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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
London’s safety compromised, warns Fire Brigades Union

London’s safety compromised, warns Fire Brigades Union

Audio, News, Politics
A dispute with the government has led to Fire Services striking all over the country. In London, where more strike action could take place, Mayor Boris Johnson has threatened to withhold pay for any firefighter involved. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) is unperturbed and insists the Conservatives must concede before Londoner’s lives are put at risk by further action. Reporter: Sonal Gupta Sub editor: Kait Borsay February saw the FBU fight back against what it interprets as a government U-turn over changes to their pension scheme and retirement age. The union accuses Fire Minister Penny Mordaunt of misleading Parliament in December 2014, when she pushed through plans to raise the retirement age of firefighters in England from 55 to 60 years old and to increase their pension contributio

Tech City celebrates the progress of women on International Women’s Day

Culture, News, Tech, Video
The achievements of women in technology and the arts have been highlighted as part of an event celebrating International Women's Day.  By Deeksha Sharma Sub Editor Sohini Sinha Tech City celebrated women-hood on International Women's Day.  The event was an a platform for women in technology and arts to exhibit their innovations.Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino,Becky Stewart and Ana Bradley started this event aside of their career in 2013. The event held at the Digital Catapult Centre, Euston Road, was organised by these three women, with 19 women exhibitors and attended by both women and men. It was organised to raise money for Solace Women's Aid, a charity that helps women affected by domestic violence. In 2013, when they started, hundreds of people signed on a wall to muster suppor
Don’t blame university for extremism say students

Don’t blame university for extremism say students

News, Student
Students have defended the reputation of Westminster University in the light of the identification of Mohammed Emwazi (AKA 'Jihadi John') as an alumni. The university remains on 'amber alert' -  a heightened awareness of security problems. Reporters: Danae Diz & Alex Leonards Sub- editor: Jipsa George At the Cavendish campus the atmosphere is no different than a normal day. Students are gathered outside on breaks while others drink coffee and eat their lunch inside. They seem oblivious to the amber alert security measures that have been put in place. Speaking to Westminster World, Nuh, a 21-year-old student who studies Computer Science, says:“ I don’t think Westminster has had any effect on his influences, or extremism.” Nuh blames the government for 'Jihadi John’s' actions: D