Local News for Monday 26th November 2018

The semi-finals of the National Secondary Schools’ Gaelic Debate will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, 27 November in Edinburgh.

The first semi-final will see Inverness Royal Academy B against Inverness Royal Academy A when their topic of debate will be, “Artificial Intelligence is a danger to mankind.”

In the second debate of the evening Gairloch High School will be against The Nicolson Institute A when their topic of debate will be, “Make drugs legal and it’ll make Britain’s big cities safer.”

The two winning teams will meet in the Final, at The Scottish Parliament the following evening, Wednesday 28 November, at 7pm, where they will debate, “Were it not for the two World Wars, we wouldn’t be as advanced as we now are.”

The Final will be broadcast live on BBC Radio nan Gàidheal and will also be broadcast live on the Scottish Parliament’s website. Go to www.scottishparliament.tv for 7pm on Wednesday 28 November to watch live.

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Local News for Friday 23rd November 2018

Work is underway on the first phase of the Coastal Path project around Point and Sandwick with the first turf cut earlier this week.

The path will help to open better access and stimulate economic/social activity including new nature, cultural and for history based tourism. This phase prioritises a new enhanced extension of path and coastal defence past Eaglais Na H-Aoidh towards Aiginis.

Local Councillor Alasdair Macleod, commented: ‘I am very pleased to see work underway on this community project which will benefit social and economic activity in the Point area. This will greatly enhance Point and it is very encouraging to see the community working together on this exciting development.’

The total project cost is £114,152.20 with 50% coming through LEADER funding. The other 50% is being provided by an early distribution from the Stornoway Trust Community Fund, derived from the income from the Ben Ghrideag Wind Farm.

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Local News for Thursday 22nd November 2018

All the training and participation in the two Great Runs has paid off for Charles Young of Fivepenny who has raised a total of £1,366 in support of Ness charities, Comunn Eachdraidh Nis and Eoropie Dunes Playpark.
The funds raised will be divided equally between the two charities. Charles successfully completed the Great North Run Half Marathon in Newcastle and the Great Scottish Run Half Marathon in Glasgow.
Charles said “I’m delighted with the amount of money raised and am extremely grateful to the many people who kindly sponsored me in the two runs.
Donna Dorris of Comunn Eachdraidh Nis said
‘We are so grateful that Charles choose Comunn Eachdraidh Nis as one of his charities. The money will go towards CEN’s ongoing renovations.
‘Johan Macritchie of Eoropie Dunes Playpark said
‘The money he has raised will help with installing toilet facilities, and also make the play park more accessible for wheelchairs. Thank you so very much Charles.’

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Local News for Wednesday 21st November 2018

A special memorial tree planting event is to take place in Stornoway today, 201 trees are to be planted along the avenue leading to the War Memorial, in remembrance of the number of men who died in the Iolaire tragedy.
The community have been invited to come along to help put the trees in the ground at the site, just above Memorial Avenue where a wide path leads to the War Memorial.
The project has been organised by the Woodland Trust Scotland in partnership with Point and Sandwick Trust and The Stornoway Trust.
It will be the last official planting event in the Woodland Trust’s four-year ‘Centenary Woods’ programme, which has run across the UK from 2014 to 2018, to commemorate all those involved in the First World War.
The planting at the War Memorial today will be split into two stages, with the first session beginning at 11am and the second at 2pm.

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Local News for Tuesday 20th November 2018

Stornoway Rugby Football Club juniors are dressed for training in all weathers in branded club kit due to a donation of £3,000 from community wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust (PST).
The grant means the club have been able to provide weatherproof training tops to junior club members free of charge, saving families the expense and furthering a sense of team spirit and club pride among the youngsters taking part.
Iain GG Campbell, Stornoway Rugby Football Club Coach Development Manager, said the club was incredibly grateful for the donation – as it had been hoping to buy such tops for a few years but had not previously had the money.
PST board member Sonja Macleod and trust Chair Norman Mackenzie said: ‘We are proud to support Stornoway Rugby Club with their effort to involve the new generation in their sport.’

Read more: Local News for Tuesday 20th November 2018