Only the Liberal Democrats have a record of putting economic competence ahead of ideology. We were the first to point out the dangers when Labour deregulated the banks. In the coalition Government, we halved the scale of Conservative austerity plans, introduced the “triple lock” for pensions, and cut taxes for the lowest earners. We are the only party to consistently oppose Brexit and the only party committed to reaching net zero by 2045. Our economy needs more Liberal Democrats in Parliament!
February 23, 2024 09:54 UTC
“Last year it was just unmanageable and it’s looking like we are going a similar way. With it being so wet, its making it hard to train on Saturdays as well, so we’re completely losing a session, but we’re trying to work as hard as possible.”
February 23, 2024 09:54 UTC
Hannah Mayhew, 41, a cleaner from Diss, filmed the Norfolk round of Come Dine With Me for Channel 4 two years ago. But the show has only just been aired over five nights this week, with the winner revealed tonight. Hannah Mayhew said she enjoyed watching the show this week. “I enjoyed every minute filming the show and watching it this week,” said Hannah. “I think my evening went well – but I’m not allowed to say who won, until the final show has been on TV tonight.”
February 23, 2024 09:50 UTC
An independent hyperlocal website has stormed into the monthly chart for user engagement as the January traffic stats for regional websites are revealed today. The Bedford Independent ranked second in the UK for the metric with users spending an average 9.48 minutes on the site. Top honours for user engagement once again went to Newsquest’s newsandstar.co.uk, companion website for the Carlisle News & Star, which averaged 10.8 minutes per visitor. Sussex Live, Hampshire Live, Dorset Live, Bedfordshire Live and Northants Live all topped 100,000 page views for the month. Scroll down for the table showing total number of page views per user and average minutes per user tables.
February 23, 2024 08:05 UTC
She explained: “Previously, the market had mainly focused on motor fraud and now there’s an appetite to ensure other product lines are also being tackled in a similar way. “It’s critical that we continue to find new ways to detect fraud across all product lines. She continued: “We know that opportunistic fraud is on the rise and this won’t just be in the motor fraud space. By being more coordinated across all product lines, the industry is best placed to tackle the diversity of fraud we are facing. Part of the General Insurance Fraud Committee (GIFC), the working group features communications professionals from member firms such as the ABI and Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (Ifed).
February 23, 2024 07:08 UTC
Young musical artists performed live in Windsor on Sunday – under the wing of a Slough group that works to tackle violence by supporting creative pursuits. Members of the Love Music Hate Violence team were booked to DJ and MC at the Ignition Valentines under 18s event, held at The Boom in The Arches. The team, led by the Langley artist Stephen Ambrose (also known by his stage name Stevoss) aims to ‘spread peace and love’ through music, fostering creativity. Love Music Hate Violence is based at the Britwell Youth & Community Project youth club in Wentworth Avenue. The Police and Crime Commissioner has awarded Love Music Hate Violence with a grant from the Community Fund 2024 to use the van in schools to carry out knife crime awareness using creative arts.
February 23, 2024 06:05 UTC
Key PointsHouthi attacks on shipping in the Bab el-Mandeb and Red Sea represent both an immediate threat to vital American interests in free trade and global commerce and a more general threat to American allies and interests in the Middle East. American air and missile strikes have somewhat diminished the frequency and lethality of Houthi attacks but appear unlikely to end the attacks altogether. Washington warned, punished, and warned the Houthis again against drone and missile attacks on vessels transiting the Red Sea. Since by all appearances the joint US-UK strikes on Houthi sites seem unlikely to stop the Houthi attacks, Washington will have to do more and better. Operation Prosperity Guardian, the multinational maritime task force announced on December 18 in response to the Houthi threat, seeks to protect ships from attacks by increasing the presence of naval assets in the waterway to better aid and defend commercial vessels transiting the Red Sea.
February 23, 2024 05:40 UTC
Two new but exceptionally rare Covid-19 vaccine side effects – a neurological disorder and inflammation of the spinal cord – have been detected by researchers in the largest vaccine safety study to date, reports theguardian.com. But a new rare side-effect, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis – an inflammation and swelling in the brain and spinal cord – was also identified in the data analysis as being linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine. Not only did the Australian study confirm acute disseminated encephalomyelitis as a rare side-effect, but the large amount of AstraZeneca-specific data also allowed them to detect a second new rare side-effect, known as transverse myelitis, or spinal cord inflammation. Prof Julie Leask, a vaccine expert at the University of Sydney, said it’s important to keep these findings in perspective and that a Covid infection increases the risk of some of these rare conditions “much more than a vaccine” does. She said the studies also confirmed that “our vaccine experts are paying attention to when vaccines lead to serious side-effects, and they’re acting on it”.
February 23, 2024 05:27 UTC
My book God Is Not a White Man: And other revelations was a finalist in the Michael Ramsey Prize. I wasn’t expecting the Chaplain General to hold up my book and recommend it to the generals before I spoke. I previously wrote about the spine of my bullet journal breaking for similar reasons (Diary, 18 August 2023). We cleared the diary and made space to read books individually, and spent a team day discussing three texts: Walter Brueggemann’s The Prophetic Imagination; Luke Bretherton’s newest, A Primer in Christian Ethics; and, alongside those, Acts 17. Chine McDonald is a writer, broadcaster, and director of Theos.
February 23, 2024 01:19 UTC
Lyudmila Navalnaya has published a video on YouTube saying she has been shown the body of her son, the Russian opposition leader who died in prison last week aged 47. She has accused Russian investigators of blackmailing her over the funeral of her son, claiming they were trying to force her to hold a private burial ceremony without mourners. Navalny's team have said the death certificate states he died from natural causes.
February 22, 2024 19:14 UTC
A man accused by Rwandan authorities of participating in one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century is living in Australia’s suburbs, a joint Four Corners and Guardian Australia investigation has found. - Advertisement -Thirty years on, Guardian reporter Ben Doherty travels to Rwanda to investigate the allegations — and confronts the man accused of being involved in several killings, who is now an Australian citizen. The findings of the year-long joint Four Corners and Guardian investigation raise tough questions about Australia’s immigration screening processes. A Four Corners and Guardian Australia exclusive investigation. Read more at abc.net.au/news and theguardian.com/au from Monday and listen to Guardian Australia’s dedicated Full Story episode.
February 22, 2024 18:11 UTC
We don’t do FBI checks on people who want to be buried,” Dolan, the archbishop of New York, said during his podcast Tuesday. The priests at St. Patrick’s made a decision at the beginning of the service not to celebrate a funeral Mass but to conduct a funeral service with no Mass instead. “In a way, it’s redundant,” Cardinal Dolan said Tuesday. Cardinal Dolan expressed frustration Tuesday with criticism by some Catholics of the cathedral staff and his archdiocese. Why in the world our people out there still believe what the secular press reports is beyond me,” Cardinal Dolan said.
February 22, 2024 18:10 UTC
February 22, 2024 Public Citizen Comment on CFTC’s proposed carbon offsets derivatives productsShare FacebookTwitterEmailRead the comment here. Carbon ‘credits’ and carbon ‘offsets’ are functionally the same. Permanence and additionality are two fundamental criteria on which the concept of carbon offsets or carbon credits is based. See, e.g., Aruna Chandrasekhar,“Timeline: The 60-year history of carbon offsets,” Sept. 24, 2023: https://interactive.carbonbrief.org/carbon-offsets-2023/timeline.html Dieter Holger, “Rebuilding Trust in Carbon Offsets Faces Uphill Battle,” Wall Street Journal, July 12, 2023: https://www.wsj.com/articles/rebuilding-trust-in-carbon-offsets-faces-uphill-battle-d7811603. Aruna Chandrasekhar,“Timeline: The 60-year history of carbon offsets,” Sept. 24, 2023: https://interactive.carbonbrief.org/carbon-offsets-2023/timeline.html Dr. Charles D. Canham, Rethinking forest carbon offsets, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, May 19, 2021: https://www.caryinstitute.org/news-insights/feature/rethinking-forest-carbon-offsets Doreen Stabinsky, Chasing Carbon Unicorns: The Deception of Carbon Markets and Net Zero,Friends of the Earth International (Feb. 2021).
February 22, 2024 18:01 UTC
Hundreds of healthcare professionals have already signed up for a new conference dedicated to obesity and weight management. Registrations for the inaugural Obesity & Weight Management Alliance conference opened last month during National Obesity Awareness Week. Event manager Emily Mayhew said: “Healthcare staff and resources across primary and secondary care are coming under increasing pressure because of the growing number of people living with obesity and weight management challenges. “The interest we have had in the event has been incredible and there’s still time for healthcare professionals to register for their free place. Entry to the conference is free but places must be booked in advance at http://tinyurl.com/5n8fbdjsTo see the full agenda, visit www.obesityalliance.co.uk/agenda
February 22, 2024 16:26 UTC
Penny Mordaunt said the Labour party had 'done damage' to the office of the speaker as more than 50 MPs signed a motion of no confidence in Sir Lindsay Hoyle. Mordaunt said it had fallen to the government to defend the rights of the Scottish National Party and added that the Labour party should reflect on the damage it had done to the office of the speaker. Dozens of lawmakers stormed out of Britain's parliament on Wednesday with tempers flaring as the three biggest political parties sought to outmanoeuvre each other over a vote on a ceasefire in Gaza. The uproar followed a decision by the speaker to ignore precedent and allow a vote which helped the opposition Labour party avoid a large-scale rebellion among its own lawmakers over its position on the Israel-Hamas war
February 22, 2024 15:47 UTC