Diwali, the Hindu festival of light, was celebrated in Trafalgar Square London, with a full program of dance, songs and entertainment for the whole family. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness
Dressed up as Lord Rama, his wife, Sita, his brother Lakshmana, and their army of devoted monkeys and villagers, children from the local community took part in a parade – or a Ram Yatra – to launch the Mayor of London’s Diwali Festival, in Trafalgar Square on Sunday, 12 October. Leaving from the Southbank, the colourful procession symbolised the triumph of righteousness and the return of hope and happiness (in the form of Lord Rama) to the kingdom of Ayodhya – in this case, Trafalgar Square. More…
The Trade Union Congress (TUC) organised a mass demonstration in London under the banner of Britain Needs a Pay Rise., Saturday 18 October 2014. It marched through central London, culminating in a rally in Hyde Park. About 100,000 took part.
More than 1,000 gathered at Temple Place, Victoria Embankment, London, Saturday 4 October 4, at the start of the march calling for an end to the air strikes in Iraq and the ongoing aggression in Syria. The rain did not stop the determined atmosphere amongst the demonstrators. More…
Some of the delegates at the forum
Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) and the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) hosted a panel discussion on the effects of West African piracy and maritime crime on seafarers at the Army and Navy Club, London, 23 September. The panellists included Admiral Sir James Burnell-Nugent of OBP, Mr Pottengal Mukundan of the IMB, Mr Douglas Stevenson of Seaman’s Church Institute, Mr Peter Swift of Maritime Piracy Humantarian Programme and Mr Tim Hart of Control Risks.
Flag States: Liberia, Marshall Islands, Panama and Saint Kitts and Nevis
Professor Steve Tsang (left) and Yoji Koda, Vice Admiral Japanese Self Defence Forces (Retired)
The role of personal networks and Track II diplomacy
A seminar on ‘Trace II diplomacy was held at Daiwa Foundation, London, 30 September 2014. The speakers were Vice Admiral Yoji Koda and Professor Steve Tsang. The seminar was chaired by Professor Barry Buzan of the London School of Economics. More…
Climate change: Thousands march across the UK
BBC News 21 September
Thousands of people have took part in a march for climate action in London – one of more than 2,000 marches which took place around the world.
Other marches in the UK took place in Manchester, Edinburgh, Sheffield, Stroud and Dudley.
Campaigners, including actress Emma Thompson and singer Peter Gabriel, marched along Embankment to a rally in Parliament Square. More…
Milken Institute’s report noted that Kuala Lumpur recorded the third strongest job growth over the past five years, and its ranking was supported by a high per-capita household income. — Picture by Choo Choy May
The Malay Mail Online September 18, 2014
KUALA LUMPUR – Kuala Lumpur was ranked the 6th top performing Asian city ahead of Shanghai and Singapore, thanks to an “impressive job growth”, a US-based think tank revealed.
Milken Institute’s first ranking of the economic performance of Asia’s major cities was based on actual economic performance assessing job and income growth, and the strength of industries on the extent of economic value they add, it said in a statement. More…
Africa Utopia highlighted the many ways that the continent could lead the way in thinking about culture, community, technology, fashion, sustainability and ethical wealth creation. The festival used art and culture to showcase the great voices of Africa and their contribution to the world. More…