Local News for Friday 14th September 2018
LABOUR MSP RHODA GRANT RAISES MV LOCH SEAFORTH FUNDING
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant raised the question of the funding deal struck by the Government and CMAL for the MV Loch Seaforth directly with the newly appointed Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, Paul Wheelhouse in the Scottish Parliament recently.
Mrs Grant asked the Minister, " To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to investigate the financing of the Calmac vessel, MV Loch Seaforth, which is now owned by Lloyds Banking Group, after a lease deal was agreed at a reported cost to the public purse of £53 million. The Minister responded by saying a “tender process for a lease was undertaken by that Caledonian Maritime Assests Ltd” he went on to say “Audit Scotland did not raise anything of concern regarding the procurement of the MV Loch Seaforth. The Scottish Government therefore has no plans to investigate the financing of the MV Loch Seaforth.”
The MSP concluded, ‘This fight is far from over as funding, late ferry replacement, capacity, lifeline services, tourism and ordinary island life is being treated with no consideration whatsoever by this Government as the ageing threadbare fleet of CMAL fails to cope.’
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Local News for Thursday 13th September 2018
RUGBY CLUBS SUPPORT SUICIDE PREVENTION
September is officially Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and Stornoway Rugby Club (SRC) has joined forces with NHS Western Isles to tackle the stigma associated with suicide and raise awareness of local and national support groups.
The Club – both male and female teams – intend to fundraise for local mental health charities at forthcoming September & October games.
Chris Adams, a Winger for SRC, who also works as a local Ambulance Technician, said:
"Both local rugby teams want to highlight the importance of talking to someone, be it a family member, a friend, the Samaritans, or even a stranger. We want to get across the message that suicide is preventable and we encourage everyone to come along to the matches to show their support."
Members of the public are encouraged to attend the upcoming rugby games where the Club will also be wearing armbands depicting the colour of the mental health charity it is fundraising for that week. Charity wristbands will also be available for sale, as well as useful information on how individuals can help to reduce the stigma associated to suicide prevention.
Read more: Local News for Thursday 13th September 2018