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    'To stop stone dead now would be outrageous'

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    Highlands and Islands list MSP Jean Urquhart at the referendum count at Clickimin on Thursday night. Photo: Austin TaylorHIGHLANDS and Islands list MSP Jean Urquhart has hailed an “extraordinary” awakening of political interest within Shetland during the independence referendum campaign. Just shy of 10,000 islanders voted No, compared to nearly 5,700 who said Yes, a result broadly expected in the Liberal Democrat stronghold, on a turnout of more than 84 per cent. But Urquhart said the 36.3 per cent of Yes voters in Shetland was not massively out of kilter with the 44.7 per cent figure nationwide, and she feels relations between Shetland Islands Council and the SNP Government are improving.

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    In memory of Vaila

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    Some of the friends who grouped together to raise over £2,000 for Mind Your Head.A GROUP of friends has raised over £2,000 in memory of their friend Vaila Tait to help local charity Mind Your Head to fund a support service for mental health in Shetland. The sum was collected in the run-up to Mind Your Head’s annual Fun Run in the south mainland and they were delighted with the amount.

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    Mossbank women in charity headshave

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    Two Mossbank women have raised more than £5,000 for cancer charities by having their heads shaved. Marie Vice and Jade Forrester both had their long locks trimmed by clippers in the Welcome Inn on Friday night.                     Sponsor sheets they put out prior to the cut […]

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    MP wants votes at 16

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    NORTHERN Isles MP Alistair Carmichael is calling for the national voting age to be lowered from 18 to 16, citing the “energy and enthusiasm” of young people during the independence referendum. The commitment has been Liberal Democrat policy for many years, and after more than 100,000 under 18s registered to vote in the referendum, Carmichael renewed his call for votes at 16 to become the norm at future elections.

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    SIC to 'strike while iron is hot' to gain influence

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    Gary Robinson is eager to ensure the UK and Scottish Governments honour their pledges to Shetland.SHETLAND Islands Council is determined to press home its case for more powers from both Westminster and Holyrood following last week’s referendum on Scottish independence. That is the message from the local authority's political leader Gary Robinson, who said many of the series of pledges aimed at providing Scotland’s islands with greater representation could still be delivered following Thursday’s No Vote.

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    Hundreds show support for stop Trident campaign

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    More than 400 people have backed a new campaign to stop the renewal of the Trident nuclear weapon system.

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    Work with industry

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    SHETLAND Fisherman’s Association chairman Leslie Tait is urging politicians to put their differences aside and work with the isles’ fishing industry to see off the threat it faces from the discard ban. Following Thursday’s 55-45 No vote in the Scottish independence referendum, Tait said: “When it comes to the major issues that the fishing industry faces, such as the discard ban, we are seeking confirmation that the Scottish Government will use its devolved powers to back our communities in their fight against clumsy and unworkable legislation handed down from Brussels.

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    Celts are County Shield winners

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    Celtic defeated Whalsay 2-1 on Saturday afternoon to secure the County Shield, the final knockout competition of the senior football outdoor season.

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    Opinion: Grief, relief and feet to the fire

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    The Shetland flag above the Union Jack flying on referendum day in Northmavine reflecting the view of two thirds of island voters. There is a strange mixture of disappointment and relief in the wake of Scotland’s decision to vote No to independence. Those who worked hard to persuade the undecided to vote Yes with hope in their hearts for a brighter and fairer future are grieving the outcome.

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    Exercise in Bressay Sound

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    Shetland Coastguard led a two-yearly "live" exercise this morning (Sunday), together with SIC ferries, Lerwick lifeboat and Lerwick Harbour boats.

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    Stand-off over power station for Shetland leaves SHEPD struggling and locals ...

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    Stand-off over power station for Shetland leaves SHEPD struggling and locals ...Last month, Scotland's Energy Minister Fergus Ewing gave planning permission for a new 120-megawatt power station a couple of miles north-east of Shetland's capital, Lerwick. A Government press release announced Ewing's satisfaction that construction ...

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    Give us votes at 16, say young people

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    The long run-up to the Scottish Independence Referendum energised people as no other political topic has done in decades. This has been particularly true for young people, many of whom made history on Thursday by being able to vote at 16 and 17. And their teachers hope the experience will leave the "legacy" of a lifetime of political engagement.

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    Carmichael: a federal UK is inevitable

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    Alistair Carmichael MPALISTAIR Carmichael, the secretary of state for Scotland and northern isles MP, has said Thursday’s independence referendum has put the UK on the road to becoming a federal state within the next few years. Less than 24 hours after the Scottish electorate voted 55-45 against independence, Carmichael told Shetland News that new powers to raise taxes and distribute welfare would be devolved to the Scottish Parliament after the general election next May. This, he said, would unlock the key to a federal UK as it would create a constitutional imbalance between Scotland and the rest of Britain that would have to be addressed.

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    Call for federal Britain as way ahead

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    Better Together supporter councillor Theo Smith was “obviously delighted” with the referendum result but called for greater devolution of powers, or independence would become an issue again.

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    Work together now, say industry leaders

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    Fishing and oil representatives have urged both sides of the referendum debate to put their differences aside and work together for the benefit of the country.

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    School closure recommended

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    A sign protesting school closures in NorthmavineTWO primary schools in Northmavine have been recommended for closure by Shetland Islands Council as part of its bid to cut spending. On Friday the SIC’s children’s services department published its report into the future of Urafirth and North Roe primary schools, following a consultation earlier in the year.

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    Closure recommended for north primaries

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    Two North Mainland primary schools have been recommended for closure in a consultation report published by the council.

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    Carmichael: Promised powers will be delivered

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    Isles MP and Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has welcomed last night's no vote in the Scottish referendum and reiterated his promise to deliver more power to the Scottish government.

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    A poem for the morning after

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    It is a poem about reconciliation – and some might say its release has come not a moment too soon.

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    Secondary consultation starts

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    The secondary school on Whalsay.CONSULTATION on closing or removing fourth year education from the secondary schools in Mid Yell and Whalsay begins on Friday. The consultation will run until Tuesday 18 November, with four public meetings to be held from 7 to 9pm at:• Whalsay school on 30 September; • Mid Yell junior high school on 2 October; • Anderson high school on 6 October; and • Anderson high school on 7 October.

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