesicare tablets. Police [...]

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    Celebrating World Heritage Day

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    To mark World Heritage Day today, Friday, a “pop-up” exhibition of replica Neolithic artifacts, is being  presented by Historic Scotland rangers at the VisitScotland information centre in Kirkwall. Vistiors today will also have the chance to meet and talk to Historic Scotland Rangers, Sandra and Elaine, about the work they do around the Heart of [...]

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    No sign of power line fault

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

    Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSEPD) have confirmed they have visually inspected 90km of power lines in the area where the fault that knocked out power to much of Northern Scotland on Wednesday night. This was carried out by helicopter and by staff on the ground but as yet no visible damage or signs [...]

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    Investigations into power cut under way

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

    Investigations are continuing into a power outage that left around 205,000 households across the Highlands and Islands in the dark last night. Power went out shortly after 8.30pm on Wednesday night but had been restored to all areas by 12.30am this morning. Scottish and Southern Energy are concentrating on an area between Moray and the [...]

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    Fish farm application to be considered afresh by planning committee

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    An application to site a salmon farm off Wyre will be considered again by Orkney Islands Council’s planning committee. The application for the Gairsay Sound development was refused by the committee last month. But scrutiny of the terms for committee’s decision found that the reasoning was based partly on planning policy from the 2004 Local [...]

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    Pressure growing on accommodation in Stornoway

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    International demand to attend this year’s Hebridean Celtic Festival has led to the earliest ever appeal being made to help house visitors in the host town of Stornoway. With three...

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    Power outage throughout Orkney

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    The county has faced a county-wide power outage tonight, Wednesday, with the cause reported to be a  transmission line fault on the Scottish mainland. The outage, which occured just after 8:40pm, affected the majority of northern Scotland, with Kirkwall one of the earliest areas to see power restored north of Beauly. Orkney manager for Scottish Hydro [...]

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    Deputy First Minister marks the start of work on Stornoway development

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    Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will today mark the start of work on a new development that will provide 32 affordable homes to rent and buy in Stornoway. The scheme...

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    Stornoway Trust to be invited to join new Delivery Forum

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    John Swinney today provided an update to his Cabinet colleagues on progress towards realising the Western Isles’ significant renewable energy potential. Yesterday, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth...

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    Funding boost for MG Alba

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    Gaelic broadcaster MG Alba will receive £2.1 million of new funding, First Minister Alex Salmond announced today. MG ALBA is a public body, funded by the Scottish Governement, that works...

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    Deadline approaching for Highlands & Islands Food and Drink Awards 2014

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    Food and drink businesses across the Highlands and Islands and within the Cairngorms National Park area have just days left before the deadline to enter the region’s largest and most...

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    Spirits high on Lewis

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    A brand new event on Lewis will feature in the nationwide Whisky Month celebrations in May, part of Homecoming Scotland 2014, it has been announced.   Abhainn Dearg, Scotland’s most...

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    Find out more at archaeology open day

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    Budding archaeologists and those with a passion for the past have the chance to take a closer look at Orkney College UHI’s archaeology department today, Wednesday, with an informal “drop in” running from 11am until 4pm. The event will give potential students the chance to meet members of the archaeology department — including staff and [...]

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    Ferry company meets with local producers

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    Thirteen Orkney food, drink and crafts businesses are taking part in a “meet the buyer” event today, Wednesday,  in a bid to have their products sold on Serco NorthLink Ferries’ services to the Northern Isles. Speaking before the event, Peter Hutchinson, senior manager vessel support services with Serco NorthLink Ferries, said the company was keen [...]

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