Archive for March 15th, 2017

Kirkwall RNLI pay tribute following Irish tragedy

As the search continues for the three missing helicopter crew from the Irish Coastguard helicopter which crashed into the sea while on a rescue mission yesterday, the RNLI flag at Kirkwall Lifeboat Station is flying at half mast as a mark of respect. Dublin based Rescue 116 crashed into the sea off County Mayo in […]

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Farm payments application window now open

Farmers, crofters and land managers in Orkney are being advised that the window for submitting this year’s Single Application Form (SAF) is now open. The deadline for submitting the form is May 15. According to the Scottish Government, three-quarters of all SAFs were submitted online last year, allowing these applications to be validated instantly. Rural […]

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Planned National Insurance increase scrapped

Chancellor Philip Hammond has revealed his government will not proceed with planned increases to National Insurance contributions for the self-employed. Commenting on the news, Amanda Frazer, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Highlands & Islands regional chairman said that self-employed people from Badenoch to Unst will be breathing a sigh of relief that the chancellor “has come […]

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Power outage in East Mainland

A number of homes in the East Mainland were left without electricity for a time last night, after an electricity pole caught fire. According to Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), 374 of their customers suffered from a blackout at around 7pm, with the vast majority being reconnected within approximately 14 minutes. Around 19 customers […]

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