Category: Miscellaneous

North Star Bulletin – 13 July 2015

Today’s posts round-up

As I’m moving operations over to the North Star forum, I shall from now on (excepting special circumstances) be posting a summary of daily posts with links instead of the posts themselves on this blog.

Readers can choose which ones, if any, they want to view, and it saves me time and extra work.

You can still repost stuff on your blog if desired, you’ll just have to cut & paste it. A link back to the forum would be nice.

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Call to scrap Billingham Town Council

Foodbanks are not the solution to food poverty

Welfare reforms could be trapping women with abusive partners

Left Unity launches Teesside branch

Teesside Sikh community open day

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North Star Bulletin – 10 July 2015

Today’s posts round-up

As I’m moving operations over to the North Star forum, I shall from now on (excepting special circumstances) be posting a summary of daily posts with links instead of the posts themselves on this blog.

Readers can choose which ones, if any, they want to view, and it saves me time and extra work.

You can still repost stuff on your blog if desired, you’ll just have to cut & paste it. A link back to the forum would be nice.

You can also comment on most posts on the forum as a visitor. To start threads you need to sign up.

 

Coastal trek by anti-fracking protesters in the North East

Public’s stunning support for Hartlepool food bank

T&W Metro ‘not good enough’, fined £271,000 for delays

NE coastal areas benefit from government cash

Homeless to join Newcastle Muslims to share Ramadan feast

North Yorkshire fracking application rejected

Lampreys return to the region as water quality improves

 

North Star Bulletin – 09 July 2015

Today’s posts round-up

As I’m moving operations over to the North Star forum, I shall from now on (excepting special circumstances) be posting a summary of daily posts with links instead of the posts themselves on this blog.

Readers can choose which ones, if any, they want to view, and it saves me time and extra work.

You can still repost stuff on your blog if desired, you’ll just have to cut & paste it. A link back to the forum would be nice.

You can also comment on most posts on the forum as a visitor. To start threads you need to sign up.

 

 

Project launched to record the sounds of the coastline

Disabled Protesters Bring Chaos To Central London

Rape Victims Forced To Justify Tax Credits Claim

Stockton Council jobs under threat from £17m savings plan

NE health services could be robbed of millions of pounds

Newcastle city libraries under threat again

Solicitors picket Newcastle Magistrates’ Court

Two children tax credits limit is unfair on Catholics

George Osborne Declares War On The Working Class.

 

North Star Bulletin – 08 July 2015

Today’s posts round-up

As I’m moving operations over to the North Star forum, I shall from now on (excepting special circumstances) be posting a summary of daily posts with links instead of the posts themselves on this blog.

Readers can choose which ones, if any, they want to view, and it saves me time and extra work.

You can still repost stuff on your blog if desired, you’ll just have to cut & paste it. A link back to the forum would be nice.

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American County clerks jobless for the ‘glory of God’

Take Duchy from Prince Charles, conference to be told

Guides on Policing and the Law for Campaigners Against Fracking

Osborne Introduces New ‘Living Wage’ But Cuts Tax Credits

Budget 2015: What It Means For Welfare And Pensions

Over 200 jobs could be axed on South Tyneside

‘People on benefits being made to pay for economic climate’,

Bill Quay Community Farm in danger of closure

Coal workers take respiratory illness fight to High Court

Newcastle Muslims invite West End community to Iftar feast

Wolsingham protests over tree felling

 

North Star Bulletin : 07 July 2015

North Star Bulletin

Today’s posts round-up

As I’m moving operations over to the North Star forum, I shall from now on (excepting special circumstances) be posting a summary of daily posts with links instead of the posts themselves on this blog.

Readers can choose which ones, if any, they want to view, and it saves me time and extra work.

You can still repost stuff on your blog if desired, you’ll just have to cut & paste it. A link back to the forum would be nice.

You can also comment on most posts on the forum as a visitor. To start threads you need to sign up.

Terminally ill asked how long they will take to die by PIP assessors

How Muslim community has been demonised in the North East

Britain has become a less free, less private state since 7/7

Newcastle Muslims invite West End community to Iftar feast

NE councils brace themselves for ‘worst case scenario’

North Yorkshire to be run by volunteers

NE household income £17,000 below London

Durham Miners Gala, 11 July 2015

 

North Star Bulletin – 06 July 2015

Today’s posts round-up

As I’m moving operations over to the North Star forum, I shall from now on (excepting special circumstances) be posting a summary of daily posts with links instead of the posts themselves on this blog.

Readers can choose which ones, if any, they want to view, and it saves me time and extra work.

You can still repost stuff on your blog if desired, you’ll just have to cut & paste it. A link back to the forum would be nice.

You can also comment on most posts on the forum as a visitor. To start threads you need to sign up.

Paying More In Benefits Is Good For The Economy

Women Disproportionately Affected By Benefit Cuts

Viking rowing boat to launch at Whitburn beach

NE MPs lobby Cameron over fracking decisions

London creates jobs four times faster than the North East

Mesothelioma will kill 60,000 over next 30 years

Darlington anti-austerity protest, 08 July 2015

 

 

 

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Fly-tippers cost South Tyneside Council £200k

Illegal rubbish dumpers cost  South Tyneside more than £200,000 in one 
year, new figures have revealed.

New fly-tipping statistics show that the local authority dealt with 6,934 incidents in the 2013/14 financial year, costing South Tyneside Council – which is facing making £22 million in cuts – a total of £228,822.

The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs figures show this was the cost of investigating fly-tipping, cleaning up and issuing warning letters.

The cost of investigations alone was £120,747.

Coun Tracey Dixon, lead member for area management and community safety at South Tyneside Council, said:

“It is disgraceful that people think they can dump their rubbish in our borough.

“Fly-tipping is irresponsible and can be hazardous to the public and wildlife, particularly if targeted by arsonists. Not to mention it is unsightly and costly to clean up.”

 “We take the issue extremely seriously and are working closely with South Tyneside Homes to take a proactive approach to enforcement against environmental issues in our communities.

“This includes training more officers to issued Fixed Penalty Notices. We also encourage people to report incidents they come across and appeal for people to take details of any vehicles and the people involved, if they can.

“We will always take action against anyone who we can identify as being responsible for illegally abandoning waste across the borough and have a 100% success rate for taking action through the courts.

“It doesn’t matter if it is one bin bag of rubbish in a back lane or large quantities of waste dumped at the roadside, fly-tipping is a criminal offence and we will not tolerate it.”

Full story : http://northstar.boards.net/thread/162/tippers-cost-south-tyneside-council

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North Yorkshire spy base linked to Widowmaker drone strikes

Peace activists have called for the closure of a spy base on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales after leaked top secret files appeared to show its staff were involved in a US drone strike in a non-war zone.

The documents, leaked by US National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden, suggest British staff at RAF Menwith Hill, near Harrogate, worked closely the NSA in a project codenamed Widowmaker.

A memo to Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) staff reveals how US officials ordered a drone strike in Yemen in 2012, to kill a doctor they believed was working with the terror network to surgically implant explosives in suicide bombers.

GCHQ documents handed to The Guardian newspaper reveal workers at the spy base near Harrogate, helped to “discover communications intelligence gaps in support of the global war on terror”.

The papers suggest British GCHQ personnel, who work at all levels within both the operational and administrative areas of the North Yorkshire base, were involved in the locating of surveillance targets in Yemen.

Full story : http://northstar.boards.net/thread/151/north-yorkshire-linked-widowmaker-strikes

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Great North Run organizers copyright the word ‘Great’

Great North Run organisers have admitted being “a little over the top” in a wrangle with a charity race in a small Welsh village.

The Narth Run, which usually only features a few dozen runners, was forced to drop the word “Great” from its title for Sunday’s event in Monmouthshire.

Organiser Steve Coppell said it had been a “tongue-in-cheek”  reference to the world-famous half marathon event in Tyneside.

“When you live in a village called The Narth there really is only one thing to call your race, so slightly mischievously, tongue-in-cheek, as a bit of fun, we put the word ‘Great’ in front of our run and ran it quite happily for a couple of years,” he told the BBC.

“After last year’s run we got a solicitor’s letter on behalf of Nova [since renamed The Great Run Company] who organise these splendid events the Great North Run and Great South Run etc, pointing out we’d inadvertently been infringing their trademark.

“They had actually trademarked the word ‘Great’ in connection with place names and sporting events.”

Full story :  http://northstar.boards.net/thread/114/great-north-organizers-copyright-word

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Hunts breeding foxes to hunt

An animal rights group has released footage of 16 fox cubs being kept in an outbuilding which it claims were being illegally reared for hunting.

The League Against Cruel Sports took covert video evidence as part of an investigation in May of the young foxes being held in outbuildings on land near Birdsall Estates, near Malton, North Yorkshire.

The video apparently shows a man visiting the foxes to feed them dead chickens, and the league said there were no vixens or adults foxes in the building, which – they said – suggested the cubs had been removed from their earths.

A solicitor representing Middleton Foxhounds Hunt, which is based close to where the foxes were discovered, claimed that the outbuildings are not owned by the hunt or leased by them.

He stressed that there is no link between the hunt and the cubs.

Dr Toni Shephard, head of policy and research for the League Against Cruel Sports, said it had alerted North Yorkshire Police who removed the foxes and made an arrest.

The cubs, one of which died shortly after the rescue, are being kept at a secret location.

She said:

“This blows apart the argument that hunting is ‘wildlife management’.
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“Why would people be keeping young foxes? The answer is simple but terrible – they capture foxes so there is always a ready supply of animals to be chased.

“Put bluntly, these foxes were kidnapped for cruelty.

“Raising foxes to be hunted was, and still is, a common practice.”

Full story :  http://northstar.boards.net/thread/86/hunts-breeding-foxes-hunt

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