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Sierra Leone teacher exchange now Ebola beaten

Last week saw the much anticipated resumption of teacher exchange visits between Hastings, UK and Hastings, Sierra Leone, when two teachers flew in from Sierra Leone as guests of their twinned schools here in Hastings UK.

Quiz Night 2016

£2,400 raised for twin town in Sierra Leone

The Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship Link’s annual quiz night was a roaring success, raising just over £2,400 to help fund projects in its twin town of Hastings in Sierra Leone. A record number of teams took part in the quiz at the Ark William Parker Academy and last year’s winners, The Blackbirds, were pipped at the post by newcomers The Twinners. The wooden spoon was carried off without a blush by Never Been Quizzed. The Friendship Link reports.

Nicola Sturgeon speaking at the rally Photo ZR

Warfare v welfare

The speakers at the anti Trident rally organised by CND in Trafalgar Square last weekend made it clear why spending billions of pounds on a weapon of mass destruction would be madness, writes HOT’s Zelly Restorick, who attended the rally. It is illegal to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons; the systems are open to being hacked; it’s not a deterrent against terrorist attacks, nor bio or chemical weaponry; owning them makes us a target and there’s a global movement to make them illegal, joining other weapons of mass destruction, making them a poor investment – and yet, the pressure is on the UK to be Amongst the Big Boys with the Most Up To Date Big Guns, so that we can re-assure ourselves we’re a global Super Power. 

Dr Strangelove

Trident – the case against renewal

As the Trident debate hots up, Rachel Lever here puts the case against renewal in the first of a two-part piece. Meanwhile Hastings Against War is to hold an open discussion on the subject on Sunday 21 February at the Observer Building (see below for details).  

Camilla a Volunteer at Better Days For Moria

Last week I went to the Greek island of Lesvos. I went because a friend of mine had been at the end of last year and related her experience of working as a volunteer. I was not sure what to expect and on the small aeroplane from Athens to the island I became nervous. HOT’s Bev Francis writes.

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Add your event to our What’s On Guide!

Hastings Online Times is really taking off. We have 7,500 engaged user sessions each month, and a very high proportion of direct referrals from Facebook. Our readership is primarily in Hastings, but also the South East and London. Our Events Guide is one of the most comprehensive local listings pages – and we’d like to develop it further, covering an even wider range of events.

Image by Zelly Restorick

HO HO HO HOT Christmas wishes to you!

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas time, wherever you are on this beautiful planet we live upon and share, whoever you’re with, whatever you’re doing. Wishing you love and laughter, good health and happiness, peace and comfort.

Posted 16:46 Wednesday, Dec 23, 2015 In: The HOT Planet
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Now walk the walk, local MPs told

In the run-up to Paris, members of Bexhill and Hastings Global Justice Now were out on the streets persuading their fellow citizens that the climate talks needed to come up with a committed and fair agreement. Now that an agreement is in place, they want to see our MPs taking the necessary actions to enforce it, as they explain.

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