This Christmas, the UK charity ‘Help Refugees’ along with Creative Collective Glimpse, have teamed up together to open ‘Choose Love’. This shop makes its mark by becoming the very first store, where customers can buy real gifts for refugees.The store which is located in Soho is inspired by the iconic slogan Choose Love that was designed for Help Refugees by Katharine Hamnett. It opened on the 24th of November. Choose Love is seen as a learning space of customers who come in, to get to informed about the refugee crisis, and at the same time doing something to help and support the cause. From the beginning until the end, the items displayed are themed around different stages of a refugee’s journey. Though the pieces that are placed, the shop intends to narrate a story from their perspect
Jason Isaacs, 18, was going to a party in Northolt on 18 November, but was found critically injured and died from his multiple stab wounds three days later. This shocking knife attack is just one of a number of incidents in London this year. With 35 under-25 deaths on record according to the Guardian, 2017 is the worst year for fatal stabbings of young people in nearly a decade in the UK. Why knife crime is on the rise in a big way like an epidemic? “We often talk about crime being an epidemic. It’s probably not a bad way to describe crime and offending. Epidemics evolve, they grow and change,” said Patrick Green, CEO of the Ben Kinsella Trust in London. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQXUMx6WeeQ Patrick said more and more young people carry knives for fear of being attacked. Bu
English TV Presenter and broadcaster Keith Chegwin passed away on Monday after a 'long term battle with a progressive lung condition'. Popularly known as 'Cheggers', Chegwin had been having lung issues for a while, but 'his condition had rapidly worsened towards the end of this year,' his family said in a public statement. "We are heartbroken to share the news that Keith Chegwin sadly passed away following a long-term battle with a progressive lung condition, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, which rapidly worsened towards the end of this year," the statement read, "Keith died peacefully at home shortly after midnight on the 11th of December. His wife Maria, his daughter Rose and his son Ted were by his side." Born in Liverpool, Chegwin had a career spanning five decades. He starte...
Young people in London are leading a movement to stop universities investing in fossil fuel industries. The campaign is known as the divestment movement, which essentially means getting rid of business investments or interests. The movement has been gaining traction, particularly as projections of global carbon emissions grew by a two per cent in 2017, sparking a worldwide sense of urgency to address climate change. Beth Parkin, a member of the divestment movement, explained the importance of ending investments in fossil fuels in light of recent projections on the rise of carbon emissions. Student campaigns have been instrumental in forcing universities to get rid of their fossil fuel investments. In London, the London School of Economics, King's College London, and Golds...
On 20th January, 2017, Djodjo Nsaka was found dead with a single stab wound to his chest near his university’s halls of residence in Wembley. At just 19, he became London’s first young victim of knife crime in the year. With 35 under-25 deaths on record, 2017 is the worst year for knife crime in the UK in nearly a decade, and the third worst since 1977. Of these, 18 teenagers and children were killed by a knife in London this year, making it the city’s second worst year on record since the 1970s. While discussions around London’s knife crime crisis abound, a look at data and interviews with people points to a simple explanation: government austerity created knife-crime. Negative reinforcement from the public made it worse. To make matters worse, London has now managed to alienate the
With Christmas around the corner, there are a lot bargains to be taken advantage of. It all started in the beginning of the season, which escalated with Black Friday and now everyone is impatiently waiting for the Boxing Day sales. From food to home decor, from electronics to beauty products, everything costs less and people are rushing to the stores, frantically to fill their carts with the discounted stock. Photo credits: Lia Chabane It is evident that one's bank account will be left empty, and materialistic gifts like these cannot satisfy anyone. Christmas is exactly two weeks from now and this is the time to reconsider do we really need all of these purchases. Can we enjoy the winter holidays without getting bankrupted? Is it necessary to bear the weight of Christmas shopping
East of England Co-op has announced that it will start selling products past their 'best before' date for 10p. In an effort to cut back on food waste, East of England Co-op will become the first major retailer to sell food beyond its 'best before' date. The move is a part of the company’s new campaign: The Co-op guide to dating. It will use slogans such as 'Don’t be a binner, eat it for dinner' to encourage people to participate. East of England Co-op has teamed with Waste and Resources Action Programme to fight food waste. WRAP estimates that by improving labelling, the UK could save up to £1bn of food waste each year. WRAP believes that 360 million meals can be re-distributed by 2025. While East of England Co-op is the first company to implement selling beyond the 'best before' da
Children’s lives could potentially be saved in the busy streets of London through the safety vests and jackets of Sasha Pinnock. Pinnock, 29 and a businesswoman, came up with the idea of safety vests after a serious scare earlier this year when her daughter, 8, was on a school trip and close to Westminster Bridge as a man mowed down pedestrians in a terrorist attack. The single mum had no idea where her child was or whether she was safe, until the teacher confirmed it. In an effort to give parents like herself peace of mind when their children went on field trips, Pinnock developed a patented design of safety vests that were reflective, water-proof, and most crucial of all, housed a GPS tracker placed inside a pocket. Connected to an app available on Android and iOS, the tracker would
London now has the worst gender pay gap in the UK, with the disparity widening for young women, according to analysis from the Office for National Statistics. The capital had the narrowest gap in 1997 as women with full-time jobs earned 15.1 per cent less than men, but the needle barely moved two decades on as the gap is still at 14.6 percent in 2017. The trend for young women is particularly worrisome as it significantly rose from 1.1 per cent in 2011 to 5.5 per cent a mere six years later. Sam Smethers, chief executive of gender equality and women’s rights charity Fawcett Society, said: “The pay gap is widest for older women as it grows over our working lives but we are now seeing a widening of the pay gap for younger women too, which suggests we are going backwards and that is extre
An underground hothouse in the centre of Borough Market, the Imaginarium welcomes Christmas with a different outlook. Opening up a creative hub for artists from all fields such as storytelling, painting and live performances. Photo Credits: Sreelakshmi Vachasapthy I was able to make it on the very first Sunday, where I witnessed the opening of these feasts, ideas and theatrics. It also gave me a chance to interact with the owner of the place- Naomi, who gave an insight about the events happening over next couple of weeks. She said: "It is a six-week long program which consists of theatrical events, music, arts, dinning and workshops for people to join." The place stands out for its interior work and atmosphere. It also has stores set up which marks London’s independent artists, d