With little more than a week before voting closes, voter apathy appears to have a massive majority in New Plymouth’s local government election. As of Thursday, just 6% of voters, or 3676 of the 61,278 eligible, had voted, with the campaign on course to attract even less than the record low of 45% who bothered to have their say in 2019. Despite New Plymouth’s election featuring many candidates across several wards, and a mayoral race being contested by eight candidates, the district’s voter numbers fall well below Stratford’s 12% and South Taranaki’s 12.7%, even though those elections have all but been decided in the majority of their wards. However, New Plymouth voter apathy matched many districts around New Zealand, with the likes of Wellington recording just a 5% turnout to date and Auckland around 8%, with the countdown to polls closing at midday on Saturday, October 8, looming. READ MORE: Explainer: How voting in Nelson's council elections will work in 2022 Large … [Read more...] about Concerning voter turnout for New Plymouth District as election deadline looms
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Published 26 October 2020 comments Comments Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Nottingham and parts of the surrounding county will move into the top tier of Covid restrictions, it has been confirmed. People living in the city, along with Rushcliffe, Gedling and Broxtowe, face the toughest restrictions. The measures come into force at one minute past midnight on Thursday and will expire after 28 days. It comes after the city consistently recorded one of the highest infection rates in the country. About eight million people in England will be living in the tier three - "very high" alert level by the end of the week. This means pubs that do not serve substantial meals have to close, and there are further restrictions on households mixing. The affected parts of Nottinghamshire join Liverpool City Region, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, South … [Read more...] about Covid: Nottingham to move into tier 3
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?
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?
Published 23 October 2020 comments Comments Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Warrington will move to England's highest tier of coronavirus restrictions from next week, its council has confirmed. The Labour-run council said it had reached agreement with the government and would be moving into tier three. Local leaders agreed a financial settlement worth £5.9m. Conservative MP for Warrington South, Andy Carter, said this was proportionate with the financial settlements for other tier three areas. The Cheshire town, home to about 210,000 people, is the 35th-worst hit place in England according to government figures. As of Monday, the government reported 733 coronavirus cases in Warrington, with a rate of 349 per 100,000 people in the previous seven days. 'Grim inevitability' Council leader Russ Bowden said case numbers remained … [Read more...] about Covid: Warrington to move to tier 3 restrictions
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?
Killer cop Wayne Couzens will still die in prison after losing a bid to reduce his whole-life term for the kidnap, rape and murder of Sarah Everard . It comes as the killers of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes also had their sentences reviewed by senior judges today. In May, five judges heard challenges to or appeals against the prison sentences of five convicted killers and handed down their ruling this morning during the televised hearing. Couzens was given a whole-life term after pleading guilty and this morning he lost his bid to reduce his sentence. Emma Tustin was handed a minimum term of 29 years in prison after a jury found her guilty of killing six-year-old Arthur. Thomas Hughes was given a 21-year sentence following the death of his son Arthur Labinjo-Hughes ( Image: BPM MEDIA) Emma Tustin was handed a minimum term of 29 years in prison after a jury found her guilty of killing six-year-old Arthur ( Image: BPM MEDIA) Two killers, Couzens and Emma … [Read more...] about Killer cop Wayne Couzens will die in prison as he loses bid to cut jail term
Published 5 hours ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Conservative MPs in the north of England have called on the prime minister not to abandon her predecessor's levelling-up agenda. Members of the influential Northern Research Group (NRG) said Liz Truss needed to take "urgent action". The policy was promised in the party's 2019 election manifesto. Carlisle Tory MP John Stevenson, who was elected as chairman of the NRG earlier this month, urged Ms Truss to "double down on levelling up". He said: "That requires both short-term action in the form of tax cuts and investment in public services and, in the long term, finding ways to boost the productivity of towns and cities that have struggled for decades to retain talent and attract private investment." The NRG was founded by a number of Conservatives who took so-called red wall seats from Labour at the 2019 … [Read more...] about Northern Tory MPs urge Liz Truss not to abandon levelling up
By Mark Savage Published 4 September Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl choked back tears as he played the band's first show since the death of drummer Taylor Hawkins in March. The star was singing Times Like These when he paused to collect his emotions on the lyric: "It's times like these you learn to love again." Earlier, Grohl described Hawkins as his "dear friend, bandmate and brother". He said of Hawkins "no-one else could make you smile or laugh or dance or sing like he could". "And for those of you that admired him from afar, I'm sure you've all felt the same thing," Grohl added. "So sing and dance and laugh and cry and scream and make some noise so he can hear us right now." Grohl was speaking as Foo Fighters topped the bill at an all-star concert in honour of Hawkins' life at London's Wembley Stadium. … [Read more...] about Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert: Foo Fighters give drummer a loving send-off
Andy MacDonald / Stuff People say they will vote in New Plymouth, but so far only 6% of those eligible have done so. Local elections have been attracting a record low turnout across the country . In New Plymouth, of the over 61,000 eligible people, only 6% had cast their vote as of Thursday. We asked passersby on Devon and Gill streets whether they had voted, and what they thought of the low turnout. READ MORE: 'Ring fence' bill to protect New Plymouth's $346m investment fund to go before Parliament New Plymouth's mayoral battle not so clearcut as all that Mayoral candidates divided over staff levels at NPDC Maddy Siffleet said she was planning on voting before the polls close at 12pm on Saturday, October 8. “I haven’t [voted] yet, but I will. “I just haven’t really thought about it. I’ve just been busy with work and life,” she said. Judah Amrie said he had got his papers, and although he planned to vote he had not “gotten around” to it yet. Amrie, … [Read more...] about Local Elections 2022: New Plymouth ready to vote – but not yet