Saturday, January 19, 2019
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Staffin Primary School pupils have reached the final of a Gaelic film competition.

The film has made the shortlist of MG Alba's short film competition, FilmG, 

Staffin teacher, Josie MacLeod, told Skye Times Online that the film was made with pupils, parents, Sgoil Àraich and teachers.  She stated: "We are delighted that we have made the shortlist in our category- community youth film.  We are also in the top ten for People's Choice Awards.  This involves a public vote where people can vote daily up until the 25th of January."

A Skye road is to be closed for up to two hours this afternoon (Wednesday 16 January.)

The closure follows a one-vehicle RTC on the A855 road, during which a bus came off the road.

Police say the road between Portree and Staffin, near Torvaig, will be completely closed for up to two hours this afternoon to allow the recovery of the bus.

A spokesperson for Police Scotland told Skye Times Online that the incident was reported to them at 1:07pm.  

Although there doesn't appear to be any serious injuries, three people have been taken to hospital to be checked over.

 

 

A one vehicle accident took place on the A87 today (Tuesday 15 January.)

The vehicle, which was a red VW Bora, had the accident a few miles south of Portree earlier this morning.

A meeting scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday 15 January) will decide the future of the Skye and Lochalsh Ski Club.

The Do or Die meeting follows an AGM which saw five members present.  

Organisers say: "We need a minimum turn out of 20 and a full committee.  Without this, the club will foreclose and liquidate.

"Please have a think if you use or want the club to succeed. We do not want to finish, but without the input the running of the club will become impossible for the few who commit to it."

A power cut is currently affecting various areas in Skye today (Saturday 12 January.)

A spokesperson for the SSE told Skye Times Online that a high-voltage pole had caught fire, resulting in a power outage to 75 customers.

The SSE are currently investigating the cause of the fire.

An animated character from Skye is aiming to make the island more accessible to visitors from China.

Cartoon tour guide, Donald from Skye, is reaching out to visitors with a newly translated website in Chinese.

The campaign follows the release of figures by VisitScotland in October 2018, showing that there were 62,000 visitors from China to Scotland in 2017, spending a total of £256 million.

A fire broke out at a luxury Skye hotel in the early hours of Wednesday 9 January.

Two fire engines were sent to Kinloch Lodge in the early hours of the morning to tackle the fire.

A spokesperson for Police Scotland told Skye Times Online that officers were called to Kinloch Lodge shortly after 3am following a report of a disturbance

The spokesperson stated: "Partners from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service also attended the scene to extinguish a fire within a room at the building.

The provision of 24 hour urgent care at Portree Hospital is on schedule to be fully operational by May of this year, the Lewis Ritchie Implementation Steering Group heard at its meeting in Portree on Tuesday (8 January 2019).

The meeting also heard that the Scottish Ambulance Service will recruit an additional six paramedics to be stationed at Portree Hospital over the next year.

NHS Highland and NHS 24 are working together to pilot advance nurse practitioners undertaking a dual role for both organisations in Portree and Broadford. This work is ground-breaking and not been done before, the purpose is to underpin a resilient Out-of-Hours service.

Volunteers are needed for a pilot befriending project.

Skye & Lochalsh Neighbours and Friends is being run by Skye and Lochalsh Council for Voluntary Organisations in partnership with the Highland Hospice.  The project aims to reduce loneliness and isolation and provide a regular volunteer befriending service in a person's home environment.  

Volunteers who want to make a difference and enjoy meeting new people are asked if they can commit 2-3 hours a fortnight.  To get involved, contact Samantha-Jo McArthur on 01478 612921 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Hebrides feature in a list of 19 places to visit in 2019, according to CNN Travel.

The list sees both the Inner and Outer Hebrides featured alongside places such as Jaffa, Israel; Kerala, India and Lima, Peru.

CNN Travel stated that nothing could prepare visitors for seeing the Hebridean islands.  "The most famous of the lot, the Isle of Skye, makes it onto many travelers' must-see lists, but the lesser-visited Lewis and Harris, the most northerly Outer Hebridean island, also deserves to be there."

The list continues that each Hebridean island "has its own distinctive vibe, but they're all grounded in a similar small-town community spirit."

 

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