Thursday, March 22News For London


The risks of cosmetic surgery that media didn’t tell you

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A record number of Britons went under knife for beauty in 2015. If you are considering cosmetic surgery, here's what you should know. New data from the British Association of Anesthetic Plastic Surgeons shows the number of cosmetic surgery operations reached a record in 2015, with more than 50,000 surgical procedures - an 13% increase on the year before. The growing popularity of cosmetic surgery reflects the recovering economy and increasing influence from media and celebrity, according to Dr. Nilesh Sojitra, consultant surgeon and member of British Association of Anesthetic Plastic Surgeon (BAAPS). In the past few years, more celebrities are willing to openly talk about their cosmetic operation like Patricia Heaton, who said in Ron Jacobsohn's interview, "my philosophy is, you

A very British national anthem: should England have its own?

Audio, Culture, Music, Sport
A last chance rush for the bar ensued in a crowded north London pub on Saturday the 19th of March as the English and French rugby teams emerged onto the pitch of the Stade de France in Paris. The last game of the Six Nations between historic rivals England and France was about to begin, and with championship victory already secured England fans were in high spirits, hopeful for a five of five grand slam win. The teams lined up for the traditional rendition of the national anthems and as the opening drum roll of God Save the Queen began a distinct hush, punctuated by the odd clinking of glass, descended upon the ensemble crowd. But the uncharacteristic vigour with which the anthem was sung by both the players and supporters over on the continent failed to be matched by the north London

“Wig or Frizz”: black hair and Identity

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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