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Scottish SPCA appeal for donations of vegetables and washing powder

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 10/30/2018 - 12:31
The Scottish SPCA is appealing to animal lovers in Edinburgh and the Lothians to donate vegetables and washing powder for the wildlife in their National Wildlife Centre in Fishcross. Scotland’s animal welfare charity is caring for many wild animals that have been rescued or born into their care. The charity’s centre in Fishcross rescued over […]
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Council sorry for missed bin collections in Edinburgh

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 10/30/2018 - 11:00
Complaints to the council have spiked after moves to change its waste collection service.
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Edinburgh arts festival appoints new executive

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 10/30/2018 - 10:22
The Edinburgh International Festival appoints Francesca Hegyi as executive director.
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Step Forward for Ambitious Plans to Regenerate Granton Waterfront

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 10/30/2018 - 10:11
An ambitious regeneration project at Granton Waterfront will take a step forward next month. The City of Edinburgh Council will begin an intensive six month period of public engagement with the intention of delivering a vibrant, well connected, new city quarter. The Council’s vision for the area is for around 4,000 new homes, services, retail […]
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Cancer teen enjoys life back at school before treatment

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 10/30/2018 - 07:14

A teenager fighting a deadly type of cancer has been enjoying life back at school before she travels to the US to undergo a new treatment.

Kira Noble, who is battling Neuroblastoma for the third time, has welcomed her fourth year at Firrhill high school as a break from her gruelling hospital visits.

During what many students would describe as a demanding time, the 15-year-old sees her exam year as "a chance to being treated like a normal teenager".

Kira, from Edinburgh, has enjoyed three months back on campus after being absent for eight months due to her surgery and treatments.

She said: "I'm enjoying school at the moment, it's a lot of work obviously as I'm in my exam year now.

"I like seeing my friends, that's what I like. I like seeing all of them and just catching up and being treated like a normal teenager for once. It's nice."

Her mum, Aud, added: "When you've been institutionalised as we have been for such a long period of time, it's just so big.

"I mean the little things that exist in life are big things."

Earlier this year almost £500,000 was raised in a few short weeks to allow Kira to have life saving surgery on her Neuroblastoma tumour in the US.

Despite the success of the surgery in New York, relapsed Neuroblastoma is known for it's aggressive nature and a recent scan has shown a new lesion just outside of her pancreas.

Kira said: "I'm happy as it isn't in the pancreas but it's a bit of a pain in the backside that it's come up.

'I like seeing my friends, that's what I like. I like seeing all of them and just catching up and being treated like a normal teenager for once. It's nice.' Kira Noble

"I will fight it again and get rid of it and I'll be clear once again."

Doctors have decided the next step is for Kira to head back to America for Proton Beam Therapy in New Jersey which is a less intrusive form of radiotherapy.

Kira said: "I'm glad it's not a surgery because obviously I've had four major surgeries in the space of about three years.

"So that's a lot to handle and I don't think my body could take another surgery, if I'm completely honest.

"It will hopefully be, not an easy treatment but an easier treatment to a surgery.

"I was thinking I'd get back to normal life and that would be it but you know stuff happens and you've just got to deal with it.

'I will fight it again and get rid of it and I'll be clear once again.' Kira Noble

"Especially after my last chemo I had awful side effects to the point I could hardly walk anywhere, I was having trouble with going to toilets, anything you could think of, I basically had.

"So knowing that hopefully I won't be as ill or it will just be a nicer treatment is just much better because I can't tolerate a lot anymore.

"I think the whole fact of eventually I will get back to normality, hang out with my pals and just living my life to the fullest is just what keeps me going everyday."

Aud added: "I think what we've got to keep in mind is the cumulative effect that already exists as a result of all these ongoing treatments that Kira has had so far.

"So it's with caution that we're moving forward.

"But I always keep my hope stronger than my fear."

The family are due to fly out to America next week and fortunately, as so much money was raised earlier this year, Kira's £67,000 treatment is already covered.

Aud said: "To be able to select the best possible treatment for Kira, whilst not having the added pressure of raising funds, is incredible.

"Thank you is not a big enough word to begin to describe the magnitude of our gratitude to everyone for their huge efforts."

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Budget 2018: Holyrood urged to use £950m fund to tackle Edinburgh care crisis

Edinburgh Evening News - Tue, 10/30/2018 - 06:00
THE Scottish Government is being urged to use cash it will receive as a result of Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Budget to help tackle Edinburgh’s care crisis.
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Fire chief warns attacks on crews not tolerated this Bonfire Night

Edinburgh Evening News - Tue, 10/30/2018 - 06:00
They are often regarded as heroes, displaying unmatched bravery and courage in order to save lives.
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Passengers fed up with ‘pathetic’ luggage waiting times at Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Evening News - Tue, 10/30/2018 - 06:00
Outraged easyJet passengers are fed up with the “pathetic” waiting times they are facing to be reunited with their luggage when touching down at Edinburgh Airport.
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