Local News for Monday 8th May 2017

Stabbed crewman airlifted
Stornoway Coastguard helicopter R948 was sent to rendezvous with a Dutch vessel en route for Iceland on Friday night at 11pm, after a Russian crew member was stabbed on board the vessel. The Leah was 80 miles North East of the Butt of Lewis when her captain called Stornoway coastguard to report the 32-year-old man injured. He’d received stab wounds to the chest and arm, and was taken to Western Isles Hospital, where he arrived at 3.10am on Saturday. Dutch Marine Police were informed of the incident, as were local police and the Coastguard enforcement branch.

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Local News for Friday 5th May 2017

Counting for councillors this morning
Votes are being counted at Lewis Sports Centre from 9am this morning in the local election, which will see 31 councillors elected as the new representatives on Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. For new councillors, training in the role begins on Tuesday next week, and the first round of committees and full council meetings, at which the new council leader and committee chairs will be elected, are the following week. We’ll carry the results of the election between 4.30pm and 5pm this afternoon as part of Behind the Headlines, with Annie Delin.

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Local News for Thursday 4th May 2017

Polls open in Council Elections
The polls are now open in the 2017 local authority elections, with candidates waiting to see who islanders will choose to represent them for the next five years as councillors.  MP Angus MacNeil and MSP Alasdair Allan are encouraging people to use their vote – whichever way their voting preference lies. Mr MacNeil said: “It is very important that people come out and vote in the council elections. I would encourage them to rank all candidates in order of preference and I would advise them to use all numbers so that their vote holds value throughout the process”. Alasdair Allan added: "The Comhairle is the biggest employer in the islands, and a huge provider of public services locally. Voting in the council election matters, and I would encourage people to turn out.” There’s been one last-minute change to the polling stations for today. As the Tolsta Community Hall is temporarily unavailable, the polling station has been changed to Tolsta Community Development Limited, which is just across the car park from the Hall. Signage is in place to direct voters. Votes will be counted from 9am tomorrow at Lewis Sports Centre, with results announced through the day on social media. Isles FM will have all available results on Behind the Headlines from 4pm tomorrow afternoon.

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Local News for Wednesday 3rd May 2017

Polls open tomorrow for Council Elections
It’s the last day of campaigning for candidates in the local council election campaign. Polls open at 7am tomorrow, with 31 councillors to be elected for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. There are nine multi-member wards in the Western Isles, in four of which four councillors will represent the residents and five wards which have three members each. The election is conducted using the Single Transferable Vote system, with voters asked to number the candidates they wish to support, using number one for their preferred candidate, two for the next and so on. There are 47 Polling Stations at which voters can vote between 7am and 10pm tomorrow - the voting card which you received by post will tell you which is your polling station. Postal votes can also be handed in at these stations if they have not been posted already. The count takes place on Friday, starting at 9am, and all available results will be announced via social media and on Isles FM’s afternoon news programme Behind the Headlines, from 4pm.

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Local News for Tuesday 2nd May 2017

Cruise ship
Calling into Stornoway harbour today is the cruise ship Midnatsol, operated by Hurtigruten of Norway. Midnatsol spends the summer cruising the coast of Norway up to the Arctic, and is now on her repositioning cruise, travelling one way from Casablanca in Morocco to Bergen in Norway over three weeks. She carries up to 970 passengers and is due to be on pier number three from 8am today, departing at 8pm. With confirmed cruise ship visits now standing at 49, it’s set to become the busiest season yet for Stornoway Port Authority. The next call is on Friday afternoon from regular visitor Hebridean Princess.

Read more: Local News for Tuesday 2nd May 2017