Regalia leaves Scapa Flow

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The view over Scapa Flow changed at the weekend when the accommodation rig Regalia left for the North Sea, after six months at anchor in the Flow. During that time, there has been much activity surrounding the Regalia with over 400 vessel movements carrying local supplies, weekly crew changes, waste …

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Police launch air rifle amnesty

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Police are asking anyone with an unwanted air weapon to “surrender” it at Kirkwall police station as part of a campaign ahead of new licensing legislation. The three-week surrender campaign runs across Scotland until June 12. From December 31, it will be illegal for anyone to own an air weapon …

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Sandwick through after pulsating draw in Dounby

Sandwick and South Ronaldsay shared the spoils in a pulsating The Orcadian Parish Cup tie this evening but it is the 23-time winners that face Rendall in the quarter-finals. Attempting to claw back a 2-1 deficit from the first leg in South Ronaldsay, the South Isles side made it 2-2 …

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Heavy rainfall leads to Parish Cup match abandonment

The first round second leg tie between Stromness and Birsay in The Orcadian Parish Cup will have to be replayed after this afternoon’s attempt was abandoned in farcical weather conditions. A Brian Garson strike after ten minutes had put Birsay 1-0 ahead in the match, and 2-1 up on aggregate, …

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South Ron golfers set for charity challenge

Eight local golfers are set to play four full rounds of golf on Saturday— all in the aid of raising money for MacMillan Cancer Support. The ‘Longest Day Golf Challenge’ will see Richie Ballantyne, Jim Seatter, Jaimie Drever, Gary Drever, Derek Nicolson, Craig McPherson, Benny Thomson, and Neil Gauld play a …

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Parish Cup action returns to county’s football pitches

Bruce Pinkerton's header hits the back of the net to give Rendall a resounding 3-0 lead over Stenness going into the second leg.

The Orcadian Parish Cup makes a return to the county’s football pitches this weekend with five matches to be played over the course of Saturday and Sunday. Stenness are set to host Rendall in the weekend’s first game on Saturday, set to kick-off at the Stromness Market Green at 1pm, …

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Council email problems continue

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Efforts are under way to address a  problem which is preventing email from reaching some OIC services. The council advises that if you receives a “bounce-back” after sending an email, please resend your message to customerservice@orkney.gov.uk or phone on (01856) 873535.

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4G mobile internet rolled out in Kirkwall

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Following an upgrade of the equipment used to provide mobile phone signal in Kirkwall, 4G mobile internet is now available in the town. Service provider EE today announced that it switched on the first of five 4G sites in Orkney earlier this week, with four more sites to go live …

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Airport road reopened

The A960 road from, Kirkwall to the airport, has been reopened following a one-vehicle accident earlier this afternoon. The driver was taken to hospital.

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Airport road closed to traffic

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Police have advised that the airport road is closed to traffic due to an accident earlier this afternoon. A spokeswoman said it was hoped to have the road re-opened by 3.30pm.

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Emergency services attending road accident

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The emergency services are attending an accident near Kirkwall airport. According to police, who were called at 2.10pm, a car has left the road. No further details are available at present.

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Historic yole to be restored

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One of the oldest racing yoles in Orkney will go back on display after being awarded funding to conserve it. Funding of £2,250 from Museums Galleries Scotland will go towards the restoration of the yole, Skua, which was built in Deerness, in the early 1930s, by boatmaker Willie Ritch. The …

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Audit Scotland’s ‘damning’ verdict on CAP payment handling

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Following the release of an Audit Scotland report into the Scottish Government’s handling of the farm payments scheme, Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has called on the new agricultural minister, Fergus Ewing, to act immediately to help reassure farmers and crofters. The report states that the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) programme …

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