In this it is the latest example of a widespread type of the 21st century, the pseudo-public space, in which the City of London and its satellites are world leaders. The Broadgate development of the 1980s was a pioneer, followed by Canary Wharf, Paternoster Square next to St Paul's, and the More London development where City Hall, the headquarters of the Mayor of London, stands. In each the shapes and attributes of town squares are imitated – an oblong or round shape, outdoor art, cafe tables, fountains – and sometimes real public assets are created, but ultimate control is in the hands of private landowners. As Anna Minton pointed out in her book Ground Control, they control security, access, and rules of entry. Activities and people deemed undesirable, such as photography with a tripod, public displays of affection, picnics, or chaining up a bicycle, are banned. Or public protest, and you don't have to wish to protest yourself to sense the oppressive feeling that things … [Read more...] about The London River Park: place for the people or a private playground?
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People travelling back from the Italian areas of Castelgerundo, Terranova dei Passerini, Bertonico, San Fiorano, Maleo, Codogno, Somaglia or Fombio should self-isolate for two weeks when they get home and call NHS 111.People travelling from anywhere in Italy north of – but not including – Pisa, Florence and Rimini should self-isolate only if they feel ill.Anyone returning home from Iran should self-isolate for two weeks and phone NHS 111 – even if they feel healthy.Anyone returning from the South Korean cities of Daegu or Cheongdo should self-isolate and phone NHS 111 even if they feel healthy.People should self-isolate and phone NHS 111 only if they develop flu-like symptoms after returning from Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar or Laos.Existing advice, which applies more broadly to at least the past fortnight, says people should follow the self-isolation protocol if they feel ill after coming home from China, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, … [Read more...] about All Brits returning from coronavirus-hit Iran, northern Italy and two South Korean cities should self-isolate for 14 DAYS even if they DON’T have symptoms, Health Secretary Matt Hancock warns – as global death toll passes 2,700
The regeneration of Glenfeshie is such a work. Across the hills that divide the Feshie’s catchment from that of the neighbouring river, the Tromie, MacDonell and his team have planted hundreds of thousands of pines, birches, willows and other native trees over the past decade. A few years from now, these stems will develop into a barrier against erosion, a carbon sink and a habitat for distinctive Highland birds such as the capercaillie and ptarmigan. Birds and the wind distribute seeds, while the estate’s deer, whose concentration has been brought down from 40 per sq km to one, are no longer numerous enough to eat all the young shoots. The increased vegetation also provides food for the pine martens, red squirrels and mountain hares that MacDonell is seeing in rising numbers, while the population of endangered birds such as crossbills and crested tits has also risen. … [Read more...] about The end of farming?
Court forensics ‘on knife-edge’ – Innocent people are being wrongly convicted and criminals escaping justice because the forensic science system is not meeting basic standards, the regulator has said. Dr Gillian Tully revealed that in England and Wales, not one CCTV image analyst met the required standard and she could not vouch for analysis that is meant to show if someone caught on camera was the same person as a suspect. “People are not fully tested according to international standards.” The current mishmash of private and public providers of forensic analysis came about in 2012 when the coalition government allowed the loss-making Forensic Science Service to collapse. Now Tully has told the Guardian the service has been “on a knife-edge” for years and after seven years the government has failed to deliver on a promise of enforceable standards. … [Read more...] about Tuesday briefing: Guilty Weinstein faces more charges
Marion Koopmans, a member of the WHO’s emergency committee, wrote in the journal Cell: “Whether it will be contained or not, this outbreak is rapidly becoming the first true pandemic challenge that fits the disease X category." … [Read more...] about Coronavirus clusters could explode all over Europe like in Italy, EU admits… but still refuses to bring in border checks