News archive from 29 October 2016

Personal insolvencies up by nearly 20 per cent

PERSONAL insolvency across England and Wales increased by almost 20 per cent between July and September this year compared with the same period last year, official figures revealed yesterday. There were 24,251 people who claimed to be insolvent in...

 

Britain votes against global nuclear ban

THE government has been slammed for opposing negotiations for a global nuclear ban at the United Nations general assembly. At a meeting of the assembly on Thursday 123 out of 177 countries voted for a resolution on opening international negotiations...

 

Research proves that moors fires contribute to floods

A NEW scientific study claims to have proved that burning moorland for grouse-breeding contributes to floods which have devastated northern England writes Peter Lazenby. But greedy landowners are continuing with the practice to safeguard their profits...

 

Philippines: Cops shoot dead Filipino mayor ‘linked to drugs’

FILIPINO police shot dead a town mayor publicly accused by the president of drug ties and nine others yesterday at a checkpoint in North Cotabato province in the south of the country. Police accused Samsudin Dimaukom, mayor of Datu Saudi Ampatuan, and...

 

Foreign ministers say they’re still ready to talk about peace

SYRIA and its allies Iran and Russia said yesterday that they were committed to beating foreign-backed fighters and restoring peace to the country. The trio’s foreign ministers met in Moscow, where they agreed “future common steps.” Syria’s Walid...

 

Colombia: ELN talks put off pending release of ex-MP held hostage

COLOMBIAN President Juan Manuel Santos postponed peace talks with National Liberation Army (ELN) rebels on Thursday, demanding the release of a former congressman held hostage. Mr Santos told officials to put off their flight to Quito, Ecuador, for...

 

A triumph for Uber drivers

GMB’s victory over Uber bosses at the London Employment Tribunal should be a watershed moment for the millions of Britons trapped in bogus self-employment. The tribunal’s finding — that drivers are entitled to earn the legal minimum wage, receive...

 

Give Temer the elbow

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff was impeached over budgetary manoeuvres that have been carried out by numerous presidents, including Barack Obama. KEN LIVINGSTONE believes coup-installed president Michel Temer represents a major threat to democracy...

 

We need to apply urgent political pressure as Tories begin to dither

GLYN ROBBINS reports from the latest in a series of nationwide summits aimed at discussing and formulating the opposition to the Housing Act Last Saturday’s national summit at NUT headquarters was an important landmark for the Axe the Housing Act...

 

Tory tooth fairy set to visit child refugees

Internal memorandum from the Ministry of Propaganda (sorry… Home Office. Old habits die hard). Minutes of Home Office discussion on human rights and immigration. For civil service eyes only. It has been brought to the department’s attention that its...

 

Cricket: Moeen plays down five-star display

angladesh slump down to Stokes, says all-rounder Moeen Ali did not think he bowled particularly well yesterday despite taking only the second five-wicket haul in his Test career to inspire a Bangladesh collapse in Dhaka. Bangladesh were cruising at...

 

Rugby League: Bennett drops Farrell and Williams for NZ tie

Wigan duo Liam Farrell and George Williams were the unlucky players when England coach Wayne Bennett finalised his team for today’s opening Four Nations clash with New Zealand. Bennett showed his hand after the final team run at Huddersfield,...

 

Where are West Ham’s next batch of youth players coming from?

RABBIL SIKDAR looks at how the club is moving away from its famed policy of blooding youngsters into the first team to signing established stars These are unknown times for West Ham United. The club have said goodbye to the Boleyn Ground as well as...

 

‘Playful people don’t start wars’

LUKE RHINEHART achieved worldwide fame for The Dice Man, his ludic take on contemporary nihilism. Now he’s back with Invasion, a laugh-out-loud satire on the state of the US and, in this exclusive interview, he tells Mat Coward why he’s written it A...

 

Riotous story of the power and potential of working-class solidarity

The Handsworth Times by Sharon Duggal (Bluemoose, £8.99) THIS novel by Sharon Duggal of life in early-1980s working-class Birmingham during the time of inner-city rioting is defined by the greater and lesser griefs of the Agarwal family. Through their...

 


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