March Brexit almost certainly out of reach

MPs vote to seek delay to Brexit Brexit delay: What just happened? The prime minister is accepting she will miss one of the biggest targets she has ever set herself. Tonight’s vote is awkward for another reason, as it again displays the Conservatives’ fundamental divisions. This is more than a quarrel among friends, but a party that is split down the middle on one of the most vital questions this administration has posed, with cabinet ministers, as well as backbench Brexiteers, lining up to disagree with Theresa May. Related Topics Theresa May Brexit Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Children’s fatal fire ‘most tragic case’

“I hope I never, and none of my staff ever, have to go through something like that again.” A private funeral service later will be preceded by a procession though the Highfields estate, where the children lived. Image copyright PA Image caption The cause of the fire is not yet known Related Topics Stafford Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Leonard: Workers ‘let down by the system’

Saturday will see policy debates on education, local government and equalities – with the latter now including a statement from the party executive about anti-Semitism after local party groups had been denied an emergency motion on the topic. Related Topics Scottish Labour Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Dumped dog Snoop finds forever home

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSnoop was abandoned just days before Christmas “It took a bit of time to get to know what would be the right home for him,” Ms Butler said. “What had happened to him had obviously affected him quite a lot and we could tell that, so… we spent a bit of time getting to know him, and then Laurence got in touch with us and he just sounded like the perfect owner for Snoop.” Image caption The dog had “severe separation anxiety”, the RSPCA said in January Follow BBC West Midlands on Facebook, on Twitter, and sign up for local news updates direct to your phone.

Woman charged over death of baby girl

A woman has been charged with the murder of a three-month-old baby girl in south London. The Metropolitan Police said officers were called by London Ambulance Service to a home in Croydon shortly before 12:00 GMT on Saturday. The baby was found unresponsive and taken to hospital. She died about an hour later. A 40-year-old woman, who police said knew the baby, is due to appear at Bromley Magistrates Court on Monday.

Police boss: ‘Knife crime is an emergency’

Mr Thompson, who was with Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson outside the scene of a teen stabbing at a charity shop in Birmingham, pledged extra patrols with additional officers in certain areas. Report End of Twitter post by @WMPolice Can knife crime be stopped before it starts? Home secretary ‘very concerned’ by Birmingham knife crime Nine charts on the rise of knife crime in England and Wales Latest news from the West Midlands Crimes recorded between April 2013 and March 2018 The number of offences reported for every 100,000 people Note: Figures for Greater Manchester Police were undercounted until December 2017 Source: Home Office Related Topics Birmingham West Midlands Police London violence Birmingham knife crime Original Article : HERE …

BBC and ITV set to launch Netflix rival

Will BritBox be a hit or a flop? Why are the BBC and ITV creating BritBox? Do viewers want a streaming service? The two organisations already have a BritBox streaming service in North America, which Lord Hall said was performing “ahead of expectations”. It has 500,000 subscribers. It would be “one permanent, comprehensive home where anyone in Britain can get all of our library content – both the ITV and BBC library – in one place and they can watch it anytime, anywhere,” Dame Carolyn told Today. What will be on BritBox? The details have not been announced but BBC shows which are no longer aired regularly – such as Absolutely Fabulous – may be available. ITV dramas such as …

‘Why I recreate famous movie scenes online’

“The idea’s always been in my head,” he explained to the BBC. “I just love exploring places and linking that with my passion for film. It was my first time in Wales. I’d heard it was beautiful and it really was. I took the coastal bus. “I always want to visit the scenes that mean the most to me. I can visit the places that I’ve only seen on screen.” Love Actually (2003) Image copyright @SteppingThroughFilm Image caption Old Royal Naval College, London “I really wanted to capture a scene from Les Miserables. This scene is so powerful with the iconic song. It builds and builds… until the cast slowly trickle out the words ‘Do you hear the people sing?’ …

Children to be taught about FGM harm

Lessons will also raise awareness of the support that is available, and ensure children know that FGM is against the law. Education Secretary Damian Hinds said the reforms to relationships and sex education curriculum will ensure young people are taught about different forms of abuse and their rights under the law in an age-appropriate way. He said: “We know that FGM can have a catastrophic effect on the lives of those affected, causing life-long physical and psychological damage. “Everyone must do all they can to protect women and girls from this extreme form of gendered violence. “There’s a legislation aspect, and enforcement, but just as important is awareness and challenging assumptions – which is why we are making sure all …

New Ernie, same slim odds of winning

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPremium Bonds numbers generator Ernie 5 is launched It has responsibility for drawing the winning numbers for three million prizes every month, worth £90m, and now it is getting a new lease of life. Ernie – or Electronic Random Number Indicator Equipment – is the machine which lives in Blackpool making the regular Premium Bonds draw. Its fifth incarnation – a computer chip the size of a grain of rice – has now drawn its first winners. Selecting the numbers only takes minutes, compared to the nine hours taken by its immediate predecessor and the 10 days it took Ernie 1 to complete the draw. But, whatever the speed of the selection, …

Banksy owner ‘stepping back’ from talks

The Essex-based gallery owner lives more than 200 miles from Port Talbot and has made three trips to Wales to discuss where to re-house the graffiti and funding plans. But every day away from his gallery is costing him “an awful lot of money”, according to Mr Brandler. “It is costing my business a lot of money just to go to Wales to have these conversations,” he said. “I can’t afford to bankrupt my business to discuss things which haven’t happened. It is my business that is suffering. “I am not going to be coming to Wales until I know what is happening.” Related Topics Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council Banksy Welsh government Port Talbot Original Article : HERE …

Opioid death rate highest in Swansea

The problem is also acute in neighbouring Neath Port Talbot, where 11 people per 100,000 die from drug poisoning from prescription drugs such as fentanyl, co-codamol and tramadol, Eytan Alexander, chief executive of UK Addiction Treatment, said: “GPs must accept responsibility for consistently overprescribing. “A rate of 79 packs per minute is just not acceptable. It is vital that alternatives are provided.” The drugs can be useful to relieve pain for a few days, for instance after an accident or surgery. However, there is not only a black market in pills that were first prescribed by GPs, but drug dealers are now bulk buying opioids from China, the Sunday Times has found. Prof Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairwoman of the Royal College …

Gender pay gap grows at hundreds of firms

Of those 1,146 companies the median gender pay gap reported is 8.4% – a slight improvement from 9.7% last year. Of the companies that had reported by the morning of 19 February: 74% report a pay gap which favours men 14% have a pay gap favouring women 12% report no pay gap. It will take time for firms to improve their figures, the government said. Want to find out the gender pay gap where you work? Try the calculator below. How big is the pay gap at…? Type in a company name below …for every £10 the average man earns… …the average woman takes home [[PercOfMen]] Number of companies by pay gap >50 25 0% 25 >50 If you cannot …

‘Reckless’ pipe bomb blast outside home

It ended early on Sunday morning and residents have been allowed to return to their homes. ‘Potentially deadly devices’ “This was a reckless attack by those responsible,” said a Police Service of Northern Ireland spokesperson. “We are extremely fortunate that we are not dealing with any serious injuries or worse today. “Anyone could have picked up these potentially deadly devices, and those behind the attack have clearly no regard for the safety of the others.” Related Topics Craigavon Police Service of Northern Ireland Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Honda workers ‘betrayed’ by plant closure

“I’ve been here 19 years and it’s devastating for all involved,” he said. “You’ve only got to look across the road at the large warehouses here too, I don’t know what the jobs will be replaced with. “We’re just going to find out what will happen and take it from there really.” ‘Managers didn’t know’ Sue Newall’s husband Steve has worked at the factory for 23 years. She told the BBC he found out about the closure when a colleague who was off sick saw it on the news and called in to tell the others. “The managers didn’t know. There were rumours but we didn’t expect such big news. My husband was sent home with a pack to read …