PUBLISHED: 08:00 12 January 2019 Judy Rimmer Ipswich JAFFA ladies' group at the Sunday Times Fun Run in Hyde Park, London, in 1982/83 Picture: DAVID SMITH Archant Taking up running is a rare New Year’s resolution that many people manage to keep. But why is running so popular, and how has it changed over the decades? Crowds of runners turned out for the 2018 Christmas Day Norwich parkrun Picture: NORWICH PARKRUNNationally, Sport England says that more than two million people run every week. Here in East Anglia, running clubs’ efforts to make the sport more welcoming have paid off, with more people of all ages and from all backgrounds pulling on a pair of running shoes and joining in. Parkruns taking offParkruns, in particular, have proved to be far more than a short-lived trend, and have taken off massively over recent years. An amazing 1004 people took part in the Norwich parkrun on Christmas Day, while many others joined in runs across the … [Read more...] about Keep on running! How have jogging and fitness changed over the decades?
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Zeke Miller, Jill Colvin and Lisa Mascaro Associated Press December 29, 2018 WASHINGTON — President Trump and Democrats are trading blame for the partial government shutdown but doing little substantive talking with each other, as the disruption in federal services and public employees’ pay slogs into another weekend.Trump upped the brinkmanship by threatening anew to close the border with Mexico to press Congress to cave to his demand for money to pay for a wall. Democrats vowed to pass legislation restoring the government as soon as they take control of the House on Thursday, but that won’t accomplish anything unless Trump and the Republican-controlled Senate go along with it.On Saturday afternoon, Trump tweeted that Democrats were to blame for the deaths of two immigrant children and for the impasse in building a border wall. Any deaths of … [Read more...] about Trump blames Democrats in deaths of migrant children and shutdown
This feature is part of The Local's award-winning Sweden in Focus series, taking an in-depth look at the issues that make this country tick. Click here to read more articles. Fittja, a suburb southwest of Stockholm's city centre, has experienced elevated levels of crime for decades, with gang violence prominent from the 1990s. It is one of Sweden's so-called 'especially vulnerable' areas, a designation given to neighbourhoods characterized by an above average crime rate that can affect the local population. In mid-December, a man was shot and injured in the leg, not far from the local tunnelbana (underground) station, which contains a sculpture showing a gun with a knotted barrel. This artwork, a global symbol for non-violence, is one of the first things residents and visitors see when they arrive in the neighbourhood. The Local joined Ipek on one of her Friday evening patrols, together with eight other mums, most of them Turkish. After a planning meeting held over … [Read more...] about How women and mums are working to make Sweden’s suburbs safer
Special Report Caroline Thorogate from North Walsham believes her two children would get on better in specialist schools. Picture: Neil Didsbury Archant Parents fed up with “fighting tooth and nail” to get an education for their children with special educational needs have hit out at the authorities. The stories of families who have fought to get the right support for their children are filled with distress, delays and disappointment.Around 21,000 children in Norfolk have special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) and that number is on the up. It has left authorities struggling to catch up, but Norfolk County Council insists SEND provision is a priority - and has pledged to invest in more staff and schools.Parents in Norfolk have shared their experiences of trying to get the right special needs education provision for their children. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Images•‘Placements taken away’Caroline Thorogate’s daughter Amy, 10, has … [Read more...] about ‘They are not putting children first’: Parents hit out at crisis in Norfolk’s special needs
PUBLISHED: 06:30 04 December 2018 James Carr child cruelty and neglect crimes across the region have more than doubled since 2013. Photo: Getty Images. KatarzynaBialasiewicz The number of children in Norfolk and Suffolk neglected, mistreated and assaulted at the hands of their parents has risen by 153pc in the last five years. Damning figures, revealed by the NSPCC, show child cruelty and neglect crimes across the region have more than doubled since 2013. Police in the east of England recorded 906 offences of child cruelty and neglect in 2017/18 - a 166pc increase from 340 in 2012/13. The nature of the neglect varied but included extreme cases in which a parent or carer deliberately neglected, assaulted, abandoned or exposed their child to serious harm.In Norfolk the number of recorded offences increased by 79pc, from 66 in 2012/13 to 120 in 2017/18.While in Suffolk there were 129 recorded offences of child cruelty in 2017/18, rising by 545pc from 20 in … [Read more...] about Child cruelty and neglect across Norfolk and Suffolk up 153pc