Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Stromness man calls on council to help refugees

In an open letter to Orkney Islands Council’s chief executive and convener, a Stromness resident has called for the local authority to provide humanitarian assistance as Europe’s migrant crisis escalates. According to Mike Craigie’s correspondence with Alistair Buchan and Councillor Steven Heddle, the OIC could accommodate 200 refugees in council ...

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SIC calls for emergency tug cover guarantee

The emergency towing vessel Herakles pictured at Hatston Pier this afternoon.
(Picture: Craig Taylor)

Shetland Islands Council is calling on the UK government to guarantee the future provision of Emergency Towing Vessels (ETV) in the Northern Isles. Funding for the vessel currently stationed in Orkney is only in place until March 2016, and, according to the SIC, there appears to be no plans to ...

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Livestock schemes open to applicants

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

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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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