Archive for July 6th, 2017

OIC leader praises council investment boost

Orkney Islands Council is managing its investments well, according to a recent report considered by the new council. The report, heard in private due to commercial sensitivities, provided information on the valuation of the council’s managed funds. It showed that the council’s Strategic Reserve Fund increased by £27.4m (15.6 per cent) over the 2016/17 financial year. The […]

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Extra cruise ship to make port call in Kirkwall

The cruise ship, The Columbus, is to make an additional port call in Kirkwall this Sunday. The ship will tie up at Hatston as a weather diversion, travelling from Reykjavik, Iceland. The vessel, with approximately 1800 passengers on board, is scheduled to call in at Hatston at 8am and depart at 6pm. This will be […]

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Leading positions on Licensing Committee announced

Councillor Duncan Tullock has been elected as chair of Orkney Islands Council’s Licensing Committee. After being nominated by Councillor Rob Crichton, Councillor Tullock was elected to the position of chair with five votes, at a meeting this morning, Thursday. Barbara Foulkes was also nominated for the position, but missed out after receiving only three votes. […]

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Carmichael: clarity needed for islands’ renewable industry

MP for Orkney and Shetland, Alistair Carmichael, has called on the UK government to make a decision on an islands’ strike price for renewable energy generation in the islands. Mr Carmichael raised the issue during a debate in Westminster Hall, on Tuesday. He was responded to by Richard Harrington MP, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for […]

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Council buys marine energy device for £1

Orkney Islands Council has taken over ownership of a Pelamis marine energy device for the tiny sum of just £1. The Council has paid the nominal sum for the Pelamis P2 device, which was previously owned by the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC). The aim is to look at the potential for alternative uses to […]

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In this week’s edition of The Orcadian

This week’s paper is now available from all the usual outlets, and here. This week’s front page features stories on: • Fervent discussion takes place at the council, as the green light is given for developments at Kirkwall’s harbour-front. • A fearless accordion player makes the daunting climb up the Old Man of Hoy with […]

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