Lifestyle / Entertainment / Music by Press Association 29/03/2018, 7:22 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Dua Lipa has spoken about sexism in the music industry, saying it is harder for female singers to be taken seriously. The performer, 22, said men are given the benefit of the doubt that they pen their own tracks, while women are not. She told British GQ: “For a female artist, it takes a lot more to be taken seriously if you’re not sat down at a piano or with a guitar, you know? “For a male artist, people instantly assume they write their own music, but for women, they assume it’s all manufactured.” Lipa also addressed the Me Too movement, saying she has not faced any sexual harassment but sees how deeply some behaviour is rooted in society. She said: “I’m lucky in that I haven’t really had any sexual harassment in any way. But I think (Me Too) is so important. … [Read more...] about Dua Lipa calls out sexism in music industry
According to police, many criminal gangs often rent out ordinary suburban flats and houses to cultivate cannabis farms. But what if your neighbour, or someone on your street, is actually using a neighbouring property as a location for such activity? Would you be able to tell - and what can do? A cannabis farm is considered as 25 or more plants, at any stage of growth, or any premises adapted for the production of cannabis with things like hydroponics systems, high intensity lighting, ventilation and with electricity metres bypassed. Gangs are trying to cash in from a Class B drug which can net £40,000 a year from just 25 plants. On average, there were 36.3 cannabis farms found per 100,000 people in Merseyside in 2014/15, according to figures obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. Read More Cannabis farms Here are the top signs to look out for: 1) Windows sealed and covered in a property or the curtains permanently closed Your neighbours might just like living in the … [Read more...] about How can you tell if a cannabis farm is being grown on your street?
Beverley’s shipbuilding past is to be brought to life by a year-long archives project backed with £30,000 lottery funding. Dozens of volunteers are being sought to help with the project, called Trawling Through Time. It aims to tell the story of a part of the town’s industrial past, which is rapidly fading from public memory. Workshops, talks, oral histories, and digital display of trawler plans will help people learn about the once flourishing industry. A television documentary is also planned by Estuary TV. East Riding Council portfolio holder Councillor Richard Burton says: “We are thrilled to have received support thanks to National Lottery players, and are confident the project will support people to be active citizens with pride in their maritime heritage. “There was tremendous competition to secure the Heritage Lottery funding, so I am absolutely delighted that our team’s efforts have paid off, to allow this excellent project to go … [Read more...] about Can you help re-tell the story of Beverley’s shipbuilding past?
The Bank of England urged London’s financial sector to count on the transition period following the March 2019 Brexit deadline. In a statement on Wednesday, the Bank of England made reference to the 21-month transition period agreed between Theresa May’s government and the European Commission after the UK leaves the EU. Companies should “plan that they will be able to continue undertaking these activities during the implementation period in much the same way as now.” However, the transition deal has been undermined by Conservative backbenchers, while there is also a concern for the Democratic Unionist Party. From now until autumn 2018, when the agreement is formally ratified by all EU member states, the financial sector may expect but cannot afford to count on a transition deal. London is the biggest financial center in the world and the industry accounts for 12% of the UK’s GDP, employing 1,1 million people. Almost a third of its business involves clients … [Read more...] about Bank of England tells the City to Keep Calm and count on the transition period
The European Commission has listed straw as waste that can be used to produce “advanced biofuel” to decarbonise the transport sector. But the EU farmers’ association begs to differ. It says straw is an agricultural co-product and not waste. In the Annex IX of the revised Renewable Energy Directive proposal (RED II), the European Commission has listed a number of feedstocks that could be considered as “second-generation” or “advanced” biofuels to decarbonise the transport sector. But critics suggest that not all of these feedstocks are actually waste. One of them is straw, which has many uses, from fuel to livestock bedding. “Straw is a by-product and not a waste and it is used for animal bedding, return to soil as organic matter,” Copa-Cogeca told EURACTIV. Asked about the impact on the price of straw in other agricultural uses, like when it’s used for advanced ethanol, Copa-Cogeca replied: “Straw is largely … [Read more...] about Straw is not waste but co-product, EU farmers tell Commission