Tuesday, December 11News For London

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Racial and gender bias: Is there more to driving tests than just driving?

Breaking News, International, LifeStyle, London, News, ReportingWeek1, Social media, Transport
Racial and gender prejudices take charge as UK driving test statistics reveal all. Data shows women and people of colour have a lower passing rate. According to a survey held by the Department for Transport, women had a lesser passing rate in practical tests than men. The survey also revealed that 45.4 percent candidates were aged between 16 to 20 years. Additionally, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) revealed that black women had only a 32 percent pass rate. Motorbike and moped license reports present comparable results as women showed a 50 percent passing rate when compared to men’s passing rate which stands at a 72 percent. In response to the above statistics DVSA Chief Driving Examiner Mark Winn provided Westminster World with the following statement: “DVSA
Big Issue vendors hope contactless payment will bring social as well as financial inclusion

Big Issue vendors hope contactless payment will bring social as well as financial inclusion

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With the rise of electronic payments across the UK and fewer people each month carrying cash on their person, public engagement with the homeless is lowest than it has ever been. Can contactless pay bring back the recognition Big Issue vendors are rapidly losing? The Big Issue has announced it will be trialling contactless payment systems in an effort to boost the income of its homeless vendors and mitigate the effects of a public consciousness that may be shifting away from the importance of giving to the homeless. The current affairs magazine has partnered with technology company iZettle for an 8-week trial across London, Bath, Birmingham, Bristol and Nottingham. If the plans are successful, they will be rolled out across the country. Buyers of the Big Issue will no longer ...

Veganism could become a “philosophical belief” after the first possible vegan case

Breaking News, Food, News
A tribunal needs to decide if veganism can be recognised and protected as a right, such as religion and belief, in order to prevent discrimination episodes, as a vegan man made a legal action against its ex workplace.  Jordi Casamitjana was dismissed by the League Against Cruel Sports, an animal welfare charity, after he discovered that part of the pension funds collected by the charity was targeted to companies that are involved in animal testing. The League Against Cruel Sports reacted on twitter and on their website, Rhys Wyborn, Partner, Geldards LLP who are representing the League at the tribunal, said:  “The Claimant in this case was dismissed for gross misconduct and for failing to follow express management instructions that were given to him.  After due process, the Cl
World AIDS Day Red Run raises over £100K for HIV services

World AIDS Day Red Run raises over £100K for HIV services

Breaking News, Health, London Mayor
The ninth annual Red Run in London brought together 40 HIV charities and organisations on Saturday to raise money for HIV support. According to Positive East, 50,000 Londoners live with HIV still. Saturday, December 1 marked the 30th annual World AIDS Day, a day set aside to support those living with HIV and to commemorate those who died from an AIDS-related illness. This year’s event was themed “Know Your Status,” encouraging people to get tested for HIV. Londoners took part in the event during the World AIDS Day Red Run, a charity 10k/5k in Victoria Park. Organised by Positive East, an charity whose mission is to: “improve the quality of life of individuals and communities affected by HIV,” the Red Run had about 2,000 attendees and was able to raise £103,000 across the 40 chari
Action Fraud responses to Police Foundation’s Report

Action Fraud responses to Police Foundation’s Report

Breaking News, crime
Action Fraud, the central reporting hub of the City of London Police, responses to the report on policing of fraud by Police Foundation on 11:45 today, saying that “we will consider the recommendations and agree that more can be done to improve the response to fraud in a number of ways”. According to the report released in December 2018 by Police Foundation, fraud makes up 31 per cent of all crime in England and Wales, with 3.24 million fraud offences estimated to have taken place in the year to March 2018.  Meanwhile, there are more than half of investigations do not result in a conviction after the crime is reported and 28% of investigations are closed within a month. More than one-third of victims reported that the impact on them was severe or significant. Among the victims,
Will street harassment be recognised as a crime?

Will street harassment be recognised as a crime?

Breaking News, Gender, Politics
Girls are facing sexual comments on the streets. What is being done to protect them? School girls have expressed concern about how catcalling and other forms of street harassment make them feel ashamed and self-conscious of their bodies. Others mentioned how these episodes compromise their freedom, as they are afraid to do certain things, like go out at night or walk alone at a certain hour. A recent survey conducted by Plan International UK and Opinium Research, amongst a representative sample of 1,004 girls between 14 to 21 years old in the UK, found out that 66 per cent of girls between that age have experienced unwanted sexual attention or harassment in a public space.   What statistics say about street harassment? The survey also concluded that, every month,...
David Attenbourough believes that we are facing a “man-made disaster” of global scale

David Attenbourough believes that we are facing a “man-made disaster” of global scale

Breaking News, Climate, International, News, Politics, ReportingWeek1, Science, Social media, Uncategorized
The naturalist, Sir David Attenbourough, is the latest celebrity to call for immediate action on climate change. Sir David Attenborough | by Foreign and Commonwealth Office Attenborough spoke at the opening ceremony of United Nations-sponsored climate talks opened in the Polish city of Katowice on December 3, and claims that climate change is humanity's greatest threat in thousands of years. He is acting as a link between the public and policy-makers at the meeting. Sir David believes that we are facing a “man-made disaster” of global scale. He said: “Leaders of the world, you must lead. The continuation of civilisations and the natural world upon which we depend is in your hands.” "If we don't take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural wo
Hundreds gathered in London to express solidarity to Latin America

Hundreds gathered in London to express solidarity to Latin America

Breaking News, London, News, Politics
How is inequality, political instability and the confrontation with the United States affecting Latin America? Students, intellectuals and unionists debated about this in a conference held in Central London  500 people attended to the annual conference “Latin America Adelante” held this year in the Congress House, Central London this Saturday to debate about the challenges South America is facing.   Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua Solidarity Campaigns organised the 14th edition of this Conference, sponsored by several trade unions. Intellectuals, students, and unionist engaged in the event that focused on listening to activists and politicians from Latin-America about the political confrontation happening in countries like Brazil, Nicaragua, Venezuela and Cuba.  “We held this event
Futures of vulnerable young Londoners’ put at risk

Futures of vulnerable young Londoners’ put at risk

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UNISON report shows government cuts of up to £13m in youth services. As well as figures from London.gov.uk showing 280 youth workers losing their jobs between 2012 and 2018. With the increase in cuts to youth workers and services, the future of young people is put at risk. UNISON and the Labour party suggest that the cuts in services have caused the recent spike in crime and anti-social behaviour. In the report UNISON urges that the central goverment provide a review into the funding for youth workers as Theresa May claimed to bring a decade long austerity to a close. Meaning that there should be enough funding from central government to support youth centres and workers. Under the watch of this Tory government, our vital youth services have collapsed. This #YouthWorkWeek,
‘Shocking and unacceptable’: London MP joins criticism over government not publishing immigration plans.

‘Shocking and unacceptable’: London MP joins criticism over government not publishing immigration plans.

Breaking News, brexit, London, News, NHS, Politics, ReportingWeek1
Home Secretary Sajid Javid faces criticism from MPs after he told the Radio 4 Today Programme that it is “very unlikely” that the government’s immigration plans will be published before the vote on the UK’s withdrawal agreement. Edward Davey, MP for Kingston and Surbiton, described the situation as "shocking and unacceptable" in a tweet posted this morning. Brexit & immigration: shocking & unacceptable for Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, to admit @BBCr4today the Immigration White Paper will not be published before the Brexit vote. For a “meaningful vote”, MPs need to know what might happen to immigration IF we leave @LibDems — Edward Davey (@EdwardJDavey) December 3, 2018 Speaking to the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, Sajid Javid said that the Prime Minister’s post-Brexi