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The issue with holiday deals: fast fashion is not sustainable

The issue with holiday deals: fast fashion is not sustainable

Black Friday, Covid-19, Environment, Fashion, LifeStyle, shopping
Shoppers walk around central London. Credit: Lubna bin Zayyad Black Friday and its follow up - Cyber Monday saw retailers markdown products in a bid to get consumers to purchase items leading up to the holiday season. Online retailer Pretty Little Thing caused a commotion over the weekend after introducing their ninety-nine percent off sale. Consumers everywhere expressed their disappointment over missing out on such a huge sale - where clothes were going for as little as fifteen pence. However, many expressed concern over just how sustainable and ethical the major sale was considering the brand is one of many fast fashion retailers on the market. https://youtu.be/Fp1SkkGT5pg Fast Fashion is cheap- but at what cost? In a bid to both create and keep up with demand, bu...
Randy Brits stock up on sex toys during lockdown.

Randy Brits stock up on sex toys during lockdown.

Adults, Breaking News, Covid-19, dating, Health, LifeStyle, London, shopping, Video, Women
People turned to sex toys as restrictions keep couples apart. Photo: Anna Shvets Coronavirus restrictions have sent sales of sex toys soaring, as Brits stock up during lockdown. With nowhere to go, and not much to do, Brits have turned to sex toys to satisfy their sexual urges. In the first two weeks of the March lockdown, sex toys sales increased by 25 per cent, according to an analysis by money saving, cashback website Quidco. The trend has again been repeated during the current lockdown; Zuleika Philips, owner of Pleasure Drum, an online wellness and sex toy shop aimed at women of African heritage, told Westminster World: “Over the Covid period we have definitely seen an increase of about 30% pickup of toys.”  In addition, Ms Philips mentioned that they’ve also receive
Coronavirus: how the pandemic reinforce the gender gap

Coronavirus: how the pandemic reinforce the gender gap

Breaking News, Covid-19, Data Journalism, Education, Gender, LifeStyle, London, Uncategorized, Women, Worldnews
During the pandemic, who is responsible for domestic work in your country? Photo by Haiyue According to the new report from UN Women, women are spending more time to do domestic chores compared with the normal time. Amid COVID-19, household chores have new purpose and value and are being increasingly recognized as a form of essential work. Chores like cooking, shopping for groceries and cleaning, particularly to prevent infection, are all taking longer than ever. Photo from UN Woman However, more and more people have to work from home due to Covid-19 in different countries, while the truth is that women still shoulder the major housework. Available data from thirty-eight countries overwhelmingly confirm that on sixty per cent of women and fifty-four per cent of...
Are COVID Tests Reliable?

Are COVID Tests Reliable?

Covid-19, Health, London, NHS, virus
COVID test results in the UK are believed to be inconsistent. There are two main types of diagnostic tests, the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and the antibody tests. These tests detect whether a person has the virus now or had it previously. According to the NHS: the PCR detects the presence of the Ribonucleic acid (RNA) in a swab sample from your nose or throat. Whilst the antibody test searches for the virus in a blood sample. PCR tests are the most used in the UK. Though the NHS data suggests that the PCR test has a high reliability rate, the COVID results are thought to unreliable, as results sometimes indicate that people do not have the virus when they do. This is identified as a ‘false negative’. Research shows that it is definitely true that some tests which show as
Teachers feeling stressed and over worked due to pandemic.

Teachers feeling stressed and over worked due to pandemic.

Covid-19, Education, Health, London, Student
With inadequate mental health support many teachers are feeling overwhelmed and under pressure to keep up with their day-to-day work load. This is due to the on going pandemic and uncertain government guidelines. Photo by Nik Shuliahin on Unsplash The announcement of a second lockdown in October, meant that shops restaurants and several other establishments were forced to close down. However, essential workers including teachers were amongst the few still expected to work.  With unclear and unreliable government guidelines, It has become increasingly difficult for teachers to implement safety measures in place to protect themselves and students. This in turn is affecting the mental capabilities of educators. According to an investigation by education support, there has ge...
‘Substantial meal’: substantial enough for pubs to survive?

‘Substantial meal’: substantial enough for pubs to survive?

Breaking News, Christmas, Covid-19, Food, London, News, UK news, Uncategorized
As the UK moves out of lockdown and a regional tier system is introduced, pubs in tier two are forced into a difficult middle ground, and the question arises are they better off closed? Image by Emily Latimer From 2nd December, pubs in all but three council areas will either be closed or only able to open if they are serving substantial meals, the government announced on Thursday. The government’s winter plan defines a substantial meal as “a full breakfast, main lunchtime or evening meal”.  For tier two, the news will be of little comfort to ‘wet led’ pubs, which are forced to remain closed and for those who do serve food, the restriction places them in a challenging position, in which they can open but are only able to make a fraction of their sales. In a letter to th
Coronavirus ‘steals’ thousands of students’ internships

Coronavirus ‘steals’ thousands of students’ internships

Breaking News, Business, Covid-19, economy, Education, Health, International, Student, virus
A student from University Collage London is trying to find career help on the school's website. Thousands of university students find it challenging to get an internship position due to the coronavirus pandemic. Anna Brown, a final year undergraduate student at University of Westminster, was excited about her new internship offer. She just got a position as a copywriter intern in an education agency after struggling for 35 days. "I have worked part-time jobs in three companies in the four years of university. And this is the most difficult time," said Anna. Usually, the upcoming Christmas holiday is the best time for students to find a work placement. However, it's difficult this year due to the financial recession and increasing unemployment. According to the Institute of ...
Covid: Trapped students are turning to selling sex

Covid: Trapped students are turning to selling sex

Adults, Covid-19, Education, Student, UK news, Women
Many students have put themselves at risk to get enough money to help pay for university. More and more students are turning into sex work. Survey conducted by Student Money Survey 2020, reveal 10 percent students consider adult work in a cash emergency, the number has doubled from 2019. Source: Student Money Survey 2020 76% of students rely on part-time work to bring in extra income, due to the economic crisis caused by Covid-19, many students are unable to continue their part-time jobs, their support from student finance, parents and universities are also falls. Most of them cannot afford the high rent cost and tuition fees, thus over a half of student who work in the sex industry state that, their motivation to do...
The latest ‘lateral flow’ Covid-19 tests bring hope for a return to normal

The latest ‘lateral flow’ Covid-19 tests bring hope for a return to normal

Covid-19, Health, NHS, Uncategorized, virus
New rapid testing technology for testing coronavirus antigens, known as lateral flow tests, have been rolled out in places like Liverpool for the city’s pilot testing scheme this November, and most recently universities across the country as part of an asymptomatic testing scheme. More lateral flow tests continue to be developed, with the latest tests to enable office workers and industries like construction, to return to normal.  There is no patent protection against the lateral flow test, which allows different manufactures to work on this technology. This technology has been developed by numerous organisations; similar to the vaccines, groups have been working together. Some of these new tests are delivered by Healthcare Technology Solutions (HTS) – a healthcare management c
The fall of the high street outlets: is it the coronavirus effect?

The fall of the high street outlets: is it the coronavirus effect?

Black Friday, Breaking News, clothes, Covid-19, Fashion, shopping, shopping, Worldnews
Arcadia Group faces downfall due to the pandemic which brings an end to the empire. Photo credits by Rashi Agarwal Sir Philip Green is the owner of the retail empire Arcadia group that owns high-street brands like Topshop, Topman, Burton, Dorothy Perkins, and Miss Selfridge. Amidst the lockdown, the stores saw a significant drop in footfall while putting 13,000 jobs at risk. Is COVID-19 the only reason for the fall of this huge empire? Why didn't the Arcadia group invest in digital marketing like other brands? Even before Coronavirus took over the world, Arcadia group was struggling against the new online-only fashion retailers like Asos, Boohoo, and Pretty Little Thing. Sir Philip Green didn't invest in the digital business just like rival Zara and so failed to kee...