TRUMP UK VISIT: US president to come to Britain before Dec. general election

  Washington, D.C., United States VIJAY SHAH via TIM BAKER/Evening Standard   The American president Donald Trump plans to make an official state visit to the United Kingdom some time before Britain’s general election which will be held on December … Continue reading TRUMP UK VISIT: US president to come to Britain before Dec. general election

TURKISH MEDIA ATTACKS: Press freedom watchdog concerned over physical attacks on Turkey reporters

  Ankara, Turkey VIJAY SHAH via KIRA TVERSKAYA/Index on Censorship   Index on Censorship, an organisation championing press freedom and the rights of media workers, has expressed concern over a wave of physical attacks and assaults against journalists in Turkey, … Continue reading TURKISH MEDIA ATTACKS: Press freedom watchdog concerned over physical attacks on Turkey reporters

BOJO BREXIT: Potential UK prime minister demands country will leave EU regardless in October

  London, United Kingdom VIJAY SHAH via GORDON RAYNER, STEVEN SWINFORD and ROB MERRICK/The Telegraph/The Independent   As the United Kingdom still gets to grip with life after the emotional resignation address of current prime minister Theresa May that took … Continue reading BOJO BREXIT: Potential UK prime minister demands country will leave EU regardless in October

HARROW FLATS: New apartment block given go-ahead despite locals’ objections

Pinner – VIJAY SHAH via ADAM SHAW and Harrow Times Local authorities in the north-west Greater London borough of Harrow have given assent to a new development of flats despite local residents of a busy road objecting to the project and vetoing it three times, the Harrow Times newspaper reported today. The Northcote development, in the Pinner area’s Rickmansworth Road, will consist of eight brand-new flats in addition to an existing estate of 24 homes now at the site. The eight apartments will be housed in a single two-storey complex, and the plans were approved by Harrow’s council, the Times reports. … Continue reading HARROW FLATS: New apartment block given go-ahead despite locals’ objections

ILFORD MARKET: It will be a big one

Ilford – VIJAY SHAH via ELLENA CRUSE and Ilford Recorder A new covered market is planned for Ilford in the next few years at the site of the car park near the High Road and the Kenneth More Theatre in the town’s centre. Now, the official planning application for the market suggests that it will be a large one, with an expected 800-person capacity, according to material seen by local paper, the Ilford Recorder. The 800-person capacity refers not to the amount of traders that will be operating in the market, but the maximum number of shoppers the market will … Continue reading ILFORD MARKET: It will be a big one

FAIRLOP WATERS: Local conservationists protest lorry road plans for Ilford nature reserve

Hainault – VIJAY SHAH via AARON WALAWALKAR and Ilford Recorder Redbridge environmental campaigners are protesting against plans to construct a ‘haul road’ for heavy-duty lorries near the scenic Fairlop Waters nature reserve in Ilford, Essex, in the UK, according to a report published by their local newspaper, the Ilford Recorder. They fear the constant stream of large and noisy trucks carrying gravel on the new route will destroy the peace and feel of the Fairlop Waters Nature Park, which lies in the Hainault area, close to the A12 road and is Redbridge’s largest nature reserve and leisure spot. The park … Continue reading FAIRLOP WATERS: Local conservationists protest lorry road plans for Ilford nature reserve

NORTHERN IRELAND AFTER BREXIT: Residents to be able to keep EU membership

Belfast – VIJAY SHAH via JON STONE and Independent As both the Brexit talks in Brussels and the situation over the status of the border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic dominates political news in the U.K., the negotiation teams of the two sides have made a concession for residents of Northern Ireland, whereby they can still be EU citizens after Brexit is finalised in two years’ time, the Independent reported recently.   UK citizens born in the province will be able to continue their EU membership thanks to a deal struck by British prime minister Theresa May on … Continue reading NORTHERN IRELAND AFTER BREXIT: Residents to be able to keep EU membership

EU FLAG PROMS: ‘Brexiteers’ angered by Royal Proms pro-EU flag distribution

London – VIJAY SHAH via JEFF FARRELL and The Independent As the United Kingdom heads for its possible withdrawal from the European Union in two years’ time, supporters of EU withdrawal, informally known as Brexiteers, have hit out at a pro-EU campaign group who distributed EU flags to visitors at a music festival, The Independent reports. The campaign group, EU Flag Proms Team, a previously unknown collective which favours UK remaining part of the European Union, had planned to distribute EU flags and banners outside the Royal Albert Hall in London, which plays host to a televised classical music festival, … Continue reading EU FLAG PROMS: ‘Brexiteers’ angered by Royal Proms pro-EU flag distribution

FRANCE ELECTIONS: Last runoff between Macron and Le Pen begins, hackers cause havoc

Paris – VIJAY SHAH via JON HENLEY and The Guardian The last stage of the French presidential elections has begun in earnest, with the European country’s voters choosing between centre-leaning former economist Emmanuel Macron and leader of the far-right nationalist party Front National, Marine Le Pen, Britain’s Guardian newspaper reports. Akin to the recent U.S. presidential elections where Russian hackers were accused of interfering with the system to guarantee a win for current president Donald Trump, the French voting rally has been marred by recent reports of a ‘massive online dump’ of campaign data by unknown parties and attributed to … Continue reading FRANCE ELECTIONS: Last runoff between Macron and Le Pen begins, hackers cause havoc