Londoners woke to snow this morning and delays to their travel. On London Underground, snow is causing power supply problems on the: Metropolitan Line: no service from Harrow on the Hill to Amersham/Chesham/Watford/ Uxbridge and between Baker Street and Aldgate. There are severe delays on the rest of the line. Central Line: severe delays. Northern Line: minor delays. Customers are advised to take the first train and change where necessary. Piccadilly Line: No service Acton Town to Uxbridge and Arnos Grove to Cockfosters due to power supply problems caused by snow. SEVERE DELAYS on the rest of the line. London Underground tickets will be accepted on local buses. Update: Please be aware that we are receiving a high number of tweets because of current disruption. ...
Jessica Chastain has never been one to shy away from talking about politics, wage equality and the troubles Hollywood is facing in the present moment. When Westminster world reporters went to the press conference of the latest Aaron Sorkin film, Molly’s Game, she didn’t hold back on her views of Harvey Weinstein and how the film is perfect for this era. She said: “It is important to recognise what is happening in Hollywood is not only Hollywood in terms of equality and harassment. When I talk about wage equality, I am not talking about people in Hollywood because let’s be honest, we are all over compensated. If there is two people working a job and one man is making ten dollars an hour and the female is making three dollars an hour, it is not right. It doesn’t matter what industry y
Australia has finally set to legalize same-sex marriage. This follows a historic bill that was passed in the House of Representatives. After 20 failed bills and years of advocacy, the bill to amend Marriage Act was introduced a month ago and only four MPs voted against the bill. Same-sex couples can legally marry from January 2018. Starting this Saturday, people will be able to lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage.This comes three weeks after it was found that 62% of Australians had voted "yes" in the national survey. Australia's Governor-General, Peter Cosgrove, is expected to approve the bill over the next few days. Youtuber Raymond Braun who makes LGBT-centric content tweeted a video of the moment the Australian parliament passed the bill: T...
Despite today's talks between Theresa May and European figure heads, no agreement has been reached on the first stage of Brexit. Speaking in Brussels European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said it wasn't possible to reach a complete agreement today. UK PM Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker confirm UK and EU have not reached agreement on first phase of #Brexit deal https://t.co/UEqjIb9s51pic.twitter.com/vErjQpAZtG — BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) 4 December 2017 Theresa May has said a lot of progress has been made, but some isssues do remain. With talks reconvening before the end of the week, the Prime Minister has said she was "confident we will conclude this positively". "On a couple of issues, some differences do rem
Facebook will create nearly 1000 new jobs as it opens a new office in the capital today. By the end of next year, Facebook’s total UK workforce will be more than 2,300-increasing by over 50 per cent. More than half of the people working in the new site will focus on engineering, which makes it Facebook’s biggest engineering hub outside the US. The offices in Rathbone Place, just off Oxford Street, will also be home to LDN_LAB, a scheme helping accelerate startups’ development through a three-month programme. With over 1 million people unemployed in the UK, it is a good news for Londoners -especially for graduates and young tech startups. Everyone say hi to the new Facebook London HQ! We're in Rathbone Square now, near Tottenham Court Road <3 pic.twitter.com/xeE0k5QoNP — Pa
The first text message that was sent actually used full words rather than text-speak. The first SMS was sent 25 years ago on the 3rd December 1992. A quarter of a century ago a British test engineer, Neil Papworth, typed the first text message which said, “Merry Christmas”. It launched into a success with smartphones that some reports suggest might even have become an addiction. The first SMS message was sent over the Vodafone GSM network in the United Kingdom using a personal computer. It originated from radio telegraphy in radio memo pagers. The initial growth was slow, with GSM customers in 1995 sending on average 0.4 messages per month. But by 2006, over 205 million messages were sent in the UK alone. Did Neil Papworth have any idea at the time that analysts expect 7.89 trillion
In the 63rd Evening Standard Theatre Awards the dramatic play The Ferryman wins three awards (out of its four nominations). Jez Butterworth wins the prize for Best Play and Sam Mendes (known for Skyfall) gets the Best Director award for the epic play The Ferryman. The winner for Emerging Talent is Tom Glynn-Carney also for the same production. The Ferryman was also nominated for Best Actress but the award went to Natasha Richardson instead. She won for her performance as Glenda Jackson for King Lear (Old Vic). The Ferryman is the first new play by Jez Butterworth in five years and it became a hit before it was even officially out in May this year. The play premiered at the Royal Court and it quickly became the fastest-selling show in the theatre’s history. Huffington Post states that
Penny Mordaunt, the Secretary of State for International Development, announced that London will host the first ever global disability summit next year. The event will be hosted with the International Disability Alliance and the aim is to give those with disabilities ‘‘the opportunity to fulfil their true potential and help their countries prosper’’ During her first speech since becoming International Development Secretary, she announced she will bring together global leaders and technology companies to tackle barriers that prevent people with disabilities from reaching their full potential. https://twitter.com/DFID_UK/status/937245037531770880 Mordaunt, who was appointed last month following the controversial departure of Priti Patel, said that disability inclusive
One in five people in the UK, approximately 14 million people, are living in poverty, a study has revealed. Over 8 million working-age adults, 4 million children, and 1.9 million pensioners in the UK do not have the means to survive day-to-day life. The report, published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, examined poverty trends in the UK over the last two decades, including state support for families and people living on the brink. Working class adults make up the largest section inflicted by poverty. 47 per cent of UK workers spend more than a third of their income, including housing benefits, on rent and maintenance. More than a third of these have to supplement their income outside of immediate work in order to meet housing costs. Conditions are not better off for family units: p
Eight hundred new jobs will be created alongside the opening of the new London Facebook office in 2018. According to the BBC, by the end of next year about 2300 people will work for Facebook from the UK, making this new office the largest engineering hub outside of the United States. Julian David of techUK, which represents 950 technology firms in the UK, according to the BBC, applauded Facebook for investing in the city of London despite the uncertainties surrounding Brexit. Facebook opens its new London office and says it will add more jobs in the capital next year, underlining its commitment to Britain as the country prepares for #Brexit. https://t.co/kRfQCUmLJz pic.twitter.com/7qaGH67jbs — Reuters Business (@ReutersBiz) December 4, 2017 Several large companies and financia