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In brief for 27 May 2011

Three hospitalised

 THREE people were taken to hospital in Lerwick suffering minor injuries after two cars collided on a single track road south of Levenwick around 10am on Friday morning.

As well as the police and ambulance crews, the fire brigade were called to cut one person free from the wreckage. Police blocked the road to traffic for a short while after the incident.

Scrap metal arrests

 FOUR men have been arrested following the theft of scrap metal from a site in the south end of Lerwick.

Shetland police have sent a report to the procurator fiscal and warned people to beware of anyone trying to sell scrap metal in the islands.

Police are also appealing for information about the theft of fuel from an aquaculture site in Nesting on Wednesday.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Lerwick police station on 01595 692110.

Coastguard come out top

AN INTERNATIONAL survey of public service organisations has shown the UK coastguard has the highest reputation amongst the general public with a rating of more than 95 per cent, compared to an average of 64.2 per cent.

The research, carried out by the Reputation Institute on behalf of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, showed local ambulance and paramedic crews came second with 94 per cent, closely followed by air ambulances with 93 per cent.

Shetland coastguard PCS union representative Bob Skinley said: “We are delighted to see that our service to the public is valued although I note the MCA has made no mention of the results of this survey. Simply put, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”

Meanwhile Tory MP Sheryll Murray from south east Cornwall is the latest politician to rail against the proposed modernisation of the coastguard service, saying it is pitting one coastguard station against another and endangering lives.

Video chart topper

SHETLAND-based lecturer Simon Clarke has been named the best at delivering video conferencing (VC) classes by his students in the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Voters said that the tutor from Sandwick’s said his mastery of video conferencing made his classes engaging.

One student said: “I have been seriously impressed by his use of VC. This extends beyond technical ability as he manages to engage everyone in his teaching – something that I imagine is not easy when sitting in a room by yourself in Shetland.”

Mr Clarke said he was delighted. “I love the technology and feel it has greatly improved my performance in teaching more generally. I have really fallen on my feet coming to an institution with the most modern equipment and support staff committed to it work reliably.”

Second gold for Hjaltland

FOR THE second year running, Shetland’s largest salmon company scooped the top award in the fish and seafood category of the Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards on Thursday night.

Grieg Seafood Hjaltland UK Ltd was named winner for its gourmet WildWaters range of fresh, smoked and marinated salmon products, which also won the title last year.

The awards ceremony was held at the Hilton Dunblane Hydro Hotel, in Perthshire, and was hosted by Radio 2 food critic Nigel Barden.

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