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Florida shooting: Who are the victims?

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 04:35Sat, 02/17/2018 - 05:20
  
Can everyone please take a second to pray for my coach today he took serval bullets covering other students at Douglas . pic.twitter.com/8AMG7t6tpH
  
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Just horrible....#RIP Stoneman Douglas High School Athletic Director Chris Hixon.
  
You will be tremendously missed and our prayers are with your family, your coaching staff, and your students.
  
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Can 'beauty banks' help fight hygiene poverty?

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 11:30Sat, 02/17/2018 - 03:20
When faced with the choice of being able to afford food or face wipes the answer is obvious, says journalist Sali Hughes.
Many thousands of people across the UK rely on a network of food banks for their day-to-day survival.
"Some people don't have enough money to survive, so what's going to go? The thing that you don't need to stay alive. But I don't think having clean teeth is a luxury. Having clean hair isn't being spoiled - in 2018, in Britain, it's a right."
It's easy to understand that when food is in scarce supply hygiene isn't always the top priority.
The author has joined forces with beauty director Jo Jones to launch Beauty Banks - a non-profit which aims to funnel unwanted toiletries to five locations across the UK.
But according to research conducted by the Trussell Trust, which has a 428-strong network of food banks nationwide, more than half of people using its services cannot afford toiletries.
The pair are pooling their collective industry resources by teaming up with brands, retailers and the wider community to gather as many toothbrushes, razors and tampons as possible to help those unable to afford the basics.
"If you don't have enough money to cover the cost of food, it's likely you'll be unable to afford other essentials too," said Samantha Stapley, its head of operations for England.
So far, those set to benefit include a women's refuge and a food bank in Staines in Surrey, a homeless shelter in Cardiff, a food bank in Milton Keynes, and another in Ladbroke Grove, not far from Grenfell Tower.
"No-one should be left struggling to wash their hair, brush their teeth or afford tampons because they've been hit by something unexpected like redundancy, sickness or a delayed benefit payment.
  
"This is a dignity issue."
  
When faced with the choice of being able to afford food or face wipes the answer is obvious, says journalist Sali Hughes, who has joined forces with beauty director Jo Jones and the Trussell Trust to launch Beauty Banks.
  
"Some people don't have enough money to survive, so what's going to go? The thing that you don't need to stay alive.
  
"But I don't think having clean teeth is a luxury. Having clean hair isn't being spoiled - in 2018, in Britain, it's a right."
  
The pair is pooling their collective industry resources by teaming up with brands, retailers and the wider community to gather as many toothbrushes, razors and tampons as possible to help those unable to afford the basics.
  
The non-profit aims to funnel unwanted toiletries for both men and women to five locations across the UK - a women's refuge and a food bank in Staines in Surrey, a homeless shelter in Cardiff, a food bank in Milton Keynes, and another in Ladbroke Grove, not far from Grenfell Tower.
Donations will be parcelled up and sent to each of the five locations supported by the Trussell Trust, which co-ordinates a nationwide network of food banks.
Donations will be parcelled up and sent to each of the five locations supported by the Trust.
Its head of operations for England, Samatha Stapley, said recent research conducted with the University of Oxford found more than half of people using such centres could not afford toiletries.
  
"If you don't have enough money to cover the cost of food, it's likely you'll be unable to afford other essentials too.
  
"No-one should be left struggling to wash their hair, brush their teeth or afford tampons because they've been hit by something unexpected like redundancy, sickness or a delayed benefit payment.
  
"This is a dignity issue."