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Two wrong names on pro-Brexit letter
« Reply #72 on: March 27, 2016, 08:01:01 PM »

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EU referendum: Vote Leave apologises for wrong names on pro-Brexit letter



   
   

       
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    27 March 2016


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Campaigners have apologised after wrongly including the names of two business leaders among 250 signatories to a letter backing exit from the EU. 

Vote Leave has removed the Carphone Warehouse co-founder, David Ross, and John Caudwell - who started Phones 4U - from the list published on Saturday.

A spokesman said Mr Ross's name was included in error and apologised.

He said Mr Caudwell had supported the campaign in the past, though he had not put himself forward for the list.

The Vote Leave spokesman added: "Mr Caudwell has been listed as a supporter of the campaign since he signed up in October last year.

"He has not told us that he no longer supports us but we have removed him from the list."

Other signatories include former HSBC chief executive Michael Geoghegan, JD Wetherspoon pub boss Tim Martin, hotelier Sir Rocco Forte and Luke Johnson - chairman of continental-style cafe chain Patisserie Valerie.

A referendum on whether the UK should stay in the EU will be held on 23 June.

                                                                                                   

The announcement of business leaders supporting the UK's EU exit came after bosses of 36 of the largest listed companies in Britain signed a letter urging voters to remain in the EU last month.

Vote Leave also announced that its business council would be chaired by John Longworth, who resigned his role as director general of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) earlier this month.


                                                                                               

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Storm Katie winds see flights diverted
« Reply #73 on: March 29, 2016, 01:00:03 AM »
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Storm Katie: High winds see Gatwick flights diverted



   
   

       
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    28 March 2016


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                    Chris Morley took this picture of a large tree brought down by the storm at Beaulieu Palace House in Hampshire
               

           

Storm Katie has seen gusts of up to 105mph battering England and Wales, with several flights diverted from airports and major bridges shut.

More than 20 Gatwick-bound flights had to be diverted to other airports, while Heathrow has reported cancellations.

The Met Office issued an amber warning for winds for London and south-east England, with a yellow alert for the east and south west, and south Wales.

At least 2,000 homes are without power and 23 flood warnings are in place.

UK Power Networks say they are dealing with a high number of faults across Sussex, Surrey and Kent.

Latest updates on Storm Katie disruption and weather warnings

Motorists have also been warned of disruption with three major bridges - the Dartford River Crossing, M48 Severn Bridge and the Sheppey Crossing - all closed, Highways England said.

The Environment Agency has issued 23 flood warnings and 122 alerts in response to what is said were "rapidly rising" river levels in the wake of the storm.


               
               
               

               
               
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                    In Croydon, winds brought down this scaffolding on top of two cars
               

           

               
               
               

               
               
           

           
           
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                    A crane appeared to have been bent over by winds in Greenwich, south east London
               

           

The planes diverted from Gatwick had all been due to land at the airport in West Sussex after midnight, but were sent to airports including Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Stansted and East Midlands. Other flights have been delayed.

Some of the flights had made attempts to land at Gatwick.

Twitter user @michelegrant wrote: "Truly thankful to be on the ground in Stansted after terrifying failed attempts to land at Gatwick in #StormKatie."

Another passenger, Simon Quinton, tweeted: "Glad it's a bank holiday. Delayed #Gatwick flight aborted at landing due to weather and now @ East Midlands airport at 2.45am. Urgh."


               
               
               

               
               
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BBC weather forecaster Simon King tweeted that gusts of 105mph had been recorded at the Needles off the Isle of Wight.

BBC weather forecaster Nick Miller said: "It is particularly southern parts of England bearing the brunt of Storm Katie but also into parts of East Anglia as well, with these potentially damaging and disruptive gusts of wind of 60 to 70mph - but possibly more in the most exposed areas.

"It won't be until Easter Monday afternoon that things gradually improve across parts of eastern England."


           

   
Media caption"Don't underestimate the potential of Katie to cause some damage"

The Met Office's amber warning for the south east of England said: "Very strong southerly winds will develop across southern England from the early hours of Monday, eventually veering westerly before clearing by late morning.

"The risk of disruption looks to be highest across parts of the south east from Hampshire and the Isle of Wight eastwards to Sussex, Surrey and Kent. Gusts of 60 to 70 mph are likely at times, particularly along the south coast."

Winds and heavy rain started on Sunday night, with many people finding storm damage to trees, properties and building sites after they woke on Monday.

A crane collapsed at a construction site in Greenwich, south east London, while in Croydon one man found scaffolding from a house extension blown on to nearby cars.


               
               
               

               
               
           

           
           
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                    A number of trees were brought down across England, including this one in Epsom, Surrey
               

           

               
               
               

               
               
           

           
           
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                    London was hit by stormy weather on Sunday as people gathered to watch the Boat Race
               

           

Highways England said the QE2 Bridge, the southbound crossing over the River Thames at Dartford, had been closed overnight because of the winds, with vehicles being diverted through the tunnel that usually serves northbound traffic.

Other disruption includes:

  • the M48 Severn Crossing, which connects England and Wales; road users were advised to use the M4 crossing instead

  • the A249 Sheppey Crossing in Kent, with drivers advised to use the old Sheppey Crossing

  • the A38 Tamar Bridge in Cornwall, which was closed to high-sided vehicles, but restrictions were lifted at about 02:30 BST

  • cross-Channel and Isle of Wight ferry services subject to delays

Highways England warned road users across the South West, South East and Eastern regions to check the weather forecast and road conditions before travelling on Monday - particularly if using "vulnerable vehicles" such as motorbikes, caravans and high-sided vehicles.


               
               
               

               
               
           

           
           
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                    BBC weather forecaster Nick Miller said southern England was set to bear the brunt of Storm Katie
               

           

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Re: News Capture - Todays News
« Reply #74 on: March 29, 2016, 02:55:19 AM »
O lets begin naming our storms like the Amercans and lets begin giving them female names [political correctness]

Yay for storm katie................wooooo

She came and she went - just like we do

Yet some will live on and others will not......

I wonder what defines us ?  Hebrews 10:39

O hey Katie.....goodbye Katie...  you have skeletons in your tomb...[as you caused destruction and the end of life [skeletons] for others]

woo ..yay.. lets eat now and get on with life

OOO00 whats for breakfast ?....same thing as usual of course...cos I am religious. [like most]

I wonder who the next storm in my life will be ?

OOoo  here comes storm "benny" ahh it did nit affect my family - ahh so on with llife and all is fine

At least I am not a skeleton in their tomb



Yet who will be a skeleton in mine ? mmmm ...

The Tomb of Jesus  is still empty.....

Why can I not move on from the Tomb ?

Why do the storms not cease ?






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« Reply #75 on: March 30, 2016, 01:00:05 AM »
Tata to decide fate of UK steelworks


   

Tata to decide fate of UK steelworks



   
   

       
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    29 March 2016


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Steel giant Tata is holding a board meeting in India which could decide the fate of thousands of UK workers.

In January, Tata said it planned to cut more than a thousand jobs at its UK plants - with 750 due to be lost at Port Talbot in south Wales.

Unless the board meeting in Mumbai agrees to this turnaround plan, the future of the plant could be in doubt.

The UK steel industry has been hit by a combination of factors that have hit its competitiveness.

Why is Port Talbot steelworks important?

How the town's fortunes mirror the steelworks

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Media captionThe Port Talbot works and its future are discussed by three generations of the same family who worked there

These factors include relatively high energy prices, the extra cost of climate change policies, and competition from China.

                                                                                                   

There have been allegations that Chinese steel is being "dumped" on world markets at unrealistically low prices, prices that UK plants cannot compete with.

At the same time China's economy has remained sluggish, meaning that the demand for steel from that nation's construction sector is not as strong as it once was.

'All options'

Meanwhile, Business Minister Anna Soubry told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that the government was prepared to consider "all options" to ensure that steel production continued at Port Talbot.

"We are looking at all manner of options that may or may not be available to us as a government, all options," she said. "It starts from a base of making sure that we continue to make steel in Port Talbot."


               
               
               

               
               
           

           
       

Last week, Prime Minister David Cameron said the UK government wanted "to be very supportive and very helpful" to the UK steel industry.

There are strict EU rules that restrict how much support governments can give to particular industries.

Reputation

Before the Tata board meeting, Welsh steel representatives held talks in India with company board members.

Roy Rickhuss, general secretary of the union Community, along with Stephen Kinnock, MP for Aberavon, and Frits van Wieringen, chairman of the Tata Steel European works council, met senior representatives from the firm.

According to BBC India business reporter Yogita Limaye, Tata "will be wary of the impact on its reputation" if it is forced to close the Port Talbot plant, as it is seen in India as a firm that cares for its employees.

The final decision on whether to approve the turnaround plan will be made by the 11-member Tata Steel board, led by chairman Cyrus Mistry.


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« Reply #76 on: March 31, 2016, 01:00:07 AM »
Two-year EU exit deal 'very difficult'

EU referendum: O'Donnell warns over two-year exit feasibility



       

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Britain would be unable to negotiate its exit from the EU within the two years allowed by European Union rules, the former Cabinet Secretary Lord O'Donnell has said.

The prospect of demanding extra time from other EU nations to complete a leave deal was a "bit scary", he said.

Asked how long a negotiation would take, he cited a Cabinet Office paper which said it could be up to a decade.

But Out campaigners say the UK could negotiate its withdrawal at any time.

The UK will decide in a referendum on 23 June whether to remain a member of the European Union or to leave.

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Under the process set out in the Lisbon Treaty, a nation has two years to complete a deal once it formally declares that it will withdraw from the EU.

'Very difficult'

Extra time is possible only if all the remaining nations agree.

                                                                                                   

"Obviously at the end of two years anything we haven't negotiated has to be extended by unanimity of a vote excluding us so that's a bit scary," Lord O'Donnell - who advised three successive prime ministers as cabinet secretary between 2005 and 2011 - told BBC Radio Four's Today.

"I'm in that camp that doesn't think we can do it in two years," he said, adding that negotiating a deal to leave was a "very complex process".

He said: "We have to negotiate our entry to the single market, we have to negotiate our future relationship with the EU and then we have to negotiate our trade treaties with all other countries. So there's a lot to be done."

He told Today the Article 50 rules on the process were "not written in a neutral way" and warned it would be a "rather biased playing field".

It could also be "very difficult" to achieve positive results with Germany and France facing elections in 2017, he said.

"The politics works completely the wrong way for us", he added.

If the UK failed to get a deal within two years, the country would revert to World Trade Organization rules, which would include significant tariffs, he added.

'Smaller than Croydon'

Greenland's decision to withdraw from the European Community, the organisation that preceded the EU, in 1985 offered the only precedent he said.

"Greenland has a slightly smaller population than Croydon and it has one issue, and that's fish," he said.

"So with one issue, small population it took them not two years but three. We have multiple issues. The idea that we can do it all in two years I think is highly unlikely."

While Lord O'Donnell did not declare himself a supporter of the Remain campaign, his argument was very similar to the government's - whose position is to remain in the union.

The Vote Leave campaign, a cross-party group campaigning for EU exit, rejects the idea that negotiations would have to take place along the lines set out in the European Treaty. It says the UK could negotiate its withdrawal at any time without triggering the formal process.


               
               
               

               
               
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Lord O'Donnell's comments come as Out campaigners step up their warnings about what they say are the risks to UK security of remaining in the EU.

In a speech later, Justice Minister Dominic Raab will argue being in the EU makes it harder for the UK to stop serious criminals and those with suspected terror links entering the country.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Mr Raab rejected Lord O'Donnell's argument.

He said the former civil service boss was not a diplomat or an international lawyer, adding: "I used to negotiate treaties and I can tell you that if we voted to leave we could do so and negotiate an exit agreement."

He said the UK was the fifth biggest economy in the world and a key export market for the EU: "Of course we'd strike a new deal, and relatively soon, with transitional arrangements if necessary."


                                                                                               

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Half-built Kolkata flyover collapses
« Reply #77 on: April 01, 2016, 01:00:13 AM »
Half-built Kolkata flyover collapses

India: Kolkata flyover collapses 'killing at 10'



   
   

       
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    31 March 2016


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  • From the section India



   

                                                                                                   

               
                Wreckage of Kolkata flyover (31 March)

           
           
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                    Dozens of people are feared trapped in the wreckage
               

           

At least 10 people have been killed and several others injured after a flyover under construction collapsed in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata (Calcutta), officials say.

Many people are feared trapped under the concrete and steel bridge, which fell on a busy road.

Images showed residents helping in the rescue effort with their bare hands.

Construction projects in India have long been hit by safety issues, experts say.

The flyover is surrounded by high buildings and is in an area of intense traffic.

It has been under construction since 2009 and has missed several deadlines for completion, Reuters news agency said.

The BBC's Sanjoy Majumder says the accident took place in one of Kolkata's most densely populated neighbourhoods, with narrow lanes and shops and houses built close together.


               
               
               

               
               
           

           
       

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« Reply #78 on: April 02, 2016, 01:00:05 AM »
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This Morning agony aunt Denise Robertson dies



   
   

       


   

                                                                                                   

               
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Denise Robertson, resident agony aunt for ITV's This Morning, has died aged 83, the show has said.

She revealed in February that she had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

The programme posted the news on its Twitter account, writing: "Such sad news - our friend and colleague Denise Robertson has lost her short but determined battle against cancer."

Robertson, from Sunderland, had been with the programme since it began in 1988.

In a statement read out by This Morning presenter Ruth Langsford in mid-February, Robertson said her diagnosis had come as a surprise but she did not plan to "give up without a fight".

This Morning colleague Phillip Schofield tweeted: "I'm heartbroken at the passing of our @itvthismorning icon Denise Robertson. Kind, thoughtful, caring & wonderful."

Her popularity on the show led to her being offered her own TV show, Dear Denise, in 2000, and she was appointed an MBE in 2006 for services to broadcasting and to charity.

She also had her own advice website and wrote a column for Candis magazine.

                                                                                                   

Robertson lost her first husband Alex Robertson to lung cancer in 1972, but kept his surname when she remarried.

In 2006 her stepson, John, also died of cancer, at the age of 44.


                                                                                               

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Farage 'frustrated' over UKIP plan
« Reply #79 on: April 03, 2016, 01:00:04 AM »
Farage 'frustrated' over UKIP plan

Nigel Farage 'frustrated' over UKIP policy-making



       

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    2 April 2016


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UKIP leader Nigel Farage says he is frustrated he cannot make sweeping changes to the way the party makes policy and recruits members.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme he wants to slash joining fees from £30 to £10 and let members vote online to decide policy. 

Mr Farage said: "I'm frustrated that this idea which has been around for a long time hasn't been put into action.

"And frankly I don't have the power and ability to do this myself."

Leading figures in UKIP suspect he is set to rebrand the party after the EU referendum in June. 

Some also believe he could try to launch a new political movement.

'Sense of grievance'

The UKIP leader is an admirer of the anti-establishment activist Beppe Grillo whose Five Star Movement has become a major force in Italian politics, driven in part by engaging with voters online.

Some of Mr Farage's colleagues suspect he could use voter data collected by the Leave.EU referendum campaign and funds from its backer Arron Banks to embark on a fresh political project.

                                                                                                   

Mr Banks himself has been quoted suggesting UKIP could be rebranded or disbanded.

One UKIP politician said: "That is clearly the strand of thinking at the top.

"They're not particularly interested in winning the referendum and they'd rather replicate the SNP scenario which is lose the primary objective of the party but create such a sense of grievance you win in the polls and do rather well." 

Another said rumours of a move of this sort had circulated for months, and added: "It would be very interesting how UKIP supporters would take a view of Nigel planning to disband the party with a clickocracy." 

Leadership contest?

A recent report suggesting there could be a secret post-referendum plan has prompted intense discussions between senior UKIP figures about the possibility of radical change.   

Sources close to Mr Farage insist there are no such plans, but acknowledge the party's structure and direction is a constant source of debate. 

His critics believe he is planning an upheaval to protect his position after the referendum, which will be held on 23 June on whether the UK will remain a member of the European Union or not.

They accuse him of seeking a flood of new members, like those who flocked to vote for Jeremy Corbyn during Labour's leadership election, to strengthen his support. 

Many in UKIP, including some vigorous supporters of Mr Farage, think a leadership contest after the referendum is inevitable. 

Internal tensions were heightened after the former deputy chairwoman Suzanne Evans was suspended.

Responding to the story, Ms Evans tweeted: "Policy can't be made at the click of a mouse. It's far, far more complex than counting a set of instant opinions."


                                                                                               

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