Sunday, November 19News For London

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New Film School will be opened in London by the company behind Love Actually

New Film School will be opened in London by the company behind Love Actually

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To improve the diversity of film industry, Working Title is to open a new free school to teach film production in London alongside national curriculum.     Working Title, the British film production company behind the 2003 Christmas-themed movie Love Actually, will open a new free film school in North London in a bid to improve diversity of film industry alongside national curriculum. The school was granted planning permission conditionally last week. According to Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, the co-chairs of Working Title, it will be converted from the former office block in Highbury of Working Title, which is available to 1000 students. “We go to film production studios and they are not diverse. That is not right. We realised we had to go back and start at the
Sold out match-up at Wembley between England and Brazil

Sold out match-up at Wembley between England and Brazil

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Brazilian fans can tend to get a bit rowdy when it comes to football, and tomorrow they are bringing that rowdiness to North London. England will host an international friendly against the Brazilian National Team tomorrow evening at Wembley. Kickoff is at 8pm and this match-up will kickoff to a sold out crowd. With that being said, both England and Brazil have already qualified for the 2018 World Cup.   Gareth Southgate has confirmed that @ericdier will retain the #ThreeLions captaincy for tomorrow's game against Brazil. pic.twitter.com/pB2wbS4IrA — England (@England) November 13, 2017   Italy will try and route Sweden tonight to avoid elimination from the 2018 World Cup. Sweden leads Italy 1-0 from their first match-up and if the Italian National Team fa
NFL commissioner comes to Tottenham

NFL commissioner comes to Tottenham

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Tottenham Hotspur has agreed to a 10-year deal with the National Football League (NFL) to host games within their new stadium once completed, starting next season. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was given a tour of the grounds by Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy Monday on the 30th of October, following the completion of this season’s NFL games in London. Levy said: “It is always a pleasure to welcome the NFL to Tottenham and for them to see the vision that we share becoming a reality right in front of us,” as reported by the Daily Mail. “We have worked closely with them throughout this project and their involvement will play a significant part in helping us create one of the most compelling venues for sports and entertainment in the world, right here in Tottenham.” The Guardian r
Spitalfields Market: hub of creativity or hipster High Street?

Spitalfields Market: hub of creativity or hipster High Street?

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Back in the 1990s east London’s Old Spitalfields Market was derelict. Now it’s a ‘must visit’ destination in tourist guidebooks. But are the independent fashion designer/stallholders who attracted investment into the area under threat from high rents, hipsters and increasing High Street-like homogenisation? “Rents have gone sky high. I’m not sure how much longer I can keep doing this, I’m thinking of selling online,” said a market stallholder who wished to remain anonymous.   A US property group, Ashkenazy Acquisitions bought the market for £110 million from Irish property company Ballymore in 2013. Since then the Grade II listed market hall has signed up big name retailers such as Lululemon, Bobbi Brown and Rapha. Are small stallholders suffering as a result?  

NHS Crisis: bed or staff?

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Caption: The logo of NHS England (photo from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:NHS_England_logo.png) Last week, the NHS announced a new plan to offer Airbnb-style accommodation for patients, in order to ease the NHS hospital beds crisis. Statistics shows that, the NHS ‘bed-blocking’ has risen by 40% last year, and is estimated to lead to about 8,000 deaths a year. The scheme is cooperated by the NHS and a healthcare start-up firm named CareRooms, and is being piloted in the Southend Hospital of Essex, targeting at 30 patients. Homeowners will be offered £50 a day to host NHS patients in spare rooms. Based on NHS figures last year, 2.2 million hospitals “bed days” in England were lost, because of late transfers of care. The reason for this is the catastrophically under

Khan defends TFL’s rejection of Uber licence

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  Mayor Sadiq Khan insisted on welcoming innovative companies to help Londoners by providing affordable services, when he was answering a question about Uber licence in Mayor’s Question Time Thursday. “I welcome innovative companies to help Londoners by providing a better more affordable service," the Mayor said. However, Khan reiterated his fully support to TFL’s decision and welcomed the London assembly support of that decision. “But providing innovative service is not an excuse for not following the rules", Sadiq Khan told the assembly. He added: “Regulation is there for reason.” US ride-hailing company Uber was stripped of its London licence on September 22. Transport for London rejected Uber’s application for a new licence on the basis that the company was not
“People are in fear”: mental health activists on benefit reforms

“People are in fear”: mental health activists on benefit reforms

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Imagine that you have both a mental health condition and a physical disability. With government reforms to the benefit system, you lost your claim to assistance. You can no longer afford food, travel, electricity or gas. Finally, one day, your power is cut off and you’re left sitting in the dark by yourself. One benefit claimant, who experienced this, felt so isolated, scared and stressed, that she attempted to take her own life. Many have had similar experiences. Up to 90 people a month die after being declared fit for work. Others are barely able to survive. Roy Bard from campaign group the Mental Health Resistance Network (MHRN) described to Westminster World how disabled people are running short of money half a week before their next payment. “People are often going without electricit
Mainstream Vegan: UK’s economy becomes greener

Mainstream Vegan: UK’s economy becomes greener

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It's official. UK lactose intolerants are cheering and hipsters are more mainstream than ever. Dairy-free milks have been added for the first time ever to the inflation basket. The results published by the Office for National Statistics included soya and almond milk to a list which the main purpose is to serve as a reference of the actual consumer trends. The Office and several analysts point out that this may have happened due to the recent growth of "free-from" diets such as Veganism. A new wave of millennials addicted to new trends and worried about their health have pushed these products up to the top of the list. Every day we see in supermarkets how new meat-free, gluten-free or dairy-free options appear on the shelves, on most occasions, at a high value. This can be explained as a
What’s to blame for the NHS crisis?

What’s to blame for the NHS crisis?

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People waiting in hospital corridors for hours on end, being sent home in taxis - the NHS is in crisis, but who's to blame? There is little agreement on the cause of the NHS' decline. On the one hand, the Daily Mail promotes the idea that immigrants are to blame. But protesters against cuts to the NHS and Labour politicians such as Clive Lewis, blame the Tories’ policies of austerity. Others, such as the GMB trade union worker, Gavin Davies, agree that immigrants are not to blame, but perceive the NHS crisis as a more nuanced problem. Right-wing news outlets such as The Daily Mail tend to point the finger at immigrants. One of their headlines proclaimed, “Sickly immigrants add 1 billion to NHS bill.” The Telegraph too has joined in the blame game, with stories such as one headlined, “N
EU citizens fear Brexit will “rip their lives and profession apart” amid the government’s immigration plans

EU citizens fear Brexit will “rip their lives and profession apart” amid the government’s immigration plans

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It’s been eight months since the Brexit vote and millions of EU citizens living in Britain remain concerned over their residency and working rights within the UK. EU citizen, Joan Pons Laplana, a Spanish nurse working in the NHS, and a father of two young children, said that his life has radically altered ever since the Brexit referendum. He told Westminster World that he fears his family and his nursing profession could be ripped apart by a ‘hard Brexit’ deal. The NHS employee and PFD (Personal, Fair, and Diverse NHS campaign) champion of 2014 said: “My future, as well as the future of my family, has been in constant limbo ever since Brexit. I fear that my family and I will end up living apart. We don’t know if we are able to remain in the UK or if we have to pay a fee or provide