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News that the Government are taking steps to prevent the use of combustible cladding on buildings can only be welcomed in light of the horror of the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017. However the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) have pointed out this does not go far enough.
On the 26th September 2018, the UN held a General Assembly on tuberculosis (TB) to discuss measures to end the spread of this disease. It is hoped that this meeting will lead to increased research into the condition, which, experts warn, may now be becoming drug-resistant. Following the meeting, the UK has already pledged increased funding towards development of new treatments.
I have had the honour of working with the Scottish victims of the contaminated blood scandal for well over a decade. I was with them as we fought for a public inquiry in Scotland; including the successful Judicial Review of the Lord Advocate and Scottish Ministers (https://www.scotcourts.gov.uk/search-judgments/judgment?id=7ea286a6-8980-69d2-b500-ff0000d74aa7) I was with them at every step of the Penrose Inquiry as the Chair’s approach eroded their faith in the process to zero. I was there when the Penrose report was published. A report that managed to be both bloated and anaemic at the same time (http://www.penroseinquiry.org.uk/finalreport/).
Scotland's leading law firm, Thompsons Solicitors, are very proud to take part in this year's Great Scottish Run on 30 September to raise money for two very worthy charities. 28 runners of whom 8 are doing the half marathon will competed in this wonderful event with everyone raising money through sponsorship to help Clydeside Action on Asbestos and Open Secret.
The festival is over for another year and the city is slowly returning to normal. However, September is not only the end of the festival but it brought the launch of the cities Cycle Hire Scheme. Sponsored by Just Eat, 1,000 bicycles will be available throughout the city by the end of 2018. Residents and visitors can hire a bike and return it to any hire point. Payment of the small hire fee is made via the app. This is great news for cyclists and for the environment. City of Edinburgh Council has set a target that by 2020 15% of all journeys to work will be by bike. The council are putting more funds into this goal but is it enough?
A recent study has shown that people who have heavy exposure to certain types of metal are at increased risk of heart disease. The research team at the BMJ have confirmed this after reviewing studies of around 350,000 participants from around the world.
Thompsons Solicitors are very proud to be an official sponsor of Dundee Pride 2018. This is the first year Dundee will hold a Pride march through the city centre. The event is which is expected to attract around 5,000 visitors. The parade will commence at City Square and proceed around the city centre before returning to City Square again for the main event and entertainment. Thompsons stall will be situated at the Pride festival, along with a number of other local businesses.
It is undoubtable that one of the cornerstones the fourth wave feminism has been the #metoo movement; a moment which has exposed the wide spread prevalence of sexual harassment and sexual assault, especially in the workplace. The movement has been far reaching, with allegations being made in all industries, from politics, to the church, to sport and the media. Although most of us will have heard of the high profile cases, the focus tends not to be on the experiences of low paid workers…. until today.