Author: John Guinn

Dr Doyin Atewologun from Cranfield University wins Inspiring Board Leader award

Dr Doyin Atewologun, reader and director of the Gender, Leadership and Inclusion Centre at Cranfield University, has won the Inspiring Board Leader of the Year award at The Precious Awards.

The Precious Awards celebrate the professional achievements of women of colour in the UK.

Dr Atewologun was recognised for her work in highlighting BAME female board-ready talent in the 2019 Women to Watch supplement to the Female FTSE Board Report.

This was produced in collaboration with the Black British Business Awards and The Network of Networks BAME – Multicultural Chapter (TNON). It featured women from a range of sectors and from across the BAME spectrum.

The Female FTSE Board Report 2019 revealed that only 11% of women on FTSE 100 boards were from BAME backgrounds.

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Potential victim of trafficking safeguarded in modern slavery operation

A potential human trafficking victim was safeguarded as part of a joint operation led by Bedfordshire Police.

The man was identified by police and National Crime Agency officers at Toddington Services on Thursday (14 November 2019).

He had been dropped off at the services for further transport to begin work at a car wash.

However, officers identified some concerns around his welfare and further questioning suggested the man had been trafficked. He was then safeguarded and referred to support services.

Bedfordshire Police led the operation alongside Immigration Enforcement, Central Bedfordshire Council, the East of England Ambulance Service and the Highways Agency.

Eighteen lorries were pulled over and 12 were searched over the course of the day.

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Renew candidate goes Independent

Alan Victor, who announced last month that he would standing as a Renew Party candidate for Mid-Bedfordshire will now be standing as an Independent.

He did not want to stand for a party that advocates a people’s vote as the residents in Mid Beds have not been asked if this was what they wanted.

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Call for motorists to help children stay safe near schools

Campaigning schoolchildren included Wootton-based Holywell School students

Bedford Borough Liberal Democrats have issued a plea for motorists to help children stay safe, following a debate on children’s road safety at a Council meeting last week.

At the Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee (OSC), councillors heard from children from Wootton. They have been campaigning on the issue of road safety in their community.

The schoolchildren raised a wide range of issues, and in response Council representatives set out work that will take place to address them. This will include the appointment of a new school crossing patrol, assessing bus stops and crossings in the area and reviewing road safety information campaigns for young people.

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What do you think of the roads across Central Bedfordshire?

An online survey has been opened for Central Bedfordshire residents to share their views on road maintenance in order to inform the council’s future planning.

Central Bedfordshire Council is just one of over 100 Local Authorities to sign up to the National Highways and Transport Public (NHT) Satisfaction Survey. The standardised survey that will ask members of the public exactly the same questions, whether they live in Central Bedfordshire, Edinburgh or London. Participating councils can then compare results and share best practice.

The online survey is open to all Central Bedfordshire residents and covers views about highways maintenance including roads and pavements, potholes, street lighting, drain clearance and gritting as well as looking at traffic congestion, road safety and accessibility.

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Bedford Christmas Lights switch-on and fair – Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 November

For the first time, Bedford’s Christmas lights switch-on will take place on a Sunday after a weekend of fun and frolics with a free Christmas fair.

Saturday 23 November and Sunday 24 November sees a Christmas fair come to Harpur Square. From 10am until 5pm on both days, the Square will be full of food stalls, entertainment with choirs, music and dance performances on the stage, balloon modelling and free fairground rides.

There will be over thirty craft traders on the Square and in the Harpur Suite, plus seasonal stalls and local businesses alongside two vintage fair rides which will be free to go on. The Transformers will be visiting on Saturday, and Anna and Elsa from ‘Frozen’ will be coming on the Sunday.

This festive fun will come to a fantastic climax with the fireworks show at 5.30pm on the Embankment with Father Christmas turning on the Christmas lights in Bedford. This is also completely free to attend.

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Practice good hand hygiene to help protect against flu

This winter Bedfordshire and Luton Clinical Commissioning Groups are highlighting the importance of good hand hygiene for protection against the flu.

The flu is a virus and can be a debilitating illness for most, for vulnerable groups such as older people, pregnant women and people with long-term health conditions it can result in severe complications. Health experts say the most effective way to protect yourself and your family from getting the flu is to have the seasonal flu vaccine. Aside from the flu vaccine, the best way to protect yourself, and those around you, from the flu is to practice good hand hygiene. This includes catching coughs and sneezes in tissues, throwing used tissues away and washing your hands frequently throughout the day.

If you feel the need to cough or sneeze, it’s important to practice the following steps; catch it, bin it, kill it.

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Cranfield and Network Rail launch supply chain and logistics educational partnership

Network Rail and Cranfield School of Management have agreed an educational partnership between the two organisations.

Network Rail is offering employees in its supply chain operations function a suite of development opportunities provided by Cranfield, including course content relevant to the railway supply chain.

While the placement programme provides the students with real-life supply chain challenges to develop their experience, Cranfield’s courses are developing the knowledge and expertise of Network Rail’s supply chain operations employees, professionalising the team’s capability.

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Eyes on the road, not on your phone

Anyone caught using a mobile phone while driving will be fined £200 and six points

Bedfordshire Police is clamping down on motorists who use mobile devices and reminding them to keep their eyes on the road, not on their phone.

Drivers using a mobile phone while behind the wheel are four times more likely to be involved in a collision, according to a recent Parliamentary report.

A moment’s distraction is all it takes to crash, resulting in potentially devastating, life-long consequences. Not only the driver, but their passengers, other road users and pedestrians too.

More than 1,500 people were caught using their mobile phone across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire last year, with 371 caught in Bedfordshire.

Of these, two thirds were under the age of 40. Anyone caught using a mobile phone while driving will be fined £200 and will receive six penalty points. Any driver caught using a mobile phone within two years of passing their test will have their licence revoked.

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