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SHETLAND’s daily Covid-19 figures continue to be high and above the Scottish national average.

During the last seven days 353 new cases were recorded for NHS Shetland, including 59 during the last 24 hour period.

FIVE people in Shetland were reported in connection with drinking driving in the past three weeks.

Five men, aged 39, 40, 43, 45 and 66, were reported to the procurator fiscal in connection with offences in Yell, Whalsay, Fetlar, Unst and near Scatsta Airport between 9 February and 1 March.

Chief inspector Stuart Clemenson said: “Driving under the influence of drink or drugs will not be tolerated.

“Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs will significantly impair your ability to control your vehicle.”

Scottish Sea Farms’ Richard Darbyshire (left) and Grant Cumming. Photo: SSF

SCOTTISH Sea Farms has confirmed the first of its key Shetland appointments, following the company’s acquisition of Grieg Seafood Hjaltland UK in December 2021.

Richard Darbyshire, formerly the company’s northern isles regional manager will become Shetland regional manager focusing exclusively on the region’s newly expanded farming estate.

Supporting Darbyshire will be Grant Cumming, previously managing director of Grieg Seafood’s Scottish operations, in the role of operations manager for Shetland.

Amongst the duo’s first priorities will be shaping a new organisational structure of the company which now represents at least 80 per cent of the local salmon production.

Shetland 2010 Captains: Shetland White Roma Robertson and Shetland Blue Theo Thomason.

YOUNG Shetland footballers took to the pitch in Elgin last weekend for two tournaments.

For the majority of the 2010 born development squad it was their first taste of competitive football outside Shetland.

On the Saturday two Shetland teams were joined in a tournament by Elgin City, Forres Mechanics, Clachnacuddin and Keith.

Shetland Blues finished second in their group before losing in a third-played playoff.

Shetland Whites finished third in their group, then drew in a fifth-placed playoff.

The following day the format changed and there were mixed fortunes on the pitch for the Shetland teams.

THE DUNROSSNESS and Sandness primary schools have been awarded with an Eco-Schools Green Flag.

The international award recognises nurseries and schools which have demonstrated a commitment to the Eco-Schools Scotland programme and over two years have engaged their whole school community in local climate action.

Both schools took part in “fantastic litter-busting and climate action activities”.

Dunrossness Primary School has held a Green Flag award since 2007.

Every day, the whole school collects biodegradable snack waste in bio bins for the compost heap.

Sandness Primary School has been a Green Flag school since 2019.

Even though there is little litter in the school grounds, thanks to the pupils’ great efforts, they continue to carry out litter campaigns and surveys.

HIE Shetland manager Katrina Wiseman. Photo: HIE

A SURVEY carried out by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has shown that there is demand for more business premises across Shetland to help firms start-up and grow.

Thirty businesses, community groups and social enterprises responded to the survey that was aimed at assessing levels of demand for both commercial land and property.

HIE Shetland area manager Katrina Wiseman said: “This is really useful feedback for us and for our partners to investigate future options to help address demand.

“The research shows a strong need for workshops, offices and manufacturing space both from a wide range of businesses and organisations who want to expand and create new jobs.

“We are pleased with the level of response, however we are always keen to find out more so we welcome any further feedback from companies interested in expanding or locating to Shetland and from those who didn’t take part in the survey.”

A METAL recycling business which has a branch in Lerwick has been bought by leading steel company ArcelorMittal.

The purchase of John Lawrie Metals is part of the company’s strategy of increasing the use of scrap steel to lower CO2 emissions from steelmaking.

The deal was completed on 28 February 2022 and the business will continue to be run by the current management team.