Malorie Blackman: UK hate crimes inspired new book

“I remember being so angry about that, and I thought ‘I want to write something about racism and what it’s like to experience racism’.” She says before she started the Noughts and Crosses series, she discussed writing about slavery with her friends, but the response was “kind of underwhelming”. “They were saying why do you want to write about that, it’s so painful and so long ago”. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Malorie Blackman with Stormzy at Penguin Presents “In terms of race – we seem to be going backwards on that one.” “In March 2018 I was reading something that said there was a rise of 17% in hate crimes, but in the five years to 2018, it’s …

Ambulance crew shortage expected for third night

The service had appealed for staff to come to work at the weekend because of difficulties filling rotas. “We are doing everything we can to provide as high a level of cover as we can,” said Dr Ruddell. “We are going to prioritise those calls which have the most critical need. “Unfortunately, those people who have a less critical need are the ones who wait longer, and we apologise for that.” Related Topics NI Health UK ambulance services Northern Ireland Ambulance Service Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Millions paid out for unused children’s hospital

Under the terms of the contract, repayments – which would average about £1.4m a month – began in February when NHS Lothian took possession of the site from private consortium IHSL. Last month a full safety review into the delayed Sick Children’s Hospital was ordered by the Scottish government. Similar checks will be made at other recently completed major NHS facilities across Scotland. This will include the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, which was built by the same contractor and has also experienced problems with ventilation systems. The NHS-led review is due to be finished by September and unions fear it will be next year before the Edinburgh hospital is ready to be fully occupied. There are concerns over …

How wealthy are you?

What is our wealth made up of? The country’s wealth boom has been driven mainly by rising house prices and pension entitlements, combined with rising home ownership in the 1980s and 1990s. People often think of wealth as being held in property and, to an extent, they are correct – at £4.6tn, it represents 36% of total wealth. What does it take to be wealthy? How much wealth do you need to be in the wealthiest part of the population? To do this, we break the adult population down into families, and then sort them into 10 equally sized groups – or deciles – based on their wealth. In 2018-19, you needed wealth of around £670,000 per adult – excluding …

Seaside resort holds first Pride festival

“Recent television documentaries and my son inspired us to come out in support of groups fighting prejudice,” Ms Waugh said. Image caption Friends Ben, Howard, Paul and Darren attended the event together Mr Jeal, who is serving his second term as mayor, said the day had been “absolutely fantastic and I hope similar events will be staged in the future”. Great Yarmouth and Waveney Pride plans to hold similar days in future to raise awareness of its work in promoting equality, diversity, mental and sexual health. The organisation’s stated aim on its website is: “We believe that every human, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation …

Public services web project cost doubles

Final cost The Department of Finance was responsible for overall management of the contract, reviewing and challenging BT costs. It has said it conducted an in-depth review of the project in October 2018 to explore the financial and contractual position. “This review resulted in new arrangements being put in place to move existing services to new arrangements before the end of the current contract. This approach has been welcomed by the Audit Office. “The department has also added robust mechanisms to improve the monitoring of expenditure and now has a dedicated and skilled contract management resource in place.” Related Topics Northern Ireland Assembly Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Polls close in Peterborough by-election

Its candidate, local businessman Mike Greene, is a former Conservative who featured on the Channel 4 show The Secret Millionaire. The 15 candidates fighting for Peterborough By-election in ‘mother of all marginals’ Jailed MP loses appeal against conviction Fifteen candidates are standing in the election, including Lisa Forbes for Labour and Paul Bristow for the Conservatives. The result is expected between 03:00 and 04:00 BST. The Europe issue With the Brexit process currently deadlocked and the Conservatives searching for a new leader and prime minister, the issue of Europe has dominated the campaign. The city voted by a large margin to leave the EU in the 2016 referendum while the Brexit Party won twice as many votes in last month’s …

The faces of 2019’s 100 knife crime victims

Almost half of the victims were under 30 and were overwhelmingly male. Below are the details and, where available, photos of those who have lost their lives so far this year. You can filter the list using the categories below Charlotte Huggins 1 January Camberwell, south London Thirty-three-year-old mother Charlotte Huggins died just a few hours after celebrating the start of the new year. She was stabbed at a residential address in south London and died at the scene. In a message posted on Facebook shortly before being attacked, Ms Huggins had wished her friends and family a “healthy, happy 2019”. Her boyfriend Michael Rolle is due to stand trial at the Old Bailey on 1 July after pleading not …

Recycled plastic to make Glastonbury arena

The Gas Tower is a 360-degree arena that will feature artists and electronic DJs including Subfocus and Bicep. ‘Total game-changer’ The scheme is being run by Keep Britain Tidy and the Orca Sound Project, in collaboration with Shangri-La Glastonbury. Creative director of Shangri-La Kaye Dunnings called it an “important, pioneering project” and “a total game-changer.” Keep Britain Tidy chief executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: “This ground-breaking project will see tonnes of plastic removed from our environment – where it has such devastating consequences on our wildlife and marine life – and put to good use. “By working together, we are showing the world that the plastic we no longer want or need can be recycled and turned into something that is …