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Going The Distance

Going The Distance

Culture, International, LifeStyle, Opinion, Social media, Student
When I first told my friends that I have been speaking to someone that lives nine hours away by plane, the general reaction was “are you being serious? It will never work.” Those words played in my mind over and over again and I became my own enemy, trying to find any excuse to end this connection. I began trying to gather as much information about this person as possible, which was not hard at all. With their different social media profiles, I was able to find out their political views on Twitter, the type of friends this person has on Facebook and the activities and food they like on Instagram. I knew almost everything I needed to know. On top of all of this, we would Facetime every single day, sometimes six hours at a time. Before I knew it, I was in a relationship with this pers
Think tank tells ministers to scrap interest on student loans

Think tank tells ministers to scrap interest on student loans

Politics, Student
A government think tank has released recommendations that interest rates on student loans should be done away with, saving money for students and tax payers alike. UK 2020, a centre right think tank, has advised ministers that interest on student loans shouldn’t just be cut, but removed completely. This would mean all current interest owed would be cancelled and all future rates of interest set to zero. The think tank's report claims interest charged on these loans is stacking up far quicker than any student is able to repay it, leaving a large amount of debt unpaid at the end of student’s repayment periods. Interest alone amounts to an average of £5,800 of debt on graduation, with the poorest 40 percent of students racking up the most at £6,500. In his forward for the repo
Historic LSE Cleaners’ Strike: Outsourced workers fight segregation

Historic LSE Cleaners’ Strike: Outsourced workers fight segregation

#breakingnews, News, Politics, Specials, Student
For the first time in LSE's 126 year history, cleaners went on a 2-day strike for equal benefits as in-house staff. The demands of the strike highlight the larger problem with outsourcing in UK universities.   Mildred Simpson, 60 years old, has spent the past 16 years trying to keep the London School of Economics spotless. One of the cleaners at the leading research institute into inequalities, she works 11 hours a day, under contract from Noonan Services (a company that outsources cleaning staff to UK universities). Yet the benefits she receives are negligible compared to LSE in-house staff- 1% pension, no sick pay for the first 3 days- and workload that has cost her a knee. So she's on strike.   https://youtu.be/De91vv-EoOk The conditions of the strike, i.e., th
The curious case of EU students in the UK universities after Brexit

The curious case of EU students in the UK universities after Brexit

brexit, EU referendum, International, Politics, Student
Numbers of EU students applying for the UK universities have decreased by 7% to reach 42,070 students for 2017 cycle. The Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) announced last February. (Photo by: John Walker-Flickr) EU students have a significant contribution to UK economy. They generate £3.7bn for the UK economy and support over 34,000 jobs in all corners of the country, according to analysis last year from the board of Universities UK, which is a pool for 24 vice-chancellors of universities in the UK. Numbers of EU students in UK over the past five years (Photo by: UCAS) Amid fears of higher tuition fees and raising cost of living, the UK might not be the best destination for EU students. Tal Rimon, 31 years old, a German journalist who seeks to pursue her Master
Southern Rail strikes: everything you need to know

Southern Rail strikes: everything you need to know

Audio, Blogs, Data Journalism, News, Politics, ReportingWeek2, Social media, Student, Transport, Travel, Tube, Video, Watch
LATEST UPDATE: “Customers are advised that stations will be incredibly busy” From tomorrow onwards, there will be several reductions on Southern Rail services, as well as those on London underground and overground which are expected to be busier due to the strike. From 13-16 December, passengers will experience "no Southern Rail service" and were told to expect decreased train services on the Circle and Hammersmith, City, and Piccadilly lines.  The company has advised passengers to avoid travelling at peak times and pan journeys in advanced. During the first three days of the strikes, passengers have experienced massive and according to BBC report, only 50% of the Southern services were available for service. Southern has reported that the former planned date for the strike on
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
UK tougher plans to cut half of international students

UK tougher plans to cut half of international students

#breakingnews, Politics, ReportingWeek2, Student
The Home Office is considering a plan nearly to halve international student visas. The impact has already been seen, leading to the refusal of some good overseas applicants for spurious reasons. There have already been plans for immigration control, according to senior university sources. One of the options is to cut the current number of international students from 300,000 to 170,000 a year. This possible cutback could then slash more than two thirds of overseas students. At the Conservative party conference in October, the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, announced a crackdown on overseas students and work visas. This includes tougher visa rules for “lower quality” universities and courses. But the move has been causing dismay in universities. Vice-chancellors say some students
Is the Brexit Vote Breaking Millennial Relationships?

Is the Brexit Vote Breaking Millennial Relationships?

EU referendum, News, Politics, ReportingWeek2, Student, Uncategorized, Video
Outside the British Supreme Court last week, the atmosphere was tense, as pro-Brexit campaigners stood metres away from an anti-Brexit protest. Suddenly, a tussle between two protesters erupted, that had to be broken up by 7 policemen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYN1M2jUe7g Remain and Leave voters fundamentally disagree on almost all issues. A Twitter poll conducted for Westminster World, with 51 participants, showed that 86% of them have argued with someone they know about Brexit. Have you ever argued with anyone you know about #Brexit ? Poll for @WestWorldUK — Blyth Brentnall (@BlythBrentnall) December 7, 2016 “Brexit revealed a number of divides in UK society: between more and less educated people, older and younger people; and to some extent the class divide as well.
London’s famous club Fabric to reopen after battle with drugs

London’s famous club Fabric to reopen after battle with drugs

Culture, Music, ReportingWeek1, Student
Music, hypnotising atmosphere, imperfect friends, and of course, drugs. These are the main components of a checklist for party animals. London has been a party hub for many decades. Its many clubs and bars attract anyone of the legal age. But what is the dark side to it all? Drugs. Lots of drugs. But maybe not for that much longer: London’s most famous electronic dance club Fabric was shut down due to the deaths of two 19 year olds. Cause? Ecstasy. A shock wave followed the clubs’ followers and music lovers across the UK. After several petitions, online campaigns and letters, the club is reopening its alluring doors to Londoners once again. It took Fabric a 155 page document consisting of 32 new conditions to convince the court and Islington council to reopen. The rules include banning
Win for Native American Tribe after US denies key permit for Dakota Access Pipeline

Win for Native American Tribe after US denies key permit for Dakota Access Pipeline

#breakingnews, Blogs, Environment, International, Media, News, Politics, ReportingWeek1, Social media, Student
To the delight of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and many environmental activists, the Army Corps of Engineers will not grant a permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline to drill under the Missouri River.  The Army has announced its plan to “explore alternate routes.”   This is a long-awaited victory for Standing Rock Sioux tribe after months of camping out and protesting against the Pipeline.   "People have said that this is a make it or a break it, and I guess we made it," Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe, announced to a cheering crowd of protesters. Jo-Ellen Darcy, the Army Assistant secretary for civil works, said on Sunday that, “The best way to complete the work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeli