‘The vast majority do not want this thuggery’

He says he had to leave his home on Monday night as streets were cordoned off. Image copyright Psni Image caption A bomb, containing commercial explosives, was found in a car on Monday At the heart of Creggan there’s a school. Not too far from the school gates is a sign saying “informants will be shot”. Some community workers act as mediators with dissident republicans on a regular basis in order to prevent further violence. The anti-British and anti-police messages are clearly visible when you arrive in the area. Many families were also directly affected during Northern Ireland’s conflict – known as The Troubles. One community worker told BBC News NI that dissident republicans – who are prepared to use …

Surgeons save hand severed by electric saw

Mr Adlard said: “There are many surgeons who, once they’d seen that level of injury, would think it was unsalvageable. [Mr Lelliott] had taken out a swathe of tissue. The saw he used had curved teeth on it. It doesn’t just cut a nice straight line.” Mr Lelliott’s hand was still attached, but only by skin and small bit of bone. He had lost a lot of blood at the scene and doesn’t remember much about his accident. Image copyright St George’s Hospital In the first operation the surgical team worked through the night to establish a good blood and nerve supply to as many of the fingers as possible. After fixing the broken bones, they took veins from Mr …

The joy of the backyard festival

Image copyright Izumi Featherstone Image caption The Bunny festival is about ‘finding friendship on your doorstep’ The event used to be held at the village rugby club but in recent years, its popularity has seen Bunny’s residents decamp to larger sites in nearby Keyworth and Cotgrave. Image copyright Freddy Taylor Image caption The “relaxed, open feel” of home-grown festivals appeals to Freddy Freddy began Lake Day six years ago at Frensham Ponds, a site with a man-made beach in Surrey, but it has since moved to a farmer’s field he found “through luck”. The event remains restricted to close friends and this year he is expecting about 200 people. Image copyright Lake Day Image caption Freddy says it feels “special” …

Concerns over beauty spot parking charges

But between March and October 2020, visitors will have to pay £2 for the first hour and then £5 for the rest of the day. Dafydd Rhys Thomas, councillor for Ynys Cybi, said: “This land has been free for centuries and to bring charges in, I’m not happy. Anglesey’s RSPB planning ban overturned Thousands reject RSPB charges plan Lighthouse ‘set to reopen to visitors’ “The effect can already be seen, people just won’t bother coming. “I don’t have any issues with the people who work there, only the large organisation which has lost touch with the local people.” Related Topics Holyhead RSPB Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Call for city centre ban on fossil fuel vehicles

Should my next car be an electric one? How to tackle Scotland’s ‘climate emergency’ Is Orkney ‘in the fast lane’ on electric vehicles? Its report also says public guidance should be produced on sustainable, climate friendly and healthy diets. And it calls for a public-interest company to be created by the Scottish government to invest in and support carbon capture and storage infrastructure. Using a similar model to Network Rail, it would allow the government to take a longer term view than a privately financed model. The report’s authors insist all 12 suggestions could be implemented within the next year. Claire Mack, chief executive of Scottish Renewables said: “We are already witnessing the effects of climate change, and now is …

HRT shortage ‘adds to the stress of menopause’

But in July, Janet was forced to call around several pharmacists before she was able to find another two-month prescription, due to the emerging shortages. “The pharmacist told me all stocks of HRT are now low because everyone is having to switch brands. I emailed the supplier of my brand and received an email stating the Indivina should be back in stock by the end of August”, she says. “I need the tablets in order to go about normal life. Before, my hormones were all over the place, and I struggled to talk to anyone about anything personal without crying. “The menopause has been a nightmare for me and the shortage just adds to the stress.” Image copyright Karen Matthews …

Overseas student visa service ‘needs fixing’

Cardiff University: ‘Visa delay could cost £200k’ ‘Breaking down walls not building them’ Home Office investigated over student visa cheat claims Overseas students forced to leave UK want refunds Until last November, students were able to arrange document checks through their local post offices. Now, universities say applicants too often face: waits of at least two weeks, sometimes longer, for appointments difficulties accessing and processing information online a support line charging £2.50 a minute paying up to £200, on top of the cost of the visa, for a premium service, still not getting appointments but being refused refunds long journeys to Sopra Steria centres for fast-track appointments Elisa Calcagni, who is studying for a doctorate at Cambridge and comes from …

NI to share in 300m growth deals funding

The £300m growth deals funding will be shared across Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The government said the Northern Ireland funding would be to support growth deals in “mid south west Northern Ireland and Causeway Coast and Glens” and also to complete a deal for Londonderry and the north west. Analysis: New PM’s tour bringing cheer via cash by Enda McClafferty, BBC News NI political correspondent Boris Johnson is on a mission to lift the mood of the country and as part of that plan he is bringing a pot of money around the devolved regions. It includes a share of £300m to stimulate new investment in regions such as Causeway Coast and Glens and the south-west of Northern Ireland, …

UK delays no-deal medicine transport contract

The later deadline allows more time for the procurement process, but means a contract is likely to be in place only a week before the government’s agreed date for leaving the EU of 31 October, leaving limited time in case of problems over contracts or overruns. ‘Tight time frame’ The process could be subject to delays, said Andrew Dean, a former senior government adviser and procurement law expert. “Disgruntled bidders, internal approvals or just bad luck could block DHSC from entering into the contracts for weeks if not months,” he said. The government came in for criticism for running up a bill of £80m trying to arrange ferry contracts in preparation for the 23 March Brexit deadline. One firm, Seaborne …

‘Murder’ investigation after social club death

Image copyright Daily Record Image caption The death of a man following a disturbance outside a social club for Edinburgh City football team makes the front page of the Daily Record. Andy McCarron worked for property developer David Love, who paid tribute to the 49-year-old on social media. Image copyright The Herald Image caption The Herald reports that Boris Johnson will visit Scotland to launch a “charm offensive” and reinforce the Union if he becomes prime minister. The story also details how a number of ministers opposed to a no-deal Brexit are preparing to resign. Image copyright The Scotsman Image caption Similarly, Philip Hammond’s shock announcement is The Scotsman’s lead story with further cabinet resignations expected this week. Mr Hammond …

Skepta stages the phoneless ‘future of rave’

Skepta is one of those. Speaking at the Manchester International Festival (MIF) launch in March, the Mercury Prize-winning MC said nightclubs had “turned into places for this new individualism, where people are just on their phones to have a ‘fake good time’”. When MIF approached him to create a special show, he decided phones would be banned. Image copyright Jordan Hughes Image caption A fan trying out augmented reality goggles MIF specialises in staging shows that are out of the ordinary so the phone ban isn’t the only unusual thing about Dystopia987, which ran for three nights. Skepta created it with cutting-edge creative studio TEM, who experiment with emerging technologies; and award-winning playwright Dawn King. Details were deliberately scarce but …

‘Quarter of Britons’ drinking plant-based milks

Health was the reason why 37% of 16-24 year olds said they’d reduced how much cow’s milk they’ve been drinking in the last 12 months. The impact on the environment was also a concern among that group – with 36% saying dairy farming isn’t good for the environment. Image copyright Lyle Boenke Image caption Sam Friskey and Thomas Forster co-founded a vegan plant-based protein shake brand “I went vegan initially for health purposes,” says Sam Friskey, who co-founded plant-based protein shake brand Fit Deli. He thinks the burnout and fatigue he used to suffer at work was largely because of his diet. “Having made the shift I then began to understand about animal welfare and the planet.” Sam says there’s …

Hammond ‘won’t exclude’ backing no-confidence vote

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has discounted the possibility if he becomes prime minister, but his rival in the Conservative Party leadership race, Boris Johnson, has refused to give the same assurance. No-deal Brexit ‘could cause £30bn economic hit’ MPs ask EU to protect UK citizens in no-deal Brexit Scheme to block no-deal Brexit ‘could involve Queen’ The leadership candidates trying to stop Brexit In an interview with Le Monde and Süddeutsche Zeitung, Mr Hammond said he would “take steps to avoid an exit without agreement apart from an explicit parliamentary approval”. Speaking on Tuesday at the G7 conference in Paris, he told the French and German newspapers: “There should be a new and sincere attempt to reach a consensus. “If …