Tuesday, January 16News For London

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Young Londoners are not aware of air pollution

Young Londoners are not aware of air pollution

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Despite campaigning by the Mayor and other groups, young Londoners in the congestion zone are not completely aware of air pollution. Air pollution is the significant cause of the premature death of nearly 9500 Londoners every year, according to a study published by King’s College London in 2015. Luke Gillham, 18, Eltham, admitted that air pollution is not really a big issue for him. He then added: “but obviously for certain people it is.” He said: “I’m threatened by it, but it’s not something I think about it. I don’t worry about air pollution which probably could be an issue itself. I’m not fully aware or anything like that.” He emphasised that it is not “that much issue” for him currently. However, Luke concluded that in case it gets worse, and is widely televised triggering the con
Music and Politics

Music and Politics

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Music has been used to unsettle the most fundamental political and social conventions. Musicians often wanted to change the world, from grime artists such as Stormzy to country bands like Dixie Chicks, many have believed in the political power of music. Dave Randall, musician and writer of Sound System: The Political Power of Music, uncovers the story of one musician’s discovery of what makes music so powerful. The book gives an insider view of the music industry and its influence on the culture of social change. It emphasizes the history of the social evolution of songs with political messages which has impacted communities in different forms. The evolution of hidden political messages embedded within music is carried forward in this book. Mark Radcliffe of BBC2 called the book "
Tony Pulis sacked by West Brom

Tony Pulis sacked by West Brom

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West Brom Manager Tony Pulis has been fired following his sides' heavy 4-0 defeat by Chelsea over the weekend. The Baggies have won just twice in their last 21 league games, causing the club to plunge even closer to the relegation zone. Club Chairman John Williams stated: “These decisions are never taken lightly but always in the interests of the club.” "We are in a results business and over the back end of last season and this season to date, ours have been very disappointing. We would like to place on record our appreciation of Tony's contribution and hard work during a period of transition for the club which included a change of ownership. We wish him well in his future endeavours."   #Pulis now sacked from #WestBromwichAlbion, its been coming. After all football is a
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 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. A sold-out crowd is expected to be there at kickoff come 8pm. 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   In another matchup tonight, Italy will try and rout Sweden to avoid elimination from the 2018 World Cup. Sweden lead Italy 1-0 from their first match-up and if the Italian National Team falls yet again t
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 starting next season. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was given a tour of the grounds by Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy on 30 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 reported that the stadium will consist
Spitalfields Market: hub of creativity or hipster High Street?

Spitalfields Market: hub of creativity or hipster High Street?

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Are the independent designers who attracted visitors to Old Spitalfields Market now under threat from high rents and increasing High Street-like homogenisation?   ChanChan London-based women's wear designer Photo: Caroline Paul Back in the 1990s, London’s Old Spitalfields Market was mostly empty, used as a sports hall some evenings and on Sundays housing 400 food and crafts stalls. Now, it’s a ‘must visit’ destination in tourist guidebooks. But at what cost? “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. "It's so sad, London used to be a hotbed of creativity, but it's becoming too expensive to have a stall here. Rents go up every year. Just look at what's

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