Choose Love, the store that sells products for refugees, is back for 2018

The charity pop up store that took London by storm last year is back with more ways to help displaced people this Christmas. The Help Refugees ‘Choose Love’ store will open simultaneously in London and New York offering a totally unique take on the traditional shopping experience. Choose Love invites visitors to ‘shop your heart out, leave with nothing, and feel the love’. From new items like solar lamps and women’s services to emergency blankets and school bags, every purchase goes towards a similar item for a refugee, distributed by…

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New public artworks celebrate contribution of London’s women

Bold new works of art have been unveiled on walls and in public spaces across the capital today, bringing the inspirational stories of women from London’s history to light. The 20 artworks, which pay tribute to unknown women who have played a crucial role in the capital’s history, have been curated by The Tate Collective. The project, LDN WMN, features new work from a range of emerging and established London women and non-binary artists.  The artist Soofiya has reimagined reporter and activist Jackie Foster with a large and bright artwork…

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Pledge to improve women’s safety at night in London

Organisations across London are being urged to pledge their support and help ensure women stay safe at night by signing up to the Mayor’s Women’s Night Safety Charter. Night Czar, Amy Lamé, and Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Sophie Linden, are calling on councils, businesses, venues and other organisations to get behind the charter, at a night safety summit today at City Hall.  The summit, called Reclaim the Night, will bring together representatives from policing, transport, charities and the night-time economy to reaffirm their commitment to improving safety at…

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Ethics Panel delivers recommendations for use of facial recognition

An independent panel that advises London’s City Hall on the ethics of policing has issued a series of recommendations in a report examining the Metropolitan Police’s use of facial recognition technology. The Met has been trialling live facial recognition technology to understand how effective it will be in supporting police operations. The technology automatically checks people passing a camera in a public place that are checked against images on a ‘watch-list’ specially selected on police databases. It is one example of how the Met is using emerging digital technologies, and…

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London to have Europe’s largest double-decker electric bus fleet

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced the creation of the largest double-decker electric bus fleet in Europe today, as he brought together city leaders from across England and Wales for a national air quality summit. The capital’s zero-emission public transport network is to get even larger as the Mayor declared that 68 new electric double-deckers will join the bus fleet in London. Sadiq revealed that the number of electric double-deck buses in London will increase more than tenfold, and that two routes run by Metroline from Barnet to central…

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