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Good connections for business students Tower Hamlets College has been rated as good by Ofsted, which also graded its business course provision as outstanding, particularly its partnerships with companies in Canary Wharf. www.tower.ac.uk Under-age sales The council has a scheme to educate traders against selling alcohol and cigarettes to children and young people. News News in brief U18 tobacco fine A MINI supermarket has been fined for selling a tobacco product to a person under the age of 18. Juael Mirza, director of Mirza Supermarket Ltd, trading as Weavers Fields Mini Supermarket, Dunbridge Street, Bethnal Green, pleaded guilty to selling tobacco to a minor at Thames Magistrates’ Court on January 9. Mirza Supermarket Ltd was fined £770 and ordered to pay costs of £782. The council recently launched the Underage Sales and Responsible Traders Scheme which aims to educate traders against selling age-restricted goods such as cigarettes, alcohol, aerosol paint and blades to children and young people. Call 7364 5008 or email tradingstandards@tower hamlets.gov.uk Deputy Mayor Cllr Ohid Ahmed said: “Unfortunately this was an accident waiting to happen; it should have, and could have, been avoided. “We hope this verdict will remind businesses of the importance of good health and safety management.” Quality Dental Care for the whole family The arch and banner structure that blew over We offer a full range of and Safety at Work Act 1974 and associated regulations at a hearing at Thames Magistrates’ Court last December. On January 17, the company was fined £30,000 at Snaresbrook Crown Court, ordered to pay £6,206 in costs and a £15 victim surcharge. & Private and Cosmetic dentistry New NHS Patients Welcome Serving Wapping and surrounding areas Register with us today on 020 7481 1013 St Peters Community Centre, Reardon Street, Wapping E1W 2QH (Entrance via Meeting House Alley) www.wappingdentalcentre.com Fine for Olympic arch head injury BY SARAH MCLAUGHLIN A DISPLAY company has been fined £30,000 for health and safety breaches following an accident during the London 2012 Olympics in which a 37- year-old woman suffered head injuries. The prosecution resulted from an investigation by the council’s health and safety team following an incident at Wood Wharf, near Canary Wharf, which had been set aside as a temporary marina for superyachts during the Olympic Games. The court heard Icon Display Limited had erected demountable structures and flags, including a large arch to which a PVC banner was attached. On the afternoon of August 15, 2012, the woman was crossing the Wood Wharf site when one of the structures over the entrance to the marina site blew over. She was struck by the arch metal frame to which the large banner was attached, causing head injuries and pinning her to the ground. She was taken by ambulance to hospital and has not returned to work since because of the injuries that she received. Subsequent investigations by the council’s health and safety team found that the risk assessment produced by Icon Display Limited did not accurately calculate the wind loading that the arch structure could withstand. The calculations that had been produced were actually for a flag pole and not for the much more substantial arch and banner system. Icon Display Limited, of Victoria Street, SW1, pleaded guilty to two charges under the Health Polish visitors impressed by TH College A DELEGATION of teachers and professionals from schools in Poland visited Tower Hamlets College to find out about its teaching facilities and methods. Part of an EU-funded programme encouraging schools and colleges from across Europe to share their ideas and experiences in vocational training and education, the visit on January 24 was arranged under the auspices of the EU’s Leonardo da Vinci project. The visitors, from secondary schools in Rydultowy, saw the college’s teaching facilities i n c lu d i n g i t s ha i r a n d beauty salon, science labs and technical workshops, and enjoyed a traditional fish and chips lunch prepared by catering students at the college’s Canary View restaurant. The visitors commented on how impressed they had been with the college’s flexible curriculum and commitment to inclusiveness. Innovative story telling A MODERN and innovative telling of the story of Christ’s birth was premiered on the Aberfeldy estate last weekend. The Poplar Nativity was based on the concept of the medieval mystery plays that set the bible stories in contemporary society using the local language and references. A collaboration between Caste Away Arts, a theatre company that uses drama to break down social barriers, and Aberfeldy Drama Group based at St Nick’s Church in Poplar, it was performed in the church on January 25 & 26. Rena Dipti Annobil and Hayley Thomas, both members of St Nick’s, devised and wrote the play which was performed by members of the congregation of both St Nick’s and All Saints churches. 3 – 9 FEBRUARY 2014 NEWS FROM TOWER HAMLETS COUNCIL AND YOUR COMMUNITY 7


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