Local News for Wednesday 8th August 2018

USA TRADE DEAL RISKS PROTECTED STATUS
The SNP has warned that the Tories are preparing to sell out over protections for top Scottish produce, risking the countries global reputation for quality food and drink to strike a post-Brexit trade deal with Donald Trump.

The EU Protected Food Name scheme safeguards produce on the basis of geographical status or traditional recipe or method. It gives legal protection against imitation and ensures that premium products are not undermined. There are 14 Protected Food Names in Scotland.

Alasdair Allan MSP said: ‘From top quality Scottish Whisky, Scottish Beef and Scottish salmon which is the benchmark of quality across the world to the Stornoway Black Pudding – the Scottish larder is something we cannot take for granted.
‘The top tory priority, however, is striking a quick trade deal with Donald Trump. This could put our reputation for world-beating food and drink in serious peril.

‘A trade deal with the USA could flood the market with cheap quality products hijacking the Scottish brand’.

OHT APPOINTS FIRST CHIEF EXECUTIVE
Outer Hebrides Tourism, OHT, has appointed the individual who will now lead its destination organisation and spearhead the delivery of its strategy, Tourism Outer Hebrides 2020. Rob McKinnon, who joined the OHT Board in 2015 will become its first Chief Executive in October.

The first CEO of Outer Hebrides Tourism will become a tourism leader, a destination champion and an advocate for our business owners.

The role has been possible thanks to funding from HIE. Joanna Peteranna, Account Manager with HIE’s Outer Hebrides Area Team, said: “Tourism is a key sector for HIE that can make a significant contribution to the economy of the Outer Hebrides. This is an important milestone for OHT and we are delighted to support the role for the next three years.”

Rob himself added: "Coming from a Harris family, this was an unmissable opportunity for me because it gives me the opportunity to lead the tourism industry in the Outer Hebrides in a way that reflects the islands’ history and my own upbringing."

CHILDREN’S HEARING PANEL RECRUITING
The Eilean Siar Children’s Hearing Panel is recruiting Panel Practice Advisors to support children and young people through supporting panel members. The role is voluntary and would require 1-2 days per month.

Panel Practice Advisors (PPAs) play a critical role within Area Support Teams (those responsible for the delivery and administration of the Children's Hearings System at a local level across Scotland).

PPAs are responsible for selecting and recommending panel members for appointment to the National Convener. They also regularly observe panel member practice within children's hearings and contribute to practice development within their local area.

Angus Macleod, Area Convener of The Eilean Siar Area Support Team, said:
“We hope to hear from anyone who would be interested in joining us in this important work. The only qualification requirement is that you have been a child.”

For more information and to apply, please contact Marina MacAulay at
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Deadline for applications is Friday 31st August 2018.