Editor | Cassandra Lau This week kicked off with World Soil Day which is celebrated annually on the 5th December at the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations headquarters in Rome. This year’s focus was on soil pollution, a “virtually invisible” impact of the changes people have made to our planet. Soils are a “nearly forgotten resource,” says FAO Director General José Graziano da … Continue reading World Soil Day: How to tackle soil pollution with 1 action
Film Editor | Graciela Mae Chico Forty years after the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s, an estimated 36.9 million people worldwide are still living with HIV. Despite AIDS-related deaths reducing to more than 51% – since its peak in 2001 – it is estimated that the illness still caused almost a million deaths in 2017. (UNAIDS.org) This year the fight to defeat HIV and AIDS … Continue reading ‘Know Your Status’: World AIDS Day 30 Years On
Featured Photograph: During the time of Apartheid in South Africa, when black people were denied their basic human and political rights, two youngsters of different races forge a connection in Cape Town. / UN Photo (1982) Editor | Cassandra Lau World Tolerance Day marks the 16th November every year as a day to generate public awareness of the dangers and unacceptability of intolerance. “Tolerance … Continue reading World Tolerance Day 2018: Understanding Intolerance is Key.
Arts Editor | Mimi Markham Content warning: eating disorders The narrative is familiar: student mental illness is a growing problem. In the last ten years, first year students who report they suffer from a mental illness has increased fivefold. 75% of mental illnesses are established by the age of 25 and, as many students arrive as teenagers, there is no doubt universities must acknowledge their … Continue reading Diabetes Awareness Month: When mental and physical health intersect
Editor | Cassandra Lau When I first landed in London in 2012, I recall walking into a souvenir store with dim white lights, and overstocked shelves of snowglobes, stationary, cups, plates, clothing and you name it. Amongst all the clutter of miniature London attractions, the one thing that stood out to me was the slogan, Keep Calm & Drink Tea. Back when the 1939 … Continue reading Who Picked My Tea?
Deputy Sports Editor | Jack Wright Every writer will, at some point in their lives, have heard this classic piece of advice: ‘write what you know’. I cannot say whether this is good advice. If that is a question that you would like answers to, I would recommend reading some of the insightful opinions shared by published authors. I’m also going to be careful … Continue reading My Life in My Art: Knausgaard and Misty
Editor | Cassandra Lau Have you ever had to wait at a red pedestrian light for a moment too long? It might come as a surprise to you when I say that the idea of smart cities have been around for 50 years plus. But it surely cannot shock you more than who came up with the idea: Walk Disney. “a community of tomorrow that … Continue reading World Town Planning Day: Smart Cities
Film Editor |Graciela Mae Chico October 24 marks ‘United Nations Day’. Part of ‘United Nations Week’, which runs from October 20 to 26, it is the anniversary of the organisation’s establishment; the day has been celebrated since 1948 but was only recommended as a public holiday (for Member States) by the United Nations General Assembly in 1971. But more importantly, the day highlights the achievements … Continue reading United Nations Day: The Importance of the Spirit of Unity in the Midst of Universal Adversity
Guest Writer | Kelly Cheung Affecting 70 million people worldwide in every language and culture, stammering (also referred as stuttering in the U.S.) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that creates speech problems, such as sudden involuntary pauses and a tendency to repeat the initial letters of words. Although everyone will experience a small degree of disfluency while speaker, a person who stammers experiences notable disfluency, with … Continue reading International Stammering Awareness Day: Restore the Lost Voices
Lifestyle Editor | Kyrie Roxby Despite advances made in technology and numerous charities working to abolish global poverty, it is still vastly prevalent. The World Bank estimates that over one billion people around the world are living in extremepoverty, earning less than an average of £1.25 a day. However, it cannot only be measured by a living wage, but in the poor conditions found around … Continue reading World Poverty Day