Korea’s historic summit

Kim Jong-un the Supreme Leader of North Korea is the first North Korean to legally step into South Korea in decades.

Along side the president of south Korea Moon Jae-in, the two agreed on making a peace treaty that was signed on April 27th 2018.

In the treaty they agreed upon these terms:

  •  South and North Korea will reconnect the blood relations of the people and bring forward the future of co-prosperity and unification.
  • They declared that they would renew the relationships between the two countries by fully implementing all existing agreements and declarations, that had been decided between the two sides so far.
  • They agreed to have discussions in order to make neutral decisions for the implementation of the agreements reached at the Summit.
  • They also agreed to take various military measures to ensure active mutual cooperation, exchanges, visits and contacts.
  • They agreed to endeavor to resolve the humanitarian issues that resulted from the division of the nation.
  • South and North Korea agreed to completely cease all the hostile acts against each other in every domain including land, air and sea, that are the sources of military tension and conflict. In this vein, the two sides agreed to transform the military zone into a peace zone.

This heralds a new era for the Korean peninsula after the 1950’s war between the North and the South.

President moon expressed his opinion saying “We have confirmed that realizing a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula through complete denuclearization is our common goal. I clearly affirm today that the South and North will closely cooperate on complete denuclearization in the future.”

Many political members have responded to the developments including:

Foreign secretary Boris Johnson

US President Donald Trump

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25th anniversary of Stephen Lawrence’s murder

It has been just over 25 years since Stephen Lawrence was murdered in one of the most infamous racially motivated crimes in living memory, it totally changed the way Britain treated race and racism.

On the 23rd of April, the Prime Minister Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn, Prince Harry and Meghan as well as many other high profile members of society went to attend a service commemorating Stephen Lawrence’s life.

The Macpherson inquiry which spawned from the investigation, enshrined anti-racist legislation and gave further abilities for the public to hold the police to account. But how does Stephen’s legacy affect the youth of today who were mostly born after his murder?

There are still a lot of questions that need to be answered regarding Stephen Lawrence, including why the police sent someone to spy on his family? And people believe the Met did a poor job handling the initial case. Clifford Norris, the father of Lawrence’s murderer, used his influence and alleged connections to try and derail the investigation.

But Stephen’s story still has a lot of meaning today, just last summer Rashan Charles was found dead in his cell, and though there is no conclusive evidence to what exactly happened, a lot of people blame the police and think the force still harbours its prejudices.

Leroy Logan a retired police officer who wrote an article for the guardian on this subject said “Those who believe black people are expendable items at the hands of unaccountable cops will have had their fears strengthened.”

After Stephen was murdered, a charity called Stephen Lawrence trust helps to empower people from disadvantaged backgrounds, they carry out events and workshops in order to expand people’s horizon, they say they are “bridging the gap between young people in disadvantaged communities and the police”.

The Stephen Lawrence memorial has been vandalised 5 times now, in the most recent incident two teenagers were arrested for spitting on the plaque and a flower pot was broken. Racism still very much seems to be in London’s society today.

Even so, a lot of youths don’t even know who he is, I asked a handful of youngsters about Stephen Lawrence and not a single one knew who he was. I can see that the Stephen Lawrence trust is doing a great job, but his murder is of such great significance that we all need to try harder to preserve and spread his legacy.

The Commissioner of the Met, Cressida Dick said “The Met of today is not the Met of 25 years ago. However, we must not and I will not allow us to stand still. We must build even further on Stephen’s legacy.”

Who was on board Windrush?

Empire Windrush anchored at Tilbury Docks, carrying hundreds of passengers from the Caribbean (there were also Polish soldiers, people from Britain and members of the RAF) in search of a new life, to Essex, on 21st June 1948.

Many came to the UK after hearing about the greater job opportunities, after the UK’s post-war labour shortage.

1,027 passengers, including two stowaways, were released a day after arriving in Essex.

Overall, (according to ship’s passenger lists) 802 of the passengers lived somewhere in the Caribbean, 539 of which were from Jamaica. 139 were from Bermuda and 119 from England. There were also people from Mexico, Scotland, Gibraltar, Burma and Wales.

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Among the Caribbean passengers there was a hatter, two hairdressers, two actresses, two piano repairers, two missionaries, a retired judge, a potter, a barrister, three boxers, five artists and six painters.

269 passengers, from the Caribbean, gave London as their planned destination. Surprisingly, 109 passengers gave no address and no indication that they even had made any plans.

Many of the passengers paid £28 for the trip (which would be £1,000 today) so that they could then respond to job adverts upon arriving in Britain.

The most popular destination for the passengers was London, those who did not have accommodation upon arriving to London stayed in a former air raid shelter at Clapham South underground station. But later moved into rented flats and houses in Brixton and Clapham areas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outrage in England over the possible sale of Wembley

 

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For many people, the Wembley stadium is the home of English football and has a huge significance. For his part, Ken Bates, ex-owner of Chelsea and between 1997 and 2001 was President of Wembley as director of the FA said: “It is a disgrace to suggest that it should be sold when it is a national treasure.”

At Wembley, England was proclaimed champion in the World Cup that was organised in 1966 and one of the heroes, goalkeeper Gordon Banks, spoke to The Sun saying: “It’s a mistake that England has to play away from Wembley while a (American) football team plays there in the fall, Wembley, as a stadium, makes the country feel proud of his football. ”

On the other hand, Gary Linker, BBC presenter said: “If money goes to grassroots football, to make fields, artificial or otherwise, for young people to play, it could be a positive thing.”

 

Another painful issue for fans is the economic issue.

The construction of the stadium will cost £757 million. Of these, £161 were contributed by different means of public financing. The FA still has a debt of 113 million for the construction of the stadium, which it expects to have fully amortised in 2024.

From the TaxPayers’ Alliance – a partnership for tax rebates – his campaign manager James Price demanded that “taxpayers must recover their money from any sale that occurs.”

 

 

 

 

 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named their third child!

Prince William and Kate have called their third child Louis Arthur Charles.

Today at 11am Kensington Palace posted on twitter: ” The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son Louis Arthur Charles.

The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge.”

His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge was born  on Monday on St George’s Day, at 11.01 am, weighing 8lb 7oz, in the Lindo Wing of Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London. He is the third child of William and Kate and fifth-in-line to the throne.

 

Mayor unveils Millicent Fawcett statue

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has unveiled the first statue of a woman in Parliament square, the monument is to Millicent Fawcett, the Suffragist leader.

Millicent Fawcett united the Suffragist movement under the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies in 1897 after her former leader, Lydia Becker died. She was instrumental in the 1918 representation of the people act, which gave voting rights to female property owners over 30.

The statue would be the first and only statue of a female in Parliament’s square, the Mayor said “when you think of the great people in Parliament Square and when you realise that not one of them is a woman, it sort of begs the question, are we saying there haven’t been incredible women in the past?”

Jeremy Corbyn, the labour leader and Prime Minister Theresa May as well as several other leading political figures such as Sajid Javid, the communities secretary.

Theresa made a short speech at the unveiling “I would not be here today as Prime Minister, no female MPs would have taken their seats in Parliament, none of us would have the rights and protections we now enjoy, were it not for Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett.”

The monument was built because of a campaign led by Caroline Criado Perez, the campaign had a petition with 85,000 signatures and was publicly endorsed by the mayor.

Caroline said “When I went for a run in Parliament Square two years ago and first noticed that all the statues there were of men I could never have imagined quite how perfectly the dream would eventually be realised”.IMG-20180424-WA0026

The statue was commissioned to commemorate 100 years since the 1918 act with 14-18 NOW, Firsite and Iniva. The Mayor asked Turner prize winner, Gillian Wearing OBE to make the statue, the statue itself was funded by the £5 million Centenary fund, this makes it also the first statue made by a woman in the square.

Gillian said “I hope those viewing the work will be able to appreciate this along with being able to celebrate Millicent Fawcett along with all the other suffrage supporters and activists also honoured.”

To celebrate 100 years since women gained voting rights, the government has used a £5 million centenary fund to help projects that educate youngsters and raise awareness about this event in history. 600,000 has been given out to far to projects across the country.

The statue was unveiled by a descendant of Dame Millicent, Jennifer Loehnis; activist Caroline Criado Perez, Deputy Mayor Justine Simons as well as two schoolgirls.

 

Toronto suspect in custody

Suspected driver being questioned by Canadian Police after a rented van mowed down pedestrians in Nothern Toronto, killing 10 people and leaving 15 injured.

The suspect, Alek Minassian 25, was not previously known, police have said.

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Although the motive was not clear it appears to be a deliberate attack, officials added.

CBC News caught a man on camera who appeared to be pointing a gun at officers while shouting ‘kill me’.

one of the officers repeatedly told him to ‘get down’ after the suspect told them he had a gun. An officer replied with ‘i don’t care get down’ the suspect was then arrested and no shots were fired.

Chief Saunders said ‘The investigation is in its infancy and nothing has been ruled out’.

At 1:26pm police recieved a call for a personal injury collision near Yonge st. and Finch Ave.

An officer was praised by many after holding back and not shooting the suspect.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the “tragic and senseless attack” had brought him “great sadness”. He took to twitter to express his feelings and to thank the officers.

Also many were expressing their anger all over twitter as people suspected it to be a terrorist attack.

 

He will appear in court on Tuesday April 24th.

 

Alfie Evans life support machine withdrawn.

Alfie Evans father has said his son has been breathing unassisted since his life support machine was switched off.

Life support of the 23-months-old was turned off on Monday night after a last-ditch appeal to the high court was turned down.

Tom Evans said that his son was breathing on his own since his life support machine was switched off.

When asked what intervention doctors had made, he replied: “They left him for six hours without food, water and oxygen.”

Mr Evans said:”I felt blessed when they confirmed they were going to give him his water and his oxygen. He’s now on oxygen. It’s not changing his breathing but it’s oxygenating his body.”

“He is still working, he’s doing as good as he can but we do need him to be supported in the next hour. It’s going to be hard.”

The hospital has argued that keeping Alfie on a ventilator is not in “his best interests” and any further treatment was only “futile” but also “unkind and inhumane”.

Alfie has been at the centre of a legal battle, he is in a semi-vegetative state and scans of his brain have shown that almost all of it has been destroyed.

Judges agreed that future treatment would be futile and there was no hope of him getting better.

Alfie’s father said : “They say Alfie’s suffering. Well look at him now. He’s not even on a ventilator and he’s not suffering.”

Alfie has been in Alder Hey, since December 2016, with a rare diagnosed degenerative neurological condition.

Earlier in the day the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs granted Alfie Italian citizenship.

 

Suspect in custody following Forest Gate murder

An arrest has been made following the death of Forest gate resident 18 year old Sami Sidhom.

On Monday 23rd April, a 22 year old man was arrested on suspicion of murder. He remains in custody at a local London police station.

On the evening of April 23rd, Officers from the Homicide and Major Crime Command will be in Chestnut Avenue to appeal for any witnesses and information.

Police were called to a stabbing on Monday 16th April at 22:50 in Chestnut Grove. Officers arrived with the paramedics and London air ambulance.

At 23:27 Sami was pronounced dead at the scene.

His cause of death was determined as multiple stab wounds after a post-mortem took place on Tuesday April 17th.

It was also established that Sami had been stabbed by numerous suspects outside of his home.

Sami had just finished watching West Ham United play and was returning home. He was attacked when he was walking the last leg of his journey home.

Officers are hoping that anyone who can assist them with any information about this fatal attack to come forward. Particularly anyone who saw a car fleeing the scene after the attack.

Mark Wrigley, Detective Chief Inspector, who led the investigation said  “Sami was returning home having been to watch West Ham when he was set upon by an unknown number of suspects, leaving him with multiple stab wounds.”

He also said “although there is no clear motive we are still continuing to make progress and appeal to anyone in the community who is responsible to step forward and give Sami’s family justice.”

Sami’s family also spoke out and said “he was a model son, student and dedicated West Ham fan who was studying to be a lawyer.”

“We would like to thank everyone who came to Sami’s aid and comforted him in his final hour. We are deeply grateful for the incredible kindness and bravery that our neighbours, regardless of their creed or colour have shown to Sami.

Enquires continue.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8345 3715 or via Twitter @MetCC.

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Windrush generation entitled to free citizenship

Following the recent Windrush scandal, those who arrived in the UK before 1973, are now entitled to free citizenship.

This includes members of the Windrush generation with no current documentation,  leave to remain and those who want to advance their status as well as the children of the Windrush generation.

The offer will be available to people from all Commonwealth countries not just Caribbean nations.

Alongside the offer, the Home Secretary confirmed that they have set up a compensation scheme to help those who have suffered or lost damage due to the scandal.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said: “The contribution of the Windrush generation and their right to be in the UK is in no doubt and I deeply regret the situation that has arisen.”

There will also be a new customer contact centre set up, so that those struggling to understand the different types of immigration routes can speak to an expert and get advice.

Alongside the customer contact centre, they will not need to pay any fees for the citizenship application. And they will not have to pass the usual Knowledge of Language and Life in the UK test.

A new team has been set up to help people confirm their status and they will tell those who arrived in the country between 1973 and 1988, within the two weeks of the necessary evidence being collected, the decision they come to.

So far the team has successfully resolved 9 cases and made 84 appointments to give the individuals,who have contacted the team through the freephone helpline, their documents.

Furthermore, the Home Office will help those who arrived before 1973, have spent their life in the UK and are now struggling to visit or to move back. They will allow them to come back by facilitating their return on the most suitable route and waive any fees.