By Robbie Meredith Published 9 hours ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing The number of Northern Irish undergraduate students dropping out of university rose by almost 60% in the 2021-22 academic year. That is according to data published from the Student Loans Company (SLC). According to the SLC, 1,232 NI students withdrew from degree courses in 2021-22 compared to 781 the previous year. The National Union of Students (NUS) said the figures were "shocking" suggesting the rising cost of living was making university harder to afford. The SLC is the body responsible for administering loans and grants to students in the UK. It is therefore told by universities when a student has withdrawn from their degree course. The proportion of students dropping out of their degree courses had previously fallen to record lows during the Covid-19 pandemic . … [Read more...] about University: Rise in level of NI undergraduate students dropping out
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Ednyfed Hudson Davies, who has died aged 88, was a popular Welsh-language broadcaster who was Labour MP for Conwy in North Wales and Caerphilly in the south before defecting to the SDP. He was one of the earliest advocates – in 1968 – of devolution for Wales, and championed its language as “the natural form of expression for many Welshmen”. He believed that the Prince of Wales had done more for Welsh by learning the language than “those people who take it upon themselves to daub road signs”. He persuaded Labour ministers to have vehicle licence applications in Welsh handled at any post office in the Principality, and introduce – from 1971 – tax return forms in Welsh. But the Registrar-General blocked his efforts to have Welsh speakers living beyond Offa’s Dyke recorded in the Census. Davies also proposed a “Brasilia” in mid-Wales to offset rural depopulation. Harold Wilson bought into the idea up to a point and agreed that Newtown should be expanded; however by 2011 its … [Read more...] about Ednyfed Hudson Davies, Welsh language champion and Labour MP – obituary
When two companies planning carbon capture projects appeared before the Livingston Parish Council this week, residents overcrowded the parking lot and packed shoulder to shoulder into the hearing room to speak out against them. The council had already voted to block not just those plans, which would pump carbon into the ground near Holden and under Lake Maurepas, but all injection wells for a year . Yet residents still showed up in force, accusing some leaders of keeping the projects quiet and siding with big companies instead of their constituents. “The project is moving way too fast. They run in here with the big money talk, bully, bully, bully our communities,” Kinion Bankston, a North Albany resident told state representatives. “Help us stop this, man. We love that lake. We absolutely love that lake.” The audience, which had cheered and yelled throughout his speech, erupted in applause. It wasn't just Livingston. In St. Helena and Tangipahoa Parishes, residents turned … [Read more...] about Carbon capture faces ferocious pushback in parts of Louisiana: ‘Help us stop this, man’
The man who was about to interview Salman Rushdie at the Chautauqua Institution last Friday when a would-be murderer ran onstage with a knife is a 73-year-old former telemarketing entrepreneur from Pittsburgh named Henry Reese. He wears bow ties and speaks with a low-key, husky voice and shuns attention. But Reese and his wife, Diane Samuels, are two of the more remarkable ordinary people in America. They’ve transformed a blighted Pittsburgh street into a haven for persecuted writers and artists from around the world. It’s called City of Asylum, and it’s a physical manifestation of the universal value of free expression. This achievement has something to do with what happened on Friday, two and a half hours north of Reese’s home turf. The Chautauqua Institution is an idyllic lakeside community, with an entry gate and streets lined by picturesque Victorians, where paying visitors—a lot of them retirees from the Midwest, more middle class than coastal culture seekers—stay for a summer … [Read more...] about Free Speech Can’t Survive as an Abstraction
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?
One lucky traveller will be paid more than £2,600 to travel Australia and New Zealand playing on social media. Many of us have dreamed of motoring around the Outback, a mob of kangaroos bouncing alongside the motorway as Cradle Mountain looms in the distance. If daydreams of crashing surf and frolicking down Bondi Beach aren't you thing, then perhaps the stunning mountain vistas and verdant natural beauty of New Zealand is. One lucky person will be able to experience both countries when they are anointed Deel's first social media nomad. Do you have a travel story to share? Email [email protected] The lucky social media adventurer's home The payroll company is financing someone to travel across the countries in a fully furnished sleeper van with around £2,600 in their back pocket, as well as an additional weekly stipend. Return flights and all things visa and work approval-related handled by Deel. All the winner has to do is create and upload content … [Read more...] about You can get paid to travel around New Zealand and Australia in a camper van
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 2 October 2020 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing PM Boris Johnson has suggested the recent spike in coronavirus cases in the UK is a result of a "fraying of people's discipline" over the summer. He said compliance with the virus restrictions had been "high at first" but then "probably... everybody got a bit, kind of complacent and blasé". Cases have increased sharply across the UK since the end of August. After starting to relax restrictions before the summer, the government has since had to toughen its measures. It comes as the latest UK figures show there have been a further 6,968 cases and another 66 deaths. The R number - a measure of how many other people each person with the virus is infecting - has risen to between 1.3 and 1.6. However, there is more evidence that new coronavirus infections may be increasing more slowly than in previous … [Read more...] about Covid-19: Boris Johnson says everybody got ‘complacent’ over virus
1 NEWS South Korean police arrested a woman over the deaths of two children whose bodies were found in suitcases in New Zealand. New Zealand authorities are yet to make a formal application for the extradition of a woman accused of killing two children, two weeks after her arrest in South Korea . That’s despite police announcing on September 15 that an application had been made for the extradition. The 42-year-old was arrested in Ulsan, South Korea that same day after the remains of a boy and a girl were found in suitcases at a south Auckland property on August 11. “NZ Police have applied to have her extradited back to New Zealand to face the charges and have requested she remain in custody whilst awaiting the completion of the extradition process,” the press release that announced the woman’s arrest said. READ MORE: What we know about the children found dead in suitcases and the arrest in South Korea 'I didn't do it': Suitcase murders suspect detained in … [Read more...] about No formal extradition request yet made for accused in Auckland suitcase deaths
Bobi Jones, the poet and scholar who has died aged 88, was born into an English-speaking Welsh family, but became one of the most prolific writers in the Welsh language; it is claimed that by the end of his life he spoke English as a foreign language. Though a republican, a fervent Welsh nationalist and a fierce egalitarian, Jones taught Welsh to Prince Charles when the latter attended the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, in the summer of 1969, in preparation for his investiture as Prince of Wales at Caernarfon Castle on July 1. The 1960s had seen a groundswell of Welsh nationalist activity, including a campaign of civil disobedience, in an attempt to secure public status for the Welsh language. Plaid Cymru had gained their first MP when Gwynfor Evans was elected for Carmarthen in 1966. Though Plaid maintained a diplomatic silence, the investiture became the focus of protests about the legal status of Welsh, to which popular young Welsh-language poets such as Alan Llwyd and … [Read more...] about Bobi Jones, Welsh writer and nationalist – obituary