A civil society network ICAN representing of over 450 organisations in one hundred countries, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017.
ICAN ,Co-Chair ,Rebecca Johnson, said:“Our international network has worked so hard to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons. The nuclear threats being issued by President Trump and North Korea remind us that nuclear sabre rattling can lead to nuclear war through arrogance or miscalculation”.
“ICAN collaboration with the British civil society for nuclear disarmament for many years had brought in to limelight that the Nobel Award encourages efforts to persuade the British government to sign the UN Nuclear Prohibition Treaty, cancel Trident and take the lead to eliminate all of these abhorrent weapons of mass destruction,"said Johnson.
The global tr
Uber's appeal against TFL’s decision, to not renew their licence will not be heard until the spring of 2018.
Judge Emma Arbuthnot proposed two dates, April 30 or June 25th for the five-day trial at Westminster magistrates court on Monday morning.
TFL’s decision came after the company was declared not “fit and proper” after a series of failures over passenger safety.
TfL said that the company’s approach and conduct “demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications.”
The company is in the process of repairing its reputation after they were hit with several controversies including harassment and a data breach that is thought to have affected millions.
Chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi fle
Waste reduction charity Wrap is poised to launch an anti-food waste campaign focused on 18-34 year olds living in urban areas. Research shows that millennials are the generation that throws away most food.
In the UK more than £13bn of edible food was thrown out in 2015
A Wrap spokesperson told Westminster World:
"We will be using a targeted approach to reach the right people using Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram – all channels we know are popular with our target audience. We’re advertising our content to ensure we really reach the right people and not just our existing fans and followers."
Food waste is the third largest source of greenhouse gas emissions after China and the US according to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said that he is preparing a proposal to revise visa policies like for post-study work visas.
Sadiq Khan started a week-long trade mission in Mumbai yesterday and UK visa system has been one of the key issues during the Mayor’s talk with business leaders.
I want the UK and India to forge a new special relationship that is not only based on trade and investment – but also encourages talented Indian people to study and work in London https://t.co/TrfTrstSXs
— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) December 4, 2017
Khan announced a plan that sets up a separate post-study work route for international students to replace the system scrapped by Theresa May in 2012. This plan aims to open Britain’s door to more students to boost the economy as
Black Friday conjures up images of hordes of customers pushing through shop doors to fight for bargains. But this year, many stores remained nearly empty as the holiday-shopping season kicked off.
I went to St. George’s, the big shopping mall in Harrow, and found it seemed no more busy than usual. Is Black Friday not attractive now?
Mohammad Hussain, security guard of St. George’s, said: “People are getting used to Black Friday and starting to realize Black Friday is not what they think it is. I guess that’s why this year there are less people here compared to last year. Last year was slightly busier because Black Friday is a little newer then.”
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Coffee culture is full of beans in London. Small independent cafes are developing well despite facing fierce competition from big chains such as Costa, Nero's and Starbucks.
Young British get used to grabbing a cup of coffee on the go or spending some time in cafes to socialise and work. The British Coffee Association reveals that people drink approximately 55 million cups of coffee per day in the UK.
There were fewer than 10,000 coffee shops in the UK 10 years ago, but by the end of last year there were more than 22,000 cafes. Big chains like Costa and Starbucks have doubled in number, but small independent cafes are also emerging from the industry and growing fast, according to coffee market researchers Allegra.
Costa takes a leading position in the UK coffee market, wit
The Mayor advocated London to become a member of the EU at the Mayor’s question time, held at City Hall on Thursday.
Sadiq Khan said: “The cost of Brexit may have high possibilities of a negative outcome since the period during the Brexit negotiations the pound has devalued”.
He further said: “Inflation rates have risen from 0.5% to 2.9%, cost of businesses have rapidly increased passing the cost on to consumers while the wages remain stagnated resulting in a rise in the cost of living.”
Khan said: “Amongst the countries in the G7, UK tops for inflation rate and Brexit’s having a negative toll on businesses in London relying on supply chains across Europe so will the government set aside the party interest and push together the interest of London”.
“People are feeling the Brexi
Are the independent designers who attracted visitors to Old Spitalfields Market now under threat from high rents and increasing High Street-like homogenisation?
ChanChan London-based women's wear designer
Photo: Caroline Paul
Back in the 1990s, London’s Old Spitalfields Market was mostly empty, used as a sports hall some evenings and on Sundays housing 400 food and crafts stalls. Now, it’s a ‘must visit’ destination in tourist guidebooks. But at what cost?
“Rents have gone sky high. I’m not sure how much longer I can keep doing this, I’m thinking of selling online,” said a market stallholder who wished to remain anonymous. "It's so sad, London used to be a hotbed of creativity, but it's becoming too expensive to have a stall here. Rents go up every year. Just look at what's
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.
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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.
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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)
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The multinational Amazon, in charge of thousand of deliveries across the world, has been accused again of poor work conditions and misconduct. A few employees of its centre in Dunfermline, Scotland, have been found sleeping in tents outside the building in the middle of a wood. The retailer has been suffering this kind of accusations since last year GBM trade union declared workers shifts and environment were making them develop "physical and metal illnesses".
The whole recent scandal was primarily discovered by The Times reporter, Mary O’Connor, who went undercover into the warehouse and found out that workers were underpaid and doing over 60 hours a week. A large number of them are seasonal workers hired to help with the Christmas deliveries. The journalist contacted the Liberal Democ