Donald (second left back row) pictured with the other winners


Local shinty coach Donald Martin's commitment to the sport on the island has been recognised with a top award.

The man who has been involved with Skye Camnachd for over four decades has been honoured with a Lifetime Coaching Achievement Award.

The 2016 Highland Coaching Awards were held at Inverness Leisure and are run by High Life Highland in partnership with sportscotland to recognise the outstanding contribution and significant impact of local coaches. These coaches enable quality sport and physical activity opportunities to happen in communities across the Highlands.

 A Skye based scheme is amongst 56 projects in Scotland receiving a share of £4.1 million funding to help boost the fishing sector and make it more sustainable.

The funding, which is part of the second round of the European and Maritime Fisheries Fund, is intended to contribute to the sustainable management of fisheries and marine ecosystems.

Although the Skye project, involving Corgill Fishing and centred around a trawl monitoring scheme, is only put at just over £19,000, the Scottish Government are keen to point out that it is benefitting from continued EU membership for Scotland’s fishing and coastal communities

Some £3.07m of the funding is coming from the EU and £1.03m from the Scottish Government.

Coffee and a chat could lead to more cancer support on Skye.

Skye Cancer Care centre a keen to open a Portree drop in centre where people affected by life changing illnesses can call in for a cuppa, get support and advice or just have a friendly chat.

Now to gauge public support, a Coffee morning has been organised at Portree Parish Church Hall on Saturday 12 November, 10am-noon, to try and engage with as many local people as possible.

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP David Stewart still fears for the future of Highlands and Islands Enterprise with the Government's announcement that a new national board to co-ordinate the activities of Scotland’s enterprise agencies is to be set up.

“Despite assurances from Nicola Sturgeon that HIE’s services will be protected, this announcement seems very rushed and there is no fine detail about protecting jobs that are based here,” he said.

“I know that staff at HIE have undergone numerous changes over the past two decades and this will give those remaining more uncertainty about their futures.

A specialist cardiac nurse has taken part in a NHS Highland-produced YouTube video to help people on Skye beat heart disease.

Charlie Bloe, charge nurse at the coronary care unit at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness, is urging them to attend one of the two session drop-in events on Wednesday 2nd November to find out how emergencies such as heart attacks are managed across Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross.

In the video, Charlie said that the key to successful outcome for patients with a heart attack is early recognition and prompt specialist intervention.

Just days afer announcing the disappointment of missing out on funds for an exciting local project, Glendale Trust has again got something to smile about

For Glendale's IT project coordinator, Catriona Canning, has received funds from The Allen Lane Foundation to see the continuation of the popular IT project.

Planning permission is being sought to carry out repair works to Raasay's Free Church at Clachan.

If the go-ahead is given for work on the listed building, improvements will be carried out to the roof, bell tower, skews and harling.

Sleat Community Trust have stepped up a gear to improve transportation links in the area.

For they have set up a new book a taxi initiative allowing locals to take a ride...for only half price.

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The Crofting Commission Convener crisis has moved into the realm of absurdity, says Patrick Krause, chief executive of the Scottish Crofting Federation.

Mr Krause says: "In his latest statements to the media, Colin Kennedy, the Convener of the Crofting Commission, has said that he has no intention to stand down, despite widespread calls for his resignation.

"He refutes any wrongdoing and claims to have operated within the law, notwithstanding the fact that lawyers and the Cabinet Secretary for crofting, Fergus Ewing, who is himself from a legal background, have said he is wrong.

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