London (CNN)Anna Taylor tapped on her smartphone from the sidelines of a climate change protest on a sunny February afternoon in east London. Bundled in a green waterproof jacket, she tried to catch up with scores of WhatsApp messages from working groups seeking her direction on an upcoming strike. A thick smudge of gold glitter on her right cheek belied the fact that Taylor, 17, has taken a leading role in organizing a protest that is expected to see hundreds of students walk out of class across the UK on Friday. The school walkout, called Youth Strike 4 Climate, is planned for more than 40 British towns and cities. Its aim, Taylor said, is to raise awareness of the threats of climate change. "It has felt like a full-time job on top of school work," she said of balancing final year exam revision with activism. "I don't have time to see my friends as much anymore ... [nor] am I getting much sleep." Taylor and co-organizer Vivien "Ivi" Hohmann are almost certain to get a detention for … [Read more...] about How teenage girls defied skeptics to build a new climate movement
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PUBLISHED: 13:08 07 January 2019 | UPDATED: 13:19 07 January 2019 Emily Cotton Everything you need to know about buying a new build property as your first or second home PICTURE: Cripps Developments Archant Cripps Developments explains why buying a new build property is a good investment. Everything you need to know about buying a new build property as your first or second home PICTURE: Cripps DevelopmentsBuying a house is a big investment, therefore it’s important to know exactly what you’re getting for your money and whether it is right for you. Purchasing a new build property, and being its first owner, has many benefits and with the possibility of being able to buy the house exactly how you would like it with many appliances included, it is definitely an option to consider.Claire Richards at Cripps Developments explains all you need to know about new build properties; from why you should choose one over an older home to what to expect … [Read more...] about What are the benefits of buying a new build property?
In the new year, we may be celebrating, but a few sad souls are hoping for a warm home. While some animals are cosied up by a fire, these cats are wishing for their forever family. Breeders usually have their pick of families, but animal shelters can struggle to find homes for their cats. It leaves these gorgeous cats looking for someone to show them the love they deserve. These cats are available from RSPCA Llys Nini Animal Centre: Indie Indie is a sweet and quiet cat who at present is a bit timid. She would need a calm and patient owner to help build her confidence and trust. The two-year-old lady came to us after having kittens and being in a foster home. She would benefit being adopted to an adult only household with no other animals so she can have the time and attention she deserves. Sooty Sooty is a shy and friendly cat, she takes her own time to trust and bond with you but once this happens she is great. Sooty came into care as, sadly, her previous owner passed away and they … [Read more...] about The gorgeous rescue cats that need a new home in 2019
Leader Gary Porter has spoken of his hopes that South Holland District Council (SHDC) will be able to build “at least 100 homes a year”.Mr Porter voiced his hope following the announcement by Prime Minister Theresa May about the scrapping of existing limits on councils’ ability to borrow money.Mr Porter is a long- standing advocate of councils being able to build the social housing that Britain needs to address a national shortage which has reached crisis level.SHDC formed its own housing company, Welland Homes, which has built small developments in the district.Among the latest Welland Homes projects is 10 two-bed semi-detached privately rented homes on Parkside Crescent, Spalding.Mr Porter, who chairs the Local Government Association (LGA), says - while speaking in his capacity as council leader - that Welland Homes will continue to build homes for private rent or sale.The Prime Minister made her announcement in her Conservative Party conference speech on … [Read more...] about South Holland council to build 100 new homes a year?
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has urged Pope Francis to listen to victims of clerical abuse as he called for zero-tolerance for those who target children.In a speech in front of the pontiff inside Dublin Castle, the Taoiseach also said the past treatment of many women and young people by church and state had left a history of “sorrow and shame”.Following a private meeting with the pontiff, Mr Varadkar said: “In place of Christian charity, forgiveness and compassion, far too often there was judgement, severity and cruelty, in particular towards women and children and those on the margins.“Magdalene Laundries, Mother and Baby Homes, industrial schools, illegal adoptions and clerical child abuse are stains on our state, our society and also the Catholic Church.“Wounds are still open and there is much to be done to bring about justice and truth and healing for victims and survivors.“Holy Father, I ask that you use your office and influence to ensure this is … [Read more...] about Taoiseach: Time to build a new relationship between Church and State in Ireland