Author: Lydia Johnson

It has been revealed that Birmingham will move into tier 3 restrictions when the national lockdown ends on December 2nd. Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced earlier today all of the West Midlands region will be under the strictest guidelines from next week. The region will enter the highest alert level in Birmingham and the Black Country, Solihull, Coventry, Warwickshire, Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. Photo by Georgi Kyurpanov on Unsplash Other areas in the Midlands and large parts of the North East and North West, including Manchester are also in tier three. In tier two – the second highest level – includes London and Liverpool.…

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Waitrose, Morrisons and John Lewis have all pledged to be glitter-free by Christmas 2020. This comes in a move to make Christmas more sustainable, with all own-brand cards, gift wraps, crackers and tags along with half of the flowers and plants set to be glitter-free. Glitter is made up of tiny pieces of plastic and take hundreds of years to biodegrade, or may never break down at all. © Waitrose & Partners Waitrose, if possible, will be offering an environmentally friendly alternative to glitter in their products. Tor Harris, Head of CSR, Health & Agriculture for Waitrose & Partners, said:…

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A documentary looking at the past, present and future of black businesses in Birmingham is being premiered next week. Celebrating Black History Month, Creme and Punch Records have co-commissioned the documentary. It will take a look at the legacy of Birmingham’s black businesses and customs. https://www.instagram.com/p/CGVRb1yAnra/ “It’s a surprisingly low amount of black people who are here in this country, but our presence and our culture is massive.” RTKal, DJ and rapper. The name takes inspiration from the historical examples of black-owned businesses in America. It’s also set to explore what the future could like for black entrepreneurs in the…

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Birmingham will see families celebrate the UK’s first virtual Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Festival tonight. The event will be hosted by the Chinese Festival Committee Birmingham (CFCB). This is the second most important Chinese holiday after Chinese New Year. The restrictions imposed due to COVID-19 means that the CFBC will be presenting the first virtual Mid-Autumn festival with the CFCB Chairman James Wong as host on Thursday at 7.30pm until 10:30pm on their Facebook page. There will be a host of entertainment including lion dances, musical performances, cultural dancing, live Q&A, celebrity guests and giveaways. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMMU1YJadzE CFCB Chairman James Wong said: “We’re really…

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The majority of households have experienced falls in their income as a result of the economic and health policy responses to the coronavirus crisis. Does this necessarily mean that consumers are spending less? At the beginning of March, it’s likely the first week of your bank statement showed the usual mix of spending on eating out, public transport, Ubers, lunches and online deliveries. Now, there is no public transport, no coffees and no eating out. Which suggests spending may have plummeted. Photo by 🇨🇭 Claudio Schwarz | @purzlbaum on Unsplash In a new Future Consumer Index published by Ernst & Young, they identified four…

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New recruit drafted in to work on the NHS frontline is ‘apprehensive’ A 22-year-old nursing student from Birmingham has been fast-tracked to work in a hospital near her home, just sixth months before she is due to graduate. Vickie Marie has been studying a degree in Mental Health Nursing at the University of Birmingham. She told Birmingham Eastside that her placement has been changed and she will no longer have “supernumerary” status on placement. “I’ll have a different set of expectations, especially as I’m a mental health rather than a general nurse.” Credit: Vickie Marie When on supernumerary status, student…

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Many in higher education say they feel more isolated, vulnerable and confused than ever A student from Birmingham, who’s suffered with an anxiety disorder from a very young age, says she’s feeling confused and uncertain because of the coronavirus pandemic. Kayleigh Evans, 19, is studying for an English degree at Birmingham City University. Like many other higher institutions, the university closed its campuses last month and has moved to online teaching for the rest of the academic year. What is anxiety? There are different ways people will experience anxiety, according to the charity, MIND. Kayleigh has what’s known as a…

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A mother from the West Midlands has described the “huge impact” of losing respite care for her young daughter, who has complex special needs. Stephanie Galway looks after her seven-year-old daughter Amaya at home in Solihull. Amaya has been diagnosed with bulbar palsy and a floppy oropharynx, however, the government has not included those suffering from conditions like hers on its list of vulnerable people. The National Insitute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke defines Progressive Bulbar Palsy as a condition that attacks the lower motor neurons connected to the brain stem, which controls the muscles needed for swallowing, speaking, chewing, and…

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Home of much loved Digbeth Dining Club, Mama Roux, will host the cities first Music Network Monthly of the year. The event is back with a bang, as BMA’s Music Network Monthly teams up with BBC Introducing WM. The night will unveil a line-up of performances from Birmingham’s freshest and brightest. https://youtu.be/e88LP8XRDdk 2019 BMA ceremony at The Mill on 16th May Guests will be able to attend from 6 pm until late on Thursday 27th February, where they can expect music from ten different artists, as well as street food from Digbeth’s very own. The line-up includes Birmingham based artist,…

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An event bringing together doctors, scientists and charities is set to explore the second city’s pollution policies this evening An event called ‘Clean Air for All’ takes place in Birmingham tonight. Organised by Dr Margaret O’Hara from University Hospitals Birmingham, the evening will explore the different types of pollution that we breathe every day, the health risks and how this puts pressure on our healthcare services. https://twitter.com/BHPComms/status/1192825434758627328?s=20 The night will consist of a mixture of presentations and interactive sessions. There will also be time for discussion and networking. Attendees can expect to give their views on what can be done…

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