Steerpike 11 June 2019 7:42 PM 11 June 2019 7:42 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Rory Stewart has not exactly had the most orthodox of campaign strategies to become the next leader of the Conservative party. The dark horse of the leadership race has built up a cult following by heading out across the country, recording hand-held campaign videos and having conversations with various members of the public. And he decided to continue this trend of unorthodoxy once again today when he officially launched his leadership bid: in a small circus-tent in the Southbank in London. There, the international development secretary used his launch to put forward his vision for the United Kingdom. But it was Stewart’s view that the frontrunner Boris Johnson could not be trusted with the nuclear codes that garnered the most attention at the launch. When Stewart was asked if his showmanship today really mattered when Boris Johnson’s launch would … [Read more...] about Rory Stewart: would you trust Boris with the nuclear codes?
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Speed limit tweaks and fines for distracted drivers are under consideration in various parts of Europe, as countries ponder different ways to regulate road traffic and make it safer. In France, Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announced earlier this month that local authorities will be able to scrap an 80km/h speed limit that was imposed last summer. Départements are now free to revert back to the old 90km/h limit. Philippe actually championed the stricter speed limit and the reversal of policy has been interpreted as a reaction to negative public reaction and the effect of the gilets jaunes movement. The new limit was met with an outcry, particularly in rural communities, who saw it merely as a money-spinning exercise by the government. However, officials estimate that restoring signs to the original 90km/h will cost between €6 and €12 million. Fully automated driving may be years away, but a new EU law being debated by legislators would mandate some … [Read more...] about EU countries tinker with laws of the road
Originally due to consider the case on February 22, Kenyan High Court Justice Chaacha Mwita said the body had delayed the ruling until May 24 because some judges had been too busy to be ready for the case, News 24 reported. © AP Photo / Esteban FelixIndia Decriminalizes Gay Sex At present, two laws dating to the era of British colonialism, which ended in 1963, make same-gender sex illegal under the Victorian-era euphemism of "carnal knowledge against the order of nature," punishable by up to 14 years in jail. Dozens of former British colonies have retained the laws on their books, although they are slowly giving them up: last year, both India and Pakistan scrapped their versions of the law, Sputnik reported. On top of it all, fear of further discrimination often blocks victims from reporting such incidents to the police. However, some progress has already been made … [Read more...] about Multiple African Countries to Mull Decriminalizing Same-Gender Relations
There's a race somewhere for everyone across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. Picture: Archant Archant Norfolk 2018 Time to get your race diary filled up with our running calendar featuring races across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. FEBRUARYRace: Great Bentley Half MarathonWhen: Sunday, February 3Organising club: Great Bentley Running ClubRace HQ: Great Bentley Village Hall, CO7 8LWDistance: Half marathonPlaces: Sold outDescription: Fast, flat course with PB potential.Race: Valentine’s 10kWhen: Sunday, February 17Organising club: Norfolk GazellesRace HQ: Sports Hall and Conference Centre, Easton College, Bawburgh Road, NR9 5GADistance: 10KPlaces: Sold outDescription: Part of the Sportlink Running and Fitness Grand Prix series. Starts from Easton Showground and the course follows an undulating loop around the villages of Colton and Marlingford on country lanes. Race two in the Sportlink GP series.Race: St Luke’s Hospice Dunton Test Track 10 mileWhen: Sunday, February 17Organising … [Read more...] about Run Anglia: 2019 event calendar for races across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex
Having just closed off another record year, Malta International Airport is now forecasting an increase of 5.8% in traffic for 2019, driving passenger movements up to 7.2 million. This forecast as well as highlights from 2018, were presented at the company's yearly traffic press conference last week. Malta International Airport reported a 47% increase in traffic in the last three years, with passenger movements for 2018 reaching an all-time high of 6,808,177. The airport's most popular markets during 2018 were the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, France and Spain. Following the introduction of better connections with these countries, the airport's top five markets registered varying degrees of growth over 2017, ranging from a humble 2% to a more impressive 37.8%. "While our 100-destination summer schedule was an important contributing factor to these numbers, it is encouraging to see that, for the fifth consecutive year, our shoulder and winter months have outpaced the peak summer months … [Read more...] about Malta International Airport’s passenger traffic expected to exceed 7 million mark in 2019