Local News for Friday 4th November 2016
Lifejacket rule would save lives
The Marine Accident Investigation Branch is calling for a change in the law on lifejackets for fishermen, following an investigation into the deaths of four fishermen, including one from Vatersay. Gerard Gillies, 42, of Vatersay died after falling from the fishing vessel Annie T in the Sound of Mingulay a year ago in October. The MAIB said yesterday that wearing lifejackets should be compulsory for all fishermen. It was reported that three of the four fishermen, who died in separate incidents, were not wearing what are known as PFDs of personal flotation devices.
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Local News for Thursday 3rd November 2016
2016 HebCelt ‘big boost for islands’
The 21st birthday celebration for Hebridean Celtic Festival didn’t just offer a cause for celebration in July, but a lasting impact on island economoy, according to new figures released today. Am economic impact report says the HebCelt 21 generated more than £2.2 million for the islands’ economy and helped safeguard 40 tourism-related jobs. The 21st festival, headlined by Runrig, was held from 13-16 July in Stornoway and was the most successful in its history. Over 7,500 paying guests visited the festival during its four days and overall attendances reached 17,830. Today’s survey, commissioned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), found that 63 per cent of festival goers came from outside Lewis and Harris, with almost three quarters saying they were only here to attend HebCelt. Visitors from Europe, the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand added to those from elsewhere in the UK to bring money in to the islands, spending an average of £500 each during their stay, with the bulk of it (78 per cent) helping the islands’ economy. Public subsidy invested in the festival was £120,000, bringing in £18 for every £1 from the public sector. Festival director Caroline Maclennan said: “This new report demonstrates that HebCelt makes a huge contribution to island life in many ways. It is vitally important to the economic wellbeing of the islands as well as enhancing our culture and creative talents”.
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