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    Power off out west

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

    SCOTTISH and Southern Energy said they hope to have power restored to 255 properties in Bixter, Tresta and Weisdale ay 1.30pm after the lights went out earlier on Thursday morning.

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    Call for better broadband

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    Shetland MSP Tavish ScottSHETLAND MSP Tavish Scott has welcomed assurances from the Scottish government that more money could be spent on quickening the roll-out of "superfast" broadband in rural areas.

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    Helicopter call out

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    A SEARCH and rescue helicopter from Sumburgh was tasked early on Thursday morning to assist a two-person fishing boat taking on water in the Pentland Firth.

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    No clarity on ETV future

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    The emergency towing vessel HeraklesNORTHERN Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has blasted the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) for its "incoherent" thinking towards the future of the emergency towing vessel.

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    Coastguard agency criticised after emergency tug meeting

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    The Maritime Coastguard Agency has been accused of failing to see the value in emergency tug cover, as the end of the contract for the vessel serving the isles draws ever nearer. Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has criticised the coastguard agency after it produced a risk assessment which, he says, fails badly to address concerns. […]

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    Cleaver aborts attempt to delay Eric Gray centre

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    The new Eric Gray Centre is on course to be completed by the end of 2017 - Photomontage: Richard Gibson Architects A NORTH Isles councillor tabled, then swiftly withdrew, an amendment calling for the project to build a new Eric Gray Centre to be sent back to the drawing board at Wednesday's meeting of Shetland Islands Council.

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    Editorial: Time to reform and devolve council tax

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    IT'S HARD not to have some sympathy with SIC councillors this week. The five per cent hit to its budget imposed by the SNP government, the largest cut proportionally for any Scottish local authority, reinforces the feeling that Shetland is being short-changed. Given the huge economic revenue our indigenous industries, especially fishing and seafood, provide to the UK exchequer, should we really be heading into next year’s council elections contemplating the prospect of shutting several rural schools in order to balance the books?

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    Nelson remanded

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    A TWENTY six year old man has been remanded in custody after appearing at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday charged with brandishing a hammer at a member of the public.

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    Councillors condemn ‘worst settlement’ as budget agreed

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    Councillors have today agreed a “balanced budget” despite hefty cuts in the settlement from the Scottish government that sees the SIC grant down about 5.1 per cent compared with some other Scottish council grant cuts of 1.5 per cent. The budget agreed by the SIC includes a mandated freeze in council tax, £1m to be […]

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    Record entry for Schools Music Festival

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    A record number of primary school pupils will take part in this year’s Shetland Schools Music Festival. The annual event will be held in Mareel next month and more than 300 entries from individuals and groups have been received by organisers. Committee member Noelle Henderson said: “This year’s festival promises a packed programme and some […]

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    SIC sets budget after ‘galling’ 5% funding cut

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    SIC leader Gary Robinson: funding settlement "hugely disappointing", but penalties "far outweigh any political gain there might be in having a spat with the Scottish Government over this".SIC COUNCILLORS have unanimously, if reluctantly, set a budget for 2016/17 which sees the islands receiving the worst settlement of any local authority in Scotland. The “galling” loss of more than five per cent of its funding prompted strong criticism of the SNP government from council leader Gary Robinson and several of his fellow councillors.

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    Moral duty of care (George Hobbin)

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    It must concern all that if HNP were to close upwards of 20 people would lose employment, not to mention their customers.

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    Time for a change (Gordon Thomson)

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    In a week when local councils are being asked to accept a £350 million cut in their support grant from the Scottish government, the question has to be asked, why?

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    Association highlights dangers of fishing near Total pipelines

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    Fishermen’s spokesmen are furious that a solution for “dangerous” gas industry pipelines in Yell Sound has not been forthcoming despite the announcement that the first gas is flowing through the Shetland Gas Plant. According to industry leaders a large swathe of Yell Sound has been taken off the charts thanks to heaps of rock up […]

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    Voe collision

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    There was a two vehicle collision on the A968 at Voe this morning. According to Police Scotland the collision happened outside Norville House at 6.50am involving cars driven by a man and woman. The man suffered some cuts and bruises but neither driver required hospital treatment.

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    Drugs courier in custody

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    A MAN has been arrested after being found in possession of suspected heroin worth £15,000 at the Holmsgarth ferry terminal, in Lerwick.

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    Minor collision

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    THERE was a two-vehicle road collision in Voe on Wednesday morning.

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    Man arrested following weapon threat

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    A TWENTY six year old man has been arrested and charged in connection with an incident where a member of the public was allegedly threatened with an unspecified weapon in Lerwick.

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    HNP complains to charity watchdog

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    SLAP has offered £27,000 to buy the HNP Engineers premises.THE WAR of words between Lerwick business HNP Engineers and the Shetland Charitable Trust has intensified after the marine engineering company made an official complaint to charity regulator OSCR. At the end of last year HNP publicly voiced its unhappiness that the trust's property development company SLAP was pursuing plans to evict the business from its Commercial Road site and sell it to Chester-based company Cityheart to build Shetland College UHI student accommodation.

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    Town hall is upgraded

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    Lerwick Town Hall has been reclassified as an A-listed building.LERWICK Town Hall has been re-graded to become a Grade A listed building – a move Shetland Islands Council hopes will boost its case for external funding to repair its fabric.

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