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    Sick fisherman flown from boat 80 miles of Shetland coast

    Originally published by and copyright of Aberdeen Press and Journal

    Sick fisherman flown from boat 80 miles of Shetland coastStornoway Coastguard's helicopter was dispatched to the boat, 80 miles north west of the mainland, at around 12pm yesterday. Shetland Coastguard's rescue helicopter was unavailable after being flown to Edinburgh. A Shetland Coastguard spokesman ...

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    Dangerous driving charge is downgraded

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

    A woman was fined £500 and received nine penalty points on her licence at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday after being found guilty of careless driving.

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    Fine for cannabis supply

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

    A Shetland drug dealer was fined £2,000 when he appeared for sentencing at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday. Lindsay Brown of Glenhaven, Hamnavoe had previously pled guilty to supplying cannabis, a Class B drug, at Harrison Square and Scalloway Road in Lerwick, between 30 November and 3 December 2012.

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    Medivac

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

    The Stornoway search and rescue helicopter at the Clickimin landing.site POLICE have confirmed that a man in his 60s was taken to the Clickimin landing site, in Lerwick, on Wednesday afternoon. A spokeswoman said the force was alerted to a "medical matter" at 2.23pm and arranged for the Stornoway based search and rescue helicopter to airlift the man from a vessel 18 miles west of Shetland.

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    Local fishing industry enjoys record landings

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    The Research, one of Shetland's pelagic fleet. £44 million of pelagic species, mainly mackerel, were landed last year. Photo: Ian LeaskSHETLAND bucked the national trend with a record number of fish landings last year while they fell across the country, according to new figures. Total landings in Shetland rose 10 per cent by volume and 24 per cent by value, while the amount and value of fish caught throughout Scotland fell by around five per cent, according to figures compiled by Dr Ian Napier at the NAFC Marine Centre.

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    Teen stays in custody

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    A SHETLAND youngster has been remanded in custody after appearing in private in Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday following last week’s incident when firearms officers were sent to the isles. Sixteen year old Samuel Barlow has been charged with two counts of theft, four counts of assault, one of abusive and threatening behaviour and one of malicious damage.

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    Good turnout for 'Let's Make Change' meeting

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    Food and toiletries were donated to the Salvation Army's food bank service at the inaugural 'Let's Make Change' meeting.MORE THAN 50 people attended a meeting called ‘Let's Make Change - Let's Start Locally’ at the Clickimin Centre in Lerwick on Tuesday night with the aim of starting a group to instigate positive and progressive change in Shetland. Topics such as the environment, social justice and nuclear disarmament were discussed and over 15 bags of food and toiletries were donated by the meeting's attendees to give to the Salvation Army's local food bank service.

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    Concocted by urbanites (Robert Sutherland)

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

    On 12th October 2012 I wrote a letter deploring the SIC’s then intention to close the Whalsay secondary school. On Tuesday night I attended a public meeting in Whalsay to discuss options to this ridiculous proposal. At an excellently attended, and conducted, meeting, the floor put forward compelling and reasoned arguments against the latest offer […]

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    Woman injured in North Road crash

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    A post van was involved in a crash with a car on the North Road out of Lerwick this morning. An ambulance attended the scene after the collision happened on the three-lane stretch of road on the outskirts of the town at around 9am. An injured woman was taken to the Gilbert Bain Hospital for […]

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    Kerr didn't take care

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    A YOUNG mother was fined £500 and had her driving licence endorsed with nine penalty points after being found guilty of careless driving. Thirty four year old Szilvia Kerr did not dispute driving on the wrong side of the road for a short while late at night on 26 January and colliding head-on with an oncoming car.

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    Finance chief Gray to depart local authority

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

    SIC finance chief James Gray is to leave the local authority after three years. Photo: ShetnewsSHETLAND Islands Council’s finance chief James Gray – credited by many councillors for helping to put the local authority back on an even keel – is to leave his job later this year. Gray was brought in from one of the UK’s “big four” accountancy firms, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PcW), in early 2012. He was recruited by the SIC in the wake of a string of scathing reports from Scotland’s finance watchdog Audit Scotland, which culminated in a two-day Accounts Commission public hearing four years ago.

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    Northmavine parents lodge SIC privacy complaint

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    Urafirth Primary School. Photo: Richard Webb (licenced for reuse under creative commons)PARENTS in Northmavine have lodged a formal complaint about what they describe as a “blatant breach” of data protection during a school closure consultation, and are calling on Shetland Islands Council to “ensure our privacy is taken seriously”. Last week the local authority issued an apology after personal details relating to “a small number of individuals” were inadvertently published within material relating to its consultation on whether Urafirth Primary School should remain open.

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    Shetland fish landings up 10% in volume, 24% in value in 2013

    Originally published by and copyright of Undercurrent News

    Shetland fish landings up 10% in volume, 24% in value in 2013“Community-based organisations such as Shetland Seafood Quality Control, which has helped dramatically to increase the quality of fish landed by boats in Shetland, and the NAFC Marine Centre, which underpins the industry in the islands, have all ...Shetland Records Higher Fish Landings TheFishSite.comShetland fish landings increase in volume, value FISall 5 news articles »

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    Funding questions delay arts chief announcement

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    An announcement on who will replace departed Shetland Arts director Gwilym Gibbons will "soon" be made – after a lengthy delay due to questions over funding.

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    Gemini to head to Scalloway

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    The accommodation ship Gemini, currently berthed at Dales Voe north of Lerwick, is shortly to be moved to Scalloway for the winter.

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    New high school details revealed – but it will be delayed

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    The new Anderson High School will not be completed until April 2017 – eight months after the August 2016 launch-date initially forecast. A revised deadline has today been made public. The anticipated delay has been put down to the complexity of the design discussions held with Hub North Scotland, which is leading the building project […]

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    Entirely qualified to vote (Kaylee Mouat and Catherine Hannah)

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

    As members of the Scottish Youth Parliament for Shetland we would like to thank The Shetland Times, MP Alistair Carmichael, MSP Tavish Scott and SIC political leader Gary Robinson for backing our ongoing campaign to extend the franchise to enable votes at 16 in all elections.

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    Harbour's largest guest

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

    Accommodation ship MV Gemini will become the largest vessel in Scalloway Harbour following last year's dredging.MV GEMINI, the accommodation vessel currently berthed at Dales Voe north of Lerwick, will soon be relocated to Scalloway Harbour. The village’s harbour will provide a more sheltered berth for the vessel and its residents in poor weather as the winter months approach.

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    Return of The Chair

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

    The Chair will be back in Shetland for two country hall gigs in late November. MUCH-LOVED Orcadian folkies The Chair, a regular fixture at Shetland Folk Festival, will be back in the islands in late November for a weekend of gigs. The eight piece will play the Sandwick Social Club with support from VAIR on Friday 28 followed by two shows at the Gulberwick Hall on Saturday 29 – a family concert at 2pm followed by an over-18s evening gig, supported by Rack n Ruin, at 9pm.

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    Cycle raises £10,500

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

    From left to right: Pic - L-R: Michael Jones (Total), Alan Gifford, John Gold, Robin Howard (Total).FRANKIE'S Fish & Chips manager John Gold this week handed over a large cheque to the Fishermen’s Mission following a cycling charity fundraiser. The “cycle sportive” raised £10,500 in sponsorship and donations for the event, which took place on Sunday 31 August.

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    PROTECT YOUR PIPES – KEEP THE WATER CYCLE RUNNING SMOOTHLY

    Originally published by and copyright of hebridestoday.com

    Scottish Water is urging householders and businesses across the Western Isles to follow its simple winter code to protect their pipes, and keep the water cycle running smoothly, during spells...

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    Emergency services called to Stromness incident

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

    Police have confirmed the death of a 29-year-old man after a car went into the water off Copland’s Dock in Stromness last night. The emergency services were called to the scene just before 7 pm. Stromness Lifeboat, coastguards, medical teams, the fire service, police, and local divers all attended the incident. A police spokesman said that [...]

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    OIC name Garson West as preferred site for care home

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    Garson West has been named as the preferred site for a proposed replacement for St Peter’s House care home in Stromness. The decision was made yesterday, in private, by the OIC policy and resources committee. This follows a consultation earlier this year, when the public were asked for their views on 16 potential sites in [...]

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    Orcadian Arctic explorer is remembered

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    A graveside service took place in the shadow of Magnus Cathedral this afternoon, at the final resting place of Arctic explorer Dr John Rae. The event in Kirkwall, followed by a service inside the cathedral, was held at the same time a plaque marking the exploits of the Orcadian explorer Dr John Rae was set [...]

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    New scientific assessment of important Scottish stocks

    Originally published by and copyright of hebridestoday.com

    Some of Scotland’s most valuable fish stocks, Mackerel and Blue Whiting, appear to be at relatively healthy levels, according to the latest scientific advice published today. However, the new guidance...

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    ODAFONE PROGRAMME AIMING TO TAKE RELIABLE 3G COVERAGE TO RURAL COMMUNITIES FOR THE FIRST TIME.

    Originally published by and copyright of hebridestoday.com

    Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus MacNeil has today contacted the 28 Community Councils in the Western Isles inviting them to sign up to Vodafone’s Rural Open Sure Signal...

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    Autumn tourism drive encourages visitors to discover the Outer Hebrides

    Originally published by and copyright of hebridestoday.com

    With the first ever Hebtember’14 in full swing, VisitScotland has revealed details about its current campaign to encourage visitors to discover the Outer Hebrides in the autumn. The national tourism organisation,...

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    John Rae remembered

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

    A plaque marking the exploits of Orcadian explorer Dr John Rae is to be unveiled in Westminster Abbey today. The event, in the Chapel of St John the Evangelist, is by invitation only and takes place this afternoon, on the 201st anniversary of Dr Rae’s birth. In Orkney there will be a corresponding ceremony at [...]

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    Council convener appointed president of Islands Commission

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    Orkney Islands Council convener Steven Heddle has been elected as president of the Islands Commission of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR). The Commission represents 23 island regions across 12 European countries and more than 15 million people. Its aims are to: To urge European institutions and Member States to pay special attention to [...]

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    North Hoy refuse collection request

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    Orkney Islands Council is asking people in North Hoy to have their refuse out for collection by 8am this Thursday, October 2. This is to enable refuse to be collected before the road between North Hoy and Lyness is closed for repairs and strengthening work. Road closures on the B9047 are taking place between 9.30am and 4.30pm [...]

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    Scanner delayed again

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    NHS Orkney has confirmed the date to have a CT scanner up and running in the county has, once more, been pushed back. Speaking today at NHS Orkney’s Annual Review, chief executive Cathie Cowan said the earliest the scanner would be in place would be early 2015. The project was first announced by NHS Orkney [...]

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    Sky Notes update – Galaxies galore!

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

    The sister galaxy to our Milky Way, the Great Andromeda Galaxy, is still there! For more details, and for recent observations within our galaxy, click here. For Galaxies Galore and super-giant stars, click here.

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    Ferry firm seek views on Burwick

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    Pentland Ferries – who would like to develop a 30 minute ro-ro service from Burwick in South Ronaldsay to Gills Bay in Caithness, and would invest in a new passenger and vehicle ferry to cover the route – says it had received a huge number of responses within only hours of a survey being launched [...]

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    NHS Orkney annual review

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    NHS Orkney’s annual review took place, in public, this afternoon. Chaired by John Ross Scott, the event included a presentation by chief executive Cathie Cowan on the key challenges and successes faced by the organisation. Among the achievements Mrs Cowan highlighted were exceeding the national targets for A&E waiting times, the referral to treatment waiting time guarantee, cancer [...]

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    Joint Warrior military exercise around Orkney

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    A major military exercise around Orkney is due to begin on October 7. Joint Warrior 142 is a multinational exercise and will involve 22 naval units and around 52 fixed wing aircraft. According to the MoD, the exercise provides all three UK Armed Services, and invited allied nations, with the opportunity to hone the skills needed to [...]

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    NHS Western Isles encourages all 2 – 11 year olds to get the flu jab this autumn

    Originally published by and copyright of hebridestoday.com

    Every child in Scotland aged between two and 11 is being offered the flu vaccine this autumn as part of a new immunisation programme.   With children two to three...

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    Orkney FC edge out Thurso

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    Orkney FC claimed an important 1-0 win over Thurso, on Kirkwall Grammar School’s 3G surface, earlier today. The first half finished goalless before Frenchman Axel Bondoux, came off the substitute’s bench, to combine with Mark Berry, who scored the goal which eventually separated the two sides. Bondoux was later named man of the match, in what [...]

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    Rae plaque unveiled next week

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

    A plaque marking the exploits of Orcadian explorer Dr John Rae is to be unveiled in Westminster Abbey, next week. The event, in the Chapel of St John the Evangelist, is by invitation only and takes place on Tuesday, September 30, the 201st anniversary of Dr Rae’s birth. In Orkney there will be a corresponding [...]

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    Orkney FC looking to maintain unbeaten record

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      Orkney FC will be looking to claim three points, and in the process maintain their unbeaten record when they take on the challenge of Thurso, later today. The two sides currently occupy the top two spots in the North Caledonian Football League. Orkney come into the game, off the back of a 7-0 [...]

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    John Rae Gathering

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    A weekend of events to celebrate John Rae is set to take place over the next few days in Stromness. The Stromness Museum’s John Rae 201 Gathering comes about after the success of the John Rae 200 conference held last September. The weekend starts with an open evening tonight, in the Stromness Museum at 7.30pm [...]

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