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Belfast Commits To White Ribbon Pledge

Lord Mayor Alderman Frank McCoubrey and Chief Executive of Belfast City Council, Suzanne Wylie, have signed the White Ribbon Charter pledge - a global movement to end male violence against women.

The Pledge was signed to mark the start of 16 Days of Action, running between the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25 November) until Human Rights Day (10 December).

Women's Aid has asked people in leadership roles to stand with them and make a pledge never to condone or remain silent about violence against women.

Signing and displaying the White Ribbon Charter demonstrates Council's commitment to support this important message.

The signing of the pledge follows Council agreement, earlier this year, to work towards a 'Safe City' accreditation – becoming a city that has zero tolerance towards domestic violence or abuse. A Safe City recognises that domestic abuse impacts upon many residents, regardless of age, religion, ethnic or cultural background.

New Pedestrian And Cycling Facilities Completed On Knock Dual Carriageway

Work has been completed on new pedestrian and cyclist facilities on the Knock Road Dual Carriageway at the Glen Road junction.

The scheme created a two stage 'Toucan' crossing with an improved refuge island in the central reserve of the carriageway. The introduction of the refuge island has reduced the crossing distance from 23 metres to two stages of 10 metres and 8 metres. Street lighting has also been improved at the location and the carriageway has been resurfaced.
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Minister Mallon said: "I am committed to delivering sustainable infrastructure that will transform communities and improve lives. I want to change the way we live for the better, providing safe routes that give people the freedom and confidence to walk, wheel and cycle as part of their everyday routine.

"The upgrade to the crossing facility on this busy route will improve road safety for cyclists, wheelchair users and pedestrians and in particular vulnerable road users such as, children, the elderly and those with a disability wishing to travel from the Braniel Estate to the Connswater Community Greenway.

"This improved linkage will give benefits to the whole community and help encourage more people to consider walking and cycling journeys."

Lockhart Welcomes Consultant Urologist Inquiry

DUP Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart has welcomed news of public inquiry into the work of a consultant urologist at Craigavon Area Hospital

Lockhart said: "This is a matter of grave concern. When attending consultations with medical professionals we take for granted that the clinical practice offered will be of the highest standard. Clearly in light of today's announcement the Trust, and the Minister, has established serious concerns about patient safety.

"First and foremost in my thoughts today are those patients affected by this discovery. It will be a matter of upset and anxiety and I trust the Minister will ensure that they are offered the support they need at this distressing time.

"I welcome this public inquiry and trust that it will be established and get to work soon. I would implore the Minister also to look at the wider issue of clinical governance. Clearly as it stands it is not robust enough. That must change and I urge the Minister to set a major reform process underway so that we do not have further instances like this in the future."

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