21st October 2018

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Airline says sorry after bird-strike flight

• Plane carrying 40 passengers hit bird shortly after take-off

• Aircraft forced to return to Sumburgh Airport

• Passengers offered overnight accommodation as alternative flight is following morning

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Questions raised over moves to make Dales Voe decommissioning hub

• Dales Voe in decommissioning row after the decision to house an ultra deepwater base there was described as a waste of taxpayer’s money

• Chief executive of Dundeecom says the decision to develop the base at the Lerwick port could cost the taxpayer £100 million

• Calum Falconer says the move has distorted the “fair playing field” enjoyed by ports and harbours across the country

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Aimee is named student of the year at award ceremony

• Isles farmer triumphs in 2018 British Farming Awards

• Aimee Budge named agricultural student of the year at an award ceremony

• The 21-year-old completed her BA in agriculture in Aberdeen earlier this year

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Kirk numbers to be reduced

• The number of Church of Scotland buildings will be cut by two thirds

• Around 20 churches will be closed as the Kirk faces up to falling attendance,reduced income and a shortage of ministers

• The presbytery plan was amended to permit 11 churches to remain open – down from the 31 which currently operate

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