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Minimalistic Christmas: Value over Materialism

Minimalistic Christmas: Value over Materialism

Audio, Environment, Experience, LifeStyle, London, Opinion
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
London mum comes up with tracker vests that could save children’s lives

London mum comes up with tracker vests that could save children’s lives

Breaking News, London, News, Transport
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
‘It’s crap’: Londoners speak up as pay gap widens for young women

‘It’s crap’: Londoners speak up as pay gap widens for young women

Gender, London, News
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
40 years and counting, women stand together to ‘Reclaim the Night’

40 years and counting, women stand together to ‘Reclaim the Night’

Gender, London
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
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 First: We support Mayor’s call for students’ flexible work visa

London First: We support Mayor’s call for students’ flexible work visa

Breaking News, International, London, London Mayor, Politics, Student
Nonprofit advocacy group London First has welcomed Mayor Sadiq Khan’s call for a “flexible visa system.” This will allow international students to work in the UK as they did before 2012. A spokesperson for the group confirmed to Westminster World their support of the Mayor’s position. The spokesperson Emma Hutchinson said: “There has been around 40 per cent drop in students coming here from India since the post-work study visas were scrapped. So, the way we look at it, is that the international students make huge contribution to the economy.” Mayor Khan urged the Prime Minister to allow international students to have the kind of visa she scrapped five years ago, according to ITV London. He tweeted saying: “Our current visa system is holding London’s businesses back. We need a new flexi
Nearly 4 million UK workers live in poverty

Nearly 4 million UK workers live in poverty

Breaking News, News
Around 3.7 million workers live in poverty in the UK, according to a new Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) report. The research highlights an increasingly worrisome trend that employment is no longer a safety net from poverty. The research marked an alarming shift in UK poverty rates, where after two decades of decreases, in recent years trends have gone up with the number of people in poverty now at 14 million or over one in five of the population. The report also noted that nearly 400,000 more children and about 300,000 more pensioners are below the poverty line than in 2012-13. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn condemned the latest poverty numbers as a ‘national scandal’ and blamed Tory austerity for the ‘untold suffering’. “Tory austerity has caused untold suffering and pushed hundreds o
Massive decline seen in teenagers applying for part-time jobs

Massive decline seen in teenagers applying for part-time jobs

#breakingnews, Breaking News, children
Recent figures show the number of schoolchildren with part-time jobs has fallen by a fifth in the past five years with the demand to put more effort to succeed in schools. The Freedom of Information (FOI) suggests that to hire staff under the age of 16, the employers need to apply for a license. According to latest findings there has been a massive drop with the number of permits issued from 2012 up to 2016, showing a steady decline. The current data published by the FOI shows a drop from 29,498 in 2012 to 23,071 issued in 2016. Dr Angus Holford from the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex said to the BBC that: “Teens are being told evermore that you need to get good GCSEs and A-levels to get a good job in the long term.” Photo Credits: RAF Milden
One in five people in the UK are living in poverty

One in five people in the UK are living in poverty

Breaking News
A report carried out by Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) showed a rise of 400,000 m children and 300,000 pensioners living in poverty. The three main factors associated with reducing poverty are now under scrutiny as a result of the report. The factors are increased support through benefits, a rise in employment and regulation of rent. The report has resulted in pressure being placed on the current government. JRF urge the government to unfreeze benefits, increase training for young adults and develop a more efficient housing programme for low-income families. The report further outlines the driving factors of future poverty. They state that education and skills are the two biggest predictors of future poverty. They go on to say that young people and adults need the appropriate tr...
London Mayor calls for a change in UK’s government visa system

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

#breakingnews, Business
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