With the local elections just around the corner, the spotlight on local authorities will be as strong as ever next month. Hundreds of councillors will be elected across England by voters on May 3. While some of those winning seats may have no previous experience in politics, others will be well-versed - going in with decades in office. The vote will also see some cabinet members' crucial seats up for election - arguably the most influential group of politicians on a council. Here, we explain what these elected representatives do, and how much they get paid to do it. What is the cabinet? In the "leader and cabinet" local government structure (which is used by most councils across England), a cabinet is made up of the leader and nine other councillors. They usually meet eight times a year. Each of the 10 councillors looks after an area of responsibility, from growth to finance and income generation to environment. Their roles can be changed from time to time by the leader, who can also … [Read more...] about What do council cabinet members do and how much do they get paid?
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Many consumers should be fighting tooth and nail to get a rebate on their electricity bills. At no point did anyone from the appropriate authorities, be it ARMS, Enemalta, consumer affairs entities or successive energy ministries take the time to explain to the public that receiving bills based on actual consumption more frequently would mean chopping up electricity quotas, which, in turn, result in being charged at higher rates or losing out on cheap units. The Malta Independent has written successive stories on the matter. Economist Marie Briguglio, who most recently sounded the alarm on this practice took to social media to describe in the most simple of terms how this issue is effecting consumers who are billed frequently and have spikes and drops in their consumption. "Jack and Jill both consume 6,000 electricity units per year in the island of Jalta. Jill consumes 500 units a month, every month. Jack consumes 3,000 units in July and 3000 in August and no more units during the … [Read more...] about Why many of you should be fighting tooth and nail to get a rebate for your electricity bills
IT CAN be unpleasant, it involves the bowels - a part of the body we're shy about and certainly NOT something we want talk about. But, The Sun is today launching the No Time 2 Lose campaign urging you all to stop, right now and learn the signs that could save your life. Here are the signs and symptoms you need to look out for... What is bowel cancer? Bowel cancer, also known as colon cancer or colorectal cancer, is the fourth most common form of the disease in the UK, after breast, prostate and lung cancers. And it's the second biggest cancer killer. More than 41,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with the disease each year, according to Bowel Cancer UK. WE'RE FIGHTING FOR FAIR SCREENING FOR ALL BRITSOur No Time 2 Lose campaign is calling for the Government to lower the screening age from 60 to 50 - as it is in Scotland every Brit to know the five red-flag signs of bowel cancer And we want you to dig deep and help raise money for Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer - who work … [Read more...] about What are bowel cancer’s symptoms and signs, how do you get treatment for the condition and what is The Sun’s screening campaign?
Internet users throughout the European Union – and, in some cases, in the rest of the world as well – are starting to get gently pushed toward accepting various companies’ new service and privacy terms that comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, which is going into effect on May 25. Trying to deal with it has convinced me that the tech industry is still determined to get privacy wrong, and the GDPR as applied by them doesn’t prevent it.The GDPR-related reminders are coming from stores, electronics manufacturers, social networks, even non-profits. One needs to be intensely privacy-minded to go through the legal documents updated by Facebook, Twitter, Fitbit, Sonos, an e-commerce site you may have visited a few years ago or a local theater company and not get confused about which disclosures you saw in which statement. Though most firms have made an attempt to write the new terms in plain language, as the GDPR requires, … [Read more...] about Tech Is Getting EU Privacy Rules All Wrong
Anyone who has been on a long-haul flight around the world will probably have had experience of jet lag , one part of travelling that most of us could really do without. It's the sleepy, unreal grogginess that hits when you feel like you're starved of sleep , but often can't doze off, making travelling to another time zone for a holiday a bit of a trial sometimes. The World Health Organisation warns that the effects are far greater than problems with sleep – jet lag can cause indigestion issues, disturbance of bowel function, blood pressure fluctuations and general malaise. Luckily, symptoms tend to improve after a few days as your body gets used to the new time zone. But who wants to have the first days of their holiday spoiled? Here's everything you need to know to beat jet lag on your next holiday.... What is jet lag? When you cross time zones, the pineal gland – which controls your body’s temperature and internal clock – is disrupted by the change in … [Read more...] about How to get over jet lag when you travel long-haul