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Over a million tumble dryers are still causing fires in the UK

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Whirlpool has admitted that up to a million faulty tumble dryers could still be in British homes. The manufacturer admitted to a government committee that it actually continued making tumble dryers for three years after being notified that the appliances were faulty in 2012. Whirlpool also had only repaired about half of the unsafe appliances since a scandal broke in 2015 after it became clear that Whirlpool manufactured 5.4 million faulty machines over an 11-year period.   Tumble dryers that are sold under the Hotpoint, Creda and Indesit brands, have been criticised and blamed for a number of UK fires, including a fire in a London tower block in August 2016 that forced more than 50 people to flee their homes. A woman that has been working for Curries for a number of years...
School Safety in Question as England has Less Fire Safety Regulations Than Scotland and Wales

School Safety in Question as England has Less Fire Safety Regulations Than Scotland and Wales

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         One of many fire exit signs at Byron Court Primary School in Harrow. [Photo By Emily Srebotnjak] The National Fire Chiefs Council wants this to change. London Fire Brigade Commissioner Dany Cotton accused the government of "playing with children's lives". With about 700 school fires happening each year in England, it raises the question about how safe the school’s parents are sending their children to really are. Ron Jeffrey, the school business manager at Byron Court Primary School in Harrow believes that a law should be put in place to change this. Andrew Alsbury, an employee from construction firm Willmont Dixon believes otherwise. He claimed that if more money were involved with school buildings he'd place emphasis on building new school buildings around the countr

London: The cultural melting pot

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As the impending doom of Brexit looms over the head of a soon to be fragmented Britain it is hard to recognise London as a multicultural city in the face of uncertainty. There are ever growing numbers of people from different background and ethnicities which symbolises a unification which no Brexit negotiation can break. Statistics from ONS show that: “In cities such as London, 40% of the population is considered to have an ethnic background.” London has evolved into a city which defies the stereotypical notion of Britishness which has been around for decades. There is no such thing as Britishness in London, this can be seen in the many holidays that are celebrated through the year. “London prides itself on its rich cultural heritage, its diversity that enables the coming t
Uber appeal faces further setback

Uber appeal faces further setback

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Uber is set to remain on London's streets as appeal is set for spring 2018 The US car-hailling company's appeal will not be heard until as early as April next year. Leaving cars on London streets for several months or more. Uber's license was revoked in September as TFL declared the company was not "fit and proper" to operate in the capital  and that its policies could "public safety and security implications" after accusations of failure to handle passenger safety. While the company's chief executive has apologised, Uber says it hopes to continue "constructive talks" with TfL. In hopes of winning TFL's approval once more, while a legal appeal against the ban has allowed it to continue operating in London without a licence until its heard.   Uber’s appeal against TfL’
Cryptocurrency: Dawn of a new economy?

Cryptocurrency: Dawn of a new economy?

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The rise of cryptocurrency has become a popular method of payment as it’s growingly accepted across London. Imagine a time where carrying a wallet of cash is rendered useless, where figuring out what to do with all that change the cashier gave you isn't an annoyance. Transferring funds worldwide instantly becomes as easy as a tap of the screen. There is a new age on the horizon ‘a cashless society’ and its increasingly becoming popular capturing the imagination of some, striking fear among others, and confusing the rest of us. Today, London is a recent addition to the ever-growing list of destinations where retailers and traders have began accepting bitcoin. The enthusiasm and fascination of cryptocurrency provoked a massive increase in users. until recently users were quite limited to
1 in 5 UK citizens living in poverty

1 in 5 UK citizens living in poverty

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One in five people in the UK, approximately 14 million people, are living in poverty, a study has revealed. Over 8 million working-age adults, 4 million children, and 1.9 million pensioners in the UK do not have the means to survive day-to-day life. The report, published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, examined poverty trends in the UK over the last two decades, including state support for families and people living on the brink. Working class adults make up the largest section inflicted by poverty. 47 per cent of UK workers spend more than a third of their income, including housing benefits, on rent and maintenance. More than a third of these have to supplement their income outside of immediate work in order to meet housing costs. Conditions are not better off for family units: p
Help Musicians UK’s new mental health service includes counseling

Help Musicians UK’s new mental health service includes counseling

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Help Musicians UK (HMUK), a charity for professional musicians, has launched a 24/7 helpline to support musicians mental health. Music Minds Matter, is free and offers services such as emotional support, advice in getting a diagnosis, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and counseling among others. Can music make you sick? A study about working in the music industry, commissioned by HMUK found that the creative industry can be responsible for adding to mental health issues. This goes beyond depression and suicide. Addiction and eating disorders are also prevalent in the music industry. A separate study indicates that 1 in 3 professional musicians have suffered from an eating disorder. And with the growing number of sexual assault accusations in the entertainment industry, it may com
Sir Elton John has announced the death of his mother, months after public feud ends

Sir Elton John has announced the death of his mother, months after public feud ends

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Sir Elton John expressed his “shock” at the sudden death of his mother. The "Candle in the Wind" singer took to Instagram to announce the death, sharing a photo and tribute. The photo has drawn support from A-list friends all over the world including Victoria Beckham, Kate Bekingsdale, and Naomi Campbell. Campbell a close friend to the singer commented “Dear Elton my condolences to you and David and your family. Sorry for your loss” So sad to say that my mother passed away this morning. I only saw her last Monday and I am in shock. Travel safe Mum. Thank-you for everything. I will miss you so much. Love, Elton A post shared by Elton John (@eltonjohn) on Dec 4, 2017 at 1:39am PST Ms. Farebrother who was 92 years old had a troubled relationship with her son. Their bitter eig
Christmas lacking cheer for lonely young Londoners

Christmas lacking cheer for lonely young Londoners

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Comedienne Sarah Millican's annual Twitter campaign #joinin  for anyone worried about being alone at Christmas launched last week. As Christmas approaches, many young people living in London feel isolated and alone. Often living in rented accommodation, with limited financial resources, far from where they grew up, under 25 year-olds are bombarded with festive season adverts showing happy nuclear families. According to a survey published by the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, 43% of 17 – 25 year olds who used Action for Children charity services experienced problems with loneliness. Less than half of this same group said they felt loved. #joinin I struggle to find joy at Christmas despite being a generally positive person. So #joinin sounds a great idea to me! It's even moved me to

London Overground launches 24-hours service from Dec 15th

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London Overground will launch a 24-hours weekend service for the first time from December 15th.     The overnight service is going to operate between New Cross Gate and Dalston Junction on Friday and Saturday, and looking forward to be extended to Highbury & Islington next year. According to Jonathan Fox, TFL’s Director of London Rail and Sponsored Services, the East London line from New Cross Gate to Dalston Junction, is one of the most popular parts of London Overground. Asked comments from passengers at tube stations, most of them regard it as being a good thing. “I love the idea. Because it’s gonna to be more convenient for night travelling, especially for young people who go out for activities." Passengers said. Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, also expre