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    Shetland hit 20 with more to come

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    It’s up to 20 medals now for team Shetland with another for star swimmers Andrea Strachan and Felix Gifford. On day five Strachan won gold in the 100 metres medley with 1.03. It was her third gold in the games and her fifth overall. Gifford won his second medal of the games with a bronze […]

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    Shetland knocked out in semi-final but bronze still to play for

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    Blues boss Niall Bristow is very proud of his players after a tough test against a strong Isle of Man team who ran out 3-1 victors. Within the opening minutes it was clear Shetland would face a much tougher opposition than their previous game against the Falkland Islands. The men in yellow were working the […]

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    Father-daughter duo reach Jersey badminton final

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    Team Shetland mixed doubles pair, father and daughter Gordon Keith and Shona Mackay, beat Greenland to reach tomorrow's final. Photo: Shetland Island Games AssociationSHETLAND brought their overall medal tally to 20 and secured a place in the mixed doubles badminton final after another successful day at the NatWest Island Games in Jersey. Unstoppable swimmer Andrea Strachan bagged her fifth medal of the week by winning a gold in the 100m individual medley, whilst Felix Gifford augmented his own haul with a bronze in the 400m freestyle. Runner Faye Cox picked up a bronze medal in the 200m event with a time of 25.68s, adding to her third place finish in the 100m race final on Monday.  Sophie Moar also pocketed a bronze in the in the women’s long jump final.

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    MP begins legal battle to keep his job

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    Alistair Carmichael MPLAWYERS acting for northern isles MP Alistair Carmichael have begun their fight to resist attempts to use the courts to remove him from office. Four Orkney constituents raised more than £61,500 through a crowd funding campaign to go to Edinburgh’s Court of Session to challenge his election in May. At a procedural hearing on Thursday, Carmichael’s QC Roddy Dunlop said he would be putting forward legal arguments proving no laws had been broken.

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    Too much to drink

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    A CONSTRUCTION worker from Northern Ireland working on the Shetland gas plant was fined £800 at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Thursday when he admitted assault and being abusive after getting drunk at a company barbecue. Appearing from custody, Caolan McFeely, of 8 Marlborough Road, Londonderry, pled guilty to punching and striking a barman on the head at Lerwick’s Thule Bar in the early hours of Thursday morning.

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    Man fined for Thule assault

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    A visiting gas plant worker has been fined £800 after embarking on an “all too familiar” story of getting drunk and making a fool of himself. Usually teetotal Caolan McFeely, 30, of Marlborough Road in Londonderry took to the drink to mark his imminent marriage in August. But he assaulted a member of bar staff […]

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    Widespread power cuts caused by lightning storm

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    Lightning storms caused a major power cut across hundreds of properties in the early hours of yesterday morning. Damage was caused to electrical transformers that help provide supply to homes and businesses. Much of the disruption was in the West Side. Scottish and Southern Energy said Walls was closest to the damage, where 269 properties […]

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    Livestock owners counting cost of wet weather

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    Some livestock owners have already shipped cattle south this year. Photo: ShetnewsCROFTERS and farmers in Shetland have endured a nightmare start to the summer, with a protracted spell of poor weather prompting some to sell off livestock several months earlier than usual. It is the most sustained spell of bad weather in over 30 years, according to the local National Farmers’ Union (NFU) branch. It started with a very wet winter, leading some to begin feeding sheep a bit earlier than they might otherwise have done. The cold, wet weather continued throughout the spring, with May a particularly bad month, and NFU Shetland chairman Jim Nicolson thinks the ground “probably never warmed up enough to make a reasonable growth of grass”.

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    Rock legend seeks Shetland Bill

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    Graham Oliver with his cherished left-handed Stratocaster in the early days of his career before he sold it to a Shetlander called Bill. A FOUNDING member of heavy metal band Saxon is looking to be reunited with one of his old guitars - and he believes it may be in Shetland. Graham Oliver was part of the English rock legends, who released four top ten albums in the UK that sold millions, between 1976 and 1996.  

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    Rock star seeks reunion with man who bought his Stratocaster

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    The  star of one of the biggest rock bands of the 1980s is on the hunt for a rare guitar he sold to a Shetlander when he was strapped for cash in the days before he became famous. Graham Oliver, one half of the loudest guitar duo in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, […]

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    Silke’s engaging video tutorials

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    Silke Reeploeg - delighted to receive acknowledgement from those who matter most - Photo: Shetland College UHIA SHETLAND based lecturer has been recognised for her "highly interactive video conferences" at this year's University of the Highlands and Islands Teaching Awards. Silke Reeploeg, who gives lectures for the Centre of Nordic Studies, bagged the most engaging video conference tutor prize.

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    Ultra walk for charity

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    Adam Grzyb 'we have people in Shetland who need help'.A LERWICK fundraiser is looking for volunteers to take part in a charity walk from North Roe to Sumburgh later this month. Adam Grzyb, 29, is organising the Shetland Ultra Walk to raise money for the local branches of British Red Cross and CLAN Cancer Support.

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    Day four and three more medals for Team Shetland

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    Day four of the island games and it is four medals for star swimmer Andrea Strachan and 16 for Team Shetland. Strachan won gold in the 100 metres breaststroke with 1.08.33. The Lerwick swimmer beat rival Kara Hanlon of the Western Isles who finished in 1.08.54. It was a PB for Strachan, a new Shetland […]

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    Andrea wins again... and hammer glory for Elaine

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    A proud moment for Elaine Park (left) as she receives her silver medal for the hammer throw. Photo courtesy of Shetland Island Games AssociationTOP SHETLAND swimmer Andrea Strachan has been racking up the medals again down in Jersey, breaking a games record to win gold in the 100m breaststroke and taking her overall medal tally this week to four. Meanwhile, in the track and field athlete Elaine Park has also done the isles proud by claiming silver in the hammer throw. Elaine was delighted after her 38.67 metre throw pipped the Isle of Wight’s Wallis Canning to second place on Wednesday evening.

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    New air ambulance to visit isles

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    A new air ambulance helicopter for the Scottish Ambulance Service will arrive on Sunday, giving locals the chance to talk to paramedics and pilots. The new H145 aircraft is one of two which come into service this month and the services says it is bigger and faster than the EC135 helicopters which have been in […]

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    Third Wicker Man movie set to be part-filmed in isles

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    Wicker Man director Robin Hardy.FILMING for the third part of the ‘Wicker Man’ movie series is set to take place in Shetland this winter. Director Robin Hardy, who oversaw the acclaimed 1973 original and its 2011 follow-up ‘The Wicker Tree’, is developing new flick ‘The Wrath of the Gods’.  The film’s plot will feature descendants of Viking warriors as they resent the creation of a Norse Saga-inspired theme park.

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    New ambulance chopper

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    health secretary Shona Robison tries out the new air ambulance helicopter - Photo: SASPEOPLE in Shetland will have the chance to inspect the Scottish Air Ambulance's new helicopter and speak to paramedics when the chopper tours local communities on Sunday. Two new Airbus H145s will replace the current EC135 helicopters later this month.

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    A rare glimpse of summer

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    Not a photo from this year! Meal beach on a warm summer's day in 2008 - Photo: ShetNewsAS THE rest of the UK basks on the hottest day of the year, Shetland is enjoying a rare day of sunshine during a summer that has proved to be a source of disappointment so far. Over the last couple of months the isles' climate has been a regular talking point among disgruntled locals who have been left peeved by chilly air and dull skies.

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    New chief social worker

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    Chief social worker Martha Nicolson.Shetland Islands Council's executive manger for children and families, Martha Nicolson, has been appointed the local authority's chief social worker. Nicolson, from Lerwick, has worked in Aberdeen and Orkney, before returning to Shetland in 1998.

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    Fond memories of stalwart accordionist Jim

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    Jim Halcrow was a staple of the traditional music scene for more than 60 years. He's pictured here at Clickimin during the Fiddle and Accordion Festival.WARM TRIBUTES have been paid to one of the true stalwarts of Shetland’s traditional music scene, Jim Halcrow, after he passed away recently at the age of 80. Born at Westshore, Scalloway in August 1934, Jim bought a second-hand accordion for £22 as a teenager and taught himself how to play. So began more than 60 years of playing tunes, culminating in the Scottish National Association of Accordion and Fiddle Clubs presenting him with an award for “a lifetime’s contribution to music” in 2012.

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