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At the age of four, she decided to stop being a girl and become Britain’s youngest transgender.

Nowadays, sex trans is nothing new,

Doncaster dad of trans boy, 4, speaks out after son knew he was born the  wrong gender when he was just 3 - YorkshireLive
(Photo: Matthew Stubbings/LinkedIn/)

But recently, Matthew Stubbings, 44, from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, UK, posted a post that attracted a lot of attention. He told the story of his child’s transsexuality. In particular, the child is only four years old.

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Matthew and his wife Klara Jeynes have twins.

Among them, the boy’s name is Arlo and the girl’s name is Emerald.

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(Photo: Matthew Stubbings/LinkedIn/)

Like most parents, the boy Arlo was given blue and green clothes for men, while the girl’s emerald was given a pink skirt, long hair and a ponytail. By the time the twins were 18 months old, emerald had become uneasy about gender, hated braids, long skirts and beautiful shoes, longed to be as masculine as her brother Arlo, and loved firemen and police toys. She always thought she was a boy, not a girl.

Doncaster dad of trans boy, 4, speaks out after son knew he was born the  wrong gender when he was just 3 - YorkshireLive
(Photo: Matthew Stubbings/LinkedIn/)

The parents also accepted the fact that they cut off their daughter’s long hair and changed it into the boy’s clothes. They changed Emerald’s name to Stormy and lived as a boy. Father Matthew said, “maybe from birth, Stormy is not a girl.”

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(Photo: Matthew Stubbings/LinkedIn/)

Now, Stormy is four years old, but his parents have started consulting him for sex trans surgery ahead of time.
They contacted the Tavistock Clinic, the largest cross-gender clinic for children in the UK. But because Stormy has to be 10 years old, or at the beginning of puberty, to do the next step.

Now, his parents have to raise Stormy like a boy until he grows up.

His father worried that as he grew up, Stormy would encounter more and more difficulties. For example, after he went to school as a male, how to solve the problem of going to the bathroom or having sports lessons in the dressing room? The reason why dad made the family situation public this time is not to discuss cross gender issues, but to make the public accept and tolerate the minority.

Matthew said: “This is one of my sons. A bright, happy boy who loves his life. “What many people don’t know is that when he was born he was ‘sexed’ as a girl. His gender identity, what’s in his head, doesn’t match his physical sex.

“I am so proud that he knows who he is and isn’t constrained by societal norms and prejudices. “We can all learn something from this small boy and I learn every day. Everyone is different. “We all need accept that people are different and not try to force those around us to fit into a box that suits us. “Accepting people for who they are is the only way to encourage innovation, embrace growth and harness the best in everyone. “I have permission from my son to post this. He is proud of who he is.

who is our next mayor of london?

polling station in London

Below are some of the top candidates who will be the new mayor of London 2021.

By Mihlali Sidney

SADIQ KHAN

Sadiq Khan is the current mayor of London under the labour party, he has been at City Hall for an extra year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. His achievements during his reign as mayor are the Hopper fare, cleaning up London’s air and banning derogatory advertising of women on the tube. But critics say he hasn’t done enough to tackle knife crime and was too slow to give TfL staff PPE during lockdown.

For his second term he plans to, have a fund to re-skill Londoners post-Covid, support for more than 170,000 green jobs and a review into decriminalising cannabis.

USP: A modern Muslim mayor who is as comfortable at the Pride parade as he is mingling with Jacinda Ardern and Justin Trudeau.

SHAUN BAILEY

Shaun Bailey is a Tory candidate and is second favourite to current mayor Sadiq Khan to win the election.

The former youth worker was brought up by his mother in a council house in Ladbroke Grove where he describes as a violent and traumatic place, he said “people carried knives, sold drugs”. Bailey has been a Conservative in the London Assembly since 2016.

His mayoral policies are; 100,000 homes for £100,000 each so that first-time buyers can get on the property ladder, while other catchy ideas include a competition to design murals around the city. He also promises to “hustle for the city” and provide extra 8,000 police officers and 4,000 youth workers to make London safer if he is elected as mayor.

USP: “I want my community to achieve things on their own and not be told what they can’t do.”

MANDU REID

The Swaziland born leader of the first black lead political party in the United Kingdom, Womens Equality party. Mandu plans to put the safety of women and girls high on the agenda after the Sarah Everard tragedy, majority of attention is t to Mandu Reid, who has been a leading voice in the fight for women’s rights over the last month. She has demanded that politicians of all stripes to “treat violence against women and girls as a political and policing priority.”

She grew up in Swaziland and attended the first ever school in Southern Africa where black children and white children could study together. With its diversity and rich culture, she says London is the “first place that ever truly felt like home”.

USP: First black woman to lead a political party

SIAN BERRY

Co-leader of the Green Party Sian Berry. The Camden councillor came third in the 2016 mayoral race with more than 150,000 first-preference votes and is seen as the leading lady in this year’s electoral race. Berry see’s climate change as an increasingly hot political topic across the capital.

The daughter of teachers who was raised in Cheltenham, Sian Berry went to a local grammar school before attending Oxford where she studied Metallurgy and the Science of Materials. Berry is fighting for tenants’ rights. Although imposing rent controls on landlords is currently beyond the power of the mayor, Berry has also vowed to lobby for “protection from soaring rents”. She also wants to introduce a £14 an hour living wage and piloting a universal basic income in the city.

USP: Leading woman in the race on the front foot of the green agenda.

East London fire: 125 firefighters on scene at tower block

A residential tower block in East London has caught fire, according to London Fire Brigade. There are over 100 firefighters at the scene, tackling fires on the 8th, 9th and 10th floors.

According to Pete Apps, the Deputy Editor of the journal Inside Housing, the ACM cladding used in this building is the same as that in Grenfell Tower, which caught fire in 2017, leading to 72 deaths.

Incidentally, the New Providence Wharf building has caught fire two days after Jonathan Sakula, a facades expert with three decades of experience, presented evidence on May 5th to the Grenfell Inquiry that the combustibility of building like Grenfell were well known to the contractors. You can view the full evidence here.

However, on the burning site right now, residents are still trying to reach safety, as you can see in the clip filmed by a neighbour helping another below.

Apsana Begum is the MP for Poplar and Limehouse and raised the issue of the dangerous cladding in the Polar tower block, including the building New Providence Wharf, to the Parliament earlier this year.

Featured image credit to Ben Sutherland.

Can the majority of Poland’s population be fully vaccinated by the end of summer 2021?

The Ministry of Health has announced today that Poland for the first time has vaccinated over 400 000 within 24 hours and the numbers keep growing.

In total, 13,034,348 vaccinations for COVID-19 were carried out in Poland (according to data as of 10:30 on May 7).

Photo by Mat Napo on Unsplash

As United Kingdom’s Covid-19 vaccination is slowing down, Poland at the end of April released the plan with the dates of when each age group will be able to register to get the Covid-19 vaccine.

Almost 40% of the population received the vaccine and 9,735,602 people got vaccinated with the first dose in Poland.

3,298,739 people have received two doses.

By the end of this week, all adults are going to be able to book a date for their vaccine.

However, in some cities, it is possible to get vaccinated even before your scheduled date and you can get your first dose the next day after booking your visit.

Photo by Mat Napo on Unsplash

Wioletta, 21 years old who got her first dose of Pfizer before her scheduled date said “I believe that the accelerated vaccination system in Poland was a great idea. It will allow vaccinating as many people as possible in a short amount of time. The ability to get vaccinated faster, and before our turn, also allows us to return to our normal lives sooner.”

All you have to do to get the first dose of the vaccine before your age group is allowed to register is to keep an eye on your online patient profile and see if there is any date available and you can even choose the vaccine you want to be vaccinated with.

As some people are not unable to make their appointments for unseen reasons, others are able to take earlier slots, allowing for society to reach normality earlier than initially expected it.

Featured photo by Steven Cornfield on Unsplash

Hong Kong’s latest policy to domestic helpers sparked controversy

photo published by chinanews.com

First local cases of Covid-19 variant infection is found in Tung Chung community

From the conference of Food and Health Bureau of the Government of Hong Kong on April 30, Secretary Mr Chan Siu-chee revealed that certain cases of the virus have shown a chain of transmission of the mutated virus in the community.

She pointed out that in order to step up testing and combat this, all 370,000 foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong are now required to undergo mandatory testing by May 9. (reported by wenweipo.com)

This is a result of the first case of infection with two mutated strains of the virus was identified in a community in Hong Kong on the 29th April 2021.

The infected is a foreign home servant, who had no travel history nor contact with confirmed cases, as the authorities said. A 11-month-old girl in her care was also confirmed to be infected.

Hong Kong Food and Health Bureau on April 15 held a press conference to announce the current situation of covid-19 and said that the proportion of imported cases was quite high, at nearly 80%, up considerably from about 67% back in March. (reported by sznews.com – Hong Kong Government’s latest measures on COVID-19 )

(video Link: http://t.cn/A6cn8XJg reported by ifeng.com)

Helpers required to get tests

The infection of the helper, 39, was forced on Thursday evening to be evacuated from the residential block in Tung Chung where she lives.

About 400 households of Tower 11 at Caribbean Coast are to be put under 21-day quarantine.

Conference – Food and Health Bureau, The Govemment of the Hong Kong Secial Administrative Region
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Testing is now ongoing and the goverment’s measure sparks alarm

With many complaints of discrimination. It is disputed that the government enforce the foreign domestic helpers to take vaccination before their contracts could be renewed.

The Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, said in his blog on May 2 that the purpose of requiring mandatory testing of all FDHs is to protect people. He hopes that FDHs and employers working in Hong Kong would understand the Government’s concern.

The mandatory testing measure is also applicable to other high-risk sectors and does not involve any racial or identity discrimination. (see https://www.cso.gov.hk/eng/blog/blog20210502.htm)

Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong – domestic helpers, “half of them line up for testing, half of them gathering as usual” – wenweipo.com
“Crowds of FDHs still gathered as usual, with some not wearing masks correctly” – wenweipo.com

Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor on Tuesday, said the policy would be reviewed. She said the government had not decided yet on pushing ahead with its plan announced last week to have Hong Kong’s 370,000 foreign domestic workers vaccinated.

According to South China Morning Post (4 May 2021), she highlighted, “Mandatory testing is a key point of fighting against the epidemic.”

She mentioned that more than 100,000 FDHs had been tested over last weekend. In addition, tens of thousands of FDHs have take the vaccination.

The government have faith in accomplishing the mandatory testing to all FDHs in Hong Kong by May 9. (According to Chinanews.com, 4 May 2021)

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Elections 2021: The future of London Transport

Voters across the nation voted for their favoured candidate in the 2021 mayoral elections and whilst ballots are still being counted, the fate of London’s transport system hangs in the balance. So, what is each candidate offering? 

CiTTi Magazine (City Transport and Traffic Innovation) summarises each parties’ policies  

Sadiq Khan (Labour) 

  • Open Crossrail, the new line running from Reading to Essex through central London, “as soon as possible” 
  • Work to change the TfL funding model so it is more “sustainable” over the long term 
  • Explore the use of “more dynamic fare pricing”, while protecting the “freedom pass” for disabled and older Londoners 
  • Introduce 4G across the transport network 
  • Bring forward TfL’s plans to have a zero-emission bus fleet by 2030 
  • Expand the Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) up to the North and South Circular Road  
  • Affordable transport in London 

Shaun Bailey (Conservative) 

  • Use the London Infrastructure Bank to fund things such as Hammersmith Bridge repairs and tube upgrades 
  • Introduce 30 minutes’ free parking for outer boroughs 
  • Allow companies to sponsor tube stations and Underground lines and use that money to protect free travel for the under-18s and over-60s 
  • Restore outer London bus routes 
  • Suspend low traffic neighbourhoods in places where they are opposed by the local community 
  • Make TfL’s bus fleet zero-emission by 2025 
  • Offer a £6,000 interest-free loan to black-cab drivers who want to transition from diesel to electric vehicles 

Sian Berry (Green) 

  • Merge zones 4, 5 and 6 to “flatten fares” and move towards a single fare zone for all London 
  • Establish a “smarter, privacy-friendly road-pricing plan” to replace the Congestion Charge and ULEZ 
  • Aim to reduce London’s overall traffic miles by 40% by 2026 and 60% by 2030. Close streets near schools and play areas to traffic, for “community use” during key times 
  • Commission a redesign of London’s bus stops 
  • Work towards zero deaths on London roads 
  • Cancel the Silvertown Tunnel project, a twin-road tunnel beneath the River Thames in east London, and the Croydon Fiveways road redesign 
  • Make London zero-carbon by 2030, including establishing a zero-emission bus fleet by this time 

Luisa Porritt (Liberal Democrat) 

  • Build Crossrail 2 and the proposed extension of the Bakerloo Line, and contribute more to the costs of repairing Hammersmith Bridge 
  • Introduce flexible cards so that commuters can opt for a discounted four-day-a-week pass, saving flexible workers an estimated £520 a year 
  • Pioneer a “smart, fair, privacy-friendly pay-as-you-go” road-charging scheme 
  • Scrap the Silvertown Tunnel project 
  • Double expenditure on cycle infrastructure by 2024, including extending the cycle hire scheme and making its bikes free on Sunday for a year 
  • Ensure London buses are electric or run on hydrogen by 2028 
BBC London Youtube channel

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Arsenal’s Last Chance Falls Flat: The Aftermath

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 A lacklustre Arsenal side fell out of the Europa League last night after a 0-0 draw with Villareal at the Emirates Stadium. This was not only their one chance at silverware this season, but also an opportunity to save a campaign that has failed on almost every front.

This has prompted reactions from fans and pundits alike about the current state of the club. Following their involvement with the European Super League last month, the fact that they are twelve points off the top four and the dismal display given by the talented group of players they have at their disposal.

This has led to questions being asked of the manager, the ownership and the club as a whole.

CBS analyst James Benge was one of the first to question the ability of manager Mikel Arteta to lift the squad after the game. The appointment of Arteta has been heavily questioned since the start of the season and may provide more evidence to his critics that he is not yet ready for a job of this magnitude.

Having been hired from Manchester City, where he worked as assistant coach under Pep Guardiola, many questioned his ability take on such an important job with so little managerial experience.

There have been successes, like Steven Gerrard at Rangers, but more often than not, like with Frank Lampard at Chelsea, they are just not ready yet.

Arteta has some big questions to answer, only time will tell if he’s still at the club to do so.

Darren Lewis of the Daily Mirror questioned the decision to substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with ten minutes to go. After struggling for chances in the first place, Aubameyang was one of the few players to actually look like a threat; hitting the post twice in the game.

This does not reflect well on Arteta, a manager already struggling to prove he is capable of leading one of the country’s most famous clubs. In a game when all they needed was goals, the decision to take off your star striker seems counter intuitive at the very least.

Arsenal fans have never been particularly fond of owner Stan Kroenke, now more than ever it looks as though his time is drawing to a close. After their withdrawal from the infamous European Super League, Kroenke offered an apology that Jacque Talbot from Football365 has deemed “pithy” and insists that, “If Kroenke truly cared, he would sell Arsenal now”.

Matt Law at The Telegraph agrees, calling their ownership “the worst thing that has happened to that football club in my lifetime”. This defeat by Villareal showed a club with limitless potential, but a short-sightedness that can only hold them back. It may not be Arteta’s fault entirely that they are struggling, with every Arsenal manager working with very limited funds in comparison with the rest of the Premier League’s “Big Six”.

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has been very publicly talking up a potential bid for the club and has the backing of Arsenal legends like Thierry Henry, though Kroenke has repeatedly stated he will not sell, maybe this is the lease of life Arsenal fans have been looking for.

This dismal draw does not present any new questions, but simply strengthens old arguments about the manager’s, owner’s and players’ capability to bring this club back to the level it once was at. Arsenal have been slowly falling apart for years now, but maybe this will be the shock to system that calls for real change.

Only time will tell.

Wild Weather Weekend

We’re in for a weekend of mixed weather in London, with rain, clouds and some sunshine. Today is expected to remain sunny but chilly, with temperatures around 14 degrees.

Heavy rain is forecast for most of Saturday, so maybe it’s one for a day of staying inside and cosying up in front of the telly with a nice hot drink.

But don’t worry, it will be getting warmer. Sunday is expected to see highs of 19 degrees in London. If you’re making plans, we recommend holding out until then seen as all socialising has to be done outdoors.

But now that certain restrictions on outdoor hospitality have lifted, there are some great things you can get up to in London. Check out our interactive map of Fun things to do in London this weekend.

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The Indian Variant likely to be declared ‘Variant of Concern’

The Indian Variant (B.1.617) that was first detected within the UK on the 22nd February 2021, is likely to be considered a ‘Variant of Concern’ according to reports.

Currently, The Indian Variant has over 400 cases across the UK, and makes up 10% of Covid cases in London and despite numbers being relatively low, its status as ‘Variant under Investigation’ is highly likely to be changed on Friday

If changed to a ‘Variant of Concern’, a response from PHE (Public Health England) would suggest ordering surge testing, similar to the South African variant.

The strain – B1.617.2 – is one of three related variants first seen in India which have been detected in the UK and designated “under investigation” by PHE.

The other two are the B1.617.1 and B1.617.3.

The most recent data by PHE, confirm 193 cases of the B1617.1 variant, up by 61 since the last update on April 21.

The B1.617.2 variant shows 202 cases, and the B1.617.3 variant shows just five cases.

According to internal documents from PHE, dated to May 5 and seen by The Guardian, the ongoing risk to public health from the variant subtype B1617.2 is “high”.

Dr Deepti Gurdasani, a clinical epidemiologist and senior lecturer at Queen Mary University of London, told The Guardian that “at the current doubling rate (B1617.2) could easily become dominant in London by the end of May or early June”.

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The USA Outlook On The COVID Situation

According to the American Centers for Disease Control and Infection (CDC), the UK mutant virus is expected to rise again in May in the USA. The US announced in May that only controlling vaccines and Covid-19 could reduce a further increase but this may not kick in until next month. The United States in nervous about the virus from Britain rising again in May. The CDC predicted fewer confirmed cases of coronavirus in July in line with vaccinations being rolled out. The British mutant virus has been detected in the United States as B.1.1.7.

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Meanwhile, they’ve pinned this on Twitter and strongly encouraged getting a vaccine.

CDC TWEET

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