Local News for Monday 10th September 2018

The Council has issued a reminder that the public are able to reserve free tickets for the Iolaire Community Remembrance Event from 9am today, Monday 10th September 2018.
The event, hosted by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, will take place at 9:30pm on Monday 31st December 2018 in the Lewis Sports Centre, and is the civic event to mark the centenary of the Iolaire tragedy, featuring military and school band performances, poetry readings and songs, drama in addition to spiritual elements.
Norman A MacDonald, Chairman of the Iolaire Working Group, said:

“This commemoration is of major significance for our Islands. The capacity for the event in the Lewis Sports Centre is 720 and therefore, although tickets will be free of charge, there will only a limited number available and we do anticipate a high demand. Tickets will be on a first come first served basis.”
Tickets for the event will be available to reserve online via the Council website or by telephone on 01851 600 502, with a maximum of four tickets per transaction.

Community wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust (PST) has been shortlisted for three awards for innovation and success in social enterprise.
The Trust, which operates the biggest community wind farm in the UK at Beinn Ghrideag just outside Stornoway, has been listed as a finalist in both the Scottish and UK Social Enterprise Awards for its work in operating a commercial business for social good.
Its business model is to maintain 100 per cent community ownership while also operating as an entirely commercial enterprise, seeking to make as much profit as possible.
While it is more usual for community-owned projects to be run on a not-for-profit basis, the Point and Sandwick organisation sells the power generated from the turbines and then channels the profits into community projects.
Point and Sandwick Trust has been shortlisted in the Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2018 for Social Enterprise of the Year and Environmental Social Enterprise of the Year. It also made the shortlist for the UK Social Enterprise Awards 2018, where it is up for Social Enterprise of the Year.

Ten motorists, six men and four women, have been arrested in connection with alleged drink driving offences recently across the Highland and Islands Division area prompting Police Officers to remind drivers about being responsible on the roads. Reports will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal in due course.
Road Policing Inspector Neil Lumsden said: “We regularly issue advice against the dangers of drinking and driving and it is disappointing to see that this message is still not getting through to some drivers.
‘If you drink and drive, you risk endangering the safety of yourself and others and will also likely face prosecution where you could be disqualified from driving for a minimum of 12 months and have a criminal record.
Inspector Lumsden concluded by saying “If you are planning on drinking alcohol, plan how you are getting home and don’t drive. Also remember you may still be over the limit the morning after drinking alcohol. Anyone with concerns about a suspected drink or drug driver is urged to contact 101 or 999 in an emergency.”