Covid: Targeted testing in Nottingham after Indian variant rise

Nottingham City Council said some cases had been found in shared, private accommodation in the city.

It said not all cases related to travel and some were "thought to have been picked up via community transmission".

Public Health England, which elevated the Indian variant as a "variant of concern" last week, said it was monitoring them "extremely closely".
David Johns, interim director of public health in Nottingham, said the cases had been found in Nottingham city by Public Health England.

"For most people, the variant of concern will simply mean being extra vigilant when we stick to the guidance around hands, face, space in order to keep each other safe," he said.

"We need everybodys help with this. If you are asked to come forward for a test, please work with our teams and get tested at the earliest opportunity."

Covid-19 Hero Award

This week, at two virtual Awards ceremonies, the top prizes of the night for Leader of the Year went to Cllr Tom Beattie of Corby Borough Council and Cllr Jenny Laing of Aberdeen City Council. To recognise local government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, a new Covid-19 Hero Award was given to Cllr Hannah Bithell of Leeds City Council and Cllr Salma Mumtaz of Nottingham City Council and Cllr Eva Murray of Glasgow City Council. Cllr Beverley Momenabadi of City of Wolverhampton Council walked away with the Young Councillor of the Year prize and Cllr Mark Horsham of South Lanarkshire Council was honoured with the New Councillor of the Year Award. Cllr Nick Ridley OBE of Babergh District Council was given a Lifetime Achievement Award (for his service posthumously) as well as Cllr Eileen Logan of South Lanarkshire Council in Scotland.

AJK president urges UK councillors to lobby for Kashmir issue settlement

Addressing a National Councillors Conference organised by Faheem Kiyani, President Tahreek-e-Kashmir UK on the topic of “Brutal Lockdown and Demographic Changes in Kashmir”, he said the UK being a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and forbearer of human rights has the responsibility to brief the others, permanent members of the council about the irredentism in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K) and mounting humanitarian crisis in the region.
unfortunately, the reaction lasted only for three months partly because of Brexit in the UK, President’s Trump’s impeachment and later due to outbreak of Covid-19. However, he expressed his deep gratitude to the UK’s public opinion leader parliamentarians and the diaspora community for mobilising support for the oppressed Kashmiris by organising massive rallies and calling out human right crimes committed by India in IOJ&K.
Others who spoke on the occasion were, Cllr Zafar Islam Dudley, Cllr Sajid Mehmood from Nottingham, Mehboob Hussain Bhatti from Wycombe,

Cllr Muhammad Ayun from Bolton, Cllr Salma Mumtaz from Nottingham, Cllr Jamila Azad from Oxford,

Cllr Nighat Khan from Nottingham, Cllr Muhammad Saghir from Nottingham, Cllr Shakil Ahmed from Rochdale, Cllr Muhammad Iqbal from Bolton, Cllr Sehrish Loan from Burnley, Cllr Mushtaq Mughal from Newham, Cllr Fiaz Matloob from Slough, Cllr Hather Ali from Waltham Forest, Cllr Afrasiab Anwar from Burnley, Cllr M. Yaseen Hussain from Sandwell, Cllr M. Shahzad from Leeds and Cllr Sabina Dita from Wallsal.

Nottingham mum delivers 126 free Christmas Day dinners

A Nottingham mum-of-two hit the road on Christmas Day to spread festive cheer and deliver free meals for those facing the day alone.

Mo Fayose, 45, of Basford, held her fourth Christmas Day dinner for those with nowhere to go on December 25.

But this year the mum-of-two and a team of 16 volunteers also took to the road to deliver 126 Christmas dinners to households struggling to attend their annual event.

The former mental health student nurse had stocked up on a 20kg turkey, 20 kilos of chicken and beef and five kilos of gammon in preparation for the big day.

She said a full Christmas meal was being delivered to every home free of charge, with Mo picking up most of the cost, estimated at £2,500.
Mo who did not sleep on Christmas Eve, told Nottinghamshire Live on Christmas Day: "We spent all night cooking up the dinner. Its all about providing for people who are going through a really difficult time at Christmas. I never want someone to feel alone. We have not stopped but I think its going to go down well."

She delivered the food in her Mini alongside other volunteers and visited homes in Beeston, Chilwell, Strelley and Stapleford.

33 councillors write open letter to Nottingham College

In the letter, the councillors said: "We would like the board to meet with a group of council representatives as a matter of urgency to discuss our concerns directly.

"From our understanding of the local further education scene, we are aware that further education teachers in Nottingham have had no pay rise of any sort in one college for ten years, and in the other no cost of living or living pay rise for a similar length of time.

"We know that further education teachers have tried to deliver a good level of education to their students despite local and national uncertainty, increased workloads and cuts in funding.
Cllr Shuguftah Quddoos was also in these 33.

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