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Why are electricity and gas prices going up and what can be done?- Fuel rises explained

Why are electricity and gas prices going up and what can be done?- Fuel rises explained

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The average household is expected to see a 54% increase in their gas and electricity bills in 2022. This is around £693 per home with the average household paying an annual bill of  £1,277,  it's expected they will pay £1,971 this year.  People using prepay meters are expected to see a price increase of £708 during 2022 with their bill going from £1,309 to £2,017.  Each year there are two price caps set for energy bills in the UK. These caps are set by the regulator Ofgem. The new cap was set on February 7th but won't come into place until April 1st. Why has the bill gone up?  Low levels of wind during the summer of 2021 meant that the UK saw a massive decrease in wind turbine energy.The amount of gas Europe has stored decreased a lot after there was a

International Space Station to crash down to Earth in 2031

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By Jack Wang, Sub editor: Ting Lei Nasa plans to plunge the ISS into the Pacific Ocean in 2031 (From Wikipedia) In February 2022, NASA announced that the International Space Station would cease operations in 2030, and crash into the Nemo Sea in the Pacific Ocean in 2031. The US government has told NASA it wants the space station to be retired by 2030. The original plan was to keep the ISS operating until 2024, now the station is planned to operate for six more years. NASA has been looking for ways to turn over the operation of the station to a commercial entity. What is ISS? The International Space Station is a multinational project that brings together five parties -- Russia, Japan, Canada and the European Union -- as well as the development and scientific achievement...
Conversion therapy – What is it?

Conversion therapy – What is it?

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In 2018 the British government pledged to ban conversion therapy across the nation. However, now in 2022 the situation surrounding the practice has become a more difficult to understand. The latest on conversion therapy in the UK. Credit: Luke Severn Legislative timeline: 2018 Theresa May's government pledge that it would completely ban all conversion therapy practices in the UK as part of its LGBT equality plan. Many charities and activists were happy to see that the government had recognised the situation and were making plans to change it. 2020 In the summer of 2020, now under Boris Johnson's government, it was stated that plans were due to be brought forward to get start outlining legislation to ban conversion therapy. 2021 In March of 2021, three governme...
Londoners hit with hikes in living costs

Londoners hit with hikes in living costs

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Since October last year, the cost of living has soared in the UK. With London having some of the country's highest living expenses , Westminster World took to the capital's streets to find out about how inflation is impacting its residents.  See our live blog here: https://westminsterworld.com/live-blog-2-cost-of-living-crisis-2022/ Keeley Reed, from The Dragon Hall Trust, who run a food bank specialising in helping families in need of food in Covent Garden, has said that “people are always taking from it”. She also added that people are taking more food post-pandemic.  Capital in Crisis. Credit: Viola Yu, Skyler King, Ting Lei This Wednesday, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak will present the Spring Statement for this year. The pandemic took up most of t
Why is Putin so obsessed with Ukraine?

Why is Putin so obsessed with Ukraine?

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The relationship between Ukraine and Russia has historically been complex and intertwined, with the two countries having deep historical and cultural connections. The disputes between the two have become a centre of attention after Russia annexed Crimea and invaded Eastern Ukraine (Donbas region) in 2014. Today, approximately 130,000 Russian troops are stationed within striking distance of Ukraine’s borders, and some political experts say that the security of European countries is seriously compromised. So what are the reasons for Russia’s aggression in Ukraine and what does president Putin want to achieve with his actions? Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the relationships between the Soviet states have gone through multiple ups and downs. In 1991, the second most popul
How is climate change affecting Mt. Everest?

How is climate change affecting Mt. Everest?

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Image credit: Pexels Mount Everest is the highest peak in the Himalayas Mountain range and is also considered the highest point on Earth. It stands at 8,849 meters, which is 29,032 feet and is located between Nepal and Tibet. Both Nepal and Tibet have separate names for Mount Everest, Sagarmatha and Chomolungma, respectively.  In a survey done in 1852, the governmental Survey of India established that the peak of Mount Everest is indeed the highest point on Earth’s surface. It was known as Peak XV until 1865 and got renamed after the name of Sir George Everest, who was a British surveyor-general of India from 1830 to 1843.  The highest glacier of mount Everest is the South Col Glacier (SCG), which is witnessed by a lot of climbers- on their way to the summit. In a study
Fall of the Soviet Union and the Russia-Ukraine crisis

Fall of the Soviet Union and the Russia-Ukraine crisis

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These recent skirmishes have become like a game of chess between Russia and the West backed Ukraine, This board shows the king is advanced from both sides, but when viewed from the Ukrainian side, it has only one piece on the board. As it stands, all diplomatic channels and discussions have hit a roadblock. French President Emmanuel Macaron, travelled to Moscow to hold talks with Russian President, Vladimir Putin which did not result in the Russian army pulling back or de-escalating the issue. On the contrary, more forces have been stationed near the Ukrainian borders with the biggest troop gatherings around Yelsk, in Belarus and Slavne in Donetsk Oblast which is in the eastern part of Ukraine.  Map credit: Siddarth Rishi Battula These recent skirmishes are a build-up of two...
Why is the ‘Trojan Horse’ scandal being called a hoax?

Why is the ‘Trojan Horse’ scandal being called a hoax?

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The Muslim Council of Britain, an umbrella body of UK Muslim organisations, recently demanded an independent probe into the ‘Trojan Horse’ affairs after around nine years. This is an explainer on what is the Trojan Horse Scandal and Why is it being called a hoax now?  An image to symbolise the scandal (Credit: Flickr) The Trojan Horse scandal had a long-lasting impact in the UK. It has played a crucial role in shaping the counter-terror policy of the government which resulted in many people losing their careers, a particular community being targeted, and their children who were allegedly stigmatised. The ‘Trojan Horse’ scandal  In November 2013, an anonymous letter describing a Muslim plot to Islamise schools in Birmingham appeared on the desk of the
What the 1922 Committee is and how to replace a prime minister

What the 1922 Committee is and how to replace a prime minister

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What is the 1922 Committee and how was it created What role does it play in replacing a prime minister and why is it mentioned so often these days? Credit: Alaa Abood The 1922 committee is a powerful group of Tory backbenchers who perform the main part in the no-confidence vote of the conservative party leadership. Backbench members of the Conservative party belong to a body known as the 1922 Committee (so-called because its founding members were first returned to Parliament in 1922), through which they keep the leadership informed of their opinions. Despite it being a subcommittee within the Conservative Party it has great political influence by virtue of the powers granted to it according to the party’s internal regulations. It has the power to force the prime minister to
What is RBI central bank digital currency and why is India launching it?

What is RBI central bank digital currency and why is India launching it?

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Indian finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the Union Budget for the country on February 1, 2022. In her budget presentation, she announced the launch of a central bank digital currency (CBDC) by 2022–23 as a means to boost India’s economic growth. If you can’t beat them, copy them. This partially elucidates why central banks in nine countries have introduced their own digital currencies. Recently, in the Union Budget for 2022-23, India draws itself closer towards adopting cryptocurrencies after years of wavering on its stance, as the country seeks to keep up with the global move towards the digital assets. Besides announcing a flat 30 per cent tax on profits from all virtual currencies such as Bitcoin, Indian Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman talked about the virtual d