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    Scottish referendum: "As far as Shetland is concerned, it is irrelevant" - Voice of Russia

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    ScotsmanScottish referendum: "As far as Shetland is concerned, it is irrelevant"Voice of Russia - A historian in the Shetland Isles has claimed that when it comes to next month's referendum, the islanders should not be taking part. Shetland has long been at the heart of Scotland's oil industry, and Stuart Hill believes that the islands have never ...Sturgeon hits the floating voter in a Q&A session to Shetland on MV Hrossey For ArgyllSturgeon begins islands vote tour The CourierFocus on floating voters as Sturgeon sets sail SNP (press release) Scotsman  - Aberdeen Press and Journal  - stv.tvall 16 news articles »

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    Yes/No camps stake claim for isles votes

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    Scotland's deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon takes the campaign for a Yes vote to Shetland on Wednesday.BOTH sides in the independence referendum campaign have made renewed pitches for isles voters with Scotland’s deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon due to arrive in Shetland on Wednesday. Speaking ahead of her trip - during which she will take part in an informal lunchtime discussion organised by the local women for independence group ahead of a public evening event at Shetland Musuem - Sturgeon said Westminster had failed to offer any extra powers to the islands. The key difference in the SNP Government’s proposals, she said, was its vow to devolve 100 per cent of net profit from the seabed around the islands directly to those communities - a pledge not matched by Westminster. But Shetland MSP Tavish Scott, along with his Orkney colleague Liam McArthur, countered with an announcement that they will introduce a bill aimed at recognising and safeguarding the rights of island communities later this year.

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    Crown Office seeks helicopter black box

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    Four people were killed when the Super Puma helicopter they were travelling in ditched into the sea in August 2013.SCOTLAND’S Lord Advocate is seeking to obtain the black box recorder from last year’s fatal helicopter crash just off Sumburgh. Three men and a woman died after their Super Puma helicopter, carrying a total of 18 people, ditched into the sea on 23 August last year. As part of its investigation into the incident, the Crown Office has petitioned the Court of Session for release of the EC225’s cockpit voice recorder. It is currently held by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).

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    Crown Office wants Shetland helicopter crash data

    Originally published by and copyright of Scotsman

    Crown Office wants Shetland helicopter crash dataTHE Crown Office is to take action to gain possession of voice recordings on board a North Sea helicopter that crashed killing four people. The oil workers died when the Super Puma helicopter plunged into the sea off Shetland on August 23 last year ...Lord Advocate in bid for Shetland Super Puma crash voice recorder stv.tvCourt bid for crash helicopter black box Herald ScotlandLord Advocate seeks voice recorder from fatal helicopter crash Aberdeen Evening Express The Times (subscription)  - The Northern Echoall 19 news articles »

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    Pair accused of housebreaking

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    A man has been remanded in custody at Lerwick Sheriff Court after appearing from custody charged with theft by housebreaking. David Robertson, 57, of Lerwick appeared on a petition alleging the offence. He made no plea or declaration and his case was committed for further examination. Appearing alongside Robertson was co-accused Jaden Paterson. Paterson, 27, […]

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    Lord Advocate asks for crash helicopter’s black box

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    Scotland's Lord Advocate has asked for the black box from the Super Puma helicopter which crashed off Sumburgh to be retrieved.

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    Bressay community calls for free ferries

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    A free ferry service to Bressay was one of the ideas put forward at a residents' meeting to discuss ways to improve the island.

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    Two on theft charge

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    A MAN and a woman charged with theft by housebreaking appeared in private at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Tuesday. David Robertson, 57, and Jaden Paterson, 27, both of Lerwick, appeared from custody. They made no plea or declaration and were both committed for further examination.

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    Games girls honoured at civic ceremony

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    The Shetland community congratulated its three Commonwealth Games athletes with a civic reception in the town hall last night.

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    Exploring jazz

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    "Dr Jazz" Jeff Merrifield.SHETLAND Jazz Club is staging a musical conference at Lerwick Town Hall on the afternoon of Sunday 28 September. Jeff Merrifield of the jazz club said the gathering would be “more of a forum-cum-jam-session-cum-networking opportunity” and all musicians and music fans were welcome to come along – free of charge – to explore “all the possibilities for developing vibrant new ways of promoting, presenting and playing jazz”.

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    New Lerwick partnership aims to fill Shetland accommodation shortage

    Originally published by and copyright of Aberdeen Press and Journal

    New Lerwick partnership aims to fill Shetland accommodation shortageA new business partnership has announced plans to build a new hotel in or around Lerwick to address unprecedented demand in Shetland. The Norwegian owner of the accommodation sites at Sella Ness, Malthus, has signed a partnership agreement with ...

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    Town hall reception for trio of games athletes

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    From left to right: Shetland MSP Tavish Scott, swimmer Andrea Strachan, bronze medal winning swimmer Erraid Davies, table tennis player Lynda Flaws and SIC convener Malcolm Bell. Photo: Davie Gardner SHETLAND'S trio of Commonwealth Games athletes were given a civic reception at Lerwick Town Hall on Monday night. Council convener Malcolm Bell elected to lay on the event for bronze medal winner Erraid Davies, swimmer Andrea Strachan and table tennis player Lynda Flaws as a token of the community's appreciation of their achievements.

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    Unst trekkers raise £7,000

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    Seven Unst lasses completed a 60-plus mile trek around the coastline of the island last month.

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    New hotel plan emerges

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    A new hotel could be built in or around Lerwick as part of an ongoing effort to ease the accommodation burden facing the isles. The size of any prospective development, or possible locations, have still to be determined but  details are expected to emerge as soon as a suitable site has been located and planning […]

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    'If people want a better future they need to shape it'

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    Writer and film maker Christopher Silver.A DOCUMENTARY on the question of Scottish independence produced by Christopher Silver, who grew up in Aith, is to be screened at Shetland Museum on Tuesday night. ‘Scotland Yet: A Film about Independence’, made and released ahead of the 18 September referendum, is a 90-minute documentary promising to be “blissfully free of sound bites, politicians and statistics”. It was directed by filmmaker Jack Foster and produced by Edinburgh-based Silver, who writes commentary on Scottish politics and culture for websites including Bella Caledonia and National Collective, a grouping of artists and writers who support independence.

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    Mind Your Head run

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    Participants at the start of Mind Your Head's fun run at Cunningsburgh on Sunday. Photo: Malcolm YoungerAROUND 600 runners and walkers took part in mental health charity Mind Your Head’s annual fun run at Cunningsburgh on Sunday afternoon. The charity’s vice chairwoman Shona Manson said she was thrilled with how the event, designed to raise both funds and awareness of mental health issues, had gone.

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    Joint venture could see new hotel built

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    Frank Strang of SaxaVord Resort says the mixture of local knowledge and Norwegian business acumen will help the new partnership to succeed.A NEW BUSINESS partnership has announced its intention to build a new hotel in or around Lerwick as part of a wider agreement to provide and operate different types of accommodation to address the unprecedented demand in the isles. The Norwegian owner of the accommodation sites at Sella Ness, Malthus, has signed a partnership agreement with SaxaVord Resort aimed at tackling the shortage. Hotel beds have become increasingly hard to come by in Shetland lately, with over 2,000 workers now in the isles helping to build Total’s £1bn gas plant.

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    Register for referendum

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    SHETLAND residents are being urged to make sure they are registered to take part in next month’s big vote on Scotland’s future. The independence referendum takes place on 18 September and islanders are being reminded that the deadline for registering is Tuesday 2 September.

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    Expert predicts oil boom in west of Shetland waters

    Originally published by and copyright of Herald Scotland

    Expert predicts oil boom in west of Shetland watersHe said: "The geology west of Shetland may be challenging and fraught with uncertainty but I for one would never underestimate the ingenuity of the explorers and I certainly will not be surprised if major discoveries are made there in the next few ...Potential oil finds west of Shetland highlighted SNP (press release)Joan McAlpine: It's time to take a close look at some of London's lies over ... Scottish Daily Recordall 132 news articles »

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    Runners out in force for Mind Your Head

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    About 600 runners and walkers turned out today to support the annual Mind Your Head Fun Run.

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    Rovers retain ‘A’ League title

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    Football club Kirkwall Rovers retained the Orkney Cheese ‘A’ League title this evening with a 3-0 victory over Hotspurs. Strikes from Chris Simpson and James Linklater put Rovers 2-0 up at half-time, before Mark Berry scored late on to put the result beyond any doubt. Simpson was selected as the Swannay Brewery Man [...]

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    Positive feedback from Western Isles patients in Patient Survey

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    NHS Western Isles has welcomed the results of the 2014 Inpatient Patient Experience Survey, published today, in which the organisation achieved some exceptionally positive feedback.   Not only has the...

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    Consultation on Room and School Bookings – Deadline Extended

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    Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has extended a consultation on school lets and room bookings to Friday 26th September.   The Comhairle has been reviewing the way in which it makes rooms and...

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    Not too late to fill out crofting survey

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    Orkney MSP Liam McArthur is encouraging local crofters, like status farmers and anyone else in the isles with an interest in crofting regulations and support to provide their views on how the current arrangements might be improved. Along with his Shetland colleague, Tavish Scott, Mr McArthur launched a survey earlier in the summer, seeking the [...]

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    Firth crowned ‘B’ League champions

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    Firth FC claimed the Clark Thomson Insurance ‘B’ League title this evening. The West Mainland side beat Holm 7-1 at the Rockworks on the final day of the campaign to record their 12th league win of the season and ensure they finished top of the league.

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    ‘Future-proofing’ the Neolithic archaeology galleries

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    Orkney Islands Council is looking for feedback on the display of Stone Age artefacts at the Orkney Museum, to discover what folk would like to see being developed. The work is part of a project launched which will pilot the redesign of the museum’s interpretation and displays in the Neolithic galleries. It has been 30 [...]

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    Epic ice bucket challenge at KGS

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    The ice bucket challenge has arrived in style, with an epic challenge at Kirkwall Grammar School this lunchtime. Organised by PE teacher Claire Irvine, the fundraiser saw sixth-year students dump a bucket of iced water over each of the 20 or so participating staff members. The stunt will raise funds for [...]

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    Local goose cull interrupted

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    The local goose cull has been interrupted this week to allow for the assessment of the population in the county. Shooting teams working under the adaptive goose management scheme, which is aimed at controlling the resident greylag goose population, have been asked postpone shooting in preparation for a survey of the birds’ population, which will [...]

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    ANGUS MACNEIL MP URGES CROFTERS TO SUBMIT CLAIMS

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    Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP, Angus Brendan MacNeil is reminding crofters who participate in the Animal Welfare Management Programme, to submit their claims by 1stSeptember 2014. The Animal Welfare...

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    Scottish Rural Parliament coming to Orkney

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    The first Scottish Rural Parliament is inviting people in Orkney to take part in their discussions at an event in the St Magnus Centre, Kirkwall, on September 11. Peter Scott, chairman of Voluntary Action Orkney said: “This is a valuable opportunity for local people to find out more about the Scottish Rural Parliament and to [...]

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    Work on new Children’s House gets under way

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    Work on a new Children’s House for Orkney, at Watersfield, Kirkwall, begins today, Monday. The new house, which is being constructed by Orkney Builders, replaces the former Camoran facility on the Holm Road. Head of children and families and criminal justice at Orkney Health and Care, Marie O’Sullivan, said:  “A new fit-for-purpose Children’s Home has [...]

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    Trawler towed to Kirkwall

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    Kirkwall Lifeboat has now towed the Inverness registered fishing boat Acorn into Kirkwall, having been launched early this morning to go to the aid of the trawler,which lost power while east of Orkney. The lifeboat crew were called out at 6.30am, headed for the scene, taking the vessel which had six crew onboard, under tow. [...]

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    Five-day celebration of aviation in Orkney

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    The latest addition to Orkney’s calendar of festivals will focus on the story of military and civil aviation in the islands. The Orkney Aviation Festival will run from September 10-14 and is an initiative of a local group Another Orkney Production. At the helm is Moya McDonald, who says that the driving force behind the new [...]

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    Kirkwall Lifeboat called to trawler

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    Kirkwall Lifeboat was launched early this morning to go to the aid of a fishing boat which has lost power to the east of Orkney. The lifeboat crew were called out at 6.30am, and currently have the trawler Acorn, which has six crew onboard, under tow, and are heading back to Kirkwall.

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    Extra in-service day for Orkney schools

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    All of Orkney’s schools will be closed on Monday, September 15, to allow for an extra in-service day for school staff. The in-service day will allow school staff to work on developments to support the implementation of Curriculum for Excellence and the introduction of the new National higher qualifications. Further in-service days will be held [...]

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    Four groups benefit from cashback programme

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    Four youth work projects in Orkney are to benefit from £6,000 in funding from the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities programme. The Orkney Youth Cafe has received £600, Orkney Islands Council awarded £1,880 for youth projects, the Sanday Parent Council have benefited to the tune of £800 and Voluntary Action Orkney have been [...]

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    ‘Technical issue’ at Picky pool

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    Staff from Orkney Islands Council are working alongside their colleagues at the Pickaquoy Centre to deal with a “technical issue” at the swimming pool. According to the OIC, while the issue poses no risk to the public, pool users my detect a diesel odour whilst in the building. Further updates will be issued early [...]

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    Best Way to Protect NHS is to Stay United

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    Highlands and Islands (Scottish Labour) MSP and Shadow Minister for Wellbeing, Rhoda Grant, is reassuring local people that the Scottish NHS in “safer and more secure” as part of the...

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    Sir Chris Bonington tackles the Old Man of Hoy

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    Green light for Pentland Firth power scheme

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    The green light has been given to kick off the first phase of the MeyGen project – the world’s largest tidal power development which will be installed in the Inner Sound of the Pentland Firth. MeyGen has announced that terms have been agreed for a funding package of £50m and this means construction of the [...]

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