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    Carmichael tables amendment over Crown Estate devolution

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    Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has put the case in the House of Commons for devolution of the Crown Estate to island communities.

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    Enjoy islands' beaches - but 'Dunna Chuck Bruck!'

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    The pile of rubbish collected at Sands of Sound in Lerwick on Saturday morning. Photo: Ali GrundonAFTER a miserable run of weather in the past few months, no one could be blamed for taking to the beach for a bonfire during a short window of warmth and sunshine at the tail end of last week. But one Lerwick dog walker came across an unfortunate by-product – piles of rubbish strewn around the Sands of Sound on Saturday morning. Ali Grundon said she had enjoyed seeing so many people out enjoying the beach on Friday night. But the following morning when she was walking the dog, she noticed a host of discarded pizza boxes, crisp packets, bottles and cans lying “much higher than the tideline, and surrounding extinguished bonfires”.

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    MP stands up to EVEL and secures debate

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    Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael.NORTHERN Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has succeeded in securing an emergency three-hour Commons debate on the Tory government’s “outrageous” plan to force English Votes for English Laws (EVEL) through parliament. It followed the Liberal Democrat bluntly criticising David Cameron's government's attempt to railroad such a major change through Westminster without proper consideration as “constitutionally outrageous”, saying it “puts a further unnecessary strain on the union”.

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    Silke honoured with teaching award

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    A lecturer at Shetland College has been awarded "Most Engaging Video Conference Tutor" in the sixth annual University of the Highlands and Islands Teaching Awards.

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    Hardy comedian comes bearing socialist ideals

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    Comic Jeremy Hardy will make his maiden visit to Shetland next week.USUALLY the sight of a punter leaving early would reflect badly on the comedian standing at the microphone – but not when they are being forcibly removed by police for provoking a fight by laughing too loudly. That was the fate of one woman who went along to see popular TV and radio comic Jeremy Hardy, who travels to the islands for a stand-up show next week, in Staffordshire earlier this year. The 53 year old, who has written and appeared in numerous TV, radio and film productions during more than 30 years in the comedy business, will showcase his current affairs-inflected humour at the Royal British Legion in Lerwick on Tuesday 14 July.

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    Yacht towed to Lerwick

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    Lerwick Lifeboat. Photo: Mark BerryA DANISH yacht with two people on board had to be towed from Grutness to Lerwick in the early hours of Monday after its engine failed.  The yacht, Getaway, was lying in Grutness Bay dragging her anchor and began drifting towards rocks on the shore.

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    In the wake of Shackleton

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    ONE OF the most harrowing sea journeys ever undertaken will be recreated during an audiovisual presentation in the Shetland Museum and Archive on Friday (10 July). Robert Egelstaff was one of four adventurers who followed in the footsteps of polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. Shackleton made history when he sailed 800 miles across the stormiest seas in the world to raise the alarm and eventually save 28 colleagues after his Antarctic expedition on the Endurance was trapped in the pack ice in 1914-1915.

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    Did Cameron hang Carmichael “out to dry”?

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    Prime minister David Cameron could have personally authorised the exposure of MP Alistair Carmichael as the source of the leaked memo.PRIME minister David Cameron could have been directly responsible for former Scottish secretary and northern isles MP Alistair Carmichael being exposed as the source of a controversial leaked memo, according to his SNP opponent during the general election. SNP candidate Danus Skene’s comments came after the Cabinet Office refused to divulge why it took seven weeks until after the 7 May election to publish the outcome of its inquiry. In response to a Freedom of Information request from Shetland News, the Cabinet Office said that it was “in the public interest” to withhold the information as it could “seriously impact future investigations”.

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    Air ambulance visit postponed

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    The new air ambulance helicopter will come to Shetland later this month after cancelling its weekend visit due to the weather.THE SCOTTISH Ambulance Service has apologised after poor weather forced it to postpone plans to show off its new air ambulance in the northern isles this weekend. The event in Orkney on Saturday and in Shetland on Sunday were cancelled on Saturday morning due to the weather forecast.

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    Big day sees Aithsvoe Marina building officially opened

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    The impressive new caravan park and building at the Aithsvoe Marina in Cunningsburgh were officially opened by isles MP Alistair Carmichael yesterday.

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    Plane cancellation put paid to Ryder gig

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    HUNDREDS of music fans in Shetland were left disappointed after legendary Happy Mondays singer Shaun Ryder’s Saturday night concert at Mareel with his 20 year old band Black Grape was cancelled due to bad weather in Aberdeen. Ryder and his ten fellow band members and crew sat at Aberdeen airport for five hours waiting for their 10.15am flight to be called after travelling north from Manchester, only to be told it was not going to fly. No one was more upset than concert promoter Alan McLeod of Klub Revolution, who had the same experience when Ryder was last due to play in Shetland with the Happy Mondays in 2012, only to pull out at the last minute due to illness.

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    HIAL urges mediation over Sumburgh runway dispute

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    The operator of Sumburgh Airport has called for mediation to take place on its continuting dispute with Shetland Islands Council over runway repair costs.

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    Don’t panic! The rum’s not running out

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    All that's left in Shetland of Stewart's Fine Old Demerara Rum - a few half bottles.THE PRODUCERS of Stewart’s Fine Old Demerara Rum have reassured worried customers in Shetland that the popular beverage should be back in production within “a few weeks”. Consumers of the dark rum, which counts the isles as its main market, have been left disappointed over the last month or so after bottling issues made supplies in Shetland run dry. Some locals even indulged in a spot of panic-buying in an effort to stock up on the spirit after rumours spread that the brand might be discontinued. The rum, which has an alcohol strength of 40 per cent, has been sold by Lerwick based company Hughson Brothers since 1993.

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    Emotional last day as Team Shetland ends games with 23 medals

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    Jersey 2015 has come to a dramatic and emotional close for Team Shetland, with three more medals taking the haul to 23. Katie Bristow returned to the track for the 5,000 metres after disappointment in the 10,000 metres earlier in the week. Despite leading from the front in a tough field she had to pull […]

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    Games end with triumph on the running track

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    Silver medal winning hammer thrower Elaine Park can't take the grin off her face as she wields the Shetland flag at the closing ceremony in Jersey. Photo: Shetland Island Games AssociationTEAM Shetland is celebrating after completing one of its most successful Island Games with 23 medals that put it in tenth place overall. Hammer thrower Elaine Park who won silver on Wednesday, her first medal in eight games, held the Shetland flag aloft at the closing ceremony in the baking heat of Jersey’s Howard Davis Park. Friday proved to be a day of success and surprise on the running track, while on the football pitch a spectacular free kick from Menorca was enough to edge a spirited Shetland out of a bronze medal by one goal to nil.

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    HIAL seek mediation over runway dispute

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    The eastern end of the Sumburgh airport runway extension being battered by heavy seas two years ago. Photo Ronnie RobertsonSUMBURGH airport operators HIAL are seeking an out of court settlement over a £14 million damages claim against Shetland Islands Council for poor workmanship on a 2005 runway extension. The request came as the Court of Session rejected a second SIC appeal against the claim last month, clearing the way for a full legal hearing at great cost to both parties. In May HIAL managing director Inglis Lyon wrote to SIC chief executive Mark Boden asking the authority to enter a mediation process to settle the issue which has already costs the two public authorities large sums in legal fees.

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    SIC forced to blow £1.7m on town hall

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    Lerwick Town Hall is in bad need of repair once again.SHETLAND Islands Council has agreed to spend nearly £1.7 million on renovating Lerwick’s Town Hall building amid concerns about its structure. The decision was made in private on Tuesday as the council made plans to address the “increasingly urgent” need to repair the Grade B-listed building’s stonework, particularly around its stained glass windows. News of the proposal was only made public after a copy of the meeting’s documents were leaked to BBC Radio Shetland.

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    Ancient artefacts return

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    Collections curator Jenny Murray (right) and her assistant Laurie Goodlad (left) show NorthLink's Cheryl Kelday the artefacts. Photo Shetland Amenity TrustOVER 100,000 archaeological artefacts - including shards of the earliest pottery found in Shetland - have returned home to the isles.  The items, which include finds from a number of sites near Dunrossness, made the journey from Bradford University to the Shetland Museum and Archives.

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    In this week’s Shetland Times

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    A whole host of stories and pictures all the way from Jersey capturing a flavour of the NatWest Island Games are featured this week. Meanwhile, closer to home … A new commission has met for the first time to consider ways of identifying inequalities. The council is to spend an estimated £1.7 million in town […]

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    Team Shetland hits 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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    Listen live to this week’s council meetings

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    The next live broadcasts of Orkney Islands Council meetings are set to take place tomorrow, Tuesday. An audio feed from the council chamber will be provided from tomorrow’s general meeting of the full council, which gets under way at 10.30am. It will be followed by a special meeting of the development and infrastructure committee, which will ...

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    Carmichael: Crown Estate assets should be devolved to island communities

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    Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael has tabled an amendment to the Scotland Bill in the House of Commons, calling for all functions of the Crown Estate in Scotland to be transferred to local authorities in Orkney and the other Scottish Isles. Mr Carmichael’s amendment is in line with the Smith Commission’s recommendations that the ...

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    Covers coming off as excavation resumes on the Ness of Brodgar

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    The 2015 excavation on the Ness of Brodgar got under way this morning, with archaeologists and volunteers removing the tyres and protective covers that have protected the Neolithic site over the winter. Thanks to public support and fundraising, this year’s excavation has been extended from six weeks to eight. Since work on the Neolithic complex began in 2006, ...

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    New firefighting vehicles for North Isles airfields

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    The airfield in Eday has received a four-wheel drive firefighting vehicle as part of Orkney Island Council’s efforts to upgrade existing equipment in the North Isles. North Ronaldsay is already making use of a new firefighting vehicle, with Papa Westray, Sanday, Stronsay and Westray scheduled to receive theirs in the next two months. Councillor James ...

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    Reckless driving reported to police

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    Police are seeking information regarding a report of alleged reckless driving on the A960, in Deerness. According to a spokesman, the incident, around 5pm on Friday, involved a silver pick-up truck, driving at excessive speed and overtaking dangerously. Anyone who witnessed this is urged to contact Kirkwall Police station on 101.

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    Road accident in Westray

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    Police are appealing for information after a vehicle collided with, and damaged, a wall in Pierowall, Westray, at the weekend. According to a spokesman, the incident occurred between 11pm on Friday night and 10.30am on Saturday morning. As yet, the driver of the vehicle has not reported the accident. Anyone with information is asked to ...

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    Diver flown in to Stromness for treatment

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    On Sunday evening a coastguard rescue helicopter from Inverness transported a diver from the Scottish Mainland to Stromness for treatment in the hyperbaric chamber. According to a coastguard spokesman the diver got into difficulty at Skerray Harbour, near Cape Wrath, and was due to go to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. However, in the meantime, an incident ...

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    By-election nomination reminder

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    Potential candidates hoping to stand in the upcoming West Mainland by-election are reminded that nominations close in less than two weeks. The deadline for submitting nomination papers, which are available from the OIC election office in Kirkwall, is Wednesday, July 15, at 4pm. If more than one valid nomination is received, an election will be ...

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    Placemaking back on OIC agenda

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    Controversial ‘placemaking’ proposals for Kirkwall’s Broad Street are back on the Orkney Islands Council agenda next week. On Tuesday, the council’s development and infrastructure committee will decide whether to progress the first phase of improvements at a cost of £1.083 million. The placemaking scheme, which has been on the OIC agenda since 2012, has attracted ...

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    Air ambulance visit cancelled due to weather conditions

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    The planned visit by the new Scottish Ambulance Service H145 air ambulance helicopter today, Saturday, has been cancelled — due to fog.

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    Town centre housing development open to visitors

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    The doors to Orkney Housing Association’s latest Kirkwall development are open to the public this morning, Saturday. The £413,000 project saw the creation of three shared-ownership flats in Dunnett’s Close, in the centre of Kirkwall. According to OHAL, the flats have been constructed from a closed timber panel system, into which insulation foam is injected, ...

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    New air ambulance due to tour the county

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    Folk in Orkney will have the chance to see the new Scottish Ambulance Service H145 air ambulance helicopter today, Saturday, July 4. The helicopter comes into service later this month, but is visiting the islands that it serves to give people the chance to talk to paramedics and pilots about the benefits of the new ...

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    Bronze for men’s 100m relay team

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    Orkney won another medal at the Island Games in Jersey this afternoon, winning bronze in the 4 x 100m men’s relay event. The team were Andrew Davis, James Flett, Fergus Macivor and Gordon Mowat. They finished in a time of 43.30s just under a second slower than the Guernsey team who won gold. Jersey won silver. ...

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    House Keeper

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    PART-TIME HOUSEKEEPER Apply reception tel 873001

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    Plots at Finstown, Orkney

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    Plots at Finstown, Orkney Development Sites Offers Over £95,000 to £75,000 Land – Development Site Amazing Results are excited to bring to the market this opportunity to purchase a large waterfront development site with private pier / jetty in the village of Finstown, Orkney. The site is for sale as a whole with full planning ...

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    Mechanic

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    Mechanic required For further details, please contact Alex Rodwell: Email: recruitment@orkagg.co.uk  |  Telephone: 01856 871187

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    Angus MacNeil MP meets with ‘Farmers in Parliament’

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    Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP, Angus Brendan MacNeil recently met some of the UK’s most innovative farmers and food producers who brought the farm to Parliament.   The farmers, […]

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    ALLAN WELCOMES LOGANAIR CONCESSIONS

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    Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP, Alasdair Allan, has welcomed news that Loganair is planning to introduce a compassionate fares discount scheme for people travelling to funerals.   This follows […]

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    Angus MacNeil MP comments on Island Games

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    Commenting on the Island Games which are currently taking place in Jersey, Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus Brendan MacNeil said:   “It is truly inspiring to see athletes […]

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    ISLES MP WELCOMES DEAL ON EU ROAMING CHARGES

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    Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus Brendan MacNeil has welcomed the announcement that the abolition of data roaming charges across the EU is a step closer this week following […]

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