Tuesday, January 16News For London

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Queen of the Jungle!

Queen of the Jungle!

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Last night's I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here final saw Made In Chelsea star, Georgia Toffolo, 23, become the new queen of the jungle. The reality TV star was in the final three with Hollyoaks hunk Jamie Lomas, who came second and comedian Ian Lee who missed out on the crown when he came third. When it was announced that the blonde bombshell won she said: “I don’t know what to say. Obviously, I’m shocked. I didn’t think anyone would like me. Sorry I’m so taken aback.” https://www.instagram.com/p/BcigkxNj3kE/?hl=en&taken-by=toffgeorgia Georgia Toffolo, also known as Toff, is allegedly set to make £5 million from winning the title and it is reported that two TV stations are already fighting over her. She has reportedly been the bookies favourite from the beginning wit
Apple in talks to buy London-based app Shazam

Apple in talks to buy London-based app Shazam

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Apple is in talks to buy music recognition app Shazam in a deal that is likely to be announced before the end of this week. If the acquisition goes ahead, it will allow Apple to incorporate Shazam's technology into its iOS operating system. Currently Shazam has partnerships with Snapchat, Spotify as well as Apple and makes much of its revenue from commissions paid to it for referrals to Apple's iTunes Store. As Apple faces increasing competition from Amazon and Spotify, a takeover of Shazam would make business sense - thus cutting out the need to pay Shazam as an intermediary. If the deal goes through Shazam would no longer refer users to Apple Music competitor Spotify Image: Wikimedia Commons Shazam has evolved considerably since it was set up by four US expats in 1999. P
Storm Caroline creates chaos throughout London’s transport systems

Storm Caroline creates chaos throughout London’s transport systems

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Storm Caroline has wreaked havoc over London as hundreds of flights have been cancelled, leaving thousands of passengers stranded in the city's airports. It's also been responsible for numerous tube and school closures from Sunday to Monday. Dozens of flights from Heathrow, Stansted, Gatwick and Luton airport were cancelled yesterday evening as a result of the heavy rain and snowfall London received on Sunday, and more flights are still being delayed, diverted and cancelled today. British Airways has so far cancelled almost 100 flights to and from Heathrow. At Stansted, 24 Ryanair departures and arrivals have  been cancelled and more are to be expected. Ten flights have been cancelled by easyJet, and other airlines have also been affected. On top of flight closures and delays,
Heavy snow disrupts London travel

Heavy snow disrupts London travel

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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. ...
“It is about taking your power back as a woman.”

“It is about taking your power back as a woman.”

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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 to legalize same sex marriage

Australia to legalize same sex marriage

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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...
May fails to reach agreement in Brussels

May fails to reach agreement in Brussels

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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’s new office will bring nearly 1000 jobs for Londoners

Facebook’s new office will bring nearly 1000 jobs for Londoners

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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
Mobile phone addiction began 25 years ago

Mobile phone addiction began 25 years ago

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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
Evening Standard Theatre Awards winners announced. The Ferryman wins big

Evening Standard Theatre Awards winners announced. The Ferryman wins big

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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