Onlookers “filmed on phones”, while a South Korean student was undertaking an alleged racist attack on London Oxford Street. Yeon Jeong Lee, 22, a student at the university in Canterbury, was beaten by up to 10 thugs while she was doing shopping in central London. What she felt disappointed was the reaction of the passers-by. “It was only two people who were trying to help me out and the rest would just be filming the scene ”, she said. She also mentioned the slow reaction of the police: "I filed the case over the phone, but they kept repeating the same response and didn’t show up". Source: Change.org Link: https://www.change.org/p/sadiq-khan-raise-the-awareness-of-hate-crime-in-oxford-street Psychology of passers-by Why in this case few people are willing to help? What's
Staff working for the fashion brand, Ted Baker, have called an online petition to end the alleged harassment by the chief executive, Ray Kelvin, 62. They argue that inappropriate behaviours such as “forced hugging” have become the workplace culture and human resources office left the harassment unchallenged. The petition has been signed by more than 2,500 people, and everyone can sign it freely even if they work for other companies. As a result of that, shares in Ted Baker hit three-year low, falling almost 15 per cent by noon today. “The owner regularly makes sexual innuendos at staff,” the petition claimed. In response to this, the company said that “Ray greets many people he meets with a hug” and the practice was “absolutely not insisted upon.” Ted Baker also add
The busiest shopping week of the year is upon us, and consumers are predicted to spend more during this Black Friday than the rest of the fourth retail quarter, according to Global Data. But first, what is Black Friday? Black Friday, like many trends, is an American export that now resides in the UK. Since the 1940’s and the rise of department stores, US retailers have been promoting big sales come Christmastime in hopes that shoppers will line up the day after Thanksgiving with some money to spend. In the last few years, however, British retailers have adopted the discount weekend, since Amazon UK first began advertising Black Friday sales in 2010. The holiday, it seems, is here to stay. What do consumers have to say? We spoke to shoppers on Oxford Street to see how the
Animal rights activists are protesting against luxury retailer Canada Goose. The brand has faced increased pressure from organisations such as PETA who have recently exposed the retailer for its cruelty towards animals. Regent Street, Canada Goose store | Matilde Vieira de Almeida Canada Goose, Canadian retail company of winter clothing, has recently opened its first UK store on London’s Regent Street. In most cases this expansion would be good news for the designer company however, Canada Goose have been subject to targeted campaigns from animal rights activists such as PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. PETA, is campaigning against Canada Goose ‘even more than usual’ this winter season as they expose the retailer for its cruelty towards animals. The org
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
The countdown to Christmas is in full swing as the world's largest Hamleys toy parade took place on Sunday 19th November 2017 in Regent Street. The Christmas Toy Parade attracted over 800,000 Londoners and even tourists that have come from around the world to enjoy and even take part in this annual parade. Why is this event so important? Hamleys is the oldest and largest toy shop in the world selling more than 50,000 toys in the flagship store. By 1837 Hamleys was a London landmark and the toy store moved to its current site on Regent Street in 1881. Regent Street was transformed into a festive wonderland as it featured a marching cast of over 300 children's characters including Scooby Doo, Buddy the Elf, Sonic the Hedgehog and Peppa Pig. There were entertainers da...
The International Cheer Union has received provisional recognition from the International Olympic Committee. The ICU will receive $25,000 to fund training the future cheerleading cohorts. They will have the next three year recognition period to apply for additional grants and funds. Then they can apply for full inclusion in the official Olympic games. "Cheerleading is a sport with growing popularity. It has strong youth focus," said IOC sports director, Kit McConnell to the BBC. Steph Malfatti, the Dragons Cheer captain at the University of Westminster in London says, "it shouldn't even be a question of whether it's a sport." Miss Malfatti who is on one of England's national cheer teams goes on to say, "More than 10 countries have national teams that compete at a level most
The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will not be called off because of the Zika virus, Brazil has said. Brazilian authorities emphasised that Zika poses no risk to athletes and spectators unless they are pregnant. Scientists, however, are discussing a potential link with a neurological condition known Guillain–Barré syndrome. Symptoms of condition include rapid-onset muscle weakness and pain which could prove devastating for athletes. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a "public health emergency of international concern" on Monday following an emergency meeting. Their concern comes from the rapid spread of the virus which has now been seen in 22 countries across the Americas. The BBC has published a video explaining the WHO's decision: https://www.youtube.com/w
Family doctors should avoid giving antidepressants to children, new research has revealed. Scientists discovered the drugs caused a bigger increase in suicidal tendencies and aggressive behaviour than previously reported. This confirms Researchers from University College London (UCL)Family doctors should avoid giving antidepressants to children, new research has revealed. analysed 70 previous studies to find that the most commonly used drugs for depression (SSRIs and SNRIs) double the risk of suicide and aggressive behaviour. This was only found to be the case in teenagers and children. The researchers have said they believe that the true risks are not reflected by their analysis. They claim trials with negative results are under reported by the pharmaceutical industry leading t...