The Russian public’s trust in the institution of the presidency went down significantly between 2017 and 2019, as did, to a somewhat lesser extent, trust in the Federal Security Service (FSB, successor to the KGB). Trust in the military remains strong. Still, these three agencies, in the order of the presidency, the army, and the security agency, remain Russians’ most trusted institutions, new survey data published by the independent polling organization Levada revealed on Monday. But as Vladimir Putin enters the second year of his fourth and possibly last term as president, how the Russian state will respond to the loss of public support becomes a matter of high salience. It is important at the outset to disentangle trust in the presidential office from Vladimir Putin’s personal approval rating, though the two are easily conflated. Someone other than Putin occupying the post is such a distant memory (Medvedev’s 2008–2012 stint is not … [Read more...] about When Trust Fails: How Long Can the Russian State Withstand Waning Public Support?
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A “gifted” athlete who trained at the Cardiff City Academy and represented Wales as a sprinter turned to drug dealing when the restaurant he ran hit financial difficulties. Anaximandro Pina, who a court heard played as a striker in the Cardiff City Academy until he was 18, competed for Wales in international track competitions and was the second-fastest man in the country over 60m, 100m, and 200m. But the 23-year-old dad began selling cocaine when the Portuguese restaurant he opened in Cardiff fell into trouble shortly after it opened. Pina’s barrister Eugene Egan told Cardiff Crown Court his client was an “able and talented sportsman”. Mr Egan said: “He is an extremely gifted athlete. He was a talented footballer but his real strength lies in his sprinting prowess.” He told the court Pina represented Wales in competitions in Belfast and Brussels and was the second fastest man in Wales in the 60m, 100m and 200m. The defendant was working as a … [Read more...] about International sprinter turned drug dealer when restaurant failed
WE share Sajid Javid’s disgust at what looks like a child abuse crisis — and he’s right to demand more from the tech giants. The monsters who commit these acts are beyond contempt. It’s staggering that there are 80,000 of them prowling the net — the equivalent of FOUR packed-out O2 arenas — and we must tackle these horrendous crimes with all the force Britain can muster. The police must be given the resources they need to find and pursue these twisted individuals. Social services and local council staff, who have in the past too happily looked away from systematic abuse in places like Rochdale and Rotherham, must be properly trained and report their suspicions accurately. But the tech companies who allow their platforms to be filled with depraved filth need to do more, too. Their deliberate ignorance is part of a pattern. Whether it’s far-right extremism, anti-Semitism or terrorist propaganda, firms such as Facebook and Twitter are all too … [Read more...] about Online giants can have no complaints if government steps in to tackle paedos when they fail to do so
Staff who were made redundant without notice when a failed Nottinghamshire engineering firm went into administration were awarded 90 days' pay following an employment tribunal. Morgan Tucker Ltd, which was based in Newark and had an office in Nottingham, called in administrators FRP Advisory on 30 May last year due to severe financial pressures. It was reported that the firm's expansion into the middle east had caused significant problems. The tribunal heard that the following day (May 31, 2017) the entire workforce of 65 people was dismissed. The staff were based across four offices - Newark, Nottingham, London and Leeds. A group of 46 of the former employees took the firm to an employment tribunal over the redundancies, where it was found the dismissals contravened Section 188 (2) of the Trade Union and Labour Relations Act 1992. Read More BUSINESS IN NOTTINGHAMSHIRE This states that a consultation should take place of ways to avoid dismissals, reducing the number of employees to … [Read more...] about Staff at failed engineering firm awarded 90 days’ pay after tribunal
AIB's Brexit Sentiment index for the second quarter found that the manufacturing, retail and tourism sectors here were the most negative about Brexit. Just 6pc of 500 businesses surveyed in the Republic of Ireland had a plan in place. In Northern Ireland, the figure was just 5pc. The index found that larger businesses were more likely to have a plan, while the impact on the economy and potential tariffs were the main concerns for businesses in the Republic. AIB's head of business banking Catherine Moroney said it was "critical" for businesses to plan for the worst now. "When businesses do seek financing, one of the key questions we in AIB ask them about is their Brexit-readiness and the potential impact Brexit may have on their business in a harder-line Brexit scenario," she said. Ms Moroney said the bank was launching a new credit-check service to help customers who were looking to increase their export reach. Provided in association with Euler Hermes, the bank will allow customers a … [Read more...] about Businesses failing to prepare despite no-deal Brexit fear