Local News for Tuesday 17th July 2018

UK Government must get on with the day job for fishing
Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus MacNeil is calling on the UK Government to get on with the day job and ensure that much needed non-European Economic Area (EEA) workers are granted the necessary visas to work on island fishing boats.
Mr MacNeil has continued to raise at Westminster the need for urgent action to address crew shortages by allowing non-EEA workers to fill the labour gaps which have left local boats tied up at the pier.
Mr MacNeil said:
"Our fishing industry is crying out for help, yet the UK Government continues to refuse non-EEA crew the necessary paperwork to enable them to come to Scotland to work on our fishing boats

"The UK Government says this is an argument between migration figures and the economy however seasonal fishing workers under 12 months are not included in their figures.
"The UK must end its bureaucratic one size fits all approach and needs to get out of the way to let Scotland's islands improve our economy. If ever there was the case to prove that, it is the economic success of Ireland over recent years.

Moonhackathon & Apollo 11 VR at Stornoway Library
On Friday 20th July, Stornoway Library is going to host a Moonhackathon for the very first time.
A Moonhack is an annual celebration of coding which aims to get parents, the community, and most importantly, children, enthusiastic about coding.
The Moonhackathon is part of the library Code Club and will take place in The Space @ Stornoway Library on Friday 20th July, from 10.30am until 12noon. Due to popular demand; a second Moonhack has been scheduled for 3 to 4.30pm. The special Code Club sessions would be prefect for children who may be completely new to coding, as well as more experienced coders.
The date is particularly meaningful as the day also commemorates the Apollo 11 moon landing. Mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin, landed the lunar module, Eagle, on the 20th July 1969.
As well as the Moonhackathon, people will also have the opportunity to experience the Apollo 11 moon landing themselves – via virtual reality!
The Apollo 11 VR experience takes about an hour (booking is recommended!) and
gives a fantastic impression of how it must feel to travel through space and walk on the moon.
Anyone interested in attending the Moonhackathon (for 7 to 11 years) or the Apollo 11 VR Experience (12 years & over) can contact the library at 01851 822744 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..u

Don’t Lose Your Vote
Don’t lose your vote - residents in the Western Isles area urged to look out for their voter registration details in the post.
Local residents are being warned not to lose their voice on matters that affect them by completing and returning their annual canvass form to their local Electoral Registration Office as soon as possible.
The form ensures that the Western Isles Electoral Registration Officer can keep the electoral register up to date and identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so. This will mean that residents will be able take part in any future elections.
Bill Gillies, Electoral Registration Officer for Highland and Western Isles said:
“It’s important that residents respond as soon as possible, so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in the Western Isles area. To make sure you are able to have your say at future elections, simply check the form when it arrives and respond as soon as you can”.
“If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear on the form. If you want to register, the easiest way is online at Gov - Register to Vote , or we’ll send you information in the post explaining how to do this. In any case, you will still need to complete the form and send it back to us.”
Any residents who have any questions can contact their local electoral registration team on 01851 706262 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.