Sunday, February 5News For London

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Thousands of firefighters and control staff have staged a demonstration, marking the start of the ballot for strikes

Thousands of firefighters and control staff have staged a demonstration, marking the start of the ballot for strikes

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https://youtu.be/4gruXPxilUk Video Credits: Neha Tekawade, Nicholas Dunning. This afternoon in Westminster, firefighters and control personnel held a protest to signal the beginning of the strike vote. Union members are voting on industrial action to demand a 15% salary increase in response to the rising cost of living crisis. Labour MP Zara Sultana addressed FBU members who descended on London today from up and down the country to mark the start of a strike ballot. The potential strike would be the first on pay since 2003. Rejecting a 5% pay offer, members say they have been underpaid for years and that colleagues are suffering. She said, "The politics don’t just stop at Westminster; it doesn’t just stop at Parliament; it’s in the world, and it sends our community wherever there a
Major disruption because of several strikes in December

Major disruption because of several strikes in December

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https://youtu.be/gYbGsdAQgFs Many industrial strikes are taking part in December because workers are demanding a pay raise despite many more workers going on strike simultaneously. The strikes that will happen this month include: An Ambulance worker's strike.An NHS nurse's strike.An RMT strike.Royal Mail workers' strike. These strikes could affect many individuals. Britain will witness the biggest ambulance strike in history. Tens of thousands of workers are going on strike after three unions announced the strike simultaneously with paramedics and 999 call handlers. Ambulance workers strike on 21st December. The strike on these dates will mainly impact NHS ambulance services. They are the latest workers to announce industrial action as the cost-of-living crisis deepen. ...

“As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother.” – Lillie and William

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Star of "Cheers" Kirstie Alley has passed away at age 71 after a brief battle with cancer. Los Angeles, USA - April 18, 2014: Kirstie Alley star on Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California. This star is located on Hollywood Blvd. and is one of over 2000 celebrity stars embedded in the sidewalk. Actress Kirstie Louise Alley was from the United States. Her breakthrough role was Rebecca Howe in the NBC comedy "Cheers," for which she won a Golden Globe and an Emmy in 1991. She was the lead in the sitcom Veronica's Closet from 1997 to 2000, garnering more Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. She played the character of Mollie Jensen in Look who's talking and its two sequels, Look who's talking too and Look who's talking now, and this is probably where most people know her from movie...

Netflix Not Sorry

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markel documentary to be released on Netflix. The documentary will be released in two volumes. First on 8th December and the second on 15th December. In the show, Prince Harry claims that the negative media coverage may be debilitating. He asserted that the criticism of Meghan from the rest of the royal family seemed "like a process of passage" after the relationship between her and the prince came to light. He said that the "racial factor" in the royal family's portrayal of his new partner was overlooked. Additionally, he made it clear that he disagreed with how the royal family had previously handled its relationship with royal correspondents working for British newspapers and broadcasters, saying that "all royal news goes through the filter of all newspapers ...
‘Warm banks’ helping people survive this Winter

‘Warm banks’ helping people survive this Winter

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Charities, councils and community groups across the UK are opening warm banks helping people who can’t afford turning on their heating. The temperatures in London are falling but the energy costs are rising for households. The UK raised its energy price cap by 80% on October 1st which means the average UK energy bill will be reaching 3,549 pounds a year. Reports suggest that some people may resist using their heating despite the severe weather expected in coming days. These warm banks aim to offer a safe, warm and friendly space during these tough times. People can come along, eat, drink and spend a good time. https://youtu.be/m7BXIf55B68 People visiting warm banks in Harrow Rachel Wright, Trustee at Harrow Giving, explains how they became involved in setting up warm banks in
ULEZ expansion to effect 10,000 Londoners financially and socially

ULEZ expansion to effect 10,000 Londoners financially and socially

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Photo Credit: Fenya Haraldsen-Nodder and Nick Dunning London's Mayor, Sadiq Khan has announced that London's ULEZ zone will be expanded to cover the whole of greater London by August 2023.  This comes despite 80% of consultation respondents rejecting the idea of expansion.   The Action against ULEZ Expansion group have stated that the ULEZ expansion will leave social lives, work and commutes upended for many of its members. https://youtu.be/klPz-zNxG8c Video Credit: Nick Dunning and Fenya Haraldsen-Nodder With rising energy bills and the cost of living crisis already having a devastating effect on the publics finances, many cannot afford to buy a new car that meets the compliance.  Many disagree with the idea of a compliant vehicle all together. Karen G...
Sir Kier Starmer will pledge to abolish the House of Lords if elected as next Prime Minister

Sir Kier Starmer will pledge to abolish the House of Lords if elected as next Prime Minister

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Labour leader Sir Kier Starmer has confirmed plans to abolish House of Lords in his first term if he is elected prime minister, following the next general election. Credit: Alaa Abood The decision is part of his plan to restore the public’s trust in politics, which has been undermined by the Conservative government. The House of Lords are the upper chamber of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It is  made up of 800 members, appointed by the monarch as suggestion from the Prime Minister. The House of Lords make and shape legislation and have the power to amend or reject bills, they also scrutinise and challenge the government activity. The Labour leader has told the party members that he wants to strip politicians of the power to appoint the Lords as part of the first –
S.O.D.E.M protesters call for Brexit reversal

S.O.D.E.M protesters call for Brexit reversal

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Anti-Brexit supporters call for Brexit reversal before Prime Minister's Question Time session at Westminster Abbey Image credit: Mihir Chittar Protesters from S.O.D.E.M (Stand of Defiance European Movement) called for a reversal on Brexit outside Westminster Abbey on 7th December 2022. The protests come days after allegations were made about Conservative peer Michelle Moone amassing an estimated £ 29 million from a PPE company’s profits. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak expressed ‘shock’ at the allegations. The protests also came on the day of the Prime Minister’s Question Time, which was to be held in the afternoon at the House of Commons. Speaking to Westminster World, Steve Bray, the founder of S.O.D.E.M said: “This government lied to the country to get Brexit done. They lied abo
Beware of “porch pirates” this festive season!

Beware of “porch pirates” this festive season!

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The growing trend of theft of parcels left unattended by delivery drivers raises the question of security in the UK As we get closer to Christmas, postal workers are expected to go on strike. In preparation for Christmas, many people are switching to Amazon and other e-commerce shops due to these impending strikes. If people are not at home, packages can be left on doorsteps to wait for pickup by purchasers, which if left alone for too long, facilitates attempting to steal. From 2021 to 2022, an estimated 10,485 packages were stolen. In the UK, parcel theft is becoming a bigger problem. "porch pirates" are a major issue in the US, where they follow delivery trucks around neighbourhoods and steal packages, as per Ian Caminsky, SVP & MD parcel locker solutions UKI and DACHIT, Q...
NFU issues warning as UK battles with food supply crisis

NFU issues warning as UK battles with food supply crisis

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With rising prices of fruits, vegetables and dairy products, the situation can worsen in the upcoming months. The National farmers union (NFU) has warned that the UK is facing a major food supply crisis and that immediate action must be taken to control the damage in the next few months. According to the union, energy-intensive crops like tomatoes, cucumbers and pears have been affected the most, with the lowest yields since 1985. Prices of milk and dairy products are also expected to drop below the cost of production, mainly due to rising fuel, feed and fertilizers prices. In the case of eggs, several issues like the avian flu, supply issues and cost of production, have resulted in its scarcity. This shortage could also affect other food products, considering the rise in ener...