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  • Today, 4 pm this afternoon, is the deadline for the delivery of nomination papers for the general election. So far five candidates have submitted their nomination papers, or have said that they will submit their nominations, for the constituency of Orkney and Shetland.

  • The Liberal Democrat candidate for Orkney and Shetland, Alistair Carmichael, is holding the UK government to account after its promise of a one billion pound Shared Rural Network to improve connectivity in low coverage areas.

  • Beatrice Wishart has called on the Scottish government to make sure that the National Islands Plan is backed up with adequate resources to meet the needs of island communities.

  • Food for the Way, run by the Methodist Church in Lerwick, has taken over from the Salvation Army the Christmas gift appeal for disadvantaged people living in Shetland.

  • Meanwhile the Trussell Trust has said that, in the six months from April to September, 707 three-day emergency food parcels were handed out in Shetland.

  • Part-Shetland band Blazin’ Fiddles is nominated in the Best Folk Band category at this year's Trad Music Awards. Blazin’ Fiddles Shetland member Jenna Reid is nominated for Composer of the Year.

  • White fish landings: So far today 8 boats, all local, have been landing about 1900 boxes.

  • This year, the tenth year of the Annual Shetland Youth Volunteer Awards, a total of 19 organisations, teams of volunteers and individual young volunteers were nominated in the three awards.

  • The Shetland Library is holding a series of events to celebrate Book Week Scotland next week. This year’s theme is blether with authors giving talks and book-groups having chats.

  • The University of the Highlands and Islands Student Development Fund is celebrating its tenth birthday.

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