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Offline Helig

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« Reply #1140 on: November 14, 2023, 02:45:51 pm »
In a report in yesterday's paper it said that British holidaymakers are increasingly choosing to stay in the UK over the next 6 months, rather than to go abroad. Data from accommodation search site Trivago showed that of the top 10 holiday destinations for Britons in the fist half of next year, six are in the UK and Ireland. For Christmas 2023 London, Llandudno and Edinburgh are the most popular travel choices. I hope Llandudno is prepared for the invasion.

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« Reply #1141 on: November 14, 2023, 03:20:33 pm »
I think that the invasion anticipated in Llandudno will be for the Saga louts rather than the Lager louts but the golden oldies should still stick to the 20 mph limit when they are out in the mobility buggies.


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« Reply #1142 on: November 17, 2023, 10:18:07 am »
E-prescriptions launch in seaside town signals end of paper GP slips in Wales
The delivery of medicines in Wales is going electronic, starting in Rhyl

For more than 60 years, medicines have been dispensed in Wales via green paper prescription forms ? up to 40 million each year. But from today (Friday, November 17), patients in a North Wales seaside town will no longer need paper slips or have to rely on hastily scrawled GP prescriptions.

They will be the first in the country to have access to a new electronic prescription service (EPS) that will be rolled out across the rest of Wales next year. For the first time, GPs in Rhyl, Denbighshire, will no longer have to physically print, sign and hand green paper prescription forms to patients. Neither will they have to wait for them to be taken to pharmacies.

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« Reply #1143 on: November 20, 2023, 10:32:10 am »
There was a report in the paper last week which stated the next boss of HS2 could be paid more than the ?677,000 per year their predecessor received despite the project being curtailed, MP s have been told. Sir Jon Thompson, Executive Chairman of HS2 Ltd, told the Public Accounts Committee the salary to be offered for the vacant role is being assessed by ministers. Mark Thurston, who left his role as chief executive in September, had a pay package of ?677,000 in the 2022/23 year. Sir Jon Thompson advised ministers who are considering the pay package to be offered, "My recommendation to ministers is that we change the reward structure so that it's much more heavily incentivised towards meeting the schedule". It seems that the next appointee will receive more than the last one for doing less work as much of the project has been cancelled. You couldn't make it up.

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« Reply #1144 on: November 24, 2023, 10:31:53 am »
Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick has drawn up a set of proposals to attempt to cut immigration to the UK.

The ideas, which he has shared with No 10, are not yet government policy, but are being discussed internally.

Among the suggestions are a required minimum annual salary of ?35,000 in order to receive a work visa.

It comes after official figures put last year's net migration figure higher than previously thought - at a record 745,000 people.

This has led to calls for more action to bring down migration from Tory MPs.

Rishi Sunak said "levels of immigration are too high" and need to come down "to sustainable levels".

The prime minister added that the government's plans to clamp down on dependents of students arriving in the UK is "the single toughest measure that anyone has taken to bring down the levels of legal migration in a very long time".

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« Reply #1145 on: November 24, 2023, 11:59:48 am »

Among the suggestions are a required minimum annual salary of ?35,000 in order to receive a work visa.
It comes after official figures put last year's net migration figure higher than previously thought - at a record 745,000 people.
This has led to calls for more action to bring down migration from Tory MPs.

This is just waffle and applies only to those migrants who try to come to the UK through legal channels.   Instead the Government should concentrate on the illegal migrants coming here on the small boats.    Perhaps we shouldn't send boats out to intercept these migrants and ferry them back to Dover and then provide them with the commodities that they wouldn't get for free in their country of origin.     More time should be spent on ways of deporting them instead of encouraging them to come here

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« Reply #1146 on: November 25, 2023, 09:41:31 am »
This is another case where the harsh treatment of someone terminally ill makes me wonder what brutal regime exists in this country. it was reported in the i newspaper recently. "A woman who died of bowel cancer was denied benefits in the last months of her life after she was noted to be "well nourished", despite weighing just 6 stone. Carol Sands from Southend, Essex, who died at the age of 56, could not afford to give up her job running a homeless charity shop despite gruelling chemotherapy sessions and watching her weight plummet. Her sister, Annie Sands, told i "It was devastating for her while she was dealing with having cancer and going through horrible treatment. "People with cancer shouldn't be worrying about fighting for their money during their last days". Ms Sands, who runs the Disability and Wellness Network, a community interest company providing welfare rights advice, said there has been little improvement in access to welfare payments since the death of her sister, who had 3 children, in 2017. A spokesman for the Department for Work and Pensions said yesterday, "Our sincere condolences are with the Sands family. Our disability assessors are all qualified health professionals and in the majority of cases we make the right decision". "when someone disagrees with an assessment, they can ask for this to be reconsidered and appeal to an independent tribunal".

So now we know that when you are dying of cancer you are expected to challenge the government body that considered you well enough to work. It is so barbaric to be downright evil. Contrast this to the cases of the illegal immigrants who come in and get handed money, housing, healthcare, travel passes, clothes, smartphone etc. There is something decidedly sick and twisted in this country.

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« Reply #1147 on: December 05, 2023, 10:41:53 am »
Opinion: BBC now a threat to all local newspapers

If the BBC was a family and lived in the house next door to you it would be the neighbour from hell. 

That's the verdict of some of the most experienced local newspaper editors in the country who now regard the BBC as little more than a state-funded juggernaut on course to suffocate independent journalism in every city, town and village in the UK. 

The BBC seems to be on a mission to be the only show in town - having taken an axe to its much-loved local radio stations so it can start writing news stories online which you can already get from local newspapers which are currently battling with tech platforms like Google, Meta and Apple. 

Unlike Google, Meta and co, the BBC?s funding is guaranteed by the licence fee, meaning the British public is underwriting the biggest threat local journalism has ever faced.  It is splashing your cash on local news websites and making it increasingly difficult for proud, independent news sites to survive in the long term.

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