News Roundup

DRUG POSSESSION

Chris Raymond, 25, pleaded guilty to drugs possession on Tuesday at Highbury Magistrates Court.

Mr Raymond, who works in construction, was arrested after being searched by security outside an Islington nightclub in December 2012.

He was found with 45 pills of MDMA and 3.37g of Ketamine and tested positive for cocaine.

His defence lawyer described Mr Raymond as “a hard-working, focused man who had a momentary blip”.

The bench said it was likely that they would either refer the case to the Crown Court, or give a sentence of imprisonment.

ISLINGTON-BORN ACTOR YOUNGEST TO PERFORM AT OLD VIC

An Islington-born actor has become the youngest leading actor to take the stage at London’s Old Vic theatre.

16-year-old Charlie Rowe, who is studying for his A-levels, stars in The Winslow Boy, which opens next week.

Charlie now lives in Haringey and appeared in The Golden Compass, alongside Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig in 2007.

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/youngest-ever-old-vic-lead-role-for-actor-charlie-rowe-16-and-alevel-exams-too-8530608.html

Jeremy Corbyn Image: David Martyn Hunt

Jeremy Corbyn
Image: David Martyn Hunt

QUEEN CANCELS TECH CITY VISIT

The Queen cancelled her visit to Tech City this week, following her time in hospital with gastroenteritis.

She was due to visit social media company Yammer on Wednesday to celebrate the success of companies in the area.

After appearing on Monday to sign the Commonwealth charter, the Queen cancelled all other engagements this week, with sources saying she is still recovering from her recent illness.

http://techcitynews.com/2013/03/12/queen-cancels-trip-to-tech-city/

ELIZABETH GARRETT ANDERSON GIRLS SCHOOL OPENS

A girls’ comprehensive officially unveiled its new building near Angel last week.

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (EGA), once Alexandra Burke’s school, was renovated last year by architects BDP. Features include a performance space, lecture theatre, specialist language classrooms and a piazza with views of St Pancras.

Michelle Obama has a close relationship with EGA following her visit in 2009.

In a personal message to the school she said: “Congratulations on the opening of your new school. I wish you all the best.”

http://education.worldinteriordesignnetwork.com/news/elizabeth_garrett_anderson_school_opens_in_islington_130313/


ISLINGTON MP JEREMY CORBYN INTRODUCES BILL TO PROTECT TENANT’S RIGHTS

Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn has proposed a new law in Parliament, saying it is “high time” that the government help residents in private rented accommodation.

The Regulation of the Private Rented Sector Bill, introduced last week by Mr Corbyn, aims to regulate landlords and letting agencies so that tenants can get fairer rents and have more protection by law against eviction and discrimination.

A quarter of the country is expected to live in private rented accommodation by 2015.

The Bill has gained support from Liberal Democrat and Green MPs.

ISLINGTON CAMPAIGNERS WIN CLEAN AIR LONDON AWARD

Islington Living Streets has been awarded a Clean Air in London (CAL) award for improving air quality in the local area.

The local campaign group was key in lobbying the council to introduce a 20 mph speed limit within the borough and has campaigned for safer streets for cyclists.

This is the first year that the awards have taken place.

FIRST CAPITAL CONNECT DISRUPTION

Commuters faced disruption on Monday morning’s First Capital Connect (FCC) rush hour service.

Two construction drills pierced through a tunnel near Old Street on Friday which remained unresolved until Monday am.

Flooding on the tracks caused electrics and signals to fail on the busy Mooregate route.

STRADA RAISE MONEY FOR RED NOSE DAY

Strada on Upper Street is pitching in for Red Nose Day

Following two events and donations from customers, the restaurant has raised some £500 ahead of this Friday.

The chain has been fundraising across the country and has raised a total of around £6000.

APPRENTICESHIP WEEK

It’s an initiative that would make Alan Sugar proud.

The council is doing its bit to beat unemployment for Apprenticeship Week by promising to keep youngsters in work for the next three years.

More than 30 Islington youngsters were employed as apprentices last year and a further schemes have been launched this week.

K&M McLoughlin Decorating Ltd is offering 16-24 year olds an introduction to the profession and GetMoreBikes is training young adults  to become bike mechanics.

ZOOFARI IS COMING TO ISLINGTON

During the wildlife extravaganza, children will be entertained by a host of weird and wonderful animals including  slender-tailed meerkats, wallabies and even Chilean rose tarantulas.

 

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