Local News for Friday 26th October 2018

NHS Western Isles’ Health Promotion Department was delighted to accept an invitation to attend the ‘Cairdean Cordail Ceann a Loch’ older people’s group in Balallan recently.

Karen Peteranna, Health Practitioner at NHSWI, discussed the UK physical activity guidelines for adult and older adults and the many benefits of physical activity such as improved sleep, helping to maintain a healthy weight, managing stress, and improving quality of life.

Walking was promoted with the group as a simple way to increase physical activity; most people can join in, there is no cost to taking part and you don’t need special equipment. Undertaking exercises that improve your strength and balance on two days each week can help older adults stay active and independent in everyday life and reduce the risk of falls. A Health Walk is a free, short, social, local, low-level, led walk which can be anything from 10 minutes to 60 minutes long – depending on the ability of the group.

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) is to increase its fees for the first time in over ten years from 13th November 2018 across the whole UK
The phased increase in fees will cover fees to survey a vessel and the seafarer medical examination fee.
Special consideration was given to the impact on small-scale operators. The survey fee increase should only affect 11% of fishing vessels as only those 15 metres in length or over need to be surveyed.
The hourly vessel survey rate will increase in two stages:
i) from the current £94 per hour to £120 per hour in November 2018;
ii) from £120 to £147 per hour in November 2019.
The Seafarer Medical Examination Fee will increase in three stages from £80 to £115. The increases will be from £80 to £95 (November 2018), £95 to £105 (November 2019) and £105 to £115 (November 2020).
All other fees will increase in a single increment from 13 November.
Full information about the MCA fees can be found the MCA pages on www.gov.uk

History professor and author Marjory Harper will be giving a talk on emigration tonight, Friday 26th October – an event which has been made possible by sponsorship from community wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust (PST).

Professor Harper of Aberdeen University will speak on the subject of ‘Voices from the Diaspora: Recollections of Scottish emigrants in the Twentieth Century’.
For the talk, Professor Harper will be drawing on her collection of around 100 interviews, with a particular focus on those who left the Outer Hebrides.

The talk has been organised by historical society Comann Eachdraidh an Rubha, in partnership with PST and will be taking place in Ionad Stoodie in Point at 7.30pm.
The talk is free to attend, although donations to the Comann Eachdraidh will be very welcome, and refreshments will be served afterwards.