August 2009

Champion Semenya has been treated as 'a leper'

Marc WadsworthGlam rocker Lou Reed’s lyrics from his 1970s hit song Walk on the wild side have come to mind as I watched the tormenting of a young woman athlete whose story is more sensational than that of new sports hero Usain Bolt. Holly came from Miami ...

Bloomin' delightful

Click on this image to view more captivating work by photographer Mike Farrier.

Landlords return to 'No Blacks, no dogs, no Irish'

Balfour Muhammad Human rights campaigners say some British landlords have returned to the “bad old days of no Blacks, no dogs, no Irish”. This harsh observation follows the uncovering of illegal practices aimed at stopping foreign nationals from renting pr ...

Fat cat lawyers brought in to defend killer blaze council

Tom Barnes, Marc Wadsworth and Deborah Hobson - The-Latest EXCLUSIVETown hall chiefs in a London borough rocked by a blaze which claimed the lives of six council tenants are using public funds to employ a £500 an hour city law firm to defend them against l ...

Dance, drama and intrigue through the lens of a camera

The-Latest is delighted to introduce to you the work of Lara Platman, as part of its feature on inspirational photographers who have agreed to share their images with us for your enjoyment. Lara describes the early influences on her work, the motivation to ...

Council has ‘failed to protect residents’ on death trap estates

Charles Ogunnowo Scaffolding is up. The banging is going on and redemption work seems to be in progress. Efforts are under way to bring Lakanal House back to a life after a massive fire on July 3 which claimed the lives of six people, including a three- we ...

Fury over quango's claim that health food is a con

Grace Boateng Critics have reacted angrily to a Food Standards Agency study which says that organic products are no better for you than conventionally produced food. Research for the FSA by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine looked at acade ...

Big firms are wasting water and hiking utility bills

Tom Barnes and Masego Edwards Water is being wasted on a huge scale in Britain claims the industry’s watchdog.  It has blasted the major monopolies for wasting vital resources and sending the utility bills of consumers through the roof. The Council fo ...

Dangerous dogs targeted by dawn raids

Bradley Ojugo  Twenty dangerous dogs including illegal breeds were seized during an early morning raid in south London. The properties targeted were mainly on a Brixton council estate and homes of alleged gang members.police believed that gang me ...

Devastating effects of youth on youth violence

News that  a "teenager got stabbed" or a "youth was shot dead" never seems to end in south London, writes Charles Ogunnowo. This month yet another teenage male was seriously injured in a gang fight in that troubled part of the British capital. Foxley Road ...

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