New action over construction ‘blacklist’

The blacklists had been used by dozens of construction firms to vet those applying for work on building sites. Unite assistant general secretary Howard Beckett said: “Unite is totally committed to ensuring that the key individuals behind blacklisting workers are required to account for their crimes in the public arena of a court. “This is the minimum that the affected workers deserve. They need to see those responsible in the dock and finally forced to account for their actions.” The blacklisting scandal came to light in 2009 following a raid by the information commissioner’s office on an organisation called The Consulting Association which was based in Worcestershire. It uncovered a list of more than 3,000 workers – which in some …

Boy, 16, stabbed to death in park named

The latest fatal attack came seven days after Mohammed Sidali, 16, was stabbed outside Joseph Chamberlain College in Highgate. Birmingham Yardley MP Jess Phillips said she wanted an emergency meeting with Home Secretary Sajid Javid to discuss the spate of knife crime. Mr Javid has said he is “very concerned” about knife crime in the West Midlands. Knife crime in the West Midlands West Midlands Police saw a 72% rise in knife crime between April 2013 and the year ending March 2018, Office for National Statistics (ONS) analysis shows. Knife crimes recorded by West Midlands Police Source: ONS Across England and Wales there were 285 killings by a knife or sharp instrument in the 12 months ending March 2018, the …

Brexit anger and uncertainty can be explained through fish

London (CNN)Putt-putting out into the Portsmouth channel on England’s south coast, the small vessel is soon swallowed by the early morning fog. While it only accounts for 0.12% of the UK economy, fishing has been at the heart of the rhetoric around Brexit. Paraded by the pro-Brexit camp as an icon of EU regulation strangling a quintessentially British industry and way of life, fishing has had an outsized presence in Brexit-related headlines. But from seabed to table top, the wider economic “food chain” of British seafood — catching, trading and serving fish — highlights the Gordian Knot of issues that have bedeviled the UK’s efforts to divorce from the EU. The catch Varndell has worked at sea since he was …

Prince Harry, Meghan visit mountain school in Morocco

The school provides education for girls from rural communities whose parents would not typically be able to afford secondary education. The brief trip is expected to be Meghan’s last international trip before she gives birth to the couple’s first child in April. The visit also includes a chance to observe horses that provide support to children with special needs. Trending in World Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

You kept sending Amazon stories. We couldn’t stop reading them

(CNN)What will they do in place of Amazon? That’s just a taste of what a few CNN Opinion readers had to say about the Amazon’s February 14 announcement that Long Island City would no longer be one of the two sites for its HQ2 hubs on the East Coast. From now on, no one will confuse the Queens neighborhood with Jeff Bezos’ Valentine. The LIC plan offer had been controversial since it was announced four months ago, with proponents and opposition activists alike raising their voices. Likewise, after Amazon withdrew the offer; reactions were swift, furious and remarkably lacking in consensus CNN Opinion published an op-ed by CNN anchor John Avlon on Feb. 15 that took issue with Amazon’s cushy …

Missing cat reunited after 10 years

They had done their best to keep Peanut inside when they moved to Watton from their Ely home in 2009, but “Peanut was quite a butch cat and didn’t like being inside, so he broke through the locked catflap”, Miss Terry said. The moggy was missing for 10 years, until he was taken in to Cats Protection in Dereham. Image copyright Terry-Harris.com Image caption …But he was passed gently to his owner Image copyright Julie Terry Image caption Peanut before he went missing Related Topics East Dereham Ely West Dereham Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

El Chapo’s lawyers concerned by juror misconduct allegations

NEW YORK – El Chapo’s lawyers are raising concerns of potential juror misconduct after a member of the jury told a news website that several jurors viewed media coverage of the Mexican drug lord’s trial against a judge’s orders. VICE News published an interview Wednesday with a juror who said at least five other members at Joaquin Guzman’s trial had followed news coverage of the proceedings, including potentially prejudicial material made public before deliberations. Defense attorney Eduardo Balarezo said the issues raised in the article “are deeply concerning and distressing” and, if true, “make it clear that Joaquin did not get a fair trial.” Trending in US Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : …

‘I’ve Gotta Be Me’ explores Sammy Davis Jr. career and contradictions

(CNN)“Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me” captures an entertainer who was a mass of contradictions, showcasing his prodigious and remarkably varied talent, juxtaposed with his often tone-deaf forays into politics. More than a mere appreciation, this look at Davis’ personal journey through a tumultuous period in US history makes this an especially rich “American Masters” documentary. What no one could deny, ultimately, was Davis’ talent, from dancing to singing, acting to impersonations — including spot-on renditions of white actors, like Humphrey Bogart, which he was told in no uncertain terms not to do. (There’s an anecdote about Bogart himself counseling Davis on how to portray him.) As Billy Crystal notes, Davis was a “diminutive man” who looked huge when …

Police hope for new leads in 1989 murder

“DNA technology has moved on and there are questions I’ve not got the answers to,” he said. Image copyright Crimewatch Image caption There was a Crimewatch appeal in a bid to get more information Mr Guy said: “She had no connections to Norfolk and Suffolk and was deposited in a ditch totally out of context. “There were no witnesses and no forensic clues to take you anywhere. “But there could be someone out there who knows something and that could turn things around very quickly.” He said the person who dumped her body most likely had connections with the north-east Suffolk area. The case featured on BBC One’s Crimewatch in May 1989 in an attempt to get more information, but …

Labour warned more MPs could quit party

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMPs resign from Labour over Brexit and anti-Semitism More Labour MPs could quit the party unless it listens to their concerns, Jeremy Corbyn has been warned. Following the decision of seven Labour MPs to walk out on Monday, colleagues expressed anger with the leadership during a “tense” meeting in Parliament. Corbyn-critic Ian Austin said others would “think hard” about leaving unless it fixed its anti-Semitism problem. The BBC has been told two Tory MPs are thinking about joining the ex-Labour MPs’ independent group in Parliament. The BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg said a small number of Conservatives were considering their futures amid unhappiness over the government’s Brexit policy. Mr Austin said Mr …

Nigerian parties condemn last-minute election delay

Abuja (CNN)Nigeria’s two main political parties have condemned a last-minute decision by the country’s electoral authority to delay presidential and national assembly elections by one week. Elections for governorships, state House of Assembly and area councils are on hold until March 9, INEC said. The announcement was made only five hours before the polls were supposed to open. Many Nigerians had traveled long distances back to their home city or state in order to vote, only to find that the election was postponed.Some may not be able to repeat the journey next weekend. The delay is likely to ratchet up tensions in what is a crucial vote in Africa’s most populous nation. Normal life had been put on hold for …

New Yorkers fleeing to Florida need to leave their terrible blue state policies behind as well

In a recent press conference, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo blamed a $2.3 billion budget deficit in New York on the compounding effect of federal tax reform on the state’s sky-high taxes. And according to the Wall Street Journal, “(Cuomo) specifically mentioned Florida as an attractive option for New Yorkers who are unhappy with the change in the tax law.” AMAZON’S NEW YORK HQ2 CANCELLATION DRAWS FIERY RESPONSES FROM LAWMAKERS, TECH WORLD The Journal article also points out, “Preliminary data show a jump in Florida home purchases by buyers from high-tax states.” Governor Cuomo’s Sunshine State promo follows on the heels of a Census Bureau report late last year detailing the states that lost residents due to high taxes, overregulation and dwindling opportunities.  Leading the …

Greek baker who gave bread to arriving refugees dies at 77

ATHENS, Greece – Dionissis Arvanitakis, a Greek baker who provided free bread to refugees who arrived on a Greek island, has died of unspecified causes. He was 77. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker released a statement Sunday expressing his respect “for an exemplary European citizen” who showed “rare generosity and sensitivity towards the hundreds of unfortunate immigrants.” Juncker said: “My Europe is the one Dionissis Arvanitakis symbolized.”

Concern over Universal Credit council cost

What is universal credit? Rudd links food bank rise to benefit mess Universal credit mental health warning Universal Credit has to be applied for online, and will eventually replace housing benefit, income support and other payments. At the moment councils can reclaim some money for each person they help who needs support with digital skills and budgeting to cope with the new system. Wales’ 22 councils estimated the total bill for providing that help was more than £1.2m last year – even after claiming payments from the DWP. ‘Frustrating’ Related Topics Benefits Universal Credit Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific