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?
Killer cop Wayne Couzens will still die in prison after losing a bid to reduce his whole-life term for the kidnap, rape and murder of Sarah Everard . It comes as the killers of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes also had their sentences reviewed by senior judges today. In May, five judges heard challenges to or appeals against the prison sentences of five convicted killers and handed down their ruling this morning during the televised hearing. Couzens was given a whole-life term after pleading guilty and this morning he lost his bid to reduce his sentence. Emma Tustin was handed a minimum term of 29 years in prison after a jury found her guilty of killing six-year-old Arthur. Thomas Hughes was given a 21-year sentence following the death of his son Arthur Labinjo-Hughes ( Image: BPM MEDIA) Emma Tustin was handed a minimum term of 29 years in prison after a jury found her guilty of killing six-year-old Arthur ( Image: BPM MEDIA) Two killers, Couzens and Emma … [Read more...] about Killer cop Wayne Couzens will die in prison as he loses bid to cut jail term
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
By Esme Stallard Published 11 August Share close Share page Copy link About sharing People in poorly insulated homes could end up spending £968 more on their annual gas bills, than people in highly insulated homes, according to new research from the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit. With energy bills expected to rise significantly this winter, how can people better insulate their homes to help with costs? What is insulation and how can it cut bills? Home insulation is the process of trapping heat inside a property, usually by covering areas exposed to the outside, such as roofs, floors and walls. Without it, indoor temperatures can be hard to maintain, with homes losing up to 45% of their heat, according to the Energy Savings Trust. If the temperature drops very quickly after the heating is switched off, the home is unlikely to be properly insulated. The … [Read more...] about Home insulation: How can it cut energy bills?