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A brief introduction to the Love our Colleges campaign.

The 17th October will mark a day of lobbying for colleges, organised by the Association of Colleges (AoC). So what exactly can you expect? Education unions are organising a march on the Houses of Parliament from Pall Mall. Principals, staff and students are expected to arrive in Westminster from 10am and the Methodist Central Hall for registration with the march expected to begin at 1230. This is likely to be followed by speeches and meetings with MPs. AoC staff will spend the latter part o

Pub that hosted Bobby Moore’s wedding reception saved from demolition

The nine-decades old Valentine Pub in Gants Hill, which hosted the wedding reception of Bobby Moore and Tina Dean in June 1962 is set to be saved from demolition. Tide Construction Limited withdrew plans to demolish the 1930s built pub today. In May, the company withdrew from plans to build a new major housing block, one of a number in the Redbridge Borough, but will now not demolish the pub either. Speaking to the Ilford Recorder, local campaigner Paul Scott said:  “I believe along with many

SU elections: 17% turnout and 67% of them were British students

Congratulations to everybody who ran for the SU elections 2018, and great job to everybody who voted! 3545 students voted in the week long election, according to the SU’s own statistics, 20686 were eligible to vote, this gives a voter turnout of 17%. Edward Armitage : Sports Officer Fatema Dhanani : Raising and Giving Officer Danil Kocherga : International Students’ Officer Annette Yunus Pendrey : Ethics and Environmental Officer Maxime Comminge : LGBT Officer Tarah Ouegnin : Women’s

Meet vice-presidential candidate Zohra Bouchamaoui

As part of The Howl’s coverage of the student elections, we have offered interview opportunities for every single candidate. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find a date and time to speak to Zohra Bouchamaoui, who is standing for Vice-President for Education. The only way to speak to her before polling closes was to send her the questions and wait for her responses. The responses from the second year Investment and Financial Risk Management student are below: Why are you running to be VP for educat

Meet presidential candidate Kristina Perelygina

Inclusivity, diversity and community are the buzzwords for Financial Economics postgrad student Kristina Perelygina, who is in the running to become President of the student union. An international student, who did her undergraduate degree in International Political Economy at City, she is hoping to use her experience to aid her in the role she is attempting to win. Perelygina was not aware of the existence of the student union until her third year and this has influenced her decision to run: “

Cat climbs into deadly wolf enclosure at Scots zoo while fleeing fireworks

Zookeepers at Five Sisters Zoo in West Lothian were stunned to find a pet cat sitting at the top of a tree in its Arctic wolf enclosure A SCAREDY cat had a lucky escape after running away from fireworks and jumping into a wolf enclosure. The feline managed to climb a tree and leap over an electric fence at Five Sisters Zoo in West Lothian. Keepers were surprised to see two female Arctic wolves circling a tree. Upon closer inspection they spotted a black and white cat hiding in the branches.

Cat climbs into deadly wolf enclosure at Scottish zoo while fleeing fireworks

The feline was brought to zookeepers' attention after noticing the Arctic wolves had been circling the tree for some time A SCAREDY cat had a lucky escape after running away from fireworks and jumping into a wolf enclosure. The feline managed to climb a tree and leap over an electric fence at Five Sisters Zoo in West Lothian, Scotland. Keepers were surprised to see two female Arctic wolves circling a tree. Upon closer inspection they spotted a black and white cat hiding in the branches. The

Number of homes sold across UK slumps as London market at weakest in eight years

Pricier homes are being sold for less profit, report claims THE number of homes being sold slumped across much of the country last month. Pricier ones were also having to be flogged for less, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. In further evidence of a slower market, Rics said it is now taking longer to complete a sale, at 18-and-a-half weeks on average, up from just over 16-and-a-half weeks in February 2017 when the survey first started measuring this. Simon Rubinsohn

Rose West victim's sis slams monster family after nephew rapes kid (Box out explainer)

THE grieving half-sister of one of Rose West’s victims said the twisted family are "still destroying lives" after the serial killer’s nephew was found guilty of rape. Mary-Ann Mitchell’s half-sister Juanita Mott was just 17 when she disappeared, with the teen’s body found in the basement of 25 Cromwell Street almost two decades later. Depraved Rose West is serving life behind bars for her part in the murders of ten young women in the 1970s, while her nephew, Steven Letts, was this week convict

Labour activist Bex Bailey warned by senior official not to report rape at party event

Labour activist Bex Bailey has said in an interview with Radio 4 that she was raped at a party event in 2011 and a senior official told her that reporting the incident could "damage" her. She was not advised on how to proceed. Bexley, formerly a member of the party's National Executive Committee, was 19 years-old when the incident happened, the attacker was senior to her but not an MP. She confided in a party official, two years after the event. "I was scared, I felt ashamed, I know that the

Nottingham mother brought her son home to discover he had been circumcised without her consent

The incident took place in July 2013, when the child was three months old. The mother reported it to social services before contacting Nottinghamshire Police the following November. Nottinghamshire Police originally did not treat it as a crime, but after pressure from anti-circumcision group Men Do Complain, the case was looked at again. Nottinghamshire Police said: "Officers investigating the circumstances surrounding a circumcision conducted on a child in July 2013 have arrested three people.

Gulf media crackdown: Bahrain closes down nation’s ‘only independent newspaper’ Al-Wasat – Press Gazette

Amidst increasing restrictions on the press in the Gulf nation, authorities in Bahrain have shut down Al-Wasat, the country’s only independent newspaper, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reports. HRW quoted a Government statement claiming Al-Wasat had “created discord and damaged Bahrain’s relations with other countries”. HRW then cited the fact the paper, based in the city of Manama, had reported a rural uprising in al-Hoceima, Morocco and expressed sympathy for protestors. Bahrain is ranked 164 out

Question Time: David Dimbleby kicks out heckler, Peter Oborne defence of Daily Mail prompts laughter – Press Gazette

David Dimbleby kicked out a rowdy heckler on last night’s BBC Question Time in Plymouth, in what the programme’s twitter feed has described as “Quexit”. The man who has been named by Mail Online said: “Jeremy Corbyn has proven that anti-austerity policies are popular – the Tories and the Blairites lost that election”. However as the discussion progressed, the audience member continued to shout “tax the rich” over David Lidlington, the new justice secretary. Lidlington was defending the Governm

Peruvian floods: 3 months on

From the end of last year to the beginning of this one, South America was affected by devastating floods. The floods have hit Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru, with hundreds of people dead or missing. Peru, which is always under threat from earthquakes and tremors due to its proximity to the boundary between the Nazca and South American tectonic plates, began experiencing huge rain fall in January. These heavy rains caused massive flooding, with rivers bursting, damaging infrastructure throug

Mashable UK is latest publisher to produce daily content for Snapchat – Press Gazette

Mashable has become the latest news organisation to launch on Snapchat in the UK. Mashable UK is producing daily content for the social media platform which claims to have 10m users in the UK. Snapchat Discover allows users to view exclusive third party content on their phone. Users subscribe and then get access to whatever the organisation uploads whether that be photos, videos and events for 24 hours before it is deleted. This also includes Snap Ads, which are 10-second, full screen videos.

IFJ hits out at attempts by Gulf states to ‘force the closure of Al Jazeera’ – Press Gazette

Amid tension between other Gulf states and Qatar, the International Federation of Journalists has demanded that journalists are not used as “political footballs”. Last week, authorities in Saudi Arabia and Jordan closed down Al Jazeera offices in the countries’ respective capitals. The media organisation’s operation licence in Saudi Arabia has also been revoked. A Saudi-led coalition of Arab countries has demanded Qatar close down the international broadcaster, which is partially funded by the

News Media Association chief executive David Newell awarded OBE – Press Gazette

Chief executive of the News Media Association David Newell has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the newspaper industry. Douglas Simpson was also among those recognised, being given an MBE for services to pharmaceutical journalism. Newell has been chief executive of the NMA since it was created in 2014 after the merger with the Newspaper Society (which covers the regional press) and the Newspaper Publishers Association (which covers nationals). It represents t

Express and Star uses augmented reality to promote creative arts – Press Gazette

Wolverhampton-based daily the Express and Star has used augmented reality technology to promote creative artists in its area. The Arts Council-funded campaign is called 100 Masters. The Express & Star trialled the new feature by displaying work from Elizabeth Isley, a fashion designer and illustrator from Sedgley in the 7 June edition of the paper. Augmented reality allows readers, who are required to download an app called Layar, to trigger animated films whilst reading the newspaper with th

Romford fundraiser gives football fans chance to win World Cup memorabilia signed by West Ham heroes

A charity fundraiser is offering the chance to win a photo and shirt signed by World Cup winning footballers Sir Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters MBE. Marie Wilkinson, 64, of Marks Road, Romford is running a raffle outside Havering Town Hall, Main Road, Romford on Saturday, June 24. Marie volunteers for Veterans Aid, which supports ex-servicemen and women, providing accommodation, medical care and employment assistance. In the run up to the event, Marie and husband David, 70, will have a stall a

Haven House Children’s Hospice makes plea for volunteers during special week

People are being urged to help a children’s hospice raise cash to help support its work in providing care for terminally ill children. Haven House Children’s Hospice, based in Woodford Green, supports many sick children from Havering. The charity made the plea to coincide with National Volunteering Week, which runs between Thursday, June 1, and Wednesday, June 7. But Haven House – which provides care for 650 children and has 350 volunteers a year - will extend the special week to Monday. Vol
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