Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Friday 7th August 2020

COMMUNITY WIND FARM BACKS BOOK ON NICOLSON INSTITUTE HISTORY

A book which is to be published to mark the 150th anniversary of The Nicolson Institute in Stornoway has received the backing of community wind farm organisation Point and Sandwick Trust (PST).

The Trust, which invests the profits from its wind farm in projects, which will promote the social, educational, cultural or environmental wellbeing of the people of the Western Isles, is providing financial support for the research phase of the book, which is to be published by Acair ahead of the anniversary in January 2023.

The book is being written by among many others, retired educationalist Iain Smith, who has Point and Sandwick connections and previously co-authored another Acair publication, Saints and Sinners, a collection of tales of islanders from the late 19th and early 20th Century.

Donald John MacSween, general manager of Point and Sandwick Trust, said they were happy to support a book that would promote social, educational and cultural wellbeing.

 

NEW THERAPY AVAILABLE TO NHS SCOTLAND TO TREAT CYSTIC FIBROSIS

A new triple therapy treatment will be available to cystic fibrosis patients on the NHS, following an agreement between the Scottish Government, NHS Scotland and the pharmaceutical company.
Kaftrio®, produced by Vertex Pharmaceuticals, is a medicine that tackles the underlying causes of the disease by helping the lungs work more effectively.

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman, said:

‘Cystic fibrosis is an inherited condition, which tragically shortens lives and affects around 900 people in Scotland. I am therefore very pleased that a revised pricing agreement has been reached between NHS National Procurement and Vertex Pharmaceuticals, to ensure that Kaftrio®, can be made available for the treatment of cystic fibrosis through the NHS.

‘This is a potentially transformational treatment for cystic fibrosis, and I am delighted that patients in Scotland will be among the first in Europe to benefit and lead longer, healthier lives. I hope that this news will be welcome to many people who live with cystic fibrosis, and also their families and friends.’

 

FINNIE CALLS FOR RESEARCH ON IMPACT OF TOURISM

Highlands and Islands MSP John Finnie, the Scottish Green Party’s spokesperson on Tourism, has called on Cabinet Secretary Fergus Ewing, “to commission independent research into the social and environmental impact of tourism in Scotland.”
Following a flurry of bad publicity surrounding the irresponsible behaviour of a number of tourists in the Highlands, Mr Finnie said:
‘The present problems are not new but, perhaps magnified by the staycation. Whether it is the cutting down of tress for campfires or the reckless disposal of human waste, some visitors have made communities across the Highland and Islands anxious and, in many cases, angry.
‘All of these issues require to be robustly dealt with by local authorities and the police now and a clear signal given about what responsible tourism means.
‘I strongly welcome the support that the Scottish Government has given to the tourist sector, during the present crisis, often making business-saving interventions. However, whilst the economic impact of Scotland’s important tourism sector is well documented, the social and environmental impacts of tourism are much less understood.’

 

ELECTION OF DOUGLAS ROSS GOOD NEWS FOR HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS SAYS CAMERON

The election of Douglas Ross as Scottish Conservative leader has been welcomed by Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron as good news for his region.

Conservative MSP Mr Cameron said:

‘I'd like to offer Douglas my hearty congratulations on becoming leader of our party. Having known him for over 15 years, he has become a firm personal friend of mine, and he will be a formidable leader of the Scottish Conservatives going into the 2021 election and beyond.

‘Practical measures are needed in the Highlands and Islands where we are facing huge economic challenges in the aftermath of the pandemic.
Coming from the Highlands and Islands himself, I know that Douglas understands the need for the Scottish Government to act for all of Scotland, and not just the central belt.’