Wednesday, October 24News For London

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Uber’s appeal will not be heard until Spring 2018

Uber’s appeal will not be heard until Spring 2018

Business, economy, London, London Mayor, News, Tech, Transport
Uber's appeal against TFL’s decision, to not renew their licence will not be heard until the spring of 2018. Judge Emma Arbuthnot proposed two dates, April 30 or June 25th for the five-day trial at Westminster magistrates court on Monday morning. TFL’s decision came after the company was declared not “fit and proper” after a series of failures over passenger safety. TfL said that the company’s approach and conduct “demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications.” The company is in the process of repairing its reputation after they were hit with several controversies including harassment and a data breach that is thought to have affected millions. Chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi fle
UK rail passengers face the biggest rail fare rise in five years

UK rail passengers face the biggest rail fare rise in five years

ReportingWeek2, Transport, Travel
Britain train fares will rise by an average of 3 per cent from January next year. All the fares on journeys in 2018 have been published, the biggest increase since 2013, including season tickets and off-peak leisure tickets. Passengers in the north of England will face an even greater increase, with Northern putting fares up by 4.7 per cent and TransPennine Express fares rising by 4.6 per cent. The Rail Delivery Group admitted it is a "significant" rise and unions describe the increase as “another kick in the teeth” for all passengers in UK. Reasons for the rail increase The main reason why rail fares will rise so high  is that the pace of the rail system improvement has not kept up with the increasing number of rail passengers in the UK. During the last 14 years, the number of pas

London is the most talk-about travel destination on Twitter

#breakingnews, Culture, Look, Media, News, Social media, Travel
London has been one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world, but now it exceeds rivals such as New York and Paris on social media. The words "London" and "travel" were tweeted together more than 630,000 times in 2015, which is 200,000 more than the next most popular cities, Paris, New York, Rome and Tokyo, according to London & Partners, the Mayor of London’s official promotional company. The twitter data also shows the word "London" on its own was tweeted more than 81 million times in 2015, which is more than Sydney, Tokyo and Rome combined. Some of the top words used in association with London include, "art", "travel" and "fashion." Commenting on the data, Rod Favaron, CEO of Spredfast for London & Partners said: “Social data is always a valuab
WHO to discuss possible travel restrictions over Zika virus pandemic

WHO to discuss possible travel restrictions over Zika virus pandemic

Health, Medical, News, Travel
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is having an emergency meeting today to discuss the continuing Zika virus outbreak in the Americas.  The mosquito-borne virus has spread to 22 countries within North and South America. Zika virus has been linked to microcephaly, a serious developmental disorder where babies are born with small heads. In Brazil, there have been over 4,000 case of microcephaly since October 2015. Normally, Brazil would see approximately 150 cases a year. The WHO can recommend placing travel restrictions to and from infected countries, among a wide range of infection control measures. With London as a major business and travel hub, any future restrictions would likely have some impact on the capital. Those who are pregnant or are planning to get pregnant should se

Out and about in Morocco: six street food favourites

Culture, Student
Cheaper than a train ticket to Glasgow (and about half the time, too), flying to Morocco from London has a lot more going for it than value for money.  Reporter: Nader Kaddour Sub editor: Hayley Daen While couscous and clay tagines dominate popular imagery of Moroccan foods, the street vendors found in every market and medina throughout the country are serving up treats that are cheap, delicious, and in need of a little recognition. A word of advice for the traveller in Morocco: Moroccans only eat couscous on Fridays, and tagines should take a few hours to prepare. While many restaurants try to cater to tourists' expectations for these dishes, read on to find out what the locals are eating and enjoying every day, at prices unheard of in the UK. And like all street food outlets

Marrakech: Cheap and Chic

Culture, International, Student
With the bank holiday imminent, don't let it sneak up on you without planning in advance. If you're aiming for a quick, cheap getaway, look no further than Marrakech. You'll be in for a Middle Eastern treat. By Hayley Daen. Sub Editor Danae Diz   Certain cities have a particular draw to artistic, creative types looking for inspiration and a place to decompress. When the beatniks sought refuge from the constraints of Western society, they fled to Tangiers, ready to live a life of anonymous indulgence amidst the heat and spice of the city. Today, it seems that Marrakech is the place to be. With flights from London Gatwick starting at just £32 one-way on EasyJet, a quick weekend visit needn't break the bank. The city is awash in a heady mix of dust and saffron. It is a ha