Healthy fast food initiative to tackle youth obesity

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A healthy fast food initiative aimed at getting young people to improve their diets has been launched in a bid to tackle obesity in low-income areas.

Four mobile fast food units selling a range of healthy burgers, chicken and wraps have set up near schools in four east and north London boroughs in the hope students will take to the food on offer.

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Cities must be safe and cheap, international students say

students interview each other about expensive London

students interview each other about expensive London

Paris, Melbourne and London are the most popular cities for international students to live in, according to a report out this week.

It’s easy to see how London could be up with the best of them with its arts, culture, transportation (despite what many think of it) and history, however, it was not beyond criticism.

Students listed safety, cost, transportation and convenience as the most important considerations before choosing a city to study in and it’s not difficult to guess which one London falls down on: cost.

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Condemned Women’s Library, evicted after overnight occupation

Activists outside the Women's Library in Whitechapel before security and police evicted a group of ocupiers

Activists outside the Women’s Library in Whitechapel before security and police evicted a group of occupiers

THE UK’s premier women’s library was given an appropriate send-off before it closed its doors for the last time after a group of female activists occupied the building in Whitechapel overnight.

The Women’s Library, that houses the nations most extensive collection of material on the lives of women in the UK and their struggles, was set to close  yesterday (Friday, March 8) as part of an ongoing cost-cutting exercise by the beleaguered London Metropolitan University.

It’s not clear whether the decision to schedule the closure on International Women’s Day was an oversight, intentional or a sign of indifference, but the irony was.

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Barnet Council backtracks on library closure after squatter and community led campaign

Supporter Will self signs a copy of his book at Friern Barnet Library

Supporter Will self signs a copy of his book at Friern Barnet Library

BARNET Council has backtracked on plans to demolish a much-loved community library and hand over its running to the community.

Friern Barnet Library was closed last April and earmarked for development as the council sought to cut costs on public services after an 18-month battle with campaigners, from the Save Friern Barnet Library Campaign, to keep it open.

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Tower Hamlets Fairness Commission asks what Canary Wharf can do for the unemployed

Graham Fisher, of Toynbee Hall chairs the discussion with business, trust and charitable fund managers

Graham Fisher, of Toynbee Hall chairs the discussion with business, trust and charitable fund managers

TOWER Hamlets’ Fairness Commission asked whether the borough was rich or poor during its second installment yesterday held yards from the sentries that guard access to the ivory towers of Canary Wharf.

Depending on where you looked it is both; with 48 per cent of children living in poverty on one side of the checkpoint and the majority of its £6billion economy on the other.

Focusing on poverty and income part two of the Commission, set-up by the Mayor of Tower Hamlets to tackle inequality in the area, looked at how the borough’s rich businesses could help its poor people.

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East London academy docks teachers’ wages for taking part in industrial action before it begins

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Staff at a secondary school in Stratford are set to strike on Thursday after ‘bullying’ management began docking their wages for failing to withdraw from industrial action that was yet to start.

Teachers, at Stratford School Academy, in Forest Gate, were preparing to take part in industrial action short of a strike, organised nationally by the NUT and NASUWT, that would limit them to teaching and planning while local union representatives held discussions with the academy’s management.

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