Thursday, October 17News For London


Reducing smog: Chinese documentary on London becomes hit

International, Media
A documentary looking at air pollution has notched up some 100m views on Chinese portals. It looks at London’s ‘Great Smog’ of 1952. Reporter: Di Bai  Chai Jing, a former Chinese state television reporter, released online Under the Dome. She published this documentary addressing a live audience in a style similar to a TED talk. As part of the documentary, Chai took field trips to London, and visited Battersea Power Station—a decommissioned coal-fired power station located on South West London. She also summarized what the British government had done after the Great Smog to solve the air pollution. The Great Smog was a severe air-pollution event that affected London during December 1952. Visibility was reduced to a few yard making driving difficult or impossible. “It’s like you w
Anti-racism group highlights rise in online Islamophobia

Anti-racism group highlights rise in online Islamophobia

International, News
An anti-racism group has called on the European Parliament to tackle anti-Muslim posts and comments on social media. The European Network Against Racism (ENAR) warned that tackling Islamophobia is as urgent as fighting anti-Semitism on the internet.  Reporter: Hussein Abdel Fattah. Sub Editor: Hayley Daen. Although the Muslim community in London condemned the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris and the actions of Mohammed Emwazi (identified as 'Jihadi John'), increasingly Muslims are on the receiving end of online abuse. Anti-racism groups have said that Facebook and Twitter are refusing to take down hundreds of inflammatory Islamophobic postings from across their sites despite being alerted to the content. Claire Fernandez, deputy director of the (ENAR), stated in a letter to the Eu

Marrakech: Cheap and Chic

Culture, International, Student
With the bank holiday imminent, don't let it sneak up on you without planning in advance. If you're aiming for a quick, cheap getaway, look no further than Marrakech. You'll be in for a Middle Eastern treat. By Hayley Daen. Sub Editor Danae Diz   Certain cities have a particular draw to artistic, creative types looking for inspiration and a place to decompress. When the beatniks sought refuge from the constraints of Western society, they fled to Tangiers, ready to live a life of anonymous indulgence amidst the heat and spice of the city. Today, it seems that Marrakech is the place to be. With flights from London Gatwick starting at just £32 one-way on EasyJet, a quick weekend visit needn't break the bank. The city is awash in a heady mix of dust and saffron. It is a ha

The West Meets the East: London Celebrates The Chinese New Year in Style

Culture, International, News
Soho's Chinese New Year celebrations were alive and full of colour as they welcomed in 2015: 'The Year of the Sheep' Reporters: Jipsa George  @jipsarosey and Li Ying Sub-Editor: Cristiana Ferrauti Thousands of people joined the celebrations in London to welcome the start of a New Year for the Chinese community. The parade started in Trafalgar Square, where handcrafted floats led a procession to Shaftesbury Avenue, followed by dance, music and acrobatics to entertain the crowd. The event is known to be one of the biggest celebrations outside of Asia, bringing many people together despite their cultural differences. Jipsa George reports: The Year of the Sheep The Sheep - also referred to as the Ram or the Goat - is the eighth sign of the twelve year cycle of

Festival Volunteers: Unsung Heroes Bring Colour to Chinese New Year

Culture, International, News, Specials
Meet the backbones of Chinese New Year Celebrations, without whom the festival would not be possible. By Qiwei Wang, subeditor Tara Mearsheimer.   They come from all walks of life and they decide to celebrate the New Year Festival in a unique way— by becoming part of it. From providing information to the visitors, to supporting the operations at backstage, more than a hundred volunteers joined the big army of people celebrating the Chinese New Year. It’s not just their bright-colored uniforms that distinguish them from the crowds that gathered at Trafalgar Square. It’s also their passion to contribute and eagerness to help.     In order to make the festival go smoothly, these volunteers had to make a sacrifice. They arrived before anyone else at the

Egyptian journalist risks life to bring the news

International, Media
Al Jazeera English, which has its European base in London, has been making headlines itself with the release of its journalists from a prison in Egypt. Tara Mearsheimer interviews 'Amir' a journalist who has worked for the station. Subbing: Qiwei Wang “Suspicion is everywhere these days in Egypt,” Amir explains in a serious tone, “state media scaremongering fuels suspicion on the Egyptian streets.” Employed by the news organisation, Al Jazeera English, as well as being Egyptian, he has experienced what many journalists in the country endure just to provide the world with a story. “Foreigner journalists have a hard time these days because of media conspiracy theories about foreign intervention,” says Amir. “If you are Egyptian or Arab you would sometimes be threatened and get asked

Anti-Valentine’s Day and its myriad interpretations

Culture, International
Valentine’s Day has its positive and negative connotations around the world. Reporter: Sohini Sinha Sub-editor: Jaideep Vaidya It's that time of the year again — Valentine's Day — when couples around the world declare their undying love for one another, or maybe not. Anti-Valentine’s Day is a celebration of life by people who enjoy being single, be it in London or Los Angeles. It serves as a suitable alternative to Valentine’s Day. Some call it Singles Awareness Day, a day for people who are not involved in a romantic relationship, all done in good humour. On this day many people wear green, as it is the complementary opposite of red. Some also celebrate it as International Quirkyalone Day, a term coined by To-Do List magazine publisher, Sasha Cagen. It was started in 2003 as
Uncertainty for Greek expats working in London

Uncertainty for Greek expats working in London

International, Politics
The outcome of Greece’s recent elections has left young Greek Londoners uncertain about their ability to live and work abroad. With Greece’s continued membership in the European Union unclear, Greeks in London are beginning to worry if they will continue to be welcome in their new homes. “If we leave the EU, as has been hinted, I might need a visa to work here,” said Constantine Tyraskis, a London resident for over seven years. “My ability to work here would go away, and that’s why I think most Greeks abroad might have voted differently. It’s remaining in the EU that allows them to do more at the moment.” The 24 year-old treasury analyst, like all Greek expatriates, was not allowed to vote in Greece’s election this year. Greece is only one of four countries in the EU whos