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Time Left - 12 Days, 13 Hours

    Fire burns bright for juniors after damp day

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    Junior Guizer Jarl Lewis Harkness was in no doubt what being elected as leader of the Jarl’s Squad meant to him this year.

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    NHS botulism warning

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    INJECTING drug users in Shetland are being warned about the dangers of a possible case of botulism in the islands. NHS Shetland’s public health department and Health Protection Scotland are investigating the possible case in an individual who injects drugs. Although the diagnosis has not been confirmed, the patient is receiving treatment and is in a stable condition.

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    Alert as possible botulism case investigated

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    Injecting drug users are being urged to be "extremely alert" after health officials confirmed they were investigating a possible case of Botulism – an infection which can cause paralysis.

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    Blues face tough test in Island Games

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    The Shetland football team face a difficult group for this year’s Natwest Island Games - with the Isle of Wight being a tough nut to crack.

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    Visitors flock to Lerwick for Up-Helly-A’

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    Crowds flocked for their first glimpse of the Guizer Jarl and his squad with a flurry of photographers and a Norwegian film crew surrounding the green and white Nils Olav at Alexandra Wharf.

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    Up-Helly-A’ 2015 – the day in pictures

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    Pupils' WWI research

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    Pupils have been researching profiles of Shetland personnel involved in the First World War.SECONDARY three pupils at the Anderson High School have recently been working on profiles of Shetland service personnel from World War One. The focus of the research has been centred on former pupils from the Anderson Educational Institute Memorial, as well as other Shetlanders, whom pupils will be visiting memorials of on a trip to the battlefields of France and Belgium in September.

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    Freedom for the jarl – but damage comes at a cost

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    On a dreich morning the waiting public got their first view of the 70-strong Jarl’s Squad. The splendidly-clad guizers were in tan quilted tunics with green trim, with guizing guardsmen in black and led by the impressive figure of Olav Haraldsson in sea green cape, steel breastplate and winged helmet. After an official photo at […]

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    'This is different: it's unique'

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    Guizer Jarl Neil Robertson is having a blast on his big day. Photo: ShetnewsTHIS morning’s dreich start to Up Helly Aa did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the throngs of people lining Commercial Street, writes Genevieve White. From crowds of local school children to visitors from overseas: all were eager to cheer on the Guizer Jarl and his squad on their special day. Some of the crowd had travelled far to witness Lerwick’s fire festival. Andrew Harger, who had come all the way from his home in Oregon USA, described the festival as “awesome”, adding: “It’s hard to find authentic things nowadays – go to Machu Picchu and you just find cameras everywhere. This is different: it’s unique.”

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    Lochhead's fishing visit

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    LOCAL fishermen have welcomed the opportunity to quiz Scottish fisheries minister Richard Lochhead during his visit to Shetland this week. Members of Shetland Fishermen’s Association (SFA) will meet Lochhead at the NAFC Marine Centre in Scalloway on Thursday afternoon.

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    Jarl’s Squad brighten up a dull morning

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    The first sighting of the Jarl's Squad was outside Islesburgh Community Centre, when they emerged after a hearty breakfast, bang on time for their first march at 8.30am.

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    Tattooed UHA vikings take to the streets

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    The Jarl's Squad, led by Neil Robertson, heading in over along Commercial Road in dreich conditions. Photo: Geoff Leask

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    A berserkers’ breakfast

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    Guizer Jarl Neil Robertson and his squad enjoyed a beserkers' breakfast at Islesburgh this morning. Stephen Gordon joined them.

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    Island Games group

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    brobertson-thumb-7150SHETLAND'S footballers have been drawn in a group against the Isle of Wight, the Falkland Islands and Hitra at this summer's NatWest Island Games in Jersey.  The boys in blue will be returning to island games action for the first time since 2009 this summer under the tutelage of coach Niall Bristow.

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    SSE under fire over electricity prices

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    SSE, which runs Lerwick Power Station, is under fire for refusing to cut electricity prices despite a crash in global energy prices.ELECTRICITY consumers in Shetland will “find it difficult” to understand why their bills are not coming down following a huge crash in oil prices over the past six months, isles MSP Tavish Scott says. On Monday, SSE announced it would cut its gas prices by 4.1 per cent from 30 April, but is maintaining a freeze on electricity prices until July 2016. That is despite the price of a barrel of oil plummeting from over $100 a barrel to less than $50 dollars a barrel since last summer.

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    Five areas set to get 3G mobile signal

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    A FURTHER five small Shetland communities are in line to receive third generation (3G) mobile phone coverage after being shortlisted in a rural “not spot” programme by Vodafone. Following a successful trial in Walls, the mobile phone giant’s rural open sure signal programme will bring coverage to Aith, Baltasound, Fetlar, Sandness and Skeld. Late last year Vodafone added Baltasound and Hamnavoe to the list of those set to receive 3G. Vodafone said those communities have suffered from unreliable mobile coverage and slow network speeds, but by installing its “innovative” technology, they will “benefit from high quality 3G voice services, and much needed access to the internet via mobile devices”.

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    Ferry strike continues

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    Mates who are members of the trade union Unite will continue their industrial action on Shetland Islands Council’s inter-island ferries on Wednesday. For the latest information about ferry services affected by the action, people should visit the council website. The SIC will also post news on message boards at ferry terminals and text messages to […]

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    Tourism boost for Unst

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    Islanders in Unst have wan a £63,098 funding boost to help develop tourism.

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    Coastal cash boost

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    The Unst Partnership is one of three Shetland groups to receive new funding.THREE Shetland projects are to benefit from over £250,000 of UK government funding, it was announced on Monday. The Unst Partnership has been awarded £63,098 from the coastal communities fund so it can provide a tourism development officer post for two years.

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    Ferry strikes continue

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    The Bigga ferry at Gutcher.SHETLAND Islands Council has issued details of disruptions to ferry sailings on Wednesday as a result of continued strike action by ferry mates belonging to the Unite trade union. Services from 6am will be disrupted, with the first ferry on the Lerwick-Bressay route leaving Bressay at 8.50am. The first Bluemull Sound run of the day will leave Gutcher at 9.30am, while Yell Sound will be up and running from Ulsta at 9.15am. The Whalsay service will leave Symbister at 9.15am.

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