Duty Officer Update – 17 April 2014

17 April 2014

The focus of my week has been “communicating with the public” before and during an emergency.  It’s a fascinating subject which is changing with the arrival of new technologies and changing public expectation.  Take a look at this guide on what the Civil Contingencies Act (2004) requires.

Great London Bun Fight

15 April 2014

On Bank Holiday Monday, the Hackney bun takes on the Chelsea bun in the Great London Bun Fight at the Feast of St George. We assess each contender’s chances…

Being a marketing and web officer at London's City Hall

15 April 2014

David Siddall, Marketing Executive and Web Publisher, explains why he can’t imagine ever being bored of working at City Hall.

I joined the GLA just before Christmas in 2013 having spent the previous five years living overseas in Melbourne, Australia.

The chance to work at City Hall felt like a great way to reconnect with a vibrant city and a fantastic opportunity to experience the heartbeat of London.

My role at the GLA is extremely varied.

Watch Londoners question the Mayor and London Assembly

11 April 2014

Twice a year, we hold unique People’s Question Time events where Londoners get the chance to put their questions to the Mayor and London Assembly and find out about their plans, priorities and policies for the city.

These events are usually lively affairs, as you’ll see from the video of highlights of the most recent People’s Question Time, which was held in Kingston on 26 March 2014.

Duty Officer Update – 11 April 2014

11 April 2014

Overview of My Week

When a disaster occurs overseas we’re used to seeing pictures of Red Cross and other charities providing support to the affected communities. Did you know that the voluntary sector also have arrangements to provide support to incidents in the UK?  As well as the British Red Cross and St John Ambulance, the London Resilience Voluntary Sector (which met on Monday) has representation from a number of organisations you may not be familiar with:

MedCity’s boost for London’s economy and health

8 April 2014

Kit Malthouse, Deputy Mayor for Business and Enterprise on how the launch of MedCity will create the world’s most powerful life sciences cluster.

Today the Mayor launched MedCity, a major new initiative that’s set to revolutionise the south east’s life sciences sector. MedCity will span everything from research to clinical trials, manufacturing, biotechnology, med tech and health tech.

Duty Officer Update - 04 April, 2014

4 April 2014

Your weekly update on resilience issues in the capital from our Duty Officer: this week, Saharan dust, protests and pandemic flu

Jo Brand's good news for Streatham

2 April 2014

It’s not every day you see people queuing to get into a library at ten in the morning. Then again, it’s not every day a famous comedian and actor turns up to open the doors.

That was the case on Streatham High Road on Wednesday 26 March for the official re-opening of Streatham Tate Library and opening of Mark Bennett Streatham Centre.

The event was even more unique because the celebrity in question, Jo Brand, has become locally infamous for criticising the area on ‘Have I Got News for You’.

Chapeau to another summer of cycling in London

1 April 2014

In just over three months, London will host the world’s greatest cycling race – Le Tour de France. To mark this momentous occasion, 101 of the Mayor’s Cycle Hire bikes have turned yellow, a nod to the iconic ‘maillot jaune’ or yellow jersey sported by the race leader.

Duty Officer Update 28 March 2014

28 March 2014

Overview of My Week

The phrase that summed up my week is cyber security.  In the office, colleagues and I have been aware of the importance of this issue to our IT teams.  As a frequent traveller on London Underground, I’ve seen the recent Government campaign Be Cyberstreetwise.   If you use electronic devices for work and leisure, read this advice to check you’re doing all you can to keep your data safe.

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