Council leader rejects call for anti begging laws

Tory Councillor, Tony Curtis, asked Susan Aitken if she would request power from Holyrood to pass by laws on  begging. But he was told this wasn’t the solution. Mr Curtis asked what the Council leader was going to do to “eradicate anti-social behaviour of beggars in Glasgow city centre?” Ms Aitken replied

Rail fares to increase by average of 3.1% from January

Britain’s rail fares will increase by an average of 3.1% on January 2, the rail industry has announced. According to Office of Rail and Road data, it will be the largest rise since January 2013. Many long-distance commuters will see the annual cost of getting to work increase by more

Bridgend Ford staff warned of possible voluntary redundancies

There is speculation that staff at the Ford factory in Bridgend have been warned of possible voluntary redundancies. The engine plant employs more than 1700 workers. The union GMB says they’ll work with the company to limit job losses. It’s been known for a while now that redundancies would be

Minimum pricing of alcohol to be reviewed after two years

A range of measures on the promotion and marketing of alcohol have been revealed in the latest Alcohol Strategy. Minimum pricing of 50p per unit was introduced earlier this year and the Scottish Government will look at the price again in May 2020, once it has been in operation for

Fruitful thaw: S. Korean planes carry 200 tons of tangerines north in return for pricy mushrooms

Seoul has returned the favor after receiving a gift of pine mushrooms from Pyongyang, sending 20,000 boxes of rare tangerines north in the biggest cross-border shipment of goods in almost a decade. North Koreans will soon have an opportunity to enjoy the taste of tangerines as four cargo planes took off from

Venezuela drops US dollar, will use euro for international transactions

Venezuela is abandoning the US dollar, with all future transactions on the Venezuelan exchange market to be made in euro, Tareck El Aissami, the country’s Vice President for Economy, announced. The sanctions, recently introduced by Washington against Caracas, “block the possibility of continuing to trade using the US dollar on

Israel slashes Gaza fishing zone by 33% in retaliation for weekly protests

The offshore area where Gazans are allowed to fish has been reduced by Tel Aviv to six nautical miles, in retaliation to the violence during weekly border protests, amid heightening tensions between Israelis and Palestinians. Tightening Israel’s economic blockade of the Gaza Strip, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman ordered the reduction

Outrage on Twitter as Bannon appears at Economist fest, voices support for Orban & Salvini

New York activists have vented their anger at Steve Bannon, who appeared in a live debate set up by The Economist – a couple of weeks after the New Yorker abruptly withdrew his invitation to their own event. Sporadic protests broke out on Saturday at the Open Future festival as

‘Not a love affair’: Zarif says Iran to stay in nuclear deal as long as its oil sells

The landmark 2015 nuclear deal was “not a love affair but a compromise,” the Iranian foreign minister has said. Tehran will stay in the agreement even without the US – as long as its oil is bought and revenues are generated. “The agreement wasn’t a love affair but a reasonable

‘Just gold everywhere’: Australia gold rush heats up after 2 nuggets worth $11mn found 4 days apart

Miners in Western Australia have made what many believe to be two of the biggest gold nugget discoveries in recorded history, just four days apart. “You might go your whole life and you’ll never see anything like it. It’s definitely a once-in-a-lifetime discovery,” senior geologist Zaf Thanos said, as quoted by ABC