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    Remanded over calls

    Originally published by and copyright of www.shetnews.co.uk

    A 19 YEAR OLD man has been kept behind bars after appearing in court on Thursday charged with "persistently" phoning the police. Nathan Hilditch, of Horseshoe Close, Virkie, made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody until his next appearance on 4 August.

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    Shetland cancer detection rates defended

    Originally published by and copyright of Aberdeen Press and Journal

    Shetland cancer detection rates defendedA senior NHS Shetland official has said local women were not being “disadvantaged” even though breast cancer screening is only carried out every three years. Dr Susan Laidlaw, a consultant in public health medicine, said analysis was not needed at more ...

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    Another rise in Lerwick Harbour activity

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    The Celebrity Infinity, which arrived in Lerwick Harbour on Thursday. Photo: ShetnewsLERWICK Harbour has seen an eight per cent rise in all activity in the first six months of 2014 thanks to increases in cargo, passenger numbers and mackerel landings. The harbour continues to thrive thanks to a boom in the oil and gas industry - including the presence of several accommodation ships to house those working on the construction site for Total's new gas plant - and a healthy trade in visiting cruise ships. 

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    Appeal over housebreaking

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    Police are appealing for information about a housebreaking that took place in Grodians, Lerwick, on Tuesday. The house was broken into between 11am and 4pm, and numerous items including jewellery and electrical equipment were stolen. Police officers are keen to speak to anyone with knowledge of this incident, or who saw any person acting suspiciously […]

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    Flaws remains upbeat following singles loss

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    Lynda Flaws in action down in Glasgow this week. Photo: John DevlinLYNDA Flaws was knocked out of the women’s table tennis singles at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Wednesday afternoon. The 21 year old lost out in straight sets, 3-11, 5-11, 7-11, 5-11 to Nigerian Cecilia Akpan. But she was far from downhearted, saying the game was “always going to be a big ask" given her opponent is some 300 places higher than her in the rankings. Flaws said she had achieved her aim of qualifying from the preliminary round, thanks to two victories yesterday, into the singles competition's main draw.

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    Jewellery taken in latest break-in

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    POLICE are looking for witnesses after "numerous items" of jewellery and electrical equipment were stolen from a house in Lerwick on Tuesday. The property in Grodians was broken into at some time between 11am and 4pm, police said. A spokesman for Police Scotland said officers were keen to speak to anyone with knowledge of this particular break-in, or who saw any person acting suspiciously in the area.

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    Dim Riv unscathed after drifting to Bressay

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    The Dim Riv broke free and drifted across to Bressay overnight. Photo: Charlie UmphrayREPLICA Viking longship the Dim Riv had to be towed back across to Lerwick on Wednesday lunchtime after slipping her moorings and drifting to the Bressay shoreline overnight. It appears that the boat’s chain snapped and she ended up on the shore next to Gardie House, but tour operator Mark Berry said that “luckily” when he went down to inspect the damage its hull was intact.

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    Dim Riv drifts ashore in Bressay

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    The replica Viking longship Dim Riv broke her moorings last night and drifted over to Bressay, where she became stuck high on rocks near Gardie House. The wooden vessel is normally anchored near the Queens Hotel at Lerwick’s south end, and is run by volunteers who take tourists out on trips during the summer. All […]

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    Street sleepout to raise cash for homeless in Kyrgyzstan

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    A squad of volunteers will sleep rough in Lerwick to raise money for homeless people living in terrible conditions in Kyrgystan. Organiser Valerie Lafferty and other volunteers will be on the streets with the message – “please don’t pass us by”. They are appealing for money to help fund a homeless centre in the Kyrgyz […]

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    Consider the outrages (Alex Wright & Kathy Hubbard)

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    The 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow has seen a wealth of success for Scotland, and indeed Shetland, and has seen our sporting prowess match up against the other 52 members of the British Commonwealth. It saddens us, however, to remark on the various violations of basic human rights, torture and degradation inflicted upon people by […]

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    Two wins for Flaws in Glasgow table tennis

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    Lynda Flaws had a successful day in the women's singles. Photo: Austin TaylorSHETLAND’S table tennis star Lynda Flaws recorded two successive victories to qualify for the next round of the women’s singles tournament at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Tuesday. She comfortably saw off the challenge of Angelisa Freemann from St Kitts and Nevis 11-9, 11-5, 11-6, 11-2 for a 4-0 victory in the afternoon’s play.

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    Foula roads

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    THE COMPANIES involved in upgrading Foula’s water treatment works have agreed to pay Shetland Islands Council £100,000 to cover the cost of damage to the isles’ roads. Scottish Water Solutions and its contractor Ross-shire Engineering have been running aggregates from the island’s quarry and other materials to the treatment works at Da Toon o’ Ham and to the new services reservoirs at Da Heights at the north end of the island.

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    Orkney tugs in major Shetland project

    Originally published by and copyright of The Orcadian

    Orkney tugs in major Shetland projectThree Orkney-based tugs are in Shetland to assist with a major marine engineering project. The Einar, Erlend and Harald, operated by Orkney Towage, steamed north from Orkney on Monday, arriving in Lerwick later the same day. They are due to take part ...

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    Rig sets sail for Shetland

    Originally published by and copyright of Fife Today

    Rig sets sail for ShetlandReminiscent of the days when the yard built enormous offshore projects for the North Sea, BiFab's work for Premier Oil - a jacket and topside for the Solan field west of the Shetland Islands - has seen once-familiar skeletal frames tower above local ...

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    Fishing for Yes

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    Frankie's manager John GoldFISHERMEN are the latest industrial group to start campaigning for a Yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum. Around 50 people working in the industry, including the manager of Shetland’s award-winning fish and chip shop Frankie’s, have signed up to Fishing for Yes, which was launched on Tuesday.

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    Flaws hopes to progress in singles tournament

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    Shetland table tennis star Lynda Flaws won comfortably this afternoon in her first game of the Women’s Singles tournament in Glasgow. Flaws played Angelisa Freeman of  St Kitts and Nevis and ran out the 4-0 winner after 16 minutes of play. She took the first set 11-9 and then dominated her opponent taking the next […]

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    British pair take early lead in Fireball championships

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    The first day’s sailing at the Fireball European Championships got underway yesterday with victory for the Irish pair who had earlier snatched the Shetland National championship. An early weather postponement of the first race was called off by principle race officer (PRO) Bruce Leask allowing the regatta to get started. Predictions at midnight had been […]

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    Macwhirter to give 'Road to Referendum' talk

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    Iain Macwhirter, one of Scotland's leading political correspondents.ONE OF Scotland’s leading political correspondents, Iain Macwhirter, will visit Shetland in August for a talk on his critically acclaimed book ‘Road to Referendum’. He will speak in Room 16 at Islesburgh on 12 August, just over five weeks ahead of the 18 September referendum on Scottish independence. Macwhirter, who writes opinion columns in The Herald and Sunday Herald newspapers, will discuss the key issues surrounding Scottish independence with local historian and county archivist Brian Smith. It will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience and all are welcome to come along.

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    Funding for artists

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    Vivian Ross-Smith at her Da Gadderie exhibition in February, which was enabled by a Shetland Arts funding award.ARTISTS and craft workers can apply for funding of between £500 and £1,500 from a new award scheme being promoted by Shetland Arts. The Visual Art and Craft Awards was set up last year by amalgamating two other funding schemes for craft workers and visual artists, which have seen £88,000 handed out to 102 artists and makers since 2007.

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    Flaws wins first match

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    LOCAL table tennis star Lynda Flaws convincingly won her first match in the women's single competition at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The 21-year old beat Angelisa Freemann from St Kitts and Nevis 11-9, 11-5, 11-6 and 11-2 on Tuesday afternoon. She will play against Yvonne Foster of Jamaica later on Tuesday.

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    Goose management project renewed

    Originally published by and copyright of www.orcadian.co.uk

    A project to manage geese populations in Orkney is set to enter its third year. Licensed shooting with experienced local guns will again take place in August and September, allowing local people to control the resident greylag geese population. The Orkney greylag goose adaptive management pilot is organised by Scottish National Heritage (SNH) [...]

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    Agricultural show season to kick-off

    Originally published by and copyright of www.orcadian.co.uk

    Tomorrow will see Orkney’s 2014 show season officially begin, with the Sanday Agricultural Show. Following tomorrow’s proceedings, the East Mainland Show, held in St Andrew’s show yard, will take place on Saturday August 2, with the Shapinsay Show on the Tuesday and the South Ronaldsay & Burray Show, held in St Margaret’s Hope, taking place the [...]

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    New beginnings for Ortak

    Originally published by and copyright of www.orcadian.co.uk

    Ortak Jewellery is back being manufactured in Orkney, with the town centre shop in Kirkwall set to reopen next week. A group of partners, led by main shareholder in the venture, Michael Gardens, have bought the brand, have gone into production, and are looking forward to the future. There was shock last April when it [...]

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    MACNEIL COMMENTS ON HEBRIDES RANGE SCAREMONGERING

    Originally published by and copyright of hebridestoday.com

    Commenting on the press release by Jim Murphy MP on the Hebrides Range, Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus MacNeil said: “This is not the first time Jim Murphy...

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    High Levels of Shellfish Toxin

    Originally published by and copyright of hebridestoday.com

    Monitoring work undertaken on behalf of the Food Standards Agency has identified raised levels of shellfish toxins in Loch Erisort in Lewis. Eating shellfish such as cockles, mussels or razor fish...

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    Stromness Lifeboat called out

    Originally published by and copyright of www.orcadian.co.uk

    Stromness Lifeboat was called out today at noon to go to the assistance of a dinghy by the Churchill Barriers, at the eastern end of Scapa Flow. As the lifeboat approached Houton, the crew received news from the Coastguard that the crew of the dinghy had got themselves safely ashore, and so the lifeboat returned [...]

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    Seafish researchers target Orkney for fishing fleet survey

    Originally published by and copyright of www.orcadian.co.uk

    Seafish is calling for fishing vessel owners and skippers in Orkney to participate in its annual economic survey of the UK fishing fleet. Researchers will be in Orkney until August 1, to collect data on fishing and vessel costs in order to build an up-to-date picture of the UK fleet’s economic performance. The results, [...]

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    Independence puts Uist range jobs in jeopardy

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    The former Secretary of State for Scotland, Jim Murphy, has warned that the Uist rocket range “could not conceivably survive” the break-up of the United Kingdom if that was the result of the...

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    Orkney tugs in major Shetland project

    Originally published by and copyright of www.orcadian.co.uk

    Three Orkney-based tugs are in Shetland to assist with a major marine engineering project. The Einar, Erlend and Harald, operated by Orkney Towage, steamed north from Orkney on Monday, arriving in Lerwick later the same day. They are due to take part in a commercial charter, playing a key role in an operation involving a [...]

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    Wrecks under the spotlight

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    A report on an underwater archaeology survey in Scapa Flow has shed new light on the extent, survival, and condition of some of the Flow’s lesser known First and Second World War wreck sites. The work was carried out between October 2013 and March 2014 by ORCA Marine and SULA Diving, on behalf of Historic [...]

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    Kirkwall RNLI presentations

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    Two long serving members of Kirkwall RNLI were recognised at Kirkwall Lifeboat Station on Monday, as well as the lifesaving charity receiving a generous donation of over £600. When Leslie Manson retired from OIC as executive director of education, leisure and housing after 37 years with the council, he asked for no presents to be [...]

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    New Balfour Hospital project director appointed

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    A project director has been appointed by NHS Orkney to take forward the new  Balfour Hospital and health care development. Ann McCarlie has over 28 years experience with the NHS. She began her career with Basildon and Thurrock Hospitals Trust in Essex, where she worked in the management accounts team before becoming a business manager [...]

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    Police seek information regarding bike theft

    Originally published by and copyright of www.orcadian.co.uk

    Police in Kirkwall are appealing for information regarding the theft of a grey Giant Mountain Bike which was removed from a lane off Bridge Street this weekend. The bike was taken between the evening of Saturday and the afternoon of the following day. Anyone with information is asked to contact Kirkwall Police Station on 101 or call [...]

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    Police enquiries continue for missing man

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    Police in Orkney are continuing with their appeal to trace local man Michael Ritch, who was last seen around 9pm last Wednesday, July 23, and whose car was found in the Yesnaby area. A police spokesman said this morning, Monday, that no further searches are planned, however enquiries are still ongoing. Michael is 33 years [...]

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    St Ola reach Parish Cup final

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    St Ola reached the final of The Orcadian Parish Cup, despite losing to Stromness this evening. The hosts won 3-1 in front of a large crowd at the Market Green, but a 2-0 advantage from the first leg of the semi-final saw St Ola progress to the final on away goals. They go on [...]

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    South Ronaldsay secure final spot

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    South Ronaldsay booked their place in the final of The Orcadian Parish Cup with a semi-final victory over Holm this afternoon. A goal just before half-time saw the hosts win 1-0 and level the tie 2-2 on aggregate, progressing to next month’s final on away goals. South Ronaldsay will face either Stromness or St [...]

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    Parish Cup finalists to be revealed

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    The finalists of the 2014 The Orcadian Parish Cup will be decided today. Holm head for South Ronaldsay first, at 3pm, with the hosts looking to overturn a 2-1 deficit from the first leg of the semi-final. Then, at 7pm, Stromness welcome St Ola to the Market Green, with the visitors aiming to add to [...]

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    Nominations open for coaching awards

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    Orkney Islands Council is looking for nominations for this year’s sportscotland Orkney Coaching, Officiating and Volunteering Awards. The awards recognise the dedication, hard work and achievements of the coaches, volunteers and officials who work with local sports clubs. There are nine categories: Young Coach of the Year (under 25); Young Person’s Coach [...]

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    Stromness Shopping Week set for grand finale

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    The 66th annual Stromness Shopping Week, which was officially opened on Monday, is due to come to a close tonight. The popular fancy dress parade will proceed through the street at 7pm, escorted by the Stromness British Legion Pipe Band, with the Rendall Pipe Band following the float procession. The grand fireworks display by the Islesburgh [...]

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    Subsea cabling work started to create Scottish islands fibre broadband network

    Originally published by and copyright of hebridestoday.com

    The biggest fibre cable laying project undertaken in the UK in recent years has begun on the West Coast of Scotland to deliver superfast broadband to some of the country’s...

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