Archive for December, 2017

Todd slams Tories’ “economic incompetence”

Maree Todd MSP for the Highlands and Islands has responded to comments made by Jamie Halcro Johnston MSP regarding her party’s proposed tax changes. The Conservative politician — who also represents the Highlands and Islands — criticised SNP budget proposals, yesterday, Thursday, claiming that they will see 5,000 folk in Orkney pay higher taxes than other […]

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Paper day changes over Christmas and New Year

Over the next two weeks, The Orcadian newspaper will go out on Friday morning rather than on the normal Thursday. The next two editions of the paper will be available in shops, and online, on December 29 and January 5. We will be publishing our January issue of Living Orkney on December 29, and the annual Ba’ Magazine […]

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Halcro Johnston claims 5,000 Orcadians will be hit by tax increase

Highlands and Islands MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston has criticised SNP budget proposals, which he claims will see 5,000 people in Orkney pay higher taxes than other parts of the UK. According to Mr Halcro Johnston, Finance secretary Derek Mackay has confirmed that everyone being paid more than £26,000 — including nurses, primary teachers and police […]

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Ministers “ducking responsibility” on lifeline ferry services, claims McArthur

Pressure continues to be put on Scottish Government ministers this week over the issue of funding for ferry services in Orkney and Shetland. Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has accused Scottish ministers of “ducking their responsibility” to maintain the North Isles’s lifeline ferry services. Speaking in Holyrood on yesterday afternoon, Wednesday, during oral questions, Mr McArthur […]

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Over £2m to provide forensic services for sexual assault victims

A new national standard for forensic medical examinations for those who have experienced rape or sexual assault is to be instated, backed by £2.25 million funding to help NHS Boards implement them. This comes as welcome news to Orkney Rape Crisis (ORC), who have long campaigned for an on-island forensic service in the county. At […]

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Re-tendering of Northern Isles ferries to be delayed

A decision on the re-tendering of the Northern Isles ferry contract has been delayed. Yesterday, Wednesday, Scottish transport minister, Humza Yousaf, confirmed that a decision on extending the contract for the service — currently held by Serco Northlink — will not be taken until spring 2018. “We will complete the policy review as soon as […]

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Police investigating unexplained death in Kirkwall

Police are currently carrying out inquiries after the sudden death of a 27-year-old woman at a Kirkwall address on Tuesday afternoon. It is understood a 27-year-old man was taken to Balfour Hospital from the same address. A police statement said: “Inquiries are ongoing and at an early stage. The death of the woman is currently […]

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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, as well as online here. This week’s front page asks if the tiny island of Hunda could be about to change the face of Orkney as we know it, as plans are announced that could potentially see it become a global container hub. […]

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Reminder — last posting dates for Christmas mail

Royal Mail is urging customers to get their Christmas mail in the post before this week’s last posting dates, to ensure that parcels, letters and cards arrive with loved ones in time for Christmas. The last recommended posting date for 2nd class mail is TODAY, Wednesday, December 20. The last recommended posting date for 1st […]

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Broadband rollout plan must provide opportunities for smaller operators, says McArthur

Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur has welcomed a statement on how the Scottish Government plans to roll out further broadband internet across the country but has said there must be opportunities for smaller operators to help deliver the ‘Reaching 100%’ (R100) broadband programme. Speaking in Holyrood yesterday, Tuesday, the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Connectivity, Fergus […]

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