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United Nation Association: Events and Recordings

by on May.25, 2015, under News

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Peter Crowhurst dis­cusses the Suc­cesses and Fail­ures of Early UN Peace­keep­ing Missions.

Peter is a retired his­tory teacher and was my pre­de­cessor as Chair of the North Laine Com­munity Asso­ci­ation. He is an enga­ging, thought-provoking and well-informed speaker.

 

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Ros Cook repor­ted on her attend­ance at the Nuc­lear Non-Proliferation Review as part of the CND del­eg­a­tion, held in New York dur­ing April-May 2015.

 

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Sat­urday 23rd May. Fran­cis Clark-Lowes. Islamic State, Bad or Mad?The dis­cus­sion in the media about Islamic State (IS, ISIS or ISIL) is dom­in­ated by such con­cepts as reli­gious per­ver­sion, extrem­ism, rad­ic­al­isa­tion, brain-washing, evil and mad­ness. Only in such terms, is the implic­a­tion, can the phe­nomenon of IS be explained. Could, and should, the United Nations play a role in pro­mot­ing a more intel­li­gent dia­logue between the West and IS, or indeed between the West and Muslims generally?

 

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The United Nations Asso­ci­ation held an Elec­tion Hust­ings with par­lia­ment­ary can­did­ates: Lloyd Russell-Moyle, Labour (Lewes & Seahaven); Clar­ence Mitchel, Con­ser­vat­ive (Pavil­ion); Davy Jones, Greens (Kemp Town) and Paul Chand­ler, Lib Dem (Kemp Town).

 

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Tom Lines came to the United Nations Asso­ci­ation (UNA) meet­ing to give a talk of the city of Lon­don as a centre of power in Britain.

Tom Lines is a Writer, Eco­nom­ics, trade and devel­op­ment consultant.

You can learn more about Tom Lines and his work at
http://www.tomlines.org.uk
and fol­low him on Twit­ter @TomLINESorguk

Alex Mabbs came to the United Nations Asso­ci­ation (UNA) meet­ing to give a talk on cli­mate change.

Alex Mabbs is a United Reformed Church min­is­ter based at the Brighthelm centre, in Brighton in Sus­sex, England.

Alex Mabb’s blog = https://mabbsonsea.wordpress.com

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LISTEN HERE: BUDS Fringe Performance Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters

by on May.10, 2015, under News

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Excel­lent per­form­ance of the Wyrd Sis­ters per­formed as part of the Brighton Fest­ival Fringe 2015. Listen out for BUDS weekly radio plays on Radio Free Brighton. Well done guys.

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Brighton Uni­ver­sity Drama Soci­ety per­form Eric Coble’s ‘The Pepperonis’

A look at Tony Pep­p­er­oni, his fam­ily, his ther­ap­ist, and the viol­ent dough busi­ness that just keeps pulling him back in… First broad­cast on WCLV in 2004.


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Brighton Uni­ver­sity Drama Soci­ety is back with a series of won­der­ful radio plays. This week Death of a Jazz Salesman

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LISTEN HERE: BHESCO Show on sustainable energy in B&H

by on May.10, 2015, under News

BHESCO is a con­sumer co-operative estab­lished to help con­sumers lower their energy costs by intro­du­cing energy sav­ings and renew­able energy install­a­tions in com­munit­ies, empower­ing indi­vidu­als to take more con­trol over their own energy sup­ply. More info on the share launch here http://bhesco.co.uk/category/community-share-offer/

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More news on com­munity energy and sur­round­ing issues from Kayla Ente BHESCO,co.uk 29−5−15

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This week Kayla looks at news on sus­tain­able energy sup­ply in and around Brighton and Hove


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Kayla Ente dis­cusses energy issues in the light of the new polit­ical envir­on­ment and talks to Karla Rosendahl, RFB’s cur­rent intern from Den­mark about the use of sus­tain­ables in Denmark.

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Today’s topic: Com­par­ison of sus­tain­able energy sources used in Bri­tain and Denmark.

 

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Kayla Ente from Brighton and Hove Energy Ser­vices Coop is back, talk­ing this week to Jackie Chase about the implic­a­tions of the new gov­ern­ment for the energy policy and sus­tain­ables. Also with news of the share launch hap­pen­ing now at BHESCO. More info at
http://bhesco.co.uk/

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Listen here: Economics Weekly with John Weeks Show 25

by on Feb.04, 2015, under News

 

John Weeks Eco­nom­ics Show 25

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John Weeks Eco­nom­ics Show 24

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John Weeks Eco­nom­ics Show 23

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John Weeks Eco­nom­ics Show 22

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John Weeks Eco­nom­ics Show 21

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 Greeks receiv­ing dis­tri­bu­tion of free food

Mol­dovan women await free food distribution

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John Weeks Eco­nom­ics show 18

 

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John Weeks Eco­nom­ics show 17

 

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John Weeks Eco­nom­ics show 16

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An inter­view with Brooke Lar­son about Latin America

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con­tin­ued dis­cus­sion about United King­dom Gen­eral Elec­tion 2015, and Greek government.

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United King­dom Gen­eral Elec­tion, 2015.

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An inter­view with Jeff Faux about the American’s Economy

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This week John Weeks dis­cusses fur­ther the issue of Cuba with Eliza­beth Dore talk­ing about “Voices from the Cuban Street”

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 SHOW 9 ON CUBA

 The pho­to­graph is of Eliza­beth Dore and Regla Hernan­dez Gomez, one of the people she inter­viewed for her 10 year study of at

Atti­tudes of Cubans toward the revolution.

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First of a new series of com­ment­ary on eco­nomic con­di­tions and policy in the UK and bey­ond from John Weeks.John Weeks is a pro­fessor emer­itus of the Uni­ver­sity of London’s School of Ori­ental and African Stud­ies and author of The Eco­nom­ics of the 1%: How Main­stream Eco­nom­ics Serves the Rich, Obscures Real­ity and Dis­torts Policy. His recent policy work includes a sup­ple­mental unem­ploy­ment pro­gram for the European Union and advising the cent­ral banks of Argen­tina and Zam­bia. More info on John at http://jweeks.org/

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Before the Roll Back — Brighton Uni Students read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

by on Jan.19, 2015, under News

 

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The new gov­ern­ment has prom­ised to scrap the Human Rights Act. It’s a huge blow not just to us here in the UK, but to every­one still fight­ing for these rights around the world.

The Human Rights Act 1998 mostly came into force on 2 Octo­ber 2000.Its aim was to incor­por­ate into UK law the rights con­tained in the European Con­ven­tion on Human Rights. The Act makes a rem­edy for breach of a Con­ven­tion right avail­able in UK courts, without the need to go to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Stras­bourg.The European Con­ven­tion on Human Rights draws much of its inspir­a­tion from the Uni­ver­sal Declar­a­tion of Human Rights.It seems appro­pri­ate there­fore to look again at this won­der­ful doc­u­ment and, as our Brighton Uni­ver­sity read­ers have done in this record­ing, to recon­sider the aspir­a­tions and val­ues herein.

 

 
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Lecture: Bioregional Photography Panel at Brighton University.

by on Oct.04, 2014, under News

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A lec­ture and panel dis­cuss­ing the envir­on­ment, hos­ted by Nina Emmet founder of Foto­Doc­u­ment and Pooran Desai, founder of Biore­gional and One Planet Liv­ing. This lec­ture looks at some excel­lent pho­to­graphic col­lec­tions put together by the panel, cen­ter­ing on key envir­on­mental themes such as water usage, waste and recycling.

Held at the Sal­lis Ben­ney Theatre, Brighton, three of the ten com­mis­sioned pho­to­graph­ers, Thomas Ball, Sophie Ger­rard and Mur­ray Bal­lard, took part in the dis­cus­sion about their One Planet City photo essays now installed in pub­lic spaces around Brighton & Hove. . The pro­ject was launched under the Brighton Photo Bien­nial 2014 — core arts part­ner for the pro­ject Photoworks.

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Howard Johns: Power To The People!

by on Oct.02, 2014, under News

Howard Johns is the founder of South­ern Solar Ltd, and has been installing solar hot water sys­tems and other small scale renew­able energy sys­tems for over ten years. Dur­ing this Power To The People speech, he talks about renew­able energy, spe­cific­ally Solar Power.

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Permission for hundreds of homes and jobs at derelict fruit and veg market, Circus Street, Brighton

by on Sep.18, 2014, under News

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.

 

For more inform­a­tion you can visit:

http://www.cathedralgroup.com/current-projects/grow-brighton-2/

http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/press-release/permission-hundreds-homes-and-jobs-derelict-fruit-and-veg-market

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Latest news on our Pledge to Save the NHS

by on Aug.13, 2014, under News

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Our Pledge to Save the NHS! What you can do now.…

Sus­sex Defend the NHS and Brighton & Hove Keep Our NHS Pub­lic are seek­ing sup­port from local Uni­ons and Com­munity Groups for their Pledge to Save the NHS (attached here).  It’s aimed at pro­spect­ive par­lia­ment­ary and coun­cil can­did­ates, and the cam­paign to get them to sign it will be launched at the end of the sum­mer, with press events, a web site, let­ter writ­ing and a hust­ings planned lead­ing up to the elec­tions in 2015.
We’ve got off to a good start: so far we’ve secured sup­port from the GMB, Brighton & Hove NUJ, Uni­son Sus­sex Part­ner­ship Branch, Brighton & Hove Uni­son, Brighton & Hove People’s Assembly, and Brighton & Hove Trades Coun­cil. And there are more in the pipeline. (We’ll be adding logos shortly)
Are you a Trade Union mem­ber? If so, please raise sup­port­ing our Pledge to Save the NHS with your branch so that we can add your Logo and show the local par­lia­ment­ary and coun­cil can­did­ates where their pri­or­it­ies should lie. We’d be happy to provide a speaker at your next branch meet­ing to tell you more about our campaign.
And if you are a mem­ber of a Com­munity Group, please see if it will lend its sup­port too.
Events com­ing up

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!

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Sat 6 Sept

999 Call for the NHSPeople’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.
Book on to this event<mailto:cupp@brighton.ac.uk>

 

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What Climate Change propaganda is/isn’t telling us…

by on May.26, 2014, under News

Graph depict­ing the increased pres­ence of Meth­ane, Car­bon Diox­ide and Nitrous Oxide, all of which pose a dir­ect threat to the polar ice caps and cli­mate at large.

With the increased pres­ence of the Green Party in both Europe and on our own turf after the recent elec­tions, the cli­mate change dia­logue is becom­ing more and more trans­par­ent. Below are links to two pieces of pro­pa­ganda: the first being the Exxon Out­look for Energy 2040, a pub­lic­a­tion aimed at Exxon share­hold­ers and the politi­cians who work for them; the second being a report from the Arc­tic Meth­ane Emer­gency Group, backed by sci­ence and sci­ence alone.

The former makes no men­tion of meth­ane and fails to acknow­ledge the rap­idly accel­er­at­ing cli­mate change crisis. The lat­ter uses inform­a­tion from the IPCC to try and identify areas of weak­ness and for­mu­late some pro­gres­sion from where we are now, pla­cing ser­i­ous cata­strophe within a four year reach. Who are you going to believe?

Down­load the Exxon report here:

http://cdn.exxonmobil.com/~/media/Reports/Outlook%20For%20Energy/2014/2014-Outlook-for-Energy-low-resolution.pdf

View and share the AMEG inform­a­tion here: 

http://ameg.me/index.php/emergency

 

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