London Air Pollution ‘dangerously High’

OShea said: Chris said he didnt feel right and wanted to come off. He got a whack in the head and it was felt the right decision was to bring him off. Related Articles Cipriani inspires Sale to win 04 Oct 2013 A surprise loss at jubilant Irish follows on from home defeats to Northampton and Saracens, and OShea knows he must try to find a cure for his sides poor displays. Irish desperately needed this win having lost their previous two home clashes with Saracens and Exeter Chiefs. And to beat a team they usually struggled against will do their confidence and morale a world of good. Having George Skivington back leading the team for the first time since leaving the field in a pre-season match against Munster with severe concussion chad a major impact. Irish were full value for a hard fought victory against opponents who were a shadow of the team which swept all before it to lift the title 17 months ago They shrugged off the early blow of losing flanker Kieran Low as the first half produced a kicking match with Shane Geraghty and Nick Evans nailing two apiece by the interval. Fortunately, the second half was a contrast to the first with the game opening up. Losing their inspirational skipper rattled Quins as they were caught sleeping by decisive Irish attacks. This match turned quickly as Cowan forced his way over followed by Lewington in the corner. Care replied by darting over for Quins only try but Irish held out. OShea refuses to push the panic button despite the poor start but insisted: Its too early to write us off but the important thing is to see how the guys react. You get nothing easy in life and we knew Irish would scrap for their lives. Its really frustrating seeing a performance like that.

Local environment groups placed 36 diffusion monitoring tubes on structures close to parks, bus stops, busy roads and in residential areas, to measure emissions in more than 30 streets. They were left for four weeks and only four were removed or stolen.Analysis by a laboratory used by government found that concentrations of the toxic exhaust pipe gas nitrogen dioxide (NO2) exceeded EU levels by over 50 per cent in some areas, and was over the safety limit in 15 out of 32 places tested. The results are alarming, say the groups, because colourless, odourless NO2 pollution is cumulative and the 15 sites surpassed the annual safety limit after only four weeks. The experiment suggests that official testing of roadside air pollution is limited and insufficient. Many of the tubes measured emissions in streets that are never monitored, and those placed near official monitors mostly recorded levels above those published by government. Air pollution from traffic in east London is considered by health experts to be some of the worst in Britain, mostly affecting the old and young and linked to respiratory and heart diseases. It is estimated that air pollution kills over 4,000 people in the city each year. The Green party assembly member Darren Johnson said on Friday that Londonas air pollution was an aabsolute crisis.a Environment groups expect air pollution to deteriorate further in east London if two major infrastructure developments are permitted. City airport has submitted plans which could allow it to add 50,000 more flights a year. The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, also wants a new Thames road crossing that could massively increase traffic. aOur sampling showed that in key public locations readings are breaching EU guidelines. We are being asked to believe that the massive expansion of London city airport will have only a negligible impact on air quality. This shows it is simply not the case,a said Alan Haughton of Stop City Airport.

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“Early fun with leaves on Richmond green,” he says. Are you out and about in London today? Email your photos to BBC Local Live . FOOTBALL 0953: Fulham will be without midfielder Scott Parker when they play Stoke at 15:00. LOAN SHARK JAILED 0939: A loan shark who targeted single mothers in north Kent has been jailed for 20 months for illegal lending. Julian Douglas, 43, of Dinsdale Gardens, south London, was sentenced at Croydon Crown Court. ‘ROUTEMASTER’ FALL 0925: A woman was seriously injured in a fall from the back of a new Routemaster-style bus in Kentish Town yesterday morning. She hit her head when she fell getting off the route 24 bus on Prince of Wales Road, at the junction of Malden Crescent. POLLUTION FEARS 0911: Environmental campaigners have said they fear the level of pollution in east London could get worse with plans for new river crossings. Plans for vehicle crossings at Silvertown and Gallions Reach have been put forward. TRAVEL 0905: Paul Murphy-Kasp Journalist, BBC London On the A501 Marylebone Road, works by Marylebone High Street mean eastbound traffic is queuing back on to the A40 Westway, and westbound is slow to near Great Portland Street. ‘YID’ CHANTS 0848: Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United fans have been warned against chanting the word “yid” ahead of their derby clash on Sunday. The Metropolitan Police said fans using the term could be arrested. TRAVEL 0828: Paul Murphy-Kasp Journalist, BBC London Following emergency works at Stamford Brook, the Piccadilly Line still has severe delays Eastbound from Acton Town to Arnos Grove.

Goodbye London, hello Gaborone: De Beers sales head to Africa

Gems from all mines were aggregated and quantities for customers were agreed in advance. Buyers were vetted and could not refuse gems in their allocation without risking future supply. In exchange, they were assured a predictable, consistent quality and supply. Until this month, the London sales meetings were interrupted only by the heavy bombing during the Blitz. But times have changed. De Beers has been battling lower production and challenges to its sales model for years, in part thanks the collapse of the Soviet Union and the emergence of mines in Australia and Canada outside the firm’s influence. Its share of rough diamond sales dropped to under 50 percent in 2006 and to 37 percent in 2012, according to consultancy Bain. In 2009, it was overtaken in carat terms by Russia’s Alrosa. De Beers says the move to Gaborone was partly motivated by wanting to keep alive the sights system, which still sells to buyers like jewellers Tiffany & Co and China’s Chow Tai Fook, and Indian family firms. “The Botswana government did not come to De Beers and say please transfer your business. The Botswana government said we would like you to sell the Botswana diamonds here,” said Varda Shine, who runs De Beers’ Global Sightholder Sales.