Brexit has put massive strain on Irish-UK relations but could a tiny islet be the rock on which they perish? Caroline O'Doherty looks at the background to the Rockall dispute.Q. What and where is Rockall?A. It is a tiny, inhospitable, uninhabited granite island that juts out of the North Atlantic about 300km from Scotland and 423km from Ireland. By tiny, we mean just over 17m tall and just under 100m in circumference. By inhospitable, we mean it is completely sheer on one side, while the rest climbs steeply with only two flattish spots with room for only a few people to stand — the summit and a ledge around 10m below. There is also no shelter from the area’s wild storms and no fresh water source. By uninhabited, we mean no disrespect to the seabirds that like to hang out there and catch their breath for a bit but not even they nest there except in rare cases and in very small numbers.Q. Why is it in the news?A. The same reason it has been in the news periodically for the … [Read more...] about Q&A: What is Rockall and why is it in the news?
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EVERY year newspapers have a go at tricking the public with fake stories for April Fool's Day, so keep your eyes peeled and don't believe everything you hear. You might have thought the there were some peculiar items in the news today, or perhaps you were savvy enough to spot the date on the calendar and realise the silly stories are fake. Brexit has been the butt of many of the jokes, with some outlets fooling readers with their lie about the UK having to pull out of Eurovision once we've left the bloc. One newspaper even tried to convince readers April Fool's jokes had been banned to avoid Brexit-fuelled confusion - let's hope you didn't fall for that one. Plus, a Welsh town has been 'promised a 100ft Hollywood-style sign' in one hilarious April Fool. Here's a round up of today's best fake news so far.The BBC is launching a 'skip the sex' button for more prudish viewers Do you find yourself cringing at the telly when a sex scene comes on? Well fear no more as BBC iPlayer launches a … [Read more...] about The best April Fool’s Day stories you may have fallen for in the news today
0 Have your say Welcome to our latest Pompey Q&A, with The News’ chief sports writer Neil Allen answering all of your queries. To get involved, use the hashtag #AskAllen on Twitter, send us a message on Facebook page Portsmouth FC – The News or email [email protected] Former Liverpool and Bournemouth coach Sean O’Driscoll in Portsmouth Academy frame … [Read more...] about #AskAllen – Get yourself involved in The News’ latest Pompey Q&A this afternoon
Welcome to our weekly round-up of Jaguar Land Rover in the news. The focus has never been more intense on Britain’s biggest car maker, particularly as the countdown towards Brexit continues. Like lots of businesses Jaguar Land Rover has warned of the threat a no-deal or bad deal Brexit would pose to it. Although Brexit has been very much in the news over the last week, the Coventry car maker has not been directly involved, perhaps because it has plenty of other things to occupy its mind at the moment. Towards the end of last week Jaguar Land Rover revealed its sales figures for February and they showed a further slide. February sales were down by 4.1 per cent for the company compared to the same month in 2018. That meant Jaguar Land Rover sold 38,288 less vehicles than in February 2018. Jaguar Land Rover manufacturing in the UK View gallery Jaguar Land Rover said the sales slide was due to continued “weak customer demand” in China, where sales were down by … [Read more...] about Jaguar Land Rover: In the news
Approximately three months ago, I stopped watching U.S. news due to their never-ending focus on everything President Donald Trump but nothing else. We no longer have news, but a stream of talking heads interviewing other streams of talking heads about Trump tweets and insults of the media that other talking heads are analyzing. Trump is running a reality show in the White House, and the media is actively participating in the product placement. The news is 24/7 product placement for Trump. Trump's White House show is winning the daily ratings with every anchor, news outlet and entertainment program preoccupied with the invented drama.Television and social media companies are having a field day and running all the way to the bank laughing and don't take their manufactured anger too seriously. Trump was a boon for the media industry in 2016 and brought audiences in the millions to TV screens, smartphones and pads with little cost and a high-return product. Trump, his presidential campaign … [Read more...] about Trump’s reality show in the White House