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
0 Have your say Debts of more than £700,000 have been written off by Blackpool Council. The sum includes more than £300,000 owed by Funny Girls Ltd – which ran five venues in the resort including Flamingo and the Flying Handbag – when it went into administration last year. Council figures show £695,548 of business rates due between April and September last year have had to be written off – leaving council tax-payers out of pocket.This includes £308,214 owed by Funny Girls Ltd. Its venues, including Funny Girls on Dickson, were taken over by Lancashire brewery Thwaites after the company went into administration in September.As reported last November, the collapse of Basil Newby’s empire , also left a debt of £723,007 owed to the tax man, as well as £2,410 to Blackpool’s Pubwatch scheme and £8,300 to Blackpool Business Improvement District.At that time administrators KPMG said it was “highly … [Read more...] about Blackpool council tax-payers lose out as businesses including Funny Girls fail to pay
A dog owner has been fined and ordered to pay costs totalling thousands - for failing to pick up his dog's poo. Carl Davies, formerly of Royal Sands, Weston-super-Mare but who now lives in London, had been captured on camera letting his dog mess on the Beach Lawns in March last year. Davies pleaded not guilty to three offences of failing to pick up after his dog on the seafront - an area which is covered by a council public space protection order. Under the order it is an offence not to pick up after your dog or produce a receptacle to clear up its mess. Those flouting the orders risk being issued with a fine. However after legal argument about the admissibility of video evidence and a two-day trial at North Somerset Magistrates Court, District Judge David Taylor found Davies guilty of all three offences. Davies was fined £100 for each offence. He was also ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge and £3,873 in costs to North Somerset Council – a total of … [Read more...] about Man fined £4,000 after being filmed not picking up his dog’s business
Owen Crane: When my friend was raped, I was overwhelmed by horror and asked myself why God hadn't stopped it BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Owen Crane (41) grew up in Newick, a village in East Sussex he describes as being "a bit like the setting for the Vicar of Dibley - it's a beautiful place and I loved living there". https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/columnists/alf-mccreary/owen-crane-when-my-friend-was-raped-i-was-overwhelmed-by-horror-and-asked-myself-why-god-hadnt-stopped-it-37748945.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article37750392.ece/3a56f/AUTOCROP/h342/Crane-4-_Read-Only_.jpg Email Owen Crane (41) grew up in Newick, a village in East Sussex he describes as being "a bit like the setting for the Vicar of Dibley - it's a beautiful place and I loved living there". He spent most of his adult life in the north of England, studying business management at Manchester Metropolitan University and working in telecoms before moving into the charity sector. He … [Read more...] about Owen Crane: When my friend was raped, I was overwhelmed by horror and asked myself why God hadn’t stopped it