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Drugs

Since the dawn of human existence we have been putting things into our bodies to see what they do, then repeating be cause we either liked, got addicted, or simply wanted a bigger sample size (yay science). Drugs aren’t even a human phenomenon, cats like catnip, and other animals have been chewing mildly hallucinogenic leaves for millennia. Somewhere in the trail of human history we developed the artificial idea of an acceptable drug, as science developed we were able to categorise them, and more recently the state has taken an interest in substance consumption.

I’m not by any means arguing that many drugs, used in many ways, aren’t harmful to health and society. My core position in that there will never be zero harm as a result of drugs, instead of targeting impractical zero drug futures, it would be more pragmatic, compassionate and successful to think about ways in which we can reduce the harm of drugs. We must recognise the complexity of a human diaspora. No single factor solely relates to the harm caused by drugs. There are no magic theories, that cover the individual and a massive population with equal accuracy, only suggestions that something might help.

Research Funding in a Post-Brexit World

Adrian Farrel's picture

Whatever your view of the outcome of the referendum, you probably agree that the campaigns were threaded through with misinformation and confusion. We might hope that we are past that point, but as the debate about how we will negotiate the UK's exit from the European Union (EU) develops we are being exposed to more and distractions and disingenuous public statements.

A considerable amount of research funding comes to the UK from the EU through the Horizon 2020 (H2020) scheme [1]. This programme is providing over 80 billion Euros in grants over the period 2014 to 2020 and is envisioned as a means to drive economic growth and create jobs within the EU's member nations. The stated aim is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.

The chief beneficiaries of H2020 grants are research institutions (universities and independent research organisations) and the R&D arms of large companies [2], however there is a goal that 20% of the monies will go to small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Tending to my GMB Membership

David Elston's picture

Well that was a surprising turn of events. The GMB membership was polled and 60% have come out in favour of Owen Smith MP to be the next Labour Leader, leaving 40% in support of Corbyn, as there was no option to back neither or spoil your ballot.

This resulted in the GMB coming out in support of Owen Smith, despite not coming out in support of a candidate in the last Labour leadership elections.

It seems the GMB themselves are quite surprised that this announcement generated a lot of attention, at least according to their twitter feed:

Sadly this has triggered a cancellation of my membership, as I simply cannot support Owen Smith. My open e-mail below details the particulars:

East Camp Parking & Directors

David Elston's picture

The parking issue in East Camp persists but fortunately we are now getting better responces from the EVRCL. There seems to have been some kind of communication breakdown whereby they no longer answer e-mails to their address:

residentenquiriesevrcl@gmail.com

...but now instead as a collection of addresses one must e-mail:

Acting Chair: josie_08@btinternet.com

With CC:

paul.megraw@btinternet.com
JENNYMAYBILL@aol.com
curnow755@btinternet.com
jpetherick35@gmail.com

Sometimes this address is also CC:

mullin.mary@btinternet.com

Saints – St Athan Parks Trust

David Elston's picture

I recently helped set up and became a Trustee of a local charity in St Athan. It is the brain child of Chairperson & Trustee Lisa Austin, who has worked tirelessly to see it become a success, along with two other Trustees; Charlotte Jennings and Sally Gardiner. Since it's creation we have received over 3500. Over 1,500 pounds has been raised as a result of the Family Fun Day in St Athan for the Saints – Parks Trust. It was a huge success. The car park and side streets were packed with cars, the field and community centre was rammed full and everyone was providing really great feedback. Stall holders, volunteers and not just residents but people from as far as Bridgend and Barry turned up to take advantage of the fun in the sun.

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