Monday, November 20News For London

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Ugly dogs get left abandoned

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They may be man’s best friend, but the British love of dogs has its limits as more are abandoned. Kai, a male shar-pei crossbreed, was left abandoned at Ayr railway station, Scotland, along with a suitcase. This week saw yet another repetition of the same incident when a black Staffie was found crying as he sat tied to railings at an East Sussex railway station. While only a few cases attract attention, there are many more left homeless on a daily basis. Research conducted by dog adoption site DogsBlog.com and The Co-operative Insurance, found that in 2013 over sixty-seven percent of animal rescue centres in the UK saw an increase in the number of abandoned dogs. An estimated 130,000 dogs are abandoned a year in the UK and approximately one healthy dog or puppy is put to death

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

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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
London and China celebrate more than just a cultural interest

London and China celebrate more than just a cultural interest

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London proudly hosts the biggest Chinese New Year's parade outside China. With a community of 120,000 people, the Chinese have become one of the largest minorities in the capital. Join them celebrating their culture. Reporter: Cristiana Ferrauti @Cristiana16492 Sub-editor: Jipsa George Londoners will join the Chinese community this February to celebrate Chinese New Year on a large and colourful scale. On Sunday, 22. February, dragon and lion dances, and a parade will happen in Chinatown and around Trafalgar Square from 10am on to welcome "The Year of the Goat". The feast in the British capital is known as the biggest outside Asia. Chinese New Year, also called the Spring Festival, is the most important celebration in China. Fireworks, parades and stage shows along with many other

Campaign group praises cycle highway plan

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The cycle superhighway proposal has had the green light from Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. Samiksha Pattanaik speaks with John Dunn, a passionate cyclist and campaigner, about the perils of riding in the capital  Sub editor: Marina Skalic. On a sunny Sunday morning, John Dunn stands in the heart of Kingston upon Thames, greeting the participants who have gathered to partake in “the Sunday ride”. The ride is more popularly known as 'the bread pudding ride', as John always brings a home-made bread pudding to share with the participants. Dunn, a passionate cyclist from Kingston upon Thames, is a vocal campaigner for the safety of cyclists, and an influential leader for the promotion of cycling in the borough. Last year he was nominated for the 2014 Campaigner Awards under the Be
Forced adoption campaigner helps parents

Forced adoption campaigner helps parents

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Every year about 11,000 children are taken into local authority care without the consent of their parents. Last year, more than 2,400 of them were forcibly adopted the BBC recently disclosed. By Sohini Sinha. Sub-editor  Marina Skalic It is a controversial practice that is facing criticism not just in the UK, but from politicians in Europe where forced adoption is rare. Forced adoption involves the removal of a child from their parents without consent and usually against their will. A campaigner against this wrong practise is Ian Josephs. His main objective is to persuade the UK government to abolish “forced adoption” and stop “punishment without crime”. He says, He says: “Unlike most that fight them, I and my family have never been troubled personally by UK social services, even wh
March for homes: London’s urgent call for affordable social housing

March for homes: London’s urgent call for affordable social housing

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The benefit cap for working age out-of-work households has resulted in an average estimated decline of £62 benefit income per week, according to homelessness charity Crisis. This has impacted an estimated 52,000 households and families in England, almost half of these live in London. By Alex Leonards. Sub editor Sohini. Bright-eyed tourists sit in a quiet café by London Bridge station.  They chew on organic oatcakes, and slurp soya milk Lattes, blissfully unaware of the nearby crowds that gather. Frustrated protesters stand side by side outside City Hall. Thousands have marched from opposite ends of the city. One group from the south, Elephant & Castle, the other East London’s Shoreditch; joining in solidarity at the heart of the capital. The crowd addresses a growing crisis tha