Local News for Monday 9th July 2018

HIAL - Inverness is Preferred Location of New ATC Control Centre
Regional airport operator, Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) has named Inverness as the preferred location for a new state-of-the art remote air traffic towers control service.
This will see air traffic services provided at seven HIAL airports, including Stornoway and benbecula, by running all air traffic control activities for the seven airports from a centralised tower and surveillance centre in Inverness.

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Local News for Friday 6th July 2018

Isles MP questions PM on trade post-Brexit
Isles SNP MP Angus MacNeil questioned Prime Minister Theresa May this week
on what Brexit would mean for businesses in Na h-Eileanan an Iar trying to access the European markets.
At Prime Minister's Questions this week Mr MacNeil asked the PM for a straight answer on what Brexit would mean for industries such as shellfish producers, saying the UK Government's approach to Brexit was 'delay, dither and duck'.
He said: "Shellfish producers in my constituency are worried about getting their produce to the French market and the Spanish market. Together with those countries and independent Ireland of course, how open does the Prime Minister want and envisage the borders and the trade routes to be after Brexit?"
In response Mrs May gave no indication of what the borders or trade routes would mean for producers in Na h-Eileanan an Iar.
She said: "We are committed to no hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland and as frictionless a border with the European Union in the future as possible."

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Local News for Thursday 5th July 2018

Probationer Wins National Award
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have given their congratulations to Teacherf Abigail Treffry on receiving her Certificate of Full Registration by GTC Scotland. She received her award from Chief Executive Ken Muir and Deputy First Minister John Swinney, at the National Probationer Event in Edinburgh.
Each Local Authority was asked to nominate a probationer teacher who was deemed to demonstrate outstanding practice, motivation and commitment. Ms Treffry was nominated by the Comhairle following completion of her probation year at Sgoil Uibhist a Tuath, in North Uist.

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Local News for Wednesday 4th July 2018

MSP CALLS ON MoD TO GIVE HMY IOLAIRE SITE PROTECTED STATUS
SNP MSP for the Western Isles Alasdair Allan is calling on the Ministry of Defence to designate the site of HMY Iolaire as a protected place under The Protection of Military Remains Act 1986.

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Local News for Tuesday 3rd July 2018

Summer Drink Drive
Police in the Highlands and Islands are warning motorists to plan their trip home in advance if they want to enjoy a drink this summer. Road policing officers will be involved in a national road safety campaign aimed at detecting drivers who are under the influence of drink or drugs. Despite several high-profile campaigns highlighting the dangers of drinking and driving, officers continue to stop motorists who have ignored the risks and got behind the wheel while under the influence. Three motorists - two men and one woman - were stopped in the Inverness, Easter Ross and Isle of Lewis areas on Thursday, June 28. All three will be reported for drink driving offences.

Read more: Local News for Tuesday 3rd July 2018