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Salvage operation off Taransay
The emergency tug Ievoli Black is approaching Taransay to assist in the salvage of a freight vessel, which is drifting without power off the west of the island. Stornoway an Leverburgh RNLI lifeboats and other emergency teams were called to the scene early yesterday evening, when the freight ship Fame, with five crew aboard, reported losing power and drifting off Scarp. The vessel's captain isued a 'pan-pan' call for aid, one step down from a Mayday distress call.
Stornoway RNLI lifeboat was tasked at 6pm and went to the scene, later joined by Leverburgh RNLI lifeboat. The coastguard helicopter also stpod by as the incident unfolded.
Tragedy at Nicolson - parents updated
Flags have been flying at half mast at the Nicolson Institute today as a mark of sorrow following the tragic death at the school on Tuesday of a secondary 4 pupil. The boy, who has been locally named as 15-year-old Anton Michael of Great Bernera, was taken from the school to hospital yesterday afternoon, and sadly pronounced dead soon afterwards.
A group message to all parents from education director Bernard Chisholm explained that the school was remaining open to provide mutual support, but that all Christmas events would be cancelled.
Mr Chisholm also asked parents to 'refrain from speculation' especially on social media. Guidance and teacher support will be available to all students until the end of term.
Police said yesterday that there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the tragedy, but that a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal, as with all sudden deaths.
An Lanntair’s Alex is Gaelic champion
The head of performing arts at An Lanntair arts centre, Alex Macdonald, has been honoured with an award for supporting appreciation of Gaelic culture. Alex was presented with the Arts and Culture Award, sponsored by Creative Scotland, for the most outstanding contribution to Gaelic culture in 2016/17. The award was presented at a ceremony at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow on Wednesday night. An Lanntair is still in line for a further award in 2017, with their nomination for an MG Alba Trad award as live venue of the year to be decided by public vote. Voting for that closes next Friday, November 24th, and other local nominees include Josie Duncan, who has two nominations for her folk due with Pablo Lafuente, and with the band Inyal. You can find a link to vote in NaTrads via our Facebook page.