Local News for Wednesday 23rd May 2018

Barra unites in quiet remembrance
The island of Barra was united in quiet remembrance of 14-year-old Eilidh Macleod yesterday. Eilidh died one year ago in the Manchester bombing, which was commemorated in Manchester at a service attended by Eilidh’s parents, Roddy and Marion Macleod. Laura’s friend Laura Macintyre was seriously injured and continues to recover from her injuries. Former Castlebay School head Annag Maclean told BBC news that the support of other islands had helped the people of Barra, adding: “As for our own community, we did what Barra always does, we pulled together around the families involved."

Living wage at Volunteer Centre
The Western Isles Volunteer Centre has become the latest island employer recognised by the Living Wage Foundation, a plaque presented to them this week recognising their commitment to paying the Living Wage. Everyone working at Volunteer Centre Western Isles, regardless of whether they are direct employees or third-party contracted staff, receives a minimum hourly wage of £8.75. This rate is significantly higher than the statutory minimum for over 25s of £7.83 per hour introduced in April 2017. The real Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. It is calculated according to the real costs of living. VCWI received their plaque from Alasdair Allan MSP who works with the Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative to promote the Living Wage. Kirsty Macdonald, joint manager of VCWI said: "We value our staff, and making this commitment is part of how we reflect this. As a Volunteer Centre, we like to 'walk our talk' in positive, practical ways. We fully endorse the ethos of the Living Wage and would encourage other third sector organisations to do so too."

Police seek holidaymaker
Stornoway police have been looking for a visitor from the USA, after a black wallet was found in the Loom Centre, Bayhead, Stornoway on Monday. The wallet contains a passport, bank cards and cash belonging to a woman from America and Stornoway Police are keen to reunite the owner with her property as soon as possible. If anyone can put the woman in touch with police, please ask her to quote lost property number 000965.

Summer comes to islands
The long spell of good weather forecast for the UK is likely to bring wall to wall sunshine and high temperatures to the Western Isles next week, with temperatures up to 20 degrees by Sunday. Longer days as we approach midsummer also mean island weather stations could record some of the highest levels of daily sunshine, with daylight topping 17.5 hours.

Monday night’s Lewis and Harris League football results put four teams on equal points sharing the top spot in the league table, with nine points apiece to Ness, Westside, Point and Lochs after just four matches in the season. There were goals galore at Barvas and at Back – Westside beat Aths 6-1 and Point came out on top in Back, the scoreline 3-4 to the visitors. In the third match of Monday night Lochs beat Ness 2-1 at Creagan Dubh. Tonight’s match is between United and Carloway at Goathill, also in the league. Kick-off is 7pm. Three first-round matches in the Eilan an Fhraoich cup will be played on Friday night.