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    Shetland’s role in the First World War

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    Converted to fighting ships, the merchant cruisers were armed with guns to stop any ship they met, and fend off an attack if need be. These gunners are on H.M.S. Almanzora - Photo: Shetland Museum and ArchivesSHETLAND's important role in Britain's blockade of Germany during the First World War is being highlighted in a new exhibition that opens at Da Gadderie in the Shetland Museum on Saturday. The islands were crucial to the Allies in the First World War – not as a source of manpower, but because of its geographical position.

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    Police could not keep up with speeding motorcyclist

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    A motorcyclist who rode his machine at three figure speeds narrowly avoided losing his licence when he appeared at Lerwick Sheriff Court.

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    Robertson's films

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    Actor Steven Robertson.ACTOR Steven Robertson, who was raised in Vidlin and starred in the BBC’s murder mystery programme ‘Shetland’, says he is relishing the prospect of coming home for film festival screenings of his work early next month. Shetland Arts’ annual Screenplay festival will feature showings of his films ‘Inside I’m Dancing’ and ‘Joyeux Noel’, after which Robertson will take part in a Q&A session with the audience.

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    Orkney and Shetland islanders already winning Scotland's independence debate

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    Orkney and Shetland islanders already winning Scotland's independence debateTheir geographic position lends all three island groups economic power: Orkney and Shetland in particular have enormous offshore and marine renewables potential; Shetland is a home to Scotland's valuable mackerel and herring fishing fleets, and the ...

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    Ambassadors for Shetland

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    Erraid Davies won a swimming bronze in Glasgow. Photo: Ian MacNicolCOUNCIL convener Malcolm Bell has praised the achievements of Shetland's three athletes who successfully competed at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last month. Speaking at the start of Wednesday's full council meeting, the convener said he was "thrilled" to witness 13 year old Erraid Davies, from Skeld, win a bronze medal in the 100 metre breaststroke para sport finals. He said Davies, as well as swimmer Andrea Strachan and table tennis player Lynda Flaws, had done the community proud.

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    Go ahead for new power station

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    Electricity supplies will be improved and up to 400 jobs created during the construction phase after planning consent has been granted for the new Lerwick Power Station. The new power station will replace the existing facility at Gremista, where some of the  generators are 40 years old. The existing station will be decommissioned following construction […]

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    Water supply disrupted

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    Homes in East Voe were left without any water supply yesterday, with around 10 properties experiencing disruption thanks to a burst water main.

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    Motorcyclist 'very fortunate' to keep licence

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    A MOTORCYCLIST who drove at “grossly excessive” speed was told he was “very fortunate” not to be disqualified at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday. Vincent Tonner, 27, of North Nesting, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving his motorbike carelessly on the A970 road between the South Nesting junction and Lerwick on 31 July 2013. Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said the offence took place at 8.30pm on a fine summer’s evening. Tonner had “gone out and opened up the throttle” without realising he had pulled out of a junction in front of an unmarked police van.

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    Shetland distillery launches first product

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    Shetland distillery launches first productThe first product the Shetland Distillery has been launched. Shetland Reel Gin is distilled using botanicals that include an apple-mint, specially grown on the island of Unst. Unst, the most northerly island in the UK, is home to Shetland's first ...

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    Misread situation

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    A MAN who “completely misread the situation” in a busy pub and grabbed a woman over her clothing before shouting and swearing at her friends has been fined £500. Gary McNally, 27, of Norrendal, Whalsay, admitted assaulting the woman by grabbing hold of her crotch at the Thule Bar on 17 January this year. He also pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by shouting, swearing and making threats at the woman’s friends, including her boyfriend.

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    Planning permission but no licence

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    An image of the new Rova Head power station proposed by SHEPD last year.PLANS to build a new 120-megawatt power station at Rova Head, in Lerwick, continue to be on hold despite planning consent having been granted by the Scottish Government on Wednesday. The £200 million power station will be linked to Scottish & Southern Energy's smart grid project NINES, and replace the existing 60 year old power station at Gremista.

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    Shetland power plant construction expected to create 400 jobs

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    Shetland power plant construction expected to create 400 jobsThe new Lerwick Power Station will replace the island's existing plant, which is around 40 years old. The facility is expected to nearly double island's electrical capacity and could power 70,000 homes. Energy minister Fergus Ewing said: “The Shetland ...Ministers approve plans for new Shetland power plant Scottish Daily Recordall 6 news articles »

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    Stretch and relax

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    A LERWICK physiotherapy business is offering a new service tailored for businesses keen to keep their employees healthy. Ross Smith of Injury Shetland said that 4.3 million working days are lost in the UK every year because of workplace injuries. And, contrary to common belief, a significant number of people suffer injuries in an office environment.

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    Millions invested as Shetland bids to become decommissioning hub

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    Investments totalling £20 million will be announced today as Shetland bids to become a global leader in the multi-billion pound decommissioning industry – creating scores of skilled jobs.

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    Older worker hotspots revealed

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    Older worker hotspots revealedThe Shetlands have a rate of 88% and north Dorset 87%, while other areas with high rates of employment among older people including Stroud in Gloucestershire and Horsham in Sussex. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said that in contrast, ...Which towns are leading the way on older workers? Actuarial PostWatford becomes a hotspot for older people in work Financial TimesIs your town leading the way for older workers? Fresh Business Thinking This is Moneyall 11 news articles »

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    Shetland Islands leading way in employment among older workers

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    Shetland Islands leading way in employment among older workersParts of the country as diverse as the Shetland Islands, north Dorset and Watford are leading the charge against "outdated" stereotypes of older workers, according to a Government study. The areas have the highest rates of employment among older ...

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    Decommissioning cash a major boon for harbour

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    A digital impression of the Dales Voe South development - Image: Courtesy of LPAINVESTMENTS of more than £20 million into decommissioning facilities at Lerwick Harbour were announced on Wednesday. Lerwick Port Authority will spend £12.5 million to lengthen the quay at Dales Voe South to 130 metres and to strengthen its load bearing capability.

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    Marine litter cash

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    750 tonnes of litter has so far been removed from the sea.THE CROWN Estate, the organisation that owns much of Scotland’s seabed and foreshore, has committed £45,000 to an award winning marine litter initiative. Since 2005 more than 750 tonnes of litter has been removed from the sea thanks to KIMO’s Fishing for Litter campaign.

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    Oxygen masks

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    AN AIRLINE has launched an internal investigation after pilots on a Shetland to Aberdeen flight had to wear oxygen masks as a precaution. Eastern Airways confirmed that due to an unusual odour on board of Monday’s flight the pilots used the masks as a precaution. The airline is chartered by the oil industry to fly workers between Aberdeen and Scatsta airport, in Shetland.

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    Councillor airs disquiet over staff pay-offs

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    Councillor Andrea MansonA SHETLAND councillor claims the local authority is guilty of a “complete waste” of public money by handing “substantial” pay-offs to social care staff and then re-hiring them. North Mainland member Andrea Manson made the remarks following Tuesday’s audit committee meeting, suggesting Shetland Islands Council had been too hasty in laying off staff to save money in recent times. Community health and social care director Simon Bokor-Ingram said that, of 74 staff given either early retirement or voluntary redundancy, 15 were now working within the service on “temporary relief” contracts with no guaranteed hours, while one individual had been re-employed on a part-time contract.

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