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UK Approves First Drug Consumption Room

UK Approves First Drug Consumption Room
Sep 28 2023 Share

The UK’s inaugural official drug consumption room for illegal substances has gained approval in Scotland, marking a significant milestone in the contentious harm-reduction strategy for addicts. 

Costing £2.3 million, the Glasgow-based facility will afford users a hygienic setting for drug intake under medical supervision. After prolonged legal disputes between the parliaments in London and Edinburgh, the Glasgow City Integration Joint Board sanctioned the project. 

They cited “overwhelming international evidence” supporting such spaces, emphasising their positive impact on addicts’ health, well-being, and recovery. Furthermore, the facility will address public safety concerns associated with drug use on the streets, which has adversely affected local communities and businesses.

The initiative was first proposed during a 2016 HIV outbreak in Glasgow, where contaminated needle-sharing among drug users was a significant concern. Official figures from last month indicated a decline in drug-related deaths in Scotland, although the rate remains higher than the European average. 

While the devolved Scottish government in Edinburgh supports the consumption room, some lawmakers express reservations about potential impacts on local businesses. Advocates believe that this facility, though not a cure-all, will provide a safer environment for drug consumption, aligning with the success of similar venues worldwide. 

Dr. Saket Priyadarshi, Associate Medical Director of Glasgow’s alcohol and drug recovery services, said that the project aims to minimise negative effects of drug use on individuals while also offering chances for treatment, care, and recovery.

Former addict and advocate Peter Krykant emphasized the importance of removing the criminal stigma from users and offering them a supportive, safe environment for recovery. Additionally, SNP councillor Norman Macleod advocated for providing heroin to addicts as a means to reduce reliance on criminal sources for drugs.

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Transforming The Heart Of San Ġwann Into Sustainable Open Space

Transforming The Heart Of San Ġwann Into Sustainable Open Space
Sep 28 2023 Share

The green transformation of the centre of San Ġwann, with gardens and recreational areas replacing a busy arterial road, will breathe new life into the daily lives of some 6,000 families in this locality.

Minister for the Environment, Energy and Enterprise Miriam Dalli and Project Green CEO Steve Ellul announced details of this project, as the plans for this project were submitted to the Planning Authority for its consideration. In the presence of San Ġwann Mayor Trevor Fenech, Project Green presented the proposed project plans following months of community engagement, with consultation activities involving children, residents, elderly persons, the San Ġwann Local Council, local organisations and the area’s businesses, amongst other stakeholders.

Through this extensive green transformation, Project Green is proposing to shift part of Ir-Rihan Avenue, the locality’s main road, and an adjacent car cark underground, to create a 7,200-square-metre green open space for the community. This new park will include an aquatic garden, a playground, an amphitheatre, a community gardening area and other recreational zones, surrounded by more than an additional 350 new trees.

Minister Miriam Dalli said that through this project the Government is empowering San Ġwann families to embrace the ecological transition. “We are redefining our urban landscapes, creating a greener, more accessible, and recreational environment for current and future generations. We want a better, healthier and more sustainable lifestyles for our families, reintroducing nature in our urban landscape, with new green infrastructure that stimulates sustainable mobility and stronger communities”.

“This new park in front of the parish church, the school and other important community areas, will become the largest green space in San Ġwann’s urban area,” Miriam Dalli added.

The project will also improve the locality’s accessibility and sustainable mobility, removing the physical barrier imposed by this busy arterial road and introducing car-free pedestrian areas and cycle lanes. The new underground parking will double the current street-level parking area, to ensure increased accessibility.

Steve Ellul, CEO of Project Green, stated that “this open space will be a green lung less than a 10-minute walk from the homes of some 13,000 residents. That’s 90% of the people living in San Ġwann. We are working to provide a recreational space that is easily accessible, eliminating the need to use a car to reach an open space”. He continued that Project Green aims to create a vibrant green space that enriches the lives of the community, setting a shining example of sustainable urban development, which will be followed in other localities across the country.

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Teacher Leaving Her Job Urges System Not To Push Teachers Away

Teacher Leaving Her Job Urges System Not To Push Teachers Away
Sep 28 2023 Share

A local teacher, Shanice, also known by her Instagram handle of my_life_with_pixiedust, shared having to make the difficult decision to quit her teaching job, which she absolutely adored.

Shanice had grown to social media popularity through, among other things, sharing moments from her life as a teacher – organising activities for kids and even letting them choose her wedding dress. 

However, she revealed in her most recent video that she will have to resign from her job due to getting mental exhausted and drained. 

She explained how she was working daily from home after hours and how the working conditions and the low pay do no not reflect the amount of work teachers do. 

‘We do a lot of unseen work. Spend a lot of money from our own pocket. And we are not rewarded or compensated for our dedication.’

She ended her message saying that dedicated are being pushed away and that the educational system needs to act fast about the situation. 

The video amassed a whopping 59.6K views and 3,797 likes, with many offering their support for Shanice, with some among them being teachers. 

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Here Is Forbes’ 2023 List Of Top Content Creators

HERE ARE THE WORLD’S TOP CREATORS IN 2023 ACCORDING TO FORBES
Sep 28 2023 Share

Forbes has amassed a list of the top 50 content creators, streamers, influencers and vloggers for the year 2023. 

The 50 honourees on the second annual Forbes Top Creator list had a combined 2.6 billion followers hauling in an estimated $700 million in earnings – a 20% increase from 2022’s $570 million score. 

The study also found that, in 2023, brands will spend an estimated $21 billion on creator marketing. This is up from just $1.6 billion seven years ago, Influencer Marketing Hub claims.

The list was topped, of course, by Jimmy Donaldson a.k.a MrBeast, with a total of $82M in earnings and 312M followers. 

He was followed by Olajide Olatunji (KSI) at $24M in earnings and 112M followers in second place, and Jake Paul in third place at $34M and 66M followers. 

Coming in at number four were Good Mythical Morning’s Rhett and Link, with $35M and 51M followers. To close off the top 5 list is Charli D’Amelio at $23M and 213M followers. 

The rest of the top 10 was topped by Logan Paul in 6th, Elliot Treble (F*ckJerry) in 7th, Emma Chamberlain in 8th, Matt Rife in 9th and Brent Rivera in 10th. TikTok sensation Khaby Lame came in 11th place with $16.5M and 224M followers. 

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