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    Catch doubles profit

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

    The Shetland Catch factory at Gremista - Photo: ShetNewsLERWICK-based pelagic processor Shetland Catch has more than doubled its profits to £2.6 million in the year to 31 March 2014. The company said on Friday that it had significantly increased profits on a reduced turnover of £63 million.

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    Fog disruptions

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    AS FOG continues to cause havoc for the travelling public, airline Loganair has said they were doing all they can to get stranded passengers to their destinations. Sumburgh airport has been affected by fog for a second day with many flights delayed and some cancelled on Friday. Loganair said the company had "special measures for customers due to adverse weather conditions" in place.

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    Court round up

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    A ROUND up of cases that were dealt with at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Thursday. Hidden knife Victor Carlin, aged 43, of The Chalet, Meadows, Tresta, admitted arming himself with a kitchen knife and hiding it in the waist band of his trousers after being asked to leave a party in Tresta after making a drunken nuisance of himself on 6 July.

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    Marine areas designated, protection unknown

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    A Scottish government map of the new marine protected areas.FOUR sea zones off Shetland are amongst 30 marine protected areas announced by the Scottish government on Thursday, though the level of protection afforded these areas has yet to be negotiated. An area stretching from the isle of Mousa to Boddam off Shetland’s sout east coast has been designated to protect sandeels, a major source of food of seabirds. A larger zone covering the waters around the islands of Fetlar and Unst are considered an important area for black guillemots.

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    Table tennis defeat

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    Scotland's women table tennis team narrowly missed out on a place in the last 16 after losing 3-2 against Guyana on Friday morning. In a nail-biting match that latest almost three hours Scotland's Gillian Edwards was up 2-1 in the final game against 17 year old Chelsea Edgehill but was unable to complete the job. Shetland's Lynda Flaws won her singles game against Natalie Cummings 3-2 and was also successful with her double partner Corinna Whitaker against Chelsea Edghill and Trenace Lowe.

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    A delightful country garden in Shetland

    Originally published by and copyright of Aberdeen Press and Journal

    A delightful country garden in ShetlandThe owner of Nonavaar is James B. Thomson, who is a visual artist as well as designer and landscaper. These three elements come together beautifully in his east-facing garden which enjoys views towards the dramatic coastline in this part of Shetland.

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    Shetland drug mule shipped £13000 of heroin

    Originally published by and copyright of Aberdeen Press and Journal

    Shetland drug mule shipped £13000 of heroinA drugs mule forced to smuggle almost £13,000 worth of heroin internally to Shetland was jailed for three years at Lerwick Sheriff Court yesterday. Derek McLean, from Ayr, was arrested as he disembarked the NorthLink ferry in Lerwick on the morning of ...and more »

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    Shetland Catch sees its profits double

    Originally published by and copyright of Herald Scotland

    Shetland Catch sees its profits doubleDirectors of the company, which runs what is thought to be Europe's largest pelagic fish factory at Lerwick on Shetland, said they were delighted with the profit for the year. Accounts filed at Companies House for the 12 months to March 31 this year ...

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    ABPmer provides Shetland Islands Council with toolkit to manage marine risk

    Originally published by and copyright of Dredging News Online

    ABPmer provides Shetland Islands Council with toolkit to manage marine riskShetland, the northernmost part of the United Kingdom, has over 900 miles of coastline with several ports and many piers. The largest port is Sullom Voe, which handles oil from the Atlantic Frontier to the west of Shetland. As Harbour Authority, the ...

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    Pro-indy arts tour Yestival rolls into town

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    Bruce Eunson giving a reading at Yestival. Photo: Ria MoncrieffSUPORTERS of Scottish independence in Shetland enjoyed a morale-boosting evening on Wednesday as Yestival – a nationwide tour of music and arts – rolled into Lerwick. The event, which featured both local and mainland acts, took place in Mareel only hours after Prime Minister David Cameron left the isles following a surprise visit to promote British unity.

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    Strachan makes it in to final

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    Andrea Strachan securing a place in the finals of the 50m breaststroke - Photo: Ian MacNicolLERWICK swimmer Andrea Strachan has qualified for the final in the 50m breast stroke at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The 21-year old came fourth in the second semifinal and managed to just qualify with a time of 31.52sec.

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    Stern warning for threatening sleeping woman

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    A LERWICK mechanic with drink and drugs problems has been warned to clean up his act or face a jail sentence after he threatened to hit a sleeping woman with a rock in her face. At Lerwick Sheriff Court on Thursday, Sheriff Philip Mann told 29 year old Matthew Smith, of 7 Stanegarth, that he still had custody at the forefront of his mind when he deferred sentence for three months for “probably as bad a statutory breach of the peace as I am likely to come across”. The court heard that around 7am on 13 July, Smith had walked into a house on Lerwick’s Bruce Crescent where a group of women were sleeping after a hen night.

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    Ayr drugs mule jailed

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    A DRUGS mule from Ayr forced to smuggle almost £13,000 worth of heroin internally to Shetland was jailed for three years at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Thursday. Derek McLean was arrested as he disembarked the NorthLink ferry in Lerwick on the morning of 11 May after Shetland police were tipped off. On Thursday the court heard that McLean and his partner and child had been threatened by a drugs gang in Ayr if he failed to carry the drugs for them.

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    Shetland Catch to undertake major investment after 2013 profits leap

    Originally published by and copyright of Undercurrent News

    Shetland Catch to undertake major investment after 2013 profits leapPelagic processor Shetland Catch is undergoing a £1.5 million upgrade of its packing lines and mackerel distribution system, and is considering a coldstore expansion and further factory improvements after 2013 saw its profits more than double. The ...

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    No flights

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    TRAVELLERS in and out of Shetland had a frustrating day on Thursday with thick fog grounding all flights at Sumburgh airport. A spokesman said that by late afternoon airlines were starting to make alternative travel arrangements for its customers. Thursday night's ferry to Aberdeen will leave Lerwick at 7pm and is expected to be busy. 

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    No jail for alpaca farmer who defrauded wife

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    Colin Arnot: ordered to carry out 160 hours of unpaid work.A FORMER alpaca farmer who defrauded his wife of more than £11,000 last November avoided a jail sentence at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Thursday. Colin Arnot sparked a major air, sea and land search after he disappeared from the croft he ran with his wife in North Roe, Shetland, only to turn up one week later in Lerwick. In May the 55 year old pled guilty to forging his wife's signature on a savings account closure form with investment company Scottish Widows and instructing them to transfer money to a new account from which he extracted £11,615.67 between 2 September and 13 December last year.

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    Profits more than double for fish processor Shetland Catch

    Originally published by and copyright of Scottish Daily Record

    Profits more than double for fish processor Shetland CatchFish processor Shetland Catch Ltd has reported pre-tax profits more than doubled in the financial year to £3.11 million despite turnover dipping 13 per cent to £63.6 million. The Lerwick-based company said the 2014 year to March 31 had included “one of ...

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    Gas plant dispute settled

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

    Today's dispute at the Shetland Gas Plant has been resolved after about 1,000 workers decided to down tools this morning.

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    Gas plant walkout over as meetings agreed

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    The Shetland Gas Plant is due to be completed later this year.WORKERS building Total's £1 billion Shetland Gas Plant have returned to work shortly before 4pm on Wednesday following an unofficial walkout over travel allowances. Representatives from the Unite and GMB unions will now meet managers from site contractor Petrofac next week for "onward discussions".

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    Fishing industry sends message to Cameron over discards

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    Fishing industry representatives left Prime Minister David Cameron in no doubt about the need to tackle the European Commision over the discards ban. The Prime Minister went to sea on board the Radiant Star on Wednesday on a short trip south from Lerwick and back. The industry took the opportunity to highlight the lack of […]

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    Police continue missing man appeal

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

    Police in Orkney are continuing with their appeal to trace local man Michael Ritch, who was last seen around 9pm on Wednesday, July 23, and whose car was found in the Yesnaby area. Michael is 33 years of age and described as being about 5′ 8″ tall, of slim build with short dark [...]

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    Police to investigate patient confidentiality breach

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

    Police have been called in to investigate a breach of patient confidentiality at NHS Orkney. The local health authority also say their own investigation is continuing after confidential patient information was found by a member of the public on a pavement near Balfour Hospital on Tuesday, July 15. However, it has not been established [...]

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    MSP encourages applications for Warm Home Discount scheme

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

    Orkney MSP Liam McArthur is encouraging local people to contact their energy suppliers to find out whether they are eligible for the Warm Home Discount scheme, which has now opened for applications. The scheme provides financial assistance to people who receive the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit, and many suppliers also provide discounts for [...]

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    Fundraising canoeist visits Orkney

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    A canoeist who embarked on a fundraising trip up the length the Scottish Mainland has, this week, extended his journey to the Orkney islands, stopping off in the county this week. Mick Hunter arrived on the Orkney Mainland in his 15-ft open-top canoe  yesterday after a grueling solo journey from the Mull of Galloway to Dunnet Head. [...]

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    Stromness Pool update

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    Due to unforeseen circumstances Stromness Pool will be closed tomorrow, Saturday. The pool will be open from 10am to 12 noon and 2pm to 4pm on Sunday, but not on Sunday evening. It is hoped that the pool will be open as usual on Monday.

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    Power cut causing council phone problems

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

    Following last night’s power cuts, Orkney Islands Council is experiencing problems with its phone system. Calls to the council are getting through, but callers may face some delays. The council apologies for any inconvenience caused and would like to thank callers for their patience. Meanwhile, an [...]

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    Search resumes for missing man

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

    The search is continuing this morning for missing Orkney man Michael Ritch who was last seen around 9 pm on Wednesday, and whose car was found in the Yesnaby area yesterday, Thursday. Michael is 33 years of age and described as being about 5 foot 8 inches tall, of slim build with short dark hair [...]

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    Missing person appeal

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

    Orkney police are currently trying to trace the whereabouts of local man Michael Ritch who was last seen around 9 pm on Wednesday 23rd July, yesterday,  and whose car has been found in the Yesnaby area today. Michael is 33 years of age and described as being about 5′ 8″ tall, of slim build with [...]

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    Search under way at Yesnaby

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    A search for someone thought to have gone over the cliffs at Yesnaby is under way this evening. At the time of writing, police and members of the coastguard are on site and it is understood the Stromness lifeboat has been called to assist. No further details are available at present.

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    Lifeboat called to Yesnaby

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    Stromness lifeboat has been called out to help search for a person thought to have gone over the cliffs at Yesnaby on the west coast of Mainland Orkney. No further information is available at this time.  

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    NHS Western Isles becomes first Board in Scotland to hold major trauma course

    Originally published by and copyright of hebridestoday.com

    NHS Western Isles recently became the first Health Board in Scotland to hold a renowned European Trauma Course for local healthcare professionals who are involved in the acute care of major...

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    NHS Orkney investigation continues

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

    An NHS Orkney investigation is continuing after confidential patient information was found by a member of the public on a pavement near Balfour Hospital last Tuesday, July 15. However, it is not yet clear why the handover notes, which included the names of seven patients and details of their conditions and treatment, were taken [...]

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    Hoy Head bow visor fixed

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

    The South Isles ferry Hoy Head is now fully operational, with bow visor issues on the vessel now resolved. Repairs on the hydraulic system have now been carried out and passed by inspectors. This means that drivers using the ferry now no longer have to reverse onboard, as has been the case since early June, [...]

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    OIC Stromness office hours

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    OIC’s customer services office in Stromness will be open in the morning only between 9am and 12.30pm for the remainder of this week, due to illness. The council says it apologises for any inconvenience.  

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    Rural Scotland and independence

    Originally published by and copyright of hebridestoday.com

    People across rural Scotland will have the chance this summer to ask Richard Lochhead, Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment, about the Government’s plans for independence as...

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    Funding boost for fishing industry

    Originally published by and copyright of hebridestoday.com

    Inshore Fisheries Groups (IFG) across Scotland are set to benefit from £1.4 million of research projects designed to improve and maintain their sustainable management measures. This funding forms part of...

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    Comhairle nan Eilean Siar welcomes sportscotland Active Schools funding

    Originally published by and copyright of hebridestoday.com

    Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, has welcomed the announcement from sportscotland of a further four-year investment into its successful Active Schools Network. The announcement will see £50 million invested into Active...

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    Calling all caring people in the Western Isles…why not consider becoming a ‘Dementia Visitor’?

    Originally published by and copyright of hebridestoday.com

    NHS Western Isles is currently encouraging people across the Western Isles to volunteer as ‘Dementia Visitors’ to provide support and friendship to local patients in hospital.   The volunteers would...

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    Overseas visitors help HebCelt enjoy another successful year

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    Visitors from nearly 30 countries helped make this year’s Hebridean Celtic Festival one of its most successful and provided a massive economic boost to the islands. The award-winning event was...

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    The Chair to play Glasgow Green

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

    Orkney band The Chair are set to play the on the main stage of Glasgow Green this week, as part of the city’s Festival 2014 celebrations, running alongside the XX Commonwealth Games. The eight-strong group will play as part of Celtic Connections’ — Glasgow’s winter folk festival —  day on the Green, this [...]

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