Vox Extra – 30th January 2017

 This week Maame gives a profile of one teenager who was made #homeless and talks with one of #Lambeth College’s safeguarding officers about support at the college. John looks into child #obesity and the importance of your 5 a day. The team also discuss is it right to bring politics into #awardspeeches?

City Smog: London’s Filthy Air

Over the past week, London’s air has been breaking records. As you might suspect, the new records are not particularly desirable.

With temperatures dropping and winds dying down, the levels of nitrogen dioxide and soot in the air soared. On several occasions over the past week levels of pollution in the capital have been worse than Beijing, which is known for its poor quality of air. For the first time ever, London mayor Sadiq Khan issued a ‘very high’ pollution alert.

One location in Lambeth was among the first to breach air pollution limits. Brixton Road broke limits just 120 hours into the New Year. London Mayor, Sadiq Khan has promised to double funding to £875 million over the next 5 years to help tackle the issue. He has also committed to expanding the ultra-low emission zone and running the cleanest buses on the most polluted routes.

One Brixton resident Alan Andrews, a lawyer for ClientEarth, says “we need immediate action to cut pollution in the short term and protect Londoners’ health”.

Clearly London’s air is high on the mayor’s list of priorities as he recently tweeted about “The shameful state of London’s toxic air”. In spite of his efforts many believe much more is needed to be done to combat what has been described by MPs as “a public health emergency”.

Pollution in London of course is nothing new; the city has breached EU air quality regulations every year since 2010. Under EU law, the average hourly emission of NO2 should not surpass 200 micrograms per cubic metre more than 18 times each year. This year the City managed to do so in just 5 days. According to The Guardian, 24 different locations around the capital reached the maximum measurable level of air pollution which is more than double the legal limit.

It’s estimated that nearly 4 million people work in areas of London that are above legal pollution levels. London’s toxic air is believed to be responsible for nearly 10,000 deaths per year and a further 30,000 across the UK. It is said that it costs the government nearly £30 billion every year.

The Government reject call to cancel the US President Trump’s State Visit to the UK despite the signatures of millions

A petition launched on Saturday by Graham Guest  asking  that Mr Trump should be prevented from visiting the UK because it would embarrass Her Majesty, it had  well over million signatures as at the filing of this report.

Oncapture-1 Friday Mr Trump signed an executive order halting the US refugee programme for 120 days, indefinitely banning all Syrian, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, Sudan and Yemen refugees for  entry into US .

The US President has accepted an invite from the Queen to come to the UK later this year but faces an intensify backlash against his year ban on the refugees.

The Foreign Office has confirmed the Brits with dual citizenship with one of the seven Muslims majority countries would be exempted from US President executive order.

The Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn , Lib Dem leader Tim Farron, SNP Foreign Affair Spokesman Alex Salmond and London Mayor, Sadiq Khan have all called for the trip to be postpone, while the millions protect has also been organised for the event out downing street.

People in Brixton express their worries on the day an emergency demonstration has been organised on Downing Street.

Mr Khan a shop keeper Brixton expressed his bitter feeling towards President Trump executive order passed on Friday to seven Muslim country in the world, “the US president decision might leads to ethnic or religious unrest and could lead to another world war”.

Mrs Mariam  Muslim scholar, told of the ordeal of her nice that travelled on holiday to United Kingdom and could not return back to her American home.

Mohammed a Quran Tutor in London also said, “I standing to condemn President Trump action and described his attitude as barbaric”.


Activism and its Significance in the New Age

Activism has continuously proven to be an important part of today’s society, across the past few years, activism and protests have been a huge statement of the new age, from the black lives matter protest that took over Heathrow Airport in late 2016. And the Women’s March earlier this month (January 21st) in protest against the latest President, serial misogynist,  Donald Trump.he-will-not-divide-us

There is a great risk that peoples freedom of speech and right to protest is being tarnished, especially with the recent arrest of Shia LaBeouf who was arrested recently at his four year live stream protest to revolt against the presidency of Donald Trump.  He was arrested during the live stream on the 26th of January for allegedly ‘attacking’ a man who made the statement ‘Hitler did nothing wrong’ which offended Shia who is in fact Jewish.

However, the video clip shows LaBeouf shoving the man. Shia was then arrested and the hashtag #FreeShia began trending on twitter shortly after. People were outraged and began to express their rage through twitter:

This incident enforces the need for activism, especially the recent Trump presidency as there has been an uproar on the recent immigrant ban that has been enforced in the USA. Innocent people from ‘selected’ countries trying to return to the US have been held up or banned completely from re-entering the country. Yet people are banding together all over to try and put a stop to this with emergency demonstrations organised including today (30th January 2017) outside Downing Street.

‘Stop roasting & toasting them pots’

How do you like your toast in the morning, golden or more on the charred side? Do you like your roasties crispy?

Well According to the Food Standards Agency, roasting, toasting and frying starchy foods such as potatoes and bread could raise the risk of cancer.

It has been warned that acrylamide, a chemical compound that forms in foods such as potato products, root vegetables, olives and pizza bases, when cooked at 120C. But it is said skinny chips and crisps appear to have the highest levels.

To reduce the ‘risk’, the public have been advised to convert to boiling, steaming and microwaving.

Despite it not being proven in humans, it has been researched and tested on animals and has been shown that the chemical is toxic to DNA and causes cancer- scientists assume the same in humans, although there is no concrete evidence.

Also a professor for the public understanding of risk at Cambridge University, said “Adults whose intake is the highest consumption of acrylamide would need to consume it 160 times as much to reach a level that may cause increased tumours in mice. The FSA have no estimate of the current harm caused acrylamide; nor the benefit from any reduction due to people following their advice.”

The Food Standards Agency wants their campaign, ‘Go for Gold’; to raise awareness of the chemical because most people didn’t know it even existed. They also want to spread advice on how to reduce their acrylamide intake.

I took to Twitter to see the public’s opinion and feelings. A Twitter poll I made has sparked mixed reviews.

Starman Stamps: Royal Mail to honour David Bowie with a special set of stamps

  • The Thin White Duke is the latest cultural icon to be acknowledged by a signature series of stamps
  • 6 of his iconic album covers and 4 of his live tours are featured
  • The stamps are available from 14th March

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By RS TONER @rstoner808  FOR VOXRADIOLAMBETH @voxradiolambeth

On 14th March, in the year that would have marked his 70th birthday, Royal Mail honours the late, great David Bowie with an exclusive set of ten stamps as part of their Music Giants Special Stamp series.  The stamps feature artwork from 6 of Bowie’s classic albums and 4 of his ground-breaking tours.

Royal Mail have had themed stamps before and in recent years have marked the arts and culture (there was a set of Star Wars stamps released in 2015).  In fact Bowie’s ‘Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars’ album previously featured in a 2010 set of classic albums picked by Jimmy Page. Whilst Royal Mail have previously honoured musical acts such as The Beatles and Pink Floyd, this is the first time an individual cultural icon has had a set devoted to them.

Philip Parker Royal Mail’s Strategy Manager said

“For five decades David Bowie was at the forefront of contemporary culture, and has influenced successive generations of musicians, artists, designers and writers.  Royal Mail’s stamp issue celebrates this unique figure and some of his many celebrated personas.”

The stamps are on sale from 14th March and are available to buy directly from Royal Mail online.

Which cultural icon would you like to see on the next set of Royal Mail stamps? {tweet us with your alternative suggestions}#Bowiestamps

— VoxRadio (@voxradiolambeth) January 30, 2017

The stamps featuring 6 of Bowie’s classic albums and 4 of his world tours

Presentation packs, fan sheets and framed stamps are also available from the Royal Mail Website

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Acknowledgements Hunky Dory, Let’s Dance, Earthling and Blackstar album covers © Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC; Aladdin Sane album cover © Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC and Duffy Archive Limited; “Heroes” album cover © Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC and Masayoshi Sukita. The Ziggy Stardust Tour, 1973, London © Ilpo Musto/REX/Shutterstock; The Stage Tour, 1978, Frankfurt © Hans H Kirmer/DPA/PA Images; The Serious Moonlight Tour, 1983, Brussels © Andre Csillag/REX/Shutterstock; A Reality Tour, 2004, Isle of Wight, photo by Mark Shenley © Camera Press London; miniature sheet border image of The Glass Spider Tour, 1987, Mendig © DPA/Alamy Stock Photo.

See also:

Bowie’s Silhouettes and Shadows

Starman Road?

Vox Extra – 23rd January 2016

Welcome back to our regular Vox Extra programme. This week the team chat to some of the business leaders coming to a special breakfast at the Lambeth College. We look back on Obama’s time in the Whitehouse and what you thought of this 8 years in power as well as debating the women’s march the day after Donald Trump took office. We also talk to buggy bus users about how the high court decision to give wheelie chair users affect them. Steven marks the 75th anniversary of Desert Island Discs and Ramon talks football.

Battles of the councils

Wandsworth Council are taking legal action against Lambeth Council, over the noise pollution and anti-social behaviour surrounding the Lambeth-backed ‘SW4’ Drum & Bass festival.

South West Four is a three time nominated drum & bass festival that takes place in Clapham Common. In recent years the festival has been subject to controversy as noise pollution, drug taking and general anti-social behaviour has disturbed both residents of Lambeth and neighbouring borough Wandsworth.

This year’s event is set to take place on the August bank holiday weekend and will feature the likes of Pendulum and Sigma with music playing from 12pm to as late as 11pm.

Wandsworth Council are taking their public battle against the noise conditions and length of the SW4 festival to the magistrates court, imposing new conditions on the new license Lambeth council have been granted whereby they can hold up to 8 days’ worth of concerts on the Clapham Common.

Lambeth Council have given the green light for the festival despite complaints made last year, restricting it to 2 days instead of three like previous years but retaining the noise level.

However Wandsworth council are imposing that the festival returns to its 2015 regulations whereby the noise levels are dramatically reduced. Environmental spokesperson Counsellor Jonathon Cook spoke on the issue saying “Our sole aim is to redress the balance in the interest of both festival goers and local residents.”

This lawsuit comes after last year’s festival caused ‘unnecessary disturbances’ amongst the residents of Wandsworth and since the common is geographically situated on Wandsworth as well as Lambeth they feel it is a ‘reasonable compromise’ They also put forward the point that Lambeth have failed to compromise despite their case benefiting residents of Lambeth who live near Clapham Common.

Festival goers expressed their discontent stating that music festivals contribute to their music culture and bring communities together and that reducing the sound diminishes the whole experience and ruins the festival for not only the audience but the DJ’s, many are also that worried the reduction in sound could potentially stop big names in the Drum & Bass scene from wanting to participate. Their last message being that they hope for a deal to be reached that doesn’t compromise the experience for music fans.

As for the drug taking SW4 officials have stated that people are searched upon entry and sniffer dogs will be in operation and any drug dealers operating will be held until police arrive and any individuals caught with drugs will be removed from the festival.

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Boris Johnson in hot water after Hollande comments

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has caused controversy on Tuesday 17th January, when he warned French president Francois Hollande not to hit the UK with World War Two-style punishment beatings for leaving the European Union, following after Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plans for the country.

While attending a conference in New Delhi, he said “If Monsieur Hollande wants to administer punishment beatings to anybody who chooses to escape, rather in the manner of some World War 2 movie, then I don’t think that that is the way forward and I don’t think it’s in the interests of our friends and partners.”

His comments was heavily scrutinised by critics as “crass”, “abhorrent” and “wild and inappropriate”. A spokeswoman for May said that he was not comparing Hollande to a Nazi.

She said: “He was making a point. He was in no way suggesting that anyone was a Nazi. There is not a Government policy of not mentioning the war.”

This isn’t the first time that Johnson’s comments have gone under hot water, as during the EU referendum campaign, he compared the EU to those of Adolf Hitler.

A senior spokesperson for the Labour Party said, “We are all aware that the Foreign Secretary has a habit of making wild and inappropriate comments. Talking about World War Two in that context is another one of those and that is not going to be something that is going to improve the climate for this negotiation.”

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron criticised Johnson’s comments and said that they were an “utterly crass and clueless remark from the man who is supposed to be our chief diplomat”.

Former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt sent a tweet saying: “Yet more abhorrent & deeply unhelpful comments from Boris Johnson which PM May should condemn.”

The Brexit negotiations for the UK to leave the EU continue.