By Jessica Parker Published 12 hours ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Prime Minister Liz Truss has agreed to meet other European leaders at a new political "club of nations" next week. The inaugural summit of the European Political Community (EPC), proposed by French president Emmanuel Macron, will meet in Prague next Thursday. Although the UK voted in 2016 to leave the EU, it is among more than a dozen non-EU nations invited to join EU members to discuss security and energy. Ms Truss has only just indicated she could attend the first meeting. She is said to want the group to focus on "delivery" rather than becoming a "talking shop". UK considers joining new European nations club Truss pledges billions to support Ukraine in 2023 UK defies EU legal action over NI border checks Fact-checking Liz Truss on the economy Mr Macron … [Read more...] about Liz Truss to attend first meeting of European nations club
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While Netflix’s Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story has become one of the most watched shows on the streaming platforms, it has also received severe critical reception from the audience. The new crime series features the real-life story of the serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, who killed young boys and men, particularly of black and brown descent. In light of this, and because of its sensitive plotline, it received mixed reviews from critics. While Vanity and Variety gave more negative reviews, Vulture and The Hollywood Reporter gave it a more positive angle. The victims’ families also had different reactions to it, many of them, claiming that the show retraumatized them. One of the most prominent ones was Rita Isbell, the sister of Errol Lindsey, who was one of Dahmer’s victims. According to Yahoo, she wrote a statement for Insider in which she explained how she watched just a small part of the show and was ‘bothered.’ This statement was recreated and added in the show … [Read more...] about Netflix’s ‘Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story’ receives controversial reviews
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?
A Brit dad who calls himself a "walking disaster" has got himself stranded in Ibiza after missing not one but four flights. Saz Ismail, from Swadlincote in Staffordshire, managed to miss one flight by five minutes and even book another flight from the wrong Spanish island. The 36-year-old, who says he "shouldn't be allowed" to go abroad on his own, also booked a flight that would have flown into the completely wrong UK airport, reports Staffordshire Live . Saz has now resorted to launching a GoFundMe appeal to try to pay his way home - with limited success so far. He's turned to crowdfunding, but sympathy seems to be in short supply. So far he's managed to raise a paltry £5. Saz said: "My friend Kane wanted to go out to Ibiza and was already out there. "He asked me if I wanted to go on the impromptu so I thought 'why not?' I really like my House and Dance music scene and I had never been before so I thought it would be a good opportunity. Saz has turned to … [Read more...] about Brit stranded in Ibiza after missing four flights needs help from strangers to get home
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
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
Published 5 hours ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Conservative MPs in the north of England have called on the prime minister not to abandon her predecessor's levelling-up agenda. Members of the influential Northern Research Group (NRG) said Liz Truss needed to take "urgent action". The policy was promised in the party's 2019 election manifesto. Carlisle Tory MP John Stevenson, who was elected as chairman of the NRG earlier this month, urged Ms Truss to "double down on levelling up". He said: "That requires both short-term action in the form of tax cuts and investment in public services and, in the long term, finding ways to boost the productivity of towns and cities that have struggled for decades to retain talent and attract private investment." The NRG was founded by a number of Conservatives who took so-called red wall seats from Labour at the 2019 … [Read more...] about Northern Tory MPs urge Liz Truss not to abandon levelling up
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?
Published 26 October 2020 comments Comments Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Nottingham and parts of the surrounding county will move into the top tier of Covid restrictions, it has been confirmed. People living in the city, along with Rushcliffe, Gedling and Broxtowe, face the toughest restrictions. The measures come into force at one minute past midnight on Thursday and will expire after 28 days. It comes after the city consistently recorded one of the highest infection rates in the country. About eight million people in England will be living in the tier three - "very high" alert level by the end of the week. This means pubs that do not serve substantial meals have to close, and there are further restrictions on households mixing. The affected parts of Nottinghamshire join Liverpool City Region, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, South … [Read more...] about Covid: Nottingham to move into tier 3