News in brief: Thursday

Joining forces with Afghan youth AFGHAN youths met with police in an event encouraging them to become more involved in the community. Farid Mall of the Paiwand Afghan Association teamed up with officers from Brent Police Prevent Engagement Team t

Joining forces with Afghan youth

AFGHAN youths met with police in an event encouraging them to become more involved in the community.

Farid Mall of the Paiwand Afghan Association teamed up with officers from Brent Police Prevent Engagement Team to host the Afghan Youth Conference at Brent Town Hall in Wembley.

Around 70 kids from the Afghan community attended the event, believed to be the first Afghan youth forum in London, with four deciding to join Brent Youth Parliament.


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Prevent engagement officer, PC Victoria Michaelides of the Brent Police Partnership Unit said: "This event was an excellent example of police working in partnership with youths and communities in Brent to enrich the lives and improve the life chances of young people within the larger community."

Baby screening study

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A HOSPITAL in the borough has been chosen for a radical new study on newborn baby screening.

The Royal Free, in Hampstead, is one of just three hospitals nationwide participating in The NHS Newborn & Infant Physical Examination Programme (NIPE), a pioneering IT screening scheme to identify, diagnose, and treat babies with medical conditions.

Early diagnosis significantly minimises the impact conditions, enables children to benefit from less severe treatment, and minimises the likelihood of long-term disability.

Prof Adrian Davis, OBE, director of the NIPE programme, said: "I am delighted that we have been able to work with hospitals, which are so committed to helping us improve standards and achieve even better healthcare for babies and infants."

Star backs cash plea

AN award-wining pop star joined hospital staff on stage for a charity gig to raise money for medical research.

Brit award winner Florence Welch, AKA Florence and the Machine, pictured, performed with doctors from Imperial College Hospital at the Hilton Paddington in Praed Street, to raise money to fight Tuberculosis.

The singer performed tracks from her appropriately-named number one album Lungs to an audience of 300.

She was joined on stage by the Imperial Lung-Busters, made up of four consultants from Imperial College Healthcare - a medical director on saxophone, a radiologist on bass, a gastroenterologist on drums and a chest physician on keyboards.

The evening raised more than �10,000 for TB Alert, the UK's only TB charity; the Imperial TB patient fund and the Chest and Allergy Special Trustees Fund.

Last month Florence won Best British Album at the Brits for her number one record Lungs.

18th century house on show

SIR Emery Walkers perfectly preserved 18th century house and garden is a historical gem, reopening for tours on April 8.

Walker's residence, at Hammersmith Terrace, will open for an extra month, until September and has introduced tours on Saturdays along with Thursday and Fridays.

This year there is a new addition of a Kelmscott Press book, The Floure and the Leafe, & the Boke of Cupide, a birthday present from Emery Walker to his daughter Dorothy in 1897.

The Georgian terraced house, overlooking the Thames full of paintings and William Morris treasures reopened for the first time in 2005.

The renovated garden was reconstructed last year by copying the original from Emery's notes and photos and will be opened during this year's tours.

Tours for eight people are at 11.00am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Call 020 8741 4104 for pre-booked tickets at �10 (�5.00 for students.

Visit www.emerywalker.org.uk /visiting.php for further information.

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