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LISTEN HERE TO THE POLITICS SHOW NOW This week Davy Jones, Green Party parliamentary candidate for Kemptown, discusses the dangers of another military intervention in Iraq as Parliament votes today on whether to make air strikes in Iraq. Interviews with Chris Nyman from Stop the war coalition and Samara from the Winter Clothing Appeal.
The Italian Job — Buy this track and help cancer victim go to Italy & Interview with ‘Walk for Charlie’ Fundraiser, Mary Gibson
LISTEN HERE to Mary Gibson, a friend of 15yr old cancer victim Charlie Hilton, describe Charlie’s courage whilst undergoing treatment which has now ended and the campaign to raise £10,000 to fulfill his greatest wish — to see the Colosseum and the Leaning Tower of Pisa with his own eyes. Mary is interviewed by pupils from Brighton College who were visiting Radio Free Brighton on their community involvement session of ‘Make a Difference Day’. The pupils also recorded a song to sell at their school as part of the fundraising campaign.
Please come and join us and make Charlie’s wish come true!
Saturday 11th October 2014
Hove Lagoon—Brighton Pier
Ideally £10.00 per Family
However any donation great or small will be much appreciated
Please Arrive at 10:00am
10:30am start Taking part in the walk:
Pepper Pig—George Pig—Darlek
There will also be a raffle!
Charlie was diagnosed in August 2012, aged 13 years, with a rare and aggressive cancer called a Desmo Plastic Small Round Cell Tumour. He has endured 2 years of treatment, with terrible side effects. The cancer has returned for the third time and is now considered terminal. Charlie wants to enjoy the remainder of his life and he has expressed a wish to see the ‘Leaning Tower of Pisa’ and ‘The Coliseum in Rome’.
For more information please contact Sylvia Whelan:
If you would like to donate to help Charlie’s wish come true, please donate to:
The disease has killed a total of 1,552 people and infected 3,062 as of August 26, according to WHO figures.
As the Ebola death toll rises and the virus continues to spread across West Africa, we are working with actors and clowns to gain people’s trust and attention.
One of the biggest challenges to aid workers trying to contain the virus on the ground is that sadly many people don’t trust information coming from official sources and there is a lot of confusion about how Ebola is contracted.
Local radio presenter Aliie Badara says: “In the beginning the people were running away from us. They were very afraid of us. They thought we were going to vaccinate them with the Ebola virus. There were so many rumors.”
We are halfway through our Ebola public health campaign in Sierra Leone and will shortly be starting outreach in Liberia. We need your support to continue our life saving work.
The Ebola virus is spreading. More than 1,500 people in West Africa have died and thousands more are at risk.
Ebola has no known cure and a mortality rate of 60%. My colleagues in West Africa have been working tirelessly to slow its spread.
We have been:
- providing food and oil for people in quarantine.
- giving medical and sanitation supplies to under-funded medical centres.
- providing protective gear to health workers.
- going door-to-door informing people how to protect themselves.
- translating leaflets into local languages so people learn how the virus works.
- broadcasting safety messages to communities using loudspeakers and radio messages.
- creating awareness-raising performances and songs to ensure people remember how to keep safe.
The World Health Organisation states that it will take six months to bring this disease under control.
We will continue our work to ensure that as many people as possible are kept safe from this disease.
ActionAid Head of Humanitarian Response and Resilience
Centre for Alternative Technology media officer Kim Bryan explores the impacts of the loom band craze
Its a question that has been bothering me for a while as I watch my son Neru gleefully produce another bracelet for his already covered arm. Surely these things must have an environmental impact. I stuck my head in the sand and got on with enjoying my son’s abundant creativity. The thing is, I work at CAT and eventually the niggly voice took over; this is what I found out.
Everywhere you go these days you see them – on trains and buses, at play parks, libraries and schools: tiny colourful elastic bands being transformed into a myriad of different things. The loom band craze has taken of at a phenomenal rate; kids everywhere are getting creative and making jewellery with these easy to use and appealing elastic bands.
Yet the environmental consequences of loom bands are becoming increasingly apparent. A surge in demand has led to the development of new plantations in East Asia, with activists pointing toair and water pollution from the production process. Animal welfare groups have sounded the alarm of the threat to animal and marine life. In addition, the loom bands are not recyclable.
Loom uses non-latex rubber, which means the bands are a synthetic product made largely from silicone. Synthetic materials require less land to produce, but they aren’t renewable, as natural rubber is. Recycling consultants WasteConnect said loom bands are a growing problem;
“They can’t be recycled and when a child does eventually get bored with them and the craze dies out, they will just be taking up space. I really don’t know what can be done with them that would solve the growing problem.”
In the Philippines animal welfare organisation PAWS has warned pet owners to keep their pets away from loom bands due to the risk of intestinal obstruction. In the US some veterinarians have treated dogs and cats with severe vomiting or diarrhea caused by ingesting one or more loom bands. If the animal swallows several bands, an intestinal blockage can form, a problem that can become fatal without surgery. Cats, which have smaller digestive passages, are particularly vulnerable. The bands are also difficult to spot on an X-ray, making diagnosis a challenge.
Wildlife can experience the same effects from elastic bands, ducks are among the most vulnerable creatures, with the bands getting wrapped around their beaks or necks . The animals sometimes ingest the bands, which can cause problems as they pass through the digestive tract. Paul, director of conservation at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, said: “’Loom bands, like any plastic item, are capable of persisting in the environment for many, many years and there is abundant evidence of small plastic items making their way into the diets of marine animals and seabirds with tragic consequences. I’d be particularly worried about loom bands being taken to the beach, due to the likelihood of them getting into the sea.”
In the US, an online petition has been set up calling for a ban on the bands until they can be ‘produced and recycled in an environmentally-sustainable way’. The petition says:
“Surging demand for Rainbow Looms has led to the development of new rubber plantations in East Asia. Not only does rubber production task the regional environment, but it also contributes to air and water pollution. The synthetic materials used to produce the looms are not renewable or recyclable.”
The Centre for Alternative Technology runs kids’ activities throughout the summer that make recycled green jewellery. There are some really easy to ideas on line that use natural materials such as clay, stones, shells, yarn, etc. Friendships bands used to be a huge phenomenon and involve plaiting coloured pieces of thread together, resulting in a mini work of art that is biodegradable, easy to do and much more environmentally sustainable. Better get the yarn out then!
Machynlleth, POW SY20 9AZ
STOP THE WAR COALITION
Stop the bombing of Iraq — don’t attack Syria
National demonstration, Saturday 4 October
London WC2R 3BD
Parliament has voted for the third Iraq War. The last two have brought almost unimaginable suffering to the people of Iraq and have helped to create the current chaos, driving the country to the brink of break up.
They claim this is a humanitarian operation to defeat Isis. In fact Isis is backed by various middle east powers and a new aerial bombardment will not defeat it. It will however kill innocents, further fragment the country and inflame violence.
The record of the west’s wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya show that as well as creating misery and mayhem, western military interventions make the world a more volatile, dangerous place.
Cameron’s new war has built-in mission creep. Discussions are already underway for Britain to join the bombing of Syria, and there are growing calls for boots on the ground.
The Stop the War Coalition is asking every one of its supporters to throw themselves in to the campaign against the insanity of another war on Iraq.
Spread the word everywhere about next Saturday’s demonstration:
- Get the anti-war message onto every High Street and community. Organise petitioning, leafleting, street meetings and protests where you live. Phone or e-mail us to be put in touch with other local anti-war activists.
- Join the anti war-contingent tomorrow on the protests at the Tory Party conference. Meet 11am, ICC, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EA
- Share the event with your Facebook contacts
- Download and print factsheet
The Lantern Fayre is held on The Level (BN1 4SB) in the centre of Brighton, within easy walking distance of the train station. Parking space is very limited.
Councillors have approved a major regeneration scheme in central Brighton which will deliver hundreds of jobs and homes.
The planning committee today (September 17, 2014) agreed the Public-Private Partnership scheme by Cathedral (Brighton) Ltd, the University of Brighton and the city council to transform the one–hectare site off Circus Street.
The former municipal fruit and veg market would become a mixed-use scheme and ‘innovation quarter’, expected to create 400 jobs and inject £200m into the city’s economy over the next 10 years.
Permission includes 142 new homes, 20 per cent affordable.
New teaching and research facilities would be created for the University of Brighton, including a new library. Pressure would be taken off the city’s family homes by the inclusion of 450 units of student accommodation, say officials.
Alongside will be a new dance studio for South East Dance, expected to attract 70,000 visitors and users a year.
Workspaces would be aimed at start-up businesses, artists and larger companies. A modern office building, including over 3,000 sqm of flexible space would help growing creative and digital businesses remain and flourish in the city.
Permission includes restaurants or shops at ground floor level, around a new public square. Cathedral are promising a “new genre” of urban development with green walls, green roofs, 78 new trees and allotments for food growing — producing over 200kg of food per year for residents.
Developers have agreed to pay £250,000 to improve local transport and recreation provision and to use at least 20 per cent local labour for construction.
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Photo @ Murray Ballard
The Brighton and Lewes Downs have become the first place in the UK to be declared a UNESCO biosphere reserve in nearly half a century
The Amazon rainforest of Brazil, the Galapagos islands of Ecuador, and now the South Downs of Sussex.
The link may sound unsuitable, but it shouldn’t. The Brighton and Lewes South Downs have just joined an illustrious group of UNESCO declared biosphere reserves – one of only 631 worldwide, and the first one to be awarded in the UK for forty years.
UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere programme is a global initiative that aims to establish a scientific basis for the improvement of sustainable relationships between people and their environments. More than just offering protection and preservation, the award is intended to be a demonstration of the harmonious co-existence between a region’s people and their surrounding natural world.
This month, we are delighted to provide a special G News announcing all of the productions that will be performed in Festival 2015 featuring some familiar names and faces. You can take advantage of priority booking for Festival tickets and be part of the Glyndebourne family by becoming an Associate Member today.
Mariame Clément (Don Pasquale, Festival 2013) tackles the grand scale of this Donizetti work, in a new production, along with previous collaborator Enrique Mazzola who will conduct the LPO. American tenor Michael Fabiano (pictured), who made his Glyndebourne debut this year as Alfredo (La traviata), takes on the powerful title role.
Carmen will be revived for Festival 2015 and is the first of two productions in Festival 2015 from director David McVicar. Former Glyndebourne Tour Music Director Jakub Hrůša will return to conduct the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Stéphanie d’Oustrac (pictured) in the title role.
Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail
The second work from David McVicar is a new production of Mozart’s tale of sexual politics and cultural collision. Music Director Robin Ticciati (pictured) will conduct his fifth Mozart opera for Glyndebourne, leading the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Ravel Double Bill
Festival 2015 concludes with a revival of the acclaimed Ravel Double Bill (Festival 2012), from the imagination of French director Laurent Pelly. Danielle de Niese (pictured) will star as both Concepción inL’heure espagnole and the Child inL’enfant et les sortilèges, conducted by Robin Ticciati.
A wonderful, annual family event, in and around the orchards of Stanmer Park. The day features masses of apple-themed activities, food & drink, storytelling, plays, music, apple identification and a wonderful range of stalls selling local produce and a lot more. Not to be missed… the sun always shines! (£5 parking charge.) *If any organisation is interested in renting a stall to sell or promote event-appropriate products/services, e.g. local food producers, groups promoting sustainability, wildlife, traditional crafts, etc., please contact us via our website.http://www.brightonpermaculture.org.uk/apple-day
15 Campaigners from Balcombe, Barton Moss and across the country have blockaded both entrances to the IGas headquarters, 7 Down Street, Westminster, London, W1J 7AJ. Police have arrived at the site alongside security, but look unlikely to act soon.
http://www.nodashforgas.org.uk/uncategorized/my-quick-status-post-2/ — in London, United Kingdom.
BREAKING!Cuadrilla’s Blackpool offices have been occupied: https://www.facebook.com/britainandirelandfrackfree/photos/a.450730781619619.127432.412063865486311/943041179055241/?type=1&theaterRathlin’s Crawberry Hill site gates have been blockaded: https://www.facebook.com/britainandirelandfrackfree/photos/a.450730781619619.127432.412063865486311/943035289055830/?type=1&theater… See More
Rampion Current Status
We’ve now been awarded consent to construct and operate Rampion Offshore Wind Farm. Consent has been given for a wind farm of between 100 and 175 turbines to be installed off the Sussex coast. We’ll be updating these pages soon with more information.
If you’d like to view our final proposals, please click the links below.
For any other enquiries about the Rampion project, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01273 603 721.
Our Pledge to Save the NHS! What you can do now.…
Can you join us? Let us know if you can help out for a while at any of these stalls or if you plan to come to our meetings. We also have working groups for our Roll of Dishonour, Pledge to save the NHS, & SMS campaigns, if that is more your style. Let us know!
Sat 6 Sept
999 Call for the NHS –People’s #march4nhs Rally for end of march from Jarrow
Westminster London– details to follow
Tues 9 Sept
Health and Well Being Board
4pm Hove Town Hall
(lobby for SMS tbc)
Tues 9 Sept
Sussex Defend the NHS organising meet
7pm Brighthelm Centre
Wed 10 Sept
Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee
4pm Hove Town Hall
Tues 23 Sept
B&H Clinical Commissioning Group Board and AGM
2–4.30 & 4.30−6 Brighthelm Centre
Tues 14th Oct
Health and Wellbeing Board
4pm Hove Town Hall
Thurs 16th Oct
Policy and Resources Committee
4pm Hove Town Hall
Cupp Seminar: ‘The NHS Citizen’ with Simon Burall and Anthony Zacharzewski
1.30 — 2.30pm, Friday 10th October — A500 Checkland Building, Falmer campus
Simon and Anthony are part of a larger partnership developing NHS Citizen<http://www.nhscitizen.org.uk/>. A national system of public and patient engagement being developed to hold the Board of NHS England to account. While the system is national, most patients and citizens experience the health service at a local level. This seminar will explore how the system is being designed to work and will invite participants to draw on their experience, expertise and knowledge to help answer questions about whether and how such systems can plug into local spaces where citizens are already debating health and social care. Simon is the Director of Involve<http://www.involve.org.uk/> and Anthony is Director of Demsoc<http://www.demsoc.org/> and both are involved in numerous innovations to enhance civic participation.
This seminar is free and open to all but advance booking is required. Refreshments will be available.
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The speaker this time at the United Nations Association Meeting was Peter Crowhurst, who is a retired history teacher and the current Chair of the North Laine Community Association in Brighton.