PLANS to devise a strategy for the future of the Christchurch coast have been shelved - after the public urged the council not to change anything. A report to Wednesday's community committee at Christchurch council asks for the results of the consultation to be just noted, partly due to the uncertainty over the reorganisation of Dorset councils. The main concern raised during the consultation was the initial decision not to repair the zig zag at Highcliffe Castle beach. The defunct plans to place overnight beach huts at the beauty spot as part of a television show was also raised. The council says a number of "quick wins" may be possible to implement quickly, including signage, enforcement of existing 'dogs on leads' bylaws, more seats and a policy for use on drones. Other 'themes' identified in the comments, include leaving things as they are, no more beach huts, improved access to the beach, better facilities and infrastructure and protection for the natural environment. … [Read more...] about ‘Don’t change anything’: council shelve plans for coastal strategy after public consultation
Susanna Reid has shared her novel idea for a new year’s resolution, suggesting to fans: “Don’t change!” The Good Morning Britain presenter, 47, said people should recognise that they are “already enough” and stop judging themselves against social media standards. She wrote on Instagram: “DON’T CHANGE! How about that for a resolution? “Stop setting yourself up for failure. Don’t use social media as judge or standard-setter. “You are already enough. Let things unfold. “Happy New Year.” Reid’s message went down well on the site, where many followers agreed with her. “True and well said,” wrote one, while another said: “Probably the best thing I’ve seen written on a social media platform, amen to you, have a great 2018.” … [Read more...] about Susanna Reid: Don’t change! How about that for a new year’s resolution?
A former pole dancer who backed out of a suicide pack and left a postman to die sent him a grim final text message just a day before they were due to die together. Natasha Gordon, 44, talked Matthew Birkinshaw, 31, into taking his own life after the pair got in touch via an internet suicide forum. Just a day before they were meant to kill themselves together, she texted him to say: "I really can't wait to go tomorrow - hope you don't change your mind." Prosecutors said that as a result Mr Birkinshaw travelled 90 miles from his house in Walsall to Gordon's home in Peterborough on December 17, 2015. The pair discussed methods and drove to nearby Rutland Water where, by the side of a quiet road, the 31-year-old began the process that would lead to his death. But Gordon, who had discussed suicide plans with at least six other people she met online, then 'decided to leave' the scene. She walked to a nearby hotel where she was picked up by police and her worried boyfriend, who had dialled … [Read more...] about “Hope you don’t change your mind”: Ex-pole dancer’s grim text before SHE backed out of suicide pact leaving man to die
AS one year draws to a close and a new, shiny chapter is peeping over the horizon, I’m struck by the feeling that everything we know and take for granted is changing.Politically, it all came to a head with the Brexit vote.Then we found ourselves with a female Prime Minister and across the pond the US voted Donald Trump in as president.OMG! Get your head around that.None of these changes were predicted by the polls and they will all create seismic changes for all of us.Looking at our daily lives, everything seems to have changed beyond recognition since our parents’ day.Take work, for example. It used to be a straight ladder to the top.Now it’s more like a web, with people dotting around, moving here, there and everywhere with portfolio careers.It’s safe to say there’s no such thing as a gold carriage clock any more.Then there’s family life. Same-sex marriages are now the norm. And while it used to be that women got married, left work as soon as … [Read more...] about Don’t listen to the pessimists, everything changed in 2016… and not in a bad way
EASTENDERS fans pleaded with Denise Fox to change her mind after an emotional episode saw her sign the final papers for her son to be adopted.Meanwhile light relief on the sombre mood was provided by Shirley Carter (Linda Henry), who had telly fans in hysterics as she necked vodka straight from the bottle while supporting Denise's (Diane Parish) decision.The Minute March assistant found herself pregnant after a drunken one-night-stand with Phil Mitchell, and took the decision to have the baby adopted rather than raise him herself.On Thursday's episode she went to the council offices to make sure she put pen to paper and forgo her rights as mum to her little boy.Yet despite insisting she had "made my decision, now I've got to live with it" viewers were left calling for her to do a U-turn.One wrote: "Denise don't sign your rights away you'll regret it," while another added: "Denise DONT DO IT... just breath and think."A third posted: "Denise is in denial," followed by a red-faced … [Read more...] about EastEnders fans plead for Denise Fox to change her mind as she signs adoption papers before being left in stitches at Shirley Carter’s drunken antics
MARK Kelly’s marriage to Kelly – yes, she is now called Kelly Kelly – was one of the most watched episodes in Don’t Tell the Bride history.The couple, both entertainers from Manchester, got hitched on a cruise ship in Italy – after a comedy of errors including non-existent hen dos, a crushed cake and the Mother of the Bride shelling out for bridesmaid dresses.On the big day, viewers cringed as Mark, dressed as Frank Spencer, staggered around the stage and serenaded all 10 of their guests with 80s pop music before Kelly walked down the aisle of the on-board theatre.The pair were “married” by the ship’s entertainments co-ordinator, who was dressed as George Michael in a “Choose Wife” T-shirt.Now the couple, whose memorable episode aired on BBC One in July 2015, have lifted the lid on what REALLY goes on behind the scenes of the popular show.Mark, 40, told how he didn’t tell Kelly, 40, he’d applied to the show and … [Read more...] about No say on the Best Man, dubbed songs and changing the groom’s first choice venue: Couple reveal what REALLY goes on behind the scenes on Don’t Tell The Bride
Yangon's Anawyadar Road runs right through the middle of the city. It is a busy street with street vendors on every corner. It is named after Myanmar’s former king. However, today the four-lane street and its sidewalks show more traces of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. There are placards of her, pennants displaying the logo of her National League for Democracy - a fighting peacock - and vendors selling DVDs about the Nobel Peace Price laureate. Soe Wie is 29. He said he has made hundreds of copies of “The Lady” by Luc Besson and says business is going “very well.” "I sell between 400 and 500 copies every day." One DVD costs 500 kyats, which is around 50 euro cents ($0.65). It is a good business for Soe Wie – but he's not in it for the money. He says it is all about Aung San Suu Kyi. "I love Aung San Suu Kyi, I worship her! Many people feel the same way, that's why they buy the films." Soe Wie has been selling his wares on a corner of … [Read more...] about Most Burmese don’t expect democracy to change their living standards much
When American sociologist Kari Norgaard released her book 'Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions, and Everyday Life', she received storms of hate mail from right-wing climate skeptics. "I think it is a very disingenuous debate that has been manufactured by political interests who stand to lose as the economy shifts away from fossil fuels," she said in an interview with DW. "What they're doing is trying to make it sound like there is a debate – but actually there is none." But Norgaard's interests actually lie with people who accept the existence of human-induced climate change. She wants to know why that knowledge fails to translate into action. "How is it possible that we have so much knowledge about the urgency of climate change, yet when you look around, it seems that either nobody knows or nobody cares?" Norgaard sees an "incredible disconnect between the moral, social and environmental crisis of climate change and the lack of a widespread sense of a need for urgent … [Read more...] about Why don’t we want to hear about climate change?
It's a rare feat to untangle the complexities of climate change and make them into something that is not just readable, but enjoyable. Plenty of writing about climate is overwrought, emotional, angry, preachy or just plain dull. Every now and then, an essay comes out on this difficult subject that rises above all the rest.1. Global Warming's Terrifying New Math, Bill McKibben in #link:http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/global-warmings-terrifying-new-math-20120719:Rolling Stone.#2. It's not climate change -- it's everything change. Margaret Atwood in #link:https://medium.com/matter/it-s-not-climate-change-it-s-everything-change-8fd9aa671804:Matter.#3. Greenland is melting away. Coral Davenport, Josh Haner, Larry Buchanan and Derek Watkins in #link:http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/10/27/world/greenland-is-melting-away.html:The New York Times.#4. Exxon sowed doubt about climate science for decades by stressing uncertainty. David Hasemyer, John H. Cushman Jr. in … [Read more...] about 5 best climate change articles for the layperson
The report Status and Trends of Caribbean Coral Reefs 1970-2012 was published in July by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and the United Nations Environment Programme. Over four decades, researchers examined studies of corals, seaweeds, grazing sea urchins and fish at 90 different locations in the Caribbean. Their findings indicate that only about one sixth of the Caribbean's original coral cover is left, and that the region's reefs could disappear within the next 20 years. DW: Carl Gustaf Lundin, what's the state of coral decline in the Carribean? Carl Gustaf Lundin: Over the last 40 years we've seen some significant declines, and what we wanted to do was to do better understand what has actually happened, and to tell the story of what has been going on here on the reefs of the Caribbean. What we found was that around 1970 we had somewhere between 50 and 60 percent of live corals on the reefs. Prior to that, at some … [Read more...] about ‘If we don’t change now we will lose the reefs’