Saturday, April 18, 2015

Postal vote packs due next week

Postal voting packs for the UK Parliamentary Election will start arriving through Orkney letterboxes from Monday. For this election, packs will contain three items; a ballot paper, a return envelope and a postal voting statement, which is attached to a ballot paper envelope. Anyone can apply for a postal vote ...

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Big weekend for live music fans

Music at the Auld Motorhoose, Kirkwall.Electric Mother3/4/15Tom O'Brien

It will be a banner weekend for live music fans in Orkney, starting tonight, with Loud N’ Live — a fundraising event featuring local bands, in aid of mental health and suicide awareness for young people. The gig, taking place at the Orkney Sailing Club tonight, has been organised by ...

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Orkney FC contest The Football Times cup final


Tomorrow, Saturday, Orkney Football Club will be looking to add to their collection of silverware when they play Golspie Sutherland in the final of The Football Times Cup. The teams have already played twice this season in the league, which Golspie Sutherland have won, with both matches ending in a ...

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New lease of life for Kirkwall BID?


A new board of the Kirkwall Business Improvement District (BID) has been formed. At a meeting held in Kirkwall Town Hall earlier this week evening a majority of BID levy payers voted to revive the project with enough volunteers also coming forward to meet the quorum needed to form a new ...

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Boths sides ‘hopeful’ of airport pay dispute resolution

Kirkwall Airport, Orkney.15/7/14Tom O'Brien

Highlands and Islands Airport Ltd (HIAL) and the trade union Prospect say they are hopeful of resolving a pay dispute after talks this week. Security staff represented by the trade union previously voted to take two-day industrial action starting on April 7. Despite the 48-hour walkout operations across HIAL’s 11 ...

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Tidal energy to produce hydrogen fuel in Orkney

In  a £1.8 million project EMEC have acquired a specialised piece of equipment which is set to be used to convert tidal energy into hydrogen fuel. The ground-breaking new project will pilot the storage of electricity from different forms of renewables, overcoming island grid constraints. EMEC has procured an electrolyser ...

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Twelve areas signed up for Homemade in the Parish


A dozen Orkney parishes have signed up so far to go head to head in next month’s Homemade in the Parish competition. The organisers are now urging the county’s remaining parishes to get their entries in before the April 27 deadline. Staged by Orkney Food and Drink, the event will see teams ...

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New era for Scapa Flow say OIC Marine Services

A ship-to-ship oil transfer taking place in Scapa Flow.
(Picture: Colin Keldie K4 graphics)

With ship-to-ship oil transfers between tankers returning to Scapa Flow, the future is looking brighter for OIC’s Marine Services, according to those at the head of the service. The Flow had been almost desolate in recent years due to a host of circumstances, but tanker traffic is now returning to ...

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