OPINION: The right to die at home should be a right of terminally ill patients, writes David Stewart, former Highland MSP
One of my last campaigns as an MSP was the right to die at home, writes David Stewart. As with most of my good ideas, it came from someone else – Dr Susan Bowie, a Shetland GP. I spent a day with Dr Bowie at her remote rural practice, listening and learning of the heart-breaking plight of terminally ill patients.
Shetland’s annual literature festival Wordplay, celebrating its 20th birthday this year, comes to an end later today (Sunday). Alex Purbrick went along for Shetland News and spoke to local and visiting authors THE LATE Orkney writer, George Mackay Brown once wrote that “the imagination is not an escape, but a return to the richness of our true selves; a return to reality.”
Shetland has recorded three new cases of Covid-19 today, the latest Scottish government figures show. Across Scotland 3,833 new cases were confirmed today, Sunday, 19th September. There were two reported deaths, 100 people remained in intensive care and 1,074 people remain hospitalised. The data was issued with the caveat that there may be variability in the number of new cases and tests reported in the latest 24 hour period due to a backlog of data being processed following technical issues on Thursday, 16th September.
Shetland has recorded 34 cases of Covid-19 for the week of 9th to 15th September. There were an additional two positive cases reported today, Saturday, 18th September. Technical issues with Covid testing meant that no data was released on Thursday by the Scottish government. Across Scotland 6,116 new cases were confirmed today.
‘It’s amazing, there’s nowhere else like it’: Glasgow woman pays homage to Aberdeen with bright tattoo
A huge Dons fan got a calf-sized tattoo to show off her love for Aberdeen – despite living in Glasgow. Amy Lee Fraioli, 23, got the image of Andy Scott’s iconic Poised sculpture tattooed on her calf on Friday morning – dedicating the majority of her lower left leg to the leopard.
Shetland Arts festival of literature, Wordplay, kicked off its 20th birthday celebrations on Wednesday with a five-day celebration of the written word. Curated by author Malachy Tallack, this year’s festival features guest authors of local, national and international renown for readings, workshops and school sessions.
A new programme which places food tourism at the heart of the recovery of Scotland’s tourism and food and drink sectors has launched, with the appointment of 25 Regional Food Tourism Ambassadors, including one from Shetland. Claire White, already a champion of the isles food and drink industry via her role as manager of Taste of Shetland, has taken on the brand new role.
In today’s (Friday, 17th September) edition of The Shetland Times: A 43-year-old father hospitalised with Covid has urged everyone who can to get vaccinated – after he originally chose not to have the vaccine. Charity fundraiser Karen Penny said it was “wonderful” to be back in the isles to complete her 11,000 mile coastal trek of Britain, almost 20 months after she was last in Shetland.
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ISLES MP Alistair Carmichael has called on the governments at both Westminster and Holyrood to demonstrate a clear commitment towards the country’s farming and crofting sector. Following a meeting with the president of the National Farmers’ Union Scotland Martin Kennedy, the Orkney and Shetland MP said that at a time of labour shortages there was a need for greater stability for agriculture and the role farming and crofting has to play in tackling climate change.
Leading politicians agree: Scotland’s oil and gas workers will power the nation on its journey to net zero
Deirdre Michie, OGUK chief executive A Scottish parliamentary debate confirming that North Sea oil and gas workers and companies will be essential in the nation’s green transition has been welcomed by OGUK, which represents the industry. THE debate today was prompted by proposals for new oil and gas developments such as the Cambo field, west of Shetland.
Lifeboat crews were launched to assist with a rescue after weather conditions left 11 divers stranded in water near Orkney. Shetland coastguard teams received a request for help at around 2.50pm today after a dive boat suddenly found itself engulfed in fog, with all divers in the water.
Every year, they loom at the top of your back-to-school list: school uniforms. And it turns out that the big cost of kitting out your children for school is more expensive for girls than boys. A recent study of four major UK retailers found that uniform shopping for girls can be up to 12% more expensive than it is for boys.
The latest figures released by the Scottish government show a worrying increase in the number of deaths from Covid-19 in Scotland. A total of 30 new deaths were recorded in the past 24 hours, which is the highest since March 3 2021. These figures include one new death in Aberdeen City and the Orkney Islands and two in the Highlands.
Hiker to complete mammoth 11,000-mile walk around Irish and British coastline in Shetland raising over £100,000 for charity
An “inspirational” hiker is set to complete a record-setting 11,000-mile walk in a drive to raise vital funds for dementia and Alzheimer’s research. After she ventured from Land’s End to John O’Groats to support Alzheimer’s Research UK in 2017, Karen Penny wanted to do more to increase awareness of the condition.
THE “GROWING crisis” facing businesses looking to import and export their goods to and from Shetland will be raised with Scottish transport minister Graeme Dey during a meeting today (Wednesday). It comes amid increased frustration over the freight capacity on the NorthLink ferries between Shetland and the Scottish mainland.
Shetland Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre have organised a distress flare amnesty so that private boat owners can dispose of unwanted, out-of-date and damaged flares. HM Coastguard Shetland will be accepting marine flares for safe disposal on Wednesday, 15th September between 10am and 6pm, at the entrance to the Staney Hill Quarry, Lerwick.
Animal lover Dolly Visigalli has celebrated her 105th birthday this month, making her one of the oldest people living in England. Dolly, who lives in Highbury Rise Care Home in Hitchin, celebrated the impressive milestone with a party involving staff and other residents. She was also delighted to receive a birthday card from Her Majesty The Queen - something sent on a person's 100th and 105th birthday, and every birthday after that.
Four new cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in Shetland as revealed in the latest NHS Scotland figures, half the number of yesterday. The seven day rolling total for Shetland cases between the 5th and 11th September is 64. Across Scotland 3,375 new cases were confirmed today, Tuesday, 14th September.
Property prices in Richmondshire have increased by 29 per cent during the past year, new figures show. It is the fastest growth in Britain, except Shetland and Orkney, where the sale of a single property can skew the data. Laura Howey, owner of Catterick-based Love Property, said the latest Land Registry figures came as no surprise.
A HEAVY, early morning mist lifted just in time for the Sutherland Sheep Dog trials which was held at Clynelish Farm, Brora, on Saturday, August, 28. Near perfect weather conditions continued throughout the day, making it a great day out for both competitors and spectators who were pleased to be back on the field after last year’s event was cancelled.