Ill-advised pesticide ban costing European farmers up to half their crops
Environmental activist groups have been demanding that EPA withdraw the FIFRA registrations for several products in the neonicotinoid class of insecticides because they (the activists) suspect they’re having an adverse impact on bee populations.
So what’s the big deal? Most farmers could probably get by with one or two less insecticides. After all, the amount of pesticide in a seed treatment is so miniscule as to be almost unobservable in scientific assays so canceling the label would probably have a minimal effect, right?
Actually, grain producers in the European Union countries are learning first hand what can happen when you ban a class of pesticides. Ten months after the European Commission temporarily barred the use of neonicotinoid insecticide applications, rapeseed producers in the United Kingdom are experiencing crop losses of 20 percent to 50 percent due to an infestation of flea beetles.
UK: Political Earthquake Next May?
Sunday, 19 October 2014 10:46
The United Kingdom Independence Party [UKIP] not only managed to halve the Conservative vote, but also the Labour Vote and the Liberal Democrat vote.
UKIP stands for small government, low taxes, and preservation of Britain's identity and sovereignty, values that appeal to Conservative voters; and it wants to pull the United Kingdom out of the European Union. UKIP also stands for strong policies on law and order and immigration, which appeal to the traditional old Labour heartlands.
A disintegrating country that could ruin us all: ROBERT HARDMAN reports from the socialist republic across the Channel so beloved by Red Ed
Saturday, 18 October 2014 04:44
The queue for cabs outside the Gare du Nord is stretching round the block. Newcomers are told that it may take more than an hour to reach the front of the line.
For many, though, a taxi is the only way of reaching their destination here in Paris.
Among today’s assortment of strikes across France is one which has brought a large part of the Metro network to a halt.
PM admits immigration system 'hasn't been working' amid reports of 'game-changing' policy
Thursday, 16 October 2014 19:22
DAVID Cameron today admitted Britain's immigration system "hasn't been working" following reports the Prime Minister is set to introduce a 'game-changing' new policy.
It is thought Mr Cameron could be set to demand restrictions on immigration from other EU countries, with Britain being given an "emergency brake" on the number of jobseekers arriving from particular countries.
The Prime Minister is under pressure to reveal the details of his stated ambition to renegotiate the relationship between Britain and Brussels ahead of a promised 2017 referendum on EU membership.
Our NHS: Doctor and nurse to the world
Thursday, 16 October 2014 18:45
As one of the richer industrialised nations we will, when we are able, be generous to those less fortunate than ourselves, but our prime duty should always start at home. It follows that the NHS should, first and foremost, be for the long established people of this country, the ones who pay for it – or so you would think.
The NHS now acts as an HIV screening service for anyone from anywhere in the world. This is the result of a 2012 decision by the Coalition to make it available to all non-British visitors (free to them, of course) regardless of status. Those who test positive join the estimated 7,000 who are newly diagnosed each year. Many are British born but more than 60% are migrants from Africa where the disease is rampant. And of course it now follows that any attempt to repatriate a migrant or asylum seeker with HIV, or any other life-threatening disease, meets with a claim under the Human Rights Act.
EU toughens up banker bonus cap in new blow to UK
Thursday, 16 October 2014 18:22
European Banking Authority says use of role-based allowances constitutes breach of EU rules, and orders banks to change pay policies
European regulators have launched a clampdown on banks using "role-based allowances" to sidestep an EU cap on bonuses, saying that dozens of banks have breached the cap.
The European Banking Authority said that "in most cases", the 39 banks that have used the allowances had broken rules that restrict bonuses to 200pc of salaries.
The move is likely to heighten tensions between the UK and EU over Brussels' influence on the financial sector. The bonus cap has proved highly unpopular in the City, where the majority of Europe's highly-paid bankers are located.
David Cameron to 'propose cap on number of low-skilled European workers in the UK as part of negotiation talks with Brussels'
Sunday, 19 October 2014 09:18
Prime Minister to put plans forward as part of new deal with the EU
Number of EU migrants entering UK every year would be capped to 100,000
Government will withdraw National Insurance cards and limit existing ones
Plans revealed as Government aims to redefine Britain's position in EU
Britain is 'lighting a fire under the European Union' by giving voters the chance to leave, boasts Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond
Friday, 17 October 2014 15:57
Mr Hammond said Brussels will not be able to extinguish demands for a vote
Foreign Secretary claimed the EU has become a 'putative superstate'
He said 'politicians do not have the power to stop' UK bid to return power
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the EU is now a 'putative superstate'
FGM: more than 1,700 women and girls treated by NHS since April Public health minister heralds data collection on female genital mutilation as ‘major milestone’ on road to ending FGM in the UK
Thursday, 16 October 2014 18:51
More than 1,700 women and girls who have undergone female genital mutilation have been treated by the NHS since April, according to the first official figures to be published on the numbers of FGM cases seen by hospitals in England.
The data, part of a wide-ranging government package to eradicate FGM on British soil, reveals that 467 previously unknown genital mutilation survivors were treated at acute NHS trusts in England in September alone.
Campaigners say such information is a crucial tool in preventing FGM in the UK and in ensuring that victims receive the treatment and support they need.
EXCLUSIVE: UK GOVT SPENDS £500,000 A YEAR ON LANGUAGE TRANSLATIONS FOR FOREIGN JOBSEEKERS
Thursday, 16 October 2014 18:37
Foreign benefits claimants are costing the British taxpayer over £500,000 a year in translation services alone. The services are provided so those who cannot speak English are still able to claim benefits.
Figures released to Andrew Rosindell MP show that the Department for Work and Pensions spent £542,972 on translations last year, up from £436,336 in 2011. In another parliamentary question the Department confirmed that nearly a quarter of those applying for Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) cannot read or write in English.
Ulster Unionist Bob Stoker defects to UKIP
Thursday, 16 October 2014 18:11
Veteran Ulster Unionist councillor Bob Stoker has defected to UKIP, on the eve of his former party’s annual conference.
The former Lord Mayor of Belfast will strengthen Nigel Farage’s party - which has just one MLA, David McNarry - in local government.
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