Wednesday, July 17News For London

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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

BMA urges politicians ‘no more games’ with the NHS

Health, News
The BMA (British Medical Association) has launched a campaign to urge the parties to stop playing politics with the NHS in the run up to the May election. Reporter: Brendan Westhoff  Sub-editor: Jaideep Vaidya As the general election draws closer, the BMA, which is the professional association for doctors in the UK, has called for an open and honest debate about the future of the NHS. “These games have been played with the National Health Service for decades. All political parties have been guilty of it,” says Dr Mark Porter, chairman of the BMA. The campaign followed a survey, which revealed that 77 per cent of participants thought that policies regarding health care are designed to win votes for the political parties and not to do what is best for the NHS. Over three qu
Sport lessons for children slump, but charities revive interest

Sport lessons for children slump, but charities revive interest

Health, News, Sport
London's Olympics Games were a great success that boosted sport activities in schools. Correct? No. A recent survey by the Youth Sports Trust shows a drastic decline in the number of minutes spent on PE lessons in schools across the UK. If a lack of funding is to blame, a lack of interest certainly isn't - as a burgeoning partnership between a sports charity and primary schools in London proves.  Reporter: Li Ying   Sub editor: Sonal Gupta  PE hours on the decline…. Is London a more sports-loving city since the 2012 Games? With such an amazing legacy from the Olympics, you'd expect a positive answer. But figures released in January by the London-based Youth Sport Trust after a nationwide school sports survey show a different picture. Despite the coalition's promise to ‘inspire

War zones are “99 per cent boredom. One per cent sheer fear,” says BBC journalist.

Media, News
Former BBC journalist Brian Rose talks about the difference between freedom of expression and violation of expression in light of recent terrorist attacks. Reporter: Sonal Gupta Sub-editor: Li Ying. The attack by two gunmen on on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo killed 12 staff members. The attack was made in retaliation for satirical images of the Prophet Mohammed. The incident provoked debate about the levels of freedom of expression.   Brian Rose says  journalism should be practised with a certain amount of responsibility and common sense. Is Journalism an exciting profession for young people? Rose warns that young people who view journalism as being 'exciting' run the risk of compromising their own safety and security. He stresses the fact that journalism is
Anti-racism group highlights rise in online Islamophobia

Anti-racism group highlights rise in online Islamophobia

International, News
An anti-racism group has called on the European Parliament to tackle anti-Muslim posts and comments on social media. The European Network Against Racism (ENAR) warned that tackling Islamophobia is as urgent as fighting anti-Semitism on the internet.  Reporter: Hussein Abdel Fattah. Sub Editor: Hayley Daen. Although the Muslim community in London condemned the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris and the actions of Mohammed Emwazi (identified as 'Jihadi John'), increasingly Muslims are on the receiving end of online abuse. Anti-racism groups have said that Facebook and Twitter are refusing to take down hundreds of inflammatory Islamophobic postings from across their sites despite being alerted to the content. Claire Fernandez, deputy director of the (ENAR), stated in a letter to the Eu
Islamic Society postpones controversial preacher in light of “Jihadi John” identification

Islamic Society postpones controversial preacher in light of “Jihadi John” identification

Harrow, News
The Islamic Society (ISOC) at Westminster University has stated it has no connection with Mohammed Emwazi, widely known as "Jihadi John." Talk postponed by a controversial Islamic preacher. By Alex Leonards and Danae Diz The student society, which was  due to hold a talk by controversial "homophobic" speaker Shaykh Haitham al-Haddad, assured fellow students they had no connection with "Jihadi John”. The Society added that they were not connected to any extremist groups and it “should be obvious and not need stating, but given the climate, it has become necessary to clarify such things in statements such as this.” Infamous British IS member Mohammed Emwazi, also known as "Jihadi John", graduated from The University of Westminster  in 2009 with a degree in Computer Science. But ISOC has

‘Cheers for that. Now get out!’ Brixton traders told.

News
They have survived riots and drug dealing on their doorsteps, but it will be a redevelopment plan by Lambeth Council and landlord Network Rail that will seal the fate of many shop owners in Brixton. Alex Leonards visits Atlantic Road to speak to angry traders. Sub editor: Aimee Ren A & C Co. Continental Grocers has served Brixton for 25 years. In six months time the owners will have to abandon the shop that has seen them through Brixton's best and worst of times. “It’s really gutting,” says Bella, who has been at the grocers since the very beginning. “We were here when no one else would step foot in Brixton. We’ve been through it all: riots, drug dealers lined up every 10 yards,” she says. “And now that it’s all nice, it’s like ‘Oh, cheers for that. Now get out’.” These days wal
Cyclists’ safety first: intelligent bike helmets warn of accidents

Cyclists’ safety first: intelligent bike helmets warn of accidents

Health, News, Sport, Tech
Twelve cyclists crash with motor vehicles in London each day, a new study reveals. Can smart bike helmets as developed by Volvo help to keep cyclists safe?  Reporter: Danae Diz Sub-editor: Hussein Abdel Fattah   A new helmet for cyclists, revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month, is designed to make cycling a much more safer experience. The helmet spots imminent crashes through a sensor, which informs the cyclist when they are in the blind spot of a car, prompting them to move aside to avoid a collision. 50% of the cyclist deaths in London happen because of car driver's blind spots, a new major study by insurer Aviva has revealed. The prototype was designed and developed by car maker Volvo and works with a popular fitness monitoring app tha
Are young Jewish adults at risk of terrorist attacks in London?

Are young Jewish adults at risk of terrorist attacks in London?

News, Opinion, Politics
The UK's terror threat level is currently "severe", and recent Islamist attacks in Paris and Copenhagen have emphasized the sincerity of this threat further. In London, the Jewish Community feels particularly at risk. Kait Borsay talks to young Jewish adults and finds a surprising reaction.  Reporter: Kait Borsay @kaitborsay Sub editor: Cynthia Gregoire @modjournalist The UK has recorded the highest-ever number of anti-Semitic incidents in 2014, reports the Jewish protection group Community Security Trust. Compared with the previous year, the incidents more than doubled. The trust urges the Jewish community to maintain a high level of alert after the attacks in Paris and Copenhagen. But how do you live under a constant threat simply for being Jewish? Zoe Hillman is a 19-year-

Ugly dogs get left abandoned

News
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