Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Delays possible after ferry develops technical fault

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A mechanical fault affecting the North Isles ferry Varagen could result in disruption to sailing times, according to Orkney Ferries. The fault has developed in the Varagen’s bow thruster. This does not affect normal sailing operations, but does cause additional challenges when berthing and leaving pier linkspans. The company’s manager, ...

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Orkney Brewery Awards

The Orkney Brewery is celebrating a summer of success, with two of its beers winning top national awards this month. The Brewery’s newest release, Orkney Gold — a 4.5 per cent craft keg beer — secured silver in the Premium Lager and Pilsner category at last week’s Society of Independent ...

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Goose management scheme enters fourth year

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A project to manage the resident greylag goose population in Orkney has this week entered its fourth year, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has confirmed. The Orkney greylag goose adaptive management pilot allows licensed shooting to take place, with experienced local guns, in August and September before migratory birds from Iceland arrive ...

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Water supply advice to farmers

A team from Scottish Water will soon be visiting Orkney to provide support and advice to farmers on how they can protect drinking water sources from diffuse pollution. Preventing diffuse pollution means it is easier to maintain high quality source water entering Scottish Water’s water treatment works, benefiting public water ...

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Investigation after communications disruption

An investigation is underway after a problem at Wideford Hill here in Orkney on Saturday, which led to a serious communications blackout in the Northern Isles, including disrupting phones, emergency services, and the cancellation of several flights. There have also been calls for a back up to be put in ...

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Birsay road works planned for this week

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Orkney Islands Council will be carrying out surface dressing and road marking operations this week in Birsay. The work is planned for Cumlaquoy Road, Loons Road, Bryameadow, Newan Link Road, Whitemire and Moss Road. A convoy system for vehicles will be in operation while the work, which is weather dependent, ...

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Curtain comes down on Shopping Week

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The annual fancy dress parade through the streets, followed by a dance and fireworks display, marked the end of the 67th Stromness Shopping Week on Saturday. Thankfully the weather stayed dry on the day, and the streets were packed with locals and visitors alike enjoying the festivities. More coverage in ...

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Passenger numbers drop in the Northern Isles

Regional airport operator HIAL enjoyed a surge in passenger numbers last quarter, although figures reveal that both in Orkney and Shetland passenger numbers actually dropped. Latest figures show the group, which comprises 11 airports across Scotland, attracted 385,491 passengers during the period, an extra 19,000 compared to the same point ...

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