Wednesday, January 16News For London

Author: Jaideep Vaidya

Not enough women candidates coming through in sports broadcasting, says ITV’s Mark Demuth

Not enough women candidates coming through in sports broadcasting, says ITV’s Mark Demuth

Media, Sport, Student
In a week of celebrations for International Women's Day, Mark Demuth, controller of ITV Sport, Production, said that the number of women candidates applying for positions in sports broadcasting should be higher. Reporter: Jaideep Vaidya @jaideepjourno Sub editor: Kait Borsay It is a long-running argument recently reignited by a parliamentary committee report that highlighted the dearth of women in news broadcasting. Demuth said that men outnumbered women in ITV's production team by around four to one. "We need to encourage women to come through," he told Westminster World in an exclusive chat. "Are we not seeing enough [female] candidates? Possibly." Currently enjoying his second tenure at ITV's London Studios, Demuth has worked across radio and television, most notably for th

Yoga: Does it “really” lead people to Satan?

Culture, International, News
Yoga, a complex set of physical exercises and meditation, is widely practiced around the world. However, some are suspicious of this ancient practice and there have been comments by an Irish priest who considers yoga to be Satanic.  Reporter: Samiksha Pattanaik, Multimedia Reporter: Fabeha Syed, Sub-Editor- Deeksha Sharma  Photo Credit: flickr, Creative Commons  The craze for yoga in the West seems to be skyrocketing. Be it a way for maintaining a good figure, general wellbeing or detoxifying and relaxing through meditation, yoga has transformed itself to adapt to the requirements of the West. The religious underpinnings of yoga have given way to more of a new-age spirituality and fitness regime, but some suspicion about this Hindu practice still lingers. The most vocal
Holi: Not just a Hindu festival anymore

Holi: Not just a Hindu festival anymore

Culture, International, News
Celebrating the advent of spring, the festival of Holi has evolved from being just a Hindu festival to being celebrated in different parts of the world. By Sohini Sinha, Sub-Editor: Tara Mearsheimer This year Festival of Colours Tour will take place on 12th September at the Olympic Park,with tickets available from 21st March 2015. Started in 2012, Maxim Derenko, from the press office explains the inspiration behind this concert: “Our inspiration behind the celebration is that we really love the idea behind it. We love the core elements of the festival which are for us: equality, mutual tolerance and respect. We love all the happy people attending the festival - the joy can be seen in their eyes. Everybody is celebrating so peacefully.” Festival of Colours Tour, owned and o

10 Ways to surprise your mum on Mother’s Day

Culture
Every time a child is born so is a mother. Mother’s Day is to commemorate those great mothers and to appreciate them for bringing you to this world. It is an important occasion to spend quality time with your mother. Here are 10 ways to make your mum smile. Reporter: Alex Xi Zhang. Sub-editor: Tara Mearsheimer 1. Makeup Magnet Board Being a mother is a busy job. They may have not time to put make-up on. Help your mother save time finding make-up products by creating a make-up magnet board. 2. Mother’s Day Cocktails Forget about coffee and bacon, just give your mother some leisure time to enjoy something luxurious and tasty. 3. Generation Photo Frame Don’t forget your Grandma on Mother’s Day. You can also make her day very special. It is to memorize the moment of being
Women of the World Festival plans to wow again

Women of the World Festival plans to wow again

Culture, International, News
With International Women’s Day round the corner, WOW Festival week seeks to recognize woman empowerment through a series of talks, workshops and performances. Reporter: Sohini Sinha. Multimedia Reporter & Sub-editor: Alex Xi Zhang   Southbank Centre’s WOW – Women of the World Festival applauds the achievements of women and girls, and looks at the obstacles they face across the world. Celebrating its 5th year, the festival is being observed from 1 March to 8 March 2015 at the Southbank Centre. The highlight of the first day: a debate of Can porn empower women hosted by Jane Garvey for BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour, discussed whether porn is responsible for twisting perception of women today or is it just a reflection of how women are actually seen. The panel had a range of pr
Regent Street Cinema Reborn

Regent Street Cinema Reborn

Audio, Culture, Film
Edward Lauder and Nader Kaddour caught up with Shira MacLeod at their London offices to chat about their aspirations for the newly renamed and renovated Regent Street Cinema. The Lumière brothers made history in 1896 by showing moving pictures to a paying audience in Britain for the first time. Then known as Marlborough Hall, the venue used would continue to show films for 84 years-under various names-until its transformation into a lecture theatre at the Polytechnic of Central London (now the University of Westminster) in 1980. Now, nearly 120 years after the Lumière brothers’ first viewing, the symbolic cinema is making a comeback under the guidance of Shira MacLeod to delight crowds once again in the busy heart of London. Name changes to the Polytechnic Theatre and Cinema*
Philosophy in the Street: Morocco’s youth fighting to reclaim public space

Philosophy in the Street: Morocco’s youth fighting to reclaim public space

International, Student
As Ed Miliband and the Labour Party try to entice young voters with reduced tuition fees, Morocco’s youth are battling for more than the price of their education.    Huddled together under a covered sidewalk on a rainy winter’s day in Rabat, Morocco’s Capital, the youth have come together to discuss social and philosophical issues in public. Impassioned voices cry out over the crowd of young Moroccan men and women, in a seamless mixture of French and Darija (Moroccan Arabic). You might think a congregation of students like this wouldn’t warrant a second glance. But in Morocco, gatherings like these are bold political statements against a paranoid regime. “The police said if we come back we will be beaten.” Nabil Belkabir, 23, explains: “Critical Thinking is not good
FutureFest London: Edward Snowden and the (not so distant) Future

FutureFest London: Edward Snowden and the (not so distant) Future

Politics, Social media, Student
Edw­ard Snowden talked privacy, trust, and mass surveillance at London’s FutureFest this weekend. The weekend-long event showcased speakers, debates, performers, and more, themed around providing perspectives on the ideas of tomorrow.   Joining the crowd via live link from Moscow with his face projected six feet tall on a screen, the irony of Snowden’s face appearing huge before a crowd like a smiling Big Brother was not lost on Nesta CEO Geoff Mulgan, who quipped about the peculiarity while introducing Snowden. The former NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower fielded questions about privacy, state-sponsored spying, mass surveillance, and governance. “They’re afraid of us. The government doesn’t want us to know what they’re doing, how they’re interpreting the law, how they
Women leading the way in fight against racism in football

Women leading the way in fight against racism in football

News, Sport
A new Women’s Super League season kicks off in March. Kait Borsay looks at whether the women’s game has the same issues with racism as its male counterpart, after two incidents of racism from Chelsea fans were reported in just one week. Reporter: Kait Borsay Sub-editor: Sonal Gupta The women’s game, set to gain more exposure this summer with the Women's World Cup in Canada, does not suffer at the hands of racism like its male counterpart. Kick it Out, the anti-discrimination body, told Westminster World they “haven't had any incidents of racism within women or girls football at any level this season.” In a month where Chelsea fans have seen their first piece of silverware since the return of Jose Mourinho, supporters of the club have been tainted by accusations of racism. Film fo
How to boil an egg

How to boil an egg

Student
Easter is a special occasion for a sweet tooth but when preparing for the egg hunt you can't ignore the basics. Reporter: Hayley Daen. Sub editor: Cristiana Ferrauti Nearly a year ago, I received a shocking phone call from my 23-year-old brother. I was greeted with a hurried ‘hello’ before he delved into the real reason he had called. He could not for the life of him figure out how to boil an egg. “Well, first you need to bring the water to a boil,” I instructed. “And how do I do that?” What may seem, to some, an integral skill is actually an art, difficult to master. There is far more to making an eggscellent boiled egg than you might think. As spring marches onward, Easter is just on the horizon. And with Easter, comes chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks, and the athletic