Ferry services face emergency shake-up

A major shake-up in Hebridean ferry services starts tomorrow as Caledonian MacBrayne acts to clear the backlog of ferry traffic caused by the loss from service of the mv Hebrides and impact of the recent storms.

This will including routing traffic to and from Barra tomorrow via the Isle of Skye and suspending the Lochboisdale to Mallaig service temporarily.

In a statement, Caledonian MacBrayne said that, weather permitting, MV Hebrides will move from her current location at the pier in Lochmaddy, North Uist tomorrow (Thursday September 29) and begin her journey to Greenock. She will enter dry dock at the end of the week.

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Crofting Commission convener walks out of meeting

The Convener of the Crofting Commission walked out of a meeting of the Commission in Brora this morning. 

Shortly after the start of proceedings, Colin Kennedy closed the meeting and left.

The remaining Commissioners decided to continue with business and hold a special meeting to work through the agenda.

A motion was accepted at that meeting requesting the Convener to tender his resignation.

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EU partner visit

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar recently hosted visitors from eight EU partner countries: Belgium, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Cyprus, Spain, Croatia and Latvia, as part of its involvement in the EU-funded BEAST (Beyond Energy Action Strategies) project.

The purpose of the project is to get countries working together to look at practical ways to move ideas for sustainable energy developments in their regions from vision to reality.

In their respective countries, partners are taking forward projects across the themes of sustainable transport, energy efficiency and alternative energy generation.

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Recorded crime in Isles falls 58% in last ten years

Recorded crime in the isles has fallen by a staggering 58% in the ten years between 2006/07 and 2015/16 – the largest fall in crime in any local authority in Scotland. 

This is part of a nationwide fall of 41%.

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan today welcomed the latest figures.

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Weather warning for Thursday

The Met Office has issued a weather warning for the Western Isles. 

The 'Be Aware' wind warning is in place from 1am on Thursday until 8pm later that night. 

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Sgoil nan Loch gets thumbs up from inspectors

Sgoil nan Loch and Nursery Class have been given the thumbs up after a recent inspection by Education Scotland. 

Key strengths of the school were:

* The headteacher’s vision and leadership for improvement, resulting in staff being empowered to lead change.

* The enthusiasm with which children have taken forward opportunities for leadership.

* Children’s high level of fluency in the Gaelic language.

* The quality of care shown to those who need significant support in their learning and development.

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