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This month’s business skills workshops and businesses leases in the Outer Hebrides

FREE BUSINESS SKILLS WORKSHOPS The following FREE business skills are being delivered in Stornoway and Balivanich during March: Balivanich Tue 11 March 0930-1300 Committee Room, Comhairle Offices Understanding Pricing for Profit Balivanich Tue 11 March      1330-1700      Committee Room, Comhairle Offices       Implementing Pricing for Profit Balivanich Wed 12 March 0930-1300 Interview Room, Comhairle Offices Understanding Health & Safety Balivanich Wed 12 March 1330-1700    Interview Room, Comhairle Offices Understanding Risk Assessment  Balivanich Thu 13 March 0930-1300 Committee Room, Comhairle Offices Marketing Balivanich     Thu 13 March 1330-1700    Committee Room, Comhairle Offices Selling Stornoway Wed 19 March 0930-1300 Third Sector Hebrides, Francis Street Understanding Pricing for Profit Stornoway Wed 19 March 1330-1700  Third Sector Hebrides, Francis Street Implementing Pricing for Profit Stornoway Thu 20 March 0930-1300 Committee Room 2, Comhairle Offices Understanding Health & Safety Stornoway Thu 20 March 1330-1700  Committee Room 2, Comhairle Offices Understanding Risk Assessment  Balivanich ...

 
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Uist Mod at Iochdar School

YOUNG PEOPLE from across Uist came together to celebrate Gaelic culture at the 2013 Uist Mod, held at Iochdar School. Hours of practice at storytelling, music, singing and dancing were all put to the test under the watchful eyes of the judges. Winner of the inaugural Island News piping prize in the “March, Strathspey and Reel” category was Lachie Dick, 21. Lachie also enjoyed success in the “Senior Overall” category. And it was a triple celebration as Lachie celebrated his 21st birthday on the same day that he won the Mod competitions. Other winners included Balivanich School for the “Primary Choral” category. And another group from the same school won the “Group Action Song” category. Winner of the “Overall Highest Mark for Uist School” was ...

 
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Editor’s Choice: Hire a Hero: Soldier takes up plumb job with Scottish Water

Jul 21 2012 By Stephen Stewart soldier daniel mackenzie Image 1 A FORMER Army corporal has swapped the killing fields of Afghanistan and Iraq for the burst water mains of the Western Isles. Daniel Mackenzie – who left the Royal Signals after several tours of duty – is now an apprentice with Scottish Water. They are backing our Hire A Hero campaign to end the...

 
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Business & Consumer News: Boost for Scottish housing market as sales increase by 11%

Jul 18 2012 THE number of homes sold in the first five months of the year has increased by 11% on an annual basis, showing signs of recovery in the housing market, according to a new report. The average cost of a house in Scotland stood at £146,073 in May, down almost £200 on the previous month's figure. Experts said the housing market was faring well under a "stuttering" economy, with an increase in sales hinting towards a more sustained recovery. However, they issued a note of caution over the future availability of mortgages, saying lending to buyers with small deposits has been suppressed. The findings in the latest LSL/Acad Scotland house price index revealed that despite prices being flat, they are...

 
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Scottish News: Two aircrew rescued after pair of RAF Tornado jets crash into Moray Firth following ‘mid-air collision’

Jul 3 2012 beatrice oil field, moray firth The aircraft crashed near the Beatrice oil platform in the Moray Firth TWO people have been picked up by helicopter from the Moray Firth after two Tornado jets crashed off the north coast of Scotland. They were taken to hospital in Inverness, the RNLI said, where ...

 
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Scottish News: Protected pearl mussels stolen from remote area of Harris

Jun 25 2012 ENDANGERED freshwater pearl mussels have been stolen from a Scottish island. Breeding colonies of the molluscs, which have protected status, were targeted in remote areas of Harris, in the Outer Hebrides, in the past week or so. Northern Constabulary said that the mussels were taken either by poachers or someone unaware of their protected status. Freshwater mussels are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and it is an offence for any unauthorised person to tamper with them. Police warned that they will take action against anyone suspected of committing offences under the Act. Freshwater pearl mussels are one of the most critically endangered molluscs in the world, according to Scottish Natural Heritage, with illegal pearl fishing ...

 
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