Covid infections rise in London as Omicron variants spread across UK

Covid infections rise in London as Omicron variants spread across UK

C ovid-19 infections in London have almost doubled in recent weeks as cases continue to rise in all four nations of the UK. The increase is likely to be driven by the latest Omicron variants BA.4 and BA.5, figures show. In the most recent week of data, June 12 to 18, 13,166 new cases were … Read more

Crossbench anger as Prime Minister slashes most of their parliamentary staff

Crossbench anger as Prime Minister slashes most of their parliamentary staff

Anthony Albanese has sparked a war with crossbench MPs and senators by slashing their parliamentary staff entitlement by three-quarters. Key points: In the last parliament, crossbench MPs and senators were entitled to four parliamentary staff Mr Albanese has reduced that allocation to one parliamentary staff member He said the government intended to increase resourcing to … Read more

Railway stations quiet as workers stage second strike of the week

Railway stations quiet as workers stage second strike of the week

M ajor railway stations are much quieter than normal as services were crippled by thousands of railway workers staging their second strike of the week. Edinburgh Waverley, London Euston, London Paddington and Liverpool Lime Street are among the stations with much fewer passengers than a typical weekday. Broadband provider Virgin Media O2 said it recorded … Read more

Former RCMP commissioner defends Mountie behind Brenda Lucki allegations

Former RCMP commissioner defends Mountie behind Brenda Lucki allegations

RCMP Supt. Darren Campbell provides an update of the investigation into the Nova Scotia shootings at RCMP headquarters in Dartmouth, N.S., on June 4, 2020.Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press Former RCMP commissioner Bob Paulson and other retired Mounties are defending the integrity of Superintendent Darren Campbell, who has alleged that current Commissioner Brenda Lucki interfered in … Read more

Train services face further disruption as talks resume over strikes

Train services face further disruption as talks resume over strikes

T rain services will continue to be disrupted on Wednesday by this week’s rail strikes as talks resume in a bid to resolve a bitter dispute over jobs, pay and conditions. Fewer than one in five trains ran on Tuesday after members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) on Network Rail (NR) and … Read more

Stations deserted as start of rail strike means no early-morning trains

Stations deserted as start of rail strike means no early-morning trains

T rain passengers are being hit by major disruption due to the largest strike by rail workers for a generation. Usually busy stations such as London Euston were nearly deserted except for picket lines by union members early today, with the start of services delayed until 7.30am. Even then only a fifth of services will … Read more

Brian Jungen’s bronze sculpture ‘Couch Monster’ installed outside AGO in Toronto

Brian Jungen’s bronze sculpture ‘Couch Monster’ installed outside AGO in Toronto

Dubbed ‘Couch Monster’, the sculpture is the first large-scale work in bronze by contemporary B.C. artist Brian Jungen.The Canadian Press Toronto’s newest public art piece is a massive bronze sculpture of a circus elephant, fashioned out of used leather furniture. The Art Gallery of Ontario revealed its first-ever public art commission, dubbed “Couch Monster” and … Read more

Teaching unions prepared to ballot if pay does not increase

Teaching unions prepared to ballot if pay does not increase

T wo key teaching unions are considering balloting members over strike action if a significant pay increase is not offered. The National Education Union (NEU) said a letter will be sent to Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi on Wednesday saying the union is prepared to ballot its members if a pay rise more in line with … Read more

Teachings unions prepared to ballot for strikes if pay does not increase

Teaching unions prepared to ballot if pay does not increase

A major teaching union said it will ballot its members if a higher wage packet is not offered within three days. The National Education Union (NEU) told The Observer it is prepared to ballot its 460,000 members if it does not receive a pay offer closer to inflation by Wednesday June 22. Kevin Courtney, joint … Read more

$300 million of NSW vouchers yet to be spent

0 million of NSW vouchers yet to be spent

Gone are the days of opening and closing our Service NSW apps to enter any shop, restaurant or venue, scanning QR codes and getting those dreaded notifications that you’re a close contact.  It seems quite a lot of us have forgotten about another aspect of the app, which was the government issued vouchers for food, … Read more