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Day: July 27, 2017

Pakistan village council members arrested who orders to rape of teenage girl
Asia, ENGLISH

Pakistan village council members arrested who orders to rape of teenage girl

    A village council in Pakistan ordered the rape of a 16-year-old girl as punishment for a crime committed by her brother. Police have arrested fourteen members of the council from Raja Ram, outside the city of Multan, for ordering the punishment after a 12-year-old child was allegedly raped by the girl’s brother. The council was initially approached by the 12-year-old’s brother, who they told to rape the 16-year-old in return for the alleged crime - an order which he carried out shortly after. The man who raped the 12-year-old remains at large according to Rashid Taheem, the local officer leading the investigation. Local disputes in rural areas of Pakistan are traditionally judged by village councils, called jirgas, but the decisions made by councils are not legally viable....
British people worrying about their health: They wake up in the middle of the night
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

British people worrying about their health: They wake up in the middle of the night

    BUPA has revealed that 32 million Brits wake up worrying about their health at precisely 4.05am. The report, which surveyed 4,000 British adults, revealed that more than three fifths of us wake up in the middle of the night, concerned that something on our to-do list hasn’t been checked off. So, what’s keeping us counting sheep? The most common things are overdue dental check-ups (25 per cent) losing weight (23 per cent) and talking to someone about stress or a mental health issue (20 per cent). “Modern influences such as busy lifestyles and social media pressures are some of the contributing factors to these being ranked so highly on the worry scale," explains Dr Luke James, Medical Director at Bupa Health Clinics. These were closely followed by booking a GP appointment f...
Physics teacher had sex with student in plane toilet
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Physics teacher had sex with student in plane toilet

    This is the face of a physics teacher who had sex with a student in a plane toilet during a school trip. Eleanor Wilson, 28, who worked at a school in Bristol, engaged in drunken sexual activity with the pupil while returning home from a school trip to visit the Large Hadron Collider Geneva in 2015. Miss Wilson, who had trained as a Royal Navy Reservist, engaged in oral sex with the pupil in the toilet cubicle and then had full sex with him, a disciplinary panel found. Giving evidence, the unnamed pupil told the hearing the Miss Wilson was intoxicated during the encounter and admitted drinking five miniature bottles of wine himself on the flight. Their relationship continued for several months and they communicated by text message and met outside school, with Pupil A,...
Suspicious 31 year old man arrested in east London
ENGLISH, London

Suspicious 31 year old man arrested in east London

    Officers from the Met's Counter Terrorism Command have arrested a 31-year-old man on suspicion of terror offences. An man has Wednesday been arrested in east London on suspicion of dissemination of terrorist publications. Police made the arrest of the 36-year-old under section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006. They took him to a central London police station where he remains in custody. Officers are carrying out a search at the address and enquiries continue.
Tower Hamlets young adults leaving care home
ENGLISH, London

Tower Hamlets young adults leaving care home

Teenagers leaving care homes and going into the adult world are to be excempt from Tower Hamlets council tax until they are 25, the local authority decided last night. Cllr Amy Whitelock Gibbs... Those leaving our care struggle with finances moving to independence. It follows a plea by the Children’s Society that those leaving care often struggle to make ends meet because they don’t have family support. The council has responsibility as corporate parents to improve their life chances, cabinet members heard. We want them have the best transition into adult life, Cllr Amy Whitelock Gibbs agreed. Those leaving our care struggle with finances while moving to independence. A relatively small cost to the council can prevent them falling into debt and financial hardship. Cllr David Edgar said: ...
Big boost for small business in Tower Hamlets
ENGLISH, London

Big boost for small business in Tower Hamlets

Small business start-ups, budding creatives and ambitious local entrepreneurs have received a big boost with the opening of the Whitechapel Enterprise Hub, in the home of the former post office building on Whitechapel Road. The new centre for enterprise offers attractive and flexible working and meeting space, alongside practical support and specialist start-up courses to help local residents and businesses to thrive. A team of architects and contractors have transformed the 280sqm Royal Mail site with a grant of almost £230,000 following a successful bid made by the Council to the Mayor of London's High Street Fund. It marks a key next step in the wider Whitechapel Vision, which is regenerating the area by delivering a new Crossrail station in 2018 transformation of the former Old Royal L...
Hepatitis C screening now offered from Tower Hamlets GPs
ENGLISH, London

Hepatitis C screening now offered from Tower Hamlets GPs

GPs in Tower Hamlets will now be offering Hepatitis C testing to help increase diagnosis and treatment for this life threatening disease. In the run up to World Hepatitis Day on 28 July, the council and its partners across health services are drawing attention to Hepatitis C – a virus that affects the liver, doesn't have any symptoms and is a major cause of liver cancer. The borough-wide screening is thought to be the first in the country and was launched by Mayor John Biggs, Jubilee Street practice GP Dr Salma Ahmed, Professor Graham Foster, Consultant Hepatologist from NHS Barts Health and Queen Mary University of London and Dr Stuart Flanagan from Queen Mary University of London. Jubilee Street Practice was one of four practices in Tower Hamlets that participated in the HepFree study, w...
Have your say on Tower Hamlets Community Engagement Strategy
ENGLISH, London

Have your say on Tower Hamlets Community Engagement Strategy

The council has developed a new strategy to encourage local communities to play a bigger and more active role in shaping their neighbourhoods and council services. John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said: "I want our council to draw on all the talent and experience of our community and to include more local people in our decision making. "With government continuing to cut council funding each year its more important than ever that residents are at the heart of everything we do. Working together to identify local priorities and develop solutions to the challenges we face is vital." A wide programme of consultation was done with key stakeholders to develop the current priorities in the strategy, and to help define the council's vision for involving the community. As part of the final phase o...