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Archive for January, 2018

MSPs claim victory following ferry funding announcement

Northern Isles MSPs Tavish Scott and Liam McArthur today said that they had won vital funding for internal ferry services in Orkney and Shetland in exchange for voting for the Scottish Government’s budget at Stage 1. In order to safeguard these services, Northern Isles MSPs Tavish Scott and Liam McArthur have in recent weeks engaged […]

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Green party celebrates budget deal

Green politicians representing Orkney and Shetland are celebrating after the party struck a fair funding deal with the Scottish Government to save local services, including inter-island ferries, from being cut. Ministers announced the details of the Greens’ deal of £5.5m for Orkney Islands Council and £5m for Shetland Islands Council inter island ferry services at […]

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Council welcomes £5.5 million ferry funding announcement

Orkney Islands Council leader James Stockan has welcomed the announcement by the Finance Secretary, Derek Mackay MSP, that £5.5 million in additional funding for Orkney’s inter-island ferry service will be included in the Scottish Government’s budget for 2018-19. The announcement was made this afternoon in the Scottish Parliament, where MSPs debated the government’s proposed budget […]

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Carmichael questions MOD over aircraft “near miss”

Alistair Carmichael, MP for the Northern Isles, has today written to the Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson MP, to raise the issue of a near miss of a Loganair plane with a US Airforce F/A – 18 on August 8. The report on the incident stated that at the time of the incident, the Saab 340 […]

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Kirkwall road closures extended due to severe weather

The road closure at the entrance to Bridge Street, Kirkwall, and associated changes in Albert Street and Laing Street has been extended for another two weeks. Orkney Islands Council has said the area is now expected to re-open to traffic on Monday, February 19. According to the council, this is due to construction delays on […]

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Police appeal after man threatened

Police are investigating “an altercation” that took place between two males near the Tesco branch in Kirkwall. Police have said the incident took place yesterday, Monday, just after noon on the ramp near the supermarket which leads up to Glaitness Park. During the altercation, one man is alleged to have shouted and threatened the other. […]

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Police appeal after vehicle vandalised

Police in Kirkwall are appealing for witnesses in relation to a vandalism of a vehicle in the town last Friday. According to police, a white van was damaged between 5pm hours and 8.30pm hours on at Burnett Brae, Kirkwall. Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or speak […]

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Scottish Government: Kickstart your career in Early Learning and Childcare

Advertorial: Visit www.childcarecareersscotland.scot to find out more about a career in Early Learning and Childcare. School leavers can also talk to their careers adviser at school or ask their local college, training provider or nursery for advice.

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Glasgow Accies’ relief after battling Orkney threaten to cause upset

Glasgow Academicals overcame a “huge challenge” this afternoon, according to head coach Andrew Jackson, as they edged past a battling Orkney RFC side 7-17. In a game punctuated by heavy showers and a strong, unforgiving wind blowing down the length of the park, conditions were not conducive to aesthetic rugby to say the least, as […]

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Firefly Energi: Do you want help with a cold home?

Advertorial: To find out what funding you are entitled to, visit www.fireflyenergi.co.uk, call 881151, or visit the office on Broad Street opposite the cathedral.

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