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Man jailed for setting fire to homeless man in Luton

BBC Beds Bucks Herts News Feed - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 20:44
Homeless Thomas Smith was "engulfed in a ball of fire" in a revenge attack following a row.

George Floyd death: Thousands join Birmingham protest

BBC Birmingham News Feeds - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 20:18
The demonstration is one of many held globally in the wake of the 46-year-old's death.
Categories: Birmingham

Coronavirus: Business Secretary Alok Sharma tests negative

BBC Berkshire News Feed - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 19:02
The business secretary has been self-isolating at home since he became unwell on Wednesday.
Categories: Berkshire

Coronavirus: Weston hospital staff 'unknowingly spread virus'

BBC Somerset News Feed - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 19:00
Weston General Hospital temporarily closed in May due to an outbreak of coronavirus.
Categories: Education, Somerset

Coronavirus: Weston hospital staff 'unknowingly spread virus'

BBC Bristol News Feed - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 19:00
Weston General Hospital temporarily closed in May due to an outbreak of coronavirus.
Categories: Bristol

Coronavirus: Sgt Brett France's recovery is wife's 'best present ever'

BBC Manchester News Feeds - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 18:46
Sgt Brett France, who spent two months in hospital with Covid-19, is discharged on his wife's birthday.
Categories: Manchester

Black Lives Matter

London Cyclist - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 18:32

 

LCC stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and all groups campaigning to end racism and injustice in all its forms.

At LCC, our central mission is to create a city where everyone who wants to cycle. We want to see a city in which those who choose to cycle reflect London's population as a whole as regards their gender, age, disability and ethnicity; a city where there are no longer barriers preventing people from disadvantaged communities enjoying the affordability, health benefits and convenience of cycling.

We campaign hard on a number of fronts to pursue this mission this because we firmly believe that this will create a better city for everyone -  a zero carbon, zero pollution, healthier, happier London. This is also important, as the outcomes of a city where more people cycle alleviate some of the damaging and dangerous issues that disproportionately affect BAME communities.

Racism kills – as we have seen with the most recent killings of African Americans at the hands of police in the US. But it kills in other ways as well. When we think of racism only as a problem of individual attitudes and not a structural issue, we miss the real impact of racism.

For example, the poorest and most deprived in our society – who are disproportionately black and ethnic minority – are more likely to live in heavily congested areas where air pollution is high. And they are the least likely to have opportunities for active travel, hence we see higher rates of cardiovascular and heart disease among these groups.

Active travel and air pollution – two central areas of our campaigning – are therefore issues of social and racial justice. The structural and institutional dimensions of racism are barriers that must be overcome if the goal of making cycling a genuinely universal activity is to be achieved.

This has become all the more urgent in light of the current covid-19 crisis. Since the start of lockdown, we have been demanding that the Councils and the Mayor support emergency walking and cycling infrastructure. This is in part to stop the inevitable rise in air pollution again, which has exacerbated our vulnerability to this respiratory disease. But it is also important that as we transition out of this crisis with a significantly lower public transport capacity, and one that is no longer free for under 18’s, that we provide alternative transport options. Not only are members of BAME communities more likely to die from Covid-19, they are also among the least likely to have been able to work safely from home during lockdown. Essential workers are disproportionately BAME.

During lockdown, while we were not able to offer free LCC membership to all essential workers, we tried to make it’s accessibility as broad as we could. This is why it is not only for NHS workers but all hospital workers – including catering and cleaning staff who are often black or ethnic minority – and care home workers.

That said, we know that the cycling community is not reflective of London's population as a whole as regards their gender, age, disability, ethnicity, or income. Its reputation as an overwhelmingly white activity is deserved. According to 2016 figures from TfL, Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups account for 15 per cent of current cycle trips, but 38 per cent of potentially cyclable trips.  Cycling spaces are often very white and this makes them unwelcoming for black people and other ethnic minority groups. While there has been efforts to become more inclusive and representative, there is a huge amount to improve on. There are still many barriers to many from BAME communities to starting to cycle. Some we are actively working on, like campaigning for the kinds of infrastructure that help people feel more protected from motor traffic and more comfortable to cycle on the roads, but there are many more still.  

We are not making this statement as either a brand exercise or a tick-box exercise. LCC is committed to doing better and continuing to review how we conduct ourselves as an organisation, and how we campaign, in an anti-racist way. This includes, but will not be limited to:

  • How we recruit and develop our staff and activists
  • How we campaign in a way which is sensitive to the inequalities experienced by Black communities
  • How we communicate and make space for disadvantaged voices in our campaigning 

We know we don’t always get things right and that we could do better. If you would like to play a role in this or have suggestions, please get in touch with us on campaign@lcc.org.uk

 

 

Categories: London

Nelson woman found dead in her home 'wouldn't hurt a fly'

BBC Lancashire - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 18:17
A woman who was found with fatal head injuries in her home was a "happy soul", her family say.
Categories: Lancashire

Jodrell Bank Observatory 'switched on' after longest shutdown

BBC Manchester News Feeds - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 18:16
The world famous observatory has seen its longest shutdown since it opened more than 60 years ago.
Categories: Manchester

George Floyd death: Northampton council sends "solidarity" message

BBC Northamptonshire News Feed - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 18:11
Northampton councillors issue a joint statement backing the Black Lives Matter movement.
Categories: Northamptonshire

Coronavirus: Southend nurse who contracted Covid-19 'has no regrets'

BBC Essex News Feed - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 17:57
Felix Khor came out of retirement to help and thanked staff who "persevered and saved my life".
Categories: Essex

Guidance: Initial teacher training (ITT): criteria and supporting advice

Department For Education News Feed - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 17:31
Mandatory guidance on the criteria that organisations must meet to provide initial teacher training (ITT).
Categories: Education

Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): initial teacher training (ITT)

Department For Education News Feed - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 17:31
Information for providers about managing initial teacher training courses impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Categories: Education

‘Pop-up’ walking and cycling routes coming to Dorset

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 17:00

Dorset residents are being asked to highlight congested walking and cycling routes to help shape ‘pop-up’ travel infrastructure in the Dorset Council area.


With the increased demand for walking and cycling – as well as capacity issues on public transport – during social distancing measures, a £225m emergency active travel fund has been launched by the Government to support temporary improvements to sustainable transport during the pandemic.

Dorset Council has been awarded £577k and is now considering what measures could be taken to help residents with social distancing while travelling around towns, and in preparation for the restart after lockdown. Temporary solutions could include:

  • widening footways, especially on high streets, to ensure that those walking and queuing for essential goods can keep apart from each other
  • installing measures to restrict through-traffic from some streets to ensure that physical distancing can occur, especially on access routes to local amenities
  • installing temporary cycle lanes separated from traffic, particularly on routes where cycle use is high

To help plan and focus areas of work, the council is asking residents to make suggestions using an online map to highlight areas of concern and see what issues have already been raised. All suggestions will be examined but, due to funding limitations, not all submitted ideas can be progressed.

Councillor Ray Bryan, Portfolio Holder for Highways, Travel and Environment, said: “We’re committed to helping residents move safely around towns and villages during social distancing, and we recognise this will get more difficult as further restrictions are lifted.

“This is a real opportunity for transformative change in how we make short journeys and we want to get it right – enabling our residents to continue their new-found walking and cycling habits for work and leisure.

“We are already engaging with parish and town councils to understand where the immediate crowding issues are that could negate social distancing efforts on high streets, but we need help from all parts of our communities to get a clear picture of concerns and priorities across the wider Dorset Council area.”

Submit your suggestion online by end of July.

Suggestions will continually be analysed by Dorset Highways as they are submitted and prioritised by their benefit to walking, cycling and wheelchair users, with likely impacts on parking, access and delivery services taken into consideration before final schemes are submitted for funding approval.

Of the £577k awarded, £115k is for the short-term immediate measures needed to support social distancing and ensure safer town centres when shops reopen from 15 June, where town councils have played a significant role in identifying priorities.

A further £462k is available for medium-term or permanent measures, with residents being asked to highlight concerns of pavement and cycleway pinch points.

The post ‘Pop-up’ walking and cycling routes coming to Dorset appeared first on Dorset Council news.

Categories: Dorset

George Floyd death: University of Kent investigates Canterbury image

BBC Kent News Feed - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 16:56
A "deeply disturbing" social media post shows two young men re-enacting George Floyd's arrest.
Categories: Kent

Coronavirus: Venturing outside after nearly three months

BBC Sussex News Feed - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 16:47
Sophie Hughes has been shielding at home since the lockdown began because she has severe asthma.
Categories: Sussex

Study finds rising number of children in North of England are facing mental health problems

York University RSS News Feed - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 16:45
One in seven secondary school pupils are suffering from significant mental health problems, a major new study reveals.
Categories: York

Water shortages: Demand in East up 20% during dry May

BBC Northamptonshire News Feed - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 16:38
Anglian Water says people have been washing their hands more often and using more water for DIY.
Categories: Northamptonshire

Water shortages: Demand in East up 20% during dry May

BBC Essex News Feed - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 16:38
Anglian Water says people have been washing their hands more often and using more water for DIY.
Categories: Essex

Water shortages: Demand in East up 20% during dry May

BBC Beds Bucks Herts News Feed - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 16:38
Anglian Water says people have been washing their hands more often and using more water for DIY.

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