Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Orkney to host Battle of Jutland centenary commemoration events

Orkney will be at the centre of events to commemorate the largest and most significant naval battle of the First World War. The Battle of Jutland brought together the two most powerful naval powers of the time — the Royal Navy’s Grand Fleet and the German High Seas Fleet — …

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Broadband in Orkney needs extra resources – McArthur


As superfast broadband coverage rolls out across the Highlands and Islands, provision in Orkney looks set to fall short of the regional average, according to Orkney MSP Liam McArthur. The Highlands and Islands Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband project is a joint venture between Highlands and Islands Enterprise and BT, drawing …

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Date set for next stage of MP legal challenge


The judges tasked with deciding whether Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael broke strict electoral laws have set a date for when they’ll hear evidence in the case. Election Court judges Lady Paton and Lord Matthews have set aside four days of court time for proceedings, which will begin on November …

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“Stormy weather” to blame for 999 service outage

Stormy weather has been blamed for an outage of the 999 emergency service, which affected landline telephones in Hoy and Longhope, as well as John O’Groats on Saturday. BT has said today that the outage was due to a power failure at Hoy Radio Transmission Station. Power was lost at …

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Action plan to protect North Ronaldsay sheep dyke

A section of the storm-damaged sheep dyke after the winter storms of 2012.

Steps are being taken to protect and rebuild North Ronaldsay’s sheep dyke. Scottish Business in the Community (SBC) — one of the Prince of Wales’ not-for-profit organisations — is bringing together public and private sector interests to tackle the deterioration of a historic dyke. The 13-mile-long dyke, which dates from …

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Disability equality forum — let your voice be heard

The Scottish Disability Equality Forum (SDEF) is hosting an event in Kirkwall on Wednesday, October 14. The national membership organisation, works to promote independent living for people affected by disability — and they want to hear your views at the Orkney Library and Archive. “We represent individuals affected by disability, …

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Relay for Life invite from Shetland organisers


With the next Shetland Cancer Research UK Relay For Life due to take place in May 2016, the organisers are extending a welcome to any Orkney folk who would like to take part. The committee are already busy organising the event, which next year will be taking place in the …

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