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Day: May 26, 2018

Ireland votes to abortion ban
Europe, Featured

Ireland votes to abortion ban

    A day that will long be remembered as significant in our social history, Ireland has voted to reform its highly-restrictive abortion laws and has done so emphatically. Yes campaigners are tonight taking in a stunning victory after the results were confirmed at Dublin Castle, with a huge majority of voters - some 66.4pc- casting their ballot in favour of repealing the hugely-controversial Eighth Amendment. Donegal was the only constituency that voted against repeal, and it was only a narrow victory for the No side there. But elsewhere it was a stunning victory for the Yes campaign, with a huge majority in a number of constituencies including 78pc in Dublin Bay South- and among all age groups under the age of 65. While the result may have not have been entirely unexp...
North and South Korea in surprise meeting
Asia, Featured

North and South Korea in surprise meeting

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Moon Jae-in met in the border truce village where they held their… North and South Korea's leaders held surprise talks on Saturday after President Donald Trump cast an uncertain pall over the turbulent Korean peninsula by cancelling a historic summit with Pyongyang only to suggest it might still go ahead. Photos released by South Korea showed President Moon Jae-in shaking hands with his counterpart Kim Jong Un on the North Korean side of the Demilitarised Zone separating the two nations. South Korea's presidential Blue House said the two leaders held talks for two hours on Saturday afternoon in the same Panmunjom truce village where they had met last month, making a declaration vowing to improve ties. "They exchanged vi...
David Davis accused EU of public posturing and point scoring over public security after Brexit
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David Davis accused EU of public posturing and point scoring over public security after Brexit

    David Davis has accused the European Union of public posturing and point scoring over public security after a breakdown in Brexit talks. On Thursday the European Union accused the Government of chasing a fantasy and mounted an outspoken attack over Britain's offer to co-operate on security after Brexit. Brussels is threatening to shut British firms out of the £8.8billion Galileo satellite navigation system and has also ruled out the UK's continued involved in the European Arrest Warrant extradition system. Mr Davis, the Brexit Secretary, said that Britain had come to Brussels with an unconditional offer on security because it wanted to put the public's safety first. He said: This is not about public posturing and scoring points we came to the table with a series o...
Tower Hamlets to launch third Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) in Poplar
Featured, London

Tower Hamlets to launch third Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) in Poplar

Tower Hamlets council will launch its third Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP), to tackle underage drinking and anti-social behaviour, in Poplar later this month. CAPs are partnerships between local authorities, police, schools, retailers, neighbourhood groups and health providers. These organisations work together to empower communities to tackle the issue by reducing the sale of alcohol to young people, advise them on the dangers of drinking and provide alcohol-free activities with local youth services and charities. The Poplar CAP follows a resident survey which highlighted concerns regarding alcohol related crime and lack of facilities. It is led by Tower Hamlets council who are partnering with a wide range of stakeholders including Poplar Harca Housing Association, the Spotlight ...
Heaps of holiday fun for residents of all ages
Featured, London

Heaps of holiday fun for residents of all ages

Free activities include outdoor cinema, live music, BMX track sessions, fishing, canoeing and hanging basket workshops Residents of all ages will be spoilt for choice about what to do and where to go this Spring Bank Holiday and throughout half term, as the council and leisure partners host a heap of entertaining events and activities from community festivals to arts and crafts and active sporting sessions from Monday 28 May to Friday June 1. The council supports residents to access a range of cultural, community and leisure activities throughout the year. Mayor John Biggs said: "Every day, thousands of people come to see major attractions in our borough, including our multiple award winning Victoria Park. Our jam-packed Spring holiday and half term programme offers you a chance to gath...
Chinese Embassy comes to Tower Hamlets
Featured, London

Chinese Embassy comes to Tower Hamlets

Mayor John Biggs has met with the Chinese Ambassador at a special ceremony to mark the fact that the Embassy of the People's Republic of China will be moving to Tower Hamlets. The Embassy will be situated on the site of the former Royal Mint at Tower Hill in a location overlooking the iconic Tower of London. It has been purchased by the Chinese Government and after an extensive refurbishment, the diplomatic mission of the People's Republic of China, one of the biggest in the world, will operate on the site. Mayor John Biggs said: "I am pleased that the Chinese Embassy has chosen to make their new home in the historic Royal Mint building. The fact they are moving to Tower Hamlets is a vote of confidence in the Borough, and reflects the fact we are an open and dynamic place to live and wo...
Council support for Dementia Action Week
Featured, London

Council support for Dementia Action Week

The council is uniting with Alzheimer's Society Tower Hamlets to raise awareness and help make an impact during Dementia Action Week from 21-27 May. Dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem solving or language. It is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease or a series of strokes. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia, but not the only one. At 5.25 per cent, prevalence of dementia amongst people aged 65 and over in Tower Hamlets is significantly higher than in other parts of London and England (4.49 and 4.33 per cent respectively) Alzheimer's Society encourages organisations and individuals to play a part in creating a dementia-friendly UK by taking simple actions such as...
Mayor Biggs gets hands on in the fight against graffiti
Featured, London

Mayor Biggs gets hands on in the fight against graffiti

The fight against graffiti in Tower Hamlets came to Meath Gardens this week as Mayor John Biggs joined the council's Clean Team to see their work first hand. Keeping the borough cleaner and greener for our residents is a key council priority. In recent weeks, the council's graffiti removal teams - operated in partnership with our waste contractor Veolia - have been working in and around our award-winning parks in preparation for the summer months. The focus on parks follows other intensive work tackling unsightly tagging on shop fronts in the Roman Road area and a similar purge on graffiti and flyposting on street furniture in Brick Lane. The team's efforts were welcomed by businesses and community groups who all too often pay the price when this sort of thoughtless vandalism occurs. ...