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Island organisations lead the way in unique energy initiative

Lews Castle College UHI and Tighean Innse Gall have linked up with the University of Oulu in Finland to develop a unique, energy initiative that promotes the use of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems which utilise clean energy and reduce household energy costs.

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Special Beatles album raises over 3K for Barra families

Special Beatles album raises over 3K for Barra families

A special Beatles album to be personalised by Sir Paul McCartney raised more than £3,300 at auction yesterday (Wednesday) to aid the families of two Scottish island teenagers caught up in the Manchester bomb attack.

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Preparatory works are underway with a view to the building works beginning in January (picture for illustrative purposes only).

New homes for Leurbost

The contract for the development of 10 new homes for affordable rent at Cleascro Road, Leurbost has been awarded to Calmax Construction.

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There has been a small upsurge of abusive passengers behaving in an intolerable way on ferries.

Worries over ferry behaviour

Ferry operator CalMac is launching a new campaign to reinforce its zero tolerance policy on unacceptable behaviour.

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Loganair set to operate Stornoway – Manchester service

Loganair set to operate Stornoway – Manchester service

Island air operator Loganair is to launch the Western Isles’ first ever non-stop link to England, with the introduction of a new non-stop service between Stornoway and Manchester as part of its summer 2018 schedule.

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Breaking News - tragic incident at Nicolson Institute

Breaking News - tragic incident at Nicolson Institute

A tragic incident occurred at the Nicolson Institute in Stornoway this afternoon (Tuesday).

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Ann Macleod and Uisdean Russell Smith, of Sp�rsnis, enjoying a cycle on the borrowed Voluntary Action Lewis bike   similar to the one currently on its way to Ness.

Helping hand from Trust to get active

An island community land trust has funded free gym membership for the over-65s and a companion tandem bike for people with additional needs in order to break down the barriers that prevent people accessing sport and recreation.

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Good standards noted in Isles’ hospital theatre

Good standards noted in Isles’ hospital theatre

The latest Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI) Inspection Report has praisef the Western Isles Hospital Theatre Department for a good standard of cleanliness throughout.

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Twinkling in Stornoway for the Christmas Tree Switch On

Twinkling in Stornoway for the Christmas Tree Switch On

Jack Frost was out in force in Stornoway on Friday evening for the town’s much anticipated Christmas Lights Switch On.

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Justice Secretary Michael Matheson launches the Festive Drink Drive campaign with Deputy Chief Constable Iain Livingstone. 



Picture by Chris James.

Festive drink driving campaign warns ‘just one’ drink is one too many

Drivers in Scotland are being reminded that there is zero tolerance for ‘just one’ drink before driving.

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Young people will have more participation in decisions at Council.

Young people to help make decisions at Council

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Education, Sport and Children’s Services Committee are aiming to increase young people’s participation in its decision making processes.

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Update on Road Conditions

Update on Road Conditions

The Western Isles are today (Friday) experiencing the wintery conditions forecasted yesterday.

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The new Shannon Class vessel is currently being built.

New lifeboat for Leverburgh

Leverburgh RNLI are to receive a new Shannon Class Lifeboat to replace the current Mersey Class vessel RNLB The Royal Thames.

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Move to help more families with increase in Clothing Grant

Move to help more families with increase in Clothing Grant

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Education, Sport and Children’s Services Committee is recommending an increase in the family income threshold for Clothing Grant applications from £16,105 to £20,000.

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Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan highlighted the issue of unfair postal penalties in Parliament this week.

MSP highlights unfair Island delivery charges in Holyrood debate

Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan has called for an end to the unfair parcel delivery charges facing many online shoppers in the Western Isles, intervening in a debate in the Scottish Parliament about this issue.

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Electricity company ready for Storm Caroline

Electricity company ready for Storm Caroline

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) remains on Yellow Alert in preparation of a period of high winds, snow and lightning forecast to impact its north of Scotland network during today (Thursday).

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Loganair adverse weather travel advice

Loganair adverse weather travel advice

Weather forecasts for Thursday afternoon, December 7, indicate that Storm Caroline will bring very windy weather for northern Scotland, to then be followed on Friday and Saturday with low temperatures and potential snowfall.

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New lifeboat for Leverburgh

New lifeboat for Leverburgh

Leverburgh RNLI are to receive a new Shannon Class Lifeboat to replace the current Mersey Class vessel RNLB The Royal Thames.

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Urgent meeting request over Island dental service

Urgent meeting request over Island dental service

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, has requested a meeting with the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Shona Robison, to discuss the delivery of dental services on South Uist, Benbecula and North Uist ahead of the closure of the consultation on the future of the local services.

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4G improves across Highlands and Islands

4G improves across Highlands and Islands

O2 is continuing to increase its 4G coverage across the Highlands and Islands, as well as improving 2G and 3G coverage, by launching 4G in over 80 towns, villages and hamlets across the region so far this year.

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