Saturday, July 2

Day: November 4, 2016

Eurostar direct run London to Amsterdam
ENGLISH, Europe

Eurostar direct run London to Amsterdam

    Eurostar is pressing ahead with plans for direct services between London and Amsterdam despite a drop in passenger numbers. The operators of the cross-Channel high-speed rail service suffered a 10 per cent year-on-year decline in passenger numbers during the third quarter but said plans for the new route were progressing well. The new service would provide a rival to airlines transporting 3 million people a year from London to Holland. Chief Executive Nicolas Petrovic said Eurostar was making a major investment” in its fleet, service and stations to equip the business for expansion. The launch of our Amsterdam route at the end of next year marks a key milestone and represents a significant growth opportunity for the future, he told the Financial Times.
Majority now want to remain in EU poll after Brexit
ENGLISH, London

Majority now want to remain in EU poll after Brexit

    A majority of voters now want the UK to remain in the EU, a poll has suggested. Remaining is now backed by an extremely slim majority of 51 per cent, versus 49 per cent who wish to leave the EU. This suggests a small number of voters have changed their views since the UK voted to leave the EU by a margin of 52-48 on 23 June. The research, conducted by BMG Research, found the main swell of support came from people who did not vote in the referendum over the summer. Of those who didn't vote in June, 46 per cent said they now would in order to back EU membership, while 27 per cent said they would in order to vote to leave. Following the referendum result, reports emerged of people who claimed to regret casting their ballot for Brexit, who came to be known as 'Bregret' voters....
Heathrow third runway can be built without a drop in air quality
ENGLISH, London

Heathrow third runway can be built without a drop in air quality

    A minister has insisted that Heathrow’s third runway can be built without air quality getting worse in the capital. Environment Minister Therese Coffey made the claim to MPs who lined up in the Commons to protest against London’s toxic air. Twickenham Tory MP Tania Mathias said Heathrow expansion should be abandoned following the Government’s defeat in a court ruling this week, when judges ruled that current air quality improvement plans were not good enough. How can the Government support more pollution that would come from a third runway at Heathrow? she demanded. Tom Brake, the Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton & Wallington called for action now to improve the appalling air quality around Heathrow and said the third runway should be halted unless air pollution can ...
TV channel female interpreter sex attack in Calais Jungle
ENGLISH, Europe

TV channel female interpreter sex attack in Calais Jungle

    French police search through migrants' tents at the Jungle migrant camp before authorities demolish the site Three Afghan migrants were in custody in Paris on Thursday night on suspicion of raping a mother-of-two in the Calais Jungle. The men face criminal charges for the alleged attack on the 38-year-old woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, on October 18th. The 38-year-old is herself an Afghan who was working as an interpretor for the France 5 TV channel. She was part of a team who were shooting a documentary about unaccompanied minors and child sex abuse in the notorious shantytown. The woman was bundled to the ground and attacked as the two other assailants restrained her colleague, a 42-year-old male freelance reporter. Prosecutors confirmed the men had, like ...
Theresa May faces guerrilla war after High Court order
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Theresa May faces guerrilla war after High Court order

    Theresa May faces guerrilla war after High Court hands Parliament a say over Brexit Theresa May is braced for guerrilla warfare in Parliament in order to drive through Brexit, after the shattering blow of defeat in the High Court. The Prime Minister accepts an Act of Parliament will be necessary to win the right to trigger the Article 50 exit notice - unless yesterday’s judgment can be overturned in the Supreme Court. That would open the door for MPs and peers to challenge and amend – and even stall - the Government’s strategy for withdrawal if they oppose aspects of it, perhaps in lengthy Parliamentary battles. It means Ms May has lost some control over the perilous process – throwing into doubt her timetable for invoking Article 50 by the end of March. The High Court def...