Published 3 hours ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Related Topics Welsh Parliament election 2021 An independent Wales could negotiate a much smaller gap in its public finances than previous estimates suggest, according to new research. A £13.5bn gap between tax receipts and public spending was estimated in 2019. But the new research suggests it could initially be much lower in an independent Wales, depending on the outcome of separation negotiations. Plaid Cymru said it "debunks" claims "Wales is too small and too poor to thrive as an independent nation". But the Welsh Conservatives said the report made some "wild predictions". Welsh independence to be considered by commission Thousands in Welsh independence march The research has been published ahead of a Yes Cymru pro-independence march in Cardiff on Saturday. In 2018-19, … [Read more...] about Welsh independence: Does new research support the idea?
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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
Dua Lipa and Trevor Noah have seemingly found love in each other. The couple was spotted in New York City Wednesday night on a dinner date at Jamaican restaurant in the East Village called Miss Lily’s. “They were quietly sat away from everyone else at restaurant,” an eyewitness told the outlet. “It was clear they were into each other and sat close together throughout the meal.” The informant further revealed that the duo “left together and walked,” stopping a few times “for long embraces” and even “kissed.” This comes after Dua Lipa parted ways with Anwar Hadid in December 2021. … [Read more...] about Dua Lipa, Trevor Noah spark romance rumours with NYC date
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?
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?
Brits have had to resort to storing rubbish in bath tubs or hiring skips as waste builds up following a city bin strike. Refuse workers in Edinburgh have taken strike action leading to rubbish-strewn streets in the midst of the Fringe Festival. They began an 11 day long strike on bin collection in protest at the 3.5% pay increase proposed by Edinburgh City Council on August 18. Images around the city show massive piles of rubbish building up and becoming a hygiene problem. People living in flats have also been told not to add their rubbish to communal bins which are overflowing and so residents have had to come up with unusual solutions. Neil Dishington, 38, decided to hire a skip to keep the rubbish ( Image: BBC) For Helen Sikora, 87, from the Old Town in Edinburgh, she decided to start putting the rubbish into her own bath. She told the BBC : "I came up with the idea myself as it's the safest place to put rubbish. If it leaks then it's easy to clean my … [Read more...] about Desperate residents use own baths and hire skips to store rubbish as bin strikes hit
Royal Mail post workers have announced the date for their next two-day strike following a dispute over pay and conditions. Posties already planned to go on national strike tomorrow and Friday September 9 with 115,000 of Members of the Communication Workers Union set to walk out in protest - following on from last month's strikes. Members of the CWU – which represents Royal Mail Group workers - confirmed they have served notice on the company for strike action on Friday September 30 and Saturday October 1. This week’s strike dates follow the union’s recent ballot for strike action over pay, which saw members vote by 97.6 per cent on a 77 per cent turnout to take action. The union is demanding that Royal Mail Group sit down to negotiate better pay which covers the current cost of living increases for its members. Workers have also served notice on Royal Mail Group for strike action on Friday 30 September and Saturday 1 October ( Image: PA) CWU General Secretary … [Read more...] about Royal Mail post workers set date for next two-day strike walkout over pay
Train drivers , postal workers and even barristers have been walking out of their jobs over disputes about pay and working conditions in recent months. To add to commuter woes, thousands of bus drivers are about to join them on the picket lines as unions announced an ominous set of “indefinite” strikes. The summer of discontent has spilled over into autumn, as the largest schism in industrial relations in a generation continues in the UK. Rail strikes throughout the summer disrupted thousands of journeys and brought the network to a standstill. But now travellers will have to contend with a double whammy of bus strikes intertwined with the latest rail strike dates. Which areas are affected by bus strikes? Arriva bus services in London and Kent are likely to be severely affected by the upcoming strikes Bus users in London, Kent and East Yorkshire will all experience disruption in September and October. The areas are impacted by three separate rows over … [Read more...] about Why bus drivers are going on strike ‘indefinitely’— and which areas are affected
Royal Mail workers have voted for just shy of three weeks of strike days over the course of October and November. The industrial action, which is a wrangle over pay terms and working conditions, could have a huge impact on pre-Christmas shopping and other massive sales. The strikes will come in the form of single days and also rolling action across Royal Mail Group’s network, the Communications Workers Union (CWU) has announced. The CWU said the move revolves around the “outrageous” decision by senior management to withdraw from major national agreements, push ahead with cuts to workers’ terms and conditions, and a “complete side-lining” of the union. Royal Mail strike dates Royal Mail worker strikes in October and November could disrupt Christmas shopping ( Image: Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Organisers at CWU said there will be 19 days of strike action over the course of the next two months. While the exact dates have not been announced, union … [Read more...] about Royal Mail strikes before Christmas — dates and how your online shopping is affected
Christmas and Black Friday online deliveries face major delays as Royal Mail staff prepare to strike for 19 days. The Communication Workers Union announced that the action in October and November will be a mixture of single days and rolling action across Royal Mail Group’s network. This includes walkouts from 4am on October 13 for 24 hours and then again on October 20 and 25, and November 28. The union said it will have a “dramatic impact” and will cover peak mail periods such as Black Friday , Cyber Monday and the Christmas build-up. It comes after similar action in August and earlier this month. Black Friday takes place on November 25 with major shops like Amazon, Currys and Argos offering discounts to online and in-store shoppers. The strike action could cause major delays for online deliveries ( Image: Bloomberg via Getty Images) Some even start their deals earlier in the lead up to the day, as well as Cyber Monday. Amazon, meanwhile, has launched … [Read more...] about Black Friday and Christmas present delay chaos as Royal Mail to strike for 19 days