Monday, November 20News For London


“Wig or Frizz”: black hair and Identity

Audio, Blogs, Culture, Fashion, Opinion
As the “Black lives matter” campaign rages on in the USA, some may be asking how much of it has reignited black pride sentiments in countries like the UK.  Just before the largest natural hair show “Natural Hair week” kicks off in London, Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham from 30 April to 7 May, we take a look at how hair is becoming a revived statement of black pride among women living in the UK. Black hair, black pride The 60s and 70s are quite significant for black civil rights movements in America and the creative forms of protest that black Americans used to draw attention to self-determination. Elaborate hairstyles became some of the big statements adopted by black icons like Grace Jones, Diana Ross, The Jackson 5, Lionel Richie and the commodores among others, to reflect pride a

Young adults say they will only visit church if it offers free Internet

Audio, Culture, Listen, Opinion
Prudence Jinga, 30, is sitting in the front row of her church enjoying the service. She has been looking forward to today’s service particularly because she is to join the choir for the first time. But the church is empty. Only a handful of people managed to make it While others need convincing to attend church, Prudence is one of the three in five British adults that goes to church every Sunday, according to an opinion poll by the National Churches Trust. The opinion poll reported 27 per cent of British youth would only visit church gatherings more frequently if they had access to free Wi-Fi. The poll, conducted by ComRes aimed to discover what factors influence church attendance, despite a decline in the number of people going in recent years. It said respondents between t

Ed Sheeran’s switch off will make him happier

Audio, Culture, Health, Media, Music, ReportingWeek2, Social media
Although Ed Sheeran's social media 'switch off' may have most teenagers staring at their screens in despair, the singer could well be ahead of the game when it comes to being happy. It takes a brave man to shun 16 million Twitter followers and 5.5 million subscribers on Instagram. But Ed Sheeran's announcement that he was taking a break from “seeing the world through a screen”, could ultimately make him a lot happier, according to vitality and motivation podcaster Tony Wrighton. For the last three years, Wrighton, who is also a Sky Sports presenter, has been taking a break from his mobile and computer for at least two hours a day. The results for energy and happiness levels have been significant. "All the things we love the most in life don't involve screens, whether that's chat

Creating Safer Business Environment in Southwark

Audio, Business, News, ReportingWeek1
Forty businesses in Southwark have teamed up with police to fight crime. Shops, restaurants and night clubs have joined a security network that will enable them operate in a safer environment. The Southwark Safe Business Partnership was launched last week. Adelaide Arthur reports.
Labour’s Dawn Butler defends tuition fee cut

Labour’s Dawn Butler defends tuition fee cut

Audio, News, Politics
Labour’s initiative to reduce tuition fees might not be sufficient for university students. Sonal Gupta reports Labour has said it will reduce the tuition fees for university students from £9, 000 to £6,000 should it win the May election. It will reduce average graduate debt by nearly £9,000. However, there have been on-going debates on the benefits of tuition fee reduction on the future students. According to the reports some students believe that the reduction is not completely sufficient to help them pursue higher education. Some also believe that 16 and 17 year olds are  young and unaware to understand the significance of the policy.     Speaking to Westminster World prospective Parliamentary candidate for Labour in Brent Central, Dawn Butler says that the
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*
London’s safety compromised, warns Fire Brigades Union

London’s safety compromised, warns Fire Brigades Union

Audio, News, Politics
A dispute with the government has led to Fire Services striking all over the country. In London, where more strike action could take place, Mayor Boris Johnson has threatened to withhold pay for any firefighter involved. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) is unperturbed and insists the Conservatives must concede before Londoner’s lives are put at risk by further action. Reporter: Sonal Gupta Sub editor: Kait Borsay February saw the FBU fight back against what it interprets as a government U-turn over changes to their pension scheme and retirement age. The union accuses Fire Minister Penny Mordaunt of misleading Parliament in December 2014, when she pushed through plans to raise the retirement age of firefighters in England from 55 to 60 years old and to increase their pension contributio

Flipping pancakes to save lives

Audio, Culture, Politics
The annual Parliamentary Pancake Race has been running for 18 years. Mutave Mutemi and Aimee Ren speak to its organiser Jonathan Smallman. Sub Editor: Deeksha Sharma Jonathan Smallman was still a young man when he suffered from severe brain damage 30 years ago. At that time he was working as an Officer Cadet at the Royal Military Academy. “It took an awful long time to get better and when it came to looking for employment again I had to try put all my experiences together," says Smallman. It has been 12 years since his recovery and he now works for the charity Rehab UK which helps with mental and physical disability, as an editor of publications. He was excited about this year’s Parliamentary Pancake Race and says these events are a great way of creating awareness. Every
Keeping London’s libraries open

Keeping London’s libraries open

Audio, Harrow
Public libraries are closing across London due to cutbacks in local government funding. Cristiana Ferrauti Twitter: @Cristiana16492 meets a volunteer who aims to keep a library open. Sub-editor: Sonal Gupta  Paul Lorber, Liberal Democrat leader at Brent Council, is director of the Friends of Barham Library  - charity trust for bringing back the community library. The Crabbs House, in Barham Park, was the building hosting the local library. It opened in 1952 and has been active until October 2011, when Brent Council closed it as part of the Libraries Transformation Project  During Saturday afternoon, Lorber volunteers at the temporary shop premises in Wembley High Road. It is a library and second hand bookshop opening three times a week.   In 2013, another voluntee

New mums learn from the web

Audio, Health
Many of us rely on Google results and YouTube videos to learn new things.  Whether you want to learn how to tie a tie (didn’t mum teach you?), which phone to buy or what colour to wear this spring - there is always an instructional video that can help. By  Deeksha Sharma Sub-editor- Samiksha Pattanaik The same applies to parenting.  Guides are found in books, magazines, online and now, thanks to Channel Mum  can be found as a series of video blogs. The YouTube channel has been created by Siobhan Freegard, founder of Netmums, a website providing mothers with all the information they need to raise their child. “No one can be perfect,” says Freegard, “It’s all about being good enough.” After the popularity of Netmums, the YouTube channel aims to connect people with the more emotion