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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 ...

    Originally published by and copyright of Herald Scotland

    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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    Scottish independence: Shetland vote result announced

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    Scottish independence: Shetland vote result announcedScottish independence: Shetland vote result announced. 19 September 2014 Last updated at 02:55 BST. Shetland has voted against independence by 64% to 36%. Turnout in the area was 83.7% with No winning by 9,951 to the Yes campaign's 5,669.and more »

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    Scottish independence vote results: Clackmannanshire, Orkney, Shetland ...

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    Scottish independence vote results: Clackmannanshire, Orkney, Shetland ..."Yes" Supporters burn flares as they react to the polls closing in George Square as Scotland awaits the results of the Scottish Independence referendum vote on September 18, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images).

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    Win for the union but politics ‘must change’

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    Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has vowed to make sure that new constitutional arrangements support the islands following a victory for the British union in Shetland – a picture that looked likely to be repeated throughout Scotland. Mr Scott said after the announcement, “I am very pleased that Shetland has on a huge turnout supported a […]

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    Scottish independence vote results: Clackmannanshire, Orkney and Shetland ...

    Originally published by and copyright of Belfast Telegraph

    Scottish independence vote results: Clackmannanshire, Orkney and Shetland ..."Yes" Supporters burn flares as they react to the polls closing in George Square as Scotland awaits the results of the Scottish Independence referendum vote on September 18, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images).Shetland Islands underwhelmed by Scotland vote Deutsche WelleVoters from the Shetland Islands where the North Sea joins the... MynextfoneScottish independence referendum: Alex Salmond addresses final campaign ... The Guardian (blog) Scottish Daily Record  - Zee News  - BBC Newsall 12,670 news articles »

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    Voters play it cagey at Scotland's most northerly polling station

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    Voters play it cagey at Scotland's most northerly polling stationHere, and at 41 other locations across Shetland, voters were making their determined way from the early hours of Thursday morning morning to cast their vote. It wasn't quite what one could call a stampede – just 632 people live on Unst – but despite ...Around 50% of people cast vote in Shetland by late afternoon Aberdeen Press and Journalall 9 news articles »

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    Police appeal following incidents

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    Police are appealing to the public to get in touch in relation to various incidents which have taken place throughout Orkney recently. Police are seeking information in relation to the theft of a cash box containing a large amount of cash from an address in Burray. It is thought that theft took place between Sunday, [...]

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    Scottish Rural Parliament comes to the Outer Hebrides

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    The first Scottish Rural Parliament is inviting people in the Outer Hebrides to take part in their discussions.   The local Rural Parliament event, which is open to the public...

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    Strongman Stewart steals the show

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    Eighteen year old Stewart Flett was the victor in this afternoon’s Northern Isles’ Strongest Man competition. The youngster edged out Paul Suggitt into second place, across five different events at the Orkney Riding Centre, to take the title. The two then combined to win the team deadlifts competition. Shetlander Jonni Manson was third overall and [...]

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    NHS screening for men over 65

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    A simple scan to detect a condition that affects one in 20 men over 65 is being offered by NHS Orkney. The condition is an abdominal aortic aneurysm (known as ‘triple A’— AAA) which is potentially fatal. Screening will take place at the Balfour Hospital on September 30 and October 1 and is by invitation [...]

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    Who will be crowned the strongest man in the Northern Isles?

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    The annual Northern Isles’ Strongest Man competition is set to be held in Kirkwall today. A total of nine men, consisting of competitors from both Orkney and Shetland, are expected to take part. They will participate in a range of events including the arm-over-arm pull, dead lifts and the atlas stones. Last year, Shetlander Dhanni [...]

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    Double disappointment for rugby teams

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    Orkney Rugby Club were defeated by Glenrothes RFC, 37-27, in Fife earlier today. A strong first half showing from Orkney saw them up 22 points to 5 at half-time, but the home team fought back in the second period to win by ten points. Meanwhile at home, the Club’s Under 18 side were beaten by [...]

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    Billy’s Night Oot

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    Another Orkney Production have announced that Scottish BAFTA winner Janet McBain, former curator of the Scottish Screen Archive, is this year’s special guest for their annual Billy’s Night Oot, archive film festival, which is set to take place next weekend. Ms McBain, —who is also well-known as a presenter on television programme, The Way It Was [...]

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    Orkney Rugby Club looking for third win on the trot

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    Orkney Rugby Club will be looking to make it three wins from three, when they take on Glenrothes, in Fife later this morning. Both teams have claimed maximum points from their opening two fixtures in the BT Caledonia League Division One, and will be keen to stay at the top when the match kicks-off at [...]

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    A weekend of the Blues . . .

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    Hot on the heels of Orkney’s first rock festival, another jam-packed weekend of music kicks off later today with the 2014 Blues Festival. This year, five visiting bands are appearing at the festival — but the local bands are set to be as big an attraction in the programme. Seventeen Orkney acts [...]

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    Findings of Stromness Academy investigation reported to parents

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    Orkney Islands Council has contacted parents and staff to report the findings of an investigation into complaints about the management of Stromness Academy. A letter from council chief executive Alistair Buchan has been sent to staff and parents with children at the school, and a meeting for staff has also been held. In May, a [...]

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    Sky Notes – Autumnal Equinox

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    Full details and more! Please go to Equinox & Solstice at: http://www.spanglefish.com/northernskies/index.asp?pageid=404535

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    Police appeal following alleged theft

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    Police are appealing for information regarding an alleged theft from the Co-op store on Pickaquoy Road, Kirkwall, yesterday afternoon, Thursday. Police would like to speak to a man described as white, 25-30 years of age, brown hair, untidy appearance, wearing a grey, checked bomber-style jacket. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Kirkwall Police [...]

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    Warning over Stenness Loch algal bloom

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    Following reports of a dog becoming ill after swimming in the Stenness Loch, the OIC’s environmental health team is advising that the water may be affected by a bloom of blue-green algae. As a precautionary measure, notices have been posted next to the loch, warning that contact with algal scum or denser “mats” of algal [...]

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    Carmichael: “Our UK family will work together for a stronger, better Scotland.”

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    Following Scotland’s decision to remain part of the UK in yesterday’s referendum, secretary of state for Scotland, and Northern Isles MP, Alistair Carmichael said: “I hope all parties will now accept  this vote was fair, legal and decisive and we have settled the question in a way which means we will not keep coming back [...]

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    Scotland votes No

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    Scotland will remain part of the United Kingdom after 55 per cent of voters rejected independence in last night’s historic referendum. Of all 32 Scottish local authorities, Orkney had the highest proportion of No voters with 67.2 per cent, and an overall turnout of 83.7 per cent. Nationally, an electorate of 4,283,392 people saw 2,001,962 [...]

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    Orkney referendum count declaration

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    Orkney declaration from The Orcadian on Vimeo.

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    Orkney says no, thanks . . .

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    Sixty-seven per cent of Orkney’s voters have said no to independence. Of the 14,907 votes cast, 10,004 were against independence, while 4,883 backed the yes campaign. There were were 20 rejected votes.

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    BLUE-GREEN ALGAE – Loch Shibhaigh Mor, Loch East Ollay and Loch Kildonan

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    Recent samples taken at Loch Shibhaigh Mor, Loch East Ollay and Loch Kildonan, all in South Uist have indicated the presence of blue-green algae. Swallowing the water or algal scum can cause stomach...

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    WHAT VOTERS NEED TO KNOW FOR THURSDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 2014

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    The Counting Officer for the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar area Malcolm Burr is reminding voters what they need to know to have their say on Polling day:   Polling Stations...

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    Warning about Banking Phone Scam

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    Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Trading Standards Service and Police Scotland are warning consumers to be aware of a nasty banking phone scam which is currently operating in the Western Isles....

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