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    Couper curfew

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    A LERWICK man has been told to ?start acting like a reasonable human being? after he admitted shoplifting booze before challenging his friends to a fight and brandishing a bottle.

    Trevor Couper, of 37 Cairnfield Road, appeared from custody at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Thursday to admit stealing a total of 44 bottles of alcopops from Tesco on the town?s Sea Road on 21 August while on bail.

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    Cable consultation

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    SHEPD stakeholder engagement manager Kirsteen Wood at Thursday's cable consultation. Photo ShetnewsTEN people turned up to a consultation in Shetland on Thursday about whether subsea electricity cables connecting Scottish islands should be buried at a potential cost to consumers of £300 million.

    Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution Ltd (SHEPD) welcomed a handful of visitors to Shetland Museum and Archives as part of their six week consultation.

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    Yell tidal turbine hits troubled waters

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    An image of the new Nova M100 tidal turbine being prepared for installation off Yell. Image Nova InnovationA PIONEERING tidal energy project in Shetland backed by £2 million from the Scottish government has run into troubled waters.

    A 30 kilowatt machine installed by Edinburgh-based Nova Innovation off the island of Yell last year was dubbed ?the world?s first community-owned tidal turbine?.

    However the North Yell Development Company (NYDC), on whose behalf the trial turbine was built and installed, has turned its back on the project after a series of apparent failures.

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    Business owner?s frustration over sale of Skeld unit

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    The proprietor of Skeld-based Shetlandeli is scouring the West Side for a suitable premises after the council put an industrial building up for sale that the preserves manufacturer had hoped to rent to expand its business. Shetlandeli owner Jill Franklin said that she was very disappointed that the council had decided to sell Unit 2 […]

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    Sympathy for the driver

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    A MAN has been banned and fined after driving his car a few yards off the NorthLink ferry in Lerwick the morning after drinking alcohol.

    At Lerwick Sheriff Court on Thursday, Douglas Leslie, of Bayview, Collafirth, Voe, admitted driving while just over the alcohol limit at the town?s Holmsgarth ferry terminal on 26 June.

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    Couper told to behave

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    An offender who has been “a pain in the side” of the court has been allowed his liberty after a sheriff ruled he should be trusted to keep his nose clean. Twenty-two year-old Trevor Couper was ordered to stay out of Lerwick when he was released on bail yesterday to an address in Voe. He […]

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    Broken nose

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    A CONSTRUCTION worker from Middlesborough was fined £600 at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Thursday after he repeatedly punched a work colleague on the head and broke his nose last year.

    Stewart Ryan, of 8 Price Avenue, had previously admitted assaulting the man on Scalloway?s Main Street and at the nearby harbour on 12 November.

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    Wednesday?s court round up

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    A MAN from Bigton has been told not to harass or take photos of his neighbours after being sentenced for a number of charges.

    Martyn Fisher, of 4 Hayhoull Place, was previously found guilty of a string of offences committed between 10 September last year and 14 March, including verbally abusing a retired woman in Lerwick's Viking Bus Station.

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    Refugee donations packed up and ready to go

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    Kaila McCulloch, Emma Harmer and Rona Arthur from the Shetland Solidarity with Refugees group, along with Shetland Transport's Hamish Balfour and Raymond Stewart, after packing up the final pallet ahead of shipping donations to Inverness. Photo: Shetnews/Neil RiddellFOLLOWING three weeks of hard graft, the Shetland Solidarity with Refugees group has packed up two trailer-loads of aid ready for shipping to the mainland ? from where it is to be distributed to refugee camps around Europe and possibly beyond.

    A total of 114 sleeping bags, 80 tents and 57 bedrolls and ground sheets were among the donations, along with numerous pallets containing clothes, food and other essentials. 

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    Views sought on islands bill

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    Tavish Scott MSP and SNP candidate Danus SkeneSHETLAND MSP Tavish Scott his the only islands politician to condemn the Scottish Government's consultation on further devolution to island communities.

    Islands minister Derek Mackay was in Lewis on Wednesday to launch the consultation on proposals that could see stronger islands representation at Holyrood and the creation of a National Islands Plan.

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    ?Total menace? jailed for 16-months

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    A “total menace” who deliberately stepped out in front of moving traffic is beginning a 16-month custodial sentence. Nathan Hilditch, 20, of Horseshoe Close in Virkie was handed the jail term after sheriff Philip Mann indicated he had lost all patience. Hilditch has been testing the will of both the police and the court by […]

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    Man from Newcastle kept drugs well hid

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    A MAN from the north east of England who admitted concealing drugs in his foreskin after coming off the NorthLink ferry at Lerwick's Holmsgarth terminal has been sent to jail.

    John Thompson, of 63 Finsbury Avenue, Walker, Newcastle, previously admitted perverting the course of justice by giving a false name to police in Shetland and later refusing to allow an external and internal medical examination at the Gilbert Bain Hospital, in Lerwick, on 17 September.

    The 30 year old appeared from custody at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday to initially deny that he had been concealing drugs in his body.

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    16 months behind bars for 'considerable menace'

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    A SERIAL offender who jumped in front of cars and repeatedly struggled with police officers has been sent to jail for 16 months.

    Nathan Hilditch, of 12A Horseshoe Close, Virkie, learned his fate at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday after admitting a string of new offences.

    The 20 year old pleaded guilty to running into the path of moving vehicles at Lerwick?s Holmsgarth Road on 13 September.

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    Banned from the road for 20 months

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    A man has been banned from the roads for 20 months, ordered to complete unpaid work and adhere to a curfew after admitting motoring and drugs charges. James Gray, 49, of Grostane in Lerwick previously admitted possession of heroin at the police station on 9th May. He also admitted having the Class A drug, as […]

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    Heroin man spared jail

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    A LERWICK man who admitted possessing heroin and narrowly missing pedestrians while driving dangerously has avoided jail.

    James Gray, of 4 Grostane, previously pleaded guilty to possessing heroin with a value of £600 at his home address on 14 May.

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    MP will be 'worried', says SNP opponent

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    Danus Skene still feels the "least dishonourable" route would be for Carmichael to resign and trigger a by-election.THE SNP challenger to Alistair Carmichael in May?s general election has responded to the news that a legal case against him will proceed to the next stage by saying his opponent ?will be a more worried person today than he was yesterday?.

    Danus Skene, who finished 817 votes behind Carmichael in the Northern Isles and is seeking to win election to Holyrood in Shetland next year, said he continued to believe the ?least dishonourable option? open to the MP was to resign and submit himself to a re-run.

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    New Fiddle Frenzy curators

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    Clair White and Eunice Henderson - Photo: Dale SmithSHETLAND ARTS has announced that Eunice Henderson and Claire White will curate the Fiddle Frenzy festival for the next three years.

    The musical duo will take over from sisters Jenna and Bethany Reid, who have programmed the annual event's workshops and concerts since 2013.

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    Review: An appetite-whetting musical treat

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    Clio Gould and Jonathan Morton blasting into the first of three Martinů madrigals - Photo: Chris Brown For all the gigs the go on in Shetland, classical music seems to be under-represented; jazz, world sounds, rock, country, definitely folk are the staples of Shetland's musical diet.

    Shetland Arts appears to be turning this around by inviting Shetland to gorge itself on the classical offerings of the Scottish Ensemble, with a programme consisting of four gigs; a duo in September, a quintet in February, another duo in April, and the full 12-piece string orchestra in summertime.

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    Wool Week draws international crowd again

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    Shetland Wool Week continues to be an event with global appeal, attracting people with a passion for wool from all over the world. The week started on Saturday with the official opening ceremony on Sunday, this year held in Clickimin to accommodate the number of visitors, around 300 ? a number which is growing annually […]

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    Convener calls time on nuclear weapons

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    The council’s convener has backed international calls for a world free of nuclear weapons. A joint statement from mayors, religious leaders and parliamentarians from across the world was adopted in Hiroshima in August and presented to the United Nations on Saturday, the international day for the total elimination of nuclear weapons. Malcolm Bell is a […]

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    Accused of industrial thefts

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    TWO MEN appeared in court on Tuesday accused of stealing a raft of equipment from several industrial premises in the north of Lerwick yesterday.

    Both Grant Huntington, 27, of 18 Sandside, Mossbank, and Mark Rushby, 19, of Ladies Drive, Lerwick, had their cases continued without plea until Wednesday. Huntington was remanded in custody by Sheriff Philip Mann, while Rushby was granted bail.

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    SIC against nuclear weapons

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    SIC convener Malcolm Bell put his name to a global statement calling for a nuclear weapons-free world.SHETLAND Islands Council has endorsed international calls to create a world free of nuclear weapons.

    The council is a member of the Nuclear Free Local Authorities group and its convener, Malcolm Bell, has put his name to a joint statement from mayors, religious leaders and parliamentarians from across the world.

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    New evidence sought in Carmichael legal challenge

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    Judges presiding over the historic legal case against Alistair Carmichael are seeking further evidence before reaching a decision over the isles MP’s future ? which may result in Mr Carmichael giving evidence himself. It follows a televised hearing in the rarely-held election court after claims the MP broke the law by lying about his involvement […]

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    New post for Kinniburgh

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    Ian Kinniburgh.NHS SHETLAND chairman Ian Kinniburgh has been appointed to also chair the health board in neighbouring Orkney.

    Kinniburgh will take up his additional post on 1 December when the current chair John Ross Scott is due to stand down.

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    Carmichael legal case proceeds to next stage

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    Embattled Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael could have to give evidence in court.THE LEGAL challenge against Alistair Carmichael?s election in May is to proceed to the next stage ? which may result in the Northern Isles MP giving evidence in court.

    Earlier this month the Election Court in Edinburgh, sitting for only the third time in half a century, heard a preliminary legal debate after four constituents lodged a challenge.

    The case is now to be out to a ?By Order? hearing to discuss the next part of the trial, including the question of the standard of proof.

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    Unexpected visitor at guest house

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    A tourist caught sight of an unexpected visitor making its way across the garden of the guest house he was staying in. Pete Brindley, from Derby, has been staying at the Aurora Guest House on King Harald Street, owned by Andrea Sim. On Friday he was surprised to see this young otter climbing the fence […]

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    Lead theft investigated

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    Police are investigating the theft of lead from a yard in the Staney Hill industrial estate. The slated lead cuttings, worth a few hundred pounds, are thought to have been removed sometime between 30th of August and 21st September. The theft was reported to police on Monday. Police are asking for any information about the […]

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    Port authority predicts records will be smashed next year

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    Next year should see a record-breaking cruise ship season, according to Lerwick Port Authority. The record for the largest cruise ship to visit the harbour is set to be broken twice next year. The port will be visited by P&O Cruises? 115,055 gross tonne Azura on 30th June, followed by Celebrity Cruises? Celebrity Silhouette (122,210 […]

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    Cruise season prospects

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    The Caribbean Princess was the largest cruise liner to visit Lerwick harbour this season - Photo: Ian LeaskLERWICK Port Authority is looking forward to welcoming the largest cruise liners yet to visit the harbour in what promises to become a record-breaking season next year.

    The port's Victor Sandison said the 115,055 gross tonne Azura is scheduled to call at Lerwick on 30 June 2016, to be followed by the even larger Celebrity Silhouette (122,210 gross tonnes) on 14 August.

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    Have you seen missing rescue dog Pia in Lerwick?

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    A woman searching for four rescue dogs that went missing from their Glasgow adopters believes this brown and white Ibizan hound, Pia, may have been spotted in Lerwick.A WOMAN is appealing to islanders to help her track down a rescue dog that has been missing for up to two years and may have been spotted in Lerwick.

    Anne Benferri said the dog Pia, a brown and white Ibizan hound, was one of four that were missing from the same Glasgow house where they were rehomed in 2013.

    She has been contacted with a possible sighting of a man walking a dog resembling Pia. The dog apparently goes by the same name, is the same age and is believed to have been bought on the Glasgow Gumtree website.

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    Discard ban concerns

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    PRESSURE is growing on the European Commission to allow for a more gradual introduction of the discard ban for places highly dependent on a mixed fishery such as Shetland.

    Last week, Shetland Fishermen?s Association executive officer Simon Collins told the European Parliament?s fisheries committee that the introduction of the discard ban in January was likely to undermine the viability of the local whitefish fleet.

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    Inspired celebration of Shetland?s wool tradition

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    This year's Shetland Wool Week patron Donna Smith cutting the cake - Photo: Shetland Wool weekTHE QUEUE for Sunday night?s Shetland Wool Week opening ceremony started at the door of the Bowls Hall, snaked past reception and out through the main entrance, writes Genevieve White.

    Luckily, wool week queues are far more pleasant to wait in than most. For one thing, at the first whiff of boredom or impatience, out comes the knitting. Secondly, time just flies when everyone is busy admiring each other?s toories and gansies. 

    Australian visitor and knitting teacher Julia Billings was experiencing her first ever Shetland Wool Week along with a group of four friends. She said: ?I?m looking forward to getting a vision of the knitting tradition and the way this works in Shetland today.

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    Musicians carry on into small hours at Cullivoe

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    Rob Heron & the Teapad Orchestra, pictured on stage at Carnegie Hall, were on stirring form this weekend. Photo: Chris Brown2013 FOLK festival favourites Rob Heron and the Teapad Orchestra and up-and-coming harmony duo Lewis and Leigh played a brace of show in Shetland this weekend. The night after a sellout show at Carnegie Hall in Sandwick, Daniel Lawson was among a 90-strong crowd enjoying the ?enthralling? line-up in his home village of Cullivoe on Saturday night.

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    COPE wins Highland award

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    COPE Ltd, which provides employment opportunities for adults with disabilities, this weekend won recognition at a Highlands-wide award ceremony. LOCAL organisation COPE Ltd won the best social enterprise award at the Highland Business Awards for 2015 at the weekend.

    COPE, which provides employment and training opportunities for adults with disabilities, had been up against Cantraybridge College and Highland BlindCraft in the category, which is sponsored by Highlands and Islands Enteprise (HIE).

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    Sexual assault charge

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    A TWENTY seven year old man has appeared in private at Lerwick Sheriff Court in relation to an alleged sexual assault.

    Oscar Richard Kelly, from Lerwick, made no plea or declaration when he appeared from custody on Monday afternoon. He was released on bail. 

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    Sheep rustling

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    POLICE in Shetland are trying to trace 20 sheep and lambs, including one pure breed Dutch Texel worth more than £1,100, after they were stolen from a croft in Nesting.

    It is understood that all the sheep in question recently received medication, raising health concerns should they be slaughtered and sold for meat. 

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    Cash to find work

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    Moving On Employment Project are to receive government cash through the SIC to help people find work.SHETLAND Islands Council is to receive just over £500,000 over five years from the European Social Fund to help people find work.

    The SIC is one of 16 local authorities across Scotland to receive grants from the Scottish government?s £43 million scheme.

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    Low carbon mackerel

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    NEW research has revealed the carbon footprint from mackerel fishing is far lower than land-based meat production.

    The findings come after NAFC Marine Centre in Scalloway recently undertook a study into seven out of eight of Shetland?s pelagic trawlers, which account for a third of the UK?s fleet.

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    Sudden death

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    POLICE in Shetland have confirmed the sudden death of a man in Scalloway on Friday.

    A police spokesman said that there were no suspicious circumstances, but a report will be sent to the procurator fiscal in Lerwick.

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    Perverting the course of justice

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    TWO men from the north east of England have pled guilty at Lerwick Sheriff Court to perverting the course of justice.

    Twenty nine year old David Francis from County Durham admitted giving a false name to police at the Northlink ferry terminal in Lerwick on 17 September.

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    Youth centres? plea to keep SIC funding

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    Scalloway Youth Centre, which opened in 1996, will close if the SIC stops funding youth centres. Photo Peter Johnson PartnershipSHETLAND?S youth clubs have been warned they will have to close their doors if the local authority goes ahead with its plan to stop funding them next year.

    Three local youth clubs attended a meeting on Thursday evening to give voice to their fears for the future.

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    Dairy farmers? ?sticking plaster? not enough

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    A £2.3 MILLION aid package for Scottish dairy farmers has been described as applying a ?sticking plaster? when full medical treatment is needed.

    The Scottish government and opposition politicians were united in their condemnation of the one-off support payment, announced by the UK government late on Thursday.

    DEFRA said the average payment for Scottish dairy farmers could be £2,620 to help with cashflow problems stemming from the current low prices for milk and other produce.

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    Emergency landing

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    High in the sky, propellor not turning. Catherine Stihler MEP's photo of the engine shut down on board the Saab 340 as it returned to Kirkwall airport on Thursday afternoon.SHETLAND coastguard was placed on alert after a full emergency was called at Kirkwall airport on Thursday afternoon when the pilot shut down an engine on a Flybe/Loganair flight to Inverness with 32 passengers on board.

    Shortly after the Saab340 had taken off from Kirkwall at around 4.40pm, the pilot aborted the flight after a warning light came on in the cockpit.

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    Shetland Telecom for Brussels?

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    Labour MEP Catherine Stihler in Shetland: "There's a real energy here."SHETLAND could be a model for rural areas in Europe wanting to enjoy high levels of digital connectivity, according to Labour MEP Catherine Stihler.

    During a visit to the isles on Thursday, Stihler suggested broadband developer Shetland Telecom should come to Brussels next year to show how digital solutions can be achieved.

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    Star apprentice

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    Michael Leftwich - "He has always been very thorough."A SHETLAND Islands Council employee has been named as a finalist for this year?s Scottish Modern Apprenticeship Awards.

    Michael Leftwich impressed officials when he completed a four year apprenticeship supporting building surveyors and technical staff before landing a job in the council?s estates operations department.

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    The Postcode Penalty

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    John Finnie MSPTHE TOPIC of rural delivery surcharges will be discussed in the Scottish Parliament later today (Thursday) when Highlands and Islands list MSP John Finnie hosts a debate on the controversial matter.

    Recent research from Citizens Advice Scotland said that while less online retailers are charging an extra for delivering goods to remote areas like Shetland, those who do use a surcharge are requesting more.

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    Mundell to visit - but will he find his way?

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    Embarrassingly for the Scotland Office, a week ahead of Scottish secretary of state David Mundell's visit, the department is sharing a map which has edited Shetland out of existence.SCOTLAND'S secretary of state David Mundell will visit the islands next Wednesday to meet representatives of Shetland Islands Council.

    Full details of his itinerary are yet to be released, but already some are wondering whether Mundell - who succeeded Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael as Scotland Office minister - will succeed in finding his way to Shetland.

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    North Sea specialist wins more time to complete East of Shetland deal - Herald Scotland

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    Herald ScotlandNorth Sea specialist wins more time to complete East of Shetland dealHerald ScotlandINDEPENDENT Oil & Gas has won more time to complete an acquisition East of Shetland after its expansion plans were thrown into question by the renewed fall in the crude price in recent weeks. The company said the date for the completion of the Sale and ...Independent Oil and Gas surges on extension to Skipper deal deadline DIGITALLOOKIndependent Oil Has 22 Days To Close Financing, Gets Skipper Extension London South Eastall 8 news articles »

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    Motorcyclist crashes on Shetland road - Aberdeen Press and Journal

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    Aberdeen Press and JournalMotorcyclist crashes on Shetland roadAberdeen Press and JournalA motorcyclist has been taken to hospital after coming off his machine on a Shetland road. The accident happened on the B9074 road close to Scalloway at about 2.45pm this afternoon. The man, who is in his 30s, has been taken to the Gilbert Bain ...

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    Warning over toxic algae in Shetland loch - Aberdeen Press and Journal

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    Aberdeen Press and JournalWarning over toxic algae in Shetland lochAberdeen Press and JournalA health warning has been issued after a toxic algae was found in a in Shetland. Shetland Isles Council's environmental health department has said that blue-green algae has been found in the Loch of Clumlie in the South Mainland. Notices will be posted ...

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