Linda Robson Calls For ‘Zero Tolerance’ On Knife Crime, A Decade After Her Son Watched His Friend Die

Linda Robson

“He’d found Louis on the floor with Ben in his arms. It was unbelievable. I was ringing Brooke and the parents, but it was too late.”

The Ben Kinsella Trust was founded by Ben’s family in 2008 and they work to “educate young people; to provide advice, support and guidance with the aim of raising self esteem so that young people can resist peer pressure and make positive life choices”.

In 2011, actress Brooke – who is a trustee of the organisation – was awarded an MBE for her work to prevent knife crime.

Brooke is also working with ‘EastEnders’ on an upcoming knife crime storyline.

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Facebook Starts Notifying Millions Of Users Affected By Data Scandal – Here’s What To Do Next

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Facebook has started notifying every user whose private data may have been compromised by the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

All 87 million of those affected (1m of whom are located in the UK) will get a message appear at the top of their News Feed notifying them and then giving them some next steps on how to protect their data in future.

In addition, all 2.2bn Facebook users will receive a notice titled “Protecting Your Information” with a link to see what apps they use and what information they have shared with those apps. If they want, they can shut off apps individually or turn off third-party access to their apps completely.

The Cambridge Analytica scandal started with an app called ‘This Is Your Digital Life’ – a personality quiz created in 2014 by a Cambridge University researcher called Aleksander Kogan.

The quiz paid around 270,000 people to take part, but thanks to Facebook’s data-sharing policy at the time, the app was able to vacuum up not just their data but all of their friends.

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While Facebook later limited the data that these apps could access, the damage had already been done.

Since the revelations …read more

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Ex-Gang Members Demand MPs ‘Listen To People Who Know’ As Amber Rudd Unveils New Violent Crime Strategy

London's murder rate has overtaken New York's.

Frontline experts in the fight against street violence say it’s time for the government to hand over the reins to “people who know what they are talking about”, as the number of serious incidents skyrockets.

On Monday the Home Secretary Amber Rudd unveiled the government’s new £40m strategy for tackling violent crime, after denying having seen a leaked Home Office document linking the increase with police cuts.

The home secretary said changes to the drug market were largely to blame and that the government’s response would also focus on tackling drug use.

The new plan proposes to restrict the online purchase of knives, give additional powers to police to crack down on people found to be carrying acid, and establish a cross-party group to help come up with “solutions” to violent crime escalation.

The programme will also focus on community-led early intervention to prevent young people being drawn into gangs, with an £11m youth fund set up to support local projects, and £3.6m to tackle “county lines” drug distribution, which sees urban gangs use children as “couriers” to branch out into more rural areas.

But Labour criticised the plan, claiming it offers no new money or extra police officers, and many grassroots campaigners are also sceptical, saying the time for politicians to be in charge of decision-making is over.

Sheldon Thomas, the founder of Gangsline, which runs outreach programmes with young men and women involved in gang culture, said ministers should hand over strategy to those working directly with children and teens.

An ex-gang member himself, he said: “MPs should not be leading on anything at all any more.

“Don’t consult people like me at the end – come to us at the beginning. Pay us, give us the resources, and we will come up with a strategy and implement it.

“I would set up a gang prevention programme in every school in Croydon, with a young man and young woman who kids can relate to and I guarantee we could halve this problem within a year and roll it out across the country.”

He added that it was time for politicians to put people in charge “who have lived this life, who know what they are talking about. I’d be happy to work with them.”

Thomas said he had repeatedly warned politicians that violent crime among young people was set to rise. Thirteen Londoners were killed in a two-week period last month alone.

“But it should …read more

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Mum’s Overnight Time-Lapse Video Gives A Brutal Insight Into Sleeplessness When You Have Kids

A mum has shared a time-lapse video of what happens through the night in her house, showing the brutal reality of why mums and dads get so little sleep.

On this night in particular, Melanie Darnell, who shares fitness and parenting posts on Instagram (Fit Momma of 3), had a two-year-old with an ear infection and a 10-month-old baby who struggled to sleep. She taped a camera to the ceiling to show others how her nights often go when her husband works away.

The video shows Darnell getting into bed alone at 10pm. Soon after, her 10-month-old joins her in bed. Fast forward several hours and her toddler is in bed with them too.

A post shared by Melanie Darnell (@fitmomma4three) on Apr 4, 2018 at 8:30pm PDT

“Parenting doesn’t end when the sun goes down,” she wrote on Instagram on 5 April. “It’s a tough balance. Realising that the last sweet hours of restful darkness are almost over. The 4am wake-up call is especially excruciating. Still, we haul ourselves out of bed, and with bleary eyes pull our babies in close.”

Darnell wanted to show other mothers who are struggling with sleep deprivation that they are not alone. “To all of the tired mothers out there, breathe in and breathe out,” she wrote. “These days are intense but short-lived. Both you and baby will be sleeping more soundly before long.

“For now, cuddle your babies, nurse them and love them no matter what time the clock says. The baby you rock tonight someday may have the opportunity to be gazing at the stars while holding a sweet baby of her own. She will be thinking of, and appreciating, you.”

Commenting on the video, which was viewed 1.2 million times in four days, one person wrote: “Ah that’s an amazing post. I needed to see that this morning after being awake all night.”

Another wrote: “Your video made me realise that no matter where we are from, all mothers are same and so kids are. I am an Asian and felt like it’s my video. Sending love to you.”

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Political Parties And Advertisers Need To Be Held To Account: Here’s How

Facebook gave Cambridge Analytica 87million people’s data. Are you one of them? The scale of the data collection involved means that the likelihood is you don’t know.

The Data Protection Bill is going to be an important step forward for your rights in this area – it brings the European General Data Protection Regulation into UK law, but the government have stripped it of a vital protection (Article 80(2)) and added an exemption for political parties – which make it a far smaller step forward than it should be.

Article 80(2)

Article 80 deals with redress, that is to say how you can get your revenge on companies that misuse your data – it has two clauses, one that lets you instruct an organisation, like ORG or Which?, to take on your case, and hold that company to account. That’s a mandatory part of the GDPR, but part two is optional.

This is the section that would allow an organisation that noticed bad data protection practices to hold the company in question to account without first having to find someone who had been affected.

Do you know if you were one of the people affected by Facebook’s relationship with Cambridge Analytica? Because if the answer is no, then organisations will find it that much harder to hold companies to account.

It doesn’t need to be this way, this style of protection already exists for other consumer issues, such as in Finance or Competition. As recent events have made clear a similar protection in data protection is vital. The Government have insisted that, it will be fine Article 80 (1) will be enough but that is categorically untrue.

By refusing to strengthen your data protection rights the government are making a conscious decision to make holding companies like Facebook to account harder.

Political Party Exemption

It gets worse – the government is also seeking to make political parties exempt from the rules. The Bill contains an exemption which allows political parties to process data revealing people’s political opinions if they are necessary for the purpose of organisation’s political activities.

This isn’t a new provision (it existed in the Data Protection Act 1998), but it hasn’t been updated since 1998. The world has changed, but this provision doesn’t acknowledge the massive shifts in technology.

This allows parties to take part in Cambridge Analytica style profiling and targeting of your political beliefs using all kinds of …read more

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Looks We Love: Cardi B’s Chequered Outfit For Her SNL Performance

We Love…

Cardi B’s chequered ensemble for her SNL performance on Saturday 7 April..

Why It Works:

The contrast between the green slicked hair and monochromatic colours in lycra and fur is bold and exactly what Cardi stands for.

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Bella Hadid has been seen wearing a chequered two piece with a thick Chanel belt in true ’90s fashion.

A post shared by ? (@bellahadid) on Apr 6, 2018 at 11:51pm PDT

Model, DJ and co-star of Rihanna’s ‘Bitch Better Have My Money’ Video, Sita Abellan has worn a t-shirt underneath her lime green chequered bandeau showing how two pieces can be worn in cooler seasons.

A post shared by sita abellan (@sitabellan) on Feb 2, 2018 at 8:24am PST

Follow Their Lead

As seen above, chequered prints look great in all colours. For example, this orange pair of trousers by MissGuided for £22 is a new way to wear the print. Alternatively this House of Holland dress for £55 playfully adds cherries and checks together.

A way to make this look more wearable is this summer dress apt for picnic days courtesy of ASOS Curve for £25. Add a pair of statement sunglasses like these white rounded cat eye accessory via River Island, £14, and dance around to ‘Bodak Yellow’ and you can feel like you’re performing on SNL too.

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How Westminster Can Make Britain a Digital Currencies Leader

Few sights call to mind tradition as impressively as the Palace of Westminster – rising above the capital as a symbol of endurance and steadfastness throughout the centuries. A peculiar ally then, you may think, for the cutting edge technologies of digital currency, which have so much potential to disrupt the established order. Are politicians ready to back this technological revolution?

My invitation to a dinner debate in the House of Commons, hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Digital Currencies and its Secretariat, the Digital Currency Foundation, seemed to partially answer that question. Attended by industry experts and leaders, the dinner gave us the chance to talk to parliamentarians about the exciting possibilities for collaboration between lawmakers and innovators, and for a global digital currencies market with Britain at its forefront.

That is not to say that a consensus was reached on what a digital currency friendly UK would look like, or how we might get there. Industry representatives were eloquent but frank regarding the challenges ahead. A key area will be how digital currencies are able to interact with our traditional banking sector and hard currency. Without reliable mechanisms to convert digital currencies into conventional fiat currencies, including the pound, the digital market cannot realise its potential. Some digital currency leaders present felt that traditional banks were calculatingly disinclined to deal with innovators; do they fear disruption to their status quo, and if so, how might they be incentivised to relax their stance?

MPs showed enthusiasm, but were equally eager to probe industry on what the benefits were for their constituents. Average-earners for whom digital currencies are often just a passing news headline must be reassured that they are in fact for them: cost-saving, efficient, user-friendly and secure. The same goes for small businesses and start-ups, as the Government seeks a more diversified and decentralised national economy.

Parliamentarians pressed the industry firmly on their security commitments, and rightly so. Concerns have grown in all sectors regarding money-laundering as technological advances continue; the digital currency market is no different. Industry leaders pointed to proactive, voluntary security measures to combat this, but more can always be done. Here in particular, collaboration between currency exchanges and lawmakers could reap benefits for all stakeholders.

The debate perfectly encapsulated the digital currency landscape as it exists before us: one with challenges yet to overcome and enormous potential yet to be realised. No single group, …read more

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Olly Murs Recalls Selfridges Terror Scare, Insisting ‘Something Happened That Day’

Olly Murs

“I found a door and said ‘Guys, quick, let’s go into this office.’ We ended up going through this back alley and got about 20 people in.

Taking Olly Murs off my “Credible Breaking News Sources” list. pic.twitter.com/Y7BxIdMfoq

— Patrick Smith (@psmith) November 24, 2017

“This woman said, ‘Someone was up there shooting, I could see him, in the beauty aisle he had a gun’.

“This girl was saying ‘Don’t tell me I’m lying, I saw this guy with my own eyes’. Whether he shot someone or was shooting in the air — well, obviously he didn’t shoot anyone — but someone saw something.”

It wasn’t just Twitter users who had a laugh at Olly’s expense and three months after the incident, Jack Whitehall made a joke about it at the Brit Awards.

Following a performance that included impressive pyrotechnics, the host quipped: “That was a controlled blaze, by the way. Apparently Olly Murs was in the toilet tweeting about it.”

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