Hair going, going, gone for Macmillan Cancer Support

Rona Wilson and Caroline Rogers get set to help Malcolm MacInnes lose his hair...

Losing his hair for Macmillan Cancer Support today (Friday, 30th September) was Malcolm MacInnes from Tarbert, Harris, who had his head shaved and his legs waxed in the Boots store in Stornoway.

“I just thought that they [Macmillan Cancer Support] do so much work to help everyone else that I'd do something to help them,” said Malcolm, who added that his hair before the shave was the longest he'd ever had it.

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New west coast ferry contract starts tomorrow

The £900m contract to operate ferry services on the west coast of Scotland, awarded to CalMac Ferries Ltd by Transport Scotland in May this year, comes into force  tomorrow (October 1, 2016).

Customers travelling by ferry from the first day of the contract will also see a new ‘operator mark’ which has been produced to show that Caledonian MacBrayne is operated by CalMac Ferries Ltd. It will not replace the familiar iconic lion rampant heraldic device on ships but will be rolled out across the network in a variety places including on uniforms, on ships, in ports and in printed material, as part of a tender requirement set by Transport Scotland.

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CalMac welcomes successful pay talks

Ferry operator CalMac has welcomed the decision by unions to recommend to their members acceptance of a new negotiated pay offer.

Following the conclusion of talks today (September 30) the RMT, Nautilus, Unite and the TSSA have all agreed to accept the new offer.

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Oil rig update - with pictures and video

Final preparations for moving the Transocean Winner rig onto the Hawk vessel are continuing and good progress has been made on the operation in Broad Bay.


The anchors have now been disconnected and the rig is being held on four tugs about half a mile from the Hawk.

The Hawk (pictured above) has almost completed ballasting and is making final preparations to receive the rig.

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Outer Hebrides Autism Hub website

As part work of the Outer Hebrides Community Planning Partnership’s ten-year Outer Hebrides Autism Strategy, a new website has been launched which aims to address some of the information and resource needs of those living with autism throughout the Isles, as well as the professionals supporting them.

Councillor Catriona Stewart, Chair of the Education and Children’s Services Committee: “As part of our commitment to working in partnership with community members living with autism, the Outer Hebrides Autism Hub will provide a new means of communicating with families across the Outer Hebrides. We know how vital it is for relevant and up to date information to be available for people no matter their age or location and the Hub pulls together what we hope will be a helpful range of resources”.

Read more: Outer Hebrides Autism Hub website