Local News for Wednesday 13th September 2017
Harris contract brings Gaelforce home
A firm which grew from a one-man operation in Stornoway is to return to the Western Isles with an installation contract at Tarbert Marina this month. Inverness-based Gael Force Engineering will be installing their unique floating concrete breakwater at the new marina development in Tarbert, nearly 25 years after the firm was founded by MD Stewart Graham in Stornoway. Two SeaHaven breakwaters have been manufactured for the installation, together with 100 metres of pontoons, designed to last 30 years in all sea conditions. Gael Force was founded in 1983 as a maker of fishing creels and pots, and now has bases in Inverness, Forres, Stornoway, Glasgow, and Plymouth, from where they supply customers all over the world.
Bring Crown Estate to islands – MSP
The Crown Estate should be moved out of Edinburgh and relocated to one of the Scottish islands, according to Highlands and Islands MSP David Stewart. Mr Stewart wants the Scottish Government to decentralise the organisation and move it to one of the Scottish islands. He said: “This Government is known for its centralising policies so it would be a bold move if it promised to relocate jobs to one of our islands. I know that the Orkney Islands are already keen on the idea of there being a base there and no doubt the Western Isles and Shetland would also welcome the relocation of such jobs and services. As the organisation deals with so much foreshore it would seem like a logical move.”
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Local News for Tuesday 12th September 2017
Twitchers’ Barra excitement
A tiny bird blown off course by winds over the Atlantic has got bird-watchers in a state of excitement, and generated a mini tourism boom in Barra. The American Redstart was spotted on Wednesday last week in sycamore trees behind the church at Eoligarry, and was still there yesterday, to the delight of over 100 twitchers from all over the world, who descended on the island at the weekend. Barra airport café posted pictures of Traigh Mhor crowded with five privately chartered planes, although other spotters took the slow route by ferry to see the small bird, which was first identified by Barra islander Bruce Taylor. It’s only the sixth time the bird has ever been seen in the UK.
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