Published 1 hour ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing The Scottish Greens said there would be no alterative to a single issue general election on independence if formal consent for indyref2 is not granted. Co-leader Patrick Harvie said it would be the only option if both Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Supreme Court block the request. Opposition parties have criticised the strategy and its timing. It comes after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon last week proposed holding a referendum on 19 October 2023. The UK government said it would examine the first minister's proposals, but stressed that its position that "now is not the time" for another referendum had not changed. It has also said that it is "clear" that the constitution is reserved to Westminster. Scottish independence: 19 October 2023 proposed as date for referendum Is there a mandate for an … [Read more...] about Scottish independence: Greens back general election route to indyref2
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When Bryce Stewart dived after the toothed, steel-weighted nets of a scallop dredger rumbling over the bottom of the Irish Sea 22 years ago, he witnessed destruction he could never have seen from a boat. "Half crabs. Smashed up sea urchins. Starfish missing some of their arms," said Stewart, a marine ecologist at the University of York. "There was literally a trail of dead and dying things on the seabed." Bottom trawling — a powerful practice in which heavy nets are dragged along the floor of the ocean to catch fish and seafood — is one of the most harmful ways to feed the world. It destroys ecosystems and sweeps up unwanted marine life that gets thrown overboard. From 1950 to 2014, bottom trawlers discarded $560 billion of bycatch, which was more than the value of all catches from longline fishers over the same period. Metal bars and toothed nets wreak havoc on ocean ecosystems Now scientists fear another environmental disaster bubbling under the surface: climate … [Read more...] about How bottom trawling hurts ocean life and speeds up climate change
Rafael Nadal has a chance encounter with Serena Williams Sign up for FREE for breaking Wimbledon news and player updates SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Rafael Nadal has admitted he was in the "wrong" after he called Lorenzo Sonego to the net to discuss an issue during their third-round match . The Spaniard ended up winning 6-1 6-2 6-4 and continued his discussion with the Italian at the net after disagreeing with his opponent's request to close the roof and turn on the lights. Related articles Rafael Nadal coasts past Lorenzo Sonego at Wimbledon Nadal in 'angry' Wimbledon exchange over 'disrespect and etiquette' Nadal and Sonego appeared to be caught up in heated discussions towards the … [Read more...] about Rafael Nadal speaks out after fiery exchange with Wimbledon opponent
‘What do you mean you’re tired? You’ve been at home all day!’ ‘Wait until you’re working 60 hours a week, then you’ll know what exhausted really feels like!’ ‘Just come out, you don’t have to stay for long. Stop being boring!’ I’m certain most of these things – and the countless others that have been said to me over the years – were spoken without malice but that doesn’t make the words sting any less. As someone who was diagnosed with Tourette’s and OCD at 18, autism at 23 and, in the years following, has found it easier figuring out what mental health difficulties I don’t have as opposed to the ones I do, I consider myself someone with an above average knowledge of mental health and mental exhaustion. Take two of my most common tics. The first I can only describe is a noise you’d make when attempting an impression of a dissatisfied horse. The second, meanwhile, sounds like you’re having all the oxygen squeezed out of your lungs. Now, unless you’re … [Read more...] about I have OCD, Tourette’s and autism – my brain is constantly exhausted
By Andrew Barton & Tom Airey Published 1 day ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing The Richmondshire district of North Yorkshire may be as picturesque as they come, but it also has one of the most rapidly declining populations in the UK, according to the latest government census. So why are people deserting the district and what is being done to address the problem? BBC News spoke to people in the sprawling and historic Yorkshire Dales idyll to find out. "I don't think people can afford to live in Richmond itself. It has gone up considerably in the last three or four years," says 57-year-old Sarah Uludole. Stopping for a moment on a side street off Richmond's bustling cobbled Market Place, Mrs Uludole pinpoints that rising house prices are one of the biggest issues facing people who are wanting to stay in Richmondshire - and especially in Richmond itself. … [Read more...] about Census 2021: Can Richmondshire’s population drain be reversed?
Boxing is a ruthless sport, and that was evident after Carl Froch told Amir Khan to hang up his gloves following his defeat to rival Kell Brook in February. His comments sparked some row, with Khan's wife Faryal Makhdoom even getting involved , branding Froch "rude and annoying". Their beef remains unsettled, but now The Cobra has admitted he is willing to leave things in the past. During a chat with IFL TV , Froch said: "I’m not a***d about it, all I’ve done when I’m broadcasting his fights is what I always do and that’s be brutally honest. My honesty sometimes gets me into trouble because I tell it how it is. READ NOW: Carl Froch says Anthony Joshua "needs a brain transplant: to beat Oleksandr Usyk “When he fights he’s got a bit of a dodgy chin. When he fought Brook he was all over the place, so I just said it how it was. Sometimes it upsets people but I haven’t got the energy or the time to have beef with Amir Khan. “He was a fantastic fighter who had an … [Read more...] about Carl Froch wants to “shake hands and have a kiss” with Amir Khan to bury feud
“If your jewellery isn’t made in New Zealand, there’s no way of knowing where your gold was mined,” said Ash Hilton from Good Gold and Ash Hilton Jewellery. The United States, UK, Canada and Japan are moving to ban imports of Russian gold in a bid to hamper the Kremlin’s war in Ukraine, but New Zealand has not signalled it will follow suit. A spokesperson for Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta said New Zealand was aware of the plan, and was looking at all options to further pressure Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime, and cut off its financial system from international markets. But for buyers who want to avoid inadvertently buying jewellery made from Russian gold, things are tricky because many jewellers do not disclose the ultimate sources of the gold in their bling. READ MORE: Would you pay $17,499 for a lab-created diamond? Queenstown man selling Central Otago gold mine claim for $80,000 Old rings become treasure as gold rally revives scrap recycling … [Read more...] about Buy locally-made jewellery to avoid Russian conflict gold