Local News for Monday 29th October 2018

BABY MASSAGE CLASSES POPULAR WITH ISLAND PARENTS
Local baby massage classes are proving a popular choice with parents in the Outer Hebrides.

The free classes, which are held over a four to five-week period and led by trained baby massage instructors certified by the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM), continue to attract good attendance by parents and carers across the islands.

Alison MacDonald, NHS Western Isles Senior Health Promotion Officer, said: "Before babies are able to speak, or even actively respond to sounds and sights, they communicate with the world around them through touch and it really is a lovely way to enjoy time with their baby and helps with bonding."

If your baby is aged eight weeks to nine months and you are interested in registering for one of the free baby massage class in your area, please contact your local health visiting team if living in Lewis or Harris on 01851 709842, or the Health Promotion team if living in the Uists or Barra on 01870 602588.


MP CONCERNED AT HOME OFFICE DOUBLE STANDARDS
Angus MacNeil SNP MP is concerned at the actions of the Home Office following press reports that non-EEA workers are employed in the offshore windfarm industry earning a fraction of the UK minimum wage.
Mr MacNeil is pressing the UK Government to help the West Coast fishing industry to allow non-EEA workers to fill the gap in crew shortages. Despite having met with 6 Tory Immigration Ministers, the Home Office refuse to help and boats are tied up due to lack of crew.
Commenting Angus MacNeil MP said:
“The West Coast fishing industry is crying out for crew and desperate to see the introduction of a scheme to allow non-EEA workers to fill the labour gap – a scheme which pays proper wages. However, this was rejected by the Home Office.
“It is shocking to read press reports that the Home Office has an immigration concession for the windfarm industry allowing non-EEA workers to enter the UK and paid a fraction of the minimum wage.
“The double standards at the Home Office is breath-taking.”


GAELIC TOURISM STRATEGY UNVEILED
A new tourism strategy aimed at increasing promotion and access to Gaelic as part of the Scottish visitor experience was launched recently.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop officially launched the Gaelic Tourism Strategy for Scotland 2018-2023 at The Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh alongside Lord Thurso, Chair of VisitScotland and Shona Niclllinnein, CEO of Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

The plan encourages boosting awareness and the use of Gaelic within the tourism industry through increased business and visitor engagement.
It lays out that the language and its associated culture provide Scotland with a unique selling point and an opportunity to develop and communicate the Gaelic related tourism offer more effectively to visitors.

VisitScotland has developed the strategy alongside representatives from the private sector and partners including the Scottish Government, Highlands & Islands Enterprise and Historic Environment Scotland.