Local News for Monday 13th August 2018

HIAL ACCUSED OF WASTING £18,000 ON CENTRALISATION STUDY
Highlands and Islands MSP John Finnie has accused Highlands and Islands Airport Limited (HIAL), the Scottish Government owned agency charged with running remote, rural and island airports, of wasting over £18,000 of public money on a study into proposals to centralise its air traffic control system.
Research by Mr Finnie has revealed that HIAL spent £18,602 on a ‘scoping study from EKOS setting out why Inverness should be the preferred location for proposed Remote Towers Control Centre.’

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Local News for Friday 10th August 2018

EILEAN SIAR 2018 SQA RESULTS
2018 Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) data, indicates that percentages in Eilean Siar achieving National 5 are higher than the national figure.

83.39% achieved National 5 in Eilean Siar, whereas the national pass rate was 77.40%. This also represents an improvement of 1% in pass rates in Eilean Siar compared to 2017.

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Local News for Thursday 9th August 2018

CITIZENS ADVICE SCOTLAND SEN REPORT
Citizens Advice Scotland (C.A.S) this week published their latest report ‘Pylons, Pipes and People: Energy networks in Scotland and their changing role with consumers’.
Publishing the report, CAS energy spokesman Jamie Stewart said,
‘This research highlights the fact that the two Scottish electricity DNOs (Distribution Network Operators) are lagging behind in terms of their support for vulnerable consumers.
‘Each year, the energy regulator Ofgem ranks the electricity distribution companies across the Country according to their support for vulnerable consumers, In 2016-17 the Scottish electricity distribution companies were at the bottom of the table.

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Local News for Wednesday 8th August 2018

USA TRADE DEAL RISKS PROTECTED STATUS
The SNP has warned that the Tories are preparing to sell out over protections for top Scottish produce, risking the countries global reputation for quality food and drink to strike a post-Brexit trade deal with Donald Trump.

The EU Protected Food Name scheme safeguards produce on the basis of geographical status or traditional recipe or method. It gives legal protection against imitation and ensures that premium products are not undermined. There are 14 Protected Food Names in Scotland.

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Local News for Tuesday 7th August 2018

Stornoway Crofters to Bid in Wind Turbine Auction
The four crofting townships campaigning for the right to develop community-owned wind farms in Stornoway have announced their intention to bid in the Contract for Differences (CfD) auction in May.
The four townships which will be bidding are Sandwick North Street, Sandwick East Street, Melbost & Branahuie and Aignish – which have all lodged Section 50b applications with the Crofting Commission for permission to go ahead with the developments on their common grazings.

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