Thursday, December 14News For London

Author: Tom Geggus

Ofsted chief claims some faith schools are deliberately resisting British values

Ofsted chief claims some faith schools are deliberately resisting British values

Politics, Radio, Student
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
School Safety in Question as England has Less Fire Safety Regulations Than Scotland and Wales

School Safety in Question as England has Less Fire Safety Regulations Than Scotland and Wales

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         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

The Room Where It Happened: Hamilton West End previews

Culture, LifeStyle
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
To empower artists, creating a market is good solution ?

To empower artists, creating a market is good solution ?

Art, London
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
The uniqueness of Regent Street cinema

The uniqueness of Regent Street cinema

Art, Culture, Film
Away from the bustling streets of Oxford Circus lies a quiet independent cinema, Regent Street cinema. The cinema prides itself on giving its audience an insight into film history and giving a platform to foreign and independent films, that are not screened elsewhere. 80 percent of cinemas in the UK are now multiplexes, making the originality of Regent Street cinema attractive. Shira Macleod, director of the cinema, has extensive experience in the programming of films. She said: “I go and see a lot of films and my background is in choosing film, I like to screen older and unusual films." “We are not part of a chain allowing us to make unique and independent choices. Our cinema has a Compton organ, we are one of the only cinemas that screen silent films with live audio.” Regent Str

Hundreds gather in London to protest in front of Libyan embassy

International, News, Politics
More than a hundred protesters gathered in front of the Libyan embassy at Knightsbridge. Protesters shouted against migrant slavery auctions happening in Libya. The protest followed a CNN report uncovering a migrant slave auction near the Libyan capital in Tripoli. Protestors blocked the street facing the embassy. Despite the weather which was approaching zero degree the protest lasted for six hours. we have captured moments from the protest. Shezal one of the protestors said: “This is not something new, this is being going on for hundreds of years, black African migrants are being kidnapped, cut up of their organs, they are being tortured.” The CNN report showed some young men being sold in an auction, the bidding begins with 200 then 400, finally the men were sold for

London: The cultural melting pot

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As the impending doom of Brexit looms over the head of a soon to be fragmented Britain it is hard to recognise London as a multicultural city in the face of uncertainty. There are ever growing numbers of people from different background and ethnicities which symbolises a unification which no Brexit negotiation can break. Statistics from ONS show that: “In cities such as London, 40% of the population is considered to have an ethnic background.” London has evolved into a city which defies the stereotypical notion of Britishness which has been around for decades. There is no such thing as Britishness in London, this can be seen in the many holidays that are celebrated through the year. “London prides itself on its rich cultural heritage, its diversity that enables the coming t
Hundreds of protesters joined the Anti-Slavery March against the Libyan Slave Trade

Hundreds of protesters joined the Anti-Slavery March against the Libyan Slave Trade

International, Politics, slavery
Hundreds of protesters descended on the Libyan embassy in London on Saturday to demand the end of slave auctions in Libya. Demonstrators gathered outside the embassy in Knightsbridge around midday, brandishing placards emblazoned with the words “do not sell slaves” and then marched to Parliament Square. Protesters joining the march think slavery is contrary to African humanity. They hope they can raise the public’s awareness of the crime, as well as call on the UK government to put pressure on Libyan leaders to stop the illegal markets. [Video: Jasmine Zhao] UK-based NGO African Lives Matter have organized protests across different cities in the UK. The petition calling on the government to ‘put pressure on Libya to stop enslavement of Black Africans’ has got over 262,000 signature
Suspect in custody after bomb prematurely explodes in New York City

Suspect in custody after bomb prematurely explodes in New York City

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Four people are left injured after a bomb explosion on Manhattan’s subway platform. The bomb had prematurely exploded at 7:30am on Monday morning. The blast was reported at 42nd street and 8th Avenue where then NYPD rushed to the scene. The bomb was intended for a subway carriage where it would have had catastrophically affected hundreds of individuals. The suspect was armed with a metal pipe bomb and battery packs as he walked through a midtown Manhattan transit hub according to sources speaking to the New York Post. The suspect has not yet been named but has been seriously injured in attacks. The suspect had apparently told officers that he has made the explosive device at the electrical company where he works, according to the New York Post. He is believed to be a 27 y
Mobike expanded its scheme to Islington area:opportunities and challenges of dockless bike in London

Mobike expanded its scheme to Islington area:opportunities and challenges of dockless bike in London

LifeStyle, London
Islington council has given permission for Mobike to launch 200 new dockless bikes in the borough, only weeks after allowing the other share bike firm Ofo expanded from Hackney.     Mobike has expanded its scheme to Islington area London. Photo by Qiuyi Wu. Mobike, the Chinese smart sustainable bike share firm has expanded its scheme to Islington area, as the second district of London after Ealing. The launch of Mobike in Islington area is cooperated by Mobike company, Islington council and other local stakeholders.  Steve Pyer, UK general manager for Mobike, said: “Islington is an important milestone in growing our presence in London. Islington is a stylish, energetic, multi-generational borough – and already has a strong cycling culture." As the place with the lowest