Issue 41/26 18 October 2014

port ellen gaelic choir
Port Ellen Primary Gaelic Choir

The Susan paterson Caledonain MacBrayne Trophy was awarded to Port Ellen Primary gaelic Choir at this year's Inverness National Mod competition. The trophy was presented by CalMac's david Cannon (left). You can view their performance on YouTube

Photo Courtesy of the Oban Times

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Islay Dental Services

David Ritchie of Argyll & Bute CHP writes:
NHS Highland has been making every effort to recruit a dentist for the vacant position on Islay. Unfortunately, the latest round of the recruitment process for this full-time post has been unsuccessful, and this means that the plan to have an individual in post by the end of the year will no longer be possible.
Elizabeth Reilly, Assistant Dental Director, said: "I realise that this is disappointing news for the people of Islay and I can only add that I too am disappointed that we were unable to recruit to this post.
"We have resumed the recruitment process for this position and we will continue our efforts to secure another dentist on Islay as soon as is practically possible. In the meantime Mrs Formby will continue to work four days a week, and will provide a range of dental services with support from the current dental staff on the island.
"I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Formby and her team for their hard work throughout this year. It has been a difficult time for the dental team as well as for the patients. Finally, I would like to give an assurance that every effort is being made to recruit the right person for the job. As soon as we have any news on the matter, we will let the public know."

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Social Media Course
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brian palmer writes:
In 2009 I visited Portland, Oregon for the first time in order to experience at first hand, their renowned cycling culture. On arriving at my hotel, had dinner and spread my worldy belongings all over the substantially sized room, I connected to my Twitter account and announced to no-one in particular, that I had arrived in the Pacific Northwest.
Within half an hour, I'd received five replies from cycling related businesses and individuals inviting me to nip round for coffee and a chat.
I had not gone totally unprepared; I do have several friends in the city, but Twitter had rather speedily allowed me to acquire even more.
So-called 'Social Media' has come a long way in the past five years, with millions now connected via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram and several other forms of digital communication.
Social Media has also outstripped mere personal use; many businesses have now acquired accounts in addition to their corporate websites, but it is painfully clear that many have done so mostly in order not to be left behind. Many are failing to use their social media accounts in a manner that might actually improve their business.
Colin Kelly, partner in NS Design and formerly of the BBC, visited Islay on Tuesday 7 October to conduct two free sessions in ICCI with a view to improving our comprehension and use of social media for business.
The morning session consisted of an introduction to many of the services previously mentioned, while the afternoon was given over to 'Developing a Social Media Strategy'. In other words, putting into practice that which we had learned in the morning.
Colin is a very affable and confident teacher, with a comprehensive kowledge of his subject and a very relaxed means of educating those of us eager to learn more. Rather than simply relying on PowerPoint presentations, he tailored the course to the needs of those attending, and while at least two of us might have been smug over morning coffee, we left succintly impressed and knowing a lot more to encourage the same degree of smugness in the office next day.
Courses such as this are delivered free on behalf of Highlands and Islands Enterprise. Assuming they choose to repeat this particular course in the foreseeable future, I'd recommend signing up for a place, no matter how much or how little you think you know.
Facebook may well be the site of which teenage obsessions are born, and the point of Twitter may remain a hidden secret, but if viewed as contemporary business 'tools', it would seem prudent to be at least aware of what they might help you achieve.

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Local industry champions compete for Scottish Thistles honours
glenegedale house

Some of Argyll's leading tourism attractions have been shortlisted in the regional finals of the Scottish Thistle Awards, the annual competition which celebrates businesses or suppliers which have gone the extra mile to offer an outstanding visitor experience.
And two of the region's finest local accommodation businesses, Glenburnie House in Oban and Glenegedale House, Port Ellen (photo above) have both been shortlisted for the title of Most Hospitable B & B/Guest House. The Central South West regional winners will be announced on 7 November at Hampden Park. They will then progress to the glittering national final of the Scottish Thistles at the Crowne Plaza in Glasgow on 5 March 2015, the closing night of Scottish Tourism Week.
Now in its 22nd year, the Scottish Thistle Awards are organised and delivered by VisitScotland but, as announced earlier this year, now led by several organisations, including VisitScotland, the Hospitality Industry Trust Scotland, Scottish Tourism Alliance, Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards and the Scottish Licensed Trade Association.
This year, for the first time members of the public were invited to nominate their tourism champions for the Scottish Thistle Awards 2014. Entries were made across a categories including Friendliest Pub, Most Hospitable Hotel, and Our Warmest Welcome.
A panel, comprising some of the most senior figures in Scottish tourism as well as tourism ambassadors such as Nick Nairn, Martin Wishart, television presenter Kaye Adams and the man behind T in the Park Geoff Ellis, will be responsible for determining the national winners in each category.

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