Bosnia and Herzegovina is preparing for a general election on Sunday, 2 October. Here we explain how the election works, who the main parties and candidates are, and what the likely outcome might be in a country said to have the most complicated system of government in the world. How did Bosnia end up with the world’s most complex administration? The Balkan country of about 3.2 million is facing a difficult set of choices in its ninth general election since the first multi-party vote in 1990. At the time, Bosnia was still a part of the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia — a communist country that soon crumbled and set off a series of wars and conflicts between 1991 and 1999. As one of the seven independent states that came out of the breakup, Bosnia experienced its own war between 1992 and 1995. Until recently, it was considered the bloodiest conflict in Europe since World War II. Bosnia remains extremely vulnerable to the increased nationalist … [Read more...] about Bosnia election explained: How does it work? Who is running? Who is likely to win?
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Published 27 October 2020 comments Comments Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Warrington is the latest area to move into the top tier of Covid-19 measures as infection rates continue to rise. Tier three restrictions came into force at midnight in the Cheshire town - two days earlier than originally planned. Council leader Russ Bowden said it was the right decision to move Warrington into the "very high" Covid alert level. "This is a public health imperative. What we need to do is protect the lives of our residents," he said. "And - obviously alongside that - [it is about] protecting businesses and jobs here in the town". He added that one of the main concerns was the "way the cases have propagated into the older working age population and particularly those people above 60". Check the restrictions where you live Warrington, … [Read more...] about Covid-19: Warrington moves into tier 3 restrictions
Published 23 October 2020 comments Comments Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Warrington will move to England's highest tier of coronavirus restrictions from next week, its council has confirmed. The Labour-run council said it had reached agreement with the government and would be moving into tier three. Local leaders agreed a financial settlement worth £5.9m. Conservative MP for Warrington South, Andy Carter, said this was proportionate with the financial settlements for other tier three areas. The Cheshire town, home to about 210,000 people, is the 35th-worst hit place in England according to government figures. As of Monday, the government reported 733 coronavirus cases in Warrington, with a rate of 349 per 100,000 people in the previous seven days. 'Grim inevitability' Council leader Russ Bowden said case numbers remained … [Read more...] about Covid: Warrington to move to tier 3 restrictions
A few miles down the Mersey from Labour’s conference in Liverpool, striking dockers are furious with their employer and Sir Keir Starmer. The 560 workers, today starting the second week of a fortnight-long stoppage, accuse the profitable Mersey Docks and Harbour Company of breaking promises and refusing to improve a pay offer that would reduce living standards. And they feel abandoned by the leader of a Labour Party formed to represent working people in Parliament. “We were hailed as key workers during the Covid pandemic and now the company’s treating us like peasants because they don’t want to give us a pay matching inflation,” said ship’s foreman Steve Saunderson, 34, on the picket line. The strikers enjoy huge public backing in Liverpool where passing car drivers toot horns and local football heroes Neville Southgate and Jamie Carragher voiced support. The dock workers say the pay rise they've been offered will see them worse off than before ( Image: Daily … [Read more...] about Striking Liverpool dock workers furious as ‘red Tory’ Keir Starmer refuses to meet them
By Raffi Berg Published 1 hour ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing About 20 members of a Jewish sect held at a facility in Mexico after a police raid on their jungle base have fled. Footage showed men, women, and children streaming out of the site in Huixtla, in the west, on Wednesday night. They had been there since the raid last Friday when two members were arrested on suspicion of human trafficking and serious sexual offences. The sect, Lev Tahor, is known for extremist practices and imposing a strict regime on its followers. It advocates child marriage, inflicts harsh punishments even for minor transgressions and requires women and girls as young as three years old to completely cover up with robes. Local media said members of the group had been protesting against their detention since their arrival, including rioting and assaulting personnel. … [Read more...] about Lev Tahor Jewish sect members held in Mexico escape
Published 22 October 2020 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Warrington Council has begun talks with the government over a move into tier three restrictions, it said. Council leader Russ Bowden said "stubbornly high levels" of Covid-19 infections had led to discussions over an increase in the local alert level. The Cheshire town is currently classed as a tier two, high-risk area. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said formal talks would begin and he hoped to reach "an agreement and a resolution soon" . Mr Bowden said discussions with the government had so far been "honest and realistic". Despite the town's "best efforts", evidence had shown cases of coronavirus in Warrington "are not decreasing" and there was an increase in the number of people being admitted to hospital, he added. As of 19 October, the government reported 733 cases in Warrington, with a rate of … [Read more...] about Covid: Warrington in talks over move to tier 3 regulations
Published 56 minutes ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Liz Truss will meet the head of the UK's independent economic forecaster later after days of market turmoil. In an unusual move, the prime minister and Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng will meet the chairman of the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) to discuss the fallout after last week's mini-budget. The watchdog offered to prepare a draft forecast in time for the mini-budget but it was not taken up. A group of MPs has called for the forecast to be released "immediately". The Treasury Select Committee said the lack of this forecast before last Friday's announcements had "in some part driven the lack of confidence in the markets". News of the meeting with OBR chairman Richard Hughes came as a new poll gave Labour a 33 percentage point lead over the Tories. Five key exchanges from Liz Truss interviews … [Read more...] about Mini-budget: PM to meet head of OBR following market turmoil
HBO’s House of the Dragon and Amazon Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power . Photo-Illustration: Vulture; Photos by HBO and Prime Video In this era of video on demand, most streaming programmers have come to accept the Gospel According to Netflix: Audiences now watch TV shows when it’s convenient for them, and the specific time of day they arrive is irrelevant for streamers. This is why most streaming shows drop new episodes in the middle of the night, U.S. time; since we are all our own network schedulers now, deciding what to watch and when, there’s no reason to “program” new shows and movies for an optimal time of day. But the slightly different release patterns for Prime Video’s The Rings of Power and HBO’s House of the Dragon , along with some new Nielsen numbers, have had me thinking lately about the wisdom of the dogmatic approach pioneered by Netflix — and whether streamers should be thinking more about what time they release their original … [Read more...] about Dragons vs. Elves: Who Has the Better Release Strategy?