The false claim over countries having to join the euro

A five-year old newspaper headline – claiming that all European Union (EU) countries would have to adopt the euro after 2020 – was widely shared on Twitter over the weekend. The headline was originally shared by BrexitCentral, a pro-Brexit website whose editor-at-large is the former chief executive of Vote Leave, Matthew Elliott. One of those who retweeted the post was the former Work and Pensions Secretary and pro-Brexit Conservative MP Esther McVey. Image copyright Twitter Image caption Ms McVey’s Tweet was shared more than 1,000 times before being deleted So will all EU members have to adopt the euro? The short answer is no. Some European Union countries have negotiated “opt-outs” in areas of EU policy they do not want …

Rare ‘white red kite’ spotted by farmer

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhite red kite is spotted over Powys farmland A rare white-coloured kite has been spotted in Powys. However, it is unclear whether it is a leucist (white red kite), of which there are only about six in Wales, or an albino kite. Farmer Sioned Thomas, of Abercegir, near Machynlleth, spotted it while feeding sheep on Tuesday. Wildlife presenter Iolo Williams said albino kites were also “extremely rare”, and it was “impossible” to tell from a video which it was. “I saw this big white bird, just above me and it stood out straight away, because it was completely white,” said Ms Thomas. Image caption Farmer Sioned Thomas initially thought it was a …

Can art help find these missing people?

She is one of 17 missing people whose portraits will feature in a new exhibition which opens next week. The show, entitled Unmissable, has been organised by the charity Missing People, which supports family and friends looking for their loved ones. Someone is reported missing in the UK every 90 seconds, according to the charity. ‘We would tell the boys ‘mum’s poorly” Two men were arrested on suspicion of murder after Georgina went missing but were later released with no further action. Since she was reported missing, investigators say they have responded to nearly 60 sightings of her. Image copyright Charming Baker Image caption Mohamed said Fatima was devoted to her family and always had a smile “After work I …

Apology for “pain” of McGuinness award

“As part of San Francisco’s annual St Patrick’s Day festivities, the Mayor of San Francisco has traditionally provided Certificates of Honor to the Honorary Grand Marshalls selected by the United Irish Societies of San Francisco,” she said. “San Francisco values means respect for the democratic process and non-violent political actions. “The language on the Certificate of Honor should have taken more care to apply these values when reflecting the history of Mr McGuinness’s life towards peacemaker and his role in the peace process that resulted in the Good Friday Agreement.” Ms Breed said she apologised for “the pain this certificate has caused”. Claudy bomb victims Mary Hamilton who was injured in the IRA bombing of Claudy in 1972 described the …

Glasgow School of Art criticised over fire

The committee’s report concluded that prior to the first fire in 2014, the art school had not addressed the heightened risk of fire to the Mackintosh Building or carried out an adequate risk assessment. Image copyright Getty Images MSPs were also told during their inquiry that ventilation ducts which allowed the fire to take hold in 2014 were still in place at the time of last year’s blaze. They had been due to be rectified at the end of the restoration project. The report also urged the GSA to take steps to repair a “loss of trust” with the local community. Responding to the report, Glasgow School of Art said: “There are always lessons that can be learned, and we …

Ted Baker boss quits amid ‘forced hugs’ row

Mr Kelvin, who owns 35% of the company, will not receive any severance pay, and any bonus payments he has earned for the past three years’ performance will lapse. In December, employees launched an online petition accusing him of inappropriate comments and behaviour. Ted Baker boss “made us hug and slow dance” Ted Baker shares tumble after profit warning Ted Baker boss takes leave of absence The petition, on the workplace website Organise, said that more than 200 Ted Baker staff were finally breaking their silence after at least “50 recorded incidents of harassment” at the fashion group. Staff claimed that as well as engaging them in unwelcome embraces, the brand’s founder had asked young female members of staff to …

Hamilton leads at What’s On Stage Awards

Image copyright Idil Sukan Image caption The cast of Six the Musical won best off-West End production Best off-West End Production went to Six the Musical, which is currently playing at the Arts Theatre in London, whilst best regional production went to Spring Awakening at the Hope Mill Theatre. There were also a number of performances on the night – including Carrie Hope Fletcher, Jodie Steele, T’Shan Williams and Sophie Isaacs performing I Say No and Candy Store from Heathers the Musical and the cast of Six the Musical performing Six. Full list of winners Related Topics West End theatre Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

‘I paid 2,000 for a 450 TV’

The move will save some of the UK’s most vulnerable consumers millions of pounds from April, the FCA said. They come too late to Scott who rues the day he encountered rent-to-own. “I wish there was a cap back then. I would have been a lot better off now,” he said. He turned to rent-to-own because his credit rating wasn’t great and he thought he didn’t have many other options. “They were starting to advertise heavily, so at Brighthouse I got a laptop. It was £499 but I ended up paying £1,500 by the end.” He then went to rival chain Perfect Home after his TV broke. “The ticket price was £450 for a 42 inch TV, but by the …

Ryan Adams cancels entire UK tour

Adams’ lawyer said the star “unequivocally denies” engaging in inappropriate communications with someone he knew was underage. The FBI later said it would investigate the texts to determine whether Adams was aware of her age. The New York Times story also contained interviews with several women who said Adams had offered them help with their careers as a pretext for sex, and allegations of psychological abuse from the musician’s former wife, Mandy Moore. Adams’ initial response was to threaten legal action, in a tweet that said the newspaper was “going down”. He quickly deleted that message and issued a statement calling the article “unsettlingly inaccurate,” and apologising to anyone he had hurt, “however unintentionally”. BBC Music homepage BBC Music News …

Soldier’s mother claims son ‘murdered’

Who pulled the trigger Second inquests held into the deaths of Pte Cheryl James and Pte Sean Benton concluded they had killed themselves, after hearing evidence of bullying and a lack of care at the barracks. Mrs Gray, who has viewed material from Surrey Police disclosed to the family, said she had been left shocked by what she had been shown, but was unable to talk about it under a legal order. At a pre-inquest review last year, Judge Coroner Peter Rook QC heard the issue facing the second inquest was “simply who pulled the trigger”. Related Topics London Deepcut deaths Deepcut Hackney Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Harry and Meghan visit stables in Morocco

The therapy involves people interacting with horses by, for example, grooming and feeding them. Image copyright EPA Image copyright Getty Images Image copyright Reuters Harry and Meghan arrive in Morocco Horses helping domestic abuse victims Harry and Meghan visit Morocco girls’ school During their visit, the couple also ate food prepared by children from disadvantaged backgrounds with help from one of Morocco’s foremost chefs, Moha Fedal. Among the food they made were Moroccan pancakes which feature in a cookbook that Meghan was influential in getting published. The book, called Together: Our Community Cookbook, was published after the duchess suggested the idea to a group of women who got together to cook food for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire …

Brits 2019: The real winners and losers

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBrit Awards 2019: the highlights It was a night of upsets, pirouettes and statuettes, as the 2019 Brit Awards took place at the O2 arena. The 1975 took home the top prize, album of the year, while George Ezra won best male and Jorja Smith grabbed best female. But the best bits aren’t always on stage. So here’s our selection of the real winners and losers at this year’s ceremony. Best humble-brag – Pink Most gracious loser – Christine and the Queens Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionChristine and the Queens shows us her “graceful loser” face at the 2019 Brit Awards. Pop star Christine & The Queens didn’t …

Cabinet trio issue Brexit delay warning

“In that case, they should do the honourable thing and resign from the government immediately.” Number 10 said in a statement: “The PM is working hard to ensure we get a deal with the EU that allows us to deliver on the result of the referendum. “That is where the cabinet’s energy should be focused.” Earlier, Mrs May’s spokeswoman said the PM would have another “period of engagement” on Brexit at an EU-League of Arab States summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt – including a meeting with European Council president Donald Tusk. ‘Months of uncertainty’ The UK remains on course to leave the European Union on 29 March. But the government has repeatedly refused to rule out the possibility of the …