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Weekly newspaper further delays print edition

Print copies of the West Highland Free Press are unlikely to be available again until August.

The weekly newspaper, which provides news for the west Highlands and Skye, temporarily halted printing in April due to the economic impact of the coronavirus. It had hoped to resume printing in early June.

In a message to its readers the UK's first employee-owned newspaper said: "Until there is a change in either the financial support offered or the economic realities under Covid we cannot return to print.

"The majority of our staff remain on furlough, but we will continue with a small team providing you with the very best free online content until our return to print in August."

Retired teachers could help pupils back to school

Retired teachers could be asked to return to work so class sizes can be reduced in the Western Isles.

Bernard Chisholm, education director at local authority Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, said it was an option being considered in preparation for schools reopening on 11 August.

He said school buses would have to carry fewer pupils and there would be social distancing measures on the transport.

Education management at Highland Council, meanwhile, is holding discussions on opening its schools on the same date. Its schools were not due to reopen after the summer holidays to pupils until 18 August.