Local News for Tuesday 17th May 2016

Jobs to come in HIE forecast
Highlands and Islands Enterprise are predicting up to 100 jobs kept or created in the Callanish area over the next three years, in an announcement about the 2015/16 year’s figures. They estimate that 130 jobs will have been created or retained in the Outer Hebrides because of their investment in the past year,  pointing to major projects in Lochboisdale, where a new Port of Entry was opened in September and in Harris, where 17 jobs were created at the Isle of Harris Distillery in Tarbert. Work will start soon at the HIE owned site at Breasclete, where BASF Callanish Ltd is expanding and 80 high quality jobs will be supported, with 20 more in the life science sector in the next three years. Other potential expansion areas are in the creative industries, food and drink and tourism. There’s been £300,000 investment at Harris Tweed Hebrides for a major expansion project which aims to create up to ten jobs. HIE also funds local development officer posts in North Uist, Barra, Galson, Lochs and Harris.

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Local News for Monday 16th May 2016

Google translate scammers
Email scammers have targeted the Western Isles with a message written in Gaelic, according to reports. The email comes from Italy and claims to be from an African man whose father has been poisoned. Police said the message seemed to have been written using the online translation tool, Google Translate,  which has only had Gaelic available since February. Some islanders in Benbecula who received the message said the Gaelic was ‘poor’.

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Local News for Friday 13th May 2016

Allan sworn in
Isles MSP Alasdair Allan was sworn in for his third term representing the Western Isles at Holyrood yesterday, taking the oath, as before, in Gaelic. Along with his SNP colleagues, Dr Allan wore the white rose of Scotland, worn by SNP members as they are sworn in at Holyrood since the Scottish Parliament was reconvened in 1999. Dr Allan said: “It’s good to be back at work again, and there is no shortage of things to do in my in tray. I am looking forward to getting back to work representing the isles in Holyrood and helping to take forward the SNP’s ambitious manifesto for a fairer and more equal Scotland.” Dr Allan was one of several MSPs to take the oath in Gaelic – there were also oaths taken in Scots, Doric and Urdu, which Dr Allan said reflected the diversity of the Parliament and of Scotland itself.

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Local News for Wednesday 11th May 2016

Calling all pipers
The deadline for pipers wishing to compete in October’s Royal National Mòd is closer than you think, on Friday 8th July. The Mòd’s to be held in the Western Isles for the sixth time this year, and junior and senior piping competitions will take place at Sgoil Lionacleit in Benbecula on Saturday 15th October. Pauline Craib, secretary for the Uist and Barra Piping group said, “Uist has a proud piping history and there is a wealth of talented young pipers throughout the islands, so it is fitting that the Mòd 2016 piping competitions return here.” Both senior and juniors entries for any piping competitions must be submitted to An Comunn Gàidhealach by Friday 8th July 2016 and entries can be submitted online at: www.ancomunn.co.uk An entry form can also be downloaded from the website and entered by post.

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Local News for Tuesday 10th May 2016

Mòd committee in full swing
The local committee for Mòd nan Eilean Siar is planning a full schedule of events in the lead up to October, when the Royal National Mòd will descend upon the Western Isles. The Mòd  is the premier festival of Gaelic language and culture, and will be held in the Western Isles between the 14th and the 22nd of October. A detailed plan of upcoming fundraising events aims to raise money to ensure it’s the best event ever hedl in the Western Isles. Convener of the local committee, Norman A MacDonald, said: "It is highly appropriate that the Mod should return to the Western Isles as the whole ethos and thrust of the Mod is to showcase and celebrate our rich language and culture. Gaelic is still the community language of the Islands and Mod attendees are assured of a genuine Hebridean welcome in Stornoway this year."  The committee hope that local communities will support fundraising events in the lead up to the Mod, which begin on Saturday 21st May with a bingo night in Clan MacQuarrie Hall at 7:30pm.

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