Local News for Thursday 31st May 2018
Endurance athletes swarm in Harris
700 endurance athletes are expected in Harris today ahead of one of the most prestigious events in the athletic calendar. The Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon will see 700 competitors running through the hills of North Harris from tomorrow morning, with the competitors heading into the hills early on. Most will be camping out in the wilds on Friday night before returning to Tarbert on Saturday afternoon. A large number of the competitors are expected to leave on the Saturday evening ferry. most travelling as foot passengers. The LAMM raises money for charity each year and will this year contribute to an activities week at Sir E Scott school as well as making donations to the Mountain Rescue teams and Cancer Research. It will be a busy time in Tarbert with many local businesses benefiting from the extra visitors. Adam Johnson of Sir E Scott school, which is supporting the event, said: “Although this particular type of adventure endurance sport is not quite mainstream, receiving very little media attention, the field of competitors that will be assembled in Harris will comprise some of the UK’s and Europe’s finest athletes, and, who will no doubt demonstrate with ease their ability to traverse Harris’s rugged landscape over the course of two days.”
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Local News for Monday 28th May 2018
‘Utter dismay’ at Westminster inaction on fishing
Western Isles MP Angus Brendan MacNeil has expressed ‘utter dismay’ after leaving the Home Office with no good news for the West coast fishing industry last week. He met with UK Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes MP to urge reintroduction of a scheme which allows non-European workers to fill labour gaps in the fishing fleet, as fishing vessels are left tied up for lack of crew. After the meeting Mr MacNeil said the Home Office seemed ‘impervious to any concern’ and would soon be left with only EU fishing boats in the North West of Scotland. He said: “Having met our sixth Immigration Minister in eight years, it is like talking to a brick wall at the Home Office. We’re back to making the case which we made to five previous ministers. This is despite having Michael Gove, the DEFRA Cabinet Secretary on side. I will be contacting him again to ask for his intervention in this matter. Channel 4 News covered this story showing the difficulty and the acute near-emergency we have in fishing in the Hebrides. Everyone on the West Coast wants to see people come from the Philippines and Ghana to work on our fishing boats. They are decent and hard-working people who are constantly in touch with fishing processors and skippers to see if they can come back. This summer we will not have any help on our fishing boats, the Conservative-run Home Office are certainly not choosing the economy as we will know to our cost and peril on the West Coast of Scotland.
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