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Day: September 16, 2017

The power of mothers
Asia, ENGLISH

The power of mothers

    Capturing and posting the funny, sweet and memorable moments of children on social media is common for many proud parents around the world. But, if this leads your loved ones to unwanted situation, you have reasons to be worried. However, courage and bravery are your powers. When a group of Indonesian mothers sharing pictures of their children stumbled upon news of an online paedophile group earlier this year, they decided to infiltrate it to expose those behind it. BBC recently published a report on the issue. Risrona Simorangkir, an Indonesian mother, has been uploading photos of her seven-year-old daughter and toddler son on Facebook ever since they were born. But one day in March she stumbled across a blog about a group that shares child abuse pictures. This [Facebook]...
Intervention in Myanmar may aggravate situation: Russian Foreign Ministry
ENGLISH, Europe

Intervention in Myanmar may aggravate situation: Russian Foreign Ministry

    Attempts at intervening in Myanmar’s internal affairs may have only one net effect - still deeper interreligious discord, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Friday. It is essential to remember that the wish to intervene in the internal affairs of a sovereign state may merely bring about further inter-religious discord, she said, reports Russian news agency TASS. Moscow supports efforts for promoting the inter-religious dialogue in Myanmar among the spiritual leaders of all confessions. In that connection we took note of the collective statement by the leading organizations representing Myanmar’s multi-ethnic Muslim community who condemned armed actions by radical elements in that region (Rakhine), Zakharova said. We express support for the governm...
Mother of Satan terror attacks on London explosive was used in July 7
ENGLISH, London

Mother of Satan terror attacks on London explosive was used in July 7

    The Parsons Green station bomb is suspected of being an explosive which has previously haunted the London transport network, known as the “Mother of Satan”. Typically homemade, the device uses the chemical triacetone triperoxide, known as TATP, and has long been a weapon of choice for extremists. In the July 7 attacks, the substance was employed with deadly effect to massacre passengers on the London Underground. Its ominous moniker is earned through being an unstable, dangerous explosive that can be ignited by heat, friction, static or even simple movement. Former counter-terrorism chief Major General Chip Chapman said the chemical had more recently been used by the Barcelona terror plotters, when it detonated prematurely. Failure of the device to realise its explosive po...
Mamata Banerjee expresses concern over plight of Rohingya Muslims
Asia, ENGLISH

Mamata Banerjee expresses concern over plight of Rohingya Muslims

    India’s West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday expressed concern over the plight of Rohingya Muslims and supported the UN appeal to help them. The United Nations had appealed to the entire international community to keep the political differences aside and support the ongoing humanitarian efforts to help Rohingya Muslim refugees. ‘We do support the UN appeal to help the Rohingya people. We believe that all commoners are not terrorists. We are really concerned,’ Banerjee said in a tweet. ‘We have made very clear our concern at the ongoing tragedy of the Rohingyas, people who have been forced to leave their homes. The reports we’re getting, the pictures all of us are seeing are heart-breaking to say the least,’ Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson to the UN Secretar...
Teenager arrested at Dover port in connection with London Parsons Green Tube bombing
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Teenager arrested at Dover port in connection with London Parsons Green Tube bombing

    The scene of a terrorist attack at Parsons Green Tube station London and (inset) the homemade bomb An 18-year-old man has been arrested in Dover in connection with the attack on a London Underground train in Parsons Green. The suspect was arrested by Kent Police in the port area under the Terrorism Act on Saturday morning. He remains in custody at a local police station and will be transferred to London in due course. The Metropolitan Police described the arrest as “significant” but did not give any further information on the man’s alleged role, having previously suggested investigators were hunting multiple suspects. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the senior national co-ordinator for counter-terrorism policing, said: We have made a significant arrest in our inve...
ENGLISH, London

Launch of consultation on daycare nurseries

A consultation on the best way to continue services at three council run day care nurseries - Overland, Mary Sambrook and John Smith – was opened today. These nurseries provide about 1.5% of Tower Hamlets early years provision in term time (105 children out of over 7,000 attending day care with nurseries, nursery schools and child minders), dropping to about 30 children during holidays. The consultation is available here and will end on Thursday 26th October 2017. Parents will be invited to meetings at John Smith, Mary Sambrook and Overland day care nurseries attended by their children, to discuss and give their views on the proposals, as well as being posted a paper version of the consultation. John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: "I'm keen to reassure parents, carers and staff, that...
ENGLISH, London

Keep an eye on your health

Tower Hamlets Council is promoting the importance of eye health and the need for regular sight exams as part of National Eye Health Week from 18 - 24 September 2017. Everyone is at risk of sight loss, but some people are at higher risk including: older people, people from black and minority ethnic communities, people with diabetes, smokers and those who suffer socioeconomic deprivation There are over 1,000 people registered as blind or partially sighted in Tower Hamlets. However, 3,980 people are estimated to be living with sight loss. This indicates there may be a large number of people in the borough living with sight loss but not seeking support, accessing services or registered. John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said: "By having an eye exam every two years you can help protect your si...