Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Livestock schemes open for applications

Cattle in Orkney

Farmers in Orkney can now apply for a share of the support funds available through the Scottish Government’s beef and upland sheep schemes. This is the first year of the new schemes and the support for beef producers replaces the old Scottish Beef Scheme. The scheme will reward farmers for ...

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Carmichael court hearing to be broadcast live


The legal challenge to the election of Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael will be broadcast live when it begins next week. In a UK first, the court hearing will be televised by STV. The hearing begins at 10.30am, next Monday, in Edinburgh. The case is to be heard by judges Lady ...

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SNP confirms candidate for 2016 Holyrood election

Professor Donna Heddle.

Local academic Professor Donna Heddle has been selected as the Scottish National Party’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the Orkney seat in the 2016 Holyrood election. Following her selection, Prof Heddle said “It is a great honour to be chosen to contest the Orkney seat on behalf of the SNP. “I am ...

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MSP questions cancelled operation figures

Liam McArthur MSP

Figures released today by IDS Scotland have revealed the number of planned operations cancelled in Orkney in July. The figures reveal the number of operations cancelled “due to capacity or other non-clinical reasons.” In July, 4.8 per cent of operations (8 out of 168) in Orkney were cancelled due to non-clinical ...

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Culture fund available for First World War commemorations

A fund to support cultural events and activities commemorating two key events during the First World War has been launched by Orkney Islands Council. Next year, the OIC is coordinating a commemorative programme of events to remember World War One. Orkney is hosting the national commemoration of the Battle of ...

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Orkney semi-finalist in Young Traditional Musician Award

A young musician from Orkney has been named a semi-finalist in this year’s BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician 2016 Award. Jessica Burton, who plays the clarsach, is one of 12 semi-finalists, all of whom will attend an event in South Lanarkshire in October. Following this, six musicians are chosen ...

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Cargo ship and tanker in collision at sea

Two ships with Orkney connections were at the centre of a major rescue operation at the weekend, following a collision between the Streamline chartered container ship Daroja and the fuel tanker Erin Wood. At 5.10pm on Saturday Aberdeen Coastguard received a mayday call from the tanker, which had two crew ...

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Orkney is the best place to raise children in the UK

Orkney has been named the best place in the UK to raise children. According to the 2015 Bank of Scotland Children’s Quality of Life Survey, Orkney took the top spot based on low primary school class size, high school spending per pupil and the fact youngsters live in an area of ...

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