The Boys’ Brigade Share-A-Gift charity project is urgently appealing for donations, as it has only achieved 8 per cent of its donation target at its halfway mark.
The historic “hybrid” sitting of the House of Commons will be the springboard for further modernisation of Westminster, Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle told the Standard. “This is the beginning,” said Sir Lindsay, 63. In a landmark sitting, Prime Minister’s Questions was taking place on Wednesday with just 50 MPs in the Commons chamber in order to comply with social distancing rules, and another 120 taking part by video.
A Brexit deal could be agreed “within days”, the Irish foreign minister declared on Thursday, hours after negotiators in London haggled on details over takeaway pizzas. Simon Coveney said he believed there was a “good chance” of an agreement this weekend despite gaps over fishing and whether the EU courts will act as umpire in future disputes. “It's the time to hold our nerve and trust Michel Barnier,” he told Irish radio.
Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], December 3 (ANI): Indian men's hockey team defender Jarmanpreet Singh believes that every member of the squad is excited to see what is in store for the side in the coming few months.
The first supplier casualty from the collapse of Topshop owner Arcadia Group appears to have emerged, as London firm Lloyd Shoe Company lined up administrators. Hackney-based Lloyd Shoe Co employs 243 people and operates footwear concessions within some Arcadia stores, sourcing shoe ranges. The firm continues to trade as normal however it has filed a notice to appoint an administrator, FRP Advisory, to seek a buyer for the business.
'Sensible' public figures have far less influence on our behaviour than it seems
Sainsbury’s and Aldi have followed Tesco and handed back over £500 million in taxpayer support after a storm of protest over supermarkets enjoying record sales during Covid while taking business rates holidays. After Tesco and Morrison’s announced moves to repay their business rates last night, the total given back now comes to £1.4 billion. Sainsbury’s will return £440 million, while Aldi, Britain’s fifth-largest supermarket, said more than £100 million will be paid back to the Government and the UK’s devolved administrations.
Barcelona's interim president Carlos Tusquets feels the club should have cashed-in on Lionel Messi during the summer transfer window. Messi was heavily linked with a move to Manchester City and sent a recorded delivery (Burofax) letter stating his intention to leave. Ex-Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned in October rather than face a vote of no confidence, with Tusquets taking temporary charge until January's elections.
The pair called off their second engagement last year.
Recent statistics do not make pleasant reading for an out-of-form Arsenal side as they prepare for Sunday's north London derby at table-topping Tottenham Hotspur. The Gunners have failed to win on any of their last six Premier League trips up the Seven Sisters Road and have never won an away game against a Jose Mourinho-managed team. Add in the fact that Tottenham are riding high after a nine-match unbeaten league streak and Arsenal have endured their worst start since 1981, the prospects for Mikel Arteta's side appear grim.
Bahrain's imports from Israel will not be subject to distinctions between products made within Israel and those from settlements in occupied territory, the Bahraini trade minister said on Thursday, drawing a rebuke from the Palestinians. Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates formalised ties with Israel on Sept. 15, in a U.S.-sponsored deal billed by the Gulf countries as being made possible by Israel's shelving of a plan to annex West Bank settlements.
A tiny toddler wasted no time hitting the slopes after a Colorado ski resort reopened to the public on December 1.Footage shared on Instagram shows two-year-old snowboarder Josie shredding at Steamboat Resort in Steamboat Springs.“Day 2/2 on the slopes for this 2-year-old nugget! Giggles all the way down,” the video’s caption said. Credit: josie_shreds via Storyful
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President Donald Trump's administration is pushing to finalize new immigration restrictions before his term ends in January, according to three senior homeland security officials, a last-gasp effort in a policy area that was a central focus during his four years in office. The moves come even as Democratic President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to rescind many of Trump's immigration policies. By finalizing rules that have just been proposed, or issuing last-minute orders, the administration could slow down Biden's efforts to undo many of Trump's signature measures that have made it harder for immigrants to enter and settle in the United States.
Iran is ready to engage in further prisoner swaps after last week exchanging a jailed British-Australian academic with three Iranians detained abroad, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday. "We can always engage in that, it is in the interests of everybody," Zarif told an Italian diplomatic conference speaking via video-link. Zarif also urged the United States to show good will by returning to a 2015 nuclear deal that President Donald Trump walked out of.
During four years in office, the Trump administration erected a multitude of new bureaucratic hurdles for immigrants seeking to enter or stay in the United States through policy changes - more than 400 by one count - including executive orders, regulations and revised internal guidance. The changes have affected the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in the United States and around the world and aroused criticism at home and abroad. Now, following his Nov. 3 election defeat by Democrat Joe Biden, the president is pushing to finalize restrictions in a last-gasp effort that could make it more difficult to reverse his policies.
Police have made a dramatic arrest in one of Britain's longest unsolved double murder investigations. A manhunt was launched after Wendy Knell and Caroline Pierce, who were both in their 20s, were sexually assaulted before being beaten and strangled just months apart in 1987 in what became known as the Bedsit murders. Wendy, 25, was found dead in June 1987 in her flat in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, five months before Caroline Pierce, 20, was found dead in a remote field on Romney Marsh in Kent. Both women were found naked and their keys were missing. Despite a huge investigation at the time their killer has evaded justice for more than three decades. Now Kent Police on Thursday revealed cold case detectives have now arrested a 66-year-old man on suspicion of the murder of both women. He was arrested today in Heathfield, East Sussex and is due to be questioned about the two murders. In a statement released today, Kent Police said: "Cold case detectives have arrested a man on suspicion of murdering two women from Tunbridge Wells more than 30 years ago. "The suspect, aged 66, from Heathfield, East Sussex was detained on Thursday December 3, in connection with the deaths of Wendy Knell and Caroline Pierce in 1987 and taken into custody." Both young women were living a mile apart in Tunbridge Wells at the time when they were targeted and murdered and linked by police due to their striking similarities. Wendy was found dead in her bedsit on June 23, 1987 after being sexually assaulted, beaten and strangled. She was left naked on her bed covered by a duvet. Officers believed her killer broke in through a faulty back window as there were no signs of forced entry. Wendy's diary and keys with a distinctive keyring were missing and have never been found. She had left work at about 5pm the previous day and went home after going to the bank. After spending the evening at her boyfriend's house, he dropped her home at 11pm and kissed her goodbye on the doorstep but never saw her again. Officers believe Caroline was killed on November 24, 1987 after she was also sexually assaulted, beaten and strangled. Her naked body was found three weeks later by a farm worker in the dyke of a remote field on the Romney Marsh - some 40 miles away from her home. She was last seen at about midnight being taken home by a taxi after a night out with friends. It is believed she was attacked outside her bedsit after neighbours reported hearing screams but she was never seen alive again. Caroline's keys with the Buster Browns restaurant fob where she worked were also never recovered. In 2012 Kent Police revealed it had a full DNA profile of their prime suspect for both murders.
Namibia is putting 170 live elephants up for sale to curb rising tusker populations under pressure from drought and territorial conflict with humans.
Women felt more worn out by restrictions – while men complained of boredom
The Indian cricket board will discuss adding two new teams to the Indian Premier League, the world's richest T20 event, at its annual meeting this month, officials said Thursday.