Striking railworkers, post office employees and airline staff are showing "shared contempt" for "ordinary people", Downing Street has said. In a robust response to a wave of winter strikes, the Prime Minister's spokesman condemned the trade unions accusing them of trying to cause "maximum damage" during the Christmas period. It comes as 3,500 post office workers went out on strike for five days in protest over job cuts and pension changes, hitting hundreds of Crown Post Offices.Read More »
A majority of Ryanair pilots at its largest base have rejected management's offer of improved pay and conditions, the airline said on Friday, dealing a blow to its efforts to address a recent pilot shortage. It responded by promising pilots significant improvements in pay and conditions, exceeding rates paid by rivals, with negotiations to take place with each of its 86 bases individually. Pilots at London's Stansted Airport rejected the Ryanair offer by a margin of 60 percent to 40 percent at Friday evening's vote, the Irish airline said.
Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino has admitted he had known of incidents of Harvey Weinstein mistreating women before the scandal broke earlier this month. It comes as Los Angeles police confirmed they are investigating an allegation of sexual assault against the film producer. The investigation follows those launched by officers in New York and London into a number of allegations of rape or sexual assault against Weinstein.
He was one of four jihadists that the UK placed on a UN sanctions list, now the only trace of Abu Sa'eed al Britani is his name on a prison wall in an Islamic State death camp.
National Trust risks 'years of conflict' if trail hunting ban is backed by members, campaigners warn
British Prime Minister Theresa May won a modest reprieve in stalled Brexit talks on Friday, with European Union leaders signalling their readiness to move the negotiations forward in the coming months. EU leaders said at a summit in Brussels that they would begin preparations to move into "phase two" of the Brexit negotiations in December, a step forward that would allow London to discuss its future trade relationship with the bloc.
One of Solange Knowles' songs is called Don't Touch My Hair. The journalist who interviewed Solange has also expressed her dismay. "I am publicly disowning the Solange piece London Evening Standard published today.
The FTSE closed up 0.2 percent on Friday as sterling bounced back on hopes of a breakthrough in Brexit negotiations, and consumer heavyweights Unilever and Reckitt Benckiser weighed down an index that was earlier lifted by financials. The FTSE 100, which hit a record level last week, was on track for a slight weekly loss after four weeks of robust gains, bruised by sharp drops earlier in the week from Convatec and Merlin . British Prime Minister Theresa May won a modest reprieve in stalled talks with the European Union as EU leaders said they would begin preparations to move into the second phase of Brexit talks in December.
One person has been killed and nine others injured after a man carried out a knife rampage at a shopping centre in southeast Poland. The alleged attacker, a 27-year-old man, attacked people at the VIVO! mall in Stalowa Wola on Friday. Eight people were taken to hospitals in Stalowa Wola, Tarnobrzeg and Sandomierz, most with serious injuries, regional police chief Krzysztof Pobuta said.
The EU has given the "green light" to preparations for the second phase of Brexit talks, dealing with trade. European Council President Donald Tusk announced on Twitter from a summit in Brussels: "Brexit conclusions adopted. It came minutes before Theresa May said she was "ambitious and positive" about negotiations - but added that there is still "some way to go".
A consumer test rated three Samsung phones - including an 18-month-old model - as better than the new iPhone 8
Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was killed by a car bomb this week, was a leading investigative journalist in Malta celebrated for her dedication to exposing corruption. Galizia fearlessly took on politicians of all stripes, weeding out wrongdoing within her country’s political and criminal justice systems. The 53-year-old’s personal blog, Running Commentary, was as one of the most popular websites in Malta, receiving as many as 400,000 visits a day – almost equal to the Mediterranean’s population of 420,000.
U.S. retailers are finding it increasingly difficult to hire employees for stores and for middle and higher management as low pay and a feeling of uncertainty clouds the industry following a spate of bankruptcies and store closures. Retailers including Macy's Inc and J.C. Penney have said they will hire the same or fewer seasonal workers for the holidays this year than last, while some, like Wal-Mart Stores Inc, have chosen not to hire temporary workers at all.
‘Like walking onto a film set’: Couple’s stunning wedding photos under the Storm Ophelia red sky
‘W e’re probably the UK’s oldest shooting school, offering a feast of shooting on London’s outskirts, including a vermin stand with a semi-automatic shotgun,’ boasted droll instructor, Richard Weller.
When 20-year-old Conor Nickerson went home for Spring Break, he discovered some photos from when he was growing up. Nickerson, a Montreal-based photographer and musician, decided to see if he could edit a grown up version of himself into his childhood pictures. Learning only from Youtube tutorials and trial and error, he taught himself the Photoshop skills necessary to make his photos look entirely authentic. ‘I did something similar last year with this project called “Then and Now”, where I recreated historical photographs in and around Montreal,’ Nickerson told Yahoo News UK. ‘In the project, I let the user slide back and forth between the new and the old picture to see what changed over time. I wanted to see if I could do the same thing, but in this case I would be putting myself into these pictures of myself. ‘I also had the other challenge of trying to make it look realistic – so it wasn’t just a Photoshop-added photo, but actually like it was a photo that was taken a long time ago.’ He uploaded the photoset to his website, before also posting it on Reddit. The post now has more than 1400 comments and has been ‘upvoted’ thousands of times. Stunning winners from Landscape Photographer of the Year showcase Britain at its most beautiful 30 pictures taken inside North Korea using a mobile phone Good boys! ‘Dogs trying to catch treats’ is as joyous as you’d hope it would be
U.S. home solar companies, believing President Donald Trump will soon slap tariffs on imported panels and make their systems more expensive, are using that threat to juice their slowing sales. Top independent installer Sunrun Inc and smaller rivals, many of which are part of an aggressive industry lobbying effort opposed to new tariffs on panels, are warning homeowners considering going solar to sign up before tariffs cause prices to rise. On its web site, Sunrun warns visitors that panel prices could double in 2018, raising the cost of an average installation by $3,000.
Software can be used to analyse the facial expressions of central bank governors and predict policy changes, researchers have claimed. Two artificial intelligence researchers in Japan have been using technology to measure the momentary expressions on the face of Haruhiko Kuroda, the governor of the Bank of Japan, during press conferences. The research uses computer vision technology to detect minuscule changes which humans might not pick up on, and which could otherwise be subjectively interpreted.
It’s already become so popular that Whistle Punks quickly abandoned a short-term lease in Whitehall to expand here more permanently. A scoring system of one point for an outer ring, three for the inner ring and five for a bull’s-eye scores me a whopping nul points after 20 minutes, my axes bouncing from the target and flopping around on the floor like sad fish on a boat deck. “This is really about Zen,” says Whistle Punks co-founder Jools Whitehorn, who has somehow turned this death wish into a successful business model in London, Manchester and Birmingham over the past year, with no injuries along the way other than “a few splinters here and there”.
NEW DELHI (AP) — Increasing pollution worldwide is proving deadlier than war, natural disasters or smoking, according to a new report published in the Lancet medical journal. Based largely on 2015 data from the Global Burden of Disease, the report estimates that at least 9 million premature deaths were caused during the year by diseases from toxic exposure.
Amazon has invented buzzing wristband trackers that can alert warehouse workers when customer orders need processing. The bracelets give “confirmatory haptic feedback to the worker” and would also allow bosses to better monitor staff performance. According to European Patent Office details “tracking one or both of the inventory system worker’s hands” could be done via transmitters installed in the shelves.
It is “insane” that people on Universal Credit have to wait six weeks before they get paid the first installment of the benefit, a Tory peer has said.
Residents of serviced apartments often evade the TV licence fee because they do not think they will get caught, it was alleged today. The claim came as TV Licensing released details of the London boroughs with the highest number of residents who had evaded the annual £147 fee. The biggest number of TV watchers caught without a licence was in Enfield, closely followed by Croydon, and Barking and Dagenham.