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    Record number for annual charity cycle sportive

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

    A record 56 cyclists took part in the fourth annual Frankie’s Charity Cycle Sportive yesterday - to raise funds for the Fishermen’s Mission in Shetland.

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    Local filmmakers set the bar high

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    ONE OF the strengths of Shetland Arts' Screenplay film festival, which got underway this weekend, is the opportunity it provides for local film makers' work to be shown. Traditionally that work has been featured in a "home made" section, but as Louise Thomason found out for Shetland News, burgeoning local talent led to the pieces being shown in their own right this weekend.  Saturday’s offerings came in the form of Ebb Tide, a series of six films commissioned by the Shetland Moving Image Archive in association with the Shetland Heritage Association. 

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    'It's like getting to record in Abbey Road'

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    Kris Drever (centre) with Ewen Thomson, Ross Couper, Eamonn Coyne and Maurice Henderson. Photo: Floortje Robertson“MIND-BOGGLINGLY healthy” is how guitarist and singer Kris Drever, one of the brightest lights in Scottish folk circles, describes the Shetland music scene today. Having made regular excursions north for slots at the Shetland Folk Festival – and gigs under his own various monikers – for many years, the talented Orcadian moved to the islands last winter.  While the need to maintain an exhaustive work schedule means he has yet to spend as much time in Shetland as he would like, Drever did find a gap in his schedule this summer to record a new five-track EP.

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    Merlin lost power

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

    LOCAL pleasure boat Merlin with four people on board called out the Lerwick lifeboat on Sunday morning after breaking down four miles east of Noss. The crew called the coastguard after 15 minutes of trying to start the engine, but when the lifeboat was halfway there they succeeded.

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    Plaque unveiled for genius Christie

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    The family of  Shetland sculptor and “native genius” Adam Christie unveiled a special memorial plaque in Cunningsburgh  yesterday in tribute to his life and art. A large crowd gathered for the ceremony including relatives, Shetland Islands Council convener Malcolm Bell, depute political leader Billy Fox, and members of the Cunningsburgh History Group. In November, the […]

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    Mackerel rising

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    A RECENT survey of the north Atlantic by Norway, Faroe and Iceland has shown the mackerel stock is thriving, but swimming further north and west than previously and covering its widest ever area. The survey results have been handed to the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES), which will issue advice on 2015 mackerel catches in early October.

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    Six-goal drama as Celtic taste Fraser Cup victory

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    A six-goal thriller was played out out in Scalloway - as Celtic came from 2-0 down to win 4-2 after extra time and take the Fraser Cup to Lerwick.

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    Gentle Shetlander remembered

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    One of Adam Christie's sculptures currently sited at Montrose MuseumTHE CHRISTIE family of Cunningsburgh celebrate a historic day on Saturday when a plaque is unveiled to commemorate their sculptor forebear. Last November Adam Christie, who was immortalised in Kenneth Keddie’s 1984 biography The Gentle Shetlander, was chosen as one of the first 12 Scottish figures to be celebrated with a commemorative plaque, alongside such famous people as James Watt of the steam engine and television inventor John Logie Baird.

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    Total deny gas plant delay

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    An aeriel photo of the Total gas plant construction site taken in April this year. Photo TotalFRENCH oil giant Total has denied new reports that the £800 million Shetland gas plant will not be completed until next year. Their comments come after Danish company Dong Energy, who have a 20 per cent stake in the development, announced to the financial markets this week that the Laggan-Tormore gas project had been delayed. Chief construction contractor Petrofac has flooded Shetland with 2,400 workers in a desperate bid to finish building the gas plant, which was originally scheduled to open this summer, by the end of the year.

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    Talk on why equality is 'better for everyone'

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

    'The Spirit Level' is a hugely influential piece of research.A SENIOR researcher from the Equality Trust will be in Shetland to give two presentations related to the hugely successful book ‘The Spirit Level’ early next week. Madeleine Power will discuss the findings of the influential 2009 book, written by Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson, which highlights the “pernicious effects that inequality has on societies: eroding trust, increasing anxiety and illness and encouraging excessive consumption”. Power will visit the islands to deliver a seminar to the Shetland Partnership Board, which includes representatives of key public bodies including NHS Shetland and Shetland Islands Council, on the afternoon of Tuesday 2 September. She will then give a public presentation in Room 16 at Islesburgh starting at 7pm that evening.

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    Referendum not an election (Kennedy Stewart)

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    I am amazed at the number of people I've met who appear to be under the illusion we are holding an election on September 18th to decide whether or not Alex Salmond should become "Lord Emperor of Scotland".

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    Calders Geo is UK’s ‘biggest cave

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    A sea cave in Eshaness has been judged the biggest in Britain by a local geologist, providing a welcome boost for Shetland’s already well-regarded status as a geological wonderland. Calders Geo has been measured at an “absolutely enormous” 5,600 square metres. That is almost double the size of Frozen Deep in Somerset’s Cheddar Gorge, which […]

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    'Biggest cave' is Calders Geo in Shetland at Esha Ness

    Originally published by and copyright of BBC News

    'Biggest cave' is Calders Geo in Shetland at Esha NessJonathan Swale used a laser range-finder at the Calders Geo sea cave at Esha Ness. He said he found it to be 60ft tall and spanning a floor area of 5,600 square metres. Mr Swale said this made it one-and-a-half times as big as the biggest cave at the ...and more »

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    Yes case 'full of contradictions', says Carmichael

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    Isles MP and Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael says he is "straining every sinew" to achieve a No vote. Photo: ShetnewsISLES MP Alistair Carmichael has sought to dampen reports that he will resign as a UK government minister and join the Scottish negotiating team in the event of a Yes vote. The Scotsman reported on Thursday that he would leave his position as Scottish Secretary if Scotland rejects the union in next month’s referendum. He was quoted as saying he would join the Scottish negotiation team “if I was asked to”, and admitting it would be “difficult to see how you could fit into a cabinet which was at that point on its way to becoming part of a foreign country”. But Carmichael said he had merely stated he would “cross that bridge when I come to it”, and affirmed that he was focused 100 per cent on securing a No vote.

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    Sturgeon shines after bickering BBC debate

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    BBC Radio Shetland's John Johnston chairs the BBC referendum debate with Brian Smith and Jean Urquhart (right) for Yes and Tavish Scott and Susan Bowie for No. Photo ShetnewsWEDNESDAY night saw two of the biggest events in Shetland ahead of the independence referendum as BBC Radio Shetland hosted their long awaited Yes/No debate and the SNP brought deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon north to address islanders on her nationwide tour. Pete Bevington attended both events and gives his verdict. It must have been one of the most out of the ordinary evenings of political debate that Shetland has ever witnessed. By strange coincidence BBC Radio Shetland and the SNP had both chosen 27 August as their big night in Lerwick for the final build up to the referendum.

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    Ice skip challenge

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    The Lerwick Co-op staff are holding a big ice skip challenge for charity on Wednesday, 3rd September between 5pm and 6.30 pm.

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    Shetland cave said to be Britain's biggest

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    Shetland cave said to be Britain's biggestA kayaking geologist claims to have discovered the biggest cave chamber in Britain in Shetland. Jonathan Swale, who works for Scottish Natural Heritage, used a laser range-finder at the Calders Geo sea cave at Esha Ness. He said he found it to be 60ft ...Britain's biggest cave in Shetland Aberdeen Press and Journalall 3 news articles »

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    Pioneering folk idols enthral Mareel crowd

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    The Battlefield Band entertained folk fans at Mareel on Wednesday night. Photo: Davie GardnerFOR THE first time since the late 1980s, legendary Scottish folk troupe the Battlefield Band took to the isles on Wednesday night for a concert at Mareel. As deserving of their reputation, another famed folk band of the past half century opened the night. Hom Bru took to the stage a man down, although appearing as a trio did little to stem the bubbling energy synonymous with the name.

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    Another algae alert

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    THE SECOND algae warning in two days has been issued by Shetland Islands Council after toxic scum was chanced upon by anglers and dog walkers at popular Burga Water, off the Leveneap Road, at Vidlin. The alert comes a day after the council issued an identical warning when blue green algae was found at Spiggie Loch in the south mainland on Wednesday.

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    Independence best for fishing sector, says Sturgeon

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    The Deputy First Minister has insisted Shetland's fishing sector will be in safer hands post-referendum if Scotland gains its independence.

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    Police appeal after church damaged

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

    Police are appealing for information  this week after one of the arch windows of the East Mainland Church, Holm, was damaged on Saturday. According to a spokesman the incident occurred between 11.30am and 2pm. Anyone with information is asked to call Kirkwall police via 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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    Work continues on Picky oil leak

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

    Orkney Islands Council is continuing to work with the Pickaquoy Centre and other partner agencies to deal with the oil which has leaked within the grounds of the centre. A leak in an oil pipe was identified at the Pickaquoy Centre last week. The OIC says that to remove the oil, ground water is being [...]

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    Longhope Lifeboat in Scapa Flow rescue

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

    Longhope Lifeboat was called out shortly before midnight on Saturday to rescue a small vessel with engine problems in Scapa Flow. The lifeboat was launched at 11.30 pm, just seven minutes after the crew pagers went off, with the crew locating the 14-16 foot vessel, with two people on board, in an area to the [...]

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    St Magnus Cathedral joins in national Kirk independence debate

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    St Magnus Cathedral is taking part in a nationwide independence referendum debate being organised by the Church of Scotland on Wednesday. At St George’s Tron in Glasgow, finance secretary John Swinney and the Advocate General for Scotland, Rt Hon Lord Wallace of Tankerness QC, will participate in a dialogue – between 7pm and 8.30pm – [...]

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    Referendum deadline reminder . . .

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

    The deadline for registering to vote in the September 18 independence referendum is a few days away. People have until midnight on Tuesday, September 2, to register to vote, and 5pm on Wednesday, September 3, to apply for a postal or proxy vote. Orkney’s counting officer, Alistair Buchan, is stressing the importance of acting [...]

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    Safety matters for new secondary pupils

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

    Around 180 of the county’s new secondary pupils will take part in Orkney’s annual safety awareness event next week. “Safe Islander” is an educational activity programme for S1 pupils aimed at developing the life skills needed to keep themselves and others safe in the future. This year’s event, at Kirkwall Grammar School, will see pupils [...]

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    First XV game called off

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    Orkney Rugby Club’s game against Strathmore R.F.C. has been called off. The two sides were due to meet, in the first round of the BT Caledonian Shield, at Picky this afternoon. The First XV are due to start their 2014/15 league campaign next Saturday, with a home fixture against Mackie Academy, before hosting Morgan Academy [...]

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    Gearing up for the Rousay Lap

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

    The 2014 Rousay Lap is due to take place on the island tomorrow. The ever-popular event sees participants either run, cycle or walk the 13.1-mile course. The contest is set to get under way at noon, with registration taking place between 11.15am and 11.45am. Further information on the event can be found at www.orkneycommunities.co.uk/rewdevtrust

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    Darts professionals set for the oche

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    Seven of the biggest names in professional darts will be in Orkney this weekend. Gary Anderson, Vincent Van der Voort, Colin Lloyd, Terry Jenkins, Wayne Mardle, John Henderson and Michael Smith are in the county to compete in the Orkney Masters tournament. The seven pros will each take on a local darts player who [...]

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    Advice for postal voters

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    Orkney Islands Council is reminding postal voters that when they check that the numbers on their ballot papers and postal voting statements match up, as per instructions, it is only the last four numbers that they should concern themselves with. The council says that due to a minor clerical error, some postal voting statements have [...]

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    Bike stolen from Pickaquoy Road

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    Police would like to hear from anyone with information regarding stolen bicycle in Kirkwall. The bike, a white Giant Rome 2, was taken from outside the temporary construction site at the Pickaquoy Centre between 9.45am and 10.30am yesterday, Thursday. Anyone who can help with inquiries is asked to contact the police station via 101.

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    Thorfinn beat Stromness in Jolly Cup final

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    Thorfinn claimed the last domestic football trophy of the 2014 season this evening. The Kirkwall side beat Stromness AFC 4-1 at Picky to secure the Highland Fuels Jolly Cup.

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    Bookmakers turned down for the second time

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    An application for a betting premises licence for a bookmakers in the centre of Kirkwall was refused by Orkney Islands Area Licensing Board this afternoon, Thursday, at the end of four hours of deliberation. This is the second time such an application has been made by the same company, the first having been refused earlier [...]

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    SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE REFERENDUM COMHAIRLE NAN EILEAN SIAR AREA ballot

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    The postal ballot packs for those who applied for a postal vote by 15 August 2014 for the Scottish Independence Referendum in the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Area will be...

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    HEI INSPECTORS PRAISE UIST & BARRA HOSPITAL

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    NHS Western Isles has welcomed the latest Healthcare Environment Inspectorate Inspection Report, which praises Ospadal Uibhist agus Bharraigh in Benbecula, not only for high standards of cleanliness and infection control compliance, but also regarding the ‘excellent’...

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    Difference of opinion as health board back ‘lead agency’ care model

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

    The board of NHS Orkney have today backed a “Lead Agency” model for the integration of health and social care services in the county. If adopted, this would see NHS Orkney responsible for of delivering health and social care services in the county — dismantling the existing OIC and NHS Orkney health and social care [...]

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    Picky pool closed until Friday

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    The Pickaquoy Centre swimming pool has been closed due to a water contamination issue and will re-open tomorrow, Friday, at 3.30pm. A spokewoman for the leisure centre said that industry guidelines dictate that the pool requires multiple backwashes to ensure the pool water is safe for other users, adding that today’s incident is not related [...]

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    Merry Dancers show as all-night summer twilight ends

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    The recent spell of fine weather ended last night, close to midnight, just as the “Merry Dancers” were about to put on a show. According to Rousay astronomer John Vetterlein, the next few months could prove interesting since the Sun would appear to have just passed solar maximum in the eleven year cycle, signifying that [...]

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    Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Community Landowners working together

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    Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is a long-time supporter of land reform and community land ownership. Over the past period the Comhairle andCommunity LandScotland, the umbrella group for community landowners inScotland,...

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    Positive feedback from Western Isles patients in Patient Survey

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    NHS Western Isles has welcomed the results of the 2014 Inpatient Patient Experience Survey, published today, in which the organisation achieved some exceptionally positive feedback.   Not only has the...

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