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Should we change woman to ‘womxn’ to be more inclusive?

Should we change woman to ‘womxn’ to be more inclusive?

News, UK
Few universities in London proposed to change woman to 'womxn'. Voice of London tested reaction. “What does the X stand for, and do people really understand the message behind it?” Asked Carl Timehin, a Student Union representative of the University of Westminster. Student at two London universities have changed the way of spelling woman/women to ‘womxn’ to be more inclusive. The Voice of London asks students about their opinions on it. At Goldsmiths College, University of London, its Student Union has adopted the spelling in its publications and social media accounts. The word ‘womxn’ has been used throughout the last two weeks to promote events such as ‘Womxn’s Netball’. https://www.instagram.com/p/BqepzLJF4O6/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=1gf37clrkw23t A spokeswom
1 in 5 children may be born with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder

1 in 5 children may be born with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder

Health, News, NHS, UK
One in five children may be born with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) according to a recent study. FASD is a lifelong disorder that occurs when children have been exposed to alcohol during pregnancy. The symptoms are wide-range but include physical abnormalities, behavioural and learning difficulties and all vary in severity Researchers from Preventive Medicine worked with clinicians to study the development of 13,495 children from Bristol’s Children of the 90’s study. The data showed that 79 per cent of children were exposed to alcohol in pregnancy and that 17 per cent were positive for FASD. https://twitter.com/Bill_Esterson/status/1068508717409275904 The UK has the fourth highest level of prenatal alcohol use, yet this is the first study to estimate how many people h
Met police considers armed patrols to stop gang violence

Met police considers armed patrols to stop gang violence

Featured, News, UK
The Metropolitan Police could be deploying armed foot patrols in London areas where “gang activity is likely” to prevent violence. Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, told the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee on Thursday that armed officers could take a “short foot patrol” during “extreme circumstances” to deal with serious outbreaks of violence. She added that the practice would not be routine. Instead, it would only be done in “unusual circumstances” when the threat of gang violence is “imminent”. The patrols would be carried out by officers from armed response vehicles that routinely patrol London and they would provide support to neighborhood police and specialist teams. Ms. Dick said that armed officers were “already” getting out of this vehicles to sup
Rail fares to increase by 3.1% in January

Rail fares to increase by 3.1% in January

News, UK
The rail industry has announced that Britain’s rail fares will rise by an average of 3.1% on 2 January. The annual cost of getting to work will be more than £100 for daily travellers. The increase of yearly season tickets cover £148 for Brighton to London (from £4,696 to £4,844), £130 for Gloucester to Birmingham (from £4,108 to £4,238), and £100 for Manchester to Liverpool (from £3,152 to £3,252), as stated by an ITV report. This will be the largest rise since January 2013, according to Office of Rail and Road's data.     Paul Plummer, the Chief Executive of the industry body, the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), told ITV: "Nobody wants to pay more to travel, especially those who experienced significant disruption earlier this year. "Money from fares is underpinn
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