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...
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
Hundreds of women marched through London to ‘Reclaim the night’ in an annual protest. The movement began in front of Trafalgar Square with women joining in from various age groups addressing the issue of violence against women. Reclaim the night 2017, which has been done over the past forty years witnessed discussions made, talking about the current issues on gender discrimination. The demonstrators showed their participation by holding placards, chanting slogans and with music that created a lively atmosphere. As I arrived at Trafalgar Square, women and a few men from various nationalities had started to gather with posters and flags showing their contribution to the movement. https://youtu.be/NhVqRu9J-34 Protesting against violence. Video C
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
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