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    The Shetland Dividend

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    The Shetland DividendShetland has no intention of playing its oil card and pushing for its own independence, the council leader has told me. Gary Robinson says that would be too greedy. It would mean far more wealth than Shetland could possibly use. Whether in Edinburgh or ...

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    Investment in roads is falling short

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    There are fears that cuts to maintenance budgets will result in the quality of Shetland's roads deteriorating. CUTS TO the budget for maintaining Shetland’s high-quality road network may be “building up problems that are going to cost us in the future”, councillors have warned. New findings indicate that Shetland Islands Council is spending less than half the sum required to maintain the roads in their present condition.

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    Emergency stop to motorsport events

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    Petrol-heads have been offered hope that land may become available for motor sport events, despite a move by councillors to put the brakes on high-octane attractions at Tingwall Airport.

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    Free bin bags scheme dumped

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    The days when households are issued with free essy bags could well be a thing of the past, following council moves to stop issuing black bags without charge. A report before councillors has outlined plans to end the supply of refuse sacks free of charge to homes in a bid to save the council almost […]

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    Wool week build up

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    The 2014 Shetland Wool Week programme is being launched on Thursday morning - Photo: Didier Piquer.TICKETS for this year's Shetland Wool Week will go on sale as of Monday via the Shetland Box Office.  The popular event, which attracts many oversea visitors to the isles every October will again be held at venues throughout the isles featuring Fair Isle classes, factory tours, exhibitions and much more.

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    Caravanning

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    SHETLAND Caravan Club is kicking off this year's summer season with a launch event at Sound Hall on Sunday afternoon. The club said members were upbeat despite the loss of the Lerwick camping site, and had just finalised planning this summer's rallies. Club secretary Janice Pottinger said: "We are holding nine rallies in total from Unst to Dunrossness between May – September.

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    Tingwall airstrip a no-go for motorsports

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    Shetland Motorsport Club will no longer be able to use the airstrip at Tingwall. Photo: ShetnewsMOTORSPORT enthusiasts have been dealt a blow after Shetland councillors voted to prevent them from holding events at Tingwall Airport. It overturns a previous decision in October 2012 to sanction the airport’s use for non-aviation purposes after the terms and conditions put in place for holding such events were found to contain “inaccuracies and errors”. SIC infrastructure director Maggie Sandison said it was imperative for Tingwall to be available 24/7 all year round in case the emergency air ambulance needs to land.

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    Free black bags binned

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    SIC infrastructure director Maggie Sandison.COUNCILLORS have backed plans to stop issuing free black bin bags to households in Shetland. Members of the environment and transport committee unanimously agreed the measure in order to save nearly £25,000 as part of its comprehensive programme of cost-cutting.

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    Festival return excites Madison Violet

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    Having waited “five long years” to return to Shetland, Madison Violet are back for this year’s Shetland Folk Festival. Singer-songwriter Lisa MacIsaac said she and her fellow band mates loved every second of their time in Shetland “from the moment we got off the ferry with our woozy heads, to the late night jams in […]

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    Digital Scotland, BT extend FTTC roll-out in Shetland

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    Digital Scotland, BT extend FTTC roll-out in ShetlandDigital Scotland's GBP 410 million partnership with BT has expanded its FTTC deployment to premises in Lerwick on Shetland, ISPreview reported. The move follows Shetland Telecom's local work and a GBP 26.9 million deal last year to build 20 new fibre ...

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    'Cats' musical at Garrison this summer

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    The CATS musical will enjoy a three-night run at the Garrison Theatre. Photo: Leona Allan. A PERFORMANCE of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s world renowned 'Cats' musical is coming to Shetland for a three-night stint this summer. Shetland Arts has teamed up with the Kirkwall Amateur Operatic Society (KAOS) to confirm that the latter’s 2014 Orkney sell-out show will be taken to Lerwick’s Garrison Theatre from 11 to 13 July.

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    Speeding

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    POLICE in Shetland have reported a driver caught speeding at almost 50 miles per hour in a temporary 20 mile per hour zone outside Whiteness primary school. A second driver was clocked doing 33 miles per hour in the same area. A spokesman said the force would continue with its crackdown on speeding in the vicinity of schools.

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    Helicopter co-pilot taken to hospital after falling ill during flight

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    Helicopter co-pilot taken to hospital after falling ill during flightThe co-pilot of an offshore helicopter had to be taken to hospital after falling ill while airborne. The Super Puma helicopter landed safely at Sumburgh Airport in Shetland just before noon on Tuesday. The pilot was taken by ambulance to the Gilbert ...

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    Helicopter co-pilot takes ill

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    The ambulance arriving at Sumburgh airport on Tuesday morning - Photo: ShetNewsTHE CO-PILOT of an oil flight had to be taken to hospital after falling ill while his helicopter was airborne. The Super Puma helicopter, operated by CHC Helicopters, landed safely at Sumburgh airport, in Shetland, at just before midday on Tuesday.

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    Man accused of making threats to kill

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    A man has been remanded in custody after being charged with brandishing a knife and threatening to kill in a Lerwick address.

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    Sheriff refuses bail

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    A 24 YEAR OLD accused of threatening to stab and kill someone with a knife has been kept behind bars after appearing at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Tuesday afternoon. Alexander Nicholson, of Bathgate, is charged with behaving in a threatening and abusive manner, brandishing the knife and making the threats at an address in Lerwick.

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    Blaze in airport freight shed

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    Firefighters were called to Sumburgh Airport this afternoon after a report of a freight shed on fire. The alarm was raised at 12.41pm, and fire appliances from Sumburgh and Sandwick were called to the scene. Firefighters are using breathing apparatus while damping down the fire. Departures have been delayed slightly – the 12.45pm flight to […]

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    NAFC hosts special guests to celebrate 20th anniversary

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    Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael and Maritime & Coastguard Agency chief executive Sir Alan Massey will be among the guests attending a 20th anniversary celebration at the NAFC Marine Centre on Friday. They will be joined by a wide range of representatives from national maritime organisations, industry, academia and Shetland Islands Council. The purpose of the […]

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    NAFC's 20th birthday

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    The NAFC Marine Centre in Scalloway.THE NAFC Marine Centre in Scalloway will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Friday with special guests including Maritime and Coastguard Agency chief executive Sir Alan Massey and Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael. They will be joined by a wide range of representatives from national maritime organisations, industry, academia and Shetland Islands Council.

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    ‘Put brakes on airport motorsport proposal’

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    Councillors will this week be urged not to allow motor sport events to take place at Tingwall Airport. The environment and transport committee will consider a report on Wednesday recommending the council stops short of freeing up the airstrip for “non-aviation use”. Key among concerns is the air ambulance, which can land at Tingwall at […]

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