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A round-up of good practice and useful information...
A round-up of good practice and useful information

Helping hand for Young workers

Five modern apprentices have started work at Vale Royal BC. All five will be studying for an NVQ in business administration while completing a series of three-month placements across the council. Each placement will include experience in a wide range of clerical and administrative work, putting them in a strong position to be appointed to permanent positions at the council.

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digital kit keeps london moving

Transport for London is using mobile technology to improve travel conditions and enforce traffic regulations on London's red routes. Enforcement staff are now equipped with handheld equipment which enables them to issue penalty notices and deliver up-to-the-minute information on congestion, broken down vehicles and damage to signs.

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film premiere for newham short

A short film funded by Newham LBC has had its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival. The 10-minute What does your daddy do? was shortlisted for the festival's Corto Cotissimo competition. It was funded by Newham's Short Film Production scheme and

co-produced by local company Silvertown Films. The film explores a man's involvement with a paedophile ring and how it alters his perception of his own wife and children.

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Scientific route to Better lighting

The National Physical Laboratory is investigating the safest and most efficient night lighting for public spaces by examining the optimum conditions

for the human eye. The research could lead to lighting for public spaces which requires less energy and makes people feel safer. There are no international standards or policies for the most effective illumination under twilight lighting levels.

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Using the net to tackle bullying

Merton LBC has adopted an internet-based approach to tackling racism and bullying in its schools. Software

will be used to identify incidents as they happen. The system provides a confidential database where authorised staff can report any instances of bullying. School managers are

then alerted in real time so action can be taken to address the problem.

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