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Londoners pay an average of £27 per week for public transport

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  People in the capital are spending more money on transport including rails, aeroplane and buses, £27 a week, according to Family Spending Survey by the ONS. Transport stood out as the highest cost, accounting for 14 per cent of the overall family spending in 2014. London is the place where people spend mostly on public transport; people averagely pay £27 for the travel weekly. And from 2 January the rail fares will be increased further by 1.1 per cent, as the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) announced. Paul Plummer, group strategy director, said despites the increasing fares, the money now almost covers the cost of daily operating.The ONS noticed a rising trend in transport expenditure over the last three years, rising up to £74.8 per week. People are likely to spend more for their c
Women in Football host the first WiF awards

Women in Football host the first WiF awards

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Ebru Köksal and Joyce Cook, OBE, were amongst a distinguished lineup of attendees as Women in Football (WiF) held their first awards ceremony celebrating the achievements of women in the world of sports. Women are still underrepresented in nearly every aspect of sport, and the event served as a celebration of female trailblazers in football. Renowned sports broadcaster Jacqui Oatley hosted the noteworthy event, before chairing a panel that discussed what football can learn from the financial world. Held during the WiF’s annual seasonal event in the glitzy Barclays building in Canary Wharf, the awards marked the end of a tumultuous year for women in the typically male-dominated football sector. Emma Hayes, Chelsea Ladies’ manager, received the Achievement Award for her work with

Happiness is not equaling healthiness among London’s teens

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Teenagers in London are less satisfied with life than those in the rest of the UK, according to new research. London teens had the highest rates of low life satisfaction in a national survey. Teens from the North East and West Midlands were most satisfied with their lives. The What About YOUth? Survey questioned over 120,000 teenagers across England about their health habits, and their thoughts on their health and wellbeing. The results paint a mixed picture of the health of London’s youth. Drinking rates among 15 year olds were lower than anywhere else in the country with nearly 60 percent never having had a single alcoholic drink. They were also amongst the best at eating five portions of fruit and vegetables. Over half managed to do so.   Underage Smoking Only th

Could high-tech save money on water?

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Water is expensive in the UK, and the government is crafting measures to reduce its cost. In the meantime, a startup from the Netherlands came to the UK to present potentially economic way of showering.  The UK government announced last week as a way of saving money, that British consumers may choose among different water suppliers in coming years. While the regulator, Ofwat, is due to examine Chancellor George Osboune’s idea in 2016, Westminster World took a look at an alternative way of making the energy bills shorter. “This wellness machine and uses 80% less energy”, says director of Hamwells Rob Choimpff pointing at a standing shower next to him. This shower saves water by recirculating it. Indeed, there are no pipes leading to it – the machine stands in the middle of a hall

Rail fares rise despite commuters dismay

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  Rail fares will be increased by 1.1% from 2nd January, 2016. Though this is the lowest price hike since 2010, commuters are still inconvenienced.   The annual rise in rail fare annoyed rail commuters, but the good news is that not all price of rail tickets will rise. The Railway Network said that the price of some tickets will remain the same, and will even reduce. Only seasoned tickets, off-peak tickets, long distance and anytime tickets are regulated by the Railway Network. Image via : https://www.google.co.uk/search? What happens to the money? For every pound you pay, 97p is used by the National Rail. All the money paid by the commuters is used by the railway network to goes to providing the salary of the employees, used to buy fuel, other day-to-day running cost

Ernie Crouch named as victim of tragic bus accident in North London

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RIP Ernie Crouch who sat next to me at Wembley at the 2014 FAC Final. Been going Arsenal home & away since the 1930s pic.twitter.com/8uzXrRwWb8 — Gary Lawrence (@garythegooner56) December 5, 2015 A 90-year-old who was blown against a moving bus after high winds in North London on Saturday has been named as Ernie Crouch. The Arsenal fan is thought to have been caught by a huge gust of wind, throwing him from a pavement and into the path of a bus near Finchley Central station. The season-ticket holder was on his way to the Emirates to watch his side play Sunderland. I will miss this guy so much he was Mr Arsenal pic.twitter.com/SIj926Bti4 — claudio callegari (@goonerclaude) December 6, 2015 Close friend and fellow Arsenal supporter, Claudio Callegari, spoke to Westminster World

UK Storms: Damage costs reduce as storms become more prevalent

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The UK has suffered many storms in past years but the cost of damage has drastically reduced in the past two years thanks to technological advancement and better preparations carried out. Storm Desmond is currently underway and disrupting most part of the UK with winds, torrential rains and flooding. Reports coming in state that schools, hospitals and travel methods have been disrupted by the storm already. BBC reports that Cumbria has made a new record on the amount of rainfall had in a day. The Storms have become more in number in recent years, Britain has already experienced three in the past month of November alone. Logically that may mean more damage caused, but the costs of general damages has gone down significantly compared with storms in the past decade. As you can te...

Lord Janner not to stand trial

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The former Labour MP Lord Janner  "is unfit to stand trial" a High Court judge stated according to BBC News. Prosecuted for sexual abuse over underage children, the 87-years-old peer will not take part in his own trial because of dementia. Diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, Lord Janner would not even been able to recognize his family the Court reports say. Suffering from memory loss, he would not be able to witness or to defend himself at the trial. The Jury will have to decide next April whether Lord Janner committed sexual abuse or not with the presence of the defendant. Lord Janner is prosecuted for 22 sexual offences, mostly on minor boys. On Last April, he was suspended from the Labour Party and has been on a "formal leave of absence from the House of Lords since October 2014
Anti-corruption campaigns boosted by FBI’s Blatter investigation

Anti-corruption campaigns boosted by FBI’s Blatter investigation

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New FIFA Now have renewed their efforts to bring reform to Fifa, following the revelation that Sepp Blatter knew of bribes by International Sports and Leisure in the early 90s. A letter penned by João Havelange, honorary president of Fifa until 2013 when he resigned in disgrace, came to light on Monday. BBC’s Panorama reports that the letter’s contents state that Blatter was aware of the $100m (£66.2m) paid by the ISL. The anti-corruption campaign have been using Twitter since the revelation was brought to light, in an attempt to rally followers and casual readers alike to sign their petition against Fifa. The following tweet by New FIFA Now, has been translated from the original French: " Help us to change #FIFA in the long term. Please sign our petition." Aidez-nous a changer l

Patients still want unnecessary antibiotics, even with superbugs on the rise

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Patient satisfaction drops when GPs don’t give them the antibiotics they want, according to a new study. Despite antibiotics being ineffective for most coughs and colds, GPs are still under huge pressure from patients to prescribe them. The General Practice Patient Survey asked nearly three million adults and found that a 25% reduction in antibiotic prescription would cause a GP practise to drop by six percent in national rankings. Patient satisfaction is taken into account when determining a GPs performance-related pay. A GP practice’s rankings also affect the amount of funding they get, meaning a drop in patient satisfaction could result in a substantial budget reduction. The researchers from King’s College London were keen to point out that any drop in patient satisfacti