Local News for Wednesday 2nd August 2017

More Saturday sailings on Stornoway route
CalMac is to run extra late-night sailings between Stornoway and Ullapool on Saturdays August 5th, 12th, and 19th, to help address what they call ‘unprecedented demand’ on the route. Robbie Drummond, Director of Service Delivery at CalMac, said there was a significant and unprecedented increase in ferry traffic across all of our network leading the company to look at ways to ease the pressure on key routes. He said: "In many places our fleet is working to the limits of its capabilities but, in the case of the Stornoway-Ullapool route, we have identified an opportunity to introduce, on a pilot basis, an extra return sailing late on Saturday nights for three of the busiest weekends in August." The late Saturday sailing will set out at 10pm each Saturday, with a return sailing at a quarter to one. Catering service will be minimal and there will be no bus services meeting the ferries. The sailings will be available for online booking shortly and will be monitored to assess its success.

Missing man may be in islands
A German man who has gone missing from his home could be somewhere in Lewis, Harris or Uist, according to Police Scotland, Western Isles Police yesterday issued an urgent appeal for information about 48 year old Torsten Raimund Kulke, who is missing from his home in Germany and concerns have been raised for his wellbeing. He could have travelled to the Western Isles on Friday 28th July. He is described as being 6 ft 3 inches, with a medium build and light brown hair. Those with any information can contact officers at Stornoway Police station on 101.

Good progress on children’s services
A recent Care Inspectorate report says good progress has been made on improving services for children and young people in the Western Isles, with changes described as 'significant' in services supporting the well-being of children and young people. This meant the partners in the Outer Hebrides Community Planning Partnership were better able to plan and agree priorities. Norman A. Macdonald, Chair of the OHCPP, said: "This is a very encouraging report and I am pleased that the Care Inspectorate has recognised the good work that has gone on in developing services for children and young people. Our challenge is to maintain that progress and continue to strengthen and improve services".

Win for Lewis in England game
Lewis Camanachd turned in a good all-round performance on Monday evening to beat the English Shinty Association 5-3 in their exhibition match. The ESA are currently on a tour of the Highlands and Islands having already played a Kingussie select as well as taking part in the Inverness Shinty sixes. They brought eight players to Lewis including Matt Mossop who had played for Uist in the Heb Celt Cup in 2012. Lewis provided Euan Gilmour, Peter Gomez, Craig MacLeod and Paul Duke to bolster their side. Paddy Sinclair, Michael MacLeod and junior player Ciaran Murray were in defence for Lewis, bringing the average age of the backline to less than twenty. Ciaran wasn’t the only junior on show, with Dylan Murray and Kieran MacDonald playing either side of Duncan MacIntyre in attack. Lewis will not be playing this Saturday. The next scheduled fixture is a trip to Caol to face Kilmallie on 12th August. Live updates can be found on Twitter @lewiscamanachd