Published: Monday, 08 September 2014 07:30
Man dies in South Uist car accident
A 19-year-old local man has died after a single-vehicle car accident at Daliburgh at 9pm on Saturday night. The man has been named locally as Carl MacPhee, who played for Iochdar Saints football club and was in a car with four friends returning from a match when the accident happened. He was a back-seat passenger in the car, which hit a tree, also injuring the four others. All were taken to hsopital in Balivanich, where Carl reportedly died in the early hours of Sunday. Coastguard teams from Lochboisdale, Benbecula and Griminish helped police to secure the scene and block the road between 10pm on Saturday and 5.45 the next morning. Specialist police investigators from the road traffic unit in Dingwall arrived on Sunday morning and investigations are continuing at the scene.
Read more: Local News for Monday 8th September 2014
Published: Saturday, 06 September 2014 08:00
Guga controversy 'old news'
With the Guga hunters of Ness moving towards the end of their annual harvest on Sula Sgeir, national press have once again focussed on the 'barbaric' practice of killing young gannets for food. But Niseachs are up in arms about national news reports which use old press releases to generate controversy over the practice. An article in the Times newspaper this week was reported to have quoted three-year-old press releases and television footage, to give an impression of a new outcry over the Guga Hunt. Ness crofter and broadcaster Donald MacSween said: "The news media continually target a small community and attempt to bring negative world-wide attention on them through half-truths and inflammatory language. Long live the Guga Hunt!" The ten-man guga crew are due back in Ness early next week, bringing the much anticipated annual harvest with them.
Read more: Local News for Saturday 6th September 2014