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Norwegian ambassador opens Centre for Nordic Studies

The Centre for Nordic Studies was officially opened on Friday afternoon, by Norway’s Ambassador to the Court of St James’s. His Excellency Mr Kim Traavik unveiled the plaque at the Kiln Corner centre in Kirkwall, in the presence of guests, the centre’s director, Dr Donna Heddle, Orkney College UHI principal, Dr Bill Ross and the […]

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VAO picks up business excellence award

The hard work and dedication of staff at Voluntary Action Orkney (VAO) has been honoured at the Scottish Awards for Business Excellence. Staff at the Kirkwall-based business celebrated success in the “Committed to Excellence” category. Their success recognised the organisation maintaining a consistent high level of “best practice” quality procedures within the scope of its […]

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Midsummer arts festival gets under way

Orkney’s annual festival of the arts gets under way today, Friday. As usual, the St Magnus International Festival, which runs until June 23, is bringing a host of  events to the county. Music, drama, literature and more are billed for this year’s programme, which takes its subtitle, The Isle is Full of Noises. In addition, this is the […]

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MSPs will urge ministers to restore ADS business travel

Scotland’s transport minister has admitted that the Government did not look at other European schemes, to cut the cost of flying on lifeline air services, before deciding to remove business travel from the Air Discount Scheme (ADS). That’s according to Orkney MSP, Liam McArthur, who tabled a parliamentary question asking whether, before it decided to […]

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Olympic torchbearer nominations – a reminder

A reminder that local nominations for “inspirational people”, to be torchbearers in the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, are being sought. The Orkney Relay route will take place on Sunday, June 10, 2012. The deadline for making nominations is 11.59pm, on Wednesday, June 29. To make a nomination, go to www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay.

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MSP seeks evidence of RET damage to Orkney businesses

Orkney MSP, Liam McArthur wants Orkney firms, particularly in the tourism sector, to inform him of the direct impact they believe the Western Isles Road Equivalent Tariff (RET) ferry fares are having on their business. Mr McArthur raised the issue of the loss of tourist business in Orkney when he met Alex Paterson, the chief […]

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Prize-winning performance from Orphir’s young engineers

Orphir Primary School has been recognised for its performance in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) challenges at a young engineers events at the Glasgow Science Centre. The attending pupils came away with a prize of £250 for their efforts. Thanks to their design of a coconut cutter, to assist the community of Kerala, […]

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OIC to meet with local fishing industry

Orkney Islands Council will meet with representatives from the local fishing industry today, Thursday, for presentations and discussion on the health of the industry, future opportunities and challenges and a five-year forward look. Talks will be given by Orkney Fishermans Society, the Orkney Creel Fishermans Association, Orkney Fish Producers Organisation and Orkney Fisheries Association.

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Parish Cup semi-final draw

Parish Cup holders St Ola have been drawn against Sandwick in the semi-finals of this year’s competition. In the other semi-final encounter, Holm will play host to Stromness in the first leg. The draw was made this morning, live on BBC Radio Orkney, by Orkney Amateur Football Association vice-president, John Copland, and Ian Johnston, from […]

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Waulkmill ‘rubbish’ was intended for beach party

Orkney Islands Council’s environmental health service has confirmed that an individual has taken responsibility for the recent flytipping incident at Waulkmill and will be interviewed by environmental health officers. Environmental health officer Paul Turner said: “It seems that the rubbish was placed there for a bonfire party that never took place. With schools breaking up […]

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