0 Have your say For decades, the car has been the central focus of our transport system. Travel around new towns built in the mid-20th century and you will quickly discover that many were not designed with pedestrians in mind, as you navigate the concrete bridges and dank underpasses that take a circuitous route around the wide and spacious roads.Only lately have we started to once again recognise the benefits of public transport and of human-powered movement.But still obstacles – physical and social – remain. Many turn up their noses at the idea of catching a bus, although apps that tell of the next one’s arrival have reduced much of the old uncertainty about how long you will have to wait.Fear of being hit by a car or a lorry dissuades many from travelling to work by bicycle. Cycle lanes and dedicated paths are being introduced, but the progress could be quicker.Now academics from Edinburgh University are warning that the Scottish Government and the other … [Read more...] about Leader comment: Our ‘windscreen perspective’ will take time to change
News / Scotland by Press Association 10/04/2018, 12:02 am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Scotland and China will inevitably have “different perspectives” on some issues but are also facing “common challenges”, Nicola Sturgeon will say. The First Minister, who has already raised the issue of human rights during her trip to China, will use a speech in Beijing to highlight how both nations are working to tackle poverty and improve life for children. The speech, before an audience of policy makers and academics in Beijing, comes after Ms Sturgeon had a “constructive discussion” with Chinese vice premier Hu Chunhua. The address is part of a joint Scottish Government and Unicef event, hosted by the Chinese Peoples Association for Friendship of Foreign Countries, as part of a five day visit which will also take her to Shanghai and Hong Kong. The First Minister … [Read more...] about FM: Scotland and China have ‘different perspectives’ but ‘common challenges’
On July 5th, 2017, a little more than three years after its completion, Hamad International Airport received the news they had been working towards: The airport became only the sixth in the world to receive five stars from the consultancy firm Skytrax. His Excellency Akbar al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways Group, was, well, flying high: “Hamad International Airport more than exceeds passenger expectations by providing what passengers want in an environment that is beautiful, thoughtful and welcoming”, he said, adding that travellers may shop in world class tax-free stores, relax in one of the airport’s twelve lounges or use some of the many facilities in the spa department, which include several squash courts and a swimming pool. Whether employed by Qatar Airways itself or one of its many subcontractors, several thousand people work at Hamad International Airport; nearly all are migrant workers. In recent years, mainly due to the fact that the tiny gulf state is … [Read more...] about Investigation: Bayern Munich ignored Human Rights Watch report before entering into Qatar Airways deal
Over the past two months the Conservative establishment in Britain has managed to convince itself that a left-wing government under Jeremy Corbyn would be illegitimate; that it has to be stopped; and that - even if they don’t want to do the dirty work themselves - someone has to. That’s the bigger story behind wave after wave of smears unleashed against Jeremy Corbyn - even if you accept, as I do, that he is an imperfect politician and that Labour has specific challenges with anti-Semitism, which it has handled badly. First, Corbyn was supposed to be a Czech spy; next a Russian stooge, “betraying our country,” as the defence secretary Gavin Williamson alleged; then he was smeared as an anti-Semite, his support group Momentum described as “neofascist” by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid. In each round of anti-Corbyn mania, the players were the same: the Guido Fawkes website; the Murdoch newspapers - their agenda enthusiastically followed by … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight No man is an island: the lives of whale-hunters in new perspective How Labour can fight back against the British establishment’s attempt to destroy it
Monday, 15 January 2018 3:03 AM BY MATILDA DORA from BRAWIJAYA UNIVERSITY, INDONESIA SIG Continuous Stand On Papuan Human Rights A National Interest?Matilda Dora14th January 2014, Brawijaya University, IndonesiaAs observed, the Solomon Islands government continues to advocate for the Papuan human rights claims inflicted by the Indonesian law enforced forces, a claim that the Indonesian government denies, that lacks factual data in this present era. This political stand has impacted both countries relations as well as construing the minds of the people of Solomon Islands to have a negative perception of the people of Indonesia.In 2014, I was told from family members to be careful because I am a Christian and a Melanesian by race; but having stayed here for more than three years now; my perception has changed. Thus I feel the need to briefly share my experiences here in Indonesia and my personal view point of the SIG political position on Papua with you, my fellow Solomon … [Read more...] about SIG Continuous Stand On Papuan Human Rights A National Interest?