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HMV reopens on Oxford Street after closing four years ago

HMV reopens on Oxford Street after closing four years ago

Breaking News, Explainers, Music
HMV Store, 363 Oxford Street. Credit: Somya Singhdeo HMV’s flagship store returned to London’s iconic shopping street on Friday after a four-year absence. The store at 363 Oxford Street was reopened at 11:30 GMT by the pop band Madness. The century-old entertainment retailer is best known for selling music- and film-related products and merchandise. HMV closed its Oxford Street store back in 2019 after going into recession. It was then bought by Canadian retail company, ‘Sunrise Records’, and experienced a “dramatic turnaround” in profit. Doug Putman, owner of HMV, attended the grand reopening and told the BBC that HMV is “once again becoming a mainstay on the UK High Street”. He added: “to be here and to be a part of it is just unbelievable”. Putman described how t
Why is the ‘Trojan Horse’ scandal being called a hoax?

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

Explainers
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
Free School Meals: Necessity amidst Coronavirus?

Free School Meals: Necessity amidst Coronavirus?

Breaking News, Celebrity, Charity, children, Education, Food, Politics, UK news, UK Political parties, Worldnews
Marcus Rashford has persuaded the government to invest a large amount of money into the Free School Meals (FSM) scheme. Photo credited by Halima Ahcene Djaballah UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson called Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford to donate more than £400m for low-income families from early Christmas. So what is the FSM scheme exactly? FSM is a deal for children to receive free school meal vouchers for out of term time. This is thought to help financially deprived households through these challenging times. As well as free meals, the vouchers also consist of health start, education and holiday clubs. How will this affect hard-hit families due to Coronavirus? Omar Farooq (29), a teacher of a school in North West London, told Westminster World how he fe
EXPLAINED: 5G and COVID-19

EXPLAINED: 5G and COVID-19

Breaking News, Covid-19, Explainer, Explainers, UK news
Image: Claudia Dashwood Teens, stop believing everything you read on social media. Perhaps even more contagious than COVID-19 itself is the theory that 5G caused or causes coronavirus. The issue has blown up in the news over the last week, with 5G masts being vandalised and lit on fire all over the world. There’s no 5G article without the words COVID-19 or coronavirus attached to it. But what exactly is 5G and how did it meet coronavirus in a theory? Explained, and debunked in the video below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLZPYhsJOb8&t=1s
PM Johnson assures Brexit deal by 31 January next year

PM Johnson assures Brexit deal by 31 January next year

Breaking News, brexit, Politics, UK news
After a historic landslide win, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reiterated his Brexit promise and stated that Britain will retain control of their trade, money and borders. There is minimal doubt that the British PM will face any obstacle to pave a way for Britain’s exit after securing a majority in the elections. Credit: Sera Mathews Following a crushing election victory on Friday, Mr Johnson assured his Conservative backers that the UK would exit the European Union by the end of January 2020. The win was a “powerful new mandate to get Brexit done” Mr Johnson said at his victor’s speech on Friday. Deputy director general of the CBI, Josh Hardie, embraced the hope of an end to the three-year issue because “a government with a mandate and a strong majority brings a bit more c
What does a Conservative Government mean for the NHS?

What does a Conservative Government mean for the NHS?

Breaking News, Explainers, Health, News, NHS, Politics, ReportingWeek2
A group of doctors in scrubs (Image from Unsplash) How will the National Health Service be affected, now that the Tories are in power? In the early hours of Friday 13 December, it was announced that the electorate had voted for a majority Conservative Government.  With 365 seats, the Conservative party had well surpassed the 326 seat target needed to hold a majority government.  This result has many people speculating about what this will mean for the UK’s National Health Service.  In his Prime Minister’s victory speech on 13 December, Johnson stated: “I’ve heard it loud and clear from every corner of the country that the overwhelming priority of the British people now, is that we should focus above all on the NHS, that simple and beautiful idea that repre
Wait times for A&E are at their worst

Wait times for A&E are at their worst

Breaking News, Health, News, NHS
NHS data revealed it's "on its knees" this winter as patients are facing the worst A&E waiting times in a decade. Every major A&E department failed to meet the target waiting time of four hours for the first time ever. Only 81.4 percent of patients were seen within the four-hour threshold, a record low against the national target of 95 percent. The NHS standard has not been met since July 2015. Made with Visme Infographic Maker Since the same month last year, the new NHS numbers revealed that major A&E departments have seen 5.2 percent increase in attendances, totalling 2,143,336 in November 2019. The 559,556 emergency admissions saw a 4.3 percent increase over the last 12 months. Knee and hip replacement waiting lists have soared, with a record breaking 4.45m patien...
General Election: how will UK’s winning party influence Brexit?

General Election: how will UK’s winning party influence Brexit?

Breaking News, brexit, News, Opinion, Politics, UK news, UK Political parties
Westminster students are divided and “confused” but believe their chosen parties will stick to their Brexit pledges. Brexit legislation is on hold while the UK votes in this year’s general election. The Conservative party, under Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s leadership, wants to leave the European Union (EU) with its most recent revised deal. Mr Johnson has been pushing to “get Brexit done” and has previously promised to leave the union, on 31 October 2019 as “do or die”. Government’s attempt to get a new deal through Parliament, was frustrated after members of parliament failed to approve the deal, thus forcing the Prime Minister to ask for an extension of the deadline to the EU. Divisions over Brexit has remained high in the Conservative party, even after Mr Johnson managed to se
Londoners can now learn how to act “effectively” in terror attacks

Londoners can now learn how to act “effectively” in terror attacks

Breaking News, crime, News, Terror
“It is never bad to be prepared for terrorism incidents.” In a bid to protect the UK from terrorism, police are encouraging the public to sign up to an online counter terrorism course. Any member of the public can become a 'CT citizen' through the ACT Awareness eLearning course, which was previously only available to those working in crowded places. The course takes about 45 minutes to complete, with only seven modules. Originally created in partnership with Marks & Spencer for their employees, the online lessons teach people how to spot potential terrorism behaviour and what to do in the event of an attack. In a statement, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D’Orsi, Senior National Coordinator for Protective Security said: “The festive period is obviously a very busy
Russia’s four year global sporting ban “not enough” according to WADA Vice President Linda Helleland

Russia’s four year global sporting ban “not enough” according to WADA Vice President Linda Helleland

Breaking News, Sport
This morning, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) imposed a four year ban on Russia that will prevent the country from participating in all global sporting events including 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar. Russian athletes unaffected by the doping scandal wanting to compete during the ban will be able to do so under a neutral flag. The 2020 European Championships are excluded from the ban, meaning that Russia, who will host matches in St. Petersburg, will be allowed to compete. The long awaited decision comes after the agency officials were permitted entry into a Moscow laboratory and discovered evidence of result manipulation. Russia has 21 days to appeal the ruling via the Court of Arbitration for Sport and is expected to do so. Speaking o...