Local News for Wednesday 4th May 2016

Election figures
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have released figures ahead of tomorrow’s Scottish Parliament Election, with the total electorate in Na h-Eileanan an Iar now standing at 21,695. There are 4,531 postal voters, who should by now have posted their ballot packs back in the envelopes provided. Postal papers can also be brought to Polling Stations tomorrow between 7am and 10pm, or handed in at the Comhairle’s Election Office on Sandwick Road. Anyone who finds themselves unexpectedly unable to get to a Polling Station due to illness or changed work arrangements can apply for an emergency proxy vote today or tomorrow. Depute Returning Officer Derek Mackay said: “It’s everyone’s democratic right to cast a vote. It’s their opportunity to influence who will represent them for the term of the Parliament. We would hope to see as high a turnout as possible and get as much voter engagement as possible. I think that strengthens the whole democratic system.”

Football results
The semi-final matches in the Jock Stein cup were decided on Monday night, with all four matches going ahead. Point gave United an astonishing 10-nil drubbing at Garrabost, to win their place in the semis against Carloway, who beat Back 4-3. Lochs v Ness was 4-1 and Lochs’ semi-final opposition will be Westside, who defeated Aths on their home turf 2-3. Both semi-final matches will be played in two weeks, Wednesday May 18th, kick-off at 7pm.
Over 60s get fit
NHS Western Isles Health Improvement department have awarded funding to Hebrides Dance and Wellbeing Studio to run a series of dance and movement classes aimed at encouraging people over 60 to get active. Throughout May there will be a series of free taster classes designed to give new participants a chance to see what is available, and to help decide what classes will be offered over the next year.  For people growing older, active lifestyle is more important than ever and can help boost energy, maintain independence, and manage symptoms of illness or pain. And not only is exercise good for the body, it's also good for improving mood, energy levels and memory - dancing in particular has been revealed as the best physical exercise for preventing dementia. Tutor Kirstie Anderson said, "You might think you're too old, unco-ordinated or stiff,  and while these may seem like good reasons to slow down and take it easy as you age, they'e actually even better reasons to get moving. There are a range of classes including mat based classes, chair based classes and standing classes. The chair-based Movement to Music chair is based on the popular Groovy Movers class but without having to stay on your feet. Likewise there is a chair-based Stretch and Strengthen class based on some elements of Yoga and Pilates, leaving participants feeling relaxed and more flexible, but for anyone who isn't keen on getting up and down from a mat on the floor. Most of all we try to keep our classes fun and lighthearted - we don’t take them too seriously and neither should you”.  More information comes from the Hebridean Dance and Wellbeing Studio based at Stornoway Golf Club.