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Calorie labelling on menus introduced in UK cafes, restaurants, and takeaways

Calorie labelling on menus introduced in UK cafes, restaurants, and takeaways

Adults, Breaking News, Business, children, Food, Health, Law, London, NHS, Obesity, UK news
The UK government implemented on 6 April 2022 a new legislation where all restaurants, cafes and takeaways in England are required to include calorie counts on their menus. The bill was approved in Parliament in 2021 and is compulsory for all institutions that employ more than 250 employees across England, Wales, and Ireland. A team of journalists at Westminster World covered the story Live as it unfolded in London, gathering and collecting the views and opinions of specialists and Londoners. by Westminster World While the desire to provide information to consumers is valuable, using calories to do so limits efficacy, and creates an unpleasant and unhealthy milieu for diners who have a difficult relationship when it comes to eating out. The new legislation has divided the public ...
Conversion therapy – What is it?

Conversion therapy – What is it?

Breaking News, Culture, Explainer, Explainers, Explainers, Gender, UK news, Worldnews
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...
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...
What the 1922 Committee is and how to replace a prime minister

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

Breaking News, Explainers, London, Media, Politics, UK news, UK Political parties
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
Pride Timeline: History and Relevance

Pride Timeline: History and Relevance

Breaking News, Culture, Explainers, Gender, Law, London, protest, UK news, Video, Women, youth
The lives of LGBTQ+ people have always been hidden and secretive. It has just been recently that they have been coming out and accepted by society. However, if you look back in history their identity remained concealed due to repressive social attitudes and criminal prosecution. The video highlights key events and changes that took place in the LGBTQ+ community from 1533 to today. https://youtu.be/ge7ipUFjWUg
Why is Prime Minister Boris Johnson to blame for the violence towards Keir Starmer?

Why is Prime Minister Boris Johnson to blame for the violence towards Keir Starmer?

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On 7 February Labour Leader Keir Starmer had to be escorted from Westminster into a police car for his own protection, whilst protesters shouted abuse at the Labour leader following Boris Johnson's comment. What did Boris Johnson say? Prime Minister Johnson made false accusations about Starmer on 31 January in a heated debate in the House of Commons. The incident occurred when Keir Starmer called on Tory MPs to oust Johnson, following Sue Gray's report into the Parties held at Downing Street and across Whitehall, during the lockdowns.  In response to Starmer, Johnson retaliated and said: Starmer “used his time prosecuting journalists instead of prosecuting Savile.” This false accusation led to an onslaught of abuse from members of the public against Starmer at Westminster wi
Why are drug gangs hiding behind students?

Why are drug gangs hiding behind students?

Breaking News, crime, crime, Education, Explainers, London, Media, News, UK news, youth
A recent article published by the Times, talks about how county line drug gangs are infiltrating universities as a convenient spot to carry out their operations. But why have these drug gangs targeted universities? Let’s find out. Picture Credit: The Statesmen What does County lines mean? County lines are organised illegal drug-dealing networks that are usually controlled by a single person.  Drug dealers set up a network between city and county locations to supply drugs controlling a network of runners by mobile phones, also known as ‘deal lines’. The line is controlled by an anonymous dealer based in a city who has complete control over what is sold. These drug runners use vulnerable people's homes as a base for dealing, a practice known as cuckooing. Young re
The Russia-Ukraine crisis: Explained

The Russia-Ukraine crisis: Explained

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Russia and Ukraine, along with the west are at the edge of war as military tensions begin to escalate. The current crisis stems from something bigger than just the two countries. It is rooted in geopolitics, global diplomacy and power. Image Credits: Ritika Bhoora History of Russia and Ukraine Image Credits: Ritika Bhoora Ukraine and Russia have a complicated history. Putin has a particular interest in Ukraine. Last year in a 5000-word letter, he claimed that both the countries have deep cultural and political ties and he sees them as “one whole”. As Ukraine takes steps to become a member of NATO and deepen its ties with the West, Putin is determined to stop this from happening. Ukraine has been a part of the Russian empire for hundreds of years and was a part of the fo
What’s the difference between a Queen and Queen Consort?

What’s the difference between a Queen and Queen Consort?

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Credit: Korona Lacasse (CC) In celebration of her Platinum Jubilee, marking the first British monarch to reach 70 years on the throne, Queen Elizabeth wished that Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, would be the future Queen Consort when Prince Charles takes the throne in the future.  When Prince Charles and Camilla got married in 2005, there was a lot of speculation over what title she would have when her husband became King. At the time of the wedding, Camilla stated that she did not want to be Queen but “intended” to be known as the country’s first Princess Consort. However, that idea was scrapped from the royal website in 2018.  Charles and Camilla have a history of not being liked by the public after the world witnessed their relationship while he was still married t
Legalisation and better mental health services can reduce drug-related crimes

Legalisation and better mental health services can reduce drug-related crimes

Breaking News, crime, crime, Politics, UK news
The government announced a 10-year drug strategy for tackling drug-related crimes in England and Wales last Monday. As a part of this strategy, Class A drug users could face losing their passports and driving licences as Boris Johnson said he will be “coming down tough on lifestyle drug users”. Image Credits: https://www.ardurecoverycenter.com/2020/09/drugs-types-of-illegal-drugs/ The Home Office revealed data saying that 300,000 drug addicts contribute to nearly half of burglaries, robberies and shoplifting along with nearly half of all homicides in England, costing the country nearly £20bn each year. What is the new strategy? Here are the four policies the government proposes: Crackdown on Drug gangs: As a part of the county lines operation, the government will allot £