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
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Bosnian Serb nationalist firebrand Milorad Dodik says he respects Vladimir Putin and backs so-called "referendums" in occupied Ukraine on joining Russia. Dodik, who currently serves as the Bosnian Serb member of the three-way presidency, was speaking ahead of the general election in Bosnia on Sunday. A vocal supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dodik suggested the "referendums" in Ukraine -- which the West have slammed as being forced, illegal and rigged -- could be used in Bosnia. Dodik openly advocates tearing away Bosnia's Serb-dominated entity, the Republika Srpska (RS), and joining it with neighbouring Serbia. The division of the country into two main administrative units or entities -- the RS and the Bosniak-Croat majority Federation of BiH or FBiH -- is the result of the US and West-mediated Dayton Peace Accords, the peace deal that ended Bosnia's 1992-1995 war, which saw an estimated 100,000 people killed. "As for our political relations in … [Read more...] about ‘I respect Putin’: Bosnia’s Dodik backs ‘referendums’ in occupied Ukraine
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
The movie adaptation of popular crime drama Peaky Blinders is in the final stages of script writing. The British screenwriter Steven Knight first announced the film adaptation of the crime drama last year in October and the movie is most likely to hit the screens sometime in 2024. According to the announcement made by Steven, the Shelby family would be seen on the silver screen after Season 6 of Peaky Blinders , with a reprised role of the main protagonist Thomas Shelby. Steven also mentioned that the elder brother of Thomas Shelby in the drama will return back in the movie. While the main plot of the film is still top-secret, the writer has dropped some exciting hints about the plotline. "I've had this in mind for quite a while now, a story with the Peakys during the Second World War and I've picked up three true stories that I'm integrating into the film," he told RadioTimes , "I'm always interested because, with the Second World War, there was so much going on and … [Read more...] about ‘Peaky Blinders’ screenwriter spills the beans on upcoming movie storyline
King Charles III’s coronation plans are currently in the pipeline after he ascended the British throne earlier this month after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, and as per reports, the jewels featured in the landmark ceremony could be well worth £3.5billion. According to Express UK, the coronation ceremony for King Charles is being planned for next year as of now, and is most definitely expected to feature the £2.5billion Imperial State Crown, which was last seen on top of the Queen’s coffin alongside the scepter and orb. All three crown jewels were also a part of the Queen’s coronation all the way back in 1953, and also featured at her state funeral on September 19, 2022. UK jewellery retailer and expert Maxwell Stone attempted to estimate the worth of the Coronation regalia, saying: “Each piece is extraordinary - from the Sovereign's Scepter with Cross, which contains the £400million Cullinan I diamond, to the Sovereign's Ring, which features an octagonal … [Read more...] about King Charles III’s coronation jewels worth whopping £3.5billion: Details
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?
Und wieder einmal Griechenland: Schwangere Teenager mit leerem Kühlschrank . Ausgemergelte Rentner mit exorbitanten Stromrechnungen . Fischer, die nicht mehr fischen, weil der Schiffsdiesel zu teuer ist. Bauern, die ihre Milchkühe keulen, weil das Viehfutter unbezahlbar ist. Alleinerziehende Mütter, die ihren Kindern nach der Schule kein Eis mehr spendieren können. Familien, die abends im Dunkeln sitzen, weil ihnen die Elektrizitätsgesellschaft den Strom abgedreht hat. Arbeitslose junge Männer, die seit Wochen keinen Supermarkt mehr von innen gesehen haben und sich Essen aus der Suppenküche holen. Wieder einmal Griechenland also! Krise Nummer wieviel? Irgendwann hört man halt auf zu zählen… Diesmal: Griechenland und die Inflationskrise. Zuerst wollte ich diese Story ja in Litauen oder Estland drehen, da droben im Baltikum geht es immerhin um hammerharte Inflationszahlen von 20 Prozent - damit war Estland Ende Mai … [Read more...] about Krisengeschütteltes Griechenland: Vom Ukraine-Krieg befeuerte Inflation
Sieben Monate nach dem Einmarsch lässt Russland in vier besetzten Gebieten der Ukraine in sogenannten Referenden darüber abstimmen, ob sie Russland beitreten wollen. Das Institute for the Study of War berichtet, dass russische Beamte in Teilen Russlands Wahllokale eingerichtet haben, angeblich, um vertriebenen - in vielen Fällen heißt das: entführten - ukrainischen Bewohnern aus besetzten Gebiete die Möglichkeit zu geben, abzustimmen. Die vier betroffenen Regionen sind entweder teilweise oder vollständig von Russland besetzt. Ein Großteil der Vorkriegsbevölkerung ist aus diesen Gebieten geflohen. Was allerdings Donezk und Saporischschja betrifft, so werden große Teile dieser Regionen immer noch von ukrainischen Streitkräften gehalten. Dem Institute for the Study of War zufolge rechnen die russischen Besatzungsbehörden in der Ukraine damit, dass sie gezwungen sein werden, Reservisten bereitzustellen, um die regionalen Mobilisierungsquoten in den vom … [Read more...] about Kriegstag 212 : Russland zieht Schein-Referenden in besetzten Gebieten in der Ukraine durch
Nach dem schlagartigen Anstieg von Einreisen aus Russland hat Finnland angekündigt, dass russische Bürger mit Schengenvisum nicht mehr ins Land gelassen werden. Die Regelung gilt ab Donnerstagabend 19 Uhr Mitteleuropäischer Zeit. Die Ankündigung der "teilweisen" Mobilisierung Moskaus für den Krieg in der Ukraine, die zu einem sprunghaften Anstieg der Grenzübertritte zur Folge hatte, habe "einen bedeutenden Einfluss" auf die Entscheidung gehabt, sagte der finnische Außenminister Pekka Haavisto. Die illegalen Annexionsreferenden in der Ostukraine und die mutmaßliche Sabotage der Nord-Stream-Pipelines in der Ostsee hätten "die Sorgen verstärkt", so der Minister. Per One-Way-Ticket raus aus Russland: "Meine Welt ist zusammengebrochen" Damit schließt sich das nordische Land de facto der Entscheidung an, die Anfang September von Polen und den drei baltischen Staaten (Estland, Lettland, Litauen), den vier anderen EU-Ländern an der Grenze zu Russland, … [Read more...] about Finnland macht die Grenze dicht – für russische Touristen