Category Archives: News & Politics

The UK prison system is in melt down

The UK prison system is in melt down.  Currently we have riots in prisons, high staff turnover due to assaults, and high suicide rates. Riots in prison Violence in prison seems to be on the increase.  Assaults behind bars increased by more than 34% to 23,775 – about 65 per day – in the 12 […]

Oasis College to no longer recruit undergraduate and postgraduate students

I was sad but not unsurprised to hear that Oasis College will no longer be recruiting students to their undergraduate and postgraduate courses. You can read Adrian Smith’s statement (College Principal) in full here.  Here’s some key parts of the statement: Unfortunately Oasis College has also seen a steady decline in students, despite having a […]

Number of children in poverty increased by 250,000

The number of children living in poverty soared by 250,000 in just one year under the Conservative-led Government, new figures have shown. HM Revenue and Customs figures obtained by the Daily Mirror show the number of children living in low-income families rose from 2.5m to 2.75m between 2013 and 2014. This meant that during the last Coalition Government the […]

Woman wins year of free pizza, donates it to youth homeless centre

Hannah Spooner, a 19-year-old Detroit resident, was delighted to discover she and her boyfriend had won a year of free pizza after entering a raffle at Little Caesar’s. But instead of keeping the pies for themselves, they donated them to Covenant House, a nonprofit that offers shelter, classes and three square meals a day to homeless, […]

Syrian children use bomb crater as makeshift swimming pool

Life under siege: Children in Aleppo use bomb crater as swimming pool More than 2 million people in Aleppo have no access to clean water as the conflict in the Syrian city continues to escalate, according to UNICEF. But that hasn’t stopped some children from playing around in a murky pool that has formed in a crater […]

Children accidentally added to the menu of wedding dinner

The moment when are “kid’s menu” becomes “children on the menu” rather than “a menu for children”. A fancy wedding accidentally made that less-than-fancy mistake on RSVP invitations they sent out. In a photo uploaded to Reddit’s r/funny, the RSVP card asks you, sir or madam, for your name, whether you’ll be attending, and whether you’d […]

Refugees’ lifejackets have been turned into a ‘graveyard’ outside parliament

More than 2,500 lifejackets that were actually worn by migrants who crossed from Turkey into Europe were placed in front of the U.K.’s Parliament today to raise further awareness about the global migrant and refugee crisis. The project was created by various charity and humanitarian groups to correspond with a meeting of world leaders at the U.N. […]

Celebrities recite poem about refugee crisis in powerful video

Celebrities are taking a public stance to support the #WithRefugees campaign. Today, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) released a video featuring several actors including Cate Blanchett, Keira Knightley, Kit Harington and Jesse Eisenberg, performing a powerful spoken word poem entitled, “What They Took With Them.” The video, posted on Facebook, aims to call attention to […]

Faith leaders call for revised refugee policy

  More than 200 leaders of faith communities have signed an open letter to the Prime Minister, Theresa May calling for urgent changes to the government’s refugee policy, particularly to allow families to be reunited. The signatories are headed by Rowan Williams, the former archbishop of Canterbury, who will give a speech on Monday in […]

Suicide in England and Wales

10 September 2016 is World Suicide Prevention Day.  It serves as a call to action to individuals and organisations to prevent suicide. [slideshare id=65883263&doc=suicidepreventionwk-160910082529] The World Health Organisation estimates that over 800,000 people die by suicide in the world each year, that’s 1 person every 40 seconds. There were 5,199 suicides registered in England and […]

CCTV shows hero rescuing fallen man from London Underground tracks

A man has been rescued after collapsing on the London Underground and falling onto live train tracks. The 47-year-old who fell is pictured below wearing a yellow hard hat and fluorescent jacket. He fell onto the tracks after becoming ill and stumbling, according to a statement released by British Transport Police. The incident took place around […]

Threads – Referendum reflections: we did this

Matt White has written a reflection on the referendum for Threads.  Here’s a snippet: We. Did. This. I’m not just talking about the mechanics of democracy. More people putting their cross in one box than another. It goes way beyond that. Our actions of not just the last 24 hours have led us to this […]