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Day: June 9, 2018

European copyright law will result in meme ban
Europe, Featured

European copyright law will result in meme ban

    The UK could miss out on an EU-wide price cap on the cost of phone calls and texts New European copyright laws could outlaw memes on the internet, campaigners have claimed. Digital rights groups are petitioning against the Copyright Directive, a new law that is supposed to protect rights-holders from copyright infringement on the web, which the European Parliament will vote on later this month. Critics fear this will destroy the hugely popular internet culture of sharing and modifying recognisable images, often referred to as memes on social media. The pictures in question, which typically consist of scenes featured in popular films and TV series, may constitute a breach under the new law. Campaigners at Copyright 4 Creativity said the proposals risk censoring free...
Trump clashes with EU leaders over trade on G7 summit
Europe, Featured

Trump clashes with EU leaders over trade on G7 summit

    The G7 summit is poised to end without a formal communique after Donald Trump clashed with European leaders over trade, the environment and Russia . The US President made clear during working sessions on Friday and over dinner that he is not prepared to concede ground over steel and aluminium tariffs. He repeatedly highlighted the United States trade deficit with European nations in a variety of sectors, arguing that it showed how unfairly America was being treated. European leaders in turn united as they accused him of imposing unjustified sanctions and warning that they would ultimately damage the US economy. There was also a significant impasse over the environment. Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister, had hoped to make protecting the oceans from pollut...
May dismisses leaked Boris recordings about Brexit
Featured, United Kingdom

May dismisses leaked Boris recordings about Brexit

    Theresa May has dismissed leaked audio recordings of a speech by Boris Johnson in which he openly criticised her handling of Brexit. Asked whether she expected an apology from the foreign secretary for undermining her position, the prime minister said: The foreign secretary has strong views on Brexit, but so do I. That's why I'm getting on with delivering Brexit. Speaking to Sky News at the G7 summit in Canada, Mrs May dodged a question about whether Mr Johnson had become unsackable, but hit back at his assertion that the Irish border issue was a folly and that the tail was wagging the dog. I have been very clear, and the government is very clear, that we want to ensure there is no hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, that is an important border for th...
Second world war notes worth £1m found under shop
Featured, United Kingdom

Second world war notes worth £1m found under shop

    Adams Bundles of decaying Second World War bank notes stashed away in case of Nazi invasion have been discovered under the floorboards of an old clothes store. Shopfitters found the cash on the site of what was once Bradley Gowns now a Cotswold Outdoor store in Brighton. The hoard of £1 and £5 notes adds up to about £30,000, which is the equivalent of more than £1m today. Bradley Gowns - which had a flagship store in Chepstow Place, London had a number of famous clientele, including members of the royal family and Winston Churchill. All of the money was covered in dirt and debris when it was pulled from beneath the floorboards and is now in the possession of Sussex Police for safekeeping. Howard Bradley - the sole surviving heir of the family that ran the chain o...
Tower Hamlets Council shares top tips for Scam Awareness Month
Featured, London

Tower Hamlets Council shares top tips for Scam Awareness Month

Tower Hamlets Council is committed to protecting its residents from scams and will be sharing some top tips throughout June for Scam Awareness Month. The Council is supporting the Don't miss a trick, be scam aware campaign which was launched this month by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute, Citizen's Advice and the Consumer Protection Partnership. The campaign aims to raise awareness of scams and to protect the public. The council is encouraging everyone to report suspected scams or fraudulent activity to Citizen's Advice. It's estimated that only 5-15% of scams are currently reported. Citizens Advice found that across the United Kingdom almost three quarters of people surveyed had been targeted by a scam between 2015 and 2017. Mayor John Biggs said: "We're supporting the Don't...
Event to commemorate legendary Indigenous Australian Cricketer takes place in Tower Hamlets
Featured, London

Event to commemorate legendary Indigenous Australian Cricketer takes place in Tower Hamlets

On the morning of 6 June 2018 over 100 people gathered in Meath Gardens, Tower Hamlets to commemorate the death of Indigenous Australian cricketer Bripumyarrimin (also known as King Cole), who passed away 150 years ago. Bripumyarrimin /King Cole was a member of the historic Aboriginal XI that toured the UK in 1868. They were the first organised Australian sports team to tour overseas – a decade before the 1878 Australian Cricket team tour that gave rise to test cricket. He fell ill during that tour and died in June, ultimately being laid to rest in Victoria Park Cemetery (which, years later, became Meath Gardens). The event was attended by the current Australian Indigenous Men's and Women's starting XIs, local residents and the Friends of Meath Gardens, as well as respected experts who h...
Make a difference in your community with the Great Get Together
Featured, London

Make a difference in your community with the Great Get Together

The upcoming Great Get Together (TGGT) weekend from 22-24 June is a great opportunity to get your neighbours, friends, family, community groups or colleagues together and share a meal or a cup of tea. TGGT is inspired by former MP Jo Cox who was killed on 16 June 2016. She was passionate about tackling loneliness and said 'young or old, loneliness doesn't discriminate.' Jo used her platform to raise the profile of the hidden crisis of loneliness and TGGT is a celebration in honour of her, bringing communities together to celebrate what unites us all. Tower Hamlets Council is encouraging residents to take part in the national campaign as an opportunity to involve those who might be vulnerable, lonely or isolated. The council is offering 30 FREE party packs with essential items ...
Help carers to stay healthy and connected
Featured, London

Help carers to stay healthy and connected

Thousands of carers, who provide unpaid support to a family member or friend, are being encouraged to stay healthy and connected themselves, as the nation marks Carers' Week from 11-17 June. A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, illness, mental health problem or who needs extra help, as they grow older. About 19,356 people in Tower Hamlets provide some form of unpaid care. And 3,326 of these are young carers under the age of 25. Although caring can be rewarding, the impact of caring on health and well-being cannot be underestimated. This year, Carers' Week is themed on building communities which support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with health and wellbeing nee...