Jeremy Corbyn faces threat from key union as he clings to power

Jeremy Corbyn faces threat from key union as he clings to power

Jeremy Corbyn today faced the threat of losing backing from a key union as he battles to cling on to office. Delegates will meet for UNISON’s Labour Link Annual Conference in Newcastle on Thursday and Friday. Emergency motions are expected to be tabled with at least one raising concerns over him continuing as leader, though others are likely to be supportive. UNISON leader Dave Prentis has so far backed Mr Corbyn staying as Labour leader as the union adopted this position on the basis that he was democratically elected. But…

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AWACS will aid anti-Islamic State operations in a very strange way

AWACS will aid anti-Islamic State operations in a very strange way

Well known fact: ISIS is lacking the aviation. Well known fact: AWACS is primarily air-control radar plane. Do you wonder what help can deliver AWACS in the war with ISIS? Me too. But one NATO commander thinks different. NATO leaders will approve the use of AWACS surveillance aircraft to assist the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State extremist group, the alliance’s secretary-general said Monday. Jens Stoltenberg said he expects the alliance summit in Warsaw also to agree on a new role for NATO in the Central Mediterranean, where the European…

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Brussels set to give ‘peace building’ funds to armed forces

Brussels set to give ‘peace building’ funds to armed forces

Amendment could allow spending on military equipment and training to Africa and the Middle East. The EU is set to hand over funds earmarked for “peace building” and development to armed forces in Africa and the Middle East, overriding concerns from its legal services that such a move breaks the bloc’s laws. Brussels is proposing to change the rules of its €2.4bn “Instrument Contributing to Stability and Peace”, which normally focuses on programmes such as maternity healthcare in Syria, to allow funds to be spent on military equipment and training…

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West Perth reservist joins tribute to heroes in France and Belgium

West Perth reservist joins tribute to heroes in France and Belgium

WEST Perth army reservist Captain Nicholas Mahr (27) is among 14 part-time soldiers from WA going to France and Belgium to commemorate the centenary of Western Front World War I battles at Fromelles and Pozières. “I see this trip as an opportunity to play my part in honouring the sacrifices made by those in World War I, and to represent my country on such an occasion will be something I will remember fondly for the rest of my life,” said Captain Mahr, who instructs gunnery at Irwin Barracks in Karrakatta….

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Pasta won’t make you fat

Pasta won’t make you fat

“There is no ling between the pasta diet and obesity”. Guess who is saying that? Italian researches of course. Their results are presented in latest issue of The Nature. They reached that conclusion after examining the eating habits of 23,000 Italians. Their findings, released today in the journal Nutrition and Diabetes, found no correlation between the amount of pasta consumed and the waist size or Body Mass Index of the study subjects. The researchers wanted to take a closer look at pasta because while many studies have touted the health…

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Chattanooga band introduces Belgium to bluegrass

Chattanooga band introduces Belgium to bluegrass

When Randy Steele first saw the email inviting his bluegrass band, Slim Pickins, to Belgium for a concert tour, he dismissed it as a scam. To him, it was pretty much the same thing as getting an email from a Nigerian prince who is ready to put millions of dollars into your bank account. “I didn’t believe it,” Steele says, “but Brad [Clark] and his wife were pretty insistent that we should look into it.” The offer turned out to be legit, and the band recently returned from a tour…

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Six injured, including three children, during a multi-car pile-up in Gosselies (Charleroi)

Six injured, including three children, during a multi-car pile-up in Gosselies (Charleroi)

There was a pile-up involving 4 vehicles near a motorway exit in Gosselies (Charleroi). The accident happened at around 13.00 on Saturday. 2 vehicles crashed, and then one of them crashed into two other vehicles. Emergency services have said six people were injured, including three children. Charleroi firemen said there was a pile-up on a roundabout between Faubourg in Brussels and the E42 motorway exit in Gosselies (Liège-Charleroi). A Renault Scenic coming from the access road leading onto the motorway hit a VW Bora. The Renault had a man and…

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Harry Potter Exhibition opens in Brussels

Harry Potter Exhibition opens in Brussels

Harry Potter after Brexit… What else could be more ridiculous? So The Exhibition opened at Palais 2 of Brussels Expo in Belgium on July 3. On hand were no longer red-headed twins James and Oliver Phelps, who played Fred and George Weasley in the Harry Potter film series. They’ve made a habit of showing up to these openings since the exhbitiion began back nearly a decade ago. As always, they added a bit of magic to the grand opening of the exhibition. The Exhibition was created by Global Experience Specialists…

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Fiji’s Embassy in Brussels is proactive

Fiji’s Embassy in Brussels is proactive

The Fiji Embassy in Brussels, Belgium is taking a proactive approach to engage with the ten European Union states it looks after. Ambassador Deo Saran says there’s a lot that Fiji can learn from these EU nations. He gave examples that France is a great resource in Sports with close to 300 Fijian rugby players and the Netherlands are world leaders in Hydrology. “What we’re doing is that we are looking at all the countries that we have that the Embassy is looking after and see what competencies or expertise…

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Letwin to helm Whitehall Brexit team

Letwin to helm Whitehall Brexit team

Cabinet Office minister Oliver Letwin is to lead a cross-Whitehall unit to prepare for Brexit ahead of the election of David Cameron’s replacement as prime minister. Cameron told MPs that the EU unit would bring together officials and policy expertise from across the Cabinet Office, the Treasury, the Foreign Office and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. He said the Brexit negotiations would be the “most complex and most important task that the British civil service has undertaken in decades”, so the unit would report to the whole Cabinet…

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