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MP’s reassurances over Royal Mail ‘scare stories’

MP Alistair Carmichael has again moved to reassure concerned islanders that the rural postal service will be protected following the partial sell-off of Royal Mail. The coalition government last week unveiled plans for a £3 billion privatisation in the next six weeks. In response, it is expected Royal Mail staff will launch a rolling programme of strike action. At least half of the 497-year-old state-run service is to be sold off in the face of widespread public opposition. Several national polls suggest around two-thirds of UK voters are against privatisation, with discontent strongest in the countryside. Alistair Carmichael insists the daily ...

 
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Skipper sleeping in cabin when cargo ship ran aground

Captain: Fined £3500 for causing ship grounding. Pic: © Murdo Maclean A Russian skipper was asleep in his cabin when the cargo ship he was in charge of ran aground on rocks in the Western Isles. The MV Flinterspirt went too close to the east side of North Uist while heading south down the Minch on March 19. The 4500-tonne Dutch bulk carrier was on its way to Belfast from Finland with a cargo of wood when it hit rocks on Flodday Mor on the very south east tip of North Uist around 10.45pm. Captain Konstantin Golubev had not slept properly for days and fell asleep in his cabin half an hour before the ship hit rocks. The 41-year-old was fined £3500 at Stornoway Sheriff Court after he admitted two charges of negligence while in charge of ...

 
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TV presenter Matthew Wright’s murder comments ‘offensive’

Video will appear here shortly. TV presenter Matthew Wright's comments about the murder of a Western Isles teenager caused "considerable offence", a TV watchdog has ruled. More than 2000 complaints were received by media regulator Ofcom after the Channel 5 show, The Wright Stuff, poked fun at the death of 16-year-old Liam Aitchison on Lewis. The teenager's body was discovered in a derelict property in the Steinish area of Lewis in November, a week after he was reported missing. Two men have been charged with his murder. Wright was forced to apologise to the boy's parents after he put on a Scottish accent and told the audience "there's been another murder", mimicking popular detective show Taggart. Ofcom launched an investigation into the incident and has ruled that the comments caused a "considerable" degree of ...

 
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Memorial service following teenager’s death

A memorial service is to be held for a teenager who was found dead in a garden in Inverness. Sixteen-year-old Scott Campbell was found dead in the Culduthel area of Inverness just before 10am on Sunday. He was last seen at around 5.15am on Saturday, close to the Tesco store at Inshes in Inverness. Scott's family will attend the service, to be held at Culduthel Christian Centre on the city's Culduthel Avenue at 7.30pm on Monday. Police are urging people to attend the memorial service instead of going to the site where Scott was found to lay flowers or pay respect, to prevent any disturbance to neighbouring houses. Officers launched co-ordinated searches for the missing teenager...

 
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Teenager in court after 15-year-old seriously injured in crash

Video will appear here shortly. A teenager has appeared in court in connection with a car crash which left a 15-year-old girl seriously injured. The girl was a passenger in the car which crashed near Barvas Free Church in Barvas, on the Isle of Lewis, on Saturday at around 10.45pm. She was taken to Western Isles Hospital for treatment along with another passenger in the car, a 16-year-old boy, who suffered minor injuries. The boy ...

 
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Budget consultation meetings in Uist on 3 November

As part of setting its budget for 2012/13, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is holding a series of meetings to explain the choices facing the Comhairle and enable the public to participate in this process. Meetings elsewhere are scheduled for 7.30pm, while those in the Uists will be held on the same day – Thursday, 3 November – but at 5.30pm in Daliburgh School Hall, South Uist and at 8pm in Carinish Hall, North Uist. Tuesday 1 November 2011 Barvas Hall Wednesday 2 November 2011 Castlebay School Hall Thursday 3 November 2011 Daliburgh School Hall at 5.30pm Carinish Village Hall at 8.00pm Monday 7 November 2011 Harris hotel Tuesday 8 November 2011 Council Offices, Stornoway

 
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