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Extinction Rebellion women break windows in climate statement at ‘world’s worst bank’

Eight women lined up at the European office of JP Morgan in Canary Wharf earlier this week to break two windows with hammers and chisels.

Wearing all black, the women used painted hammers with the words ‘life’, ‘love’ and ‘care’ on them to break glass at what Extinction Rebellion has labelled the “world’s worst bank.”

Before doing so they stuck stickers to the windows that read ‘In case of climate emergency, break glass’.

Care was taken to make sure no one inside or nearby the building was put at risk of harm.

After the glass was broken, the women sat down in front of the bank in a circle and waited for the police to arrive. They were wearing patches that read ‘deeds not words’ and ‘stop the harm.’

London’s Canary Wharf.

Wednesday’s action is the continuation of a campaign by people taking similar acts of careful and deliberate property damage at banks responsible for funding and accelerating the climate and ecological emergency.

Barclays, HSBC and JP Morgan have been targeted to highlight the banks’ respective business models, which the group says is pushing the planet to breaking point.

Sally Davidson, who took part in the action, said: “Climate change and the extraction of fossil fuels are causing untold damage to people’s lives and livelihoods, and damage to a pane of glass is insignificant in comparison.

“If this act of property damage is necessary to raise the alarm about the greater destruction caused by the financial investments of JP Morgan to public attention, then I am prepared to do it.”

The action is part of Extinction Rebellion’s Impossible Rebellion, with the group calling for intervention on the City of London and demanding an immediate end to all new fossil investments.

The action at JP Morgan comes after several days of occupations held by Extinction Rebellion across London, where they state that levels of police violence against peaceful protesters have been increasing.

Kureen has approached Barclays, HSBC and JP Morgan for a response.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Isle of Wight town hoping to secure city status in 2022

Newport — the Isle of Wight’s county town — could throw its hat into the ring to be granted city status as part of honours being awarded for the Queen’s 2022 Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

A motion calling for Newport to join the likes of Swindon, Milton Keynes, Dudley and Reading in vying for the coveted title will be discussed by the Isle of Wight Council’s Cabinet next Thursday (9 September).

The proposal, put forward by Councillor Martin Oliver, who represents Shide and Mountjoy ward, already has the backing of Newport and Carisbrooke Community Council.

In a report published yesterday (Wednesday), Cabinet members are being recommended to support the motion and lead the preparation of a bid.

This would be subject to the Shaping Newport Steering Group agreeing to assist with the application as the council has limited capacity to allocate to the work necessary to prepare a bid, the report states.

Isle of Wight Council leader, Lora Peacey-Wilcox, said: “This bid for city status is an opportunity for us to celebrate everything we know is important about Newport and reflect its status as our Island’s county town.

“City status really does bring greater kudos and hopefully help attract investment into the town.”

She added: “A bid for city status should also be seen as recognition for the whole Island and look to build on the sense and value of community that has been enhanced in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and that will be necessary as the Island works to recover from it.”

Local authorities across the country are being encouraged to prepare nominations for “city status” for towns within their areas as part of the civic honours competition, launched to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022.

The bid must be submitted to the government by 8 December before recommendations are made to the Queen by ministers.

Read the Cabinet report in full at: https://iow.moderngov.co.uk/documents/s3724/Report.pdf

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Adopt don’t shop – new homes sought for RSPCA animals after National Dog Day

The RSPCA is appealing for new homes for shelter dogs in its care hot on the heels of National Dog Day, which took place on Thursday August 26, as it calls for people to ‘Adopt not shop’ for new pets.

Research has estimated that around 130,000 dogs come into UK rehoming charities every year with dogs being surrendered by their owners for a variety of reasons including ill-health, housing, financial or time constraints.

Yet, despite being a nation of dog lovers, with an estimated population of 9.6 million pet dogs in the UK, adopting a dog is not always an immediate choice with many turning to breeders to purchase a pet.

Only 17% of dog owners acquired their pets from UK rescue or rehoming centres compared to 31% who acquired their dog from a UK based breeder of one specific breed.

Choji, one of the dogs waiting to be adopted at the Isle of Wight RSPCA centre (credit: RSPCA).

A further 22% opted to purchase their dog from a private seller (PDSA PAW report May 2021).

As part of its rehoming process, the charity ensures the animals in its care have been fully assessed by a vet and provided with any treatment before they are adopted.

The dogs are also neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and wormed.

The charity operates a careful rehoming process to ensure both the animals in its care and those seeking to adopt are the perfect matches and receive the right help and support.

More information can be found at www.rspca.org.uk/rehomepet/process

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Police warn of several new scams for Isle of Wight

Police have issued a scam warning for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight this week.

High value items online

Police are urging those selling high value electrical items online, particularly on Facebook Marketplace, to be vigilant following reports of people pretending to be ‘buyers’ and walking away with the goods after convincing the seller they have paid via bank transfer.

There have been a total of 21 incidents since August 14 across Hampshire.

Laptops, mobile phones, tablets, games consoles, a drone and a watch are amongst the items stolen, ranging in price from £370 to £3400.

Those pretending to be ‘buyers’ have answered a seller’s advert quickly and when they have turned up to collect the items, they have convinced the buyer they have paid by showing the transfer on a banking app.

Be wary when selling items online.

When the sellers have said they can’t see the money in their account, the ‘buyers’ have convinced them it will appear soon and have left with the goods.

On some occasions, the ‘buyers’ have taken a photo of the seller on their doorstep and asked them to produce ID.

Advice for online sellers

Always check and be completely satisfied the money is in your bank account before you hand over the goods. Genuine buyers will accept that this is correct practice

Have someone with you at home when prospective buyers attend, or arrange to meet them in a public place

You do not need to show anyone ID. There should be no reason to pass over your personal details / ID to a prospective buyer

If you believe someone has attempted to scam you in this way, please try and note down a description of the people involved or vehicle they travelled in and make a report.

Report any suspicious activity via our online reporting tool https://orlo.uk/TnxF1

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.