Thursday, September 21News For London

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Waterstones deny stealing indie bookshop trade

Waterstones deny stealing indie bookshop trade

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James Daunt, managing director of bookshop company Waterstones, has defended his decision to market certain franchises as independent. The company has faced criticism since the revelation that it has opened three shops under individual names, with minimal Waterstones branding. The shops located in Rye, Southwold and Harpenden contain only a small handwritten notice displaying their link with the nationwide chain. Mr Daunt said the pseudo-independent stores will be good for “customers, town centres and staff.” Daunt went on to add that he wants to encourage chain shops to operate as independent. He said: “If you want to enhance a high street you need to act as an independent ... and part of the reason we did it is to convince our own booksellers that they have the autonomy that th
Primark sales hit by weaker pound

Primark sales hit by weaker pound

#breakingnews, Business
The fast fashion chain Primark continues to grow as the store expands its branches, but it is warned the weaker pound would weigh on its margins. Photo Dark Dwarf  (CC BY-ND 2.0) Primark reveals its upbeat sales figure today and said it was maintaining its full-year earnings guidance. “Primark expects almost 13 per cent increase to be attributable to the first half of the year,” it added. Photo Mark Hodson Photos: (CC BY 2.0) The decline in the value of the pound, 16 per cent against the dollar since Brexit, is warned it would ‘eats into margins at the fashion chain’. Primark is expecting to rise 2 per cent in its first half and 11 per cent in total sales thanks to new store openings. Photo Martin Monroe ( CC BY-SA 2.0) Sub Editing: Arifa Khan
Petition calling for end of TV license hits 100,000 signatures

Petition calling for end of TV license hits 100,000 signatures

#breakingnews, Culture, TV
A petition calling for the abolishment of the TV license, which funds the BBC channels, has now reached over 100,000 signatures, meaning it will be considered for debate by the parliament.   It has gained traction following an undercover investigation by the Daily Mail. A covert reporter discovered that bosses at company Capita pressure employees to find and fine a minimum of 28 people a week. Employees are reportedly offered bonuses of up to £20-25 per person fined over the target number of 28. This can amount to as much as £15,000 per year. The reporter was told by a Capita manager: “We will drive you as hard as we can to get as much as we can out of you because we’re greedy.” LBC radio presenter Nick Ferrari, described the methods as “incredible bullying tactics” on T
Hard Brexit could cause a severe housing crisis in London

Hard Brexit could cause a severe housing crisis in London

#breakingnews, EU referendum, Housing, News, Politics, Social media
 A 'hard Brexit' can have a crippling effect on London's housing crisis, Sadiq Khan reveals. According to a paper published by the Mayor, one in four construction workers in London are from the European Union and therefore face an uncertain future of their working titles in the UK. The mayor of London warned that due to the upcoming Brexit, UK could lose skilled workers and this could have a “seriously detrimental” effect on thousands of houses that Londoners need. “London is in the grip of a serious housing crisis. While we are working to train up more Londoners to have the skills to work in construction, you can’t escape the fact that a ‘hard Brexit’ could leave a quarter of the skilled construction workforce in the capital high and dry,” he said. The Evening Standard reported t
Social media stampede following blunder for Best Picture at Oscars

Social media stampede following blunder for Best Picture at Oscars

#breakingnews, Culture, Uncategorized
Fans flocked to social media this morning, after Moonlight was awarded the Best Picture award at the Oscars. Moonlight beat the frontrunner La La Land, to become the first film with an all black cast to win the prize. Online reaction has been mostly positive. One tweet read: “Moonlight is the first LGBTQ+ winner for Best Picture and the first film to win it with an all black cast. THIS IS JUSTICE.” Moonlight is the first LGBTQ+ winner for Best Picture and the first film to win it with an all black cast. THIS IS JUSTICE. pic.twitter.com/7GeAcpdEuE — ️ (@ButeraDemetria) February 27, 2017 My motto for the rest of 2017: #Oscars pic.twitter.com/0JVzsVE7rO — xoNecole (@xonecole) February 27, 2017 The film’s director, Barry Jenkins tweeted: “To hell with dreams. I’m done with i
End of free movement announcement concerns MPs and EU citizens

End of free movement announcement concerns MPs and EU citizens

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End of free movement announcement concerns government MPs and EU citizens.   The end freedom of movement that’ll come with Brexit worries both members of the parliament and EU citizens living in the UK. Even though, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said on Sunday that the government wants to avoid “cliff edges,” the uncertainty around the process raises questions among many. The freedomofmovement.org published a briefing, “The legal status of EU citizens in the UK, on Monday morning, explaining that according to the latest regulations put in place earlier this month, “the regulations and policies increasingly suggest that an EU citizen who is physically present in the UK but who the Home Office considers does not have a right of residence is in a precarious and unlawful positio
28% of EU citizens rejected for permanent residency in Britain

28% of EU citizens rejected for permanent residency in Britain

#breakingnews, EU referendum, Politics
An analysis by Liberal Democrats shows that the UK has rejected 28% EU citizens seeking permanent residency since the referendum. It is reported that Theresa May would most likely end freedom of movement as the triggering of the Article 50 begins. So if all EU citizens need to acquire residency to stay in the UK, the current figure would lead to the rejection of around 800,000 EU citizens. “As we conduct our EU exit negotiations, it will be a priority to regain more control of the numbers of people who come here from Europe,” Rachel Tooze, Press Officer from the Home Office said. The home secretary, Amber Rudd, repeated that the government would "end freedom of movement", but it was also “against cliff edges” of immigration cut. According to the Office for National Statist
Oscar 2017: Accounting firm apologizes for ‘Best Picture’ mix up

Oscar 2017: Accounting firm apologizes for ‘Best Picture’ mix up

#breakingnews, Art, Culture
PriceWaterhouseCooper, the accountancy firm in charge for the ballot counting process at the Academy Awards, has issued an apology clarifying its error for the Best Picture winner. The Oscars 2017 winner for best picture is “Moonlight” but only after “La La Land” was incorrectly named. WOW! #Oscars mistakenly award cast of 'La La Land' Best Picture over 'Moonlight'. Awkward! pic.twitter.com/aUanZw77ib — SpotlightFirst.Com (@SpotlightFirst) February 27, 2017 Within hours of the mix-up, a spokesperson for the company announced: “We sincerely apologize too Moonlight, La La Land, Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for Best Picture.” Watch moment Warren Beatty appears to take a second look inside envelope for
Power to the People: Do petitions really work?

Power to the People: Do petitions really work?

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A petition banning Donald Trump from making a state visit to the UK has garnered more than 1 million signatures in the past 24 hours. The petition, made on the UK Parliament website, required only 100,000 signatures to be considered for debate in the Houses of Parliament. In response, Prime Minister Theresa May has said that she will not be withdrawing the invitation extended to US President Trump, part of the “special relationship” she wants to create between the US and UK with impending Brexit. In a statement, she said the visit remains “substantially in the national interest.” The situation is reminiscent of last year, when, following the Brexit referendum, a petition was created on the UK Parliament website, signed by four million people, asking for a second EU referendum. In r
Anti #MUSLIMBAN protest to be held at Downing Street

Anti #MUSLIMBAN protest to be held at Downing Street

#breakingnews, International, News, Politics
London anti-Trump protesters have an 'emergency' appointment at 6 pm tonight in front of Downing Street. Protesters are called to show their anger following PM Theresa May's invitation to Donald Trump. The demonstration has been initiated by left-wing activist and politician Owen Jones. After the immigration ban imposed by Donald Trump, several protests were conducted across the world. Trump imposed a ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries entering the US. The ban is termed as a 'Muslim Ban' and has created an uproar on twitter with its trending tag - #MUSLIMBAN. But what does this mean for the people of Britain? Are people with dual nationalities going to be banned from entering the US?  An emergency protest is to be held outside Downing Street and across the UK tonight at 6