Local News to Thursday 6th October 2016
Rig inches closer to end of story
The damaged oil rig Transocean Winner is slowly moving towards the heavy load carrier Hawk in Broad Bay today, as the salvage team makes a fresh attempt to get her loaded up and ready for removal from Hebridean waters. As winter approaches, options for removal are reducing, and the salvage team know that a last resort of securing the rig in Broad Bay all winter long is on the cards. With that in mind, the operation to lift anchors began early yesterday, when Secretary of State’s Representative Maritime and Salvage intervention Hugh Shaw gave the go-ahead. The forecast is showing light to moderate south-east winds during today, and the team is hoping good conditions will stay long enough this time to manage the complex mounting operation which will float the rig aboard the load carrier.
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Local News for Wednesday 5th October 2016
Pendleton friends caught up in US gun horror
Long-standing friends from Stornoway’s twin town of Pendleton have been caught up in a recent gun tragedy at a primary school in Townville, South Carolina. Jillian Hollingsworth, who has been a long-time supporter of Pendleton’s twinning with Stornoway, has visited the islands on a number of occasions, as have her three children. This week she gave evidence to a US Senate enquiry on gun law after her sister-in-law, teacher Meghan Hollingsworth, was injured – along with two six-year-old pupils – in the shooting by a 14-year-old boy at Townville Elementary School last week. One of the young children died three days later, from his injuries. Jillian told senators that the lives of her family have forever been changed. She said: “When, or if, (Meghan) returns to her public school classroom in South Carolina, one of her students will not be at his desk. Six-year-old Jacob Hall lost his life as a result of this senseless act.”
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