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London mum comes up with tracker vests that could save children’s lives

London mum comes up with tracker vests that could save children’s lives

Breaking News, London, News, Transport
Children’s lives could potentially be saved in the busy streets of London through the safety vests and jackets of Sasha Pinnock. Pinnock, 29 and a businesswoman, came up with the idea of safety vests after a serious scare earlier this year when her daughter, 8, was on a school trip and close to Westminster Bridge as a man mowed down pedestrians in a terrorist attack. The single mum had no idea where her child was or whether she was safe, until the teacher confirmed it. In an effort to give parents like herself peace of mind when their children went on field trips, Pinnock developed a patented design of safety vests that were reflective, water-proof, and most crucial of all, housed a GPS tracker placed inside a pocket. Connected to an app available on Android and iOS, the tracker would
‘It’s crap’: Londoners speak up as pay gap widens for young women

‘It’s crap’: Londoners speak up as pay gap widens for young women

Gender, London, News
London now has the worst gender pay gap in the UK, with the disparity widening for young women, according to analysis from the Office for National Statistics. The capital had the narrowest gap in 1997 as women with full-time jobs earned 15.1 per cent less than men, but the needle barely moved two decades on as the gap is still at 14.6 percent in 2017. The trend for young women is particularly worrisome as it significantly rose from 1.1 per cent in 2011 to 5.5 per cent a mere six years later. Sam Smethers, chief executive of gender equality and women’s rights charity Fawcett Society, said: “The pay gap is widest for older women as it grows over our working lives but we are now seeing a widening of the pay gap for younger women too, which suggests we are going backwards and that is extre
Imaginarium: the next ‘go-to’ place for Christmas

Imaginarium: the next ‘go-to’ place for Christmas

Art, Culture, Entertainment, Food, Galleries, London, Music, musicians, Theatre
An underground hothouse in the centre of Borough Market, the Imaginarium welcomes Christmas with a different outlook. Opening up a creative hub for artists from all fields such as storytelling, painting and live performances. Photo Credits: Sreelakshmi Vachasapthy I was able to make it on the very first Sunday, where I witnessed the opening of these feasts, ideas and theatrics.  It also gave me a chance to interact with the owner of the place- Naomi, who gave an insight about the events happening over next couple of weeks.  She said: "It is a six-week long program which consists of theatrical events, music, arts, dinning and workshops for people to join." The place stands out for its interior work and atmosphere. It also has stores set up which marks London’s independent artists, d
40 years and counting, women stand together to ‘Reclaim the Night’

40 years and counting, women stand together to ‘Reclaim the Night’

Gender, London
Hundreds of women marched through London to ‘Reclaim the night’ in an annual protest. The movement began in front of Trafalgar Square with women joining in from various age groups addressing the issue of violence against women.  Reclaim the night 2017, which has been done over the past forty years witnessed discussions made, talking about the current issues on gender discrimination. The demonstrators showed their participation by holding placards, chanting slogans and with music that created a lively atmosphere. As I arrived at Trafalgar Square, women and a few men from various nationalities had started to gather with posters and flags showing their contribution to the movement. https://youtu.be/NhVqRu9J-34                                       Protesting against violence. Video C
Homophobic tube assault reveals how likely Londoners are to intervene

Homophobic tube assault reveals how likely Londoners are to intervene

Breaking News, London, Transport, Tube
Two teenagers have been arrested by British Transport Police (BTP) on suspicion of an anti-gay assault in London, which happened on 21 October. The assault has raised a question about how likely Londoners are to intervene when public attacks occur. A 19-year-old teenager and his friends were travelling on a westbound Jubilee line train between West Ham and North Greenwhich. They were dressed in fancy dress for an event that night when two men boarded the train at West Ham and became verbally abusive. Police claimed that the offenders were aggressive when challenged and forced the teenager into a headlock, snatched his phone and threatened to stab him. BTP said in a statement: "They demanded the victim apologise for being gay which eventually the victim did as he was struggling to br
1 in 5 UK citizens living in poverty

1 in 5 UK citizens living in poverty

#breakingnews, economy, London, News, Uncategorized
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
London First: We support Mayor’s call for students’ flexible work visa

London First: We support Mayor’s call for students’ flexible work visa

Breaking News, International, London, London Mayor, Politics, Student
Nonprofit advocacy group London First has welcomed Mayor Sadiq Khan’s call for a “flexible visa system.” This will allow international students to work in the UK as they did before 2012. A spokesperson for the group confirmed to Westminster World their support of the Mayor’s position. The spokesperson Emma Hutchinson said: “There has been around 40 per cent drop in students coming here from India since the post-work study visas were scrapped. So, the way we look at it, is that the international students make huge contribution to the economy.” Mayor Khan urged the Prime Minister to allow international students to have the kind of visa she scrapped five years ago, according to ITV London. He tweeted saying: “Our current visa system is holding London’s businesses back. We need a new flexi
ISIS threaten Christmas shoppers with new poster showing armed attack on Oxford Street

ISIS threaten Christmas shoppers with new poster showing armed attack on Oxford Street

#breakingnews, London
ISIS warlords have made another poster threatening the public with armed attack in London. A professional Islamic State media group has circulated a new poster threatening a Christmas attack in London. The poster showed a heavily armed jihadi standing on the Oxford Street under this year’s Christmas lights. https://twitter.com/Terror_Monitor/status/936797885575741440 On top of the poster, it says: “From now onwards we will go to attack them and they will not come to attack us.” As the capital's busiest shopping center, the threat really raised concerns and panic among visitors. Damon Zhang, a student from University College London said that, he preferred to stay at home during the Christmas holidays in order to prevent such things. However, some young Londoners still choose

Helping people Thrive in London

London
Another step towards ending mental health stigma in London was taken today with the launch of Thrive in the City. Thrive in the City, with support from Thrive LDN and Mayor Sadiq Khan, hosted a day-long, city-wide event with over 3000 combined hours of mental wellness workshops and activities. Co-founder Julia Hillman explained the goal of Thrive in the City: “What it’s about is trying to create a physical space in the city that’s good for our mental well-being. In order to make sure that physical space provides what people want and need, she considered the launch day of Thrive in the City as the “investigative stage” towards their goals. Thrive in the City spread out across the city with 80 practitioners leading workshops at business and community spaces. The City Hal
Oxford Circus ‘attack’: false alarm and true panic

Oxford Circus ‘attack’: false alarm and true panic

#breakingnews, London
Hundreds of people ran to escape from Oxford Circus tube station, where was believed being attacked on Friday evening, only to find it was a false alarm.   Shortly after 4.30pm, armed police and officers from British Transport Police and the Metropolitan Police rushed to the Oxford Circus tube station, after received “numerous” 999 calls reporting gunshots on the platform of Oxford Circus Underground station. Hundreds of passengers and shoppers ran out of the tube station where they believed to be attacked on Friday evening, only to find it was a false alarm. https://twitter.com/metpoliceuk/status/934120860943831041 Police said there is 'no evidence of shots fired or casualties' after earlier reports of terrorist attack, other than a woman slightly injured when she fled