Archive for August, 2017

Road disruptions due in Kirkwall

Openreach is asking road users to avoid certain areas in Kirkwall this weekend, as the company will be carrying out work which will disrupt traffic. The work is to be carried out from tomorrow, Friday, until Sunday, on Union Street and the Clay Loan, from the junction of Junction Road to the junction of Earl Thorfinn […]

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Get Ready to Rock

Orkney’s annual rock festival is set to hit Kirkwall with a bang this weekend, promising three days of music and mayhem. The first event of this year’s Orkney Rock Festival, the festival ‘appetiser’, is due to take place tonight in the Torvhaug from 8pm. This kicks off a series of gigs and shows featuring a […]

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10-hour service for Kirkwall Lifeboat to grounded yacht

Kirkwall Lifeboat was launched last night to go to the aid of the crew of a yacht which had gone aground, a callout that resulted in a 10-hour service for the crew. The lifeboat left Kirkwall in calm conditions shortly before 9pm and headed for the yacht which was in a position between Rousay and […]

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Local employers encouraged to help close disability employment gap

Over 500 people with disabilities or health conditions are potentially looking for work in Orkney, according to information released as part of a campaign being run by the department for Work and Pensions. The release of this figure comes ahead of a special event being held in Kirkwall tomorrow morning, which seeks to provide local […]

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In this week’s edition of The Orcadian

This week’s edition of The Orcadian is now available from all the usual outlets, and here. This week’s front page features the story of a man who has set out to make sure defibrillators around the county are readily available when needed, after the loss of his mother. Also in this week’s paper: • A peek […]

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Chair of College Management Council elected

Kirkwall east councillor, John Ross Scott has been elected as chair of the local College Management Council. Councillor Scott thanked the other members for putting him forward at their meeting held at Orkney College UHI this afternoon, and commented: “I will take this role very seriously and look forward to it.” Following councillor Scott’s election […]

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Consultation on crofting law launched

A consultation on the priorities for the future of crofting law has been launched by the Scottish Government this week. The public consultation seeks opinions on the form of new legislation and priorities for legislative changes to ensure crofting law is fit for the future. The consultation will run for 12 weeks and will end […]

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Roadworks due in Kirkwall

Roadworks are due to be carried out on Albert Street, Bridge Street and Victoria Street, in Kirkwall, over the latter part of this week and next week. According to Orkney Islands Council, on Thursday and Friday this week, works will take place in Albert Street, Bridge Street and Victoria Street. Next week, the works will take […]

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Isles MSPs welcome air services intervention from Transport Minister

Isles MSPs Liam McArthur and Tavish Scott have today welcomed the intervention of Transport Minister, Humza Yousaf, in support of maintaining good flight connections on Orkney and Shetland’s lifeline air services. Responding to a parliamentary question from Mr McArthur, the Transport Minister confirmed he had spoken with both Loganair and Flybe and encouraged them to […]

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Amazing finds at Cata Sand

The excavation at Cata Sand on Sanday has unearthed a few surprises in the last few days including the discovery of Early Neolithic Houses and the skeletons of around twelve whales from the nineteenth century. Archaeologists have now concluded that the structural remains are those of an Early Neolithic house (around 3,400 to 3,100BC) with […]

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