Local News for Tuesday 25th October 2016

Loch Seaforth off to dry dock
The MV Loch Seaforth has left Lewis for her annual overhaul and will reach dry dock in Birkenhead today. She’s due to be away until November 11th, and meanwhile the Hebridean Isles will be carrying out the freight run, which will run to an amended timetable. The MV Isle of Lewis is back on the Stornoway Ullapool route for the same period, and crossings will therefore take two hours and 45 minutes, but with quicker turn rounds should still run to timetable.

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Local News for Monday 24th October 2016

Speeding drivers risk others’ safety
Speeding drivers are making island roads unsafe for other drivers, pedestrians and livestock, according to Stornoway police, after another weekend of shocking speeds detected on the roads. A man is to be reported to the Procurator Fiscal on a charge of dangerous driving, after he was caught riding a motorbike at 113mph on the Braighe, and three other drivers are to be reported after being detected at speeds up to 85mph over the weekend.  A police spokesman said: “We are very disappointed that, despite widespread publicity for speeding charges, we are still seeiing drivers doing excessive speeds on island roads. It’s not only dangerous to themselves, but to other drivers and pedestrians. Proactive controls and speed checks will continue in order to keep the islands’ road users safe.”

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Local News for Friday 21st October 2016

Big choirs, big performances
Mòd nan Eilean Siar 2016 draws to a close today with the final competitions for large district choirs, and with significant events in the fringe programme. At 2 o’clock this afternoon at Stornoway Town Hall there’s a exhibition of the huge impact of the Great War on communities from Ness to Ballantrushal, the Going Down of the Sun. In the evening An Lanntair sets the stage for a showcase performance by singers from all the islands in Aite Mo Ghaol – place of my heart – in which leading Gaelic singers sing songs from their own islands. The Mòd final fling closes the evening with performance by the Glenfinnan Ceilidh Band and a great chance for dancing and celebration.

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Local News for Thursday 20th October 2016

Isles MP to chair powerful committee
Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil has been appointed chair of the House of Commons International Trade Committee, a new Select committee which will examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department for International Trade. Mr MacNeil formerly chaired the Energy and Climate Change Committee, dissolved when Prime Minister Theresa May abolished the Department of Energy and Climate Change. After the announcement of his new appointment, Mr MacNeil said: “The International Trade Committee will be a central committee for economic direction of the UK, as we are very uncertain as to what the terms of trade will be for the UK following Brexit. One of the first inquiries I imagine the committee would want to look at would be what the World Trade Organisation rules of engagement will mean for trade across the UK”.

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Local News for Wednesday 19th October 2016

International and Royal links for Mòd
Events at yesterday’s Royal Nationla Mòd highlighted the international family of Gaelic-speakers, and a proud tradition of support from royalty. His Royal Highness, The Lord of The Isles, Prince Charles arrived at the Nicolson Institute yesterday morning to enjoy performances from some of this year’s competitors. He also presented an award to the 2016 Gaelic Learner of the Year, 30 year old Carmine Calajezzi, who was born and raised in Abruzzo, Italy, before moving to Scotland five years ago. International interest in Gaelic has brought children from Spanish and Zimbabwean backgrounds to the Mòd,  as well as one competitor travelling from Abu Dhabi.

Read more: Local News for Wednesday 19th October 2016