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13-14 September 2018, Odesa, Ukraine

David's blog #18

Well-lit streets discourage sin, but don’t overdo it -William Kennedy

In 1960 one third of the global population was to be found living in urban settings.  Now, more than half the population lives in cities and this trend is accelerating.  The future is increasingly urban.  Of course, cities are frequently viewed as a being a source of problems...

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World News

  • Why Birmingham's Homelessness Problem Is More Than A Simple Maths Equation

    It’s fair to say that Birmingham is in the midst of a homelessness crisis. If you live or work in the city you cannot fail to have noticed the increase over the last few years. Yet, we constantly hear of the many hostel spaces that remain unused. Surely this is nothing more than basic maths? Here are a few of the many reasons why the problem is far more complex than it may appear on first glance: A roof over your head doesn’t automatically make [...]

    2018-07-16 |

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  • Japan sees number of trained dementia care volunteers top 10 million

    The number of people who have received training to assist people with dementia has surpassed 10 million in Japan, a support group for dementia sufferers has said. As it is estimated that some 7 million people, or 1 in 5 elderly Japanese, may suffer from dementia by 2025, the government is eyeing the development of 12 million dementia care helpers by the end of fiscal 2020 as part of a national strategy to build supportive communities [...]

    2018-07-12 |


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  • Ireland must finally address the real causes of poverty

    The early 1990s was a period of significant change for Ireland. The economy grew at a rapid pace and unemployment fell dramatically, but poverty was still very high by international standards. In April 1997, the then government launched Ireland’s first anti-poverty strategy. The foreword, signed by the three leaders of the rainbow coalition – John Bruton, Dick Spring and Proinsias De Rossa – signalled that poverty would be at the top of the [...]

    2018-07-09 |


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  • Melbourne's first safe injecting room, clean, sterile and 'will save lives'

    Up to 300 people a day are expected to use Victoria's first medically supervised drug injecting room when it opens in the coming days. The Victorian Government committed to a two-year trial at the North Richmond Community Health Centre, after three separate coroners called for a supervised space. Mental Health Minister Martin Foley said it would save lives. "I look forward to speaking to less families who have been subject to the trauma and [...]

    2018-07-06 |


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  • The number of rough sleepers is down in London for the first time in a decade

    For the first time in more than ten years, the amount of people sleeping rough in England’s capital has fallen. The figures – from St Mungo’s Combined Homelessness and Information Network (CHAIN) – found that 7,484 people were seen by outreachers in London in the past year compared to 8,108 in 2016/2017 – a drop of eight per cent. But this has not come without substantial investment – £8.45 million has been spent on services in the city past year [...]

    2018-07-05 |


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  • UK population growth is slowest in 14 years as migration from EU falls

     The UK population is growing at its slowest rate in 14 years because Brexit means fewer EU migrants are arriving here without a job, ONS figures show. The data shows that the population hit 66 million for the first time in mid-2017 but is growing at a rate of 0.6 per cent, the lowest since mid-2004. While the number of people coming to the UK to take on a job they have already secured has remained stable, the number immigrating to look for [...]

    2018-07-04 |

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