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Are LGBT asylum seekers welcome in the UK?

Are LGBT asylum seekers welcome in the UK?

International, News, Politics, Specials
 LGBT asylum seekers in the UK are asked to prove their homosexuality. Reporter Indraja Gugle explores Sub editor: Cynthia Gregoire In 2013, UK saw around 283 LGBT asylum seekers. In order to stay in Britain, they are asked to prove their homosexuality, a breach of human rights. Some of the questions asked at asylum interviews range from “Can you prove you’re a homosexual?”, “Why do you choose to be homosexual when you know it is illegal in your country?”, “Why do you think you are a homosexual?” and “Can’t you be discreet about your sexuality and thereby avoid being noticed as a gay person?”. Britain’s asylum system Peter Tatchell says, “Britain’s asylum system is homophobic. The Home Office is refusing asylum to genuine lesbian and gay refugees and sending them back to countries
Jail time for bankers? New regime holds senior managers accountable

Jail time for bankers? New regime holds senior managers accountable

Blogs, Business, News
By Li Ying & Di Bai In the wake of HSBC’s tax evasion scandal, the UK Treasury announced a new regime aimed at strengthening control in the banking sector, which will take effect in about a year. From that time on, senior bank managers will be likely to face jail terms for bank failures and misconducts. The Chief Executive of Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) Simon Culhane talks to Westminster World and explains the new regime.   Introducing a change of culture in the industry A new government-proposed regime will usher in a much-needed change of culture in the banking and financial service sector, with more punitive consequences. Simon Culhane, the chief executive of the professional body of the financial service industry CISI, welcomes it. He s

Yoga: Does it “really” lead people to Satan?

Culture, International, News
Yoga, a complex set of physical exercises and meditation, is widely practiced around the world. However, some are suspicious of this ancient practice and there have been comments by an Irish priest who considers yoga to be Satanic.  Reporter: Samiksha Pattanaik, Multimedia Reporter: Fabeha Syed, Sub-Editor- Deeksha Sharma  Photo Credit: flickr, Creative Commons  The craze for yoga in the West seems to be skyrocketing. Be it a way for maintaining a good figure, general wellbeing or detoxifying and relaxing through meditation, yoga has transformed itself to adapt to the requirements of the West. The religious underpinnings of yoga have given way to more of a new-age spirituality and fitness regime, but some suspicion about this Hindu practice still lingers. The most vocal
Holi: Not just a Hindu festival anymore

Holi: Not just a Hindu festival anymore

Culture, International, News
Celebrating the advent of spring, the festival of Holi has evolved from being just a Hindu festival to being celebrated in different parts of the world. By Sohini Sinha, Sub-Editor: Tara Mearsheimer This year Festival of Colours Tour will take place on 12th September at the Olympic Park,with tickets available from 21st March 2015. Started in 2012, Maxim Derenko, from the press office explains the inspiration behind this concert: “Our inspiration behind the celebration is that we really love the idea behind it. We love the core elements of the festival which are for us: equality, mutual tolerance and respect. We love all the happy people attending the festival - the joy can be seen in their eyes. Everybody is celebrating so peacefully.” Festival of Colours Tour, owned and o
Women of the World Festival plans to wow again

Women of the World Festival plans to wow again

Culture, International, News
With International Women’s Day round the corner, WOW Festival week seeks to recognize woman empowerment through a series of talks, workshops and performances. Reporter: Sohini Sinha. Multimedia Reporter & Sub-editor: Alex Xi Zhang   Southbank Centre’s WOW – Women of the World Festival applauds the achievements of women and girls, and looks at the obstacles they face across the world. Celebrating its 5th year, the festival is being observed from 1 March to 8 March 2015 at the Southbank Centre. The highlight of the first day: a debate of Can porn empower women hosted by Jane Garvey for BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour, discussed whether porn is responsible for twisting perception of women today or is it just a reflection of how women are actually seen. The panel had a range of pr
Women leading the way in fight against racism in football

Women leading the way in fight against racism in football

News, Sport
A new Women’s Super League season kicks off in March. Kait Borsay looks at whether the women’s game has the same issues with racism as its male counterpart, after two incidents of racism from Chelsea fans were reported in just one week. Reporter: Kait Borsay Sub-editor: Sonal Gupta The women’s game, set to gain more exposure this summer with the Women's World Cup in Canada, does not suffer at the hands of racism like its male counterpart. Kick it Out, the anti-discrimination body, told Westminster World they “haven't had any incidents of racism within women or girls football at any level this season.” In a month where Chelsea fans have seen their first piece of silverware since the return of Jose Mourinho, supporters of the club have been tainted by accusations of racism. Film fo

How a free two hour training can make your cycling safer

Harrow, News, Student, Video
Bike accidents are increasingly common on London's streets. But that is not necesary: London by Cycle tells you how cycling can be a safer and a happier experience for everyone. By Qiwei Wang, subbed by Tara Mearsheimer According to new Department for Transport figures released at the end of last month, one cyclist is involved in a road traffic accident every two hours in Greater London. London Cycling Campaign is trying to dispel people’s fear of cycling through their actions in London universities. “We offer free cycle training in most of the boroughs in London, it’s a two hour personal session with a cycle instructor,” said Diego Marando, a cycle instructor, “people will feel more confident and relaxed on road after this training and learn more about some useful cycling skills.”
Learning to love books counters low literacy levels

Learning to love books counters low literacy levels

Culture, News
World Book Day encourages a love of reading in all ages to counter low literacy levels in the UK. Report by Steff Humm and Amie Filcher. Sub edited by Tanya Geddes. Literacy in England has become a cause for concern, according to a report from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) that states that in 2011/12, 15 per cent of the working age population (5.1 million people) were at or below the literacy levels expected of an 11 year old. World Book Day (WBD) is an organisation that tries to counter this statistic by promoting reading as a fun activity in schools. The initiative annually provides book tokens for each child and encourages educators to share their love of reading through engaging activities. "The main aims of World Book Day are to get children excited about, and encourage...
Are strategies to prevent radicalisation working?

Are strategies to prevent radicalisation working?

International, News, Politics
With a rise in the number of young Britons joining extremist groups such as ISIL the effectiveness of the government's Prevent strategy to prevent radicalisation is being questioned. Report Amie Filcher and Steff Humm. Sub edited by Kait Borsay. The identification of Mohammed Emwazi as ISIL extremist “Jihadi John” has provoked criticism of the Prevent strategy, which seeks to pre-empt and block radicalisation through terrorist propaganda. An arm of the UK’s counter-terrorism policy, CONTEST, Prevent aims to counter the risks of radicalisation by challenging the promotion of extremist ideologies and offering support to individuals deemed most at risk of being drawn into terrorism and the institutions they might belong to. The strategy, introduced in 2003 and amended in 2012 to in
The world of female firefighters: Burning gender bias

The world of female firefighters: Burning gender bias

News, Specials
How easy is it to be a female firefighter in the UK, or how difficult? Reporter Indraja Gugle explores the world of female firefighters on International Women’s Day     Sub-editor: Hussein Abdel Fattah   The sight of a smoked up kitchen or sparks around an electric gadget is enough to send us to panic-ville. But there are women out there fighting raging fires several feet high. It is not a task for the faint-hearted. Traditionally a male-dominated field, the UK is seeing a rise in the number of female firefighters. At 1.7% in 2002, the number has reached to 4.3% in 2012. However, in addition to risking their lives regularly, women in this field face various challenges, simply because they are women. Lucy Masoud, who holds a degree in politics and has done her Masters