Rome, June 20 - Maurizio Landini, the secretary general of the CGIL, Italy's biggest trade union confederation, told an ANSA Forum on Thursday that the nation's economic plight is getting worse rather than better. "We are not emerging from the economic crisis. The situation is deteriorating," said Landini. The union chief said that Italy has lost 30% to 35% of its productive capacity over the last 10 years. "The government is not doing a good job," he said when asked about talks between the industry ministry and several companies in crisis. "They get there after, when the processes (for layoffs or plant closures) have started". Landini added that he was not hoping for a government crisis. But he also joined the chorus of criticism of the idea for the State to issue so-called 'minibots' to pay the debts the public sector has with private suppliers. The CGIL chief said that he could not rule out calling a general strike in the autumn in protest at the government's policies. … [Read more...] about We’re not emerging from crisis, it’s getting worse
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Thousands of pounds is being splashed out to try to find out what the water quality at Bridlington’s two main beaches is getting worse. The Environment Agency says it has paid £15,000 to take more than 350 samples as it investigates what is causing the drop in standards.Over the winter months, the levels at South Bay have gone from ‘good’ to ‘sufficient’, while Bridlington North deteriorated from ‘excellent’ to ‘good’ in 2017.Dr Martin Christmas, environment manager at the Environment Agency in Yorkshire, said: “We will be carrying out further water quality investigations to try to identify potential sources of bacteria impacting the bathing water – this will also include Bridlington North. “The aim is for this to be completed before the end of 2019.“There are a number of complex factors to consider when the quality of bathing water is reduced and a huge amount of work is going on behind the scenes at … [Read more...] about Water quality in Bridlington is getting worse
The developed world has largely eliminated the opaque pea-souper smogs which marinaded city streets in dangerous toxins until the mid-20th century, but serious air pollution problems remain. In the UK, recent reassessment of the scale of the problem revealed 64,000 deaths were attributed to poisonous air in 2015, and across Europe it is believed more people now die from air pollution than from smoking. So is our air actually getting worse, or have we become better at assessing the damage? We’ll tell you what’s true. You can form your own view. From 15p €0.18 $0.18 USD 0.27 a day, more exclusives, analysis and extras. Subscribe now The answer is the latter: air in Britain is far cleaner than it has been in well over a hundred years. Our former dependence on coal in the home and for industry meant emissions of black smoke were up to 50 times higher in the decades before the clean air act of 1956 than they are today. During the great London smog of 1952, 4,000 people … [Read more...] about Is air pollution actually getting worse in Britain?
EASTENDERS star Barbara Windsor is "scared" and her Alzheimers is "getting worse", her husband Scott Mitchell has said. Scott has opened up about Barbara's brave battle after the TV legend, 81, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2014. Barbara's husband of 19 years Scott told Lorraine Kelly that Peggy Mitchell actress Barbara was "scared" and had told him she felt she was getting worse. Scott added: "Last night was not a good night. "She told me: 'I'm scared Scott, this is getting worse.'" Meanwhile Scott told Lorraine he was ecstatic to have finished the London Marathon and to have raised more than £100,000 to go towards Dementia Revolution. He said: "Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd attempt a marathon, never mind complete one." Last Sunday Scott celebrated as he smashed his £100,000 fundraising target running the marathon with a team of Eastenders' stars. Scott, 56, a theatrical agent teamed up with Barbara's castmates dubbed Barbara's Revolutionaries, to … [Read more...] about EastEnders star Barbara Windsor is ‘scared’ and her Alzheimers is ‘getting worse’, says husband Scott Mitchell
A NEW study by the Pew Research Centre, a think-tank, has found that although a majority of Americans are generally upbeat about the country’s long-term outlook, most of them make gloomy forecasts when questioned about specific policies. Pew began its poll of 2,500 adults by asking them to think broadly about the future of America in 30 years’ time. Some 56% of them described themselves as optimistic about that prospect. Yet that figure might simply reflect Americans’ patriotism, since Pew asked them to evaluate the country as a whole. Most struggled to identify any aspect of life that they thought would improve save, perhaps, for race relations. A clear majority believed that public education would get worse, health care would grow less affordable and the political climate would become more divisive. Three-fifths thought that by 2050 America would probably suffer another terrorist attack as bad as that on September 11th 2001. Their economic predictions were … [Read more...] about Most Americans expect life to get worse by 2050