News archive from 17 June 2016

Tory donor gets a boost from tax disc abolition

An Osborne ‘efficiency move’ has actually led to decreased tax revenue – but has had a beneficial side effect for a Tory-supporting company called Marstons. SOLOMON HUGHES reports THE Financial Times uncovered a £223 million drop in vehicle tax...

 

How the EU starves Africa

Contrived trade agreements favour the wealthy nations of Europe, devastating local African economies and the livelihoods of farmers, writes BRIAN DENNY THE starkest example of the dark heart of the European Union is its brutal neocolonial relationship...

 

Steelworks reopen to supply wind turbine manufacturers

TWO Scottish steel plants mothballed last October will be restarted to make heavy-duty steel for wind turbine towers. The Dalzell and Clydebridge works, which faced permanent closure earlier this year, were bought by steel firm Liberty House following...

 

Home Office urged to give family the right to work

SNP MP Ian Blackford has urged the Home Office to say why a family are being denied the right to work in Britain. Kathryn and Gregg Brain, along with their young son, moved to Scotland in 2010 under a Holyrood initiative backed by the Home Office...

 

Sandwell backs campaign for terminally ill workers

SANDWELL Council in the West Midlands has become the first to back a campaign for the right to work for people with a terminal illness. Sandwell is supporting the Dying to Work campaign launched by Midlands TUC in May. GMB Midlands regional secretary...

 

Newspaper workers take action on insult pay rate

NATIONAL newspaper deliveries to newsagents nationwide are to be hit by strike action. Staff at Menzies, one of Britain’s biggest distributors, have voted to strike over pay. Dates for strike action by 300 packers and drivers will be announced...

 

Libya: Govt troops suffer losses in fight to oust Isis

PRO-GOVERNMENT militia fighters in Libya who are seeking to drive Islamic State (Isis) forces out of their stronghold of Sirte have lost at least 16 of their number, officials admitted yesterday. In Misrata, where the militia is based, hospital...

 

Greece: Athens has cut enough to get latest ‘bailout’ payment

GREECE’S creditors have accepted that Athens has done enough to receive the latest €7.5 billion (£6bn) instalment of its “bailout” agreement, Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem revealed yesterday. The sum is part of a total of €10.3bn (£8.1bn)...

 

Mexico: Teachers take to streets against boss snooping

MEXICAN teachers protesting against mandatory performance evaluations blockaded streets, a shopping mall and even train tracks in the western state of Michoacan on Wednesday. They blocked entrances to the Plaza Escala shopping mall in the state...

 

Betty of Buck House loved his ‘little stick of Blackpool rock’

PETER FROST has little time for all of the sycophantic outpourings surrounding the Queen’s birthday. One, however, did rather tickle his fancy In all the media nonsense to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday only one story really caught my attention....

 

Progress in dismantling Pinochet’s toxic legacy

On her recent visit to Chile KATE CLARK saw important changes of state legislation in favour of its most vulnerable citizens but much remains to be done Chile was the first country in Latin America to have the neoliberal economic model forced on the...

 

Formula One: Journalists should be imprisoned, says Ecclestone

F1 supremo backs the locking up of writers who criticise government of Azerbaijan Bernie Ecclestone agreed yesterday that journalists who speak out against their government should be imprisoned. With Azerbaijan hosting its first Formula One race this...

 

Cricket: Woakes to fulfil his potential during Sri Lanka ODI

Chris Woakes said yesterday that he was ready to realise his full Test potential after spending three years honing his pace bowling craft. The 27-year-old Warwickshire star has admitted he had to recalibrate his swing attack after working to add an...

 

Dragons’ flame snuffed out as Lions roar to win

Hodgson rings the changes as late goal gifts England victory England 2-1 Wales It looked like Wales had done enough to hold on to a vital 1-1 draw yesterday, until Daniel Sturridge wormed his way into the box and fired England to victory in the 91st...

 
Brazil tourism minister resigns over graft scandal

Brazil tourism minister resigns over graft scandal

Brazilian Tourism Minister Henrique Alves has resigned, after being linked to a corruption scandal. He is the third minister to leave interim President Michel Temer's government. All are implicated in a major corruption scandal at the state oil...

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