Wayward knees: Napolioni Nalaga misses the Quins gameAfter a hearing, however, he was doled out a ban of six weeks for his dangerous play, meaning there is one less hard-hitting worry for Alan Solomons’ Edinburgh side, trying to back-up an impressive win against Munster.Samson LeeThe Scarlets prop saw yellow last week during the heart-pounding win against Harlequins after his boot was forced into the face of a grounded Danny Care. On reflection this week it was decided that it was indeed a stamp and a two-week ban was dealt to the Welshman.Napolioni Nalaga OK, so the try-line terrifier is not getting any more time on the touchline despite getting a yellow on Sunday after kneeing opposite winger and try-scorer Marc Andreu. He is definitely the odd one out.It was ordained that no extra ban would be tacked on and the winger will play Harlequins. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Not dancing anymore: Naughty boy Lifeimi Mafi misses Perpignan’s game against Edinburgh after a tip-tackleONE HEINEKEN cup round down, several big names forced to sit out – but not because of injury. Oh no, these boys have been a bit naughty.Morgan ParraThe smart-booted scrum-half has been banned for four weeks after he snapped a jab at Bordeaux-Begles’ Gautier Gibouin. This means that the Top 14 incident causes the player to be banned for the upcoming Heineken game against Harlequins and, frustratingly for Philippe Saint-Andre, he will also miss the French game against New Zealand.Not only will France miss his metronomic kicking, but with Maxime Machenaud also looking doubtful France will have to turn to yet another surprisingly-little-known but incredibly talented passer. Sigh… It does mean that Danny Care has one less decorated obstacle in front of him.Lifeimi MafiThe former Munster centre was red carded in Perpignan’s close lose to Gloucester last week after he was adjudged to have tip-tackled Ryan Mills. Racing-Metro’s French winger Marc Andreu (L) vies with Clermont’s Fidjian winger Naipolioni Nalaga during an European Cup rugby union match between Racing Metro 92 and ASM Clermont at the Yves du Manoir stadium in Colombes on October 13, 2013. AFP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURE (Photo credit should read LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)
The arrival of the euro could generate a substantial increase to charities from holidaymakers.The arrival of the euro could generate a substantial increase to charities from holidaymakers. With little use for the foreign coins and notes of euroland countries after early 2002, charities are an obvious recipient, provided they ask for them.Read Charities to coin in millions by Tony Levene at SocietyGuardian. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 11 June 2001 | News 14 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Coining it in with the euro
242 total views, 4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis77 Melanie May | 12 December 2018 | News Jeremy Corbyn backs the Mirror’s End Hunger, Feed a Family Christmas appealhttps://t.co/N2vIKB3CFt pic.twitter.com/Iv9B48kEWx— Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) December 7, 2018 Advertisement National newspapers’ Christmas charity appeals 2018 Here’s a quick round up of the national newspapers and their Christmas charity appeals for this year, including The Sun, The Times, and The Guardian and Observer appeals.In no particular order: The Independent launches Christmas charity appeal for essential HIV testing around the world #AIDSfree https://t.co/n80TxgzpV1— The Independent (@Independent) December 3, 2018Evening Standard & IndependentThe Independent and the Evening Standard have partnered with the Elton John Aids Foundation in an appeal for an #AidsFree future, that is also being supported by stats including Ed Sheeran, Take That, and Elizabeth Hurley. Money raised from donations through the appeal will be used to support the Elton John AIDS Foundation projects in six cities around the world (London, Nairobi, Atlanta, Kiev, Delhi and Maputo). Through UK Aid Match the UK government will double public donations up to £2m to be spent across projects in Maputo and Nairobi. Activity includes an auction of unique items and opportunities including a signed Craig David guitar, a personal styling session with Victoria Beckham, and tickets to Elton John’s farewell tour. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis77 Tagged with: christmas newspaper About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. ‘Our little boy died at just 23 days old – but you can help save other premature babies by donating’ https://t.co/ihTSQFMe6F https://t.co/YM9RALyXIl pic.twitter.com/fPMxOArJaD— The Sun (@TheSun) December 10, 2018The SunThe Sun’s Light Up Christmas appeal is raising funds for Bliss. It is asking readers to support the charity’s work, which includes funding research, training specialist staff and improving support for families in neonatal units. As part of the campaign it is also encouraging people to buy a My First Bliss Bear. The white bear is called Scuby, named after Special Care Baby Units (SCBU), and holds a smaller brown bear called Inky, named after incubators. The bears cost £8.50 each and the money goes directly to Bliss. You can buy a bear here. The Radio 4 Christmas Appeal supports homeless and vulnerable people across the UK. Call 0800 082 82 84 to donate. ? You can also donate online: https://t.co/b9ulsbwAJ4 ?Thank you! #R4XmasAppeal pic.twitter.com/CusPSwI5UB— BBC Radio 4 (@BBCRadio4) December 6, 2018BBC Radio 4Not a newspaper, obviously, but BBC Radio 4 has once again teamed up with St Martin in the Fields for its Christmas appeal. The two have partnered now for over 90 years to raise support from Radio 4 listeners to help homeless and vulnerably housed people. In the last two years the Appeal has raised over £5 million. The money raised directly supports people through The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields and across the UK through the Vicar’s Relief Fund (VRF) and the Frontline Network. Please support The Times Christmas Appeal by visiting https://t.co/a9Kmkrn3y6 or call 0151 284 2336Details of our featured charities here:https://t.co/6wCSkAHSNa pic.twitter.com/m1EvW53NEv— Greg Hurst (@GregHurstTimes) December 5, 2018The TimesThe Times is supporting Surfers Against Sewage, St Mungo’s and Mercy Corps Yemen Appeal this Christmas. Readers in Scotland are invited to support Cyrenians, a charity that works to prevent homelessness and to support vulnerable people in Edinburgh and the Lothians. Please support The @Guardian’s 2018 Christmas appeal supporting work to help those suffering because of the UK’s hostile environment towards migrants.This is important work!https://t.co/DsYFlj0KTA #RefugeesWelcome— SDCAS (@SouthwarkAsylum) December 11, 2018The Guardian & ObserverThe 2018 Guardian and Observer appeal is supporting five charities that were instrumental in securing justice for the Windrush generation: Praxis Community Projects, Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, Refugee and Migrant Centre, The Runnymede Trust, and Law Centres Network. The MirrorThe Mirror has launched its End Hunger, Feed a Family Christmas appeal to raise funds, which will go to the Trussell Trust to help children in need over the festive period. It says More than half a million foodbank meals will be given to youngsters this Christmas, as families struggle more than ever due to Universal Credit. The Trust is seeking funds to pay for emergency food, help with storage costs and petrol for vans to deliver food parcels. Ever wanted to have lunch with an FT writer? Now’s your chance. This year The Financial Times are auctioning lunch with some of their award-winning writers as part of it’s seasonal charity appeal. #FTAppeal https://t.co/khIqMnwDE8— Habitat for Humanity GB (@HabitatFHGB) December 10, 2018Financial TimesThe Financial Times is supporting Habitat for Humanity. As part of its appeal it is holding an auction giving people the chance to bid for a lunch with some of the paper’s award-winning writers. In addition, donations to Habitat for Humanity through the FT’s Seasonal Appeal, will be matched by the Hilti Foundation. We’re delighted to have been chosen by @Telegraph for its Christmas Charity Appeal! Here’s our CEO @beckyhewitt01 explaining our theme for the Appeal – #WordsMatter – and how YOU can get involved. Watch, share and check out the Appeal page https://t.co/7VtSp74tMN pic.twitter.com/tRfonSO6FN— Changing Faces (@FaceEquality) November 10, 2018The TelegraphThe Telegraph has launched its Christmas charity appeal, focusing this year on three individual causes with one common aim: to support those experiencing mental health difficulties and to prevent them suffering in silence. It is supporting Changing Faces, The Firefighters Charity, and YoungMinds and people can donate online or by phone. Last year’s appeal raised over £560,000, with more than £80,000 pledged on its phone-in day alone. 241 total views, 3 views today There is no typical rough sleeper. Mark, a 55-year-old former NHS worker hit by divorce, debt and depression, kept neat and tidy despite sleeping rough for months. Today he is piecing together a future, thanks to @crisis_uk, the homeless charity https://t.co/fo4T9o7AI9— The Sunday Times (@thesundaytimes) December 9, 2018The Sunday TimesThe Sunday Times’s Christmas appeal is on behalf of Crisis. So far it has raised over £160,000, which includes £42,000 from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, to help the homeless through the charity. We’re so proud to partner with the Sunday Mirror for their Christmas Appeal.Take a read of Molly and Owen’s stories to see why your support matters so much.https://t.co/eT3PNeQ6at— Teenage Cancer Trust (@TeenageCancer) December 9, 2018The Sunday MirrorThe Sunday Mirror’s #GiveAnHour Christmas appeal is supporting teens and young adults getting cancer treatment through the festive season, by raising funds for Teenage Cancer Trust, which will towards providing specialist nurses and support workers.
August 10, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Search for total online control News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison March 12, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News ChinaAsia – Pacific ChinaAsia – Pacific Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Reporters Without Borders condemns the latest escalation in the Chinese government’s Internet censorship and control system in the Tibet Autonomous Region. In order to monitor and restrict the volume of information available to Tibetans, the authorities are insisting that all Internet cafés and companies that make computers available to the public in Tibet install the sophisticated filtering and surveillance software that was recently imposed in Beijing and other parts of China.The Chinese government is cutting off Tibet from the rest of the world. China’s highly developed surveillance software is being used to stifle free expression. Censorship in Tibet is reaching alarming levels. As in Xinjiang, the authorities are trying to obtain total control over news and information in order to be able to nip any unrest in the bud.Furthermore, since 1 August anyone wanting to connect to the Internet from a public computer has had to identify themselves by means a card with a magnetic strip. This means that all the content consulted online can now be traced back to individual users. The authorities are using the fight against paedophilia and pornography to justify these repressive measures.Tibetan blogs are being filtered almost automatically. Dolkar Tso, the wife of Karma Sandrup, a leading activist who was recently jailed, has opened a new blog a total of five times, after the authorities closed each of her previous blogs (http://drolkartso.blog.sohu.com/%20%20).Many blogs that are hosted abroad, such as Himalayanfontblog and the poet Woeser’s blog, which are both very popular, are being censored in Tibet. International online media and the websites of international human rights NGOs are also inaccessible. The only online newspaper that can be accessed is the government’s.A list of the most important Tibetan media that are blocked:Tibet.netThetibetpost.comPhayul.comOutlooktibet.comShambalapost.comPressoftibet.comVOA Tibetan News: http://www1.voanews.com/tibetan/news/You can test whether a website is accessible at any time from behind the “Great Internet Wall of China” by going to this web page:http://www.websitepulse.com/help/testtools.china-test.html to go further RSF_en Organisation Follow the news on China April 27, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News June 2, 2021 Find out more China’s Cyber Censorship Figures News
Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH The number of gardaí in Donegal falls 17 per cent over the last six years By News Highland – April 15, 2014 Facebook Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter News The number of gardaí in Donegal fell 17 per cent over the last six years.The figures were revealed by Minister Alan Shatter after Pearse Doherty TD asked him a Parliamentary Question on the issue.In 2008, there were 488 gardaí in the county: by the end of 2011 that had fallen to 444 and, at the end of February 2014, the figure stood at 407.Local election candidate, John Sheamais O’Fearraigh says there is a definite link between the fall in garda numbers and the rise in robberies here:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/johnf.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Pinterest Twitter Previous articleMan accused of building the bomb used in the Omagh atrocity arrestedNext articleUnite says time is running out to save Lough Swilly bus jobs News Highland Google+ LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Google+ Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR
News Updates”BSNL Occupying Land Unlawfully”- Cannot Expect Such A Conduct On Part Of Government Company: Allahabad High Court Sparsh Upadhyay2 Feb 2021 7:48 AMShare This – x”Clearly from 1st of August, 2019, till date B.S.N.L. is in illegal occupation and use of the land of the petitioner for which the petitioner would not only be entitled to the rent but compensatory damages as well”.Noting that the instrumentality of the State i.e. Bharat Sanchar Nagam Limited which is a Government Company, is occupying the land of the petitioner unlawfully, the Allahabad High Court on Monday (01st February) expressed its displeasure with BSNL authorities. The Bench of Justice Devendra Kumar Upadhyaya and Justice Manish Kumar was hearing the plea of one Tasirul Nisha who…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginNoting that the instrumentality of the State i.e. Bharat Sanchar Nagam Limited which is a Government Company, is occupying the land of the petitioner unlawfully, the Allahabad High Court on Monday (01st February) expressed its displeasure with BSNL authorities. The Bench of Justice Devendra Kumar Upadhyaya and Justice Manish Kumar was hearing the plea of one Tasirul Nisha who stated before the Court that B.S.N.L is still utilizing her land without even paying rent. The matter before the Court Significantly, the Petitioner, under a lease agreement let out certain portion of land to B.S.N.L for the purpose of erection of mobile tower. However, as submitted by the Petitioner, the terms of the lease agreement, though came to an end on 31st July 2019, yet till date B.S.N.L. has not vacated the land belonging to the petitioner. On the other hand, the counsel representing the B.S.N.L stated that the rent to the petitioner was paid till 31st July 2019 and thereafter though the term of the lease agreement was not renewed for any further period, the petitioner has been paid the amount of rent till 31st January 2021. To this, the Court noted that the payment from 01st August 2019 till 31st January 2021 was made only on 30th January 2021 i.e. after the notice of the instant writ petition was served upon B.S.N.L. In this backdrop, the Court remarked, “Clearly from 1st of August, 2019, till date B.S.N.L. is in illegal occupation and use of the land of the petitioner for which the petitioner would not only be entitled to the rent but compensatory damages as well.” The Court also called it “strange” that the rent by B.S.N.L. to the petitioner for the period from 01st August 2019 till 31st January 2021 was paid as per the old rates. Also, the Court remarked, “We cannot expect such a conduct on the part of B.S.N.L.” Lastly, the matter was listed for further hearing on 03rd February 2021 to enable counsel representing the B.S.N.L. to seek instructions from the General Manager concerned as also from the Chief General Manager of B.S.N.L. U.P.(East). Case title – Smt. Tasirul Nisha v. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. Thru. Its J.T.O.,New Delhi & Anr [Misc. Bench No. – 1042 of 2021] Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
Annapurna Pictures(NEW YORK) — Delta said it will replace in-flight versions of “Booksmart” and “Rocketman” with ones that include the LGBT love scenes, following outrage over the edited-out scenes. The company said it was provided copies of the movies that had already been edited and didn’t realize the “content well within our guidelines was unnecessarily excluded from both films,” Delta said in a statement provided to ABC News on Saturday.“We are working to make sure this doesn’t happen again,” the statement continued. “The studio has agreed to provide a special Delta edit that retains the LGBTQ+ love scenes in both Booksmart and Rocketman that will be on our flights as soon as possible.”Delta came under fire after a person on Twitter complained last weekend that the movie she saw on her flight had cut the lesbian love and kissing scenes in the 2019 movie “Booksmart,” but included the heterosexual ones.The film’s director, actress Olivia Wilde, caught wind of the complaint.“This is truly a bummer. There is no nudity in this scene,” she wrote on Twitter. “What makes it too obscene for airplane viewing? What airline?”Wilde said a few days later she had the chance to watch the edited version and confirmed that the love scene was not included.“What message is this sending to viewers and especially to women? That their bodies are obscene? That their sexuality is shameful?” she wrote.Words, such as “genitals” and “vagina,” were also cut or muted, according to Wilde.Following Delta’s most recent statement, she thanked the company.Delta also allegedly featured a version of “Rocketman,” the Elton John biopic, that did not include a love scene.The company added that it offers “Gentleman Jack,” “Imagine Me and You” and “Moonlight” on flights “and countless content in the past that clearly shows it is not our practice to omit LGBTQ+ love scenes.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
iStock(NEW YORK) — If you’re looking to lend St. Nick a helping hand from the comfort of your own home this Christmas, look no further because the U.S. Postal Service’s annual “Operation Santa” program is online.In its 107th year, Operation Santa invites individuals and organizations to adopt letters to Santa from hopeful children and families in need and send responses and gifts in his place.On Monday, the U.S. Postal Service took its gift-giving efforts digital, launching the operation online, for the first time across the U.S.A few years ago, the program was offered in New York as a trial run. This time around, however, helpers will be able to access letters from underprivileged children and families in 15 U.S. cities.“This is the most expansive program that we’ve done so far,” said Xavier Hernandez, a USPS communications specialist in Manhattan.While many children tend to ask the big guy for toys and games, some also request basic necessities such as coats, gloves and hats. Some requests are as simple as help for a loved one who has fallen on tough times.“It brings real Christmas spirit to people, this program, and that’s why I’ve been a longtime follower and volunteer,” said Patrick Reynolds, a volunteer and creator of Beanelf, a nonprofit designed to support Operation Santa.USPS said it takes in 500,000 letters a year.If you’re interested in giving this year, the steps are as follows:1. Look through letters and adopt ones you love.2. Find the perfect gift, and keep it anonymous — it’s from Santa, after all.3. Pack your gifts in a box using USPS shipping.4. And, finally, take the gift and postage to a participating U.S. post office by Dec. 21.If some are interested in giving in person, no worries, there are locations in Chicago and New York that will still allow for letters to be adopted in person.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
From the newly appointed Deputy Director of Rough Sleeping, Jeremy Swain.At some point homelessness washes up against most of us. My own personal experience of how it can painfully encroach came very early on in my unintended homelessness career. Having graduated from university with an honours degree in Modern History, I answered an advertisement placed by a London organisation called the Cyrenians, seeking volunteers to manage a group home for homeless people in West London. The remuneration was £12 a week, food in the form of a meal shared with the residents and a bedroom in the house. It seemed an interesting thing to do for the required 9 months before I got a proper job.It didn’t turn out that way, the trap was sprung and like many others with whom I have shared experiences since, I was captivated by the personalities of the homeless people I was asked to support, moved and appalled by the unjustness of their life experiences and fascinated by the sheer unpredictability of the work. So, at the end of the 9 months I resolved to get a salaried job working with homeless people for, well, just a couple of years.Whilst at the Cyrenians, a colleague managing an adjacent house informed me that a homeless woman with my surname was due to move in with her intimidating boyfriend. ‘Your sister perhaps’ he jested. I remember smiling feebly before taking the opportunity to scuttle off and ring my father, the youngest of 14 children from a family that had its fair share of dysfunctionality and tragedy. The homeless women turned out to be my cousin. Her mother, my auntie Vera, had been killed a few years before in a car accident, a catastrophe that had a profoundly damaging impact on her family leading, in the case of my cousin, to a slow, inexorable drift downwards into homelessness.I would like to be able to relate how I maturely dealt with my cousin’s arrival, rejecting any sense of stigma and refusing to be embarrassed by the sudden, bewildering proximity of a family member. Instead, once I had admitted to colleagues that we were cousins I steered clear of her and hoped that this revelation wouldn’t lead to my co-workers seeing me through different eyes. And later, when her boyfriend assaulted the resettlement worker and they were evicted from the house, I was mortified.Those extra couple of years turned into rather more than I expected. After 38 years working in the homelessness sector I continue to be deeply affected by the issue of homelessness and the damage it brings to so many lives. I have also been unable, and unwilling, to shake off my astonishment that it is possible to walk around the streets of our cities, towns and even our rural areas and witness people sleeping rough. Four years as an outreach worker in London in the 1980s, truly dire days in terms of rough sleeping, did not inoculate me against the outrageousness of people making do with blankets and cardboard in a shop doorway, park or derelict building and I know that many of you reading this will feel exactly the same.And now, after many years as Chief Executive of homelessness charity Thames Reach I have moved into what is surely by any standards a proper job – Deputy Director, Rough Sleeping and Homelessness Delivery at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).This is a very special time for me and I hope for everyone who believes that rough sleeping is one of the most grotesque anachronisms of our age. For the first time for over 20 years we have a commitment from government to commit very significant resources directly towards reducing rough sleeping. Initially this is in the form of £75 million of funding over 2 years, much of which is targeted on 83 local authorities with the highest numbers of rough sleepers. Funding has been allocated for 2018-19 and in the last few weeks provisional allocations for 2019-20 have also been announced. We would now like to encourage other local authorities outside the initial 83 with significant numbers of rough sleepers, or with innovative ideas, to discuss with us their plans so that we can see what help we can offer to support their work to reduce and end rough sleeping.To support, advise and hold to account the local authorities and their partners receiving the funding, we have appointed expert advisers to form a multi-disciplinary Rough Sleeping Initiative (RSI) team. They are steeped in experience of managing homelessness organisations, working within local authorities and commissioning services. Over the last few weeks I have had the privilege of accompanying them on monitoring visits to places such as Southampton, Manchester, Brighton and Cheshire East and observed with admiration at the meetings how they offer a rich mix of advice, guidance, encouragement and challenge. They are a fantastic resource and the reports that colleagues at MHCLG receive from them provide an accumulating body of evidence about the most effective approaches, interventions and programmes necessary to tackle rough sleeping which, in time, we intend to share across the country.Alongside the expert advisers we have specialist advisers covering areas such as health, work and benefits and criminal justice. These too are experienced individuals with amazing levels of knowledge and contacts relating to their particular specialisms and a determination to ensure that rough sleeping, in all its complexity is addressed holistically and not only as a housing issue. I believe we now have a level of resource and expertise which in my experience is unique, working with local authorities and partners across the country to tackle rough sleeping.Rough Sleeping Initiative funding is supporting a great range of posts, initiatives and programmes across the country including rough sleeping co-ordinators, outreach services, assessment hubs, winter shelter beds, and housing-led tenancy support. The Rough Sleeping Strategy, launched in August, quantifies the extent of rough sleeping in England, sets out the government’s initial steps to achieve its manifesto commitment based on a series of interventions to achieve these targets based on the themes of prevention, intervention and recovery. It is an ambitious strategy, supported across government. Over the next few months, we will provide further information about how local authorities and their delivery partners can be part of these and other programmes.We are now entering a crucial phase as we seek to help as many people as possible escape the distress and trauma that accompanies rough sleeping. As the temperature falls and the weather worsens, we are especially aware of the damage, both mental and physical, which is wrought on rough sleepers during winter. Last year, the threat of snow and below zero temperature triggered an urgent and impressive collective response. Local authorities, regional bodies, the homelessness sector, faith groups and supportive members of the public came together to help as many people as possible into shelters and other forms of accommodation. This year we want to do the same, but with more effective planning across an even wider range of bodies and organisations. Our aim is simple: to help as many rough sleepers to come inside as possible and, once they have come in from the cold, to find ways in which their range of needs can be fully addressed, enabling them never to have to sleep rough again.There is much to do. Services funded under the RSI are fast coming into place and it is fantastic to visit projects, to see the early impact they are making and, most importantly, to meet the individual rough sleepers benefiting from them. I will be visiting many more services and projects in the coming months and I know both the Minister for Homelessness and Secretary of State from Housing, Communities and Local Government will also be getting out and about to see at first hand the progress being made. Some funded initiatives are taking longer than I had hoped to get under way and we must inject greater urgency into our collective efforts because, as we all know only too well, the consequences of rough sleeping can be fatal and delay can cost lives. I hope that the official street counts taking place in every local authority throughout England during October and November will, even at this early stage, give an indication of a reversal in the rise of rough sleepers.But whilst the numbers are vitally important, it is the human stories behind the statistics that must drive our actions.At the very first meeting of the newly formed RSI team we were fortunate to be joined by 4 former rough sleepers who candidly spoke about their experiences of sleeping rough in terrible circumstances over many years. All were housed, working and impressively reflective about their former lives and astonishingly free of self-pity. One of our guests, Dave, had to leave slightly early as it was his day off and he had a task to do which, as he explained it, led to his voice cracking with emotion. He needed to pick up his grandchildren from school, a pleasure and responsibility that in his former life as a rough sleeper with an alcohol dependency problem would have been inconceivable. It felt that there was a pause, a collective catch in the throat and then we moved on, aware that for one man, escaping rough sleeping means, in picking up his grandchildren, that he can do something so simple, yet so valuable and meaningful.
Children living in low-income neighborhoods, often exposed to unsafe levels of pollution, may also face additional risk from the stress of growing up in poverty, according to a new body of research. Such children may actually be more biologically susceptible to contaminants such as lead and car exhaust, even at low levels, because dealing with financial strain, racial tensions, and high crime rates may wear down their immunity and disrupt hormones.“This type of stress can have negative, lasting effects on key systems in the body,” said Rosalind Wright, associate professor in the Department of Environmental Health, in a June 6, 2012 Environmental Health News article. “It’s like having the fight or flight response turned on all the time.”Robert Wright, also an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Health and Rosalind Wright’s husband, told EHN that “the toxicity of lead may be stronger in a child also exposed to the stress of poverty.” Lead exposure has been linked with reduced IQs, attention problems, and aggressive behavior.The EHN article also quoted a May 4, 2011 American Journal of Public Health report, co-authored by Joel Schwartz, HSPH professor of environmental epidemiology, and David Bellinger, professor in HSPH’s Department of Environmental Health, and Johns Hopkins’ Thomas Glass, that said that increased risks due to social status are “a critically important but neglected area within risk assessment, and should be incorporated in the future.” Read Full Story