News archive from 21 December 2016

Tories admit to closing down child poverty unit

THE Tories were accused of “leaving children behind” yesterday after it was revealed that ministers have abolished the Civil Service’s child poverty unit. Parliamentary questions from Labour MP Dan Jarvis revealed that the team has been transferred to...

 

Seafarers facing drop in safety standards

OVER half of offshore workers claim that health and safety standards have plummeted in the last six months, according to a survey by union Unite. The report published today reveals that 58 per cent of offshore workers believe standards dropped...

 

MPs slam jobcentre closures

MPs demanded yesterday that the government halt “cack-handed” plans to shut half of Glasgow’s jobcentres. SNP MP Stuart Malcolm McDonald warned that the planned closure of eight out of the 16 jobcentres would disproportionately hit people with...

 

South Africa: SACP leaders warn five communists assassinated

SOUTH AFRICAN communists are being assassinated in KwaZulu-Natal province, local SACP leaders have warned. They reported that, despite calm after hotly disputed elections in August, two members were shot dead “out of the blue” in Inchanga, a village...

 

Israel: Reporter who challenged state faces expulsion

ISRAEL is threatening to expel Australian journalist Antony Loewenstein after he asked a former minister a tough question on Palestine at a press conference. Mr Loewenstein asked ex-finance minister Yair Lapid whether it was “deluded” for Israeli...

 

US: Flint officials charged over mass lead poisonings

STATE officials who presided over the mass lead poisoning of US citizens in Flint, Michigan, were charged yesterday with crimes that could see them locked away for up to 46 years. But most of the prison time faced by “emergency managers” Darnell Early...

 

Sold down the river

LABOUR’S Frank Field is undoubtedly correct that tripling the fines that can be imposed by The Pensions Regulator (TPR) would make bosses think twice about messing about with their employees’ pensions. And the work and pensions committee’s...

 

Return of the nasty, wily old fox

The challange to halt Rupert Murdoch’s bid to grasp yet more control over the media will be huge in 2017, writes GRANVILLE WILLIAMS RUPERT MURDOCH conjures up one of those sequences in television wildlife programmes of a predator stealthily moving in...

 

Military action is not the answer for Aleppo

Jeremy Corbyn is right to call on the governemnt to provide humanitarian aid rather than wage more wars, writes LIZ DAVIES and MIKE PHIPPS WHAT is happening in Aleppo is a human rights calamity. It’s impossible to watch the footage without wanting to...

 

Street harassment is not a compliment

MANDY BARNES reports from Exeter’s Reclaim the Night march and writes how prevalent violence against women has become globally PLACARDS and banners were painted, lanterns and T-shirts decorated and chanting and poems practiced and perfected in...

 

Spying on the England team isn’t beneficial

KADEEM SIMMONDS believes journalists are wrong to leak national team tactics GARY NEVILLE has opened up a huge debate in the world of football journalism, one that won’t be going away anytime soon. The former Manchester United defender turned Sky...

 

Klopp hails Sturridge for his impact in win over Everton

Liverpool left it late to win Merseyside derby at Goodison Everton 0-1 Liverpool by James Nalton at Goodison Park Jurgen Klopp praised the impact of Daniel Sturridge following Liverpool’s last gasp derby victory against Everton on Monday. The striker,...

 

Formula One: Mercedes in no rush to replace retired champ Rosberg

Mercedes may wait until the end of January before announcing Nico Rosberg’s replacement, with non-executive Niki Lauda admitting yesterday that the team are yet to make a decision on who will take the world champion’s seat. Rosberg, 31, shocked the...

 

Compelling update of a dark myth

Thebes Land Arcola Theatre,  London E8 Thebes Land is a tour de force by Franco-Uruguayan playwright Sergio Blanco. Superbly adapted by Daniel Goldman, the tragic and harrowing tale of Oedipus is retold for modern audiences in this powerful,...

 

Merciless mirth

Funny, yes, but a play by Anton Chekhov is a razor-sharp dissection of human frailty when it comes to love, says MARY CONWAY Wild Honey Hampstead Theatre, London NW3 4/5 WHEN writer Michael Frayn received a script for translation from the National...

 


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