In one of the world’s most powerful cities, the police administration is, according to one MET officer, “silently suffering from an epidemic of loneliness.” Police officer coming out of the Supreme Court after finishing a 48-hour workday. Image source: Sneha Chakraborty London’s bustling streets are now silent. Illuminating light from inside the stores is off. The empty underground stations and parking lots are filled by the faint echo of a patrol car, flashing blue strides of light in the dark of night. The police officer, in his fluorescent vest, is finishing his final routine inspection of the area, is thinking about how he misses dropping off his son to school because of the late hours. Like him, and many other policemen, the proud responsibility of keeping London safe is costin
After a historic landslide win, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reiterated his Brexit promise and stated that Britain will retain control of their trade, money and borders. There is minimal doubt that the British PM will face any obstacle to pave a way for Britain’s exit after securing a majority in the elections. Credit: Sera Mathews Following a crushing election victory on Friday, Mr Johnson assured his Conservative backers that the UK would exit the European Union by the end of January 2020. The win was a “powerful new mandate to get Brexit done” Mr Johnson said at his victor’s speech on Friday. Deputy director general of the CBI, Josh Hardie, embraced the hope of an end to the three-year issue because “a government with a mandate and a strong majority brings a bit more c
Uber app (Image: thesun) Uber fights back against U.K. regulator’s decision to revoke its operating license in London which will put its biggest market in Europe at risk. Uber Technologies Inc. has appealed against Transport for London's (TFL) decision to revoke its operating license to work in the UK's capital due to a “pattern of failures” in safety and security. Following this news, Uber released a statement describing the decision as "extraordinary and wrong”. The taxi app firm’s regional general manager for northern and eastern Europe, Jamie Heywood, said safety is its “top priority” after the appeal was filed at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on the 13 December. “We are committed to Londoners and are working closely with TfL to address their concerns and reques
A group of doctors in scrubs (Image from Unsplash) How will the National Health Service be affected, now that the Tories are in power? In the early hours of Friday 13 December, it was announced that the electorate had voted for a majority Conservative Government. With 365 seats, the Conservative party had well surpassed the 326 seat target needed to hold a majority government. This result has many people speculating about what this will mean for the UK’s National Health Service. In his Prime Minister’s victory speech on 13 December, Johnson stated: “I’ve heard it loud and clear from every corner of the country that the overwhelming priority of the British people now, is that we should focus above all on the NHS, that simple and beautiful idea that repre
NHS data revealed it's "on its knees" this winter as patients are facing the worst A&E waiting times in a decade. Every major A&E department failed to meet the target waiting time of four hours for the first time ever. Only 81.4 percent of patients were seen within the four-hour threshold, a record low against the national target of 95 percent. The NHS standard has not been met since July 2015. Made with Visme Infographic Maker Since the same month last year, the new NHS numbers revealed that major A&E departments have seen 5.2 percent increase in attendances, totalling 2,143,336 in November 2019. The 559,556 emergency admissions saw a 4.3 percent increase over the last 12 months. Knee and hip replacement waiting lists have soared, with a record breaking 4.45m patien...
Westminster students are divided and “confused” but believe their chosen parties will stick to their Brexit pledges. Brexit legislation is on hold while the UK votes in this year’s general election. The Conservative party, under Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s leadership, wants to leave the European Union (EU) with its most recent revised deal. Mr Johnson has been pushing to “get Brexit done” and has previously promised to leave the union, on 31 October 2019 as “do or die”. Government’s attempt to get a new deal through Parliament, was frustrated after members of parliament failed to approve the deal, thus forcing the Prime Minister to ask for an extension of the deadline to the EU. Divisions over Brexit has remained high in the Conservative party, even after Mr Johnson managed to se
A bombogenisis (fast evolving) cyclone hit Iceland last night, causing damage throughout the country and cutting off the island. Up to 118 mph was the predicted wind speed by forecasts along with heavy snowfall. The air pressure dropped from 1005 hPa to 980 in only 19 hours before the storm hit the country. The weather alert was set to yellow, orange and even red. It was the first time in Icelandic history that a weather warning of the highest level was released since the new weather alert system had been introduced several years ago. The red alert affected the region of the Westfjords, a very exposed area in the northwest of Iceland, where the storm was suspected to be the worst. People in the whole country were advised to stay home. Forecasters especially recommended to avoi...
“The Irishman,” Martin Scorsese’s film, leads the nominations for the United States and Canada Critics Association awards. In all there are 14 nominations, including Best Picture and Director. Announced this Sunday, Martin Scorsese’s movie and the miniseries When They See Us, both produced by Netflix, are the top nominations for the United States and Canada Critics’ Association Awards. The Irishman made its world premiere at the New York Film Festival in late September and has been characterised, since the beginning of filming, as a rather controversial production. After the commercial release in the USA on November 1st, the film was added to the Netflix catalog worldwide. Despite all fourteen nominations, Londoners seem quite divided on their opinion of the movie. “It’s incr
The unanimous decision will exclude the country from the 2020 Olympics and 2022 World Cup. Russia’s anthem and flag will not be permitted at sporting competitions such as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics and the 2022 World Cup held in Qatar. Sir Craig Reedie, President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada), stated: “Russia was afforded every opportunity to get its house in order and re-join the global anti-doping community, but it chose instead to continue in its stance of deception and denial.” However, athletes can participate under a neutral flag if cleared by anti-doping authorities. The decision follows after the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (Rusada) was confirmed in breach of tampering with laboratory data. They were forced to hand over the investigation to Wada
The American food start up founded in 2012 has helped halves of supermarkets to not waste fresh food thanks to its new technology and will now be available in UK. Asda is the first major supermarket in the United Kingdom to use new technologies to reduce food waste. In the United Kingdom, it is estimated that 10 million tonnes of food are wasted, representing 250 million thrown meals. A new technology created by Apeel Science in the United States could help reduce the amount of food wasted each year. This new product, called Apeel Avocado, is designed to protect the surface of each fresh product to slow water loss and oxidation. The coating is found in peels, seeds, pulp of fruit and vegetables and creates a natural barrier. Avocado is known as staying ripe twice as long