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  • 3 weeks Matt Hancock: Government Would Prioritise Medicines Over Food In No-Deal Brexit Huffingtonpost
    The government would prioritise medicines over food in the case of a no-deal Brexit, Matt Hancock has told MPs. The health secretary’s comments come after a number of the country’s leading supermarkets – including Sainsbury’s, Lidl, Waitrose, Co-op and Morrisons – warned that shoppers could be left facing empty shelves if the UK crashes out of the EU without a deal.With around of a third of UK food imported from the UK, no-deal would cause “significant disruption” to millions of UK consumers, the supermarket giants said. “Medicines will be prioritised in the ... more
  • 3 weeks Brexit Is Difficult Enough Without MPs Actively Siding With Europe – Why The Cooper-Boles Amendment Deserves To Be Defeated Huffingtonpost
    The European Commission will be pleased with Yvette Cooper and Nick Boles’ amendment to Theresa May’s Brexit deal. They can point to it and calm the panic in member states.  If they hold firm, then they know that all the leverage will again shift to them, and when we are faced with the same problem, the UK will be considerably weakened. If the Commission had to write an amendment to increase their negotiating leverage, this would be what they came up with. For the UK, it is disastrous. Any hope of bringing the EU to the table for a sensible negotiation ... more
  • 3 weeks The Greatest Dancer Rep Denies Strictly Come Dancing Pros’ Appearance Is A Deliberate Ratings Ploy Huffingtonpost
    The Greatest Dancer bosses have dismissed the idea that an upcoming appearance from the professional stars of Strictly Come Dancing was specifically concocted as a ratings ploy.On Monday, The Sun claimed that Greatest Dancer producers were hoping that getting the stars of Strictly to appear on their show might help drum up some interest from the public, after it only attracted an audience of just over 3 million on Saturday.However, a rep for The Greatest Dancer has now insisted that it had always been the plan for the Strictly pros to put in an appearance on their fellow BBC dance show.A ... more
  • 3 weeks Stella Creasy: ‘Government Prioritising The DUP Over Northern Irish Women’s Abortion Rights’ Huffingtonpost
    The government is more concerned with keeping the DUP on side than giving women in Northern Ireland access to abortions, Stella Creasy has said. In a blog for HuffPost UK, the influential Labour backbencher said Tory ministers had effectively blocked attempts to use the long-awaited Domestic Abuse Bill to liberalise abortion rights in Northern Ireland. The government had done this, she said, over fears of offending the deeply-conservative Northern Irish DUP, which the government relies on for a majority in parliament. It is currently illegal to get an abortion in Northern Ireland in almost every circumstance – including when the pregnancy ... more
  • 3 weeks The Government’s Domestic Abuse Bill Prioritises Pleasing The DUP Over Protecting Vulnerable British Citizens’ Rights Huffingtonpost
    For two years we have been eagerly awaiting the Domestic Abuse Bill, legislation the government itself described as landmark. Yet when it was finally published last week the only milestone moment it offered was a new low. Instead of making domestic violence a priority, it makes pleasing the DUP its main concern – to the detriment of all concerned.The government has explicitly drafted this bill in such a way to focus on devolved matters. Its primary offer involves reform in family courts and creating a commissioner with responsibility for tackling violence against women and girls, both of which are to ... more
  • 3 weeks Brazen Art Thief Strolls Out Of Gallery With Painting Huffingtonpost
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  • 3 weeks Elliott And Declan Bower Jailed Over Sheffield Crash Which Killed Four – Including 16-Month-Old Baby Huffingtonpost
    A teenager has been jailed for 11-and-a-half years for killing four people, including a 16-month-old boy, in a crash as he fled from police while on the run.Elliott Bower admitted four counts of causing death by dangerous driving and three counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, after the stolen car he was behind the wheel of ploughed into a people carrier.Adnan Ashraf Jarral, 35 and his baby son Muhammed Usman Bin Adnan were killed in the crash in November, along with husband and wife Miroslav Duna, 50, and Vlasta Dunova, 41.At the time of Bower’s charging, Detective Chief Inspector ... more
  • 3 weeks Leaving Neverland: The Controversial Michael Jackson Documentary Is The Most-Talked About Film At Sundance Huffingtonpost
    Leaving Neverland has become one of the most talked about movies debuted at Sundance Film Festival, where its premiere was met with a handful of protestors. The documentary, which takes its name from Michael Jackson’s sprawling California ranch home, focuses on two men’s separate, graphic accounts of sexual abuse allegedly endured at the hands of the pop star. Their claims have been vehemently denied by the Jackson estate.Channel 4 are planning to show the film here in the UK, though it’s not clear when. In lieu of an air date, here’s what we ... more
  • 3 weeks A No-Deal Brexit Would Be A Betrayal Of Leave Voters Huffingtonpost
    Those who now advocate a no-deal Brexit on World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules would bring about a loss of democracy and a betrayal of Leave voters. The UK would become a rule taker in the WTO instead of a rule maker in the EU whilst discussions in Davos last week cast doubt over the very future of the WTO.So much for “taking back control” of our democracy. We were reliably informed that once we left the familiar orbit of EU institutions - the Council of Ministers, the EU Commission and European Court of Justice – UK law would rule supreme. ... more
  • 3 weeks Why A People’s Vote Needs To Be For All Huffingtonpost
    Politics these days plays heavily on the language of emotion. Fewer words have been coined in modern times with the same emotional resonance as Brexit. Now though we have another term that is causing a schism across political lines. 'People's Vote' is the phrase that has strongly divided public opinion amongst politicians and the populace alike. Apart from the Leave side's opposition to any form of second referendum, there is also a danger of using the term "people" to describe only one section of the population. When Prime Minister Theresa May speaks of “the will of the people” to leave ... more
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  • 3 weeks Mums Protest Outside Birmingham School For ‘Promoting Homosexuality’ To Kids Huffingtonpost
    A group of around 20 parents are threatening to remove their children from a primary school with a gay assistant head teacher, after claiming it is “over-promoting LGBT movements”.Parkfield Community School in Saltley, Birmingham, has been criticised by some parents for piloting a programme called No Outsiders, run by Andrew Moffat MBE, which challenges discrimination, including homophobia, in schools.Books being read as part of the programme at the 770-pupil school, where 23 nationalities are represented, include Mommy, Mama and Me and King & King – stories about same-sex relationships and marriages.But furious mum-of-three Fatima Shah has already taken her 10-year-old daughter ... more
  • 3 weeks Newcastle Islamic School Covered In ‘Vile’ Racist Graffiti After Break-In Huffingtonpost
    Racist graffiti has been daubed on the walls of an Islamic school which sits on the former set of the popular Geordie TV show Byker Grove.The perpetrators scrawled “moslem terrorists” and a swastika among other offensive symbols inside the Grade-2 listed building which houses the Bahr Academy in Newcastle-upon-Tyne’s West End.Debris was left strewn across the building with pictures showing an overturned table and fire extinguishers lying on the floor.The break-in is believed to have happened at some point overnight between Thursday and Friday.Northumbria Police have confirmed the incident is being treated as a hate crime.Sergeant Adrian Oakes, of the ... more
  • 3 weeks I Couldn’t Face Working A Routine 9-5 Job, So I Created My Perfect Job Huffingtonpost
    I still remember the day I got my job as a mechanical engineer at Jaguar Land Rover, one of the most prestigious brands in the world, and the overwhelming joy that came with it. However, if you had told me back then that, five years later, I would ditch every engineer’s dream job to pursue my own online business, I probably wouldn’t have believed you.But that’s exactly what happened. It wasn’t a premeditated move, it came about after a gradual deterioration of my satisfaction with my career. Not just my engineering career, but the concept of working a 9-5 office job. I ... more
  • 3 weeks Tesco Confirm 9,000 Jobs At Risk Across UK Huffingtonpost
    Tesco has confirmed up to 9,000 jobs are at risk at its head office and in stores as part of efforts to “simplify” the business.The major supermarket retailer cited the “competitive and challenging market” when explaining the cuts.Reports said the chain will cut its fish and delicatessen meat counters and begin using frozen dough within its bakeries, minimising the need for skilled bakers.The move will affect most of Tesco’s 732 bigger stores.According to the Mail on Sunday, counters in a handful of the biggest Extra stores will open on Thursdays to Sundays, while others are earmarked for closure or being ... more
  • 3 weeks Gemma Collins’ ‘Dancing On Ice’ Fall Is No Excuse For Body-Shaming Huffingtonpost
    Gemma Collins’ time on ITV’s hit celebrity ice-skating contest has been well documented by both the tabloid press and by social media. Over the past few weeks we’ve heard tales of laziness, lack of commitment and diva-like strops from behind the scenes. This all came to a head last week when, following a somewhat safe performance of Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend, the GC called out judge Jason Gardiner for allegedly selling stories about her to the press, something that Jason himself has since denied.This weekend however, Gemma managed to go one better and fell over spectacularly during her ... more
  • 3 weeks Major Supermarkets Warn No-Deal Brexit Will Lead To Empty Shelves Huffingtonpost
    The country’s largest food outlets and supermarkets have written to MPs to warn them that a no-deal Brexit could result in empty shelves. The stark warning said that crashing out of the EU without a deal would cause “significant disruption” to millions of UK consumers. Sainsbury’s, Lidl, Marks & Spencer’s, Co-op, Waitrose and Morrison’s are among the signatories of the letter, as well as Pret, KFC, McDonald’s and Starbucks.In a joint letter, which has also been signed by the British Retail Consortium, the group said they wanted to highlight the consequences that crashing out ... more
  • 3 weeks Tory Brexiteers Threaten To Kill Plan That Could Help Theresa May Strike New Deal Huffingtonpost
    Tory Eurosceptics are threatening to torpedo a plan to give Theresa May “enormous firepower” to renegotiate her Brexit deal with the EU.Brexiteer sources said the hardline European Research Group (ERG) could not yet support amendments put forward by senior Tories to scrap or limit the controversial Irish backstop, which would give the PM more breathing space. The amendments, tabled by Sir Graham Brady and Andrew Murrison, could be voted on by MPs on Tuesday, if they are selected by Commons Speaker John Bercow. Number 10 is thought to tacitly back the plans.The idea ... more
  • 3 weeks Tory Cuts To Local Council Budgets Are Leaving A Wake Of Social Destruction Huffingtonpost
    Over the last nine years this disastrous Tory government has targeted its austerity agenda at the most deprived areas of the country whilst the Conservative voting areas have – in relative terms – been spared the worst of the cuts. This has all be done through the guise of manipulating existing funding models, but due to Government proposed changes it’s about to get worse.In late December, whilst attention was focused on Brexit, the government proposed to change the way it gives funding to councils. Instead of focusing on the most deprived areas or those with the most need they’ll introduce ... more
  • 3 weeks Morrisons Is Trialling 20p Paper Bags For Shoppers Who Want To Ditch Plastic Huffingtonpost
    Next time you forget to bring your tote bag to the supermarket, you might be able to avoid buying a plastic one – but it’ll cost you. Morrisons is introducing paper grocery bags costing 20p each as part of an eight-week trial in eight of its UK stores. The supermarket will also be hiking the price of long-life plastic bags to 15p.The trial is apparently in response to customers who say reducing plastic is their top environmental concern. Morrisons removed 5p carrier bags early in 2018, which led to a 25% reduction in overall bag sales.We’re all for reducing plastic, but ... more
  • 3 weeks St David’s Cardiff: Shoppers Describe Horror After Being Trapped In A Lift That Repeatedly Plunged Up And Down Huffingtonpost
    More than a dozen people were left “terrified” after they got stuck in a lift “plunging up and down” several floors at a time in a shopping centre.Taris Chapman, 19, one of those trapped, decided to post about the incident, which happened at the St David’s centre in Cardiff on Saturday, on social media “to warn others of how dangerous lifts can be”. In the public Facebook post, she said: “Myself, three of my friends and nine other people were in the lift in St David’s shopping centre this evening when it stopped working.“This resulted in 40 minutes of the lift ... more
  • 3 weeks ‘SAS: Who Dares Wins’: 5 Times The Show Got Powerfully Emotional About Mental Health Huffingtonpost
    If you’re an avid watcher of Channel 4′s ‘SAS: Who Dares Wins’, you’ll know the show is far more than just a physical test to see if participants can make it through SAS selection.Being a successful Special Air Service recruit isn’t only about completing extreme physical endurance tasks, it’s also about mental resilience – and the show is a reminder of how important your mind is, no matter what you’re going through. The fourth series of the show sees 24 men and women head into the Andes mountains in central Chile, and follows them as they live and work in high altitude, ... more
  • 3 weeks Mass Fish Death In Australia’s Record-Breaking Heatwave Huffingtonpost
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  • 3 weeks Emiliano Sala: Family Charters Special Flight To See Where Plane Vanished Huffingtonpost
    Desperate relatives of missing Premier League footballer Emiliano Sala have chartered a special flight to view the area the plane he was in disappeared over the English Channel.The group of family and friends travelled on a twin-engine Dornier 228-212 plane which flew from Guernsey Airport and circled the island of Alderney on Monday, a week after the plane Sala was in dropped off the radar.Sala’s relatives and friends, including his mother Mercedes and sister Romina, travelled in a plane operated by Guernsey airline Aurigny.They made no comment to reporters as they returned to the terminal building at Guernsey Airport.In a ... more
  • 3 weeks Yorkshire Mum Missing For Eight Months Feared Murdered Huffingtonpost
    Police fear a mum missing for eight months, who has never met her first grandchild, may have been murdered.Naheed Khan, 43, from Thornaby-on-Tees, North Yorkshire, was reported missing on 12 June, but had not been seen by her family for three weeks before that.There have been several unconfirmed sightings of her since she vanished, but Cleveland Police confirmed she had not accessed her bank account or used her mobile phone since her disappearance.Chief Superintendent Jon Green confirmed in a statement that, given the lack of proof of her life, the force is treating the case as a suspected murder.“Over the ... more
  • 3 weeks Dancing On Ice: 8 Times Injuries Have Forced A Star To Leave The Competition Early Huffingtonpost
    Because it’s often perceived as little more than light-hearted Sunday night entertainment, it’s easy to forget that signing up for Dancing On Ice is actually a dangerous move for a celebrity.Over the years, there have been a number of shocking accidents and sudden falls on the ice (just ask Gemma Collins, who recently took a tumble on live TV), with a number of stars even having to leave the competition earlier due to an accident on the ice.Here are eight occasions when a Dancing On Ice star has been forced to leave the show due to injury...Michael Underwood (2008) The first ... more
  • 3 weeks Full-Time Working Mums Have 40% Higher Stress Levels Than Women Without Kids, Study Finds Huffingtonpost
    We all know working full-time and bringing up kids isn’t easy – but new research has highlighted just how tough it can be. Women who have two children and work full-time are far more stressed than child-free women who work the same hours, a new study suggests. And the effects are very similar in dads. Researchers found the level of biomarkers related to chronic stress – including stress-related hormones and blood pressure – were 40% higher in women were working full-time while bringing up two children than in those who didn’t have kids.“Work-family conflict is associated with increased psychological strain, with higher ... more
  • 3 weeks ‘Black Panther’ Wins Big At SAG Awards Huffingtonpost
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  • 3 weeks Gemma Collins ‘Devastated And Embarrassed’ By Dancing On Ice Fall Huffingtonpost
    Gemma Collins says she has been left “devastated and embarrassed” by her spectacular fall on Dancing On Ice. The TOWIE star fell flat on her face during her performance on Sunday night’s show, which left her in tears live on air. She has now addressed the embarrassing incident on her Instagram, admitting her “heart is broken” by it. 
    View this post on InstagramA post shared by Gemma Collins (@gemmacollins1) on Jan 28, 2019 at 2:40am PSTPosting a video clip of the performance, Gemma wrote: “Absolutely devastated & embarrassed, My heart is ... more
  • 3 weeks Wine Prices Could Rocket Thanks To ‘Severe’ Glass Bottle Shortage Huffingtonpost
    Those who have been craving a glass of wine to mark the end of dry January might want to sit down, as a new report in The Grocer suggests wine prices are set to soar because of a “severe” shortage of glass bottles.Experts from the wine industry warned the delicious tipple could become more expensive in the foreseeable future, as glass suppliers are witnessing large increases in costs caused by glass shortages.Demand for green bottles has been particularly high, according to industry experts. The demand has in fact overtaken supply, meaning price increases are inevitable. And a no-deal Brexit could hike ... more
  • 3 weeks The New Deposit-Free Mortgage Comes With One Catch – You Need Rich Parents Huffingtonpost
    With sky-high rent draining your income, saving for a deposit to buy your first home can feel impossible. But Lloyds has launched a new 100% mortgage that doesn’t require lenders to put down a deposit. Unsurprisingly, there’s a catch: while you won’t need to fork out funds in advance, your parents will.In order to be eligible for the mortgage, your parents or another close family member (such as a grandparent) will need to place the equivalent of 10% of the loan into a Lloyds savings account. In other words, if you want to buy a property that’s £243,000 – the average house ... more
  • 3 weeks ‘Black Panther’ Makes SAG Awards History, Prompting Poignant Acceptance Speech From Chadwick Boseman Huffingtonpost
    ‘Black Panther’ made history at Sunday night’s SAG Awards, as it became the first superhero film to win the award for an Outstanding Performance By A Cast In A Motion Picture.The Marvel movie’s triumph prompted an emotional speech from leading man Chadwick Boseman at the ceremony, which was held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Taking to the stage with the rest of the cast, the actor, who plays the titular superhero, discussed how the film had changed the industry.  “Well. I’ll be... I didn’t think I was going to have to speak,” ... more
  • 3 weeks Gemma Collins’ Bruises Revealed As Boyfriend Admits He Thought She’d ‘Lose A Tooth’ After ‘Dancing On Ice’ Fall Huffingtonpost
    Gemma Collins’ boyfriend James ‘Arg’ Argent has revealed the extent of her injuries, after she suffered a nasty fall during Sunday’s live show. The ‘TOWIE’ star took a tumble on the ice in the closing seconds of her routine, but managed to get back up and finish the performance, before receiving her best score of the series. After the show, she went for a celebratory meal with Arg and a group of friends, where they obviously shared plenty of Instagram updates.In one of Arg’s Instagram Story posts, Gemma had a bag of ice ... more
  • 3 weeks TV Chef Dan Doherty Of ‘Britain’s Best Home Cook’ Apologises To Staff Following Sexual Harassment Accusations Huffingtonpost
    Celebrity chef Dan Doherty, who is a judge on ‘Britain’s Best Home Cook’ alongside Mary Berry, has apologised to staff at his central London restaurant following sexual harassment claims.The 33-year-old was also reportedly banned from the Royal Oak gastro pub in Marylebone for a month, while an investigation into his conduct was launched by his bosses.According to the Sunday Times, the restaurant’s parent company looked into claims that he had made inappropriate remarks to female staff.When he returned to work a month later, he switched roles from Head Chef to Executive Chef and apologised to his team.In a statement, the ... more
  • 3 weeks Death Toll Rises As Search Efforts Continue After Dam Collapse Huffingtonpost
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  • 3 weeks Fitbits Overestimate Calories Burned While Walking By 50%, Study Claims Huffingtonpost
    Some popular fitness trackers overestimate the number of calories users burn during exercise, an investigation has uncovered.The Fitbit Charge 2, the best-selling fitness tracker in the UK, overestimated the amount of calories burned while walking by more than 50%, according to the research led by Aberystwyth University.It was found to be far more accurate when used to track running through, underestimating the calories burned by just 4%. The study comes as a separate paper by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges warns data from fitness trackers can wrongly suggest illness, through inaccurate measurements of heart rate and blood pressure. The authors say that ... more
  • 3 weeks Why 2019 Needs To Be The Year Plastic-free Periods Go Mainstream Huffingtonpost
    In 2018, the threat of plastic pollution and its adverse effects on the environment gained huge media coverage. Period products are no exception, with many becoming aware for the first time, just like me, that the tampons and pads that we had been using for years contained high amounts of plastic. These products can contain up to 90% plastic and are constantly manufactured and discarded, with an estimated 100 billion disposed of annually worldwide.  They can enter rivers and oceans and end up on beaches. In fact, a report by the European Commission found that period items are the fifth most ... more
  • 3 weeks Dad’s Comfort Doll From Daughter Has Kept Him Company On Flights For 43 Years Huffingtonpost
    A dad has kept a handmade comfort doll by his side on every flight he’s taken for the past 43 years – and it was made by his daughter when she was five.Posting on Reddit, Zoe shared a photo of her dad’s suitcase before boarding a plane, which proudly showed the miniature doll on top.“My dad is afraid to fly, so when I was five-years-old I made him a doll to hold on the plane,” she wrote. “Mom just sent me this picture. He is packed to come visit me. The doll is 43 years old!”[Read More: ‘You are speshl’: ... more
  • 3 weeks The Waugh Zone Monday January 28, 2019 Huffingtonpost
    1. THE BRADY CRUNCHCometh the hour, cometh the man, with a plan? Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the Tory backbench 1922 committee, is no one’s patsy. He shunned ministerial office (having quit the frontbench to fight for grammar schools), boasts impeccable Brexiteer credentials and has a healthy scepticism about the way No.10 works. Brady’s priorities are to deliver Brexit on time, avoid a damaging split in the Tory party and keep Jeremy Corbyn out of office. Those priorities also happen to be Theresa May’s, but it may be Brady who can do a better job in achieving them. He’s ... more
  • 3 weeks Sometimes We MPs Need To Shut Up And Listen – That’s Why We Need Citizens Assemblies On Brexit Huffingtonpost
    It is easy to want to roar with frustration. As the time gets eaten away until Brexit deadline day, as I sit in rooms with colleagues, as listening becomes increasingly rare, I want to roar. Scream, shout, swear. Brexit has driven Britain up the wall, and sometimes it feels like the only answer is a good old fashioned swear. But it wouldn’t work. Adding yet more noise isn’t the answer, and it hasn’t been for some time.Pre-Trump, the United Kingdom led the way in following big men with wild promises. In both the US and the UK, irresistible rhetoric that said ... more
  • 3 weeks Olivia Colman Says The Kev and Bev AA ‘Became The Bane Of My Life’ And Cost Her Jobs Huffingtonpost
    Having starred in hit shows including ‘Peep Show’ and ‘Broadchurch’, Olivia Colman has had plenty of memorable roles over the years, but there’s one part she shared regrets over.Yup, it’s her star turn in the infamous AA Kev and Bev adverts. The short promo clip was made in 2004 and sees Olivia play two versions of Bev, alongside an actor who plays Kev, but it had unwanted implications for her career. Speaking on David Tennant’s new podcast, Olivia revealed that the ad became “the bane of my life”. “I thought they were going to run that for about a week but they ... more
  • 3 weeks A Rare Red Panda Is On The Run In Belfast Huffingtonpost
    A rare red panda has sparked a police search after going missing from Belfast Zoo.Police in Northern Ireland have launched a public appeal for help tracing the small animal, but have warned people not to approach it.The panda was reported missing on Sunday and is currently believed to be in the area surrounding the zoo in Glengormley, to the north of Belfast.The animal is not known to be aggressive, but can become defensive if cornered, officers said.Police added: “These animals are nocturnal and would generally be located within wooded areas.“Our curious friend has not yet learned the green cross code, ... more
  • 3 weeks UK Snow Forecast: Britain Braced For Sleet And Ice As Weather Warnings Issued Huffingtonpost
    Britons are braced for a blanket of snow this week, as a deep chill prompts weather warnings.A band of rain is due to push east across England on Tuesday evening, bringing widespread snow to the south of the country overnight.Around 1cm to 3cm of the white stuff is expected to accumulate “quite widely”, the Met Office said, with the possibility of 5cm to 10cm falling on higher ground.A yellow warning is in place for the south of England, East Midlands and West Midlands from 9pm on Tuesday to midday on Wednesday.The Met ... more
  • 3 weeks Austerity Has Been Much Worse For People Living In These Cities, Report Finds Huffingtonpost
    Britain’s cities have shouldered almost three-quarters of government spending cuts, a new report has found.A decade of austerity showed large metropolitan areas, which are home to 55% of the population, faced 74% of cuts to day-to-day spending, the Centre for Cities study said.Slashed budgets declined by £386 per person in city zones, compared with £172 for the rest of the UK.The report also revealed a stark divide between regions, with the largest cuts felt in the north of England, where cities saw an on average 20% reduction in budgets.Seven of the 10 ... more
  • 3 weeks Ban ‘No-Fault’ Evictions To Ease Housing Crisis, IPPR Report Says Huffingtonpost
    Banning landlords from turfing out tenants without a reason and making “open-ended” rental contracts the norm could help millions feel more secure in their homes, a report has suggested.Rules preventing property barons from evicting people living in their residences for the first three years of their tenancy would give stability to increasing numbers of families living in rented property, the think tank IPPR said.The report found that the proportion of people living in privately rented homes in England has doubled since 1997, from two million, or 10%, to 4.7 million, or 20%.Researchers found around one-in-10 tenancies end because of a ... more
  • 3 weeks How To Know When It’s Not Just The January Blues – Signs Your Mental Health May Need Attention Huffingtonpost
    The weather is cold and dark, the party season is over and we’re all back at work. Add to that the aftermath of Christmas spending and unrealistic new year’s resolutions – and you’d be forgiven for feeling a little glum by now. But how do you know when those January blues become something else entirely?Depression will impact one in six of us at some point in our lives, so it’s always important to be aware of the signs. The severity of this mental health condition varies between different people – some feel persistently low in spirit, while others feel like life is ... more
  • 3 weeks 13 Cute Storage Boxes And Baskets To Marie Kondo Your Entire Home Huffingtonpost
    Plain storage boxes are nice and all that, but if space is at a premium and you have to store things in the open, you may as well buy something easy on the eyes.There are loads of online retailers selling affordable boxes and baskets to put your bits and bobs in – from rustic-looking crates to beautifully printed boxes. Here’s the best of the bunch.Pom-Pom Power Pom-pom basket, H&M, £14.99How glorious is this little basket? Simple, yet snazzy – and sure to liven up any dull space. Dimensions: D30 x H26cm.Buy it here.So CrateCrate, TK ... more
  • 3 weeks What Does Overpaying On Your Mortgage Mean And Should You Be Doing It? Huffingtonpost
    Mortgages are confusing and all of the terms and conditions can feel really tricky to navigate. Recent research from the consumer magazine Which? shows almost half of homeowners overpaid on their mortgage last year, with 18-24 years olds leading the pack with as many as seven in 10 making overpayments.But does overpaying on a mortgage mean and will it benefit you?David Blake, a mortgage expert from Which? explains: “Overpaying on your mortgage means paying more on a monthly basis or as a lump sum payment than what you’re contracted to do.”Most mortgages (though not all – it depends on your personal ... more
  • 3 weeks 10 Things To See And Do In Budapest: Instagram Inspo For Your City Break Huffingtonpost
    Budapest is a striking city. Sat along Europe’s second longest river, it’s home to beautiful architecture, thermal baths and warming dishes like goulash – all in all, the perfect place to head for a winter break.At this time of year the weather in Hungary’s capital city is fresh but not unbearable, with temperatures ranging between 0°C and 4°C in January and February, before climbing to a warmer average of 10°C in March. (In other words: nothing us Brits can’t handle.)So what to do once you’ve booked your flights? We asked Whitney Haldeman, travel blogger at the Blonde Atlas, for her recommendations.1. Fisherman’s ... more
  • 3 weeks If MPs Seize Control Of Brexit On Tuesday, The Way Will Be Opened For A Second Referendum Huffingtonpost
    The Brexit ‘debate’ increasingly resembles a 12-round heavyweight brawl in which exhausted fighters, totally punch-drunk, stumble to the final bell hoping to land a knock-out punch. The audience is exhausted by the length and scrappiness of the fight but also desperate for their side to win. Tomorrow, the Prime Minister’s deal will stagger back into the ring for another bout against several opponents. Both the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition continue to mark time, failing to recognise that the only way to end this protracted punishment is to bring about a People’s Vote on the Brexit deal, versus ... more
  • 3 weeks Why You Shouldn’t Say Someone ‘Lost Their Battle’ With Cancer Huffingtonpost
    You might talk about someone “fighting” cancer to show your support, or say a person has “lost their battle” to soften the blow of death – but thousands of cancer patients do not like hearing these euphemisms.Almost half (44%) of people affected by cancer find the phrase “lost their battle” inappropriate while 37% do not like the phrase “lost their fight”, according to a survey by Macmillan Cancer Support. Instead, being factually accurate and saying someone has simply “died” from cancer was preferred by a majority.In the survey of 2,000 past and present cancer ... more
  • 3 weeks Why You Should Fight Your FOMO And Discover The Joy Of Missing Out Huffingtonpost
    You know that nagging feeling you get, that nervous twitch that makes you check your phone for new messages or that has you relentlessly scrolling through your Facebook feed?I’m talking about the fear of missing out, or FOMO as the cool kids like to call it, one of an endless list of negative side effects to come out of our social media reliant society. In the same way that people get addicted to alcohol, or get a buzz from gambling, our social media addiction is controlled by the power of the like button; that instant gratification of knowing someone approves ... more
  • 3 weeks How Tuesday’s Crunch Commons Votes Could End The Brexit Deadlock Huffingtonpost
    Theresa May faces a series of crunch Commons votes on Tuesday which could dramatically alter the entire Brexit process.But will this be a “high noon” moment or just another staging post in the chaotic impasse gripping parliament?The frustrating, but honest, answer is that it completely depends on what happens.By the end of Tuesday, Brexit could be on the verge of being delayed, Theresa May could have a mandate to ask the EU for fresh concessions on her deal, or we could be one step closer to no deal. So how will it play out?Factions of MPs have put forward a range ... more
  • 3 weeks Irish Government Rejects Theresa May’s Bid For Brexit ‘Backstop’ Concessions Huffingtonpost
    Theresa May’s bid to get EU concessions on the Northern Ireland Brexit backstop has been strongly rejected by Dublin.The Prime Minister has anchored her attempts to try and re-sell her Brexit strategy to Parliament on a push to change the backstop proposals which have been roundly condemned by prominent Leave supporters.However, Irish foreign minister Simon Coveney firmly insisted the EU was not prepared to accept changes to the deal which is aimed at preventing the return of a hard border.He told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show: “The European Parliament will not ratify a Withdrawal Agreement that doesn’t have a backstop ... more
  • 3 weeks Grenfell-Style Cladding Removed From Just 15% Of High-Rises As Owners ‘Refuse’ To Act Huffingtonpost
    Dangerous Grenfell Tower-style cladding has been removed from just 15% of high-rise buildings identified by the government in the aftermath of the disaster, official figures show.Only 67 of 437 buildings in England above 18 metres have been stripped of aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding, data from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government reveals.ACM is similar to the material blamed for the rapid spread of the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire, which ripped through the building and claimed 72 lives.It means 370 high-rises across the country are “unlikely” to meet current building regulations, the government’s most recent update on progress said.Of ... more
  • 3 weeks Norfolk Police ‘Shocked’ As Car Driven Down Major Road Without Front Tyre Huffingtonpost
    A driver has been arrested after being caught driving erratically with no front tyre on a major road.Officers stopped the car on the A11 near Wymondham, Norfolk, on Saturday after receiving calls from other motorists, Norfolk Police said on Twitter.The driver was arrested on suspicion of drink driving.Sgt Chris Harris‏, of Norfolk and Suffolk Roads and Armed Policing Team, said: “Absolutely shocking this but have just called informant to say thank you for reporting.“You’ll never know what you may have averted but we know the roads will be safe.”
    Central team have stopped a vehicle after a call reporting erratic driving #A11 ... more
  • 3 weeks Gemma Collins Left In Tears After Falling Flat On Her Face During Live ‘Dancing On Ice’ Routine Huffingtonpost
    Gemma Collins was determined to make an impression on Sunday night’s ‘Dancing On Ice’ after a week of headlines about her spat with judge Jason Gardiner.And it was all going so well during her routine... until she face-planted the ice.
    The GC went down but was straight back up again smiling!— Ryan Love △⃒⃘ (@RyanJL) January 27, 2019The ‘TOWIE’ star took to the rink with her professional dance partner Matt Evers during the ITV live show to perform a routine to Celine Dion, but things didn’t quite go to plan when the GC fell flat on her face.Following the ... more
  • 3 weeks Emiliano Sala’s Family ‘Still Have Some Hope’ Of Finding Footballer Huffingtonpost
    The family of Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala are said to still have some hope almost a week after the plane he was in went missing over the English Channel.Relatives and friends of the Argentinian striker arrived in Guernsey on Sunday, including Sala’s sister and mother.American-born marine scientist and oceanographer David Mearns, based in south-east England, is leading the private search on behalf of Sala’s family around the Channel Islands.“This is a family that has come from Argentina with this huge shock out of nowhere and is struggling with very, very few answers about an unexplained loss,” Mearns said, quoted ... more
  • 3 weeks Woman Dies After Brutal Attack In Public Toilet In Yelverton, Devon Huffingtonpost
    A woman has died after being left with serious had injuries after being attacked in a public toilet.Police were called to the scene in Yelverton, Devon, at around 3.15pm on Friday following reports of a critically injured woman.They found the victim, a woman in her 60s, with serious head injuries.She was immediately taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth and later passed away in the early hours of Sunday.A 68-year-old man from Plymouth was arrested in connection to the assault.He has since been released on police bail and is currently in the care of health professionals.
    A woman has died ... more
  • 3 weeks Sunday Shows Round-Up: Brexit Amendments, No-Deal Martial Law, and Philip May Huffingtonpost
    MPs are gearing up for a potentially crucial series of Brexit votes in the House of Commons on Tuesday and the Sunday politics shows were dominated by discussion of what could happen.Yvette Cooper was promoting her amendment to block a no-deal Brexit by extending Article 50, in a bid to get a hesitant Labour Party on board. Cabinet ministers Matt Hancock and Damian Hinds were quizzed about backbench Tory plans to ditch the Irish border backstop from the Brexit deal in what could give Theresa May a final roll of the dice in negotiations with the EU.Meanwhile a report overnight ... more
  • 3 weeks Health Secretary Warns That Social Media Sites Must Remove Distressing Content To Protect Children Huffingtonpost
    Social media firms need to “purge” the internet of harmful content that promotes self-harm and suicide, the Health Secretary has said.Matt Hancock delivered the message after the father of a teenager who took her own life said Instagram “helped kill my daughter”.The minister has written to a number of internet giants following the death of 14-year-old Molly Russell, telling them they have a duty to act.Hancock said he was “horrified” to learn of Molly’s death, and feels “desperately concerned to ensure young people are protected”.
    Lots of parents feel powerless in the face of social media. But we are not ... more
  • 3 weeks Brazil Dam Collapse: Officials Suspend Search For Survivors Huffingtonpost
    Brazilian officials have suspended the search for survivors of a dam collapse amid fears that another nearby one could break.At least 40 people have been confirmed dead and up to 300 missing, after a dam collapsed which was holding back mining waste in south-eastern Brazil.The break caused a flow of muddy sludge to bury the dam’s cafeteria where hundreds of workers were eating lunch.Local television channel TV Record showed a firefighters’ helicopter hovering inches off the ground as it pulled people covered in mud out of the sludge.Romeu Zema, Governor of the state of Minas Gerais, said there was little ... more
  • 3 weeks Government Considers Plans To Declare Martial Law In A No-Deal Brexit Scenario Huffingtonpost
    The government has considered plans to declare martial law to calm any disorder following a no-deal Brexit, the health secretary has suggested.Matt Hancock denied ministers were “specifically” planning for martial law, but did not rule it out either.Civil servants have been considering how to use powers to in the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 to stop any rioting or civil disobedience, according to the Sunday Times.The legislation makes provision for curfews, travel bans, the confiscation of property and in the most extreme case the deployment of troops, the newspaper said.The move has been described by sources as the civil service “prepping” ... more
  • 3 weeks Second Brexit Referendum Would ‘Fail The Public’, Labour’s Angela Rayner Says Huffingtonpost
    “If we end up with a second referendum then we as politicians have failed the public” - @AngelaRayner tells Sophy #Ridge she doesn't think people want a #secondreferendum.Follow it live here:— Ridge on Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday) January 27, 2019British people do not want a second EU referendum or a delay to Brexit, senior Labour frontbencher Angela Rayner has said.The shadow education secretary said politicians will have “failed the public” if they ask voters to give their views on EU membership again.Her comments will concern campaigners for a so-called People’s Vote who say they need Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s backing ... more
  • 3 weeks British Uighur Muslim Calls On UK To Pressure China Over Brutal Crackdown Huffingtonpost
    The last time Aziz Isa Elkun saw his elderly mother and father in the disputed Chinese province of Xinjiang was more than two years ago.Since then, his father has died and he has no idea if his 78-year-old mother and his cousins are still alive, after China launched a brutal crackdown on its Muslim Uighur population.And in an unprecedented move last month, Chinese authorities forced up to a million ethnic Uighurs into so-called “re-education camps”, ostensibly to teach them about socialism.Beijing has been accused of trying to wipe out its entire Muslim ... more
  • 3 weeks We Must Extend Article 50 To Avoid A Chaotic No-Deal Brexit Huffingtonpost
    We’re running out of time. There are only 62 days until we leave the EU and the government doesn’t seem to have a plan for what happens next. Small and large businesses up and down the country are worried about the prospect of a crashing out of the EU with no deal.We’re supporting Amendment B tabled by Yvette Cooper which the Commons will be voting on Tuesday to create time for Parliament to debate an extension to Article 50 in specified circumstances.This isn’t about stopping Brexit or overturning the result of the referendum, it just rules out crashing out of ... more
  • 3 weeks How Can The Entertainment Industry Fix Its Disability Representation Problem? Huffingtonpost
    In taking his role in ‘The Upside’, Bryan Cranston joined a not-so-secret (or exclusive) group of able-bodied A-listers who have portrayed a character with disabilities. The film sees him play Phillip, a wheelchair-bound millionaire, and the debate surrounding it is not dissimilar to those which opened up when Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson starred as character with a prosthetic leg, or when Sally Hawkins played a mute cleaner in the Oscar-winning ’Shape Of Water’.With these instances occurring regularly, the discussions form a vital part of a wider debate on diversity and representation within film and television – and it’s a conversation actors with ... more
  • 3 weeks Banksy Homage To Bataclan Terror Victims Stolen From Paris Theatre Huffingtonpost
    A mural by British street artist Banksy on a fire-exit door at Paris’ Bataclan theatre, where Islamist militants killed 90 people three years ago, has been stolen, the venue confirmed on Saturday.The artwork depicts a veiled female figure in a mournful pose and is one of a series of murals painted last June in the French capital by Banksy.“We are today filled with a deep sense of indignation. The work of Banksy, a symbol of contemplation belonging to all - residents, Parisians and citizens of the world - has been taken from us,” the Bataclan said in a Twitter post.Thieves with ... more
  • 3 weeks ‘Vice’ Film: Separating Fact From Fiction In The New Dick Cheney Biopic Huffingtonpost
    With Christian Bale having already bagged a Golden Globe and the film racking up an impressive eight Oscar nominations, ‘Vice’ is clearly one to watch this awards season. Now it is finally in UK cinemas so film fans can treat themselves to a trip to the cinema and get a lesson in US politics thrown in for free. Well, sort of. Naturally, director Adam McKay has been a little creative with some of the scenes so while most of what you see is true – Dick Cheney did, after all, become the most powerful US Vice President in ... more
  • 3 weeks This Holocaust Memorial Day, Reflect On Those Torn From Their Homes By Genocide Huffingtonpost
    Perhaps you might think of a particular mug or tea set, or a much-loved photo on the bookcase. You may think of the smell of your favourite soup. Maybe it’s the sight of your pet, asleep in a habitual spot. What do you think of when asked what ‘home’ represents to you? For the vast majority of us, it is where we feel safe, loved and comfortable.Blanche Benedick remembers: “My mother always seemed to be in the kitchen. I remember coming home from school and being greeted by delicious cooking smells.”For Blanche, and for so many other Jews in the ... more
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