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SHETLAND journalist Jen Stout has been nominated in the reporter of the year category at this year’s Scottish Press Awards.

Freelance writer Stout, who has contributed to Shetland News in recent years and previously worked at BBC Radio Shetland, has been nominated for pieces published in the Sunday Post.

She said it was “pretty overwhelming and wildly exciting” to be nominated.

Stout has regularly reported for the Sunday Post from Ukraine since Russia’s invasion of the country last year.


TWO students studying BA(Hons) contemporary textiles at UHI Shetland will exhibit their work of woven and knitted textiles in Lerwick over the coming weeks.

The exhibition Spikin’ in Colour, which refers to the artists’ interest in colour as inspired by local landscapes and contemporary patterning, will be held at at the Shetland Textile Museum in Gremista from 25 April to 27 May.

The Shetland Textile Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday, 11am – 4pm.

Rachel Birse’s inspiration comes from the ever-changing colours of the sky, land and sea.

She said: “Thank you to the Shetland Textile Museum for this opportunity to display our work. I hope lots of folk can get along to see what we have been creating and working on over the last year.”

Meanwhile Emma Eunson draws inspiration from the colours used in retro fair isle jumpers, experimenting with geometric patterns to create contemporary textured fabrics.

“This is my first exhibition as a textile maker,” she said. “It’s exciting but also daunting too. We’re very grateful for all the support we have had so far. I hope everyone enjoys the exhibition.”

THE OPERATOR of Sullom Voe Terminal said sirens heard from the site this afternoon (Friday) were tests.

A spokesperson for EnQuest said there may be more ongoing tomorrow as well.

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THE LIBRARY in Lerwick says it could be another six weeks until its lift is fixed as the team waits on replacement parts.

In the meantime, staff have moved a section of non-fiction books to the ground floor computer room.

Staff can bring other books downstairs for people, and there is a plan to move some events such as book launches and memory groups downstairs.

LOGANAIR now has government approval to fly into Heathrow Airport.

The Sumburgh-Dundee-London City service is now due to terminate at Heathrow from 7 May.

Meanwhile British Airways has confirmed it will extend its partnership with Loganair adding 11 new routes to its codeshare agreement.

The expansion will now give British Airways’ customers access to 46 of Loganair’s UK routes.

SHETLAND Arts has apologised it accidentally emailed box office customers a document containing ticket sales numbers for all upcoming events.

The arts agency said: “Overnight our box office supplier ran an update that has caused this e-mail to be sent to some customers by accident.

“We have not suffered a data breach; the e-mail went out individually to customers who had supplied us their e-mail address.”

The Clair Ridge platform west of Shetland. Photo: BP

UNITE the union has confirmed that 1,300 offshore workers will begin a 48-hour stoppage from Monday (24 April) which will cause “severe” problems for major oil and gas operators.

The trade union predicts that its strike action, as part of a “tsunami” of industrial unrest, could result in production shutdowns due to the specialised work its members undertake on offshore platforms and assets.

The 48-hour strike action will hit oil and gas operators including BP, CNRI, EnQuest, Harbour, Ithaca, Shell, TAQA and TotalEnergies.

PEOPLE identified as having a weakened immune system can attend appointments for their spring Covid booster vaccination from Monday 24 April.

Most people in this group will have received, or will shortly receive, a letter inviting them to make an appointment. Some people will have also received a telephone call.

The 2023 spring Covid booster vaccination is being offered to anyone in care homes; people aged 75 and over (by 30 June 2023) and people who have weakened immune systems.

MORE videos have been released through the campaign to encourage more fishing boats to land their catch in Shetland.

The latest includes Martin Leyland of Shetland Seafood Auctions.

More than half of the fish landed in the UK comes from within 100 nautical miles of Shetland.

Amid concerns over high fuel prices and carbon footprint, the campaign informs fishermen of how landing their catches in Shetland saves time, fuel, money and carbon.

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