The “Silence Breakers” movement that went viral on social media was named Person of the Year 2017 by Time Magazine. The cover is a composite group photo that includes a number of women who had participated in this movement; such as actress Ashley Judd and singer Taylor Swift. Millions of women shared their stories of sexual harassment and abuse in 2017 making it a global movement that was named #MeToo. It took off on social media and fuelled a worldwide discussion on just how endemic sexual harassment has been. It has been used millions of times in over 85 countries. https://twitter.com/Alyssa_Milano/status/938385893307637760 The women, and men, who broke their silence to share their stories of victimisation gave traction to the #MeToo campaign. https://youtu.be/MkR8GY
Yemen yet again faces another Saudi-led coalition air strike which killed at least thirty people in a rebel military police camp. Most of the people who died in Sanaa, Yemen’s capital, were claimed to be detainees inside the camp. According to the UN, the recent strikes were reported to have demolished the building and more than 8,670 people have been killed and 49,960 injured since the coalition intervened in the conflict in 2015. The fighting and a blockade by the coalition has also left 20.7 million people in need of humanitarian aid, created the world's largest food security emergency, and led to a cholera outbreak that is thought to have killed 2,219 people since April. https://soundcloud.com/zahida-rizvi-463815269/yemen-mixdown-1 As the food crisis worsens in
This Christmas, the UK charity ‘Help Refugees’ along with Creative Collective Glimpse, have teamed up together to open ‘Choose Love’. This shop makes its mark by becoming the very first store, where customers can buy real gifts for refugees.The store which is located in Soho is inspired by the iconic slogan Choose Love that was designed for Help Refugees by Katharine Hamnett. It opened on the 24th of November. Choose Love is seen as a learning space of customers who come in, to get to informed about the refugee crisis, and at the same time doing something to help and support the cause. From the beginning until the end, the items displayed are themed around different stages of a refugee’s journey. Though the pieces that are placed, the shop intends to narrate a story from their perspect
Whirlpool has admitted that up to a million faulty tumble dryers could still be in British homes. The manufacturer admitted to a government committee that it actually continued making tumble dryers for three years after being notified that the appliances were faulty in 2012. Whirlpool also had only repaired about half of the unsafe appliances since a scandal broke in 2015 after it became clear that Whirlpool manufactured 5.4 million faulty machines over an 11-year period. Tumble dryers that are sold under the Hotpoint, Creda and Indesit brands, have been criticised and blamed for a number of UK fires, including a fire in a London tower block in August 2016 that forced more than 50 people to flee their homes. A woman that has been working for Curries for a number of years...
London-Zimbabweans continue to celebrate the end of Robert Mugabe's 37-year rule and usher in a new era that is supposed to bring hope, sustainability and most importantly equal opportunities for all. Zimbabweans have never been here before as the country has been colored with corruption and injustice for the last thirty-seven years under the leadership of President Robert Mugabe. The saying that everything that has a beginning has an end surely has been proven as Robert Mugabe jumped hours before he was pushed out- slapping in his resignation and making it clear that the decision to resign was solely his decision and not the pressure that was mounting on his head. Adama Bawah a Zimbabwean who now works in London after leaving Harare several years ago is of the view that Mugabe wa...
Amanda Spielman has said some children are being “taught solely religious texts, at the expense of being taught even basic English and maths”. Amanda Spielman, the head of The Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted), has said that some faith schools are “deliberately resisting both British values and the requirements of equalities law.” At the annual Ofsted report Ms Spielman highlighted a worrying number of practices taking place in faith schools. She said that Ofsted inspectors had in some cases found texts which “encouraged domestic violence and the subjection of women”. Ofsted reported that the number of independent schools which were judged to be “less than good” has increased again this year, from 28% to 32%. A proportion of institutions from this category were C
Jason Isaacs, 18, was going to a party in Northolt on 18 November, but was found critically injured and died from his multiple stab wounds three days later. This shocking knife attack is just one of a number of incidents in London this year. With 35 under-25 deaths on record according to the Guardian, 2017 is the worst year for fatal stabbings of young people in nearly a decade in the UK. Why knife crime is on the rise in a big way like an epidemic? “Violence breeds violence,” said Patrick Green, CEO of the Ben Kinsella Trust in London. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQXUMx6WeeQ Patrick says more and more young people carry knives for fear of being attacked. But what results in fear? XLP spokesperson, Naomi Allen said: “Many young people are growing up in (tough) environments, w
One of many fire exit signs at Byron Court Primary School in Harrow. [Photo By Emily Srebotnjak] The National Fire Chiefs Council wants this to change. London Fire Brigade Commissioner Dany Cotton accused the government of "playing with children's lives". With about 700 school fires happening each year in England, it raises the question about how safe the school’s parents are sending their children to really are. Ron Jeffrey, the school business manager at Byron Court Primary School in Harrow believes that a law should be put in place to change this. Andrew Alsbury, an employee from construction firm Willmont Dixon believes otherwise. He claimed that if more money were involved with school buildings he'd place emphasis on building new school buildings around the countr
Hamilton's West End production opens on December 21st after previews which started on the 6th. There was an excited hum from the audience as we waited for the show to begin. Many flashes from phone cameras as they documented the night. The lights dimmed and an expectant silence fell over the theatre. The dramatic first bar of the musical began, and the title song which ushered in the show actualised what for many audience members was just a soundtrack. If you’ve listened to the soundtrack and are attached to the original cast, Aaron Burr, the first voice you hear when the show begins, might throw you off. Giles Terera is definitely no Leslie Odim Jr but by the end of Act One, he will win you over. The sincerity in his voice during his duet with Jamael Westman (Alexander Hamilton), “Dea
The Urban Maker Market for independent designers has been held in East London. When Christmas is approaching, people are busy with shopping and preparing for the holiday. What do small businesses do ? They are probably involved in Christmas market. If you Google "Christmas markets in London", enormous markets will pop up for visitors and sellers. Urban Maker market in one of the Christmas markets as well. Urban Maker Market is opening on 9th and 10th December. The market invites local designers in East London and holds a market every season at Ecology Pavilion in Mile End Park. This year is Urban Maker Market’s third year. Today, Londoners face many options and find it difficult to choose which independent artists' market to visit. But three years ago, founders, Julia Redgrove