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    Orkney tugs in Shetland operation

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    Orkney tugs in Shetland operationThe three Orkney Towage tugs which travelled up to Shetland on Monday to assist with a major marine engineering project have been in action last night, through to today, as the project progresses. The Einar, Erlend and Harald, operated by Orkney Towage ...and more »

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    NHS Shetland refutes claims over cancer screening

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    NHS Shetland has refuted the assertion from MSP Mary Scanlon that Shetlanders are at a disadvantage when it comes to cancer screening. Ms Scanlon said that as the breast screening unit only visits every three years, early cancers could be missed. She pointed out that only 27.9 per cent of breast cancers were picked up […]

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    Sidgwick happy to ‘live in the moment’

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    Ollaberry lass Toni Sidgwick has become a familiar name to many on the Shetland singer-songwriter scene.

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    Fireballs continue with fresher winds

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    European Fireball Championship organisers were hopeful of getting three races in today after calm winds sabotaged sailing yesterday.

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    Another heavy lift

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    Shetland strongman Dhanni Moar (right) with his coach Bryan Pearson and competitor Rob Frampton.SHETLAND strongman Dhanni Moar has qualified for this year's United Strongmen world championships to be held in the Finnish town of Pyhtää on 1 and 2 November. The joiner from Sandwick came 5th at last weekend's Britain's Strongest Man u105Kg competition, which was held in Ayrshire.

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    Heavy lifting creates harbour spectacle

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    Early risers on board NorthLink would have enjoyed a bird's eye view of the action sailing into Lerwick Harbour on Friday morning. Photo: Austin Taylor LERWICK Harbour was the scene of an unusual spectacle as the heavy lifting vessel Xiang Yun Kou submerged herself to unload a huge Premier Oil tank in Brei Wick on Friday morning. She did so with the help of three Orkney Towage tugs – Einar, Erlend and Harald – along with Lerwick Port Authority’s harbour tugs the Kebister and Knab.

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    Xiang Yun Kou gets that sinking feeling

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    It has been a curious site in Lerwick Harbour all week, but the Chinese heavy lift vessel Xiang Yun Kou has unloaded her cargo – by largely submerging herself in Breiwick . The huge oil storage tank which Xiang Yun Kou was carrying was towed back to harbour by a team of tugs where final […]

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    MP: new rules will make delivery charges fairer

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    Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael says the UK Government is taking action to make delivery charges fairer.A NEW CODE of practice which online retailers will be expected to follow has been hailed as a “big step forward in the fight for fairer delivery charges” by Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael. But the Scottish Secretary immediately faced stern criticism from independent Highlands and Islands list MSP Jean Urquhart. She claimed that by controversially agreeing to privatise the Royal Mail with their Tory coalition partners, the Lib Dems had placed in jeopardy the entire universal postal service. Carmichael was speaking after UK business minister and fellow Liberal Democrat Jo Swinson announced a new code for parcel deliveries which is designed to ensure delivery charges for consumers in remote communities are clear.

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    ‘Critical situation’ at underfire surgery

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    The shortage of doctors at Lerwick Health Centre is “quite shocking”, according to one councillor, who queried why the practice has had virtually no increases in staffing for years while patient numbers have soared.

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    Specials man to visit, while Shannon returns

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    Neville Staple, a founding member of The Specials, is bound for Shetland.ONE OF the founding members of seminal 1970s ska band The Specials, Neville Staple, is to play a show in Shetland this Hallowe’en. Local promoters Klub Revolution and Oceana have teamed up with Shetland Arts to lay on the 31 October concert at Mareel with the Neville Staple Band. Tickets go on sale on Friday.

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    Remanded over calls

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    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

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    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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    Orkney tugs in Shetland operation

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    The three Orkney Towage tugs which travelled up to Shetland on Monday to assist with a major marine engineering project have been in action last night, through to today, as the project progresses. The Einar, Erlend and Harald, operated by Orkney Towage, steamed north from Orkney on Monday, arriving in Lerwick later the same day. The tugs are playing [...]

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    Road accident in Tankerness

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    A man was taken to hospital this morning following a one vehicle road accident in Tankerness, which resulted in a cement mixer lorry tipping over on to the verge of the road. Speaking this afternoon, a spokesman for Kirkwall Police said that the driver was taken to hospital following the accident, but his injuries were [...]

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    Green light for The Brig Larder

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    An application from Scott & Miller LLP for a provisional premises licence has been approved by Orkney Islands Licensing Board. The license was sought by local businessmen, George Stout of Jolly’s of Orkney and Thorfinn Craigie of Craigie Butchers, for their new retail venture, The Brig Larder. The shop, which is to open in September, [...]

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    Council website offline

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    The Orkney Islands Council website will be unavailable for a short time from midday today, Friday, to enable essential maintenance work to take place. It is hoped that the website will be available again an hour later and the Council apologises in advance for any inconvenience caused.

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    Archaeology Institute is Scotland’s first

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    The University of the Highlands and Islands has announced the establishment of its new archaeology institute. Growing from the original archaeology department at Orkney College UHI, and also including teaching staff based in Shetland and the Western Isles, the institute, says the UHI, will be the first of its kind in Scotland and aims to [...]

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    Successful cylinder replacement as Oyster 800 summer overhaul passes half way mark

    Originally published by and copyright of hebridestoday.com

    Wave energy company Aquamarine Power has successfully replaced the cylinder module on their Oyster 800 wave machine as their comprehensive summer refit passes the half way mark. The 23 tonne...

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    Freight ship being repaired

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    A Serco NorthLink freight ship has been taken out of service for repairs after suffering from rudder problems. A Serco NorthLink Ferries spokesperson said that the scheduled departure of the Helliar was cancelled yesterday, Thursday, due to technical difficulties with one of the vessel’s rudders. As a result, the ship has been placed in dry-dock [...]

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    Isles look set for fair delivery charges

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    A new code of practise which online retailers will be expected to follow has been hailed by Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael as a “big step forward in the fight for fairer delivery charges”. His comments come after the Business Minister and Liberal Democrat MP Jo Swinson announced a new code of practise for parcel [...]

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    Dyslexia Scotland Mobile Roadshow Tour 25 – 29 August 2014

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    For the first time, Dyslexia Scotland will embark on a ‘mobile roadshow’ tour of the Inner and Outer Hebrides in August. Our branded van will be stopping in a number...

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    Legislation provides new safeguards for rural schools

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    Changes to the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010 that strengthen the protection for rural schools threatened with closure, come into effect today (Friday). Introduced through the Children and Young People...

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    Scotland’s first Archaeology Institute established in the Highlands and Islands

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    The University of the Highlands and Islands has announced the establishment of its new Archaeology Institute. Centred in the heart of the rich and diverse archaeological heritage of the region,...

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    Comhairle Joins Lights Out Event

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    Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will be joining the National LIGHTS OUT events on Monday 4 August 2014 by turning all lights off (where practical) in various properties with single lights...

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    Goose management project renewed

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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