Friday 19 April 2024
 2.9°C   NNW Moderate Breeze
Ocean Kinetics - The Engineering Experts

Features / Campaign to bring Claire home, Palestine solidarity meeting, Freya shortlisted and more …

Claire Leveque. Photo supplied by Police Scotland.

AN ONLINE campaign is seeking to raise funds the help bring the body of Claire Leveque back to Canada and to make arrangements for her funeral.

The 24-year-old was found dead in a house in Sandness after emergency services were called to reports of a disturbance in the west side village on 11 February.

Thirty nine year old Aren Pearson was arrested the same day and later charged with her murder. He has made no plea, remains in custody, and has been fully committed for trial.

Leveque’s father Clint has meanwhile extensively spoken to the Canadian press paying tribute to his late daughter.


THE SHETLAND Palestine Solidarity Group is hosting a public meeting later this week where Nick Napier of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign will be the main speaker.

The purpose of the meeting is to hear the history of the movement to support Palestinians in Scotland and discuss the potential for the local group.

The meeting, chaired by local spokesperson Leanne Goodlad, will be at the Islesburgh Community Centre on Wednesday 6 March, starting at 7.15pm.


JOURNALISM student Freya Deyell has been shortlisted for the outstanding commitment category at the Student Publication Association’s annual awards.

Deyell, from Skeld, is the deputy editor of Stirling University’s student publication Brig Newspaper.

Deyell also spent last summer working for Shetland News for a three month period contributing a vast amount of varied and well researched material.

Brig Newspaper and some of its editorial staff are also shortlisted in a number of other categories such as best website, best newspaper design, best photographer, best sport reporter and best science tech piece.


Green MSP for the Highlands and Islands Ariane Burgess.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

 

GREEN MSP for the Highlands & Islands Ariane Burgess has welcomed the impact of the Scottish Child Payment for families in Shetland, calling it one of the most important steps for tackling poverty since devolution.

Scottish Government figures show that, by 31 December 2023, the families of 675 children in Shetland had benefited from the weekly payments.

In November 2022 the payment was increased from £20 a week to £25 a week. It will be further increased to £26.70 a week from April this year as part of the Scottish Government’s efforts to tackle the cost of living crisis and reduce child poverty.

Burgess said: “The ground-breaking Scottish Child Payment is playing a crucial role in supporting families across Shetland.

“It is one of the single most important steps of the devolution era in terms of tackling poverty and is making a huge difference for families who are being stretched by the Tory cost of living crisis.”

Become a supporter of Shetland News

Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.

Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.

Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has  over 600 supporters  who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.

Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -

  • Bring you the headlines as they happen;
  • Stay editorially independent;
  • Give a voice to the community;
  • Grow site traffic further;
  • Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.

If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.

 

Newsletters

Subscribe to a selection of different newsletters from Shetland News, varying from breaking news delivered on the minute, to a weekly round-up of the opinion posts. All delivered straight to your inbox.

Daily Briefing Newsletter Weekly Highlights Newsletter Opinion Newsletter Life in Shetland Newsletter

JavaScript Required

We're sorry, but Shetland News isn't fully functional without JavaScript enabled.
Head over to the help page for instructions on how to enable JavaScript on your browser.

Your Privacy

We use cookies on our site to improve your experience.
By using our service, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.

Browser is out-of-date

Shetland News isn't fully functional with this version of .
Head over to the help page for instructions on updating your browser for more security, improved speed and the best overall experience on this site.

Interested in Notifications?

Get notifications from Shetland News for important and breaking news.
You can unsubscribe at any time.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

We're committed to ensuring everyone has equitable access to impartial, open and quality local journalism that benefits all residents.

By supporting Shetland News, you play a vital role in ensuring we remain a pivotal resource in supporting the community.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.