London Residents Recruit Street Artists Armed With Satire in War On Drugs

Drug Dealers Only Art To Highlight Problem in London
© Photo: Picture, Penny Creed

London Residents Recruit Street Artists Armed With Satire in War On Drugs

The words “Crack Pickup” and “Drug Dealers Only” have been spray painted onto roads in response to the “brazen” drug dealing outside people’s homes in Tower Hamlets in East London.

Resident Penny Creed tweeted the images “to embarrass the Met Police and Tower Hamlets into doing something about the brazen drug dealing in my neighborhood.”

Residents of Shoreditch, famous for its street art, have commissioned artists calling themselves the “Columbia Road Cartel” to start the campaign to highlight the problem of drug dealing in their neighborhood. However, the signs were promptly removed by council workers.

  Sep 16
It’s official has gone drug dealer friendly. To celebrate joe on the scooter will be doing 10&10. For £15. Whilst stocks last. – at Columbia Road Flower Market

Penny Creed, resident and vice-chair of the Columbia Road Tenants’ and Residents’ Association, said the situation on her street had deteriorated.

“Eight to 10 users congregate on a street waiting for dealers to come past and buy from their car window,” she told the BBC.

Penny Creed says people living there have been “continually dialling 999” to report the problem described by Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs as “unacceptable.”

  Sep 17
Interesting that we are still waiting for to replace street lights taken out by a speeding drug dealer several weeks ago but they can remove the art work highlighting the issue in a matter of hours

“Too often criminal activity including drug dealing is not being stopped, and like the residents I think this is unacceptable,” Mayor John Biggs Tweeted.

Resident Jonathan Moberly told The Telegraph, “our corner of our street is used as a drug collection point 24 hours a day.”

“Heroin and crack addicts gather in small groups waiting for deliveries which arrive by a speeding car.”

Guerrilla street art is no stranger to politics, with many artists using the medium to score political points.

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Spray painting, stenciling and graffiti by street artists has long sought to present alternative perspectives and highlight social injustices, from Banksy’s early graffiti in Bristol highlighting police violence, to the use of tear gas on refugees at the height of the crisis in Calais.

When I was in Calais refugee camp, the legendary street artist Banksy painted Steve Jobs portrait to highlight Syrian refugee crisis.

The satirical art commissioned to shame the police and their inaction on one residential road in London carries a serious message; Britain’s capital city has witnessed a surge in crime since the start of 2018.

“This is Shoreditch where street art is a thing we’re known for,” Penny Creed told London Live. “I think using street art was obviously a good idea to use our identity to highlight our own issue.”

Scotland Yard has recorded its 100th homicide, with drugs and social media cited as reasons for the rise in knife, gang and moped related incidents.

BRITAIN’S First Turban-Wearing Sikh Buckingham Palace Guard From Leicester May Be Kicked Out for Cocaine

A Sikh member of the Coldstream Guards, center, wears a turban as he takes part in the Colonel's Review, the final rehearsal for Trooping the Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, in London, Saturday, June 2, 2018.
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LEICESTER’S First Turban-Wearing Sikh Buckingham Palace Guard May Be Kicked Out Over Allegedly Testing Positive For Cocaine Recently

CRIMSON TAZVINZWA //Coldstream Guards soldier wore the traditional Sikh head covering at the Queen’s 92nd birthday ceremony in June 2018.

A Sikh from Leicester who became the first Coldstream Guard to wear a turban during the Trooping the Color, rather than the regiment’s iconic tall fuzzy hat, faces being booted out after he allegedly tested positive for cocaine last week, the Sun reported, citing an unnamed source.

Sikh men with sabres celebrate Vaisakhi.
Sikh men hold sabres, known in Punjabi as “talwar”, as they prepare to lead the annual Vaisakhi parade. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

The insider told the publication that the accused had purportedly registered “high levels” of the Class A drug, adding that, if true, “the Guards carry out public duties at the Palace, it’s disgraceful behavior. It is for a commanding officer to decide if he gets the boot – but anyone caught talking Class A drugs can expect to be dismissed.”

According to the source, he and two other soldiers are said to have failed the drug test last week.

Sikh Leicester fans pose before the match. Leicester is one of the most diverse cities in the UK.
Sikh Fans pose before the match. Leicester is one of the most diverse cities in the UK

Meanwhile, Head of Army Personnel Services Group Brigadier Christopher Coles said: “I can confirm that a number of soldiers from the Coldstream Guards are under investigation for alleged drug misuse. Drug abuse is incompatible with military service and those caught taking drugs can expect to be discharged.”

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The soldier hit the headlines in June after he made history by taking part in the Trooping the Color parade to mark the Queen’s official birthday, becoming the first of his regiment to wear a turban during the ceremony.

Russia to Provide Assad With Up to Eight S-300 Systems to Defend All of Syria, Report Says

Meanwhile, Moscow has reportedly transferred electronic warfare systems to Syria’s Latakia. Russia’s defense chief said the systems will make it harder for Israel to conduct airstrikes.

FILE PHOTO: Belarus' OSA-AKM surface-to-air missile launchers and S-300 anti-aircraft systems move to firing positions during a military drill, Volka, Belarus, September 19, 2017.FILE PHOTO: Belarus’ OSA-AKM surface-to-air missile launchers and S-300 anti-aircraft systems move to firing positions during a military drill, Volka, Belarus, September 19, 2017.AFP
AIWA! NO!//Russia will transfer two to four S-300 air defense missile systems to Syria within the next two weeks, the Russian news website Kommersant reported Tuesday, citing a source familiar with the details.

The Assad regime will use the systems to defend Syria’s coastline and its borders with Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq, the report said. According to the official, the amount of systems Russia will transfer to Syria may increase, depending on the circumstances, to anywhere between six and eight.

>> Analysis: With Russia’s S-300 in Syria, Israel will have to think twice about next strike

Meanwhile, Russian outlet Izvestia reported that Moscow is boosting its electronic warfare systems in Syria, which were brought to the country on Monday on board an Illusion-76 cargo plane to Khmeimim air base in Latakia. Russian President Vladimir Putin notified Syrian President Bashar Assad about the shipment in a phone call Monday, the report added.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced Monday that his country would supply Syria with S-300 ground-to-air missiles, a week after Moscow blamed Israel for indirectly causing the downing of a Russian military plane in Syria.

EU workers should face same immigration rules as rest of world after Brexit, U.K. cabinet agrees

(AIWA! NO!Britain’s immigration system will stop giving preferential access to European Union citizens after Brexit, ministers agree. The agreement ensures post-Brexit migration overhaul ending  special treatment of EU workers which has been in place for decades.
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The Cabinet backed the immigration overhaul despite reported objections from the Chancellor and Business Secretary.Credit: 
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A Downing Street spokesperson said: “The Cabinet agreed that, once free movement is brought to an end, the Government will be able to introduce a new system which works in the best interests of the UK – including helping boost productivity.”

The plans – which would kick in after the UK’s “implementation period” with the EU ends in December 2020 – were  approved despite objections from some Cabinet ministers.

Philip Hammond and Business Secretary Greg Clark are said to have raised concerns that the new system could cause disruption to businesses if it is introduced suddenly.

A Whitehall source told the Times: “Philip Hammond did not argue to continue free movement, nor did he argue against curbs to low-skilled migration.

“What Greg Clark pushed for yesterday — and Philip Hammond agreed with him — was to avoid a cliff-edge policy which involves a sudden big change for business. They lost that argument.”

That reportedly prompted a dig at Mr Hammond from Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey.

According to The Guardian, she told him: “On the one hand, we’re told that when we leave the EU we will go into a recession.

“On the other, we’re going to need mass migration. They can’t both be correct.”

Mr Javid meanwhile made clear that the proposals will include some leeway for low-skilled migration to avoid shortages in industries heavily dependent on migrant labour.

The Home Secretary also confirmed that regions that strike a free trade deal with the UK – including the EU itself – could be given preferential access to the UK labour market under the plans.

The proposals are set to be fleshed out in a new immigration white paper in the autumn – and could feature in Theresa May’s speech to the Conservative party conference next week.

BREXIT DEADLINE

Cabinet ministers meanwhile stepped back from urging the Prime Minister to ditch her Chequers Brexit plan in favour of a Canada-style free trade deal.

Mrs May’s proposals – which aim to agree a “common rulebook” with the EU on goods – were ridiculed by her European counterparts at a meeting in Salzburg last week.

But she told the Cabinet to “hold our nerve”, at a “critical point” in the talks.

Brexiteers in the Cabinet were reported to be swinging behind a Canada-style deal currently being talked up Tory Eurosceptics.

But senior ministers have now given the Prime Minister extra time to try and sell her plan to the EU.

A Cabinet minister told The Sun: “There was a feeling  that the PM did well on Friday with her No10 statement on Brexit, and she has earned some breathing space.

“But we are still left with the fact that the EU has said no to Chequers, and that is a problem that is not going to go away. So we will have to move on from Chequers if there is no movement from Barnier in two weeks.”

Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab meanwhile told reporters the Cabinet had had “a good, healthy discussion”.

He added: “The Prime Minister made clear we are going to keep our calm and press the EU on some of the criticisms they have made. But also to be clear that there are no credible alternatives the EU has come up with.”

BRITISH Homeless man who lives in woods given a new job and fresh start in emotional viral video

A homeless man whose tent was burned by youths, has been offered a new job.

“I was in a very low place, my life fell apart,” said Tony Newman , who was forced to live in woods in Tameside, Greater Manchester after losing his job as a truck driver.

The moment the 51-year-old was offered a new post has now gone viral online. Mr Newman appeared lost for words and starts to well up as he realises he is being given a potential fresh start.

Bosses at Premier Waste Services, based in Hyde, asked Mr Newman to take a post as yard operator after meeting him at a homeless charity.

Manager Craig Perry told The Independent he took the chance because “everyone deserves a break in life”.

He said: “We had the opportunity to help Tony turn his life around and we wanted to pursue that. He’s got a good attitude. I’m sure he’ll fit right in.”

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Reflecting on the new chance, Mr Newman said: “I’m excited, I’m nervous. It’s so lovely. I don’t want to get it wrong. I just can’t believe it’s happened. I feel blessed.”

The pair were first introduced at the headquarters of Manchester’s Sandwich Angels – which feeds the homeless.

The former truck driver was volunteering after the charity had helped him get a new tent when his first was destroyed.

Founder Christina Howard said: “When I first met Tony, he was really down and out. I started giving him food parcels. I said to him ‘what is your dream?’ Dreams can come true. Without a dream we have got nothing at all.

“I was crying when he was given the news, all of us were. We were crying with happiness. He’s so wonderful.”

The number of rough sleepers in Greater Manchester has gone up by 40pc in 12 months. Just seven people were recorded as sleeping rough in the city centre in 2010 – compared to 94 this year.

Tameside has also seen a particularly dramatic increase, however, with figures more than doubling from 19 last year to 43.

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Oil prices at four-year high after OPEC rebuffs Trump

Oil prices at four-year high after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) rebuffs Trump

Flames rise from the burning of excess hydrocarbons at Hammar Mushrif new Degassing Station Facilities site inside the Zubair oil and gas field, north of the southern Iraqi province of Basra, May 9, 2018. (Photo by AFP)
Benchmark Brent crude LCOc1 hit its highest since November 2014 at $80.94 per barrel, up $2.14 or 2.7 percent, before easing to around $80.75 by 1150 GMT. U.S. light crude CLc1 was $1.25 higher at $72.03.

OPEC leader Saudi Arabia and its biggest oil-producer ally outside the group, Russia, on Sunday effectively rebuffed a demand from Trump for moves to cool the market.

“I do not influence prices,” Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih told reporters as OPEC and non-OPEC energy ministers gathered in Algiers for a meeting that ended with no formal recommendation for any additional supply boost.

Trump said last week that OPEC “must get prices down now!”, but Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said on Monday OPEC had not responded positively to Trump’s demands.

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Members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) march during the annual military parade In Iran’s southwestern city of Ahvaz before the attack.
Iran’s latest terrorist attack matters more than OPEC’s latest meeting. Oil market attention was focused on an OPEC meeting in Algeria this weekend, but it was Saturday’s terrorist attack in an oil-rich part of Iran that “could have serious security implications for the world’s most important oil production region,” according to a closely-watched oil analyst. “We believe that Saturday’s terrorist attack in Iran could prove to be the weekend’s more consequential event as it will likely exacerbate the already dangerous Middle East antagonisms,” Helima Croft, global head of commodity strategy at RBC Capital Markets, said in a note Sunday evening.

“It is now increasingly evident, that in the face of producers reluctant to raise output, the market will be confronted with supply gaps in the next three-six months that it will need to resolve through higher oil prices,” BNP Paribas oil strategist Harry Tchilinguirian told Reuters Global Oil Forum.

Commodity traders Trafigura and Mercuria said on Monday that Brent could rise to $90 per barrel by Christmas and pass $100 in early 2019, as markets tighten once U.S. sanctions against Iran are fully implemented from November.

JPMorgan said U.S. sanctions on Iran could lead to a loss of 1.5 million barrels per day, while Mercuria warned that as much as 2 million bpd could be knocked out of the market.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries as well as top producer Russia has been discussing raising output to counter falling supply from Iran, although no decision has been made public yet.

A source familiar with OPEC discussions told Reuters on Friday that OPEC and other producers have been discussing the possibility of raising output by 500,000 bpd.

“We expect that those OPEC countries with available spare capacity, led by Saudi Arabia, will increase output but not completely offset the drop in Iranian barrels,” said Edward Bell, commodity analyst at Emirates NBD bank.

U.S. commercial crude oil inventories C-STK-T-EIA are at their lowest since early 2015 and although U.S. oil production C-OUT-T-EIA is near a record high of 11 million bpd, subdued U.S. drilling points towards a slowdown in output.

Reporting by Christopher Johnson in LONDON and Henning Gloystein in SINGAPORE; Editing by Dale Hudson

No special rules for Britain in Brexit talks – German minister

No special treatment for Britain in Brexit negotiations – German minister

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany and its European Union partners cannot afford to make special rules for Britain on their single market, Germany’s European Affairs Minister Michael Roth said in a letter, warning that Berlin had taken measures to prepare for a no-deal scenario.
European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans (L) and German Minister of State for European Affairs Michael Roth (R) chat prior to a European general affairs council meeting in Brussels, Belgium, 27 February 2018. The council is expected to focus on a presentation by the Commission of its reasoned proposal under Article 7(1) TEU concerning the rule of law in Poland. The European Parliament will vote on Article 7 during a plenary session later this week. [EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET]

“We will not undo the single market or create special rules which could result in competitive disadvantages for our companies,” he wrote in a letter to the German government dated Sept. 19.

Reporting by Holger Hansen; Writing by Joseph Nasr; Editing by Maria Sheahan
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