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Greenwich stabbing: Why are the young carrying knives nowadays?

Greenwich stabbing: Why are the young carrying knives nowadays?

Breaking News, crime, crime, Culture, London, London Mayor, News, NHS, ReportingWeek2, Social media, Student
London Mayor Sadiq Khan today announced a £600,000 grant from website to help charities tackle youth violence, shortly after an 18-year-old boy was stabbed to death at a flat in Greenwich town centre last Saturday. Due to the reduction of the police force? According to the statistics released by the Office for National Statistics, knife crime has surged by 16 per cent in the UK, compared with figure 12 months earlier. Figures from Metropolitan Police showed so far there have been at least 128 violent deaths in London, up from 116 in early 2018. The total of 14,987 knife crimes is among a high of 25,0287 violent offences recorded. Source: Metropolitan Police Cressida Dick, the head of Metropolitan Police, said early this year in a hearing that a whole series of social issues contrib
Privacy concerns as TFL and O2 track commuters’ movements

Privacy concerns as TFL and O2 track commuters’ movements

Breaking News, Bus, DontUse, London, News, Technology, Transport, Travel, Tube
In an attempt to reduce rush hour traffic, Transport for London (TFL) and O2 are tracking the ‘mass movement of the population’ via smartphones. Using anonymised phone signals provided by the telecom giant, transport chiefs are working with engineering firm Aecom and Jacobs to “better understand transport patterns across London” as the capital’s population is forecast to grow by two million to 10.8 million by 2041. A representative from Aecom and Jacobs said: “The use of big data represents a significant step change” as the firm attempts to improve urban mobility. O2 says it scans 100 million aggregated and anonymous journeys nationwide each day. TFL has previously tracked commuters using in-station wi-fi networks to reduce crowding during busy hours and on busier routes. They
Apple in talks to buy London-based app Shazam

Apple in talks to buy London-based app Shazam

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Apple is in talks to buy music recognition app Shazam in a deal that is likely to be announced before the end of this week. If the acquisition goes ahead, it will allow Apple to incorporate Shazam's technology into its iOS operating system. Currently Shazam has partnerships with Snapchat, Spotify as well as Apple and makes much of its revenue from commissions paid to it for referrals to Apple's iTunes Store. As Apple faces increasing competition from Amazon and Spotify, a takeover of Shazam would make business sense - thus cutting out the need to pay Shazam as an intermediary. If the deal goes through Shazam would no longer refer users to Apple Music competitor Spotify Image: Wikimedia Commons Shazam has evolved considerably since it was set up by four US expats in 1999. P
Homophobic tube assault reveals how likely Londoners are to intervene

Homophobic tube assault reveals how likely Londoners are to intervene

Breaking News, London, Transport, Tube
Two teenagers have been arrested by British Transport Police (BTP) on suspicion of an anti-gay assault in London, which happened on 21 October. The assault has raised a question about how likely Londoners are to intervene when public attacks occur. A 19-year-old teenager and his friends were travelling on a westbound Jubilee line train between West Ham and North Greenwhich. They were dressed in fancy dress for an event that night when two men boarded the train at West Ham and became verbally abusive. Police claimed that the offenders were aggressive when challenged and forced the teenager into a headlock, snatched his phone and threatened to stab him. BTP said in a statement: "They demanded the victim apologise for being gay which eventually the victim did as he was struggling to br
Mobile phone addiction began 25 years ago

Mobile phone addiction began 25 years ago

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The first text message that was sent actually used full words rather than text-speak. The first SMS was sent 25 years ago on the 3rd December 1992. A quarter of a century ago a British test engineer, Neil Papworth, typed the first text message which said, “Merry Christmas”. It launched into a success with smartphones that some reports suggest might even have become an addiction. The first SMS message was sent over the Vodafone GSM network in the United Kingdom using a personal computer. It originated from radio telegraphy in radio memo pagers. The initial growth was slow, with GSM customers in 1995 sending on average 0.4 messages per month. But by 2006, over 205 million messages were sent in the UK alone. Did Neil Papworth have any idea at the time that analysts expect 7.89 trillion
London Mayor calls for a change in UK’s government visa system

London Mayor calls for a change in UK’s government visa system

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan said that he is preparing a proposal to revise visa policies like for post-study work visas.   Sadiq Khan started a week-long trade mission in Mumbai yesterday and UK visa system has been one of the key issues during the Mayor’s talk with business leaders. I want the UK and India to forge a new special relationship that is not only based on trade and investment – but also encourages talented Indian people to study and work in London https://t.co/TrfTrstSXs — Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) December 4, 2017   Khan announced a plan that sets up a separate post-study work route for international students to replace the system scrapped by Theresa May in 2012. This plan aims to open Britain’s door to more students to boost the economy as
Oxford Circus ‘attack’: false alarm and true panic

Oxford Circus ‘attack’: false alarm and true panic

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Hundreds of people ran to escape from Oxford Circus tube station, where was believed being attacked on Friday evening, only to find it was a false alarm.   Shortly after 4.30pm, armed police and officers from British Transport Police and the Metropolitan Police rushed to the Oxford Circus tube station, after received “numerous” 999 calls reporting gunshots on the platform of Oxford Circus Underground station. Hundreds of passengers and shoppers ran out of the tube station where they believed to be attacked on Friday evening, only to find it was a false alarm. https://twitter.com/metpoliceuk/status/934120860943831041 Police said there is 'no evidence of shots fired or casualties' after earlier reports of terrorist attack, other than a woman slightly injured when she fled
Weinstein’s company to be female-led?

Weinstein’s company to be female-led?

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https://www.instagram.com/p/BPY3nHMgokC/?taken-by=mcontrerassweet Maria Contreras-Sweet [Photo: Instagram @mcontrerassweet] The Weinstein Company has been bid on by a woman looking to turn it into a female-led corporation. Maria Contreras-Sweet, a former aide to Obama, has submitted a $275-million bid to take over the infamous company. The Weinstein Company was suspected to shut down or reach bankruptcy after its former leader, Harvey Weinstein, was exposed for his sexual abuse history, and was removed from the company. Last month, dozens of women began coming forward about the sexual misconduct they experienced when working with Weinstein, which raised the issue of sexual misconduct in the workplace as a whole. According to her letter obtained by Deadline, Contreras-Sweet was...
It’s a green light by regulators to reduce traffic on highways

It’s a green light by regulators to reduce traffic on highways

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With a great increase in traffic seen over the past few years, steps have been made by Highways England to ensure that there is a significant balance and control over this situation. According to Highways England traffic lights are to be placed on M6 and M62, the two busiest link roads to ease motorway congestion. The system testing have already begun, near Warrington in Cheshire and is expected to perform fully in December. Traffic lights were previously installed only on motorway slip roads. This could be completely rolled out if the £7m trial is successful, said a spokesman. The Highway England also said that electronic information signs and variable mandatory speed limits will be used on M62 to “provide smoother traffic flows”. PHOTO CREDITS: FLICKR Compared to any other ty