Childhood obesity is soaring across the world. The UK is the most obese country in Western Europe. 1 in every 10 young people aged 5 to 19, is obese. What causes the epidemic of childhood obesity? https://soundcloud.com/tianxing-tang/reasons-for-childhood-obesity-are-complicated What actions have been taken? Do they really work? In 2016, the government released Childhood obesity: a plan for action, centred on the sugar tax and the voluntary action by the food and drink industry. Public Health England has also launched the Change4Life 2018 Nutrition Campaign to tackle the obesity threat. From the following April, the sugar tax will apply to fizzy drinks, squashes and juice drinks with more than 5g or 8g of sugar per 100ml. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is beginning his s
The history of music can be traced back to the 18th century and since then it has grown and evolved over centuries. Today, Music is much more than entertainment. It is applied in the field of fitness to help on focus and remain relaxed at the same time at is also used to create mood shift by many ruling class party to gain political power. This shift in emotion created by music also plays a bigger role in in treating various mental conditions such as autism and dementia. Music here, is used as a therapy to improve their mental state by engaging in activates such as singing or playing instruments which include drums or pianos. It is applied in almost every other field and we, knowing or unknowing get influenced by it. In this documentary you will hear from Dave Randall- musician, pol...
Is Harrow reaching an all-time low with its healthcare? With surgeries, medical centres and hospitals in the area receiving numerous complaints and poor reviews, it raises the question as to how this has all came to be. According to NHS data, Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow’s main hospital was deemed as the hospital with the longest waiting times in all of the UK last year. On top of that, this North West London borough receives the lowest amount of NHS funding out of every single borough in London. Residents are fed up, hospital staff members are overworked and government officials are calling out for help. Join Emily Srebotnjak as she tries to uncover the main causes for the decline of healthcare in Harrow, and if there’s a plan in place to help make an improvement fo
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...
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
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 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’
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
Storm Caroline has wreaked havoc over London as hundreds of flights have been cancelled, leaving thousands of passengers stranded in the city's airports. It's also been responsible for numerous tube and school closures from Sunday to Monday. Dozens of flights from Heathrow, Stansted, Gatwick and Luton airport were cancelled yesterday evening as a result of the heavy rain and snowfall London received on Sunday, and more flights are still being delayed, diverted and cancelled today. British Airways has so far cancelled almost 100 flights to and from Heathrow. At Stansted, 24 Ryanair departures and arrivals have been cancelled and more are to be expected. Ten flights have been cancelled by easyJet, and other airlines have also been affected. On top of flight closures and delays,
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