Tuesday, February 20

UK

Trade Union FNV Threatens to Strike at EasyJet During May Holiday
Business, Netherland, News, UK

Trade Union FNV Threatens to Strike at EasyJet During May Holiday

Trade union FNV threatens a strike among easyJet cabin crew during the busy May holiday. If the British budget airline does not want to talk to the union about more pay raises soon, actions will follow from Dutch stewards, flight attendants and pursers. "We will build the actions step by step until easyJet meets our demands. And we don't shy away from stopping work during the May holidays either," says FNV director Stijn Jansen. According to him, easyJet now refuses to enter into talks with FNV, even though 40 percent of cabin crew would have joined the union. Jansen has given EasyJet until February 16 to respond to the ultimatum. The airline, the largest user of Schiphol after KLM, did try to reach an agreement on a new collective labour agreement with another union, VNC, last ...
Treat Gynae problems at London Obs & Gynae Clinic
Health, UK

Treat Gynae problems at London Obs & Gynae Clinic

Women frequently experience shame and embarrassment when discussing issues with their reproductive health. Even when these issues are not severe, they can cause tension and anxiety. The humiliation in talking about these issues is that women feel their bodies are abnormal in some way. Many women experience similar issues, but many are embarrassed to discuss them. The only way to encourage women to discuss these issues openly is through education, awareness, and consultation with a reputable gynaecologist. What are the Common Gynae Problems? Even though painful and irregular periods are frequent gynaecological issues, women do not need to adjust. Sometimes particular problems result in extreme circumstances. It is critical to consult a qualified gynaecologist to diagnose and addre...
British Employers Want More Migrants to Compensate for Staff Shortages
Business, News, UK

British Employers Want More Migrants to Compensate for Staff Shortages

British employers, through the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), want more migrants to fill the labour shortage. However, CBI chief executive Tony Danker states, "a more flexible approach to immigration is needed to help the economy grow." However, Migration Minister Robert Jenrick believes employers should look to the home market rather than attracting low-skilled workers from outside. The United Kingdom has more than 1 million vacancies that are not filled. In addition, about 600,000 people are long-term sick, CBI has established, and will not soon return to the labour market. "That is why we are facing a major shortage of personnel," says Danker. According to him, we need to look beyond the borders to quickly compensate for several shortages before the labour market...
How The Royal Ballet School Runs Its Spring and Summer Intensives
Entertainment, UK

How The Royal Ballet School Runs Its Spring and Summer Intensives

As a leading establishment in the classical ballet training space, The Royal Ballet School offers a range of exceptional courses that provide students with a high-quality education, preparing them for careers in the world of dance. Students can train with the School full-time, as part of the School’s many part-time training programmes, or during the regular intensive courses. The Royal Ballet School’s Intensive courses present a unique opportunity for talented young dancers to experience superb coaching from expert staff and international teachers. As the Intensive courses allow students to experience in-depth dance training over an extended period of time, it’s a great chance for those who may be considering full-time vocational training with the School to determine whether or not it’...
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Share New Photos, But Timing is Striking
News, UK

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Share New Photos, But Timing is Striking

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have shared new photos on social media. According to the British press, the timing of the publication is striking as the new king released a new photo two days ago. The British royal family has once again made it clear that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle no longer really belong. Earlier this week, the royal family shared a new photo of King Charles, Queen Camilla, Prince William and Princess Kate. The British press saw this as a clear sign that they were the new hard core of the royal family and were spontaneously christened the 'Fab Four'. That description is used to describe William, Kate, Harry and Meghan. In response, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have now shared their own photos. The couple shared some photos taken during the On...
London for Extradition Assange to the US, Appeal Still Possible
News, UK, US

London for Extradition Assange to the US, Appeal Still Possible

British Home Secretary Priti Patel has agreed to extradite Australian WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the US.   She has signed for the extradition because she sees no legal grounds to lawfully reject the request.   Assange and his lawyers are appealing this decision, according to English media. They have 14 days to do so.
London Imposes Sanctions on Russian Patriarch Kirill
News, UK

London Imposes Sanctions on Russian Patriarch Kirill

The British government has put the spiritual leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, on a sanction list for his support of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.   Kirill and others on the sanctions list will no longer be allowed to enter the UK. Their assets are also frozen. The British Foreign Office announced the measures on Thursday, two weeks after Kirill was removed from a proposed European Union sanctions list. The EU decided to do so under pressure from Hungary. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has said he does not want to punish religious leaders. The Hungarians got their way because otherwise the agreed oil embargo against Russia would be jeopardized. The Russian Commissioner for Children's Rights, Maria Lvova-Belova, has also been placed on the British san...
Foreign-Owned Company Behind London’s Double-Decker Buses
Business, News, UK

Foreign-Owned Company Behind London’s Double-Decker Buses

Go-Ahead Group, the largest operator of London's iconic red double-decker buses, has fallen into foreign hands.   The company, which operates commuter trains in addition to buses, is being acquired for £648 million by an investor group led by Australian industry peer Kinetic. Go-Ahead operates nearly a quarter of London's buses, including part of the city's zero-emission fleet. The company also operates Govia Thameslink, the UK's largest rail operator, responsible for commuter trains to London and the Express line to Gatwick Airport. Interest in takeovers of British transport companies has been increasing recently. Investors expect a rebound in passenger traffic after the corona pandemic and are attracted by the stable returns the sector offers due to the predominantly multi-year ...
More and More Party Members Call for Prime Minister Johnson to Leave
News, UK

More and More Party Members Call for Prime Minister Johnson to Leave

More and more party members of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson are calling for his departure. British media report that a vote of confidence in the Conservative Party is getting closer as a result of the scandal surrounding government employees' parties during the lockdowns, also known as the partygate.   The Conservative Party will hold a vote if at least 15 percent of its members in the lower house of parliament indicate by letter that they no longer support Johnson. That equates to 54 letters. These should be sent to the so-called 1922 Committee. Only chairman Graham Brady knows how many letters there are. Several party members have publicly announced in recent months that they have written to the chairman. A total of 40 Conservative MPs have questioned Johnson's position, ...
Council of Europe Asks London Not to Extradite Assange to US
Europe, News, UK, US

Council of Europe Asks London Not to Extradite Assange to US

The Council of Europe has asked British Home Secretary Priti Patel not to extradite Australian WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States.   Patel is about to decide whether, as the court previously ruled, she will extradite Assange or if she finds objections raised by his lawyers sufficient grounds to waive the extradition. If Patel decides to extradite, it can be appealed again within fourteen days. The Council of Europe's Human Rights Commissioner Dunja Mijatovic stressed in a letter to Patel that the extradition would send a dangerous signal to people "who want to expose abuses through confidential data in the public interest". It could also be a blow "to freedom of expression and to human rights worldwide". The Council of Europe was established in 1949 to promote p...