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Olympic Legacy: Gold and Dust

Olympic Legacy: Gold and Dust

#breakingnews, Culture, economy, Environment, Housing, News, Politics, Radio, Sport, Transport
From July 25 to August 12, London hosted the XXX Olympic Games. The event was introduced by local and national authorities as an unmissable opportunity to transform the city. East London was to become a symbol of the city of the future, with affordable homes, open green spaces and sustainable means of transport. The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park was designed and built in a huge junction between the London Boroughs of Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets. Massive public investments were promised to provide the communities with social, cultural and sporting facilities. An old, traditional and active industrial area was evicted. Following a controversial compulsory purchase, dozens of businesses were forced to leave and hundreds of neighbours were relocated. Around £10bn were spent. Fi
Zumba: the workout that can help you defy stereotypes

Zumba: the workout that can help you defy stereotypes

Fitness, Gender, Health, Sport
Alice* is a senior lecturer in a very traditional career. She has been in the academia for ten years now, but since 2015 she is also performing as Zumba instructor. According to several researches and the campaign #ThisGirlCan, Zumba is an excellent exercise for people’s body and mind. Still, Alice does not want to disclose her hobby as she fears being taken less seriously in her work environment. It's Tuesday evening and Alice arrives in London wearing a formal office outfit. She just got off from the train that brings her to the city after a long commute. Alice has to change clothes quickly, she has a Zumba class to teach in half an hour. “It’s always nice to come when you have a Zumba class in the evening”. Alice did her PhD in London, got a full time job and then a position as
Cheerleading could be future Olympic sport

Cheerleading could be future Olympic sport

#breakingnews, International, News, ReportingWeek2, Sport, Student
The International Cheer Union has received provisional recognition from the International Olympic Committee. The ICU will receive $25,000 to fund training the future cheerleading cohorts.  They will have the next three year recognition period to apply for additional grants and funds.  Then they can apply for full inclusion in the official Olympic games. "Cheerleading is a sport with growing popularity.  It has strong youth focus," said IOC sports director, Kit McConnell to the BBC. Steph Malfatti, the Dragons Cheer captain at the University of Westminster in London says, "it shouldn't even be a question of whether it's a sport." Miss Malfatti who is on one of England's national cheer teams goes on to say, "More than 10 countries have national teams that compete at a level most
Team GB celebrates female atheletes in London

Team GB celebrates female atheletes in London

News, Sport
Thousands filled Trafalgar Square Tuesday afternoon to honour the heroes of Team GB and their success at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. More than 300 Olympic and Paralympic athletes took the stage to thunderous applause and roaring cheers, but the biggest cries came when host Ore Oduba recognised the dedication, talent, and triumph of the 164 female Olympians that competed this year. “There are some incredibly inspirational, fantastic women up there,” Oduba told the crowd. “We have so many represented on this stage, and so many that represented at Rio.” 130 British athletes medaled in Rio, and approximately 41% were women. In total, Team GB racked up 67 medals -- 27 were gold-- while Paralympians brought home 147. More than 60 of the Paralympic medals were won by females. Among th
London mayoral election 2016: Could football play a part?

London mayoral election 2016: Could football play a part?

Politics, Sport
London's upcoming mayoral election in May might not be as close-run a thing as first thought, but it could be that football fans will have the final say. Politics and Football: A History Football has long been a bastion of English pride. From celebrities to your average man in the pub, all corners of society gleefully grasp at the pride and respect that supporting a club can bring you. Being a fan means more than just following a team. It is an unequivocal and unwavering belief in seemingly pointless weekly rituals. And it is this faith that makes announcing your allegiance so inviting to politicians. From Tony Blair's love of Newcastle to Alastair Campbell's vociferous following of Burnley, it is hard to resist the temptation football provides. Unfortunately, this desperate need to

A very British national anthem: should England have its own?

Audio, Culture, Music, Sport
A last chance rush for the bar ensued in a crowded north London pub on Saturday the 19th of March as the English and French rugby teams emerged onto the pitch of the Stade de France in Paris. The last game of the Six Nations between historic rivals England and France was about to begin, and with championship victory already secured England fans were in high spirits, hopeful for a five of five grand slam win. The teams lined up for the traditional rendition of the national anthems and as the opening drum roll of God Save the Queen began a distinct hush, punctuated by the odd clinking of glass, descended upon the ensemble crowd. But the uncharacteristic vigour with which the anthem was sung by both the players and supporters over on the continent failed to be matched by the north London

How London’s football fans are fighting back against depression

Health, Sport
Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50.  But can football forums provide an avenue for men to talk about their mental health? It has almost become a cliché, comparing football to a religion. Stadiums are built bigger than the largest cathedrals, and still fill each week. Fans, like pilgrims, travel thousands of miles to see their teams play. And many clubs, overwhelmed by requests to scatter ashes, have been forced to build memorial gardens, to prevent damage to their playing surface. While this comparison maybe somewhat tenuous, football is clearly more than a game to many of its followers. According to the UK charity, The Mental Health Foundation, football can have a major impact on mental health. It is thought to affect emotions, relationships, identity and self-esteem. I

Spurs still in title race after convincing win against Bournemouth

Sport
Tottenham Hotspur recorded 16th win of the season. Team of Mauricio Pochettino remains five points behind leaders Leicester City. The game was already over before it had really started. After just 44 seconds Harry Kane extended a cross of Kyle Walker behind Bournemouth goalkeeper Artur Boruc to give Spurs the lead. It was the start of a very comfortable afternoon in where the home team put in a strong and convincing performance. Fifteen minutes after the 1-0, Harry Kane doubled the score and his goal telly for the day. Dele Alli put him in front of Boruc, after which Kane finished the ball in the far right corner. It was his 21st goal of the season, which made him the fifth Englishman to score more than 20 goals in consecutive Premier League seasons. https://twitter.com/OptaJoe/sta

New rules for transgenders in 2016 Olympics

International, News, Politics, Sport
The Olympics only guidelines are that male to female hormone therapy is a must but doesn’t comply for female to male.   Medical chiefs at the International Olympic Committee say that changes in these rules can see athletes partaking in Olympic events as soon as this year on the new rules. Those athletes that have already transitioned from male to female must however declare their gender identity as female. In the twelve months before competing they must also show that their testosterone levels are below 10 nanomols per litre. The levels of testosterone must remain below this whilst competing and testing could be carried out on a regular basis. The head of the IOC said ‘"it is necessary to ensure in so far as possible that trans athletes are not excluded from the opportunity

Cyclist champion Pendleton is an accident waiting to happen

#breakingnews, Sport
 Victoria Pendleton's safety is being questioned as she waits approval to compete at the Cheltenham Festival Victoria Pendleton will find out today whether she will compete next week at the Cheltenham Festival. Last week the Olympian gold medalist cyclist switched jockey won her first race on the 5.4 favourite Pacha Du Polder at Wincanton. She led all the way to win by 29 lengths. “I feel honoured to ride such a horse” Pendleton said: “I really wanted to get round and give him the ride he deserved”. In a series of twists and turns she has recently come under criticism for unseating in her next ride in a point to point at the weekend. A former champion jockey John Francome said: " She wants saving from herself. I've never met her, she seems a lovely girl but she can't ride and sh