London Is Forced To Take Measures To Fight Air Pollution

London has a complicated history in regards to air pollution. The development of a network for sewers was required to end a period referred to as the Great Stink and a toxic fog enveloped the city in 1952 causing the deaths of thousands of people. Unfortunately 2017 may become a part of London’s history books due to the pollution causing difficulties for the residents.

When 2017 was only 120 hours old London’s annual cap of nitrogen dioxide was reached. In one day their concentrations exceeded the safety limits for 17 hours. The World Health Organization set the limit at 200 micrograms for each cubic meter. London’s levels were peaking at 350 micrograms. The passengers on the Tube are exposed to pollution eight times greater than individuals who drive their cars. The irony is the people driving cars are causing the highest rate of pollution from commuters. For more information regarding the pollution in London please visit

Sadiq Khan is the mayor and has made a pledge since he took office to fight the air pollution. He promised London an Ultra Low Emission Zone and the project has already reached the planning stages. The expected enforcement date is September of 2020. Restricted standards for exhaust emissions will be required in the zone for motorcycles, cars, vans, buses, minibuses, coaches and vehicles carrying heavy goods. There will be fines for any vehicle who fails to meet the standards.

A new scheme has been announced and will be applicable to the vehicles responsible for the most pollution. The toxicity charge will be in effect beginning on October 23rd of this year. Sadiq Khan stated that any petrol or diesel vehicle that does not meet the standards for the Euro 4 emission will be required to pay an additional charge before entering London.

Kaaboo Del Mar: The charm you can’t escape

Created by a group of music lovers, Kaaboo is a rocking 3-day event held annually with the aim of bringing maximum fun to all its attendants. Speak of music, comedy food and drinks all are usually in plenty. The organizers typically do their best to ensure the event does not become a disappointment and surely the 2017 event never did disappoint.

The founder, Bryan Gordon planned the event in a way that three-way tickets were sold. First, we had the Hang Loose (under $300) then followed by Hang 5 ($830) and lastly Hang 10 ($3500). The results of the event were however epic and applaudable. Every attendant enjoyed to the fullest.

As the saying goes, when music slaps you, you never feel the pain. Maybe this is the reason there were so many musicians lined up for performance. Speak of rock music; all was set ablaze as many people of different ages danced and mingled all along. Tom Petty, as usual, he never disappointed the crowd. Everything was just lighted up as the singer moved forward the stage. With the ocean breeze flowing all over, joy was the drink people drank that day. Other singers included Red Hot Chili Peppers, and P!nk.

Dave Mason made sure that the rock music lovers were never left behind. He even had the pleasure of telling the crowd about his musical journey. How he used to hang up with Hendrix which leads to the recording of his hit song at Electric Ladyland.

An exciting feature that distinguishes Kaboo from other events is that you get out of the event clean. Typically, such crowded events are filled with dust and all sort of dirt. This is however planned with numerous outdoor events. They also have a proper sanitation system.

As the event was over, emails were sent to those who attended the event alerting them of their discounted tickets for the next year’s event.

Morgan Stanley Endorses Frankfurt amidst Brexit

Morgan Stanley is a renowned financial services firm. It has its headquarters in Broadway. This is in Morgan Stanley Building across Manhattan. Based in New York City, Morgan Stanley has approximately 42 offices in different countries. It also has an employee base of 55,000 workers. The clients of the company include governments, institutions, corporations as well as private clients. Recently, the company made an announcement concerning its commitment to making Frankfurt the primary base for the operations of European Union.


This news came after the announcement made by Britain to exit the block. According to reports, this is the bank that is responsible for most transactions in Britain. Most international banks are planning to establish affiliates in the European Union. This is in order to make sure that clients are being served even after Britain has exited the European Union in 2019.


According to sources, the decision by Morgan Stanley has created job opportunities for approximately 200 individuals. These workers will be based in the Frankfurt offices. Although the spokesperson for Morgan Stanley withheld most details concerning the new business opportunity, it is evident that it is an instrumental initiative. Most individuals continue to withhold information concerning the contingency plans. It is projected that Citigroup will announce its endorsement on Frankfurt as the primary platform for transactions. In the same scenario, Barclays announced that it was delving into talks with the regulators of Dublin. The agenda of the discussion was expanding the operations of the company.


Morgan Stanley’s choice came amidst expectations. Most sources indicated that the bank would massively employ workers in Frankfurt following Brexit because the company has a legal entity in Britain. Mr. Jamie Dimon who is also the chief executive officer of JPMorgan stated that he would also consider employing Frankfurt for his bank’s legal operations in the European Union.

South Carolina Joins Peanut Standards Board

In 2002, the U.S. Government established a national Peanut Standards Board to ensure the safety and proper hygiene regulations were in place for the people of the U.S. to maintain their confidence in the foods they are eating. One issue plaguing the Peanut Standards Board for a number of years has been the lack of representation for the state of South Carolina on the Federally operated advisory board; the Palmetto State has argued for a place on the board as eight percent of the peanut’s produced in the U.S. come from South Carolina, according to The Washington Examiner.

A bill brought before the House of Representatives has now passed a vote to allow South Carolina to be added to the Peanut Standards Board in a move many believe should have been taken during the early stages of the establishment of the group. Rep. Joe Wilson, a Republican representing South Carolina introduced the bill on behalf of the state which is ranked as the fourth largest peanut producer in the U.S. South Carolina’s links to the peanut are so strong the state designated boiled peanuts as the official state snack in 2006 as the push for national recognition gathered pace.

Republican Representative Wilson’s bill passed almost unanimously with a single negative vote coming from Oregon’s Earl Blumenauer. The addition of South Carolina to the Peanut Standards Board will see the state added to the 18 member states already guarding the future of the peanut production industry; the board is divided into three main regions with South Carolina designated to join the Virginia-North Carolina region to advise on the production of peanuts across the U.S.

Mental Health: Alarming Number of London Cops Taking Sick Leave

Being a police officer is more strenuous than it looks. To many people, police work entails dressing in clean, well-pressed uniforms and sitting in a government fueled car with a siren that excuses you from the traffic. Apart from the occasional emergencies, it is hard for any tom, dick and harry to conjure up a reason as to why a police officer would want to take a sick day unless they are just lazy.

But that is where most people a wrong. The truth is that police officers go through a lot of pressure to make sure that the general population is safe and stays that way around the clock. And in a city as big as London, you can rest assured that the kind of pressure is always worse.

And just because one can’t see the kind of stress that they go through doesn’t mean that they aren’t going through it. A recent statistical research carried out by freedom of information act by five news revealed that the number of London cops taking sick days to combat mental health issues has doubled in just six years – which is quite an alarming rate.

You can follow the link to get the accurate statistics Mental or psychological issues can be classified into some categories including anxiety, depression, bereavement, depression, and stress. It is therefore important to always seek help the moment you start showing signs of mental sickness or see someone in the force exhibiting them.

Contrary to belief, there is nothing to be ashamed of having a mental problem since we are all human. The police are trained to be tough and hardcore, but we shouldn’t forget that they are just like you and me. That is why London residents are encouraged to promote the well-being of officers by making their work much easier.

The Gamecocks Still in the Game

South Carolinas Gamecocks put themselves back in the race for the Southeastern Conference East Division college football after overcoming Vanderbilt’s Commodores 34-27. AJ Turner and surprise kid Jack Bentley brought South Carolina the win with Turner notching 121 yards, a career best after going 15 runs. Bentley had a blast, getting his first college football career double touchdowns which gave the Gamecocks 6-2 and another 4-2 leads, covering a total 47 yards having started the game at 14 yards.

Wonder boy Bentley

Bentleys runs had Zach Bailey the offense lines man cursing under his breath every time he took off. The two touch downs, one going 8 yards on 1sec. and 9 and the other turning 1 sec. and 15 into a third and 2. The sophomore wonder kid also had 19 complete passes out of 29, covering 174 yards. The commodores had two players taken out for targeting, Z. Jones (defender) and C.Wright both had hits on Bentley, who played down both incidences likening them to having a minnow in a pool full of sharks. However, the Vanderbilt Commodores coach did not find the calls amusing. He doubted if the rule was well interpreted, saying all he saw were players doing hard tackle on a young quarterback and not necessarily targeting him.


Vanderbilt got 10 penalties with the Commodores having Sam Dobbs to thank for stalling a possible drive that would have resulted in a tie. Kyle Shurmur had a season best 333 yards throw and also touched down 4 times. Coach Will Muschamp says the Gamecocks have no special plans for Georgia, their opponents next week, even though their win makes them bowl eligible, an fact that is not given much thought in the locker room, with Gamecocks focus being on more game and bigger achievements. Vanderbilt’s loss stretches their losing record in the SEC to 23, letting in 10 or more points in 12 of this season eighteen quarters.

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A win for the Gamecocks against the Georgian Bulldogs will liven their title hopes while the Bulldogs only need a win to have one hand on the Southeastern East Conference title.

McDonald Delivery Services Now Available in London

In recent news, the McDonalds in London has plans of starting to deliver food to the customers who live near some selected restaurants in London. These are customers that live near the McDonald restaurants in London. To have their orders delivered, the customers need to place their orders through the UberEats APP. The customers also need to be living within a radius of 1.5 miles from the McDonald restaurants.

McDonald has partnered with the UberEats app to execute the McDelivery. Already, trial deliveries have been launched in many McDonald restaurants and are in the process of expanding to 32 locations in England. These locations include London, seven Nottingham, and Leeds. In Nottingham, there are seven locations while Leeds has three. They did not specify all the areas they want to reach in London as this is their first trial.

The fast food company has more than 1,200 restaurants in the UK. So, Leeds, London, and Nottingham represent a small percentage. Launching the delivery services in these three locations would be a good experiment to how the services would work and see what challenges they can address to make it better.

Already, UberEats is working on menus in Leeds, London, and Nottingham to see what they can deliver. Deliveries will be done between 7 in the morning to 2 in the afternoon.

McDonald has successfully implemented McDelivery services in the United States specifically Chicago, Columbus, Los Angeles and Phoenix where they have also collaborated with the UberEat app. McDonald customers are now able to enjoy their favorite foods.

Having started in America in 1940 as a simple idea, this fast food chain of restaurants now has presence in over 120 countries in the world. Their foods include hamburgers, cheeseburgers, French fries, chicken products, soft drinks, milkshakes, desserts, salads, fish, smoothies, fruits, wraps, desserts and breakfast items.

South Carolina to Avoid Puff Playing Vs. No.2 Georgia

In the the latest news and events, the South Carolina linebacker T.J Brunson has faith that the Gamecocks have set their minds right in preparing for their most vital Southeastern Conference game in about four years.

The Gamecocks have been fortunate victors in the last three league games, and this is their first time after 2013 after beating Vanderbilt 34-27. The Gamecocks are facing a challenge on Saturday when they face the powerhouse number 2 Georgia.

The Gamecocks based have been struggling hard in the past few years after being among the leading top East teams since 2010 to 2013, under coach Steve Purrier’s training, the former coach of the Gamecocks. South Carolina achieved its SEC title game in 2010, and since then they have been on their heels in the race in the following three games ending the game at 11-2 every time.

However things got worse for the Gamecocks when Steve walked away from the team after losing a devastating 3-9 during 2015, then the current coach Will Muschamp went to only 6-7 in 2016. Will is working with the team back to the top.

Their battle with the no.2 Georgia won’t be an easy task, and this will be one of the considerable bombshells in the season in Athens, Georgia this Saturday.

Bulldogs are leading on top with a two-game against South Carolina and Kentucky. In case the games end with a Georgia win on Saturday, the Gamecocks will be of the race. Georgia would then drive their way to their position in the championship game with just one more win in its concluding final two games against Kentucky and Auburn.

Terry Godwin, Georgia receiver, believes that his team is has grown its aplomb and is determined to win this Saturday, not what is already down the drain.

Restaurant Manager Accused of Enslaving, Abusing Cook

The manager of a restaurant in Conway, South Carolina is accused of forcing a mentally disabled buffet cook to work for him by using physical abuse and coercion against him.

The defendant is Bobby Paul Edwards, age 52, the manager and co-owner of J&J Cafeteria. He has been indicted on one count of forced labor for alleged abuses taking place between 2010 and 2014. He has plead not guilty.

The alleged victim is John Christopher Smith, age 39. He had worked for the cafeteria since he was 12 years old, working his way up from busboy to buffet manager. He says that working there was a happy experience for many years, but that Edwards’ behavior took a sudden turn for the violent starting in 2010.

Edwards previously received misdemeanor charges of second degree assault and battery against Smith back in November 2014, after the police received a complaint claiming the abuse was taking place.

Though no details are known about this current indictment, a civil suit filed on Smith’s behalf from 2015 claims that Edwards would hit Smith in the head with a frying pan, use tongs to burn him with hot grease and regularly use racial slurs when speaking to him. Other court documents claim that he once beat Smith with a belt in the back of the restaurant, during which Smith was heard crying “No, Bobby, please!” He also supposedly forced Smith to live in a nearby apartment that was infested with cockroaches.

If convicted, Edwards will face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. He will also have to pay restitution to Smith for all the years in which he was underpaid. (Smith is said to have received less than $3,000 per year, despite working 18 hour shifts for six days each week.)

Remaining Friends After a Break-Up

It is often difficult to separate the political from the personal. After all, people often delete friends and acquaintances off of their social media profiles if they disagree with their political stances and opinions. Doing so is even more difficult, one might imagine, for politicians.
Such is the predicament faced by the royal couple: London’s own William and Kate. Though nowadays the monarchs may be more figureheads than direct rulers, their sway and say serves as a major voice for the United Kingdom, especially internationally. After Great Britain voted for Brexit on June 23rd, 2016 (to separate from the European Union ) remaining on good terms with other European rulers would become more difficult than before the unexpected secession.
What better place for such diplomacy than Germany, without question the country with the most sway in what is left of the European Union. At a gathering hosted by the British Ambassador to Germany, Prince William not only assured all that Germany and England are on good terms, but emphasized the importance of these relations remaining positive moving forward. “The United Kingdom and Germany proudly share the same values as open and democratic societies, and the same determination to champion those values and to defend them – not least through our very close defense and security partnerships.” William and Kate Visit Germany
Whether this relationship will remain just as strong remains to be seen. What is certain though, is that Kate wowed in a dress designed by the late great ALexander McQueen.