I work in child mental health – government plans will fail many who need help | Robin Barker

When I dream of what the system could look like I see possibilities, but current plans don’t capture that vision

I never dreamed of becoming a mental health nurse and working in child and adolescent mental health services (Camhs). I was a youth worker, a Connexions adviser supporting young people’s mental health without referrals or thresholds and my office was the local park, schools, colleges and community centres.

The introduction of austerity and the funding cuts that followed in 2008 left me out of a job and in need of a new profession. After retraining as a mental health nurse, I More Here…

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/views-from-the-nhs-frontline/2018/feb/28/child-mental-health-continues-decline-government-plans-lacking

  


Northern Ireland: Government 'resolutely' committed to no hard border after Brexit despite Boris Johnson comments, Karen Bradley says

Northern Ireland Secretary rebuts Foreign Secretary's suggestion ministers should instead focus on 'stopping border becoming significantly harder' More Here…

Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/northern-ireland-border-brexit-boris-johnson-government-commitment-karen-bradley-a8232511.html

  


Turkey rejects U.S., French calls for Afrin ceasefire in Syria

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey forcefully rejected on Wednesday Western calls to suspend its offensive in northwest Syria, saying the United States misunderstood the extent of a U.N. ceasefire resolution and accusing France of giving “false information” on the issue.

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U.S. says Russia violating duty to halt Syria's use of chemical weapons

GENEVA (Reuters) – Russia has violated its duty to guarantee the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons and prevent the Assad government from using poison gas, the United States said on Wednesday.

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Raghad Haddad: 'Music is a home in our heart, where we can be safe'

War in Syria forced the viola player into exile. She talks about working under bombardment, her new life, and playing Arabic music in the UK

As the UN struggles to win backing for a 30-day truce in Syria, one Syrian musician is fighting for peace in a different way.

Viola player Raghad Haddad was granted asylum in the UK in 2017 and now lives in Brighton. Tomorrow, she performs in a concert at St John’s Smith Square in London to raise money for Syrians made homeless by almost seven years of civil war. It’s not easy to concentrate on music when More Here…

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/feb/28/raghad-haddad-war-syria-viola-player-exile-arabic-music

  


China's Communist Party agrees on government reform, but no details

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s ruling Communist Party agreed on Wednesday to deepen reform of party and government departments to improve their function and to push for high quality development, but gave no details of an unexpected shake up of ministries.

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Rome to ban diesel cars from city centre by 2024

Mayor announces ‘strong measures’ to tackle pollution in Italy’s traffic-clogged capital

Rome, one of Europe’s most traffic-clogged cities and home to thousands of ancient outdoor monuments threatened by pollution, plans to ban diesel cars from the centre by 2024, its mayor has said.

Virginia Raggi announced the decision on her Facebook page on Tuesday, saying: “If we want to intervene seriously, we have to have the courage to adopt strong measures”.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/feb/28/rome-to-ban-diesel-cars-from-city-centre-by-2024-italy

  


Nadhim Zahawi: Leadership key to turning round failing children's services

New children’s minister hails ‘dedicated and inspiring’ social workers

The new children’s minister has promised “world-class” support for social work but declared that strong leadership, rather than extra funding, is the key to turning round failing services.

Nadhim Zahawi, who was appointed in the January reshuffle to what is his first ministerial post, said he had already visited several councils including Doncaster, where services are showing improvement under a children’s trust.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/2018/feb/28/nadhim-zahawi-leadership-key-to-turning-round-failing-childrens-services

  


German government tries to sooth driver fears about diesel bans

BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government played down the prospect of bans on heavily polluting diesel cars on Wednesday, a day after a court ruled that cities could implement bans, saying most cities with moderate overshoots of nitrogen oxide (NOx) could avoid them.

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Toyota to build new Auris car at UK plant in Brexit boost for May

LONDON (Reuters) – Toyota said on Wednesday it will build the next generation of its Auris car in England in a welcome boost to Prime Minister Theresa May as Britain leaves the European Union, confirming a previous Reuters report.

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EU publishes plan to keep Northern Ireland in customs union

Commission’s draft withdrawal agreement expected to throw Brexit negotiations into crisis

The EU has published its plan to effectively keep Northern Ireland in the single market and customs union after Brexit, in a 120-page draft withdrawal agreement that will throw the negotiations into crisis.

The territory of Northern Ireland would be considered part of the EU’s customs territory after Brexit, with checks required on goods coming in from the rest of the UK, under the text produced by the European commission.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/feb/28/eu-publishes-plan-to-keep-northern-ireland-in-customs-union

  


Gene-editing startup Inscripta raises $55.5 million

(Reuters) – Inscripta said on Wednesday it raised $55.5 million in funding as the privately held biotech startup looks to strengthen its research team and speed up development and commercialization efforts of its gene-editing tools.

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Emotional Ben Stokes says he is privileged to play for England again

  • Stokes named man of the match as England beat NZ in second ODI
  • ‘It was very satisfying, I was quite emotional walking off at the end’

An emotional Ben Stokes spoke of his “relief” and “happiness” after leading England to victory in the second ODI against New Zealand. A five-month absence brought about by his arrest on the morning of 25 September has seen the allrounder miss seven ODIs, four T20Is and an Ashes series.

A star turn in his second match back with the national side has underlined Stokes’ worth as a player but also what playing for England means to More Here…

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/feb/28/emotional-ben-stokes-says-he-is-privileged-to-play-for-england-again

  


Britain to provide update on Northern Ireland budget, politicians' pay

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Northern Ireland minister will make a statement next week on implementing a budget for the region and on politicians’ salaries, while it continues to explore whether agreement can be reached to restore the province’s power-sharing government.

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Frozen canals and icy roads as 'beast from the east' hits Britain for second day - video

The ‘beast from the east’ continues to cause chaos in the UK for a second day as the country experiences its coldest week in five years. Hundreds of schools were still closed on Wednesday and there was severe disruption on the rail network. Temperatures fell below freezing in most parts, and some areas might get even colder than the Arctic circle in early March, according to the Met Office

UK weather: ‘beast from the east’ batters Britain for second day – live updates

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/video/2018/feb/28/frozen-canals-and-icy-roads-as-beast-from-the-east-hits-britain-for-second-day-video

  


Brexit: Theresa May rejects EU plan for alignment across Ireland, insisting 'no UK prime minister could ever agree to it'

Prime Minister put herself on another collision course with Brussels – endangering a Brexit agreement and the start of trade talks More Here…

Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-latest-updates-theresa-may-northern-ireland-border-eu-irish-republic-customs-union-a8232631.html

  


Feras Fayyad: 'I never thought as a film-maker that I would feel endangered'

The director of the Oscar-nominated documentary Last Men in Aleppo speaks of ‘trauma and paranoia’ over the extreme lengths some are taking to stop him from telling the truth

On 4 March, the Academy Awards ceremony will be held in Los Angeles. My film, Last Men in Aleppo, is one of the nominees for best documentary feature. It was shot during the 2015-2016 siege of Aleppo, when the Assad regime fought to seize control of the city with the help of its ally, Russia. Throughout this time, the citizens More Here…

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/feb/28/feras-fayyad-last-men-aleppo-interview-harassment-russia

  


'Taking them down fuels it more': why conspiracy theories are unstoppable

As YouTube and Facebook remove videos calling shooting survivors ‘actors’, some say it’s given false claims more power

The lies multiplied so rapidly Cori Langdon could hardly keep up. The taxi driver’s cellphone video of the Las Vegas mass shooting was being widely republished by conspiracy theorists, who were using it as “proof” that the massacre was staged by the government and that Langdon was an “actor”.

Langdon thought that if YouTube and Facebook removed some of the content, the online attacks and bogus stories might stop spreading. But it wasn’t so simple.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/feb/28/florida-shooting-conspiracy-theories-youtube-takedown

  


Toyota to build new Auris car at UK plant, in Brexit boost for PM May

LONDON (Reuters) – Toyota said on Wednesday it will build the next generation of its Auris car at its English plant in a welcome boost to Prime Minister Theresa May as Britain leaves the European Union, confirming a previous Reuters report.

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Johnson’s comments typify ministers’ cavalier approach to Northern Ireland | Frances O’Grady

As trade unionists, we know how fragile the Good Friday agreement is. The government must not sacrifice it on the altar of hard Brexit

As we approach the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday agreement, it’s sickening to see hard Brexiteers like Boris Johnson undermining it.

That a British foreign secretary would compare the boundary between London boroughs to the border on the island of Ireland speaks volumes. His comments showcase the cavalier approach this government has taken to the Northern Irish peace process.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/28/boris-johnson-cavalier-approach-northern-ireland

  


U.S. says Russia violating duty to rein in Syria's use of chemical weapons

GENEVA (Reuters) – A senior U.S. disarmament official said on Wednesday that Russia has violated its commitments as guarantor of the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile and preventing the Assad government from using them.

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