Wednesday I spend the morning with our youth worker getting ready for tonight’s session with our youth group. The group has been running for 11 years as a place for young people to meet others in a similar situation, and is an attempt to combat the isolation that gnaws away at so many of them. We plan games to help them explain how it feels to have your age disbelieved. … [Read more...] about ‘Authorities say my 15-year-old client is 27 and want to deport him’: my job as a legal aid lawyer
I want to start writing a blog
No plan for green schools – The new building for Hackbridge primary, in Sutton, opens next week as England’s first zero-carbon school, able to produce and conserve as much energy as it uses, and even put power back into the grid. It is the first school in England to meet the Passivhaus Plus low-energy design standard. But only a handful of the 500-plus schools being rebuilt or refurbished are installing renewable energy technology – and the Department for Education’s (DfE’s) recommended designs do not include renewables, writes Liz Lightfoot. In the West Midlands, warmth from canals could soon be used to heat hospitals and tower blocks. A consortium, led by London South Bank University and known as GreenSCIES, plans to install water source heat pumps in the canal through Sandwell near Birmingham. The group already extracts “waste heat” from the Northern line to warm homes in Islington, north London, accessing funds from a government renewables … [Read more...] about Tuesday briefing: Coronavirus ship Britons to be evacuated
Most scientists and health campaigners in the US will have no dealings with the tobacco industry, because of its history of devious marketing practices and underhand tactics. Under the terms of a World Health Organization (WHO) treaty in the early 00s, governments agree not to have any discussions with tobacco industry representatives (over trade terms, for example, taxation, regulation or investment). But anti-smoking campaigners now fear that, by promoting the benefit of their e-cigarettes as an alternative to smoking, tobacco companies are acquiring respectability. WHO shares that anxiety and has advised measures to control e-cigarettes. Many countries, including Brazil, Thailand, Singapore, the Seychelles and Uruguay, have banned e-cigarettes as a result, while others have imposed regulations limiting their use. … [Read more...] about The great vape debate: are e-cigarettes saving smokers or creating new addicts?
But what the hell? The first version is so much neater, so let's go with that. "If anyone should be able to edit their own life it's a writer," he says. "So I'm happy to rewrite my history. Anything to make the story more fun and interesting." It's the kind of advice that creative writing students at Ruskin College might well be hearing a great deal more of in the near future now that Sillitoe has been asked to give guest lectures at the Oxford college. And it will be strictly lecturing, he is quick to point out. "I don't have the time to go help knock students' unpublished novels into shape." … [Read more...] about Alan Sillitoe: ‘I’ve really only got one story – mine’
Up to 58 million people have been forced into indefinite lockdown in China's Hubei province - the region at the centre of the outbreak. … [Read more...] about Devastated Brit couple test positive for coronavirus after being trapped on cruise ship ravaged by deadly bug